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 the
mysterious role of a San Francisco attorney who claimed to have the
answer to it all.
We'll also examine the surprising role played by modern art in disguising World War I merchant ships and modern cars, discover unexpected lions in central Illinois and southern England, and present the next Futility Closet Challenge.