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

170-The Mechanical Turk @

πŸ“† 2017-09-18 08:00 / βŒ› 00:32:21


169-John Harrison and the Problem of Longitude @

πŸ“† 2017-09-11 08:00 / βŒ› 00:33:02


168-The Destruction of the Doves Type @

πŸ“† 2017-09-04 08:00 / βŒ› 00:33:31


167-A Manhattan Murder Mystery @

πŸ“† 2017-08-28 08:00 / βŒ› 00:32:10


166-A Dangerous Voyage @

πŸ“† 2017-08-21 08:00 / βŒ› 00:33:20


165-A Case of Mistaken Identity @

πŸ“† 2017-08-14 08:00 / βŒ› 00:31:17


164-Vigil on the Ice @

πŸ“† 2017-08-07 08:00 / βŒ› 00:33:01


163-Enslaved in the Sahara @

πŸ“† 2017-07-31 08:00 / βŒ› 00:31:56


162-John Muir and Stickeen @

πŸ“† 2017-07-17 08:00 / βŒ› 00:32:30


161-The Girl Who Fell From the Sky @

πŸ“† 2017-07-10 08:00 / βŒ› 00:30:27


160-The Birmingham Sewer Lion @

πŸ“† 2017-07-03 08:00 / βŒ› 00:32:56


159-The Mozart of Mathematics @

πŸ“† 2017-06-26 08:00 / βŒ› 00:32:29


158-The Mistress of Murder Farm @

πŸ“† 2017-06-19 08:00 / βŒ› 00:33:38


157-The Brutal History of Batavia's Graveyard @

πŸ“† 2017-06-12 08:00 / βŒ› 00:33:15


156-The Most Dedicated Soldier @

πŸ“† 2017-06-05 08:00 / βŒ› 00:34:28


155-The Giraffe Who Walked to Paris @

πŸ“† 2017-05-29 08:00 / βŒ› 00:33:14


154-Spared by a Volcano @

πŸ“† 2017-05-22 08:00 / βŒ› 00:29:38


153-A Victorian Stalker @

πŸ“† 2017-05-15 08:00 / βŒ› 00:32:21


152-Lateral Thinking Puzzles @

πŸ“† 2017-05-01 08:00 / βŒ› 00:30:10


151-Double-Crossing the Nazis @

πŸ“† 2017-04-24 08:00 / βŒ› 00:31:13


150-The Prince of Nowhere @

πŸ“† 2017-04-17 08:00 / βŒ› 00:30:21


149-The North Pond Hermit @

πŸ“† 2017-04-10 13:18 / βŒ› 00:29:30


148-The Perfect Murder @

πŸ“† 2017-04-03 13:14 / βŒ› 00:30:03


147-The Call of Mount Kenya @

πŸ“† 2017-03-27 13:42 / βŒ› 00:30:01


146-Alone in the Wilderness @

πŸ“† 2017-03-20 09:18 / βŒ› 00:30:06


145-The Pied Piper of Saipan @

πŸ“† 2017-03-13 10:43 / βŒ› 00:31:32


144-The Murder Castle @

πŸ“† 2017-03-06 10:43 / βŒ› 00:32:08


143-The Conscience Fund @

πŸ“† 2017-02-27 13:28 / βŒ› 00:32:26


142-Fingerprints and Polygraphs @

πŸ“† 2017-02-20 13:31 / βŒ› 00:30:32


141-Abducted by Indians, a Captive of Whites @

πŸ“† 2017-02-13 13:41 / βŒ› 00:32:48


140-Ramanujan @

πŸ“† 2017-02-06 13:45 / βŒ› 00:30:27


139-The Painter's Revenge @

πŸ“† 2017-01-30 13:11 / βŒ› 00:31:16


138-Life in a Cupboard @

πŸ“† 2017-01-23 08:00 / βŒ› 00:33:53


137-The Mystery of Fiona Macleod @

πŸ“† 2017-01-16 08:00 / βŒ› 00:33:46


136-The Boston Molasses Disaster @

