That Was Genius - A Funny History Podcast
The Time Travelling Friar or A Wagger of Ballocks (bands week)- That Was Genius Episode 77

The Time Travelling Friar or A Wagger of Ballocks (bands week)- That Was Genius Episode 77

July 30, 2020

It's the Sultans of Swing themselves, yes, Tom and Sam are back to talk all things bands!

 

Tom kicks us off with a look at the history behind Robin Hood's Band of Merry Men, including a story about Maid Marian and Friar Tuck that reads like bad Twilight fan fiction.

 

Next, Sam takes a look at the fascinating story of Eric Vogel and the Ghetto Swingers, the concentration camp jazz band forced to play for their lives, and the SS's pleasure.

 

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Our next public episode in two weeks is all about the navy and battleships.

 

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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.

 

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Bash Street’s Back Alright! (Errant Youth week) - That Was Genius Episode 75

Bash Street’s Back Alright! (Errant Youth week) - That Was Genius Episode 75

July 16, 2020

Teenagers, eh? This week is all about errant youth through the ages.

Tom kicks us off with a look at public (what we in the UK call private) school rebellions, in which posh kids rose up against their teachers. 

Next, Sam takes a look at the Gottorp Fury, the summer in which a young King Charles XII of Sweden let loose in a booze-fuelled summer rampage that nearly lost him his kingdom.

Next week is a patron exclusive all about the Olympics! 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 bands - musical and otherwise!

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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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A Cack-handed Tossing of Children and Females (left-handed week) - That Was Genius Episode 73

A Cack-handed Tossing of Children and Females (left-handed week) - That Was Genius Episode 73

July 1, 2020

To the left to the left, everything you hold in the hand to the left. Yes, it's left handed week!

Sam, our resident Southpaw, kicks us off this week with a look at the odd Russian folk tale of Cross-eyed Lefty from Tula and the Steel Flea - a pre-revolutionary story about a poor but very skilled craftsman and a very, very small flea.

Next, Tom takes a look at some of the ancient lefties, and how they had a bit of an unfair advantage when it came to sports and fighting...

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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 IS a tasty Cabbage (Sidekicks week) - That Was Genius Episode 71

That IS a tasty Cabbage (Sidekicks week) - That Was Genius Episode 71

June 17, 2020

It's all about trusted advisors and sidekicks this week from your two favourite right-hand men.

Tom kicks us off with some of the stories of Raja Birbal (or just Birbal), the 16th Century advisor to Mughal Emperor, Akbar. Witty, petty and sometimes a bit rude, his stories have become the stuff of fairytale!

Next, Sam takes to the high seas for a look at Anne Bonny and Mary Reade, two 18th Century pirates who dragged up and dressed as men to loot and pillage their way across the Caribbean as the closest advisors (and occasional lovers) of Captain 'Calico' Jack Rackham.  

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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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Digging for Brown Gold (Hobbies week) - That Was Genius Episode 69

Digging for Brown Gold (Hobbies week) - That Was Genius Episode 69

June 3, 2020

Is listening to podcasts a hobby? Well here's some more. Only these ones are a bit odd. And rude.

Sam kicks us off this week with a look at James 'Jemmy' Hurst, the mad, animal-training Yorkshireman from the 18th century, who rode around on a bull with a pack of hunting pigs, whilst wearing a technicolour dream coat and a 9 foot wide hat.

Next, Tom takes a look at some of the... ruder... discoveries by amateur archaeologists in the Portable Antiquities Scheme. A *what* jug!?

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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!

Trousers Down, and Present the S**t (Weddings week) - That Was Genius Episode 67

Trousers Down, and Present the S**t (Weddings week) - That Was Genius Episode 67

May 20, 2020

A happy marriage of history and 'comedy'*? It must be weddings week!        *in the loosest sense. 

Sam starts us off this week with a look at the bizarre and ridiculous marriage of Elisabeth Pallier and Pierre Houlbronne, two 16th Century lovebirds who were married once happily, married once by force (including a jail sentence), and after all that, divorced by Pierre's parents against the not-so-happy couples will.

