Tracy S. Morris

Quirky Mysteries, Screwball Fantasy and Sassy History

I Am Not Making This Up: Ep. 8 Why Some People Hate History

Until you saw the musical Hamilton, You probably got the impression that the founding fathers all got along and always knew exactly what they were doing. That’s because people like to tell stories.

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I Am Not Making This Up: Joan the Mad of Castile’s Epic Farewell Tour

Say Jerry Springer came to you with a time machine (Tardis, DeLorean, whatever) and a mission: to travel back in time and bring him the most dysfunctional people you can find to guest star on his show.

Who would you bring? The Tudors? The Kennedys?

Possibly. But you really couldn’t go wrong if you made a stopover in Spain and grabbed Queen Juana the I of Castile. History remembers her as Joan the Mad. Though whether she deserves that title is up for debate.

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I Am Not Making This Up: Ep. 7 Herodotus. The Michael Bay of the Classical World

Imagine if that massive solar flare that scientists worry about actually hits Earth and wipes out all electronics.  What if in 2,000 years time, the only record we have of WWII (or that WWII even happened) is the massively lucrative yet historically inaccurate film Pearl Harbor, directed by Michael Bay? Believe it or not, something […]

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I’m Not Making This Up – The Titanic’s Boozy Baker

what do you do if you find yourself stuck on an “unsinkable” ship going down in icy waters? You drink. And if you’re lucky, it might save your life.

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I Am Not Making This Up: Tycho Brahe – The Math Guy With The Nose (and The Drunken Moose)

Math is not my forte. I’m more of a writing gal. But my interest in the hard sciences might have been bigger (or there at all) if I had known about rock stars like astronomer Tycho Brahe. Who was Tycho Brahe? Brahe lived larger than life in his own time, along the way some of […]

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I Am Not Making This Up: How Bathing Led To The Decline Of Rome

Next time your mom wants you to take a bath, just tell her that bathing led to the decline of Ancient Rome. This is a theory that serious scholars came up with. Seriously.

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I Am Not Making This Up: Ep. 5 That Time the French King Was Cannibalized (Podcast Version)

If one of your party guests has a reputation for eating anything, perhaps you shouldn’t pass him a prized family heirloom. Especially if it’s the mummified heart of a famous King.

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I’m Not Making This Up – How Do You Solve A Problem Like Mad King Ludwig?

You have to admire Mad King Ludwig. Unlike other mad royals (Jonna of Castile, for one) Ludwig aggressively owned his crazy. Or did he?

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I Am Not Making This Up – Santa Anna Was A Leg Man

Most know General Antonio L√≥pez de Santa Anna as the man who ordered the slaughter of Texas Defenders (including Davy Crockett and Jim Bowie) at the Battle of the Alamo, lost at the battle of San Jacinto, served as president of Mexico 11 times, and eventually became known as “the Napoleon of the West.”

But less well known, is Santa Anna’s obsession with his own leg.

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I Am Not Making This Up: Ep. 4 The Most Bonkers Race in Olympic History

Next time someone mentions the plight of the Olympic athlete, remember that it’s not that bad. They could be forced to run a marathon through a cloud of dust while wearing cutoff shorts, having cramps & being chased by dogs while their trainers try to poison them.

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