Omnibus! With Ken Jennings and John Roderick


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An encyclopedic reference of strange-but-true stories compiled as a time capsule for future generations.

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The European Starling (Entry 431.PS8403)

45:17 | Dec 7th, 2017

In which an eccentric Shakespeare buff releases two birds in Central Park, and thereby screws up an entire continent's ecosystem. Certificate #27603.

Jacqueline Cochran (Entry 238.RV1214)

1:12:06 | Feb 14th

In which one driven girl from the backwoods of Georgia changes the face of aviation, Ken roasts astronaut Scott Carpenter, and John skips class to judge an essay contest. Certificate #39584.

The Bodies of Mount Everest (Entry 138.JE1316)

59:19 | Feb 12th

In which travelers to one of the most dangerous places on earth leave so many casualties behind in the "Death Zone" that they literally become part of the map. Certificate #7505.

(LIVE) Yngwie Malmsteen (Entry 753.JE1022)

35:41 | Feb 7th

In which a skilled but self-absorbed Swedish musician leaves his homeland to become a guitar god, and John explains his theory about how neoclassicism ruined rock. Certificate #26394.

(LIVE) Extremely Overdue Library Books (Entry 445.2T0413)

43:05 | Feb 5th

In which countless scofflaws, including George Washington, rack up hundreds of thousands of dollars in library fines, and Ken takes home a "spite book." Certificate #29342.

Flagpole Sitters (Entry 474.1S1013)

1:13:48 | Jan 31st

In which Syrian ascetics and American steeplejacks alike enjoy the weirdest fad of all time, and Ken angers marathon runners. Certificate #45561.

Samantha Smith (Entry 1178.IS1106)

1:09:41 | Jan 29th

In which a fifth-grader from Maine becomes a diplomatic sensation after writing a nervous letter to Moscow, and John remembers the only fan letter he ever wrote. Certificate #35519.

The Twins of Benin (Entry 1353.GN2524)

1:11:30 | Jan 24th

In which we learn that one very specific region of West Africa produces more twins than anywhere else on earth, which could be due to heredity, yams, or, in Ken's mind, a mysterious glowing meteorite. Certificate #29437.

The Kilogram (Entry 686.DE2513)

1:10:22 | Jan 22nd

In which the dreams of the French Revolution are finally fulfilled by modern physicists eager to re-define science itself from scratch, which probably triggered the alien landing in May 2019. Certificate #37545.

Trucker Culture (Entry 1343.MT2514)

1:06:17 | Jan 17th

In which a gas crisis and an early social media network conspire to make long-haul truck drivers national heroes, and Ken gives a big 10-4 to a heroic trucker named "Fuzzy." Certificate #25007.

Vice Versa (Entry 1393.EP0423)

1:15:31 | Jan 15th

In which we read the Victorian novel that, a century later, would start an avalanche of body-swapping movie comedies, and John tries to debunk the blind prophet Tiresias. Certificate #30972.

Queen Victoria's Grandchildren (Entry 1020.IS1418)

1:01:48 | Jan 10th

In which we follow up on the forty-two offspring of the "grandmother of Europe," including the one who led Germany into World War I and the one who might have been Jack the Ripper. Certificate #26374.

Cumberland vs. Georgia Tech (Entry 305.RM1219)

1:13:08 | Jan 8th

In which a revenge-crazed football coach runs up a 222-0 score against a squad of random law students and townies, and John explains why his go-to comedy move is dropping his pants. Certificate #26347.

Track 61 (Entry 1324.EZ0808)

1:02:15 | Jan 3rd

In which Franklin Roosevelt builds a secret, private train station under the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel, and John almost defects to East Germany in a gaily colored ski jacket. Certificate #33725.

Snowflakes (Entry 1181.PS14716)

51:56 | Jan 1st

In which a Vermont farmer unveils to the world a natural beauty of crystalline perfection that's been hiding in plain sight, and Ken and John decide to slander Buzz Aldrin for some reason. Certificate #16919.

The Turboencabulator (Entry 1348.IS2811)

1:11:13 | Dec 27th, 2018

In which we study the spurving bearings and hydrocoptic marzlevanes of the made-up machine that brought technobabble to the masses, and John actually encourages Ken to talk about Star Trek for a change. Certificate #45305.

