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Every Little Thing


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ARRRRR pirate peg legs really a thing? Do dogs have belly buttons? How old is Winnie the Pooh? ELT is here to answer your burning questions. If you have a question that needs answering, call the ELT Help Line at 833-RING-ELT or send an audio message ...Show More

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Invasion of the Self-checkout Machines

26:48 | Nov 13th, 2017

Self-service began in a Piggly Wiggly 100 years ago. How’d it become a way of life?

What Would Happen to Your Body in Space?

30:58 | Jan 29th

Flora finds out what would happen if she stepped into the vacuum of outer space. Then, an (Earth) vacuum paradox to end all paradoxes: which came first, the vacuum or the carpet?

Your Bedtime is Killing You

22:46 | Dec 18th, 2017

Flora stages a fact intervention with Prashanth.

Who is Wilhelm and Why Won’t He Stop Screaming?

25:36 | Dec 11th, 2017

The history of the world’s most iconic movie scream. 

Don’t Underestimate the Flamingo

21:12 | Jun 19th, 2017

Flora learns facts about the flamingo that change her. #YESflamingo    Listen to Mogul: The Life and Death of Chris Lighty, a hip-hop miniseries from Gimlet Media and Loud Speakers Network. Now available wherever you get your podcasts.   Apple Podcas...Show More

The Quest to Wipe Out a Virus

23:28 | May 15th, 2017

What does it take to eradicate a disease from the planet? Plus, the horrifying hunting habits of weasels. Our Sponsors Casper – Get $50 towards any mattress purchase by visiting casper.com/elt and using promo code “ELT”WordPress – go to wordpress.com...Show More

Rapture Chasers

19:40 | Apr 17th, 2017

An event in August could bring millions of people to tears.Our SponsorsEbay - Listen to their podcast, Open for Business wherever you get your podcastsCasper - Get $50 towards any mattress purchase by visiting casper.com/elt and using promo code "ELT...Show More

Pumpkin Spice: The Science Behind the Invasion. Plus, What’s the Next Big Flavor Fad?

27:15 | Dec 10th

Why is pumpkin spice a thing? Flavor scientists explain why this particular combination is so appealing -- or not. Plus, how to make a new flavor, and ELT listeners pitch their ideas for the next flavor fad. Guests: Food scientist Kantha Shelke; flav...Show More

Garbage: What Did We Do Before the Bag? Plus, A Trash Bag Moonshot.

24:19 | Dec 3rd

A Bulletin Board of Glory™ nomination from comedian Josh Gondelman takes ELT down a trashy rabbit hole, to a time before sanitation workers, when pigs roamed the streets. Plus, we meet the man who defied all odds to bring us the bag that cinches. War...Show More

Bubblegum: What’s That Flavor? Plus, What’s the Deal With Turkey Eggs?

24:28 | Nov 19th

Where does bubblegum flavor come from? A bubblegum bush? A beaver’s butt? We track down the original bubblegum flavor formula, and find out what’s in there. Plus, why turkey eggs aren’t a thing.Guests: Philadelphia events expert Scott Bruce, confecti...Show More

Why Goldfish Swam Into Our Living Rooms. Plus, Best Pet Vocalist

20:54 | Nov 12th

How did goldfish come to dominate our fish bowls and pet stores? We dive into the history of America’s favorite finned pet. Plus, the fanciest goldfish money can buy, and the best pet in a vocal performance. Guests: Katherine "Kasey" Grier, the pet h...Show More

Old Graves: What Would You Find In There? Plus, the Scariest Creature Under the Sea

23:19 | Oct 29th

If you dug up the graves of our founding fathers, what would you find? Tri-corner hats and puffy shirts? A grave expert fills us in on what remains. Plus, a terrifying sea creature that lurks in the waters off northern Australia.  Guests: Nicholas Be...Show More

