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Aug 17, 2017

Welcome to The Story Behind: Clue Series. In every episode of this series, we talk about the history of one of the original weapons used in the game, “Clue.” This series may not be appropriate for all ages and listener discretion is advised.

This episode’s Clue weapon is depicted in the game by a bent metal tube, probably bent because of the force one would need to actually kill someone with that weapon. And, even if it’s not being used for MURDER, the material it’s made out of certainly has caused its share of health problems.

I’m your host, Emily Prokop, and this is The Story Behind The Lead Pipe.

The Clue Series Butler you heard at the beginning of the episode was played by Paul from Rick and Paul Heal the World.

Mr. Green imitations provided by Robin from the podcast The Trail Went Cold and Scott from the podcast Recovering from Religion.

The role of Vitruvius was played by Jeremy Collins from the Facebook group and podcast Podcasts We Listen To

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