Futility Closet

Futility Closet

Forgotten stories from the pages of history. Join us for surprising and curious tales from the past and challenge yourself with our lateral thinking puzzles.

Episodes

Title Duration Published Consumed
220-The Old Hero of Gettysburg 00:31:45 2018-10-08 07:00
219-The Greenbrier Ghost 00:35:04 2018-10-01 07:00
218-Lost in the Amazon 00:32:59 2018-09-24 07:00
217-The Bone Wars 00:34:30 2018-09-17 07:00
216-The Tromelin Island Castaways 00:32:50 2018-09-10 07:00
215-The Lieutenant Nun 00:31:58 2018-09-03 07:00
214-The Poison Squad 00:32:33 2018-08-27 07:00
213-Grover Cleveland's Secret Surgery 00:32:00 2018-08-20 07:00
212-The Lost Treasure of Cocos Island 00:32:11 2018-08-13 07:00
211-Cast Away on an Ice Floe 00:33:16 2018-08-06 07:00
210-Lateral Thinking Puzzles 00:34:29 2018-07-23 07:00
209-Lost Off Newfoundland 00:33:56 2018-07-16 07:00
208-Giving Birth to Rabbits 00:32:14 2018-07-09 07:00
207-The Bluebelle's Last Voyage 00:34:03 2018-07-02 07:00
206-The Sky and the Sea 00:30:19 2018-06-25 07:00
205-The White Mouse 00:33:23 2018-06-18 07:00
204-Mary Anning's Fossils 00:30:16 2018-06-11 08:00
203-Notes and Queries 00:30:21 2018-06-04 08:00
202-The Rosenhan Experiment 00:31:50 2018-05-28 08:00
201-The Gardner Heist 00:32:22 2018-05-21 08:00
200-Lateral Thinking Puzzles 00:31:08 2018-05-14 08:00
199-The Mystery of the Carroll A. Deering 00:33:42 2018-05-07 08:00
198-The Man Who Wouldn't Die 00:33:03 2018-04-30 08:00
197-Alone Across the Outback 00:32:33 2018-04-23 08:00
196-The Long Way Home 00:30:05 2018-04-16 08:00
195-A Case of Musical Plagiarism 00:32:41 2018-04-09 08:00
194-The Double Life of Clarence King 00:32:51 2018-03-26 08:00
193-The Collyer Brothers 00:31:35 2018-03-19 07:00
192-The Winchester Diver 00:31:56 2018-03-12 07:00
191-The Longest Flight 00:31:58 2018-03-05 08:00
190-Mary Patten and the Neptune's Car 00:31:34 2018-02-26 08:00
189-The "Wild White Man" 00:32:00 2018-02-19 08:00
188-The Bat Bomb 00:33:25 2018-02-12 08:00
Programming Note 00:00:12 2018-02-05 08:00
187-A Human Being in the Bronx Zoo 00:33:56 2018-01-29 08:00
186-The Children's Blizzard 00:32:24 2018-01-22 08:00
185-The Man From Formosa 00:32:20 2018-01-15 08:00
184-Lateral Thinking Puzzles 00:29:38 2018-01-01 08:00
183-An Everest Mystery 00:32:21 2017-12-25 08:00
182-The Compulsive Wanderer 00:32:31 2017-12-18 08:00
181-Operation Gunnerside 00:33:07 2017-12-11 08:00
180-An Academic Impostor 00:33:19 2017-12-04 08:00
179-Two Vanished Young Writers 00:31:31 2017-11-27 08:00
178-Lateral Thinking Puzzles 00:33:51 2017-11-20 08:00
177-Averting a Catastrophe in Manhattan 00:31:22 2017-11-13 08:00
176-The Bear That Inspired Winnie-the-Pooh 00:32:44 2017-11-06 08:00
175-The Lone Woman of San Nicolas Island 00:30:36 2017-10-30 07:00
174-Cracking the Nazi Code 00:33:47 2017-10-23 08:00
173-The Worst Journey in the World 00:30:19 2017-10-16 08:00
172-An American in Feudal Japan 00:33:35 2017-10-02 08:00
171-The Emperor of the United States 00:32:55 2017-09-25 08:00
170-The Mechanical Turk 00:32:21 2017-09-18 08:00
169-John Harrison and the Problem of Longitude 00:33:02 2017-09-11 08:00
168-The Destruction of the Doves Type 00:33:31 2017-09-04 08:00
