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Endlessly curious author Abby Norman shares daily fascinating facts to fuel your next trip down a Wikihole. Visit anchor.fm/letmegooglethat for more. Become a supporter of this podcast: https://anchor.fm/letmegooglethat/support...Show More
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08:23 | Aug 6th

So, here's what nuclear war would be like probably.

05:51 | Jul 29th

It’s not officially #sharkweek until we talk about the bajillion year old Greenland shark.

07:22 | Jul 22nd

What IS the difference between 𝘴𝘰𝘳𝘣𝘦𝘵 and 𝘴𝘩𝘦𝘳𝘣𝘦𝘵? Well, it depends on where you live. Oh, and it's not *SHER𝘽𝙀𝙍𝙏* (you can thank the Big Band ditty "Shoot the Sherbet to Me Herbert" for that mispronunciation).

15:29 | Jul 16th

The Moon Landing was the best thing that ever happened to Ted Kennedy.

07:19 | Jul 9th

Although the idea had been around since the 13th century, sandpaper was patented in 1834 by Isaac Fisher Jr. who was basically like: RUB HARD THING WITH HARDER THING UNTIL SMOOTH + FIND WAY TO MASS PRODUCE IT = PROFIT

10:52 | Jul 2nd

America’s public pools are full of bacteria and classism!

05:16 | Jun 26th

It's still #CephalopodWeek! Today we're talking about the mighty nautilus: oldest damn things in the deep blue sea.

09:02 | Jun 23rd

It's #CephalopodWeek! Let's talk about ... BIG 🦑ASS 🦑SQUID 🦑

10:59 | Jun 17th

50 years of secret nuclear testing at Semipalatinsk (“the Polygon”) is still making people in Kazakhstan ill. The nuclear fallout Russia never wanted anyone to know about was worse than Chernobyl.

07:21 | Jun 10th

A historic journalistic endeavor that required an epic amount of Xeroxing. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app

04:51 | Jun 3rd

Can animals be allergic to other animals? More importantly, can your pet be allergic to YOU?  --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app

05:22 | May 26th

Before you hit that #MemorialDayWeekend BBQ, make sure you know what the legal definition of a sandwich is! 

10:21 | May 21st

This week in 1844, Samuel Morse sent the first single-wire telegraph message using the machine and code he invented in the wake of his wife's death. The message he sent? 𝚆𝙷𝙰𝚃 𝙷𝙰𝚃𝙷 𝙶𝙾𝙳 𝚆𝚁𝙾𝚄𝙶𝙷𝚃 Send in a voice message: https://anch...Show More

04:53 | May 15th

"Word fossils" are words that we don't really use anymore, except as part of an idiom or expression: "What in 𝙩𝙖𝙧𝙣𝙖𝙩𝙞𝙤𝙣?!" "Good 𝙧𝙞𝙙𝙙𝙖𝙣𝙘𝙚!" & "Moral 𝙩𝙪𝙧𝙥𝙞𝙩𝙪𝙙𝙚." But how do words become "fossilized" & how long does it take?

07:55 | May 12th

Is the character of Mother Goose based on a real person? (Or a real goose?)

17:28 | May 8th

On May 8th 1980 the WHO announced smallpox had been eradicated. Here's how we did it — and why we haven't managed to eradicate any other disease in the decades since.

08:43 | May 3rd

#KentuckyDerby racehorses are majestic & expensive beasts worthy of our admiration — and yet we give them names like "Tit'n Your Girdle." Here's how (not) to name your thoroughbred.

14:26 | Apr 30th

On April 20, 2010 the Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded, sinking 2 days later. Over the next 87 days, millions of barrels of oil leaked into the ocean — the economic & environmental impact of which many are still reeling from today.

05:15 | Apr 26th

It's #DNADay! Let's talk about a DNA structure that's *not* the classic double helix: the i-motif! Which kind of looks like a uterus. . .

05:45 | Apr 21st

#EasterSunday is the perfect day to contemplate the nanostructure of eggshells, which baby chicks must violently peck their way out of in order to enter the world.

04:49 | Apr 18th

Happy #NationalHighFiveDay! Here's a neat little history of the high five & its many variations.

05:51 | Apr 14th

Part 2 of this weekend's #Titanic episode is about one of the survivors: silent film star Dorothy Gibson who wrote (& starred in) the *first* movie about the Titanic a century before James Cameron's epic — and just months after the disaster.

20:40 | Apr 13th

This weekend marks the 106th anniversary of the #Titanic sinking. The disaster launched a thousand ships (if unanswered questions & conspiracy theories are ships) that still compel us over a century later.

09:28 | Apr 9th

Why do humans have names & how long have we been naming each other? Also: dolphins have names, too! Researchers think baby dolphins actually name themselves. Today's #NationalNameYourselfDay so call in with the @anchor app & share what you'd name you...Show More

07:43 | Apr 6th

Why did so many famous musicians die at the age of 27? Hendrix, Morrison, Joplin, Cobain & Winehouse are among the most notable, but the "27 Club" has over ~60 members to date. 

08:59 | Apr 3rd

Here's the history of audiobooks (abridged!) and preview of Abby's audiobook, which you can download wherever audiobooks are sold and/or bartered for.

