Actually Happening

Actually Happening Podcast

Yes, it's "Actually Happening," a panel game podcast with a healthy dose of obscure trivia, historical nonsense and terrible puns. Led by the obviously related Kevin Clark and Dennis Clark, and aided by their distinguished guests (none less so than Anna Grafton, Steven Padnick and Sarah Wheaton), our teams attempt funny and occasionally accurate answers to questions from referee Victoria Nece. Alternate weeks feature "Not Actually Happening," shorter episodes where we talk about things that didn't, well, actually happen. If you happen to learn something along the way we swear it’s not our fault. www.itsactuallyhappening.com

Actually Happening 84: Pants of the Ancients
This is the last episode taped way back in the halcyon days of 2015. Yes, we’re slow to get these things out. What. Nobody’s paying for this. This ‘week’ we bring you Julia Child, voting machines, the earliest evidence of......

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Actually Happening 82: All Podcasts are Gray in the Dark
The passage of the Habeas Corpus Act via a fat joke, A Benjamin Franklin story complete with a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles restructuring, the oldest ever message in a bottle, and a German town that may, or may not, actually......

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Actually Happening 81: Too Many Camels
A new soon-to-be-broken record for the best-aged episode of Actually Happening ever! In this deeply non-topical installment we discuss the invention of the toilet showroom, biblical anachronisms, gerrymandering, and criticism of Henry VIII....

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Actually Happening 80: The Right of Conquest
The shortest presidency of anything, DNA in the War of the Roses, a helicopter theft, and fictional bridges. Also the most well aged episode of Actually Happening ever released....

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Actually Happening 75: Confused Elderly Grandchildren
Now with actual microphones! This week, we go Minnesota Secretary of Agriculture hunting, discover the pitfalls of bad database queries, and don’t look in the back of the fridge. And we find out two guys on an island were doing, well, exactly what you’d expect…...

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Actually Happening 74: Uphill Downhill
This week’s episode involves a lot of fighting (and avoiding fighting at all costs) over really weird stuff, some Norman Rockwell appreciation… and another molasses flood....

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Actually Happening 73: Half Safe
In which the British actually stay out of a war for once, and Ben Carlin drives an amphibious vehicle around the world. Oh yeah, and more Liechtenstein!...

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Actually Happening 72: Mildly Interesting
In which we discuss some of life’s smaller mysteries, do some literal navel gazing, and find more excuses to answer questions with the word “Space!”....

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Actually Happening 71: Why Are We So Itchy?
This week it’s trolleys (not from Mr. Rogers), space patrol (the tv show), archaeologists vs. physicists, and the darkest secrets of itching. Boy are they dark....

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Actually Happening 69: The Most Ancient Rite of the Chicken Dance
This week we welcome another guest, choreographer Sydney Skybetter, who explains to us what a choreographer actually does (and what that has to do with failed utopian communities). And, as a bonus, he’ll be back next week with even more......

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Actually Happening 68: Fresh Ground Pepper?
We’re finally back from a too-long break, and joined by a special guest, art historian Letha Ch’ien! This time we’re talking Venetian art history, really old companies, and why you should be careful selling metheglin....

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Actually Happening 67: All Out of Leftovers
We’ll be back next week with regular episodes, but until then enjoy the story behind the story of War of the Worlds, and an extremely baffling discovery beneath London....

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Actually Happening 65: Tall Tales
In which the AH crew combines three successive Prussian rulers named Frederick, by stacking them into one extremely tall dude. Who was then kidnapped and forced to join the Potsdam Giants....

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Actually Happening 63: Anything for an Interview
Time for another round of holiday leftovers. It’s a short episode, but a fun one: we get to talk about one of the feistiest ladies of early America — and the time she stole the president’s clothes while he was......

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Actually Happening 61: She Said Yes
And they went with “Alice”, not “Diamond Voldemort”. Congratulations to Dennis, Jess, Anna, and David, and a hearty welcome to Alice. We wish you the best in your future career as queen president doctor....

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Actually Happening 60: Egyptian Leftovers
We’re going to be trying something different around here for the next few weeks. So while you’re still figuring out what to do with all that turkey in your fridge, enjoy Actually Happening’s “Holiday Leftovers” — favorite questions from our......

