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If you've ever wanted to know about champagne, satanism, the Stonewall Uprising, chaos theory, LSD, El Nino, true crime and Rosa Parks, then look no further. Josh and Chuck have you covered.

From Stuff You Should Know at 2022-09-29 12:00:00

How The Rosenhan Experiment Worked (audio.mp3?utm_source=Podcast&in_playlist=44710ecc-10bb-48d1-93c7-ae270180c33e)

In 1973 a study was published in Science where psychologist David Rosenhan revealed he had duped hundreds of psychiatric workers by planting perfectly sane pseudopatients within their hospitals and every last one went unnoticed.

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From Stuff You Should Know at 2022-09-28 10:00:00

Short Stuff: Curse Tablets (audio.mp3?utm_source=Podcast&in_playlist=44710ecc-10bb-48d1-93c7-ae270180c33e)

Curse tablets are exactly what you think - tablets with curses inscribed on them. But what were they used for, and when did people do this? Hit play and those answers shall be revealed!

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From Stuff You Should Know at 2022-09-27 10:00:00

Vasectomies: Stop Being A Wimp (audio.mp3?utm_source=Podcast&in_playlist=44710ecc-10bb-48d1-93c7-ae270180c33e)

You can uncross your legs you big babies. Getting a vasectomy isn’t bad at all – recovery time is a breeze, pain is minimal, and you can consider it a gift to your partner. Learn the real deal on vasectomies (and get 20% off with our code: STUFF).

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From Stuff You Should Know at 2022-09-24 10:00:00

Selects: How LSD Works (audio.mp3?utm_source=Podcast&in_playlist=44710ecc-10bb-48d1-93c7-ae270180c33e)

In 1943 Swiss chemist Albert Hofman discovered he'd created what may be the most potent hallucinogen known to humankind. Then he took a bike ride. Learn about the chemistry, neurology, history and cultural impact of LSD-25 in this classic episode.

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From Stuff You Should Know at 2022-09-22 13:18:00

Sitcoms Part II (audio.mp3?utm_source=Podcast&in_playlist=44710ecc-10bb-48d1-93c7-ae270180c33e)

Listen in now for part II of our homage to sitcoms. 

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From Stuff You Should Know at 2022-09-21 10:00:00

Short Stuff: Laugh Tracks (audio.mp3?utm_source=Podcast&in_playlist=44710ecc-10bb-48d1-93c7-ae270180c33e)

Laugh tracks have been around since the early 1950s and it’s all thanks to one (reviled) sound engineer who invented them. But as much as people like to hate laugh tracks most shows wouldn’t be at all funny without them.

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From Stuff You Should Know at 2022-09-20 10:00:00

Sitcoms Part I (audio.mp3?utm_source=Podcast&in_playlist=44710ecc-10bb-48d1-93c7-ae270180c33e)

Traditional multi-camera sitcoms have fallen out of style in recent years, but the golden age of the genre lives on with streaming services. Sitcom will never go away completely. Join us for part I.

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From Stuff You Should Know at 2022-09-17 10:00:00

Selects: Frida Kahlo: Painter, Icon, Genius (audio.mp3?utm_source=Podcast&in_playlist=44710ecc-10bb-48d1-93c7-ae270180c33e)

Frida Kahlo was a painter who transcended her own work to became an icon. Learn all about her fascinating and inspiring life and work in this classic episode.

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From Stuff You Should Know at 2022-09-15 10:00:00

Pearls: Second Best Thing About Oysters (audio.mp3?utm_source=Podcast&in_playlist=44710ecc-10bb-48d1-93c7-ae270180c33e)

Pearls are super cool. And humans figuring out how to make them is even cooler. Learn all about the most interesting gemstone today!

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From Stuff You Should Know at 2022-09-14 10:00:00

Short Stuff: Hangry? (audio.mp3?utm_source=Podcast&in_playlist=44710ecc-10bb-48d1-93c7-ae270180c33e)

When you’re hungry, you’re not yourself. So say the good people at Snickers and it turns out science backs it up. Being hangry is a verifiable thing, we’re just not quite sure yet what’s going on.

