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Word Fossils

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?
Who Was Mother Goose?

07:55 | May 12th

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

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.
Naming Your Kentucky Derby Racehorse

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.
Deepwater Horizon

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.
The *Other* DNA Structure 🧬

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. . .
How Egg Hatching Works

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.
Origin of the High Five 🤚

04:49 | Apr 18th

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

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.
Titanic: Part I

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.
Why Do We Have Names?

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
The 27 Club

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. 
An Abridged History of Audiobooks

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.
The Sign of the Penis

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?
The "Get Out and Push" Railroad

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."
Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Disaster

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.
A Brief History of TIC TACS

03:43 | Mar 22nd

TIC TACS: The all-sugar sugar-free mint. 
Fritz Zwicky's Supernova

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.
The Americanization of St. Patrick's Day

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. 
Mercury Retrograde

06:35 | Mar 15th

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

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. 
Does Daylight Saving Time Actually Help?

07:12 | Mar 8th

We #springforward this weekend for Daylight Saving Time, but why? And does it actually help?
Blood Isn't Always Red

06:23 | Mar 2nd

In fact, the #icefish appears to have no blood at all. 
Ask Me Anything!

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
The Futurist Manifesto

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. 
Calvin COOLidge Sure Loved Vaseline

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.
"Roses are red. . ."

03:24 | Feb 13th

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

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).
Pronoia

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! 
How does Narcan work?

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? 
Average Colin

07:39 | Feb 8th

If you've ever Googled "normal brain MRI" you've seen Colin 27. So what happened to "Average Colin" IRL?
PUBLIC ENEMY #1

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!!)
What is wind chill?

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."
My Favorite Failure

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
Throwback: Measles is Back!

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 
Area Code: (321)

02:44 | Feb 3rd

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

04:26 | Feb 3rd

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

06:13 | Feb 3rd

 So, meat pieces fell from the sky in Kentucky once. 
Why are jeans blue?

05:15 | Feb 3rd

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

03:59 | Jan 28th

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

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. 
"Supermoons"

03:55 | Jan 20th

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

05:43 | Jan 17th

A product's "lifetime warranty" refers to its expected lifetime — not yours. 
How do chip cards work?

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*. 
Fast Radio Bursts

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
Emily Post & The Rules of Etiquette

15:38 | Jan 7th

Emily Post divorced her philandering husband, kept his name, & became the queen of etiquette. (see: How to Best Serve Revenge).
Can peanut butter diagnose Alzheimer's?

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.
Another year already?!

12:58 | Dec 31st, 2018

"The years start coming and they don't stop coming." — Aristotle
Gifts vs. Presents 🎁

03:13 | Dec 26th, 2018

They're not the same thing but I'll gladly accept either.
12 DAYS OF P❄DMAS: Swans

04:28 | Dec 23rd, 2018

Ok but like...swans are elegant and mean. 🦢
12 DAYS OF P❄DMAS: Ladies Dancing

07:16 | Dec 23rd, 2018

And centuries of institutionalized misogyny!
12 DAYS OF P❄DMAS: Silly Goose

05:25 | Dec 20th, 2018

Okay, taking a little detour on this because fuck birds. Why do we call people a "silly goose?"
12 DAYS OF P❄DMAS: Golden Rings

05:50 | Dec 19th, 2018

OK NO BIRDS TODAY. Also: wedding bands.
12 DAYS OF P❄DMAS: Calling Birds

04:32 | Dec 18th, 2018

Well, I guess birds would have to call because they sure as hell can't text.
12 DAYS OF P❄DMAS: Partridges/Pear Trees

05:29 | Dec 15th, 2018

We've all been mishearing "pear trees" for like 10,000 years.
12 DAYS OF P❄DMAS!

06:51 | Dec 14th, 2018

Each day between now and December 25th we're unpacking a lyric to the 12 Days of Christmas! #MerryPodmas
Mrs. Röntgen's Skeleton Hand

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."
Undecember

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.
The Man Cured of HIV

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.
Schrödinger's Cat

04:52 | Nov 29th, 2018

Happy Schrödinger's cat day! ✨🐈 Everyone's favorite quantum mechanics thought experiment that was basically trolling Einstein. 🧠
Does silver really disinfect itself?

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?
Black Friday's History of Violence

07:25 | Nov 23rd, 2018

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

12:05 | Nov 19th, 2018

Thanksgiving is upon us and you know what that means: "ragamuffin parades" and a giant, expensive, inflatable Snoopy.
Is it Fall or Autumn? 🍁

03:51 | Nov 16th, 2018

Do you call this time of year FALL or AUTUMN? Here's why the season has 2 names.
The Life &Near-Deaths of Daredevil Kitty O'Neil

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."
What's the deal with seeing 11:11?