Next, Tom takes a look at the equally unromantic and slightly barbarous marriage practices of ancient Sparta. It turns out they weren't just tough on their enemies; wives and bachelors got a rough deal too.

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

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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!

Chocks Out for the Lads (Accents week) - That Was Genius Episode 65

Chocks Out for the Lads (Accents week) - That Was Genius Episode 65

May 6, 2020

Eey By Gum, it's accents week!

Tom kicks us off with a look at the fascinating (and very short) history of two classic stereotypical accents - the west country pirate we all know and love (but who didn't exist until the 1950s) and the dashing (and very posh) WW2 RAF pilot - who turned out to be a bit more working class in reality!

Next, Sam takes a look at Polari, the secret language which began with puppet shows and ended up being a safe haven for Britian's gay community from the 17th Century until the 1960s.

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

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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).

Become a Member of the Order of the Bathroom and join our Patreon for access to all episodes, special songs, medals and more amazing perks! https://www.patreon.com/thatwasgenius

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!

Knocker and Chisholm’s Leather Emporium (Nurses week) - That Was Genius Episode 64

Knocker and Chisholm’s Leather Emporium (Nurses week) - That Was Genius Episode 64

April 29, 2020

Ooh er matron, it's nurses week! 

Sam kicks us off with the tale of WW1 best mates, motorbike daredevils and fearless first-aiders Elsie Knocker and Mairi Chisholm, whose bravery in setting up an independent nursing station just metres from the trenches near Ypres earned them fame, medals and more.

Next, after a light-hearted start, Tom takes us on a rare serious trip to the Bangka Island massacre of 1942, and Australian nurse Vivian Bullwinkel. Vivian was one of just a few survivors of a Japanese massacre after she, several dozen other nurses and civilians, and a few soldiers were shipwrecked. She went on to spend the war helping troops in a POW camp, and lived a completely normal life after WW2, never talking about at least some of the other horrors she endured. An amazing story, but not one for the faint-hearted!

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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).

Become a Member of the Order of the Bathroom and join our Patreon for access to all episodes, special songs, medals and more amazing perks! https://www.patreon.com/thatwasgenius

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!

The Farting Poodle Chamber Orchestra (Pets week) - That Was Genius Episode 63

The Farting Poodle Chamber Orchestra (Pets week) - That Was Genius Episode 63

April 23, 2020

 

Who's a good boy then? We are, that's who. It's pets week!

Tom kicks us off with a look at Wojtek, the Syrian brown bear and Polish army corporal with a penchant for marmalade, cigarettes, stealing underwear and lugging shells on the battlefield. He traveled with the Polish 2nd Corps through Iran, Iraq, the middle east and Italy, making friends along the way (unless you happen to be a Nazi sympathiser hiding in a shower).

Next, Sam takes a look at Boye, the bullet-catching, devil-worshipping, invisible spy-poodle, and beloved pet of Prince Rupert of the Rhine in the English civil war.

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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 Filthy Little Tip for the Barman (Travelers week) - That Was Genius Episode 62

A Filthy Little Tip for the Barman (Travelers week) - That Was Genius Episode 62

April 15, 2020

We're going on a history hunt, we're going to find a fun source!Yes, it's traveler week. Tom kicks us off with a look at Till Eulenspiegel (which bizarrely translates as either toilet paper or owl mirror), the ridiculously rude medieval book about an idiot circus performer who farts and poops his way through Germany and the Holy Roman Empire, annoying people along the way.Next, Sam takes us to, erm, Germany again (with an honourable mention for Jimmy Carter's speech about wanting to get to know Poland carnally). This time, he's been learning about Ahnenerbe, the Nazi archaeological society who traveled the world trying to prove that Hitler was related to Buddha, and that Germans come from the lost city of Atlantis. Which is an insane as it sounds - though it did give some inspiration to the villains in Indiana Jones!Subscribe and listen to us! Apple Music // Podbean // Overcast // Stitcher // TuneIn // Spotify

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 is produced by Glorious Republic Broadcasting.

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