That Was Genius

That Was Genius

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A rude, silly comedy/history podcast looking at the forgotten side of the past. Join two history buffs on different sides of the world for a sweary, joke-filled reflection on the bold, the brilliant… and the downright strange.


A Noble and Historic Parking Lot Brawl (Revenge week) - That Was Genius Episode 38
Oct 17 • 53 min
I mean honestly, it’s amazing it’s taken us this long to tackle revenge. That’s basically what history is all about. And we’ve no shortage of things to talk about. Tom kicks us off with the bizarre and brutal true story behind Alexandre Dumas’ 1844 novel…
Hold Me Closer Zombie Dancer (Health week) - That Was Genius Episode 37
Oct 10 • 55 min
Say aah please, it’s health week! From conspiracies to the Charleston, we’ve got it covered. Tom kicks us off with a look at the conspiracy theories surrounding the Pineal gland, a completely normal part of the brain which has been the source of some…
He’s Not The Messiah, Hes a Very Naughty Serial Killer (The Law week) - That Was Genius Episode 36
Oct 2 • 51 min
Order! Listen in the name of the law! We’re discussing all things legal this week. Sam kicks us off with a follow on from last week’s Papacy special with a look at all the times God has ended up in the dock - as a defendant, as a plaintiff, and as a…
Watch Where You Waggle That Broomstick (Pope week) - That Was Genius Episode 35
Sep 25 • 62 min
Bless you my child, it’s Popes week! And we’ve avoided almost all the obvious jokes! Tom’s been learning about the Malleus Maleficarum or ‘Hammer of Witches’, a hideous medieval treatise on how to spot witches, how to deal with them, and, erm… quite a lot…
Sam Meets History With Hilbert - The Other Genius Episode 1
Sep 19 • 29 min
We’ve got a new and exciting side project! Welcome to That Was Genius’ “the Other Genius”, a little side-hustle in which we catch up with other history creators and fanatics and talk about why they love history, what they get out of it, and their…
The Gassy Floridians Are Coming By Sea (Ships week) - That Was Genius Episode 34
Sep 19 • 54 min
Ahoy there shipmates, and all aboard for a nautical-themed adventure. Tom kicks us off by looking at the odd nautical origins of some well known phrases. And there are a lot of them: Mostly about drinking and occasionally about the, er… Ladies of the…
Welcome to That Was Genius - A Rather Silly History Podcast
Sep 14 • 3 min
Subscribe and listen to us! Apple Music // Podbean // Overcast // Stitcher // TuneIn // Spotify Welcome to That Was Genius: Two blokes. A 12-hour time difference. An immature sense of humour. And 10,000 years of human civilisation. A weekly podcast…
When in Rome, do as the Chinese do (Silk Road week) - That Was Genius Episode 33
Sep 12 • 59 min
Let us take you on a journey to the mysterious East. Or the equally mysterious West. Whatever. It’s silk road week! Yes, this week we’re taking a trip down the original information superhighway, the silk road. For centuries, the only route linking the…
One Monkey, Two Giant Balls, and 6,000 Eastern Europeans (Japan Week) - That Was Genius Episode 32
Sep 4 • 58 min
It’s Japan week! So we’ve not exactly been short of fun things to talk about. First up, we’ve got special guest, That Was Genius fan and Japanese resident Stephanie, to talk about the mythical Tanuki and their incredible testicles. Next, Sam’s been…
The Purple Headed Wibbler in the Garden (Vegetables Week) - That Was Genius Episode 31
Aug 28 • 62 min
It’s vegetables week! No, we’re not sure why either. Tom kicks us off by looking at Priapus (and his collection of poems The Priapeia), Rome’s bad-tempered and EXTREMELY well endowed garden-protecting gnome-God. His poetry is really quite something, and…
Attack of the Burping Lecherous Bum Otters (Rivers Week) - That was Genius Episode 30
Aug 22 • 59 min
Episode 30, can you believe it? And to celebrate, this week’s episode is particularly silly. We’ve been looking at rivers. Tom dives right in with a (quite roundabout) look at the ferrymen of folklore, from Ireland’s speedboat-driving Manannán mac Lir and…
Attention Passengers This Is Your Toilet Speaking (Plane Crash Week) - That Was Genius Episode 29
Aug 15 • 57 min
Fasten your seatbelts and put up your tray tables, because this week we’re talking all things plane crash. From the world’s luckiest man to several very unlucky victims, we’ve been looking at what happens when the sh*t hits the propeller. Tom examines the…
Dónde está tu oro? (Conquistador Week) - That Was Genius Episode 28
Aug 8 • 58 min
Hola! And welcome to an episode all about Conquistadors, the swarthy and generally deeply unpleasant Spanish settlers, treasure-seekers and soldiers who made the new world their home in the 16th century. And when we say home, we mean it’s the place most…
