Apr 28, 2014
Two weeks before Charles Lindbergh's famous flight, a pair of French aviators attempted a similar feat. Their brave journey might have changed history -- but they disappeared en route. In this week's episode of the Futility Closet podcast we'll follow the flight of the "White Bird" -- and ponder what became of...
Apr 21, 2014
The 1850s saw a strange experiment in the American West: The
U.S. Army imported 70 camels for help in managing the country's
suddenly enormous hinterland. In this week's episode of the
Futility Closet podcast we'll see how the animals acquitted
themselves in an unfamiliar land under inexperienced human
Apr 14, 2014
Henry Brown found a unique way to escape slavery: He mailed himself to Pennsylvania. In this week's episode of the Futility Closet podcast we'll accompany Brown on his perilous 1849 journey from Richmond to Philadelphia, follow a 5-year-old Idaho girl who was mailed to her grandparents in 1914, and delve deeper into...
Apr 7, 2014
In 1896 a strange wave of airship sightings swept Northern California; the reports of strange lights in the sky created a sensation that would briefly engulf the rest of the country. In this week's episode of the Futility Closet podcast we'll examine some of the highlights of this early "UFO" craze, including...