In the early 1900s, the U.S. banned blackcurrants because the seeds were vectors for a fungus that threatened the logging industry. That means that most Americans have never tasted blackcurrant. Which means they've never experienced RIBENA.
We have a frustrated pharmacist to thank for the chalk-and-talk-tastic Valentine's Day candy.
*I apologize if the sound/editing has been inconsistent! I have changed locations/set-ups and am still working things out.
Bobby Dunbar disappeared. The boy found, returned to his family, and raised as their son — was not him.
Check out the episode of This American Life I reference here: https://www.thisamericanlife.org/352/the-ghost-of-bobby-dunbar
JFK'S birthday is on Friday, so in his honor ... consider that Gallup polls since 1963 show most Americans believe JFK’s assassination was part of a conspiracy. And that it did not help that JFK's brain went missing after the autopsy.
See: Wikipedia of JFK assassination conspiracy theories.
7UP wasn't just ANY lemon-lime soda, it wanted to be *the* lemon-lime soda. Adding lithium probably helped. As did the enduring mystique around its name. Oh, and the whole "upside down" thing in the early 2000s. . .
*Disqualifying the positive* is a kind of cognitive distortion where you explain away good things that happen because they don't fit into your *grand unified theory of negativity* — but it's a little more nuanced than that. (NOTE: This episode was originally recorded in 2018!)
Guest host Vieno from Trans Field Guide podcast is here to explain what gender is (and isn't) in celebration of #TransAwarenessWeek! You can learn more at transfieldguide.com. Follow them on Instagram @transfieldguide1 and www.facebook.com/TransFieldGuide/🌈
Fed up with "monobosom," Caresse Crosby (aka Mary Phelps Jacobs/Polly Jacobs) received the first U.S. patent for the "brassiere" in early November of 1914. She also ghostwrote porn, founded the press that published Bukowski, & had a dog named "Clytoris."
Happy #NationalPlayDohDay! Yes, you can technically eat Play-Doh but it’s not gluten-free!!
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In 1924, a pair of sailors died aboard the S.S. Watertown and were buried at sea. Then, the crew started seeing spectral faces in the water. In response to cries of "photographs or it did not occur" the captain snapped A SPOOKY-ASS PIC
What IS the difference between 𝘴𝘰𝘳𝘣𝘦𝘵 and 𝘴𝘩𝘦𝘳𝘣𝘦𝘵? Well, it depends on where you live. Oh, and it's not *SHER𝘽𝙀𝙍𝙏* (you can thank the Big Band ditty "Shoot the Sherbet to Me Herbert" for that mispronunciation).
Although the idea had been around since the 13th century, sandpaper was patented in 1834 by Isaac Fisher Jr. who was basically like: RUB HARD THING WITH HARDER THING UNTIL SMOOTH + FIND WAY TO MASS PRODUCE IT = PROFIT
"Word fossils" are words that we don't really use anymore, except as part of an idiom or expression: "What in 𝙩𝙖𝙧𝙣𝙖𝙩𝙞𝙤𝙣?!" "Good 𝙧𝙞𝙙𝙙𝙖𝙣𝙘𝙚!" & "Moral 𝙩𝙪𝙧𝙥𝙞𝙩𝙪𝙙𝙚." But how do words become "fossilized" & how long does it take?
On April 20, 2010 the Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded, sinking 2 days later. Over the next 87 days, millions of barrels of oil leaked into the ocean — the economic & environmental impact of which many are still reeling from today.
Part 2 of this weekend's #Titanic episode is about one of the survivors: silent film star Dorothy Gibson who wrote (& starred in) the *first* movie about the Titanic a century before James Cameron's epic — and just months after the disaster.
This weekend marks the 106th anniversary of the #Titanic sinking. The disaster launched a thousand ships (if unanswered questions & conspiracy theories are ships) that still compel us over a century later.
Why do humans have names & how long have we been naming each other? Also: dolphins have names, too! Researchers think baby dolphins actually name themselves. Today's #NationalNameYourselfDay so call in with the @anchor app & share what you'd name yourself!
If you wanted to go from Wilmington, California to Long Beach circa 1882, you could take a train. But be warned: its nickname was the "Get Out and Push Railroad" or, a more modern interpretation: "The Little Engine That Literally Could Not Even."
Hey friends! On Tuesday 03/05 at 11 am EST I'll be doing an Instagram Live Q+A and #bookgiveaway to celebrate the paperback release of That Book I wrote! #AMA about writing, endometriosis and my many other ills, DOGS, books, podcasting, #XFiles, Maine, etc. Submit questions over on Instagram! → instagram.com/abbymnorman
For #PresidentsDay we're talking about the coolest president you forgot about, Calvin Coolidge. With a love of Vaseline and electric horses, "Silent Cal" was your dry-witted introvert friend who hated parties.
The opposite of paranoia puts a positive spin on the concept: you believe the universe is conspiring to *help* you rather than *harm* you. Oh, and it might have roots in '90s festival subculture. EXCEPT THAT MIGHT BE A CONSPIRACY, TOO!
In the context of America's opioid epidemic, you've probably been hearing a lot about Narcan. But the "miracle drug" isn't new. It's actually been around since the 1960s. So how does it work? And can anyone use it to save a life?
Y'know how your weather app gives you the temperature outside but then warns you that it'll *feel like* a much colder temp, thus upping your risk of FROST BITE? Today we're debunking the ol' New England adage, "Don't fuck with the wind chill, fam."
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The Canadian Hydrogen Intensity Mapping Experiment (CHIME) telescope has detected the second-ever mystery space sounds known as "fast radio bursts" or FBRs. The sounds were first heard back in 2007 and have puzzled scientists ever since. But what *are* they? Or what could they be?
#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 have seen my death."
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.
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?
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.
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?"
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)
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.
"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.
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.
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.
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.
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...
(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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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!)
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.”
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!
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?