Timesuck with Dan Cummins

278 - Sex, Silverware, and Immortality: The Oneida Community Cult

Episode Summary

Did you know that Oneida, the largest flatware company in the United States in the 20th century, started out as a sex cult in the 19th century? John Humphrey Noyes started a group love compound in Oneida, NY in 1848 built on some of the craziest notions of how to achieve immortality you will ever hear.

Episode Notes

Did you know that if lots of people  have lots of unprotected sex and the men never ejaculate you can help Jesus create his kingdom on Earth?  No? Well then you would NOT have been accepted into the Oneida Community Cult and you would've never gotten to live in a 93,000  square foot compound in Oneida, NY with around three hundred other followers.  This is just one of the super crazy messages John Humphrey Noyes  taught the followers living in his community. He also taught them that he was perfect. Literally perfect. And then, when he finally had to flee the country or be arrested for having sex with underage girls, his followers went on to built the largest silverware company North America had ever seen. I love how weird this episode is - hope you do too! 

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