The Weirdest Thing I Learned This Week

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At Popular Science, we report and write dozens of science and tech stories every week. And while a lot of the fun facts we stumble across make it into our articles, there are lots of other weird facts that we just keep around the office. So we figured, why not share those with you? Welcome to The We… read more

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58 Episodes | 2018 - 2019

Calling All Weirdos For A Very Important Announcement

August 21st, 2019

3:47

We're dropping in to tell you about a few special episodes coming up—and how you can participate!

The Weirdest Thing I Learned This Week is a podcast …

Feminist Butter Art, The First Celebrity Athletes, The Secret Lives of Algae

July 31st, 2019

50:26

The weirdest things we learned this week range from butter sculptures' feminist origins to the cutthroat world of competitive endurance walking. …

The Hungriest Boy, Eyeglasses for Cannibal Chickens, Champion Guppy Gulpers

July 24th, 2019

47:42

In the second half of our live show on June 14th, the weirdest things we learned this week range from the hungriest boy who ever lived to swallowing …

Victorian Sex Drugs, Milk in Your Veins, Radioactive Dishes

July 17th, 2019

45:18

The weirdest things we learned range from injecting cow's milk into a person's veins (don't worry, it's fresh!), to a modern gay sex drug with Victorian origins. Whose story will be voted "The Weirdest Thing I Learned …

Nazis Eating $@#!, The First Pregnancy Test, Permanently Swollen Feet

July 10th, 2019

41:54

The weirdest things we learned this week range from a good reason to eat fresh, steamy camel poo to injecting rats with human urine and seeing what happens. Whose story will be voted "The Weirdest Thing I Learned This …

Running Naked Through 24 Time Zones, Virgin Births, Corpse Compost

July 3rd, 2019

43:58

The weirdest things we learned range from South Pole streakers getting frostbitten nipples and weenies to pacemakers playing a role in exploding …

The Secret to Perfect Sleep, Naked Mole Rat Royalty, Baby Shark (do do do do do do) Puke

June 26th, 2019

34:27

In the first half of our live show on June 14th, the weirdest things we learned range from the bloody path to becoming a naked mole rat queen to a …

Magical Pee, a Feline Telephone, an Infuriating Math Problem

June 19th, 2019

44:09

The weirdest things we learned this week range from reading pee bubbles to discern one's future, to turning a living, breathing cat into a functional telephone. Whose story will be voted "The Weirdest Thing I Learned …

Labor-Inducing Salad, White Hair Overnight, Coyotes Vs. Cats

June 12th, 2019

35:54

The weirdest things we learned this week range from a salad that makes pregnant people have their babies to hair going white overnight. Whose story will be voted "The Weirdest Thing I Learned This Week"?

The Weirdest …

Wendy Zukerman talks werewolf tomatoes, overdosing on placebos, and snapping necks

June 5th, 2019

42:14

Wendy Zukerman from Gimlet's Science Vs. joins Weirdest Thing this week. The weirdest things we learned range from a man falling unconscious after taking too many placebo pills, to why the tomato's latin name means …

Bill Nye talks killer clowns, mermaids, pigeon poo, and deadly bicycles

May 29th, 2019

52:45

Bill Nye joins Rachel, Claire, and Eleanor on the show this week. Facts range from how pigeon poop led to the verification of the big bang to why your brain ignores gorillas and killer clowns lurking right in front of …

A very weird guest host is coming to Weirdest Thing!

May 24th, 2019

2:03

Something very weird is happening at Weirdest Thing... Some science guy is coming on to be a guest host! Check out this teaser to get the scoop.

The …

Historical Sex Toys, Killer Trains, Charles Fricken Dickens

May 10th, 2019

18:36

This week, we've got the first-ever voice messages episode of Weirdest Thing! We listen and react to extra weird, listener-provided facts that range from a dildo machine for nuns to a chicken named Mike who lived for 18 …

Here's your chance to be on Weirdest Thing!

