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Did you know that Europeans used to believe that sheep grew from Mongolian trees? Have you heard about the misbegotten discovery of a new form of water in the 1960s that set off a cold war arms race? Ever seen the gleaming Las Vegas hotel that accidentally shoots heat rays at poolside guests? The Constant is an audio history of getting things wrong. From ancient science to contemporary blunders, we take you on journeys of misadventure and misapprehension, filling your brain with juicy nugget ...
 
Based in the UK, this self confessed history geek takes you for a stroll down memory lane and shares stories and interesting nuggets of information that has been discovered along the way. From tales of tragedy and sadness to epic stories of human courage or creativity, there are many people in history who have made their mark, however small. If you enjoyed the show, don't forget to share or leave feedback. It all helps! Keep in touch via either Twitter or Facebook by using @BackTrackerUK
 
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Our second annual dive into the hidden world of The Constant Secret Feed. Continue your education via University of California Irvine now! How about 25% off a better news subscription? Go to inkl.com/constant to sign up. Get up to 14 free meals AND three free gifts from HelloFresh by visiting: HelloFresh.com/theconstant14 and entering code "thecons…
 
One afternoon in 1938, a tall, good-looking 22 year old young able Seaman arrived at his parents home in Bristol, on leave from his ship docked in Portsmouth. Two hours later he went quietly with officers to the Central Police Station to face the charge of murdering his Father. What reason would this law abiding man have for committing such a heino…
 
From 1914 to 1918, Flanders Fields was a major battle theatre on the Western Front during the First World War. A million soldiers from more than 50 different countries were wounded, missing or killed in action here. Entire cities and villages were destroyed, their population scattered across Europe and beyond. The horror of the war and its aftermat…
 
Be the most popular kid on the block with these fantastic new tricks! Produce bees from lions! Frogs from mud! Scorpions from bricks! This week we're taking on the oldest and most widely believed bullshit of all: spontaneous generation. Continue your education via University of California Irvine now! Check out this show and all your other podcasts …
 
Observed in Commonwealth countries since the end of the WW1 to honour armed forces members who have died in the line of duty. Following a tradition inaugurated by King George V in 1919 & evolved out of Armistice Day. The initial Armistice Day was observed at Buckingham Palace, commencing with King George V hosting a "Banquet in Honour of the Presid…
 
HMP Gloucester has a long and chilling history with many of the executed criminals remain buried in the grounds of the prison. Some of the most infamous serial killers have been incarcerated within the walls of Gloucester Prison. THIS PODCAST This podcast has been specially edited from a Bradley Stoke Radio show in Bristol, England. If you liked it…
 
Lucy Lightfoot went missing in 1831, and was later found alive and well... in 1364. Listen to this episode through Vodacast here! Continue your education via University of California Irvine now! How about a free fourteen day trial of Shopify? Grab it here! Check out this show and all your other podcasts on Vodacast. Get 10% off your first month of …
 
HMP Gloucester has a long and chilling history with many of the executed criminals remains buried in the grounds of the prison. Some of the most infamous serial killers have been incarcerated within the walls of Gloucester Prison. The prison formally closed on 31 March 2013 but the suffering and torment is deeply etched within the fabric of this fo…
 
Charles Hamilton was every young girl's dream. Handsome and dashing, he could have his pick of the eligible ladies for his wife. And he did. Not once. But 14 times! Leaving each one once he'd taken what he wanted. But that wasn't the most sensational aspect of the tale... THIS PODCAST This podcast has been specially edited from a Bradley Stoke Radi…
 
A long story, made short, and then long again, is finally ready to end. Join us for part three, the story of one guy who singlehandedly solved the most difficult problem in human history. Sort of. Kinda. Not really. But a little bit! If you enjoyed this saga, give Dava Sobel's Longitude a read. Continue your education via University of California I…
 
Mary Ann French was a mother of three children. She worked as an ironer and liked a drink. Trouble was, when she drank, she became aggressive, and you din't want to get in her way! Unfortunately for Alice Dyer, Mary Ann had just moved into the same lodging house as her family, and drank at the same pubs, so it was difficult to avoid this violent an…
 
He remains one of the Southwest of England’s most intriguing mysteries. What happened to Owen on that Summer's day when he was left out in the garden to get some fresh air? THIS PODCAST This podcast has been specially edited from a Bradley Stoke Radio show in Bristol, England. If you liked it please leave a rating and maybe a comment and if you’d l…
 
