The Ancient and Esoteric Order of the Jackalope

"History"

What strange and unusual stories lurk in our mysterious past? The Ancient and Esoteric Order of the Jackalope is here to plumb the depths of history and bring the most interesting stories straight to your ears!

historical marker for New Sweden in Essington Twp., PA

Governor Printz Park

On a cold early March morning, #13 and #23 took a field trip to the former site of Fort Gothenberg, which is now a public park.

The Kalmar Nyckel

Nya Sverige

What if you started a colony and nobody came?

What would happen if you started a colony in the New World and then just kind of forgot about it for a few decades?

a Currier and Ives print of the 1844 Peacemaker explosion

Peacemaker

tear your world apart once the magic starts

This week we've got all the hot Peacemaker spoilers you've been craving! Assuming you don't mean the John Cena show.

The Battle of Wyoming

The War Between the States

the history of the Yankee-Pennamite Wars (1768-1813)

Did you know that Connecticut and Pennsylvania went to war multiple times over the area that's now scranton? Learn all about the Yankee-Pennamite Wars!

Hugo Gernsback's personal device for electrocuting sharks

Scarlet Billows

when the shark bites with its teeth, dear

In July 1916, the New Jersey coast was rocked by the deadliest string of shark attacks in US history. Here's the whole bloody story.

Soviet propaganda poster promoting collectivization

Moron or Madman? Addenda

duped by Mendelist-Morganists

We thought our episode on Trofim Lysenko was too focused on the what and when rather than the how and why. This bonus episode should clear things up.

The Great Stalin Plan for the Transformation of Nature

Moron or Madman?

in which science is subordinated to politics

Trofim D. Lysenko (1898-1976) set back the study of biology in the Soviet Union for two generations -- but the lessons you should learn from his story are not the one scientists and philosophers have pushed.

Miriam A. Ferguson (left) and Nellie Tayloe Ross (right)

Run the World

who really deserves the title of "America's first woman governor?"

Both Texas and Wyoming lay claim to America's first woman governor. But who really deserves the honor?

Simon Girty chewing gum card

He Whooped to See Them Burn

Simon Girty (1741-1818) -- renegade and traitor, or man of principle?

Was "white savage" Simon Girty (1741-1818) a renegade and traitor, or a man of principle? We reexamine his history and try to figure out what made him tick.