05:09 | Nov 11th, 2018

Why do we think it means something to catch the clock at exactly 11:11?
How Bigfoot Ruined a Man's Life

09:53 | Nov 9th, 2018

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

06:06 | Nov 7th, 2018

Svalbard is the world's arctic DOOMSDAY SEED VAULT in Norway.
Who is the Unicode Consortium?

06:39 | Nov 5th, 2018

The latest iOS update gave us new emojis so let's discuss the Emoji Illuminati aka the Unicode Consortium!
What really happened to Laika?

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.
Ghost Stories

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.
A Brief History of IHOP (IHOB?)

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.
How The Flu Kills You

11:26 | Oct 19th, 2018

SPOILER: You don't technically die from the flu. ⚰️😷
Can robots get depressed?

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?
The Butcher of Paris

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.
The Meyers-Briggs Type Indicator

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.
The Woman Who Died for Chemistry

08:18 | Oct 11th, 2018

Karen Wetterhahn's untimely death in the 1990s gave science invaluable insight into mercury poisoning.
”We are all deserving of traveling mercies.”

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
Sputnik in Wisconsin

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?"
A Brief History of the Nobel Prize

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?
The Stanford Prison Experiment

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.
What do you say when someone sneezes?

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)
The Milwaukee Protocol

06:32 | Sep 28th, 2018

Did an experimental treatment really save a teenage girl from rabies - or was it just a coincidence?
The Year Without a Summer

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.
Can donor hearts transplant memories?

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.
Indelible Pencils

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.
Defeating Hackers With a Wall of Lava Lamps

07:31 | Sep 21st, 2018

A company in California has devised truly random encryption for cybersecurity using. . .Lava Lamps.
An Itsy-Bitsy History of the Bikini

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?
Ben Franklin's Sky Electricity

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.
Why do dogs sniff each other's butts?

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.
Heat Lightning: Not Real

02:39 | Sep 13th, 2018

ヽHEAT`、`LIGHTNINGヽ`ヽヽ IS ヽヽFAKEヽ`ヽ`、`NEWSヽ`
A Cool History of Popsicles®

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.
Sexy Moths

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
Jocelyn Bell Burnell

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
Statelessness

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).
A Brief History of 7-Elevens

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.
The Pinnacles

05:20 | Sep 4th, 2018

LISTENER CALL-IN! How were the weird and beautiful Pinnacles of the Western Australian desert formed?
A Brief History of Social Media

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?
SHAPESHIFTING RIVER DOLPHINS

02:46 | Sep 2nd, 2018

Am I the only person who didn't know there are DOLPHINS in the Amazon River?
Sweden's Spooky Ghost Train

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!
Living Wills

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.
The Basel Papyrus

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.
Asymmetric Insight

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.
Ball Lightning

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!
The Lost Franklin Expedition

17:50 | Aug 28th, 2018

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

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.
The Dog Who Got Life in Prison for Murder

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.
How Treason Works

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.
Santamartamys rufodorsalis

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.
The *Real* First Photo of Earth From the Moon

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
How Master Keys Work

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.
Is sunscreen killing coral reefs?

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?
A Brief History of Car Washes

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.
The Poet Bandit

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.
The Roswell Incident 🛸

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.
Can you smoke a cigarette in space?

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!)
Margarita Burns

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.
Wobbegongs

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.
The WOW! Signal

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.
Heat Exhaustion v. Heat Stroke ☀️

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!
How paper mills work

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.
The Shroud of Turin

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.
Computers before computers with guest host Jonathan Blade

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.”
Point(ing) of Interest with guest host Chris Thrasher

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.
Death by Watermelon with guest host Lydia Sigwarth

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.
Catatumbo Lightning with guest host Pedro Graterol

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!
Jupiter's Weird New Moons with guest host Chelsea Gohd

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!
Cervical Mucus with guest host Amanda Laird

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!
THE CRY CLOSET with guest hosts The RDR Show

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.
The Dewey Decimal System with guest host Lily Jenness

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!
What is "Ki?" with guest host Jacquard Isaiah Wyze

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!
Guest episode: Moxie LaBouche from This Is Your Brain on Facts

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
HAVE SOME NATURE

08:23 | Aug 12th, 2018

A few quick updates, a listener question about podcast editing, and some nature ASMR lololol
Mental Health, Maine, & Mastication

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.
Riding Armadillos

06:36 | Aug 12th, 2018

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

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?
Where is everything!?

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!!
Perseids ☄️

03:35 | Aug 11th, 2018

If you happen to catch the #perseidmeteorshower this weekend you have a specific and vaguely terrifying comet to thank!
Freelancing (and why I'm difficult)

06:20 | Aug 10th, 2018

So, uh, we're experiencing some *technical difficulties* by which I mean that I am *technically difficult*
Keepin' it weird!

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.
The True Story Behind 'The Terror' — Part II

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
The True Story Behind 'The Terror' — Part I

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
How many books are there?

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.
What Defines a Serial Killer?

