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Will and Mango have lots of questions. Will we ever live without sleep? How do rats keep outsmarting humans? Where are the sunniest tax havens to hide your money? Join these Part-Time Geniuses as they dive into ridiculous topics... and discover some ...Show More

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Did (Everyone's Favorite Frenchman) Lafayette Really Save America?

21:58 | Feb 16th

Sure, we know Lafayette as a street. And a college. And some of us know him as the charismatic Frenchman from Hamilton. But did you know he was France's richest orphan? And that his real name was Gilbert? And he might have been closer to George Washi...Show More

9 Valentine's Day Facts You'll Want to Share

18:50 | Feb 14th

From the worst Valentines cards in history, to why candy necklaces are so meaningful in Alabama, to a few salmon that are not excited about this special day, Will and Mango have cobbled facts to warm your heart.

9 Delightful Corners of the Internet

18:54 | Feb 8th

From the best place to do your book shopping to a very sweet rodent with too much to carry, Will and Mango explore some of the World Wide Web's weirdest corners.

How Did Jacques Cousteau Fall in Love with the Sea?

42:16 | Feb 5th

Whether you knew him as a conservationist, an explorer, a spy or a fashion icon, Jacques Cousteau showcased the sea's mysteries to a curious world. But how did the rebellious teenager with a penchant for breaking windows grow up into a marine legend?...Show More

9 Things Hiding on your Money

16:05 | Jan 31st

From the treasury joker who snuck his face on some cash, to Theodore Roosevelt’s drastic redesign for the penny, to the very best reason Harriet Tubman belongs on the $20, Will and Mango are diving into dollar bill facts Scrooge McDuck-style.

What does Plastic Surgery have to do with the Civil War?

35:53 | Jan 25th

Why are people getting plastic surgery on their fingerprints? Why was the Civil War such a golden era for procedures? And why is everyone suddenly obsessed with the length of their philtrums? Will and Mango take a brisk walk through the history of pl...Show More

9 Wonderful Wintertime Inventions

18:00 | Jan 25th

Did a 15-year old really invent the snowmobile? Why was the original use for a Kleen-Ex? How come Eddie Bauer gets zero credit for his genius idea? And what's so special about the Greenwood Champion Ear Protectors? Will and Mango spend a cold, wintry...Show More

Why Can’t You Copyright a Chicken Sandwich?

34:07 | Jan 18th

In 2019, a new cache of works entered the Public Domain— from Charlie Chaplin to Jane Austen stories to Felix the Cat cartoons. But what does that really mean? Will and Mango dig into how Mickey Mouse changed copyright laws, why Woody Guthrie  got fo...Show More

The Surprising Origins of 9 TV Spin-Offs

18:59 | Jan 16th

What was the worst cartoon inspired by Happy Days? Why did The Golden Girls try to open a hotel? And which dysfunctional character from The Office almost got a starring role on Parks and Rec? Will and Mango explore the weird world of sitcom spin-offs...Show More

Fan Favorite: Will Coffee Make Me Live Longer?

42:24 | Jan 11th

Want to know who to blame for your coffee addiction? From goats, Turks to the Archangel Gabriel, Will and Mango chase down a whole world of (coffee) pot stirrers while shedding light on whether monkey spit coffee is tastier than your traditional bean...Show More

Why Did Ben Franklin Look Up to Genghis Khan?

36:31 | Jan 10th

Sure, Genghis Khan pillaged lands with glee and killed millions of people in his ruthless quest for power. But was he kind of a good person? Like, was he pro-justice and pro-environment? And also, did he invent the hamburger? Will and Mango dig in.

Fan Favorite: 9 Very Important Facts about Bears

16:56 | Jan 4th

Whether you're an amateur bear enthusiast or prepping for a bear convention, these are the bear facts you'll need! Will and Mango explore a Canadian Bear Jail, why Pizzlies are taking over the world, and how Paddington Bear was once the pride of Afri...Show More

Fan Favorite: Why Were These Books Banned?

37:54 | Jan 2nd

Where's Waldo isn't allowed in prisons, Winnie the Pooh can't set foot in China, and Brown Bear, Brown Bear is forbidden from schools in... Texas?! From Ulysses to sinful Bibles, Will and Mango dive into the story of banned books to tell you all abou...Show More

9 Christmas Tree Facts that are totally lit!

13:30 | Dec 20th, 2018

From why a giraffe might want your Christmas tree leftovers, to why your tree is so darn thirsty all the time, to why a traditionalist might want to start mounting their trees upside-down, Will and Mango explore some Griswold-sized Christmas tree fac...Show More

Fan Favorite: What's Everyday life like on Antarctica?

40:06 | Dec 19th, 2018

From plumbing to catering, everything’s a little harder in Antarctica. Will and Mango dive into everyday life on The Ice. Plus, we talk glamping on the continent, why the South Pole pole moves every year, and why the Antarctica only has one ATM. Feat...Show More

9 Great Facts about People Named Tony

14:51 | Dec 14th, 2018

There are a lot of people named Tony. (Tony Hawk is one of them!) Will and Mango share some wonderful facts about 8 Tonys (Tony Hawk is not one of them.)

What are the Secret Rules the Royal Family has to Obey?

35:02 | Dec 13th, 2018

Why can't princes wear pants? Why does Prince Charles carry a bag of blood with him on his vacations? Is the Queen allowed to use a Pooper Scooper? Why is it so hard to make a perfect tuna sandwich for the royal family? And who is responsible for iro...Show More

Fan Favorite: Why is it more dangerous to be a Park Ranger than an FBI Agent?

38:53 | Dec 7th, 2018

Park rangers do so much more than just keeping Yogi Bear from stealing picnic baskets. Whether it’s outsmarting poachers, fending off the Klan, protecting tourists from gator attacks or helping tiny endangered species make their way to sea, Will and ...Show More

9 Cocktail Facts to Enjoy Shaken or Stirred!

20:53 | Dec 6th, 2018

Did Shirley Temple like Shirley Temples? Do you need a screwdriver to make an authentic screwdriver? And who the heck is Tom Collins anyway? Will and Mango mix up a perfectly balanced cocktail of weird facts just for you.

9 Reasons to Love Raccoons (Yes, Raccoons)

21:16 | Nov 30th, 2018

Trash pandas. Nature's ninjas. Sure, these ring-tailed rascals go by plenty of names. But whether you love 'em or hate 'em, they're clearly taking over Toronto. Will and Mango discuss everything raccoons, and why they deserve a little respect.

Introducing The Brink: Sriracha Adds the Spice to Success

37:28 | Nov 29th, 2018

Will introduces the new podcast The Brink.  Jonathan and Ariel ask, how did a refugee build up a condiment empire? And explore the spicy story behind one of the most popular sauces on tabletops across the US.

How did Charlie Brown win over America?

41:15 | Nov 28th, 2018

Every holiday season, Will and Mango rewatch The Peanuts classics. But how did Charles Schulz get his inspiration for the comic strip? Why did the network almost cancel the Charlie Brown Christmas special? And why does winning a Snoopy award mean so ...Show More

Fan Favorite: Was Mister Rogers the Best Neighbor Ever?

40:25 | Nov 21st, 2018

From the real reason Mister Rogers used to wear sneakers on the show to why Ella Fitzgerald's band members used to tune in to the last 5 minutes of every show, Will and Mango pay tribute to one of our favorite humans, Mr. Fred Rogers. Featuring journ...Show More

9 Deliciously Cheesy Facts about Nachos

16:30 | Nov 20th, 2018

Will and Mango dig into their favorite ballpark treat to talk about the surprisingly layered story of nachos.

Why are Russians so good at Chess?

39:27 | Nov 16th, 2018

Will and Mango go deep into their chess cave to determine: what's the most dangerous styles of chess, why did the game move from the battlefield to the royal court, and if a billion people to play chess, can that stop an alien invasion?

Introducing Committed: Love at First Slight

36:09 | Nov 14th, 2018

Introducing Committed.  Love is not a competition. Except sometimes it is. Susan and Dan are baseball reporters at rival newspapers competing for scoops and sources. Yet they still manage to kiss goodnight and drive each other to the airport.

Why did Venus Flytraps Develop a Taste for Meat?

37:47 | Nov 9th, 2018

From plants that eat rats and frogs, to the strange reason bats curl up in pitcher plants, Will and Mango explore the strange world of Carnivorous Plants. 

9 Things about Unicorns, Zombies and... Darth Baggins?!

20:26 | Nov 7th, 2018

Sure, Halloween's over. And the candy is gone. But these facts about the most searched costumes of the season will last a lifetime! (Especially if you like knowing where to get a hunting license for mythical beasts, and why your dog is a natural witc...Show More

Were Ninjas Actually Good at Hiding?

42:30 | Nov 2nd, 2018

Will and Mango dust off some ninja history and discover some pretty strange facts... like: Why did so many ninjas walk around with crickets? Why did they like to keep pocket change on them? And what does it mean when a ninja sends you a packet of dri...Show More

Fan Favorite: 9 Halloween Facts to Stuff in your Pillowcases!

