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Actually Happening 58: Alice Roosevelt Drops the Mic
This week, we cover everything from the beginning of time to “How to Win” to the extremely unoriginal plots of early operas (did they only own one book or something?). And stay ’til the end for what’s likely our longest question answer ever. Trust us, it’s worth it.
Actually Happening 65: Tall Tales
In which the AH crew combines three successive Prussian rulers named Frederick, by stacking them into one extremely tall dude. Who was then kidnapped and forced to join the Potsdam Giants.
Actually Happening 68: Fresh Ground Pepper?
We’re finally back from a too-long break, and joined by a special guest, art historian Letha Ch’ien! This time we’re talking Venetian art history, really old companies, and why you should be careful selling metheglin.
Actually Happening 74: Uphill Downhill
This week’s episode involves a lot of fighting (and avoiding fighting at all costs) over really weird stuff, some Norman Rockwell appreciation… and another molasses flood.
Actually Happening 81: Too Many Camels
A new soon-to-be-broken record for the best-aged episode of Actually Happening ever! In this deeply non-topical installment we discuss the invention of the toilet showroom, biblical anachronisms, gerrymandering, and criticism of Henry VIII.
Actually Happening 83: It’s OK, I’m just tidying your papers
I don’t even know what schedule we’re using for these things anymore, but if you need stories of civil war badasses as much as we do, you might like this episode. We’ve also got the biggest single rock ever made and a sex-changing yew tree that is, for some reason, kept in a cage.
Not Actually Happening 28: The Praedestinatio of St. Mark
How to steal a saint in five unsurprisingly convoluted steps, as recorded in golden mosaics in Venice, and explained by art historian Letha Ch’ien.
Actually Happening 75: Confused Elderly Grandchildren
Now with actual microphones! This week, we go Minnesota Secretary of Agriculture hunting, discover the pitfalls of bad database queries, and don’t look in the back of the fridge. And we find out two guys on an island were doing, well, exactly what you’d expect…
Actually Happening 63: Anything for an Interview
Time for another round of holiday leftovers. It’s a short episode, but a fun one: we get to talk about one of the feistiest ladies of early America — and the time she stole the president’s clothes while he was skinny dipping.
Actually Happening 67: All Out of Leftovers
We’ll be back next week with regular episodes, but until then enjoy the story behind the story of War of the Worlds, and an extremely baffling discovery beneath London.
Actually Happening 62: Stone Age Gender Politics
In which we stare at our hands, learn what a “Vibraslap” is, and try to explain why cats can now has cheezburgers.
Actually Happening 59: Election Special
Recapping all the important stuff that happened in this November’s election. And by “important” we mean Biden’s wrong number calls and Big Papi winning the write-in vote for mayor of Boston. Oh yeah, and Philadelphia electing a Whig. We also have lots of fun shorter episodes coming up this holiday season, so stay tuned!
Actually Happening 61: She Said Yes
And they went with “Alice”, not “Diamond Voldemort”. Congratulations to Dennis, Jess, Anna, and David, and a hearty welcome to Alice. We wish you the best in your future career as queen president doctor.
Actually Happening 66: Ye Olde Faxe Machinee
The fax machine is older than you think! Unless you already know how old it is.
Actually Happening 73: Half Safe
In which the British actually stay out of a war for once, and Ben Carlin drives an amphibious vehicle around the world. Oh yeah, and more Liechtenstein!
Actually Happening 71: Why Are We So Itchy?
This week it’s trolleys (not from Mr. Rogers), space patrol (the tv show), archaeologists vs. physicists, and the darkest secrets of itching. Boy are they dark.
Actually Happening 69: The Most Ancient Rite of the Chicken Dance
This week we welcome another guest, choreographer Sydney Skybetter, who explains to us what a choreographer actually does (and what that has to do with failed utopian communities). And, as a bonus, he’ll be back next week with even more amazing info about what exactly Nostradamus was doing teaching the French court ballet.
Not Actually Happening 29: Numerology Doesn’t Work
Dancemaster Skybetter returns this week to help us uncover the bizarre origin of ballet.
Actually Happening 84: Pants of the Ancients
This is the last episode taped way back in the halcyon days of 2015. Yes, we’re slow to get these things out. What. Nobody’s paying for this. This ‘week’ we bring you Julia Child, voting machines, the earliest evidence of pants, and congressional women’s restrooms.
Actually Happening 80: The Right of Conquest
The shortest presidency of anything, DNA in the War of the Roses, a helicopter theft, and fictional bridges. Also the most well aged episode of Actually Happening ever released.
Actually Happening 78: 95 Theses But a B—– Ain’t One
We never ask questions about Rome because we always end up talking about it anyway. This week: the invention of Y-fronts, things Martin Luther never said, and bans on porn and puns.
Actually Happening 76: The Great Pyramids of the Hudson Valley
It’s… been a while. Our lives have gotten in the way of goofy history for far too long. But worry not! We’re all back in town and will be back on a more regular schedule soon, so stay tuned. In the meantime: the least effective grave robbers, dropping dead mice out of planes, protesting in drag and silly Chinese poetry.
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Feb 7th, 2012
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Jul 1st, 2017
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