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Dirt Nap City is the podcast about interesting dead people. In each episode, Alex and Kelly dive into the life of a famous person that you have probably heard of, but probably don't know much about. Our stories are about actors, entrepreneurs, politicians, musicians, inventors, and more! The show is funny and light hearted, but also informative and educational. You will definitely learn something new and probably have some laughs along the way. Everyone will eventually move to Dirt Nap City, ...
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Do you remember going to recess at school, running around, getting hot and thirsty, and then lining up to get a drink at your school's water fountain? If not, then you missed out on something really special. Water fountains were common and used frequently not too long ago. But did you know that they originated as the primary source of clean water f…
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Reformer or dictator? Napoleon Bonaparte was one of the greatest military strategists of all time and served as not only the leader of France, but the Emperor of the French Empire. During the late 1700's and early 1800's, France was a formidable military power and ruled a very large part of the European continent and beyond - mostly because of Napo…
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Everyone loves shoes that fit just right. But did you know that not too long ago, people loved them enough to risk their health for perfectly fitting shoes? In this episode, we take a look at the X-Ray Shoe Fitter, also known as the Foot-O-Scope was a popular device used at shoe stores in the 1930's, 1940's and even 1950's to show people a real tim…
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In today's world, Tesla is often associated with Elon Musk's electric car company. But the original Tesla was a brilliant man born in 1856 in Croatia. Nikola Tesla lived at the dawn of electricity and sometimes butted heads with other great minds of his time like Thomas Edison and George Westinghouse. But did you know that this brilliant scientist …
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If you are over 40 years old, you probably remember going to the "All You Can Eat Buffet" with your family or friends. It was an amazing display of food and it was all for one low price! But this style of low cost gluttony has fallen out of favor in recent years - both because the food was generally not healthy and the business model was unattainab…
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Beyond the shamrock lies a story of adventure, faith, and cultural transformation. Join us as we peel back the layers on St. Patrick, the man behind the legend. Was he a snake-banishing miracle worker or a shrewd political operator? How did he come to represent the country in which he was enslaved as a young man? Whether you are here for the histor…
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There's nothing more 1970's than the mustache, the Camaro, and the waterbed. If you grew up in the 1970's or 1980's, you probably knew someone with at least on those things. In this episode, we take a look at the origin of the waterbed, it's rise in popularity, and what eventually killed it. Yes, you can still get a waterbed today - but if you real…
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One of the greatest industrialists of the 20th century, Howard Hughes was a man who built his own fame and fortune on the shoulders of his father's company. Yet while his father had been in the oil drilling business, Howard Hughes Jr had ambitions in much sexier industries - Hollywood movies, aviation, real estate, mining, casinos, and even a Houst…
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Just to be clear - we are not saying that litter is completely a thing of the past, because unfortunately, it still exists today. However, we do believe that awareness about NOT littering has gone way up with the help of some clever campaigns that really began in the 1970's and 1980's. This episode of Dirt Nap City Dead Ends looks at the way people…
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When it comes to the kings of movie reviews, no one comes close to Siskel and Ebert. The duo brought movie reviews to the masses with their syndicated television shows and "thumbs up" or "thumbs down" rating system. But despite their success and popularity, they were not really great friends - in fact, they often berated one another during their re…
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If you are over the age of 20, you probably remember when CD-ROMs were how you stored all the data you ever needed from your computer. They were somewhat durable, relatively small, and held a decent amount of data for the time. And they were everywhere - you even got them free in the mail from some companies! If you ever listened to music on a comp…
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Bob Marley is considered one of the greatest musical pioneers ever. He uniquely blended elements of reggae, ska, and rocksteady, and had a very distinct vocal and songwriting style. His father was an officer in the British Royal Navy and his mother was from a farm on Jamaica. He was raised in the Trench Town area of Jamaica and grew up around other…
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Did you ever drop your film off to be developed at a Fotomat? In this episode of Dirt Nap City Dead Ends, Alex and Kelly take a nostalgic look at those tiny kiosks that populated over 4,000 parking lots in their heyday. When film was king, Fotomat was the titan of developing it. And if you keep your eyes out today, you might still see a Fotomat kio…
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Despite the name, Hanna Barbera was not the name of a character on a 1990's Disney show, nor was it a female wrestler from the 1920's - in fact Hanna-Barbera is the name of the company founded by two cartoonists, Bill Hanna and Joe Barbera, who made many of the cartoons that Americans grew up on in the 1960's, 70's and 80's. Scooby Doo? Yes. The Fl…
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We recently had the opportunity to collaborate with Katie and Deborah from the podcast "It's My Screen Time Too" about the movie WONKA. Find out if Alex & Kelly enjoyed the movie and if it's worth going to see with your family by listening to this promo and then then listening to the episode of "It's My Screen Time Too" on Spotify or Apple Podcasts…
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Season's Greetings from Dirt Nap City. If you are looking for the perfect gift to give your loved ones this year, we have you covered. For a limited time we are not only offering Dirt Nap City stickers, but we are also offering to come to your event (wedding, bar mitzvah, birthday party, funeral, etc.) and record our podcast live in front of your a…