05:39 | Mar 30th

For #NationalDoctorsDay, let's talk about the eponymous nature of medicine! Ever heard of "Throckmorton's sign?" Otherwise known as the *John Thomas* sign?

05:12 | Mar 27th

If you wanted to go from Wilmington, California to Long Beach circa 1882, you could take a train. But be warned: its nickname was the "Get Out and Push Railroad" or, a more modern interpretation: "The Little Engine That Literally Could Not Even."

11:52 | Mar 25th

The true legacy the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory workers left behind was an uprising of women who fought for worker's rights and a union in the year before the tragic fire claimed their lives.

03:57 | Mar 19th

#otd in 1937 Swiss astronomer Fritz Zwicky coined the term SUPERNOVA in a paper about neutron stars. He later coined the term NUCLEAR GOBLINS.

05:15 | Mar 17th

In Ireland, #StPatricksDay was just a minor religious holiday for centuries — and not one that involved drinking. Then Americans appropriated it in the 1960s and now we have the #shamrockshake. 

06:35 | Mar 15th

Is #MercuryRetrograde a thing or do we just want to believe it's a thing? 

05:39 | Mar 11th

Barbie turns 60 this month! Since her debut in 1959 she's had many looks, careers, and amassed quite an impressive collection of friends and extended family. 

07:12 | Mar 8th

We #springforward this weekend for Daylight Saving Time, but why? And does it actually help?

06:23 | Mar 2nd

In fact, the #icefish appears to have no blood at all. 

02:29 | Mar 2nd

Hey friends! On Tuesday 03/05 at 11 am EST I'll be doing an Instagram Live Q+A and #bookgiveaway to celebrate the paperback release of That Book I wrote! #AMA about writing, endometriosis and my many other ills, DOGS, books, podcasting, #XFiles, Main...Show More

09:34 | Feb 21st

Marinetti's #futurist manifesto was published 100 years ago this month. It's an interesting read but, uh . . .a lil' heavy on the fascism & museum-hating. 

11:25 | Feb 18th

For #PresidentsDay we're talking about the coolest president you forgot about, Calvin Coolidge. With a love of Vaseline and electric horses, "Silent Cal" was your dry-witted introvert friend who hated parties.

03:24 | Feb 13th

 #HappyValentinesDay! So, who came up with that horticulturally-inaccurate "Roses are red, violets are blue. . ." ditty anyway? 

02:26 | Feb 11th

On January 17th, 1982 hundreds of U.S. cities broke records for low temperatures — many of which still stand today. Near Tower, Minnesota, temps dropped to -52 °F (-47 °C).

05:12 | Feb 8th

The opposite of paranoia puts a positive spin on the concept: you believe the universe is conspiring to *help* you rather than *harm* you. Oh, and it might have roots in '90s festival subculture. EXCEPT THAT MIGHT BE A CONSPIRACY, TOO! 

10:29 | Feb 8th

 In the context of America's opioid epidemic, you've probably been hearing a lot about Narcan. But the "miracle drug" isn't new. It's actually been around since the 1960s. So how does it work? And can anyone use it to save a life? 

07:39 | Feb 8th

If you've ever Googled "normal brain MRI" you've seen Colin 27. So what happened to "Average Colin" IRL?

04:45 | Feb 8th

Only 4 people have been given the title of "PUBLIC ENEMY #1" by the FBI. The term actually originated as a scheme to publicly shame Al Capone (like he gave a fuck!!)

04:53 | Feb 8th

 Y'know how your weather app gives you the temperature outside but then warns you that it'll *feel like* a much colder temp, thus upping your risk of FROST BITE? Today we're debunking the ol' New England adage, "Don't fuck with the wind chill, fam."

12:36 | Feb 6th

It's time for LMGT to go to the big podcast graveyard in the sky. In lieu of continuing with Listener Support for this podcast, support one of the many, many, many other deserving podcasts on Anchor. Don't worry, there's still a Swan Song yet to come...Show More

06:29 | Feb 3rd

Epidemiologists use statistics to track outbreaks. One important value to know is the R₀ — for measles, it's 12-18. Ebola is like ~1.5 

02:44 | Feb 3rd

 Which county in the United States has area code 321? And why is that the case? 

04:26 | Feb 3rd

 Who is "Jenny Everywhere" — and why is she everywhere? Also: hi to Richard Belzer!!

06:13 | Feb 3rd

 So, meat pieces fell from the sky in Kentucky once. 

05:15 | Feb 3rd

Denim jeans don't start out blue, but science gets them there.

03:59 | Jan 28th

Those little silica gel packets are actually not toxic and don't work the way you think they do!

19:30 | Jan 25th

In 1890, journalist Nellie Bly returned from her "around the world in LESS THAN 80 days" adventure. But you might remember her from her greatest hit: 10 Days in the Madhouse. 

03:55 | Jan 20th

If you're a cryptid now would be a great time to emerge from the woods and terrorize the locals. 

05:43 | Jan 17th

A product's "lifetime warranty" refers to its expected lifetime — not yours. 

04:35 | Jan 13th

Automated chip card technology has actually been around since the 1960s. Though many places are only getting the credit card readers *now*. 

