Scattered Curiosities

Scattered Curiosities
What if we told you Bartholomew Columbus, Jerome …
41 TAMT Teenage Avant - Garde Master Talents
Nov 19, 2018 • 79 min
It’s the Season Two Finale and Albort thinks the Renaissance names for the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles were not assigned properly and intends to make a case for it. Get the back story on the cold-blooded half-shelled vindicators of justice and their…
40 Decennial
Oct 28, 2018 • 29 min
Albort reflects on his fortieth year on this our fortieth episode. Travel back to the mystical year one thousand, nine-hundred ninety-eight to decide if Albort predicted the Bird Flu virus as he reads excerpts of his recently dusted off writing assignment…
39 Nickels, Bullets, Boats and the Pickle Man
Oct 14, 2018 • 87 min
Snowmen, Alan Alda, Candy Canes, and Cherries are just some of the many nicknames for pairs in playing cards and the first two make up four fifths of the infamous Dead Man’s Hand. Join Albort for a lesson in poker tournaments, game strategy and learn the…
38 Battle Down
Oct 1, 2018 • 7 min
It’s the first Tinysode of the season, a lost relic from the series premiere of the Scattered Curiosities. Get a very brief overview of the Battle of the Downs, one of Albort’s favorite paintings at the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, and find out what it has…
37 Cereal Killers
Sep 16, 2018 • 98 min
Take a trip down Saturday Morning Memory Lane with Albort Einstone as he recalls some favorite cereals, commercials, toys and mascots from the late 1800s to today. Learn the history behind some of the biggest companies in breakfast and how Battle Creek,…
36 The Leaded Balloons That Ouched Humanity
Sep 2, 2018 • 46 min
Albort knows a thing or two about being full of hot air and blows quite a bit of it in this episode surrounding the rigid airships of the early to mid-1900s and how hot air balloons used in the US Civil War helped to inspire the creation of the Luftschiff…
35 The Return of Bobby Fulton
Aug 19, 2018 • 87 min
35 The Return of Bobby Fulton by Albort Einstone
34 Chapter One of the Book That Never Was
Aug 6, 2018 • 31 min
What happens when a podcaster is asked to turn the first season of his show into a book that does not get published? This episode happens. Chapter one sets the tone for Scattered Curiosities: The Book by utilizing material from our first “Tinysode” (New…
33 Lucky Leo and the WIzard of Floyd
Jul 22, 2018 • 40 min
What is the connection between Pink Floyd, a cat named Jackie and the Wizard of Oz? Third roar synchronicity…or second…or NEITHER. Get to know the black & white, sepia-toned and Technicolor MGM “Felidae” that roared (or not) their way into Hollywood…
32 What the Dickens Came From the Pen of John Shakespeare’s Son
Jul 7, 2018 • 69 min
It is curious that our one hundred forty character, emoticon-centered, cell phone addicted, American society is not well-known for its ardency of reading, yet is so familiar with a doublet of British writers from 150-400 years ago that had so much in…
31 Rubes, Rubys, Rubies and Reubens
Jun 24, 2018 • 61 min
Get to know Albort’s idol Rube Goldberg a little better in this episode through Pee Wee Herman, Mr. T and a slew of RGMs. You’ll also meet a train robbing Rube, a sandwich named Rueben, some heroic lady Rubys, along with some musically talented ones who…
30 Curiosity Scatter Vol II
Jun 10, 2018 • 31 min
Leftovers are the soup du jour today. Get into Albort’s scatter-brains and learn about Sadie Hawkins Day, Bandwagons, Diner Slang and King Og. This episode is especially interesting for those of you that love the year 1986.
29 Inventionation
May 27, 2018 • 60 min
It’s the first episode of Season Two! Albort explores the world of simple inventions and how they came to market. Did you know Twister was thought of as “Sex in a Box” when it debuted? Or that the Snuggie wasn’t the first sleeved blanket? How exactly did…
01 Let’s Go Dutch
May 27, 2018 • 66 min
PILOT: In this first episode of Scattered Curiosities, Albort Einstone takes you to the Netherlands and makes poignant connections between Amsterdam and New Amsterdam (New York City) all while weaving in and out of the Eighty Years War.
