Drunk History returns for its fourth season on September 27, and it's already revealed some of its upcoming topics. Thanks to the mild success of Hamilton, the show is revisiting the life of Alexander Hamilton, with Lin-Manuel Miranda on deck as a narrator. That's not all. According to Deadline, the show will also delve into true stories concerning LSD enthusiast Timothy Leary and spy-turned-chef Julia Child.
But what else should Drunk History cover in its new batch of episodes? We had a few ideas...
Drunk History has already recounted how William Henry Harrison cut his presidency super short with a fatal case of pneumonia. But another aspect of his life bears mention: his highly unusual 1840 presidential campaign.
Harrison ran on the Whig ticket, and his party's strategy was to paint incumbent president Martin Van Buren as an out-of-touch snob. The opposing Democrats accidentally gave them a ton of ammunition when they ran an unfortunate newspaper editorial. It read, "Give him a barrel of hard cider and settle a pension of two thousand a year on him, and take my word for it, he will sit the remainder of his days in his log cabin."
This supposed slam didn't even make sense -- Harrison came from a wealthy Virginia family, not a bunch of country folk -- but the Whigs ran with it. Harrison's campaign played him up as a down-home war veteran who liked his booze and his "homespun coats." His supporters passed out log cabin-shaped bottles of whiskey and rolled an enormous tin ball plastered with slogans for several hundred miles. Rallies often included barbecue and kegs of cider, and Harrison made sure to get in some insensitive impressions of Native Americans as entertainment.
The whole circus act helped win the White House. And considering the state of the current presidential race, it's more relevant than ever.
Hedy Lamarr had one wild life. It began in Europe, where she became known as "The Ecstasy Girl" for her erotic turn in an arthouse film called Ecstasy, which most people considered pornography. She then came to Hollywood after literally fleeing a castle. You see, her husband Fritz Mandl pretty much kept her locked up in his lavish Vienna home, but Lamarr eventually busted loose, most likely with her maid or in her maid's costume.
Although she appeared in movies with Clark Gable and Jimmy Stewart, Lamarr was typecast as an exotic seductress with few lines and even less depth. She grew bored with the scene and instead turned to science. She became an inventor, whose early projects included a better stoplight and an Alka-Seltzer knock-off. But her crowning achievement came during World War II. Lamarr came up with a "spread-spectrum radio" that she hoped would help the Allies. It allowed radio signals to hop randomly from different frequencies, so they were harder for the enemy to locate and jam. She and her co-inventor George Anthiel received a patent for the technology, but it wasn't used in the war. In fact, the military sat on it for a while. But it was eventually revisited and became the basis for the wireless communication tech used in Bluetooth, GPS, and Wi-Fi.
Lamarr, however, wasn't recognized for her work until she was quite old. When she was informed that she was finally receiving an award for her invention, she responded, "Well, it's about time." Now that's the kind of lady who deserves a spot on television.
Bill Clinton's sexual misconduct with Monica Lewinsky while he was in office scandalized the nation. But that was peanuts compared to what Warren G. Harding did.
From 1917 until his death, Harding carried on an affair with Nan Britton. Britton was still a teenager when she first wrote to Harding asking for a job. She came from his hometown (Marion, Ohio) and had more than a little schoolgirl crush on him. So he got her some clerical work in D.C., and the two began a secret relationship. Britton soon got pregnant, giving birth to a girl named Elizabeth Ann in 1919. Although Harding would not visit his kid, he did send plenty of child support payments, which were hand-delivered by the Secret Service. But those checks stopped once Harding died in 1923. So Britton sued his estate, hoping to secure a trust fund for their daughter. When that didn't work, she published what is considered the first modern political tell-all, The President's Daughter.
It flew off the shelves, but Britton was still questioned and treated like a lying gold-digger throughout her life. The record was only recently set straight in 2015, when DNA testing conclusively proved that Elizabeth's son Jim Blaesing was indeed Harding's grandchild. Who knows: maybe he'd be down to appear in a Drunk History episode about his nana.
Cooper staged this stunt aboard a one-way flight from Portland to Seattle. After ordering a bourbon and soda, he calmly handed the stewardess a note instructing her to sit down with him, because he had a bomb. He offered her a glimpse into his suitcase, full of wires and red-colored sticks, and then gave her a new note to pass along to the pilots. It demanded four parachutes and $200,000, to be dispensed in $20 bills. Once they landed in Seattle, he released the passengers in exchange for the cash. But he kept several crew members, who were then forced to charter a new flight, to Mexico City.
Somewhere between Seattle and Reno, Cooper jumped out of the plane with the parachutes and cash. The FBI began an exhaustive manhunt, which turned up over 800 suspects by 1976. But those leads went nowhere. Cooper had seemingly vanished into thin air.
The FBI only gave up on the case earlier this year. But that doesn't mean Drunk History can't keep asking the good questions with a Cooper-centric story.
What leads a woman to attack bars with a hatchet? The infamous temperance advocate Carrie Nation had her reasons.
Nation had struggled through a tough life before she began her bizarre campaign. Her mother died in an insane asylum, where she told everyone she was Queen Victoria. Her first husband was an alcoholic who drank himself to death. She was understandably passionate about the dangers of alcohol, but she engaged in peaceful activism until 1900. That's when she claims she received a call from God, instructing her to smash up some bars in Kansas. So she did.
Nation destroyed as many bars as she could in the state. Hundreds of women joined her as "Home Defenders," bringing their own rocks and bricks to the raids. Nation herself favored a hatchet. She was arrested at least 30 times for her so-called "hatchetations," and lost her second husband in the process. But she became a celebrity of sorts, making money off buttons and tiny hatchets.
Could that be Nation smashing a bottle on a dude's head in the season four trailer below? Vanessa Bayer looks a little too young -- and she's missing her signature glasses -- but there's a chance Drunk History already has a Carrie Nation story in the bag. Tune in Tuesday, September 27th to find out.
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