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12 DAYS OF P❄DMAS: Calling Birds

December 18th, 2018


12 DAYS OF P❄DMAS: French hens

December 17th, 2018


12 DAYS OF P❄DMAS: Turtle Doves

December 16th, 2018


12 DAYS OF P❄DMAS: Partridges/Pear Trees

December 15th, 2018



December 14th, 2018


Mrs. Röntgen's Skeleton Hand

December 10th, 2018

#OTD in 1901 Wilhelm Röntgen became the first person to win the Nobel Prize in Physics for his discovery of X-rays. The famous image he captured was of his wife's hand. Upon seeing her skeletal fingers, she gasped: "I …


December 7th, 2018


The Man Cured of HIV

December 1st, 2018

Timothy Ray Brown was the first (and thus for only) person to be cured of HIV. We're still not exactly sure what happened. Or if we could do it …

Schrödinger's Cat

November 29th, 2018

Happy Schrödinger's cat day! ✨🐈 Everyone's favorite quantum mechanics thought experiment that was basically trolling Einstein. 🧠 Become a …

Does silver really disinfect itself?

November 26th, 2018

Putting away Grandma's good sterling silver after Thanksgiving? Did you skimp out on cleaning it first? What if I told you that shit disinfects …

Black Friday's History of Violence

November 23rd, 2018


Scary Thanksgiving Parades

November 19th, 2018


Is it Fall or Autumn? 🍁

November 16th, 2018


The Life &Near-Deaths of Daredevil Kitty O'Neil

November 14th, 2018


What's the deal with seeing 11:11?

November 11th, 2018


How Bigfoot Ruined a Man's Life

November 9th, 2018


Doomsday Seed Vault

November 7th, 2018


Who is the Unicode Consortium?

November 5th, 2018


What really happened to Laika?

November 3rd, 2018


Does Daylight Saving Actually Help?

November 2nd, 2018


Ghost Stories

October 30th, 2018

As long as humans have been living we’ve been dying. And as long as we’ve been confronting our mortality, we’ve been asking: what happens when we die? Part of that is telling ghost stories. Here's one of mine. Become …

A Brief History of IHOP (IHOB?)

October 24th, 2018


How The Flu Kills You

October 19th, 2018


Can robots get depressed?

October 17th, 2018

Using AI to model human brain processes could help us better understand conditions like depression — but does that mean robots can get depressed? And …

The Butcher of Paris

October 15th, 2018

Marcel Petiot is one of history's most prolific serial killers. You've probably never heard of him — and after today's episode, you'll wish you never …

The Meyers-Briggs Type Indicator

October 12th, 2018

The MBTI personality test wasn't designed to measure  aptitude — it actually measures *preference.* You might *prefer* introversion to experience the world, but that doesn't mean you're *incapable* or *lacking* …

The Woman Who Died for Chemistry

October 11th, 2018


”We are all deserving of traveling mercies.”

October 6th, 2018


Sputnik in Wisconsin

October 5th, 2018

In 1962 a hunk of Russian space junk landed in the middle of a street in Wisconsin. What was the U.S. to do? This was Cold War-era Space Race time, …

A Brief History of the Nobel Prize

October 1st, 2018


The Stanford Prison Experiment

September 30th, 2018


What do you say when someone sneezes?

September 28th, 2018

Whatever the reason for ya sneezin' (which may or may not sound like "AH-CHOO") there are also many ways to respond when someone sneezes: "bless you," "Gesundheit," or "SORRY" (in case it's not ragweed, but rather, a …

The Milwaukee Protocol

September 28th, 2018


The Year Without a Summer

September 27th, 2018

The summer of 1816 was known as the Year Without a Summer in the northeast U.S. because even though it would be ~95°F during the day, at night …

Can donor hearts transplant memories?

September 25th, 2018


Indelible Pencils

September 23rd, 2018

"Indelible pencils" or copying pencils were popular for a time in the 1870s because they made it possible to easily make copies of handwritten …

Defeating Hackers With a Wall of Lava Lamps

September 21st, 2018


An Itsy-Bitsy History of the Bikini

September 19th, 2018

The first bikini debuted in 1946 — just a few days after the U.S. had begun testing the atomic bomb at Bikini Atoll, for which the suit had been …

Ben Franklin's Sky Electricity

September 17th, 2018

Ben Franklin's famous kite experiment took place sometime between June 10th - 15th, 1752. But you probably learned many misconceptions about it in …

Why do dogs sniff each other's butts?

