November 17, 2014

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HFM 096 | Why the British Govt. Lied About Carrots Being Good For Your Eyes: The Best Deceptive Tactics Used During War, Part 4

Everybody believes carrots improve your eyesight, so of course this fact is not true. But why does everybody believe it? Because the British government lied to the public during World War II to make them eat an unpopular vegetable during war rationing, of course!

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November 10, 2014

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HFM 095 | General Patton’s Ghost Army and Operation Quicksilver: The Best Deceptive Tactics Used During War, Part 3

 

Tricking enemy intelligence into thinking your army is larger than it actually is has been a favorite move for generals throughout history. General Patton used this trick to defeat the Germans several times using nothing but inflatable tanks and wooden guns.

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November 3, 2014

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HFM 094 | How The Ottomans Pushed Dozens of Ships Up a Hill To Conquer Constantinople in 1453: The Best Deceptive Tactics Used During War, Part 2

How do you get your ships into an enemy harbor when it sits behind the strongest fortifications on earth and guarded by a massive sea chain? If you are Sultan Mehmed fighting the  Siege of Constantinople in 1453, you grease timbers and push the ships up a hill, of course!

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October 27, 2014

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HFM 093 | How the Persian Empire Conquered Egypt With Cats: The Most Deceptive Practices in Warfare, Part 1

War is deceit. But some are better at deceit than others. Especially the Persian Empire, who managed to conquer the Egyptians by playing on one of their most deeply held religious beliefs — cat worship. See the novel way that Persia defeated Egypt in the Battle of Pelusium (525 BC)

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October 20, 2014

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HFM 092 | Where Do Vampire Myths Come From?

Vampires didn’t always sparkle or maintain a vegan diet of deer — they were once known as bloodthirsty killers. The myth of vampires goes back centuries and exists in many different cultures. But where does the myth originate? Are there any real historical figures that inspired the myth? Find out in this episode!

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October 13, 2014

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HFM 091 | Legends of the Knights Templar, Part 3: Embalming Your Enemies to Show Your Love

Nobody believes that love conquers all more than a Knight Templar. Particularly since one knight embalmed his enemy to prove his love to his paramour.

To learn more about the Knights Templar check out A.A. Grishin’s new book “Legends of the Knights Templar.” You can learn more about his work at his website http://knightstemplarvault.com/.

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October 6, 2014

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HFM 090 | Legends of the Knights Templar, Part 2: The Skull of Sidon that Became the Pirate Skull and Crossbones

 

In our second part of the Knight’s Templar podcast series, we’ll look at a particular gruesome story. You will never look at a skull and crossbones flag the same way.

To learn more about the Knights Templar check out A.A. Grishin’s new book “Legends of the Knights Templar.” You can learn more about his work at his website http://knightstemplarvault.com/.

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September 29, 2014

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HFM 089 | Legends of the Knights Templar, Part 1: The Headless Templar Who Haunts Prague

 

Learn about crazy legends from the Knights Templar, the military order founded during The Crusades. Our first story is about a headless man that terrorizes the Czech Republic’s capital.

To learn more about the Knights Templar check out A.A. Grishin’s new book “Legends of the Knights Templar.” You can learn more about his work at his website http://knightstemplarvault.com/.

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September 22, 2014

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HFM 088 | The Greatest Unintended Consequences In History, Part 3: Prohibition

Prohibition is a byword for a failed policy. But it failed in ways you might not expect. Find out how Prohibition is unintentionally responsible for the creation of the U.S. Income Tax code, homebrewing, and an upsurge in fake rabbis running around New York.

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September 15, 2014

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HFM 087 | Greatest Unintended Consequences in History, Part 2: The Cobra Effect

 

If you want to get rid of a nasty pest, it might seem sensible to offer a bounty as a reward. But nothing backfires quite like a bounty. We look at bounties on snakes in Delhi, rats in Vietnam; and feral pigs in Fort Benning, Georgia. In each case, bounty hunters found loopholes in the system and made the problem much worse than it was in the beginning.

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