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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.
July 25, 2021
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.
July 18, 2021
New York's 6-Million-Year-Old Caves
Not saying these caverns turned out to be a portal to hell or another dimension, but...
July 11, 2021
How Fireworks Work
SInce it’s 4thofJuly weekend in the States, let’s talk about what makes fireworks so beautiful and loud. 
July 4, 2021
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. 
June 27, 2021
It’s #CephalopodWeek! Have some giant squid content! Not big enough for ya? Have some COLOSSAL SQUID CONTENT!!!
June 20, 2021
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!?
June 13, 2021
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.
June 6, 2021
Why Do We Yawn?
Also, important: how do fish yawn?
May 30, 2021
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.
May 23, 2021
Kick 'em Jenny
Um, best name for a volcano ever???
May 16, 2021
All About Centipedes
These bugs are millions of years old and have too many damn legs!
May 9, 2021
The "Uh-oh!" History of SpaghettiOs
The optimum number of Os (of which there are *4* different sizes) per can is 1,750.
May 2, 2021
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?
April 25, 2021
How Disease Eradication Works
What does it take to get rid of an infectious disease forever? Could we ever eradicate COVID?
April 18, 2021
What's the Most Popular Birthday?
Not mine lol 
April 11, 2021
Can plants see?
Plants do have senses—in a sense.
April 4, 2021
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.
March 28, 2021
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.
March 21, 2021
A Lil' Mars Music
This week our friend Chelsea Gohd aka Foxanne, senior writer at 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).
March 14, 2021
Foods That Can Poison/Kill You
You might want to reconsider that slow cooker recipe with red kidney beans.
March 7, 2021
Collective Nouns
The terms we use to describe groups of animals aren't just for animals, apparently.
February 28, 2021
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.
February 21, 2021
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. 
February 14, 2021
License Plates
Call in with your best vanity plate idea!
February 7, 2021
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.
January 31, 2021
Who Invented Silly String?
Like many great inventions, Silly String was an accident: it was meant to be spray-on casts.
January 24, 2021
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: 
January 17, 2021
Can You Erase Someone From History?
You might want to, but is it possible? Or advisable?
January 10, 2021
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.
December 31, 2020
You can never unlearn that "snowboarding" began as "SNURFING."
December 27, 2020
A Generous History of Secret Santa
The tradition has worldwide appeal, but there's actually one generous dude who was *the* Secret Santa.
December 20, 2020
Why You Hear Better When It's Cold Out
You're not imagining it.
December 13, 2020
Operation Tamarisk
Cold War-era dumpster diving at Soviet HQ revealed they were wiping their butts with intel.
December 6, 2020
Amelia Earhart's Sinuses
Chronic sinusitis from 1918 pandemic flu meant flying wasn't easy for Amelia Earhart. 
November 29, 2020
A COVID Thanksgiving: Self-Disinfecting Silver
Ahead of Thanksgiving in the age of COVID, we’re revisiting a podcast of holiday seasons past to ask an important question: Does your Nana's sterling silver really disinfect itself?
November 22, 2020
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.
November 15, 2020
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. 
November 8, 2020
How Many Books Are There in the World?
Happy Author's Day! 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.
November 1, 2020
Ahead of Halloween, let's learn all about banshees & the not-so-subtle art of keening.
October 25, 2020
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.  
October 18, 2020
Why Does Grapefruit Mess With Meds?
The interaction was discovered in a study where the juice was used to mask the taste of alcohol.
October 11, 2020
The Hedgehog Dilemma
Humans crave intimacy . . . but not like, *too much*
October 4, 2020
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!) 
September 27, 2020
The Penguin That Never Existed
In the '80s researchers identified a new penguin…or did they?
September 20, 2020
The Carrington Event
In September of 1859, The Carrington Event solar flare caused telegraph systems to literally shock their operators.
September 13, 2020
The Poison Squad
September is #FoodSafetyEducationMonth so let’s celebrate by remembering the men who volunteered to get food poisoning for science. #poisonsquad 
September 6, 2020
A Brief History of Yellow School Buses
Turns out yellow school buses have quite a history. And only require seat belts in one state!
August 30, 2020
Why Do We Wink?
Why do we do this THING with our ONE EYE (that is ... those of us who can wink).