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From Stuff You Should Know at 2022-09-13 15:27:43

The Georgia Guidestones: The Elite Have a Laugh (audio.mp3?utm_source=Podcast&in_playlist=44710ecc-10bb-48d1-93c7-ae270180c33e)

In 1980 the “rural as rural can be” town of Elberton, Georgia erected a granite monument with a bizarre set of instructions (commandments?) that touched on eugenics, population control, and living in harmony with nature. Conspiracy theorists went wild.

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From Stuff You Should Know at 2022-09-10 10:00:00

Selects: What Happened to the Neanderthals? (audio.mp3?utm_source=Podcast&in_playlist=44710ecc-10bb-48d1-93c7-ae270180c33e)

As recently as 40,000 years ago we lived among humans from an entirely different species – Neanderthals. About the same time our species showed up, Neanderthals suddenly vanished. Just what happened to the other guys? Did our ancestors do something … bad? Find out in this classic episode.

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From Stuff You Should Know at 2022-09-08 10:00:00

Everything We Know About Squids (audio.mp3?utm_source=Podcast&in_playlist=44710ecc-10bb-48d1-93c7-ae270180c33e)

Squids are very closely related to our old friend the octopus, but there are some key differences. You can learn all of this and more by simply clicking the play button right now. 

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From Stuff You Should Know at 2022-09-07 10:00:00

Short Stuff: RIP Man of the Hole (audio.mp3?utm_source=Podcast&in_playlist=44710ecc-10bb-48d1-93c7-ae270180c33e)

The Man of the Hole has died and we're pretty sad to hear it. Listen in to our tribute to this solitary hero today.

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From Stuff You Should Know at 2022-09-06 10:00:00

Did Mallory Make it to the Top of Everest First? (audio.mp3?utm_source=Podcast&in_playlist=44710ecc-10bb-48d1-93c7-ae270180c33e)

George Mallory was a member of the first three European expeditions to Everest, world’s tallest mountain. He wanted to summit it so badly, he gave his life trying. Since that fateful day in 1924, climbers have wondered – was Mallory the first to summit?

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From Stuff You Should Know at 2022-09-03 10:00:00

Selects: How the Pony Express Worked (audio.mp3?utm_source=Podcast&in_playlist=44710ecc-10bb-48d1-93c7-ae270180c33e)

For as long a shadow as it casts across the history of the Old West, the Pony Express was a failed business venture, doomed from the start, that only lasted 18 months. But since the last rider headed out with his bag of mail, its legend has only grown. Learn all about it in this classic episode.

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From Stuff You Should Know at 2022-09-01 10:00:00

Rolling Stone Magazine (audio.mp3?utm_source=Podcast&in_playlist=44710ecc-10bb-48d1-93c7-ae270180c33e)

Part celebration and part take down, this episode on Rolling Stone magazine dives into the highs and lows of one of America's iconic rags.

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From Stuff You Should Know at 2022-08-31 10:00:00

Short Stuff: Mason-Dixon Line (audio.mp3?utm_source=Podcast&in_playlist=44710ecc-10bb-48d1-93c7-ae270180c33e)

The dividing line between the North and South is purely political. But the story of its creation is pretty interesting.

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From Stuff You Should Know at 2022-08-30 10:00:00

We Need More Sustainable Packaging, Like, Yesterday (audio.mp3?utm_source=Podcast&in_playlist=44710ecc-10bb-48d1-93c7-ae270180c33e)

Since the advent of single-use plastics, we’ve become awash in waste. Barrels of petroleum are extracted, turned into plastics that contain products, which are then opened and the containers thrown away. It’s a bonehead process start to finish.

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From Stuff You Should Know at 2022-08-27 10:00:00

Selects: Knife Throwing: Super Cool (audio.mp3?utm_source=Podcast&in_playlist=44710ecc-10bb-48d1-93c7-ae270180c33e)

Sure knives can cut through a steak or slash through jungle vines, but probably the coolest thing you can do with a knife is throw it. At a person mounted to a wooden wheel. Spinning around. While you’re blindfolded. Learn all about the impalement arts in this classic episode.

