Tracy S. Morris

Quirky Mysteries, Screwball Fantasy and Sassy History

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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: Ep. 13 Tale Literally As Old As Time

Out of all the fairy tales known worldwide, Beauty and the Beast, or “La Belle et la bete” as it is known in French, may be one of the most popular.  The themes of the fairy tale are even recycled in such popular and well-known works as The Phantom of the Opera and Twilight. Versions […]

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I Am Not Making This Up: Ep. 12 The Titanic Man

 All Carlos Hurd wanted was to take a vacation.  But when he boarded the Carpathia for Italy with his wife, Katherine, the reporter and his wife were put on the path to the most Titanic scoop in Carlos’s life.

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I Am Not Making This Up: Ep. 11 People Were Once Paid To Be Garden Gnomes. This Is A Thing That Happened.

In the 18th century, the English took conspicuous consumption to a whole new level when they hired actual old men to live in their gardens as ornamental hermits.

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I Am Not Making This Up: Ep. 10 The Littlest Pirate

Lots of kids talk about running away to join the circus or become pirates. But few actually do it.

However in 1716, one boy did. His name as John King, and he was around ten years old.

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