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Back in 1955, Evert Stenmark was out hunting alone for ptarmigan when he became buried by an avalanche.  Day after day he remained trapped under the snow.  Learn how he survived and the one thing that he had in his wallet that probably saved his life.  Also hear the story of a man that suffered the bites from three different animals in the same day, a man that gave up his right arm for his daughter's health, and a woman that called off her wedding partly due to a horse named Wedding Expenses. Retrosponsor: Crisco Shortening

Direct download: evert_stenmark.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:04 PM

When Peter Grainger walked into a US Army recruiting center in San Antonio, Texas back in 1951, he had quite the story to tell.  He had spent nearly his entire life living high in the mountains of New Mexico with virtually no contact with the outside world. But was there more to this story than what he was telling them?  Also learn about a man with the worst luck ever, a man who hopped the wrong train home, and mysterious movement on the moon.  Retrosponsor: Bab-O Cleanser.

Direct download: shoeless_hillbilly.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 8:31 PM

On an October day back in 1941, John Kmetz received a trial supply of herbal pills that would supposedly restore vitality to his 54-year-old body.  Shortly after taking the pills, Kmetz was dead.  Learn about the man suspected of the crime, another bizarre event that occurred prior to the murder, and his ultimate fate.  Also hear about a singer that kissed one too many women, a man who glued pennies to his desk, and car paint colors that lure beetles.  Retrosponsor: Trident gum.

Direct download: murder_by_mail.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:59 PM

In 1953 Harold Jesse Berney, head of a Washington, DC television antenna manufacturing operation, was chosen by the US government to be its main contact with Uccelles, a prince visiting our planet from Venus.  If that sounds a bit bizarre, listen to this story to learn about one of the fantastic swindles ever conceived.  Also learn about a man who was shot three times and suffered no injuries, the day the circus never came to town, and a truck that could no longer fit through the same garage by which it had entered.  Retrosponsor:  Eversharp Schick Injector Razors

Direct download: venus_swindle.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:47 AM

The Christmas episode.  Learn about a man named Joe Bonavita who returned to the Bowery in New York City every year to celebrate Christmas with those less fortunate. Also hear three shorter true stories about Santa getting into a bit of hot water.  Do you know the first really big hit song to contain Jesus in its lyrics? Listen to find out the answer.  Retrosponsor: Toni Home Permanent

Direct download: bowery_santa.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:53 PM

One of the most bizarre stories ever presented on this podcast. The nearly unbelievable true story about a woman hired to investigate another woman suspected in a jewel heist.  Also learn about two woman who thought that they were married to the same dying man, the surprising return of a man's coat years after he gave it away, and a woman who knitted a sweater for the troops during World War I.  Retrosponsor: Vitalis Hair Tonic.   

Direct download: xray_camera.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:15 PM

Did you ever wonder what would happen if you completely lost your memory?  In this true story, a man went nearly twenty years without remembering a single detail about his life.  Also learn why the US Postal Service had been purchasing large quantities of cat food, a bank robbery gone totally wrong, and why ice cream cones were once illegal in Washington, DC.  Retrosponsor: Hopper's White Clay Pack

Direct download: A_Life_Forgotten.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:09 AM

When the Citicorp Tower in New York City opened in 1977, no one could have ever imagined that it was a fatally flawed building.  A phone call from a college student in New Jersey to the building's structural engineer may have saved tens of thousands of lives.  This story includes an interview with Lee DeCarolis, the student who made that call.  Also learn about a man that desired a woman that could cook applesauce, a couple that had six sets of twins, and a teacher that dared to go tieless.  Retrosponsor: Drene Shampoo.

Direct download: citicorp_revisited.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:42 PM

Should parents be held responsible for the crimes that their children commit?  Listen to this story from 1947 detailing just what happened when New York City tried to do just that.  Also learn about the countries that drink the most coffee, a ring-turning fad, sun lamp parties, and tattooed panyhose.  Retrosponsor: Fram Oil Filters

Direct download: arrest_the_parents.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:31 PM

Back in 1920, Newark, NJ was host to one of the most bizarre funerals ever.  An estimated 10,000 people lined the streets to witness the funeral procession of Jimmie the singing canary.  Also learn the name of the dog on Cracker Jack packaging, a snake that milked a cow, a raccoon that saved its owners' lives, and how a pack of dogs interfered with a sheep study.  Retrosponsor: Hartz Mountain Pet Products.

Direct download: canary_funeral.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 7:28 PM