Mistakes Were Made
By Robert Bacon
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Mistakes Were Made is a comedic, historical podcast about mistakes made in history hosted by two guys who were mistakes themselves. Each week Robert Bacon will teach Mike Kauffman about a mistake made in history.
||Clean25 - The Halifax Disaster||This week we learn about the Halifax Disaster and welcome on a new co-host with Bobby Smithney. *Sorry for the audio quality this week. We're still working stuff out.*||3/19/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSeason 2 Announcement||Hey guys, I’ve got some great news. We’re back for season 2 of Mistakes Were Made very soon. We’ve used this time to think about the podcast and how to make it better and Mike and I came up with a great idea. Neither of us are real history buff||2/6/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 24 - The History of Mooning||In the year 66 things were pretty tense between the Romans and the Jews around the mediterranean. You see there was this guy named Caligula in charge of the Roman Empire at the time and he wasn’t the worst, but he also wasn’t the best. Caligula spen||8/8/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 23 - Mobutu Sese Seko: The Leopard Hat Dictator||While he was dictator he did the standard dictator stuff. He killed those who spoke out against him and with all the money at the top many of his people starved. Mobutu was spending billions of dollars on himself and his family. He would overpay his...||7/25/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 22 - Saparmurat Niyazov: The Turkmenistan Dictator||Saparmurat Niyazov (Super-murat Ne-yah-zov) was born on February 19th, 1940 in the former Soviet Republic of Turkmenistan. He didn’t have the best childhood. His father either died fighting Nazis in World War II or dodged fighting and was therefore...||7/17/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 21 - German Sub Poop Party||U-boat is the anglicised version of the German word U-Boot, a shortening of Unterseeboot, literally "undersea boat". While the German term refers to any submarine, the English one refers specifically to military submarines operated by Germany,...||7/11/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 20 - Nicolae Ceausescu: The Romanian Dictator||Nicolae Ceausescu (Nick-o-lie Chi-Ches-Coo) was born on January 26th, 1918. He was one of the ten children of a poor peasant family. His father owned 7 and a half acres of agricultural land, a few sheep, and he also supplemented his large family's...||6/27/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 19 - The Great Molasses Flood in Boston||In 1919 the molasses business was booming. So much so that molasses tanks had to be built in places like Boston and quickly. Some tanks were built too quickly though and mistakes were made.||6/12/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 18 - Dancing Mania||Europe in the middle ages wasn't a very happy place to live. That's why it was so weird that randomly groups of people started dancing in masses. This was known as "Dancing Mania" and it would happen several times thoughout history.||6/5/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 17 - Immortal Combat||Since the beginning of written history there have been tails of people trying to cheat death and live forever. It explores humanity's deep-seated fears and comprehension of its own mortality. Many people through history did not see this as fiction,...||5/29/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 16 - Horrible Compromise||The compromise that eventually lead to the American Civil War.||5/23/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 15 - Prohibition||“The reign of tears is over. The slums will soon be a memory. We will turn our prisons into factories and our jails into storehouses and corncribs. Men will walk upright now, women will smile, and children will laugh. Hell will be forever for rent.”||5/16/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 14 - Vikings "Discover" America||Check it out, we found a completely different continent! Let's murder people on it!||5/9/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 13 - Tulip Mania||Basically the story of Beanie Babies, but hundreds of years before Beanie Babies.||5/2/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 12 - Trading Places||Muhammad bin Tughlaq (Two-cli-ock) was born in 1300 and was the eldest son of the Sultan of Delhi. This kingdom covered most of what is now northern India and Pakistan. They also had a cool flag (dark green with one off center black vertical stripe)....||4/25/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 11 - Warren G Harding's Cabinet of Idiots||It was like a frat house... but everyone was way dumber and evil.||4/18/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 10 - The Parachute||Franz Reichelt dreamt of designing the first wearable parachute. The only problem was he wasn't good at it and he liked to test things himself. (Spoilers: The GIF of him testing it.) On February 1912 Franz announced to the press that he had...||4/11/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 9 - The Chicago Cubs Billy Goat Curse||Billy was a natural stunt master. In 1944 The Republican Convention came to town in and he posted a sign saying, "No Republicans allowed." This caused the tavern to be packed with Republicans demanding to be served. He would also sneak his goat,...||4/4/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 8 - Timothy Dexter: The Luckiest Idiot||Story by: Zachary Crockett at priceonomics.com Timothy Dexter was born in Malden, Mass., Jan. 22, 1747. From his birth, he fancied himself a legend -- he later wrote “I was to be one grat [sic] man,” He came from a family of farm laborers who, in.||3/28/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 7 - The Flying Car||They quickly got to work on their flying vehicle and in just two years they had two prototypes and three more under construction. Well you obviously can’t work that quick by engineering something from the ground up. They instead took two already...||3/21/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 6 - The Napoleon of the West||Santa Anna used his military and political influences to rise to the highest ranking general in the Mexican Army and In 1833 Santa Anna was overwhelmingly elected President of Mexico. In the early years of Mexico the country was in extreme turmoil....||3/14/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 5 - Leaning Tower||In the 1st millennium (or the 1000’s or the 11th century) the city of Pisa was becoming an important Italian seaport. Its fame and power grew gradually as the people of Pisa were involved in various military conflicts and trade agreements. In 1063 the||3/7/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 4 - Beard History||Archaeologists have found evidence that men started to remove their beards as early as 100,000 BC. In order to remove facial hair they would use two sea shells, clasp them together to grip the hair, and then pull, ripping the hair out. The first...||2/28/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 3 - Chicago L Train||The Chicago L has had a pretty good safety record throughout history, but when they make a mistake it's a big one. This week we cover from the very first derailment to the O'hare blue line crash. "In the late 19th century Chicago was the...||2/21/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 2 - Lead Gasoline||Thomas Midgley, Jr was considered a genius of his time, but now we know better. NOTE: MOST WAS WRITTEN BY ROSS POMEROY FOR “REAL CLEAR SCIENCE” Thomas Midgley, Jr. was born on May 18, 1889 in Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania, a quiet, comely river tow||2/13/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 1 - Niagara Falls||In 1827 the owner of a nearby hotel, William Forsyth, staged the first tourist stunt at Niagara Falls by sending a lake schooner (that’s a large boat with two masts) with a cargo of live animals over the Falls. He filled it with a buffalo, two small..||2/13/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
I like it
Sometimes people from history are dumb. And this teaches me about them.
No mistakes here!
If you like history, bits, and banter, then this is definitely the podcast for you. Mike and Bacon have a really great rapport with each other which makes listening to them feel like you're hanging out with two talky friends at your local neighborhood dive bar. 10/10 would listen again.