Tracy S. Morris

Quirky Mysteries, Screwball Fantasy and Sassy History

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: Ep. 22 He Gave His Life For Tourism

When he was born, about 1342 BC, Tutankhaten’s life wasn’t his own. But the boy who would become known to us as Tutankhamen would be especially noteworthy because even in death his story isn’t his own.

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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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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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