May 2nd, 2019

1:10

Want to star in an episode of Weirdest Thing? Now’s your chance! We want to hear your weirdest science, tech, health and engineering facts so we can …

Fetish Origins, the Big Oyster, the Most Luxurious Fruit

April 24th, 2019

34:58

The weirdest things we learned this week range from preferring to have sex on a carnival velcro wall to eating a banana in tin foil with a knife and fork. Whose story will be voted "The Weirdest Thing I Learned This …

Animal Prostitution, Pavlovian Pee Responses, Painful Ginger Genes

April 17th, 2019

32:53

The weirdest things we learned this week range from monkeys selling sex to a physiological explanation of peeing involving bagpipes. Whose story will …

Man-Eating Deer, History’s Top Counterfeiters, a 12-Foot-Tall Bird

April 10th, 2019

38:13

The weirdest things we learned this week range from an absolutely enormous bird from New Zealand to deer with a taste for human flesh. Whose story …

Falcon Sex Hats, #HumanBones, Sleepy Muscle Twitches

April 3rd, 2019

33:33

The weirdest things we learned this week range from a hat made for romancing falcons to a booming bone trade on Instagram. Whose story will be voted "The Weirdest Thing I Learned This Week"?

The Weirdest Thing I Learned …

Disney’s Military Tech, DIY Mummies, Forgotten Female Scientists

March 27th, 2019

37:12

The weirdest things we learned this week range from monks that who themselves into mummies to the tech transfer between the military and Disneyland. Whose story will be voted "The Weirdest Thing I Learned This Week"?

Asses on Trial, The Brown Dog Riots, An Apple a Day…

March 20th, 2019

35:12

The weirdest things we learned this week range from animals being put on trial to the origins of the phrase "An apple a day keeps the doctor away." Whose story will be voted "The Weirdest Thing I Learned This Week"?

The …

Poodle Science, The Great Pigeon Race Disaster, Artificial Hips

March 13th, 2019

31:12

The weirdest things we learned this week range from the science of the poodle haircuts to the most dangerous pigeon race in history. Whose story will be voted "The Weirdest Thing I Learned This Week"?


The Weirdest …

Astronaut Farts, Deadly Dancing Plagues, A Shocking Art Scam

March 6th, 2019

29:12

The weirdest things we learned this week range from NASA's fears of fart-induced explosions to groups of people who died from dancing. Whose story will be voted "The Weirdest Thing I Learned This Week"?

The Weirdest …

Naked Founding Fathers, Jalapeño Thumb, Counting Vampires

February 27th, 2019

36:44

The weirdest things we learned this week range from founding fathers of the USA who liked being nude to a condition called Jalapeño Thumb (aka "Hot Pepper Hands") and how to cure it. Whose story will be voted "The …

The Most Man-Eating Tiger, Historical Balloon Riots, Baseball’s Curses

February 20th, 2019

28:54

The weirdest things we learned this week range from a tiger that ate more than 600 people over seven years to not one, not two, but three historical hot air balloon riots. Whose story will be voted "The Weirdest Thing I …

Sideshow Babies, Strange Sneezes, Rust for the Rust God

February 13th, 2019

32:04

The weirdest things we learned this week range from premature babies displayed as a sideshow exhibit to people who sneeze after eating a big meal. Whose story will be voted "The Weirdest Thing I Learned This Week"?


The …

Biting Cow Lips, Death by Molasses, Shopping for a New Finger

February 6th, 2019

28:41

The weirdest things we learned this week range from a 30-foot-tall molasses wave to the man who invented "bulldogging" in rodeos. Whose story will be …

Ladies Dueling Topless, Eating Every Animal, Birth via Pseudopenis

January 30th, 2019

31:57

The weirdest things we learned this week range from stripping during duels to stay alive to a man who wanted to eat every animal (for science). Whose …

The Sweetest Butts, Flaming Birds, The U.S. vs. 40 Barrels and 20 Kegs of Coca-Cola

January 23rd, 2019

32:32

The weirdest things we learned this week range from the sweetest smelling butts to birds that were used as candles. Whose story will be voted "The Weirdest Thing I Learned This Week"?


