The Year of The Five Emperors

The Year of The Five Emperors

Transcript Every so often, the series Dr. Who would have a special episode where multiple versions of the time-traveling Doctor would appear on the same episode.  I think they probably ripped the idea off from the Roman empire, where they had several years with multiple emperors.  So, fresh off talking about the year of four …

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All Rats Must Die! The Story of Rat Eradication on South Georgia Island

All Rats Must Die! The Story of Rat Eradication on South Georgia Island

Transcript Humans and rats have lived in an uneasy relationship for millennia. Rats have spread diseases like the bubonic plague, destroyed grain harvests, and stolen our pizzas.  In return, rats have given humans……pretty much nothing.  As such, humans have waged a relentless war against rats, which for the most part has gone nowhere. However, there …

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The Great Crash at Crush

The Great Crash at Crush

Transcript In 1896, the United States was experiencing what we now call a recession. The Panic of 1896 had made life tough on everyone, and many of the companies in the highly competitive railroad business were looking for new ways to make money.  One man, William George Crush, came up with a smashing idea.  His …

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The Oxford English Dictionary

The Oxford English Dictionary

Transcript In 1844, the Philological Society of London began investigating the creation of a new English dictionary. This initial foray would lead to a dictionary that would be unlike any other dictionary ever created.  It would not just give the definition and spelling of a word, but a complete history of each word and where …

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The British Pound(s)

The British Pound(s)

Transcript If you visit a different country you might need to get some of the local currency. You might get Ringgit in Malaysia, Pesos in Mexico, Kip in Laos, or Tala in Samoa.  However, there is one country where you have to be careful what currency you get because there are different notes produced in …

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Moving Day in New York

Moving Day in New York

Transcript Since the year 1790, New York City has been the largest city in the United States.  Given the population density of the city, the vast majority of the people there rent apartments.  Now imagine if everyone in New York who switched apartments had to do so on the exact same day every year.  Well, …

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