Monthly Archives: August 2012

How the Mayan Calendar Works, Revisited


In this classic episode, former hosts Candace and Jane explain how the Mayan long count calendar works. We also discuss some other doomsday prophesies from 1666 and 1910, when people feared Halley’s Comet would poison them with gasses from its … Continue reading

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5 Historical Storms


Catastrophic storms are almost historical characters in their own right, leaving indelible marks on the places they affect. Here, we cover five of history’s most destructive storms, including the Tri-state Tornado of 1925 and the Great Hurricane of 1780.

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Easter Island (Update)


In this episode, we revisit theories about the statues of Easter Island: the Moai. New evidence suggests that fewer than 20 people “walked” the Moai to their positions. This idea shakes up existing theories about the destruction of the island’s … Continue reading

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Pretty Boy Floyd and the Kansas City Massacre


Pretty Boy Floyd started out doing farm work, but in his late teens he ran off to try his hand at crime. He earned a Robin Hood-like reputation, and became famous for his supposed involvement in the Kansas City Massacre. … Continue reading

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Lizzie Borden and her Axe (Update)


In 1892, a Massachusetts couple was brutally murdered; the only serious suspect was their daughter, Lizzie Borden. Borden was acquitted, but people have speculated about the crime ever since. Tune in to learn how new evidence might shed light on … Continue reading

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The Bloody Benders


The Bender clan settled in Kansas in 1870, building a combined store and inn. They weren’t popular. Only the comely Kate Bender drew admirers. When people began disappearing, the Benders weren’t suspects ‑‑ until a doctor vanished after visiting the … Continue reading

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Институт национальной памяти…. Польский плен


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