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159: Yasuke, The Black Samurai - Part Two
Jul 31 • 74 min
In this episode, Yasuke impresses a lot of Japanese people, wonders what his job will be, and finally becomes a samurai! Special thanks to our patrons: Kathleen, Katelynn, Ashley, Loreena & Josh, Gamy, Sadie, Natalie, Natalya, Daniel, Michael, Julia,…
Hysterical Mini 19: Texan Moms Stealing Legs From Museums
Jul 25 • 49 min
In this mini, Alexis and Hailey catch up on your reviews, emails, and talk about how many random history related things, like Santa Ana’s leg and where it should be.Special thanks to our patrons: Kathleen, Katelynn, Ashley, Loreena & Josh, Gamy, Sadie,…
Bonus Epispde: US State Mottos
Jul 24 • 45 min
In this bonus episode, Hailey and Alexis try to guess states by their mottos, yell a couple times at how wrong some of them are, get tricked by a state using Spanish AGAIN, and generally think almost all states need new mottos. Special thanks to our…
Hysterical Mini 18: Presidential Heights
Jul 18 • 46 min
In this mini, Alexis and Hailey catch up on your reviews, emails, and talk about how tall various Founding Fathers were.Special thanks to our patrons: Kathleen, Katelynn, Ashley, Loreena & Josh, Gamy, Sadie, Natalie, Natalya, Daniel, Michael, Julia, Kara,…
158: Yasuke, The Black Samurai - Part One
Jul 17 • 95 min
In this episode, Alexis teaches Hailey about Yasuke, a black samurai, calls out the book she’s reading for being sketchy at best, and demands Ubisoft turn this into an Assassin’s Creed game!Special thanks to our patrons: Kathleen, Katelynn, Ashley,…
157: Robert Smalls and the Great Civil War Escape
Jul 10 • 103 min
In this episode, Hailey teaches Alexis about Robert Smalls, a slave turned soldier turned Congressman who did everything he could to build up his race to be on equal footing.Special thanks to our patrons: Kathleen, Katelynn, Ashley, Loreena & Josh, Gamy,…
156: Dorothy Dandridge, the Black Carmen
Jul 3 • 102 min
In this guest episode, Alexis teaches Alyssa about Dorothy Dandridge, a beautiful black actress with a heartbreaking life. Special thanks to our patrons: Kathleen, Katelynn, Ashley, Loreena & Josh, Gamy, Sadie, Natalie, Natalya, Daniel, Michael, Julia,…
155: How a Pennsylvania Quaker Became A Prince of Afghanistan - Part Six Finale
Jun 24 • 91 min
In this final episode of Josiah, so much happens! The British in Kabul! Josiah becomes a prince forever! A European vacation! And two embarrassing defeats back to back. Join us!Special thanks to our patrons: Kathleen, Katelynn, Ashley, Loreena & Josh,…
154: How a Pennsylvania Quaker Became A Prince of Afghanistan - Part Five
Jun 19 • 85 min
In this penultimate Josiah episode, will he fight in a battle? Will he be good at anything? Can he redeem himself from being a mediocre white man intent on conquering? Listen and find out!Special thanks to our patrons: Kathleen, Katelynn, Ashley, Loreena…
153: 1899 Kissing Bug Epidemic
May 29 • 68 min
In this episode, Alexis teaches Hailey about the 1899 Kissing Bug epidemic in the United States, how the deadly bugs became fashion, and makes Hailey relive her childhood nightmares. Special thanks to our patrons: Kathleen, Katelynn, Ashley, Loreena &…
Bonus Episode: US License Plate Game
May 21 • 65 min
Join us for this bonus episode where we guess what license plate is for what state! The powerpoint will be up on our Facebook page if you want to play along. Spoiler alert: We don’t know where New Jersey is.Special thanks to our patrons: Kathleen,…
152: Fern Mummy
May 8 • 74 min
In this episode, Hailey presents Alexis with a bouillabaisse of topics, with mean Valentines, Victorian fern obsession, and King Tut’s cursed tomb! You might think this episode is tangent filled, but most of them were edited out and will be in some…
151: How a Pennsylvania Quaker Became A Prince of Afghanistan - Part Four
May 1 • 107 min
Josiah vacations at Kabul for 18 months before he decides…to go back towards India?! His ridiculous shenanigans continue in this episode!Special thanks to our patrons: Kathleen, Katelynn, Ashley, Loreena & Josh, Gamy, Sadie, Natalie, Natalya, Daniel,…
150: How a Pennsylvania Quaker Became A Prince of Afghanistan - Part Three
Apr 24 • 116 min
Josiah finally makes it to Kabul and meets Dost Mohammed, who is…kind of hot? And smart? Uh oh. Also he eats a pea that can make your butt fall off! Don’t believe me? Listen to the ep and find out which one!This episode ended up being TOO LONG so I had to…
Hysterical Mini 17: Roadtrips and the Longest Month of Our Lives
Apr 13 • 50 min
In this mini, Alexis and Hailey catch up on nice reviews, nice emails, rant waaaay too much and try to get through March, the longest month of the century.Special thanks to our patrons: Kathleen, Katelynn, Ashley, Loreena & Josh, Gamy, Sadie, Natalie,…
149: How a Pennsylvania Quaker Became A Prince of Afghanistan - Part Two
Apr 8 • 93 min
Josiah Harlan, a Quaker from Pennsylania, continues on his terrible journey through India to Afghanistan, meets a tiny prince, and then some older ones, cures some blindness and gets deserted by almost all his men. Enjoy!Also the audio is kind of loud in…
148: How a Pennsylvania Quaker Became A Prince of Afghanistan - Part One
Mar 31 • 103 min
We all know countries were practicing imperialism in the 19th century, but what about random individuals? In this episode, Alexis teaches Hailey about Josiah Harlan, a Quaker from Pennsylvania, decided, after a break up, to never return to America and…
Hysterical Mini 16: The Maxi Mini
Mar 27 • 60 min
When a mini is so long, it’s the length of an episode….But hopefully you’ll enjoy it during self isolation!Special thanks to our patrons: Kathleen, Katelynn, Ashley, Loreena & Josh, Gamy, Sadie, Natalie, Natalya, Daniel, Michael, Julia, Kara, Macoy,…
147: Washing Your Hands By Ignaz Semmelweis
Mar 24 • 59 min
Hate being told to wash your hands in this infectious time? Then this is not the episode for you! This week, Hailey teaches Alexis about the dark history of hand washing and why sometimes you just need to leave the country.Special thanks to our patrons:…
Hysterical Mini 15: Yankee Doodle Disaster
Mar 22 • 51 min
In this mini, we mispronunce all things English, and read your emails and reviews!Special thanks to our patrons: Kathleen, Katelynn, Ashley, Loreena & Josh, Gamy, Sadie, Natalie, Natalya, Daniel, Michael, Julia, Kara, Macoy, Coffee Infused Nerd, Abigail,…
146: St. Patrick the Snake Slayer
Mar 17 • 67 min
St. Patrick’s Day is about wearing green, eating corned beef and cabbage and removing all the snakes from Ireland? Apparently, that’s what St. Patrick did! In this episode, Alexis teaches Hailey some basic info about St. Patrick, all of which he probably…
145: Tulipmania and Econ 101
Mar 10 • 72 min
We’ve had the housing market crash, the dot come bubble burst, and…the tulip market boom? That’s right, in the Golden Dutch age in the 17th century, nothing was more valuable than diseased tulips! Join us as Hailey teaches Alexis some economics and…
144: Khutulun, The Mongolian Wrestling Princess
Mar 3 • 81 min
You’ve heard of Atalanta, the speedy Greek mythology heroine who would not marry a man unless he could beat her in a foot race. But have you heard of the real life Mongolian princess who refused to marry a man who couldn’t beat her in wrestling? We hadn’t…
143: Ching Shih, Pirate Queen
Feb 25 • 72 min
