Anachronismo!

Anachronismo! Podcast

Come talk a walk on the weird side of history with three history-loving idiots. Every other wednesday, we dive into tales of strange, obscure, or just plain interesting history, making millions of dumb jokes along the way. Join us as we laugh and learn together!

Heart of Darkness
When we recorded this episode Max and Jackie were full of flu, so we handed the reins off to Noel to get deep in the weeds on the history of the film "Apocalypse Now!" Tune in to listen to the doomed history of this classic film, interspersed with incredibly loopy, feverish tangents from the rest of us. It's a hell of a story, filled with stunt corpses, military mobilizations, broken contracts and the hubris of filmmakers. Jackie also gets a story in, fighting through her body rebelling, to tell us abou...

Ep 52 - DC Punk, Fruitlands
We're back, with special guest Rob Mulligan! First, Rob takes us through the Revolution Summer of DC hardcore Punk music, and all the punk rockers that made it happen. Learn who started the straightedge movement, and why? Just why is it called moshing? And just how much do punks hate Ronald Reagan (a lot). These questions and many more, including some really dumb ones, we answer! Then, Jackie tells us about Fruitlands, yet another failed Massachusetts utopia of the 1800s. This one had Louisa May Alcott and...

51 – Dutch Defense, Oktoberfest Origins
It’s just Max and Noel today, since Jackie is off at an improv festival in Vermont, so brace yourself for a whole bunch of historical shitposting. First, Noel gets into how the Dutch defended themselves against the Spanish invasion at the beginning of the 80 years war, by employing their one natural hazard – being … Continue reading "51 – Dutch Defense, Oktoberfest Origins"...


Ep 50 – World’s First Celebrity Chef, Bowling
It’s a Max-free episode today so join Jackie and Noel for the stories of Marie-Antione Careme, the world’s first celebrity chef who built towering palaces of pastry during the Napoleonic Era, wrote a bestselling cookbook that came in second only to THE BIBLE, and did we mention he was Napoleon’s personal chef? Then, Noel dives … Continue reading "Ep 50 – World’s First Celebrity Chef, Bowling"...

Fourth of July Special 2019
So this episode’s normally scheduled recording fell on the 4th of July, and since we were all attending the same bbq, we decided to interview our history nerd friends there about whatever story about America they wanted to share. What we failed to take into account was that everyone had been drinking. What we ended … Continue reading "Fourth of July Special 2019"...

ep 49 – Hussarian Debate, Silver Tree of Karakorum
Today our friend Micheal E fills in for Noel as they bring us the tale of Hussaria, the nation-state that controlled European roads, and it’s great debate about what should be it’s official state religion. Hussaria was caught between larger powers trying to invade, and it sought help through the system of religious alliance available … Continue reading "ep 49 – Hussarian Debate, Silver Tree of Karakorum"...


48- Nightingale, Cheese War
This week we’re diving into the life of fht eone and only Florence Nightingale, before we hold our noses for the Great Cheese War of 1936. You’ve probably heard of Florence Nightingale, “The Lad of the Lamp” who brough succor to soldiers in the Crimean war, but what does that mean, really? Does it mean … Continue reading "48- Nightingale, Cheese War"...

47 – Ranjit Singh & the Koh-i-Noor, Seattle Spite Hills
Today we bring you the story of how Ranjit Singh, the maharajah of the punjab, took the Koh-i-Noor diamond from Shah Shuja, the deposed King of Afghanistan – a story of treachery, intrigue and food fights. Then it’s time for the story of the great Seattle regrading project, that took a city of seven hills … Continue reading "47 – Ranjit Singh & the Koh-i-Noor, Seattle Spite Hills"...

46 – Ada Blackjack, Castro Gameshow
Today’s episode has our first LISTENER SUBMITTED STORY! Sent in by Brother Trebius on twitter, tune in for the tale of Ada Blackjack, the lone survivor of a doomed arctic expedition. Ada, a seamstress who joined the expedition so that she would have money to pay for her son’s tuberculosis treatment, was untrained in survival … Continue reading "46 – Ada Blackjack, Castro Gameshow"...