August 23, 2020
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. 🐝#worldhoneybeeday
August 17, 2020
Atomic Gardening
The #atomicbomb gave radiation a bad name, so scientists made "gamma gardens" a thing. ☢🌻
August 10, 2020
Fictional Colors
Since August is #NationalCrayonCollectionMonth this seems like a good time to talk about FICTIONAL COLORS. 🖍
August 3, 2020
How Hurricanes Get Named
If you scorned a weatherman circa 1967 you probably got a hurricane named after you.
July 27, 2020
The entire colony of Roanoke ghosted 430 years ago and we still don't know what happened to them.
July 20, 2020
Blue Raspberry
Who do we have to thank (or blame?) for the mouth-staining marvel that is BLUE RASPBERRY?
July 13, 2020
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?
July 6, 2020
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? 
June 29, 2020
Legal Obscenity
On June 21, 1932, the landmark SCOTUS ruling in Miller v. California redefined what makes something legally obscene.
June 22, 2020
The Fenn Treasure
Last week the mysterious #FennTreasure was found deep in the Rocky Mountains after a decade of intriguing puzzles, poetry, and DEATH. ☠
June 15, 2020
So, when did humans start in with the whole "rinse, lather, repeat" nonsense?
June 8, 2020
The Chase Vault
Whenever someone died and the family opened the mausoleum, they’d find the coffins inside had MOVED.
June 1, 2020
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.
May 25, 2020
Sin Eaters
You could hire them to attend a funeral & metaphorically eat your loved one's sins.
May 18, 2020
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?
May 11, 2020
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?
May 4, 2020
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. . .
April 27, 2020
What Even IS Plastic?
Why not celebrate #EarthDay this week by having a lil' ocean with your plastic? 
April 20, 2020
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!
April 13, 2020
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.
April 6, 2020
The Waffle House Index
Apparently, the so-called Waffle House Index annoys the shit out of FEMA. #covid19
March 30, 2020
Kick 'em Jenny
Um, "Kick 'em Jenny" is the best name for an undersea volcano ever? 🌋
March 23, 2020
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)
March 16, 2020
Who Invented Coffee Filters?
Did you brew your coffee in a paper filter this morning? You have a fed-up German housewife named Melitta to thank for that!
March 9, 2020
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?
March 2, 2020
Leap Seconds
You've heard of #leapyear now get ready for leap SECONDS.
February 24, 2020
The Picture of Everything
An artist named Howard Hallis has spent the last decade painting a massive picture of literally everything.
February 17, 2020
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.
February 10, 2020
Can you really work yourself to death?
Spoiler: Um, yeah. 
February 3, 2020
"Fake" Banana Flavor
Actually, that weird not-quite-banana flavor isn't fake!
January 27, 2020
Why did we stop calling laundromats "washaterias?!"
January 20, 2020
England's Biracial Queen
Before Meghan Markle, Queen Sophia Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz shook up the ultra-white House of Windsor. 
January 13, 2020
Disqualifying the Positive
*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!)
January 6, 2020
A Tiny History of Confetti
"There was malice in the thrust," — NYT report c. 1906 on aggressive confetti throwing.
December 30, 2019
Santa's Evil Twin
The Christmas devil! A yuletide bastard if there ever was on! It's KRAMPUS.
December 23, 2019
Herbs vs. Spices
Also, wtf is ALLSPICE? 
December 16, 2019
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 🥇⛸️
December 9, 2019
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?
December 2, 2019
Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade Balloons
Imagine buying a balloon that costs more than a house. 
November 25, 2019
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 Follow them on Instagram @transfieldguide1 and🌈
November 18, 2019
The Glowing Civil War Soldiers Mystery
The phenomenon of "angel's glow"—a centuries-old mystery—was solved by...a group of high schoolers. 💅✨
November 11, 2019
How "Monobosom" Beget the Modern Bra
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."
November 4, 2019
Horror vs. Terror
Do you know the difference between horror & terror? Did you know there IS a difference between horror and terror?💀👻🎃
October 28, 2019
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! 👻
October 21, 2019
Presidential Park
Is this creepy abandoned park full of presidential busts in Virginia a symbol for our crumbling democracy?!
