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Wiki Walks

Wiki Walks is a short podcast devoted to some of the more intriguing and, “huh! Who knew?” articles you can run across in the seemingly unending cavalcade of bizarreness that is Wikipedia. New episodes every Tuesday and Thursday.

Tracks

Ep. 78 - Old Tom
A Killer Whale of a Time For over eight decades, a massive killer whale known as Old Tom, along with his skilled and loyal pod of orcas, forged an incredible partnership with a family of whalers in Australia to dominate the Aussie coast.
04:30 6/4/24
Ep. 77 - The Sullivan Brothers
Saving Private Ryan's Inspiration They were five brothers who enlisted together to serve in World War II, only to all tragically perish aboard the same ship, leaving their Iowa family devastated and prompting a new military policy to prevent such a concentration of family sacrifice.
04:05 5/30/24
Ep.76 - Merikins
Can't Say I Blame 'Em They turned their guns on the American colonies in exchange for a chance at freedom and land of their own. Over 200 years later, the villages founded by these enslaved Black soldiers who fought for the British in the War of 1812 still exist today as a unique ethnic community in Trinidad. Merikins -- Wikipedia
03:39 5/28/24
Ep.75 - Georgia Tann
Georgia Tann...just the worst She was a woman who preyed on the desperate and poor, stealing their children to sell to wealthy families for massive profits. By the time her black market baby ring was exposed, Georgia Tann had torn apart over 5,000 families, subjecting the children to unimaginable cruelty and abuse. Prepare to have your heart broken by this shockingly dark chapter of American history. Georgia Tann -- Wikipedia
05:41 5/24/24
Ep.74 - Antimony Pills
Reusable Pills? Back in the day, it was not uncommon for people to swallow a pill made from the semi-metallic element, antimony, in an effort to absolutely fill their britches to detoxify their intestines. Once they did that...they'd reuse that same pill. It could even be passed down as an heirloom for the grandkids to use one day. Grossssssss. Antimony Pills -- Wikipedia
04:20 5/22/24
Ep.73 – Centralia, Pennsylvania
Episode Notes A trash fire sparked an underground inferno that forced the evacuation of Centralia, Pennsylvania, turning it into a poisonous gas-filled ghost town. Oh, and it will probably keep burning for hundreds of years. Yikes! Centralia, Pennsylvania Instagram // Facebook // YouTube // Twitter WikiWalks.net Support Wiki Walks by contributing to their tip jar: https://tips.pinecast.com/jar/wikiwalks
04:13 1/29/24
Ep.72 – The Assassination of James Garfield
Episode Notes President James Garfield was shot twice by an absolute mad-lad, Charles Guiteau, but however terrible his assassin was, he was nothing compared to President's doctor. Everything he tried made things a million times worse, including shooting beef and opium up the President's fanny. This tragic story just keeps on giving in the worst ways imaginable. The Assassination of James Garfield Instagram // Facebook // YouTube // Twitter WikiWalks.net Support Wiki Walks by contributing to their tip jar: https://tips.pinecast.com/jar/wikiwalks
10:49 1/26/24
Ep.71 – U.S. Army Camel Corps
Episode Notes The 1848 Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, which ended the Mexican-American War, involved 500,000 square miles of Mexican territory, including vast stretches of deserts. And what better animal to explore this new land than with imported camels. Many of whom were then set free to roam the Southwest for decades to come. United States Camel Corps Instagram // Facebook // YouTube // Twitter WikiWalks.net Support Wiki Walks by contributing to their tip jar: https://tips.pinecast.com/jar/wikiwalks
05:10 1/23/24
Ep.70 – Maybe it's....Mascara
Episode Notes Mascara might seem like your run-of-the-mill beauty staple, but the history of it goes back thousands of years, and the most well-known brand today came about through sheer happenstance. Mascara Instagram // Facebook // YouTube // Twitter WikiWalks.net Support Wiki Walks by contributing to their tip jar: https://tips.pinecast.com/jar/wikiwalks
03:35 1/19/24
Ep.69 – Third Man Factor
Episode Notes Mountain explorers, shipwreck survivors, and polar explorers have all claimed to have either seen a person or heard a voice, often providing helpful information on how they should escape their situation. Third Man Factor Instagram // Facebook // YouTube // Twitter WikiWalks.net Support Wiki Walks by contributing to their tip jar: https://tips.pinecast.com/jar/wikiwalks