45- Bottled in Bond, Cabeza de Vaca
On today’s episode Noel is finally back! He brings us a story from his travels about how whiskey used to be cut with all sorts of stuff back before regulations got passed down. What kind of stuff you ask? How do you like tobacco, ethanol, and rat poison in your whiskey? No? But it gives … Continue reading "45- Bottled in Bond, Cabeza de Vaca"...

ep 44 – Elizabeth Bathory, Nuke the Moon
This episode, our friend Amancio Lopes joins us again to talk about Elizabeth Bathory! Elizabeth was a Hungarian noblewoman with a troubled past who, depending on who you believe, killed over 600 people or as few as 30. Which is still A LOT OF MURDER. Maybe she was troubled by the violence she saw in … Continue reading "ep 44 – Elizabeth Bathory, Nuke the Moon"...

43 – Bass Reeves, Katherine Ferrers
Today we’re talking about legendary lawman Bass Reeves and legendary highwaywoman Katherine Ferrers. Which we swear we didn’t plan....


Live Show! Barbershop Poles, Great Seattle Fire
Ho ho ho it’s a live show! Join us at the Democracy Center as we talk the history of the Barbershop Pole, which we guarantee involves a lot less singing than you think! Then, we dive into the Great Seattle Fire, a comedy of mishaps that burned down way more than it possibly should have....

Ep 41 – Chevalier de Saint Georges, Stephen Bishop Cave Explorer
It’s Black History Month so today we’re talking about two black men who made their mark on history. First, we talk about Le Chevalier de Saint Georges aka Joseph Bologne, a french composer, duelist and war hero. Born the son of a slave and a nobleman, Joseph quickly made a name for himself in Parisian … Continue reading "Ep 41 – Chevalier de Saint Georges, Stephen Bishop Cave Explorer"...

Ep 40 – Glass Delusion, Hollow Earth Expedition
We talk the Glass Delusion and about an expedition that the US almost backed to the CENTER OF THE EARTH today. The Glass Delusion was a mental illness from the 1400s-1800s where the sufferer believed themselves to be made out of glass, liable to shatter at the slightest touch. King Charles III was the firstt … Continue reading "Ep 40 – Glass Delusion, Hollow Earth Expedition"...


Ep 39 – New Motive Power, Annie Londonderry
This episode we talk about John Murray Spear, an abolitionist, pacifist, prison reformer and also the preacher who tried to build a robot jesus. What do you mean, burying the lede? The dude lived an excellent life for justice and deserves to be remembered as more than a man who created a giant automaton out … Continue reading "Ep 39 – New Motive Power, Annie Londonderry"...

Ep 38 – Batavia Mutiny, Queen Ranavalona
There’s a content warning on this episode – both of the stories this week go to some very dark places. This week we talk about the mutiny of the company ship Batavia. This Dutch East India Corporation trading boat underwent a mutiny, a shipwreck, a lord of the flies situation and a daring seige all … Continue reading "Ep 38 – Batavia Mutiny, Queen Ranavalona"...

Ep 37 – John Batman, Painless Parker
The gang is back together! We start with the story of John Batman, co-founder of Melbourne, capturer of cannibals, and genocidal asshole. This dude may share a name with the iconic superhero, but the stuff he did was in no way heroic (except capturing a known cannibal, we’ll give him props for that). An important … Continue reading "Ep 37 – John Batman, Painless Parker"...


Ep 36- Saturnalia, Gregor MacGregor’s Poyais Scheme
This episode features guest host David Fouhy subbing in for Noel. We dive into Saturnalia: a Roman festival of rebirth that if you squint at it looks an awful lot like xmas, if xmas was way cooler and involved making servants into princes for a week. There were gifts of wax, feasting, dancing and the … Continue reading "Ep 36- Saturnalia, Gregor MacGregor’s Poyais Scheme"...