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From Stuff You Should Know at 2022-08-25 10:00:00

Kissing Cousins: A History of Marrying Family (audio.mp3?utm_source=Podcast&in_playlist=44710ecc-10bb-48d1-93c7-ae270180c33e)

Despite the overall creepiness of it, marrying family members is way more common than you might think, both historically and today. Ewwww!

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From Stuff You Should Know at 2022-08-24 10:00:00

Short Stuff: Marrying Up (audio.mp3?utm_source=Podcast&in_playlist=44710ecc-10bb-48d1-93c7-ae270180c33e)

The idea of "marrying up" is as old as the hills, but things are, and have been, changing for quite a while. And this episode explains it all.

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From Stuff You Should Know at 2022-08-23 10:00:00

Introvert or Extravert: Which are you? (Probably both) (audio.mp3?utm_source=Podcast&in_playlist=44710ecc-10bb-48d1-93c7-ae270180c33e)

The world isn’t divided into cat people and dog people, or Beatles fans and Rolling Stones fans (or neither). What really divides us is introversion or extraversion, right? Turns out people just aren’t that binary and all of us are a little of both.

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From Stuff You Should Know at 2022-08-20 10:00:00

Selects: How Gossip Works (audio.mp3?utm_source=Podcast&in_playlist=44710ecc-10bb-48d1-93c7-ae270180c33e)

You know what I heard? That Josh and Chuck hate each other and they're just faking being friends for the show. That's called gossip, folks and it can do serious damage. Learn all about it in this classic episode.

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From Stuff You Should Know at 2022-08-18 10:00:00

How Enemas Work (audio.mp3?utm_source=Podcast&in_playlist=44710ecc-10bb-48d1-93c7-ae270180c33e)

If you think about it, enemas are kind of gross. And if you don’t now you definitely will by the end of this wild ride of an episode. All who make it through the whole way earn SYSK bragging rights. We now wonder why we ever chose to record it.

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From Stuff You Should Know at 2022-08-17 10:00:00

Short Stuff: Selling the Brooklyn Bridge (audio.mp3?utm_source=Podcast&in_playlist=44710ecc-10bb-48d1-93c7-ae270180c33e)

You've heard the phrase "If you believe that I have a bridge in Brooklyn to sell you." But did you know it's based in truth?

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From Stuff You Should Know at 2022-08-16 14:58:08

Mariachi: The Rodney Dangerfield of Music (audio.mp3?utm_source=Podcast&in_playlist=44710ecc-10bb-48d1-93c7-ae270180c33e)

Mariachi bands have a bad rap as nothing more than "restaurant music." But there is a rich and long cultural tradition many people are missing and the music deserves our respect. Listen in today!

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From Stuff You Should Know at 2022-08-13 10:00:00

Selects: Desert Survival: Josh and Chuck Save Your Tookus (audio.mp3?utm_source=Podcast&in_playlist=44710ecc-10bb-48d1-93c7-ae270180c33e)

The chances are pretty low that you’ll find yourself lost in the desert, but on the off chance you do you’ll thank yourself that you listened to this classic episode, where we guide you to safety. 

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From Stuff You Should Know at 2022-08-11 10:00:00

The Origins of Breakfast Foods (audio.mp3?utm_source=Podcast&in_playlist=44710ecc-10bb-48d1-93c7-ae270180c33e)

Who doesn't love breakfast? But do you know where most of the typical breakfast foods come from? Well listen in to find out.

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From Stuff You Should Know at 2022-08-10 10:00:00

Short Stuff: The Berners Street Hoax (audio.mp3?utm_source=Podcast&in_playlist=44710ecc-10bb-48d1-93c7-ae270180c33e)

A full 200 years on, we're still talking about one of the most sweeping hoaxes of all time. 

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From Stuff You Should Know at 2022-08-09 10:00:00

What's the deal with energy drinks? (audio.mp3?utm_source=Podcast&in_playlist=44710ecc-10bb-48d1-93c7-ae270180c33e)

Chuck hates them, Josh has flirted with them. Energy drinks. Listen in to learn all about this canned speed. 