03:54 | Jan 11th

The Canadian Hydrogen Intensity Mapping Experiment (CHIME) telescope has detected the second-ever mystery space sounds known as "fast radio bursts" or FBRs. The sounds were first heard back in 2007 and have puzzled scientists ever since. But what *ar...Show More

15:38 | Jan 7th

Emily Post divorced her philandering husband, kept his name, & became the queen of etiquette. (see: How to Best Serve Revenge).

08:10 | Jan 3rd

It kind of sounds like a headline from The Onion, but the tasty & scientifically-sound hypothesis was tested by researchers several years ago.

12:58 | Dec 31st, 2018

"The years start coming and they don't stop coming." — Aristotle

03:13 | Dec 26th, 2018

They're not the same thing but I'll gladly accept either.

04:28 | Dec 23rd, 2018

Ok but like...swans are elegant and mean. 🦢

07:16 | Dec 23rd, 2018

And centuries of institutionalized misogyny!

05:25 | Dec 20th, 2018

Okay, taking a little detour on this because fuck birds. Why do we call people a "silly goose?"

04:32 | Dec 18th, 2018

Well, I guess birds would have to call because they sure as hell can't text.

05:29 | Dec 15th, 2018

We've all been mishearing "pear trees" for like 10,000 years.

06:51 | Dec 14th, 2018

Each day between now and December 25th we're unpacking a lyric to the 12 Days of Christmas! #MerryPodmas

06:25 | Dec 10th, 2018

#OTD in 1901 Wilhelm Röntgen became the first person to win the Nobel Prize in Physics for his discovery of X-rays. The famous image he captured was of his wife's hand. Upon seeing her skeletal fingers, she gasped: "I have seen my death."

04:37 | Dec 7th, 2018

2018 has been pretty shitty so it's probably fine that we didn't end up making Undecember, the 13th month of the year, a thing.

10:47 | Dec 1st, 2018

Timothy Ray Brown was the first (and thus for only) person to be cured of HIV. We're still not exactly sure what happened. Or if we could do it again.

04:52 | Nov 29th, 2018

Happy Schrödinger's cat day! ✨🐈 Everyone's favorite quantum mechanics thought experiment that was basically trolling Einstein. 🧠

07:56 | Nov 26th, 2018

Putting away Grandma's good sterling silver after Thanksgiving? Did you skimp out on cleaning it first? What if I told you that shit disinfects itself?

07:25 | Nov 23rd, 2018

Here's why cops in Philadelphia in the 1960s started calling the day after Thansksgiving "Black Friday."

12:05 | Nov 19th, 2018

Thanksgiving is upon us and you know what that means: "ragamuffin parades" and a giant, expensive, inflatable Snoopy.

03:51 | Nov 16th, 2018

Do you call this time of year FALL or AUTUMN? Here's why the season has 2 names.

14:32 | Nov 14th, 2018

How a deaf little girl from Texas grew up to continuously defy death, do Wonder Woman's stunts, and secure her legacy as "the fastest woman in the world."

05:09 | Nov 11th, 2018

Why do we think it means something to catch the clock at exactly 11:11?

09:53 | Nov 9th, 2018

In 1967 two men shot what became the iconic Bigfoot "footage". It ruined one of their lives forever.

06:06 | Nov 7th, 2018

Svalbard is the world's arctic DOOMSDAY SEED VAULT in Norway.

06:39 | Nov 5th, 2018

The latest iOS update gave us new emojis so let's discuss the Emoji Illuminati aka the Unicode Consortium!

08:43 | Nov 3rd, 2018

The true fate of the canine cosmonaut, who died on November 3rd, 1957, was kept from the public for decades.

10:03 | Oct 30th, 2018

As long as humans have been living we’ve been dying. And as long as we’ve been confronting our mortality, we’ve been asking: what happens when we die? Part of that is telling ghost stories. Here's one of mine.

06:28 | Oct 24th, 2018

Here's a ROOTY TOOTY FRESH 'N FRUITY® history of IHOB — the eatery formerly known, and forever in my heart known, as IHOP.

11:26 | Oct 19th, 2018

SPOILER: You don't technically die from the flu. ⚰️😷

05:15 | Oct 17th, 2018

Using AI to model human brain processes could help us better understand conditions like depression — but does that mean robots can get depressed? And if they can't. . .should we program them to? For SCIENCE?

11:31 | Oct 15th, 2018

Marcel Petiot is one of history's most prolific serial killers. You've probably never heard of him — and after today's episode, you'll wish you never had.

16:11 | Oct 12th, 2018

The MBTI personality test wasn't designed to measure  aptitude — it actually measures *preference.* You might *prefer* introversion to experience the world, but that doesn't mean you're *incapable* or *lacking* extraverted qualities.

08:18 | Oct 11th, 2018

Karen Wetterhahn's untimely death in the 1990s gave science invaluable insight into mercury poisoning.

15:14 | Oct 6th, 2018

An update on. . .things. ❤︎ Instagram: @letmegooglethat/@abbymnorman Twitter: @letmeglglthat/@abbymnorman GoFundMe: https://www.gofundme.com/love-for-abby-norman-amp-whimsy

09:20 | Oct 5th, 2018

In 1962 a hunk of Russian space junk landed in the middle of a street in Wisconsin. What was the U.S. to do? This was Cold War-era Space Race time, so they weren't gonna call up the Soviet Union like: "It's 10 PM do you know where your Sputnik is?"

