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Weird and Wonderful

Tune in each week as we delve into strange and unusual stories from history, politics, nature, and beyond…

Presented by George Hadley and Daniel Beckers

Wednesday 18:30-19:00


Season 1

Episode 10: “Cicada 3301”

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Episode 9: “The Roswell Incident”

The final, definitive truth about what happened at Roswell, New Mexico in 1947.

Episode 8: “The Second Pacific Squadron: Part 2”

They haven’t got any better…

Episode 7: “The Second Pacific Squadron: Part 1”

The most hilariously inept task force of all time?

Episode 6: “The Atari video game burial”

Why did Atari decide to bury thousands of copies of E.T. the video game in the 1980’s?

Episode 5: “The immovable ladder”

How many monks does it take to change a light bulb?

Episode 4: “Back in the cold”

In the first episode of Hilary term, we look back at some loose ends from Franklin’s lost expedition.

Episode 3: “Franklin’s lost expedition”

It’s a story you’ve probably heard of but do you really know what happened? Join us as we go on a 166 year journey to uncover what happened to Franklin and his men during their voyage to uncover the fabled Northwest Passage.

Episode 2: “Paper Towns”

Episode 2 looks at the strange world of “paper towns”, copyright traps, and the lengths mapmakers will go to in order to catch plagiarisers.

Episode 1: “Keep Calm and Carry On”

In the first episode, Daniel and George explore the story of the “Keep Calm and Carry On” poster, how and why it was created, and how it has reached such notoriety today.


Sources

Episode 1:

https://history.blog.gov.uk/2014/06/27/keep-calm-and-carry-on-the-compromise-behind-the-slogan/

https://www.keepcalmandcarryon.com/history/

http://drbexl.co.uk/1997/07/11/undergraduate-dissertation-1997/

http://drbexl.co.uk/2017/12/17/media-keep-calm-carry-truth-behind-poster-i_w_m/

https://www.iwm.org.uk/history/truth-behind-keep-calm-and-carry-on

Episode 2:

https://www.mnn.com/lifestyle/arts-culture/stories/paper-towns-and-other-lies-maps-tell-you

https://www.citymetric.com/skylines/paper-towns-and-trap-streets-when-mapmakers-get-it-wrong-purpose-1171

https://gizmodo.com/the-fake-places-that-only-exist-to-catch-copycat-cartog-1695414770

https://www.mnn.com/earth-matters/wilderness-resources/stories/has-google-maps-found-the-disappearing-island-from-the-tv

Episode 3:

http://franklinslostexpedition.blogspot.com/

http://www.victorianweb.org/history/franklin/franklin.html

https://news.nationalgeographic.com/2017/04/franklin-expedition-ship-watson-ice-ghosts/

http://horrorfuel.com/2018/01/21/thats-left-remains-franklins-lost-expedition/

Episode 4:

http://www.whitehousemuseum.org/furnishings/resolute-desk.htm

https://www.thevintagenews.com/2017/10/11/murder-mystery-captain-charles-francis-hall-died-of-arsenic-poisoning-on-way-to-north-pole/

https://www.britannica.com/biography/Charles-Francis-Hall

http://www.biographi.ca/en/bio/hall_charles_francis_10E.html

Episode 5:

https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/immovable-ladder-church-holy-sepulchre

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/middle_east/7718587.stm

https://www.ancient-origins.net/history/immovable-ladder-bizarre-feud-prevents-ordinary-ladder-being-moved-3-centuries-009506

http://coastdaylight.com/ladder.html

Episode 6:

https://www.denofgeek.com/games/24531/the-1983-videogame-crash-what-went-wrong-and-could-it-happen-again

https://www.bugsplat.com/articles/video-games/great-video-game-crash-1983

https://www.cbc.ca/news/world/atari-games-buried-in-landfill-net-37k-on-ebay-1.2837083

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ew8j62WaZ7Q&pbjreload=10