THE THUMB!

Thursday, June 15th, 2023

In this latest episode, the Unexpected duo, Professor James Daybell and Dr Sam Willis inspired by real life events uncover the unexpected history of THE THUMB! Which is all torture, extraction of confessions and leaning on people (via slave owners, witches, the Gestapo, mobsters and early modern Scotland), and gladiatorial combat! It’s also all about hitchhiking, hand gestures and the folklore tale of Tom Thumb and Charles Sherwood Stratton, AKA “General Tom Thumb” the US stage performer discovered by P.T. Barnum,! Who knew!

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