Season 2: Episode 3: The Mystery of William Shakespeare and the Crimes of Central Park

Season 2: Episode 3: The Mystery of William Shakespeare and the Crimes of Central Park

In 2007, a ‘Declaration of Reasonable Doubt’ was released by scholars and actors alike and it stated that there was ‘room for reasonable doubt about the identity of William Shakespeare.’ This week Clarke takes us behind the curtain of the mysteries and misinformation that surrounded the life of Shakespeare. The speculation that he was not the author of his plays, his weird, illegible signature, and what the heck he actually even looked like.

Justin brings us into more mysterious incidents, including all of the crimes surrounding, arguably, one of the most famous parks in the world. He shares the gruesome details of John Lennon’s murder, the police standoff at the Central Park washrooms and, of course, the Central Park Five. There is a lot more to the eye in this weeks episode of the Softbrains in Episode 3: The Mystery of William Shakespeare and the Crimes of Central Park!

An original print of A Midsommer Nights Dreame
Will’s crazy signature
The engraving of Shakespeare that everyone knows, the Droeshout Portrait
The potentially phony Flower Portait
The Cobbe Family portrait, expected to be one of the only portraits of Shakespeare painted from life.

The Dakota Apartments
A modern photo of the Dakota apartments where John Lennon was shot
An article about Maria Alves death
The police standoff with Angel Angelof
Original trial of the Central Park Five
Season 2: Episode 2: Building Central Park and the Unicorn Obsession

Season 2: Episode 2: Building Central Park and the Unicorn Obsession

What was Central Park before it was the groomed, touristy lawns that we know today? Well, it was a shanty town and some rocks. Justin tells us how Central Park became one of the most famous parks in the world and the ups and downs throughout its history. Including the effect of FDR and the Great Depression, the hippies and the kinda secret Central Park Conservancy.

Have you ever wanted to be a unicorn? The sparkly rainbow kind, the furry rhino kind or the business kind? Clarke details the weird origins and stories about unicorns throughout history, as well as their mistaken participation in the bible and the hoaxes that followed. Unicorns seem to have touched a little piece of every society, they’re not just frappuccinos or magical companions, they’re full of history and mystery. Find out all about it on Season 2: Episode 2 of @thesoftbrains

Christ depicted as a Unicorn
The throne of Denmark, apparently made of Unicorn horns.
The Unicorn in Captivity and No Longer Dead (One of seven tapestries from “the Hunt of the Unicorn”)
The real “Unicorn,” Elasmotherium Sibiricu
The very real skeleton of a Unicorn found in Germany in 1663.
The Unicorn Frappuccino

The design plans for Central Park
Beginning construction of Central Park in the 1850’s
A shanty town in Central Park in the 1930’s
Hooverville
The Great Lawn before renovations in the 1970’s.
The Great Lawn after it’s renovation.
Central Park, Manhattan, New York City
Season 2: Episode 1: The Success of Mcdonalds and Cod Wars

Season 2: Episode 1: The Success of Mcdonalds and Cod Wars

The Softbrains are back for Season 2 with a delicious mix of fast food and fresh fish. Clarke details the history and marketing of Mcdonalds that has made it the golden arched beast that we know today. Not only how they became so successful but how they maintained that success. She also touches on McDonalds’ slogans, their on and off relationship with Disney and their run in with fraud.
After talking about the Filet o’ Fish, Justin takes us to fish filets, specifically cod filets. Starting in the early 1900’s there has been several ‘cod wars’ between Iceland and the United Kingdom, fighting over the desirable waters that sit between the two countries. Justin gets into boat ramming, net cutting, NATO threats and all of the details that make the Cod Wars one of the strangest wars in recent human history. Back with a banger, check it all out in Season 2: Episode 1: The Success of Mcdonalds and Cod Wars

The oldest operating Mcdonalds, built in 1953
The original paper cup nose Ronald Mcdonald
McLobster, sold in Eastern Canada and New England region
Mcdonalds Monopoly peel off tokens that led to a $24 million fraud case in 2000.

A cod fish
Expansion of the Iceland territorial waters.  From Iceland internal waters to the 200 nmi expansion (current extent of EEZ) in 1975
Net cutter in action
Icelands “Odinn” and UKs “Scylla” ramming into one another in the North Atlantic