12:15 | Oct 31st, 2018

In Iowa, you can't just show up on your neighbor's doorstep with a costume... kids have to work for the treats! Will, Mango and Gabe scour for the sweetest Halloween facts they can find in this special 9 Facts.

Fan Favorite: What are the Weirdest Experiments in Science?

41:18 | Oct 26th, 2018

What part of the turkey are turkeys most attracted to? Can a scene out of a ghost story make you stop biting your nails? And what's the best music to play for your house guests, if your house guests are rats and they're high on cocaine? Will and Mang...Show More

Things for Rich People (that were Originally for Poor People)

40:23 | Oct 25th, 2018

Remember when monograms were considered tacky, squash was played in back alleys and barn-yard flavored beers weren't expensive? Neither do we. Will and Mango peel back the humble origins of some supposedly elitist things.

Why Are We So Fascinated by the Titanic?

44:57 | Oct 19th, 2018

For some reason our hearts keep going on and on for the Titanic. But what was life actually like on the ship? Why were there so many electric horses on board? How bad did the third class passengers have it? And did Hollywood really produce a silent m...Show More

How did North Korea become such a Scary Place?

42:50 | Oct 17th, 2018

For decades, North Korea has been an outlier. How did the country get to be so isolated? Why do they export so many statues? And can you actually study abroad there? Will and Mango shed a little light on the Hermit Kingdom.

What are the Best Fall Festivals in America?

41:02 | Oct 14th, 2018

Want to know where you can indulge in a massive, massive omelet, or why Niceville, Florida has a festival dedicated to the mullet? Will and Mango run down the most wonderful Fall festivals everyone needs to know about.

Fan Favorite: What are the Greatest Things We Just Learned about Japan?

37:57 | Oct 11th, 2018

Why is Japan's adult adoption rate so high? Why don't American car dealerships succeed in the country? And why did Colonel Sanders put a curse on a beloved Japanese baseball team? Plus, Will and Mango discover the shortest escalator in the world! (Ju...Show More

Who's the Greatest Pirate of All-Time?

49:29 | Oct 5th, 2018

Will and Mango have so many questions about pirates: did they really exaggerate their R's? Did they all have parrots? Were lady pirates more successful than male ones? And was there really a rabbi pirate who made his crew keep kosher? From buried tre...Show More

Fan Favorite: 9 Weirdest things Intentionally Buried by People

13:54 | Oct 4th, 2018

There are the things you accidentally bury, and then there’s everything on this list. Will, Mango and Gabe discuss the weirdest facts they've unearthed about things that have been unearthed.

Can Showing Gratitude Help You Live Longer?

28:55 | Oct 3rd, 2018

Will and Mango have their good pal AJ Jacobs on the program to talk about his new book Thanks a Thousand, where he decided to thank the thousands of people who made his cup of coffee possible. Along the way they hear stories of "the Elon Musk of coff...Show More

9 Facts to Get You in the Apple-Picking Mood

16:19 | Sep 28th, 2018

From the most heavy metal apples out there, to the reason New York City transitioned from a New Orange to the Big Apple, to the insane lengths Japanese farmers go to to grow the perfect apple, Will and Mango pluck some the best apple stories they can...Show More

Introducing: Daniel and Jorge Explain the Universe

30:22 | Sep 27th, 2018

What could have caused the Big Bang, and what came before it?

Secrets from the World’s Most Unique Airports

50:55 | Sep 26th, 2018

Which airport should you hang out at if you want to meet a mini-horse? Why is the art in the Denver Airport so evil? And are TSA agents more likely to search you if you're carrying an Almanac? Will and Mango investigate.

The Controversial Origins of Famous Dance Moves

43:06 | Sep 21st, 2018

Why do we square dance in class? Where did Madonna learn to vogue? Did David Bowie actually inspire Michael Jackson's dance moves? And what does the Chicken Dance have to do with skiing? Will and Mango get to the bottom of the biggest dance mysteries...Show More

9 Genius-Approved Ways to Avoid Writer's Block

17:08 | Sep 20th, 2018

Okay, maybe some of these tricks aren't that genius (building your office on a giant Lazy Susan, for instance). Dig in as Will and Mango investigate the tricks artists have used to claw their way out of creative slumps.

What are the Strangest Mating Habits in the Animal Kingdom?

40:46 | Sep 20th, 2018

Why does a female camel need to see a gross neck bubble before she'll swipe right? Why do bald eagles need to hug it out before they decide they're right for one another? And what do tennis grunts have to do with any of this? Will and Mango take a lo...Show More

How do you Build a Civilization from Scratch?

34:52 | Sep 15th, 2018

If your time machine got jammed in the past, what would you need to rebuild all of modern civilization? Mango sits down with Ryan North, author of the new book How to Invent Everything, to talk about how to make soap, why leeches were pretty useful f...Show More

Fan Favorite: Will we ever Travel Faster than Light Speed?

45:40 | Sep 14th, 2018

In honor of the new show, Daniel and Jorge Explain the Universe, Will and Mango revisit some of their favorite questions: What is Quantum Teleportation? Are we all swimming in Dark Matter? And why are scientists so obsessed with smashing particles to...Show More

What's the Secret Science Behind Whales?

30:01 | Sep 13th, 2018

Will and Mango pester their pal Nick with all their whale questions: Why are whales so large? How do they sustain those massive bodies? And also-- why do they have belly buttons? Featuring Nick Pyenson, author of Spying on Whales and curator of marin...Show More

Inside the Secret World of Hotel Operations

41:01 | Sep 7th, 2018

Will and Mango check out the strangest requests ever fielded at hotels. Plus, they look into how you can tell if your concierge is part of a secret society, why you probably shouldn’t use the glass cups in your room, and why you should always (always...Show More

Introducing: Stuff To Blow Your Mind

52:40 | Sep 6th, 2018

How can humanity ever hope to thrive without Earth if it can’t even function without its morning cup of coffee? Fortunately, engineers have devised increasingly practical means of brewing and sipping coffee in space -- neither of which are easy feats...Show More

How Did LEGO Take Over the World?

44:48 | Sep 5th, 2018

Will and Mango brick-roll the show with questions about LEGO: What are the most amazing things to be built from LEGO bricks? How have they been used to solve real-world problems? And why should you never ever pluralize it as LEGOs?

What are the Greatest Stories from the Appalachian Trail?

39:12 | Aug 31st, 2018

Ever since Bill Bryson wrote A Walk in the Woods, Will and Mango have been fascinated with the Appalachian Trail. But who was the first person to actually hike the path? What is a Trail Angel? And will hiking the path actually take you through Norway...Show More

9 Outrageous Stories about Cars

17:09 | Aug 30th, 2018

From the funniest, most ridiculously cursed Porsche on record to the car that infuriated Houdini, Will and Mango test-drive some ridiculous car stories.

What is time? And why do we rely on Greenwich for it?

45:49 | Aug 29th, 2018

It's about time! From the birth of time zones, to the invention that made us rethink time travel, to the location of the world's largest cuckoo clocks, Will and Mango usher you into a very, very brief history of time.

Fan Favorite: Is Exercising to Lose Weight a Myth?

49:44 | Aug 24th, 2018

Usain Bolt can scarf down 47,000 calories worth of chicken nuggets and look great, while some dieters work out 4 hours a day and never shed a pound. So is exercising to lose weight a big scam? And what does Calvin Coolidge's exercise horse have to do...Show More

9 Unusual Instruments Worth Trumpeting About

19:25 | Aug 23rd, 2018

From musical instruments that run on explosions and gasoline, to why every party needs at least one Sousaphone-player, Will and Mango discuss 9 instruments they don't want their kids practicing inside the house. 

What's the Science Behind Introverts?

40:59 | Aug 22nd, 2018

Are extroverts happier than introverts? Is coffee bad for an introvert's brain? And does your personality type make you more likely to be arrested? (Spoiler: it does!) Will and Mango take a closer look at the secret talents lurking inside your friend...Show More

Fan Favorite: What are the most Surprising Jobs at the White House?

42:25 | Aug 17th, 2018

Who decided there should be a beekeeper on staff at the White House? Who manages the First Family's budget and makes sure they're paying for their own toothpaste? And can you just find these job postings on Craigslist? Will and Mango look at some of ...Show More

9 Surprising Ways Celebrities Made Money

16:51 | Aug 16th, 2018

From Lyndon Johnson's ultra-smooth money-making scheme to Akoin's surprising African investments, Will and Mango discover the weird ways some famous people have filled their piggybanks.

Who are the Secret Inspirations for these Characters?

40:58 | Aug 15th, 2018

Will and Mango dig into the surprising stories behind our favorite fictional characters. Like: who was the ridiculous personality who inspired the Muppets' Swedish chef? Who was the (stinky) ladies man behind Pepe LePew? And is the Godfather actually...Show More

How Did Dolly Parton Become Such a Legend?

