Sam O’nella

True Stories About Chimps

True Stories About Chimps

(PG-13: Language) The Sam O’Nella Academy brings us another round of strange and unusual factoids, this time about our distant primate cousins. From smoking cigarettes to painting abstract modern art, chimps have developed some surprising skills and behaviors over the years.

Obscure Obsolete Inventions

Obscure Obsolete Inventions

(PG-13: Language) From the window-mounted baby cage to the beauty micrometer, our old pals Sam O’Nella Academy are here to school us on a variety of strange and not very useful inventions which found their place in society for brief periods of time, and thankfully are no longer in use.

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Animals in Space

Animals in Space

(PG-13: Language) There’s a long, and often disturbing history of launching animals into the cosmos before space programs felt comfortable sending humans. Sam O’Nella Academy looks back at the creatures who often gave their lives so that space exploration could march forward.

Dead Body Hijinks 2

Dead Body Hijinks 2

(PG-13: Language) After sharing the tale of a corpse used for entertainment, Sam O’Nella returns with a grislier tale of a dead body used for… personal entertainment. But not before pointing out how understandably few people know about the value of a Pope’s blood.

Dead Body Hijinks

Dead Body Hijinks

(PG-13: Language) Sam O’Nella Academy shares the story of Elmer McCurdy. He was a bandit in the early 20th century who got killed in a shootout with the police. But he stayed above ground for an astounding 65 years, thanks to crooks and clueless entertainers.

Mass Hysteria Throughout History

Mass Hysteria Throughout History

There have been numerous recorded instances of groups of people losing their minds at the same time. The always informative, and usually gross Sam O’ Nella Academy shares some of the more notable cases of the bizarre behavior known as mass psychogenic illness.

History’s Biggest Cheapskate

History’s Biggest Cheapskate

(PG-13: Language) Sam O’Nella Academy gives new meaning to The Killers’ “are we human, or are we dancer?” by sharing the story of Daniel Dancer. This 18th century man loved money so much he went to the extremest of extremes to pinch pennies.

History’s Worst Non-Water Floods

History’s Worst Non-Water Floods

(PG-13: Language) How exactly does a flood occur without water? Sam O’Nella Academy is here to school us on some of the strangest disasters that covered the earth with massive, deadly amounts of liquid stuff from super-sticky molasses to flaming whiskey.

The Only U.S. Emperor

The Only U.S. Emperor

The Sam O’Nella Academy is here to teach us about one Joshua Norton. This once wealthy San Franciscan decided that he was the head bitch in charge of our nation after a series of misfortunes left him destitute and a bit insane. Then the media gave him a voice and fame.

Pre-industrial Surgeries

Pre-industrial Surgeries

If you’re squeamish about the possibility of having a surgery, one look at Sam O’Nella Academy’s history lesson on how these procedures worked before modern medicine should give you plenty of perspective and a more positive outlook on your prognosis.

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