Who Made ‘The Wave’ a Thing? Plus, a Mammal Mix-Up Made Right

22:23 | Oct 22nd

When did “the wave” become a staple of stadium crowds? ELT talks to the professional cheerleader who first got fans out of their seats. Plus, the egg-laying mammal that is not a marsupial. We gives monotremes their due.Guests: professional cheerleade...Show More

Do You Need to Warm Up Your Car? Plus, a Teeny, Glorious Car Hack

24:07 | Oct 8th

Tucked into your car’s dashboard is a tiny arrow that points to the side of the car with the gas tank cap. Who came up with it? ELT tracks down the inventor of this tiny, brilliant car hack. Plus, do you really need to warm up your car?Guests: Automo...Show More

T. Rex Roar: How Is It Made? Plus, Would Dinosaurs Taste Like Chicken?

22:58 | Oct 1st

How did they make the dinosaur roars in the Jurassic Park movies? Flora talks with the sound engineers behind the bellows. Plus, ELT goes deep into the Mesozoic to find out what what dinosaurs looked (and tasted) like. Guests: Al Nelson and Pete Horn...Show More

Cheese: Why Do We Worship Rotten Milk? A NSFW History

22:29 | Sep 24th

ELT traces the delicious and X-rated history of cheese. Plus, processed cheese tips: how to make the most of the dairy aisle. Guests: cheese biochemist and historian Paul Kindstedt; processed cheese expert Lloyd Metzger; and cicada killer wasp biolog...Show More

Why One Horrible Sound Haunts Reality TV. Plus, Is That Bug Threatening Me?

21:34 | Sep 17th

Who put the tension in reality TV? ELT tracks down the source of the nail biting-sound you can’t unhear. Plus, cicada killer wasps — a backyard horror story, turned intervention. Guests: sonic puppetmaster Rick Livingstone; cicada killer wasp expert ...Show More

The Cha Cha Slide: How One Uncle Changed Weddings Forever

26:14 | Sep 3rd

DJ Casper tells us the origin story of the Cha Cha Slide. Plus, The Nod’s Brittany Luse is astonished by the unreleased Cha Cha Slide Pt. 1.Guests: The Nod’s host, Brittany Luse; Willie Perry Jr. (aka DJ Casper aka Mr. C the Slide Man); former gym ra...Show More

Who Invented the Bloomin’ Onion? Plus, Biology’s Best Butt

20:39 | Aug 27th

ELT goes down under, to expose one of the most impressive butts in the animal kingdom. Plus, the multi-layered origin story of the Bloomin' Onion. Guests: Science Vs. host, Wendy Zukerman; Wombat specialists, Alyce Swinbourne and Julie Old; ELT produ...Show More

What Do Dogs Say When They Bark?

24:12 | Aug 13th

Is it possible to interpret what dogs are saying when they bark? We have the tools to help you do some ruff decoding. Plus, listeners share their real-life, unconventional Lassie stories.Guests: Dog bark researchers Péter Pongrácz and Kathryn Lord; b...Show More

WTF Do the ⏹ 🔼 ⏺ on My 👕 Tag Mean?

29:04 | Aug 6th

Plus, koala fingerprints, lobster pee and other hot facts.There are mysterious symbols inside your tee-shirt -- do you know what they mean? ELT reveals the secrets of The DaLaundry Code. Plus, lobsters pee from their faces, and other cocktail party f...Show More

How to Spot a Spy

24:15 | Jul 16th

Does that person sitting next to you on the airplane REALLY work in IT? Plus, a tribute to the bedazzled sausage of the desert southwest, and more fun with pirates.Guests: ex-CIA operative Robert Baer, gila meister Dan Beck, and lady pirate expert La...Show More

The Genius of Birds: Live From the Aspen Ideas Festival

23:39 | Jul 9th

Some birds can fashion tools and create tiny works of art, so why do we always underestimate their bird brains? In this panel discussion, recorded at the 2018 Aspen Ideas Festival, Flora talks with writer Jennifer Ackerman and crow expert Alex Taylor...Show More

Do Scarecrows Scare Crows?