E08.1 Swiss Army Scouts
Nov 13, 2017 • 66 min
For the season one finale, Albort will explore the connections between Duct Tape, Swiss Army Knives, Matches, Springs, Lighters and the Boy Scouts of America. Learn about the Unknown Scout and how he was pivotal to the formation of the BSA. Discover what…
E07.4 Rock Moniker
Nov 6, 2017 • 16 min
Finding the right band name is one of the most pivotal moments in a musical group’s journey. Many notable bands went through more than one title before settling on a Rock Moniker. Discover which bands once went by names like: Naked Toddler; Wicked Lester;…
E07.3 Crazy Train
Oct 30, 2017 • 15 min
Join us for one of the most infuriatingly extreme subway rides ever, and learn all about toe spreading, licking the sword, burning the giraffe, magic blankets and why Albort is worried about possums, zebras and woodpeckers plaguing the New York subway…
E07.2 Talking Dirty
Oct 23, 2017 • 14 min
Widen your vocabulary with these words that sound dirty, but aren’t: Sack-But; Sack-ButT; Shuttlecock; Nicker-Picker; Nib lick; Logorrhea; Pissasphalt; and an Interrobang (‽). Don’t be a lobcock or a nodgecock; be a fartlek and get fecund with Albort…
E07.1 Sit and Spinoff
Oct 16, 2017 • 61 min
Did you know that Green Acres was a spinoff of Petticoat Junction? And Petticoat Junction was a spin off of The Beverly Hillbillies? And Good Times was a spinoff of Maude! Can you believe that Sheriff Lobo got his own series? And Magnum PI has crossed…
E06.4 Fritdjof Nansen
Oct 9, 2017 • 51 min
Explorer. Adventurer. Neurologist. Sailor. Stud. Diplomat. Scientist. Champion Ice Skater. Champion Skier. Nobel Peace Prize Winner. You need to know about this guy.
E06.3 That Ain’t Right
Oct 2, 2017 • 15 min
E06.3 That Ain’t Right by Albort Einstone
E06.2 Idiomdom
Sep 24, 2017 • 31 min
Albort jumps the shark in our 22nd episode, Idiomdom. Toeing the line between literal and figurative speaking he uncovers the stories behind such idioms as “it’s a cakewalk” “throwing in the towel” “costing and arm and a leg” and, of course, “jumping the…
E06.1 American Zigzag
Sep 18, 2017 • 105 min
Jump into the Curiosity Winnebago as Albort takes you on a road trip across America, zigzagging north to south and south to north and from east to west to see the biggest ball of twine, the Paul Bunyan statue that comes alive in Stephen King’s novel “IT”,…
E05.4 Failing English is Easy
Sep 11, 2017 • 15 min
American English can be one of the most confusing languages to comprehend as it is constantly evolving and including everyday slang into its lexicon. Even words that have been around for a while can be confusing to people who already speak English:…
E05.3 Symbolically Speaking
Sep 4, 2017 • 18 min
Where did the infinity symbol come from? What is the true meaning behind the barber pole? Does a little blue ribbon mean more that one thing? What common everyday gesture means “anus” south of the equator? Discover the answer to these and other symbols,…
E05.2 Triple D’s: The Daffy Donald Dilemma
Aug 28, 2017 • 58 min
After Saturday’s big boxing match, we decided to pit the Warner Brothers Duck against the Disney Duck to find out which is most Quacktastic. Which pantsless fowl do you prefer? After Albort makes his case, you may change your mind. And get to know some of…
E05.1 Scope This Out
Aug 21, 2017 • 67 min
To celebrate today’s rare Solar Eclipse, this episode is dedicated to the exploration of the heavens and the invention that opened the night sky to everyone, the telescope. And you have to go through Aristotle, Nicolaus Copernicus, Johannes Kepler and…
E04.4 Color Me Smart
Aug 14, 2017 • 7 min
In one of our tiniest “sodes” ever, Albort briefly analyzes the root origins of the names of colors. While he doesn’t cover all of the hues sewn into Joseph’s Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, he most definitely enlightens the origins of all of the chromatic…
