The Washington Generals

The Washington Generals

Transcript Sports history is littered with really bad teams. The 1976 Tampa Bay Buccaneers didn’t win a single game and wound up losing 26 in a row. The 2012 Charlotte Bobcats went 7-59 for a .106 winning percentage. The 1899 Cleveland Spiders set a record for futility in baseball winning only 20 games out of …

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Kayfabe

Kayfabe

Transcript One of my dirty secrets is that I’m a fan of pro wrestling. Whenever I tell people this the first thing I inevitably hear is, “you know it’s fake right?” This idea that people think professional wrestling is real comes from the concept that wrestling insiders call kayfabe. Learn about the history of kayfabe …

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Drug Lord Hippopotamuses

Drug Lord Hippos

Transcript Pablo Escobar was the biggest drug lord the world has ever known. At his height, he had a monopoly on cocaine trade in the 1980s in the United States. He had a peak net worth of $60 billion in today’s inflation-adjusted dollars. He was personally responsible for thousands of murders and dozens of acts …

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Grandmother of Europe

Grandmother of Europe

Transcript Traditionally, the royal families of Europe would arrange marriages amongst their children to establish alliances and bonds between their houses.  While this really isn’t done that much anymore, it also wasn’t that long ago that it was done. One monarch, in particular, Queen Victoria, was really good and marrying off her children. So good …

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Boxing’s Alphabet Soup

Boxing's Alphabet Soup

Transcript Boxing used to be one of the most popular sports in the world. A world championship bout would draw millions of people to their radios or televisions and could pack the largest stadiums.  Since then, it has waned in popularity in no small part due to the confusing array of titles and organizations which …

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Lunar Orbit Rendezvous

Lunar Orbit Rendezvous

Transcript Have you ever been told to follow the chain of command or else? In most organizations with a hierarchy or with a bureaucracy, there is a set way in which things have to be done. If you have a suggestion or a complaint, you have to go to your immediate superior, and not jump …

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