41:01 | Aug 13th, 2018

Everyone loves Dolly Parton. The American country singer has sold over 100 million albums worldwide, and her career has included six decades of chart-topping songs. But how did Dolly become Dolly? Where does she find inspiration for her lyrics? And w...Show More

9 Wonderful Grammar Stories for Language Nerds (like Us!)

17:35 | Aug 10th, 2018

Will and Mango abused the English language with vigor as they discuss the Apostrophizer, the QuizDing, and why you should never (ever) mess with a Bengal finch's sentence structure.

What are Allergies and How Close Are We to a Cure?

40:04 | Aug 8th, 2018

As Will and Mango sniffle through their hay fever they answer this season's biggest questions: What are allergies? How close are we to a cure? And is putting Vaseline up your nose a good lifehack for stopping pollen?

What are the Most Important Moments in Dog History?

41:17 | Aug 3rd, 2018

Will and Mango try to pinpoint some famous firsts, from the first dog to work as a guide dog (way back in the first century!), to the first dog trained as an Archaeologist, to the first dog to drive a car,  these are the essential stories you'll need...Show More

9 Fascinating Facts about Money

15:56 | Aug 2nd, 2018

From the strange reason Abe Lincoln started the Secret Service to how to use the phrase Horse Blanket in a sentence (we know you've been wondering!) to the weirdest prank people used to play on Rembrandt, Will and Mango are making it rain with money ...Show More

Fan Favorite: What are the Most Incredible Things the Human Body Can Do?

46:06 | Aug 1st, 2018

Did you realize that when your fingers get wrinkly in the bath, there's a crazy, superhero reason for it? Or that everyone's body is covered in invisible stripes? Or that a single snipped foreskin can yield a football field full of new skin in the la...Show More

Who is America's Worst President?

36:53 | Jul 27th, 2018

Stand back far enough, and most American presidents look smart, polished and the picture of decorum... but not these gents! From a rabble-rousing arsonist to a fancy pants gossip, to a card-playing Do Nothing, Will and Mango look back at some of the ...Show More

Fan Favorite: 9 Hilarious Monuments (probably) not worth the Road Trip

13:11 | Jul 26th, 2018

We know these statues are supposed to be art, but they also kind of feel like mistakes. Will, Gabe and Mango discuss some colorful and confusing tributes... and the ridiculous stories behind them!

Is your Grocery Store Trying to Manipulate You? (Plus, how a Piggly Wiggly inspired the Hoggly Woggly)

40:43 | Jul 25th, 2018

Join Gabe and Mango as they trace the birth of the supermarket and answer tons of ridiculous questions along the way. From why flexing your arm is terrible for impulse shopping, to the reason North Korean spies train in grocery stores, to how Johanne...Show More

What are the Secrets of the World’s Largest Birds?

38:15 | Jul 20th, 2018

Is Florida the birthplace of ostrich racing? Why do male Emperor penguins get an extra stomach flap? And why should you be extra wary of a loose Cassowary? Mango and Gabe run through their biggest questions about the world’s biggest birds.

9 Weird and Incredible Rule Changes

16:37 | Jul 19th, 2018

Is aiming for your opponent's caddy a good strategy in golf? Did old-timey baseball umpires really sit in rocking chairs? And why are there 8-pointers in North Korean basketball? Will and Mango explore the hilarious ways games ought to be played.

Fan Favorite: Are we in the middle of a Rudeness Epidemic?

39:05 | Jul 18th, 2018

After author Danny Wallace received the world's worst customer service (and possibly the world's worst hotdog) from a hotdog vendor, he decided to search for the root cause of rudeness. Danny joins Will and Mango on this week's episode to talk about ...Show More

What's the Science of Changing Someone's Mind?

42:34 | Jul 13th, 2018

As the world becomes more and more polarized, and people become more entrenched in their ideas, Will and Mango explore how we can find consensus, and what the science tells us about shifting public opinion. Plus, we look at how Heinz's disastrous att...Show More

9 Incredible Inventors You'll Want to Meet

19:21 | Jul 12th, 2018

From houses the clean themselves to how a merry-go-round helped Eggo's waffle business grow, Will and Mango explore the world of hobbyist inventors and the incredible ideas they brought forth.

How did Nickelodeon Revolutionize Television?

40:28 | Jul 11th, 2018

Spoiler: it involves lots of slime! Will and Mango explore the channel's early history from how Double Dare horrified the sanitation department, the (savvy) reason one TV show never used purple, and why a channel that had no business getting into car...Show More

What are the Movie Industry's Biggest Secrets?

35:34 | Jul 6th, 2018

Why do movie theaters limit their audiences to 299 seats? Did dishware really save the movie industry? And why is Lara Croft: Tomb Raider considered a Hollywood masterpiece? (spoiler: it has nothing to do with the plot!) Grab your popcorn and turn of...Show More

9 Soccer-ish Facts about the World Cup

16:10 | Jul 5th, 2018

Can a daily banana basket help players feel less homesick? Should goalies be given more bathroom breaks? And did Kim Jung-Il invent a top secret technology to guarantee more wins? Will and Mango share some strange facts about soccer's biggest tournam...Show More

What’s so special about Twins?

42:41 | Jul 4th, 2018

What’s the timing in the womb that leaves some twins  conjoined? Where did the idea of evil twins and doppelgängers come about? And how does facial recognition technology work when you look so alike? Will and Gabe answer some of your biggest question...Show More

Fan Favorite: Why are we so Nostalgic for Sugary Breakfast Cereals?

42:21 | Jun 30th, 2018

Is Cap'n Crunch Really a Captain? Is the Silly Rabbit using psychological tricks on kids? And why did everyone stop putting prizes in cereal boxes? In this classic episode, Will and Mango take a trip down memory lane, exploring why America is so nost...Show More

How Close are we to Curing Alzheimer's?

44:58 | Jun 29th, 2018

Scientists have made all sorts of discoveries about Alzheimer's in the last 20 years. But can changing your diet, the way you sleep, or even picking up Portuguese really protect your mind? Will and Mango take a look at the earliest cases of Alzheimer...Show More

9 Surprising Origin Stories Behind Corporate Mascots

19:17 | Jun 28th, 2018

Why is the Michelin Man white when tires are always black? What do Tony the Tiger and Christopher Columbus have in common? And why did they give The Noid a video game? Will and Gabe tackle the strange world of corporate mascots.

What's the Greatest World's Fair of All-Time?

41:07 | Jun 27th, 2018

From electric toothbrushes to Belgian waffles, banana splits to robot presidents, plenty of wonderful things have been introduced at World's Fairs. But does the event still occur, and why doesn't America host them anymore? Will and Mango dig into the...Show More

Fan Favorite: Who was the Woman Behind American Codebreaking?

49:41 | Jun 22nd, 2018

Every week, the FBI, CIA and Treasury Department would show up to Elizebeth Friedman's door and hassle the mother of two-- not for any crime, but because she had an insane talent: she solved puzzles to protect America. Meet the Quaker poet who caught...Show More

9 Surprising Restaurants We Can't Stop Talking About

17:00 | Jun 21st, 2018

From the greasy joint where everyone’s rooting for a heart attack, to the insanely exclusive cafe where Alice in Wonderland meets The Little Mermaid, Will and Mango get obsessive about 9 restaurants they probably won’t visit, but can’t stop talking a...Show More

Why Are Kids So Attracted to Shel Silverstein's Poetry?

37:42 | Jun 20th, 2018

Before he was a beloved poet, children's author and songwriter for Johnny Cash, Shel Silverstein started out his career as a cartoonist for Playboy. Will and Mango dig into why you probably shouldn't read his ABC book to your newborn, how he almost g...Show More

Are Dad Jokes Actually Good For Kids’ Brains?

15:17 | Jun 16th, 2018

To celebrate Father’s Day, Will and Mango share 9 of their favorite dad facts.

What are the Best Shoes for Atheists, Marathon Runners, and Criminals?

41:04 | Jun 15th, 2018

From the strangest commercial Reebok ever used to sell the Reebok Pump, to the Zen shoemaker who custom-builds sneakers for marathon runners, Will and Mango dive into the funniest stories they can find about shoes. Including why Kevin Durant better a...Show More

Introducing our new podcast: Committed

32:40 | Jun 14th, 2018

A near-fatal brain injury, a stroke and amnesia turned Gwen and Yasir into one of the most interesting and accomplished couples you'll ever meet.  Be sure to subscribe to Committed wherever you get your podcasts.

How Do People Game the Lottery?

40:30 | Jun 13th, 2018

From the Canadian professor who found patterns in Scratch-off lottery tickets to the Michigan couple that turned a lottery flaw into their retirement savings plan to the strange reason you should hold onto any lottery ticket that has Herbert Hoover's...Show More

Fan Favorite: What's the Science of Invisibility?

45:15 | Jun 8th, 2018

Sure, invisibility is about Harry Potter cloaks and invisible inks. But it’s so much more than that, too! From the way butterflies see a secret world of light that humans can’t, to the reason polar bears are completely undetectable to infrared camera...Show More

9 Highly Unusual Courting Techniques

20:16 | Jun 7th, 2018

If you're tired of striking out at clubs and coffee shops, maybe one of these dating techniques will work for you? From whispering into a Courtship Stick to incorporating a ripe fruit into your dance routine, Will and Mango explore some highly suspec...Show More

Why Do Sharks Get Such a Bad Rap?