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From Stuff You Should Know at 2022-08-06 10:00:00

Selects: How Droughts Work (audio.mp3?utm_source=Podcast&in_playlist=44710ecc-10bb-48d1-93c7-ae270180c33e)

Droughts can be an inevitable feature of a local climate or a catastrophic result of human meddling. In this classic episode, learn the ins and outs of droughts including the American mother of them all, the Dust Bowl.

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From Stuff You Should Know at 2022-08-04 14:20:47

Thrill to the Stunning Bicameral Mind Hypothesis (audio.mp3?utm_source=Podcast&in_playlist=44710ecc-10bb-48d1-93c7-ae270180c33e)

Psychologist Julian Jaynes came up with a stunning hypothesis in 1976, that human consciousness only developed in the last 3000 years. And he seemed to have proof in ancient texts. Scholars have been picking it apart ever since and today we join the club.

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From Stuff You Should Know at 2022-08-03 10:00:00

Short Stuff: Divorcing Your Parents (audio.mp3?utm_source=Podcast&in_playlist=44710ecc-10bb-48d1-93c7-ae270180c33e)

It really happens! But most people call it emancipation of a minor. Either way, there's some interesting legal stuff in here.

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From Stuff You Should Know at 2022-08-02 12:00:00

Silly String: Disaster in a Can (audio.mp3?utm_source=Podcast&in_playlist=44710ecc-10bb-48d1-93c7-ae270180c33e)

It's been a while since we tackled a classic toy, so here we go with all you ever wanted to know about Silly String.

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From Stuff You Should Know at 2022-07-30 10:00:00

Selects: Some Movies That Changed Filmmaking (audio.mp3?utm_source=Podcast&in_playlist=44710ecc-10bb-48d1-93c7-ae270180c33e)

An estimated 50,000 films were made worldwide in 2009 alone. Many are surely clunkers, but in this episode Chuck and Josh talk about the ones that emerged throughout cinema history to change the course of all movies that followed. Get your popcorn and lean back while you enjoy this classic episode.

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From Stuff You Should Know at 2022-07-28 10:00:00

How Menstruation Works (audio.mp3?utm_source=Podcast&in_playlist=44710ecc-10bb-48d1-93c7-ae270180c33e)

Two dudes talking about menstruation? You bet! And there’s no way you could be any more nervous to listen than we were to record it. But give it a listen, we think you’ll find it enlightening – whether you menstruate or not.

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From Stuff You Should Know at 2022-07-27 10:00:00

Short Stuff: The Mars Rock with Signs of Life? (audio.mp3?utm_source=Podcast&in_playlist=44710ecc-10bb-48d1-93c7-ae270180c33e)

In 1996, real-deal NASA scientists announced they had discovered signs of ancient microbial life in a rock that had broken off Mars and landed on Antarctica. The news set off a controversy still going today. Do we already have proof of alien life?

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From Stuff You Should Know at 2022-07-26 10:00:00

Where Did Human Intelligence Come From? (audio.mp3?utm_source=Podcast&in_playlist=44710ecc-10bb-48d1-93c7-ae270180c33e)

We humans are smart, to be sure, but if we’re so smart then how come we can’t figure how we got so smart in the first place? Think about that! We sure did and we go over some theories in this super interesting episode.

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From Stuff You Should Know at 2022-07-23 10:00:00

Selects: What's the misery index? (audio.mp3?utm_source=Podcast&in_playlist=44710ecc-10bb-48d1-93c7-ae270180c33e)

Economists love their data because somewhere in the numbers lies the answer to the ills of the country. They also love to frame data in a way people can relate to. Such is the case with the famous "misery index." Learn all about it in this classic episode.

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From Stuff You Should Know at 2022-07-21 10:00:00

Googie: The Architecture of the Space Age (audio.mp3?utm_source=Podcast&in_playlist=44710ecc-10bb-48d1-93c7-ae270180c33e)

You may not have heard of it, but you’ve definitely seen it before – 50s buildings with bright, loud colors, roofs at crazy angles, and space-age shapes like starbursts. It turns out that Googie architecture is as fun to look at as it is to say.