Ep 35 LIVE Straw Hat Riots, Fastest Surgeon Ever
We go LIVE at the Cambridge YWCA. You know how nowadays we joke about there being a fashion police? Well back in the 1920s, there wasn’t so much a fashion police as there was a riot over wearing the wrong hat for the season. And it wasn’t a small one either, literally thousands of people … Continue reading "Ep 35 LIVE Straw Hat Riots, Fastest Surgeon Ever"...

ep 34 – Australian Ballot, 1st Barbary War, Fanachronismo
On our first episode as part of the Make Fun Network, we’re joined by Marc Campasano, a very funny man and actual historian! He tells us all about the insanity around American voting from before voting was anonymous. People used to expect you to not only announce our vote, but to take whatever ballot a … Continue reading "ep 34 – Australian Ballot, 1st Barbary War, Fanachronismo"...


Ep 33- Doing a Bradbury, Margaret Knight
Join us and guest host Bibek as we learn about some of our most recent history yet with the stories of Steve Bradbury and Margaret Knight. First, Bibek regales us with the tale of how the phrase “do a Bradbury” came to be. It involves Australian speed-skating, terrible collisions and at least one frozen sausage … Continue reading "Ep 33- Doing a Bradbury, Margaret Knight"...

Ep 32 – Nakahama Manjiro, Fanta Orgins
Nakahama Manjiro was a fisherman who became a samurai after being shipwrecked, rescued, adopted, hired onto a whaling crew, elected as first mate, finding gold, sailing a steamship, building a whaling boat, being imprisoned, and reuniting with his mother. And his story doesn’t end there! He taught English to Japanese nobles, translated systems of navigation, … Continue reading "Ep 32 – Nakahama Manjiro, Fanta Orgins"...

Ep 31 – US Camel Corps, Mrs Satan
This week we’re talking about the U.S. Camel Corps. Back before the Civil War, several US Senators thought it would be a great idea to bring in a bunch of camels as pack animals to help settle the west. Unlike so many of our stories of importing foreign animals, it turns out that camels were a … Continue reading "Ep 31 – US Camel Corps, Mrs Satan"...


Ep 30 – Strangites and Shakers
This episode we talk about two old-timey religions that you might not have heard of! First up we talk about James Strang and his Strangites. An offshoot of the Mormon church, the Strangites had some surprisingly progressive politics (for the time), and they were led by a man who seemed to have serious inferiority complex, … Continue reading "Ep 30 – Strangites and Shakers"...

Ep 29 – Red Dye Bet, Animal Jobs
Do you know what cochineal is? Neither did most of Europe in the 1700s! But that didn’t keep them from using it to make the finest, most expensive red dyes in the world! But people needed to know, and one mand thought he knew the truth, What’s more, he figured he could win a bet … Continue reading "Ep 29 – Red Dye Bet, Animal Jobs"...

Ep 28 – Matches, Typhoid Mary
We’re back! Have you ever looked at a match and been like “wow! I bet there’s a long road that this went down to be so useful!” OF COURSE YOU HAVE. Well now you can learn! From ancient Chinese fire sticks to matchgirl strikes over phossy jaw, we have it all! Plus, just so many … Continue reading "Ep 28 – Matches, Typhoid Mary"...


Ep 27 – Moisture Accelerator, Titanic Exploration
This episode we talk about Charles Hatfield, the famous American rainmaker at large, known for climbing up a ladder to burn chemicals so as to ANGER THE SKY enough to make it rain. That’s my interpretation and I’m sticking to it. We find out about his life, his work, his policies and the times that … Continue reading "Ep 27 – Moisture Accelerator, Titanic Exploration"...

