Tracy S. Morris

Quirky Mysteries, Screwball Fantasy and Sassy History

I Am Not Making This Up: Special Announcement

If you don’t have a lot of patience to listen to the audio, it says that starting next week, I’ll be producing the I Am Not Making This Up podcast twice a month instead of only once.  From now on, look for it on the first and third Monday of every month.  

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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 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: Ep. 6 That Time the Catholic Church Put A Corpse on Trial

If you think politics now is strange, we have nothing on the ancient Catholic Church. At one point, a sitting pope put a former pope on trial. It went a little like the Monty Python dead parrot sketch.

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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: Ep. 3 That Time Someone Caught a Shark In Illinois

Herbert Cope and his fishing partner Dudge Collins knew they had a big catch in their fishing trap.  Maybe some kind of Muskie or Catfish.  But when they hauled it in, they never expected a 5 foot long shark. They were after all, in Illinois.  Research links: Sharks In Illinois The Strangest Shark Story Ever

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I Am Not Making This Up: 5 Women Who Were More Awesome Than You

Despite what Alannis said, irony is not like rain on your wedding day.  But irony just might be all those guys on the internet who claim that women ruin everything. Especially when “everything” happens to be things that were invented or shaped by the rest of us cooties-having women. (Google “women ruin” to get an […]

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I Am Not Making This Up: Ep. 1 That Time Wallpaper Killed Napoleon

During the Industrial Revolution, nearly everything could kill you. You could catch the flu from your big, drafty manor house, catch illness from your unpasteurized milk, or poison yourself wearing an arsenic green silk dress..

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