October 14, 2019
The Teacup Poisoner
A chemistry teacher figured out Young was behind the murders…because he’d left poison in his desk. ☠️
October 7, 2019
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!
September 30, 2019
The Mpemba Effect
Will you get ice cubes faster if you fill the tray with hot water? 🤔 Learn more:
September 23, 2019
Who Invented Play-Doh?
Happy #NationalPlayDohDay! Yes, you can technically eat Play-Doh but it’s not gluten-free!! Links to more reading:
September 16, 2019
Friday the 13th
Trying to prove #FridayThe13th is unlucky? Turns out most data gathered on the subject is biased because people tend to avoid certain activities or exercise extra caution on that day!
September 13, 2019
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: LMGT on social: @letmeglglthat on Twitter /  Signup with the Google form here:
September 7, 2019
The Salty History of Pretzels
80% of America's pretzels are made in Pennsylvania. The other 10% is probably accounted for by a single NYC soft pretzel.
September 3, 2019
On August 26, 1883 a volcanic eruption shook the whole world - literally.
August 26, 2019
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.
August 20, 2019
S.S. Watertown Faces
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
August 13, 2019
Nuclear Warfare 101
So, here's what nuclear war would be like probably. 
August 6, 2019
It’s not officially #sharkweek until we talk about the bajillion year old Greenland shark.
July 29, 2019
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).
July 22, 2019
The Chappaquiddick Incident
The Moon Landing was the best thing that ever happened to Ted Kennedy.
July 16, 2019
Who Invented Sandpaper?
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
July 9, 2019
A Brief History of Public Pools
America’s public pools are full of bacteria and classism!
July 2, 2019
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.
June 26, 2019
The Polygon Nuclear Tests
 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.
June 17, 2019
Leaked! The Pentagon Papers
A historic journalistic endeavor that required an epic amount of Xeroxing.
June 10, 2019
Can Animals Be Allergic to Other Animals?
Can animals be allergic to other animals? More importantly, can your pet be allergic to YOU? 
June 3, 2019
A Brief History of Sandwiches
Before you hit that #MemorialDayWeekend BBQ, make sure you know what the legal definition of a sandwich is! 
May 26, 2019
Morse Code
This week in 1844, Samuel Morse sent the first single-wire telegraph message using the machine and code he invented in the wake of his wife's death. The message he sent? 𝚆𝙷𝙰𝚃 𝙷𝙰𝚃𝙷 𝙶𝙾𝙳 𝚆𝚁𝙾𝚄𝙶𝙷𝚃
May 21, 2019
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?
May 15, 2019
Who Was Mother Goose?
Is the character of Mother Goose based on a real person? (Or a real goose?)
May 12, 2019
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.
May 8, 2019
Naming Your Kentucky Derby Racehorse
#KentuckyDerby racehorses are majestic & expensive beasts worthy of our admiration — and yet we give them names like "Tit'n Your Girdle." Here's how (not) to name your thoroughbred.
May 3, 2019
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.
April 30, 2019
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. . .
April 26, 2019
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.
April 21, 2019
Origin of the High Five 🤚
Happy #NationalHighFiveDay! Here's a neat little history of the high five & its many variations.
April 18, 2019
Titanic: Part II
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.
April 14, 2019
Titanic: Part I
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.
April 13, 2019
Why Do We Have Names?
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!
April 9, 2019
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. 
April 6, 2019
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.
April 3, 2019
The Sign of the Penis
For #NationalDoctorsDay, let's talk about the eponymous nature of medicine! Ever heard of "Throckmorton's sign?" Otherwise known as the *John Thomas* sign?
March 30, 2019
The "Get Out and Push" Railroad
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."
March 27, 2019
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.
March 25, 2019
A Brief History of TIC TACS
TIC TACS: The all-sugar sugar-free mint. 
March 22, 2019
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. 
March 19, 2019
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. 
March 17, 2019
Mercury Retrograde
Is #MercuryRetrograde a thing or do we just want to believe it's a thing? 
March 15, 2019
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. 
March 11, 2019
Does Daylight Saving Time Actually Help?
We #springforward this weekend for Daylight Saving Time, but why? And does it actually help? 