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Actually Happening 59: Election Special
Recapping all the important stuff that happened in this November’s election. And by “important” we mean Biden’s wrong number calls and Big Papi winning the write-in vote for mayor of Boston. Oh yeah, and Philadelphia electing a Whig. We also......

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Actually Happening 58: Alice Roosevelt Drops the Mic
This week, we cover everything from the beginning of time to “How to Win” to the extremely unoriginal plots of early operas (did they only own one book or something?). And stay ’til the end for what’s likely our longest......

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Actually Happening 56: Bob’s Obelisks.
In which we take a shopping trip to the strip mall of history. This week: — Bat people on the moon! — Poorly-considered religious symbols — Looting Egyptian artifacts, as usual — America’s first newspaper And it’s time to renew......

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Actually Happening 54: Bunga Bunga
This week: short wars, crowdfunding radioactive substances, and the strange origins of the phrase “Bunga Bunga.”...

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Actually Happening 51: Sharegrindr
This week: the first thing that happened, according to the internet (there are pics) — the pitch finally drops — rogue dendrochronologist chops down the oldest tree — “archbishop and social media guru”....

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Actually Happening 50: Spontaneous Turkbustion
This week we steal someone else’s jokes, but they’re 2,000 years old, so it’s okay. Except the ones about Napoleon. There’s no excuse for those. They’re just terrible....

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Actually Happening 49: Liechtenstein Makes a Friend
Guaranteed* to contain more facts about Liechtenstein than you’ve ever heard before! We also discuss the century when everyone invented typewriters and the time we agreed to not blow up Antarctica. * Unless, like, you live in Liechtenstein? In which......

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Actually Happening 47: The Best Things Before Sliced Bread
The Inquisition forgives somebody, food gets easier, dressing a girl up as Athena gets you un-banished, and a guy who thinks he’s Jesus’ younger brother orders a couple giant demon-slaying swords… and then gets shot out of a cannon. History......

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Actually Happening 44: Anthony Weiner’s Miniature Toaster
This Week: – Anna has some big news – Anthony Weiner’s cat looks bored – Attila the Hun – Crowdfunding Lady Liberty – The sea that disappeared and the island that was never there to begin with – James Joyce......

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Not Actually Happening 27: Posthumous Executions
You can’t kill a guy when he’s already dead, but that’s not going to stop us trying! Quotable: “For a question about posthumous execution, this took a dark turn.”...

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Actually Happening 43: This Podcast Has Footnotes
This week! — A scandalous round of Good Advice — Viking while intoxicated — Wedding bands of Bitcoin — A Zerg rush on Jeopardy! — Preliminary results from the world’s longest-running experiment — Emus cause problems on two continents —......

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Not Actually Happening 26: The Supreme Tribe of Ben Hur
The original fanboys, or how secret societies turned into insurance companies (really!). Also, “secret society promoter” was a job back then. For a Not Actually Happening, this one has a lot of weird actual facts....


Actually Happening 42: A Podcast
Actually Happening: a series of 1s and 0s that add up to a lot of nonsense about history. This week: Historic events unlikely to recur Jimmy Carter attacked by swimming rabbit Elian Gonzales falls through a sinkhole into the Land......

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Actually Happening #41: Jesus Christ Superhero
So yeah, this episode is late. Really late. Uh… that was quite a week last week. We should be back on schedule now. Anyway, enjoy the usual quality discussion of the rise of the sentient internet, the first speaker of......

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Not Actually Happening 24: April Fools? April Fools!
Because in this celebration of springtime stir-craziness, the biggest April Fools joke is April Fools Day itself. Also: how many terrible salad dressing puns can we come up with? How many different religious hats can we stack on top of......

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Actually Happening 40: Good Times Never Seemed So Good
This week we celebrate the Ides of March with the suggestion to replace the national anthem with “Sweet Caroline.” Also: what to do if you’re an interim senator, what really happens in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, why the......

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Actually Happening Episode 38 — Papal Resignation Special
This week we take on the first papal resignation in almost 600 years, by using a Google+ Hangout to do out breaking news coverage. The audio is kinda ropey, but we got an actual expert! Renaissance historian Ada Palmer joined......

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Not Actually Happening Episode 21: Wugs!
Because sometimes the best way to learn about language is to make up new words. (Also, thanks for bearing with us through the bandwidth overage! Hoping it won’t happen again. Rather nice that it seems like we can blame it......

