Jan 2nd, 2020
When two tribes go to war... Or don't. Because this week we're talking about wars which didn't quite happen. Or did, just not very successfully.
Tom kicks us off with the Huéscar - Denmark war, a 172-year-long war between Denmark and a tiny town in Spain in which no-one died, and which was completely forgotten about until 1981.
Meanwhile, Sam talks about the Battle of Fishguard, a particularly terrible attempt by France to invade Wales, and the last time mainland Britain was invaded all the way back in 1797. An invasion that involved heavy drinking, a lot of fistfighting, and some terrible accents courtesy of Sam and Tom. Well, it is That Was Genius after all...
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.
Join Sam Datta-Paulin (he likes history and lives in Britain) and Tom Berry (he also likes history but lives in New Zealand), for a weekly reflection on the bold, the brilliant... And the downright strange.
From bizarre events and stories to equally odd inventions, barely a day goes by without something incredible (or incredibly stupid) happening around the world.
We upload new episodes every Wednesday night/Thursday morning (UK time).
That Was Genius is produced by Glorious Republic Broadcasting.