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Black Friday's History of Violence
Black Friday's History of Violence
Here's why cops in Philadelphia in the 1960s started calling the day after Thansksgiving "Black Friday."
05:55
November 20, 2022
"Thrashed by a Lady Cyclist"
"Thrashed by a Lady Cyclist"
Remember when the Internet found a story in an old-timey British tabloid about a young lady who "used her fists in a scientific fashion" when she was harassed while biking?
02:52
November 13, 2022
Why Are We Still Doing Daylight Savings Time?!
Why Are We Still Doing Daylight Savings Time?!
Research has shown that more daylight means MORE TIME FOR CRIME.
07:54
November 06, 2022
Horror vs. Terror
Horror vs. Terror
Do you know the difference between horror & terror? Did you know there IS a difference between horror and terror?💀👻🎃
02:60
October 30, 2022
The Origin of "Fake" Banana Flavor
The Origin of "Fake" Banana Flavor
Actually, that weird not-quite-banana flavor isn't fake!
03:27
October 23, 2022
FALL VS. AUTUMN 🍁
FALL VS. AUTUMN 🍁
Here's why this time of year in the Northern Hemisphere has two names. 
03:52
October 16, 2022
Put the Nobel Prize in an Acid Bath
Put the Nobel Prize in an Acid Bath
The Nobel Prize exists because someone mistakenly published a HORRIBLE obit for Alfred Nobel before he actually died and it made him feel like shit.
08:17
October 09, 2022
A Brief History of the Easy-Bake Oven
A Brief History of the Easy-Bake Oven
Since the 1960s, children have been cooking up a storm in their living rooms with the Easy-Bake Oven. But seriously, who authorized this?!
04:19
October 02, 2022
Schrödinger's Cat
Schrödinger's Cat
Everyone's favorite quantum mechanics thought experiment with cats and radioactivity was basically trolling Einstein. 🧠
04:56
September 25, 2022
Ball Lightning
Ball Lightning
Our BFF Rebecca is one of the ~5 % of people on Earth who have witnessed the phenomenon of BALL LIGHTING. After Googling, we just decided to have her tell us about it instead. (Content Warning: Swearing and Excited Rambling)
12:18
September 18, 2022
The Queen's English
The Queen's English
If you're a non-Brit watching The Crown and you're like, "Why are they talking like that?" than this episode is for you.
07:38
September 11, 2022
Could You Smoke a Cigarette in Space?
Could 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?
04:52
September 04, 2022
How Do Chip Cards Work?
How Do Chip Cards Work?
Automated chip card technology has been around since the 1960s, but many places are only getting the credit card readers *now.*
04:36
August 28, 2022
An Itsy-Bitsy History of the Bikini
An Itsy-Bitsy History of the Bikini
The first bikini debuted in 1946 just a few days after the U.S. started testing the atomic bomb at Bikini Atoll (for which the swimsuit was named). How's that for ~SEO strategy?
13:06
August 21, 2022
Why Does the Perseid Meteor Shower Happen Every Year?
Why Does the Perseid Meteor Shower Happen Every Year?
If you happened to catch the #perseidmeteorshower this week you have a specific and vaguely terrifying comet to thank!
03:36
August 14, 2022
SORBET vs. SHERBET
SORBET vs. SHERBET
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).
05:20
August 07, 2022
Shapeshifting River Dolphins
Shapeshifting River Dolphins
There are dolphins in the Amazon River.
02:47
July 31, 2022
A Brief History of Public Pools
A Brief History of Public Pools
America’s public pools are full of bacteria and classism!
09:55
July 24, 2022
How Bee Allergies Work
How Bee Allergies Work
If you have a bee allergy, the first time you get stung isn't dangerous but the second time sure as hell is. 🐝
05:09
July 17, 2022
Why Do We Think Seeing "11:11" Means Something?
Why Do We Think Seeing "11:11" Means Something?
People sometimes make a wish if they happen to catch the exact moment a clock strikes 11:11. But why?
05:10
July 10, 2022
Margarita Burns
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.
05:32
July 03, 2022
Before Jane Roe Was Sherri Finkbine
Before Jane Roe Was Sherri Finkbine
Before Jane Roe became synonymous with the fight for abortion rights, a young woman who hosted a popular children’s television show called Romper Room nearly lost it all when word got out she’d had an abortion. This is the story of Sherri Finkbine.
06:58
June 26, 2022
The Misunderstood Meyers-Briggs Personality Test
The Misunderstood Meyers-Briggs Personality Test
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.