25- Civil War Bank Robbery, Old Price Riots
It’s another Max and Kate mini-episode! Do you know the farthest north the Confederacy attacked? Go on, guess. Did you guess Vermont? Coming over the border from Canada? To rob banks? While drunk? You did? Dang, that’s a heck of a guess. Well, I guess there’s no point now in telling you about how they … Continue reading "25- Civil War Bank Robbery, Old Price Riots"...

24 – Secret Subway, Dancing Plague, Hungriest Man in History with Chloe Zwaicher
Guest host Chloe Zwaicher joins us to talk about the Dancing Plague of 1518. But first, we learn spooky secrets about the first subway, built by Alfred Eli Beech that had to be kept from the nefarious Boss Tweed. Finally, Noel tells us all about Charles Domery, the hungriest man in history. You might be … Continue reading "24 – Secret Subway, Dancing Plague, Hungriest Man in History with Chloe Zwaicher"...


LIVE! Tea Bandits and Imported Starlings
It’s our first live show! At the democracy center, live in front of 50 strangers, we talk about the weird, smelly origins of Lapsang Souchong and about how the North American European Starling were imported to the states and immediately got out of hand. A million thanks to Improv History and the Democracry Center for … Continue reading "LIVE! Tea Bandits and Imported Starlings"...

Ep 23 Francis Drake Scam, Opium Wars, Turnspit Dogs with Hsui Chang
This week Noel is on vacation so our friend Hsui joins us to talk about the Opium Wars, one of the many terrible things that Britain did to China. Also this episode, a 300-year scam on the possible descendents of Francis Drake, and a cool historical appliance that is also a dog! Francis Drake Scam … Continue reading "Ep 23 Francis Drake Scam, Opium Wars, Turnspit Dogs with Hsui Chang"...

Ep 22 – Escape Switcheroo, Arcs of Bread, Dunbar-Hunter Expedition
This week we take a trip back to the 1800s for a tale of the escape of former slave Lewis Williams with what I would call “scooby-doo techniques.” Then it’s into the history and practice of building triumphal arcs out of bread in a small Italian town. Finally, we check out the Hunter-Dunbar expedition through … Continue reading "Ep 22 – Escape Switcheroo, Arcs of Bread, Dunbar-Hunter Expedition"...


Ep 21 – Aquatic Prez, She Sells Seashells, Floorboard Violins
This week: We learn about the aquatic escapades of some of America’s presidents, tell the tale of Mary Anning, self-taught seashore fossil hunter, and find out about how you can make violins from the floorboards of old buildings with Sam Stochek, violin-maker extraordinaire! Sorry for the delay, tea and computers do not mix....

Ep 20 – Pillar Saint, Bug Warfare, Carrie Nation
This week, we talk about Simeon Stylites, the 5th century monk who lived on top of a pillar, about the United States’ weird forays into entomological warfare with hundreds of thousands of mosquitoes and fleas dropped via airplane, and about Carrie A Nation, the infamous prohibitionist who would smash up bars with a hatchet. Talking … Continue reading "Ep 20 – Pillar Saint, Bug Warfare, Carrie Nation"...

Ep 19 – King of Bath, Great Hedge of India, Surrender of Guam
We talk about Bo Nash, the fashionable “king” of the city of Bath in the 1800s, and his terrible gambling problems. Then, we get into the Inlands Customs Line of India and the 1200+ mile long hedge that was grown to protect it. Finally, we get into the Surrender of Guam, and how the comedy … Continue reading "Ep 19 – King of Bath, Great Hedge of India, Surrender of Guam"...


Ep 18 – Sausage Duel, Florentine Kick-Game, Flying Santas
In this episode, we talk about the apocryphal sausage duel of Otto Von Bismark, the incredibly violent precursor to soccer known as the Florentine Kick-Game, and about the Flying Santas that brought Christmas to children who live in lighthouses. This week’s what if they met: Santa Blood Sport Sausage Duel at 2:07 Florentine Kick-Game – … Continue reading "Ep 18 – Sausage Duel, Florentine Kick-Game, Flying Santas"...

