Welcome to The Unusual History of Every Thing, Season 5!
If you love weird history mixed with archaeological findings and some entertaining stories, then Melanie & Karen have a podcast for you!
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The Unusual History of Every Thing is co-hosted, written and produced by Melanie Dellas and Karen Lacy.
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Season 5, Episode 7
Powerful Women in History
In honor of Women’s History Month, we’re going to talk about some of our favorite historical women and what made them great. We’ve only been celebrating Women’s History Month in the United States since 1987, but women have been making history for thousands of years. These daring dames were breaking all kinds of barriers from ancient times to today, and despite their differences, they all have one thing in common: They weren’t going to let anyone dictate what it was to be a woman.
Season 5, Episode 6
On this mini-sode, we take a look at how smells – both good and bad – have affected and still do affect the dating world. How many times have you heard someone say they're looking for someone they have chemistry with? That indescribable feeling two people get when they come face to face. Well, “chemistry” may be the perfect word to describe it. From armpit apples to dirty shirts, our sense of smell plays a large role in the mates we choose. Welcome to Smell Dating.
Season 5, Episode 5
Odd Love Tokens and Vinegar Valentines
On this episode of our weekly podcast, and in honor of Valentine’s Day and lovers everywhere, we take a look at some of the more unique ways of expressing one’s love – and of getting rid of it. Before chocolates, texts and selfies became the norm for showing someone that you love them, people had different ideas about how to express their passions. I mean, what better way to keep you in your lover’s thoughts than to give them a part of yourself – literally. From sweat to hair, or some token of affection – or revulsion – history does a good job of proving that love really does make people do some strange things.
Season 5, Episode 4
How the Myth of Bigfoot became so Big
Sasquatch, yeti, zoobie, the wild man of Warner Springs, the Proctor Valley Monster, you name it, and the creature commonly known as Bigfoot has probably been called it. But where did this larger-than-life, ape-like man come from, and why are California, Washington and Oregon his favorite states? The belief in Bigfoot is older than most people think, and its origins might surprise you. Like most mythical creatures, it all began with a cultural belief in monsters.
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Music in this episode by: Surreal Forest by Meydän; Happy Clappy by John Bartmann
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Season 5, Episode 3
It's Not Haunted, It's Enchanted: San Diego's Villa Montezuma
San Diego is home to many unique, historical buildings and houses, but none that compare to the magical enchantment of Villa Montezuma. The Victorian mansion was built to be a palace of the arts in the late 1800s, and has a reputation for being haunted, although those rumors don't appear to be true. What is true is that this house is a breathtaking example of architectural magnificence that gives us a glimpse into the eccentric man who designed every element, from the wood that serves as its base to the gargoyles that protect its roof. Welcome to Villa Montezuma. Sound and music credits: Quiet neighborhood at dusk by etienne.leplumey; Breeze by Yakov Goldman; Bouncy Gypsy by John Bartmann; Pure Water by Meydän; Imagination by Yakov Goldman; River by Yakov Goldman; Click on the two links below to check out our advertisers on today's show!
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Season 5, Episode 2
From the Water to the Walls: Conductors of the Paranormal
For many people in the world, the belief in paranormal activity is a very normal thing. From hauntings to possessions and everything in between, it seems as though death isn’t always the end. No matter where you live, you can find a house, building, park or something that has a ghost story attached to it. From haunted homes to spooky ships, there are a plethora of locations where many of the deceased call home – even if they didn’t die there. But why? Let’s look at the theories behind the ghostly activity that makes some locations a playground for the paranormal.
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Season 5, Episode 1
The Madam and the Marbles: From Booze to Brothels
One of the most iconic buildings in San Diego’s Gaslamp District with the most sordid history is the Louis Bank of Commerce. Located on the 800 block of 5th Avenue, the beautiful building with two towers is touted as the jewel of the Gaslamp by locals and historians of the area. Built in 1888, the bottom floor served as a bank, then later a restaurant that Wyatt Earp frequented; and the upper floors, consisting of 33 rooms, were rented out by Madam Cora, a fortune teller who must have foreseen a higher profit margin in a house of ill repute. Thus, the Golden Poppy Hotel was born, as well as the site of our story, The Madam and the Marbles. Click on the social media links above for pictures, interviews and more!