March 8, 2019
Blood Isn't Always Red
In fact, the #icefish appears to have no blood at all. 
March 2, 2019
Ask Me Anything!
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! →
March 2, 2019
Why you hear better when it's cold.
On a cold day, you can hear forever.
February 25, 2019
The Futurist Manifesto
Marinetti's #futurist manifesto was published 100 years ago this month. It's an interesting read but, uh . . .a lil' heavy on the fascism & museum-hating. 
February 21, 2019
Calvin COOLidge Sure Loved Vaseline
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.
February 18, 2019
"Roses are red. . ."
 #HappyValentinesDay! So, who came up with that horticulturally-inaccurate "Roses are red, violets are blue. . ." ditty anyway? 
February 13, 2019
"Cold Sunday"
On January 17th, 1982 hundreds of U.S. cities broke records for low temperatures — many of which still stand today. Near Tower, Minnesota, temps dropped to -52 °F (-47 °C).
February 11, 2019
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! 
February 8, 2019
How does Narcan work?
 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? 
February 8, 2019
Average Colin
If you've ever Googled "normal brain MRI" you've seen Colin 27. So what happened to "Average Colin" IRL?
February 8, 2019
Only 4 people have been given the title of "PUBLIC ENEMY #1" by the FBI. The term actually originated as a scheme to publicly shame Al Capone (like he gave a fuck!!)
February 8, 2019
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 FROST BITE? Today we're debunking the ol' New England adage, "Don't fuck with the wind chill, fam."
February 8, 2019
My Favorite Failure
It's time for LMGT to go to the big podcast graveyard in the sky. In lieu of continuing with Listener Support for this podcast, support one of the many, many, many other deserving podcasts on Anchor. Don't worry, there's still a Swan Song yet to come and the archive will live on the internet eternally. And in my heart—and maybe yours.  ❤︎
February 6, 2019
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 
February 3, 2019
Area Code: (321)
 Which county in the United States has area code 321? And why is that the case? 
February 3, 2019
Jenny Everywhere
 Who is "Jenny Everywhere" — and why is she everywhere? Also: hi to Richard Belzer!!
February 3, 2019
The Kentucky Meat Shower
 So, meat pieces fell from the sky in Kentucky once. 
February 3, 2019
Why are jeans blue?
Denim jeans don't start out blue, but science gets them there.
February 3, 2019
Silica Gel Packets
Those little silica gel packets are actually not toxic and don't work the way you think they do!
January 28, 2019
Nellie Bly Did MANY THINGS
In 1890, journalist Nellie Bly returned from her "around the world in LESS THAN 80 days" adventure. But you might remember her from her greatest hit: 10 Days in the Madhouse. 
January 25, 2019
If you're a cryptid now would be a great time to emerge from the woods and terrorize the locals. 
January 20, 2019
How Lifetime Warranties Work
A product's "lifetime warranty" refers to its expected lifetime — not yours. 
January 17, 2019
How do chip cards work?
Automated chip card technology has actually been around since the 1960s. Though many places are only getting the credit card readers *now*. 
January 13, 2019
Fast Radio Bursts
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? 
January 11, 2019
Emily Post & The Rules of Etiquette
Emily Post divorced her philandering husband, kept his name, & became the queen of etiquette. (see: How to Best Serve Revenge).
January 7, 2019
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.
January 3, 2019
Another year already?!
"The years start coming and they don't stop coming." — Aristotle 
December 31, 2018
Gifts vs. Presents 🎁
They're not the same thing but I'll gladly accept either.
December 26, 2018
12 DAYS OF P❄DMAS: Drummers
Well, monkeys.
December 25, 2018
12 DAYS OF P❄DMAS: Pipers
December 24, 2018
12 DAYS OF P❄DMAS: Swans
Ok but like...swans are elegant and mean. 🦢
December 23, 2018
12 DAYS OF P❄DMAS: Lords
Not leaping, just lording.
December 23, 2018
12 DAYS OF P❄DMAS: Ladies Dancing
And centuries of institutionalized misogyny!
December 23, 2018
12 DAYS OF P❄DMAS: Milkmaids
And infectious disease!
December 22, 2018
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?"
December 20, 2018
12 DAYS OF P❄DMAS: Golden Rings
OK NO BIRDS TODAY. Also: wedding bands.