Thomas Nast (Entry 825.JB1534)

1:12:11 | Dec 25th, 2018

In which one Gilded Age influencer puts Santa at the North Pole because he hates slavery so much and runs New York's most powerful man out of town on a rail because he hates the Irish so much. Certificate #33423.

The Christmas Truce (Entry 220.LK0214)

1:05:05 | Dec 20th, 2018

In which peace and holiday good will break out on the western front in 1914, partly due to the work of suffragettes, and it changes the tourism industry forever. Also, Ken defends fruitcake. Certificate #31405.

Telling the Bees (Entry 1285.PR2413)

1:01:34 | Dec 18th, 2018

In which we explore one of the weirdest funeral superstitions of pagan Europe, and John explains why he likes to retell Aesop's Fables from the bad guys' point of view. Certificate #44411.

Patrick Nagel (Entry 823.SS0115)

1:11:04 | Dec 13th, 2018

In which one artist redefines eroticism for the MTV generation, and John gets stuck with a very overpriced piece of Duran Duran memorabilia. Certificate #31513.

Robert Smalls (Entry 1176.DE2315)

1:06:16 | Dec 11th, 2018

In which a South Carolina slave seizes a heavily armed Confederate ship and sails it to freedom and instant celebrity, whereas Ken doesn't even own a hatchet. Certificate #38760.

Marmorated Stink Bugs (Entry 761.LV1120)

1:03:22 | Dec 6th, 2018

In which a hard-to-kill Asian insect arrives in America and discovers a delightful new predator-free life eating our produce, hiding behind our picture frames, and making everything smell like cilantro-infused sewage. Certificate #30979.

Ghost Forests (Entry 527.EZ1724)

58:06 | Dec 4th, 2018

In which Ken accidentally goes on vacation to a long submerged, 2,000-year-old forest, and John explains the value he can add to a rugby game or campfire. Certificate #1751.

Scrappy Doo (Entry 1115.PP0302)

1:12:51 | Nov 29th, 2018

In which 1970s and 1980s TV is overrun by an avalanche of orphans, runaways, and other wisecracking moppets, and John reveals that Oscar the Grouch is a witch in a "fursuit." Certificate #37500.

The Qibla (Entry 1016.PS5517)

1:17:50 | Nov 27th, 2018

In which the Islamic practice of facing Mecca in prayer becomes a thorny theological and geographical question, particularly for Muslims in Alaska, French Polynesia, or low-earth orbit. Certificate #2405.

Pumpkin Pie (Entry 1008.JH0406)

1:08:59 | Nov 22nd, 2018

In which we consider America's favorite gourd as a botanical mystery, a symbol of autumn, a Civil War flashpoint, an Illinois monoculture, a delivery vehicle for condensed milk, and an instrument of Starbucks-related misogyny and class warfare. Certi...Show More

Deep-Fried Turkeys (Entry 325.JN0432)

1:11:38 | Nov 20th, 2018

In which the Cajun cooking fad of the 1980s spawns a hazardous new holiday favorite, and Ken's wife flips us the bird. Certificate #30269.

The Cagot (Entry 173.2K0527)

51:33 | Nov 15th, 2018

In which a tiny French minority in the Pyrenees is shunned and hated for reasons no one can quite remember, and John pronounces the words "goose foot" more capably than Ken. Certificate #28287.

Jennens v. Jennens (Entry 671.NU2711)

58:43 | Nov 13th, 2018

In which the notorious "Miser of Acton" forgets to sign his will, and for over a century thousands of people--including Ken's family--become convinced they are rightful heirs to his $300 million fortune. Certificate #23502.

Wild Man Fischer (Entry 472.GE1612)

1:23:15 | Nov 8th, 2018

In which a troubled street performer becomes a beloved musician and helps found a landmark record label, Ken buys a booby-trapped painting, and John critiques the storytelling of celebrity children. Certificate #49895.