September 15th, 2018

The unique scent each dog leaves behind (heh) is sort of like a Tinder bio: it conveys to other dogs in the neighborhood how old they are, what their …

Heat Lightning: Not Real

September 13th, 2018


A Cool History of Popsicles®

September 11th, 2018

Since we spent all summer seeing that same sponsored post by Popsicle® in our feeds, here's the history of the "frozen confection of attractive …

Sexy Moths

September 9th, 2018

Put on some slow, sexy, saxophone riffs and leave your porch light on tonight to help Hot Single Poplar Hawk Moths in your area get it on. It's literally their reason for living. #TagUrMothPorn Become a supporter of …

Jocelyn Bell Burnell

September 7th, 2018

Throwback to the episode we did about Jocelyn Bell Burnell who has AT LONG LAST finally been rewarded for her incredible contributions to science. In true GOAT fashion she's donating the money she's been awarded to a …


September 6th, 2018


A Brief History of 7-Elevens

September 5th, 2018

(This is, obviously, a throwback to 7/11) If there's not one in your neighborhood, just wait: it's said that a new store opens somewhere in the world every 2 hours. While you wait, grab a Slurpee and listen to today's …

The Pinnacles

September 4th, 2018


A Brief History of Social Media

September 3rd, 2018



September 2nd, 2018


Sweden's Spooky Ghost Train

September 1st, 2018

Legend has it that once you board Stockholm's "Silver Arrow" you're doomed to ride it for eternity – and not due to train traffic up ahead or a track …

Living Wills

August 31st, 2018

According to a 2016 study, even though we've been promoting advance directives & living wills for over 50 years, only about a third of U.S. …

The Basel Papyrus

August 30th, 2018

The mysterious Basel Papyrus contain 2,000 year old medical writings & the earliest known private letters between Christians. Incidentally, those …

Asymmetric Insight

August 29th, 2018

Thanks to a cognitive bias known as asymmetric insight, we tend to think we know other people better than they know us — or even that we know other people better than they know themselves. Become a supporter of this …

Ball Lightning

August 29th, 2018

Turns out my best friend Rebecca is one of the ~5 % of people on Earth who have witnessed the phenomenon of BALL LIGHTING. Naturally I made her tell me all about it – and she even made a gif! Become a supporter of …

The Lost Franklin Expedition

August 28th, 2018


The Internet's First Photo

August 27th, 2018

There's so much to love about Les Horribles Cernettes 1. A doo-wop parody girl group of CERN scientists 2. Songs had titles like "Collider" and …

The Dog Who Got Life in Prison for Murder

August 26th, 2018


How Treason Works

August 26th, 2018

What's happened (or is happening or might happen) between Trump & Putin, between the U.S. & Russia, is unethical, illegal, and unprecedented — but here's the reason it's *not* treason. Become a supporter of …

Santamartamys rufodorsalis

August 25th, 2018

In 2011 researchers snapped these photos of a red-crested tree rat — which was pretty impressive considering the critter is EXTINCT. Now reclassified as critically endangered, we've only ever seen ~3. The last sighting …

The *Real* First Photo of Earth From the Moon

August 23rd, 2018

It wasn't Apollo 17's famous "Blue Marble" photo. Nor was the awe-inspiring "earthrise" shot taken by the Apollo 8 crew. No, our first glimpse of …

How Master Keys Work

August 23rd, 2018

"Master keys" are actually part of a much larger hierarchal system of keying. Master keys can be "Grand" or "Great Grand" (like grandpas) depending on how many lower key systems they can unlock. Become a supporter of …

Is sunscreen killing coral reefs?

August 22nd, 2018

Yes, Hawaii wants to ban some sunscreens that are hurting coral reefs. No, that does not mean you should stop wearing sunscreen. Humans, coral — …

A Brief History of Car Washes

August 21st, 2018

Automated car washes are ubiquitous today but it wasn't long ago that so-called "car washes" were known simply as: YOUR BARE HANDS. Here's a brief history of how we mechanized the process. Become a supporter of this …

The Poet Bandit

August 20th, 2018

In the wild west a "gentleman bandit" named Charles Boles was known for being polite, robbing stagecoaches on foot instead of horseback, never …

The Roswell Incident 🛸

August 19th, 2018

Whether you believe it was aliens or not, the story of the Roswell incident (which began 71 years ago this summer) is a great example of how …

Can you smoke a cigarette in space?

