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The Weirdest Thing I Learned This Week

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At Popular Science, we report and write dozens of science and tech stories every week. And while a lot of the fun facts we stumble across make it into our articles, there are lots of other weird facts that we just keep around the office. So we figure...Show More

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Halloween Spooktacular 2018 (Season 1 Finale)

39:50 | Oct 31st, 2018

On the season 1 finale of "The Weirdest Thing I Learned This Week," four of our original hosts jump behind the mic to share their spookiest facts, in honor of Halloween. The weirdest things we learned this week range from fetuses that turn to stone ...Show More

Poodle Science, The Great Pigeon Race Disaster, Artificial Hips

30:38 | Mar 13th

The weirdest things we learned this week range from the science of the poodle haircuts to the most dangerous pigeon race in history. Whose story will be voted "The Weirdest Thing I Learned This Week"? The Weirdest Thing I Learned This Week is a podc...Show More

Sideshow Babies, Strange Sneezes, Rust for the Rust God

32:09 | Feb 13th

The weirdest things we learned this week range from premature babies displayed as a sideshow exhibit to people who sneeze after eating a big meal. Whose story will be voted "The Weirdest Thing I Learned This Week"? The Weirdest Thing I Learned This ...Show More

Torturous Treadmills, Champagne and Balls, History's Calendars

31:34 | Dec 25th, 2018

On the this special New Year's episode, the weirdest things we learned this week range from the origins of treadmills (your New Year's resolution) to the origin of the sparkling wine and the New Year's ball to the origin of the modern calendars. Whos...Show More

Vanishing Twins, The Poison Squad, Levitating Frogs

39:06 | Oct 10th, 2018

The weirdest things we learned this week range from levitating a frog with electromagnets to the idea that absorbing a twin in utero gives you superpowers. Whose story will be voted "The Weirdest Thing I Learned This Week"? The Weirdest Thing I Lear...Show More

The Economy of "Frozen," Hopping Space Robots, Animals on Drugs

39:24 | Oct 3rd, 2018

The weirdest things we learned this week range from the science and economics of the kingdom in the movie "Frozen" to the most (and least) wholesome scientific studies of animals on drugs. Whose story will be voted "The Weirdest Thing I Learned This ...Show More

Illegal Cheese, The Worst Dairy Disaster, Holes in People (and Cows)

33:05 | Sep 26th, 2018

The weirdest things we learned this week range from the world's worst dairy-related disaster to a Sardinian cheese that is illegal to sell. Whose story will be voted "The Weirdest Thing I Learned This Week"? The Weirdest Thing I Learned This Week is...Show More

Fatal Insomnia, Astounding Poops, NYPD Bees

38:45 | Sep 5th, 2018

The weirdest things we learned this week range from a plan to bring George Washington back from the dead to a solar storm that powered telegraphs with no batteries. Whose story will be voted "The Weirdest Thing I Learned This Week"? Buy tickets to o...Show More

The Beauty of Corpses, Zombie George Washington, Solar-Powered Telegraphs

39:54 | Aug 29th, 2018

The weirdest things we learned this week range from a plan to bring George Washington back from the dead to a solar storm that powered telegraphs with no batteries. Whose story will be voted "The Weirdest Thing I Learned This Week"? Buy tickets to o...Show More

Skin-Peeling Soup, Chlorinating the Ocean, Secret Drug Toilets

37:12 | Aug 8th, 2018

The weirdest things we learned this week range from a soup that makes your skin peel off to secret drug-finding toilets in airports. Whose story will be voted "The Weirdest Thing I Learned This Week"? The Weirdest Thing I Learned This Week is a podc...Show More

Giant Sloths, Caged Babies, Spicy Horse Butts

37:57 | May 2nd, 2018

The weirdest things we learned this week range from Thomas Jefferson and giant sloths to Eleanor Roosevelt and suspending babies above Park Avenue in NYC. Who will win our to-the-death* competition and have their story voted "The Weirdest Thing I Lea...Show More

Asses on Trial, The Brown Dog Riots, An Apple a Day…

34:37 | Mar 20th

The weirdest things we learned this week range from animals being put on trial to the origins of the phrase "An apple a day keeps the doctor away." Whose story will be voted "The Weirdest Thing I Learned This Week"? The Weirdest Thing I Learned This ...Show More

Astronaut Farts, Deadly Dancing Plagues, A Shocking Art Scam

29:15 | Mar 6th

The weirdest things we learned this week range from NASA's fears of fart-induced explosions to groups of people who died from dancing. Whose story will be voted "The Weirdest Thing I Learned This Week"? The Weirdest Thing I Learned This Week is a pod...Show More