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?)
Pretzels 🥨

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
DNA Takes a New Shape

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'.
Word Fossils

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
Pap smears

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
Plastics

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?
Deepwater Horizon

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
Most Americans Have Never Tasted Blackcurrants

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.
A Happenin' History of High Fives

06:15 | Apr 19th, 2018

...and their many variations.
A Brief History of Crossword Puzzles

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!
Can animals really smell fear?

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?
How does Narcan work?

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
Surviving the Titanic

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.
The Titanic Sinking: Part 1

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
Friday the 13th

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
The Origin of the = Sign

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.
The 27 Club

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.
Pronoia

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.
Why Do We Have Names?

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.
Chappaquiddick

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
Giraffes or CAMELEOPARDS

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.
Poisoning Yourself for Science

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.
The Pollock Twins 👭

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
Poles of Inaccessibility

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
On World Autism Awareness Day

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
How Baby Chicks Hatch 🐣

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.
Throckmorton's Sign 🍆

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?
An Uh Oh! History of SpaghettiOs

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.
The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory

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
The Piltdown Hoax

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.
Pillows!

10:33 | Mar 26th, 2018

Why do we sleep with pillows? Feat. my aunt explaining BUCKWHEAT PILLOWS!
Tuberculosis Part II: Consumptive Chic

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.
Tuberculosis: Part I

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."
Who Invented Coffee Filters?

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.
A Po-em for World Poetry Day

04:46 | Mar 21st, 2018

Call in with your favorite poem!
Undertaker Ants! ⚰️🐜

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!
Fritz Zwicky, Supernova, & "Spherical Bastards"

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.
Americans Invented St. Patrick's Day 🍀

07:08 | Mar 17th, 2018

Saint Patrick probably wasn't even Irish, tbh.
The History of Audiobooks *Abridged*

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.
A Theory of Everything Stephen Hawking

13:11 | Mar 14th, 2018

The universe is chaos, but that never scared Hawking.
The Polygon Nuclear Tests

12:48 | Mar 13th, 2018

Nearly 50 years of secret nuclear testing at the Semipalatinsk Test Site is still making people in Kazakhstan ill.
SHAMPOO!

07:23 | Mar 12th, 2018

So, when did humans start doing the whole "rinse, lather, repeat" nonesense?
Does Daylight Saving Actually Help?

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 — ?
Amelia Earhart: REDUX

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!?
NYC friends! Come say hi at Books Are Magic in Brooklyn tonight!

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.
WOMEN! ♀️

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!
Baby’s First Computer Worm

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!!
Jenny Everywhere

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.
Happy Birthday, LMGT!!

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!
The Baader-Meinhof Phenomenon

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?
Ugh! Centipedes!

07:32 | Mar 3rd, 2018

Also: it's "spermatophore" but for some reason I kept saying "spermatophone"
The Urantia Book

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?
Who Put Bella in the Wych Elm?

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.
Laundromats

09:02 | Feb 28th, 2018

Why did we ever stop calling them Washaterias?!
The Donner Party Maybe Wasn't *That* Cannablisitic

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.
An Uplifting History of 7UP

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.
Using Math to Predict the Apocalypse

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?
Norway’s Doomsday Seed Vault

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.
The Scully Effect 👽

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.
✨ SPARKLY NEW ANCHOR ✨

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.
The Milwaukee Protocol

08:43 | Feb 21st, 2018

Did an experimental treatment really save a teenage girl from rabies? Or was it just a coincidence?
The Manifesto of Futurism

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.
Calvin COOLidge, amiright!?

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.
Why did Janie Lou Gibbs murder her entire family?

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.
SNURFING

04:53 | Feb 16th, 2018

Why did we ever start calling it "snowboarding" when "snurfing" is just so much more fun to say?
Photographing a Single Atom

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.
“Roses are red...”

05:33 | Feb 14th, 2018

Who came up with this horticulturally inaccurate Valentine’s Day rhyme anyway?
Hometowns

05:25 | Feb 13th, 2018

Does your hometown feel weird to you when you go back as an adult?
Physics of Figure Skating

08:07 | Feb 10th, 2018

If you think figure skating is frou frou bullshit THINK AGAIN because it's actually metal as fuck!
What the hell is CURLING

08:03 | Feb 9th, 2018

The Scottish may have invented the game but Canada reigns supreme these days. Probably cuz of all the ice.
WINTER OLYMPICS

05:26 | Feb 8th, 2018

Over the weekend we’re gonna answer some important questions like WHAT THE FUCK IS CURLING 🥌
The Flu Doesn’t Kill You

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.
A Personal Note 💓

08:34 | Feb 6th, 2018

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

14:23 | Feb 4th, 2018

Natalie Wood. Robert Wagner. Christopher Walker. One of Hollywood’s enduring mysteries.
ANXIETY!

