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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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Ungeniused 73: Rainbows

09:34 | Feb 25th

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

Ungeniused 72: The Future of Earth

11:46 | Feb 12th

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

Ungeniused 71: Animals with Fraudulent Diplomas & The Work of F. D. C. Willard

10:12 | Jan 29th

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

Ungeniused 70: The National Geographic Society

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.

Ungeniused 69: Times Square Ball

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.

Ungeniused 68: Hermitage Cats & The Chief Mouser

09:49 | Dec 18th, 2018

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

Ungeniused 67: The Great Canadian Maple Syrup Heist

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.

Ungeniused 66: Pneumatic Tube Mail in New York City

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.

Ungeniused 63: Challenge Coins

11:36 | Sep 25th, 2018

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

Ungeniused 61: The Coca-Cola Company

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.

Ungeniused 60: The Cola Wars and New Coke

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.

Ungeniused 59: Draft of Common Misconceptions

21:15 | Aug 1st, 2018

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

Ungeniused 58: Hans Island

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.

Ungeniused 56: Glasgow Ice Cream Wars

10:30 | Jun 19th, 2018

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

Ungeniused 55: Food Trucks and 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.

Ungeniused 54: Jack the Ripper

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.

Ungeniused 53: Serial Killers

10:04 | May 8th, 2018

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

Ungeniused 52: Area 51

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.

Ungeniused 51: Toilet Paper Orientation

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.

Ungeniused 50: Pez

10:47 | Apr 10th, 2018

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

Ungeniused 49: Death by Coconut

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.

Ungeniused 48: The Boeing 2707: America’s Answer to Concorde

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.

Ungeniused 47: The New England Vampire Panic

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.

Ungeniused 46: The Presidential State Car

10:49 | Feb 28th, 2018

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

Ungeniused 45: Valentine's Day

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.

Ungeniused 44: The Great Pacific Garbage Patch and Friendly Floatees

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.

Ungeniused 43: Emoji

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.

Ungeniused 42: Helicopter Prison Escapes

14:55 | Jan 17th, 2018

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

Ungeniused 41: Y2K

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

Ungeniused 40: Film and Television Accidents

17:42 | Dec 20th, 2017

Creating movies and TV shows can be a dangerous business.

Ungeniused 38: The World’s Longest-Lasting Light Bulbs

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.

Ungeniused 37: Small Animal Racing

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.

Ungeniused 36: The Collyer Brothers

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.

Ungeniused 35: The SS Eastland

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.

Ungeniused 34: Project Pluto

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.

Ungeniused 33: The Yellow Fleet

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.

Ungeniused 32: Numbers Stations

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.

Ungeniused 31: Exploding Lakes

08:22 | Aug 16th, 2017

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

Ungeniused 29: Going Over Niagara Falls

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.

Ungeniused 28: The Sodder Children Disappearance

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.

Ungeniused 27: The Oak Island Mystery

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.

Ungeniused 26: The Texas City Disasters

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.

Ungeniused 25: Three Unusual Sports

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.

Ungeniused 24: Six Modern Pyramids

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.

Ungeniused 23: Moon Landing Conspiracy Theories

17:43 | Apr 12th, 2017

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

Ungeniused 22: Selfie-related Deaths

13:50 | Mar 29th, 2017

Getting that perfect snap is not worth your life.

Ungeniused 21: Palace of the Parliament

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.

Ungeniused 20: The Great Molasses Flood

10:26 | Mar 1st, 2017

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

Ungeniused 19: The Caning of Charles Sumner

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.

Ungeniused 18: Centralia, Pennsylvania

13:45 | Feb 1st, 2017

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

Ungeniused 17: Concorde

17:11 | Jan 18th, 2017

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

Ungeniused 16: D. B. Cooper

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.

Ungeniused 14: The Philadelphia Experiment

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.

Ungeniused 13: Flat Earth Societies

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.

Ungeniused 12: Spontaneous Human Combustion

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.

Ungeniused 11: Non-human Electoral Candidates

09:17 | Oct 26th, 2016

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

Ungeniused 10: The 1904 Summer Olympics

11:34 | Oct 12th, 2016

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

Ungeniused 9: The Bermuda Triangle

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.

Ungeniused 8: The Principality of Sealand

10:48 | Sep 14th, 2016

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

Ungeniused 7: The Emu War

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.

Ungeniused 6: The Hum

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.

Ungeniused 5: The World's Littlest Skyscraper

09:32 | Aug 4th, 2016

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

Ungeniused 4: Inventors Killed by Their Own Inventions

15:18 | Jul 21st, 2016

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

Ungeniused 3: The Ghost Army & Inflatable Tanks

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.

Ungeniused 2: Dancing Mania

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?

Ungeniused 1: Action Park

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.