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.


  • 174 – A Bit of Bela Lugosi

    30/06/2022 Duração: 42min

    Learn about this historical icon of horror and his surprising amount of socialistic political dealings in this episode!Sources – 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8

  • 173 – Paul McCartney Died in 1966!

    15/06/2022 Duração: 54min

    Didn’t you know? Paul is dead! He’s been dead for decades but THE MAN doesn’t want you to know! For years many Beatlemaniacs were convinced Paul had died in 1966 and there were secret clues hidden across the albums that could be decoded with some wit, some wisdom, and probably some weed. Listen into this … 173 – Paul McCartney Died in 1966!Read More »

  • 172 – Where Dog Names Came From

    01/06/2022 Duração: 29min

    Sure… Butter, Watson, and Sir Chonksalot are great dog names. But what about those super stereotypical dog names we’ve all heard of? Where did those come from? Today we look into the origin of three super generic names for man’s best friend. Watch! – Rescued by Rover! Sources – 1 2 3 4 5 Consider Supporting … 172 – Where Dog Names Came FromRead More »

  • 171 – Surprising the Soviets

    19/05/2022 Duração: 37min

    Joe brings the finale of our series of aircraft in odd places series when a young man with a really bad idea decides to just pop in on the Soviet heads of state on a one man mission of peace. Sources – 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10Consider Supporting us on Patreon for … 171 – Surprising the SovietsRead More »

  • 170 – Why We Stopped Celebrating Washington’s Birthday

    05/05/2022 Duração: 38min

    Back in the glory days of America we would celebrate THE Founding Father with a day of his own awesomeness. But no longer. That day was destroyed by none other than Washington D.C. itself! Learn about how President’s day usurped Washington’s Birthday and the numbskullery involved in it’s whole creation. Sources – 1 2 3 … 170 – Why We Stopped Celebrating Washington’s BirthdayRead More »

  • 169 – Crashing at the White House

    21/04/2022 Duração: 24min

    Joe continues to thrill and amaze you with his bizarre tales of planes gone wild. Did you know a plane crashed just a few yards away from the White House during Bill Clinton’s Presidency? Listen in for this sad but strange tale! Sources – 1 2 3 4 5 6 7

  • 168 – Huey Heads to Washington!

    06/04/2022 Duração: 38min

    Inspired by his own storytelling, Joe brings us a similar story to last weeks episode of a rogue aircraft going to all the wrong places. During Nixon’s presidency one helicopter pilot in training decided the best way to impress all his naysayers was to take a Huey on a joyride to the White House. Listen … 168 – Huey Heads to Washington!Read More »

  • 167 – The Tower Bridge Incident

    23/03/2022 Duração: 32min

    In 1968 during an Airshow to commemorate the Royal Air Force one pilot by the name of Allan Pollock decided that he was unhappy with the bureaucratic fat cats in London who felt the RAF funding was excessive. So he decided to very calmly and reasonably take a Hawker Hunter jet fighter plane out for … 167 – The Tower Bridge IncidentRead More »

  • 166 – Escaping North Korea

    09/03/2022 Duração: 39min

    Today we’re releasing a 2019 Patreon exclusive episode due to some unforeseen life circumstances that prevented us recording a new show! If you’ve heard it then it’s a perfect time to listen to Body By Calvin one more time. In this show we examine North Korean Prison Labor camps and discuss why countries turn a … 166 – Escaping North KoreaRead More »

  • 165 – Dr. Brinkley goes nuts for goats!