The Doomsday Flight (Entry 372.AM0214)

1:20:30 | Nov 6th, 2018

In which the U.S. government tries to ban a Rod Serling TV movie for inspiring too many mid-air extortions, all of which can be foiled by knowing the right trivia fact about Denver. Certificate #41961.

Albert Pierrepoint (Entry 938.ES0914)

1:04:02 | Nov 1st, 2018

In which a Lancashire grocer and pub landlord becomes the most skilled executioner of all time, and John explains the best part of being guillotined. Certificate #21776.

Bridey Murphy (Entry 818.JB1414)

1:11:53 | Oct 30th, 2018

In which a Colorado housewife and her tractor dealer friend jump-start the 1950s "reincarnation" fad, and Ken ponders whether or not he was "Endora" in a past life. Certificate #29314.

The Letter J (Entry 714.1CH0910)

46:31 | Oct 25th, 2018

In which a 16th-century jack-of-all-trades judiciously joins a jaunty new Johnny-come-lately to our jargon because he's just so jazzed about Jesus. Juxtaposed with John's jumbled jeremiads and Jennings's juvenile jokes. Certificate #23082.

The Ballads of Ossian (Entry 094.PR2017)

1:14:30 | Oct 23rd, 2018

In which Thomas Jefferson, Napoleon, and Goethe go nuts about a best-selling blind Celtic bard who might not even exist, and John writes his first Tolkien fanfic. Certificate #28002

Brown Sound (Entry 158.MT1517)

58:27 | Oct 18th, 2018

In which military scientists, flush from their success annoying Manuel Noriega with Doors music, try to find that one elusive noise that will liquefy their enemies' bowels. Certificate #42964.

Second Sleep (Entry 1122.ZC0401)

1:12:05 | Oct 16th, 2018

In which John and Ken learn that they share a "chronotype," but disagree over whether it's natural to spend an hour or two every night sitting naked in a chair. Certificate #38846.

The Hollow Earth (Entry 593.JB2607)

1:03:56 | Oct 11th, 2018

In which we ponder two questions: are we living on the inside of a concave sphere? Or is someone else down there, possibly with skimpy outfits and pet dinosaurs? Certificate #19429.

Pokemon Go (Entry 958.GE0702)

1:20:09 | Oct 9th, 2018

In which the biggest media franchise and the biggest augmented reality game of all time cause us to consider Zionist trading cards, the allure of wooden boats, and the feng shui of construction workers. Certificate #41843.

Tsar Bomba (Entry 1345.MI0104)

55:21 | Oct 4th, 2018

In which the Soviet Union detonates the biggest bomb in human history, and Ken imagines Nikita Khrushchev as a pro wrestler and a Bond villain. Certificate #20568.

The Blue Men of the Sahara (Entry 136.PS10704)

1:14:49 | Oct 2nd, 2018

In which we meet one of the last nomadic people on the planet and admire their dress code, and John identifies strongly with a camel that roars when loaded heavily. Certificate #42973

Dancing Mania (Entry 315.LA0515)

53:06 | Sep 27th, 2018

In which mass hysteria strikes the town squares of medieval Europe, John imagines the rigors of jute underwear, and Ken wonders if aliens ever start orgies. Certificate #21161.

Mail Trucks (Entry 749.2S1114)

54:41 | Sep 25th, 2018

In which the world's largest, boxiest truck fleet ages into its fourth decade, and John hunts for an elusive postal mascot from his childhood.  Certificate #35752

Albanian Bunkers (Entry 029.RV0615)

1:08:14 | Sep 20th, 2018

In which we learn why one of Europe's most isolated countries is dotted with hundreds of thousands of domed concrete pillboxes, and also why zombie movies are thinly veiled racism. Certificate #46673

(LIVE) Disco Demolition Night (Entry 356.AC1919)

59:23 | Sep 18th, 2018

In which the war between album-oriented rock and its mortal enemy disco boils over into the worst baseball promotion in history, and Ken reveals what 1970s music they play in heaven. Certificate #25815.

Jefferson, State of (Entry 671.NU2655)

1:07:06 | Sep 13th, 2018

In which a huckster and meteorite-hunter, facing a business disaster, starts a still-brewing secession movement on the Oregon-California border, and also we contemplate who all the Looney Tunes characters voted for. Certificate #26085.

