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That Was Genius podcast.

December 28, 2019

New episodes every Thursday morning! History is full of the weird and wonderful. Join two blokes on different sides of the world for a sweary, joke-filled reflection on the bold, the brilliant... and the downright strange.



Episodes with Smash Notes

Oh I do like to be beside the seaside... We're celebrating all things aquatic today! Which basically means shipwrecks, sorry (not sorry, they are great). Sam starts us off with an honourable mention for the only ship ever sunk by a meteor, before talking...

It's coups week! Which was a lot harder to research and less funny than we were anticipating, to be honest. But we made it work! Tom kicks us off with the overthrow of King Wanda, who woke up one day drunk, shaved and living in a monastery. Best. Stag Do...

This isn't a democracy, you can't tell us what to do! Apart from the audience member who told us to do tyrants and despots, which is exactly what we've done this week. Sam starts us off this week with a look at The Zhengde Emperor - the mad Ming ruler wh...

Boom! It's weapons week. And our first episode of 2021! Tom starts the year off with a bang, with a look at the first ever military submarine, the Turtle of 1776. He also gives an honorable mention to Dazzle camouflage - the idea you can mask a ship's mo...

What a year! And how better to say goodbye to it than reminding ourselves how things were crappy in the olden days, too. So, here we have our end of year quiz, with audience suggestions too (the questions were posted on our Facebook page and Patreon). Ha...

It's best friends week! Tom kicks us off with a look at the origin of 'Whipping Boys', along with a trip to the land of the Groom of the Stool, and court eunuchs. Next, Sam takes a look at the unusual friendship and daring prison camp escape of Max Gend...

Waking up the next day full of regret and with a splitting headache: Just one of the side effects of listening to this podcast. Especially in hangovers week! Well, to be honest, we've both just done drunks, but hey ho. Sam kicks us off with a look at the...

Here in my car, I've got lots of podcasts, all about stuff that happened way in the past. It's Cars! Yes, the humble automobile is the topic this week. Tom's been looking at the amazing overland odyssey of mad Australian Francis Birtles, who drove from t...

Nudists or animal lovers? It's anyone's guess this week as we mangle the line between naturalists and naturists. Tom takes a look at Nazi nudists, because he got confused about the topic. Frankly, it's still pretty interesting though. Meanwhile, Sam's be...

There's nothing civil about That Was Genius. Except this week's theme, civil wars. Sam starts off with a look at the Battle of Bamber Bridge, a WW2 attempt to segregate US troops stationed in a small village in Britain, which saw whites banned and a runn...

I don't believe it! This week we're looking at things that never happened. Tom kicks us off with a look at some of the ridiculous flying saints in the Catholic church; some more recent than you might think, and all especially stupid. Or possibly just epi...

Boom, we're back with a shot across the bow for ships week! Tom kicks us off with the story of the collision between the HMS Victoria and the HMS Camperdown in 1893, where a badly timed order and a test of loyalty had disastrous consequences. Next, Sam t...