πŸ“† 2017-01-09 08:00 / βŒ› 00:31:34


135-Lateral Thinking Puzzles @

πŸ“† 2016-12-26 08:43 / βŒ› 00:35:06


134-The Christmas Truce @

πŸ“† 2016-12-19 14:55 / βŒ› 00:30:42


133-Notes and Queries @

πŸ“† 2016-12-12 13:54 / βŒ› 00:33:01


132-The Mad Gasser of Mattoon @

πŸ“† 2016-12-05 11:25 / βŒ› 00:31:44


131-Escape From Libby Prison @

πŸ“† 2016-11-28 14:16 / βŒ› 00:30:27


130-The Unlikely Ultramarathoner @

πŸ“† 2016-11-21 13:38 / βŒ› 00:34:25


129-The Voynich Manuscript @

πŸ“† 2016-11-14 13:33 / βŒ› 00:32:52


128-The Battle for Castle Itter @

πŸ“† 2016-11-07 13:44 / βŒ› 00:30:29


127-Rowing Across the Atlantic @

πŸ“† 2016-10-24 14:20 / βŒ› 00:35:29


126-The Great Australian Poetry Hoax @

πŸ“† 2016-10-17 13:54 / βŒ› 00:31:45


125-The Campden Wonder @

πŸ“† 2016-10-10 14:17 / βŒ› 00:34:01


124-D.B. Cooper @

πŸ“† 2016-10-03 14:07 / βŒ› 00:33:20


123-Washington D.C.'s Hidden Tunnels @

πŸ“† 2016-09-26 14:12 / βŒ› 00:31:57


122-The Bear Who Went to War @

πŸ“† 2016-09-19 13:54 / βŒ› 00:30:40


121-Starving for Science @

πŸ“† 2016-09-12 13:48 / βŒ› 00:31:13


120-The Barnes Mystery @

πŸ“† 2016-09-05 13:54 / βŒ› 00:30:19


119-Lost in the Taiga @

πŸ“† 2016-08-29 14:22 / βŒ› 00:33:49


118-The Restless Corpse of Elmer McCurdy @

πŸ“† 2016-08-22 08:19 / βŒ› 00:30:12


117-The Road to En-dor @

πŸ“† 2016-08-15 13:58 / βŒ› 00:33:04


116-Notes and Queries @

πŸ“† 2016-08-08 14:10 / βŒ› 00:31:10


115-Gettysburg's Unknown Soldier @

πŸ“† 2016-07-25 12:49 / βŒ› 00:30:58


114-The Desperation of Donald Crowhurst @

πŸ“† 2016-07-18 13:08 / βŒ› 00:36:32


113-The Battle Over Mother's Day @

πŸ“† 2016-07-11 13:13 / βŒ› 00:31:08


112-The Disappearance of Michael Rockefeller @

πŸ“† 2016-07-04 14:01 / βŒ› 00:34:22


111-Japanese Fire Balloons @

πŸ“† 2016-06-27 13:28 / βŒ› 00:32:22


110-The Brooklyn Chameleon @

πŸ“† 2016-06-20 13:58 / βŒ› 00:31:51


109-Trapped in a Cave @

πŸ“† 2016-06-13 01:10 / βŒ› 00:31:13


108-The Greenwich Time Lady @

πŸ“† 2016-06-06 13:32 / βŒ› 00:33:44


107-Arthur Nash and the Golden Rule @

πŸ“† 2016-05-30 00:00 / βŒ› 00:29:38


106-The Popgun War @

πŸ“† 2016-05-23 13:55 / βŒ› 00:31:49


105-Surviving on Seawater @

πŸ“† 2016-05-09 00:36 / βŒ› 00:34:05


104-The Harvey's Casino Bombing @

πŸ“† 2016-05-02 06:22 / βŒ› 00:32:34


103-Legislating Pi @

πŸ“† 2016-04-25 00:30 / βŒ› 00:33:31


102-The Bunion Derby @

πŸ“† 2016-04-18 13:48 / βŒ› 00:34:12


101-Jerome @

πŸ“† 2016-04-11 12:40 / βŒ› 00:30:35


100-Lateral Thinking Puzzles @

πŸ“† 2016-04-04 13:43 / βŒ› 00:36:47


