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Minor Lion-Based Surgery (Feats of Survival week) - That Was Genius Episode 125

Minor Lion-Based Surgery (Feats of Survival week) - That Was Genius Episode 125

October 7, 2021

Well we nearly didn't make this one (Tom's mic broke). But we survived and we're back with an episode all about feats of survival!

Tom's up first this week, with the parallel tales of H.M. Stanley and Dr David Livingstone, whose lives collided with the famous greeting, "Dr Livingstone, I presume"?

Next, Sam's been looking at survival from a great number of feet, rather than feats, with a dive into high-altitude ballooning and space skydiving!

Next week's episode is a patron exclusive all about security! Find it at patreon.com/thatwasgenius

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Welcome to That Was Genius: Two blokes. An immature sense of humour. And 10,000 years of human civilisation. A weekly podcast looking at the weirder side of history.

Join Sam Datta-Paulin (he likes history and lives in Britain) and Tom Berry (he also likes history and used to live in New Zealand but is now in the UK as well), for a weekly reflection on the bold, the brilliant... And the downright strange.

From bizarre events and stories to equally odd inventions, barely a day goes by without something incredible (or incredibly stupid) happening around the world.

We upload new episodes every Wednesday night/Thursday morning (UK time).

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The Misadventures of Florida Man (Internet week) - That Was Genius Episode 123

The Misadventures of Florida Man (Internet week) - That Was Genius Episode 123

September 16, 2021

It's internet week (Beep beep, boop boop, modem screeching noises)!

Sam starts us off with a look at project CyberSyn, a 1970s attempt by communist Chile to let a computer with a millionth the power of an iPhone run its entire economy.

Next, Tom's been looking at archaeological finds identified through the highly scientific medium of... Google Earth.

Next week's episode is a patron exclusive all about light! Find it at patreon.com/thatwasgenius

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Welcome to That Was Genius: Two blokes. An immature sense of humour. And 10,000 years of human civilisation. A weekly podcast looking at the weirder side of history.

Join Sam Datta-Paulin (he likes history and lives in Britain) and Tom Berry (he also likes history and used to live in New Zealand but is now in the UK as well), for a weekly reflection on the bold, the brilliant... And the downright strange.

From bizarre events and stories to equally odd inventions, barely a day goes by without something incredible (or incredibly stupid) happening around the world.

We upload new episodes every Wednesday night/Thursday morning (UK time).

Check us out on Facebook (and our Facebook group for memes and fun), InstagramTwitter and via our website, and please do subscribe to us and leave us a review if you like what you hear!

We‘re Bim Bam Bina Back (Italy week) - That Was Genius Episode 121

We‘re Bim Bam Bina Back (Italy week) - That Was Genius Episode 121

September 3, 2021

It's been... A While. But we're back, tanned, and ready to go!

This week it's all about Italy. Tom has been looking at operation Mincemeat, the allied attempts to thwart Axis intelligence in the lead up to the Italian campaign in WW2.

Meanwhile Sam's been taking a look at the history of the worlds (sort of) oldest and (sort of) smallest country, San Marino!

Next week's episode is a patron exclusive all about showbiz! Find it at patreon.com/thatwasgenius

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Welcome to That Was Genius: Two blokes. An immature sense of humour. And 10,000 years of human civilisation. A weekly podcast looking at the weirder side of history.

Join Sam Datta-Paulin (he likes history and lives in Britain) and Tom Berry (he also likes history and used to live in New Zealand but is now in the UK as well), for a weekly reflection on the bold, the brilliant... And the downright strange.

From bizarre events and stories to equally odd inventions, barely a day goes by without something incredible (or incredibly stupid) happening around the world.

We upload new episodes every Wednesday night/Thursday morning (UK time).

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That Was Genius Episode 119 - The Many Follies of Heidi Klum (Gardening week Patron exclusive!)

That Was Genius Episode 119 - The Many Follies of Heidi Klum (Gardening week Patron exclusive!)

August 4, 2021
This episode was a patron exclusive, which we're releasing to the public as we're taking a short summer break. Want to join and get more than two dozen exclusive episodes? Find us at patreon.com/thatwasgenius. We'll be back in two weeks!
 
Down at the Bottom of the Garden, among the birds and the bees, there live two slightly sweary hosts, and it's gardening week.
 
Yes, that's the Poddington Peas theme tune. Sam kicks us off this week with our first ever delve into Romanian folklore, with the story of Făt-Frumos with the Golden Hair - the fairy tale of a fabulously dressed prince turned very unsuccessful gardener.
 