167-A Manhattan Murder Mystery 00:32:10 2017-08-28 08:00
166-A Dangerous Voyage 00:33:20 2017-08-21 08:00
165-A Case of Mistaken Identity 00:31:17 2017-08-14 08:00
164-Vigil on the Ice 00:33:01 2017-08-07 08:00
163-Enslaved in the Sahara 00:31:56 2017-07-31 08:00
162-John Muir and Stickeen 00:32:30 2017-07-17 08:00
161-The Girl Who Fell From the Sky 00:30:27 2017-07-10 08:00
160-The Birmingham Sewer Lion 00:32:56 2017-07-03 08:00
159-The Mozart of Mathematics 00:32:29 2017-06-26 08:00
158-The Mistress of Murder Farm 00:33:38 2017-06-19 08:00
157-The Brutal History of Batavia's Graveyard 00:33:15 2017-06-12 08:00
156-The Most Dedicated Soldier 00:34:28 2017-06-05 08:00
155-The Giraffe Who Walked to Paris 00:33:14 2017-05-29 08:00
154-Spared by a Volcano 00:29:38 2017-05-22 08:00
153-A Victorian Stalker 00:32:21 2017-05-15 08:00
152-Lateral Thinking Puzzles 00:30:10 2017-05-01 08:00
151-Double-Crossing the Nazis 00:31:13 2017-04-24 08:00
150-The Prince of Nowhere 00:30:21 2017-04-17 08:00
149-The North Pond Hermit 00:29:30 2017-04-10 13:18
148-The Perfect Murder 00:30:03 2017-04-03 13:14
147-The Call of Mount Kenya 00:30:01 2017-03-27 13:42
146-Alone in the Wilderness 00:30:06 2017-03-20 09:18
145-The Pied Piper of Saipan 00:31:32 2017-03-13 10:43
144-The Murder Castle 00:32:08 2017-03-06 10:43
143-The Conscience Fund 00:32:26 2017-02-27 13:28
142-Fingerprints and Polygraphs 00:30:32 2017-02-20 13:31
141-Abducted by Indians, a Captive of Whites 00:32:48 2017-02-13 13:41
140-Ramanujan 00:30:27 2017-02-06 13:45
139-The Painter's Revenge 00:31:16 2017-01-30 13:11
138-Life in a Cupboard 00:33:53 2017-01-23 08:00
137-The Mystery of Fiona Macleod 00:33:46 2017-01-16 08:00
136-The Boston Molasses Disaster 00:31:34 2017-01-09 08:00
135-Lateral Thinking Puzzles 00:35:06 2016-12-26 08:43
134-The Christmas Truce 00:30:42 2016-12-19 14:55
133-Notes and Queries 00:33:01 2016-12-12 13:54
132-The Mad Gasser of Mattoon 00:31:44 2016-12-05 11:25
131-Escape From Libby Prison 00:30:27 2016-11-28 14:16
130-The Unlikely Ultramarathoner 00:34:25 2016-11-21 13:38
129-The Voynich Manuscript 00:32:52 2016-11-14 13:33
128-The Battle for Castle Itter 00:30:29 2016-11-07 13:44
127-Rowing Across the Atlantic 00:35:29 2016-10-24 14:20
126-The Great Australian Poetry Hoax 00:31:45 2016-10-17 13:54
125-The Campden Wonder 00:34:01 2016-10-10 14:17
124-D.B. Cooper 00:33:20 2016-10-03 14:07
123-Washington D.C.'s Hidden Tunnels 00:31:57 2016-09-26 14:12
122-The Bear Who Went to War 00:30:40 2016-09-19 13:54
121-Starving for Science 00:31:13 2016-09-12 13:48
120-The Barnes Mystery 00:30:19 2016-09-05 13:54
119-Lost in the Taiga 00:33:49 2016-08-29 14:22
118-The Restless Corpse of Elmer McCurdy 00:30:12 2016-08-22 08:19
117-The Road to En-dor 00:33:04 2016-08-15 13:58
116-Notes and Queries 00:31:10 2016-08-08 14:10
115-Gettysburg's Unknown Soldier 00:30:58 2016-07-25 12:49
114-The Desperation of Donald Crowhurst 00:36:32 2016-07-18 13:08
113-The Battle Over Mother's Day 00:31:08 2016-07-11 13:13
112-The Disappearance of Michael Rockefeller 00:34:22 2016-07-04 14:01
111-Japanese Fire Balloons 00:32:22 2016-06-27 13:28
110-The Brooklyn Chameleon 00:31:51 2016-06-20 13:58
109-Trapped in a Cave 00:31:13 2016-06-13 01:10