E04.3 Curiosity Scatter: VOL 1
Aug 6, 2017 • 13 min
Albort is cleaning out the file cabinet of spare curiosities that he was unable to include in past shows, so, these are kind of like the deleted scenes from materials found for our first 12 episodes, revealing Cookie Monster’s first name, the meaning of…
E04.1 Moons, Mooning and The Moon
Jul 24, 2017 • 95 min
Who really invented the moonwalk? Was the Apollo moon landing a hoax? Is there water anywhere else in our solar system? Was Galileo a jerk? What are the names of all the other moons in our solar system? What is the Jade Rabbit? Who invented the moonpie?…
E03.4 Bobby Fulton and Me
Jul 17, 2017 • 86 min
This week, Albort invites his first guest, and long time friend and colleague, Bobby Fulton on the show for an incongruent back and forth that proves to be an assortment of multifariousness. Get to know your host a little bit better in this zany session…
E03.3 Humdrummery: The Most Boringest Day Ever
Jul 10, 2017 • 16 min
April 11, 1954 is considered the most boring day in history since 1900, but is it? Join Albort as he attempts to “deborify the boring”. Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.
13 Silver Foxes
Jul 2, 2017 • 49 min
What do Chewbacca, Igor, Flo, Barney Rubble, Sancho Panza, Doctor Watson, John Oates, Art Garfunkel and the Pips all have in common? They all get second billing, just like all of the Vice Presidents of America. Learn about the second-hand men who held the…
09 Ooooo, Ahhh!
Jul 2, 2017 • 34 min
It is our 4th of July special, Ooooo, Ahh! “Oval Officers One’s, One by One. A Hunka Head Honchos” Celebrate the presidential firsts of our country’s commanders in chief. Find out some obscure facts they never taught you in school and improve your…
E03.1 Emperors, Robber Barons, Cowboys and Indians PART II
Jun 25, 2017 • 117 min
Part II picks up where Albort left off, discussing the Monopolies of the late 1800s and early 1900s, which include the steel, railroad and barbed wire industries. Hear how Teddy Roosevelt went after corporate America, why Thomas Edison never patented the…
E02.4 Taking You Out to the Ballgame
Jun 18, 2017 • 11 min
Did you ever notice that football, soccer, volleyball and basketball all have coaches and referees but baseball has managers and umpires? Take ten to discover more ways the American pastime is unique. Albort is Taking You Out To The Ballgame.
E02.3 Highly Superstitious
Jun 12, 2017 • 16 min
This week Albort discusses some superstitions and superstitious customs we have adopted from our ancestors. Why do people cross their fingers when they lie? Why do people in mourning wear black? Why throw spilled salt over your left shoulder? And what’s…
E02.2 Say Whaaaaaat?
Jun 4, 2017 • 11 min
Albort goes behind the meanings of the phrases, “Balls to the Wall”, “Get Your Goat”, “Let the Cat Out of the Bag” and much more.
E02.1 Emperors, Robber Barons, Cowboys and Indians PART I
May 29, 2017 • 90 min
Albort starts this first of two episodes with a half-hour long crash course introduction to Jerome, Joseph and Napoleon Bonaparte and their hand in giving us the tin can before illustrating how the French Indian War, The Rosetta Stone, The War of 1812,…
E01.2 New Yorkosities
May 20, 2017 • 5 min
Albort gives you pointers for your first visit to New York City in the first Scattered Curiosities Tinysode. Tinysodes are short episodes that will be released between the full length episodes every month.
E01.4 You Can’t Do That
May 19, 2017 • 7 min
Albort shares with you some of the unbelievable laws that exist across America. For instance, did you know its illegal to give a fifty pound box of chocolate to someone in Idaho?
E01.3 Cast Offs
May 18, 2017 • 9 min
Did you know that John Travolta was almost Forrest Gump? And Molly Ringwald, Pretty Woman? Find out some others near miss film castings in this week’s Tinysode.