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Happy Saint Nicholas Day! We are excited to share the story of Saint Nicholas with you today. Of course, Saint Nicholas eventually went on to become the person we know as Santa Clause. But what's the real story of this saint who lived from 270 - 343 AD? Was he fat and jolly? Well, actually he was not. He was a very fiery and fierce defender of earl…
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Merv Griffin began singing on radio at age 19 and went on to become one of the biggest names in entertainment on American television. He appeared on Broadway, he was a big band singer, and he hosted his own talk show from 1965 to 1986. Today he is probably remember best for creating two of the biggest game shows on television - Jeopardy! and Wheel …
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At the peak of her fame, Julia Child was one of the most famous television celebrities in the United States. She was the first cooking show super star, but she didn't learn to appreciate cuisine until later in life when she volunteered for the war effort during World War II. She met her husband Paul when she was in Sri Lanka and he really taught he…
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Last time we explored the elements that make up what we call "rock and roll". This week we listen to specific types of music and decide if they qualify as rock and roll or not. It's a deep question, but with all the rock stars in Dirt Nap City, we feel especially qualified to say if rock and roll is dead or not. Do you wanna rock? Then definitely c…
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After a visit to the Rock and Roll hall of fame earlier this year, Alex and Kelly found themselves wondering if today's rock and roll is the same type of music that they grew up listening to...and the answer is definitely "no, it's not." But just because rock and roll is changing and evolving, does that mean that it is dead? In this episode, we exp…
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Women's athletics has changed greatly since the early 20th century. But one fact remains - Babe Didrikson Zaharias was one of the greatest female athletes of all times. She dominated many almost every sport that she participated in - from sprinting, to hurdles, to javelin, to baseball, to tennis, to golf, and she was even a champion seamstress! Bab…
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Satchel Paige was a ground breaking pitcher with one of the longest careers in the history of professional baseball. He was one of the most gifted pitchers in baseball history. He could throw a fastball that was clocked at over 100 miles per hour, and he had a mastery of the knuckleball that was unmatched. But for many years Paige was unable to pla…
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P. T. Barnum was an American showman, businessman and politician remembered for promoting celebrated hoaxes (also called "humbugs") and founding the Barnum & Bailey Circus. He was also an author, publisher, politician, and philanthropist. While controversial by today's standards, much of what he did was ground-breaking in terms of promotion and pub…
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When it comes to titans of industry, it is difficult to imagine someone more influential than John D Rockefeller. At one point he was the richest man in the world and held almost 3% of the American GDP. From a humble beginning, John was a hard worker who happened to be in the right place when oil was discovered in western Pennsylvania. His company,…
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Howard Cosell was a major figure on television in the middle of the twentieth century, but he was not necessarily well loved by his fans. Many found him arrogant and condescending. In this episode we take a look at the sports legend who "never played the game". From his time as a small time radio broadcaster to becoming the face of the ABC televisi…
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Love him or hate him, Jerry Springer is definitely one of the most interesting recent residents of Dirt Nap City. Jerry Springer is a former politician and lawyer who became famous for hosting the tabloid talk show The Jerry Springer Show from 1991 to 2018. The show was known for its outrageous and often controversial content, which often featured …
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Ray Kroc was an American businessman who purchased the fast food company McDonald's in 1961 from the McDonald brothers and was its CEO from 1967 to 1973. Kroc is credited with the global expansion of McDonald's, turning it into the most successful fast food corporation in the world by revenue. In this episode, Alex and Kelly explore Kroc and McDona…
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Betsy Ross is considered the mother of the American flag - the symbol of the United States. But did she really sew the American flag? In this episode we look at the woman who became a symbol of the American revolution and what actually happened during her life. We also talk about whether it's important to always be factually correct about historica…
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Walt Disney is a symbol of entertainment in America. From his early days of cell animation to his vision for the "city of tomorrow", Walt Disney always dreamed big. But is the vision of Disney today what Walt would have imagined or wanted? In this episode, Alex and Kelly take a look at the life of one of the most famous entertainers in the world an…
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If you think Henry VIII was a violent man who killed thousands and beheaded his wives, you would be right. But did you know that Henry VIII was was also a patron of the arts, had a talent for music, was an accomplished horseman and actually loved many people during his life? Just like many residents of Dirt Nap City, Henry VIII was a complicated ma…
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Joseph Pilates developed a regiment he called “Contrology”, which later became known as "Pilates". This method had influences of: greek calisthenics, gymnastics, swimming, martial arts, yoga and diving. He was a sickly child and found that this form of exercise helped him greatly and he dedicated his life to helping others learn this method as well…
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Mother Teresa was a woman who helped other people throughout her life. Upon her death she was declared a saint and her life and deeds live up to that title. But did you know that she moved to Ireland in order to learn English? Or that she performed miracles beyond the grave? Mother Teresa is often synonymous with virtue, kindness and giving - and t…