The Weirdest Thing I Learned This …

The Deadliest Surgery Ever, Severed Foot Epidemic, Toe-Touching Athletes

January 16th, 2019

33:37

On season 2 premiere of Weirdest Thing, the weirdest things we learned this week range from dozens of severed feet that wash up in the Pacific Northwest to an operation on one person that killed three people. Whose …

Torturous Treadmills, Champagne and Balls, History's Calendars

December 25th, 2018

32:21

On the this special New Year's episode, the weirdest things we learned this week range from the origins of treadmills (your New Year's resolution) to …

The Weirdest Things We Learned in Season 1

December 5th, 2018

34:25

We learned a lot of weird facts in season 1 of this show. Rachel and long-suffering producer Jason reflect on the first 25 episodes of The Weirdest Thing I Learned This Week and go through the data to figure out the …

Halloween Spooktacular 2018 (Season 1 Finale)

October 31st, 2018

40:37

On the season 1 finale of "The Weirdest Thing I Learned This Week," four of our original hosts jump behind the mic to share their spookiest facts, in honor of Halloween.

The weirdest things we learned this week range …

Glowing Civil War Wounds, Bubble Wrap's Origins, Historic Font Disputes

October 24th, 2018

28:56

The weirdest things we learned this week range from the origins of bubble wrap to Civil War soldiers whose wounds glowed in the dark. Whose story …

Taxidermy's Dark Secret, Woman "Births" Rabbits, The Parthenon's Optical Illusion

October 17th, 2018

33:58

The weirdest things we learned this week range from a piece of taxidermy with a dark secret to a woman who claimed to give birth to rabbits. Whose story will be voted "The Weirdest Thing I Learned This Week"?

The …

Vanishing Twins, The Poison Squad, Levitating Frogs

October 10th, 2018

39:53

The weirdest things we learned this week range from levitating a frog with electromagnets to the idea that absorbing a twin in utero gives you superpowers. Whose story will be voted "The Weirdest Thing I Learned This …

The Economy of "Frozen," Hopping Space Robots, Animals on Drugs

October 3rd, 2018

40:10

The weirdest things we learned this week range from the science and economics of the kingdom in the movie "Frozen" to the most (and least) wholesome …

Illegal Cheese, The Worst Dairy Disaster, Holes in People (and Cows)

September 26th, 2018

33:52

The weirdest things we learned this week range from the world's worst dairy-related disaster to a Sardinian cheese that is illegal to sell. Whose story will be voted "The Weirdest Thing I Learned This Week"?

The Weirdest …

Two Facts and a Lie with PopSci Editor-in-Chief Joe Brown

September 19th, 2018

6:10

The weirdest things we learned this week are weird things we've already learned! In this mini-episode, Popular Science editor-in-chief Joe Brown …

Sucked into a Bottle, the Ultimate Exercise Hack, the Statue of Liberty’s Big Secret

September 12th, 2018

39:05

The weirdest things we learned this week range from turning the Statue of Liberty into a battery to a man whose penis was sucked into a bottle with an explosion. Whose story will be voted "The Weirdest Thing I Learned …

Fatal Insomnia, Astounding Poops, NYPD Bees

September 5th, 2018

39:32

The weirdest things we learned this week range from a plan to bring George Washington back from the dead to a solar storm that powered telegraphs …

The Beauty of Corpses, Zombie George Washington, Solar-Powered Telegraphs

August 29th, 2018

40:41

The weirdest things we learned this week range from a plan to bring George Washington back from the dead to a solar storm that powered telegraphs …

Organ Meats, Fitness and Sweating, The World's Largest Dog Ban

August 22nd, 2018

40:43

The weirdest things we learned this week range from what organs you can and can't eat to the world's largest dog ban. Whose story will be voted "The Weirdest Thing I Learned This Week"?

Come to our live show in NYC on …

Laughing Gas Parties, Human Femur Flutes, Domesticating Zebras

August 15th, 2018

40:10

The weirdest things we learned this week range from flutes made from human femurs to trying to tame zebras. Whose story will be voted "The Weirdest Thing I Learned This Week"?