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Actually Happening Episode 29 — October Surprise!
More cursory history than anyone else has ever cursed! This week: — October surprises — The Sheik makes the ladies swoon — This opera isn’t fancy enough! — Daleks vs. the state of Missouri — What do we have in......

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Actually Happening Episode 24 — A Bug in the System
…a real bug. We must apologize yet again for the lateness of this episode. If you haven’t been listening through to the end, you may not have heard about RUCKUS NYC, the conference and concert that’s currently eating our lives.......

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Actually Happening Episode 20 — My Breeches Are On Fire
This Week: — New summer holidays! — Dancing plague — A witch accusation with a crucial flaw — Hypnotizing Russians — Penis theft — The Globe burns down — Intern baiting — A boy dressed as a cannon — The......

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Not Actually Happening Ep. 9 — Mountweazels
This week we have a Not Actually Happening. I know you were expecting a full episode – so were we. Victoria’s been very ill. She’ll be fine, don’t worry, but at our last taping we only got the one full......

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Actually Happening Ep 18 — Joe Biden’s Extra Pandas
This Week: — The drunkest of hats — Joe Biden brings back the jort — The Chinatown bus is lacking in magazines — “I wish I could have been a heretic back when it actually meant something.” — Extra pandas......

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Not Actually Happening Ep. 8 — Mechanical Turk
The most incredible thing about this episode (and it is a good one!) is that it exists. Yes, the Lost Recording of Actually Happening has finally been rescued from the dark recesses of a corrupted SD card. Thanks Rob!...

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Not Actually Happening Ep. 7 — Hitler Diaries
Yes, it’s another Not Actually Happening, a mini-episode where we get to talk about the things history got wrong and science screwed up. This week we Godwin ourselves for eight solid minutes....

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Actually Happening Episode 16 — The Dread Pirate Mithridates
This week, in honor of tax day, we suggest improvements to the modern IRS, cover several bizarre bits of classical period finance, and hear how the moon sank the Titanic. This Week: — Rich, gay accountants — Communist blowjobs —......

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Not Actually Happening Ep. 6 — Phlogiston
Yes, it’s another Not Actually Happening, a mini-episode where we get to talk about the things history got wrong and science screwed up. This week we discuss one of our favorite nonexistent elements, terra pinguis, better known as phlogiston....

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Actually Happening Episode 15 — Mitt Romney’s Rump Party
This week we suggest a surefire strategy for the GOP, and cover the funniest civil suits in US History. This Week: — The GOP wins back women with flowers — The Nether Regions Strategy — I like big rump parties......

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Actually Happening Episode 14 — Pope Assassin’s Creed 2 VII
This week we talk a surprising amount about sports, and discuss a rash of Irish relic theft in honor of St. Patrick’s Day. This Week: — Wolf-punching our way through primary season — Taser-Soccer, or is it Soccer-Taser? — Saluting......

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Not Actually Happening Ep. 4 — Phrenology
Yes, it’s another Not Actually Happening, a mini-episode where we get to talk about the things history got wrong and science screwed up. This week it’s fifteen minutes of head-squeezing silliness as we discuss phrenology....

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Not Actually Happening Ep. 3 — Piltdown Man
Yes, it’s another Not Actually Happening, a mini-episode where we get to talk about the things history got wrong and science screwed up. This week, one of the biggest hoaxes in the history of archaeology is back in the news.......

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Actually Happening Episode 13 — Chief Justice Taft’s Lady Episodes
It’s our lucky 13th episode and our one-year anniversary! This Week: — “Don’t operate heavy machinery. It’s heavy. Let someone else do it.” — How to make money on the Internet — The Revolution Might be Pinned — Kickbarter? Cakestarter?......

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Actually Happening Episode 12 — The Beheader of Champagne Bottles
And now back to your regularly scheduled podcast. We hope you enjoyed that two week interlude of nonsense. This Week: — Snooki is our new neighbor — Investing in Arrow-proof Bibles — Celebrating the 21st Amendment (No thanks to the......

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Not Actually Happening Ep. 2 — Female Hysteria
We’re back with a new Not Actually Happening, another mini-episode where we get to talk about the things history got wrong and science screwed up. Just in time for Valentine’s Day, we discuss the causes (and cures!) of one of......

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