Next, Tom's been looking at the history of hired hermits, paid to inhabit the gardens of the rich in the 18th and 19th centuries.
 
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Welcome to That Was Genius: Two blokes. An immature sense of humour. And 10,000 years of human civilisation. A weekly podcast looking at the weirder side of history.
 
Join Sam Datta-Paulin (he likes history and lives in Britain) and Tom Berry (he also likes history and used to live in New Zealand but is now in the UK as well), for a weekly reflection on the bold, the brilliant... And the downright strange.
From bizarre events and stories to equally odd inventions, barely a day goes by without something incredible (or incredibly stupid) happening around the world.
 
We upload new episodes every Wednesday night/Thursday morning (UK time).
 
Check us out on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and via our website, and please do subscribe to us and leave us a review if you like what you hear!
The Puckered Window of a Public Toilet (Glass week) - That Was Genius Episode 118

The Puckered Window of a Public Toilet (Glass week) - That Was Genius Episode 118

July 22, 2021

I can see clearly now the pane has come. It's glass week!

Sam kicks us off with a (tenuously connected to the theme) look at the Great Moon Hoax of 1835, in which a New York newspaper's series of increasingly bizarre articles about a moon civilization caught the public's imagination. 

Next, Tom's been exploring Glass Delusion, the historical psychiatric condition which led sufferers to believe they were made of easily shattered glass, when in fact that pain in their bottom was probably something far less dangerous.

We're taking a small break for a couple of weeks, but we're going to gift all our regular listeners a Patron exclusive episode to tide you over! Check back in a couple of weeks, or hear it early at patreon.com/thatwasgenius.

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Welcome to That Was Genius: Two blokes. An immature sense of humour. And 10,000 years of human civilisation. A weekly podcast looking at the weirder side of history.

Join Sam Datta-Paulin (he likes history and lives in Britain) and Tom Berry (he also likes history and used to live in New Zealand but is now in the UK as well), for a weekly reflection on the bold, the brilliant... And the downright strange.

From bizarre events and stories to equally odd inventions, barely a day goes by without something incredible (or incredibly stupid) happening around the world.

We upload new episodes every Wednesday night/Thursday morning (UK time).

Check us out on Facebook (and our Facebook group for memes and fun), InstagramTwitter and via our website, and please do subscribe to us and leave us a review if you like what you hear!

Poop On The Desk To Get The Job (Rivalries week) - That Was Genius Episode 116

Poop On The Desk To Get The Job (Rivalries week) - That Was Genius Episode 116

July 7, 2021

Edison and Tesla. Hunt and Louda. Tom and Sam. This week we're exploring rivalries!

Apologies for Sam's iffy sound quality this week, not sure what happened there. Normal service will resume next week!

Tom's up first with a bold and ambitious attempt to examine the Wars of the Roses, one of the most complicated periods in English history, and the inspiration (vaguely, no dragons) for Game of Thrones.

Next, Sam's been reading 'The Theory and Practice of Gamesmanship (or the Art of Winning Games without Actually Cheating)', Stephen Potter's 1947 satirical book on being an arse in sport and annoying your rival into defeat, which was so influential it actually led to rule changes in most professional sports.

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Welcome to That Was Genius: Two blokes. An immature sense of humour. And 10,000 years of human civilisation. A weekly podcast looking at the weirder side of history.

Join Sam Datta-Paulin (he likes history and lives in Britain) and Tom Berry (he also likes history and used to live in New Zealand but is now in the UK as well), for a weekly reflection on the bold, the brilliant... And the downright strange.

From bizarre events and stories to equally odd inventions, barely a day goes by without something incredible (or incredibly stupid) happening around the world.

We upload new episodes every Wednesday night/Thursday morning (UK time).

Check us out on Facebook (and our Facebook group for memes and fun), InstagramTwitter and via our website, and please do subscribe to us and leave us a review if you like what you hear!

That Was Genius Episode 114 - A Rowdy Witches Hen Party (Canada week)

That Was Genius Episode 114 - A Rowdy Witches Hen Party (Canada week)

June 25, 2021

Maple syrup. Tim Hortons. Burning down the White House. This week we're celebrating all things Canadian!

Sam kicks us off with a look at The Great Antonio - Montreal-based strongman, wrestler, and eccentric.

Next, Tom's all over the Halifax Explosion of December 1917 - one of the worst man-made disasters in history.

PS Sorry this episode is a couple of days behind - two recordings in one week makes Sam a late boy.

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Welcome to That Was Genius: Two blokes. An immature sense of humour. And 10,000 years of human civilisation. A weekly podcast looking at the weirder side of history.