December 19, 2018
12 DAYS OF P❄DMAS: Calling Birds
Well, I guess birds would have to call because they sure as hell can't text.
December 18, 2018
12 DAYS OF P❄DMAS: French hens
December 17, 2018
12 DAYS OF P❄DMAS: Turtle Doves
Oh look ... more birds.
December 16, 2018
12 DAYS OF P❄DMAS: Partridges/Pear Trees
We've all been mishearing "pear trees" for like 10,000 years.
December 15, 2018
Each day between now and December 25th we're unpacking a lyric to the 12 Days of Christmas! #MerryPodmas
December 14, 2018
Mrs. Röntgen's Skeleton Hand
#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."
December 10, 2018
2018 has been pretty shitty so it's probably fine that we didn't end up making Undecember, the 13th month of the year, a thing.
December 7, 2018
The Man Cured of HIV
Timothy Ray Brown was the first (and thus for only) person to be cured of HIV. We're still not exactly sure what happened. Or if we could do it again.
December 1, 2018
Schrödinger's Cat
Happy Schrödinger's cat day! ✨🐈 Everyone's favorite quantum mechanics thought experiment that was basically trolling Einstein. 🧠
November 29, 2018
Does silver really 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?
November 26, 2018
Black Friday's History of Violence
Here's why cops in Philadelphia in the 1960s started calling the day after Thansksgiving "Black Friday."
November 23, 2018
Scary Thanksgiving Parades
Thanksgiving is upon us and you know what that means: "ragamuffin parades" and a giant, expensive, inflatable Snoopy.
November 19, 2018
Is it Fall or Autumn? 🍁
Do you call this time of year FALL or AUTUMN? Here's why the season has 2 names.
November 16, 2018
The Life &Near-Deaths of Daredevil Kitty O'Neil
How a deaf little girl from Texas grew up to continuously defy death, do Wonder Woman's stunts, and secure her legacy as "the fastest woman in the world."
November 14, 2018
What's the deal with seeing 11:11?
Why do we think it means something to catch the clock at exactly 11:11?
November 11, 2018
How Bigfoot Ruined a Man's Life
In 1967 two men shot what became the iconic Bigfoot "footage". It ruined one of their lives forever.
November 9, 2018
Doomsday Seed Vault
Svalbard is the world's arctic DOOMSDAY SEED VAULT in Norway.
November 7, 2018
Who is the Unicode Consortium?
The latest iOS update gave us new emojis so let's discuss the Emoji Illuminati aka the Unicode Consortium!
November 5, 2018
What really happened to Laika?
The true fate of the canine cosmonaut, who died on November 3rd, 1957, was kept from the public for decades.
November 3, 2018
Does Daylight Saving Actually Help?
Well, maybe.
November 2, 2018
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.
October 30, 2018
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.
October 24, 2018
How The Flu Kills You
SPOILER: You don't technically die from the flu. ⚰️😷
October 19, 2018
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?
October 17, 2018
The Butcher of Paris
Marcel Petiot is one of history's most prolific serial killers. You've probably never heard of him — and after today's episode, you'll wish you never had.
October 15, 2018
The Meyers-Briggs Type Indicator
The MBTI personality test wasn't designed to measure  aptitude — it actually measures *preference.* You might *prefer* introversion to experience the world, but that doesn't mean you're *incapable* or *lacking* extraverted qualities.
October 12, 2018
The Woman Who Died for Chemistry
Karen Wetterhahn's untimely death in the 1990s gave science invaluable insight into mercury poisoning.
October 11, 2018
”We are all deserving of traveling mercies.”
An update on. . .things. ❤︎ Instagram: @letmegooglethat/@abbymnorman Twitter: @letmeglglthat/@abbymnorman GoFundMe:
October 6, 2018
Sputnik in Wisconsin
In 1962 a hunk of Russian space junk landed in the middle of a street in Wisconsin. What was the U.S. to do? This was Cold War-era Space Race time, so they weren't gonna call up the Soviet Union like: "It's 10 PM do you know where your Sputnik is?"
October 5, 2018
A Brief History of the Nobel Prize
Why do we award them? And what about that time some medals were hidden from the Nazis in an acid bath?
