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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

Fun story from 1923.  Newspapers around the United States reported daily on the health of the Fever Girl - a woman with the highest temperature ever recorded to that date.  Would she live or die?  Listen to this episode to find out all of the details.  Also learn about the current high-fever record holder plus three tidbits about teachers. Retrosponsor: Velveeta.

Direct download: fever_girl.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:43 AM

You may have heard about the Californian couple that found five cans of gold coins on their property.  Two Baltimore boys made a similar discovery back in 1934, but this pot of gold proved to be anything but lucky.  Also learn about people that were paid to wake others up before alarm clocks, four daughters that could never marry, a lawsuit against Jackie Robinson, and an incident involving a minibike and a dog.  Retrosponsor: Tums Antacid

Direct download: baltimore_buried_treasure.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:19 PM

Have you ever just had enough of your job and wanted to walk away from it?  Bus driver William Cimillo found himself in this position back in 1947 and his unique solution made him an instant celebrity.  Also learn how many men have ever walked on the moon and three different stories related to tsunamis.  Retrosponsor: Rio Grande Cracked Gasoline

Direct download: busmans_holiday.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:59 AM

Joseph Ellsworth Holmes was a career criminal serving a twenty year sentence for being the "dinner-time burglar".  His great escape in 1951 elevated him to celebrity status overnight.  Also learn about the origin of Pepsodent toothpaste, a man who waited 36 years to be reunited with his wife, a dying Navy officer's wish fulfilled after eighteen years, and a pastor that earned his medical degree after 45 years of part time study.  Retrosponsor: Pepsodent Toothpaste

Direct download: tunnel_joe.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:26 PM