03:50 1/15/24
Ep.68 – Radioactive Jimmy Carter
Episode Notes In 1952, a young Pre-President submariner named Jimmy Carter was tasked with preventing a nuclear meltdown that threatened Canada and the Northern US...in person. Jimmy Carter Instagram // Facebook // YouTube // Twitter WikiWalks.net Support Wiki Walks by contributing to their tip jar: https://tips.pinecast.com/jar/wikiwalks
04:50 1/12/24
Ep.67 – Anton Syndrome
Episode Notes Patients with Anton Syndrome are often found describing people or surroundings that are not present, or walking into objects, though they will continue to deny that they cannot see even when presented with evidence otherwise. Anton Syndrome Instagram // Facebook // YouTube // Twitter WikiWalks.net Support Wiki Walks by contributing to their tip jar: https://tips.pinecast.com/jar/wikiwalks
04:32 1/9/24
Ep.66 – Venous Hum
Episode Notes That soft buzzing in your neck might sound alarming, but it's actually just the normal sound of blood flowing through your jugular vein. Listen to understand the harmless causes behind "the hum" and learn when it could indicate a more serious issue. Venous Hum Instagram // Facebook // YouTube // Twitter WikiWalks.net Support Wiki Walks by contributing to their tip jar: https://tips.pinecast.com/jar/wikiwalks
03:41 1/5/24
Ep.65 – W.C. Minor
Episode Notes The Oxford English Dictionary is the gold-standard of all English language dictionaries. However, its most prolific contributor, a surgeon/War Hero/psychotic murderer, did so from a place you'd least expect it. W.C. Minor Instagram // Facebook // YouTube // Twitter WikiWalks.net Support Wiki Walks by contributing to their tip jar: https://tips.pinecast.com/jar/wikiwalks
04:04 1/1/24
Ep.64 – William Kemmler
Episode Notes The battle over which electrical current would be used in our growing nation was between AC and DC, however, in this war for business, the initial causality was the first man to ever be executed by electric chair. It did not go well. William Kemmler Instagram // Facebook // YouTube // Twitter WikiWalks.net Support Wiki Walks by contributing to their tip jar: https://tips.pinecast.com/jar/wikiwalks
05:15 12/28/23
Ep.63 – Hymie Weiss
Episode Notes Hymie Weiss was a Prohibition-era mob boss in Chicago with a serious death wish. Not many people earn the distinction of being the only man Al Capone feared. And for good reason, too. Hymie Weiss Instagram // Facebook // YouTube // Twitter WikiWalks.net Support Wiki Walks by contributing to their tip jar: https://tips.pinecast.com/jar/wikiwalks
06:23 7/14/23
Ep.62 – Button Gwinnett
Episode Notes The most expensive signature in the world, after only William Shakespeare, belongs to a little known politician from Georgia. Outside of one autograph, he didn't really do that much relative to his peers. And that's exactly what makes it so valuable today. Button Gwinnett Instagram // Facebook // YouTube // Twitter WikiWalks.net Support Wiki Walks by contributing to their tip jar: https://tips.pinecast.com/jar/wikiwalks
05:41 7/10/23
Ep.61 – Plennie Wingo
Episode Notes In an era where the Great Depression drove people to all sorts of stunts and gimmicks to make ends meet, not only did Plennie Wingo travel further than anyone else, he did it backwards. Plennie Wingo Instagram // Facebook // YouTube // Twitter WikiWalks.net Support Wiki Walks by contributing to their tip jar: https://tips.pinecast.com/jar/wikiwalks
09:22 6/28/23
Ep.60 – Kingsford Charcoal
Episode Notes Everyone associates Henry Ford with the automobile and the invention of the assembly line, but you also have the American businessman to thank for most of your cherished backyard cookouts. Kingsford Charcoal Instagram // Facebook // YouTube // Twitter WikiWalks.net Support Wiki Walks by contributing to their tip jar: https://tips.pinecast.com/jar/wikiwalks
04:23 6/25/23
Ep.59 – Perpetual Stew
Episode Notes Also called ‘hunter’s stew’ or ‘hunter’s pot’, the perpetual stew was both novel yet extremely simplistic: take what you’ve got in your kitchen and chuck it into a pot and simmer, replenishing the liquid when necessary. In some cases, these stews would cook for HUNDREDS of years. Perpetual Stew Wiki Instagram // Facebook // YouTube // Twitter WikiWalks.net Support Wiki Walks by contributing to their tip jar: https://tips.pinecast.com/jar/wikiwalks
