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Goff's 3 Minute Histories

One topic. 3-"ish" minutes. No reason not to check it out. Knowledge is power.

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Ep 33 Baseball Mud

Join myself and special guest Grayson as we delve into the story of Lena Blackburne's famous mud and how it has shaped the game of baseball for 80 years. Sources: http://baseballrubbingmud.com/ https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/kidspost/baseballs-secret-ingredient-mud/2017/03/31/af56eeaa-14c7-11e7-ada0-1489b735b3a3_story.html Music: https://www.purple-planet.com

5mins

29 Jul 2019

Rank #1

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Ep 20 Toilets

Dropping some knowledge on the Porcelain Pony.    Pt. 1 of the Turd Trilogy.   Special Thanks to Tyler Booth for help in recording audio effects for this episode.  Sources: https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/turrets-toilets-partial-history-throne-room-180951788/ http://content.time.com/time/health/article/0,8599,1940525,00.html https://www.lancasterfarming.com/pondering-the-privy-a-history-of-outhouses/article_3f416eae-d0df-5d7f-9e70-3fcfb72a110a.html https://phys.org/news/2015-11-toilets-sewers-ancient-roman-sanitation.html Credit: https://www.purple-planet.com

6mins

20 Mar 2019

Rank #2

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19 Cross Burnings

Clan before Klan.   Sources: https://timeline.com/why-does-the-ku-klux-klan-burn-crosses-they-got-the-idea-from-a-movie-75a70f7ab135 https://www.csmonitor.com/2002/1213/p25s04-wonq.html https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cross_burning https://cranntara.scot/crannta.htm Music: https://www.purple-planet.com

2mins

2 Mar 2019

Rank #3

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Ep 36 The Conch Republic

That one time Key West broke up with America..... Sources: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/the-conch-republic-key-west-florida https://myfloridahistory.org/frontiers/article/14 https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/4x9n8d/that-time-the-florida-keys-tried-to-secede-from-the-us-by-dropping-conch-fritter-bombs Music: https://www.purple-planet.com

5mins

29 Aug 2019

Rank #4

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Ep 35 Ritchie Mines (extended)

Extended local history episode from my neck of the woods.  The Ritchie Mines produced asphalt to pave some of the biggest cities in the world.  Check it out.  (Warning: This one misses the 3 minute mark by a bit.)Sources:http://files.usgwarchives.net/wv/ritchie/history/ritchmin.txt https://www.wvencyclopedia.org/articles/86 http://www.newsandsentinel.com/opinion/local-columns/2017/11/look-back-ritchie-county-mines-railroad-fade-into-history/ http://www.newsandsentinel.com/opinion/local-columns/2017/11/look-back-danger-adventure-in-ritchie-mines/?fb_comment_id=1950219821766236_1993505074104377Music: https://www.purple-planet.com

11mins

22 Aug 2019

Rank #5

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Ep 21 Toiler Paper

 Corncobs, seashells, moss, hands, we've come a long way in our search for a better way to wipe.   Pt. 2 of the Turd Trilogy Sources: https://www.lancasterfarming.com/pondering-the-privy-a-history-of-outhouses/article_3f416eae-d0df-5d7f-9e70-3fcfb72a110a.html https://www.charmin.com/en-us/about-us/history-of-toilet-paper http://mentalfloss.com/article/23210/toilet-paper-history-how-america-convinced-world-wipe http://www.toiletpaperhistory.net/toilet-paper-history/history-of-toilet-paper/ http://www.todayifoundout.com/index.php/2013/07/toilet-paper-wasnt-commonly-used-in-the-united-states-until-the-early-20th-century/ http://www.searsarchives.com/catalogs/history.htm Credit: https://www.purple-planet.com

5mins

22 Mar 2019

Rank #6

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Ep 23 Outhouses

Podcast #4 on #2. Pt. 4 of the Turd Trilogy.   SPECIAL GUEST DWIGHT GOFF!!!!! Sources: https://www.lancasterfarming.com/pondering-the-privy-a-history-of-outhouses/article_3f416eae-d0df-5d7f-9e70-3fcfb72a110a.html Credit: https://www.purple-planet.com

6mins

8 Apr 2019

Rank #7

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Ep 34 Uncle Sam

  The man, the myth, the Uncle. Sources: https://historydaily.org/who-was-the-inspiration-for-uncle-sam https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Samuel_Wilson https://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/united-states-nicknamed-uncle-sam Music: https://www.purple-planet.com

4mins

7 Aug 2019

Rank #8

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ep 37 Area 51

A brief history about that place out in the desert where they keep "them aliens".  Sources: https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-49568127 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nevada_Test_and_Training_Range https://www.britannica.com/topic/Atomic-Energy-Commission-United-States-organization https://www.britannica.com/place/Area-51 Sources: Music: https://www.purple-planet.com

