Aaron Mahnke's Cabinet of Curiosities

From the creator of the hit podcast Lore comes a new, bite-sized storytelling experience. Each twice-weekly episode features two short tales that take listeners on a guided tour of the unbelievable, the unsettling, and the bizarre.

History
Society & Culture
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374 | Handiwork
The beginning rarely looks like the end, but once you dig into these curious lives, you'll start to notice the shape of greatness.
9 min
2
373 | Get a Grip
Life at home can offer some curious distractions, from television to pets. These two tales should serve as perfect proof.
9 min
3
372 | Stranger Than Fiction
More origin stories, because nothing is more curious than unusual beginnings to familiar characters.
9 min
4
371 | Unsung Hero
Origin stories are often curious, and these two tales are guaranteed to entertain.
10 min
5
370 | Burning Rubber
Success and failure often hinge on chance and opportunity, and it's easy to feel a bit deflated.
12 min
6
369 | Employee of the Month
There's some very creative thinking on display for today's tour through the Cabinet.
9 min
7
368 | Stunning
Choose your weapon for today's duel of curiosities. No matter what you pick, though, expect the unexpected.
9 min
8
367 | Noted
Learning about things that happened in the past can generate a sense of wonder. And these two stories are bound to do just that.
9 min
9
366 | Latchkey Kids
It's easy to take things for granted and assume we know all there is about them. But these two curious stories might just change your mind.
9 min
10
365 | Royal Flush
There's a darker side to elegance and extravagance, and these curious tales will give you a look at some of our favorites.
9 min
11
364 | Surely, You Chest
Let's get inventive today. Maybe it will be good for your health, and maybe not. You can decide.
9 min
12
363 | Big Winner
We often take place and people for granted, and in the process, overlook their curious beginnings.
10 min
13
362 | Drop the Hammer
Independence is a very human goal, but some of the ways we achieve and celebrate it are more than a little curious.
9 min
14
361 | A Pirate’s Life for Me
Curiosities are floating all around us. Come aboard and see for yourself!
10 min
15
360 | Let’s Surfeit
One man's treasured possession is another's bit of trash. It's all a matter of perspective.
9 min
16
359 | Man, Myth, Legend
Some things are too good to be true, and others turn out to be so much more than you expected. Today's tour through the Cabinet reveals one of each.
11 min
17
358 | Forgotten
Who we are is closely tied to what we—and others—know about ourselves. These stories offer examples of how that might be taken to the extreme.
9 min
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357 | Over a Barrel
People are always trying to push the barriers of what's possible. How those stories end, however, is always more than a little curious.
10 min
19
356 | Top Secret
Old traditions and new ways of thinking are both excellent sources of curious stories.
9 min
20
355 | Open Water
Strange things are floating around in history, from people to objects. Here are a couple of new editions to the Cabinet.
10 min
21
354 | Up Up and Away
Hard work and ingenuity doesn't always go rewarded, but these stories prove otherwise. Their motivations, however, couldn't be less different.
12 min
22
353 | Strike Out
The line between the ordinary and the extraordinary is often barely perceptible. But the stories that tale place on either side can be utterly curious.
9 min
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352 | Flying Off the Handle
There's a lot to get upset about in life, but these two stories are perfect proof that sometimes one era's complaint is another's curiosity.
9 min
24
351 | It's Cosmic
Humans are capable of so many things, but we're also incredibly easy to scare. These two stories illustrate just how curious that can be.
10 min
25
350 | Rock Star
Two amazing people. Two amazing stories. Sometimes the most curious tales are found in everyday lives.
10 min
26
349 | Up Above Down Under
Mysteries are, by definition, curiosities. And that means it's only natural that we'd want to put today's stories on display in the Cabinet. Enjoy the tour!
9 min
27
348 | Honk
Curious things often come from unusual locations. Let's take a tour!
11 min
28
347 | Dual Roles
One of the most curious types of stories is when lost things turn up again. Today's tour will give you a couple of good examples, for sure.
10 min
29
346 | Sunken Treasure
Here is a set of curious stories that are sure to leave with you a sinking feeling.
11 min
30
345 | Horsin' Around
One of our most curious traits as humans is just how tricky we can be. Today's stories illustrate that nicely.
10 min
31
344 | The Fast and the Furriest
Transformation is a curious thing, and these stories certain grew into something more.
10 min
32
343 | What’s the Buzz?
