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Endlessly curious author Abby Norman shares daily fascinating factoids to fuel your next trip down a Wikihole. This podcast was created in Anchor. To interact with the host or hear more, visit anchor.fm/letmegooglethat

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Pretzels 🥨
80% of America's pretzels are made in Pennsylvania & that other 10% is probably accounted for by a single NYC soft pretzel. #NationalPretzelDay
08:42
April 26, 2018
DNA Takes a New Shape
It's #DNADay! Researchers in Australia found a DNA structure in human cells that science didn't think would ever be seen outside the lab. Here's why that's totally bitchin'.
06:53
April 25, 2018
Word Fossils
"Word fossils" are words that we don't really use anymore, except as part of an idiom or expression. Some examples? "What in 𝙩𝙖𝙧𝙣𝙖𝙩𝙞𝙤𝙣?!" "Good 𝙧𝙞𝙙𝙙𝙖𝙣𝙘𝙚!" & "Moral 𝙩𝙪𝙧𝙥𝙞𝙩𝙪𝙙𝙚." But how do words become "fossilized" & how long does it take?
06:30
April 24, 2018
Pap smears
At the beginning of the 1900s, cervical cancer was the top killer of women in the U.S. Within a decade of the development of a screening test by Dr. George Papanicolaou (the "Pap") the rate was cut in half. Today, a little over a century later, cervical cancer isn't even in the top 10.
13:19
April 23, 2018
Plastics
Why not celebrate Earth Day by having a lil' ocean with your plastic. So, who invented this stuff anyway? And what even IS plastic?
11:47
April 22, 2018
Deepwater Horizon
On April 20th, 2010 an oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico exploded, leaking millions of barrels of oil into the ocean – the largest such disaster in history. Nearly a decade later, the economic & environmental impact is still being felt. But was anyone ever really held accountable?
16:06
April 21, 2018
Most Americans Have Never Tasted Blackcurrants
In the early 1900s, the berry's seeds were deemed a threat to the logging industry and banned throughout the U.S. As a result, the vast majority of Americans haven't heard of them and have no idea what the flavor is like.
06:58
April 20, 2018
A Happenin' History of High Fives
...and their many variations.
06:27
April 19, 2018
A Brief History of Crossword Puzzles
On this day in 1924, Simon & Schuster published the first book of crosswords. As the New Yorker wrote: "Judging from the number of solvers in the subway & L trains, the crossword puzzle bids fair to become a fad with New Yorkers," — and they did!
07:49
April 18, 2018
Can animals really smell fear?
Do dogs really *smell* fear? And can *humans* smell fear? And if the military were to, say, use pheromones to psych out enemy troops would that count as biochemical or psychological warfare?
09:59
April 17, 2018
How does Narcan work?
In the context of America's opioid epidemic, you've probably heard about Narcan a lot. The "miracle drug" that can bring people back from a drug overdose has actually been around since the 1960s. But how does the drug work? And can anyone use it to save a life?
12:07
April 16, 2018
Surviving the Titanic
One of the passengers on the ill-fated vessel was silent film star Dorothy Gibson, who survived the sinking. She wrote (and starred in) the *first* Titanic movie nearly a century before James Cameron's epic.
22:09
April 15, 2018
The Titanic Sinking: Part 1
106 years ago this weekend an "unsinkable" ship sunk — an event that then launched a thousand ships (if unanswered questions and conspiracy theories were ships) that still compel us over a century later. (And maybe that movie had something to do with it. . .⚓🌹)
22:18
April 14, 2018
Friday the 13th
While we're all familiar with the anecdotally reported unluckiness of the day, gathering hard data in support of that has been impossible — since people tend to avoid normal activities or exercise excess caution on the day, therefore creating bias in any data that might be gathered.
08:57
April 13, 2018
The Origin of the = Sign
Robert Recorde invented the equals sign (=) because he got HECKIN' TIRED of having to write "is equal to" over and over again when he was creating mathematical texts for non-Latin reading folk in 16th century England.
09:33
April 12, 2018
The 27 Club
The legend, lore, and astrology of the 27 CLUB — famous musicians who died at the age of 27. While people usually know Hendrix, Morrison, Joplin, Cobain & Winehouse, the "club" has more than 60 members to date.
10:38
April 11, 2018
Pronoia
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. Or maybe that's a conspiracy, too.
07:45
April 10, 2018
Why Do We Have Names?
When did we start giving each other names anyway? Also: dolphins also have names for each other but as our ancestors were probably not named "Rhonda" there probably aren't dolphins named "Rhonda" either.
11:05
April 9, 2018
Chappaquiddick
In the summer of 1969 a car carrying Ted Kennedy and a young woman named Mary Jo Kopechne plunged from a bridge on an island off Martha's Vineyard into the water below. Kennedy survived, but Mary Jo Kopechne did not — and the questions surrounding what really happened that night are as murky as the water in which she died.
25:24
April 7, 2018
Giraffes or CAMELEOPARDS
Everything you never knew you wanted to know about the most glorious, Big 'n Tall, even-toed ungulate bastards in the wild.
16:29
April 6, 2018
Poisoning Yourself for Science
In the early 1900s a chemist invited a bunch of people to his house for dinner. Then he poisoned them. But the kicker was, his guests knew about it and had agreed to it. Welcome to the weird history of food safety.
07:34
April 5, 2018
The Pollock Twins 👭
In 1957, John & Florence Pollock lost their young daughters in a tragic accident. A year later, Florence gave birth to twin girls. As the twins grew up, they said & did eerie, inexplicable things that made John certain they were the reincarnated souls of the daughters he lost. A psychologist who studied reincarnation believed it too — but was it just the wishful thinking of grieving parents? Or was something paranormal at play with the Pollock girls' story?