You’ve heard of pirates in the Caribbean, but have you heard of pirates in the South China Sea? Join us this week to learn about Ching Shih, possibly the most successful pirate of all time, who brings Britain, Portugal and China onto their knees.Special…
142: History of Valentine’s Day
Feb 18 • 45 min
Valentine’s Day may have been last week, but are you even sure who you were celebrating or why? Join us this week, as Hailey teaches Alexis about the multiple saints who might have been St. Valentine, and which historical figures made it cool.Special…
Hysterical Mini 14: All King Henry’s Are French
Feb 15 • 56 min
In this mini, we talk about historical mistakes from many online sources, and read your emails and reviews!Special thanks to our patrons: Kathleen, Katelynn, Ashley, Loreena & Josh, Gamy, Sadie, Natalie, Natalya, Daniel, Michael, Julia, Kara, Macoy,…
141: Emperor Wu, China’s Only Female Emperor
Feb 11 • 98 min
Men hate her, women hate her, but we love her. Join us for Emperor Wu’s journey from concubine, to Empress, to Queen Mother, to Emperor of China. Special thanks to our patrons: Kathleen, Katelynn, Ashley, Loreena & Josh, Gamy, Sadie, Natalie, Natalya,…
Bonus Ep: Reign Season 1 Episode 7 Watch-a-long
Feb 8 • 50 min
Join us in a watch a long of another Reign episode! This one has everything, from poison, to catacombs, and even forks!Special thanks to our patrons: Kathleen, Katelynn, Ashley, Loreena & Josh, Gamy, Sadie, Natalie, Natalya, Daniel, Michael, Julia, Kara,…
Hysterical Mini 13: The Longwinded Return
Feb 4 • 45 min
The minis have made their return! Reviews are read, including one from Alexis’s professor, and dog pictures abound in the emails we’ve received. Warning: tangent level 9000.Special thanks to our patrons: Kathleen, Katelynn, Ashley, Loreena & Josh, Gamy,…
140: The Mona Lisa Recovered - Part Two
Jan 28 • 52 min
The Mona Lisa hung in the Louvre, French kings’ and Napoleon’s bedroom, and…a one room apartment in Paris? Tune in this week as Alexis finished telling Hailey about the Mona Lisa, where she ended up after she was stolen, who stole her, how he got caught,…
139: The Mona Lisa is Stolen from the Louvre! - Part One
Jan 21 • 62 min
Why is the Mona Lisa the most famous painting in the world? Because she was stolen from the Louvre! Join us this week as Alexis teaches Hailey about how the Mona Lisa is discovered missing, why Pablo Picasso is questioned, and so many conspiracy theories…
138: Luisa Capetillo, the Fashion Anarchist of Puerto Rico
Jan 14 • 61 min
Anarchy, but make it fashion! This week, Hailey teaches Alexis about Luisa Capetillo, a tenacious Puerto Rican labor activist who was well ahead of her time. Thanks to Gamy for the suggestion to do something with Puerto Rico, we hope you enjoy it!Special…
137: Making of a Traitor - Part Five
Jan 7 • 57 min
In this final episode, join Hailey in learning about what happens after you betray your country and the one monument that Benedict Arnold has in America.Special thanks to our patrons: Kathleen, Katelynn, Ashley, Loreena & Josh, Gamy, Sadie, Natalie,…
136: Making of a Traitor - Part Four
Dec 31, 2019 • 74 min
In this penultimate episode, it finally happens! Join us this week as Alexis teaches Hailey about Benedict snapping, literally and figuratively, getting screwed even harder by Congress and finally becoming a British spy.Special thanks to Swing Whale for…
135: Making of a Traitor - Part Three
Dec 24, 2019 • 85 min
Happy Holidays everyone! Benedict Arnold is a famous American traitor, but how did he get there? Tune in this week to hear that and more, as Alexis teaches Hailey about the how Arnold is passed over for promotion, quits the military twice, and still is a…
134: Making of a Traitor - Part Two
Dec 17, 2019 • 93 min
In this episode, Alexis teaches Hailey about a boy who is trying to just do his best, and all the people who are trying to take him down.Special thanks to Swing Whale for our music and to our patrons: Kathleen, Katelynn, Ashley, Loreena & Josh, Gamy,…
133: The Nutmegger of the Revolutionary War - Part One
Dec 11, 2019 • 90 min
In this episode, like Hailey has previously, Alexis describes a secret boy from the Revolutionary war, the challenge of growing up at the time and having a Puritan mother, and what people from Connecticut are called.Special thanks to Swing Whale for our…
132: Presidential Presents - Animal Edition
Dec 3, 2019 • 78 min
We taught you all about the strange, non-living presents that presidents received, although the cheese are right on the line. This week, learn about the living presents presidents received, didn’t know what to do with, begged for, or said no to, including…
131: Rasputin Death Party
Nov 26, 2019 • 83 min
Why was Rasputin’s shoe just sitting on top of the ice of the river he was thrown in? Why are all the plans to kill him so much more convoluted than they need to be? What was song was playing when the plot took place? All these questions and more are…
130: The Weirdest Presidential Gifts Ever
Nov 19, 2019 • 86 min
Presidents are given a lot of gifts while they are running the country. But some of those gifts are strange, confusing, and simply bizarre. Join us to learn about giant wheels of cheese, carved peach pits, and a sheriff’s badge from Shirley Temple, all…
Hysterical Mini 12: James Madison is Arguably the Greatest Founding Father
Nov 15, 2019 • 45 min
We read emails, reviews, and go on tangents about whether James Madison is venerated or not. You know, the usual.Special thanks to Swing Whale for our music and our patrons: Kathleen, Katelynn, Ashley, Loreena & Josh, Gamy, Sadie, Natalie, Natalya,…
129: Nixon and Elvis - Part 2
Nov 12, 2019 • 58 min
Our second Nixon episode is finally here! We had to get our November the 5th episode up on that day, because obviously, so they were separated, but it’s finally here! We talk about Watergate, Elvis meeting Nixon and how gossip helped take Nixon…
128: Guy Fawkes and the Failed Gunpowder Treason and Plot
Nov 5, 2019 • 83 min
We’re sorry it’s not another Nixon, that’s next week, but we had to do this one first for the anniversary! Guy Fawkes might be best known for his masks used by protesters and Anonymous, but what did he really do? Or not do? Why is the day named after him?…
127: Nixon and The Plumbers - Part 1
Oct 29, 2019 • 67 min
For our final episode of Hysterical Halloween, we explore the scariest thing of all…corruption in the American government! We hope you enjoy learning about Tricky Dicky, his gang the Plumbers, and his favorite food which is just as evil as he was.Special…
126: Eastern Monsters To Haunt Your Dreams
Oct 22, 2019 • 82 min
You know all about zombies and vampires, but what about Mongolian Death Worms and Penanggalan? Tune in this week, as Alexis teaches Hailey even more monsters to scare her for Hysterical Halloween!Special thanks to Swing Whale for our music and our…
Hysterical Mini 11: The Most Tangent
Oct 18, 2019 • 48 min
Can we make it through one email without going on 5 tangents per email? You’ll have to listen and find out! Sorry we haven’t posted one of these in awhile. We’ve been busy, but we’re here and we hope you enjoy it!Special thanks to Swing Whale for our…
125: Real Asylums Scarier Than Arkham
Oct 15, 2019 • 63 min
Mental health can be a life long challenge, but in the past, treatments and conditions were downright horrifying. Tune in this week as Hailey teaches Alexis about the dangers of asylums in the not too distant past.Special thanks to Swing Whale for our…
124: John Wilkes Booth’s Mummy Touring America!