38:22 | Jun 6th, 2018

As beach season approaches, everyone gets nervous about shark attacks. But how afraid should we be of these Jabberjaws? (Spoiler: not very.) From the hilarious way goblin sharks catch their prey, to the strange effect AC/DC has on sharks, to why Will...Show More

Is the Earth really Running Out of Sand, Dirt and Bacon?

34:52 | Jun 1st, 2018

From toilet paper to Norwegian butter, people are quick to panic in a shortage. But why are gangs around the world stealing truckloads of sand from beaches? What should we be stockpiling? And what are the resources Earth is truly running short on? Wi...Show More

9 Deliciously Frosty facts about Ice Cream

17:19 | May 31st, 2018

Will grapefruit ice cream cure your hangovers? Have Japanese scientists really cracked the code on ice creams that won't melt? And why does seafood ice cream make patriots' mouths water? It's a Gabe and Mango ice cream episode (with plenty of extra f...Show More

How Did MythBusters Work?

26:39 | May 30th, 2018

Will and Mango pester co-host Kari Byron on how to build a human catapult, what the worst smells on set were, why Jamie's safety lectures might make you terrified of building anything... and how her new book 'Crash Test Girl' uses the Scientific Meth...Show More

Will Coffee Make Me Live Longer?

42:21 | May 25th, 2018

Want to know who to blame for your coffee addiction? From goats, Turks to the Archangel Gabriel, Will and Mango chase down a whole world of (coffee) pot stirrers while shedding light on whether monkey spit coffee is tastier than your traditional bean...Show More

9 Highly Specific Robots You Need to Meet

20:14 | May 25th, 2018

From the robot who desperately wants to feed you tomatoes to the one that likes to hitch rides on turtles, Will and Mango explore the strange, hilarious world of robots (including at least two of them that might want to eat you.)

Fan Favorite: What are the Greatest Secrets Hiding in the Vatican?

42:03 | May 23rd, 2018

There are a lot of things we don't know about the Vatican: How did Doc Martens become the unofficial walking shoe of the Pope? Why has no one told you about the Vatican's top-notch cricket team? Will and Mango explore Vatican secrets in this classic ...Show More

Introducing Dressed

54:01 | May 22nd, 2018

Meet the newest show from HowStuff Works. From the 1820s to the 1920s, millions of women embraced the fashion of ornamental plumage. Learn why feathers forced fashionistas to abandon their carriage seats for floors, why an egret's plumes go for $3k w...Show More

Who's Going to Put a Colony on Mars First?

41:30 | May 18th, 2018

The Space Race is on! With Elon Musk, NASA and plenty of other countries all hustling to get to Mars, just how long will it actually us to get there? And how hard will it be to build a space civilization? From sucking oxygen from the soil to 3D print...Show More

9 Somewhat Tasteful Facts about Salad!

16:58 | May 17th, 2018

When America declared May National Salad Month, these weren't the salads they were thinking about. Will and Mango dive into the world of Coke Salads, why successful CEO's remove olives from their salads, and how to trick a hungry kid into trading in ...Show More

What's the Science Behind the Perfect Party?

40:16 | May 16th, 2018

Priya Parker hasn't just studied how gatherings work; she's lived it. From running conflict negotiations with high level diplomats, to making conference goers feel comfortable, to creating more intimate and memorable experiences at dinner parties, Pr...Show More

9 Surprising Facts about Moms

15:25 | May 12th, 2018

In honor of Mother's Day, Will and Mango talk about what make Mom special: from why mothers' hearts are so in sync with their infants, to the moms who hold shotguns up to a gang leaders to tell them to stay away from their kids.

What do we actually Know about J. Edgar Hoover?

41:28 | May 11th, 2018

Few men held as many secrets as the long-lasting FBI director J. Edgar Hoover. And while he had thousands of files documenting the secret lives of intellectuals, celebrities and politicians, Hoover had no shortage of secrets of his own. Will and Mang...Show More

Why Were These Books Banned?

37:51 | May 10th, 2018

Where's Waldo isn't allowed in prisons, Winnie the Pooh can't set foot in China, and Brown Bear, Brown Bear is forbidden from schools in... Texas?! From Ulysses to sinful Bibles, Will and Mango dive into the story of banned books to tell you all abou...Show More

What are the Weirdest Experiments in Science?

42:15 | May 4th, 2018

What part of the turkey are turkeys most attracted to? Can a scene out of a ghost story make you stop biting your nails? And what's the best music to play for your house guests, if your house guests are rats and they're high on cocaine? Will and Mang...Show More

9 Very Important Facts about Bears

16:53 | May 3rd, 2018

Whether you're an amateur bear enthusiast or prepping for a bear convention, these are the bear facts you'll need! Will and Mango explore a Canadian Bear Jail, why Pizzlies are taking over the world, and how Paddington Bear was once the pride of Afri...Show More

Can Spicy Foods Make Us Live Longer?

35:11 | May 2nd, 2018

Does a fondness for spicy food mean you've got an aggressive personality? Did putting spices on our foods help cavemen avoid illnesses? And if you shouldn't drink water after a hot bite, what should you guzzle to put out your blazing mouth fire? Will...Show More

How did the Avocado Conquer the World?

35:04 | Apr 27th, 2018

While America has been smugly eating their guacamole and avocado toast, the rest of the world has been making all sorts of avocado advances. Why aren't you using an avocado sock? Should you be investing in the new Diet Avocados from Spain? And why ar...Show More

9 Mouth-puckering Stories about Pickles!

20:41 | Apr 26th, 2018

Will and Mango pay tribute to pickles! From a Mississippi variation on Fun Dip, to the most romantic overture ever made with a pickle jar, to some of the very worst pickle jokes you'll hear all year, we're serving up a 9-course meal of delicious pick...Show More

How did Sesame Street Change TV Forever?

43:50 | Apr 25th, 2018

Next year Children's Television Workshop turns 50, and Will and Mango are scouring the street for all the best dirt. From why the show started out on NBC, to how Ernie and Bert got downgraded from being the show's only stars, to the reason Jim Henson...Show More

What Does Stress Really do to our Bodies?

37:24 | Apr 20th, 2018

The idea that "stress kills" is all over the internet. But are there good and bad stresses? Why does stress affect our appetites? And why do scientists think that mowing the lawn can make you less tense? Will and Mango take a care-free dive into stre...Show More

9 Incredible Stories about Accountants! (Yes, Accountants.)

16:02 | Apr 19th, 2018

Will and Mango celebrate our favorite number crunchers, from Mick Jagger's strange pre-concert ritual to the homeless accountant who got us fascinated with the number 70 million. 

Do Superstar Athletes Have Superior Brains?

29:57 | Apr 18th, 2018

The scouts claimed that Steph Curry was too slow-footed and unathletic to play in the pros. But maybe they should have asked a neuroscientist? Will and Mango talk to Zach Schonbrun, author of The Performance Cortex, to understand why darts is so hard...Show More

Are there Benefits to Procrastinating?

30:33 | Apr 13th, 2018

Why do so many smart people procrastinate? Is there a link between extreme achievement and putting off your work? And should you behead a roadside statue of St. Expedite if you miss a deadline? Will and Mango chat with author Andrew Santella about hi...Show More

9 Incredible Classic Toys (and How They've Changed)

18:43 | Apr 12th, 2018

Why did a cucumber that changed Mr. Potato Head's world? Why are so many Cabbage Patch dolls delivered by C-section? And why didn't Go-Bots win the battle over Transformers? Will and Mango parade through the world of classic toys, and discover how ma...Show More

What are the Greatest Things We Just Learned about Hawaii?

41:01 | Apr 11th, 2018

Who knew our 50th state held so many secrets! From the ice caves hiding under a volcano, to the wonderful reason you should never bring pork to the windward side to why we should be thanking Hawaii for casual Fridays, Will and Mango take a dip into H...Show More

Why is it more dangerous to be a Park Ranger than an FBI Agent?

38:51 | Apr 6th, 2018

Park rangers do so much more than just keeping Yogi Bear from stealing picnic baskets. Whether it’s outsmarting poachers, fending off the Klan, protecting tourists from gator attacks or helping tiny endangered species make their way to sea, Will and ...Show More

9 Fresh Ideas in Science

15:59 | Apr 5th, 2018

If these new studies are right, lampposts are about to get a crazy makeover, Harry Potter should be on everyone's curriculum and cities are going to start importing leopards. (Well, probably not the last one.)

What Makes Waffle House Such a Brilliant Business?

33:28 | Apr 4th, 2018

There's a reason the chain doesn't have any ovens and won't serve you pancakes. Will and Mango explore the brilliant business of Waffle House. Learn why high end chefs love to hire Waffle House grill operators, how the restaurants keep open when thei...Show More

How Could All These Things Possibly Happen on One Weekend?!

12:09 | Mar 31st, 2018

Will and Mango investigate one of the most important weekends of all-time. (Assuming you consider celebrations of mollusks, felt and flames as important as we do.)

