Archive for the 'Age of Sail' Category

What if the real treasures are the friendships we make along the way? Nah. Gold is much more valuable. Gold and cheese. This week we're discussing buried treasure, from the sublime...

Yes, the topic this week is the number 40. Yes, it's episode 41. What can we say. We're historians, not mathematicians.  Obvious stupidity and working ourselves into a corner asid...

It's badass week. From the good badass, to the bad badass, to the ugly badass. And yes, it's a rare triple billing as well, since Sam couldn't decide and bought two stories to the ...

I mean honestly, it's amazing it's taken us this long to tackle revenge. That's basically what history is all about. And we've no shortage of things to talk about. Tom kicks us off...

We've got a new and exciting side project! Welcome to That Was Genius' "the Other Genius", a little side-hustle in which we catch up with other history creators and fanatics and ta...

Ahoy there shipmates, and all aboard for a nautical-themed adventure. Tom kicks us off by looking at the odd nautical origins of some well known phrases. And there are a lot of the...

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Hola! And welcome to an episode all about Conquistadors, the swarthy and generally deeply unpleasant Spanish settlers, treasure-seekers and soldiers who made the new world their ho...

WARNING: This episode contains references to sources which use language in common use at the time, but which would be considered offensive and derogatory today. Which isn't surpris...

Why howdy y'all, and welcome to an episode of That Was Genius dedicated to the good 'ole US of A! This week, Tom examines the horrific case of Elmer McCurdy, the useless criminal a...