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A Risky Night at the Zoo Brothel (Tyrants week) - That Was Genius Episode95

A Risky Night at the Zoo Brothel (Tyrants week) - That Was Genius Episode95

January 20, 2021

This isn't a democracy, you can't tell us what to do! Apart from the audience member who told us to do tyrants and despots, which is exactly what we've done this week.

Sam starts us off this week with a look at The Zhengde Emperor - the mad Ming ruler who spent his time playing dress-up, chopping up Europeans and collecting animals and women, rather than really doing anything useful.

Next, Tom takes a look at Plato's republic, a classical Greek work that might just have some useful messages today. Or it might just be the rantings of a grumpy old man, who can say...

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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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Give ‘em the Old Razzle Dazzle (Weapons week) - That Was Genius Episode 93

Give ‘em the Old Razzle Dazzle (Weapons week) - That Was Genius Episode 93

January 7, 2021

Boom! It's weapons week. And our first episode of 2021!

Tom starts the year off with a bang, with a look at the first ever military submarine, the Turtle of 1776. He also gives an honorable mention to Dazzle camouflage - the idea you can mask a ship's movement by painting it mad, zebra-like patterns.

Next, Sam takes a somewhat odd look at the surprisingly long history of strapping bombs to birds - nearly a millennia of animal cruelty in the name of killing one another from crows with fireworks up their bums to nuclear chickens.

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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 FacebookInstagramTwitter and via our website, and please do subscribe to us and leave us a review if you like what you hear!

That Was Genius Christmas Quiz 2020

That Was Genius Christmas Quiz 2020

December 24, 2020

What a year! And how better to say goodbye to it than reminding ourselves how things were crappy in the olden days, too.

So, here we have our end of year quiz, with audience suggestions too (the questions were posted on our Facebook page and Patreon).

Have a great holiday season and new year everyone, wherever you are. I hope 2021 is better than whatever... this... is! 

Our next public episode is all about mad military inventions!

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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 FacebookInstagramTwitter and via our website, and please do subscribe to us and leave us a review if you like what you hear!

Seven Times on the Knob (Best Friends week) - That Was Genius Episode 91

Seven Times on the Knob (Best Friends week) - That Was Genius Episode 91

December 10, 2020

It's best friends week!

Tom kicks us off with a look at the origin of 'Whipping Boys', along with a trip to the land of the Groom of the Stool, and court eunuchs.

Next, Sam takes a look at the unusual friendship and daring prison camp escape of Max Gendelman and Karl Kirschner, a Jewish-American POW and a German officer who became best friends.

Next week is a patron exclusive all about knock offs. Join our Patreon for access to all episodes, special songs, medals and more amazing perks! 

Our next public episode is all about mad military inventions!

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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 FacebookInstagramTwitter and via our website, and please do subscribe to us and leave us a review if you like what you hear!

A Dwarf in Crotchless Underwear (Hangovers week) - That Was Genius Episode 89

A Dwarf in Crotchless Underwear (Hangovers week) - That Was Genius Episode 89

November 25, 2020

Waking up the next day full of regret and with a splitting headache: Just one of the side effects of listening to this podcast. Especially in hangovers week!

Well, to be honest, we've both just done drunks, but hey ho. Sam kicks us off with a look at the battle of the Alma, a Crimean war barney fuelled by huge amounts of mid-fight boozing on the part of the Russians.

Next, Tom takes a look at the sinking of the White Ship, a Norman party cruise gone wrong, which led to decades of national strife for medieval England.

Next week is a patron exclusive all about psychiatry. Join our Patreon for access to all episodes, special songs, medals and more amazing perks! 

Our next public episode in two weeks is all about best friends!

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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 FacebookInstagramTwitter and via our website, and please do subscribe to us and leave us a review if you like what you hear!

Milking the Billy Goat (Cars week) - That Was Genius Episode 87

Milking the Billy Goat (Cars week) - That Was Genius Episode 87

November 12, 2020

Here in my car, I've got lots of podcasts, all about stuff that happened way in the past. It's Cars!

Yes, the humble automobile is the topic this week. Tom's been looking at the amazing overland odyssey of mad Australian Francis Birtles, who drove from the UK to Oz (granted, with some boats) in the 1920s. 