15:17
June 19, 2022
Queen Elizabeth II's Hidden Cousins
Queen Elizabeth II's Hidden Cousins
Nerissa and Katherine Bowes-Lyon, cousins of Queen Elizabeth II, were said to have died in 1940 and 1961. Then, they died again in 1986 and 2004.
08:11
June 12, 2022
The Year Without a Summer
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 HALF A FOOT OF SNOW IN JUNE.
03:25
June 05, 2022
Did Hawaii Ban Sunscreen?
Did Hawaii Ban Sunscreen?
Yes, Hawaii banned 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 global warming, OK???
08:26
May 29, 2022
Asymmetric Insight
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.
11:32
May 22, 2022
"Supermoons"
"Supermoons"
So, in 2022, we're only getting a "supermoon" but back in 2018 we had a SUPER BLUE BLOOD MOON. If you're a cryptid, it was a great time to emerge from the woods and terrorize the locals. 
03:57
May 15, 2022
Mothers Against Decapentaplegic
Mothers Against Decapentaplegic
You've heard of Mothers Against Drunk Driving, now get ready for MOTHERS AGAINST DECAPENTAPLEGIC!
04:25
May 08, 2022
Elizabeth Hughes' 42,000 Insulin Injections
Elizabeth Hughes' 42,000 Insulin Injections
Insulin has been saving lives for over 100 years. But one of the first Americans to be saved by the miracle drug, Elizabeth Hughes Gossett, never wanted you to know.
07:13
May 01, 2022
Who Invented Play-Doh?
Who Invented Play-Doh?
Yes, you can technically eat Play-Doh—but it’s not gluten-free!
05:43
April 24, 2022
How Egg Hatching Works
How Egg Hatching Works
#EasterSunday is the perfect day to contemplate the nanostructure of eggshells, which baby chicks must violently peck their way out of in order to enter the world.
04:53
April 17, 2022
Living Wills
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.
06:11
April 10, 2022
Phantom Time Hypothesis
Phantom Time Hypothesis
So, there’s a theory that 200-ish years in the Middle Ages never happened...but like, don’t worry about it.
03:45
April 03, 2022
Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Disaster
Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Disaster
The true legacy the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory workers left behind was an uprising of women who fought for worker's rights and a union in the year before the tragic fire claimed their lives.
10:34
March 27, 2022
Can Robots Get Depressed?
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?
05:16
March 20, 2022
Permanent Daylight Saving Time
Permanent Daylight Saving Time
Some places do permanent Daylight Saving Time (DST), which means no clock setting ever! But many experts don't think it actually makes any difference since we never adjust to DST anyway. 
04:49
March 13, 2022
Silica Gel Packets
Silica Gel Packets
Those little silica gel packets are actually not toxic and don't work the way you think they do!
04:01
March 06, 2022
Russia's Secret Nuclear Tests at "The Polygon"
Russia's Secret Nuclear Tests at "The Polygon"
50 years of secret nuclear testing at Semipalatinsk (“the Polygon”) is still making people in Kazakhstan ill. The nuclear fallout Russia never wanted anyone to know about was worse than Chernobyl.
09:46
February 27, 2022
The Futurist Manifesto
The Futurist Manifesto
Marinetti's #futurist manifesto was published more than 100 years ago. While it's an interesting read be warned: it's a lil' heavy on fascism & museum-hating.
08:43
February 20, 2022
"Roses are red. . ."
"Roses are red. . ."
 #HappyValentinesDay! So, who came up with that horticulturally-inaccurate "Roses are red, violets are blue. . ." ditty anyway? 
03:28
February 13, 2022
What Is Curling?
What Is Curling?
During every Winter Olympics we ask the same question: What the hell is CURLING?
04:53
February 06, 2022
How to Survive Getting Sucked Into a Black Hole
How to Survive Getting Sucked Into a Black Hole
Trapped in a black hole? If you're at the edge of the Cauchy horizon, maybe you could hitch a ride on a space elephant.
04:19
January 30, 2022
The Poet Bandit
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.
12:12
January 23, 2022
What Do You Say When Someone Sneezes?
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).
06:30
January 16, 2022
How Narcan Works
How Narcan Works
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?
09:38
January 09, 2022
22 Weird Facts About 2022
22 Weird Facts About 2022
Thanks for spending another year keepin' it weird with LMGT. Let's take a look into the weirdness that awaits us in 2022. You asked, we answered. Grab some LMGT swag! 💙🆕👁‍🗨
07:01
January 02, 2022
Undecember
Undecember
Well, it's been another shitty year so it's probably fine that we didn't end up making Undecember, the 13th month of the year, a thing.