08:19 | Oct 1st, 2018

Why do we award them? And what about that time some medals were hidden from the Nazis in an acid bath?

23:09 | Sep 30th, 2018

You'll find the Stanford Prison Experiment in any Psych 101 textbook — but don't believe everything you're taught.

06:29 | Sep 28th, 2018

Whatever the reason for ya sneezin' (which may or may not sound like "AH-CHOO") there are also many ways to respond when someone sneezes: "bless you," "Gesundheit," or "SORRY" (in case it's not ragweed, but rather, a sign of your impending death)

06:32 | Sep 28th, 2018

Did an experimental treatment really save a teenage girl from rabies - or was it just a coincidence?

03:23 | Sep 27th, 2018

The summer of 1816 was known as the Year Without a Summer in the northeast U.S. because even though it would be ~95°F during the day, at night temperatures dropped so low that Maine got A FOOT OF SNOW IN JUNE.

16:29 | Sep 25th, 2018

In 1988 Claire Sylvia received New England's first heart-lung transplant. And the personality of the teenage boy whose heart she got.

05:24 | Sep 23rd, 2018

"Indelible pencils" or copying pencils were popular for a time in the 1870s because they made it possible to easily make copies of handwritten documents. Which would have been great — except they turned out to be poisonous.

07:31 | Sep 21st, 2018

A company in California has devised truly random encryption for cybersecurity using. . .Lava Lamps.

13:05 | Sep 19th, 2018

The first bikini debuted in 1946 — just a few days after the U.S. had begun testing the atomic bomb at Bikini Atoll, for which the suit had been named. How's that for ~SEO strategy?

09:27 | Sep 17th, 2018

Ben Franklin's famous kite experiment took place sometime between June 10th - 15th, 1752. But you probably learned many misconceptions about it in school: 1. Franklin didn't discover electricity. 2. His kite did not get struck by lightning.

05:50 | Sep 15th, 2018

The unique scent each dog leaves behind (heh) is sort of like a Tinder bio: it conveys to other dogs in the neighborhood how old they are, what their emotional state is, and whether or not they're DTF.

02:39 | Sep 13th, 2018

ヽHEAT`、`LIGHTNINGヽ`ヽヽ IS ヽヽFAKEヽ`ヽ`、`NEWSヽ`

08:41 | Sep 11th, 2018

Since we spent all summer seeing that same sponsored post by Popsicle® in our feeds, here's the history of the "frozen confection of attractive appearance" which was *accidentally* invented by an 11-year-old boy in 1905.

05:48 | Sep 9th, 2018

Put on some slow, sexy, saxophone riffs and leave your porch light on tonight to help Hot Single Poplar Hawk Moths in your area get it on. It's literally their reason for living. #TagUrMothPorn

07:07 | Sep 7th, 2018

Throwback to the episode we did about Jocelyn Bell Burnell who has AT LONG LAST finally been rewarded for her incredible contributions to science. In true GOAT fashion she's donating the money she's been awarded to a fund to help prevent men from tak...Show More

05:03 | Sep 6th, 2018

Technically, you can turn in your social security card and renounce your U.S. citizenship just because you want to (but maybe don't).

09:35 | Sep 5th, 2018

(This is, obviously, a throwback to 7/11) If there's not one in your neighborhood, just wait: it's said that a new store opens somewhere in the world every 2 hours. While you wait, grab a Slurpee and listen to today's episode.

05:20 | Sep 4th, 2018

LISTENER CALL-IN! How were the weird and beautiful Pinnacles of the Western Australian desert formed?

11:58 | Sep 3rd, 2018

From BBS chatrooms and Compuserv to Geocities, AOL, and Myspace — when it comes to social media, how did we get to. . .whatever it is we're doing now?

02:46 | Sep 2nd, 2018

Am I the only person who didn't know there are DOLPHINS in the Amazon River?

08:34 | Sep 1st, 2018

Legend has it that once you board Stockholm's "Silver Arrow" you're doomed to ride it for eternity – and not due to train traffic up ahead or a track fire BUT BECAUSE IT'S A ˢᵖᵒᴼᵒᴼᵒᵏʸ GHOST TRAIN!

08:38 | Aug 31st, 2018

According to a 2016 study, even though we've been promoting advance directives & living wills for over 50 years, only about a third of U.S. adults have one.

05:47 | Aug 30th, 2018

The mysterious Basel Papyrus contain 2,000 year old medical writings & the earliest known private letters between Christians. Incidentally, those letters also appear to include the earliest known review of fish sauce.

11:31 | Aug 29th, 2018

Thanks to a cognitive bias known as asymmetric insight, we tend to think we know other people better than they know us — or even that we know other people better than they know themselves.

12:34 | Aug 29th, 2018

Turns out my best friend Rebecca is one of the ~5 % of people on Earth who have witnessed the phenomenon of BALL LIGHTING. Naturally I made her tell me all about it – and she even made a gif!

17:50 | Aug 28th, 2018

AKA: The true story behind AMC's "The Terror."

09:30 | Aug 27th, 2018

There's so much to love about Les Horribles Cernettes 1. A doo-wop parody girl group of CERN scientists 2. Songs had titles like "Collider" and "Daddy's Lab" 3. In 1992 this promo photo became the first pic uploaded to the internet.