The Hilbert Hotel (Entry 587.LK0207)

1:07:45 | Sep 11th, 2018

In which we learn what happens when an infinite number of tour buses arrive at an infinite hotel with no vacancies, and decide whether or not this is worse than the guest services at the Eagles' Hotel California. Certificate #44261.

Anita Bryant (Entry 159.PR0913)

1:04:00 | Sep 6th, 2018

In which a minor 1950s celebrity births America's modern cultural war, and Ken gets to complain about his two least favorite things: bigotry, and orange juice. Certificate #31531.

The Fourth Crusade (Entry 495.2T0203)

1:13:04 | Sep 4th, 2018

In which a medieval crusade to Jerusalem goes off the rails and ends up sacking the world's greatest Christian city instead. Certificate #11758.

The Anarchist Cookbook (Entry 045.RV2210)

55:47 | Aug 30th, 2018

In which an angry teenager in his local library produces a counterculture classic of booby-trap design, leading to John being suspended from junior high for anarcho-capitalism. Certificate #33047.

The Saint Helena Submarine Plot (Entry 1096.PS7719)

47:31 | Aug 28th, 2018

In which Napoleon Bonaparte is disrespected by John's mom, but almost rescued by an English smuggler in a steampunk submarine. Certificate #37796.

The Berkeley Pit (Entry 115.PS8806)

50:21 | Aug 23rd, 2018

In which John welcomes the microbes from a Montana copper sludge pit who will surely inherit the earth, and Ken announces how many syllables a dog's name should have. Certificate #50365.

Inversion Goggles (Entry 659.IS2916)

54:18 | Aug 21st, 2018

In which we study the human brain's terrifying capacity for adaptation, via upside-down cigarette lighting, weird-smelling houses, and "stoner" voice. Certificate #37104.

The '59 Les Paul Standard (Entry 466.PS3302)

1:05:05 | Aug 16th, 2018

In which John explains why there are only 643 of the greatest guitar ever made, and Kirk Hammett of Metallica pays $2 million for a Fleetwood Mac hand-me-down. Certificate #30784.

Ea-Nasir (Entry 390.LV1913)

50:24 | Aug 14th, 2018

In which Sumeria's shiftiest businessman keeps all his hate mail around for four thousand years, and Ken gets accused of counterfeiting by a local bookstore. Certificate #27107.

Michael Rockefeller (Entry 1078.MI0303)

52:56 | Aug 9th, 2018

In which one of America's richest young men gets really into New Guinean tribal art, and ends up getting really into a New Guinean tribe. Certificate #7628.

The D-Day Crosswords (Entry 318.PR2019)

1:00:20 | Aug 7th, 2018

In which a British newspaper mysteriously spends June 1944 printing top-secret World War II spoilers, and Ken fails to amuse John with a lengthy anagram about a sex scandal. Certificate #29294. 

The Barefoot Bandit (Entry 098.DE2510)

1:02:30 | Aug 2nd, 2018

In which John runs down the history of serial burglary, beginning with gentleman jewel thieves and ending with a plane crash in the Bahamas. Certificate #39409.

Greek Fire (Entry 548.IS6402)

53:08 | Jul 31st, 2018

In which the Byzantines save their empire by inventing the flamethrower, John clears up a misconception re: how many roads go to Rome, and Ken clears up a misconception re: how many herbs and spices are in KFC. Certificate #10403.

Skyscraper Helipads (Entry 1170.IS6008)

52:50 | Jul 26th, 2018

In which John blames the boring skyline of Los Angeles on Regulation Number 10, an ill-conceived attempt at making every building in the city accessible by helicopter. Certificate #38095.

The Voyager Golden Records (Entry 1403.JU0113)

1:16:42 | Jul 24th, 2018

In which NASA gives aliens a weird gift basket (opera arias, a welcome from a Nazi war criminal, a lousy map, and absolutely no nipples!) and Ken gossips about wife-swapping astronomers. Certificate #34914.

The Truman Reconstruction (Entry 1343.LK1428)

56:00 | Jul 19th, 2018

In which a piano starts to fall right through the floor of a second-story dining room, and as a result, the White House gets a balcony, a bunker, and a bowling alley. Certificate #47967.