11:59
April 4, 2018
Poles of Inaccessibility
China's Tiangong 1 space station plunged into Point Nemo, the "spacecraft cemetery" in the middle of the Pacific ocean, over the weekend. Other "poles of inaccessibility" on Earth include this one in Antarctica that features a statue of Lenin ominously rising from the permafrost.
07:56
April 3, 2018
On World Autism Awareness Day
When my little brother and I were growing up in the '90s, people weren't talking about autism like they were today. By the time Caleb was finally diagnosed, we didn't understand much more than we did the day he was born. But over the last 25 years together, he's taught me (and everyone who has ever met him) so much. Not just about autism, but about finding joy in life both on and off the spectrum.
16:20
April 2, 2018
How Baby Chicks Hatch 🐣
The LMGT Easter special is about the science of eggshells; hard on the outside, soft on the inside. Just like us.
07:23
March 31, 2018
Throckmorton's Sign 🍆
For National Doctors Day, we're talking about the eponymous nature of medicine! Ever heard of "Throckmorton's sign?" Otherwise known as the *John Thomas* sign?
07:17
March 30, 2018
An Uh Oh! History of SpaghettiOs
The distinctly tangy canned meal is a childhood classic that debuted in the 1960s as a solution to messy mealtimes.
10:51
March 29, 2018
The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory
In the early 1900s, hundreds of women (mostly immigrants) worked their fingers to the bone in NYC's shirtwaist factories. A fire at one of the largest went down in history as one of the worst industrial disasters in U.S. history — but the true legacy its workers left behind was in an uprising of women who fought for worker's rights and a union the year before the tragedy.
13:48
March 28, 2018
The Piltdown Hoax
As it made us reconsider the entire history of human evolution, many regard the so-called "Piltdown man" as the greatest archeological hoax of all-time. But now I want to know about *other* archeological hoaxes.
09:48
March 27, 2018
Pillows!
Why do we sleep with pillows? Feat. my aunt explaining BUCKWHEAT PILLOWS!
10:45
March 26, 2018
Tuberculosis Part II: Consumptive Chic
Although the Victorians definitely were like "death, but make it fashion" glamorized descriptions of people dying from TB go back to the first century.
12:44
March 25, 2018
Tuberculosis: Part I
TB is an infectious disease that a quarter of the world's population may have without knowing it — and it doesn't always look like "Victorians dying of consumption."
14:17
March 24, 2018
Who Invented Coffee Filters?
Thanks to a 20th-century German housewife, we have a way to make tasty ground-free coffee at home that doesn't taste 100 percent like shit.
13:57
March 23, 2018
A Po-em for World Poetry Day
Call in with your favorite poem!
04:58
March 21, 2018
Undertaker Ants! ⚰️🐜
This behavior is actually common to many insects but I'm not the first, nor will I be the last, to tell you that ANTS & BEES ARE HECKIN' COOL!
07:19
March 20, 2018
Fritz Zwicky, Supernova, & "Spherical Bastards"
We have Swiss astronomer Fritz Zwicky to think for the astronomical terms "supernova" and "nuclear goblins" but also the misanthropic insult "spherical bastard." FYI, Zwicky's Wiki is an excellent read if you're having a rough day.
06:44
March 19, 2018
Americans Invented St. Patrick's Day 🍀
Saint Patrick probably wasn't even Irish, tbh.
07:20
March 17, 2018
The History of Audiobooks *Abridged*
How audiobooks changed the way we read. Y'know, 'cause really, you're listening to someone else do the reading.
15:14
March 16, 2018
A Theory of Everything Stephen Hawking
The universe is chaos, but that never scared Hawking.
13:23
March 14, 2018
The Polygon Nuclear Tests
Nearly 50 years of secret nuclear testing at the Semipalatinsk Test Site is still making people in Kazakhstan ill.
13:00
March 13, 2018
SHAMPOO!
So, when did humans start doing the whole "rinse, lather, repeat" nonesense?
07:34
March 12, 2018
Does Daylight Saving Actually Help?
Does anyone else think it's kind of weird that we just all AGREE to literally CHANGE TIME twice a year — ?
09:10
March 11, 2018
Amelia Earhart: REDUX
In light of new evidence in the case of her disappearance, let's revisit the episode where we asked: what the hell happened on that plane!?
11:06
March 10, 2018
NYC friends! Come say hi at Books Are Magic in Brooklyn tonight!
I'll be at Books Are Magic doing a reading and signing in Brooklyn tonight if you wanna say heyyy.
02:34
March 9, 2018
WOMEN! ♀️
For International Women's Day, here's a very special episode featuring some of the most interesting women we've talked about on LMGT that you might have missed!
25:06
March 8, 2018
Baby’s First Computer Worm
In the 1980s a grad student unleashed malware on the still-new internet and boy did all hell break loose!!
10:29
March 7, 2018
Happy Birthday, LMGT!!
And what a year it's been! Let's take a look back at some of the best episodes- starting with the very first!
07:45
March 5, 2018
Jenny Everywhere
There are some fictional characters that just lapse into the public domain . . . then there are those that are created for it.
14:00
March 6, 2018
The Baader-Meinhof Phenomenon
Ever learn something and then start seeing or hearing it *everywhere* — ? Maybe even after listening to an episode of this podcast?
05:29
March 4, 2018
Ugh! Centipedes!
Also: it's "spermatophore" but for some reason I kept saying "spermatophone"
07:43
March 3, 2018
The Urantia Book
For Read Across America Day, why not read a mysterious 2,000-page spiritual tome supposedly bestowed upon humanity by celestial beings and, that, to this day, we don't know the author of?
10:15
March 2, 2018
Who Put Bella in the Wych Elm?