Next, Sam takes a look at Bertha Benz, wife of car inventor Karl Benz, who in 1888 got bored of her husband's tinkering and stole his car, taking the first ever long-distance drive, and kick-starting a revolution in the process.

Next week is a patron exclusive all about, deserts. Join our Patreon for access to all episodes, special songs, medals and more amazing perks! 

Our next public episode in two weeks is all about hangovers!

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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 FacebookInstagramTwitter and via our website, and please do subscribe to us and leave us a review if you like what you hear!

Rocky Balboa F*sting Horses (Naturalists week) - That Was Genius Episode 85

Rocky Balboa F*sting Horses (Naturalists week) - That Was Genius Episode 85

October 29, 2020

Nudists or animal lovers? It's anyone's guess this week as we mangle the line between naturalists and naturists.

Tom takes a look at Nazi nudists, because he got confused about the topic. Frankly, it's still pretty interesting though.

Meanwhile, Sam's been looking at nudist explorer Robyn Davidson's 1700 mile naked trek across Australia, followed by an examination of the creator of cryptozoology and monster hunter Ivan T Sanderson, and mad-scientist/monster creator Ilya Ivanovich Ivanov's quest to breed chimp-human hybrids.

Next week is a patron exclusive all about, natural disasters. Join our Patreon for access to all episodes, special songs, medals and more amazing perks! 

Our next public episode in two weeks is all about vehicles.

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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 FacebookInstagramTwitter and via our website, and please do subscribe to us and leave us a review if you like what you hear!

Who Do You Think You Are Kidding Mr Truman? (Civil Wars week) - That Was Genius Episode 83

Who Do You Think You Are Kidding Mr Truman? (Civil Wars week) - That Was Genius Episode 83

October 15, 2020

There's nothing civil about That Was Genius. Except this week's theme, civil wars.

Sam starts off with a look at the Battle of Bamber Bridge, a WW2 attempt to segregate US troops stationed in a small village in Britain, which saw whites banned and a running battle between African American and white US troops in the streets.

Next, Tom takes a look at the civil war origins of various words, phrases and idioms throughout history, with an honourable mention for Basil Copper Hands, the Byzantine con-man and insurrectionist. 

Next week is a patron exclusive all about, erm... Shoes (Tom's choice)! Join our Patreon for access to all episodes, special songs, medals and more amazing perks! 

Our next public episode in two weeks is all about 'Naturalists' (not nudists).

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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 FacebookInstagramTwitter and via our website, and please do subscribe to us and leave us a review if you like what you hear!

A Long Wait for 15 Seconds of Action (Things that never happened week) - That Was Genius Episode 81

A Long Wait for 15 Seconds of Action (Things that never happened week) - That Was Genius Episode 81

September 30, 2020

I don't believe it! This week we're looking at things that never happened.

Tom kicks us off with a look at some of the ridiculous flying saints in the Catholic church; some more recent than you might think, and all especially stupid. Or possibly just epileptic. 

Next, Sam takes a look at English As She Is Spoke by Pedro Carolino - a very real phrase book from someone who was only pretending to be able to speak English. With hilarious results. 

Next week is a patron exclusive all about alcohol! Join our Patreon for access to all episodes, special songs, medals and more amazing perks! 

Our next public episode in two weeks is all about 'civil wars'.

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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 FacebookInstagramTwitter and via our website, and please do subscribe to us and leave us a review if you like what you hear!

Jib all Over the Place (Ships week) - That Was Genius Episode 79

Jib all Over the Place (Ships week) - That Was Genius Episode 79

September 16, 2020

Boom, we're back with a shot across the bow for ships week!

Tom kicks us off with the story of the collision between the HMS Victoria and the HMS Camperdown in 1893, where a badly timed order and a test of loyalty had disastrous consequences.

Next, Sam takes a look at the Battle of Fimreite in 1184, in which the Norwegian King Magnus Erlingsonn and rebel leader Sverre Sigurdsson fought a truly stupid naval battle.

Next week is a patron exclusive all about sides (dishes, battles, of a triangle maybe...)! Join our Patreon for access to all episodes, special songs, medals and more amazing perks! 

Our next public episode in two weeks is all about 'things that never happened'.

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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 FacebookInstagramTwitter 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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