Doomsday: History's Most Dangerous Podcast

Doomsday: History's Most Dangerous Podcast

Doomsday is a history lesson that easily disguises itself as a horror story. We explore the most traumatic, bizarre and most awe-inspiring but largely unheard-of disasters from throughout human history and around the world including the science behind every disturbing detail. If you like shipwrecks, decapitations, things that melt, living blankets of insects and people screaming for their lives, Doomsday is the podcast for you.

Episodes

October 17, 2021 46 min
The Orkney Disaster of 1995


Of all the ways people throughout history have died while mining, todays will probably be the most “impactful”.

This episode recounts the most statistically-unlikely disaster in history, complete with two safety sections, but you’ll also hear about people referred to as gravy without lumps, and flesh described as scattered. You’ll also hear about two Guinness World Records, and a celebrity cameo from Nelso...
Share
Mark as Played
Most people wouldn’t think a burp could kill you. By the time you finish this episode, you won’t be most people.

This episode has everything: fish farts, exploding lakes, tennis pro Vitas Gerulaitis, ancient African spirits, and a 0.0075% survival rate. You’ll also hear about people’s eyes popping out of their sockets while their skin blisters from within, and others who just drop dead like their strings were cut.

But you will also...
Share
Mark as Played
September 17, 2021 40 min
The Crash at Crush of 1896


Back in the day before marketing appeared in washrooms, projected on buildings, geo-targeted to your phone and dragged on banners across the sky, people could raise brand awareness by simply blowing things up. This is the story of the worst marketing stunt in American history.

With anything, like music or social media or free speech, no form of communication is inherently evil. It all comes down to what y...
Share
Mark as Played
Massachusetts has never been the most friendly of States. From their baseball fans to their witch burners to their license plate motto writers there is a history of bitterness. Today’s story however, is going to be a little sweet.

This gets categorized more into the bizarre and awe-inspiring than forgotten, but the level of detail scooped here will make it feel fresh and new. No joke, this episode is such a complete and uncondition...
Share
Mark as Played
The Great Boston Molassacre of 1919

We’ve talked about the Cold War before. But today we’re going to talk about a very cold war. Just sit back, slice open a Taun Taun, and let’s get into it.

We say the only value of any disaster is what can be learned to safeguard people in the future, but in this case it was very much a matter of people dancing on the lip of the volcano. We’re going to talk about a disaster so phenomenal it was eras...
Share
Mark as Played
According to the NTSB, airplane accidents have a 95.7% survivability rate, and normally that would be great news. Try telling that to the passengers on today’s episode.

As promised, we make our inglorious return with a welcome back minisode about the most unlikely plane crash of all time. A disaster so bizarre it actually became the worst case scenario in ICAO Aviation testing.

We are headed to Africa to answer the question: what h...
Share
Mark as Played
Gratitude. Excrement. Explanations and Updates. This entirely tiny episode has it all!

This minisode is actually my quick and candid explanation for my absence from the microphone - but you’ll also get to hear a quick story about rich people drowning terribly, a few teasers about upcoming episodes, and my promise that we’ll be back on the air before you know it.

If you like the idea of your podcast hosts wearing more than duct tape...
Share
Mark as Played
There’s always been a lot of pressure to have an unforgettable time on New Years’ Eve. Today’s story promises to be unforgettable – so dig out your dancing shoes, party whistles and funeral kazoos - this is the New Years’ Baby of disaster stories.

Put on your dancing shoes and update your will. We’re heading to Bangkok to ring in the new year.

On this episode we will describe flaming scalps and skin sloughing off and crush injuries a...
Share
Mark as Played
Today’s episode is about a disaster so potent it would kill you today as easy as it would kill your descendants 35,000 years from now. And although this episode will be light on actual gore, we will be talking about an awful lot of human organs turning into cancer. But nothing too aggregious.

A lot of ignorant but pioneering scientists with brave ideas and bubbling skin had to die for us to learn how dangerous today’s topic can be. ...
Share
Mark as Played
Today’s episode is basically a Public Service Announcement for future time travellers. Do not go back to Victorian England. Disease, murder, and stink around every corner. It’s hard to overestimate how terrible every facet of life was in Victorian England.

On this episode we’re going to learn what it takes to turn a full size adult into a briquette. Why Jane Eyre stunk, and the best way to saw up a dead horse. I’ll give you a hint ...
Share
Mark as Played
On this episode we are going to learn why fighter jets – graceful and aerobatic though they may be – make terrible ground vehicles. You’ll also learn how to say run for your lives in Ukranian.