Ep 17 – Spice Diet, Operation Mincemeat
Happy new year! For our first episode of 2018 we’re covering Medieval Spice Diets – how they balanced humors by spicing food in certain ways, and then it’s onto Operation Mincemeat – a British operation from WWII that fed false info to the Germans in a decidedly unscrupulous way....

Ep 16- Prohibition Poison, WWII Ghost Army
This week, we talk about how the US Government poisoned alcohol during prohibition to discourage drinking, about how a unit of actors and set designers called the Ghost Army pulled the wool over the Nazis eyes in WWII, and about how the Golden Horde of the Mongols used plague-ridden corpses to beseige the city of … Continue reading "Ep 16- Prohibition Poison, WWII Ghost Army"...


15 pt 2: Bolsheviks & Children’s Crusades
Welcome back! This is part 2 of episode 15, featuring special Guest Matthew Lewis of the Heretical Historians talking about the crazier parts of the Bolshevik Revolution and Max talking about the incredibly sad Children’s Crusades....

15 pt 1: Ching Shih
We had to split this week’s episode into two parts to get it up. This is part one, where we introduce ourselves and talk about Lady Ching Shih, one of history’s most successful pirates. Joining us this week is Matt Lewis from Heretical Historians, who will be talking about the Bolshevik Revolution after the break....

ep 14 – Animal Trials, Sinking Holland, Chewing Gum
In this episode, we talk about the practice of putting animals on trial in the Middle Ages, how Holland came to need dikes and sluices to keep from flooding, and how chewing gum came to the United States (hint: our old pal Santa Ana is involved). Plus, we debut a new segment on historical clothing! … Continue reading "ep 14 – Animal Trials, Sinking Holland, Chewing Gum"...


Salem Witch Trial Halloween Special
We have 3 spooooooky guest hosts this week! Emily, Lauren and Britt used to work at the Salem Witch Museum and they have a ton of stories about the trials to share with you. Max is also there – apparently someone left chips in the studio AGAIN. Join us for tales of Tituba the persecuted … Continue reading "Salem Witch Trial Halloween Special"...

Ep 13- Tea Heist, Greek Island Project, Dreadnaught Hoax
The gang is back together! This episode, we talk about how Robert Fortune stole tea plants from China for the East India Trading Company, how a secret nuclear bunker constructed for the US government made no sense, and about Horace Coal’s strange, specific pranks. Robert Fortune’s Tea Theft at 1:05 Greek Island Project at 30:45 … Continue reading "Ep 13- Tea Heist, Greek Island Project, Dreadnaught Hoax"...

Minisode: PawPaws and Pasteur’s Revenge Beers
Just a minisode with Max and Kate this week! We’ll be back to the usual crew next episode. For this minisode, we explored historical food and drink. Kate talks about Eastern American foods that have vanished into obscurity, and Max takes us on a journey into Louis Pasteur’s Revenge Beers! Eastern Ameican foods at 2:00 … Continue reading "Minisode: PawPaws and Pasteur’s Revenge Beers"...


Ep 12 – Skeleton Army, Nellie Bligh, Hartlepool Monkey
We’re back with a very monkey-heavy episode. This week, we talk about the Skeleton Army – an organization of pub owners and drinkers that opposed the Salvation Army back in the late 1800s, about the magnificent Nellie Bligh, intrepid reporter, muckraker, industrialist and adventurer, and we learn about the sad tale of the Hartlepoole Monkey, … Continue reading "Ep 12 – Skeleton Army, Nellie Bligh, Hartlepool Monkey"...

Interview 1: Brice Stratford on the Drolls
Max was on vacation this week, so instead of our usual format, we bring you an interview he did with Brice Stratford of Owle Schreame and The Unseen Hour on the history of the lost theatrical form called The Droll. Brice takes us through the history of an almost lost form of theatre from the … Continue reading "Interview 1: Brice Stratford on the Drolls"...