15:30 | Feb 2nd, 2018

Specifically, MINE.
The Columbia Disaster

11:38 | Feb 1st, 2018

On February 1st, 2003 the Columbia space shuttle broke apart during reentry killing its 7-person crew. There were survivors, though: small worms that had been used in an onboard experiment somehow survived the impact and extreme temperatures of the d...Show More
SUPERBLUEBLOOD MOON

05:44 | Feb 1st, 2018

If you’re a cryptid, today would be a great day to leave the woods and terrify the locals.
Nellie Bly

19:12 | Jan 30th, 2018

You’ve probably heard about her undercover stint as a reporter exposing a Victorian asylum, but Bly’s story didn’t end there.
Mareel or Milky Sea effect

07:26 | Jan 28th, 2018

The eerie blue glow of the sea captivated sailors for centuries but they couldn’t make landlubbers believe. Now that we’ve seen it from space we know it’s real - but what’s causing it?
Doomsday Clock

08:13 | Jan 27th, 2018

It is 2 minutes to midnight.
History of the Word: THE

06:29 | Jan 25th, 2018

The little article that could.
Why NASA Loves Peanuts

06:51 | Jan 24th, 2018

What better way to celebrate National Peanut Butter Day than discussing “Alan Shepard’s Moon Peanut” — ? And no, that’s not a euphemism.
Spiro Agnew

05:53 | Jan 23rd, 2018

I honestly have no idea why his name was the first thing that popped into my head this morning, but here we are. And in the end we got to Frank Sinatra so...
Levitating Humans 🕴

06:33 | Jan 22nd, 2018

Levitating Humans with Tractor Beams • "SCOTTY, BEAM ME UP!" • One More Thing Before You Go ✨
Government Shutdowns

06:39 | Jan 20th, 2018

The last one was in 2013. This one is amidst a bad flu season which does not seem like the best time to furlough over half of the CDC — JUST SAYING.
Philosophical Razors

05:15 | Jan 18th, 2018

“Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity.”
Cold Sunday

06:11 | Jan 17th, 2018

On January 17, 1982 temperatures dipped to record-breaking/setting lows in more than one hundred U.S. cities. 30 some years later many of those records still stand.
DON’T HOLD IN A SNEEZE

04:59 | Jan 16th, 2018

Unless you want a throat rupture.
Wheel of Emotion

04:47 | Jan 16th, 2018

Plutchik’s wheel of emotion (or what I like to call the WHEEL OF FEELS) explores the spectrum of human feelings in a visual that’s similar to the color wheel.
Consider the Lobster

06:56 | Jan 13th, 2018

Do lobsters feel pain when you drop them into a pot of boiling water? Or are we (looking at you, Switzerland) just anthropomorphizing them?
Fast Radio Bursts

06:38 | Jan 12th, 2018

FRB 121102 is most likely not aliens flashing their headlights at us so wtf *is* this cosmic blip!?
Shapeshifting River Dolphins

05:25 | Jan 11th, 2018

In South America the legend of the Encantados (dolphins that rise from the Amazon in human form - complete with a hat to cover their blowhole) still terrifies locals.
Hotel Ice Machines

06:48 | Jan 6th, 2018

Americans love cold drinks at home and on the road. The Ice-o-Matic's got you covered.
Audiobook History (abridged)

09:45 | Jan 5th, 2018

"Talking books" to "books on tape" our favorite way to read without actually reading has been around longer than you think!
Topsy the Elephant Execution

12:07 | Jan 4th, 2018

In 1903 a circus elephant was executed via electrocution at Coney Island. And Thomas Edison’s film company took a movie of it.
Science Fiction

06:42 | Jan 3rd, 2018

From The Twilight Zone to Black Mirror to ... well, increasingly REALITY.
Photographic Memory

07:33 | Jan 2nd, 2018

Eidetic or “photographic” memories are largely considered to be nonsense, but some people have claimed to have them (like your podcast host).
New Year

04:07 | Jan 1st, 2018

The first place in the world to welcome the New Year does so days before the last. Thanks time zones! That is, assuming they use the calendar that denotes the new year as starting on January 1st.
Auld Lang Syne

04:22 | Dec 31st, 2017

Here’s a brief history of the tune, before you hold your friends close and sing a tipsy rendition of it at midnight.
How Temperature Affects Sound

04:18 | Dec 29th, 2017

On a cold day you can hear forever.
Isabella Stewart Gardner Heist

09:55 | Dec 28th, 2017

In 1994, 13 works of art valued at $500 million were stolen from the Isabella Stewart Garnder Museum in Boston. But what's most interesting is not the paintings that were stolen (which are commemorated with empty frames in the museum today) but the o...Show More
Nematodes

