En 1934, deux femmes partirent en moto en Afriquseptembre 9, 2019
In 1934, two Englishwomen set out to do what no one had ever done before: travel the length of Africa on a motorcycle. In this week’s episode of the Futility Closet podcast we’ll follow Theresa Wallach and Florence Blenkiron from Algiers to Cape Town on a 14,000-mile adventure that many had told them was impossible.
We’ll also anticipate some earthquakes and puzzle over a daughter’s age.
In 1968, Richard Proenneke left his career as a heavy equipment operator and took up an entirely new existence. He flew to a remote Alaskan lake, built a log cabin by hand, and began a life of quiet self-reliance. In this week’s episode of the Futility Closet podcast we’ll hear Proenneke’s reflections on a simple […]
Confined in a Soviet prison camp in 1941, Polish painter Józef Czapski chose a unique way to cope: He lectured to the other prisoners on Marcel Proust’s novel In Search of Lost Time. In this week’s episode of the Futility Closet podcast we’ll describe Czapski’s ambitious project and the surprising importance of literature to the […]
In May 1840 London was scandalized by the murder of Lord William Russell, who’d been found in his bed with his throat cut. The evidence seemed to point to an intruder, but suspicion soon fell on Russell’s valet. In this week’s episode of the Futility Closet podcast we’ll follow the investigation and trial, and the […]
Got a favorite podcast? You’re not alone. In fact, you’re in the majority: According to a 2019 CBS poll, most Americans have listened to one, and nearly a quarter of them tune in on a regular basis. That’s a lot of ears, and believe it or not, there’s a lot of niches left to fill. […]
If you don’t have a pressure cooker, prepare for some tough love – because there is absolutely no reason not to own one. They can cook almost anything with little to no effort, they save space and they’re super easy to clean. If you do have a pressure cooker, prepare to level up. There’s a […]
Whether it’s chronic muscle stiffness or the soreness that comes from an epic workout, there are some pains that can’t be soothed by those automatic massage chairs. If you haven’t tried a handheld massager, they can be a lifesaver – and the Vortix Muscle Massager aims to be the go-to therapy tool no matter what […]