Join Sam Datta-Paulin (he likes history and lives in Britain) and Tom Berry (he also likes history and used to live in New Zealand but is now in the UK as well), for a weekly reflection on the bold, the brilliant... And the downright strange.

From bizarre events and stories to equally odd inventions, barely a day goes by without something incredible (or incredibly stupid) happening around the world.

We upload new episodes every Wednesday night/Thursday morning (UK time).

Check us out on Facebook (and our Facebook group for memes and fun), InstagramTwitter and via our website, and please do subscribe to us and leave us a review if you like what you hear!

Yeast and Ship-Slime, PI (Medicine week) - That Was Genius Episode 112

Yeast and Ship-Slime, PI (Medicine week) - That Was Genius Episode 112

June 3, 2021

Doctor Doctor, I feel like a history podcast!

Well you're in luck, it's medicine week! Tom kicks us off with a look at the Ebers Papyri, a very, very long ancient Egyptian scroll full of bizarre and filthy cures for common ailments, with some rather sarcastic modern translations. 

Next, Sam looks at the nonsense uses of wee in medicine through history. Urine for a treat!

This episode features a cross-promo for Countries That Don't Exist Anymore. Check them out on your usual podcast app, or at https://www.ctdeapod.com/

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Welcome to That Was Genius: Two blokes. An immature sense of humour. And 10,000 years of human civilisation. A weekly podcast looking at the weirder side of history.

Join Sam Datta-Paulin (he likes history and lives in Britain) and Tom Berry (he also likes history and used to live in New Zealand but is now in the UK as well), for a weekly reflection on the bold, the brilliant... And the downright strange.

From bizarre events and stories to equally odd inventions, barely a day goes by without something incredible (or incredibly stupid) happening around the world.

We upload new episodes every Wednesday night/Thursday morning (UK time).

Check us out on Facebook (and our Facebook group for memes and fun), InstagramTwitter and via our website, and please do subscribe to us and leave us a review if you like what you hear!

Prick It, Twist It, Feck It (Slippery Situations week) - That Was Genius Episode 110

Prick It, Twist It, Feck It (Slippery Situations week) - That Was Genius Episode 110

May 20, 2021

Like an eel on a bobsleigh track, we're ploughing headfirst into a slippery situation this week!

Sam's up first this week with a look at the cursed (but very successful) life of Adolphe Sax, inventor of the saxophone and dodger of multiple near deaths, lawsuits, and assassination attempts.

Next, Tom's been slipping around the northwest passage (ooh er) with a look at 19th Century explorer explorer William Hudson.

Sorry this episode is 24 hours late - sick children issues!

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Welcome to That Was Genius: Two blokes. An immature sense of humour. And 10,000 years of human civilisation. A weekly podcast looking at the weirder side of history.

Join Sam Datta-Paulin (he likes history and lives in Britain) and Tom Berry (he also likes history and used to live in New Zealand but is now in the UK as well), for a weekly reflection on the bold, the brilliant... And the downright strange.

From bizarre events and stories to equally odd inventions, barely a day goes by without something incredible (or incredibly stupid) happening around the world.

We upload new episodes every Wednesday night/Thursday morning (UK time).

Check us out on Facebook (and our Facebook group for memes and fun), InstagramTwitter and via our website, and please do subscribe to us and leave us a review if you like what you hear!

The Sound of Something Trapped in the Ice-Cream Truck (Farming week) - That Was Genius Episode 108

The Sound of Something Trapped in the Ice-Cream Truck (Farming week) - That Was Genius Episode 108

May 5, 2021

Ooh Arr, it's farming week!

Tom starts us off with a look at Fritz Haber, the German chemist who, on the one hand, revolutionised farming and fed the world. On the other hand, he also led Germany's chemical weapons programme in World War One. The left hand giveth, the right hand taketh away...

Next, Sam's been looking at the Pig War of 1859, in which Britain and the US nearly went to war over a potato patch.

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Welcome to That Was Genius: Two blokes. An immature sense of humour. And 10,000 years of human civilisation. A weekly podcast looking at the weirder side of history.

Join Sam Datta-Paulin (he likes history and lives in Britain) and Tom Berry (he also likes history and used to live in New Zealand but is now in the UK as well), for a weekly reflection on the bold, the brilliant... And the downright strange.

From bizarre events and stories to equally odd inventions, barely a day goes by without something incredible (or incredibly stupid) happening around the world.

We upload new episodes every Wednesday night/Thursday morning (UK time).

Check us out on Facebook (and our Facebook group for memes and fun), InstagramTwitter and via our website, and please do subscribe to us and leave us a review if you like what you hear!

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