06:51 | Dec 28th, 2017

"Dang nematodes!"
(Bag) Pipers

06:57 | Dec 25th, 2017

Bagpipes are not *that* Scottish.
12 (monkeys) Drumming

06:35 | Dec 25th, 2017

We aren’t the only primates who like sick beats.
Lords

05:28 | Dec 23rd, 2017

Lords • ✨ 12 DAYS OF ANCHORMAS ✨ • One More Thing Before You Go ✨
Ladies Dancing

06:14 | Dec 23rd, 2017

Ladies Dancing • ✨ 12 DAYS OF ANCHORMAS ✨ • (ノ◕ヮ◕)ノ*:・゚✧
Milkmaids

07:54 | Dec 23rd, 2017

Milkmaids • ✨ 12 DAYS OF ANCHORMAS ✨ • One More Thing Before You Go ✨
Swans

04:59 | Dec 23rd, 2017

Swans • ✨ 12 DAYS OF ANCHORMAS ✨ • One More Thing Before You Go ✨
Geese

05:56 | Dec 23rd, 2017

(Silly) Goose • ✨ 12 DAYS OF ANCHORMAS ✨ • One More Thing Before You Go ✨
Golden Rings

06:21 | Dec 18th, 2017

The first thing that came to mind was wedding bands, but you usually don’t have five of them. Unless this is a special holiday episode of that show on HBO with Bill Paxton.
French Hens

04:42 | Dec 16th, 2017

Why are these chickens prettier than me?
Turtle Doves

04:56 | Dec 15th, 2017

The turtle dove is believed to be the soulmate of the phoenix, which seems like it would be something akin to a Scorpio/Pieces relationship-?
Partridges & Pear Trees

05:57 | Dec 14th, 2017

First of all partridges are ground nesting birds. They would not be in a tree. Least of all a pear tree. Also that’s not what the original lyric was anyway. • This ep is Day 1 of LMGT’s 12 Days of Christmas unwrapping special!•
The 12 Days of Christmas Song

04:56 | Dec 13th, 2017

The 12 Days of Christmas Lyrics • One More Thing Before You Go ✨
The TWELVETIDE

05:46 | Dec 12th, 2017

The REAL Twelve Days of Christmas • One More Thing Before You Go ✨
Gifts v. Presents

06:29 | Dec 11th, 2017

You can gift someone a present or present someone with a gift...
Synchronicity

08:14 | Dec 10th, 2017

Ever felt like the universe was totally in your corner? Like something was just meant to happen? Carl Jung was hot for coincidences, too - but only the meaningful ones. So what gives a “stars aligned,” “meant to be,” experience *meaningful* and not j...Show More
Rules for Royals

06:04 | Dec 9th, 2017

You’re done eating when the Queen of England is done eating, fam. 👸🏻
Blue Raspberry

06:43 | Dec 9th, 2017

Who do we have to thank (blame?) for this mouth-staining marvel of a flavor?
Undecember

06:33 | Dec 7th, 2017

2017 really sucked so maybe it's fine that we didn't decide to make Undecember, the 13th month of the year, a thing.
A Brief History of ChapStick

06:47 | Dec 6th, 2017

Invented in the 1880s, all ChapStick wanted to do was soothe your chapped lips. So how did it end up with a starring role in Watergate?
KRAMPUS

06:40 | Dec 5th, 2017

Santa's evil twin. The Christmas devil. A yuletide bastard if there ever was one. If you've been bad this year, watch your ass because Krampus is coming to town.
Head in Particle Accelerator

08:29 | Dec 4th, 2017

Anatoli Burgorski stuck his head in a particle accelerator and LIVED — but that’s not even the strangest part of this story.
Who Named Earth?

05:03 | Dec 3rd, 2017

The word “earth” is the English term for our home planet but it’s by no means a universal term.
Moonbows 🌈🌕

05:09 | Dec 2nd, 2017

It’s like a rainbow but at night.
AIDS Patient Zero

08:15 | Dec 1st, 2017

The man believed to be the “Patient Zero” of the AIDS epidemic was deemed such due to a simple filing error: his chart had a letter O on it - not the number 0.
Blood Isn’t Always Red

08:00 | Nov 30th, 2017

Some animals have blue blood. Or green blood. Or...no blood?
Schrödinger's Cat

06:44 | Nov 29th, 2017

Everyone's favorite quantum mechanics thought experiment was totally about trolling Einstein.
Jocelyn Bell Burnell

11:15 | Nov 28th, 2017

50 years ago today a woman discovered the first radio pulsars. So why did two men win the Nobel Prize in physics for it?
Public Enemy #1

05:41 | Nov 27th, 2017

Only 4 people were ever given the title “public enemy #1” by the FBI. The term originated as part of a scheme to publicly shame Al Capone (like he gave a fuck!)
Boats vs. Ships

05:04 | Nov 26th, 2017

A ship can carry a boat, but a boat can’t carry a ship. 🚣🏻🚢⚓
Black Friday

11:47 | Nov 24th, 2017

The day got its name from cops in Philly in the ‘60s who had to deal with all the people who called in sick the day after Thanksgiving to get a long weekend...and cram in holiday shopping.
Macy's Thanksgiving Balloons

10:45 | Nov 23rd, 2017

The balloons used to be let go at the end of the parade but then they exploded, or ended up in Long Island, or took out an airplane. So they stopped that shit real quick.
Ragamuffin Parades

05:29 | Nov 22nd, 2017

At the turn of the 20th century Thanksgiving looked a lot like Halloween.
Mountweazels

05:37 | Nov 21st, 2017

On page 1,850 of the 1975 edition of the New Columbia Encylopedia you'll find the entry on Lillian Mountweazel - an acclaimed photographer who died too young. Except she didn't. Because she never existed.
The Oligodynamic Effect

04:27 | Nov 21st, 2017

Heavy metals like sterling silver and brass essentially disinfect themselves...and we aren't sure how.
Who Invented Slim Jims?