04:40
December 26, 2021
The WOW! Signal
The WOW! Signal
In 1977, the so-called "WOW! Signal" was heard by the Big Ear radio telescope at Ohio State University...and everyone thought it was aliens.
03:39
December 19, 2021
Word Fossils
Word Fossils
"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?
04:01
December 12, 2021
What Is Wind Chill?
What Is Wind Chill?
 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 FROSTBITE? We're debunking the ol' New England adage, "Don't fuck with the wind chill, fam."
04:56
December 05, 2021
Scary Thanksgiving Parades
Scary Thanksgiving Parades
Thanksgiving used to mean "ragamuffin parades" but now it's just all about that giant, expensive, inflatable Snoopy. 
03:37
November 24, 2021
Do Eclipses Mess With Solar Power?
Do Eclipses Mess With Solar Power?
An eclipse is pretty cool unless you don't like being in the dark. 
04:06
November 21, 2021
How Master Keys Work
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.
12:03
November 14, 2021
When Clowns Kill
When Clowns Kill
Being from Maine, we’re always prone to Stephen King Wikipedia wormholes. So that’s why we’re talking about killer clowns. Also, hi, we have a newsletter now. Sign up to get each week's new episode straight to your inbox! 
04:15
October 24, 2021
How Many Books Are There in the World?
How Many Books Are There in the World?
How many books are there in the world? In 2010, Google tried to find out. With at least ~130 million books to choose from, there's *bound* to be something for everyone.
05:43
October 17, 2021
Why Are Jeans Blue?
Why Are Jeans Blue?
Denim jeans don't start out blue, but science gets them there.
04:21
October 10, 2021
The Pinnacles
The Pinnacles
LISTENER CALL-IN! How were the weird and beautiful Pinnacles of the Western Australian desert formed?
05:04
October 03, 2021
The Pollock Twins
The Pollock Twins
After their daughters died in a car accident, the Pollocks had twin baby girls that they became convinced were the reincarnated souls of their children who died.
09:30
September 26, 2021
How Do Coupons Work?
How Do Coupons Work?
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.
11:01
September 19, 2021
The Legend of "For Sale: Baby shoes, never worn"
The Legend of "For Sale: Baby shoes, never worn"
"For Sale: Baby shoes, never worn." — said literally everyone but Hemingway, ever.
05:08
September 12, 2021
Why It's Weird That Americans Refrigerate Milk
Why It's Weird That Americans Refrigerate Milk
America is one of the only places where you'll find milk in the cold aisle of a grocery store. The rest of the world just puts it on a regular, unrefrigerated shelf. How's that possible?
03:51
September 05, 2021
Heat Exhaustion v. Heat Stroke
Heat Exhaustion v. Heat Stroke
You should know the difference between heat exhaustion versus heatstroke because heat-related illness kills! ☀️
13:42
August 29, 2021
Guest Episode: Hamburgers
Guest Episode: Hamburgers
This week, the hosts of the What's Going On podcast are here to tell us everything you never thought to ask about hamburgers. If you like LMGT, you'll love their show!  Website: whatsgoingonthepod.com Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/whatsgoingonthepod Anchor: https://anchor.fm/whatsgoingonthepod
11:25
August 22, 2021
Do Lobsters Feel Pain?
Do Lobsters Feel Pain?
Do lobsters feel pain when they get dropped into a pot of boiling water or are we (looking at you, Switzerland) just anthropomorphizing them?
05:09
August 08, 2021
Who Invented the Equal Sign (=)?
Who Invented the Equal 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 the 16th century England.
07:04
August 01, 2021
The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum Heist
The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum Heist
13 works worth $500 million were stolen from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. Their empty frames still hang in the museum as placeholders.
04:22
July 25, 2021
The Golden Blood Type
The Golden Blood Type
Could you have the rarest blood type in the world? If you have the golden blood type, all the more reason to become a blood donor.
05:55
July 18, 2021
New York's 6-Million-Year-Old Caves
New York's 6-Million-Year-Old Caves
Not saying these caverns turned out to be a portal to hell or another dimension, but...
08:28
July 11, 2021
How Fireworks Work
How Fireworks Work
SInce it’s 4thofJuly weekend in the States, let’s talk about what makes fireworks so beautiful and loud. 
05:06
July 04, 2021
Italics (feat. font designer Brian Willson)
Italics (feat. font designer Brian Willson)
This week we're discussing italic font (which is not the same as ~oblique) with typography designer Brian Willson. 
04:01
June 27, 2021
COLOSSAL SQUID
COLOSSAL SQUID
It’s #CephalopodWeek! Have some giant squid content! Not big enough for ya? Have some COLOSSAL SQUID CONTENT!!!
