Tracy S. Morris

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I Am Not Making This Up: Ep. 25 Lifestyles of the Rich and Poisonous

Though the Robert Browning poem The Laboratory is a fictional poem, it may be based on a true event. A scandal that swept 17th century France, leading all the way to the Sun King’s inner circle, and right to the doors of his official mistress.

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I Am Not Making This Up: Like Ghost Rider, Only With Camels

In 1883, two ranchers near Eagle Creek Arizona left their wives and children in their ranch house and rode out to check their cattle.

One of the women went to draw water from a nearby spring, leaving the other to tend to the children.

The woman in the house heard a scream. When she looked out the window, she saw some kind of monster, riding a fearsome red beast. Frightened, she locked the door and pulled the kids close. Her friend never returned.

When the ranchers returned that night, they found the other woman’s trampled body, surrounded by cloven hoof prints.

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I Am Not Making This Up: Ep. 24 The Real Rapunzel

There is a story of a girl who is locked away in a tower and forbidden to see her one true love.  But this is no story about a signing princess with a talking animal friend.  And the king in this story is the bad guy.  

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I Am Not Making This Up: Killing Sherlock Holmes

Imagine if JK Rowling hated Harry Potter. Hated him so much that she killed– ok, bad example. But there is one author out there who killed off the protagonist of his best-known work because he actively hated the character. That author is Arthur Conan Doyle. Doyle’s extended family came from wealth, though thanks to his […]

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I Am Not Making This Up: Ep. 23 Why You Shouldn’t Order The Lincoln Special

When you’re a high-profile figure, your life isn’t really your own. This can even be true of elected officials. Particularly martyred elected officials. Such was the case with Abraham Lincoln, who was sent on a farewell tour after his death that would have been worthy of any rock band.

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I Am Not Making This Up: The Real Mummy

Over 3,000 years ago, a 10 year old boy became king. He reigned for nine years, then died and was buried with all appropriate pomp and splendor. Then, just like that scene in The Emperor’s New Groove, people said “well, he’s not gettin’ any deader.” And it was business as usual.

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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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