06:27 | Nov 20th, 2017

And who is this slender James?
What is High Blood Pressure?

06:09 | Nov 19th, 2017

The guidelines just changed and now 103 million Americans are considered to have hypertension. Are you one of them?
The Pauli Effect

07:26 | Nov 17th, 2017

Why physicists stay the HELL away from Wolfgang Pauli.
The Psychology of Fandom

06:51 | Nov 16th, 2017

The fictional characters we love aren't just a way for us to practice empathy; the degree to which we subconsciously "borrow" or take on the traits in them they we admire informs how our personality develops.
Why Americans Refrigerate Milk

05:59 | Nov 15th, 2017

Elsewhere in the world milk is put through EXTREME PASTEURIZATION making it shelf stable, meaning you won't find it in the cold section of the grocery store. America is having EXACTLY NONE of your SHELF MILK.
Can Pets Be Allergic to Us?

06:09 | Nov 15th, 2017

Your dog can be allergic to all kinds of stuff, including you. And cats can have asthma.
"Monobosom" & The Modern Bra

08:12 | Nov 14th, 2017

A woman's frustration with corsets gave her the brilliant idea to life hack, and eventually patent, what became the bra as we know it today. She also had a dog named Clytoris, ghostwrote porn, and founded the press that published Bukowski.
How Lifetime Warranties Work

07:45 | Nov 12th, 2017

Well, to start, they refer to the expected lifetime of the product - not *your* lifetime.
Why Do We Get Goose Bumps?

06:16 | Nov 11th, 2017

The name comes from the resemblance to goose flesh...or syphilitic 16th century prostitutes.
What is Wind Chill?

07:18 | Nov 9th, 2017

A bunch of bullshit, that’s what! 🌬
The Human Attention Span

08:14 | Nov 8th, 2017

Is the human attention span really less than a goldfish’s now that are brains are adapting to constant interruptions via smartphone?
Alligator Pears aka Avocados

08:24 | Nov 7th, 2017

A brief history of the fruit everyone loves to hate. From its roots as a totally testicular food of the Aztecs to a wacky marketing campaign in the ‘90s to get rich white people obsessed, the avocado has many secrets other than being good on toast.
Daylight SAVING Time

07:42 | Nov 7th, 2017

We “fall back” the first weekend of November this year - but why!?
What Does CAPTCHA Stand For?

08:34 | Nov 7th, 2017

No, CAPTCHA doesn't stand for "Completely ANNOYING Public Turing test to tell Computers and Humans Apart"
Fall or Autumn?

06:40 | Nov 5th, 2017

Fall or Autumn? 🍂 • Love your podcast!!! • 🎶 by: Freaky Fwoof • One More Thing Before You Go ✨
Laika: Canine Cosmonaut

09:18 | Nov 3rd, 2017

In 1957, the Soviet Union sent a stray dog named Laika into orbit, knowing they wouldn't be able to bring her home. But for the next 50 years, they covered up the truth about how she died.
No, Licorice Won't Kill You

06:35 | Nov 2nd, 2017

At least not in candy form...
The Unicode Consortium

07:36 | Nov 1st, 2017

Otherwise known as the Emoji Illuminati. Oh, and you can submit a proposal for a new Emoji. For free.
Men in Black 🕴🏻👽

14:17 | Oct 31st, 2017

I maybe got stalked by the MIB after seeing a UFO as a teen.
How to Survive: Buried Alive

08:44 | Oct 29th, 2017

Buried Alive? ⚰️ Here's How to Survive. • Call in with your survival tips! • 🎶 by: Freaky Fwoof • One More Thing Before You Go ✨
Horror v. Terror

06:18 | Oct 27th, 2017

The two terms aren’t synonymous, and their definitions are deeply rooted in Gothic literature. And, y’know, Stephen King has a hot take, too.
Mongolian Death Worm

06:07 | Oct 24th, 2017

MONGOLIAN DEATH WORM! • 🎶 by: Freaky Fwoof • One More Thing Before You Go ✨
The Piltdown Man

09:22 | Oct 23rd, 2017

The Piltdown Man • A Paleoanthropological Hoax • 🎶 by: Freaky Fwoof • One More Thing Before You Go ✨
The Bigfoot Footage