Ep 11 – Smithsonian, Diamond Necklace Affair, Water Poet
This week, guest host David Fouhy joins us to talk about the Diamond Necklace Affair- a sordid tale about a major event that led to the French Revolution as we know it. We also talk about the enigmatic James Smithsen, whose will and testament led to thefounding of the Smithsonian institute, and about John Taylor, … Continue reading "Ep 11 – Smithsonian, Diamond Necklace Affair, Water Poet"...


Ep 10 – Hero Dog Bamse, Catacombs, Blood Rain
This week, we talk about how the catacombs of Paris came to be filled with HUMAN SKELETONS, the life and fortean times of Charles Fort: chronicler of the weird, and the very special story of Bamse, a dog in the Norwegian Navy that became… a hero. (The last one is possibly the cutest story we’ve … Continue reading "Ep 10 – Hero Dog Bamse, Catacombs, Blood Rain"...

Ep 9 – Emperor Norton, Shays’ Rebellion, Thieves’ Cant
This week: We learn about the life and loves of Joshua Norton, the first and only Emperor of America, We go into detail about Shays’ Rebellion, also known as the Whiskey Rebellion, and we learn to speak in Thieves Cant. Talking points include:What if you were emperor? ;Delicious grapeshot; Your own personal cannon; my cool … Continue reading "Ep 9 – Emperor Norton, Shays’ Rebellion, Thieves’ Cant"...

Ep 8 – Angel Glow, Arctic Doom, Riots of Spring
This week we talk about Angel Glow at Shiloh, the doomed Shackleton expedition to the Arctic, and the Riots at the Stravinsky’s the Rites of Spring Talking points include: vampire glow sticks, sleepy winston churchill impersonations, mosquito names, penguin duels...


Ep 7 – War Elephants, Santa Ana’s Legs, The Strike of Bread and Roses
Join us and our guest host Kate for the stories of General Santa Ana’s legs; a brief history of War Elephants, and the Strike of Bread and Roses. Talking points include: All left dogs, Pastry wars, Leg parades, Archie Talk, Sexy Tuberculosis Teens, Zack Snyder Baby Warriors, The ballad of Ab Pig, Spooky Elephant Nixon … Continue reading "Ep 7 – War Elephants, Santa Ana’s Legs, The Strike of Bread and Roses"...

Ep 6 – Pickling Of John Paul Jones, Sock Hops, Christopher Marlowe the Spy
In this episode, we talk about the pickling of war hero John Paul Jones, the spying career of playwright Christopher Marlowe, and the history of the Sock Hop. Talking points include opera singers CSI; Horace Porter’s Snappy pickles for dead generals; matroshka coffins; petrified man cabbage;...

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Ep 5 – Garden Hermits, Senate Cane Fight, Mail Yourself to Freedom
In this episode, we discuss the fad for ornamental hermits, the caning of abolitionist Senator Charles Sumner, and the tale of Henry “Box” Brown, who mailed himself to freedom. Joining us this week is our first guest host, Phil Jaffe! Talking points include: Ornamental Hermit Tim Allen, cane jewelry, the unbearable lightness of melancholy....

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Episode 4- Zopyrys, Sutter’s Mill, Coffee Experiment
In this episode, we talk about the sacrifices of the general Zopyrus, the start of the California Gold Rush at Sutter’s Mill, and King Gustav of Sweden’s coffee experiment. Talking points include: SoCal vs NoCal ghosts, how long do turkeys live?, forgive me, father John, Sutter’s sins, cows: the natural way to dispose of ghosts, … Continue reading "Episode 4- Zopyrys, Sutter’s Mill, Coffee Experiment"...

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Episode 2- Agatha Christie, Ballpoints, Emus
In this episode, we discuss the time Agatha Christie disappeared for 11 days, the invention of the ballpoint pen, and the Great Emu War. Please rate and review!...

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