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STRANGE — BUT FORGOTTEN:

MINI-EPISODE # 5.

In July 1967, thousands of newspapers, across the United States, published the news that a can of foot powder had been elected as mayor of a town in Ecuador.  But, the story was completely untrue.  How were they all duped?

 

HISTORICAL REFERENCES

Foot Powder Wins Election, Hands Down, Reuters (news service), July 17, 1967. 

Foot Powder Produces Headaches in Ecuador, New York Times, July 18, 1967.

Correction, United Press International, July 20, 1967.

The Foot Powder That Ran For Mayor (And Won), Mental Floss, September 2, 2012.

The 10 Most Bizarre Politicians Ever Elected To Office, Buzzfeed, June 23, 2014.

Foot Powder Wins In A Landslide, And Other Unsavory Election Trivia, National Public Radio (NPR), November 1, 2014.

Tea Party, Sarah Palin, and Third Party Facts, Chicago Tribune, October 3, 2010.

The 8 Most Successful Candidates Who Weren’t Human, Cracked, February 14, 2011.

Was a Mayoral Election Won by a Foot Powder?  Snopes, February 2, 2006; updated February 26, 2018.

 

GUEST VOICES

Guest Co-Host - Allyson Koplin of Dumb & Busted Podcast. 

Reuters reporter - Scott Ennis  of Stories of Yore Podcast.

UPI reporter - Isabella of Bella Parsons Illustration and @_bellaland_

Intro NarratorErin Fleming of Redrum Blonde podcast.

Outro Aphorism (voice) – Kit Caren of Forgotten News Podcast and Whispered True Stories Podcast.

 

MUSIC:

Kevin MacLeod of Incompetech.comLicensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses / by 3.0

Americana

I Knew A Guy

Piano Cue One

Sweeter Vermouth

 

Passing Through

Jozi Bentley, host of the the Moo Point: A Friends Podcast and the My Dream Podcast.

 

SOUND EFFECTS

Freesound.org:

Typewriter with Bell

applauses_theatre_woo_woohoo_hooligan

 

OUTRO APHORISM:

Source: 

Prof. Prof. Walter Kotschnig, quoted in The Smith Alumnae Quarterly (February1940), Volumes 31, Number 2, Chapel and Assembly Notes, Start Page 151, Quote Page 153, Published by the Alumnae Association of Smith College, Northampton, Massachusetts. See also, Quote Investigator, April 13, 2014.

 

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