108-The Greenwich Time Lady 00:33:44 2016-06-06 13:32
107-Arthur Nash and the Golden Rule 00:29:38 2016-05-30 00:00
106-The Popgun War 00:31:49 2016-05-23 13:55
105-Surviving on Seawater 00:34:05 2016-05-09 00:36
104-The Harvey's Casino Bombing 00:32:34 2016-05-02 06:22
103-Legislating Pi 00:33:31 2016-04-25 00:30
102-The Bunion Derby 00:34:12 2016-04-18 13:48
101-Jerome 00:30:35 2016-04-11 12:40
100-Lateral Thinking Puzzles 00:36:47 2016-04-04 13:43
099-Notes and Queries 00:33:51 2016-03-28 14:05
098-The St. Albans Raid 00:32:18 2016-03-21 09:29
097-The Villisca Ax Murders 00:31:07 2016-03-14 13:02
096-The Abduction of Edgardo Mortara 00:32:11 2016-03-07 14:40
095-A New Day at Charleston 00:30:20 2016-02-29 14:22
094-The Living Unknown Soldier 00:33:34 2016-02-22 13:28
093-The Old Flying Days 00:33:02 2016-02-08 13:15
092-The Forgotten Amendment 00:29:42 2016-02-01 13:41
091-The Voyage of the Damned 00:34:52 2016-01-25 07:38
090-The Candy Bar War 00:31:30 2016-01-18 14:16
089-An African From Baltimore 00:31:32 2016-01-11 14:08
088-Mrs. Wilkinson and the Lyrebird 00:32:26 2016-01-04 14:15
087-A Sleuthing Cabbie, Edward VI's Homework, and a Self-Aware Crow 00:31:59 2015-12-28 13:48
086-Lateral Thinking Puzzles 00:30:00 2015-12-21 14:10
085-Raising Chicago 00:34:18 2015-12-14 13:28
084-The Man Who Never Was 00:34:08 2015-12-07 14:08
083-Nuclear Close Calls 00:36:39 2015-11-30 13:29
082-Stealing Abe Lincoln 00:34:00 2015-11-23 13:20
081-The Typhus Hoax 00:32:33 2015-11-16 00:50
080-'Black Like Me': Race Realities Under Jim Crow 00:34:26 2015-11-02 14:37
079-One Square Inch of the Yukon 00:34:49 2015-10-25 23:00
078-Snowshoe Thompson 00:37:57 2015-10-19 14:34
077-The Sourdough Expedition 00:33:24 2015-10-12 12:54
076-Get Out of Jail Free 00:30:44 2015-10-05 02:01
075-The Sea Devil 00:35:52 2015-09-28 12:31
074-Charley Parkhurst's Secret 00:34:01 2015-09-21 11:08
073-The Tichborne Claimant 00:34:52 2015-09-14 11:43
072-The Strange Misadventures of Famous Corpses 00:35:12 2015-09-07 14:47
071-Godless in Missouri 00:33:36 2015-08-31 13:53
070-Sunk by a Whale 00:33:56 2015-08-24 12:49
069-Lateral Thinking Puzzles 00:32:53 2015-08-10 13:18
068-The Niihau Incident 00:38:49 2015-08-03 00:55
067-Composing Beyond the Grave 00:30:57 2015-07-27 14:16
066-Eighteen Holes in Vietnam 00:31:58 2015-07-20 13:54
065-The Merchant Prince of Cornville 00:33:20 2015-07-13 14:53
064-Murder at the Priory 00:32:36 2015-07-06 13:51
063-The Rainmaker 00:32:57 2015-06-29 00:47
062-Marconi Catches a Murderer 00:29:48 2015-06-22 00:26
061-The Strange Custom of Garden Hermits 00:34:14 2015-06-14 23:53
060-The Day They Hanged an Elephant 00:33:31 2015-06-01 14:25
059-The Wizard of Mauritius 00:33:51 2015-05-24 21:40
058-English as She Is Spoke 00:30:52 2015-05-18 13:57
057-Jules Verne's Lost Novel 00:35:36 2015-05-11 11:56
056-Lateral Thinking Puzzles 00:38:16 2015-05-04 12:14
055-The Dyatlov Pass Incident 00:31:46 2015-04-27 00:53
054-Escape From Stalag Luft III 00:36:04 2015-04-20 14:08
053-The Lost Colony 00:31:44 2015-04-13 12:24
052-Moving Day in New York 00:29:15 2015-04-06 14:06
051-Poet Doppelgängers 00:32:46 2015-03-30 01:39
050-The Great Tea Race 00:34:38 2015-03-23 14:54
