Ungeniused

Ungeniused

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Ungeniused is a show dedicated to covering the weirdest articles found on Wikipedia. Stephen Hackett and Myke Hurley are here to explain topics and share knowledge you’ll never be able to use in real life. Hosted by Myke Hurley and Stephen Hackett.
39: The Max Headroom Broadcast Signal Intrusion
Dec 6 • 10 min
The story of Max Headroom spans from a science fiction character in a made-for-TV movie to the central character in an infamous TV signal hijacking in the late 1980s.
38: The World’s Longest-Lasting Light Bulbs
Nov 22 • 11 min
The world’s oldest working light bulb was first lit in 1901, but as it turns out, there’s some drama surrounding that fact.
37: Small Animal Racing
Nov 8 • 11 min
People have raced hamsters, pigs and even turtles for years. Dive into the world of illegal betting on backyard race tracks and … whatever it is turtles do when they are in competition with one another.
36: The Collyer Brothers
Oct 25 • 14 min
The sad tale of two siblings who lived their entire lives together and died just feet apart from one another.
35: The SS Eastland
Oct 16 • 12 min
Recorded live in Chicago, the story of a horrific and deadly accident involving a ship that took place a mere 20 feet from shore.
34: Project Pluto
Oct 11 • 12 min
In 1957, the U.S. Air Force started a project to build a nuclear-powered missile that would rain down radiation and atomic bombs as it screamed overhead, just above the treetops.
33: The Yellow Fleet
Sep 27 • 8 min
From 1967 to 1975, over a dozen cargo ships were stranded in the Suez Canal after the Six-Day War. Crews on these ships created a small civilization that lasted until the Canal was cleared and they could be towed home.
32: Numbers Stations
Sep 13 • 11 min
A numbers station is a shortwave radio station characterized by broadcasts of formatted numbers, which are believed to be addressed to intelligence officers operating in foreign countries.
31: Exploding Lakes
Aug 16 • 8 min
While only observed twice, limnic eruptions are both terrifying and deadly.
30: Bat Bombs, Bird-Guided Missiles and More
Aug 2 • 10 min
All of these topics are terrible.
29: Going Over Niagara Falls
Jul 19 • 11 min
Many people have gone over Niagara Falls in things like barrels and giant rubber balls. You shouldn’t try it.
28: The Sodder Children Disappearance
Jul 5 • 15 min
Christmas Eve 1945 brought tragedy to the home of the Sodder family. A fire leveled their home, and four children disappeared, with little evidence left that they perished in the flames.
27: The Oak Island Mystery
Jun 21 • 13 min
For centuries, treasure hunters have been digging up a tiny island off the coast of Nova Scotia in search of a pirate treasure. The thing is, there is very little evidence of it actually existing.
26: The Texas City Disasters
Jun 7 • 11 min
The port city of Texas City, Texas has witnessed not one, but two, explosive accidents over the last century. With hundreds dead and even more injured, this city has seen more than its fair share of disasters.
25: Three Unusual Sports
May 24 • 8 min
Things like basketball and football are so mainstream. Maybe it’s time to stand out as at athlete in a more unique sport.
24: Six Modern Pyramids
May 10 • 12 min
When Myke was young, he wanted to be an Egyptologist. Unaware of his co-host’s childhood dreams, Stephen booked a world-wide tour of modern pyramids.
23: Moon Landing Conspiracy Theories
Apr 12 • 17 min
From 1969 to 1972, twelve astronauts walked on the moon. OR DID THEY?
22: Selfie-related Deaths
Mar 29 • 13 min
Getting that perfect snap is not worth your life.
21: Palace of the Parliament
Mar 15 • 14 min
“Go big or go home” certainly describes the home of The People’s House, a 3.9 million square foot mammoth of a building in Romania.
20: The Great Molasses Flood
Mar 1 • 10 min
On January 15, 1919, the Great Molasses Flood killed 21 and injured 150 more in Boston.
19: The Caning of Charles Sumner
Feb 15 • 10 min
On May 22, 1856, Preston Brooks attacked Charles Sumner on the floor of the U.S. Senate, striking him repeatedly with a cane until he was unconscious.
18: Centralia, Pennsylvania
Feb 1 • 13 min
Get out your maps! We’re going to a mining town. Or what’s left of one, at least.
17: Concorde
Jan 18 • 17 min
London to New York in three hours. Welcome to Concorde.
16: D. B. Cooper
Jan 4 • 25 min
On November 24, 1971, a hijacker parachuted out of the back of a Boeing 727 and into the history books.
15: Festivus
Dec 23, 2016 • 6 min
We find tinsel distracting.
14: The Philadelphia Experiment
Dec 7, 2016 • 10 min
Some claim the United States Navy was experimenting with electromagnetism in 1943. Stories say it rendered a ship invisible and teleported it over 200 miles.
13: Flat Earth Societies
Nov 23, 2016 • 7 min
Not everyone believes the planet beneath our feet is spherical. The groups have been around for centuries, and survive today, thanks to the Internet.
12: Spontaneous Human Combustion
Nov 10, 2016 • 8 min
Are you ever concerned that a loved one may burst into flames in their sleep? You probably don’t have to worry about spontaneous human combustion. Probably.
11: Non-human Electoral Candidates
Oct 26, 2016 • 9 min
Republicans and Democrats have you down this election cycle? Why not consider a non-human candidate?
10: The 1904 Summer Olympics
Oct 12, 2016 • 11 min
The Games of the III Olympiad were marred by exploitation, experimentation and a near-deadly marathon.
9: The Bermuda Triangle
Sep 28, 2016 • 12 min
The Bermuda Triangle is a loosely-defined region in the western part of the North Atlantic Ocean, where a number of aircraft and ships are said to have disappeared under mysterious circumstances.
8: The Principality of Sealand
Sep 14, 2016 • 10 min
The Principality of Sealand is an unrecognized micronation off the coast of England with a very colorful history.
7: The Emu War
Sep 1, 2016 • 11 min
In 1932, farmers in Western Australia were having their crops destroyed by a migrating emu population. Their solution? Soldiers armed with machine guns.
6: The Hum
Aug 17, 2016 • 12 min
The Hum is a phenomenon involving widespread reports of a persistent and invasive low-frequency humming, rumbling, or droning noise not audible to all people.
5: The World’s Littlest Skyscraper
Aug 4, 2016 • 9 min
There’s more to the Newby-McMahon Building in Wichita Falls, Texas than meets the eye.
4: Inventors Killed by Their Own Inventions
Jul 21, 2016 • 15 min
History is full of people tragically killed by their own inventions. This episode is full of their stories.
3: The Ghost Army & Inflatable Tanks
Jul 7, 2016 • 17 min
During World War II, the United States Army deployed a division made up of artists armed with inflatable tanks, sound equipment and more, all designed to deceive and manipulate the enemy.
2: Dancing Mania
Jun 23, 2016 • 19 min
In mainland Europe between the 14th and 17th centuries, large groups of people would dance in the streets. Were they sick? Was it just a form of escape? Did someone curse them?
1: Action Park
Jun 8, 2016 • 40 min
Action Park claimed six lives in the 1980s. From water slides with loops to racing tracks on the sides of mountains, the amusement park’s shocking history raises lots of questions.