05:06
June 20, 2021
Why Is it Dark at Night?
Why Is it Dark at Night?
Stars are bright, right? And there's a lot of 'em. So why isn't the night sky lit up!?
03:55
June 13, 2021
The Swedish Hotline Riots
The Swedish Hotline Riots
Pre group chat = party lines. In the 1980s, a bunch of Swedish teens used one to plan IRL meetup that went viral.
03:51
June 06, 2021
Why Do We Yawn?
Why Do We Yawn?
Also, important: how do fish yawn?
06:09
May 30, 2021
Triggers vs. "Glimmers"
Triggers vs. "Glimmers"
The term “trigger warning” gets thrown around and mocked, but at the most basic level, it’s an attempt at self-preservation. But is there an opposing force to a trigger? That’s the idea behind “glimmers.” Additional reading: The blog post mentioned in this episode: The Nervous System, Triggers & Glimmers! More about the Polyvagal Theory.
05:43
May 23, 2021
Kick 'em Jenny
Kick 'em Jenny
Um, best name for a volcano ever???
03:15
May 16, 2021
All About Centipedes
All About Centipedes
These bugs are millions of years old and have too many damn legs!
04:21
May 09, 2021
The "Uh-oh!" History of SpaghettiOs
The "Uh-oh!" History of SpaghettiOs
The optimum number of Os (of which there are *4* different sizes) per can is 1,750.
08:01
May 02, 2021
Do Serial Killers Ever Just...Stop?
Do Serial Killers Ever Just...Stop?
An arrest was made in the Golden State Killer case on April 24, 2018—some 30 years after the serial rapist & murderer went quiet. Aside from dying or getting caught, do serial killers ever just. . .stop?
11:01
April 25, 2021
How Disease Eradication Works
How Disease Eradication Works
What does it take to get rid of an infectious disease forever? Could we ever eradicate COVID?
09:27
April 18, 2021
What's the Most Popular Birthday?
What's the Most Popular Birthday?
Not mine lol 
02:57
April 11, 2021
Can Plants See?
Can Plants See?
Plants do have senses—in a sense.
05:20
April 04, 2021
The Man Who Stuck His Head in a Particle Accelerator
The Man Who Stuck His Head in a Particle Accelerator
Anatoli Bugorski stuck his head in a particle accelerator and LIVED — but that's not even the strangest part of this story.
06:41
March 28, 2021
Spiro Agnew
Spiro Agnew
I have no logical explanation for this but my first thought upon waking today was SPIRO AGNEW! Was not expecting this Wikihole to lead to Frank Sinatra, but here we are.
04:05
March 21, 2021
A Lil' Mars Music
A Lil' Mars Music
This week our friend Chelsea Gohd aka Foxanne, senior writer at Space.com and an analog astronaut, is here to talk about how she recorded a song with the first sounds ever from Mars with some help from the Perseverance Rover. Be sure to check out her debut EP: It's real (I knew it).
06:58
March 14, 2021
Foods That Can Poison/Kill You
Foods That Can Poison/Kill You
You might want to reconsider that slow cooker recipe with red kidney beans.
05:04
March 07, 2021
Collective Nouns
Collective Nouns
The terms we use to describe groups of animals aren't just for animals, apparently.
04:56
February 28, 2021
Ribena
Ribena
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.
04:29
February 21, 2021
Who Invented Conversation Heart Candies?
Who Invented Conversation Heart Candies?
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. 
07:44
February 14, 2021
License Plates
License Plates
Call in with your best vanity plate idea!
04:42
February 07, 2021
How Earth Was Named
How Earth Was Named
It's "Earth" in English, but that's hardly the universal term. Each language has its own word for our home planet.
03:11
January 31, 2021
Who Invented Silly String?
Who Invented Silly String?
Like many great inventions, Silly String was an accident: it was meant to be spray-on casts.
03:30
January 24, 2021
The Disappearance of Bobby Dunbar
The Disappearance of Bobby Dunbar
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 
05:42
January 17, 2021
Can You Erase Someone From History?
Can You Erase Someone From History?
You might want to, but is it possible? Or advisable?
03:53
January 10, 2021
Auld Lang Syne
Auld Lang Syne
You can sing a tipsy rendition of it with your friends tonight to ring in the #newyear but elsewhere in the world, Auld Lang Syne pops up at funerals and...closing time at your local watering hole.
02:09
December 31, 2020
SNURFING
SNURFING
You can never unlearn that "snowboarding" began as "SNURFING."