If it Says it in The Bible (Slavery Week) - That Was Genius Episode 27
Aug 1 • 55 min
WARNING: This episode contains references to sources which use language in common use at the time, but which would be considered offensive and derogatory today. Which isn’t surprising, because today we’re tackling the grim topic of slavery, which was…
Hell Hath No Fury Like 300 Spearmen in Heels [Homosexuality Week] - That Was Genius Episode 26
Jul 25 • 61 min
STOP, in the name of love, as we take a look at some of history’s host of heroic homosexuals to celebrate Pride season. Tom kicks us off with a look at the Theban Sacred Band, the elite fighting force of ancient Greek men united by their love for one…
A Face Full of Holy Horse Wind (The North week) - That Was Genius Episode 25
Jul 18 • 55 min
Ey up, it’s Northern week on That Was Genius! This week we’re discussing all things North of the Border. Sam discovers what the Ancient Greek’s thought lay beyond the grumpy horse who makes the north wind blow. Meanwhile Tom looks at the strange…
Kiss Me Tenderly Where The Sun Doesn’t Shine (Music week) - That Was Genius Episode 24
Jul 11 • 54 min
# I’m having the time of my life, and I’ve never felt this way before # Yes, it’s music week! And yet somehow we’ve managed to fall into a pit of depravity, once again. Tom explores some of the earliest known nursery rhymes, which are quite sweary and you…
The Ghosts Told Me To Do It (Great Escapes week) - That Was Genius Episode 23
Jul 4 • 59 min
Right you lot, your mission? Escape from camp Genius. The plan? One hour of close calls and narrowly avoided disasters as we explore some of history’s greatest escapes. Sam kicks us off with a look at the escape from Zozgad prison camp, also known as the…
The Tragic Tale of Burpy the Dwarf (Disney week) - That Was Genius Episode 22
Jun 27 • 63 min
Be our guest, be our guest, be prepared to be impressed, by our knowledge about Disney, bad accents and Prince’s frisky… That’s right, it’s Disney week! Tom and Sam have been delving into the stories behind the Disney classics in what is - even by our…
A Bit Heavy on the Dynamite (America week) - That Was Genius Episode 21
Jun 20 • 61 min
Why howdy y’all, and welcome to an episode of That Was Genius dedicated to the good ‘ole US of A! This week, Tom examines the horrific case of Elmer McCurdy, the useless criminal and genuine corpse discovered hidden in an American fairground ride 70 years…
Everything Here is Trying to Kill Us (Australia week) - That Was Genius Episode 20
Jun 13 • 58 min
G’Day Bruces and Shielas, stick another shrimp on the barbie because it’s Australia week! Tom takes us on another highly entertaining (and, as usual, it’s deeply harrowing) story of shipwreck survival against all the elements with the wreck of the Sydney…
Third Arm and Hammer (Religion week) - That Was Genius Episode 19
Jun 6 • 50 min
Oh Lordy, it’s religion week. Which we’re approaching with as much tact as you would expect for a delicate subject like this. Sam discusses the Freedomites, Canada’s nudist vegan terrorists (pacifist terrorism, of course. The best kind). Meanwhile Tom…
Pornographic Soviet Drunk Train (inventions week) - That Was Genius Episode 18
May 30 • 56 min
Eureka! Inventions is the topic this week, from some of the oddest and least successful to the most ingenious. Tom looks into Roman siege equipment courtesy of Vetruvius, including some really quite astonishingly large machines with crews of hundreds.…
Imagine Mr Tickle… Covered in Swastikas (‘that should be a film’ week) - That Was Genius Episode 17
May 23 • 58 min
Talk about a historical epic: Episode 17 is all about events which should have been made into films, but aren’t! Sam discusses the battle for Itter Schloss (the only time the Germans and US fought on the same side in WW2, alongside a load of retired…
Vanking for Victory (resistance week) - That Was Genius Episode 16
May 16 • 51 min
Resistance is anything but futile! And it’s the topic this week. Sam’s been learning about British superspy and inventor of imaginary resistance networks Juan Pujol Garcia, the rare recipient of a gallantry award from both the British and the Germans in…
A Nice Bike Ride Through A French Riot (cheating week) - That Was Genius Episode 15
May 9 • 55 min
You dirty rotten cheat. Foul play is the topic this week. Tom’s gamed the system to make sure cheating in the early years of the Tour de France comes up, with both bizarre and terrifying drug cocktails, and some wacky-races style tricks and…
The Bad, The Worst, and The Stupid (naughty Englishmen week) - That Was Genius Episode 14
May 2 • 53 min
