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Futility Closet
Futility Closet
Greg Ross

Forgotten stories from the pages of history. Join us for surprising and curious tales from the past and challenge yourself with our... more

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Lateral Thinking Puzzles

For this final episode of the Futility Closet podcast we have eight new lateral thinking puzzles — play along... more

29 Nov 2021 · 32 minutes
Sidney Cotton's Aerial Reconnaissance

One of the most remarkable pilots of World War II never fired a shot or dropped a bomb. With... more

22 Nov 2021 · 34 minutes
The Lambeth Poisoner

In 1891, a mysterious figure appeared on the streets of London, dispensing pills to poor young women who then... more

15 Nov 2021 · 33 minutes
The Leatherman

In 1856, a mysterious man appeared on the roads of Connecticut and New York, dressed in leather, speaking to... more

25 Oct 2021 · 33 minutes
A Fight Over Nutmeg

In 1616, British officer Nathaniel Courthope was sent to a tiny island in the East Indies to contest a... more

18 Oct 2021 · 29 minutes
Haggard's Dream

In 1904, adventure novelist H. Rider Haggard awoke from a dream with the conviction that his daughter's dog was... more

11 Oct 2021 · 30 minutes
Stranded in Shangri-La

In 1945, a U.S. Army transport plane crashed in New Guinea, leaving three survivors marooned in the island's mountainous... more

04 Oct 2021 · 30 minutes
The Radium Girls

In 1917, a New Jersey company began hiring young women to paint luminous marks on the faces of watches... more

13 Sep 2021 · 30 minutes
Scenes From an Earthquake

The San Francisco earthquake of 1906 is remembered for its destructive intensity and terrible death toll. But the scale... more

06 Sep 2021 · 33 minutes
A Strawberry's Journey

The modern strawberry has a surprisingly dramatic story, involving a French spy in Chile, a perilous ocean voyage, and... more

30 Aug 2021 · 30 minutes
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