Ridiculous Romance

Throughout time and across the globe, from the Stone Age to the Digital Age, people have been having weird, wonderful, and downright absurd relationships. Real life spouses Diana and Eli are here to cover them all in a podcast that’s part history, part comedy, and all ridiculous. Hook up with some of the wildest and most interesting romantic partners to ever fall in love!

01:07:47 2022-07-02
This one's for all the car lovers out there... literally! For some people, a sassy chassis can really get their engine running. It doesn't take a key to turn them on, just a tight gasket and a long dipstick. Take your top down, grab your pumps, and fill '...
01:12:51 2022-06-29
Colette returns and heads to the frontlines to be one of the first women journalists to report on WWI! But another battle rages in her loins when she meets her husband's son from his first marriage, Bertrand, and the step-lovers have a globetrotting affai...
01:06:49 2022-06-27
Reiko was a single mother in Japan whose 10 year old daughter Mana was being bullied in school for not having a father. So to help her out, she tracked him down and reunited them... ssssort of! The truth behind this story has so many twists and turns you'...
01:04:10 2022-06-22
After ditching her Willy, Colette was introduced to the brilliant, crossdressing lesbian Missy de Belbeuf! Together they created a mime show that shocked Parisians into a riot by showing women kissing, and worse - wearing pants! But when Colette captured ...
00:59:33 2022-06-20
This episode is a mélange-a-trois of ridiculous, fresh hot romances from the week's news! We've got a new understanding of how aggressively sexual female animals are in the wild. Then there's a woman who finally escaped a divorcing legal nightmare after ...
01:04:20 2022-06-15
The famed French romance author Colette is best known for her sensual novels, her libertine lifestyle, and her bisexual polyamory. But it all started with a dull, traditional marriage to a savvy publisher and author named Willy. Short on ghost writers, Wi...
00:49:18 2022-06-11
From powerful personal experiences to overly-detailed scientific explanations, many of our listeners were moved by certain episodes to share their own stories and insight! And we couldn't leave them untold. Join us for a dive into the mail bag as we swim ...
01:08:13 2022-06-09
Canadian Prime Minister, "Swinging Pierre" Trudeau, was the hottest politician since JFK! Everyone wanted a piece, including Funny Girl herself, Barbra Streisand. But Pierre's wife Margaret was a party girl too, and tabloids caught her having a wild night...
01:02:50 2022-06-04
The story of Peter I & Iñes de Castro is basically Portugal's own Romeo and Juliet. But the OTHER romances around their story are a tangled web of shocking twists, royal backstabs, and sidepiece supremacy! See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy informa...
01:13:45 2022-06-01
Lu Buwei was a merchant in Ancient China who managed to manipulate the system to wind up the prime minister of the Qin state. But to distance himself from a scandalous affair with the queen, he had to find her a nice, big, girthy distraction.  See omnys...
01:12:22 2022-05-27
We got together with Lianna and Siena, the hilarious hosts of Tossed Popcorn, to talk about the movie "50 First Dates" along with a few true stories of couples dealing with amnesia. Will we make lasting memories with our new friends? Or do these two make ...
01:09:47 2022-05-19
Oskar Kokoschka was an Austrian painter, poet, and playwright who channeled his romantic experiences into his unconventional art. First an extremely NSFW "children's poem", then his riot-causing experimental play about gender warfare, and finally a nightm...
00:58:00 2022-05-06
Charles Vance Millar, a Canadian man with more dollars than sense, put in his will that 10 years after his death, the person who had birthed the most children would receive an outrageous fortune. Surprise! Somebody who had too much money played games with...
01:12:24 2022-05-02
When Eugenia Kuyda created the A.I. Chatbot program Replika, she just wanted to give people a nice robot friend to confide in. But of course, so many users wanted to feel a different kind of algo-rhythm in their robot romances. Now people all over are put...