Oct 8, 2019 • 73 min
From previous episodes, you’ve learned about John Wilkes Booth and his family, why he killed Lincoln and that his bones are hanging out with Guiteau’s in a drawer in a Museum. But was that really him they found in the burning barn? And what does this have…
123: The Ghost State of Franklin
Oct 1, 2019 • 61 min
Ever heard of the great state of Franklin? Neither had Alexis! But this week, Hailey teaches Alexis about the state that once was, and the echos of it in American history!Special thanks to Swing Whale for our music and our patrons: Kathleen, Katelynn,…
Hysterical Mini 10: Enemies To Lovers Trope
Sep 28, 2019 • 44 min
Are you looking for love in all the wrong places? Recommend our podcast to your enemies and maybe you’ll fall in love over it! At least, that’s our advice in this episode, as we read people’s emails and reviews and get sidetracked a lot. We hadn’t seen…
122: More War Animal Heroes!
Sep 24, 2019 • 55 min
In this episode, Alexis teaches Hailey about even more animals that were used in war, and some specific ones that were heroes. These include a pig that went down with her ship, a bear in the Polish army, and a dog who catches German spies!Special thanks…
121: Jackson V. The Bank
Sep 17, 2019 • 63 min
Why is Andrew Jackson being on the $20 ironic? Because he hated national banks and paper money! In this episode, Hailey teaches Alexis about Jackson’s specific hatred of banks and how he caused an economic depression with his ridiculous policies. Special…
Bonus Episode: More Q&A and the Accent Quiz!
Sep 10, 2019 • 55 min
In this episode, we answer your questions! We’re sorry that we only have this this week instead of a regular episode, but Hailey’s out of town and we miscounted how many episodes we’d need. We didn’t do well in math, please forgive us. Next week will have…
Bonus Episode: Q&A From Y’all! - Part One
Sep 10, 2019 • 62 min
In this episode, we answer your questions! We’re sorry that we only have this this week instead of a regular episode, but Hailey’s out of town and we miscounted how many episodes we’d need. We didn’t do well in math, please forgive us. Next week will have…
120: The Life and Times of Mary, Queen of Scots - Part 2
Sep 3, 2019 • 70 min
In this episode, we pick up where Mary left off, with a dead husband and mother, moving back to a country she knows nothing about. Get ready for two more marriages to terrible husbands, an explosive death, and a beheading!Special thanks to Swing Whale for…
Bonus Episode: What Does Lizzie Borden Look Like?!?!?
Aug 29, 2019 • 36 min
We know Lizzie Borden is a complex women who might have been a murderer, but the REAL question is….what did she look like?!? In this bonus episode, Alexis goes through all the excessive and strange descriptions of Lizzie’s and Emma’s appearances. See…
119: The Life and Times of Mary, Queen of Scots - Part 1
Aug 27, 2019 • 79 min
You asked and here it is! The first part of a two part episode about Mary, Queen of Scots. In this part, Alexis teaches Hailey about how Mary is more French than Scottish in some ways that create problems in her life, her first marriage, and why 1560 is…
Bonus Episode: State Birds and Flowers Quiz
Aug 24, 2019 • 41 min
It’s more fun than it sounds, I promise! We guess state birds and flowers and literally scream with anger. But no worries, we warn you so you can turn it down…usually. We get more right than predicted, but Alexis does not know what state To Kill a…
Hysterical Mini 9: Is Mommy Kissing Daddy or Santa Claus?
Aug 22, 2019 • 59 min
In this mini, we read emails about mommy kissing Santa Claus, people scaring their neighbors with laughter and how our fans span generations. Join us for the randomness! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
118: Galileo Kills Philosophy - Part 2
Aug 20, 2019 • 92 min
Part two of Galileo where we discuss a supernova, gossip at brunch and Galileo’s trial!Special thanks to Swing Whale and Machine Gaming for our music! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
117: Galileo Kills Philosophy - Part 1
Aug 13, 2019 • 65 min
Do you know how tall Satan is? Galileo figured it out, with math! In our first episode about Galileo, we discuss his younger years of trying to prove Aristotle was wrong, succeeding, and still being fired. Special thanks to Swing Whale and Machine Gaming…
116: Lizzie Borden Trial, Life After, and a Theory to the Real Killer
Aug 6, 2019 • 90 min
Our second installment of the history of the Borden Murders, from inside the Borden house. Did Lizzie do it? And even if she did, was there any evidence to prove it? Who does Alexis theorize did it? Tune in to find out!Special thanks to Swing Whale for…
Hysterical Mini 8: Missouri Does Have Bears
Aug 1, 2019 • 36 min
Join us for another mini, where we read emails, reviews and messages <3Special thanks to Swing Whale for our music!If you want to send us something, send it to 595 156th Avenue SE, Bellevue, WA, 98007 E-102 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out…
115: The Borden Murders Recorded in the Lizzie Borden House!
