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The Salem Trade School was the worst high school football team in the Boston region back in the 1920's. Any team that played against them was almost guaranteed to win. The Salem Trade team had a big secret and they somehow managed to keep it under wraps for six years. Also learn about the history of peanut butter, the origin of tighty-whiteys, reporters who hated Elvis Presley, reporters who equally hated The Beatles, and a death threat against the Bee Gees. Retrosponsor: Peter Pan Peanut Butter (with Mike Wallace as announcer!)

Direct download: salem_trade_school.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 6:06pm EST

The comical true story of an ordinary house mouse that could sing. Next came a one-year contract with NBC radio and an international contest to find the world's best singing mouse.  Also learn about the man who invented Christmas lights, a boy who received a new leg for Christmas, another boy that traded his prized Christmas gift for a mouse, and woman who saved Christmas for a California family. Retrosponsor: Elgin watches.

Direct download: singing_mouse.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:34am EST

Did you ever wonder what would happen if you ended up being the last person alive on Earth? Back in 1960, the San Francisco Chronicle decided to send their hunting and fishing columnist Bud Boyd up into the Marble Mountains of California for six weeks to find out if one could really survive. Let's just say that everything did not go as planned... Also learn about Reynold B. Johnson's first big invention, a poison ivy lawsuit, a girl who believed that she caused a boy's death, and a dangerous tricycle driver. Retrosponsor: Delrich E-Z Color Margarine.

Direct download: last_man_on_earth.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 6:51pm EST

When escaped slave Charles Nalle was arrested in Troy, NY on April 27, 1860, no one could have anticipated what happened next. With the help of Harriet Tubman, Nalle is believed to have been the only person in United States history to have been rescued from slavery four times. Also learn about when the first hard disk drive was invented, a woman killed by her lipstick, a guy forced to pay alimony for thirty years to a woman who wouldn't divorce him, and a guy who faked his own death. Retrosponsor: Birdseye Frozen Spinach.

Direct download: charles_nalle.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 4:38pm EST

Crazy story about an elderly monk and his wife who decided to adopt their 63-year-old doctor.  The doctor was then arrested for supposedly murdering his new mother. Also learn about the first two electric toys inducted into the National Toy Hall of Fame, a plea from the US government for spyglasses, the discovery of long-forgotten wine cellars, and a man who liked to hear glass tinkle.  Retrosponsor: ExLax.

Direct download: monk_and_his_hypnotist.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 8:02pm EST

Just what happens when you write to the President of the United States to let him know that you have the same birthday as him?  A 13-year-old girl named Anna Sklepovich did just that and the results did not turn out as she had planned.  Also learn about a set of twins that shared a driver's license, a young girl's large inheritance, and thieves that tried to open the wrong safe.  Retrosponsor: Anacin.

Direct download: cinderella_girl.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:45pm EST

Back in 1935 a man carrying a sandwich-board sign stumbles across the find of a lifetime: A wallet containing the stocks certificates from Philips Petroleum, GE, and DuPont.  Find out what the press said that he did with the certificates, what really happened, and how he killed a man simply by staring at him.  Also, learn about a very long chess match, a baseball-playing porpoise, and the mule that causes three car accidents.  Retrosponsor: Wheatena

Direct download: Sandwichman.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:31pm EST

Back in 1928, Clarence Frechette made national news for a bizarre attack that he made on the pilot of an airplane that he was aboard, possibly making him the world's first hijacker.  Amazingly, he was back in the news in 1935 for an equally bizarre crime.  Also learn about a guy that cut off his mother-in-law's nose, a woman who sought alimony from the wrong man, and a group of students that never intended to rob a bank.  Retrosponsor: Adler Elevator Shoes.

Direct download: flying_bandit.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 5:25pm EST

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: 10:04am EST

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: 4:31pm EST