What happens when a Japanese fighter pilot crash-lands on a remote Hawaiian island after the attack on Pearl Harbor?

After taking part in the attack on Pearl Harbor, Japanese fighter pilot Shigenori Nishikaichi crash-landed on the isolated Hawaiian island of Niihau. In this week's episode of the Futility Closet podcast we'll describe the escalating drama between the desperate pilot and the terrified islanders.

We'll also puzzle over why a man can't sell a solid gold letter opener.

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