‘Perfidious Albion’ or the dastardly English is the topic this week, although through a series of miscommunications it’s actually an episode featuring one horrible person and one absolute idiot. Tom looks at bored, spoiled idiot and all-round moron John…
Please Dont Pirate This Podcast (pirate week - obviously) - That Was Genius Episode 13
Apr 25 • 63 min
Yarr, it’s pirate week on That Was Genius. Tom discusses French Buccaneer, privateer and all-round nasty guy Francois L’ollonois, who is definitely not one to cross if you happen to be Spanish. Or like your head to be attached to your body. Meanwhile Sam…
Two Shiny Nipples and an Unfortunate Weather Vane (sculpture week) - That Was Genius Episode 12
Apr 18 • 45 min
Episode 12 is all about historical statues and sculpture. How high brow… Although actually not really. Tom introduces the Colossus of Rhodes, and Sam struggles to pronounce Lysippos. Subscribe and listen to us! Apple Music // Podbean // Overcast //…
Welcome to the Antarctic Party Boat (people called Richard week) - That Was Genius - Episode 11
Apr 11 • 56 min
Episode 11 is all about historical Richards! Tom discusses the horrific antarctic trials of Australian science teacher Dick Richards on Sir Ernest Shackleton’s ill-fated Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition. Meanwhile Sam introduces Richard Francis Burton…
Please Don’t Eat The Priceless Artifact (yes, it’s artifact week) - That Was Genius Episode 10
Apr 4 • 52 min
Artifact’s is this week’s topic. Sam discusses the Shang Oracle Bones - a priceless gateway to a lost civilization that was almost eaten out of existence. Meanwhile Tom looks at the Hedwig Beakers, the incredible glasses which shed light on a lost and…
Two False Legs and One Ruined Bakery (food week) - That Was Genius - Episode 9
Mar 28 • 51 min
Episode 9 is all about food, and features the horrific menu served up to starving Parisians in the Franco-Prussian war, and ‘The Pastry War’ or first Franco-Mexican war, the result of a looted bakery and an outrageous French compensation claim. Cue dodgy…
Pulling Down the Judges Trousers (banned literature week) - That Was Genius - Episode 8
Mar 21 • 62 min
Banned literature is the theme this week, and features the mad ramblings of the CIA, and a whole book full of medieval dick jokes. Which makes us as happy as it’ll make you! Tom discusses Giovanni Boccaccio’s The Decameron, a 14th-Century collection of…
What Do You Do With The Cheerful Sailor (getting lost week) - That Was Genius - Episode 7
Mar 14 • 49 min
Getting lost is the topic this week, from a twice shipwrecked (and probably quite annoying) Dutchman and his adventures in Java and Indonesia, to intrepid Amazon explorer Percy Fawcett, his unfortunately named friends, and their quest for the lost city of…
A Walking Human Tambourine of Military Excellence (con-men week) - That Was Genius - Episode 6
Mar 7 • 65 min
It’s Historic conmen week, from fake footballer Carlos Kaiser faking it as other footballers (meta, I know), to Gregor MacGregor, the guy who made up his own country and sent hundreds of people there to die. Subscribe and listen to us! Apple Music //…
A Little Unexpected Dampness (stupidity week) - That Was Genius - Episode 5
Feb 28 • 54 min
It’s stupidity week! Featuring badly written Roman erotica, trying to fight a battle drunk, terrible German accents and more. Subscribe and listen to us! Apple Music // Podbean // Overcast // Stitcher // TuneIn // Spotify Welcome to That Was Genius: Two…
The Adventures of Sir Flannel Washbottom (love week) - That was Genius - Episode 4
Feb 21 • 49 min
Love is in the air this week, with the *first* wedding of Henry VIII’s first wife Catherine of Aragon (hint, it wasn’t to Henry), and the first ever love story… A Sumerian legend which involves gods, a lot of arguing, and more than a little cottage…
Mansa Musa’s Massive Sack (journeys week) - That Was Genius - Episode 3
Feb 13 • 62 min
Journeys is the topic this episode, which features Mansa Musa - the man so rich he ruined the economy of the Middle East by going on holiday there - a stroke of marketing genius by a viking leader, and quite a lot of references to snooker-based game show…
Touched by a Goddess (Eureka moments week) - That Was Genius - Episode 2
Feb 12 • 44 min
Eureka! Moments of genius is the topic this week, which features the accidental discovery of rubber (aka your Dad’s dirty secret), and Odysseus returning from the Trojan wars to find 100 blokes after his wife (aka Kill Bill, and his 99 mates as well).…
Call of Duty Canada (war heroes week) - That Was Genius - Pilot Episode
Feb 12 • 55 min
Introducing Leo Major - Canada’s WW2 answer to Rambo - and Quintus Fabius Maximus Cunctator, or ‘Quintus the Delayer’, the Roman general who beat Hannibal by, well, sort of hiding from him. Historical figureheads (with a military twist) are the topic of…