Watch the K Foundation Burn a Million Quid (Entry 1412.JM0503)

1:04:04 | Jul 17th, 2018

In which two art-world provocateurs fly to Scotland and burn through a record amount of cash in just two hours, and John sings his least favorite novelty song of the 1980s for us. (Hey!) Certificate #5888.

The Washing Bear (Entry 1411.LV2025)

44:34 | Jul 12th, 2018

In which John explains the secrets of raccoon hygiene, Ken mistakenly shows up with a ukulele, a straw hat, and a football pennant, and ferret lovers unsubscribe in mass numbers. Certificate #29158.

The Transcontinental Airway System (Entry 1327.PS4304)

43:00 | Jul 10th, 2018

In which the post office builds a path of giant yellow concrete arrows stretching across the continent, and John questions the sobriety of the pilots of Montana. Certificate #34096.

The Tri-State Tornado (Entry 1339.JE3023)

58:25 | Jul 5th, 2018

In which the most devastating twister in American history tears through 235 miles of the Midwest, tossing around trees, railroad tracks, and popcorn stands. Certificate #9101.

Christian Science Reading Rooms (Entry 220.HB0202)

1:12:00 | Jul 3rd, 2018

In which a Boston woman falls on an icy sidewalk and discovers the secret of the universe, and listeners are encouraged to seek out the most heretical book in their local metaphysical lending library. Certificate #51449.

War Rugs (Entry 1411.SS0604)

1:00:08 | Jun 28th, 2018

In which we travel to the "graveyard of empires" to witness the birth of an exciting Soviet-era art form, and Ken learns he should have saved the satin bomber jackets of his childhood. Certificate #39950.

The Koryo Saram (Entry 692.JE2907)

55:11 | Jun 26th, 2018

In which tens of thousands of Koreans are forcibly relocated to the deserts of Central Asia and ordered to grow rice, and John refuses to relocate to Kotzebue or Yakutat even though he has a free plane ticket. Certificate #16823.

Billy the Pygmy Hippo (Entry 122.JB4024)

53:00 | Jun 21st, 2018

In which Calvin Coolidge gets a frisky gift from Liberia that ushers zoos into the modern age, and John and Ken fantasize about being president and still sleeping all day. Certificate #47159.

The Boysenberry (Entry 148.LV2519)

1:01:26 | Jun 19th, 2018

In which a California backyard botanist creates a mysterious new fruit, resulting in one of the century's biggest food fads and reinventing the American vacation. Certificate #29158.

Prisencolinensinainciusol (Entry 988.1C1423)

59:30 | Jun 14th, 2018

In which the world's catchiest song teaches us how English sounds to overseas ears, and Ken mispronounces the French word for "slithy." Certificate #35645.

The Conqueror (Entry 264.LK1255)

56:09 | Jun 12th, 2018

In which an eccentric billionaire has the terrible idea to cast John Wayne as Genghis Khan, and a "who's who" of Hollywood gets showered with both bad reviews and radioactive fallout. Certificate #17145.

The Bugatti Chiron (Entry 162.EC0911)

1:06:43 | Jun 7th, 2018

In which a Volkswagen marque invents the super-car, new acceleration and deceleration records are set, and Ken asks where John was conceived. Certificate #24968.

The St. Martin Fistula (Entry 1227.PR2027)

1:06:35 | Jun 5th, 2018

In which a French-Canadian "voyageur" suffers three indignities: being blasted with buckshot at point-blank range, becoming a full-time medical guinea pig, and having John call him the world's first "human fondue set." Certificate #42453.

The Preppy Handbook (Entry 981.DE2211)

1:03:47 | May 31st, 2018

In which John traces "preppy" fashion from Buckingham Palace to Hyannis Port to Kinko's, and Ken wonders if everyone on post-collapse Earth owns a navy blazer. Certificate #31310.

Duchenne Smiles (Entry 385.PR1513)

59:12 | May 29th, 2018

In which we examine how flight attendants smile, baby chimps play, botox treats mental illness, and Oscar the Grouch was a harsh wake-up call for Gen X kids. Certificate #42013.