099-Notes and Queries @

πŸ“† 2016-03-28 14:05 / βŒ› 00:33:51


098-The St. Albans Raid @

πŸ“† 2016-03-21 09:29 / βŒ› 00:32:18


097-The Villisca Ax Murders @

πŸ“† 2016-03-14 13:02 / βŒ› 00:31:07


096-The Abduction of Edgardo Mortara @

πŸ“† 2016-03-07 14:40 / βŒ› 00:32:11


095-A New Day at Charleston @

πŸ“† 2016-02-29 14:22 / βŒ› 00:30:20


094-The Living Unknown Soldier @

πŸ“† 2016-02-22 13:28 / βŒ› 00:33:34


093-The Old Flying Days @

πŸ“† 2016-02-08 13:15 / βŒ› 00:33:02


092-The Forgotten Amendment @

πŸ“† 2016-02-01 13:41 / βŒ› 00:29:42


091-The Voyage of the Damned @

πŸ“† 2016-01-25 07:38 / βŒ› 00:34:52


090-The Candy Bar War @

πŸ“† 2016-01-18 14:16 / βŒ› 00:31:30


089-An African From Baltimore @

πŸ“† 2016-01-11 14:08 / βŒ› 00:31:32


088-Mrs. Wilkinson and the Lyrebird @

πŸ“† 2016-01-04 14:15 / βŒ› 00:32:26


087-A Sleuthing Cabbie, Edward VI's Homework, and a Self-Aware Crow @

πŸ“† 2015-12-28 13:48 / βŒ› 00:31:59


086-Lateral Thinking Puzzles @

πŸ“† 2015-12-21 14:10 / βŒ› 00:30:00


085-Raising Chicago @

πŸ“† 2015-12-14 13:28 / βŒ› 00:34:18


084-The Man Who Never Was @

πŸ“† 2015-12-07 14:08 / βŒ› 00:34:08


083-Nuclear Close Calls @

πŸ“† 2015-11-30 13:29 / βŒ› 00:36:39


082-Stealing Abe Lincoln @

πŸ“† 2015-11-23 13:20 / βŒ› 00:34:00


081-The Typhus Hoax @

πŸ“† 2015-11-16 00:50 / βŒ› 00:32:33


080-'Black Like Me': Race Realities Under Jim Crow @

πŸ“† 2015-11-02 14:37 / βŒ› 00:34:26


079-One Square Inch of the Yukon @

πŸ“† 2015-10-25 23:00 / βŒ› 00:34:49


078-Snowshoe Thompson @

πŸ“† 2015-10-19 14:34 / βŒ› 00:37:57


077-The Sourdough Expedition @

πŸ“† 2015-10-12 12:54 / βŒ› 00:33:24


076-Get Out of Jail Free @

πŸ“† 2015-10-05 02:01 / βŒ› 00:30:44


075-The Sea Devil @

πŸ“† 2015-09-28 12:31 / βŒ› 00:35:52


074-Charley Parkhurst's Secret @

πŸ“† 2015-09-21 11:08 / βŒ› 00:34:01


073-The Tichborne Claimant @

πŸ“† 2015-09-14 11:43 / βŒ› 00:34:52


072-The Strange Misadventures of Famous Corpses @

πŸ“† 2015-09-07 14:47 / βŒ› 00:35:12


071-Godless in Missouri @

πŸ“† 2015-08-31 13:53 / βŒ› 00:33:36


070-Sunk by a Whale @

πŸ“† 2015-08-24 12:49 / βŒ› 00:33:56


069-Lateral Thinking Puzzles @

πŸ“† 2015-08-10 13:18 / βŒ› 00:32:53


068-The Niihau Incident @

πŸ“† 2015-08-03 00:55 / βŒ› 00:38:49


067-Composing Beyond the Grave @

πŸ“† 2015-07-27 14:16 / βŒ› 00:30:57


066-Eighteen Holes in Vietnam @

πŸ“† 2015-07-20 13:54 / βŒ› 00:31:58


065-The Merchant Prince of Cornville @

πŸ“† 2015-07-13 14:53 / βŒ› 00:33:20


