Cutting Class



Remember being bored in your high school history classroom? Remember memorizing useless fact after fact? Today's education system crams history standards into a booked curriculum to the point of absurdity. It's all usually pretty important stuff but important isn't the same thing as interesting. Because of the way schools are run, we have almost no time for the truly hilarious and engaging stories of the past. Let Jess and Joe, two high school teachers, introduce you to some of the outstanding stories of the past you never got to learn in the classroom and maybe you'll enjoy it this time around.


  • 153- George Washington is dead!

    08/09/2021 Duração: 30min

    Joe dives into the abrupt and unexpected death of America’s first president on today’s show. You may have heard a little about the blood letting or even the enemas. But what killed George Washington? Today we look at long held mystery of America’s first presidential death. Sources – 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 … 153- George Washington is dead!Read More »

  • 152 – The Bly Balloon Incident

    25/08/2021 Duração: 39min

    In the promising spring of 1945, the little town of Bly Oregon rocked by events they could never have predicted. Due to the nature of these events the incident was kept quiet and mostly hidden from the American public and especially the rest of the world. Due to the secretive nature of the cover-up, families … 152 – The Bly Balloon IncidentRead More »

  • 151- What DID they say on Tooth Decay?

    11/08/2021 Duração: 39min

    Joe bites into history and the delightful topic of tooth decay today. From the earliest origins and the dreaded “tooth worms” to some more modern approaches to our rotten teeth. Join in for this toothsome story! Sources – 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 Consider Supporting … 151- What DID they say on Tooth Decay?Read More »

  • 150 – A History of Competitive Eating

    28/07/2021 Duração: 53min

    After a moment of pure inspiration this 4th of July Joe simply had to dig into the facts on eating. As long as people have been eating food theres always that one person who feels they can eat more than someone else. Listen in as we see how deep the rabbit hole goes and some … 150 – A History of Competitive EatingRead More »

  • 149 – A Dandy Fop for a President

    14/07/2021 Duração: 50min

    Chester Arthur is a president most Americans would struggle to even recognize AS a president. But this foppish fiend of the White House was known for extravagant clothing, wicked sideburns, and rooting out the spoils system in the United States. Check out this episode for a crash course on an often-forgot president! Sources – 1 … 149 – A Dandy Fop for a PresidentRead More »

  • 148 – The Weird Origins of the 27th Amendment

    30/06/2021 Duração: 37min

    Ahh! The 27th Amendment! Its that one that… yeah… does the freedom right? Don’t even remember what it does? Well you’re in luck! Sit back and enjoy as Jess and Joe not only remind you of what it is but enlighten you to the strange story of how it was passed over a hundred years … 148 – The Weird Origins of the 27th AmendmentRead More »

  • 147 – Caesar’s Pirate Adventure

    16/06/2021 Duração: 31min

    When it comes to Julius Ceasar there is a lot to talk about. But in today’s show, Joe shares one of our personal favorite stories about Julius Ceasar in which he is captured by pirates while on the way to Rhodes. Check out this questionably true story that is unquestionably awesome! Sources – 1 2 … 147 – Caesar’s Pirate AdventureRead More »

  • 146 – Washington’s Weird Monument

    02/06/2021 Duração: 42min

    Did you know the Washington Monument was supposed to have several smaller towers around it? Did you know it was inspired by the Egyptians? Learn about the history of this iconic American monument that nearly failed completion several times! Sources – 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 … 146 – Washington’s Weird MonumentRead More »

  • 145 – Mount St. Helens Holdouts with Kate from IWB

    19/05/2021 Duração: 01h01min

    Kate from Ignorance was Bliss joins Jess and Joe to discuss the 1980 Mt. St Helens eruption! We discuss some psychological oddballs who refused to leave, the carnage of the eruption itself, and volcanoes of course! Join us for this special Mash-Up Episode with a much more successful podcaster!

  • 144 – Brutality and Christian Martyrs

    12/05/2021 Duração: 27min

    Joe leans into his metal heritage and looks into some brutal killings recorded regarding early christians. While the stories themselves are sad they’re morbidly fascinating. Listen into this non-exhaustive list of stonings, skinnings, and more!

