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Categorical Oracle

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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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New Years Traditions from Around the World

January 14th, 2021


Last year was rough and so far, this one ain't great. If you need a quick break, I invite you to join us as we take a look at some fun New Years traditions and chuckle for a bit

Holiday Spectacles

December 16th, 2020


The holidays are upon us once again, so let’s take a look at some of our favorite spectacular displays of the season

Great Moments in Turkey History/Preparation

November 25th, 2020


Gobble gobble folks, it’s turkey time again and in the spirit of doing this holiday differently this year, we’re mixing things up and bringing you a …

Weird Traditional Anniversary Gifts

November 18th, 2020


Well dear listeners, it’s been three-ish wonderful years and we’re gonna celebrate by taking a look at some of the weirdest traditional anniversary …

Fall Tropes

October 7th, 2020


Fall is upon us, let's talk about that

After School Snacks

September 22nd, 2020


School may have changed — though some might say it hasn’t changed enough — but one thing that’s probably still the same is after school snacks. Which …

Classic Summer Movies

September 10th, 2020


Annnd we’re back! We’re just in time for the end of Summer, and instead of reflecting on the one we’ve had, we’re gonna take a look back and some classic films from better times.

SNEAK PEAK: Lovecraft Singles

September 3rd, 2020


Hey there faithful listeners, we’re bringing you a sneak peak of the newest OM show, Lovecraft Singles. Join Categorical Oracles co-host Mary and her …

Pandemic Pastimes

July 28th, 2020


Despite certain orange monsters saying that this pandemic would be over months ago, it’s still going on and we’re still inside. Join us from the …

Famous Fictional Andrews

July 13th, 2020


Join us for the long awaited (?) second chapter of "famous fictional people with our names" series. Andrew edition.

Mcdonaldland Characters

June 29th, 2020


Join us as we fry up some overwrought conspiracy theories around characters from commercials that no one has thought about in like, 30 years.

Baseball's Racing Anthropomorphs

June 15th, 2020


Summer’s here folks, which (normally) means baseball. But since baseball’s boring, let’s talk about the the heroes who run around in foam costumes …

Forgotten Celebrity Scandals

June 1st, 2020


This time around we reminisce about celebrity scandals from days gone by

James Bond Theme Songs pt 2

May 18th, 2020


This time around we’ll be looking at the back-end (wink) of our list of James Bond theme songs.

James Bond Theme Songs pt 1

May 4th, 2020


What good is espionage without a sweet soundtrack? Luckily, James Bond, that most iconic of spy series, has never forced us to ask that question. Join the Oracles as they take a look at half of the James Bond theme …

Crazy Snakes

April 20th, 2020


Join us for some herpetological haha’s as we attempt to sort out some of the more unusual looking snakes in honor of St. Patricks day…kind of?


April 6th, 2020


We’re back from break, and boy have we had time form some opinions on soap.

CO Archives: Power Rangers Knock Offs

March 23rd, 2020


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 …

CO Archive: GOOP Products

March 9th, 2020


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

CO Archive: The First 10 Beanie Babies

February 24th, 2020


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

Saucy Limericks

February 10th, 2020


Valentine’s Day is upon us and if you’re looking for tips to spice things up, please don’t look to our latest ep for inspiration. If you want to laugh at poems about genitals though, you’re in the right place.

Fictional US Presidents

February 9th, 2020


It’s 2020 and the next presidential election is on everyone’s…much like it has been since 2016. Join us as we take a look back at some of the most …

Absurd Weight Loss Solutions

January 13th, 2020


As a new decade dawns, some of you may be looking for ways to follow through on weight-loss resolutions. Here are some things to avoid.

OM Holiday Spectacular 2019

December 23rd, 2019


The Holidays are upon us once again, and to celebrate, all your favorite Outrageous Mechanisms shows have to come together to bring you 2019 Holiday …

Santa Dynasties

December 9th, 2019


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


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


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


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

Traumatic Children's Movies

October 14th, 2019


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


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

High School Short Stories

September 16th, 2019


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


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


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


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


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


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


The epic journey concludes on Pure Moods, part 2

Pure Moods pt. 1

June 10th, 2019


Welcome summer with a CO Classic, Subversive Summer Reading

CO Archives: Subversive Summer Reading

May 27th, 2019


Welcome summer with a CO Classic, Subversive Summer Reading

Potluck of Potlucks

May 13th, 2019


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


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 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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


"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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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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