10:51 | Oct 20th, 2017

50 years ago today a couple of guys shot some 16 mm film of “Bigfoot” that became iconic. It also ruined one of their lives.
Colin 27

09:15 | Oct 19th, 2017

If you’ve ever Google searched “Normal Brian MRI” you’ve seen the brain of “average Colin” - but who is he? And how did an MRI of his brain end up in textbooks and over 800 scientific papers?
Axolotls

07:17 | Oct 19th, 2017

The world sucks. Let’s talk about axolotls: cute af, aquatic life loving, infinite limb regenerating amphibians.
Cap’n Crunch Cereal

11:09 | Oct 18th, 2017

Inspired by a New England Nana’s old recipe, the classic breakfast cereal has been unchanged for 50 years. Oh, and it’ll also make the roof of your mouth bleed. WORTH IT.
What IS The Flu?

11:31 | Oct 16th, 2017

It’s not one virus, but several. And it’s not the stomach flu! 🤒
Cursed Phone Number

06:19 | Oct 14th, 2017

Everyone who had this phone number died. Given, at least one was a mob boss so maybe it’s not that surprising. BUT STILL. Let’s call it and see what happens...💀
The Impossible Murder

10:58 | Oct 13th, 2017

Julia Wallace’s murder has been called the perfect crime. It’s also known as the impossible murder because the lone suspect, her husband, could not have done it. But neither could anyone else.
Doves Are Just Nice Pigeons 🕊

07:28 | Oct 12th, 2017

Those release doves at weddings are just genetically white-feathered pigeons hat have been bred to announce nuptials as opposed to, you know, traditional carrier pigeon stuff.
Kirkbride Asylums

08:05 | Oct 10th, 2017

The man behind the classic Victorian asylum design was only trying to make them (and the conditions for patients and workers) better. He wasn’t trying to make them creepy.
Vaccines: Great Way to Not Die

09:45 | Oct 8th, 2017

Why the (rabid) history of vaccines matters to their future.
The Discovery of X-Rays 💀

09:15 | Oct 7th, 2017

“Babe do u trust me?”— Wilhelm Röntgen, X-ray discoverer, @ his wife while irradiating her hand, probably.
What if Movies Watched You?

13:19 | Oct 5th, 2017

This AI watches you watching a movie and its algorithm can determine if you liked it by analyzing your facial “micro expressions.”
Gravitational Waves

16:32 | Oct 3rd, 2017

Albert Einstein predicted them. The scientists who spent their entire careers trying to prove they existed just won the Nobel Prize in Physics. But what the fuck are they?
Weird Nobel Prize History

11:34 | Oct 2nd, 2017

When Alfred Nobel was mistaken for dead he ended up reading his own obituary - and realized everyone thought he was an asshat. Vowing to do good he used his fortune to start the Nobel Prize.
Why Do License Plates Exist?

06:14 | Sep 30th, 2017

In the U.S. people used to have to make their own plates. Now they’re made by inmates.
The Carrington Event

08:27 | Sep 29th, 2017

A solar flare in the 1800s was so massive it disrupted telegraph systems and caused them to shock operators and lit telegrams on fire.
Expiration Dates Don’t Exist

09:24 | Sep 28th, 2017

Except on infant formula. Those dates on your food - sell by, use by - aren’t about food safety.
The Meaning of Car VINs

07:50 | Sep 27th, 2017

Your car’s vehicle identification number (VIN) isn’t just random alphanumeric characters. They have meaning and you can discern it - if you like math and ciphers.
Phantom Time Hypothesis

06:27 | Sep 27th, 2017

There’s a theory that 300 or so years during the Middle Ages never happened. And that many historical figures central to them never existed.
Doomsday Seed Vault

07:17 | Sep 25th, 2017

An abandoned mine on a Norwegian island are hundreds of thousands of seed samples we could use to regrow the Earth after the apocalypse.
Herbs vs. Spices

07:47 | Sep 24th, 2017

Also, is allspice really ALL OF THE SPICE?
Charley Ross Kidnapping

11:07 | Sep 23rd, 2017

This case is why we tell our kids to never take candy from a stranger.
Why Do We Wink? 😉

05:16 | Sep 22nd, 2017

It’s actually one of the more subtle human expressions - if you can do it at all, that is.
Will-‘o-the-wisps!

07:09 | Sep 21st, 2017

Spooky hell fire lights or a spooky chemical reaction!?
Sailor’s Superstitions

09:13 | Sep 20th, 2017

Their tattoos were messages to God.
OCTLANTIS 🐙

07:13 | Sep 19th, 2017

New study reveals octopuses are messy bitches who live for drama!
Humans Wearing Clothes

07:07 | Sep 18th, 2017

When did we start wearing clothes anyway? Well...ask pubic lice.
So long, Cassini.