Let's explore some curious fixtures in our world--whether or not you're ready to believe in them.
10 min
33
342 | Lend Me Your Ear
Two unique tales from one unique war. Enjoy this curious tour of duty.
9 min
34
341 | Mystery Man
Wonderous things can happen when we travel, and these two individuals certainly proved the truth of that.
10 min
35
340 | Steamy Beginnings
Every now and then a person comes along who puts their mind to an unusual task. Today's tour will introduce you to two of them.
9 min
36
339 | A Song For Peace
We take a lot of things for granted. But if we dig a little deeper, we might discover the curious stories behind them.
9 min
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338 | Lost Daylight
Royalty has undoubtedly provided historians with a lot of work over the centuries. But it's also given us quick a lot of items to add to the Cabinet of Curiosities.
9 min
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337 | The Comeback Kid
Some people are born fighters, and oftentimes the fruits of their struggle can be enjoyed long after they are gone.
10 min
39
336 | Three Hour Tour
Entertainment has always provided us with curious stories. But the wonder and fun goes beyond the actual plot. Learn why today.
9 min
40
335 | Too Hot to Handle
We spend most of our lives either at work or at home. So it shouldn't be a surprise that so many curious stories come from those locations.
10 min
41
334 | Bird of Passage
Humans have done some unbelievable things. Whether those deeds were brave or foolish, though, is something we'll leave up to you.
10 min
42
333 | Monkeying Around
Some curiosities don't fit into the Cabinet. But that doesn't mean we can't enjoy them.
9 min
43
332 | Boneheads
Some things in life are too important to let go of. Here are two stories about seizing the day.
10 min
44
331 | Boom
Anything can be curious, from the small and unnoticeable, to the closely guarded.
12 min
45
330 | A Hole in One
Some stories are difficult to believe. But when they're 100% true, it's also difficult to not share them.
10 min
46
329 | Trust in Me
Let's meet some curious individuals, shall we?
9 min
47
328 | Snapshot
There are so many curious stories hidden in plain sight--behind locked doors or metaphorically beneath common names. And we're going to explore a couple of them today.
10 min
48
327 | Mistaken Identity
Humans have a way of getting themselves into some pretty amazing situations. In fact, the stories about that are more than a little curious.
11 min
49
326 | Turtle Power
Everyone needs to visit the curious from time to time. Thankfully, today's tour should take you there right away.
10 min
50
325 | Food Fight
10 min
51
324 | Buzzing With Danger
10 min
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323 | Chew on This
9 min
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322 | Bear With Me
10 min
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321 | Face the Facts
10 min
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320 | Dream Weaver
10 min
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319 | Know-It-All
9 min
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318 | Toil and Trouble
10 min
58
317 | Abandoned Rear
9 min
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316 | Jingle in Her Pocket
9 min
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315 | Catching Up
9 min
61
314 | Unwelcome
9 min
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313 | Friendly Fire
10 min
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312 | Spinning Their Wheels
10 min
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311 | Pick a Card
11 min
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310 | The Devil Made Me Do It
8 min
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309 | War of the Words
10 min
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308 | Toot Toot
9 min
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307 | Crunch Time
11 min
69
306 | Do or Do Not
10 min
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305 | I Feel the Earth Move
9 min
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304 | Touchy Subject
9 min
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303 | Having a Blast
8 min
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302 | Uncanny Resemblance
9 min
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2 min
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301 | Root Cause
10 min
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300 | Backfire
10 min
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299 | Just Dandy
9 min
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298 | The Trouble With Drebbels
10 min
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297 | Downpour
10 min
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296 | Sweet and Sour
9 min
81
295 | Child's Play
9 min
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294 | Point Made
9 min
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293 | Sink or Swim
10 min
84
292 | Ice Man
10 min
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291 | Pew Pew Pew
9 min
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290 | A Bone to Pick
9 min
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289 | Fight Club
10 min
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288 | Secret Sauce
12 min
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287 | Toilet Plunge
10 min
90
286 | Misfortune's Melody
10 min
91
285 | Mayday
11 min
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284 | Ruffled Feathers
10 min
93
283 | Rabbit, Run
9 min
94
282 | Iron Man
12 min
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281 | Run and Gun
10 min
96
280 | Norweigan Roll
10 min
97
279 | Hot Shot
9 min
98
278 | Bank On It
12 min
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277 | Swimming Oil
10 min
100
276 | Light Reading
9 min