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Futility Closet

By Greg Ross

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Forgotten stories from the pages of history. Join us for surprising and curious tales from the past and challenge yourself with our lateral thinking puzzles.

Customer Reviews

Good content, dull hosts

Good content, and I'm a fan of the website, but Greg and his wife are not great hosts. There's something annoying about the way they comment to themselves as they read the stories, as if they hadn't heard them before. And they don't compliment each other; Greg is incredibly bored-souning, while his wife is annoyingly chipper. The show sounds very rehearsed, like an imitation of a conversation. This is not to mention Greg's tendency to pause after every three or four words, even in the middle of a phrase, like a monotone William Shatner. If it weren't for the stories themselves being original, interesting and generally not featured on the website, I wouldn't be listening. (Not to mention the music, which sounds like a funerary version of the "Seinfeld" theme)

Interesting information made dry

The two hosts don't ramble on about these stories, they get straight to it, unlike other podcasts, but it's very dry by dint of its format. There's no sound clips, no background music, no audio reenactment, it's just a guy talking and it gets very boring. The hosts themselves are so, so charming but the woman has a voice like someone getting through bronchitis and puberty together. It cracks a lot. it's not vocal fry, but it's very hard to listen to and I've considered unsubscribing because of it.

Growing better and better

Futility Closet is certainly a newish podcast and the hosts are still figuring some things out, however the content, stories, puzzles and overall humanness of the show makes it one of my favorite listens each week.