Expect the unexpected with the curious stories of ‘Aaron Mahnke’s Cabinet of Curiosities’

History September 26, 2021
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Take a look inside “Aaron Mahnke’s Cabinet of Curiosities” and you’ll surely be amazed. It’s a space filled with history, intrigue, and stories to explore. On the top shelf, you’ll find wonder-filled listens with plenty of oddities and facts to learn. Anything can be curious. You just have to look close enough. Each episode is morsel-sized, so you might find yourself bingeing several at once, and each episode is packed with two stories.

This podcast transports listeners to a virtual version of the popular Kunstkammer collections of the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries, halls displaying unique and unusual objects. Such objects could have been rare portraits, one-of-a-kind devices, and other obscurities.

This iHeartRadio and Grim & Mild podcast production is a carefully-curated curio. Aaron employs his signature storytelling to dig into history along with unearthing odd tales. These stories offer a great variety, since they range from unexplainable moments to interestingly bizarre coincidences. We hear about strange objects, entertainment surpassing TV’s scripted storyline, a mysterious boat, natural disasters, the human mind, connections, pseudo-shock therapy, and more.

A recent episode delved into aviation history and a disappearing flight that remains unsolved. Listeners hear about The Wright Brothers. Other pilots attempted a trans-Atlantic flight before Charles Lindbergh. John Alcock of England and Arthur Brown of Scotland flew their bomber from Ireland to Canada in 1919. Following suit, a NY hotel owner offered a contest called the Orteig Prize, setting its incentive to the tune of a $25,000 prize. This contest hoped for pilots to attempt a flight from NYC to Paris and set a record within the next 5 years.

People tried their darndest to snag the prize and failed one after another as their planes’ technology wasn’t refined enough. They needed to modify the design, implement additional features, and accommodate water landings. In 1927, two WWI veterans from France, Charles Nungesser and François Coli, were ready to set the record. Rumor had it that the White Bird flew into NYC’s harbor, landing near Battery City. Their plane actually disappeared en route, and while a plane wreckage was found, its identity was never determined.

US pilot Charles Lindbergh took off from NY twelve days after the White Bird’s attempt. He landed in Paris 33.5 hours later. The White Bird was never seen again, and we’re still curious as to what happened.

Aaron also writes, produces, and hosts “Lore,” a podcast diving into the dark side of history, a tremendously popular series that has been adapted into books and a Netflix show.

With new episodes available on Tuesdays and Thursdays, tune in to expect the unexpected with “Aaron Mahnke’s Cabinet of Curiosities.”

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