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From Stuff You Should Know at 2022-07-20 10:00:00

Short Stuff: Death from Astral Projection (audio.mp3?utm_source=Podcast&in_playlist=44710ecc-10bb-48d1-93c7-ae270180c33e)

In 1975, yoga enthusiast Robert Antoszczyk retired to his room in a group house in Ann Arbor, MI to try a meditation technique that would allow him to astrally project his spirit. He died, never coming out of his meditative state. What happened?

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From Stuff You Should Know at 2022-07-19 10:00:00

Supernovae: Best Around, Case Closed (audio.mp3?utm_source=Podcast&in_playlist=44710ecc-10bb-48d1-93c7-ae270180c33e)

Face it, supernovae are the most interesting phenomena in the universe. Black holes are cool, but did you know they sprout from a supernova? What could be cooler than a star exploding so powerfully, the flash it creates shines for months after?

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From Stuff You Should Know at 2022-07-16 10:00:00

Selects: What Happens When the Government Thinks You're Dead? (audio.mp3?utm_source=Podcast&in_playlist=44710ecc-10bb-48d1-93c7-ae270180c33e)

It’s bad enough when the government knows you’re alive – there are taxes to pay, laws to be followed, all sorts of boring and unpleasant things. But each year, thousands of Americans find out life is far, far worse when the government thinks you are dead. Learn all about it in this classic episode.

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From Stuff You Should Know at 2022-07-14 17:33:53

Why Bowling is Awesome (audio.mp3?utm_source=Podcast&in_playlist=44710ecc-10bb-48d1-93c7-ae270180c33e)

Bowling is awesome. It just is. And if you don't think so, maybe take a listen to today's episode. 

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From Stuff You Should Know at 2022-07-13 10:00:00

Short Stuff: Catatumbo Lightning (audio.mp3?utm_source=Podcast&in_playlist=44710ecc-10bb-48d1-93c7-ae270180c33e)

Catatumbo lightning is one of nature's most amazing displays of showiness, with strikes occurring 28 times per minute for nine hours a day, 300 days a year. So take cover and take a listen.

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From Stuff You Should Know at 2022-07-12 15:27:53

Mangroves: Nature's Best Tree? (audio.mp3?utm_source=Podcast&in_playlist=44710ecc-10bb-48d1-93c7-ae270180c33e)

Mangroves are incredible survivors and adapters. They're also amazing at lessening the impact of tropical storms and climate change. And heck, they're cool looking. So jump into the brackish waters and have a listen.

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From Stuff You Should Know at 2022-07-09 10:00:00

Selects: How Ayahuasca Works (audio.mp3?utm_source=Podcast&in_playlist=44710ecc-10bb-48d1-93c7-ae270180c33e)

One day in the Amazon Basin, a shaman put together a plant containing DMT with a vine that allows the body to absorb DMT. The combination, a foul-tasting, wildly hallucinogenic brew called ayahuasca, has changed cultures throughout the Americas. Learn all about it in this classic episode.

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From Stuff You Should Know at 2022-07-07 10:00:00

The Maya Civilization (audio.mp3?utm_source=Podcast&in_playlist=44710ecc-10bb-48d1-93c7-ae270180c33e)

After inspiration from Chuck's recent trip to the Yucatan, the fellas dive into the Maya Civilization. 

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From Stuff You Should Know at 2022-07-06 10:00:00

Short Stuff: Alligator Gar (audio.mp3?utm_source=Podcast&in_playlist=44710ecc-10bb-48d1-93c7-ae270180c33e)

The alligator gar is one scary looking fish. Learn all about these monsters in today's episode.

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From Stuff You Should Know at 2022-07-05 10:00:00

How Ultraprocessed Foods Work (audio.mp3?utm_source=Podcast&in_playlist=44710ecc-10bb-48d1-93c7-ae270180c33e)

Ultraprocessed is a new term for junk food, but it means much more than that – it’s also a cautionary tale for the way we’re supposed to cook and eat, using real food and sitting down with friends and family. But who has the time and money to do that?

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From Stuff You Should Know at 2022-07-02 10:00:00

Selects: How Freak Shows Worked (audio.mp3?utm_source=Podcast&in_playlist=44710ecc-10bb-48d1-93c7-ae270180c33e)

Not too long ago, people would pay money to gawk and stare at a performer with a physical disformity. They were called freak shows and they began in large part thanks to P.T. Barnum, whose circus we still enjoy today. Sounds awful, but some of these performers became rich folks as a result. Exploitive? You decide, after taking in this classic episode.