Jul 30, 2019 • 84 min
Welcome to a special episode on location at the Lizzie Borden house! It’s a Bed and Breakfast now, so we stayed the night, and recorded some episodes about Lizzie and the murders that took place there. Did Lizzie do it? Was it the maid? The uncle? The…
Hysterical Mini 7: Friends With iPhones
Jul 28, 2019 • 45 min
We read your emails, your comments and your reviews! Absinthe cocktails and beef between our fans is discussed.Special thanks to Swing Whale for our music!Mail us something to 595 156th Avenue SE, Bellevue, WA, 98007, E-102 See acast.com/privacy for…
114: King Strang of Beaver Island, Michigan
Jul 23, 2019 • 60 min
Have you ever wanted to be a religious leader, king of an island, and in state government? Well, James Jesse Strang is your hero! Tune in this week, when Hailey teaches Alexis about a break off group from the Mormons that we first heard about from a man’s…
Hysterical Mini #6: We Say Boy Too Much
Jul 18, 2019 • 59 min
We read so many emails and reviews (thanks for sending them!) and learn how we irritate our listeners! If you want to be featured in an episode, email us at hystericalhistorypodcast@gmail.com!Special thanks to Swing Whale for our music! See…
113: Real American Heroes - Animal Soldiers
Jul 16, 2019 • 57 min
There are many heroes in war, but they usually aren’t this cute! Tune in this week, as Alexis teaches Hailey about animals who have been used in war, some of whom are very decorated American heroes.Special thanks to Swing Whale for our music!If you want…
112: The Man Behind The Americas’ Name, Amerigo Vespucci
Jul 9, 2019 • 55 min
Ever wondered why it’s called America? Well, after Amerigo Vespucci, of course! But why is it after his first name? And is anything the scoundrel says trustworthy or did people make up fake news about him? Tune in this week to find out!Special thanks to…
Bonus Episode: Trying To Guess The State’s Flag
Jul 4, 2019 • 63 min
For our bonus episode this week, we try to guess each states flag, just by looking at it! We…don’t do very well with flags or our American geography off the top of our heads…The powerpoint will be posted on our Facebook page, so you can play along with…
111: Benjamin Franklin Invented Fake News - Part Two
Jul 2, 2019 • 50 min
Happy Independence Day (in two days)! For the birthday of America, here’s an episode about Benjamin Franklin and his hoaxes, satire, and whether or not he was a huge slut.Special thanks to Swing Whale,Katherine Lee Bates and Samuel A. Ward for our music!…
111: Benjamin Franklin Invented Fake News - Part One
Jul 2, 2019 • 57 min
Happy Independence Day (in two days)! For the birthday of America, here’s an episode about Benjamin Franklin and his hoaxes, satire, and whether or not he was a huge slut.Special thanks to Swing Whale for our music! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and…
Hysterical Mini #5: Even More Emails
Jun 29, 2019 • 37 min
Even more of your emails read in this episode! A continuation of the previous mini, here we finish off our emails from the giant cluster of love we had! Thank all of you so much for emailing us and sending us cute animal and kid picks, and reminding us…
Hysterical Mini #4: So Many Emails, So Many Tangents
Jun 27, 2019 • 60 min
In this Hysterical Mini, Hailey and Alexis take hysteria to the next level, with so many emails and so many tangents, it had to be split into two parts! No history here unless it’s in an email so, if that’s what you are looking for, move along to one of…
110: Syphilis, The French Disease
Jun 25, 2019 • 68 min
When syphilis appears suddenly in Europe, how do we figure out who is at fault? By pointing a finger at whatever country we like the least, of course! Tune in this week, as Hailey teaches Alexis about syphilis, how nasty it can get, how easy it is to…
109: How To Kill The President by Charles Guiteau (Part 2)
Jun 19, 2019 • 58 min
Charles Guiteau has everything handed to him and still can’t seem to get what he wants. Would killing the president help? Tune in this week and find out!Special thanks to Swing Whale for our music! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
109: How To Kill The President by Charles Guiteau (Part One)
Jun 19, 2019 • 57 min
Charles Guiteau has everything handed to him and still can’t seem to get what he wants. Would killing the president help? Tune in this week and find out!Special thanks to Swing Whale for our music! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
108: Julie D’Aubigny - Opera Singer, Dueller, Bi Icon
Jun 11, 2019 • 52 min
Happy pride month! In this episode, Hailey teaches Alexis about Julie D’Aubigny, a bisexual woman who rescued her lover from a convent, was pardoned twice by the Sun King, and dueled any man who gave her trouble.Special thanks to Swing Whale and 8 Bit…
107: Napoleon’s Penis and Other Famous Body Parts
Jun 4, 2019 • 71 min
Napoleon died on May 5, 1821, but his body continued a journey around the world…well, his penis did, at least. In this episode, Alexis teaches Hailey about Napoleon’s penis, how it was snatched from his body, who bought it, and where it finally ended up.…
Hysterical Mini #3: Funny Reviews and Outtakes from Our Promo
Jun 2, 2019 • 43 min
Want to hear us read your emails or reviews? Or our outtakes for a promo we recorded for other podcasts? Listen to this extra bonus episode and get all that and more! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
106: A Golden Nose and A Pet Moose - The Tycho Brahe Story
May 28, 2019 • 68 min
What do you do when your nose gets sliced off in a sword duel over math? Get a new gold one to show off how rich you are, of course! Join us this week, as Hailey teaches Alexis about Tycho Brahe, who had a pet moose, a servant who was a little person, and…
105: The Mysterious Blue Skinned Fugates of Kentucky
May 21, 2019 • 78 min
People come in all shapes sizes and colors, including black, white, and…blue? Tune in this week as Alexis teaches Hailey about the Blue Fugates, a family with a strange genetic abnormality that is compounded upon with some good old inbreeding. Science…
104: Copernicus the Millennial
May 14, 2019 • 53 min
You’ve heard of Copernicus’s discovery, but do you know how he got there? Tune in this week when Hailey tells Alexis about Copernicus and how you don’t always end up where you intend to.Special thanks to Swing Whale for our music!And a shoutout to Greg…
Hysterical Mini #2: Hanson and Heathrow Escalators
May 11, 2019 • 15 min
In this Hysterical Mini, Alexis and Hailey read your emails, reviews, and comments, but mostly talk about whether or not Hanson is dead and escalators See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
103: Catherine’s Flying Squadron
May 7, 2019 • 76 min
Catherine de Medici supposedly had a “stable of whores” to do her political bidding called the Flying Squadron. But was it real or just another lie about a foreigner queen? Join us for our second Catherine de Medici episode where we tried to solve the…
102: Dino Mistakes
May 7, 2019 • 70 min
Have you ever wondered how paleontologists know what a bone was for or where the head goes on a skeleton? Turns out, they often don’t! Or didn’t in the past, at least. This week, Hailey teaches Alexis about mistakes about butt brains, bones that look like…
Bonus Episode: Watch-A-Long To Reign
Apr 24, 2019 • 48 min
Ever wanted to hear our expert commentary on the accuracy of historical dramas and movies? Well, then buckle up for this bonus episode! In this, you can watch along with us, as Hailey and Alexis critique the CW show, Reign. Get ready for the bad, the…
101: Catherine De Medici - Queen Poisoner and Witch
Apr 23, 2019 • 85 min
Catherine de Medici was a queen, a Medici, and Italian. But was she a poisoner and a witch, like some sources would lead you to believe? Join us this week as Alexis and Hailey discuss astrology, witchcraft, and Catholicism! Special thanks to Swing Whale…
Hysterical Mini: Witches and an Accidental Download
Apr 19, 2019 • 25 min
We’ve gotten so many reviews and emails recently, we created a little mini-episode to focus on those! Tune in to this snippet where people want to mail us knitted items, think we’re witches or stalkers, and someone listened to our podcast by accident and…
100: History of Hysterical!