  • 143 – Henry Cabot Lodge Finale!

    28/04/2021 Duração: 47min

    One of the most controversial foreign policy decisions of the 20th century was America suggesting a “League of Nations” after WWI and then immediately refusing to join that very same league. What happened!? Some nations even blame America’s refusal to join as the lynchpin problem for leading to WW2. So why on earth did this … 143 – Henry Cabot Lodge Finale!Read More »

  • 142 – Henry Cabot Lodge pt. 2

    14/04/2021 Duração: 01h13s

    Now we get into the nitty gritty on Lodge. He’s really remembered in US history for two things. This week we cover the first of those which is his unflagging support for Imperialism. Singin’ Songs and pickin’ fights around the world! Like brothers from another mother, he and Teddy Roo would be the most adamant … 142 – Henry Cabot Lodge pt. 2Read More »

  • 141 – Henry Cabot Lodge Pt. 1

    31/03/2021 Duração: 01h06min

    It’s time we finally delve into the infamous Henry Cabot Lodge. Why should we care about this Senator from Massachusetts? Perhaps because he was one of the single most influential Americans in the early 20th century? Anti-Immigration, pro-war/imperialism, and a profound racist, his beliefs would shape much of American foreign policy before and after WWI. … 141 – Henry Cabot Lodge Pt. 1Read More »

  • 140 – A WWII Medical Mystery in Bari

    17/03/2021 Duração: 01h03min

    Jess brings us a medical mystery of history that broke out in WWII when soldiers came down with bizarre symptoms that baffled the battlefield doctors and nurses. When a medical expert get called into to solve the case he stumbles upon an international cover up that could change the outcome of World War II. Not … 140 – A WWII Medical Mystery in BariRead More »

  • 139 – Wilson Strokes Out!

    03/03/2021 Duração: 48min

    Joe can’t help but share his disdain for President Wilson. Today he looks at his unprecedented end of office months as he suffered a major stroke which left him at the mercy of his cabinet and his wife who struggled to determine who really was fit to lead the country. Listen in on this medical/political … 139 – Wilson Strokes Out!Read More »

  • 138 – The War Over a Pig

    17/02/2021 Duração: 31min

    Jess misses his opportunity to make Babe references while Joe lays down the history of the American Pig War with Britain. Yet another series of border disputes emerges as a wandering pig nearly sets off a conflict between two nations in 1859. Listen in on perhaps the most bizarre of near-miss conflicts for the red … 138 – The War Over a PigRead More »

  • 137 – Benjamin Salomon: A Dentist at War

    03/02/2021 Duração: 37min

    It’s been far too long since Jess and Joe looked at another heroic individual from wars past! Jess delivers the goods on Benjamin Solomon, a humble dentist sent to fight plaque and cavities in WWII. But that wouldn’t be all that Solomon would slay as he landed on the beaches of Saipan. Join us this … 137 – Benjamin Salomon: A Dentist at WarRead More »

  • 136 – John Dee the Mathemagician!

    20/01/2021 Duração: 49min

    Gather your candles and obsidian mirror folks! It’s time to speculate and commune with the beyond! Joe takes us on a magical mystery tour of Elizabethan England and the magical mathematician who advised the queen and coded the language of angels! Sources – 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 … 136 – John Dee the Mathemagician!Read More »

  • 135 – Florence Oregon’s Whale Encounter

    06/01/2021 Duração: 35min

    Almost exactly 50 years ago Florence Oregon was visited the by the bloated corpse of a 8 ton 45 foot sperm whale. The whale posed quite a conundrum for local government as people unsure of how to remove the great stinking corpse. It wasn’t until the Highway Division showed up with a man, a plan, … 135 – Florence Oregon’s Whale EncounterRead More »

  • 134 – America’s Most Bizzare Secretary of Agriculture

    23/12/2020 Duração: 01h43s

    Henry Wallace isn’t exactly a household name. He’s not one you’d find in the history textbooks or even a late-night binge of the History Channel. But Henry Wallace bought into some weird characters and ideas during his time as the Secretary of Agriculture and commerce under FDR. Check out this weird tale that connects all … 134 – America’s Most Bizzare Secretary of AgricultureRead More »

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