A Notorious Trading Card Revealed More Of C3PO Than Star Wars Fans Were Ever Supposed To See (Cruel Weird Awful 13)

It's our season finale, so we have our most horrific story yet: the time a scandalous Star Wars trading card helped C3PO live up to the nickname "Goldenrod" in the worst way.

By |2023-09-03T21:52:14-04:00August 26, 2023|Categories: Cruel Weird Awful, Podcasts|Tags: , , |

The Toronto Circus Riot Started Because Clowns Fought Firefighters At A Brothel (Cruel Weird Awful 12)

July 13, 1855 is the date of the Toronto Circus Riot, an event which sounds baffling and bizarre from the name alone, but the details are even weirder.

By |2023-10-30T06:46:39-04:00August 19, 2023|Categories: Cruel Weird Awful, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , |

An Ad In The 70s Had Awful Advice For Bowlers: “Beat Your Wife Tonight” (Cruel Weird Awful 11)

In the 1970s some people in the bowling industry thought they’d come up with a clever way to get more people to the lanes, but they chose poorly when it came to the words.

By |2023-08-12T09:35:56-04:00August 12, 2023|Categories: Cruel Weird Awful, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , |

On Live TV, The Show Must Go On, Even If A Cast Member Collapses And Dies (Cruel Weird Awful 10)

Live broadcasting is a place where a lot can go wrong. Like a 1950s broadcast in the UK in which a key actor in a live drama had a fatal heart attack mid-show.

By |2023-08-05T09:03:11-04:00August 5, 2023|Categories: Cruel Weird Awful, Podcasts|Tags: , , , |

When The U.S. And North Korea Teamed Up To Fight Pirates (Cruel Weird Awful 9)

The U.S. and North Korea aren't exactly chummy, and yet once, in 2007, the U.S. Navy came to the aid of a North Korean ship that had been taken over by pirates in Somalia - and Pyongyang publicly thanked the Americans for their help!

By |2023-07-29T12:00:11-04:00July 29, 2023|Categories: Cruel Weird Awful, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , |

Among Other “Pranks,” Black Sabbath Once Set Their Drummer On Fire (Cruel Weird Awful 8)

Rock bands are known for excess. Just ask Bill Ward, who, while drumming for Black Sabbath, got set on fire, poisoned (repeatedly) and knocked off the side of a hill. Because pranks.

By |2023-07-23T12:43:49-04:00July 22, 2023|Categories: Cruel Weird Awful, Podcasts|Tags: , , |

Getting A Thousand Bucks In Oily Pennies In Your Driveway Is One Way To Wrap Up A Job (Cruel Weird Awful 7)

Leaving a job usually means wrapping things up with your soon to be ex-employer including getting a final paycheck. But here’s the story of a guy who got a pretty unpleasant sendoff. 

By |2023-07-15T15:10:07-04:00July 15, 2023|Categories: Cruel Weird Awful, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , , |

Mary Toft, The Woman Who Said She Gave Birth To Rabbits (Cruel Weird Awful 6)

Here's a story that brought out the worst in everybody: it's the story of Mary Toft, the so-called Rabbit Queen of 18th Century England who claimed she had given birth to countless numbers of rabbits and other wild creatures.

By |2023-07-08T08:46:00-04:00July 8, 2023|Categories: Cruel Weird Awful, Podcasts|Tags: , , , |

There Was A John Wilkes Booth “Mummy” That Toured The US (Cruel Weird Awful 5)

Because nothing big can happen without a conspiracy theory surrounding it, in the early 1900s a guy toured the US with a preserved body that he claimed was John Wilkes Booth, the assassin of Abraham Lincoln

By |2023-07-01T10:22:42-04:00July 1, 2023|Categories: Cruel Weird Awful, Podcasts|Tags: , , , |

When Two Frenchmen Apparently Fought A Duel In Hot Air Balloons (Cruel Weird Awful 4)

It's been called “the most ridiculous duel in history": two guys in France apparently decided to duel while they were flying hot air balloons.

By |2023-06-24T13:54:26-04:00June 24, 2023|Categories: Cruel Weird Awful, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , , |
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