The message has been scrawled on an obelisk for years; a plea to solve the murder of a woman whose body was discovered in a tree truck by a group of young boys playing in the English countryside in 1943.
08:04
March 1, 2018
Laundromats
Why did we ever stop calling them Washaterias?!
09:14
February 28, 2018
The Donner Party Maybe Wasn't *That* Cannablisitic
The Donner Party was, indeed, unfathomably tragic. But historians believe the extent of the lost souls' cannibalism has been wildly overstated.
17:06
February 27, 2018
An Uplifting History of 7UP
The lemon-lime soda was designed to be THE go-to lemon-lime soda. Adding lithium to the formula probably helped. As did the enduring mystique around its name.
09:51
February 26, 2018
Using Math to Predict the Apocalypse
It's been 70-some years since the last world war, and we've been in an era of relative peace ever since. Will it last? If not, can we predict when the next war will happen? Can we even predict the end of humanity?
07:29
February 25, 2018
Norway’s Doomsday Seed Vault
After the apocalypse when we’re trying to regrow crops we’re gonna need seeds, right? Well, Norway’s got us covered.
05:04
February 24, 2018
The Scully Effect 👽
In honor of The X-Files character's birthday, we're talking about "The Scully Effect," or, how Dana Scully inspired a generation of women to pursue STEM careers.
17:25
February 23, 2018
✨ SPARKLY NEW ANCHOR ✨
Today's thoughts: new app, age does not equal wisdom...oh, and if you're new: We like to get a little strange here.
13:54
February 22, 2018
The Milwaukee Protocol
Did an experimental treatment really save a teenage girl from rabies? Or was it just a coincidence?
08:25
February 21, 2018
The Manifesto of Futurism
On this day in 1909 Marinetti's "Manifesto of Futurism" was published in Le Figaro. It's, uh, kind of a lot to take in.
15:15
February 20, 2018
Calvin COOLidge, amiright!?
A lesser known president to celebrate this President’s Day, he was quiet and cool. Except for the Vaseline thing. That was a little odd.
12:27
February 19, 2018
Why did Janie Lou Gibbs murder her entire family?
Janie Lou Gibbs was a babysitter, churchgoer, and devoted grandma. She was the last person the town of Cordele, Georgia would have suspected was an emerging serial killer.
12:02
February 17, 2018
SNURFING
Why did we ever start calling it "snowboarding" when "snurfing" is just so much more fun to say?
05:04
February 16, 2018
Photographing a Single Atom
A PhD student at Oxford photographed a single atom using a regular ol' digital camera on the long exposure setting.
05:08
February 15, 2018
“Roses are red...”
Who came up with this horticulturally inaccurate Valentine’s Day rhyme anyway?
05:15
February 14, 2018
Hometowns
Does your hometown feel weird to you when you go back as an adult?
05:07
February 13, 2018
Physics of Figure Skating
If you think figure skating is frou frou bullshit THINK AGAIN because it's actually metal as fuck!
07:49
February 10, 2018
What the hell is CURLING
The Scottish may have invented the game but Canada reigns supreme these days. Probably cuz of all the ice.
07:48
February 9, 2018
WINTER OLYMPICS
Over the weekend we’re gonna answer some important questions like WHAT THE FUCK IS CURLING 🥌
05:08
February 8, 2018
The Flu Doesn’t Kill You
The flu can be serious yes, but you don’t die from it. You die from all the other shit having the flu can make you vulnerable to.
11:24
February 7, 2018
A Personal Note 💓
Knowing you’re all out there in Anchorland is a real special thing, y’know?
08:16
February 6, 2018
Natalie Wood
Natalie Wood. Robert Wagner. Christopher Walker. One of Hollywood’s enduring mysteries.
14:04
February 4, 2018
ANXIETY!
Specifically, MINE.
15:12
February 2, 2018
The Columbia Disaster
On February 1st, 2003 the Columbia space shuttle broke apart during reentry killing its 7-person crew. There were survivors, though: small worms that had been used in an onboard experiment somehow survived the impact and extreme temperatures of the disaster.
11:20
February 1, 2018
SUPERBLUEBLOOD MOON
If you’re a cryptid, today would be a great day to leave the woods and terrify the locals.
05:26
February 1, 2018
Nellie Bly
You’ve probably heard about her undercover stint as a reporter exposing a Victorian asylum, but Bly’s story didn’t end there.
18:54
January 30, 2018
Mareel or Milky Sea effect
The eerie blue glow of the sea captivated sailors for centuries but they couldn’t make landlubbers believe. Now that we’ve seen it from space we know it’s real - but what’s causing it?
07:08
January 28, 2018
Doomsday Clock
It is 2 minutes to midnight.
07:55
January 27, 2018
History of the Word: THE
The little article that could.
06:11
January 25, 2018
Why NASA Loves Peanuts
What better way to celebrate National Peanut Butter Day than discussing “Alan Shepard’s Moon Peanut” — ? And no, that’s not a euphemism.
06:32
January 24, 2018
Spiro Agnew
I honestly have no idea why his name was the first thing that popped into my head this morning, but here we are. And in the end we got to Frank Sinatra so...
05:35
January 23, 2018
Levitating Humans 🕴
Levitating Humans with Tractor Beams • "SCOTTY, BEAM ME UP!" • One More Thing Before You Go ✨
06:15
January 22, 2018
Government Shutdowns
The last one was in 2013. This one is amidst a bad flu season which does not seem like the best time to furlough over half of the CDC — JUST SAYING.
06:20
January 20, 2018
Philosophical Razors
“Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity.”
04:57
January 18, 2018
Cold Sunday
On January 17, 1982 temperatures dipped to record-breaking/setting lows in more than one hundred U.S. cities. 30 some years later many of those records still stand.
