Ridiculous Romance

Ridiculous Romance

Throughout time and across the globe, from the Stone Age to the Digital Age, people have been having weird, wonderful, and downright absurd relationships. Real life spouses Diana and Eli are here to cover them all in a podcast that’s part history, part comedy, and all ridiculous. Hook up with some of the wildest and most interesting romantic partners to ever fall in love!

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May 19, 2022 69 min

Oskar Kokoschka was an Austrian painter, poet, and playwright who channeled his romantic experiences into his unconventional art. First an extremely NSFW "children's poem", then his riot-causing experimental play about gender warfare, and finally a nightmarish sex doll replica of his evil ex-girlfriend, Alma Mahler! 

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Charles Vance Millar, a Canadian man with more dollars than sense, put in his will that 10 years after his death, the person who had birthed the most children would receive an outrageous fortune. Surprise! Somebody who had too much money played games with people who needed it. Ah well... On your marks, get set, PUSH!

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When Eugenia Kuyda created the A.I. Chatbot program Replika, she just wanted to give people a nice robot friend to confide in. But of course, so many users wanted to feel a different kind of algo-rhythm in their robot romances. Now people all over are putting 1's in their 0's and may be changing the future of dating, sex, and human connection!

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In 1863, America's biggest celebrities were three dwarfs, locked in a love triangle that had America more captivated than Brangelina and Bennifer combined! But it was General Tom Thumb and Lavinia Warren's "Fairy Wedding" that brought a massive fortune to them and their super-producer, P.T. Barnum. So how did Commodore Nutt take it? Listen to find out!

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John Noyes thought he was God's chosen disciple on Earth and that it was his job to bring about Christ's Millennial Kingdom. And he knew there was only one way to do it: a two-decade free love orgy in upstate New York! Find out how it made its way to your plate in this kinda sexy, kinda scary episode. 

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April 20, 2022 79 min

Roberta was barely interested in Ken's computer coding. But after playing the text-based game "Adventure" she started to wonder if there was more to these machines. Soon, the couple was running Sierra On-Line, and they brought us the dragon-slaying, wizard-dueling, skeleton-xylophoning adventure series that changed gaming forever: King's Quest!

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April 15, 2022 69 min

The actress Harriet Smithson had no idea who Hector Berlioz was. That didn't stop him from moving in next door and writing an opera for her! After another failed marriage, an abandoned murder-suicide plan, and a French maid disguise, he finally caught her eye. But that wasn't the end of this composer's outrageous search for love!

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April 13, 2022 70 min

Avast ye scalliwags and be wary when ye travel at sea. For the notorious pirates Anne Bonny and Mary Read may plunder yer ship and send ye to Davy Jones's locker! Captain Calico Jack was clever enough to bring these women aboard, and the three of them terrorized the Caribbean during the Golden Age of Piracy.

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April 11, 2022 56 min

This total farce between William, his wife, their maid, and the tanner is full of stolen spoons and dumb decisions. Only a story this outrageous could have led to the birth of the notorious pirate Anne Bonny. Yes, pirates have parents too!

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April 7, 2022 89 min

Frederick Douglass is one of America's most admirable figures. In his fight for emancipation, he caught the attention of the nation... especially the ladies! His incredible wife Anna never got the credit she deserved, but it turns out many women were behind Frederick and his amazing work. 

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April 1, 2022 52 min

Victor Noir was an unassuming journalist whose newspaper challenged Napoleon III's imperial rule in France. His death made him an unlikely martyr for the French Republic. But the statue at his grave made him an unexpected (and literal) sex object to this day!

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March 30, 2022 51 min

We couldn't leave a Bawdy Poem like this unread! This Fabliau by Guèrin in the 13th century tells the tale of a cowardly knight who can't recognize his wife when he sees her, face to...nethers. We'll also discuss the tale of the knight who could magically make your favorite orifices talk! 

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March 23, 2022 70 min

A lot of people had exciting plans to tie the knot with a big huge party in 2020. But turns out it wasn't a great year for parties! Our friends Cherry and Jason join us to talk about how they watched all their wedding plans fall apart during Covid, and the creative ways they compensated. Then we talk about a couple trading pears for wedding rings in Animal Crossing, and a Harry Potter themed, NFT laden, Metaverse marriage!

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March 16, 2022 43 min

As if dating someone overseas during a global pandemic isn't tough enough on its own, these couples had to deal with some truly ridiculous bureaucracy in trying to make their weddings work. Some faced down divorce just so they could get married again, others were married over video and haven't ever met in person! Unprecedented times, indeed!

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March 11, 2022 54 min

Ridiculous History hosts Ben and Noel join us again for another long hard look at the history of pleasure objects. Where did sex dolls come from? What's the deal with chastity belts? Lock into this episode and throw away the key, cause we won't stop until you say safeword!

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March 9, 2022 58 min

Ridiculous History hosts Ben and Noel join us for a deeply penetrating episode about the history of dildos, special "performance rings", and things you'd insert in locations both obvious and unpredictable. Come join our fearless foursome and get educated and maybe a little stimulated?

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March 4, 2022 47 min

Pauli joined a law firm where she inspired a young Ruth Bader Ginsburg to change the country. But there she also met her "closest friend" Irene Barlow, widely accepted to be the love of her life. Continuing to kick down doors and fight for intersectional civil rights, Dr. Murray also added Poet and Reverend to her many titles! And her work continues to impact legislation even today.

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March 1, 2022 59 min

Pauli Murray nearly got laughed out of the classroom at Howard University in 1944 for betting that Plessy v. Ferguson would be overturned within 25 years. But who would get the last laugh when it actually happened only 10 years later - using arguments Pauli had written! Pauli fought hard for the rights of all citizens while privately struggling with gender identity and sexuality at a time when there was little support or informatio...

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This infamous Astronaut Love Triangle rocked the news in 2007! But of course headlines sensationalized dumb diaper discourse over the complicated truth beneath it all. So we blasted into orbit to get an astronomical view of this 900 mile story of love, heartbreak, and danger!

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February 21, 2022 66 min

Lizzy Borden (not the axe murderer) met Rob Black when she worked for his porn production company. But after getting into professional wrestling, an alleged affair with wrestler The Messiah had violent repercussions. When the feds cracked down on their shocking and disturbing pornography, not even Larry Flynt wanted to back them up!

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