What links zebras to the Second World War? What connects partying to mental illness in Victorian Britain? And what ties the bed to the expansion of the British Empire?
The answers to these questions and many more that will have never crossed your mind are being revealed in a series of podcasts, which aims to unlock history in ways you never dreamt possible.
Histories of the Unexpected is the brainchild of Dr Sam Willis and Professor James Daybell, and is being broadcast on the hugely successful Dan Snow’s History Hit.
You will be able to click on links below to listen to the podcasts on iTunes, with topics up for discussion during the series including windows, the orange, boxes, gloves, paperclips, dragons, the toilet and blood.