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Useless Information Podcast

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Rank #74 in History category

Comedy
History
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It really is all true! Stories about stuff that you never needed to know, but your life would be incomplete without. They serve no real purpose other than to entertain. If you're the curious type and have a few minutes to spare, then spend some of it listening to this ever-growing collection of stories. Great for those that are looking for a little bit of trivia in their lives.

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It really is all true! Stories about stuff that you never needed to know, but your life would be incomplete without. They serve no real purpose other than to entertain. If you're the curious type and have a few minutes to spare, then spend some of it listening to this ever-growing collection of stories. Great for those that are looking for a little bit of trivia in their lives.

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1374 Ratings
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1097
152
55
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42

hi

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do you know a joe joe momma. he smells cheese and is a monkey.

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I can fall asleep from it and not in a bad way

iTunes Ratings

1374 Ratings
Average Ratings
1097
152
55
28
42

hi

By Bbox9010 - Oct 11 2019
Read more
do you know a joe joe momma. he smells cheese and is a monkey.

Good

By Hdjfkdkcfkdkfgvocdhfnjdghuh - Oct 11 2019
Read more
I can fall asleep from it and not in a bad way
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Useless Information Podcast

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It really is all true! Stories about stuff that you never needed to know, but your life would be incomplete without. They serve no real purpose other than to entertain. If you're the curious type and have a few minutes to spare, then spend some of it listening to this ever-growing collection of stories. Great for those that are looking for a little bit of trivia in their lives.

Rank #1: UI #109 - The Case of the Phantom Vegetable Oil

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In the late 1950's and early 1960's, Anthony "Tino" De Angelis ran a global salad oil empire. Find out how Tino grew his business so quickly, his shocking downfall, how JFK’s assassination ties into the story, and the way that one of the world's richest men today made a good chunk of change off of everyone else’s misfortune.  Also learn about the original name for the game Twister, a doctor or strongly discouraged excessive exercisem a glue sniffing fad, and people that consumed lemon-scented dish soap.  Retrosponsor: Title Insurance and Trust Co.

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Jan 29 2018

45mins

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Rank #2: UI #3 - Bath School Disaster

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While most people know about the massacre at Columbine, few realize that the deadliest act of US school violence occurred in Bath, Michigan in 1927.  Listen to this fascinating story to find out the who, what, and why... Also, learn about some famous valedictorians.

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Jan 29 2008

7mins

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Rank #3: UI #106 - Elixir of Death

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When the S.E. Massengill Co. introduced its Elixir Sulfanilamide to the market in September 1937, there was no law in the United States requiring pharmaceutical companies to test their medicines for toxicity. In just the short time that this elixir produced, it took the lives of more than 100 people, many of whom were young children. Also learn about the world's most popular medicine, how the next generation of children were predicted to have teeth like Bugs Bunny, a woman who won a TV contest to get her nose fixed, and the relationship between breast size and intelligence.  Retrosponsor: Massengill Medicated Disposable Douche. 

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Oct 09 2017

36mins

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Rank #4: UI #119 - A Punishment That Went Horribly Wrong

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The parents of 21-year-old Linda Marie Ault were in a panic when their daughter didn't return home after attending a Friday night dance. They searched everywhere for her, but were unsuccessful.  When Linda returned home the next morning, her parents were furious with what she had done and came up with a punishment that they thought would teach her a valuable lesson. Everything went horribly wrong. Also, learn about the first 9-1-1 call, a dog that had been choked by a piece of fishing line, a toothless dog accused of biting a man, and a dog that had his own charge account at the local grocery store. Retrosponsor: Noxzema

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Feb 06 2019

31mins

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Rank #5: UI #4 - Titanic - The Unsinkable Violet Jessop

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The incredible true story of the unsinkable Violet Jessop and her survival of the collisions of the three sister ships - Olympic, Titanic, Britannic.  The story that the movie should have been based on. Also, can you name the group that had the most #2 songs on the Billboard Pop Chart?

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Jan 31 2008

7mins

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Rank #6: UI #60 - Ivory Soap Murders

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The Easter Sunday 1937 murders of Veronica Gedeon, her mom Mary, and Frank Byrnes in NYC launched an intense nationwide hunt for the killer.  There were few clues to go on, but two bars of soap provided police with the conclusive evidence that they needed.  Also learn about the first product to bear the Duncan Hines name, a phone sicko that scared parents, a death from Smokey the Bear, and women who were tricked into removing their hair.  Retrosponsor: Mother's Best Flour.

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Feb 19 2013

33mins

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Rank #7: UI #58 - Dead Ringers

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Akron, Ohio citizen Larry Bader and Omaha, Nebraska sportscaster Fritz Johnson were complete opposites of each other.  Yet, they were dead ringers for each other.  Find out what happened when one was thought to be the other.  Also learn about Robert Recorde's contribution to mathematics, a girl shot dead by a military gunner, boys that found gold in the sewer, and the guy who thought his house was stolen.  Retrosponsor: ENNDS Chlorophyll Tablets.

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Nov 24 2012

25mins

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Rank #8: UI #88 - The Last Man on Earth

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Did you ever wonder what would happen if you ended up being the last person alive on Earth? Back in 1960, the San Francisco Chronicle decided to send their hunting and fishing columnist Bud Boyd up into the Marble Mountains of California for six weeks to find out if one could really survive. Let's just say that everything did not go as planned... Also learn about Reynold B. Johnson's first big invention, a poison ivy lawsuit, a girl who believed that she caused a boy's death, and a dangerous tricycle driver. Retrosponsor: Delrich E-Z Color Margarine.

