Many science fiction stories go to the past, not the future. Which makes sense, right? Why be a Connecticut Yankee in some random Jetsons city when you can be a Connecticut Yankee In King Arthur's Court, A Place That's Part Of Your Own Era's Roots, Which Makes Visiting It Meaningful? We all long to vacation in the past, touring its wonders before the germs & backwardness bother us. But here's one way being alive is more interesting than people think it is: there are a shocking number of artifacts that let you experience that past *today*, because they still exist in spite of all logic.

On this week's episode of The Cracked Podcast, Alex Schmidt sits down with comedic character genius Andy Daly to bring the past to life. They'll explore old curiosities that anyone can hear, see, experience, or eat, even though there is no way any of that should be possible. Join Alex and Andy for comedy records from 1899, pickles from before the Civil War, a surprisingly modern warning about a surprisingly ancient dog, and more.

Footnotes:

Andy Daly on Twitter

The Great American Cabinet Of Curiosities (Stitcher Premium)

Cabinet of curiosities (The British Library)

Gov. Malcolm Wilson (Wikipedia)

6 Artifacts That Let You Directly Experience The Past (Cracked)

5 Things from History You Won't Believe You Can Experience (Cracked)

5 Historic Artifacts You Won't Believe Still Work (Cracked)

5 Priceless Historical Items That Turned Up In Random Places (Cracked)

The 6 Most Embarrassing Historical Artifacts Ever Discovered (Cracked)

Pompeii guard dog mosaic back on show (BBC News)

Myth Buster: Topsy the Elephant (The Thomas A. Edison Papers, Rutgers University)

Topsy the Elephant Was a Victim of Her Captors, Not Thomas Edison (Smithsonian.com)

Roundtable: Ambassador in a Hat: The Sartorial Power of Benjamin Franklin's Fur Cap (EarlyAmericanists.com)

Dwight Vs Ben Franklin - The Office US (YouTube)

How old would a wine have to be before it is undrinkable? (Wine Spectator)

Why Do Squirrels Bury Nuts? (and other mysteries) (Smithsonian STEMvisions Blog)

How 2 Scientists You've Never Heard Of Redesigned Our Planet (The Cracked Podcast)

Abe Simpson "tied an onion to my belt" story (YouTube upload)

How Americans preserved British English (BBC Culture)

The Man in the White Suit (1951) (IMDb)

William Buckland: The Dinosaur That Started A Craze (Lapham's Quarterly)

"McDonald's grilled chicken mcwrap at 250 calories is both a dollar and pound bargain" -- Newt Gingrich on Twitter, May 2013

"If ur a boob guy this whole lactation thing is amazing the sports bra the wife is wearing is losing the containment battle!!!" -- Donald Trump Jr. on Twitter, October 2011

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