The Internet Says it‘s True

The Internet Says it‘s True

Forgotten history, bizarre tales & facts that seem too strange to be true! Host Michael Kent asks listeners to tell him something strange, bizarre or surprising that they‘ve recently learned and he gets to the bottom of it! Every episode ends by playing a gameshow-style quiz game with a celebrity guest. Part of the WCBE Podcast Experience.

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October 18, 2021 37 min

Charles Lightoller was the Second Officer on board the ill-fated maiden voyage of the H.M.S. Titanic. Only saved by an exploding boiler, he went on to a notable life and may have been responsible for saving hundreds of lives during the World War II evacuation of Dunkirk. In this episode, we talk about the Titanic, Charles Lightoller and the heroic actions in Dunkirk, France. Then we invite Comedian and Circus Performer Jonathan Bur...

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"Anti-Mask" rants have taken over school board meetings, city council meetings, airplanes and stores throughout America. But did people act like this during the Flu Pandemic of 1918? In this episode, we examine what happened during the "Spanish Flu" when mask mandates were put into effect. Then we chat with Comedian Kelly Collette for the quick quiz!

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The Cobra Effect is a story of unintended consequences. In British-controlled India, the government tried to offer an incentive to help curb the rampant deadly cobra problem. Their solution backfired. This is the story of the model that economist & sociologists call the "Cobra Effect." Then comedy writer Jimmy Mak comes on the show to play the quick quiz!

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After the U.S. Civil War, somewhere between 8,000-20,000 Confederates fled to Brazil where they established their own colony. Even today, you'll see the Confederate Flag flying there as they celebrate the "Festa Confederada" every Spring. In this episode, we examine this strange immigration story and chat with Actress and Comedian Jackie Tohn.

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September 20, 2021 42 min

When the Laerdal Toy Company was tasked with creating the very first mannequin for practicing CPR, they used a familiar face - it was that of "L'Inconnue de la Seine" - a famous mask supposedly cast from an unknown drowning victim discovered in the River Seine in the late 1880s. In this episode, we explore the strange case and then talk to Comedian and Author Dan Wilbur for the Quick Quiz!

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In 2008, a man named Terry Kneiss won a double showcase on The Price is Right by making a perfect bid of $23,743 dollars. But there was more to it than luck. This is the crazy story of a gameshow going through changes and the man who helped Terry win: Ted Slauson. Then we chat with and play the quick quiz with game show fanatic Christian Carrion. 

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September 6, 2021 32 min

When Barbra Streisand's 14-year old Coton du Tulear dog was nearing the end of its life, she sent some of its skin cells to ViaGen Pets. Now two of her dogs are perfect clones of that pet! In this episode, we tell the story of Babs' cloned dogs and chat with Comedian and Actor Maria DeCotis

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For a very short time period, the Pepsi Cola Company had the sixth largest navy in the world. It was the result of a crazy trade deal with the Soviet Union and the Soviets' love for the soft drink. In this episode, we explore how this came to be and then play the Quick Quiz game with Comedian & Magician Erik Tait!

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In 1950, the West-End Baptist Church in Beatrice, Nebraska exploded from a gas leak. The church should have been full of a practicing choir, but it wasn't. This episode examines the curious circumstances that led each and every choir member to be late that day. Then we play the Quick Quiz with Jethro and Matt from the Drunkard's Walk podcast!

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Originally released February 28, 2021. Throughout the 1980s, there were rumors that CNN had produced a video to be broadcast if the world was ending. More than 30 years later, a former intern from the news network was able to shed some light on the subject. In this episode, we explore the famed "CNN Doomsday Tape" and quiz Comedian and Screenwriter Jay Black!

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Originally released January 18, 2021. Did you know that Spock's "Vulcan Salute" in Star Trek was based on a Jewish Blessing? It's true! We explore the history of the hand signal and the accompanying phrase "Live Long and Prosper" in this episode, and then quiz Comedy Writer Jimmy Mak!

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Originally released November 16, 2020. There's a legend in West Virginia that in 1948, famed pilot Chuck Yeager flew an Air Force jet under a bridge in downtown Charleston. Over the years, the story has been embellished and exaggerated, but in this episode, we get to the truth. Then, I ask my pilot friend Doc Sacolick what would happen if he did the same.

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Despite the United States Mint not being established until 1792, the first American coin struck for circulation was actually designed in 1787 by none other than Benjamin Franklin. But why did it feature the words "Mind Your Business?" In this episode explore the coin known as the "Fugio Cent" and then quiz comedy writer Jimmy Mak! 

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Try to imagine how you would bet if a roulette wheel landed on black 26 times in a row. What are the chances that the next spin would land on black? And how much would you be willing to risk? This episode is all about a couple popular gambling fallacies - people betting against a streak of luck and people betting on a streak of luck. We talk about The Gambler's Fallacy and the Hot-Hand Fallacy; then chat with Comedian and Weird...

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You may have noticed something strange while passing a new building under construction: a small tree on the top of the structure. In this episode, we discuss why it's there. It's called the "Topping Out Ceremony" and it's a bizarre tradition/superstition that's lasted more than 1,400 years. Then we do a quiz with Author, Speaker and Comedian Amma Marfo! 

 

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In 1971, Juliane Koepcke's airplane was struck by lightning and broke apart 2 miles above the Peruvian Jungle. Miraculously, she was the only one out of the 92 people onboard to survive. In this episode, we tell the amazing story of how she survived the crash and her journey to find safety. Bonus episodes and content available at http://Patreon.com/MichaelKent For 20% Virtual Presenter Course, visit http://virtualpresentercour...

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There are many competing theories on exactly how Hollywood, California got its name. Is it possible that the most ridiculous-sounding story is also the most credible? In this episode, we go to "Tinseltown" and explore its history - including the theories behind how it was named. Then we issue the "Quick Quiz" to Actor, Screenwriter and Executive Producer, Michael Hitchcock. Bonus episodes and content available at h...

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June 21, 2021 37 min

On Easter Sunday in 1939, contralto singer Marian Anderson gave a concert to 75,000 people on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. This moment has been called a prelude to the Civil Rights Movement that would come to the nation's forefront 25 years later. The concert was never supposed to happen. This episode explores the racism and segregation of a city that led to the momentous performance. Then we invite So Percussion's Jo...

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He was born Joshua Abraham Norton, but to San Fransisco in the mid 1800s, he was Norton the First, Emperor of The United States and Protector of Mexico. Sure, it was a made up title and he held no actual authority, but that didn't stop the citizens of San Fransisco (and one King of Hawaii) from showing him reverence. This episode dives into the history of Emperor Norton - including some of his more prophetic decrees - and then ...

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June 7, 2021 31 min

LMFAO, BRB, LOL, OMG. It feels tragically uncool to dissect and examine today's texting and internet acronyms, but it turns out some of these acronyms aren't as current as we think they are! In this episode, we learn about how exclaiming "OMG!" dates all the way back to 1917 and chat with Comedian and Co-Founder of Stand Up for Choice, Pat Deering.

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