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 a
mysterious lion sighting in Illinois in 1917.
We'll also decode a 200-year-old message enciphered by Benjamin Franklin, examine an engraved ball reputed to have fallen out of the Georgia sky in 1887, and present the next Futility Closet Challenge.