Monthly Archives: April 2012

Horace Wells and the Gas War


Dentist Horace Wells set up shop in Hartford in 1836, before the discovery of anasthesia. At an exhibition in 1844 he became certain that nitrous oxide could revolutionize medicine. He tried to demonstrate his findings… but things didn’t go as … Continue reading

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Who was the real Professor Moriarty? Part 1


Professor Moriarty was based on a real man: Adam Worth. After being falsely reported as dead during the Civil War, Worth began a life of crime. When Worth moved to London he began his Moriarty phase, but his peculiar criminal … Continue reading

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Four Flights of Female Aviators


Amelia Earhart is the most well-known female aviator, but there were several notable female aviation pioneers. Raymonde de Laroche was the first woman to earn a pilot’s license, and Jacqueline Cochran became the first woman to break the sound barrier.

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Who was the Great Imposter?


Ferdinand Demara took on several bogus personas throughout his imposter career — everything from a professor to a monk. Demara stole the identities of regular people, and often performed their job duties. Tune in to learn more about the Great … Continue reading

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Who was the real Indiana Jones?


Although Lucas and Spielberg claim Indiana Jones was only inspired by adventure movies and pulp fiction, people have still suggested real-life inspirations. Tune in to learn more about several contenders, including Roy Chapman Andrews and Otto Rahn.

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Westward Bound: Beryl Markham’s Transatlantic Flight


Beryl Markham was Africa’s first female licensed racehorse trainer, but by the 1920s she’d found a new passion: flying. She went on to become Kenya’s first female commercial pilot, and by 1936 she was ready to fly solo across the … Continue reading

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The Heiress Explorer: Louise Boyd and the Arctic


When gold mine heiress Louise Boyd staged her first Arctic expedition in the 1920s, she hunted polar bears with aristocrats. Yet she also met other explorers who encouraged her in more scientific pursuits. Listen in and learn more about her … Continue reading

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