064-Murder at the Priory @

πŸ“† 2015-07-06 13:51 / βŒ› 00:32:36


063-The Rainmaker @

πŸ“† 2015-06-29 00:47 / βŒ› 00:32:57


062-Marconi Catches a Murderer @

πŸ“† 2015-06-22 00:26 / βŒ› 00:29:48


061-The Strange Custom of Garden Hermits @

πŸ“† 2015-06-14 23:53 / βŒ› 00:34:14


060-The Day They Hanged an Elephant @

πŸ“† 2015-06-01 14:25 / βŒ› 00:33:31


059-The Wizard of Mauritius @

πŸ“† 2015-05-24 21:40 / βŒ› 00:33:51


058-English as She Is Spoke @

πŸ“† 2015-05-18 13:57 / βŒ› 00:30:52


057-Jules Verne's Lost Novel @

πŸ“† 2015-05-11 11:56 / βŒ› 00:35:36


056-Lateral Thinking Puzzles @

πŸ“† 2015-05-04 12:14 / βŒ› 00:38:16


055-The Dyatlov Pass Incident @

πŸ“† 2015-04-27 00:53 / βŒ› 00:31:46


054-Escape From Stalag Luft III @

πŸ“† 2015-04-20 14:08 / βŒ› 00:36:04


053-The Lost Colony @

πŸ“† 2015-04-13 12:24 / βŒ› 00:31:44


052-Moving Day in New York @

πŸ“† 2015-04-06 14:06 / βŒ› 00:29:15


051-Poet DoppelgΓ€ngers @

πŸ“† 2015-03-30 01:39 / βŒ› 00:32:46


050-The Great Tea Race @

πŸ“† 2015-03-23 14:54 / βŒ› 00:34:38


049-Can a Kitten Climb the Matterhorn? @

πŸ“† 2015-03-16 12:56 / βŒ› 00:34:06


048-The Shark Arm Affair @

πŸ“† 2015-03-09 09:06 / βŒ› 00:33:22


047-The Scariest Travel Books Ever Written @

πŸ“† 2015-02-22 22:20 / βŒ› 00:35:01


046-The 1925 Serum Run to Nome @

πŸ“† 2015-02-16 14:27 / βŒ› 00:34:06


045-Crossing Africa for Love @

πŸ“† 2015-02-08 23:43 / βŒ› 00:30:48


044-Ballooning to the North Pole @

πŸ“† 2015-02-02 00:08 / βŒ› 00:32:03


043-Ben Franklin's Guide to Living @

πŸ“† 2015-01-26 00:52 / βŒ› 00:34:46


042-The Balmis Expedition: Using Orphans to Combat Smallpox @

πŸ“† 2015-01-19 16:00 / βŒ› 00:33:24


041-The Tragic Tale of the Lady Be Good @

πŸ“† 2015-01-12 15:02 / βŒ› 00:31:33


040-The Mary Celeste: A Great Sea Mystery @

πŸ“† 2015-01-05 13:24 / βŒ› 00:38:21


039-Lateral Thinking Puzzles @

πŸ“† 2014-12-22 15:28 / βŒ› 00:30:35


038-The Thunder Stone @

πŸ“† 2014-12-15 00:40 / βŒ› 00:30:23


037-Edgar Allan Poe's Graveyard Visitor @

πŸ“† 2014-12-08 16:23 / βŒ› 00:32:44


036-The Great Moon Hoax @

πŸ“† 2014-12-01 15:19 / βŒ› 00:34:15


035-Lateral Thinking Puzzles @

πŸ“† 2014-11-24 14:34 / βŒ› 00:25:53


034-Spring-Heeled Jack -- A Victorian Supervillain @

πŸ“† 2014-11-17 14:38 / βŒ› 00:37:20


033-Death and Robert Todd Lincoln @

πŸ“† 2014-11-10 13:55 / βŒ› 00:35:55


032-The Wow! Signal @

πŸ“† 2014-11-03 12:44 / βŒ› 00:33:03


031-Pigs on Trial @

πŸ“† 2014-10-27 13:18 / βŒ› 00:30:35


030-The Oak Island Money Pit @

