Tracy S. Morris

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I Am Not Making This Up: Everyone Knows It’s Aliens!

The Romans are known for phenomenal building projects, such as the Colleseum, the Pantheon and infrastructure such as a system of roads and aqueducts that are still functional today.

Scientists now think they’ve unlocked the secrets to how Ancient Romans managed to build such amazing structures. But a more interesting story is how those secrets were lost to begin with.

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I am Not Making This Up: Ep. 21 The Fabulous Fox Sisters

Imagine if you were 11 years old, and your April fool’s prank got out of hand. So out of hand that it spawned a major religion?

This actually happened to Kate Fox. She, along with her two sisters, Maggie and Leah ended up helping to found the Spiritualism movement after a practical joke got out of hand.

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When Apple Pie Came In Coffins

Apple Pie is an iconic American food. The saying goes: as American as baseball, mom and apple pie.

But, like most “American” foods, Americans didn’t invent the apple pie. Apple pie in some form or another is even older than America.

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I Am Not Making This Up: Ep. 20 Tell My Friend Willie Brown

Robert Johnson is known as the king of Blues and the granddaddy of Rock and Roll, influencing some of the biggest names in music from Bob Dylan to Eric Clapton.

Johnson’s life is shrouded in myth, and fans have filled in the gaps with even more myth. Legends say that he sold his soul at a crossroads in Mississippi to gain his legendary guitar skills.

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I Am Not Making This Up: New York’s First Subway Ran On Air

New York’s first attempt at a subway was more of a novelty than an underground train.

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I Am Not Making This Up: Ep. 19 How The West Was Spun

Go anywhere in the world, and ask people what they think of Americans, and the word “cowboy” is likely to pop up. How is it that a brief 50 year period involving the least populated part of the United States has come to define the country as a whole?

You can thank – or blame depending on your viewpoint, a man named Buffalo Bill Cody and his Wild West show.

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I Am Not Making This Up: Hoaxes And Humbugs

P.T. Barnum is famously quoted as saying “there is a sucker born every minute.” While he may not have said it, it’s easy to conceive that he believed it, with some of the “humbugs” he exhibited.

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I Am Not Making This Up: Ep. 18 Barnum’s Burning Buildings

Recently it was announced to the world that in May of 2017, the Ringling brothers Barnum and Bailey Circus would be rolling up it’s tents for the last time.

P.T. Barnum revolutionized entertainment for a country that was just starting to have leisure time.

But One thing Barnum is not known for, but maybe should be, is the many, many times a building that he owns burned down.

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I Am Not Making This Up: P.T. Barnum and . . . The Other Guy

When you think of the circus, you think of Barnum and Bailey’s circus. You probably also know about P. T. Barnum. But who was Bailey?

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I Am Not Making This Up: A Jumbo-Sized Story

When you buy something that’s “Jumbo-sized,” like bread, or large jars of peanut butter, you may not think about where that term comes from. But the original Jumbo was a circus elephant.

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