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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September 8, 2014

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HFM 086 | Best Examples of Unintended Consequences in History: Part 1 – Destroying an Ecosystem with Invasion Biology

Beware those who test Murphy’s Law. We will look at the greatest unintended consequences in history, starting with Australia’s introduction of the rabbit into its ecosystem. Spoiler alert: Disaster ensues.

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September 1, 2014

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HFM 085 | How Vaccines saved the Revolutionary War

Debates over vaccines go back way further than Jenny McCarthy. And they have influenced history in ways we still don’t appreciate — chief among them helping America win the Revolutionary War.

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August 25, 2014

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HFM 084 | What is the Worst Job in History?

Think your job is the worst in the world? Well, it isn’t. Not by a long shot. Try being a Roman slave, condemned to walk a water wheel for the rest of their life. Or an English tosher, who roamed London’s sewers, looking for treasure.

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