02:25 | Aug 26th, 2018

In the 1920s, "Pep" was sent to the Eastern State Penitentiary. He even got a mug shot taken. But his life sentence was actually not what the media made it seem.

11:36 | Aug 26th, 2018

What's happened (or is happening or might happen) between Trump & Putin, between the U.S. & Russia, is unethical, illegal, and unprecedented — but here's the reason it's *not* treason.

06:11 | Aug 25th, 2018

In 2011 researchers snapped these photos of a red-crested tree rat — which was pretty impressive considering the critter is EXTINCT. Now reclassified as critically endangered, we've only ever seen ~3. The last sighting was over a century ago.

08:44 | Aug 23rd, 2018

It wasn't Apollo 17's famous "Blue Marble" photo. Nor was the awe-inspiring "earthrise" shot taken by the Apollo 8 crew. No, our first glimpse of Earth from lunar orbit came on August 23rd, 1966 when NASA decided to risk their Moon-mapping mission to...Show More

12:02 | Aug 23rd, 2018

"Master keys" are actually part of a much larger hierarchal system of keying. Master keys can be "Grand" or "Great Grand" (like grandpas) depending on how many lower key systems they can unlock.

08:25 | Aug 22nd, 2018

Yes, Hawaii wants to ban some sunscreens that are hurting coral reefs. No, that does not mean you should stop wearing sunscreen. Humans, coral — we're all just trying to live through this goddamn summer, OK?

09:14 | Aug 21st, 2018

Automated car washes are ubiquitous today but it wasn't long ago that so-called "car washes" were known simply as: YOUR BARE HANDS. Here's a brief history of how we mechanized the process.

13:04 | Aug 20th, 2018

In the wild west a "gentleman bandit" named Charles Boles was known for being polite, robbing stagecoaches on foot instead of horseback, never shooting a gun, rockin' a dapper aesthetic & the poems he left behind.

18:56 | Aug 19th, 2018

Whether you believe it was aliens or not, the story of the Roswell incident (which began 71 years ago this summer) is a great example of how traditional folk narratives develop.

08:29 | Aug 18th, 2018

Is it fact or an .·:urban space legend:·. that you can't be an astronaut if you've ever smoked menthol cigarettes because it'll make your lungs explode? (Gif by our friend http://dissent.is on Instagram!)

08:41 | Aug 17th, 2018

Squeezing limes for margaritas? Beware phytophotodermatitis ("margarita burn"). Lime juice contains phytochemicals that make your skin hypersensitive to the sun's UV rays and have been known to cause second-degree burns.

06:36 | Aug 16th, 2018

Wobbegong sharks ("wobbies") are also known as carpet sharks because they literally just chill on the ocean floor like a rug. A rug with an extremely powerful jaw, lurking in the shadows . . . waiting.

03:40 | Aug 15th, 2018

On August 15th, 1977 the WOW! Signal was heard by the Big Ear radio telescope at Ohio State University. . .aaaand everyone thought it was aliens.

18:08 | Aug 14th, 2018

Hey, it's fucking hot outside!! Heat-related illness can kill you. Or your kid. Or your pet. Or other mammals you know and love!!! On today's ep we're talking about heat exhaustion v. heat stroke — and what to do if it happens to you!

14:43 | Aug 14th, 2018

For centuries "paper mills" didn't describe enormous factories of mechanized paper production: rather, "mills" were groups of skilled workers sitting around crafting single sheets by hand.

11:32 | Aug 13th, 2018

Some say the stained piece of linen is the burial cloth of Jesus, but even the modern science hasn't been able to definitively prove (or disprove) the shroud's story. And no, NASA didn't investigate it. Here's what really happened.

04:37 | Aug 12th, 2018

Guest host Johnathan Blade is diving deep into "computers before computers." Find him on YouTube Johnathanblade1 where he makes videos about “commercial tech-related content and film reviews, with a focus on mostly mobile editing.”

05:17 | Aug 12th, 2018

Ever wondered why we point at things? Or how dogs *know* we're pointing at a thing? Guest host Chris Thrasher has answers.

06:55 | Aug 12th, 2018

Guest host Lydia Sigwarth is going to tell you about some of the most morbidly fascinating (ha — see what we did there?) deaths in history. SPOILER ALTER: Watermelons appear more than once.

04:58 | Aug 12th, 2018

Guest host Pedo Graterol is going to tell you about one of the coolest and strangest phenomena of his home country, Venezuela: Catatumbo lightning!

07:04 | Aug 12th, 2018

Guest host Chelsea Gohd (aka Foxanne) explains everything you wanted to know about Jupiter's weird AF new (to us, anyway) moons. Also, be sure to check out her EP & catch her on tour!

06:16 | Aug 12th, 2018

Guest host Amanda Laird of the Heavy Flow Podcast made sure to include this image from “Taking Charge of Your Fertility” along with today’s a-rousing episode!

08:28 | Aug 12th, 2018

Today’s guest hosts Keven & Jofre of the Rant Debate and Repeat Show (The RDR Show on Anchor) are discussing Utah University's "cry closet" which you may not have realized is A THING THAT HAPPENED.

06:15 | Aug 12th, 2018

Guest host Lily Jenness, a librarian-in-training, artist, and writer from southern Indiana is here to tell you all about the clusterfuck that is the Dewey Decimal System!