02:22
December 27, 2020
A Generous History of Secret Santa
A Generous History of Secret Santa
The tradition has worldwide appeal, but there's actually one generous dude who was *the* Secret Santa.
12:34
December 20, 2020
Why You Hear Better When It's Cold Out
Why You Hear Better When It's Cold Out
You're not imagining it.
03:11
December 13, 2020
Operation Tamarisk
Operation Tamarisk
Cold War-era dumpster diving at Soviet HQ revealed they were wiping their butts with intel.
03:52
December 06, 2020
Amelia Earhart's Sinuses
Amelia Earhart's Sinuses
Chronic sinusitis from 1918 pandemic flu meant flying wasn't easy for Amelia Earhart. 
07:47
November 29, 2020
Is Internet Access a Human Right?
Is Internet Access a Human Right?
If you live in a country where access to the Internet is a part of your daily  life, you might not have considered what it would mean to lose that access—or never have had it at all. 
03:56
November 08, 2020
Banshees
Banshees
Ahead of Halloween, let's learn all about banshees & the not-so-subtle art of keening.
03:25
October 25, 2020
Saturday Night Massacre
Saturday Night Massacre
On the night of October 20, 1973 (a Saturday), a series of events unfolded that culminated in what became known as Watergate.  
05:31
October 18, 2020
Why Does Grapefruit Mess With Meds?
Why Does Grapefruit Mess With Meds?
The interaction was discovered in a study where the juice was used to mask the taste of alcohol.
05:04
October 11, 2020
Can Licorice Kill You?
Can Licorice Kill You?
The most popular use of licorice is *not* for candy, though it can be dangerous if you eat enough of it. (ALSO: Sorry for the audio, I need a new pop screen for my mic!) 
04:28
September 27, 2020
The Penguin That Never Existed
The Penguin That Never Existed
In the '80s researchers identified a new penguin…or did they?
02:52
September 20, 2020
The Carrington Event
The Carrington Event
In September of 1859, The Carrington Event solar flare caused telegraph systems to literally shock their operators.
05:45
September 13, 2020
The Poison Squad
The Poison Squad
September is #FoodSafetyEducationMonth so let’s celebrate by remembering the men who volunteered to get food poisoning for science. #poisonsquad 
05:04
September 06, 2020
A Brief History of Yellow School Buses
A Brief History of Yellow School Buses
Turns out yellow school buses have quite a history. And only require seat belts in one state!
07:33
August 30, 2020
Why Do We Wink?
Why Do We Wink?
Why do we do this THING with our ONE EYE (that is ... those of us who can wink).
05:25
August 23, 2020
Fictional Colors
Fictional Colors
Since August is #NationalCrayonCollectionMonth this seems like a good time to talk about FICTIONAL COLORS. 🖍
04:35
August 03, 2020
Blue Raspberry
Blue Raspberry
Who do we have to thank (or blame?) for the mouth-staining marvel that is BLUE RASPBERRY?
04:56
July 13, 2020
Can Dogs Really Smell Fear?
Can Dogs Really Smell Fear?
Can animals really smell fear? 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?
07:30
July 06, 2020
Tunguska
Tunguska
The largest impact event in recorded human history was 1,000 x the strength of the atomic bomb & destroyed *80 million* trees in the Siberian wilderness. But what was it? 
16:18
June 29, 2020
The Fenn Treasure
The Fenn Treasure
Last week the mysterious #FennTreasure was found deep in the Rocky Mountains after a decade of intriguing puzzles, poetry, and DEATH. ☠
16:54
June 15, 2020
Shampoo
Shampoo
So, when did humans start in with the whole "rinse, lather, repeat" nonsense?
04:45
June 08, 2020
The Chase Vault
The Chase Vault
Whenever someone died and the family opened the mausoleum, they’d find the coffins inside had MOVED.
04:21
June 01, 2020
Where is JFK's Brain?
Where is JFK's Brain?
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.
05:03
May 25, 2020
Did This Woman Give Birth to *69* Kids?
Did This Woman Give Birth to *69* Kids?
Happy Mother's Day! Did this woman really have ~69 children? Is that humanly possible? Also...why?
06:36
May 11, 2020
CAMEL 🦒LEOPARDS
CAMEL 🦒LEOPARDS
Everything you never knew you wanted to know about giraffes: the even-toed ungulates formerly known as CAMELEOPARDS. Did you know that young male giraffes practice mating. . .with each other?
13:19
May 04, 2020
Who Invented 7UP?
Who Invented 7UP?
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. . .
07:01
April 27, 2020
What Even IS Plastic?
What Even IS Plastic?
Why not celebrate #EarthDay this week by having a lil' ocean with your plastic? 