Naked Founding Fathers, Jalapeño Thumb, Counting Vampires

37:00 | Feb 27th

The weirdest things we learned this week range from founding fathers of the USA who liked being nude to a condition called Jalapeño Thumb (aka "Hot Pepper Hands") and how to cure it. Whose story will be voted "The Weirdest Thing I Learned This Week"?...Show More

The Most Man-Eating Tiger, Historical Balloon Riots, Baseball’s Curses

28:19 | Feb 20th

The weirdest things we learned this week range from a tiger that ate more than 600 people over seven years to not one, not two, but three historical hot air balloon riots. Whose story will be voted "The Weirdest Thing I Learned This Week"? The Weird...Show More

Biting Cow Lips, Death by Molasses, Shopping for a New Finger

28:45 | Feb 6th

The weirdest things we learned this week range from a 30-foot-tall molasses wave to the man who invented "bulldogging" in rodeos. Whose story will be voted "The Weirdest Thing I Learned This Week"? The Weirdest Thing I Learned This Week is a podcast ...Show More

Ladies Dueling Topless, Eating Every Animal, Birth via Pseudopenis

31:23 | Jan 30th

The weirdest things we learned this week range from stripping during duels to stay alive to a man who wanted to eat every animal (for science). Whose story will be voted "The Weirdest Thing I Learned This Week"? Get your tickets to our live show her...Show More

The Sweetest Butts, Flaming Birds, The U.S. vs. 40 Barrels and 20 Kegs of Coca-Cola

31:57 | Jan 23rd

The weirdest things we learned this week range from the sweetest smelling butts to birds that were used as candles. Whose story will be voted "The Weirdest Thing I Learned This Week"? The Weirdest Thing I Learned This Week is a podcast by Popular Sc...Show More

The Deadliest Surgery Ever, Severed Foot Epidemic, Toe-Touching Athletes

33:02 | Jan 16th

On season 2 premiere of Weirdest Thing, the weirdest things we learned this week range from dozens of severed feet that wash up in the Pacific Northwest to an operation on one person that killed three people. Whose story will be voted "The Weirdest T...Show More

The Weirdest Things We Learned in Season 1

33:39 | Dec 5th, 2018

We learned a lot of weird facts in season 1 of this show. Rachel and long-suffering producer Jason reflect on the first 25 episodes of The Weirdest Thing I Learned This Week and go through the data to figure out the weirdest things we learned, what t...Show More

Glowing Civil War Wounds, Bubble Wrap's Origins, Historic Font Disputes

28:10 | Oct 24th, 2018

The weirdest things we learned this week range from the origins of bubble wrap to Civil War soldiers whose wounds glowed in the dark. Whose story will be voted "The Weirdest Thing I Learned This Week"? The Weirdest Thing I Learned This Week is a pod...Show More

Taxidermy's Dark Secret, Woman "Births" Rabbits, The Parthenon's Optical Illusion

33:12 | Oct 17th, 2018

The weirdest things we learned this week range from a piece of taxidermy with a dark secret to a woman who claimed to give birth to rabbits. Whose story will be voted "The Weirdest Thing I Learned This Week"? The Weirdest Thing I Learned This Week i...Show More

Two Facts and a Lie with PopSci Editor-in-Chief Joe Brown

05:23 | Sep 19th, 2018

The weirdest things we learned this week are weird things we've already learned! In this mini-episode, Popular Science editor-in-chief Joe Brown plays "Two Truths and a Lie" about past editions of Weirdest Thing. Play along with him and see how many ...Show More

Sucked into a Bottle, the Ultimate Exercise Hack, the Statue of Liberty’s Big Secret

38:18 | Sep 12th, 2018

The weirdest things we learned this week range from turning the Statue of Liberty into a battery to a man whose penis was sucked into a bottle with an explosion. Whose story will be voted "The Weirdest Thing I Learned This Week"? Buy tickets to our ...Show More

Organ Meats, Fitness and Sweating, The World's Largest Dog Ban

39:56 | Aug 22nd, 2018

The weirdest things we learned this week range from what organs you can and can't eat to the world's largest dog ban. Whose story will be voted "The Weirdest Thing I Learned This Week"? Come to our live show in NYC on Sept. 14! https://www.facebook....Show More

Laughing Gas Parties, Human Femur Flutes, Domesticating Zebras

39:24 | Aug 15th, 2018

The weirdest things we learned this week range from flutes made from human femurs to trying to tame zebras. Whose story will be voted "The Weirdest Thing I Learned This Week"? The Weirdest Thing I Learned This Week is a podcast by Popular Science. S...Show More

