Tracy S. Morris

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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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I Am Not Making This Up: Ep. 17 Warrior, Princess, Badass

If I asked you to name a badass warrior princess, you might mention Xena or Wonder Woman. But one real life woman left them all behind. Her name was Khutulun, and she was the great-great-granddaughter of Genghis Khan.

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I Am Not Making This Up: What Explorers Lewis and Clark Have to Do With the Kentucky Derby

Last weekend was the Kentucky derby, which is like the Super Bowl of Horse Racing, combined with a little bit of the Oscar’s red carpet mixed in.

And the whole thing was started by the grandson of William Clark (one of those two guys who explored the west), Colonel Meriweather Lewis Clark Jr.

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I Am Not Making This Up: Ep. 16 When Frederick Law Olmsted Changed The World

In 1857, if a New Yorker wanted to get away from the city, he or she would go to a cemetery. That all changed with the establishment of Manhattan’s Central Park, and it’s architect and superintendent, Frederick Law Olmsted.

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I Am Not Making This Up: Whatever Happened to the Sphinx’s Nose?

Napoleon is responsible for Egyptology. Many people also think that his men shot the nose off the Sphinx. But that’s giving him too much credit.

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I Am Not Making This Up: Ep. 15 Would The Real Anastasia Please Stand Up?

It was a cold February night in Berlin, 1920, when Franziska Shanzkowska jumped into the Landwher Canal. We know why she jumped: she’d lost her fiancee during the war.  She’d also suffered from an accident in the munitions plant where she worked.  She had scars, a head injury, possibly survivors guilt and definitely depression. In […]

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I Am Not Making This Up: Curious George Vs. The Nazis

Curious George is known to children, and the parents who grew up on his stories, for his adventures with the Man with the Yellow Hat.

But his greatest adventure isn’t in print. Before the book, Curious George saved his creators from the Nazis.

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I am Not Making This Up: Ep. 14 Agatha Christie’s Personal Mystery

Agatha Christie is the bestselling author of all time.  Her works outsell Shakespeare, J. K. Rowling, and Stephen King.  Even if you’ve never read her work, you’ve probably heard of Murder on the Orient Express, or And Then There Were None. But a greater mystery sits at the heard of Christie’s life.  In 1926, after […]

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I Am Not Making This Up: Cleopatra Had Butter Face

When you think of Cleopatra, you probably think beautiful, seductive, irresistible. In truth, one of the most famous women rulers was probably none of these. What she was, was a skilled administrator, an amazing diplomat, and a ball of charisma.

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