09:18
April 20, 2020
Why Don't Eyelashes Grow Super Long?
Why Don't Eyelashes Grow Super Long?
Eyelashes are in the growing phase of the hair cycle for about a month while head hair can be there for 6 years!
04:52
April 13, 2020
The Waffle House Index
The Waffle House Index
Apparently, the so-called Waffle House Index annoys the shit out of FEMA. #covid19
06:35
March 30, 2020
Kick 'em Jenny
Kick 'em Jenny
Um, "Kick 'em Jenny" is the best name for an undersea volcano ever? 🌋
03:15
March 23, 2020
Cough Medicine
Cough Medicine
Seems like a good week to talk about the risk of cough medicine, eh? #covid19 #coronavirus  Read more: FDA panel says risk of opioid use in kids’ cough medicines outweighs benefits (STAT News, 2017)
05:60
March 16, 2020
The Urantia Book
The Urantia Book
Happy #ReadAcrossAmericaDay! Why not celebrate by reading a mysterious 2,000-page spiritual tome supposedly bestowed upon humanity by celestial beings and that we don't know the author of?
07:26
March 02, 2020
Leap Seconds
Leap Seconds
You've heard of #leapyear now get ready for leap SECONDS.
05:29
February 24, 2020
The Picture of Everything
The Picture of Everything
An artist named Howard Hallis has spent the last decade painting a massive picture of literally everything.
04:33
February 17, 2020
Self-Experimenting Med Student Wins Nobel Prize (eventually).
Self-Experimenting Med Student Wins Nobel Prize (eventually).
For #ValentinesDay take your display of love to the next level and catheterize your own heart like Werner Forßmann.
05:09
February 10, 2020
Can You Work Yourself to Death?
Can You Work Yourself to Death?
Spoiler: Um, yeah. 
05:03
February 03, 2020
England's Biracial Queen
England's Biracial Queen
Before Meghan Markle, Queen Sophia Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz shook up the ultra-white House of Windsor. 
13:40
January 13, 2020
A Tiny History of Confetti
A Tiny History of Confetti
"There was malice in the thrust," — NYT report c. 1906 on aggressive confetti throwing.
04:52
December 30, 2019
Herbs vs. Spices
Herbs vs. Spices
Also, wtf is ALLSPICE? 
05:05
December 16, 2019
The Physics of Figure Skating
The Physics of Figure Skating
Step 1. Listen to today's episode on the physics of figure skating. Step 2. Use @disneyplus to watch Ice Princess (2005) Step 3. GO FOR THE GOLD 🥇⛸️
06:13
December 09, 2019
A Brief History of ChapStick®
A Brief History of ChapStick®
When it was invented in the 1880s, ChapStick just wanted to soothe your chapped lips. How then, about a century later, did it find itself with a starring role in the Watergate scandal?
04:60
December 02, 2019
Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade Balloons
Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade Balloons
Imagine buying a balloon that costs more than a house. 
05:47
November 25, 2019
What is Gender?
What is Gender?
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/🌈
06:20
November 18, 2019
Will-‘o-the-Wisps & Jack o' the Lanterns
Will-‘o-the-Wisps & Jack o' the Lanterns
Spooky season is in full swing here at LMGT so today we're talking about will-‘o-the-wisps a.k.a. Spooky Ghost Lights That Wanna Kill You! 👻
04:25
October 21, 2019
Presidential Park
Presidential Park
Is this creepy abandoned park full of presidential busts in Virginia a symbol for our crumbling democracy?!
03:35
October 14, 2019
Car Inspections
Car Inspections
The rules about car safety inspections aren't the same everywhere and some places don't require you to have your car inspected ever?? Read more!
10:35
September 30, 2019
The Mpemba Effect
The Mpemba Effect
Will you get ice cubes faster if you fill the tray with hot water? 🤔 Learn more: http://www1.lsbu.ac.uk/water/mpemba_effect.html
05:09
September 23, 2019
Wanna guest host?
Wanna guest host?
Just wanted to introduce myself?? And also give you the chance to guest host!  More about me/my book/my dog here: abbynormanwriter.com LMGT on social: @letmeglglthat on Twitter / instagram.com/letmegooglethat  Signup with the Google form here: https://forms.gle/H4AsJbfaxWXvSBfg9
11:15
September 07, 2019
KRAKATOA!
KRAKATOA!
On August 26, 1883 a volcanic eruption shook the whole world - literally.
05:10
August 26, 2019
Ant Funerals
Ant Funerals
Not unlike humans, many social insects have very specific protocols for handling the dead in the name of infection prevention. Though "undertaker ants" sometimes just drop corpses in the trash heap.