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Nov 30 2015

25mins

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Rank #9: UI #59 - The Sky is Falling

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Alvin Rodecker and his wife chose to celebrate his 60th birthday in style.  It was to be an incredible, memorable trip to New York City.  If only he had looked up after upon leaving a ritzy restaurant...  Also learn the name of the first commercially available windshield wipers, the death of Bonzo the chimpanzee, the kidnapping of Itsy the poodle, and another poodle that took a drive in his owner's car.  Retrosponsor: Prell shampoo.  

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Jan 09 2013

25mins

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Rank #10: UI #120 - The Coal Mountain Casanova

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Back in 1952, Jesse Garrett had recently divorced and was in search of a new wife. He seemed like a catch and thousands of women contacted him to let them know that they were interested. What seemed like a good idea at the time ended up financially ruining Jesse Garrett. Also learn about the first product name to be ruled generic, a man who failed to show up as scheduled for his wedding, a woman who slept with the wrong man, and a guy who drove  motorscooter from Kentucky to Santiago, Chile to meet up with a girl. Retrosponsor: Coco-Wheats cereal

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Mar 17 2019

36mins

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Rank #11: UI #5 - The Gimli Glider

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The true story of a Boeing 767 that ran out of fuel at 41,000 feet and lost total power.  With no airport within gliding range, find out how these courageous pilots dealt with this frightening live or die situation. Also, do you know which celebrity Nobel Prize physicist Max Born was the grandfather of?

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Feb 01 2008

7mins

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Rank #12: UI #36 - The Greatest Escape

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lavomir Rawich's escape from a Siberian prison camp is among the greatest stories of survival ever.  So great that it seems totally unbelievable at times.  Also learn which classic TV show began the title of each episode with "The Big", a motorist killed in a freak accident by a horse's hoof, a jet fuel cap that fell from the sky, and the day that the US Secretary of Labor ate his hat.  Retrosponsor: The Granite Furniture Company.

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Aug 10 2010

33mins

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Rank #13: UI #50 - The Corpse Bride

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Incredible true story of Count Karl von Cosel and the girl of his dreams.  It was discovered that they slept together in the same bed every night - nine years after she had died.  Also learn about the first millionaire in the United States, the Thanksgiving soda ash mess, the lollipop fight, and the Boston Tar Party.  Retrosponsor: Signal Gasoline.

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Jan 14 2012

31mins

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Rank #14: UI #62 - The Ghost of Guam

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True story of a US Navy radioman who was hunted by the Japanese during World War II.  Also learn the name of Wrigley's first chewing gum, how XYZ pays his taxes, a woman that was indirectly shot by a porcupine, and a woman that mowed her lawn in a 2-piece bathing suit.  Retrosponsor: Wrigley's Spearmint Gum.

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Apr 27 2013

28mins

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Rank #15: UI #96 - The Ice Cream Wars

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The everything ice cream episode! Learn about an ongoing war between ice cream vendors, which included bombings, gunfire, torching of trucks, and threats. Also, learn about a ban on using glue in ice cream, a pharmacy robbery where one of the bandits served ice cream, and a woman who set up a $20,000 ice cream trust fund. Retrosponsor: Sealtest Ice Cream

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Aug 03 2016

38mins

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Rank #16: UI #110 - Wife for Sale

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In 1948, Dorothy Lawlor decided to take an ad out in the Newsday newspaper seeking a husband in exchange for $10,000. Within twenty-four hours she became a media sensation. Did she really marry one of these men?  The answer may surprise you.  Includes an interview with her granddaughter.  Also learn the original color of Muppet Oscar the Grouch, a 74-year-old man who advertised for his third wife, a woman who sought a husband to help pay off her debts, and a stenographer who lost her job after placing a personal ad in the newspaper. Retrosponsor: Canada Dry Club Water.

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Feb 26 2018

45mins

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Rank #17: UI #71 - Baltimore's Buried Treasure

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You may have heard about the Californian couple that found five cans of gold coins on their property.  Two Baltimore boys made a similar discovery back in 1934, but this pot of gold proved to be anything but lucky.  Also learn about people that were paid to wake others up before alarm clocks, four daughters that could never marry, a lawsuit against Jackie Robinson, and an incident involving a minibike and a dog.  Retrosponsor: Tums Antacid

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Mar 15 2014

29mins

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Rank #18: UI #97 - Silent Susan

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On October 6, 1946 a young woman was arrested in Palisades Park, NJ for refusing to provide a police officer with her name. She had been cooperative in every way but refused to provide that single piece of information. Her story soon became front page news nationwide. Also learn about discontinued Monopoly game tokens, the Hear-See recording system, the introduction of the Radarange, and what was to be called the "Tape Age." Retrosponsor: The American Weekly magazine.

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Sep 12 2016

31mins

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Rank #19: UI #6 - U.S. Camel Corp

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As the United States expanded into the Southwest, the heat and lack of water prevented long-term use of horses.  The federal government found the perfect solution in the acquisition of camels.  While the camel experiment was successful, it ended just as quickly as it began.  Listen to find out why. Also, learn about the place on Earth that is farthest from its center.

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Feb 02 2008

9mins

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Rank #20: UI #93 - The Ugliest Thing the President Ever Saw

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President Lyndon Johnson was never one to hold back his words, whether they be good or bad. Listen to this episode to learn what he felt was the ugliest thing that he had ever seen. Also, learn about the original 3 Musketeers Candy Bar, a man who turned blue, a woman offended by a new red, white, & blue girdle, and aluminum swimwear. Retrosponsor: MGM Studios/The Wizard of Oz.

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Apr 29 2016

25mins

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