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From Stuff You Should Know at 2022-06-30 10:00:00

A Dispassionate Review of Roe v Wade (audio.mp3?utm_source=Podcast&in_playlist=44710ecc-10bb-48d1-93c7-ae270180c33e)

Given the landmark undoing of Roe v Wade, Chuck and Josh lay out all the relevant facts of the 1973 case.

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From Stuff You Should Know at 2022-06-29 10:00:00

Short Stuff: What did we use before infant formula? (audio.mp3?utm_source=Podcast&in_playlist=44710ecc-10bb-48d1-93c7-ae270180c33e)

There's an infant formula shortage. But infant formula is relatively new. So what did we do before it was perfected? Listen in and learn already!

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From Stuff You Should Know at 2022-06-28 13:48:33

How Alien Contact Might Work (audio.mp3?utm_source=Podcast&in_playlist=44710ecc-10bb-48d1-93c7-ae270180c33e)

If we ever found evidence of intelligent alien life (or they found us) what would we say? Who would say it for us? These seemingly silly questions are vitally important depending on your view.

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From Stuff You Should Know at 2022-06-25 10:00:00

Selects: Chiggers: The Phantom Menace (audio.mp3?utm_source=Podcast&in_playlist=44710ecc-10bb-48d1-93c7-ae270180c33e)

Chiggers are tiny little mites capable of making your life miserable. Worse than mosquitoes? Maybe. But they aren't insects - mites are actually part of the arachnid family and behave a little like ticks. Learn all about these nearly invisible pests in this classic episode.

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From Stuff You Should Know at 2022-06-23 12:49:55

What's up with bariatric surgery? (audio.mp3?utm_source=Podcast&in_playlist=44710ecc-10bb-48d1-93c7-ae270180c33e)

Bariatric surgery can also be called weight loss surgery. Some people think it's a highly underused tool to fight obesity. Others think it's a shortcut. We discuss all the ins and outs in this week's episode.

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From Stuff You Should Know at 2022-06-22 10:00:00

Short Stuff: Do Fish Get Thirsty? (audio.mp3?utm_source=Podcast&in_playlist=44710ecc-10bb-48d1-93c7-ae270180c33e)

One of the greatest questions we’ve ever heard, answered (in a roundabout way).

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From Stuff You Should Know at 2022-06-21 10:00:00

The Appalachian Trail: A Heckuva Hike (audio.mp3?utm_source=Podcast&in_playlist=44710ecc-10bb-48d1-93c7-ae270180c33e)

A few short years after the hiking trails from Maine to Georgia were connected into the world’s longest hiking-only footpath, a WWII vet walked the whole thing in one go. He kicked off a challenge that’s still taken on by thousands of people each year.

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From Stuff You Should Know at 2022-06-18 10:00:00

Selects: How Steadicams Work (audio.mp3?utm_source=Podcast&in_playlist=44710ecc-10bb-48d1-93c7-ae270180c33e)

There have been many inventions that have advanced filmmaking, but maybe none as important as the steadicam. Invented in the mid-70s, it literally changed the way movie making happened, and made the impossible possible. Learn about the fascinating history behind this amazing technology, in this classic episode.

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From Stuff You Should Know at 2022-06-16 16:01:12

What were the IRA hunger strikes? (audio.mp3?utm_source=Podcast&in_playlist=44710ecc-10bb-48d1-93c7-ae270180c33e)

In the early 1980s, imprisoned IRA members went on a prolonged hunger strike, leading to the death of ten men. This is their story.

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From Stuff You Should Know at 2022-06-15 10:00:00

Short Stuff: HR8 Gun Legislation (audio.mp3?utm_source=Podcast&in_playlist=44710ecc-10bb-48d1-93c7-ae270180c33e)

Today we dive into HR8, a gun bill supported by 90% of Americans that will likely never get through the Senate.