22:23 | Jul 2nd

ELT goes into the mind of a crow to find out if scarecrows work. Plus, a look at how clowns protect their clown IP with fact buddy Prashanth VenkatGuests: Julie "Lovely Buttons" Varholdt; crow expert Kevin McGowan. Thanks to Bruce Johnson (aka "Charl...Show More

ARRRRR Pirate Peg Legs Really A Thing?

23:14 | Jun 25th

Pirate historian Laura Sook Duncombe tells us about the golden age of pirates. Plus, a tunnel follow up with Dr. Mole: where do the emergency exits in underwater tunnels go?Thanks to lady pirate expert Laura Sook Duncombe and tunnel afficionado Gary ...Show More

Are Babies Born With Tails?

24:02 | Jun 11th

Plus, learn how to lie like a dad.Guests: Fake parenting expert Adam Mansbach; belly whisperer Tamara Duker Freuman; bird-watcher extraordinaire Amar Ayyash. Special thanks to Nicolas, Marisa, and everyone who called in with their Old Dad's Tales.To ...Show More

Is There a Secret Sixth Taste?

21:48 | Jun 4th

Is there more to your taste buds than you thought? ELT tackles a fat question. Plus, a #yesflamingo campaign update.Guests: Richard Mattes, taste czar; Sarah Laskow, reporter for Atlas Obscura. Special thanks to caller Samantha. To find a list of our...Show More

Are You Living With a Psychopath?

24:02 | May 28th

Is your roommate trying to kill you? Learn how to spot the telltale signs of a psychopath.Guests: Jon Ronson, author of The Psychopath Test; cat psychologist Eva Waiblinger. Special thanks to caller Megan. *No animals were harmed in the making of thi...Show More

Who Invented the Scratch Ticket?

25:36 | May 14th

Plus, a look at lottery history, and your strangest raffle winnings.Guests: Jonathan Cohen, lottery historian; John Koza, co-founder of Scientific GamesCallers: John Henry, D., Lisa, Megan.  Hear your favorite Gimlet shows LIVE at Gimletfest this Jun...Show More

The Corn Identity

21:55 | May 7th

A kid caller pops the question: How does popcorn pop? Plus, the uncomfortable truth about baby corn.

Public Toilets: To Sit Or To Hover?

23:48 | Apr 30th

To find a list of our sponsors and show-related promo codes, go to gimlet.media/OurAdvertisers.

Why Are Used Car Ads So INSAAANNNE?

27:30 | Apr 16th

One man is to blame. Plus, vanity plates in the wild: IC A GR8 PL8.To find a list of our sponsors and show-related promo codes, go to gimlet.media/OurAdvertisers

Underwater Tunnels: HOW?

22:46 | Apr 9th

Guests: Dr. Gary Brierley (aka Dr. Mole), tunnel engineer, Dr. Miquel Salmeron, physicist at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, and Mark Messer, ice meister and operations manager at the University of Calgary Olympic Oval. Special thanks to calle...Show More

Do Dogs Have Belly Buttons?

23:58 | Mar 12th

Plus, dog clothes: where did they come from?To find a list of our sponsors and show-related promo codes, go to gimlet.fm/sponsors

How to Get Paid to Clap on TV

24:43 | Mar 5th

Listener Mack asked about the unfamous people who fill empty seats at the Oscars.

Why Does Music Give Us the Chills?

26:04 | Feb 19th

Why do we get goosebumps from music and other emotional experiences? Plus, the strangest things to give ELT listeners goosebumps.

Are "Speed Enforced by Aircraft" Signs a Lie?

26:00 | Jan 22nd

First, Flora uncovers a feud about butterflies. Then, a question from the Help Line about aircraft patrol.To find a list of our sponsors and show-related promo codes, go to gimlet.fm/sponsors.