How Did Wine Fraud Become Such a Big Business?

36:59 | Mar 30th, 2018

When a billionaire realized his $125,000 bottle of wine might be fake, he hired a crack team to solve the case. This is the story of a private investigator, a motley crew of geniuses, and a fine wine that supposedly belonged to Thomas Jefferson! Plus...Show More

9 Crazy Newspapers Worth Getting Your Hands On

17:31 | Mar 29th, 2018

This week Gabe and Mango scour the library for the strangest newspapers they can find-- from an elementary school paper that nabbed a landmark scoop to a progressive Civil War rag filled with useful lifehacks. Plus, why you'll never want to get on th...Show More

What's the Science of Anger?

37:57 | Mar 28th, 2018

Will and Mango have lots of questions about why people get angry. Like: Why do humans all make the same angry face? Is lying down while angry better for your health? And will being angry actually make you more creative? (Spoiler: your boss and kids m...Show More

Why Doesn't Disney Celebrate these Princesses?

32:22 | Mar 23rd, 2018

There are plenty of princesses with fairy tale endings. These aren't those princesses! Will and Mango chat with Princesses Behaving Badly author Linda Rodriguez McRobbie to determine which princess you'd want on your wrestling team, which princess le...Show More

9 Last Words worth Remembering

12:35 | Mar 22nd, 2018

On his deathbed, Winston Churchill’s last words were: “I’m bored with it all.” What a missed opportunity! Will and Mango discuss their favorite geniuses, why their final words lived up, and how two different phrases inspired America’s greatest shoe c...Show More

How Did Google Get Its Start?

36:24 | Mar 21st, 2018

From Youtube to Nest, Maps to Android, it's hard to imagine life without Google. But how did the web giant really get its start? Will and Mango travel back to the mid-90s to see how a horrible campus tour, some extra Lego bricks and a week at Burning...Show More

What's the Science of Painkillers?

38:51 | Mar 16th, 2018

When you've got a headache, those bottles of over-the-counter medicines can feel interchangeable. But the truth is, the drugs work in different ways... and each has their own benefits and side-effects. From which drugs work best on toothaches, to whi...Show More

9 Incredible Stories Imported from Remote Islands

19:24 | Mar 15th, 2018

From a dangerous island the Brazilian Navy refuses to let you visit (it's for your own good!), to a place where monkeys think they're training for the Kentucky Derby, Will and Mango are scouring the globe for water-locked lands and the incredible sto...Show More

Why do Cats get such a Bad Rap?

36:06 | Mar 14th, 2018

Everyone knows herding cats is impossible. But is it because we never fully domesticated them? Will and Mango dig into a history of cats-- from why they were unfairly blamed for so many divorces, to how a bag of clay forever changed their prospects, ...Show More

Why do NASCAR fans drive trucks and Formula One fans drive yachts?

42:49 | Mar 9th, 2018

Sure, we've watched Pixar's Cars a few times. But doesn't mean we know anything about racing. Will and Mango dive into the strangely boozy origins of NASCAR, why you might need a yacht to enjoy Formula One, and how driver Dick Trickle made sure every...Show More

9 Rinkrinkerfink Facts about Dr. Seuss

16:08 | Mar 8th, 2018

From the imaginary daughter Dr. Seuss made up (just so he had an excuse to brag to his friends) to the remote town in Switzerland where he stole all his ideas from (it's hard to find on a map) to the one children's author he wished he'd gotten to rea...Show More

Where do the World's Best Band Names Come From?

37:55 | Mar 7th, 2018

What band was named as a tribute to their high school gym coach? Why did The Earwigs change their name to Alice Cooper (it might have something to do with a Ouji Board)? And would Chubby Checker have been as popular if he'd taken the name Chubby Ches...Show More

Will we ever Cure Blindness?

38:46 | Mar 2nd, 2018

Sure, one time in the '80s a blind guy was struck with lightning and it shocked his system into seeing again. But striking people with lightning bolts isn't exactly a safe and easy procedure. So what are scientists working on? From stem cells to bat ...Show More

What are the World's Weirdest Theme Restaurants?

18:34 | Mar 1st, 2018

If chugging mead at Medieval Times and downing burgers at Johnny Rockets feels tired to you, check out these wacky theme restaurants from around the world. Will and Mango explore what happens when you surprise diners with regular earthquakes, and why...Show More

How did WHAM-O become America's Greatest Novelty Toy Company?

45:15 | Feb 28th, 2018

From Hula Hoops to Frisbees, Superballs to Slip-n-Slides, Wham-O has put smiles on generations of American kids. But how did the little toy company that could get its start? (Spoiler: a meat-pellet shooter for your pet falcon!) And what are some of t...Show More

Are we in the Middle of a Rudeness Epidemic?

39:51 | Feb 23rd, 2018

After author Danny Wallace received the world's worst customer service (and possibly the world's worst hotdog) from a hotdog vendor, he decided to search for the root cause of rudeness. Danny joins Will and Mango on this week's episode to talk about ...Show More

9 Leafy Facts about Houseplants

16:09 | Feb 22nd, 2018

How did a potted plant named Jeff become an internet celebrity? Does Switzerland really manufacture 'Luxury Manure'? And what's your Valentine trying to tell you with that vase full of basil? Plus: why you should never, ever poach a Venus Flytrap!

Why are Humans so Obsessed with Chocolate?

41:02 | Feb 21st, 2018

Will and Mango are on a mission to uncover chocolate's darkest secrets. What's the difference between cacao and cocoa? Why have Swiss scientists been working on a pink chocolate for so long? (And what's it taste like?) Plus, why does chocolate melt s...Show More

What are the Most Incredible Technologies Coming Soon(-ish)?

41:16 | Feb 16th, 2018

From rockets on pogo-sticks to nuclear powered toasters, there's a whole strange world of emerging technologies that will improve and/or ruin everything in our future! Will and Mango chat with author Zach Weinersmith about the hilarious, future-looki...Show More

9 Delightful Facts about Office Supplies

16:15 | Feb 15th, 2018

Need some new material for the water-cooler? Will and Mango chat about the tragedy of cubicles, how a fit of rage led to better pen design, and why bread might just be the best eraser.

How did Putin come to power?

42:09 | Feb 14th, 2018

Between practicing judo, wrestling bears, and meddling with democracies, Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has a lot on his plate. But how did the former KGB operative come to power? And how has he sustained his grip on the country for so long? W...Show More

How does Rick Steves Think You Should Travel?

36:06 | Feb 9th, 2018

9/11 changed Rick Steves and how he wanted to approach writing about the world. In this special interview, Will and Mango sit down with legendary PBS host and travel writer Rick Steves to talk about the newest edition of 'Travel as a Political Act', ...Show More

9 Outstanding Facts About Aussie Animals

18:55 | Feb 8th, 2018

Is the Walking Sausage the most romantic insect? What happens when Wallabies get high on poppies? And why do wombats have super strong wombutts? Will, Mango and Gabe explore the wonderful world of Australian animals.

What are the Greatest Things We Just Learned about Japan?

39:40 | Feb 7th, 2018

Why is Japan's adult adoption rate so high? Why don't American car dealerships succeed in the country? And why did Colonel Sanders put a curse on a beloved Japanese baseball team? Plus, Will and Mango discover the shortest escalator in the world! (Ju...Show More

Is Flu Season Really as Dangerous as We're Told?

36:27 | Feb 2nd, 2018

As sniffles and coughs abound (and Tristan tries to inoculate the whole office), Will and Mango try to figure out why some flu seasons are worse than others. Also: How do scientists know when some seasons will be particularly bad? What goes into deci...Show More

9 Thrilling Mysteries... Solved!

18:36 | Feb 1st, 2018

Why was FDR so obsessed with mysteries? What's hiding in KFC's super secret Spice Mix vault? And what was the murder rate in the town from Murder She Wrote? (Pretty darn high!) Will and Mango put on their Sherlock Holmes hats and try to solve some ca...Show More

How Chinese is our Chinese Food?

42:00 | Jan 31st, 2018

Chinese restaurants have an incredible history in America. (They actually pre-date the Civil War!) But is the food we scarf down every week actually Chinese? Will and Mango stuff themselves with takeout facts: from the origin of the Lazy Susan, to Bu...Show More

How did Reference Books Shape Civilization? (And what will their death mean?)

45:03 | Jan 26th, 2018

Remember when Pliny the Elder thought women were cursed and unicorns had elephant feet, so he wrote long encyclopedia entries on both of them? Neither did we. From Roget to Britannica, Webster's to Wikipedia, we're exploring the history of the most i...Show More

9 Head-spinning Facts about Hats

14:13 | Jan 25th, 2018

Why did straw hats once spur a revolt? Did Nixon kill the top hat trend? And where on Earth is Jackie O's pill box hat? Will and Mango discover some extremely important facts you'll want to know about hats.

Is Recycling Worth the Hassle?

46:15 | Jan 24th, 2018

Why does Germany use 5 different bins for their recycling efforts? Is recycling a smart business to be in? And can you really trick Bros into being greener by putting wolves on packaging? Will and Mango take a deep dive into the state of American rec...Show More

What was the Golden Age of Hijacking?

