Christopher Columbus, Alaska, Twenty Twenty discussed on Stuff You Missed in History Class


Hi Happy Friday everyone. Thanks for joining us. I'm Tracy Wilson and I'm Holly Fried So this week was on earth yes indeed. It was a double which is not normal for our our spring. So I mean I I actually don't. I don't think we've done a springtime one before this when we started doing them four times a year. I think it fell such that. We had like an autumn one. That was just a a one shot. I looked back through the old ones. I don't think we've had like a first quarter when before I definitely didn't expect it to be two parts when I got into it like I was one hundred percent not thinking that it was going to be anything other than a one party and even at two parts. There's still like I still have a this document. Called Unearthed March twenty twenty. Maybe which is where when I'm going through all of those things that I have pin. I just put stuff that I'm like. I'm not quite sure how to work it in or it sounds really similar to stuff that we've ever talked about before in some cases like I can't quite figure out what they're getting at with their research or how to frame it so like I still wound up with just a full page of stuff at least on the maybe list. Yeah I WANNA hear them. So here's what I do. I just opened a word document. I type in a couple of words so I'll remember what it's about and then I paste in the URL. And then that way. If I find a reason to circle back to something it's easier to find so yeah makes sense. Unearthed March twenty twenty maybe starchy plants. Tomatoes Tree Rings Question Mark. More tree rings copper. Stuff my favorite entry and this may be list rune stone. I can't figure out how to approach and that was about. A Viking Rune stone that had been The ruins on it had been reinterpreted to be a series of riddles that were related to climate change fears. And I just. I couldn't wrap my head around how they got to that conclusion. And that was how it wound up on the maybe list something to just maybe come back to you. If I found that I needed Steph I also found thing that was about a stolen Christopher Columbus letter being returned and I was like that's ironic. Somebody's stole something from Christopher Columbus and it made it sound like the same letter had been stolen repeatedly which I was like. That's even more ironic but really it's just there's multiple copies of the letter in each of them have been stolen not each of them but multiples of them have been stolen at different times. So yeah there. Was this a lot of stuff glass bowl in a weird place? That's an interesting note that I left for myself. I mean I feel like that's my kitchen right now. How did this get here? I know that's that's definitely my kitchen during the isolation that's currently happening because my spouse is the person who unpacked the whole kitchen and found places for things When we moved into where we're living now I am not criticizing him in this at all But somehow just as we have been in this house together for many weeks he's started putting stuff random places and I'm like. Why is the bull here? I don't understand why the bowl lives here now. Anyway our lives of become very strange in the last they have I I have been more kind of absent minded particularly in the kitchen like the other day I had put together while I was writing a little. Like small ram akin of like mixed nuts. And it's like a lovely little you know porcelain Ramczyk in and when I finished I threw that right in the trash and I literally heard it clunk and went. Oh that's not a garbage item. What's your organs me There's been lots of that kind of activity going on over here in the kitchen. So this glass bowl at a weird place. Each perfectly reasonable. I'm just GONNA keep this March. Twenty twenty maybe list. I mean I always keep the list because I never throw anything away. Keep backups of everything at all times but like we do want to do this again in July. That's our normal pattern of doing stuff is to have some more in July We've also told people that we work with who work on various things related to the show that will probably be doing this again in July And so it would be good to do it. And so if it turns out that there really is just a dearth of findings to report. I may be circling back around to have like stuff that actually came out in the first half of the year Which is fine all the rules surrounding this show or things that I made up for unearthed episodes like maybe if there's no actual good historical unearth we can do. And if we are that allowed at that point to roam free we could do unearthed in our homes of all. We have twitted weird places while we were all in isolation That reminds me of an episode. That Roman Mars did of ninety nine percent invisible. Like right after people started like being ordered to stay in their homes as much as possible. And if you have not listened to ninety nine percent invisible it is a podcast about design and Roman Mars dislike talked about the design history of various things around his house and it was really lovely and I you know I found it. A very comforting. Listen in in those first days after being like oh we gotta stay inside for a while for an unknown amount of time. Yeah I will tell you that. In this grouping some of my big favorites were Ancient Pack Rat Madden's. No I love that one. I mean I it made me laugh a little bit because both my husband and I are from families of pack rat people so I was like who's been in our houses who went to my grandmother's house and I of course loved but there was a whole little lovely set of creepy things time around. Yeah a little. Halloween isn't spring. Just for me but that banana. Finding wasn't that creepy really but something about the headline of like ancient teeth. Solving Banana. Mystery is like this creepy freaks me out a little bit. I also said this episode. I really don't remember ever doing any unearthed episodes that have felt as influenced by something happening right that minute like yeah we've frequently had stuff that was related like would have a thing that was related to some big news worthy effort like a massive fire that destroyed Museum like A. There's always been stuff that's been relevant but I just I don't require there ever being multiple entries that are like and this may be delayed because of the pandemic So that was kind of a new experience. Yeah I mean it kind of goes back to what we talked about in our our episode where we talked about living through this period in history and it being different knowing that historically significant and it being different than other events because it is this ongoing thing that's does not have a finite end date to it so it is acting everything in a lot of ways and particularly things like an archaeological dig. That's every up in the air. At that point yeah unrelated to the unearthed episodes. Have you been doing the thing where you'll see something happen? And you'll be like if there's podcasts. In one hundred years some podcast or saying and then they reversed course on the direction regarding masks ever reason that's going on. I mean I literally This is not an ad. They had advertised on the show before. Like I use a tax base for my therapy because I love having therapists that I can text. Is things come up to me throughout the week? I don't want to like save it up for an appointment and I'm constantly texting her and being like I I sort of wish I could time travel to a hundred years from now and see how this moment is written about like when any various things happen. Yeah yeah some of it. Like with the direction. Some of that is like. We're having to figure it out as we go. It's a new strain of corona virus. And we did not have quite the clear sense of how easily it can spread from people who aren't symptomatic. Yes some of its new knowledge. That's like we're witnessing it being uncovered which can be really a frustrating process to watch. Oh for sure right. I mean you think you have a handle on things and then al changes and even I know you and I have discussed like what level of lake cleaning. Were doing to groceries. And like those guidelines are changing almost daily depending on who you talk to you or who. Yeah so IT IS A. It's such a it feels like. We're kind of like trying to run forward through a river. That is running in the opposite direction because we never really have sure footing in terms of like okay. This is our knowledge that we can work from this because the next day it is often completely different. Which I I mean. That's just like us. As average people living through it. I can't imagine the level of just like exhaustion and frustration. This creates in the medical community. Who are on the front lines of this trying to deal with it every single day. Yeah to find out the protocols you were using in fact not appropriate would be beyond frustrating finals rat. The scary so again hats off to them is is not even an appropriate depth of wording. I really hope all of our medical professionals are being extra safe. That is That the field. I could never be in personally. I have immense respect for it but especially in this moment right right And another thing. That's becoming clear as like how how many things have elements. That aren't immediately obvious. Like there's been a lot of discussion about airlines airlines really struggling and a lot of people who are really frustrated by the idea of bailing out airlines because they feel like that that the airlines have been nickel and diming their customers and so like. Maybe they don't deserve it like that's been a thread of conversation that I have seen a lot I also know people who live in Alaska and parts of Alaska at this time of year are served only by air. You get there without a plane. And when the airline goes out of business people are just stuck. They can't get out medical help. Can't get in. Supplies can't get in. It's like it's just a huge huge deal. Anyway that that has all digressed from our first episodes this week.

Coming up next