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 and genuine corpse discovered hidden in an American fairground ride 70 years after his death.

Meanwhile Sam explores the *Less* than United States, with a look at a couple of the breakaway republics within the USA, including the Republic of Vermont and the State of Muskagee, a short-lived republic in Florida which took was home to an odd alliance of native Americans, British and Spanish exiles, escaped slaves and just a few pirates. 

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Welcome to That Was Genius: Two blokes. A 12-hour time difference. An immature sense of humour. And 10,000 years of human civilisation. A weekly podcast looking at the weirder side of history.

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From bizarre events and stories to equally odd inventions, barely a day goes by without something incredible (or incredibly stupid) happening around the world.

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