04:31
August 20, 2019
Nuclear Warfare 101
Nuclear Warfare 101
So, here's what nuclear war would be like probably. 
07:35
August 06, 2019
IMMORTAL SHARKS
IMMORTAL SHARKS
It’s not officially #sharkweek until we talk about the bajillion year old Greenland shark.
05:03
July 29, 2019
The Chappaquiddick Incident
The Chappaquiddick Incident
The Moon Landing was the best thing that ever happened to Ted Kennedy.
14:41
July 16, 2019
The Nautilus: Fossils of the Sea
The Nautilus: Fossils of the Sea
It's still #CephalopodWeek! Today we're talking about the mighty nautilus: oldest damn things in the deep blue sea.
04:14
June 26, 2019
Leaked! The Pentagon Papers
Leaked! The Pentagon Papers
A historic journalistic endeavor that required an epic amount of Xeroxing.
06:51
June 10, 2019
Can Animals Be Allergic to Other Animals?
Can Animals Be Allergic to Other Animals?
Can animals be allergic to other animals? More importantly, can your pet be allergic to YOU? 
04:22
June 03, 2019
A Brief History of Sandwiches
A Brief History of Sandwiches
Before you hit that #MemorialDayWeekend BBQ, make sure you know what the legal definition of a sandwich is! 
04:35
May 26, 2019
How We Beat Smallpox
How We Beat Smallpox
On May 8th 1980 the WHO announced smallpox had been eradicated. Here's how we did it — and why we haven't managed to eradicate any other disease in the decades since.
16:36
May 08, 2019
Deepwater Horizon
Deepwater Horizon
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.
13:34
April 30, 2019
The *Other* DNA Structure 🧬
The *Other* DNA Structure 🧬
It's #DNADay! Let's talk about a DNA structure that's *not* the classic double helix: the i-motif! Which kind of looks like a uterus. . .
04:24
April 26, 2019
An Abridged History of Audiobooks
An Abridged History of Audiobooks
Here's the history of audiobooks (abridged!) and preview of Abby's audiobook, which you can download wherever audiobooks are sold and/or bartered for.
08:07
April 03, 2019
Fritz Zwicky's Supernova
Fritz Zwicky's Supernova
#otd in 1937 Swiss astronomer Fritz Zwicky coined the term SUPERNOVA in a paper about neutron stars. He later coined the term NUCLEAR GOBLINS. 
03:05
March 19, 2019
The Americanization of St. Patrick's Day
The Americanization of St. Patrick's Day
In Ireland, #StPatricksDay was just a minor religious holiday for centuries — and not one that involved drinking. Then Americans appropriated it in the 1960s and now we have the #shamrockshake. 
04:23
March 17, 2019
Mercury Retrograde
Mercury Retrograde
Is #MercuryRetrograde a thing or do we just want to believe it's a thing? 
05:43
March 15, 2019
Barbie's Family Tree
Barbie's Family Tree
Barbie turns 60 this month! Since her debut in 1959 she's had many looks, careers, and amassed quite an impressive collection of friends and extended family. 
04:58
March 11, 2019
Throwback: Measles is Back!
Throwback: Measles is Back!
Epidemiologists use statistics to track outbreaks. One important value to know is the R₀ — for measles, it's 12-18. Ebola is like ~1.5 
05:38
February 03, 2019
Area Code: (321)
Area Code: (321)
 Which county in the United States has area code 321? And why is that the case? 
01:52
February 03, 2019
Jenny Everywhere
Jenny Everywhere
 Who is "Jenny Everywhere" — and why is she everywhere? Also: hi to Richard Belzer!!
03:34
February 03, 2019
The Kentucky Meat Shower
The Kentucky Meat Shower
 So, meat pieces fell from the sky in Kentucky once. 
05:21
February 03, 2019
Can Peanut Butter Diagnose Alzheimer's?
Can Peanut Butter Diagnose Alzheimer's?
It kind of sounds like a headline from The Onion, but the tasty & scientifically-sound hypothesis was tested by researchers several years ago.
08:11
January 03, 2019
Another year already?!
Another year already?!
"The years start coming and they don't stop coming." — Aristotle 
13:00
December 31, 2018
12 DAYS OF P❄DMAS: Drummers
12 DAYS OF P❄DMAS: Drummers
Well, monkeys.