01:09:21 2022-04-27
In 1863, America's biggest celebrities were three dwarfs, locked in a love triangle that had America more captivated than Brangelina and Bennifer combined! But it was General Tom Thumb and Lavinia Warren's "Fairy Wedding" that brought a massive fortune to...
01:13:14 2022-04-22
John Noyes thought he was God's chosen disciple on Earth and that it was his job to bring about Christ's Millennial Kingdom. And he knew there was only one way to do it: a two-decade free love orgy in upstate New York! Find out how it made its way to your...
01:19:10 2022-04-20
Roberta was barely interested in Ken's computer coding. But after playing the text-based game "Adventure" she started to wonder if there was more to these machines. Soon, the couple was running Sierra On-Line, and they brought us the dragon-slaying, wizar...
01:09:00 2022-04-15
The actress Harriet Smithson had no idea who Hector Berlioz was. That didn't stop him from moving in next door and writing an opera for her! After another failed marriage, an abandoned murder-suicide plan, and a French maid disguise, he finally caught her...
01:10:03 2022-04-13
Avast ye scalliwags and be wary when ye travel at sea. For the notorious pirates Anne Bonny and Mary Read may plunder yer ship and send ye to Davy Jones's locker! Captain Calico Jack was clever enough to bring these women aboard, and the three of them ter...
00:56:00 2022-04-11
This total farce between William, his wife, their maid, and the tanner is full of stolen spoons and dumb decisions. Only a story this outrageous could have led to the birth of the notorious pirate Anne Bonny. Yes, pirates have parents too! See omnystudio...
01:29:08 2022-04-07
Frederick Douglass is one of America's most admirable figures. In his fight for emancipation, he caught the attention of the nation... especially the ladies! His incredible wife Anna never got the credit she deserved, but it turns out many women were behi...
00:52:05 2022-04-01
Victor Noir was an unassuming journalist whose newspaper challenged Napoleon III's imperial rule in France. His death made him an unlikely martyr for the French Republic. But the statue at his grave made him an unexpected (and literal) sex object to this ...
00:51:03 2022-03-30
We couldn't leave a Bawdy Poem like this unread! This Fabliau by Guèrin in the 13th century tells the tale of a cowardly knight who can't recognize his wife when he sees her, face to...nethers. We'll also discuss the tale of the knight who could magicall...
01:10:10 2022-03-24
A lot of people had exciting plans to tie the knot with a big huge party in 2020. But turns out it wasn't a great year for parties! Our friends Cherry and Jason join us to talk about how they watched all their wedding plans fall apart during Covid, and th...
00:43:18 2022-03-16
As if dating someone overseas during a global pandemic isn't tough enough on its own, these couples had to deal with some truly ridiculous bureaucracy in trying to make their weddings work. Some faced down divorce just so they could get married again, oth...
00:54:19 2022-03-11
Ridiculous History hosts Ben and Noel join us again for another long hard look at the history of pleasure objects. Where did sex dolls come from? What's the deal with chastity belts? Lock into this episode and throw away the key, cause we won't stop until...
00:58:42 2022-03-09
Ridiculous History hosts Ben and Noel join us for a deeply penetrating episode about the history of dildos, special "performance rings", and things you'd insert in locations both obvious and unpredictable. Come join our fearless foursome and get educated ...
00:47:25 2022-03-04
Pauli joined a law firm where she inspired a young Ruth Bader Ginsburg to change the country. But there she also met her "closest friend" Irene Barlow, widely accepted to be the love of her life. Continuing to kick down doors and fight for intersectional ...
00:59:17 2022-03-01
Pauli Murray nearly got laughed out of the classroom at Howard University in 1944 for betting that Plessy v. Ferguson would be overturned within 25 years. But who would get the last laugh when it actually happened only 10 years later - using arguments Pau...
01:13:32 2022-02-24
This infamous Astronaut Love Triangle rocked the news in 2007! But of course headlines sensationalized dumb diaper discourse over the complicated truth beneath it all. So we blasted into orbit to get an astronomical view of this 900 mile story of love, he...
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