Apr 16, 2019 • 69 min
Happy 100th episode! To celebrate, Hailey teaches Alexis about the history of hysteria and why she can’t spell history correctly the first time anymore. Get ready for some female anatomy talk. And thanks to everyone who listens, we couldn’t have gotten…
99: Operation Plowshare - Nuclear Bombs For Engineering Projects
Apr 9, 2019 • 76 min
Now that World War II is over, what’s America to do with all these extra nuclear bombs? Tune in this week, as Alexis teaches Hailey about Operation Plowshare, an attempt by the American government to use nukes during peacetimes for engineering projects!…
98: The Murder Act with Burke and Hare
Apr 2, 2019 • 70 min
What do you get when the government makes a weird law and medical school’s need bodies to dissect? Graverobbing and murder, that’s what! Join us this week, as Hailey teaches Alexis about the intricate rules of how to snatch a body, how to keep one from…
97: The 8 Times Queen Victoria Almost Got Assassinated
Mar 26, 2019 • 96 min
Queen Victoria was almost assassinated not one, not two times, but eight times! Join us to learn who tried to kill her, why they tried, how they failed and the strange disparity in punishments between perpetrators. Special thanks to Swing Whale for our…
96: Madame Lavoisier and Her Husband, Antoine
Mar 19, 2019 • 64 min
Have you made any scientific discoveries? Were they funded by collecting taxes from the starving Third Estate? And did your wife make sure you’d be remembered? No, that was all for Antoine! Join us this week, as Hailey teaches Alexis about Madame…
95: Prince Alfred’s No Good, Very Bad Australian Vacation
Mar 12, 2019 • 70 min
On the anniversary of the incident (totally planned and not random chance), Alexis teaches Hailey about the numerous pitfalls of Prince Alfred’s trip to Australia. Join us for buildings burning down, fountains filled with wine, and multiple people being…
94: Asia &Her Brother, Baby-Hands
Mar 5, 2019 • 72 min
What happens when the only primary source about a person is their own sibling? Bias, that’s what! Tune in this week to hear Hailey teach Alexis about a surprise mystery figure described as having a beautiful singing organ and…tiny baby-hands? Special…
93: An Orphan to An Empress: Queen Min
Feb 26, 2019 • 90 min
Do you like stories with multiple assassinations, a queen running the show, a war, and explosions? Then this episode is for you! Tune in this week as Alexis teaches Hailey about Queen Min and her journey from orphan to Empress. Special thanks to Swing…
92: Presidents’ Day For America And Portugal!
Feb 18, 2019 • 76 min
Happy Presidents’ Day! In order to educate your understanding of presidents near and far, Hysterical History comes a day early! In this episode, Hailey teaches Alexis about William Henry Harrison, barely a president, and António de Oliveira Salazar, a…
91: Mysterious Predictions Of Nostradamus
Feb 12, 2019 • 96 min
Every time a war or natural disaster occurs, people look to Nostradamus’s prediction to try and find a source for the atrocities. But what of the man behind the thousands of years of prophecies? This week, Alexis teaches Hailey about the French man of…
90: Motion Dazzle - Camouflage from WWI and WWII
Feb 5, 2019 • 64 min
Camouflage is rather new in its use in war, and sometimes seems counter-intuitive, like a boat painted like a zebra? Tune in this week as Hailey teaches Alexis all about hiding in plain sight in war. Special thanks to Swing Whale for our music! Check out…
89: When Anabaptists Attack - The Siege of Munster
Jan 29, 2019 • 95 min
Religious freedom can be good..until it turns into a cult! This week, Alexis teaches Hailey about the Siege of Munster, at Peter’s suggestion, and how they go from pacifists to cannibalism. Special thanks to Swing Whale for our music! Check out Alexis’s…
88: King Frederick William And His Super Tall Soldiers
Jan 22, 2019 • 70 min
What’s better than average sized soldiers? Giant soldiers, of course! This week, Hailey teaches Alexis that no one likes their dad in Prussia, but some have better reasons for it than others. Join us for family squabbles that sounds right out of Game of…
87: Hello, Dolley Madison!
Jan 15, 2019 • 102 min
Madison was charismatic, warm, and…buxom? Not James, though, we’re talking about Dolley! This week, Alexis teaches guest star and her roommate, Alyssa, about Dolley Madison, America’s first First Lady, who saved Washington (in painting form) and made sure…
86: Dig That Pope Up! (The Cadaver Synod)
Jan 8, 2019 • 53 min
What do you do when the last pope really hecked things up? If you’re Pope Stephen VI, you dig him up and put him on trial! This week, Alexis teaches Hailey about the all the madness that was the Cadaver Synod! Special thanks to Swing Whale for our music!…
85: How To Not Be Hung Over - Historical Hangover Cures
Jan 1, 2019 • 70 min
Holidays got you sad and hungover? Well, this is just the pick-me-up episode for you! In this episode, Hailey teaches Alexis how ancient Egyptians, Romans, the Irish, and cowboys all cured their hangovers. And the cures only involved corpse medicine and…
84: Tomoe Gozen - Lady Samurai
Dec 18, 2018 • 61 min
History is a snausage fest, but sometimes an epic lady sneaks into the mix, and beheads a bunch of dudes. Join us this week as Alexis teaches Hailey about Tomoe Gozen, a lady samurai who became a Japanese icon. Special thanks to Swing Whale for our music!…
83: Charles the Mad Is Made Of Glass
Dec 11, 2018 • 97 min
Have you ever felt like everything in the world around you could break you? Have you also felt like you were a saint from hundreds of years ago? If you answered yes to both, you might be Charles the Mad! Join us this week, as Alexis teaches Hailey about a…
82: Boudica’s Destruction Horizon
Dec 4, 2018 • 64 min
Did someone say Celtic queen? This week, Hailey teaches Alexis about the much requested Queen Boudica, how the Romans truly were the worst, and how she left her mark on history forever, quite literally. Special thanks to Swing Whale for our music! See…
81: Vikings Take Over Rome!
Nov 27, 2018 • 70 min
Have you ever seen a city on a shining hill and thought, wouldn’t it be so fun to burn it down and take prisoners? Vikings sure have! This week, Alexis teaches Hailey about Hastein, a Viking leader from the 9th century who set his sights on the greatest…
80: Get Drunk! On Absinthe
Nov 20, 2018 • 71 min
Have you ever wanted to get so drunk that you see fairies, hallucinate, and do better art? Absinthe might be your drink…or maybe not? This week, Hailey teaches Alexis about absinthe, the truth and the misconceptions fabricated by the wine industry.…
79: Jumping Off Stuff and Seeing What Happens - Franz Reichelt and Sarah Henley
Nov 13, 2018 • 76 min
People who jump from great heights usually have a plan. Some hope to land safely while others hope to perish. But those plans don’t always pan out, for better or for worse. In this episode, Alexis teaches Hailey about a tailor and his parachute, Franz…
78: But Do You Have A Flag? (The Flagstaff War)
Nov 6, 2018 • 66 min
What do you do when the British come to your island nation and put up their flag? CUT IT DOWN. Then rinse and repeat until war starts. In this episode, Hailey teaches Alexis about the Flagstaff War and the shenanigans that ensued. Special thanks to Swing…
77: Johan Conrad Dippel - The Real Frankenstein
Oct 30, 2018 • 83 min
Was Frankenstein based on a real guy? And did he discover blue? In this episode, Alexis teaches Hailey about a man with ambitions and funnels. Special thanks to Swing Whale for our music! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
76: Werewolves and Clickbait - The Beast of Gevaudan
Oct 23, 2018 • 100 min
A monster attacked two hundred people in the south of France in only a few years. Was it a werewolf? An escaped lion or hyena? Shia LaBeouf? In this episode, Hailey tells the spooky story of the Beast of Gevaudan. Special thanks to Swing Whale for our…
75: Pineapples Are Trying To Eat You
Oct 16, 2018 • 86 min
Did you know that when you eat a pineapple, it tries to eat you back? Or that at one point, people rented pineapples to seem rich? In this episode, Alexis teaches Hailey some of the history of pineapples in Europe and in the United States. Special thanks…
74: Elizabeth Bathory - Blood Bather or Just a Murderer?