The Weirdest Thing I Learned This Week is a …

Skin-Peeling Soup, Chlorinating the Ocean, Secret Drug Toilets

August 8th, 2018

37:55

The weirdest things we learned this week range from a soup that makes your skin peel off to secret drug-finding toilets in airports. Whose story will be voted "The Weirdest Thing I Learned This Week"?

The Weirdest Thing …

Detachable Sex Organs, Human Skin Artwork, 17th Century Thought Experiment Solved

August 1st, 2018

40:29

The weirdest things we learned this week range from animals that detach their sex organs during or after sex to artwork you can hang in your home on a human skin canvas. Whose story will be voted "The Weirdest Thing I …

Bears in Ejector Seats, Nobel Prize for Giving Patients Malaria, The Secret Origins of Beer Yeast

July 25th, 2018

40:37

The weirdest things we learned this week range from the Air Force testing ejector seats with black bears to a doctor winning the Nobel Prize for infecting his patients with syphilis. Whose story will be voted "The …

Le Pétomane (The Fartiste), Tesla Loved a Pigeon, Meat Lozenges

July 18th, 2018

40:23

The weirdest things we learned this week range from a flatulist who became the highest-paid performer in France to meat lozenges. Whose story will be …

Poisonous Wallpaper, Cruise Ship Poop, The Best Ultramarathon Runners

July 11th, 2018

40:36

The weirdest things we learned this week range from poisonous wallpaper that people voluntarily put in their homes to an exploration of what happens …

Sex Magick, The Oldest Mac and Cheese, Contagious Writer's Block

June 27th, 2018

39:52

The weirdest things we learned this week range from a NASA engineer who believed in sex magick to the world's oldest recipe for macaroni and cheese. …

Corpses Doing Yoga, The Loneliest Island, Biblical Quail Rhabdo

June 20th, 2018

39:52

The weirdest things we learned this week range from rhabdo, a potentially fatal medical condition first mentioned in the bible, to the most remote inhabited island on Earth. Whose story will be voted "The Weirdest Thing …

Ketchup Consistency Standards, Implanting Memories, People Inside of Sperm

June 13th, 2018

40:28

The weirdest things we learned this week range from the standards and grading of ketchup to the idea that people were fully-formed inside of sperm …

The First Underwater Video, Ballooning Over the North Pole, The Call of the Void

June 6th, 2018

40:46

The weirdest things we learned this week range from finding lost footage of the first-ever underwater video to a daring attempt to fly over the North …

Medical Cannibalism, Hildegard of Bingen, Predicting the Weather

May 30th, 2018

40:43

The weirdest things we learned this week range from nuns, the origin of the cosmos, and the female orgasm to the number of calories in an average human man. Whose story will be voted "The Weirdest Thing I Learned This …

The Best Dog, Carnivorous Mushrooms, Naming Groups of Animals

May 23rd, 2018

39:13

The weirdest things we learned this week range from the world's best dog to mushrooms that eat animals. Whose story will be voted "The Weirdest Thing I Learned This Week"?


The Weirdest Thing I Learned This Week is a …

Smoke Enemas, Secret Acoustic Engineering, Volcano Traps Lighthouse

May 16th, 2018

40:36

The weirdest things we learned this week range from trying to revive dead (or unconscious) people by literally blowing smoke up their butts to the secret testing your favorite products go through to sound expensive. …

The First Celebrity Diet, Animals Adopting Animals, Believing You Are Dead

May 9th, 2018

31:17

The weirdest things we learned this week range from the world's first celebrity dieter, Lord Byron, to Cotard Syndrome, a mental illness where a person believes they are already dead or do not exist. Whose story will be …

Giant Sloths, Caged Babies, Spicy Horse Butts

May 2nd, 2018

38:09

The weirdest things we learned this week range from Thomas Jefferson and giant sloths to Eleanor Roosevelt and suspending babies above Park Avenue in NYC. Who will win our to-the-death* competition and have their story …

What is The Weirdest Thing I Learned This Week?

April 27th, 2018

1:37

Here at Popular Science, we write (and read) dozens of stories every week. And though many of the fun facts we stumble across during our research …

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