That Was Genius - A funny history podcast

That Was Genius - A funny history podcast

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A comedy history podcast looking at the forgotten side of the past. The jokes are silly, the accents are terrible, and the history will amaze you. Every Wednesday, join two history buffs for a sweary, laugh-filled hour of (slightly) educational fun.


Trousers Down, and Present the S**t (Weddings week) - That Was Genius Episode 67
May 20 • 50 min
A happy marriage of history and ‘comedy’*? It must be weddings week! *in the loosest sense. Sam starts us off this week with a look at the bizarre and ridiculous marriage of Elisabeth Pallier and Pierre Houlbronne, two 16th Century lovebirds who were…
Chocks Out for the Lads (Accents week) - That Was Genius Episode 65
May 6 • 59 min
Eey By Gum, it’s accents week! Tom kicks us off with a look at the fascinating (and very short) history of two classic stereotypical accents - the west country pirate we all know and love (but who didn’t exist until the 1950s) and the dashing (and very…
Knocker and Chisholm’s Leather Emporium (Nurses week) - That Was Genius Episode 64
Apr 29 • 55 min
Ooh er matron, it’s nurses week! Sam kicks us off with the tale of WW1 best mates, motorbike daredevils and fearless first-aiders Elsie Knocker and Mairi Chisholm, whose bravery in setting up an independent nursing station just metres from the trenches…
The Farting Poodle Chamber Orchestra (Pets week) - That Was Genius Episode 63
Apr 23 • 59 min
Who’s a good boy then? We are, that’s who. It’s pets week! Tom kicks us off with a look at Wojtek, the Syrian brown bear and Polish army corporal with a penchant for marmalade, cigarettes, stealing underwear and lugging shells on the battlefield. He…
A Filthy Little Tip for the Barman (Travelers week) - That Was Genius Episode 62
Apr 15 • 69 min
We’re going on a history hunt, we’re going to find a fun source!Yes, it’s traveler week. Tom kicks us off with a look at Till Eulenspiegel (which bizarrely translates as either toilet paper or owl mirror), the ridiculously rude medieval book about an…
Its Raining Nuns, Halleluja Its Raining Nuns (Pandemics week) - That Was Genius Episode 61
Apr 8 • 68 min
We tried not to. We begged not to. But the audience demanded: This week we’re doing pandemics. In a rare and possibly slightly drunken display of bravado, Sam goes first this week with a look at the bizarre phenomenon of ‘Mass Psychogenic Illness’; where…
No One’s Tougher Than the Biscuit Eaters (Sidekicks week) - That Was Genius Episode 60
Apr 1 • 54 min
It’s not high kicks, it’s not karate kicks, oh no, it’s sidekick week. A bit of a tricky one this week, if we’re being honest. Tom’s been looking at the odd triangle of sidekickery between the Byzantine emperor Justinian, his wife Theodora (known for her…
Welcome to the Mile High Club (Daredevil week) - That Was Genius Episode 59
Mar 25 • 59 min
This episode’s all about guts, balls, and lofty ambitions to wow a crowd. Yes, it’s daredevil week! Desperate to avoid traditional daredevils if we can, Tom’s been looking at the horrifically violent ancient sport of mob football - banned by most medieval…
A Little Bit of Bump and Grind (Movement week) - That Was Genius Episode 58
Mar 18 • 50 min
In out in out shake it all about, it’s movement week! Tom starts us off this week with a whistlestop tour of the humble Waltz, a dance deemed too risque for stuffy bishops because it involved (shock horror) touching! Next up, Sam takes us to the Wild West…
Stealing Toilet Roll for the Revolution (Spies week) - That Was Genius Episode 57
Mar 11 • 58 min
The name’s Genius. That Was Genius. Yes, it’s spy week! Pew pew pew! Tom starts with a guide to simple sabotage by the OSS (later CIA ) in WW2. Now available to download (so you can kick start your own revolution), it’s a handy, step by step guide to just…
I’m Never Googling That Again (Body Parts week) - That Was Genius Episode 56
Mar 4 • 52 min
The head bone’s connected to the… Knee bone. Hmmm. It’s probably best that we’re historians talking about body parts, rather than actual doctors. Tom kicks us off this week with the horrific story of William Lanne, one of the last remaining ’full-blooded’…
A Flirty French Roly-Poly (Fitness week) - That Was Genius Episode 55
Feb 26 • 57 min
It’s time to *lift* your spirits, *stretch* the truth, and *work out* exactly what the sources are telling us in an episode all about health and fitness! Yes, after a week’s break we’re back, re-united in the UK at last! Although we still live several…
A Dirty Little Present From Your Crush (poetry week) - That Was Genius Episode 54
Feb 12 • 55 min
There once was a podcast on history. And why they still did it’s a mystery. This week’s about verse, so Sam’s picked the worst. And Tom’s done Catullus for his story. Yes, it’s poetry week! Tom kicks us off with a look at the absolutely filthy mind of the…
A Little Bit of Man Jerky - AKA Pepperami Leggy-ami (Serial Killers week) - That Was Genius Episode 53
Feb 5 • 64 min
Oh have mercy, it’s serial killers week! Featuring Sam murdering a song in our first proper musical interlude! Tom kicks us off with a look at Alexander Pearce, the Irish convict sent to Tasmania for stealing shoes, who pretty quickly found a taste for…
Whizz, Pop, and Up We Go! (World First week) - That Was Genius Episode 52
Jan 29 • 58 min
Welcome to the age of discovery, as we attempt something we’ve never done before: An episode on world firsts! And it’s a good’un this week. Tom kicks us off with a look at the lesser known stories and backwaters from Magellan’s circumnavigation of the…