05:53
January 17, 2018
DON’T HOLD IN A SNEEZE
Unless you want a throat rupture.
04:41
January 16, 2018
Wheel of Emotion
Plutchik’s wheel of emotion (or what I like to call the WHEEL OF FEELS) explores the spectrum of human feelings in a visual that’s similar to the color wheel.
04:29
January 16, 2018
Consider the Lobster
Do lobsters feel pain when you drop them into a pot of boiling water? Or are we (looking at you, Switzerland) just anthropomorphizing them?
06:38
January 13, 2018
Fast Radio Bursts
FRB 121102 is most likely not aliens flashing their headlights at us so wtf *is* this cosmic blip!?
06:20
January 12, 2018
Fast Radio Bursts
Are aliens flashing their headlights at us from somewhere out there in the cosmos?
04:38
January 12, 2018
Shapeshifting River Dolphins
In South America the legend of the Encantados (dolphins that rise from the Amazon in human form - complete with a hat to cover their blowhole) still terrifies locals.
05:07
January 11, 2018
Hotel Ice Machines
Americans love cold drinks at home and on the road. The Ice-o-Matic's got you covered.
06:30
January 6, 2018
Audiobook History (abridged)
"Talking books" to "books on tape" our favorite way to read without actually reading has been around longer than you think!
09:27
January 5, 2018
Topsy the Elephant Execution
In 1903 a circus elephant was executed via electrocution at Coney Island. And Thomas Edison’s film company took a movie of it.
11:49
January 4, 2018
Science Fiction
From The Twilight Zone to Black Mirror to ... well, increasingly REALITY.
06:24
January 3, 2018
Photographic Memory
Eidetic or “photographic” memories are largely considered to be nonsense, but some people have claimed to have them (like your podcast host).
07:15
January 2, 2018
New Year
The first place in the world to welcome the New Year does so days before the last. Thanks time zones! That is, assuming they use the calendar that denotes the new year as starting on January 1st.
03:49
January 1, 2018
Auld Lang Syne
Here’s a brief history of the tune, before you hold your friends close and sing a tipsy rendition of it at midnight.
04:04
December 31, 2017
How Temperature Affects Sound
On a cold day you can hear forever.
04:00
December 29, 2017
Isabella Stewart Gardner Heist
In 1994, 13 works of art valued at $500 million were stolen from the Isabella Stewart Garnder Museum in Boston. But what's most interesting is not the paintings that were stolen (which are commemorated with empty frames in the museum today) but the ones that were left behind. The now ~$10 million reward for info leading to their return expires at the end of 2017.
09:37
December 28, 2017
Nematodes
"Dang nematodes!"
06:33
December 28, 2017
(Bag) Pipers
Bagpipes are not *that* Scottish.
06:39
December 25, 2017
12 (monkeys) Drumming
We aren’t the only primates who like sick beats.
06:17
December 25, 2017
Lords
Lords • ✨ 12 DAYS OF ANCHORMAS ✨ • One More Thing Before You Go ✨
05:10
December 23, 2017
Ladies Dancing
Ladies Dancing • ✨ 12 DAYS OF ANCHORMAS ✨ • (ノ◕ヮ◕)ノ*:・゚✧
05:56
December 23, 2017
Milkmaids
Milkmaids • ✨ 12 DAYS OF ANCHORMAS ✨ • One More Thing Before You Go ✨
07:35
December 23, 2017
Swans
Swans • ✨ 12 DAYS OF ANCHORMAS ✨ • One More Thing Before You Go ✨
04:40
December 23, 2017
Geese
(Silly) Goose • ✨ 12 DAYS OF ANCHORMAS ✨ • One More Thing Before You Go ✨
05:38
December 23, 2017
Golden Rings
The first thing that came to mind was wedding bands, but you usually don’t have five of them. Unless this is a special holiday episode of that show on HBO with Bill Paxton.
06:03
December 18, 2017
Calling Birds
Male birds use their musical repertoire to impress potential mates, not unlike almost every man I've dated who just can't wait to woo me with his extensive knowledge of the Eagles discography.
04:52
December 17, 2017
French Hens
Why are these chickens prettier than me?
04:24
December 16, 2017
Turtle Doves
The turtle dove is believed to be the soulmate of the phoenix, which seems like it would be something akin to a Scorpio/Pieces relationship-?
04:38
December 15, 2017
Partridges & Pear Trees
First of all partridges are ground nesting birds. They would not be in a tree. Least of all a pear tree. Also that’s not what the original lyric was anyway. • This ep is Day 1 of LMGT’s 12 Days of Christmas unwrapping special!•
05:39
December 14, 2017
The 12 Days of Christmas Song
The 12 Days of Christmas Lyrics • One More Thing Before You Go ✨
04:37
December 13, 2017
The TWELVETIDE
The REAL Twelve Days of Christmas • One More Thing Before You Go ✨
05:29
December 12, 2017
*A Very Special Holiday Series*
In a special festive winter holiday series, we're unpacking each verse of the classic Christmas carol, "The Twelve Days of Christmas" leading up to Christmas Eve. Admittedly, it starts out pretty heavy on the birds but stay tuned — IT GETS WEIRD.
25:52:38
December 12, 2017
Gifts v. Presents
You can gift someone a present or present someone with a gift...
06:11
December 11, 2017
Synchronicity
Ever felt like the universe was totally in your corner? Like something was just meant to happen? Carl Jung was hot for coincidences, too - but only the meaningful ones. So what gives a “stars aligned,” “meant to be,” experience *meaningful* and not just wishful thinking?