The Voices Hiding in Your Favorite Movies

30:31 | Dec 4th, 2017

Invisible actors create worlds of sound in everything you watch - from Jaws to The Wire.

How to Not Ruin Thanksgiving

32:53 | Nov 20th, 2017

Tips for being the #1 guest in the history of the universe. Plus, prunes.

The Case of the Missing Armadillos

27:12 | Nov 6th, 2017

Flora answers questions from the help line about an armadillo paradox and the DaVinci Code of pasta.

Bonus: Zombie Flamingo

5:35 | Oct 30th, 2017

Flora continues to champion the flamingo.

Who Killed Cargo Shorts?

23:52 | Oct 16th, 2017

Flora and fact buddy Prashanth talk about spiders, which leads to a cargo short investigation.Listen to Gimlet's newest show, Uncivil, wherever you get your podcasts:Apple Podcasts | Overcast | Pocketcasts | Stitcher

Celebrity Crush with Bill Nye

24:38 | Oct 9th, 2017

Bill Nye the Science Guy introduces us to an obscure historical figure. Plus, we revisit the eclipse.

The ELT Help Line

23:02 | Sep 18th, 2017

Flora and Katherine answer questions from listeners. ELT Help Line #: (347) 464-9626.

Rapture Chasers [Re-broadcast]

19:28 | Aug 21st, 2017

To celebrate Eclipse Day, we're rebroadcasting our very first episode.

Introducing The Pitch

25:12 | Jul 17th, 2017

We're hard at work on Season 2 of ELT. In the meantime, we thought you'd enjoy this brand new Gimlet podcast called The Pitch. On it, real entrepreneurs pitch to real investors for real money. It's high stakes and nerve-racking and really fun. We're ...Show More

Chair, Misunderstood

21:31 | Jul 3rd, 2017

Learning to love a viral piece of furniture.Our Sponsors: Wordpress.com | Synchrony Financial | Casper

Dewey Decimal Drama

21:47 | Jun 26th, 2017

The trouble with the library cataloging system. Plus, slug-gate. Our Sponsors: Spotify | Synchrony Financial

The Society on Your Face

17:58 | Jun 12th, 2017

Get to know your most intimate animal companions. They already know a lot about you.Listen to Gimlet's newest show, The Pitch, on Apple Podcasts or wherever you listen!Our SponsorsCasper – Get $50 towards any mattress purchase by visiting casper.com/...Show More

What the Government Stashes

23:17 | May 29th, 2017

Rummaging through the nation's attic to find out what the government stores and why. Our SponsorsPostmates - The app that can deliver anything from anywhere. Get $100 in Postmates delivery credit by downloading the app and using promo code ELT. New c...Show More

This Is an Activation

24:48 | May 22nd, 2017

A weird night in Dallas leads us to ask: what kinds of emergency systems are all around us?Our Sponsors eBay - Listen to their podcast, Open for Business wherever you get your podcastsEveryday Bravery by Prudential - Listen wherever you get your podc...Show More

The Senate Whisperer

20:39 | May 1st, 2017

How rules can keep us from descending into chaos.Our SponsorsEbay - Listen to their podcast, Open for Business wherever you get your podcastsEveryday Bravery by Prudential - Listen wherever you get your podcastsZiprecruiter - Post jobs for free by vi...Show More

The Hide Rug of the Plant World

21:27 | Apr 24th, 2017

Producer Christine Driscoll meets an alleyway plant dealer and discovers an industry right under our noses. Our SponsorsEveryday Bravery - subscribe wherever you listen to podcasts Sonos - Sonos is a smart system of wireless speakers. To learn more g...Show More

Hello, we are Every Little Thing

1:57 | Apr 11th, 2017

Turn over the rock, peek through the keyhole, go down the rabbit hole. There's always more to it. A new show from Gimlet Media, hosted by Flora Lichtman. Premieres Monday, April 17.