October 1, 2018
The Stanford Prison Experiment
You'll find the Stanford Prison Experiment in any Psych 101 textbook — but don't believe everything you're taught.
September 30, 2018
What do you say when someone sneezes?
Whatever the reason for ya sneezin' (which may or may not sound like "AH-CHOO") there are also many ways to respond when someone sneezes: "bless you," "Gesundheit," or "SORRY" (in case it's not ragweed, but rather, a sign of your impending death)
September 28, 2018
The Milwaukee Protocol
Did an experimental treatment really save a teenage girl from rabies - or was it just a coincidence?
September 28, 2018
The Year Without a Summer
The summer of 1816 was known as the Year Without a Summer in the northeast U.S. because even though it would be ~95°F during the day, at night temperatures dropped so low that Maine got A FOOT OF SNOW IN JUNE.
September 27, 2018
Can donor hearts transplant memories?
In 1988 Claire Sylvia received New England's first heart-lung transplant. And the personality of the teenage boy whose heart she got.
September 25, 2018
Indelible Pencils
"Indelible pencils" or copying pencils were popular for a time in the 1870s because they made it possible to easily make copies of handwritten documents. Which would have been great — except they turned out to be poisonous.
September 23, 2018
Defeating Hackers With a Wall of Lava Lamps
A company in California has devised truly random encryption for cybersecurity using. . .Lava Lamps.
September 21, 2018
An Itsy-Bitsy History of the Bikini
The first bikini debuted in 1946 — just a few days after the U.S. had begun testing the atomic bomb at Bikini Atoll, for which the suit had been named. How's that for ~SEO strategy?
September 19, 2018
Ben Franklin's Sky Electricity
Ben Franklin's famous kite experiment took place sometime between June 10th - 15th, 1752. But you probably learned many misconceptions about it in school: 1. Franklin didn't discover electricity. 2. His kite did not get struck by lightning.
September 17, 2018
Why do dogs sniff each other's butts?
The unique scent each dog leaves behind (heh) is sort of like a Tinder bio: it conveys to other dogs in the neighborhood how old they are, what their emotional state is, and whether or not they're DTF.
September 15, 2018
Heat Lightning: Not Real
September 13, 2018
A Cool History of Popsicles®
Since we spent all summer seeing that same sponsored post by Popsicle® in our feeds, here's the history of the "frozen confection of attractive appearance" which was *accidentally* invented by an 11-year-old boy in 1905.
September 11, 2018
Sexy Moths
Put on some slow, sexy, saxophone riffs and leave your porch light on tonight to help Hot Single Poplar Hawk Moths in your area get it on. It's literally their reason for living. #TagUrMothPorn
September 9, 2018
Jocelyn Bell Burnell
Throwback to the episode we did about Jocelyn Bell Burnell who has AT LONG LAST finally been rewarded for her incredible contributions to science. In true GOAT fashion she's donating the money she's been awarded to a fund to help prevent men from taking credit for their female colleagues' discoveries...
September 7, 2018
Technically, you can turn in your social security card and renounce your U.S. citizenship just because you want to (but maybe don't).
September 6, 2018
A Brief History of 7-Elevens
(This is, obviously, a throwback to 7/11) If there's not one in your neighborhood, just wait: it's said that a new store opens somewhere in the world every 2 hours. While you wait, grab a Slurpee and listen to today's episode.
September 5, 2018
The Pinnacles
LISTENER CALL-IN! How were the weird and beautiful Pinnacles of the Western Australian desert formed?
September 4, 2018
A Brief History of Social Media
From BBS chatrooms and Compuserv to Geocities, AOL, and Myspace — when it comes to social media, how did we get to. . .whatever it is we're doing now?
September 3, 2018
Am I the only person who didn't know there are DOLPHINS in the Amazon River?
September 2, 2018
Sweden's Spooky Ghost Train
Legend has it that once you board Stockholm's "Silver Arrow" you're doomed to ride it for eternity – and not due to train traffic up ahead or a track fire BUT BECAUSE IT'S A ˢᵖᵒᴼᵒᴼᵒᵏʸ GHOST TRAIN!
September 1, 2018
Living Wills
According to a 2016 study, even though we've been promoting advance directives & living wills for over 50 years, only about a third of U.S. adults have one.
