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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
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?
Fruit Flies: Seriously, Where Do They Come From?

25:24 | Aug 12th

Caller Jeremy has a problem: fruit flies have swarmed his apartment, and he needs to know where they came from. ELT finds out how Jeremy’s red-eyed roommates landed in his life. Plus, please help caller Austin name that tune. Guest: Biologist Marcus ...Show More
F*ck Yeah: Can Cursing Make You Stronger?

30:45 | Jun 10th

Does swearing make you more powerful? Caller Mark’s dad thinks a well-timed “word of power” is the key to efficient yardwork. ELT asks a swearing expert about that theory. Plus, we talk to someone who turns the “mother f*ckers” into “manhole covers” ...Show More
Pink for Girls, Blue for Boys — Why?

32:33 | Jun 3rd

Through the 1800s, babies in the U.S. were dressed in gender neutral clothing — you couldn’t tell the girls from the boys based on their outfits. So why did parents start color-coding their kids in pink and blue? Plus, ELT’s long quest to get a sport...Show More
How Old Is Winnie the Pooh?

27:35 | Feb 12th, 2018

No, really - how old is he?To find a list of our sponsors and show-related promo codes, go to gimlet.fm/sponsors
What Would Happen to Your Body in Space?

30:58 | Jan 29th, 2018

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?To find a list of our sponsors and show-related promo codes, go to gimle...Show More
Your Bedtime is Killing You

22:46 | Dec 18th, 2017

Flora stages a fact intervention with Prashanth.
Don’t Underestimate the Flamingo

25:57 | 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

28:13 | 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

24:25 | 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
Don't Underestimate the Flamingo

26:28 | Jul 29th

While they may look like dainty, dorky birds, flamingos deserve respect. Flora brings the flamingo facts, and launches ELT’s campaign to bring a flamingo mascot to professional sports.Guests: Comedian Prashanth Venkataramanujam; Producer Katherine We...Show More
TSA Treasure Chest: What Happens To Your Confiscated Stuff?

26:53 | Jul 22nd

Every year the TSA confiscates millions of pounds of pocket knives, sunscreen and snow globes from airport travelers. Where does it all go? ELT investigates. Plus, tips for sneaking your weed onboard from a former TSA agent.Guests: Ex-TSA “Taylor”; T...Show More
Public Toilets: To Sit or To Hover?

31:49 | Jul 15th

ELT answers an age-old question: When you have to use a public toilet, should you sit on the seat? A team of microbiologists weigh in. Plus, the rise, fall, and re-rise of cargo shorts. Guests: Microbiologist Jack Gilbert; comedian Prashanth Venkatar...Show More
Baseball and Organ Music: How’d That Happen?

32:03 | Jul 8th

When did organ music and baseball become an item? ELT talks to some pro organ players to find out how organs and ballparks got together. Plus, meet Nancy Faust — the legendary organist who brought trolling to modern baseball music.Guests: Steven Ball...Show More
What Lurks Under Our Cities?

27:01 | Jun 24th

ELT goes underground to meet the creatures living in our subways and sewer systems. Plus, the 411 on another underground underdog: prairie dogs.Guests: Urban evolutionary biologist and rat expert Jason Munshi-South; animal behavioral scientist Jennif...Show More
Tooth Worms and Tooth Pullers: Dentistry’s Rotten History

28:33 | Jun 17th

For most of human history, tooth care has been pretty bare bones. How did we go from charlatans pulling teeth in a public square, to the modern dentist’s office? ELT exposes the roots of tooth care. Plus, meet the technician who makes movie stars’ te...Show More
Cockpit Confessions: The Truth About Airplane Mode (and More)

30:34 | May 20th

When you fly do you really need to put your phone in airplane mode? Should you fear the tray table? What’s happening in the cockpit while you’re fighting over the armrest? Two airline pilots answer your burning air travel questions. Guests: Pilot San...Show More
Buried Treasure: How to Make the Most of Your Booty

31:01 | May 6th

If you found millions of dollars worth of buried treasure, what would you do next? Take it to the bank? Sell it on eBay? Call 60 Minutes? ELT unearths the tale of the largest buried treasure ever found in North America. Plus, practical tips for deali...Show More
Cheerleading Part 2: Pageantry, Femininity, Racism

20:51 | Apr 19th

Who decides what a cheerleader looks like? Or sounds like? In part two of a two-part episode, ELT digs into the complicated legacy of an American archetype.Guests: Natalie Adams, cheerleading researcher and professor at the University of Alabama; Sha...Show More
Cheerleading Part 1: How Cheerleaders Came to Rule the School

29:39 | Apr 15th

How did one style of cheerleading come to dominate in so many American schools? In part one of a two-part episode, ELT flips through the history of cheerleading and meets the man who held cheerleading in the pompom of his hand.  Guests: Cheerleading ...Show More
When Did Pants Become a Thing?

25:34 | Apr 8th

While there’s some evidence clothes go back 170,000 years, pants are a relatively recent addition to our wardrobes. Why were pants developed and who wore them first? ELT unravels the surprising story of pants.   Guests: Artist and clothing researcher...Show More
Introducing The Cut on Tuesdays

35:42 | Apr 1st

ELT introduces The Cut on Tuesdays, a new Gimlet Media podcast hosted by Molly Fischer. In this episode, chefs Samin Nosrat, Angela Dimayuga, and Carla Lalli Music do their best to help Madeleine Aggeler -- the Cut's semi-competent food columnist -- ...Show More
Duct Tape MacGyver: The Sticky Secrets

31:16 | Mar 18th

Can duct tape really fix every little thing? ELT tests the limits — and gets to the bottom of a duct tape story that’ll blow your socks off. Plus, your most ingenious MacGyver stories. Guests: Daniel Munson, Senior Product Development Specialist at 3...Show More
Forks: One Utensil’s Battle for Respect

24:36 | Mar 11th

While spoons, knives, and chopsticks have been commonplace for centuries, forks didn’t make it to most silverware drawers until the mid-1800s. What took so long? ELT investigates.Guest: Darra Goldstein, food historian, cookbook writer, and founding e...Show More
Baseball and Organ Music: How’d That Happen?