We'll be celebrating unlucky episode number thirteen by describing burning jet fuel and debris spraying into a crowd, and something described as behaving “like a human lawn mower”. We’re considering putting out barf bags for our beloved D...
Share
Mark as Played
This episode is a short one but a good one. What it lacks in bloodshed, it will make up for in patriotic razzmatazz and screaming. We are calling this our palate cleanser episode.

In this episode you will hear about people screaming for their lives – nothing weird there. You’ll hear cheese grater used as a verb – that’s kind of new. All in all, this is our palate cleanser episode. You could pretty much play this one while eating or ...
Share
Mark as Played
Paris is the city of lights and when you think of its non-tower based icons, the Moulin Rouge races to mind pretty easily. But Paris is a city with a long and troubled history. This is a place with six million skeletons in their sewer for crying out loud.
Share
Mark as Played
We’re heading to South America to talk about a disaster so spectacular that over a thousand Americans recreate it in their own home every year.

In this episode we will describe a deep fryer the size of a department store and flesh dripping from bodies like wax from a candle. In fact, this is the first episode we’ve done that requires two separate safety segments.

This was another in our long line of bad-day-at-work stories, but also ...
Share
Mark as Played
Jean Paul Sartre said Hell is other people, and he’s right. Commuting proves this true. But if you’ve ever been on a train and had someone clip their nails or fall asleep on you, the people of Australia think your complaints are adorable.

If you enjoy the bucolic leisure of a train ride and arriving alive, this is not necessarily the episode for you. On this episode we’re going to talk about people awkwardly Tetrised around debris i...
Share
Mark as Played
Weather prediction is hard, and chances are your local weather person has a terrible track record and you think they stink at their job. Well, the weatherman in today’s episode would like you to hold your judgement – and their beer.

If you like shipwrecks, sharks and celebrity guest stars, this is the episode for you. In this episode you will hear about some pretty casual olde-timey racism, the strange tale of a man swimming after ...
Share
Mark as Played
In India you can make prayers to any one of 33 different top tier deities. You may want to. This episode is a bit of a Russian Nesting Doll of suffocation and electrocution and explosions.

In this episode we will describe people being electrocuted by goat blood soup. You will hear about an awful lot of death, and explosions, and fire, but don’t worry, because most of the deaths are caused by smothering and suffocation.

If you rememb...
Share
Mark as Played
Grab your clan robes and your snow shovels, today we’re heading to the Nation’s capital. We’re going to see a movie so funny it actually brought the house down. No really, people died.
If you want to complain about this episode or just need a hug or an apology, you can find us on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and YouTube.
All episodes can be found at Anchor.fm/Doomsday or wherever podcasts are found.
Share
Mark as Played
If you Google “worst jobs” you’re going to see things like crime scene clean up and sewer diver, but compared to medieval bell ringer? At least sewer divers can be hosed down. Bell ringers had to be hosed off – like, every surface.

In this episode you will hear about people superheating to five times the temperature of the surface of the sun before exploding. You’ll learn what a terrible job TV and movies have done teaching you abou...
Share
Mark as Played
Riddle me this. I make intestines peek out of a belly. I make bone protrude from a fractured shin. I make blood spurt from a gash in the buttocks. What annual sporting event am I? Find out this week on Doomsday: History’s Most Dangerous Podcast.

In this episode, you will hear about a man being carried around by a horn stabbed in through his neck and poking out his mouth. You’re even going to hear the only podcast with an interactiv...
Share
Mark as Played

Popular Podcasts

    If you can never get enough true crime... Congratulations, you’ve found your people.

    Dateline NBC

    Current and classic episodes, featuring compelling true-crime mysteries, powerful documentaries and in-depth investigations.

    Stuff You Should Know

    If you've ever wanted to know about champagne, satanism, the Stonewall Uprising, chaos theory, LSD, El Nino, true crime and Rosa Parks then look no further. Josh and Chuck have you covered.

    Morbid: A True Crime Podcast

    It’s a lighthearted nightmare in here, weirdos! Morbid is a true crime, creepy history and all things spooky podcast hosted by an autopsy technician and a hairstylist. Join us for a heavy dose of research with a dash of comedy thrown in for flavor.

    The Bobby Bones Show

    Listen to 'The Bobby Bones Show' by downloading the daily full replay.

Advertise With Us

For You

    Music, radio and podcasts, all free. Listen online or download the iHeart App.

    Connect

    © 2021 iHeartMedia, Inc.

    • Help
    • Privacy Policy
    • Terms of Use
    • AdChoicesAd Choices