Oct 9, 2018 • 78 min
Happy month of scares, listeners! This week, Hailey teaches Alexis about the terrifying tale, but maybe slightly less terrifying than you think, of Elizabeth Bathory. Special thanks to Swing Whale for our music! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and…
73: Creative Slavery Escapes
Oct 2, 2018 • 62 min
Slavery is a terrible, not funny subject. However, some of the ways people escaped slavery were ingenious and downright wacky. Tune in this week, as Alexis teaches Hailey about 5 different slave escape stories, each crazier than the last. Special thanks…
72: Seattle’s Great Toilet Reversal
Sep 25, 2018 • 51 min
All cities have personalities in their design, the way they run, and the people who built them and live in them today. In this episode, Hailey teaches Alexis how Seattle got its quirky start, with poop explosions and the madame who ran the place. Special…
71: Game of Roses - Part Two
Sep 11, 2018 • 43 min
The second part of the War of the Roses episode! Get ready for even more bad decisions, battles, crown swapping, and mayhem! Special thanks to Swing Whale for our music! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
70: Game of Roses - Part One
Sep 5, 2018 • 50 min
Do you like history? Do you like Game of Thrones? Then you’re gonna love to hear the historical war Game of Thrones is based on! Tune in this week and next week, in a special two-part episode, as Alexis teaches Hailey about the War of the Roses (also we…
69: Kangaroo Court
Aug 29, 2018 • 59 min
People going to trial for murder is as old as time itself. But…animals going to trial for crimes? A more common and recent occurrence than you think. Tune in this week as Hailey teaches Alexis about animals who have gone to trial against people…who don’t…
68: Wild Events at the 1900 Paris Olympics
Aug 21, 2018 • 74 min
Olympic events come and go every time a new country gets ahold of them. But usually those events are all generally recognized as sports. This week, Alexis teaches Hailey about events that happened at the 1900 Olympics in Paris, a now unrecognized Olympics…
67: Locusta and the Poisoned Enema
Aug 14, 2018 • 54 min
When women kill, they often use poison, but Locusta made poisoning an art. Join us this week as Hailey teaches Alexis about the ancient assassin who killed Roman emperors and transformed history. Special thanks to Swing Whale for our music! See…
66: The Pastry War and Santa Anna’s Leg
Aug 7, 2018 • 70 min
We’ve talked about a war fought over a bucket, but have you heard of a war fought over a pastry shop? In this episode, Alexis teaches Hailey how a Mexican revolution leads to a French blockade of Mexico’s ports and how General Santa Anna’s leg ended up in…
65: War of the Bucket
Jul 31, 2018 • 40 min
What does it take for a country to go to war with another? Usually, a border disagreement, or continual frustration between the two nations. But sometimes, all it takes is a stolen bucket. This week, Hailey teaches Alexis about thousands of people…
64: Lundardi’s Hot Air Balloon Menagerie
Jul 24, 2018 • 55 min
Have you ever wanted to fly in a hot air balloon? Well, hopefully your ride will go better than Vincenzo Lunardi’s and has less animals onboard. Join us this week as Alexis teaches Hailey about an Italian hot air balloon pilot in England known as the…
63: Chester Alan Arthur - The Lost Possibly Canadian President
Jul 18, 2018 • 88 min
Have you ever suffered from the Mandela Effect, where you forgot if he died in jail, or is it’s Berenstein or Berenstain Bears? Or have you forgotten an entire president of the United States? This week, Hailey teaches Alexis about the life of Chester Alan…
62: Eunuchs Galore - Chinese History in a Nutshell
Jun 12, 2018 • 59 min
China has a history of being interested in art and writing and…penises? In this episode, Alexis teaches Hailey an ancient and modern story about eunuchs and the difference between having family jewels or losing them. Special thanks to Swing Whale for our…
61: Cottingley Fairies and Fake News
Jun 5, 2018 • 61 min
Fairies aren’t real…are they? In this episode, Hailey teaches Alexis about the Cottingley Fairies, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and also they talk about the Great British Bake Off a lot. Sorry for the sound quality at the beginning. We were on the wrong mic,…
60: The Pied Piper of Saipan
May 29, 2018 • 75 min
Most of the time in war, soldiers are there to take the enemy out as a team. But Guy Gabaldon is a Marine on a personal nightly mission to save the enemy in Saipan. Tune in this week as Alexis teaches Hailey about a guy who was willing to put his life on…
59: Nipple Sucking
May 22, 2018 • 70 min
What do regicide, bogs and Nicholas Cage all have in common? The answer might be nipple sucking! Tune in this week, as Hailey teaches Alexis all about a possibly real ancient practice and the arduous journey a historian can take to get to the truth.…
58 - Jumbo the Elephant
May 15, 2018 • 81 min
Brand deals are everywhere now, but you know who got the first one ever? An elephant named Jumbo! He went from the African bush to being a sensation at the London Zoo, and even part of P.T. Barnum’s Greatest Show On Earth! Join Hailey in learning from…
57 - Doctor Cream: Canadian Serial Killer
May 8, 2018 • 53 min
Is Jack the Ripper Canadian? This week, Hailey teaches Alexis about a terrible Canadian man who loves poison and murder and moved to London at a convenient time…also he has the WORST NAME EVER. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
56 - The Dancing Plague of 1518
Apr 24, 2018 • 57 min
Have you ever felt like you just had to dance? What about without music and until your feet bled? Or until you died? In this episode, Alexis teaches Hailey about the Dancing Plague of 1518, and how this town makes the town in Footloose almost seem…
55: Tsar Peter the Great (or: Peter The Okay)
Apr 17, 2018 • 70 min
Peter the Great had a big impact on Russia’s history and development. But was he really as great as people say he was? Or was he just a weird party animal who stole people’s wigs? Or….both? Tune in this week, as Hailey teaches Alexis about the Russian…
54: Solved? The Mysterious Disappearance of Louis Le Prince
Apr 11, 2018 • 78 min
Louis Le Prince invented the single lens video camera and recorded the first film, but if you’ve heard of him, it’s probably because of his disappearance. Right before he was scheduled to unveil his invention to the world, Le Prince didn’t arrive on the…
53 - The Great Rat Massacre
Apr 3, 2018 • 47 min
What should you do when rats are crawling up your toilets and giving you the plague? Not listen to Paul Doumer, that’s what. Tune in this week, as Hailey teaches Alexis about why extermination orders don’t work.Sorry about the sound quality, especially…
52 - Nikola Tesla VS Thomas Edison: The Current War
Mar 27, 2018 • 100 min
Tesla and Edison were the ultimate bitter rivals during the Current War. Nikola Tesla, a poet of science, against Thomas Edison, the greatest proponent of the experimental method. In this episode, Alexis teaches special guest, Lane, about the greatest…
51 - The 160 Room Winchester House
Mar 21, 2018 • 72 min
Got a lot of money and nothing to do? How about building a house for 38 years straight? In this episode, Alexis teaches Hailey about the Winchester House and how grief can make you do some weird things. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out…
50 - Emperor Nero: Antichrist or Just Terrible?