03:12 7/12/22
Ep.58 – Philosophical Razors
A razor is a principle or rule of thumb, that allows for the elimination (the “shaving off”, hence razor) of unlikely explanations for a phenomenon. Philosophical Razors Wiki Instagram // Facebook // YouTube // Twitter WikiWalks.net Support Wiki Walks by contributing to their tip jar: https://tips.pinecast.com/jar/wikiwalks
05:42 7/7/22
Ep.57 – Telling the Bees
Episode Notes For hundreds of years, it has been a widespread tradition to share news of important events with your bee colony, lest terrible fortunes befall your family for keeping them in the dark about what's going on. Telling the Bees Wiki Instagram // Facebook // YouTube // Twitter WikiWalks.net
03:57 7/5/22
Ep.56 – Keep the Ball Rolling
Episode Notes The phrase "Keep the ball rolling" actually stems from a bizarre campaign stunt from the 1840 Presidential Election, wherein William Henry Harrison tried to get the word out in the most, uh, spherical way possible. Keep rollin', rollin', rollin'. Harrison's 1840 Presidential Campgain Instagram // Facebook // YouTube // Twitter WikiWalks.net Support Wiki Walks by contributing to their tip jar: https://tips.pinecast.com/jar/wikiwalks
03:18 6/29/22
Ep.55 – Leopold and Loeb
Episode Notes Two brilliant college students, fueled by delusion of grandeur thinking they were "super men" above man's laws, concoct the perfect plan to kill a local boy and get away it, as referenced by the season finale of Better Call Saul. Meet Leopold and Loeb. Leopold and Loeb Wiki Instagram // Facebook // YouTube // Twitter WikiWalks.net Support Wiki Walks by contributing to their tip jar: https://tips.pinecast.com/jar/wikiwalks
11:42 6/26/22
Ep.54 – The Night Witches
With the might of the Soviet military during WWII, you'd think the most highly decorated regiment within their air force would be a group of highly specialized pilots. Nope, it was 400 women in 1920's era crop-duster biplanes made of plywood who absolutely crushed the Nazis under the cover of darkness. Meet the Night Witches. Night Witches Wiki Instagram // Facebook // YouTube // Twitter WikiWalks.net Support Wiki Walks by contributing to their Tip Jar: https://tips.pinecast.com/jar/wikiwalks
07:06 8/3/21
Ep.53 – Zombie Frank Hayes
During a steeplechase event at the famed Belmont Park in NY, jockey Frank Hayes set a record that has never been duplicated. And that's probably a really, really good thing. Frank Hayes Wiki Instagram // Facebook // YouTube // Twitter WikiWalks.net Support Wiki Walks by contributing to their Tip Jar: https://tips.pinecast.com/jar/wikiwalks
04:09 7/29/21
Ep.52 – America's First (and only) Emperor
A fed up and down on his luck San Francisco businessman, Joshua Norton, declared that he was the new Emperor of the United States, and the people sort of...just went with it. He passed laws and issued his own currency, and literally for the lolz the citizenry just played along. But like, for real though. Emperor Norton Wiki Instagram // Facebook // YouTube // Twitter WikiWalks.net Support Wiki Walks by contributing to their Tip Jar: https://tips.pinecast.com/jar/wikiwalks
06:44 7/27/21
Ep.51 – Ship of Theseus
What makes a thing a thing? What makes you...you? How much can you change something before it stops being that thing? Just one tweak? Or all tweaks but one? The Ship of Theseus is a classic Greek thought experiment that lays this complicated question that has been debated for millenia. Ship of Theseus Wiki Instagram // Facebook // YouTube // Twitter WikiWalks.net Support Wiki Walks by contributing to their Tip Jar: https://tips.pinecast.com/jar/wikiwalks
06:41 7/23/21
Ep.50 – Bat Bombs
World War II was a time of technological marvels and revolutionary new weaponry that changed the world as we know it. However, one military project stands alone as perhaps the nuttiest (and brutally effective) plan ever devised. Gluing bombs to thousands of bats and just letting 'er rip. Bat Bombs Wiki Instagram // Facebook // YouTube // Twitter WikiWalks.net Support Wiki Walks by contributing to their Tip Jar: https://tips.pinecast.com/jar/wikiwalks
09:10 7/20/21
Ep.49 – Bluetooth
Episode Notes The ubiquitous piece of technology that connects everything from headphones to toothbrushes is named after a Scandinavian king who had some pesky dental issues. Bluetooth Wiki Instagram // Facebook // YouTube // Twitter WikiWalks.net
05:29 7/13/21

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