07:56
December 10, 2017
Rules for Royals
You’re done eating when the Queen of England is done eating, fam. 👸🏻
05:45
December 9, 2017
Blue Raspberry
Who do we have to thank (blame?) for this mouth-staining marvel of a flavor?
06:25
December 9, 2017
Undecember
2017 really sucked so maybe it's fine that we didn't decide to make Undecember, the 13th month of the year, a thing.
06:15
December 7, 2017
A Brief History of ChapStick
Invented in the 1880s, all ChapStick wanted to do was soothe your chapped lips. So how did it end up with a starring role in Watergate?
06:29
December 6, 2017
KRAMPUS
Santa's evil twin. The Christmas devil. A yuletide bastard if there ever was one. If you've been bad this year, watch your ass because Krampus is coming to town.
01:40
December 5, 2017
Head in Particle Accelerator
Anatoli Burgorski stuck his head in a particle accelerator and LIVED — but that’s not even the strangest part of this story.
01:40
December 4, 2017
Who Named Earth?
The word “earth” is the English term for our home planet but it’s by no means a universal term.
10:19
December 3, 2017
Moonbows 🌈🌕
It’s like a rainbow but at night.
01:45
December 2, 2017
AIDS Patient Zero
The man believed to be the “Patient Zero” of the AIDS epidemic was deemed such due to a simple filing error: his chart had a letter O on it - not the number 0.
01:40
December 1, 2017
Blood Isn’t Always Red
Some animals have blue blood. Or green blood. Or...no blood?
07:42
November 30, 2017
Schrödinger's Cat
Everyone's favorite quantum mechanics thought experiment was totally about trolling Einstein.
06:26
November 29, 2017
Jocelyn Bell Burnell
50 years ago today a woman discovered the first radio pulsars. So why did two men win the Nobel Prize in physics for it?
10:57
November 28, 2017
Public Enemy #1
Only 4 people were ever given the title “public enemy #1” by the FBI. The term originated as part of a scheme to publicly shame Al Capone (like he gave a fuck!)
05:23
November 27, 2017
Boats vs. Ships
A ship can carry a boat, but a boat can’t carry a ship. 🚣🏻🚢⚓
04:46
November 26, 2017
Black Friday
The day got its name from cops in Philly in the ‘60s who had to deal with all the people who called in sick the day after Thanksgiving to get a long weekend...and cram in holiday shopping.
11:29
November 24, 2017
Macy's Thanksgiving Balloons
The balloons used to be let go at the end of the parade but then they exploded, or ended up in Long Island, or took out an airplane. So they stopped that shit real quick.
10:26
November 23, 2017
Ragamuffin Parades
At the turn of the 20th century Thanksgiving looked a lot like Halloween.
05:11
November 22, 2017
Mountweazels
On page 1,850 of the 1975 edition of the New Columbia Encylopedia you'll find the entry on Lillian Mountweazel - an acclaimed photographer who died too young. Except she didn't. Because she never existed.
05:19
November 21, 2017
The Oligodynamic Effect
Heavy metals like sterling silver and brass essentially disinfect themselves...and we aren't sure how.
04:09
November 21, 2017
Who Invented Slim Jims?
And who is this slender James?
06:09
November 20, 2017
What is High Blood Pressure?
The guidelines just changed and now 103 million Americans are considered to have hypertension. Are you one of them?
05:51
November 19, 2017
The Pauli Effect
Why physicists stay the HELL away from Wolfgang Pauli.
07:08
November 17, 2017
The Psychology of Fandom
The fictional characters we love aren't just a way for us to practice empathy; the degree to which we subconsciously "borrow" or take on the traits in them they we admire informs how our personality develops.
06:33
November 16, 2017
Why Americans Refrigerate Milk
Elsewhere in the world milk is put through EXTREME PASTEURIZATION making it shelf stable, meaning you won't find it in the cold section of the grocery store. America is having EXACTLY NONE of your SHELF MILK.
05:41
November 15, 2017
Can Pets Be Allergic to Us?
Your dog can be allergic to all kinds of stuff, including you. And cats can have asthma.
05:51
November 15, 2017
"Monobosom" & The Modern Bra
A woman's frustration with corsets gave her the brilliant idea to life hack, and eventually patent, what became the bra as we know it today. She also had a dog named Clytoris, ghostwrote porn, and founded the press that published Bukowski.
07:54
November 14, 2017
How Lifetime Warranties Work
Well, to start, they refer to the expected lifetime of the product - not *your* lifetime.
07:27
November 12, 2017
Why Do We Get Goose Bumps?
The name comes from the resemblance to goose flesh...or syphilitic 16th century prostitutes.
05:58
November 11, 2017
What is Wind Chill?
A bunch of bullshit, that’s what! 🌬
07:00
November 9, 2017
The Human Attention Span
Is the human attention span really less than a goldfish’s now that are brains are adapting to constant interruptions via smartphone?
07:56
November 8, 2017
Alligator Pears aka Avocados
A brief history of the fruit everyone loves to hate. From its roots as a totally testicular food of the Aztecs to a wacky marketing campaign in the ‘90s to get rich white people obsessed, the avocado has many secrets other than being good on toast.
08:06
November 7, 2017
What Does CAPTCHA Stand For?
No, CAPTCHA doesn't stand for "Completely ANNOYING Public Turing test to tell Computers and Humans Apart"
08:16
November 7, 2017
Fall or Autumn?
Fall or Autumn? 🍂 • Love your podcast!!! • 🎶 by: Freaky Fwoof • One More Thing Before You Go ✨
06:22
November 5, 2017
Laika: Canine Cosmonaut
In 1957, the Soviet Union sent a stray dog named Laika into orbit, knowing they wouldn't be able to bring her home. But for the next 50 years, they covered up the truth about how she died.
09:00
November 3, 2017
No, Licorice Won't Kill You
At least not in candy form...