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Thomas Alva Edison was one of the greatest inventors and entrepreneurs of the late 1800's and early 1900's. He was driven by a passion for discover and invention and invented many things that we still use today. But did you know that, despite inventing the phonograph, he became mostly deaf at the age of 12? And did you know that many of his over on…
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One of the best selling books of all time is Baby And Child Care by Dr. Benjamin Spock. The book was first published in 1946 and has been updated and republished with new editions until recently. This book was considered the ultimate guide to raising children by the parents of the baby boomers, the baby boomers themselves, generation X and continue…
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Albert Einstein is considered one of the greatest minds of all time. But he was more than just a master of science. He was an activist, a musician and most importantly, a free thinker. He also divorced his first wife to marry his first cousin! So to say that he was a normal guy would be very misguided. In this episode Kelly and Alex explore the lif…
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Who could have predicted that one day there would be a podcast that talks about Nostradamus? Well, Nostradamus probably could have predicted it...or could he? In this episode Alex and Kelly explore the life and times of the French prophet Nostradamus. Who he was. How he came to make predictions. And why those predictions still seem relevant hundred…
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Sir Ernest Shackleton was an explorer from a time when there were many unexplored places on our great planet. He was also a different kind of leader for the time and was not only known for his adventures but also his unusual leadership style. He was the type of man who kept his word and ensured the safety and happiness of the men he lead on his exp…
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Dirt Nap City is the place where everyone, no matter who you are, will eventually go to live. And because of that fact, there are many interesting characters and stories in Dirt Nap City! From Colonel Sanders to Eleanor Roosevelt to Evel Knievel to Saint Valentine, the list goes on and on! Dirt Nap City is also the podcast about interesting dead pe…
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For many people, Valentine's day is a day of love and candy, but who was the actual Saint Valentine? And why do we celebrate his holiday the way we do? In this episode, Alex and Kelly dive deep into the myths and facts about Saint Valentine, discussing who he was, what was happening in the world when he lived, the idea of "courtly love", and which …
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Jim Henson captured the imagination of the world with his innovative cross between marionettes and puppets, which he called "muppets". From Kermit the Frog, to Miss Piggy, to the rock star drummer Animal, the Muppets became part of American culture. But who was the man behind the Muppets? Did you know that Jim Henson was involved in many other prog…
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It has long been a tradition to yell "Geronimo!" when jumping from an airplane or just about any other high place. But who was Geronimo? What tribe did he belong to? Was he actually a chief? Why did he become famous? Were his bones stolen from his grave in Oklahoma? In this episode of Dirt Nap City, Alex and Kelly cover those questions and many mor…
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Theodor Seuss Geisel was known by the pen name "Dr Seuss" because he was caught drinking gin during prohibition and was forced to write under a pseudonym in college. He was also an early "ad man" creating advertisements for major US oil companies, sugar makers and television networks. To say that Dr Seuss was an interesting citizen of Dirt Nap City…
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In the early 20th century, Italian food in the USA was unusual and considered exotic. But when Ettore Boiardi came to the USA and opened his first restaurant in Cleveland, Ohio, everything changed! Ettore Boiardi became known as Chef Boyardee and changed the way that Americans cooked meals forever! He catered the wedding of an American president an…
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Anna Eleanor Roosevelt was the longest-serving First Lady throughout her husband President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s four terms in office (1933-1945). She was an American politician, diplomat, and activist who later served as a United Nations spokeswoman. But she was not without her detractors. After a traumatic childhood, she married her 5th cousin …
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The Pilgrims, also known as the Pilgrim Fathers, were English settlers who came to North America on the Mayflower and established the Plymouth Colony in what is today Plymouth, Massachusetts. They were part of a religious congregations of Brownists, or Separatist Puritans, who had fled religious persecution in England. But did you know that these p…
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Fred Rogers (AKA Mister Rogers) was a staple of American children's television for many decades. But he was also a musician, minister and mentor. In this episode of Dirt Nap City we take a look at the life and accomplishments of Mr. Rogers from the perspective of two people who watched and loved him as children. We explore whether he was really the…
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Robert Craig "Evel" Knievel was a legend who attempted more than 75 ramp to ramp motorcycle jumps over the course of his career as a stunt man and entertainer. But who was Evel Knievel really? If you grew up in the 1970's, 1980's or even 1990's he was probably someone you saw on television or heard about from friends. But even if you are younger, y…
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Harry Houdini was a man that many said was ahead of his time. In addition to being the most famous magician of his time, he was also an entrepreneur, and actor, and one of the world's first private pilots. In this episode of Dirt Nap City, Kelly and Alex explore who Harry Houdini was, where he came from, how he died, and the ways that he changed th…
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Colonel Sanders is an American icon. He was the "chicken man" way before Gus Fring brought us Pollos Hermanos. But there is so much about Colonel Sanders that we don't know. For example, did you know that he was not actually a real colonel? Or did you know that he was involved in a dual that resulted in an innocent man's death? And did you know tha…
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