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Bloodbath

Did history’s most prolific serial killer really bathe in the blood of her victims?

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Here Comes Santa Claus

If you’re good, he’ll break into your house and leave presents under a tree. If you’re not, he’ll supply you with valuable fossil fuels. But where did the man with the bag come from? Featuring St. Nicholas, Krampus, Jesus, and more. The gang’s all here.

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Florida Man

You’ve probably heard of Florida Man. He’s yesterday’s big-time meme. In this episode, we set the man (and his could-be cinematic universe) aside to talk about the state that created a legendary figure. Is Florida really that weird?

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Brawlball

The Guardian calls it “the most brutal sport on Earth”. The New York Times labeled it “a most dangerous game”, and Vice describes it as “equal parts ball game and bare-knuckle MMA”. For the people of Florence, it’s a yearly tradition.

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Christmas with the Colonel

For some, Christmas is time to eat cookies, candy canes, and gingerbread. For 3.6 million families in Japan, ’tis the season for Kentucky Fried Chicken.

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Sweden’s Burning Christmas Goat

For the people of Gavle, a town in northern Sweden, it’s a Christmas tradition to build a 42 foot tall goat out of straw. For some of the people of Gavle, it’s tradition to try to burn it down.

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The Grapevine – Matanuska

Sarah Palin’s accent and character inspired a well-known Saturday Night Live portrayal by Tina Fey. But why does she talk like that?

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The Grapevine – Confederados

At the end of the American Civil War, most southerners eventually gave up their cause and adapted to life in the reconstituted United States. Most, but not all.

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The Grapevine – Russian Hawaii

The story of the German Doctor who tried, and failed, to conquer the Kingdom of Hawaii for the Russian Empire.

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The Grapevine – Goatball

Imagine: You’re standing in a large crowd of people, all cheering and screaming. You can’t quite make out what’s going on, but you can tell you’re looking at an open field and that fifty or so men on horseback are riding alongside the crowd of exuberant spectators who shout louder as they pass. Then, all […]