Escape from Colditz

Built in 1046, Colditz Castle was used as a lookout post, a home for royalty, a zoo, and in World War II… a POW camp. During its use as a prison, the castle (known then as Oflag IV-C) saw thousands of prisoners, but beyond that it saw dozens of escape attempts. Around 30 of these attempts […]

Regarding Mac and Cheese Part 2

Read/hear part one here. Listen to this article: In the late 1930s, a salesman for the Tenderoni Macaroni company began selling boxes of macaroni with packets of processed, grated cheese from Kraft. Kraft heard about it and began selling boxes of macaroni and cheese in 1937. Using chemistry, Kraft had created shelf-stable cheese that was also […]

Nuclear Test… Noticed

Listen to this article: While researching the Cold War for the latest episode of Rarities, a question came to mind… With nuclear weapons being so cataclysmic, were early tests noticed by civilians? The answer is not only yes, but also that the radiation was measured and recorded by some. Such was the case with the […]

Starving Souls: How the US studied malnutrition.

There has only been one comprehensive study on the effects of starvation on human beings. An experiment by Dr. Ancel Keys, which remains the sole source of information on the subject to this day. And for good reason: it has become illegal to starve your subjects, even if they volunteer.