31:38 | Feb 25th

When did organ music and baseball become a thing? ELT talks to some pro organ players to find out how organs and ballparks got together. Plus, meet Nancy Faust — the legendary organist who brought trolling to modern baseball music.Guests: Steven Ball...Show More
Thrift Store Smell: What Is It? Plus, Your Cleanspiracies

26:53 | Feb 18th

ELT gets to the bottom of a familiar aroma -- thrift store smell. Why do thrift shops all smell the same? Plus, is washing your clothes better than freezing them? ELT investigates listener cleanspiracies with expert cleaner Jolie Kerr. Guest: Jolie K...Show More
Waterphone: The Sound That Haunts Hollywood

26:48 | Feb 11th

One eerie sound has been haunting Hollywood movies — from Poltergeist to Jurassic Park to Let the Right One In — and 14 seasons of Unsolved Mysteries. ELT tracks down the source of the scary sound.Guests: Rayme Waters, daughter of the spookiest sound...Show More
Stamps: Tiny Squares Full Of Secrets

33:19 | Jan 28th

How do U.S. postage stamps come to be? ELT explores the secret world of the Citizens’ Stamp Advisory Committee, the group that decides what gets stuck on America’s envelopes. Plus, Bigfoot gets his due.Guests: Bill Gicker, manager of stamp developmen...Show More
Auctioneers: Why Do They Talk Like That?

24:19 | Jan 21st

Why do some auctioneers talk so fast? And what are they actually saying? ELT gets the low-down on auction talk from a professional auctioneer. Plus, pro-tips for developing your auctioneer chant.Guest: Junior Staggs, professional auctioneer. Thanks t...Show More
🛩TSA Treasure Chest : What Happens To Your Confiscated Stuff? 💸

23:26 | Jan 14th

Every year the TSA confiscates millions of pounds of pocketknives, sunscreen and snow globes from airport travelers. Where does it all go? ELT investigates. Plus, tips for sneaking your weed onboard, from a former TSA agent.Guests: Ex-TSO “Taylor”; T...Show More
Is Egg the Only Nog? Plus, Discovering the 8th Continent

21:13 | Dec 17th, 2018

How did cold uncooked eggs become a festive beverage? Plus, coquito for the nogged out. And one of the first scientists to hoist herself into the treetops describes life in the canopy.  Guests: Chef and food writer J. Kenji López-Alt; Chef and Nosher...Show More
Pumpkin Spice: The Science Behind the Invasion. Plus, What’s the Next Big Flavor Fad?

27:15 | Dec 10th, 2018

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, 2018

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, 2018

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, 2018

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, 2018

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, 2018

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 give monotremes their due.Guests: professional cheerleader...Show More
Do You Need to Warm Up Your Car? Plus, a Teeny, Glorious Car Hack

24:07 | Oct 8th, 2018

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, 2018

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, 2018

When did someone first see a cheese curd and think, “Yeah, I’m going to eat that"? ELT traces the delicious and X-rated history of cheese. Plus, a professional processed cheese maker on how to make the most of the dairy aisle.Guests: cheese biochemis...Show More
Why One Horrible Sound Haunts Reality TV. Plus, Is That Bug Threatening Me?

21:34 | Sep 17th, 2018

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, 2018

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, 2018

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, 2018

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, 2018

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, 2018

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, 2018

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, 2018

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, 2018

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, 2018

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, 2018

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. *Correction: The Vega...Show More
Are You Living With a Psychopath?

24:02 | May 28th, 2018

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, 2018

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, 2018

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, 2018

Plus, how to pee in zero-G.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, 2018

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, 2018

How they get that tunnel under there. Plus, a centuries-old scientific debate: why ice is slippery.Guests: Dr. Gary Brierley (aka Dr. Mole), tunnel engineer, Dr. Miquel Salmeron, physicist at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Special thanks to c...Show More
Do Dogs Have Belly Buttons?

23:58 | Mar 12th, 2018

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, 2018

Listener Mack asked about the unfamous people who fill empty seats at the Oscars.To find a list of our sponsors and show-related promo codes, go to gimlet.fm/sponsors
Why Does Music Give Us the Chills?

26:04 | Feb 19th, 2018

Why do we get goosebumps from music and other emotional experiences? Plus, the strangest things to give ELT listeners goosebumps.To find a list of our sponsors and show-related promo codes, go to gimlet.fm/sponsors
Are "Speed Enforced by Aircraft" Signs a Lie?

26:00 | Jan 22nd, 2018

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

05:35 | Oct 30th, 2017

Flora continues to champion the flamingo.
Who Killed Cargo Shorts?

28:37 | 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

29:23 | Oct 9th, 2017

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

27:47 | Sep 18th, 2017

Flora and Katherine answer questions from listeners. ELT Help Line #: (347) 464-9626.
Rapture Chasers [Re-broadcast]

24:13 | 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

26:16 | Jul 3rd, 2017

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

26:32 | Jun 26th, 2017

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

22:43 | 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

28:02 | 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

29:33 | 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

25:24 | 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

26:12 | 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

01:57 | 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.