    23/02/2022 Duração: 47min

    Jess is back with another Medical Miracle Man of the early 1900s. Dr. John Brinkley was an infamous medical quack known best for his Goat Gland treatment in which he would surgically insert goat testicles into men suffering from impotence, infertility, or just about any medical illness you can imagine. Learn about the rise and … 165 – Dr. Brinkley goes nuts for goats!Read More »

  • 164 – Mount Rushmore’s Controversial Creation

    09/02/2022 Duração: 01h01min

    Joe and Jess have a blast examining this monumental undertaking of stonework. We look at the controversial Gutzon Borglum who picked up the job after being run out of the South. We also discuss the methods of building and the pushback from Lakota Indian tribes who once called this place “home.” Sources – 1 2 … 164 – Mount Rushmore’s Controversial CreationRead More »

  • 163- How Heavy Metal Ended the Soviet Union

    26/01/2022 Duração: 46min

    We’ve known for years that Heavy Metal represented the greatest threat to all civilized nations. But today Joe brings us definitive PROOF that heavy metal was the final straw that broke the Soviet Union’s back. In 1991 the Monsters of Rock would showcase in Moscow and lead to a massive crowd of over a million! … 163- How Heavy Metal Ended the Soviet UnionRead More »

  • 162 – Super Mario 2’s Bizarre Origin Story

    12/01/2022 Duração: 37min

    Who doesn’t love stomping Goombas and grabbing some coins? But if you ever played Mario 2 then you may have noticed it feels a bit different from the rest. Sometimes its even labeled as Super Mario 2 USA. There’s actually a really good reason for that! Learn about how the more odd Mario characters like … 162 – Super Mario 2’s Bizarre Origin StoryRead More »

  • Rudolf the Reindeer’s Origin Story

    28/12/2021 Duração: 40min

    It’s geek chic to lay out all the origin tales of Earth’s mightiest heroes. So Jess and Joe decided to give you the origin tale nobody seems to talk about and that is the young upstart Rudy the Reindeer. Listen in as we discuss this newcomers origin tale and how he saved a story, saved … Rudolf the Reindeer’s Origin StoryRead More »

  • 160 – Three Generations of Tyler

    15/12/2021 Duração: 35min

    Looking for a fun fact to share between political and religious arguments this holiday season? Look no further and listen in!Time to clue in on a shocking fact about John Tyler and his long lived progeny! Sources – 1 2 3 4 5 6

  • 159 – The Accidental President

    01/12/2021 Duração: 40min

    William Henry Harrison’s famous early death in 1841 led to an interesting problem for the United States in the form of who would take power. Eventually the task would fall on John Tyler who would become perhaps one of the most hated men in America and eventually stand alone abandoned by his competitors and even … 159 – The Accidental PresidentRead More »

  • 158 – To Kill a Dork King

    17/11/2021 Duração: 29min

    Today we’re releasing a special Patreon Exclusive show from April of this year! We’ve been blessed to have many supporters over our years and we continue to gain more and more! Check out this special Patreon exclusive to see what kind of goodies you’ve been missing! In 1997 a new era of online video gaming … 158 – To Kill a Dork KingRead More »

  • 157 – Akkad the Producer

    03/11/2021 Duração: 35min

    Moustapha Akkad born in Aleppo Syria came to the United States in the mid 20th century with a dream of the theatre. He would go on to produce a 30+ year movie franchise easily recognizable today. Not familiar with his work? Listen in to today’s episode and learn about his journey to bring the Middle … 157 – Akkad the ProducerRead More »

  • Halloween in the White House!

    20/10/2021 Duração: 43min

    Woah now, something is wrong! Due to unforeseen circumstances Joe and Jess weren’t able to record but no worries! We’re releasing to you all an Exclusive Patreon only Episode we did for Halloween WAY BACK in 2019. What a different time it was. Listen into how presidents of yesteryear celebrated this spooky night! It’s a … Halloween in the White House!Read More »

  • 155 – The Witchfynder General

    06/10/2021 Duração: 43min

    In the spirit of this spooky season, Joe tells us the tale of Matthew Hopkins the Witchfynder General which was mostly a self appointed title to a man with nothing much else going for him. Ever wonder where Monty Python got those ridiculous ideas about proving witches? Then look no further for many would be … 155 – The Witchfynder GeneralRead More »

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