August 31, 2018
The Basel Papyrus
The mysterious Basel Papyrus contain 2,000 year old medical writings & the earliest known private letters between Christians. Incidentally, those letters also appear to include the earliest known review of fish sauce.
August 30, 2018
Asymmetric Insight
Thanks to a cognitive bias known as asymmetric insight, we tend to think we know other people better than they know us — or even that we know other people better than they know themselves.
August 29, 2018
Ball Lightning
Turns out my best friend Rebecca is one of the ~5 % of people on Earth who have witnessed the phenomenon of BALL LIGHTING. Naturally I made her tell me all about it – and she even made a gif!
August 29, 2018
The Lost Franklin Expedition
AKA: The true story behind AMC's "The Terror."
August 28, 2018
The Internet's First Photo
There's so much to love about Les Horribles Cernettes 1. A doo-wop parody girl group of CERN scientists 2. Songs had titles like "Collider" and "Daddy's Lab" 3. In 1992 this promo photo became the first pic uploaded to the internet.
August 27, 2018
The Dog Who Got Life in Prison for Murder
In the 1920s, "Pep" was sent to the Eastern State Penitentiary. He even got a mug shot taken. But his life sentence was actually not what the media made it seem.
August 26, 2018
How Treason Works
What's happened (or is happening or might happen) between Trump & Putin, between the U.S. & Russia, is unethical, illegal, and unprecedented — but here's the reason it's *not* treason.
August 26, 2018
Santamartamys rufodorsalis
In 2011 researchers snapped these photos of a red-crested tree rat — which was pretty impressive considering the critter is EXTINCT. Now reclassified as critically endangered, we've only ever seen ~3. The last sighting was over a century ago.
August 25, 2018
The *Real* First Photo of Earth From the Moon
It wasn't Apollo 17's famous "Blue Marble" photo. Nor was the awe-inspiring "earthrise" shot taken by the Apollo 8 crew. No, our first glimpse of Earth from lunar orbit came on August 23rd, 1966 when NASA decided to risk their Moon-mapping mission to have Lunar Orbiter 1 crane its camera's lens away from the lunar surface to take a few photos of us instead.
August 23, 2018
How Master Keys Work
"Master keys" are actually part of a much larger hierarchal system of keying. Master keys can be "Grand" or "Great Grand" (like grandpas) depending on how many lower key systems they can unlock.
August 23, 2018
Is sunscreen killing coral reefs?
Yes, Hawaii wants to ban some sunscreens that are hurting coral reefs. No, that does not mean you should stop wearing sunscreen. Humans, coral — we're all just trying to live through this goddamn summer, OK?
August 22, 2018
A Brief History of Car Washes
Automated car washes are ubiquitous today but it wasn't long ago that so-called "car washes" were known simply as: YOUR BARE HANDS. Here's a brief history of how we mechanized the process.
August 21, 2018
The Poet Bandit
In the wild west a "gentleman bandit" named Charles Boles was known for being polite, robbing stagecoaches on foot instead of horseback, never shooting a gun, rockin' a dapper aesthetic & the poems he left behind.
August 20, 2018
The Roswell Incident 🛸
Whether you believe it was aliens or not, the story of the Roswell incident (which began 71 years ago this summer) is a great example of how traditional folk narratives develop.
August 19, 2018
Can you smoke a cigarette in space?
Is it fact or an .·:urban space legend:·. that you can't be an astronaut if you've ever smoked menthol cigarettes because it'll make your lungs explode? (Gif by our friend on Instagram!)
August 18, 2018
Margarita Burns
Squeezing limes for margaritas? Beware phytophotodermatitis ("margarita burn"). Lime juice contains phytochemicals that make your skin hypersensitive to the sun's UV rays and have been known to cause second-degree burns.
August 17, 2018
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.
August 16, 2018
The WOW! Signal
On August 15th, 1977 the WOW! Signal was heard by the Big Ear radio telescope at Ohio State University. . .aaaand everyone thought it was aliens.
August 15, 2018
Heat Exhaustion v. Heat Stroke ☀️
Hey, it's fucking hot outside!! Heat-related illness can kill you. Or your kid. Or your pet. Or other mammals you know and love!!! On today's ep we're talking about heat exhaustion v. heat stroke — and what to do if it happens to you!