04:16 | Aug 12th, 2018

Guest host Jacquard Isaiah Wyze @OmegaOneYT is explaining the life force known as Ki. No, not “chi” — and if you remember Dragon Ball Z you already know this!

04:19 | Aug 12th, 2018

Explore a wealth of fun facts with guest host is Moxie LaBouche, former burlesque dancer who turned her creative powers toward podcasting as a way to vent the wealth of useless information that clogs up her brain, which she does on her podcast: This ...Show More

08:23 | Aug 12th, 2018

A few quick updates, a listener question about podcast editing, and some nature ASMR lololol

17:12 | Aug 12th, 2018

The podcast equivalent of a vlog? Wherein I talk about my desperate need to chew, why I live in Maine, and how “getting through the day” turns into living your life.

06:36 | Aug 12th, 2018

. . .and more of the happiest/weirdest facts I know!

11:07 | Aug 12th, 2018

Ever wondered how coupons work? The whole cycle — from when you hand your $1 coupon to the cashier to when the store gets reimbursed by the manufacturer — takes about a month. So what happens to that little piece of paper?

05:17 | Aug 11th, 2018

Yes, all the old episodes are gone. But they’ll be back! Please stick with me - and now would be a great time to support the show because I need help!!

03:35 | Aug 11th, 2018

If you happen to catch the #perseidmeteorshower this weekend you have a specific and vaguely terrifying comet to thank!

06:20 | Aug 10th, 2018

So, uh, we're experiencing some *technical difficulties* by which I mean that I am *technically difficult*
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15:27 | May 2nd, 2018

Welcome new friends! And old friends! Here's a little intro to the podcast and a throwback to a fan favorite early episode that kind of set an unrealistic precedent in terms of just how weird we can get.
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09:26 | May 1st, 2018

In 1845, the two ships that made up the doomed Franklin Expedition headed for the Arctic — one of which was forebodingly named the HMS Terror. Part II of this special episode has everything: History! A current pop culture TV tie-in! Victorians who lo...Show More
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12:33 | Apr 30th, 2018

In 1845, the two ships that made up the doomed Franklin Expedition headed for the Arctic — one of which was forebodingly named the HMS Terror. What became of the crew has all the fixings of a Victorian mystery, so it's no surprise AMC made it into a ...Show More
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08:30 | Apr 28th, 2018

In 2010, Google set out to determine how many books there are in the world — no small task when you recall that the printing press has been around since the 1400s and there are millions of new books published globally each year.
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13:35 | Apr 27th, 2018

What's the difference between a mass murderer, a spree killer, and a serial killer? And how do the types of serial killers differ? And do serial killers ever just *stop* killing (and not because they died or got caught?)
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08:31 | Apr 26th, 2018

80% of America's pretzels are made in Pennsylvania & that other 10% is probably accounted for by a single NYC soft pretzel. #NationalPretzelDay
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06:41 | Apr 25th, 2018

It's #DNADay! Researchers in Australia found a DNA structure in human cells that science didn't think would ever be seen outside the lab. Here's why that's totally bitchin'.
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06:18 | Apr 24th, 2018

"Word fossils" are words that we don't really use anymore, except as part of an idiom or expression. Some examples? "What in 𝙩𝙖𝙧𝙣𝙖𝙩𝙞𝙤𝙣?!" "Good 𝙧𝙞𝙙𝙙𝙖𝙣𝙘𝙚!" & "Moral 𝙩𝙪𝙧𝙥𝙞𝙩𝙪𝙙𝙚." But how do words become "fossilized" & how long ...Show More
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13:07 | Apr 23rd, 2018

At the beginning of the 1900s, cervical cancer was the top killer of women in the U.S. Within a decade of the development of a screening test by Dr. George Papanicolaou (the "Pap") the rate was cut in half. Today, a little over a century later, cervi...Show More
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11:35 | Apr 22nd, 2018

Why not celebrate Earth Day by having a lil' ocean with your plastic. So, who invented this stuff anyway? And what even IS plastic?
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15:54 | Apr 21st, 2018

On April 20th, 2010 an oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico exploded, leaking millions of barrels of oil into the ocean – the largest such disaster in history. Nearly a decade later, the economic & environmental impact is still being felt. But was anyone ev...Show More
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06:47 | Apr 20th, 2018

In the early 1900s, the berry's seeds were deemed a threat to the logging industry and banned throughout the U.S. As a result, the vast majority of Americans haven't heard of them and have no idea what the flavor is like.
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06:15 | Apr 19th, 2018

...and their many variations.
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07:38 | Apr 18th, 2018

On this day in 1924, Simon & Schuster published the first book of crosswords. As the New Yorker wrote: "Judging from the number of solvers in the subway & L trains, the crossword puzzle bids fair to become a fad with New Yorkers," — and they did!
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09:47 | Apr 17th, 2018

Do dogs really *smell* fear? And can *humans* smell fear? And if the military were to, say, use pheromones to psych out enemy troops would that count as biochemical or psychological warfare?
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11:55 | Apr 16th, 2018

In the context of America's opioid epidemic, you've probably heard about Narcan a lot. The "miracle drug" that can bring people back from a drug overdose has actually been around since the 1960s. But how does the drug work? And can anyone use it to s...Show More
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22:34 | Apr 15th, 2018