The Port Chicago Disaster (Entry 967.AC1940)

1:04:05 | May 24th, 2018

In which a Victory ship full of ammunition ignites a three-mile fireball, which in turn ignites the biggest mutiny trial in American history. Certificate #32844.

Gordon Lish (Entry 726.2C0113)

1:09:06 | May 22nd, 2018

In which Raymond Carver becomes a literary superstar largely thanks to one brilliant, heavy-handed editor, and Ken and John share a very controversial Blade Runner take. Certificate #24875.

Spanish Fly (Entry 1195.SS0713)

54:44 | May 17th, 2018

In which a poison made from dried beetles becomes a schoolyard legend as an alleged aphrodisiac, foreshadowing our modern age of creepy predator celebrities and erectile dysfunction infomercials. Certificate #31327.

The Moon Illusion (Entry 806.JB3126)

53:11 | May 15th, 2018

In which we learn why the moon looks so much larger at the horizon, whether your fingernails can out-race Portugal, and whether Ken or John has the better Axl Rose impression. Certificate #18042.

Tylenol Murders (Entry 1354.IS2915)

1:03:05 | May 10th, 2018

In which John runs down the disturbing history of product tampering, from Bromo-Seltzer to baby food, and listeners are strongly discouraged from committing murder. Certificate #27765.

William Rufus King (Entry 688.LK1734)

56:36 | May 8th, 2018

In which a U.S. vice-president spends his entire six-week term dying in Cuba, and Ken reads some fun, flirty letters from future president James Buchanan. Certificate #39087.

Backyard Blast Furnaces (Entry 091.EZ2220)

56:59 | May 3rd, 2018

In which John explains why it's a bad idea to smelt iron on your deck or patio, a seemingly obvious life tip that seems to have escaped Chairman Mao. Certificate #30148.

The Washington Generals (Entry 1411.HE1212)

57:06 | May 1st, 2018

In which we celebrate a basketball team that never gets to celebrate, because they've lost to their rivals 17,000 times. Certificate #46102.

Checkerboarding (Entry 210.NU2653)

46:05 | Apr 26th, 2018

In which the U.S. government pixelates the American West with land grants to railroads. Certificate #6798.

Bir Tawil (Entry 126.EZ2010)

50:42 | Apr 24th, 2018

In which Ken confesses that he might have caused a land grab in the middle of the Nubian Desert. Certificate #50204.

Hypercolor (Entry 611.GE3703)

53:44 | Apr 19th, 2018

In which we revisit 1991's briefest, brightest fashion fad, and John ponders what to do with our nation's biggest problem: awkward middle-schoolers. Certificate #26275.

The Angels of Mons (Entry 047.PS9111)

55:12 | Apr 17th, 2018

In which an unsuccessful horror writer accidentally rewrites the history of the Western Front, and Ken is clearly annoyed at having to learn the history of the Western Front. Certificate #21873.

Canadian Floating Feet (Entry 178.RV2013)

34:47 | Apr 12th, 2018

In which sneakers keep washing onto the beaches of British Columbia with the feet of mystery people still inside, may God rest their soles. Certificate #27174.

Vending Machines (Entry 1387.DE0228)

50:40 | Apr 10th, 2018

In which Ken runs down the list of everything that could ever be bought by putting coins in slots, from religious awe to banned books to pancake mix. Certificate #16697.

Call Signs (Entry 176.1S1007)

40:20 | Apr 5th, 2018

In which we learn why US radio stations start with a K or a W, and how to get hold of Ken's dad in case of a national emergency. Certificate #28337.

Hachiko (Entry 559.PR2006)

48:33 | Apr 3rd, 2018

In which a Scottish policeman, a Tokyo professor, and Mary Queen of Scots have very loyal dogs, but a young John Roderick does not. Certificate #24139.

(LIVE) Lake Missoula (Entry 697.GN0710)

29:35 | Mar 29th, 2018

In which a prehistoric ice dam breaks and 500 cubic miles of water reshape the Pacific Northwest. Certificate #17528

(LIVE) Tuvan Throat Singers (Entry 1351.PS13704)

39:55 | Mar 27th, 2018

In which Ken attempts to teach a new superpower--Central Asian overtone singing--to John and a live audience. Certificate #40632.