06:17
November 2, 2017
The Unicode Consortium
Otherwise known as the Emoji Illuminati. Oh, and you can submit a proposal for a new Emoji. For free.
07:18
November 1, 2017
Men in Black 🕴🏻👽
I maybe got stalked by the MIB after seeing a UFO as a teen.
13:58
October 31, 2017
How to Survive: Buried Alive
Buried Alive? ⚰️ Here's How to Survive. • Call in with your survival tips! • 🎶 by: Freaky Fwoof • One More Thing Before You Go ✨
08:26
October 29, 2017
Horror v. Terror
The two terms aren’t synonymous, and their definitions are deeply rooted in Gothic literature. And, y’know, Stephen King has a hot take, too.
06:00
October 27, 2017
Mongolian Death Worm
MONGOLIAN DEATH WORM! • 🎶 by: Freaky Fwoof • One More Thing Before You Go ✨
05:49
October 24, 2017
The Piltdown Man
The Piltdown Man • A Paleoanthropological Hoax • 🎶 by: Freaky Fwoof • One More Thing Before You Go ✨
09:04
October 23, 2017
The Bigfoot Footage
50 years ago today a couple of guys shot some 16 mm film of “Bigfoot” that became iconic. It also ruined one of their lives.
10:33
October 20, 2017
Colin 27
If you’ve ever Google searched “Normal Brian MRI” you’ve seen the brain of “average Colin” - but who is he? And how did an MRI of his brain end up in textbooks and over 800 scientific papers?
08:57
October 19, 2017
Axolotls
The world sucks. Let’s talk about axolotls: cute af, aquatic life loving, infinite limb regenerating amphibians.
06:58
October 19, 2017
Cap’n Crunch Cereal
Inspired by a New England Nana’s old recipe, the classic breakfast cereal has been unchanged for 50 years. Oh, and it’ll also make the roof of your mouth bleed. WORTH IT.
10:51
October 18, 2017
What IS The Flu?
It’s not one virus, but several. And it’s not the stomach flu! 🤒
11:13
October 16, 2017
Cursed Phone Number
Everyone who had this phone number died. Given, at least one was a mob boss so maybe it’s not that surprising. BUT STILL. Let’s call it and see what happens...💀
06:00
October 14, 2017
The Impossible Murder
Julia Wallace’s murder has been called the perfect crime. It’s also known as the impossible murder because the lone suspect, her husband, could not have done it. But neither could anyone else.
10:39
October 13, 2017
Doves Are Just Nice Pigeons 🕊
Those release doves at weddings are just genetically white-feathered pigeons hat have been bred to announce nuptials as opposed to, you know, traditional carrier pigeon stuff.
07:10
October 12, 2017
Kirkbride Asylums
The man behind the classic Victorian asylum design was only trying to make them (and the conditions for patients and workers) better. He wasn’t trying to make them creepy.
07:47
October 10, 2017
Vaccines: Great Way to Not Die
Why the (rabid) history of vaccines matters to their future.
09:27
October 8, 2017
The Discovery of X-Rays 💀
“Babe do u trust me?”— Wilhelm Röntgen, X-ray discoverer, @ his wife while irradiating her hand, probably.
08:56
October 7, 2017
What if Movies Watched You?
This AI watches you watching a movie and its algorithm can determine if you liked it by analyzing your facial “micro expressions.”
13:01
October 5, 2017
Gravitational Waves
Albert Einstein predicted them. The scientists who spent their entire careers trying to prove they existed just won the Nobel Prize in Physics. But what the fuck are they?
16:14
October 3, 2017
Weird Nobel Prize History
When Alfred Nobel was mistaken for dead he ended up reading his own obituary - and realized everyone thought he was an asshat. Vowing to do good he used his fortune to start the Nobel Prize.
11:16
October 2, 2017
Why Do License Plates Exist?
In the U.S. people used to have to make their own plates. Now they’re made by inmates.
05:56
September 30, 2017
The Carrington Event
A solar flare in the 1800s was so massive it disrupted telegraph systems and caused them to shock operators and lit telegrams on fire.
08:09
September 29, 2017
Expiration Dates Don’t Exist
Except on infant formula. Those dates on your food - sell by, use by - aren’t about food safety.
09:05
September 28, 2017
The Meaning of Car VINs
Your car’s vehicle identification number (VIN) isn’t just random alphanumeric characters. They have meaning and you can discern it - if you like math and ciphers.
07:32
September 27, 2017
Phantom Time Hypothesis
There’s a theory that 300 or so years during the Middle Ages never happened. And that many historical figures central to them never existed.
06:09
September 27, 2017
Doomsday Seed Vault
An abandoned mine on a Norwegian island are hundreds of thousands of seed samples we could use to regrow the Earth after the apocalypse.
06:59
September 25, 2017
Herbs vs. Spices
Also, is allspice really ALL OF THE SPICE?
07:28
September 24, 2017
Charley Ross Kidnapping
This case is why we tell our kids to never take candy from a stranger.
10:49
September 23, 2017
Why Do We Wink? 😉
It’s actually one of the more subtle human expressions - if you can do it at all, that is.
04:58
September 22, 2017
Will-‘o-the-wisps!
Spooky hell fire lights or a spooky chemical reaction!?
06:51
September 21, 2017
04:43
September 20, 2017
Sailor’s Superstitions
Their tattoos were messages to God.
08:54
September 20, 2017
OCTLANTIS 🐙
New study reveals octopuses are messy bitches who live for drama!
06:55
September 19, 2017
Humans Wearing Clothes
When did we start wearing clothes anyway? Well...ask pubic lice.
06:48
September 18, 2017
So long, Cassini.
Goodnight, sweet prince.