One of the passengers on the ill-fated vessel was silent film star Dorothy Gibson, who survived the sinking. She wrote (and starred in) the *first* Titanic movie nearly a century before James Cameron's epic.
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22:06 | Apr 14th, 2018

106 years ago this weekend an "unsinkable" ship sunk — an event that then launched a thousand ships (if unanswered questions and conspiracy theories were ships) that still compel us over a century later. (And maybe that movie had something to do with...Show More
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08:45 | Apr 13th, 2018

While we're all familiar with the anecdotally reported unluckiness of the day, gathering hard data in support of that has been impossible — since people tend to avoid normal activities or exercise excess caution on the day, therefore creating bias in...Show More
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09:21 | Apr 12th, 2018

Robert Recorde invented the equals sign (=) because he got HECKIN' TIRED of having to write "is equal to" over and over again when he was creating mathematical texts for non-Latin reading folk in 16th century England.
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09:56 | Apr 11th, 2018

The legend, lore, and astrology of the 27 CLUB — famous musicians who died at the age of 27. While people usually know Hendrix, Morrison, Joplin, Cobain & Winehouse, the "club" has more than 60 members to date.
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07:33 | Apr 10th, 2018

The opposite of paranoia puts a positive spin on the concept: you believe the universe is conspiring to *help* you rather than *harm* you. Oh, and it might have roots in '90s festival subculture. Or maybe that's a conspiracy, too.
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10:53 | Apr 9th, 2018

When did we start giving each other names anyway? Also: dolphins also have names for each other but as our ancestors were probably not named "Rhonda" there probably aren't dolphins named "Rhonda" either.
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25:13 | Apr 7th, 2018

In the summer of 1969 a car carrying Ted Kennedy and a young woman named Mary Jo Kopechne plunged from a bridge on an island off Martha's Vineyard into the water below. Kennedy survived, but Mary Jo Kopechne did not — and the questions surrounding wh...Show More
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16:18 | Apr 6th, 2018

Everything you never knew you wanted to know about the most glorious, Big 'n Tall, even-toed ungulate bastards in the wild.
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07:22 | Apr 5th, 2018

In the early 1900s a chemist invited a bunch of people to his house for dinner. Then he poisoned them. But the kicker was, his guests knew about it and had agreed to it. Welcome to the weird history of food safety.
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11:47 | Apr 4th, 2018

In 1957, John & Florence Pollock lost their young daughters in a tragic accident. A year later, Florence gave birth to twin girls. As the twins grew up, they said & did eerie, inexplicable things that made John certain they were the reincarnated soul...Show More
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07:44 | Apr 3rd, 2018

China's Tiangong 1 space station plunged into Point Nemo, the "spacecraft cemetery" in the middle of the Pacific ocean, over the weekend. Other "poles of inaccessibility" on Earth include this one in Antarctica that features a statue of Lenin ominous...Show More
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16:08 | Apr 2nd, 2018

When my little brother and I were growing up in the '90s, people weren't talking about autism like they were today. By the time Caleb was finally diagnosed, we didn't understand much more than we did the day he was born. But over the last 25 years to...Show More
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07:11 | Mar 31st, 2018

The LMGT Easter special is about the science of eggshells; hard on the outside, soft on the inside. Just like us.
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07:05 | Mar 30th, 2018

For National Doctors Day, we're talking about the eponymous nature of medicine! Ever heard of "Throckmorton's sign?" Otherwise known as the *John Thomas* sign?
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10:39 | Mar 29th, 2018

The distinctly tangy canned meal is a childhood classic that debuted in the 1960s as a solution to messy mealtimes.
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13:36 | Mar 28th, 2018

In the early 1900s, hundreds of women (mostly immigrants) worked their fingers to the bone in NYC's shirtwaist factories. A fire at one of the largest went down in history as one of the worst industrial disasters in U.S. history — but the true legacy...Show More
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09:36 | Mar 27th, 2018

As it made us reconsider the entire history of human evolution, many regard the so-called "Piltdown man" as the greatest archeological hoax of all-time. But now I want to know about *other* archeological hoaxes.
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10:33 | Mar 26th, 2018

Why do we sleep with pillows? Feat. my aunt explaining BUCKWHEAT PILLOWS!
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12:32 | Mar 25th, 2018

Although the Victorians definitely were like "death, but make it fashion" glamorized descriptions of people dying from TB go back to the first century.
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14:05 | Mar 24th, 2018

TB is an infectious disease that a quarter of the world's population may have without knowing it — and it doesn't always look like "Victorians dying of consumption."
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13:45 | Mar 23rd, 2018

Thanks to a 20th-century German housewife, we have a way to make tasty ground-free coffee at home that doesn't taste 100 percent like shit.
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04:46 | Mar 21st, 2018

Call in with your favorite poem!
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07:08 | Mar 20th, 2018

This behavior is actually common to many insects but I'm not the first, nor will I be the last, to tell you that ANTS & BEES ARE HECKIN' COOL!
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06:32 | Mar 19th, 2018

We have Swiss astronomer Fritz Zwicky to think for the astronomical terms "supernova" and "nuclear goblins" but also the misanthropic insult "spherical bastard." FYI, Zwicky's Wiki is an excellent read if you're having a rough day.
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07:08 | Mar 17th, 2018

