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Endlessly curious author Abby Norman (@abbymnorman) shares fascinating fodder to fuel your next trip down a Wikihole. Visit anchor.fm/letmegooglethat for more and follow the show on Twitter @letmeglglthat and Instagram @letmegooglethat
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Can robots get depressed?
Using AI to model human brain processes could help us better understand conditions like depression — but does that mean robots can get depressed? And if they can't. . .should we program them to? For SCIENCE?
10:14
October 17, 2018
The Butcher of Paris
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 had.
16:30
October 15, 2018
The Meyers-Briggs Type Indicator
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* extraverted qualities.
20:14
October 12, 2018
The Woman Who Died for Chemistry
Karen Wetterhahn's untimely death in the 1990s gave science invaluable insight into mercury poisoning.
10:31
October 11, 2018
”We are all deserving of traveling mercies.”
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20:16
October 6, 2018
Sputnik in Wisconsin
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, so they weren't gonna call up the Soviet Union like: "It's 10 PM do you know where your Sputnik is?"
14:19
October 5, 2018
A Brief History of the Nobel Prize
Why do we award them? And what about that time some medals were hidden from the Nazis in an acid bath?
13:18
October 1, 2018
The Stanford Prison Experiment
You'll find the Stanford Prison Experiment in any Psych 101 textbook — but don't believe everything you're taught.
27:12
September 30, 2018
What do you say when someone sneezes?
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 sign of your impending death)
11:28
September 28, 2018
The Milwaukee Protocol
Did an experimental treatment really save a teenage girl from rabies - or was it just a coincidence?
11:31
September 28, 2018
The Year Without a Summer
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 temperatures dropped so low that Maine got A FOOT OF SNOW IN JUNE.
06:09
September 27, 2018
Can donor hearts transplant memories?
In 1988 Claire Sylvia received New England's first heart-lung transplant. And the personality of the teenage boy whose heart she got.
18:20
September 25, 2018
Indelible Pencils
"Indelible pencils" or copying pencils were popular for a time in the 1870s because they made it possible to easily make copies of handwritten documents. Which would have been great — except they turned out to be poisonous.
08:11
September 23, 2018
Defeating Hackers With a Wall of Lava Lamps
A company in California has devised truly random encryption for cybersecurity using. . .Lava Lamps.
10:17
September 21, 2018
An Itsy-Bitsy History of the Bikini
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 named. How's that for ~SEO strategy?
15:51
September 19, 2018
Ben Franklin's Sky Electricity
Ben Franklin's famous kite experiment took place sometime between June 10th - 15th, 1752. But you probably learned many misconceptions about it in school: 1. Franklin didn't discover electricity. 2. His kite did not get struck by lightning.
12:13
September 17, 2018
Why do dogs sniff each other's butts?
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 emotional state is, and whether or not they're DTF.
08:36
September 15, 2018
Heat Lightning: Not Real
ヽHEAT`、`LIGHTNINGヽ`ヽヽ IS ヽヽFAKEヽ`ヽ`、`NEWSヽ`
05:25
September 13, 2018
A Cool History of Popsicles®
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 appearance" which was *accidentally* invented by an 11-year-old boy in 1905.
11:27
September 11, 2018
Sexy Moths
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
08:34
September 9, 2018
Jocelyn Bell Burnell
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 fund to help prevent men from taking credit for their female colleagues' discoveries...
09:53
September 7, 2018
Statelessness
Technically, you can turn in your social security card and renounce your U.S. citizenship just because you want to (but maybe don't).
07:49
September 6, 2018
A Brief History of 7-Elevens
(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 episode.
12:21
September 5, 2018
The Pinnacles
LISTENER CALL-IN! How were the weird and beautiful Pinnacles of the Western Australian desert formed?
08:06
September 4, 2018
A Brief History of Social Media
From BBS chatrooms and Compuserv to Geocities, AOL, and Myspace — when it comes to social media, how did we get to. . .whatever it is we're doing now?
13:49
September 3, 2018
SHAPESHIFTING RIVER DOLPHINS
Am I the only person who didn't know there are DOLPHINS in the Amazon River?
05:32
September 2, 2018
Sweden's Spooky Ghost Train
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 fire BUT BECAUSE IT'S A ˢᵖᵒᴼᵒᴼᵒᵏʸ GHOST TRAIN!
11:20
September 1, 2018
Living Wills
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. adults have one.
11:24
August 31, 2018
The Basel Papyrus
The mysterious Basel Papyrus contain 2,000 year old medical writings & the earliest known private letters between Christians. Incidentally, those letters also appear to include the earliest known review of fish sauce.
08:33
August 30, 2018
Asymmetric Insight
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.
14:17
August 29, 2018
Ball Lightning
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!
15:20
August 29, 2018
The Lost Franklin Expedition
AKA: The true story behind AMC's "The Terror."
19:40
August 28, 2018
The Internet's First Photo
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 "Daddy's Lab" 3. In 1992 this promo photo became the first pic uploaded to the internet.
12:16
August 27, 2018
The Dog Who Got Life in Prison for Murder
In the 1920s, "Pep" was sent to the Eastern State Penitentiary. He even got a mug shot taken. But his life sentence was actually not what the media made it seem.
05:11
August 26, 2018
How Treason Works
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.
14:22
August 26, 2018
Santamartamys rufodorsalis
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 was over a century ago.
08:57
August 25, 2018
The *Real* First Photo of Earth From the Moon
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 Earth from lunar orbit came on August 23rd, 1966 when NASA decided to risk their Moon-mapping mission to have Lunar Orbiter 1 crane its camera's lens away from the lunar surface to take a few photos of us instead.
11:30
August 23, 2018
How Master Keys Work
"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.
14:48
August 23, 2018
Is sunscreen killing coral reefs?
Yes, Hawaii wants to ban some sunscreens that are hurting coral reefs. No, that does not mean you should stop wearing sunscreen. Humans, coral — we're all just trying to live through this goddamn summer, OK?
11:11
August 22, 2018
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.
09:14
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!
09:49
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.
18:41
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.
23:56
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!)
14:25
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.
11:27
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.
09:22
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.
06:26
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!
23:08
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.
17:30
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.
14:18
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.”
04:36
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.
05:17
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.
06:55
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!
04:58
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!
07:03
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!
06:16
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.
08:28
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!
06:14
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!
04:16
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!
04:18
August 12, 2018
HAVE SOME NATURE
A few quick updates, a listener question about podcast editing, and some nature ASMR lololol
08:22
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.
17:15
August 12, 2018
Riding Armadillos
. . .and more of the happiest/weirdest facts I know!
06:36
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?
13:53
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!!
05:17
August 11, 2018
Perseids ☄️
If you happen to catch the #perseidmeteorshower this weekend you have a specific and vaguely terrifying comet to thank!
06:21
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*
06:19
August 10, 2018
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