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Endlessly curious author Abby Norman shares daily fascinating facts to fuel your next trip down a Wikihole. Visit anchor.fm/letmegooglethat for more.
A Brief History of Car Washes
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.
12:18
August 21, 2018
Where do we go from here? (And can we bring Peri Gilpin?)
No, we aren't becoming a Peri Gilpin fan podcast...because there already IS one and it's SUPREME and you should go listen to it right now https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/two-degrees-of-peri-gilpin/id1361303490?mt=2 and be sure to follow the hilarious duo that hosts, Kendra & Ken!
10:06
August 21, 2018
The Poet Bandit
In the wild west a "gentleman bandit" named Charles Boles was known for being polite, robbing stagecoaches on foot instead of horseback, never shooting a gun, rockin' a dapper aesthetic & the poems he left behind.
18:59
August 20, 2018
The Roswell Incident 🛸
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 traditional folk narratives develop.
24:13
August 19, 2018
Can you smoke a cigarette in space?
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 explode? (Gif by our friend http://dissent.is on Instagram!)
14:42
August 18, 2018
Margarita Burns
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 burns.
11:44
August 17, 2018
Wobbegongs
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 powerful jaw, lurking in the shadows . . . waiting.
09:40
August 16, 2018
The WOW! Signal
On August 15th, 1977 the WOW! Signal was heard by the Big Ear radio telescope at Ohio State University. . .aaaand everyone thought it was aliens.
06:43
August 15, 2018
Heat Exhaustion v. Heat Stroke ☀️
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 happens to you!
23:26
August 14, 2018
How paper mills work
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.
17:47
August 14, 2018
The Shroud of Turin
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 really happened.
17:40
August 13, 2018
Computers before computers with guest host Jonathan Blade
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 mobile editing.”
07:40
August 12, 2018
Point(ing) of Interest with guest host Chris Thrasher
Ever wondered why we point at things? Or how dogs *know* we're pointing at a thing? Guest host Chris Thrasher has answers.
08:21
August 12, 2018
Death by Watermelon with guest host Lydia Sigwarth
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.
09:59
August 12, 2018
Catatumbo Lightning with guest host Pedro Graterol
Guest host Pedo Graterol is going to tell you about one of the coolest and strangest phenomena of his home country, Venezuela: Catatumbo lightning!
08:02
August 12, 2018
Jupiter's Weird New Moons with guest host Chelsea Gohd
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!
10:07
August 12, 2018
Cervical Mucus with guest host Amanda Laird
Guest host Amanda Laird of the Heavy Flow Podcast made sure to include this image from “Taking Charge of Your Fertility” along with today’s a-rousing episode!
09:20
August 12, 2018
THE CRY CLOSET with guest hosts The RDR Show
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.
11:32
August 12, 2018
The Dewey Decimal System with guest host Lily Jenness
Guest host Lily Jenness, a librarian-in-training, artist, and writer from southern Indiana is here to tell you all about the clusterfuck that is the Dewey Decimal System!
09:19
August 12, 2018
What is "Ki?" with guest host Jacquard Isaiah Wyze
Guest host Jacquard Isaiah Wyze @OmegaOneYT is explaining the life force known as Ki. No, not “chi” — and if you remember Dragon Ball Z you already know this!
07:20
August 12, 2018
Guest episode: Moxie LaBouche from This Is Your Brain on Facts
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 she does on her podcast: This Is Your Brain on Facts!
07:22
August 12, 2018
HAVE SOME NATURE
A few quick updates, a listener question about podcast editing, and some nature ASMR lololol
11:26
August 12, 2018
Mental Health, Maine, & Mastication
The podcast equivalent of a vlog? Wherein I talk about my desperate need to chew, why I live in Maine, and how “getting through the day” turns into living your life.
20:19
August 12, 2018
Riding Armadillos
. . .and more of the happiest/weirdest facts I know!
09:40
August 12, 2018
How Couponing Works
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 manufacturer — takes about a month. So what happens to that little piece of paper?
14:10
August 12, 2018
Where is everything!?
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 help!!
08:21
August 11, 2018
Perseids ☄️
If you happen to catch the #perseidmeteorshower this weekend you have a specific and vaguely terrifying comet to thank!
06:39
August 11, 2018
Freelancing (and why I'm difficult)
So, uh, we're experiencing some *technical difficulties* by which I mean that I am *technically difficult*
09:23
August 10, 2018
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