5mins

20 Sep 2019

Rank #9

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Ep 38 G.I. Joe

Yooooo JOE!  (Apologies for the hot mess of an intro on this one. Will try to fix and resubmit when I get a chance.)Sources:https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/G.I._Joe:_A_Real_American_Hero_(1985_TV_series) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sgt._Slaughter https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/G.I._Joe https://www.history.com/news/why-are-american-soldiers-called-gis https://www.toyhalloffame.org/toys/gi-joe https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BcaFgT4SlycSources:Music: https://www.purple-planet.com

5mins

4 Oct 2019

Rank #10

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24 Middle Names

What's in a name?   Sources:  http://mentalfloss.com/article/58440/why-do-we-have-middle-names https://www.rd.com/culture/why-do-we-have-middle-names/ Music: https://www.purple-planet.com

2mins

18 Apr 2019

Rank #11

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42 Greek Fire

The fear of the Ancient World.  The hope of the Byzantine Empire.  Greek Fire.  Check it out.   Sources: https://allthatsinteresting.com/greek-fire Music: https://www.purple-planet.com

7mins

21 Nov 2019

Rank #12

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41 Candy Corn

Celebrate National Candy Corn Day by investing in some history on the candy, then go grab a bag and make yourself sick.   Sources: http://newsfeed.time.com/2013/10/30/an-oral-history-of-candy-corn-the-most-polarizing-confection-of-them-all/ https://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2010/10/where-our-love-hate-relationship-with-candy-corn-comes-from/65428/ Music: https://www.purple-planet.com

4mins

30 Oct 2019

Rank #13

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40 T Shirts

Take a journey of the history of the T shirt from underwear to icon. Sources: https://www.realthread.com/blog/history-of-the-tshirt-2014-01-30 https://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/22/magazine/who-made-that-t-shirt.html Music: https://www.purple-planet.com

5mins

25 Oct 2019

Rank #14

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Ep 14 Molotov Cocktails

  Glass + Gas + Fire = boom.  Bottle bombs coming at ya. Sources: https://www.ozy.com/flashback/how-the-molotov-cocktail-got-its-name/72494 https://newrepublic.com/article/119127/history-molotov-cocktail-nazi-germany-ferguson https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Winter_War https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Molotov_cocktail Music: https://www.purple-planet.com/

5mins

24 Jan 2019

Rank #15

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39. French Fries

Potato Potato, regardless of how you say it French Fries aren't French.  Check it out. Sources: https://www.wonderopolis.org/wonder/belgian-fries http://www.todayifoundout.com/index.php/2010/09/the-history-of-french-fries/ Music: https://www.purple-planet.com

4mins

15 Oct 2019

Rank #16

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22 Gong Farmers

It's a crappy job but somebody's gotta do it.   Pt. 3 of the Turd Trilogy Sources: https://www.lancasterfarming.com/pondering-the-privy-a-history-of-outhouses/article_3f416eae-d0df-5d7f-9e70-3fcfb72a110a.html https://www.nonfictionminute.org/the-nonfiction-minute/gong-farmers-their-crop-was-crap Credit: https://www.purple-planet.com

3mins

5 Apr 2019

Rank #17

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Ep 26 How Carrots Defeated the Luftwaffe

  Radar, Rumors, and Root Vegetables Sources: https://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/a-wwii-propaganda-campaign-popularized-the-myth-that-carrots-help-you-see-in-the-dark-28812484/ https://www.allaboutvision.com/nutrition/vitamin_a.htm https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/ezra-klein/post/carrots-are-orange-for-an-entirely-political-reason/2011/09/09/gIQAfayiFK_blog.html?utm_term=.dbc78e548b31 Music: https://www.purple-planet.com

5mins

3 May 2019

Rank #18

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Ep 27 The Norwegian Butter Crisis

Rain -> Grass -> Cows -> Milk -> Butter  Sources:https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Norwegian_butter_crisis https://nowiknow.com/the-great-norwegian-butter-crisis-of-2011/ https://slate.com/business/2011/12/norwegian-butter-battle-an-absurd-dairy-shortage-and-its-very-valuable-economic-lessons.htmlMusic: https://www.purple-planet.com

4mins

7 May 2019

Rank #19

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Ep 29 Summer Break

Summa Summa Summa Time!   Sources: https://www.pbs.org/newshour/education/debunking-myth-summer-vacation http://mentalfloss.com/article/56901/why-do-students-get-summers Music: https://www.purple-planet.com

6mins

24 May 2019

Rank #20