Milli Vanilli (Entry 789.JB2704)

1:00:13 | Mar 22nd, 2018

In which a German record producer hires two male models to lip-sync his hits, leading to--girl, you know it's true!--one Grammy, one class-action lawsuit, and one tragic death. Certificate #35145.

Mary Anning (Entry 050.PS3420)

43:59 | Mar 20th, 2018

In which a working-class woman becomes one of the greatest scientists of her age, discovers dinosaur poop, and sells seashells by the seashore. Certificate #36073.

S.S. United States (Entry 1213.JB0926)

49:55 | Mar 15th, 2018

In which an aluminum-heavy cruise liner falls on hard times, and John and Ken can't decide if "Blue Riband" is actually French or not. Certificate #39390.

Rubber Barons (Entry 1087.EZ1613)

46:03 | Mar 13th, 2018

In which Ken describes the nouveau riche of the Amazon rainforest, and John has a conspiracy theory about scarecrows. Certificate #25284.

Father Coughlin (Entry 284.MT2309)

50:56 | Mar 8th, 2018

In which a fiery Canadian gets 30 million Depression-era listeners for his little fascist radio show, and Ken and John pledge fealty to Martian invaders. Certificate #29423

The Noid (Entry 840.PR0415)

51:44 | Mar 6th, 2018

In which a claymation terrorist with inexplicable bunny ears disrupts pizza, takes hostages, and wins America's heart. Certificate #29250

The Zuider Zee (Entry 1458.NA0104)

49:07 | Mar 1st, 2018

In which the Dutch battle their oldest enemy: the Waterwolf. Almost certainly the Omnibus's last entry (alphabetically). Certificate #31078.

London Bridge Is Down (Entry 733.2K0934)

54:12 | Feb 27th, 2018

In which we make plans for the longest-awaited death in human history, and wonder how many Welsh corgis it takes to pull a gun carriage. Certificate #34884.

Back Masking (Entry 091.EP0427)

47:33 | Feb 22nd, 2018

In which John investigates whether or not segassem terces naitnoc sgnos kcor, and Ken wonders why Satan would own a toolshed. Certificate #47448

Megafauna (Entry 772.JB4015)

46:06 | Feb 20th, 2018

In which we learn which Ice Age animal is named after the human nipple, and which modern animal fills John's soul with bloodlust. Certificate #30148

Oneida (Entry 866.MT2230)

45:51 | Feb 15th, 2018

In which a socialist preacher invents a tricky birth control technique he calls 'male continence,' leading directly to the lazy Susan and the assassination of an American president. Certificate #34322.

The Bellamy Salute (Entry 112.HE0616)

42:31 | Feb 13th, 2018

In which Ken blames a crucial bit of fascist iconography on the most successful magazine premium in American history, and John knows the lyrics to 'Alaska's Flag' but refuses to sing it. Certificate #37863.

Hat Etiquette (Entry 571.1C1104)

40:45 | Feb 8th, 2018

In which John strongly admonishes future listeners not to get sloppy with their headwear, if they have heads. Certificate #25200.

Death Discs (Entry 319.MK1610)

53:03 | Feb 6th, 2018

In which the gruesome deaths in early 1960s teen ballads are variously blamed on capitalism, Marlon Brando, chastity, and giant clams. Certificate #34312.

Mutual Assured Destruction (Entry 820.JE5022)

48:43 | Feb 1st, 2018

In which the human race barely survives the 20th century. (Well, not all of it, obviously. Picasso didn't, for example.) Certificate #27008

Mummy Brown (Entry 817.PR0716)

46:34 | Jan 30th, 2018

In which the bodies of ancient kings are ground up to fertilize lawns, power locomotives, and paint portraits. Certificate #37891

Thomas Midgley (Entry 786.ZC0508)

48:55 | Jan 25th, 2018

In which the world's worst chemist gives everyone lead poisoning, and then puts a hole in the ozone layer as an encore. Certificate #25185

Paris Syndrome (Entry 901.JS1002)