Mar 13, 2018 • 66 min
Nero is a famous Emperor of Rome for a lot of reasons, most of them fire related. But are they true? Or did historians give him a bad name? Tune in this week, as Hailey teaches Alexis about how Nero may or may not have been the worst.Special thanks to…
49 - The Hellfire Club
Mar 7, 2018 • 50 min
The Masons are a secretive club today, but in the 1700s, there were a whole bunch! Tune in this week, as Alexis teaches Hailey about her favorite one, The Hellfire Club.Special thanks to Swing Whale for our music! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and…
48 - Egyptian Lady Pharaoh
Feb 28, 2018 • 69 min
You all know Joan of Arc is Alexis’s favorite lady, but who is Hailey’s? In this episode, Hailey teaches Alexis about Hatshepsut, a female pharaoh who ruled Egypt intelligently and peacefully.Special thanks to Swing Whale for our music! See…
47: Joan Of Arc Is On Fire
Feb 20, 2018 • 59 min
As a child, Joan of Arc just wanted to weave, dodge, and be a good future wife. But God burdened her with a glorious purpose to save France as a teenager. This week, Alexis teaches Hailey about her favorite historical lady, Joan of Arc. Special thanks to…
46 - Cargo Cults
Feb 13, 2018 • 53 min
Many religions preach a God in Heaven blessing the people down below on Earth. But do the blessings usually come as physical cargo in boxes? In today’s episode, Hailey teaches Alexis about people in Oceania worshipping military men in cargo cults.Special…
45 - The French Sir Who Might Have Been A Dame
Feb 6, 2018 • 77 min
Chevalier D’Eon lived life as a spy, a diplomat, and a man. But returned to France a woman. In this episode, Alexis teaches Hailey about a decorated war hero who might have been a woman all along. Special thanks to Swing Whale for our music! See…
37 - American Vampires in Vermont - Fixed
Jan 30, 2018 • 80 min
Do you have a persistent cough and think you might have consumption? If you’re in America between 1700 and the 1910s, you might have a vampire on your hands! Tune in this week as Hailey teaches Alexis about the much less famous vampires of the US and how…
44 - Zhengde: China’s Murder-Happy Emperor
Jan 23, 2018 • 44 min
What did 13-year-old boys do before video games? They became absolute monarchs and lost their minds! Join Hailey this week as Alexis teaches her about an emperor who starved his harem, tried to tame tigers and had an alter ego who was a General. Special…
43 - Nazis and Drugs
Jan 16, 2018 • 57 min
Germany didn’t have enough resources, soldiers, or money to even hope to win World War 2 when it started. What did they have? Drugs! This week, Hailey teaches Alexis about the Third Reich and how they hated all drugs, expect meth! Special thanks to Swing…
42 - Was The Assassin Who Killed Franz Ferdinand Eating A Cheese Sandwich?
Jan 9, 2018 • 67 min
The Archduke Franz Ferdinand’s assassination kicked off the first World War. But, despite careful planning, it very nearly didn’t happen. Tune in this week as Alexis teaches Hailey all about how a wrong turn and a sandwich shop lead to his demise. Special…
41 - Slapping Kings &Possum Drops: New Year’s Eve Traditions Throughout Time
Jan 3, 2018 • 53 min
Happy New Year! But was it always? This week Hailey teaches Alexis about ancient celebrations of the new year, when they celebrated, how they celebrated and how people in America celebrate now. Special thanks to Swing Whale for our music! See…
40 - How To Not Kill Fidel Castro
Dec 20, 2017 • 60 min
Fidel Castro may be dead now, but for decades he was a thorn in America’s side. One the CIA tried quite a few times to remove. This week, Alexis teaches Hailey about a few of the apparent 638 attempts on Fidel Castro’s life by the CIA. Special thanks to…
39 - Jesus Christ, Snake Exploder
Dec 5, 2017 • 44 min
The Bible is long and filled with different books and stories…but some of them didn’t make the cut. Tune in this week as Hailey, the atheist, teaches Alexis, the Christian, about Jesus making people blind, blowing up snakes and literally murdering…
38: Anne Hutchinson, First Punk Rocker in America
Nov 28, 2017 • 57 min
America was built on the foundations of punk rock, those being anti-establishment sentiments and the need to rebel against the man. And no one exhibits these themes in pre-U.S. history more than Anne Hutchinson. Join us this week, as Alexis teaches Hailey…
36 - Drunkest Pilgrim Ever
Nov 13, 2017 • 59 min
Who are your ancestors? In this episode, Alexis teaches Hailey about Stephen Hopkins, her 10th great-grandfather, who came over on the Mayflower. Happy early Thanksgiving! Special thanks to Swing Whale for our music! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and…
35 - How to Cure Any Migraine
Nov 6, 2017 • 60 min
Ever had a headache so bad that you wanted to literally burn a hole in your skull? Or tie a dead mole to your head? In this week’s episode, Hailey describes some ancient methods of curing headaches that seem insane, and probably don’t work. Special thanks…
34 - The Worst Slave Owner Ever
Oct 30, 2017 • 64 min
Slavery has never been a good thing, but in this spooky scary episode, mistreatment has been taken to the extreme. Join Hailey in learning from Alexis about Delphine Lalaurie, a woman who tortured her slaves enough and in such disturbing ways that it made…
33 - Death Mountain
Oct 23, 2017 • 53 min
What happens when 10 hikers go on an adventure in winter in Russia? Only one survives, of course! Join us this week as Hailey teaches Alexis about the dreaded mystery for spooky scary Halloween fortnight! Special thanks to Swing Whale for our music! See…
32 - Death To Kings
Oct 16, 2017 • 78 min
Most absolute rulers just kill people who are insubordinate. But what if they’re in your family? And what does any of this have to do with Swedish monarchy? Tune in this week as Alexis teaches Hailey about Jean Baptiste Jules Bernadotte, a man who said no…
31 - The Potato Prophet
Oct 9, 2017 • 53 min
Do you love potato chips? Mashed potatoes? French fries? Well, the French weren’t always too keen on potatoes. Join Alexis in learning as Hailey teaches how French snobbery almost killed the French people and how the royal family tricked people into…
30 - The Principality Of Sealand
Oct 2, 2017 • 88 min
Ever wished you could be a prince or princess of your own country? Well, one man made that a reality and started his own nation. This week, Alexis teaches Hailey about debatably the smallest nation in the world; Sealand! Special thanks to Swing Whale for…
29 - Bone Wars
Sep 25, 2017 • 85 min
Sometimes wars aren’t fought by countries, but just by men who have strong feelings about BONES. This week, Hailey teaches Alexis about Marsh and Cope, two men, once friends, who started an epic war over dinosaur bones in America in the 19th…
28 - Disneyland’s Opening Day Disaster
Sep 18, 2017 • 50 min
Disney is a magical place where people gather from all over the world and there’s never a trash can more than a few steps from you. But the opening day of Disney was not so magical…or clean. Join Hailey in learning the horrors of opening day of Disney, as…
27 - Olympic Sized Failure
Sep 11, 2017 • 62 min
The Olympics are a spectacle and generally heavily organized now, but in 1904, that was not the case in Missouri. Join us this week as Hailey teaches Alexis about how marathon runners did drugs, took naps, and used cars during the race. Special thanks to…
26 - Jemmy, The Bull Whisperer
Sep 4, 2017 • 61 min
Jemmy Hirst was a farmer in Northern England, who had a penchant for inventing and training animals to do…less than conventional jobs for him. Join Hailey in learning about all his crazy animal training as Alexis teaches her about her new favorite…