Pants Down on The Good Ship Naturist (French week) - That Was Genius Episode 51
Jan 22 • 58 min
Sacre Bleu! It is ze week we av all been waiting for, kick arse Frenchmen week!Yes, after months of baiting our cousins across the sea, it’s finally their time to shine as we explore some of the most competent, brave souls from the beautiful country. We…
500 Tarts And One Sexy Roman Emperor (Laughter week) - That Was Genius Episode 50
Jan 15 • 60 min
Finally, something to laugh about - this week’s episode is all about the humour (well it’s rarely about the history)! Tom kicks us off with a look at the Philogelos (Love of Laughter), the oldest known jokebook. Written by a couple of witty Greeks in…
Operation Fire Sausage (Genocide week) - That Was Genius Episode 49
Jan 8 • 54 min
What a nice cheery one this week. It’s all about genocide. But don’t worry, we’ve still managed to squeeze out some (awkward) laughs. Don’t say we never give ourselves a challenge! This week we’re discussing all things mass murder (or, at least,…
An Englishman, an Irishman and a Frenchman Walk Into a Pub (Wars that didnt happen week) - That Was Genius Episode 48
Jan 1 • 60 min
When two tribes go to war… Or don’t. Because this week we’re talking about wars which didn’t quite happen. Or did, just not very successfully. Tom kicks us off with the Huéscar - Denmark war, a 172-year-long war between Denmark and a tiny town in Spain in…
That Was Genius - * Q&A Session!* Featuring Taps, Genocide and 90’s Sitcoms. Happy 2020!
Jan 1 • 41 min
Happy 2020! As a special welcome in to the new year and thanks to all our listeners, we’ve done a Q&A answering your questions. From hot water taps to 90s TV and the emu wars, here’s everything you ever wanted to know about Sam and Tom. (A normal episode,…
Sam meets QI creator John Lloyd - The Other Genius Episode 2
Dec 25, 2019 • 50 min
How do you prove an arch-nemesis history teacher wrong? How many facts can you find beginning with the letter Q, and how many make it onto a major British TV panel show? How do you stay curious? John Lloyd knows the answers to all these questions and many…
Buster the Prize Fighting Shrew (Shows week) - That Was Genius Episode 47
Dec 18, 2019 • 58 min
Roll up, roll up for the greatest show on Earth! Yes, we plumb the depths of what humans will do for entertainment in this week’s podcast, which is all about shows. Sam kicks us off with a look at Lazarus and Joannes Baptista Colloredo, two 17th Century…
The Muffled Screams of Thriller from the Mortuary (Ancient Laws week) - That Was Genius Episode 46
Dec 11, 2019 • 73 min
Here’s a free trial you definitely don’t want to sign up to… This week we’re covering arcane laws, from trial by fire and water, to dealing with ancient arsonists. Tom kicks us off with a look at some of the medieval ordeals - religious trials against…
The Soily Fondue Jazz Quartet (Treasure week) - That Was Genius Episode 45
Dec 4, 2019 • 53 min
What if the real treasures are the friendships we make along the way? Nah. Gold is much more valuable. Gold and cheese. This week we’re discussing buried treasure, from the sublime to the slightly ridiculous. Tom kicks us off with a look at Samuel Peyps’…
A Triple Suplex in the Name of Love (Badass Women week) - That Was Genius Episode 44
Nov 27, 2019 • 52 min
This week we’re celebrating badass women through history. With a series of sources written by men, because history. Sigh. Tom’s giving us a whistlestop tour of The Moralia, Greek/Roman historian Plutarch’s account of even older Greek and Roman women.…
Brazilian Samba Dancing Nurses with Incredible Moustaches (Charlatans week) - That Was Genius Episode 43
Nov 20, 2019 • 62 min
“Doctor Doctor, give me the news, I’ve got a bad case of loving you”: Sounds serious, try rubbing this cream made out of seeds and good energy on it. Yes, this week we’re abandoning responsible medicine, not reading the label, and diving into the world of…
One Dead President and a Scottish Woman’s Bottom (Spooky week) - That Was Genius Episode 42
Nov 13, 2019 • 56 min
Cor Blimey Guv’nor, it’s a Holy Ghost! Which, fact of the day, is Cockney rhyming slang for, erm… Toast. Yes, it’s Spooky week, which has absolutely nothing to do with that other scary holiday a couple of weeks back. In a horrifying twist, Sam goes first…
Thomas the Self-Pleasuring Engine (40 week) - That Was Genius Episode 41
Nov 6, 2019 • 57 min
Yes, the topic this week is the number 40. Yes, it’s episode 41. What can we say. We’re historians, not mathematicians. Obvious stupidity and working ourselves into a corner aside (genuinely, we - specifically Sam - are absolute idiots) we’ve got a…
Toilet Paper of the Ancients (discovery week) - That Was Genius Episode 40
Oct 30, 2019 • 55 min
History is all about discoveries. From scientific breakthroughs, to new philosophies and ideas, to finding out what women get up to in sleepovers and finding wads of classic work used as loo roll. And yes, the last two are our stories for this week, as we…
Revenging the Nazi Tap-Dance Troupe (Badass week) - That Was Genius Episode 39
Oct 23, 2019 • 62 min
It’s badass week. From the good badass, to the bad badass, to the ugly badass. And yes, it’s a rare triple billing as well, since Sam couldn’t decide and bought two stories to the table. He kicks us off with a look at Franceska Mann, the celebrated…
A Noble and Historic Parking Lot Brawl (Revenge week) - That Was Genius Episode 38
Oct 17, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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 21, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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…