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Ungeniused

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Ungeniused is a show dedicated to covering the weirdest articles found on Wikipedia. Stephen Hackett and Myke Hurley are here to explain topics and share knowledge you'll never be able to use in real life. Hosted by Myke Hurley and Stephen Hackett.
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09:49 | Dec 18th, 2018

From a Russian art museum to 10 Downing Street, cats are hard at work, keeping mice at bay.

09:53 | Jun 18th

High fives can be used as a rad greeting or a sick burn, and they can even help you keep from getting sick.
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11:36 | Aug 27th

The first (official) World's Fair — and the building that housed it — were both incredible feats for their day.

09:31 | Aug 13th

World's fairs have been held for over 200 years to highlight advances in technology and progress as the nations continue to march toward the future.

08:04 | Aug 1st

It sounds like releasing 1.5 million balloons to raise money would be a good idea, but in 1986, the people of Cleveland, Ohio learned that it is not.

09:29 | Jul 16th

There are a wide range of garden decorations out there, but some are far classier than others.

08:47 | Jun 4th

San Jose, California is home to the Winchester Mystery House, a sprawling mansion built over nearly four decades.

08:49 | May 21st

If you think baseball is boring and slow, there is good news: you get to take a break, even as a fan!

17:55 | Apr 9th

This time, Stephen and Myke discuss extreme ironing, lawn mower racing and egg tapping.

11:02 | Mar 26th

In 1982, a series of murders rocked the country and changed consumer packaging forever.

09:34 | Feb 25th

These optical phenomena can make anyone's day a little brighter.

11:46 | Feb 12th

One day, our Pale Blue Dot will become a fiery landscape of destruction.

10:12 | Jan 29th

Between diploma mills and lazy physicists, some animals have a pretty impressive educational status.

11:23 | Jan 15th

From magazines to television, conservation and preservation, the The National Geographic Society has been working to make the world a better place since 1888.

12:57 | Jan 1st

Every January 1, New Yorkers count in the new year by dropping a ball. As it turns out, that's is more complicated than it would seem.

08:44 | Nov 20th, 2018

Between 2011 and 2012, nearly 3,000 tons of maple syrup were stolen from the International Strategic Reserve. Yes, that's a thing.

12:30 | Nov 6th, 2018

Back in the day, some residents of New York City received their mail via a complex underground tube system. This episode was recorded live in Manhattan.

11:36 | Sep 25th, 2018

From World War I to podcasts today, challenge coins makes those who hold them far cooler.

14:30 | Sep 1st, 2018

From its origins after The Civil War to its mysterious ingredient list, we tackle all the Coca-Cola questions that have bubbled up since our previous episode.

20:13 | Aug 14th, 2018

At the height of a marketing battle with Pepsi, the Coca-Cola Corporation did the unthinkable and changed an American icon.

21:15 | Aug 1st, 2018

This week, we pick some of our favorite misconceptions people believe.

10:45 | Jul 17th, 2018

Hans Island is a small uninhabited island between Canada and Greenland, and is the center of one of the oddest (and most adorable) land disputes in modern times.

10:30 | Jun 19th, 2018

In the 1980s, Glasgow-based drug cartels waged war on each other from ice cream vans.

12:41 | Jun 5th, 2018

From chuckwagons after the Civil War to ultra-modern cuisine, food trucks have been part of the rural and urban landscape for decades.

14:20 | May 22nd, 2018

From 1888–1891, an unknown assailant killed five women in the East End of London, going down in history was one of the world's most famous serial killers.

10:04 | May 8th, 2018

When it comes to serial killers, terminology and classifications are important things to understand.

12:36 | Apr 24th, 2018

Area 51 is a highly classified U.S. Air Force Base that has been home to numerous avionic projects over the years, and is often at the center of some of the world's more outlandish conspiracy theories.

11:04 | Apr 15th, 2018

Recording live in Atlanta, this week Stephen and Myke talk about one of the great debates in modern culture: which way toilet paper should hang from its roll.

10:47 | Apr 10th, 2018

Everyone's favorite pocketable candy has a long history of making people smile.

10:33 | Mar 27th, 2018

A falling coconut can be deadly, but it's not as common as a tragedy as the press makes it out to be.

14:29 | Mar 13th, 2018

America wasn't going to take Europe's supersonic transport project lying down. The federal government helped fund the Boeing 2707, a response to Concorde that would never fly.

08:54 | Mar 6th, 2018

Today, we all know vampires are fictional, but in the late 1800s, many believed they inflicted disease on their still-alive family members.

10:49 | Feb 28th, 2018

Sitting Presidents have a pretty set of wheels, but they aren't allowed to drive.

11:49 | Feb 14th, 2018

Is it a day to celebrate love, or a scam by greeting card companies? Dive into this and the weird history of Valentine's Day this week with Stephen and Myke, who neglected to exchange gifts to mark the holiday.

12:11 | Jan 31st, 2018

The Pacific Ocean may be home to a giant soupy mass of plastic and chemicals, but far more adorable litter has ridden its waves in the past, too.

17:39 | Jan 24th, 2018

Stephen is joined by Jeremy Burge, the founder of Emojipedia, to discuss the small images that define so many of our digital conversations.

14:55 | Jan 17th, 2018

Prison escapes via helicopter may seem cool, but they rarely end well.

15:54 | Jan 3rd, 2018

It was feared that the year 2000 would arrive with worldwide calamity as the computers in our homes to the systems running our nation's power grid and nuclear power plants ground to a halt. Thankfully, that didn't happen, thanks to the work of engine...Show More

17:42 | Dec 20th, 2017

Creating movies and TV shows can be a dangerous business.