05:43
December 25, 2018
12 DAYS OF P❄DMAS: Pipers
12 DAYS OF P❄DMAS: Pipers
BAG PIPERS THAT IS
06:04
December 24, 2018
12 DAYS OF P❄DMAS: Swans
12 DAYS OF P❄DMAS: Swans
Ok but like...swans are elegant and mean. 🦢
04:31
December 23, 2018
12 DAYS OF P❄DMAS: Lords
12 DAYS OF P❄DMAS: Lords
Not leaping, just lording.
05:01
December 23, 2018
12 DAYS OF P❄DMAS: Ladies Dancing
12 DAYS OF P❄DMAS: Ladies Dancing
And centuries of institutionalized misogyny!
07:20
December 23, 2018
12 DAYS OF P❄DMAS: Milkmaids
12 DAYS OF P❄DMAS: Milkmaids
And infectious disease!
07:26
December 22, 2018
12 DAYS OF P❄DMAS: Silly Goose
12 DAYS OF P❄DMAS: Silly Goose
Okay, taking a little detour on this because fuck birds. Why do we call people a "silly goose?"
05:29
December 20, 2018
12 DAYS OF P❄DMAS: Golden Rings
12 DAYS OF P❄DMAS: Golden Rings
OK NO BIRDS TODAY. Also: wedding bands.
05:54
December 19, 2018
12 DAYS OF P❄DMAS: Calling Birds
12 DAYS OF P❄DMAS: Calling Birds
Well, I guess birds would have to call because they sure as hell can't text.
04:36
December 18, 2018
12 DAYS OF P❄DMAS: French hens
12 DAYS OF P❄DMAS: French hens
OH GOD MORE BIRBS I'M SO SORRY
04:15
December 17, 2018
12 DAYS OF P❄DMAS: Turtle Doves
12 DAYS OF P❄DMAS: Turtle Doves
Oh look ... more birds.
04:48
December 16, 2018
12 DAYS OF P❄DMAS: Partridges/Pear Trees
12 DAYS OF P❄DMAS: Partridges/Pear Trees
We've all been mishearing "pear trees" for like 10,000 years.
05:33
December 15, 2018
12 DAYS OF P❄DMAS!
12 DAYS OF P❄DMAS!
Each day between now and December 25th we're unpacking a lyric to the 12 Days of Christmas! #MerryPodmas
06:55
December 14, 2018
Does Silver Disinfect Itself?
Does Silver Disinfect Itself?
Putting away Grandma's good sterling silver after Thanksgiving? Did you skimp out on cleaning it first? What if I told you that shit disinfects itself?
05:15
November 26, 2018
A Brief History of Social Media
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?
11:04
November 02, 2018
Ghost Stories
Ghost Stories
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.
09:56
October 30, 2018
Sputnik in Wisconsin
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?"
09:21
October 05, 2018
Heat Lightning: Not Real
Heat Lightning: Not Real
ヽHEAT`、`LIGHTNINGヽ`ヽヽ IS ヽヽFAKEヽ`ヽ`、`NEWSヽ`
02:40
September 13, 2018
Statelessness
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).
05:05
September 10, 2018
How Treason Works
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.
11:37
August 26, 2018
Computers before computers with guest host Jonathan Blade
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.”
04:38
August 12, 2018
Point(ing) of Interest with guest host Chris Thrasher
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.
05:18
August 12, 2018
Death by Watermelon with guest host Lydia Sigwarth
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.
06:56
August 12, 2018
Catatumbo Lightning with guest host Pedro Graterol
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!
04:60
August 12, 2018
Jupiter's Weird New Moons with guest host Chelsea Gohd
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!
07:05
August 12, 2018
Cervical Mucus with guest host Amanda Laird
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!
06:17
August 12, 2018
THE CRY CLOSET with guest hosts The RDR Show
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.
08:29
August 12, 2018
The Dewey Decimal System with guest host Lily Jenness
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!
06:16
August 12, 2018
What is "Ki?" with guest host Jacquard Isaiah Wyze
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!
04:18
August 12, 2018
Guest episode: Moxie LaBouche from This Is Your Brain on Facts
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!
04:20
August 12, 2018
Riding Armadillos
Riding Armadillos
. . .and more of the happiest/weirdest facts I know!
06:38
August 12, 2018
A Brief History of IHOP (IHOB?)
A Brief History of IHOP (IHOB?)
Here's a ROOTY TOOTY FRESH 'N FRUITY® history of IHOB — the eatery formerly known, and forever in my heart known, as IHOP.
06:30
July 17, 2018
The 27 Club
The 27 Club
Why did so many famous musicians die at the age of 27? Hendrix, Morrison, Joplin, Cobain & Winehouse are among the most notable, but the "27 Club" has over ~60 members to date. 
06:51
April 11, 2018