The Ancient and Esoteric Order of the Jackalope

The Ancient and Esoteric Order of the Jackalope

"Series 1"

Series 1 of the Ancient and Esoteric Order of the Jackalope podcast ran from August 12, 2019 to October 21, 2019 and featured episodes from #7 and #13 on such diverse topics as the legend of the jackalope; forgotten wars and war heroes; the ugliest men in baseball and movies; and the time modern art itself went on trial.

Bird in Space

The Brouhaha

when abstract art when on trial

Is Constantin Brâncuși's "Bird in Space" a masterpiece, or just a hunk of polished bronze? Incredibly, this turned out to be a question for the courts!

Rondo Hatton

Monster without a Mask

the life and times of Rondo Hatton (1894-1946)

They called the Glutton of Glands, the Monster without Makeup, the Brute, the Creeper. You can call him anything you want, but his friends called him Rondo.

Zanzibar Town

Microaggression

victory in :30 or less, or your war is free

What happens when a tiny country tries to fight out of its weight class? Well, it might just be the shortest war in history...

Johnny Dickshot

The Ugliest Man in Baseball

big, rugged, and in his way, beautiful

He may have had the best worst nickname in baseball, but "Ugly" Johnny Dickshot was more than just a pretty face. He was also a character.

Charles Vernon Gridley

He Fired When Ready

the Spanish-American war's forgotten hero

He was one of the most celebrated war heroes of his day, and almost totally forgotten today. We explore the life of Charles Vernon Gridley (1844-1898).

jackalope

The Jackalope

lopegigrus lepusalopus ineptus

Douglas Herrick invented the jackalope in 1932 by "enhancing" a mounted rabbit with a set of deer antlers. It's a nice story, but is it true?