πŸ“† 2014-10-20 09:03 / βŒ› 00:33:24


029-The Mystery of Kaspar Hauser @

πŸ“† 2014-10-06 15:17 / βŒ› 00:37:06


028-The Real-Life Sherlock Holmes @

πŸ“† 2014-09-29 14:59 / βŒ› 00:32:17


027-The Man Who Volunteered for Auschwitz @

πŸ“† 2014-09-22 14:37 / βŒ› 00:33:32


026-A Practical Joke on a Grand Scale @

πŸ“† 2014-09-15 14:13 / βŒ› 00:32:44


025-An Australian Enigma @

πŸ“† 2014-09-08 14:19 / βŒ› 00:29:31


024-The World's Worst Poet @

πŸ“† 2014-09-01 14:43 / βŒ› 00:30:01


023-A Victorian Poisoning Mystery @

πŸ“† 2014-08-25 11:05 / βŒ› 00:33:41


022-The Devil's Hoofmarks @

πŸ“† 2014-08-18 14:19 / βŒ› 00:35:45


021-A Gallant German Fighter Ace @

πŸ“† 2014-08-04 13:43 / βŒ› 00:32:48


020-Life Imitates Science Fiction @

πŸ“† 2014-07-28 15:53 / βŒ› 00:37:41


019-Testing the Post Office @

πŸ“† 2014-07-21 15:05 / βŒ› 00:34:30


018-The Mystery of the Disappearing Airmen @

πŸ“† 2014-07-14 14:14 / βŒ› 00:31:58


017-An Aircraft Carrier Made of Ice @

πŸ“† 2014-07-07 08:46 / βŒ› 00:30:34


016-A Very Popular Sack of Flour @

πŸ“† 2014-06-30 15:01 / βŒ› 00:29:15


015-The The Flannan Isles Mystery @

πŸ“† 2014-06-23 15:14 / βŒ› 00:32:01


014-The Unsinkable Violet Jessop @

πŸ“† 2014-06-16 14:42 / βŒ› 00:31:59


013-An Ingenious Escape From Slavery @

πŸ“† 2014-06-09 16:05 / βŒ› 00:35:50


012-The Great Race, Grace Kelly's Tomahawk, and Dreadful Penmanship @

πŸ“† 2014-06-02 15:10 / βŒ› 00:29:10


011-A Woolf in Sheikh's Clothing @

πŸ“† 2014-05-26 15:34 / βŒ› 00:33:14


010-A Baboon Soldier, Lighthouse Rescues, and a Parliament of Owls @

πŸ“† 2014-05-19 16:05 / βŒ› 00:34:23


009-The Monkey Signalman, Racetrack ESP, and Toxic Dumps @

πŸ“† 2014-05-12 13:55 / βŒ› 00:34:08


008-Owney the Mail Dog, Candy Bombers, and Bertrand Russell @

πŸ“† 2014-05-05 12:10 / βŒ› 00:33:00


007-Louisiana Hippos, Imaginary Epidemics, and Charles Lindbergh @

πŸ“† 2014-04-28 18:22 / βŒ› 00:29:33


006-Texas Camels, Zebra Stripes, and an Immortal Piano @

πŸ“† 2014-04-21 18:23 / βŒ› 00:33:06


005-Mailing People, Alien Shorthand, and Benjamin Franklin @

πŸ“† 2014-04-14 17:32 / βŒ› 00:32:00


004-Mystery Airships, Marauding Lions, and Nancy Drew @

πŸ“† 2014-04-07 18:49 / βŒ› 00:35:05


003-Extreme Pedestrians, Kangaroo Stew, and Samuel Taylor Coleridge @

πŸ“† 2014-03-31 18:46 / βŒ› 00:34:46


002-Mass Hysteria, Airborne Sheepdogs and Mark Twain's Brother @

πŸ“† 2014-03-24 13:14 / βŒ› 00:28:42


001-Calendar Reform, Doll Mansions, and Hitchcock's Vertigo @

πŸ“† 2014-03-14 14:57 / βŒ› 00:30:49