15:08
September 16, 2017
Karen Wetterhahn
Chemist Karen Wetterhahn's needless death in the 1990s forever changed our understanding of mercury poisoning.
07:42
September 14, 2017
Silica Gel Packet Magic
Why do they exist? What is their purpose? What happens if you DO eat them?
06:26
September 13, 2017
Are Cough Meds Opioids?
The FDA is cracking down on cough syrup with codeine - cuz like, maybe we shouldn't give kids codeine.
08:47
September 12, 2017
The Boy Raised as Bobby Dunbar
Bobby Dunbar went missing when he was four years old. But the boy found, returned to his family, and raised as their son for the rest of his life - was not Bobby Dunbar.
08:04
September 11, 2017
The Waffle House Index
Apparently FEMA gets really annoyed with it.
06:41
September 10, 2017
The Liar's Paradox
"This sentence is false."
07:52
September 8, 2017
05:03
September 7, 2017
11:11
The Magic of 11:11 🕰️ • The universe is trying to tell you something. • 🎶 by: Freaky Fwoof • Intro by Alt Hit Music w/ Jason • One More Thing Before You Go ✨
07:34
September 7, 2017
Why Do We Yawn?
Are yawns really contagious? Also how the hell do FISH yawn?
06:01
September 6, 2017
Early Bird or Night Owl?
Our genetics may set us up to prefer waking up early or staying up late, but our lifestyle may not always allow us to live (and sleep!) according to our preference.
11:31
September 4, 2017
Fictional Colors
Invented colors for plot-driven purposes.
06:41
September 2, 2017
We Can't Explain Gravity
We have so many questions, a few solid theories, but not a lot of answers about the force that keeps us down.
06:15
September 1, 2017
The Doomsday Algorithm
The Doomsday Algorithm • 6 + Tuesday • 🎶 by: Freaky Fwoof • ✨ᴏɴᴇ ʟᴀsᴛ ᴛʜɪɴɢ ʙᴇғᴏʀᴇ ʏᴏᴜ ɢᴏ✨
10:21
August 31, 2017
A Vast History of School Buses
They're yellow and there are hundreds of thousands of them shuttling kids to school RIGHT THIS MINUTE! And only one state requires them to have seat belts.
09:39
August 31, 2017
The Mystery of Angel's Glow
During the Civil War some wounded soldiers started to glow in the dark and it wasn't until 2001 that some high school kids figured out why for a science fair project.
06:04
August 29, 2017
Why We Name Hurricanes
If you rejected the advances of a weatherman circa 1967 you probably had a hurricane named after you.
05:00
August 29, 2017
KRAKATOA
The volcanic eruption of biblical proportion was said to have produced the loudest sound humans of ever witnessed.
07:16
August 28, 2017
When Did We Give Music Lyrics?
Some lyrics aren't even words at all. Mmmbop, anyone?
05:44
August 27, 2017
Incorrect Disease Origins
Throughout history medicine has wrongly attributed diseases like epilepsy and tuberculosis to everything from city living to demonic possession.
13:02
August 25, 2017
The Story Behind MBTI Types
The "personality" test was developed during WWII by a mother-daughter team trying to help women entering the workforce for the first time.
10:03
August 24, 2017
Can Plants See? 🌱👀
Your jade plant probably knows what you do when you're alone and it's probably hardcore judging you.
06:48
August 23, 2017
The Penguin That Never Existed
Scientists thought they'd discovered a new species of penguin that went extinct during the Holocene era. Turns out it never existed at all.
05:05
August 23, 2017
2017 Eclipse v. Solar Power
So how will solar panels react to ... no sun?
05:12
August 21, 2017
Probability of a Sunrise
What is the probability that the sun will rise tomorrow?
05:44
August 21, 2017
Hedgehogs & Human Intimacy
Psychologists like Freud used a metaphor of spiny hedgehogs never really being able to get close to one another without hurting each other (and getting hurt themselves) to describe human intimacy.
03:14
August 20, 2017
THE LOST COLONY OF ROANOKE
In 1590 a colony of like one hundred settlers ghosted on Sir Walter Raleigh and we still don't know where the hell they went.
07:49
August 18, 2017
Mercury in Retrograde
Is there any scientific basis for this fuckery?
07:20
August 18, 2017
Damnatio Memoriae
Can you erase a person from history? Asking for a friend.
08:49
August 16, 2017
The Truth About Banana Flavor
It's not fake, it just doesn't taste like bananas you're familiar with.
05:06
August 16, 2017
Can You Legally Sell a Kidney?
There's only one place on the world where you can legally sell a kidney. It'll net you a few grand - oh, AND YOU'LL SAVE A LIFE!
05:07
August 14, 2017
Swift-Tuttle Comet 💫
If you saw the Perseid Meteor Shower this weekend you have a specific and vaguely terrifying comet to thank.
05:00
August 13, 2017
Why is the night sky dark?
All those stars! No light! Why? 🤷🏻‍♀️
05:14
August 13, 2017
The Origin of "Where's Waldo"
Depending on where you grew up, the striped shirted search-and-find character went by various names. And apparently the internet ships him with Carmen Sandiego.
05:32
August 10, 2017
What Nuclear War Would Be Like
Three words: mutually assured destruction. And no, I'm not talking about my past relationships.
09:39
August 9, 2017
Leap Seconds
You've heard of LEAP YEARS now get ready for LEAP SECONDS!
10:36
August 5, 2017
Common Foods That Can Kill You
Maybe rethink that slow cooker recipe with red kidney beans.
07:55
August 4, 2017
Immortal Sharks 🦈
The Greenland Shark can live for like 300 years whaaaaaaat.