38:29 | Jan 19th, 2018

It's hard to believe skyjacking was once a weekly occurrence in America. For over a decade, planes were rerouted for ransoms, political causes.

9 Wacky Facts about the Marx Brothers

09:57 | Jan 18th, 2018

From Harpo's ridiculous croquet uniform to Groucho's penchant for Heavy Metal, Will and Mango uncover 9 facts you probably don't know about the Marx Brothers.

How did the Winter Olympics change Sports?

45:17 | Jan 17th, 2018

Who's the Michael Phelps of the early winter games? Why did the 1924 British curling team just get their gold medals? And what are the greatest sports we wish were still in the Olympics (a round of Korfball, anyone?) Will and Mango dive into Olympic ...Show More

Is the Kraft Single America's Greatest Invention?

44:12 | Jan 12th, 2018

From elaborate cheddar heists to a Serbian donkey cheese scandal to the most sacred grilled cheese ever (#blessed), Will and Mango dive headlong into dairy to praise cheeses. Featuring Rotten’s Christine Haughney.

9 Snowy Facts to get you through your Snow Day

11:48 | Jan 11th, 2018

Grab a mug of cocoa and hit play already! From Renaissance snow angels to an award-winning trick for never slipping in the snow, Will and Mango have a special wintery mix ready for your snow day.

What's the Science of Perfect Timing?

38:14 | Jan 10th, 2018

What's the secret to making the end of your vacation less depressing? Why is it better for a basketball team to be down by a point at the half? And can you trick your kids into better math scores just by changing when they practice math? From when to...Show More

Was Sandra Day O'Connor Our Last Independent Justice?

41:04 | Jan 5th, 2018

From her hardscrabble upbringing on cattle ranch (where she tamed a bobcat!) to her incredible sway on the Supreme Court, Will and Mango explore Justice O'Connor's incredible life, the glass ceilings she broke through along the way, and what made her...Show More

9 Facts About Buttons that Aren't Nuclear

11:56 | Jan 4th, 2018

Will, Gabe and Mango take the focus off the nuclear button, and put it squarely on all the other buttons out there that are feeling a little neglected.

What are some Easy Tricks to Improve Your Life in 2018?

43:14 | Jan 3rd, 2018

Can smiling during running improve your marathon time? Will an old age app help you make better resolutions? And is there real science behind the Coffee Nap? Will and Mango examine big and little ways to improve your 2018, including why you'll probab...Show More

Will we ever Travel Faster than Light Speed?

45:36 | Dec 29th, 2017

Will and Mango have so many questions: What is Quantum Teleportation? Are we all swimming in Dark Matter? And why are scientists so obsessed with smashing particles together? Luckily, we've got astrophysicist Daniel Whiteson, co-author of the wonderf...Show More

9 Things to Look forward to in 2018

13:59 | Dec 28th, 2017

Time to get excited! From NASA's incredible space plans to an electronic hat that's going to change a whole lot of lives, Will, Gabe and Mango unveil some really good reasons to be optimistic about the new year.

What are the Strangest, Craziest Sounds in the Universe?

32:00 | Dec 27th, 2017

Ever wondered what the Big Bang sounds like (it's much weirder than you think!) Or why Britishers are so turned off by the sound of Tasmanian Devils? From the crowds at Shakespeare's Globe to the ugly grunts of baby koalas, we're covering the funnies...Show More

What are the most Surprising Jobs at the White House?

43:10 | Dec 22nd, 2017

Who decided there should be a beekeeper on staff at the White House? Who manages the First Family's budget and makes sure they're paying for their own toothpaste? And can you just find these job postings on Craigslist? Will and Mango look at some of ...Show More

9 Cat Facts in Honor of National Cat Herder's Day!

14:41 | Dec 21st, 2017

From Iceland's hottest (cat-based) Reality TV Show to the feline that changed Nikola Tesla's career, Will, Mango and Gabe are all about cats on today's episode.

What's the Secret to Nintendo's Success?

45:52 | Dec 20th, 2017

From Nintendo's history with the Yakuza to its dabbling in the seedy motel business, the House of Mario has a much longer and stranger history than most people would guess. Hear what happened when the company tried to make knitting popular; how Ameri...Show More

Does Trash Talking Really Work?

42:39 | Dec 18th, 2017

Meet the Bad Boy of Bowling, learn how Ivan Lendl intimidated his opponents (it all started with his sneakers!), and why Australia's women's cricket team is considered the best group of trash talkers in the world. From Michael Jordan's incredible phi...Show More

Introducing Omnibus

41:39 | Dec 16th, 2017

A bonus for Part-Time Genius listeners: Will and Mango talk to their old friend Ken Jennings about his new show at HowStuffWorks. It’s called Omnibus, and it’s terrific. Check out this sample episode and hop on over to Omnibus to subscribe.

What Makes the Happiest Places on Earth?

42:38 | Dec 15th, 2017

What do sauna culture, 'Right to Roam' laws and all-you-can-eat buffets (for monkeys!) have to do with putting smiles on citizens faces? Will and Mango explore why some countries always end up at the top of the Happiness Index, and how other nations ...Show More

9 Sloth Facts Worth Clinging To

11:57 | Dec 14th, 2017

From their glorious once a week dance parties, to why they're so self-conscious about their feet, we've got 9 strange and wonderful facts about one of the internet's favorite creatures. Featuring Will, Mango, and Will playing the role of Gabe.

What are the Most Incredible Things the Human Body can do?

46:52 | Dec 8th, 2017

Did you realize that when your fingers get wrinkly in the bath, there's a crazy, superhero reason for it? Or that everyone's body is covered in invisible stripes? Or that a single snipped foreskin can yield a football field full of new skin in the la...Show More

9 Piping Hot Facts about Bath Tubs

14:59 | Dec 7th, 2017

Will, Mango and Gabe get in the spirit of National Bath Tub Day by talking Rubber Duckies, Jacuzzi origins, and whether one particular President got stuck in a bath tub (he didn't!).

Are We Eating Sushi All Wrong?

48:22 | Dec 6th, 2017

It's time to get real about raw fish! Will and Mango have their chopsticks ready and way too many questions on hand: Is blue fin really a delicacy? How do sushi chefs apply their soy sauce? And how California is the California roll? From the dish's C...Show More

Is there a Rosy Future for Libraries?

39:08 | Dec 1st, 2017

It's no secret that Will and Mango love libraries. But are these wonderful institutions built to last? (Our research says: Yes!) Join our Part-Time Geniuses as they trace how libraries have evolved from ultra-secret dens for the elite to community pi...Show More

9 Prize-winning Facts about Game Shows

15:26 | Nov 30th, 2017

Scandals, police chases, and why one notorious episode of 'Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego'? will never ever get aired. Plus-- why Dana Carvey should have had the slimiest job in TV! It's all right here in today's 9 Things. Featuring Gabe Luzie...Show More

Why don't Squid and Octopus Get More Love?

39:07 | Nov 29th, 2017

Will and Mango dive deep to uncover the greatest facts about Octopuses, Squid and Jellyfish. Learn the proper octopus throwing etiquette for Red Wings games, why whales are so good at defeating Giant Squid, and why Oclantis ranked #1 on our list of 2...Show More

How did the Sears catalog take over the world?

40:38 | Nov 24th, 2017

Both companies started as innovative retailers-- shops without storefronts. But is Amazon unintentionally following Sears' path 100 years later? Will and Mango explore the genius and pitfalls of the early Sears business, while sorting through the wei...Show More

9 Ridiculous Thanksgiving Facts to Pass Around the Table

14:29 | Nov 23rd, 2017

From Big Bird's shameful secret to one American president who hated the holiday, Will and Mango share some of the weirdest facts they could find. Featuring FoodStuff's Lauren Vogelbaum.

Was Mister Rogers the Best Neighbor Ever?

41:08 | Nov 22nd, 2017

From the real reason Mister Rogers used to wear sneakers on the show to why Ella Fitzgerald's band members used to tune in to the last 5 minutes of every show, Will and Mango pay tribute to one of our favorite humans, Mr. Fred Rogers. Featuring journ...Show More

Are Truckers the Backbone of the US Economy?

43:29 | Nov 17th, 2017

There's no doubt that truckers are underappreciated. From the mom and pop trucks that haul milk from local dairies to the long-distance married couples who tag team driving cross-country, Will and Mango take a peek under the industry's hood. Plus, we...Show More

9 Hilarious Monuments (probably) not worth the Road Trip

14:45 | Nov 16th, 2017

We know these statues are supposed to be art, but they also kind of feel like mistakes. Will, Gabe and Mango discuss some colorful and confusing tributes... and the ridiculous stories behind them!

Who Was the Woman Behind American Codebreaking?

49:26 | Nov 15th, 2017

Every week, the FBI, CIA and Treasury Department would show up to Elizebeth Friedman's door and hassle the mother of two-- not for any crime, but because she had an insane talent: she solved puzzles to protect America. Meet the Quaker poet who caught...Show More

What are the Greatest Cookbooks on American Shelves?

