2-78. By the Pale Moonlight

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: iTunes | Android | RSS Chicago has a long history of fire. While the Chicago Fire is well known, there were several other fires that made national headlines, and none was deadlier than the Iroquois Theater fire of 1903. And this one changed your life. In an all […]

2-77. Why Polka Dots and Bikinis?

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: iTunes | Android | RSS If I say “polka dots” you likely imagine dots of the exact same size evenly spaced on a highly contrasting background. And I’ll bet you’ve never thought of them like that before. But why do we call them that? In medieval times, dots […]

2-76. No Names, No Words

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: iTunes | Android | RSS I’ve made a concerted effort not to bring up political views in anything the College of Curiosity does. Of course, my own political views will seep in from time to time, but my goal in producing this content is not to sway opinions, […]

2-75. Where Did Your Tires Go?

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: iTunes | Android | RSS Winter is coming. For those that live in the snow belt, it’s time to think about switching over to snow tires or at least check the all-seasons to make sure there’s enough tread there. Most modern tires have tread-wear indicators, but there’s always […]

2-74. Wine Dark Birds

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: iTunes | Android | RSS We have bluebirds and blue jays. We have blue and hyacinth macaws, and even blue parakeets. Some swallows are blue, and visitors to the Pacific Northwest of the United States can find Steller Jays. And all of these birds have this one thing […]

2-73. Why Aren’t You Wearing A Hat?

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: iTunes | Android | RSS If you are wearing hat, you’re unusual in this day and age. (What does that mean, anyway? Day and age? I’ll have to do that one another time.) Look at a picture of any public gathering before, say, 1955, and you’ll find most […]

2-72. What the Deuce?

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: iTunes | Android | RSS You can call it a “deuce,” a “Tom,” or even a “whore note,” but chances are you won’t spend one. The $2 bill is an oddity in US currency, despite the fact that it’s legal tender good for all debts public and private. […]

2-71. The Man Who Is No Longer Benjaman Kyle

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: iTunes | Android | RSS Time for an update. (And another below!) Back in January 2014, the Daily Curio reported on the strange case of Benjaman Kyle, a name chosen by a man with dissociative amnesia. From that article: If you ask him his name, he’ll tell you […]

2-70. The Beaver Tail Hill People

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: iTunes | Android | RSS The early 1600s saw the pre-Columbian tribes of what would become the Northeastern United States at the height of their civilization. Dozens if not hundreds of groups, each with their own culture and languages, competed for resources while at the same time maintaining […]