Detachable Sex Organs, Human Skin Artwork, 17th Century Thought Experiment Solved

39:42 | Aug 1st, 2018

The weirdest things we learned this week range from animals that detach their sex organs during or after sex to artwork you can hang in your home on a human skin canvas. Whose story will be voted "The Weirdest Thing I Learned This Week"? The Weirdes...Show More

Bears in Ejector Seats, Nobel Prize for Giving Patients Malaria, The Secret Origins of Beer Yeast

39:50 | Jul 25th, 2018

The weirdest things we learned this week range from the Air Force testing ejector seats with black bears to a doctor winning the Nobel Prize for infecting his patients with syphilis. Whose story will be voted "The Weirdest Thing I Learned This Week"?...Show More

Le Pétomane (The Fartiste), Tesla Loved a Pigeon, Meat Lozenges

39:37 | Jul 18th, 2018

The weirdest things we learned this week range from a flatulist who became the highest-paid performer in France to meat lozenges. Whose story will be voted "The Weirdest Thing I Learned This Week"? The Weirdest Thing I Learned This Week is a podcast...Show More

Poisonous Wallpaper, Cruise Ship Poop, The Best Ultramarathon Runners

39:49 | Jul 11th, 2018

The weirdest things we learned this week range from poisonous wallpaper that people voluntarily put in their homes to an exploration of what happens to poop on a cruise ship. Whose story will be voted "The Weirdest Thing I Learned This Week"? The We...Show More

Sex Magick, The Oldest Mac and Cheese, Contagious Writer's Block

39:05 | Jun 27th, 2018

The weirdest things we learned this week range from a NASA engineer who believed in sex magick to the world's oldest recipe for macaroni and cheese. Whose story will be voted "The Weirdest Thing I Learned This Week"? The Weirdest Thing I Learned Thi...Show More

Corpses Doing Yoga, The Loneliest Island, Biblical Quail Rhabdo

39:05 | Jun 20th, 2018

The weirdest things we learned this week range from rhabdo, a potentially fatal medical condition first mentioned in the bible, to the most remote inhabited island on Earth. Whose story will be voted "The Weirdest Thing I Learned This Week"? The Wei...Show More

Ketchup Consistency Standards, Implanting Memories, People Inside of Sperm

39:42 | Jun 13th, 2018

The weirdest things we learned this week range from the standards and grading of ketchup to the idea that people were fully-formed inside of sperm before being born. Whose story will be voted "The Weirdest Thing I Learned This Week"? The Weirdest Th...Show More

The First Underwater Video, Ballooning Over the North Pole, The Call of the Void

39:59 | Jun 6th, 2018

The weirdest things we learned this week range from finding lost footage of the first-ever underwater video to a daring attempt to fly over the North Pole in a hydrogen balloon. Whose story will be voted "The Weirdest Thing I Learned This Week"? The...Show More

Medical Cannibalism, Hildegard of Bingen, Predicting the Weather

39:57 | May 30th, 2018

The weirdest things we learned this week range from nuns, the origin of the cosmos, and the female orgasm to the number of calories in an average human man. Whose story will be voted "The Weirdest Thing I Learned This Week"? The Weirdest Thing I Lea...Show More

The Best Dog, Carnivorous Mushrooms, Naming Groups of Animals

38:26 | May 23rd, 2018

The weirdest things we learned this week range from the world's best dog to mushrooms that eat animals. Whose story will be voted "The Weirdest Thing I Learned This Week"? The Weirdest Thing I Learned This Week is a podcast by Popular Science. Share...Show More

Smoke Enemas, Secret Acoustic Engineering, Volcano Traps Lighthouse

39:49 | May 16th, 2018

The weirdest things we learned this week range from trying to revive dead (or unconscious) people by literally blowing smoke up their butts to the secret testing your favorite products go through to sound expensive. Whose story will be voted "The Wei...Show More

The First Celebrity Diet, Animals Adopting Animals, Believing You Are Dead

30:30 | May 9th, 2018

The weirdest things we learned this week range from the world's first celebrity dieter, Lord Byron, to Cotard Syndrome, a mental illness where a person believes they are already dead or do not exist. Whose story will be voted "The Weirdest Thing I Le...Show More

What is The Weirdest Thing I Learned This Week?

00:50 | Apr 27th, 2018

Here at Popular Science, we write (and read) dozens of stories every week. And though many of the fun facts we stumble across during our research make into an article, something always hits the cutting room floor. But we still want to share that info...Show More