August 14, 2018
How paper mills work
For centuries "paper mills" didn't describe enormous factories of mechanized paper production: rather, "mills" were groups of skilled workers sitting around crafting single sheets by hand.
August 14, 2018
The Shroud of Turin
Some say the stained piece of linen is the burial cloth of Jesus, but even the modern science hasn't been able to definitively prove (or disprove) the shroud's story. And no, NASA didn't investigate it. Here's what really happened.
August 13, 2018
Computers before computers with guest host Jonathan Blade
Guest host Johnathan Blade is diving deep into "computers before computers." Find him on YouTube Johnathanblade1 where he makes videos about “commercial tech-related content and film reviews, with a focus on mostly mobile editing.”
August 12, 2018
Point(ing) of Interest with guest host Chris Thrasher
Ever wondered why we point at things? Or how dogs *know* we're pointing at a thing? Guest host Chris Thrasher has answers.
August 12, 2018
Death by Watermelon with guest host Lydia Sigwarth
Guest host Lydia Sigwarth is going to tell you about some of the most morbidly fascinating (ha — see what we did there?) deaths in history. SPOILER ALTER: Watermelons appear more than once.
August 12, 2018
Catatumbo Lightning with guest host Pedro Graterol
Guest host Pedo Graterol is going to tell you about one of the coolest and strangest phenomena of his home country, Venezuela: Catatumbo lightning!
August 12, 2018
Jupiter's Weird New Moons with guest host Chelsea Gohd
Guest host Chelsea Gohd (aka Foxanne) explains everything you wanted to know about Jupiter's weird AF new (to us, anyway) moons. Also, be sure to check out her EP & catch her on tour!
August 12, 2018
Cervical Mucus with guest host Amanda Laird
Guest host Amanda Laird of the Heavy Flow Podcast made sure to include this image from “Taking Charge of Your Fertility” along with today’s a-rousing episode!
August 12, 2018
THE CRY CLOSET with guest hosts The RDR Show
Today’s guest hosts Keven & Jofre of the Rant Debate and Repeat Show (The RDR Show on Anchor) are discussing Utah University's "cry closet" which you may not have realized is A THING THAT HAPPENED.
August 12, 2018
The Dewey Decimal System with guest host Lily Jenness
Guest host Lily Jenness, a librarian-in-training, artist, and writer from southern Indiana is here to tell you all about the clusterfuck that is the Dewey Decimal System!
August 12, 2018
What is "Ki?" with guest host Jacquard Isaiah Wyze
Guest host Jacquard Isaiah Wyze @OmegaOneYT is explaining the life force known as Ki. No, not “chi” — and if you remember Dragon Ball Z you already know this!
August 12, 2018
Guest episode: Moxie LaBouche from This Is Your Brain on Facts
Explore a wealth of fun facts with guest host is Moxie LaBouche, former burlesque dancer who turned her creative powers toward podcasting as a way to vent the wealth of useless information that clogs up her brain, which she does on her podcast: This Is Your Brain on Facts!
August 12, 2018
A few quick updates, a listener question about podcast editing, and some nature ASMR lololol
August 12, 2018
Mental Health, Maine, & Mastication
The podcast equivalent of a vlog? Wherein I talk about my desperate need to chew, why I live in Maine, and how “getting through the day” turns into living your life.
August 12, 2018
Riding Armadillos
. . .and more of the happiest/weirdest facts I know!
August 12, 2018
How Couponing Works
Ever wondered how coupons work? The whole cycle — from when you hand your $1 coupon to the cashier to when the store gets reimbursed by the manufacturer — takes about a month. So what happens to that little piece of paper?
August 12, 2018
Where is everything!?
Yes, all the old episodes are gone. But they’ll be back! Please stick with me - and now would be a great time to support the show because I need help!!
August 11, 2018
Perseids ☄️
If you happen to catch the #perseidmeteorshower this weekend you have a specific and vaguely terrifying comet to thank!
August 11, 2018
Freelancing (and why I'm difficult)
So, uh, we're experiencing some *technical difficulties* by which I mean that I am *technically difficult*
August 10, 2018