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Categorical Oracle

50 EpisodesProduced by Outrageous MechanismsWebsite

Categorical Oracle is a comedy podcast that pits three brave librarians against the rampant disorder of the modern world. Every other week your hosts apply the combined might of their organizational skills to a new topic in their never-ending quest to make things make sense. Join them as they unpack… read more

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Santa Dynasties

December 9th, 2019

1:25:39

Santa cares for the children of the world but on our latest episode we’ll be taking a look at the ones he cares about the most…his own.

Processional Thanksgiving Media

November 25th, 2019

1:20:05

It’s Turkey Time folks, so sit on the couch and let the tryptophan take hold and join us as our favorite pieces of holiday media go by one after the …

Home Shopping Screw-Ups

November 11th, 2019

56:00

Looking for some holiday gift ideas? Don’t look here. Looking for a hilarious review of some of the greatest home shopping channel gaffes of all …

TV Horror Hosts

October 29th, 2019

1:30:18

Spooky season continues as the Oracles take a look at some classic TV horror hosts.

Traumatic Children's Movies

October 14th, 2019

1:39:05

The spookiest time of the year is upon us and the Oracles are celebrating by gathering the entire Outrageous Mechanisms family together to talk about some of the films from our formative years that were made for kids …

The Solar System

September 30th, 2019

1:37:53

This time around, we’ll be taking on our biggest topic yet, the Solar System

High School Short Stories

September 16th, 2019

1:31:49

School’s back fools and it’s time to crack those books. Get a head start with the Oracles as we dig into some of the memorable pieces of literature …

Throwback to School Fashions

September 2nd, 2019

1:06:38

As summer ends and another school year dawns, we’ve decided to take a look back at the hot back-to-school looks of yesteryear. So bust out the poodle …

Hills We Will Die On

August 19th, 2019

56:34

The Oracles love a good debate and understand that in many situations compromise is essential to success…but not all. Join us as we try to bring a bit of order to weird things we feel are worth fighting for in “Hills We …

Oh the Places You'll Go

August 5th, 2019

1:23:30

Stuck in a dead-end gig? Looking for your first real job? Feeling disheartened?

Don’t fret friends, we’ve all been there, Oracles included! Join us on our latest episode as we examine and categorize some high, and low …

GOOP Products

July 22nd, 2019

1:11:25

Got $755 to drop on a pot? Then have we got a show for you.

Hot Takes on Cool Treats: Ice Cream Truck Edition

July 8th, 2019

1:12:49

Beat the heat with the Oracles as they take a look at some classic ice cream truck treats

Pure Moods pt. 2

June 24th, 2019

1:07:07

The epic journey concludes on Pure Moods, part 2

Pure Moods pt. 1

June 10th, 2019

1:34:16

Welcome summer with a CO Classic, Subversive Summer Reading

CO Archives: Subversive Summer Reading

May 27th, 2019

2:02:43

Welcome summer with a CO Classic, Subversive Summer Reading

Potluck of Potlucks

May 13th, 2019

56:48

Summer is upon us and with it summer potlucks. To celebrate, the Oracles are going meta with a potluck episode about potluck foods.

The First 10 Beanie Babies

April 29th, 2019

1:09:53

Join the Oracles as they explore the first generation of Beanie Babies and engage in some Presidentially themed animal marketing

CO Archive: Great Lakes Tourist Traps

April 15th, 2019

2:01:57

2 out of 3 Oracles are currently on vacation, so in the spirit of getting away from it all we figured we’d revisit one of our favorite eps, Great Lakes Tourist Traps

Real Monuments to Fictional Characters

April 1st, 2019

1:29:31

History is full of great figures who’ve made an impact on the lives of people, and public parks are full of statues made to honor them.

While some of …

Power Rangers Knock Offs

March 18th, 2019

1:21:59

Once in a lifetime something truly original is made by combining existing clips from a Japanese TV show with new footage of attractive people doing …

Second Sight

March 4th, 2019

1:10:01

Categorical Oracle is entering its dirty thirties and to celebrate the Oracles are flipping the formula and taking a look back at what could’ve been …

ep 29: Romance Novel Covers

February 18th, 2019

1:45:46

The Oracle’s are back from their holiday hiatus! if that doesn’t get you excited then maybe these spicy romance novel covers will (wink wink)

ep 28: B-List Christmas Specials

December 24th, 2018

1:39:12

You know Frosty, and Rudolph, and A Claymation Christmas. The Miser Bros, Charlie Brown, and of the Grinch’s plan that was vicious. But do you …

ep 27: Must Have Holiday Toys

December 11th, 2018

1:26:27

Holiday episode season continues as the Oracles sort out the must have holiday toys of Andrew’s childhood

ep 26: Weird Celebrity Diets

November 26th, 2018

1:24:14

Did you go a little hard on the turkey and potatoes this Thanksgiving? Looking to shed some of that holiday weight and willing to take all of the joy …

ep 25: Thanksgiving Potluck II - The Unthankful

November 12th, 2018

1:16:32

Holiday traditions are important, so pull up a seat at the table and join the Oracles for our second annual Thanksgiving Potluck. This year’s theme, …

ep 24: Haunted Objects

October 29th, 2018

1:32:04

Hey, are you thinking about taking a picture of that creepy doll in the corner? BIG MISTAKE! instead of throwing your life away, how about you settle …

ep 23: Conspiracy Theories

October 15th, 2018

1:35:59

Bust out those tin-foil hats sheeple, in honor of this, the spookiest month, the Oracles are taking on one of their most terrifying topics yet, Conspiracy Theories.