Saint Patrick probably wasn't even Irish, tbh.
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15:07 | Mar 16th, 2018

How audiobooks changed the way we read. Y'know, 'cause really, you're listening to someone else do the reading.
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13:11 | Mar 14th, 2018

The universe is chaos, but that never scared Hawking.
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12:48 | Mar 13th, 2018

Nearly 50 years of secret nuclear testing at the Semipalatinsk Test Site is still making people in Kazakhstan ill.
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07:23 | Mar 12th, 2018

So, when did humans start doing the whole "rinse, lather, repeat" nonesense?
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08:58 | Mar 11th, 2018

Does anyone else think it's kind of weird that we just all AGREE to literally CHANGE TIME twice a year — ?
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10:25 | Mar 10th, 2018

In light of new evidence in the case of her disappearance, let's revisit the episode where we asked: what the hell happened on that plane!?
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02:22 | Mar 9th, 2018

I'll be at Books Are Magic doing a reading and signing in Brooklyn tonight if you wanna say heyyy.
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25:02 | Mar 8th, 2018

For International Women's Day, here's a very special episode featuring some of the most interesting women we've talked about on LMGT that you might have missed!
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09:47 | Mar 7th, 2018

In the 1980s a grad student unleashed malware on the still-new internet and boy did all hell break loose!!
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13:48 | Mar 6th, 2018

There are some fictional characters that just lapse into the public domain . . . then there are those that are created for it.
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07:33 | Mar 5th, 2018

And what a year it's been! Let's take a look back at some of the best episodes- starting with the very first!
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05:34 | Mar 4th, 2018

Ever learn something and then start seeing or hearing it *everywhere* — ? Maybe even after listening to an episode of this podcast?
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07:32 | Mar 3rd, 2018

Also: it's "spermatophore" but for some reason I kept saying "spermatophone"
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10:03 | Mar 2nd, 2018

For Read Across America Day, why not read a mysterious 2,000-page spiritual tome supposedly bestowed upon humanity by celestial beings and, that, to this day, we don't know the author of?
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07:52 | Mar 1st, 2018

The message has been scrawled on an obelisk for years; a plea to solve the murder of a woman whose body was discovered in a tree truck by a group of young boys playing in the English countryside in 1943.
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09:02 | Feb 28th, 2018

Why did we ever stop calling them Washaterias?!
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16:55 | Feb 27th, 2018

The Donner Party was, indeed, unfathomably tragic. But historians believe the extent of the lost souls' cannibalism has been wildly overstated.
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09:39 | Feb 26th, 2018

The lemon-lime soda was designed to be THE go-to lemon-lime soda. Adding lithium to the formula probably helped. As did the enduring mystique around its name.
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07:18 | Feb 25th, 2018

It's been 70-some years since the last world war, and we've been in an era of relative peace ever since. Will it last? If not, can we predict when the next war will happen? Can we even predict the end of humanity?
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04:52 | Feb 24th, 2018

After the apocalypse when we’re trying to regrow crops we’re gonna need seeds, right? Well, Norway’s got us covered.
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17:13 | Feb 23rd, 2018

In honor of The X-Files character's birthday, we're talking about "The Scully Effect," or, how Dana Scully inspired a generation of women to pursue STEM careers.
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14:12 | Feb 22nd, 2018

Today's thoughts: new app, age does not equal wisdom...oh, and if you're new: We like to get a little strange here.
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08:43 | Feb 21st, 2018

Did an experimental treatment really save a teenage girl from rabies? Or was it just a coincidence?
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15:33 | Feb 20th, 2018

On this day in 1909 Marinetti's "Manifesto of Futurism" was published in Le Figaro. It's, uh, kind of a lot to take in.
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12:46 | Feb 19th, 2018

A lesser known president to celebrate this President’s Day, he was quiet and cool. Except for the Vaseline thing. That was a little odd.
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11:50 | Feb 17th, 2018

Janie Lou Gibbs was a babysitter, churchgoer, and devoted grandma. She was the last person the town of Cordele, Georgia would have suspected was an emerging serial killer.
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04:53 | Feb 16th, 2018

Why did we ever start calling it "snowboarding" when "snurfing" is just so much more fun to say?
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04:56 | Feb 15th, 2018

A PhD student at Oxford photographed a single atom using a regular ol' digital camera on the long exposure setting.
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05:33 | Feb 14th, 2018

Who came up with this horticulturally inaccurate Valentine’s Day rhyme anyway?
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05:25 | Feb 13th, 2018

Does your hometown feel weird to you when you go back as an adult?
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08:07 | Feb 10th, 2018

If you think figure skating is frou frou bullshit THINK AGAIN because it's actually metal as fuck!
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08:03 | Feb 9th, 2018

The Scottish may have invented the game but Canada reigns supreme these days. Probably cuz of all the ice.
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05:26 | Feb 8th, 2018

Over the weekend we’re gonna answer some important questions like WHAT THE FUCK IS CURLING 🥌
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11:42 | Feb 7th, 2018

The flu can be serious yes, but you don’t die from it. You die from all the other shit having the flu can make you vulnerable to.
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08:34 | Feb 6th, 2018

Knowing you’re all out there in Anchorland is a real special thing, y’know?
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