Tracy S. Morris

Quirky Mysteries, Screwball Fantasy and Sassy History

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’m Not Making This Up: The Search For Blackbeard’s Head

Once upon a time, an infamous pirate was beheaded. Centuries later, his head purportedly turned up in all sorts of interesting places.

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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: 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’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. 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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I’m Not Making This Up – Do A Good Deed, Find Your Father’s Body Snatchers

Poor John Scott Harrison. You would think that being a State Representative, son of a President and father of another President would get you some respect. Or at least keep grave robbers away. Unfortunately, in Harrison’s case, you’d be wrong.

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I Am Not Making This Up – The Pirate Queen Of Denmark

What do you do if you’re a Scandinavian princess, locked in a tower and guarded by snakes? What do you do when your royal parents give your hand to a prince against your wishes?

If you’re princess Awilda, you get your best girlfriends to rescue you and you run away to become pirates.

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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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