11:23 | Nov 22nd, 2017

The world's oldest working light bulb was first lit in 1901, but as it turns out, there's some drama surrounding that fact.

11:39 | Nov 8th, 2017

People have raced hamsters, pigs and even turtles for years. Dive into the world of illegal betting on backyard race tracks and ... whatever it is turtles do when they are in competition with one another.

14:24 | Oct 25th, 2017

The sad tale of two siblings who lived their entire lives together and died just feet apart from one another.

12:05 | Oct 16th, 2017

Recorded live in Chicago, the story of a horrific and deadly accident involving a ship that took place a mere 20 feet from shore.

12:36 | Oct 11th, 2017

In 1957, the U.S. Air Force started a project to build a nuclear-powered missile that would rain down radiation and atomic bombs as it screamed overhead, just above the treetops.

08:42 | Sep 27th, 2017

From 1967 to 1975, over a dozen cargo ships were stranded in the Suez Canal after the Six-Day War. Crews on these ships created a small civilization that lasted until the Canal was cleared and they could be towed home.

11:13 | Sep 13th, 2017

A numbers station is a shortwave radio station characterized by broadcasts of formatted numbers, which are believed to be addressed to intelligence officers operating in foreign countries.

08:22 | Aug 16th, 2017

While only observed twice, limnic eruptions are both terrifying and deadly.

11:03 | Jul 19th, 2017

Many people have gone over Niagara Falls in things like barrels and giant rubber balls. You shouldn't try it.

15:21 | Jul 5th, 2017

Christmas Eve 1945 brought tragedy to the home of the Sodder family. A fire leveled their home, and four children disappeared, with little evidence left that they perished in the flames.

13:57 | Jun 21st, 2017

For centuries, treasure hunters have been digging up a tiny island off the coast of Nova Scotia in search of a pirate treasure. The thing is, there is very little evidence of it actually existing.

11:58 | Jun 7th, 2017

The port city of Texas City, Texas has witnessed not one, but two, explosive accidents over the last century. With hundreds dead and even more injured, this city has seen more than its fair share of disasters.

08:43 | May 24th, 2017

Things like basketball and football are so mainstream. Maybe it's time to stand out as at athlete in a more unique sport.

12:41 | May 10th, 2017

When Myke was young, he wanted to be an Egyptologist. Unaware of his co-host's childhood dreams, Stephen booked a world-wide tour of modern pyramids.

17:43 | Apr 12th, 2017

From 1969 to 1972, twelve astronauts walked on the moon. OR DID THEY?

13:50 | Mar 29th, 2017

Getting that perfect snap is not worth your life.

14:38 | Mar 15th, 2017

"Go big or go home" certainly describes the home of The People's House, a 3.9 million square foot mammoth of a building in Romania.

10:26 | Mar 1st, 2017

On January 15, 1919, the Great Molasses Flood killed 21 and injured 150 more in Boston.

10:02 | Feb 15th, 2017

On May 22, 1856, Preston Brooks attacked Charles Sumner on the floor of the U.S. Senate, striking him repeatedly with a cane until he was unconscious.

13:45 | Feb 1st, 2017

Get out your maps! We're going to a mining town. Or what's left of one, at least.

17:11 | Jan 18th, 2017

London to New York in three hours. Welcome to Concorde.

25:17 | Jan 4th, 2017

On November 24, 1971, a hijacker parachuted out of the back of a Boeing 727 and into the history books.

10:45 | Dec 7th, 2016

Some claim the United States Navy was experimenting with electromagnetism in 1943. Stories say it rendered a ship invisible and teleported it over 200 miles.

07:48 | Nov 23rd, 2016

Not everyone believes the planet beneath our feet is spherical. The groups have been around for centuries, and survive today, thanks to the Internet.

08:41 | Nov 10th, 2016

Are you ever concerned that a loved one may burst into flames in their sleep? You probably don't have to worry about spontaneous human combustion. Probably.

09:17 | Oct 26th, 2016

Republicans and Democrats have you down this election cycle? Why not consider a non-human candidate?

11:34 | Oct 12th, 2016

The Games of the III Olympiad were marred by exploitation, experimentation and a near-deadly marathon.

12:08 | Sep 28th, 2016

The Bermuda Triangle is a loosely-defined region in the western part of the North Atlantic Ocean, where a number of aircraft and ships are said to have disappeared under mysterious circumstances.

10:48 | Sep 14th, 2016

The Principality of Sealand is an unrecognized micronation off the coast of England with a very colorful history.

11:04 | Sep 1st, 2016

In 1932, farmers in Western Australia were having their crops destroyed by a migrating emu population. Their solution? Soldiers armed with machine guns.

12:40 | Aug 17th, 2016

The Hum is a phenomenon involving widespread reports of a persistent and invasive low-frequency humming, rumbling, or droning noise not audible to all people.

09:32 | Aug 4th, 2016

There's more to the Newby-McMahon Building in Wichita Falls, Texas than meets the eye.

15:18 | Jul 21st, 2016

History is full of people tragically killed by their own inventions. This episode is full of their stories.

17:35 | Jul 7th, 2016

During World War II, the United States Army deployed a division made up of artists armed with inflatable tanks, sound equipment and more, all designed to deceive and manipulate the enemy.

19:40 | Jun 23rd, 2016

In mainland Europe between the 14th and 17th centuries, large groups of people would dance in the streets. Were they sick? Was it just a form of escape? Did someone curse them?

40:34 | Jun 8th, 2016

Action Park claimed six lives in the 1980s. From water slides with loops to racing tracks on the sides of mountains, the amusement park's shocking history raises lots of questions.