In part two, we've got an enormous naval disaster, a long-shot con-job, some far-fetched inventions, and some of the most famous scientists to ever lived, all unified by that most difficult of human problems: how to find one's longitude. Listen to this episode via the Vodacast app here! Continue your education via University of California Irvine no…
 
Kings Weston Estate was once famous throughout Europe for the gardens and spectacular views. It attracted German princes, Russian aristocracy and even the French nobleman Malsherbes, defence council to Louis XVI – obviously before they were both guillotined. The last episode talked about the early days but now we look into the last century onwards,…
 
Situated high up on a hill overlooking the Severn Estuary and Avonmouth, the 28 acres of wooded parkland surrounding Kings Weston House are popular with local walkers. Although only small by stately home standards Kings Weston House has some unique features and has been described as one of Sir John Vanbrugh's finest compact houses. The park is now …
 
Humanity has tackled a lot of hard problems over the last few thousand years--from medicine to physics to splitting tips. But the most difficult question we've ever answered is our subject this week: where are we? Continue your education via University of California Irvine now! Check out this show and all your other podcasts on Vodacast. Follow alo…
 
In 1876 John died while saving the express train, the Flying Dutchman, from disaster. It was a split second decision that would, not only change the lives of his friends and family, but also bring up questions in Parliament. I wasn't able to include this in the show but here's a poem written about John Chiddy at the time. MEMORY OF JOHN CHIDDY. Wit…
 
"At 9.20 pm I suddenly found myself blown out of my bunk and landed on the floor of my cabin. On my rude awakening I did not grasp what had happened until a brother officer came running off the bridge, and said we had been torpedoed..." Hear the story of the war crime that shocked the world from those that survived. As well as details about The Lla…
 
Today we've got a potpourri of smaller stories: invasive bird spies! Cunning robberies! Booby traps! MULES! Listen in! Check out this show and all your other podcasts on Vodacast. Listen here for bonus content: http://feed.vodacast.com/57103178/The Constant: A History of Getting Things Wrong/Trivial Get a free business account and a copy of Novo's …
 
The Llandovery Castle was travelling to Bristol after taking wounded Canadian servicemen home. She was displaying all the right signals to say she was a Hospital ship but just near the Fastnet lighthouse, she was torpedoed. What happened next angered the world. THIS PODCAST This podcast has been specially edited from a Bradley Stoke Radio show in B…
 
Francis Fox Tuckett, alpinist and explorer renowned for scaling 269 peaks in his lifetime. The son of Francis and Mariana Tuckett, born in Winterbourne on the outskirts of Bristol, his first experience of climbing was with his father when he was only 12 years old. From then, the adventurer changed the world of mountaineering and was described as a …
 
In 1818, New York City was gripped by the trial of the century. At stake was $75, the regulation of a multimillion dollar industry, and the answer to the question on everyone's mind: were whales fish? Get 10% off your first month of online counseling by visiting: http://betterhelp.com/theconstant Visit our Patreon here. BUY OUR MERCH, YOU FILTHY AN…
 
It was an ordinary late afternoon in July when 14 year old Mary Waggett was strolling around her local area near her house when she saw something floating in the water. This shocking discovery starts off an investigation into the death of Madamoiselle Albertina, who's real name was Louisa Maud Evans, a girl of only 14 years of age and the unusual c…
 
Welcome to this bonus episode where I go into more depth about the actual execution of Albert Manning for the murder of Jane Flew in Kingswood on 28th September 1892. If you liked it please leave a rating and maybe a comment and if you’d like to support the show with a donation, however small, you can go to Ko-Fi.com Some more great news for you, i…
 
He fell in love with his married Landlady and they even set up a home together with her children, but when she threw him out, he suspected another man. He became bitter and begged her to come back to him. When she refused, he exacted his revenge. THIS PODCAST This podcast has been specially edited from a Bradley Stoke Radio show in Bristol, England…
 
There is an episode of this show entitled "In The Air Tonight", but make no mistake: this episode is the "In The Air Tonight" of Constant episodes. Confused? You won't be, after this episode of... The Constant. Get $75 credit to upgrade your job post at indeed.com/theconstant Get 10% off your first month of online counseling by visiting: http://bet…
 
Ohio versus Michigan! It's a familiar rivalry. But this week, it's not a football game: it's a war, fought over the city of Toledo. Get 10% off your first month of online counseling by visiting: http://betterhelp.com/theconstant Listen to Follow Friday! Visit our Patreon here. BUY OUR MERCH, YOU FILTHY ANIMALS! Music by: Epidemic Sound…
 
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