42:48 | Nov 10th, 2017

Cookbooks have come a long way from their Mesopotamian origins. Will and Mango try to pinpoint the Joy in Joy of Cooking, peek inside the world of cookbook ghostwriters and debate whether an official Titanic cookbook is better than the one from Cooli...Show More

How Big is Amazon?

43:47 | Nov 8th, 2017

We all know Amazon.com started as a bookseller, that’s now a grocery store and personal assistant and online streaming service. But how did this Seattle start-up outlast the hundreds of other online stores that started at the same time? Will and Mang...Show More

Introducing Movie Crush

1:22:30 | Nov 6th, 2017

Episode two of Movie Crush is a very special one. Comedian Tig Notaro dropped in minutes after a very important, life changing phone call to chat with Chuck about the movie Mask. Have a listen! And don't forget to subscribe.

Is China the Next Green Superpower?

43:01 | Nov 3rd, 2017

China is going all in on green technologies. Banks are slowing down the investment in domestic coal mines. People are buying more electric cars than anywhere else. And the country is investing in wind, solar and hydro power unlike any other nation. T...Show More

9 Mustache Facts to Kick off Movember!

15:17 | Nov 2nd, 2017

From the super strange reason Burt Reynolds grew a mustache to why you need to invest in a mustache spoon, Will and Mango chat all about facial topiaries with their good pals Yves and Alex.

What are the only 10 Foods You'd Need to Survive?

44:09 | Nov 1st, 2017

We have ZERO intention of eating less food! But if you had to pare down your pantry to the bare minimum, what are the only foods you'd need to survive? Is an all potato diet healthy? Plus, Will and Mango discuss the Woodstock for Fruit Lovers; why th...Show More

What's Everyday life like on Antarctica?

40:49 | Oct 27th, 2017

From plumbing to catering, everything’s a little harder in Antarctica. Will and Mango dive into everyday life on The Ice. Plus, we talk glamping on the continent, why the South Pole pole moves every year, and why the Antarctica only has one ATM. Feat...Show More

9 Halloween Facts to Stuff in your Pillowcases!

13:43 | Oct 26th, 2017

In Iowa, you can't just show up on your neighbor's doorstep with a costume... kids have to work for the treats! Will, Mango and Gabe scour for the sweetest Halloween facts they can find in this special 9 Facts.

What's so great about Canada? (Spoiler: Lots of things!)

46:22 | Oct 25th, 2017

Grab your sleeping bags and hop in the station wagon… we’re off to Canada! Will and Mango take a whirlwind tour through America’s hat as we make pit stops at a jail for delinquent bears, a single’s scene for Canada’s most eligible snakes and a bar po...Show More

What are the World’s Worst Jobs?

41:27 | Oct 20th, 2017

From being Saddam Hussein’s body double to being a whale snot collector there’s a whole world of jobs our guidance counselors thankfully forgot to tell us about. Will and Mango take a deep dive into things you probably don’t want to do for a living. ...Show More

9 Disney Facts to Work into Conversations Immediately!

17:06 | Oct 19th, 2017

That time Richard Nixon got kidnapped at Disney, why John Lennon had bittersweet memories of his Disney hotel, and other stories you (probably) haven’t heard. Featuring HowStuffWork.com’s Allison Loudermilk.

Why don't we use Rockets to Send Mail Anymore?

47:31 | Oct 18th, 2017

When Ben Franklin took over the US Postal Service, he couldn’t have predicted the crazy ways the institution would evolve. From pneumatic tubes to missiles filled with mail, Will and Mango dig into the post office's weirdest experiments, while discus...Show More

Why are we so Nostalgic for Sugary Breakfast Cereals?

43:05 | Oct 13th, 2017

Is Cap'n Crunch Really a Captain? Is the Silly Rabbit using psychological tricks on kids? And why did everyone stop putting prizes in cereal boxes? Will and Mango take a trip down memory lane, exploring why America is so nostalgic for those sugary sw...Show More

9 Mouthwatering Facts about Sandwiches

19:16 | Oct 12th, 2017

From Wonder Bread's worst idea to the greatest sandwich to ever emerge from a Ramada Inn, Will and Mango celebrate the handiest food of all time. Featuring Lauren Vogelbaum from FoodStuff.

How Big is the US Military?

36:12 | Oct 11th, 2017

America spends over $700 billion on the US Military. But where does that money go? And as long as Will and Mango are talking about the military, they try to figure out: Does a golf course count as a military base? What’s the most fun night on a subma...Show More

What's it take to be a Superfan?

47:45 | Oct 6th, 2017

Why are Lego fans so into 'Swooshability?' Did a single giant banana really help Manchester City fans regain their love for the sport? And can windmill fans and members of the Roundabout Appreciation Society ever get along? From Cheeseheads to Potter...Show More

The 9 Weirdest Things Intentionally Buried By People

15:25 | Oct 5th, 2017

There are the things you accidentally bury, and then there’s everything on this list. Will, Mango and Gabe discuss the weirdest facts they've unearthed about things that have been unearthed.

Are Bananas Going Extinct?

45:28 | Oct 4th, 2017

From monkey lifehacks, to Victorian shame about bananas to why slipping on a peel became the go-to gag, Will and Mango are ready to dish on the Cavendish. Featuring the International Banana Club’s Top Banana, Ken Bannister.

What's the Secret to a Better Prison System?

45:32 | Sep 29th, 2017

Something isn't working. American prisons are overcrowded and relapse rates are high. But why is Norway so good at helping the incarcerated become productive citizens again? And can taking away the walls and guards help? Plus, the ingenious scam Bern...Show More

BONUS: 9 Strange, Fun and Wonderful Non-Profits we Just Learned About

14:16 | Sep 28th, 2017

Whether you’re covertly adding to a New Hampshire sock collection or crocheting a pair of knockers in your spare time, there are all sorts of ways to give back. Will, Gabe and Mango put a spotlight on some unusual charity work in this bonus episode.

What will Computer Implants do for our Brains?

35:35 | Sep 27th, 2017

Scanners that allow people to type with their mind; fresh memories that can be implanted into mice; and an immersive video game that helps people regain motor control by teaching them to be... dolphins?! Computer implants are getting weirder, and al...Show More

Which Country has the Secret to the Smartest Students?

45:51 | Sep 22nd, 2017

Are sneakers in the classroom bad for your education? Should schools keep investing in janitors? And why does no one do homework anymore? Join Will and Mango on an Open House of the World's Best Schools (and what works in building a better pupil.) Fe...Show More

Bonus: 9 Facts about Rich People and/or Sigourney Weaver

13:32 | Sep 21st, 2017

Sometimes you find facts about rich people. Sometimes you find facts about Sigourney Weaver. But rarely will you find both in one place. In this exclusive, never-been done before feat, the team presents 9 facts about rich people and/or Sigourney Weav...Show More

Why do Democrats like Coke and Republicans like Pepsi? (and other Revelations from the Cola Wars)

47:57 | Sep 20th, 2017

Will and Mango dig deep into the Cola Wars: from the official soda of the KKK, to the time Coke tried to convince Eisenhower to create a new currency, to the very best soda named after Jesus (not that Jesus). Featuring John Nese of Galco’s Soda Pop S...Show More

What Does the Internet Know About You?

46:56 | Sep 15th, 2017

Most of us have given Facebook, Amazon, Google and Twitter a lot of information. These companies know what you search, where you live and what shows you hate-watch with your friends. But what exactly do they know about your life off-line? The answer ...Show More

Bonus: 9 Super Facts Hiding in your Supermarket

21:33 | Sep 14th, 2017

Here’s what happens when wild fact-finders are accidentally released into a supermarket… Join us for a bonus Fact-Off, featuring Researcher Gabe.

What Invention Deserves Way More Credit Than We Give It?

47:54 | Sep 13th, 2017

From the Billy Bookcase to the air conditioner, the gramophone to the stacks of paper we needed for the Guttenberg press to work, history is filled with important-but-overlooked inventions. Will and Mango spend this episode giving some less glamorous...Show More

Can you Game a Dog Show?

41:58 | Sep 8th, 2017

The Westminster Kennel Club show is America’s second oldest continuous sporting event! But are there any shortcuts to entering Fido and taking home some hardware? Will and Mango look for easy tricks as they study the “Michelangelo of Poodle Groomers,...Show More

How to Build the Ultimate Theme Park

46:58 | Sep 6th, 2017

If you want to construct a theme park, there are some big questions to answer: do you want to create a theme park or an amusement park (there’s a difference!) Also, how many Santa Clauses do you want on hand? (Important.) And what do you need to do t...Show More

What's the Science of Invisibility?

46:00 | Sep 1st, 2017

Sure, invisibility is about Harry Potter cloaks and invisible inks. But it’s so much more than that, too! From the way butterflies see a secret world of light that humans can’t, to the reason polar bears are completely undetectable to infrared camera...Show More

Does Pizza Bring Out the Worst In People?