25 - The Worst Poet Ever
Aug 28, 2017 • 67 min
Get ready to feel great about your poetry from middle school! Hailey teaches Alexis about the worst poet possibly ever, William McGonagall, and has the receipts to prove it. Special thanks from Swing Whale for our music! See acast.com/privacy for privacy…
24 - The Girl With The Chin Tattoo
Aug 21, 2017 • 71 min
Think face tattoos are hardcore? Well, in the 1800s, they were unheard of on white women…except for Olive Oatman. Join Hailey this week in learning about the crazy story of how Olive Oatman became the first white woman with a tattoo in the U.S. Special…
23 - Dark Dr. Phil
Aug 14, 2017 • 73 min
Everyone knows about Rasputin, but not many people know there was a pre-Rasputin in Russia. Join Alexis in learning about him as Hailey tells her about a terrible charlatan who likely set Rasputin up perfectly to topple Russia. Special thanks to Swing…
22 - Jackson v. Calhoun and President Mountain
Aug 7, 2017 • 70 min
In this two part episode, Alexis reveals that Jackson’s and Calhoun’s, president and vice president, hate for each other began over a petty disagreement between cabinet wives and fun facts about Mount Rushmore, although we prefer the name President…
21 - Ice Curtain
Jul 31, 2017 • 65 min
The Cold War was a long stream of paranoia for most people, but for those between Big Diomede and Little Diomede, it was sneaking across the border to preach and drink together, be it by swimming or bath tub boating. Join Alexis this week as Hailey…
20 - Pope Demote
Jul 24, 2017 • 62 min
You know how usually there is only one pope? Not in the 1400s! Join Hailey in learning as Alexis tells about a time when there was not one, not two, but three popes, all at once! Special thanks to Swing Whale for our music! See acast.com/privacy for…
19 - Tour De Froome
Jul 18, 2017 • 78 min
Alexis explains the strange, complex sport of cycling with Hailey, which includes Egyptian obelisks, dog crashes and a death by drowning! Special thanks to Swing Whale for our music! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
18 - World War Emu
Jul 11, 2017 • 55 min
This week, Hailey teaches Alexis about the brave domestic war Australians fought against…the dreaded emus. Who are totally dinosaurs, and also what are their legs doing? We just don’t know. Learn about emu guerilla war tactics and samurai syndrome in this…
17 - Canadian Cult Leaders
Jul 4, 2017 • 66 min
In this episode, Alexis teaches Hailey about Canada’s best kept secret, the cult leader Brother XII! Who is Madame Zee? Why did people give up all their possessions to join him? Did he possess black magic? And are his mason jars of gold coins buried? Find…
16 - Cheese Wars and Taste Tests
Jun 26, 2017 • 54 min
In 1935, a war was started. But instead of with weapons, this war was fought with the stinky-est cheese people could find: Limburger. Hailey takes Alexis through the science of the cheese making process, the various battles, and then they put themselves…
15 - Boston Molasses Massacre
Jun 20, 2017 • 75 min
In this episode, Alexis teaches Hailey about multiple food crises, including three molasses spills/floods and the Norwegian Butter Crisis. Special thanks to Swing Whale for our music! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
14 - Muscle Pile
Jun 12, 2017 • 51 min
In this episode, Hailey thoroughly grosses out Alexis with facts about animals and their parts being used in electrical science in the 18th and 19th centuries. Special thanks to Swing Whale for our music See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out…
13 - Burning Oil, Eleven Babies And Golden Balls, Oh My!
Jun 5, 2017 • 63 min
Do you know the French surgeon, Ambroise Pare? Join Hailey in learning from Alexis about the man who pioneered the scientific method in a time when doctors were more interested in ancient medicine, and the first wars in Europe with bullets. Special thanks…
12 - More Bear, More Fair
May 29, 2017 • 50 min
Is Europe inherently better than America? That’s what scientists argued in the 18th and 19th centuries. Hailey teaches Alexis about their arrogance, as well as the great lengths Thomas Jefferson went to prove them wrong. Guest appearance by Benjamin…
11 - Tales of Laughter: The Russo-Japanese War
May 22, 2017 • 66 min
Are wars funny? Not usually, but Alexis and Hailey find the humor in the Russo-Japanese war. Join us as we follow all the antics of a Russian Baltic fleet as it spends half the war sailing around the world to get to the battlefield. Special thanks to…
10 - Great Pigs Of Fire
May 16, 2017 • 58 min
Hailey (who is still a little sick) teaches Alexis about Hannibal …Barca, not Lecter. He famously road elephants over the alps all the way to Rome to fight and lose the Second Punic War. Join us to learn about Roman haters, how obsession leads to defeat,…
9 - Senator Governeur Morris
May 2, 2017 • 74 min
Governeur Morris is the coolest Founding Frat Boy you’ve never heard of! Join Hailey in learning about this smart, sassy and sexy author of the Constitution as Alexis recounts the ins and outs of his crazy life. Special thanks to Swing Whale for our…
8 - Harriet “The Spy” Tubman
Apr 25, 2017 • 57 min
Hailey explains why Harriet Tubman, saint and national treasure, is much more suited to grace the $20 bill than old Sharp Knife the murderer, Andrew Jackson. Thanks to Swingwhale for our music and our listeners for being awesome! Rate and review us on…
7 - Why Is Andrew Jackson On Money?
Apr 17, 2017 • 74 min
On this episode, Alexis tears down Andrew Jackson with straight up facts, and she and Hailey discuss why this monster of a president was ever on money at all. Special thanks to Swingwhale for our intro and outro music. Please rate us on iTunes! And thanks…
6 - Greg the Tool and the Merovingian Murder Queen
Apr 10, 2017 • 53 min
In this installment of Hysterical History: Evil Ladies Edition, Hailey teaches Alexis about Fredegund, the most murderous of evil stepmothers, Greg the Tool who thinks he is all that and a member of Senate (which does not exist at the time), and…
5 - Good Luck With Your Pimps!
Apr 3, 2017 • 62 min
Let’s talk about interesting women! As well as: What is zoning? Where did Oregon get all its homeless people? Who is Sheela Patel and why is she judged for her looks instead of how she poisoned people in the 1980’s? Listen to learn alongside Hailey as…
4 - Turk the Chess Robot
Mar 20, 2017 • 46 min
This week Alexis talks about Turk, the chess robot, who beat Benjamin Franklin, Napoleon, and maybe Catherine The Great, at chess in the 18th and 19th centuries. Why was it built? How did it work? Was it evil? Listen and find out! Special thanks to…
3 - Don’t Eat Sky Meat
Mar 13, 2017 • 39 min
This week, Hailey presents Alexis with the Kentucky Meat Shower of 1876, when meat rained from the sky and PEOPLE ATE IT. Tune in to find out what kind of meat it was, how it potentially came down, and a few other interesting things that have fallen from…
2 - Shots! Shots! Shots!
Mar 6, 2017 • 51 min
This week, the ladies discuss Hailey’s favorite dude from history: Baron von Steuben. Discussed: house parties at Valley Forge, broship with Alexander Hamilton, a beloved fancy dog, dating Founding Fathers’ sons, and creating the U.S. Military. Thanks for…
1 - My Favorite Dictator
Feb 26, 2017 • 52 min
Alexis talks about her favorite historical dude, Napoleon Bonaparte. Join us in our pilot to hear about his potential fear of cats, the mystery of his hair color, and the Ocean’s Eleven style escapes planned to save him from exile. Thanks for joining us!…