48:04 | Jan 23rd, 2018

In which twenty tourists a year have a psychological breakdown because the most magical city in the world is a little disappointing. Certificate #507

The Sentinelese (Entry 1134.LV2024)

42:12 | Jan 18th, 2018

In which John introduces us to the world's last uncontacted tribe—but not literally, because that would be illegal. Certificate #13568

Kohoutek (Entry 692.JU0113)

42:00 | Jan 16th, 2018

In which a Czech astronomer is hailed as the hero of 1973, only to have his discovery flame out by not flaming out. Then he gets very seasick on a cruise. Certificate #31644

Monrovia, Moravia, Moldova, Moldavia (Entry 805.GN1032)

57:39 | Jan 11th, 2018

In which John shares the soothing geographic mantra that has got him where he is today: sitting in a bunker teaching 30th-century cockroach-people how to tell medieval Central European principalities apart. Certificate #18088.

Heil Honey I'm Home! (Entry 577.PR1413)

41:49 | Jan 9th, 2018

In which an upstart British television producer finally answers that age-old question: why don't more classic sitcoms star Adolf Hitler? Certificate #42615.

The Darien Gap (Entry 315.EZ3328)

35:17 | Jan 4th, 2018

In which a single highway is paved all the way from Alaska to Argentina--except for one pesky 66-mile gap right in the middle. Certificate #11458.

Secret Order of the Double Sunrise (Entry 1122.EC0105)

43:33 | Jan 2nd, 2018

In which QANTAS begins a top-secret 33-hour nonstop flight between Australia and Ceylon at the height of World War II, right under the noses of the Empire of Japan. Certificate #12248.

Newton's Cradle (Entry 835.1C1311)

45:04 | Dec 28th, 2017

In which thousands of soulless corporate executives put little steel toys on their desks but still feel dead inside, and Ken finally learns how those little drinking birds work. Certificate #31932.

Gadsby (Entry 511.PS6928)

54:12 | Dec 26th, 2017

In which our two hosts study a book that runs fifty thousand words without a solitary display of our writing plan's fifth symbol. Certificate #6442.

Water Wars (Entry 1414.PS6301)

1:02:20 | Dec 21st, 2017

In which Los Angeles stands revealed in all its unquenchable thirst, and is pronounced by John and Ken several times the fun, old-timey way, with a hard 'g'. Certificate #33935.

The Tesseract (Entry 1291.EP0318)

51:33 | Dec 19th, 2017

In which Ken and John struggle to imagine four-dimensional space with the same ease that the inventor of the pitching machine once could. Certificate #28910.

The Rachel (Entry 1024.GN2917)

59:07 | Dec 14th, 2017

In which John opines that Jennifer Aniston's ubiquitous 1990s-era cut was America's 'last hairstyle.' Certificate #24193.

Smell-O-Vision (Entry 1177.AM0521)

1:02:02 | Dec 12th, 2017

In which the aromas of tobacco, coffee, and lavender, meant to revolutionize the motion picture industry, end up nauseating audiences instead, and Ken spoils a 57-year-old surprise cameo. Certificate #18585.

The Pig War (Entry 939.MK0511)

56:24 | Dec 7th, 2017

In which the United States and Britain take up arms over one potato-hungry pig. Certificate #43259.

The Olympic Marathon of 1904 (Entry 865.1C0924)

1:00:52 | Dec 7th, 2017

In which the world's most prestigious sporting event goes disastrously wrong, and a Cuban mailman takes a nap. Certificate #28924.

Defenestration (Entry 326.2K0933)

39:43 | Dec 7th, 2017

In which throwing people out of windows is strongly endorsed by many hot-headed Czechs, but opposed in no uncertain terms by Ken's great-great-great-great-grandfather. Certificate #32146.

The Omnibus Project

14:12 | Dec 5th, 2017

Ken and John provide a time capsule of whimsical recordings for future generations, commemorating the human race's triumphant achievements and its beautiful mundanities.

Omnibus: Trailer

02:08 | Nov 28th, 2017

Twice a week, Ken and John add a new entry to the OMNIBUS, an encyclopedic reference work of strange-but-true stories that they are compiling as a time capsule for future generations.