37:58 | Aug 30th, 2017

People always say money is the root of evil. But are you 100% certain it isn’t Pizza? Will and Mango take a deep dive into a shallow dish (more of a pan really) to discuss pizza wars, mafia ties, and why the proper term for a pizza rat in Australia i...Show More

Bonus: 9 Facts to Make You Smile

15:42 | Aug 28th, 2017

We’re tired of the news cycle. You might be too… Join us for a little bonus Fact-Off, featuring our head research Gabe Luzier.

What’s the Best Day of the Week?

43:06 | Aug 25th, 2017

We all know what day Garfield hates. But what’s the best day to avoid a bank robbery? And when can you get the freshest sushi? And why are there 7 days in a week, anyway? Will and Mango dive into your calendars, and emerge with some pretty surprising...Show More

What should you Plant in your Poisonous Garden?

42:44 | Aug 23rd, 2017

If you’re looking for the Bad Boys of plant life, look no further! Will and Mango discover squirting cucumbers, dynamite trees, and salacious orchids that have ruined more than one wasp's marriage. Plus, we’ll tackle the origins of the guerrilla gard...Show More

What are the Strangest College Classes We Desperately Want to Take?

44:26 | Aug 18th, 2017

Dinosaurs and Other Failures! Uncreative Writing! Tree Climbing! There are plenty of classes out there that would have mom and dad scratching their heads and wondering why they're paying so much on tuition. Will and Mango dive into the course catalog...Show More

Who's gonna live to 100?

44:55 | Aug 16th, 2017

From tips from a 122-year old rap star, to the latest research on how many eggs a week is too many (80 eggs a week is probably too many), Will and Mango dig into the most recent science on longevity and investigate the best ways to hit the triple dig...Show More

Bonus: I need some Weird Eclipse Facts, pronto! Please Help!

11:55 | Aug 14th, 2017

We know you're prepared for next week's eclipse: You know where you'll be viewing the event from. You've ordered your special glasses. You've even on top of your appetizer game (Eclipse chips and dips are a MUST!) But if you haven't planned for the a...Show More

Why is IKEA obsessed with building a Better Meatball?

47:52 | Aug 11th, 2017

Will and Mango push aside the Fyrkantigs and Grönkulla, to hunt for IKEA’s secrets. Want to know why it considers 'air' the enemy? Or why IKEA cafeteria prices are really a Jedi mind-trick? Or how cheap the billionaire founder really is? (Spoiler: pr...Show More

How Do Con Artists Keep Fooling Us?

49:42 | Aug 9th, 2017

America has a soft spot for scoundrels. From the (evil) genius who kept selling the Brooklyn Bridge to foreigners, to the original Snake Oil Salesman, we race through history's most legendary cons and discover why Denver was the Florence of the Con-M...Show More

What are our favorite secrets about the Vatican?

47:08 | Aug 4th, 2017

There are a lot of things we don’t know about the Vatican: Why did the Popes of yore sit on chairs with holes in the seats? How did Doc Martens become the unofficial walking shoe of John Paul II? And why has no one told you about the Vatican’s top-no...Show More

What are the Weirdest Things the Government Invests In?

47:32 | Aug 2nd, 2017

From onions hawked by animated ogres, to upbeat soundtracks created explicitly for sharks, there’s a lot of pork in the government’s budget. But just how outraged should we be? Will and Mango try to get an answer for you. Featuring James Ledbetter an...Show More

What Does the Future of Water Look Like?

41:44 | Jul 28th, 2017

Americans get an incredible deal on tap water. For just $.03, you can draw 10 gallons of drinkable, bathable, flushable liquid easily from your faucet. But is there a water crisis on the horizon? (Spoiler: yes.) And can a whole slate of incredible in...Show More

Are We Really Breathing Julius Caesar's Last Breath?

52:21 | Jul 26th, 2017

From air fresheners to air molecules, Montgolfier’s stinky hot air balloon to Alfred Nobel’s floating death barge, we’re taking deep breaths and pausing to savor all the incredible stories hidden in the air around us. Also, why Marie Curie would have...Show More

Is Exercising to Lose Weight a Myth?

50:27 | Jul 21st, 2017

Usain Bolt can scarf down 47,000 calories worth of chicken nuggets and look great, while some dieters work out 4 hours a day and never shed a pound. So is exercising to lose weight a big scam? And what does Calvin Coolidge's exercise horse have to do...Show More

Do Personality Tests Work?

51:54 | Jul 19th, 2017

Long before there were sorting hats and Buzzfeed quizzes, Walt Whitman and Clara Barton were obsessed with personality tests. But can a scalp massage and 4-letter code really determine your potential success? And what do octagonal houses have to do w...Show More

What's the Most American Place in the World? (Outside the States, that is)

43:50 | Jul 14th, 2017

We all know the American places in America (Cleveland is one). But where should a US citizen go to feel at home abroad? Will and Mango visit a wee America (in Brazil?!), tour the territories, and look for the Kentucky in Japan’s KFCs. Featuring Doug ...Show More

How the Boy Scouts Conquered America

44:33 | Jul 12th, 2017

Get out your Horsemanship Badge and dust off your neckerchief-- we’re going deep on the Scouts! From its surprising roots in South Africa, to how it kickstarted Steven Spielberg’s career, Will and Mango wade their way through Boy Scout history. Featu...Show More

Why Are We Obsessed with World Records?

48:59 | Jul 7th, 2017

There’s a reason records books are routinely stolen from libraries! Learn just how hard it is to grow the world’s longest fingernails; why India’s lone records judge has the hardest job in the world, and how chainsawing apples out of your mouth can l...Show More

Your Weird Summer Travel Guide!

47:55 | Jul 5th, 2017

Guess what happens when we try to pick the top 8 U.S. museums to visit? (Spoiler: we accidentally end up with 11 on the list.) From a mecca of Kazoos to a dinner theater in a mine, here are the places you shouldn’t miss. Plus, facts about SPAM! Featu...Show More

Is Flavor Really All In Your Brain?

43:21 | Jun 30th, 2017

Why heavier bowls, a pair of headphones and an electronic lollipop can trick your mind grapes into making food tastier. Plus, the legend of the PB and Mayo sandwich. (And one very cute pepper to avoid!) Featuring Bob Holmes.

Who's our Weirdest President?

41:05 | Jun 28th, 2017

Will and Mango plan to build a new Rushmore. But who deserves to be on it? Chester 'too many pants' Arthur? Calvin 'Vaseline Head' Coolidge? Or just the legendary M Van B? Featuring Cormac O'Brien.

Can We Feed 10 Billion?

46:20 | Jun 23rd, 2017

It won’t be long before we get more roommates on Planet Earth. But how will we feed them? Here are some of the weirdest solutions: from Teddy Roosevelt’s Hippo scheme, to bunny balls, to the miracle hiding in the Congo. Featuring William MacAskill.

Let's Build the Ultimate Superhero Animal!

44:06 | Jun 21st, 2017

Sure, cheetahs are fast, and blue whales are big. But when it comes to skills, those chumps have nothing on platypus honkers and salamander brains. Meet the animals who deserve Marvel spin-offs. Featuring Emily Graslie.

Why is Ayn Rand a Political Rock Star?

54:18 | Jun 16th, 2017

Rand consistently tops polls of influential authors. Libertarians worship her; teens can’t stop reading her. But what makes her so compelling? Also, why was she obsessed with Morris the Cat? Featuring John Green.

How Clean Should We Be?

44:18 | Jun 14th, 2017

Is our obsession with cleanliness keeping us from peak health? Also, can hookworm cure allergies? Will harvesting panda poop make you rich? And why Amish dust is superior to other dust (seriously!). Featuring Penny Sarchet.

Will We Ever Live Without Sleep?

48:35 | Jun 7th, 2017

Will thinks sleep is a waste of time. But how far are scientists from a cure? Plus, ridiculous facts about Margaret Thatcher, tips on NFL gambling and why you can’t trust science from Garfield. Featuring Simone Giertz.

Why Have Rats Outsmarted Us For So Long?

43:59 | Jun 7th, 2017

Rats are our grossest of foes. They’re also geniuses. (Respect, rats.) Hear how they foiled Pablo Escobar; why Chuck E. Cheese transitioned to a mouse; and why tiny trousers are their kryptonite. Featuring AJ Jacobs.

Is Cryonics Really a Thing?

43:28 | Jun 7th, 2017

The idea of freezing yourself for the future feels silly. But if Ben Franklin, Ted Williams and a wood frog all believe in it, should we give it a second look? Here’s how it could revolutionize medicine. Featuring Streeter Seidell.

What are the Sunniest Places to Hide My Taxes?

49:46 | Jun 7th, 2017

Need a new way to avoid paying your taxes? (We’re kidding. Pay your taxes!) But here’s how Swiss bank accounts and the art of tax avoidance works. Plus, positive things you can say about Delaware! Featuring Holly Frey.

Episode Zero: Hi There, From Part-Time Genius!

02:36 | Jun 1st, 2017

Buckle up as your friendly hosts Will and Mangesh race you through a world of fascinating questions. Oh, and they brought Mamaw along, too! Series debuts with four new episodes on Wed, Jun 7. From HowStuffWorks.