ep 22: Fictional Kellys

September 30th, 2018

What do Mindy Kaling, Jaclyn Smith, and Liam Kyle Sullivan all have in common? Basically nothing, beyond leaving an indelible mark on pop culture by …

ep 21: Mythical Lake Monsters of North America

September 16th, 2018

1:25:47

The Oracles might just need a bigger boat this time around as they tour some of North America’s most dangerous lakes and discuss the savage creatures that inhabit them.

ep 20: Great Lakes Tourist Traps

September 3rd, 2018

The Oracles are back from their summer vacation and are ready to show off their crustaches and opinions of the best tourist traps the midwest has to offer

ep 19: Subversive Summer Reading

June 18th, 2018

2:02:43

This week the Oracles are adding “overachievers” to their many titles and accolades by knocking out their summer reading lists early. However don’t …

ep 18: Dumb Paint Color Names pt 1

June 3rd, 2018

1:13:43

On our latest episode the Oracles attempt to bring a little color into the world, and in doing so learn thing or too about parade float supplies, …

ep 17: Summer Jams 2

May 21st, 2018

2:19:43

Summer is finally upon us and to celebrate we're letting loose a previously unreleased follow-up to that CO classic Summer Jams, aptly titled Summer …

ep 16: Misused Quotes

May 7th, 2018

1:07:36

"Hand down one of the best — and classiest — episodes of the show to date. You won't want to miss it. Ya Boob"

- Captain Hook

ep 15: Modern Greek Choruses

April 24th, 2018

1:12:48

Don't you hate it when you're watching a movie and don't know how to feel? Lucky for you, the ancient greeks felt the same way and came up with a …

ep: 14 Fictional Places to Get a Cup of Coffee

April 8th, 2018

1:51:54

Feeling sluggish, do you long for the company of good friends? Well pull up a chair at the Oracles' table and wrap your hand around a warm mug as we …

ep 13: illegitimate Children of Zeus

March 25th, 2018

1:33:09

On our latest episode, the Oracles bravely laugh in the face of the fates by taking a look at children of one of mythology's greatest cads, Zeus. …

ep 12: Go to Products in Supermarket Sweep

March 11th, 2018

1:06:30

Is this one of your fantasies? You see a big beautiful supermarket and they say "go ahead, do what you've always wanted to do! Make terrible …

ep 11: Awkward Oscar Moments

February 26th, 2018

1:43:26

What a night folks! Hollywood’s greatest stars, both human and cardboard, are out and breathlessly awaiting the arrival of this week’s episode — and …

ep 10: Retired Conversation Heart Quotes

February 12th, 2018

1:14:03

Remember being in elementary school and shifting through an impeccably decorated shoebox only to find impersonal Valentines your classmate gave you …

ep 9: Summer Jams

January 28th, 2018

1:38:06

Winter bringing you down? Throw off your snowshoes. pop on your sandals, and join the Oracles as they take a look back at the most popular summer …

ep 8: Cults

January 15th, 2018

2:06:35

On this weeks episode, the Oracles have turned their eyes on some of America's most notorious cults and encourage all CO listeners to have a happy, …

ep 7: Rudolph: The Red Nose Trilogy

January 2nd, 2018

2:18:50

You know Rudolph and Hermie, and Yukon Cornelius. Donner, the Bumble, Santa, and Missus (Claus). But do you recall, the least famous Christmas …

ep 6: Pop X-Mas Songs

December 10th, 2017

1:55:09

Hello-ho-ho faithful listeners and welcome to the first annual Categorical Oracle holiday episode. This week, we three oracles have traveled far to …

ep 5: Thanksgiving Potluck

November 27th, 2017

1:57:15

In this very special Thanksgiving episode the Oracles are hosting a potluck! Get your lips smacking and your chops set because we’ll be carving up three mini lists this time around. Our buffet table is groaning with …

ep 4: Fan Theories

November 13th, 2017

1:27:54

This week Kelly has trawled the depths of fan theory message boards and has delivered a net full of flimsy connections, shaky reasoning, and soggy …

ep 3: Halloween Candy

October 30th, 2017

2:05:33

Sit back boys and ghouls and sate your sweet tooth (fang) as Mary, Kelly, and Andrew take you on a sugar-soaked odyssey through everyone's favorite …

ep 2: 90s Sitcom Intros

October 30th, 2017

1:39:17

We’re shamelessly cashing in on the Buzzfeed laced nostalgia craze and digging into classic 90s sitcom intros. These multimedia “handshakes” take us …

ep 1: U.S. State Flags

October 30th, 2017

1:33:55

Mary, Kelly and Andrew are bashing sacrificial bottles of champagne over the bow of the USS Categorical Oracle and launching into the choppy seas of …

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