049-Can a Kitten Climb the Matterhorn? 00:34:06 2015-03-16 12:56
048-The Shark Arm Affair 00:33:22 2015-03-09 09:06
047-The Scariest Travel Books Ever Written 00:35:01 2015-02-22 22:20
046-The 1925 Serum Run to Nome 00:34:06 2015-02-16 14:27
045-Crossing Africa for Love 00:30:48 2015-02-08 23:43
044-Ballooning to the North Pole 00:32:03 2015-02-02 00:08
043-Ben Franklin's Guide to Living 00:34:46 2015-01-26 00:52
042-The Balmis Expedition: Using Orphans to Combat Smallpox 00:33:24 2015-01-19 16:00
041-The Tragic Tale of the Lady Be Good 00:31:33 2015-01-12 15:02
040-The Mary Celeste: A Great Sea Mystery 00:38:21 2015-01-05 13:24
039-Lateral Thinking Puzzles 00:30:35 2014-12-22 15:28
038-The Thunder Stone 00:30:23 2014-12-15 00:40
037-Edgar Allan Poe's Graveyard Visitor 00:32:44 2014-12-08 16:23
036-The Great Moon Hoax 00:34:15 2014-12-01 15:19
035-Lateral Thinking Puzzles 00:25:53 2014-11-24 14:34
034-Spring-Heeled Jack -- A Victorian Supervillain 00:37:20 2014-11-17 14:38
033-Death and Robert Todd Lincoln 00:35:55 2014-11-10 13:55
032-The Wow! Signal 00:30:21 2014-11-03 12:44
031-Pigs on Trial 00:30:35 2014-10-27 13:18
030-The Oak Island Money Pit 00:33:24 2014-10-20 09:03
029-The Mystery of Kaspar Hauser 00:37:06 2014-10-06 15:17
028-The Real-Life Sherlock Holmes 00:32:17 2014-09-29 14:59
027-The Man Who Volunteered for Auschwitz 00:33:32 2014-09-22 14:37
026-A Practical Joke on a Grand Scale 00:31:45 2014-09-15 14:13
025-An Australian Enigma 00:29:31 2014-09-08 14:19
024-The World's Worst Poet 00:30:01 2014-09-01 14:43
023-A Victorian Poisoning Mystery 00:33:41 2014-08-25 11:05
022-The Devil's Hoofmarks 00:35:45 2014-08-18 14:19
021-A Gallant German Fighter Ace 00:32:48 2014-08-04 13:43
020-Life Imitates Science Fiction 00:37:41 2014-07-28 15:53
019-Testing the Post Office 00:34:30 2014-07-21 15:05
018-The Mystery of the Disappearing Airmen 00:31:58 2014-07-14 14:14
017-An Aircraft Carrier Made of Ice 00:30:34 2014-07-07 08:46
016-A Very Popular Sack of Flour 00:29:15 2014-06-30 15:01
015-The Flannan Isles Mystery 00:32:01 2014-06-23 15:14
014-The Unsinkable Violet Jessop 00:31:59 2014-06-16 14:42
013-An Ingenious Escape From Slavery 00:35:50 2014-06-09 16:05
012-The Great Race, Grace Kelly's Tomahawk, and Dreadful Penmanship 00:29:10 2014-06-02 15:10
011-A Woolf in Sheikh's Clothing 00:33:14 2014-05-26 15:34
010-A Baboon Soldier, Lighthouse Rescues, and a Parliament of Owls 00:34:23 2014-05-19 16:05
009-The Monkey Signalman, Racetrack ESP, and Toxic Dumps 00:34:08 2014-05-12 13:55
008-Owney the Mail Dog, Candy Bombers, and Bertrand Russell 00:33:00 2014-05-05 12:10
007-Louisiana Hippos, Imaginary Epidemics, and Charles Lindbergh 00:29:33 2014-04-28 18:22
006-Texas Camels, Zebra Stripes, and an Immortal Piano 00:33:06 2014-04-21 18:23
005-Mailing People, Alien Shorthand, and Benjamin Franklin 00:32:00 2014-04-14 17:32
004-Mystery Airships, Marauding Lions, and Nancy Drew 00:35:05 2014-04-07 18:49
003-Extreme Pedestrians, Kangaroo Stew, and Samuel Taylor Coleridge 00:34:46 2014-03-31 18:46
002-Mass Hysteria, Airborne Sheepdogs and Mark Twain's Brother 00:28:42 2014-03-24 13:14
001-Calendar Reform, Doll Mansions, and Hitchcock's Vertigo 00:30:49 2014-03-14 14:57