August 18th, 2018

Is it fact or an .·:urban space legend:·. that you can't be an astronaut if you've ever smoked menthol cigarettes because it'll make your lungs …

Margarita Burns

August 17th, 2018

Squeezing limes for margaritas? Beware phytophotodermatitis ("margarita burn"). Lime juice contains phytochemicals that make your skin hypersensitive to the sun's UV rays and have been known to cause second-degree …


August 16th, 2018

Wobbegong sharks ("wobbies") are also known as carpet sharks because they literally just chill on the ocean floor like a rug. A rug with an extremely …

The WOW! Signal

August 15th, 2018


Heat Exhaustion v. Heat Stroke ☀️

August 14th, 2018

Hey, it's fucking hot outside!! Heat-related illness can kill you. Or your kid. Or your pet. Or other mammals you know and love!!! On today's ep we're talking about heat exhaustion v. heat stroke — and what to do if it …

How paper mills work

August 14th, 2018

For centuries "paper mills" didn't describe enormous factories of mechanized paper production: rather, "mills" were groups of skilled workers sitting around crafting single sheets by hand. Become a supporter of this …

The Shroud of Turin

August 13th, 2018

Some say the stained piece of linen is the burial cloth of Jesus, but even the modern science hasn't been able to definitively prove (or disprove) the shroud's story. And no, NASA didn't investigate it. Here's what …

Computers before computers with guest host Jonathan Blade

August 12th, 2018

Guest host Johnathan Blade is diving deep into "computers before computers." Find him on YouTube Johnathanblade1 where he makes videos about “commercial tech-related content and film reviews, with a focus on mostly …

Point(ing) of Interest with guest host Chris Thrasher

August 12th, 2018


Death by Watermelon with guest host Lydia Sigwarth

August 12th, 2018

Guest host Lydia Sigwarth is going to tell you about some of the most morbidly fascinating (ha — see what we did there?) deaths in history. SPOILER ALTER: Watermelons appear more than once. Become a supporter of this …

Catatumbo Lightning with guest host Pedro Graterol

August 12th, 2018

Guest host Pedo Graterol is going to tell you about one of the coolest and strangest phenomena of his home country, Venezuela: Catatumbo lightning! …

Jupiter's Weird New Moons with guest host Chelsea Gohd

August 12th, 2018

Guest host Chelsea Gohd (aka Foxanne) explains everything you wanted to know about Jupiter's weird AF new (to us, anyway) moons. Also, be sure to check out her EP & catch her on tour! Become a supporter of this …

Cervical Mucus with guest host Amanda Laird

August 12th, 2018


THE CRY CLOSET with guest hosts The RDR Show

August 12th, 2018

Today’s guest hosts Keven & Jofre of the Rant Debate and Repeat Show (The RDR Show on Anchor) are discussing Utah University's "cry closet" which you may not have realized is A THING THAT HAPPENED. Become a …

The Dewey Decimal System with guest host Lily Jenness

August 12th, 2018


What is "Ki?" with guest host Jacquard Isaiah Wyze

August 12th, 2018


Guest episode: Moxie LaBouche from This Is Your Brain on Facts

August 12th, 2018

Explore a wealth of fun facts with guest host is Moxie LaBouche, former burlesque dancer who turned her creative powers toward podcasting as a way to vent the wealth of useless information that clogs up her brain, which …


August 12th, 2018


Mental Health, Maine, & Mastication

August 12th, 2018


Riding Armadillos

August 12th, 2018


How Couponing Works

August 12th, 2018

Ever wondered how coupons work? The whole cycle — from when you hand your $1 coupon to the cashier to when the store gets reimbursed by the …

Where is everything!?

August 11th, 2018

Yes, all the old episodes are gone. But they’ll be back! Please stick with me - and now would be a great time to support the show because I need …

Perseids ☄️

August 11th, 2018


Freelancing (and why I'm difficult)

August 10th, 2018

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