07:55
August 3, 2017
Atomic Gardening
The atomic bomb gave radiation a bad name after WWII, so scientists gave people mutated seeds and told them to grow "gamma gardens" at home. And send their data in, of course.
06:13
August 1, 2017
You Could Help Solve a Murder
The Murder Accountability Project uses data from unsolved homicides and a computer algorithm to help solve murders. The best part? It works. The second best part? You can help.
07:55
August 1, 2017
Why do we use shampoo?
Do you have to LATHER RINSE REPEAT on an infinite loop until you die?
07:31
July 31, 2017
Baking soda v. Baking powder
Not the same and not interchangeable - but if you've ever totally fucked up a batch of cookies you already knew that. 👩🏻‍🍳
05:49
July 29, 2017
Italics feat. Brian Willson
Type designer Brian Willson explains why italic fonts are not just slanted regular fonts (that would be ~obliques~).
09:58
July 29, 2017
Why are jeans blue? 👖
You have chemistry to thank for your "distressed" Calvin's, Levi's, & Lee's (also: why are jean brands named after dudes?)
11:01
July 28, 2017
The Rarest Blood Type 💉
Not even 10 people in the world have it, and in the event one of them should need a transfusion they have each other's lives in their hands.
12:56
July 27, 2017
How do chip cards work? 💳
That gold plated square on your MasterCard is hiding a microprocessor 👀
07:26
July 26, 2017
Grapefruit + meds = ☠️
If you take certain medications you might want to rethink grapefruit juice as your breakfast beverage.
07:54
July 24, 2017
Why don't eyelashes grow long?
The various hairs on your body all follow the same three step growth cycle, just not all at the same rate.
12:36
July 24, 2017
Centipedes Have TOO MANY LEGS
Centipedes Have Too Many Damn Legs!!! • They're literally everywhere. • outtakes 🤦‍♀️ • New feature! DISCUSSIONS 💬 • Kevin Bergen: Station ID • Listen to previous episodes & subscribe to the podcast! ✨
07:45
July 22, 2017
A Tiny History of Confetti 🎉
The paper confetti we know and love was preceded for centuries by handfuls of foodstuffs - some of which you wouldn't necessarily have wanted to get a face full of.
08:04
July 21, 2017
The Village Sin-Eater
You could hire them to come to your loved one'a funeral and eat their sins...metaphorically of course. Or was it?
05:36
July 20, 2017
How Bee Allergies Work
If you're allergic to bees the first time you get stung isn't the most dangerous - the second time is.
06:43
July 20, 2017
The Teacup Poisoner ☠️
At 14, Graham Young was committed to Broadmoor for poisoning his family. Less than a decade later he was released - even after vowing to poison more people. Which, of course, he did.
06:59
July 20, 2017
Who put Bella in the Wych Elm?
A dead woman's body found in a tree trunk by a group of rascally young boys becomes an unsolved mystery full of intrigue, ominous graffiti and probably some WWII spies.
05:54
July 16, 2017
The Donner Party
Accounts of the pioneers' cannibalism are greatly exaggerated.
14:17
July 16, 2017
Werner Forssmann's ❤️
When he was a 26 year old med student in Germany Werner catheterized his own heart to prove it could be done. He was laughed out of cardiology and didn't get any love for his research for 20 years.
06:15
July 15, 2017
Does water have a taste?
Some people claim they can't stand the taste of "plain water" — are you one of them? Because there's some science that might validate you.
04:31
July 13, 2017
Is the internet a human right?
The UN declared access to the internet a human right but not all nations agree. Around the world the conversation about net neutrality continues.
08:13
July 13, 2017
Operation Tamarisk 🚽
The most successful Cold War espionage mission was basically spies dumpster diving at the Soviet HQ. The military had no toilet paper so were wiping their butts with top secret intel instead.
04:58
July 11, 2017
Kick 'em Jenny 🌋
This under sea volcano in the Caribbean has erupted about a dozen times since we started paying attention to it in 1939. But more importantly: how the hell did it get that name?
04:21
July 10, 2017
Holy Land, USA
An abandoned Christian theme park from the 1970s became the setting for a sadistic murder.
05:01
July 9, 2017
The Story Of Silly String
It was created by accident and its inventors pitched it as a toy to a potential investor by Silly Stringing the fuck out of him and his office — at which time they were asked to leave the building.
04:36
July 7, 2017
Amelia Earhart's Sinusitis 👃✈
You know she disappeared trying to fly around the world but there's a lot you might not know about the famous female aviator.
08:53
July 6, 2017
Swedish Hotline Riot 1982
Before group chats, a bunch of Swedish teens using a phone party line arranged a real life meetup that went viral. Chaos ensued.
05:06
July 5, 2017
America's Oldest 4th Of July
I interviewed Bristol, Rhode Island native and my dear friend Stephanie Cabral about the oldest and most lit 4th of July festivities in the U.S.
13:32
July 4, 2017
How Do Fireworks Work?
You could technically use radium to make green fireworks but maybe don't?
06:15
July 3, 2017
Sea Pickles
So what the hell are "sea pickles?" Salty? Yes. Pickles? No.
07:45
July 2, 2017
04:52
July 1, 2017
UVB-76
UVB-76 — Russia's Creepy Numbers Station • Is it someone's JOB to press this buzzer!? | Make your own podcast: https://anchor.fm/podcast
06:15
June 30, 2017
The History Of High Fives 🙋
Where did "high fives" come from? • *High Five* | Make your own podcast: https://anchor.fm/podcast
03:47
April 19, 2018
Measles is BACK
Measles is BACK • Why is the measles so contagious? Say hi to the R-nought. • The R-nought for measles is 12-18. Smallpox was 5-7. | Make your own podcast: https://anchor.fm/podcast
05:27
June 29, 2017

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