15:26 | Sep 16th, 2017

Goodnight, sweet prince.
Karen Wetterhahn

08:00 | Sep 14th, 2017

Chemist Karen Wetterhahn's needless death in the 1990s forever changed our understanding of mercury poisoning.
Silica Gel Packet Magic

06:50 | Sep 13th, 2017

Why do they exist? What is their purpose? What happens if you DO eat them?
Are Cough Meds Opioids?

09:10 | Sep 12th, 2017

The FDA is cracking down on cough syrup with codeine - cuz like, maybe we shouldn't give kids codeine.
The Boy Raised as Bobby Dunbar

08:28 | Sep 11th, 2017

Bobby Dunbar went missing when he was four years old. But the boy found, returned to his family, and raised as their son for the rest of his life - was not Bobby Dunbar.
The Waffle House Index

07:05 | Sep 10th, 2017

Apparently FEMA gets really annoyed with it.
The Liar's Paradox

08:16 | Sep 8th, 2017

"This sentence is false."
11:11

07:52 | Sep 7th, 2017

The Magic of 11:11 🕰️ • The universe is trying to tell you something. • 🎶 by: Freaky Fwoof • Intro by Alt Hit Music w/ Jason • One More Thing Before You Go ✨
Why Do We Yawn?

06:36 | Sep 6th, 2017

Are yawns really contagious? Also how the hell do FISH yawn?
Early Bird or Night Owl?

11:55 | Sep 4th, 2017

Our genetics may set us up to prefer waking up early or staying up late, but our lifestyle may not always allow us to live (and sleep!) according to our preference.
Fictional Colors

07:05 | Sep 2nd, 2017

Invented colors for plot-driven purposes.
We Can't Explain Gravity

06:38 | Sep 1st, 2017

We have so many questions, a few solid theories, but not a lot of answers about the force that keeps us down.
The Doomsday Algorithm

10:45 | Aug 31st, 2017

The Doomsday Algorithm • 6 + Tuesday • 🎶 by: Freaky Fwoof • ✨ᴏɴᴇ ʟᴀsᴛ ᴛʜɪɴɢ ʙᴇғᴏʀᴇ ʏᴏᴜ ɢᴏ✨
A Vast History of School Buses

10:04 | Aug 31st, 2017

They're yellow and there are hundreds of thousands of them shuttling kids to school RIGHT THIS MINUTE! And only one state requires them to have seat belts.
The Mystery of Angel's Glow

06:27 | Aug 29th, 2017

During the Civil War some wounded soldiers started to glow in the dark and it wasn't until 2001 that some high school kids figured out why for a science fair project.
Why We Name Hurricanes

05:24 | Aug 29th, 2017

If you rejected the advances of a weatherman circa 1967 you probably had a hurricane named after you.
KRAKATOA

07:40 | Aug 28th, 2017

The volcanic eruption of biblical proportion was said to have produced the loudest sound humans of ever witnessed.
When Did We Give Music Lyrics?

06:08 | Aug 27th, 2017

Some lyrics aren't even words at all. Mmmbop, anyone?
Incorrect Disease Origins

13:26 | Aug 25th, 2017

Throughout history medicine has wrongly attributed diseases like epilepsy and tuberculosis to everything from city living to demonic possession.
The Story Behind MBTI Types

10:27 | Aug 24th, 2017

The "personality" test was developed during WWII by a mother-daughter team trying to help women entering the workforce for the first time.
Can Plants See? 🌱👀

07:12 | Aug 23rd, 2017

Your jade plant probably knows what you do when you're alone and it's probably hardcore judging you.
The Penguin That Never Existed

05:36 | Aug 23rd, 2017

Scientists thought they'd discovered a new species of penguin that went extinct during the Holocene era. Turns out it never existed at all.
2017 Eclipse v. Solar Power

05:36 | Aug 21st, 2017

So how will solar panels react to ... no sun?
Probability of a Sunrise

06:08 | Aug 21st, 2017

What is the probability that the sun will rise tomorrow?
Hedgehogs & Human Intimacy

03:37 | Aug 20th, 2017

Psychologists like Freud used a metaphor of spiny hedgehogs never really being able to get close to one another without hurting each other (and getting hurt themselves) to describe human intimacy.
THE LOST COLONY OF ROANOKE

08:13 | Aug 18th, 2017

In 1590 a colony of like one hundred settlers ghosted on Sir Walter Raleigh and we still don't know where the hell they went.
Mercury in Retrograde

07:43 | Aug 18th, 2017

Is there any scientific basis for this fuckery?
Damnatio Memoriae

09:13 | Aug 16th, 2017

Can you erase a person from history? Asking for a friend.
The Truth About Banana Flavor

05:30 | Aug 16th, 2017

It's not fake, it just doesn't taste like bananas you're familiar with.
Can You Legally Sell a Kidney?

05:31 | Aug 14th, 2017

There's only one place on the world where you can legally sell a kidney. It'll net you a few grand - oh, AND YOU'LL SAVE A LIFE!