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From Stuff You Should Know at 2022-06-14 10:00:00

How Wind Works (audio.mp3?utm_source=Podcast&in_playlist=44710ecc-10bb-48d1-93c7-ae270180c33e)

Beloved egghead Buckminster Fuller said the wind doesn’t blow, it sucks. And he was pretty much right, depending on your perspective. Find out how everything from the hurricane to summer breeze makes life on Earth possible.

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From Stuff You Should Know at 2022-06-11 10:00:00

Selects: How Drowning Works (audio.mp3?utm_source=Podcast&in_playlist=44710ecc-10bb-48d1-93c7-ae270180c33e)

Hundreds of thousands of people drown around the world every year, and yet it can be easily prevented and is widely misunderstood – like how you can officially drown but live to tell the tale, or how you can drown but die days later. Learn all about it in this classic episode.

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From Stuff You Should Know at 2022-06-09 15:18:00

The 4-minute Mile: Greatest Sports Story? (audio.mp3?utm_source=Podcast&in_playlist=44710ecc-10bb-48d1-93c7-ae270180c33e)

Nobody thought the 4-minute mile was humanly possible, until it was. The story of how it happened is remarkable. So sit back and take a listen.

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From Stuff You Should Know at 2022-06-08 10:00:00

Short Stuff: Cleveland’s Infamous 10-Cent Beer Night (audio.mp3?utm_source=Podcast&in_playlist=44710ecc-10bb-48d1-93c7-ae270180c33e)

In 1974, the Cleveland (then Indians) baseball club held an unlimited 10 cent beer promotion to attract fans to the game. An actual riot broke out.

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From Stuff You Should Know at 2022-06-07 10:00:00

How Freedom of the Press Works (audio.mp3?utm_source=Podcast&in_playlist=44710ecc-10bb-48d1-93c7-ae270180c33e)

Countries around the world – capitalist democracies to communist unitary states – guarantee a free press in their constitutions. It turns out, though, that there is a galaxy of methods for subverting a free press. Find out why that matters in this episode.

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From Stuff You Should Know at 2022-06-04 10:00:00

Selects: How Satanism Works (audio.mp3?utm_source=Podcast&in_playlist=44710ecc-10bb-48d1-93c7-ae270180c33e)

Satanism may be the most misunderstood "religion" in the world. Part of that is because there are, and have been, many offshoots of Satanism, from The Church of Satan to The Satanic Temple. One thing is sure though, none of them are filled with evil humans who perform ritual blood sacrifice and worship a cloven-hoofed devil. Learn all about Satanism in this classic episode.

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From Stuff You Should Know at 2022-06-02 10:00:00

Kidney Donation: You Could Be A Saint! (audio.mp3?utm_source=Podcast&in_playlist=44710ecc-10bb-48d1-93c7-ae270180c33e)

Kidneys are one of the few organs that you can donate while you’re alive. And the vast majority of donors experience no complications and their remaining kidney functions just fine. Yet thousands of people die each year waiting for a donated kidney. Why?

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From Stuff You Should Know at 2022-06-01 10:00:00

Short Stuff: Happy Foods! (audio.mp3?utm_source=Podcast&in_playlist=44710ecc-10bb-48d1-93c7-ae270180c33e)

Some foods make you happy. But they aren't necessarily comfort foods. You know what they call that? SCIENCE!

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From Stuff You Should Know at 2022-05-31 16:02:24

The Scintillating World of Interest Rates (audio.mp3?utm_source=Podcast&in_playlist=44710ecc-10bb-48d1-93c7-ae270180c33e)

When the Fed raises interest rates a half point, the world market reacts. But why does this tiny percentage make such a difference? Listen and learn!

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From Stuff You Should Know at 2022-05-28 10:00:00

Selects: Waterbeds: The Sexiest Bed? (audio.mp3?utm_source=Podcast&in_playlist=44710ecc-10bb-48d1-93c7-ae270180c33e)

Waterbeds came and went pretty quickly in the United States, but despite their marketing as sex beds, they were actually invented to deliver a great night's sleep. Learn all about these super 70's beds in this classic episode.

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From Stuff You Should Know at 2022-05-26 10:00:00

The Myth of Absinthe (audio.mp3?utm_source=Podcast&in_playlist=44710ecc-10bb-48d1-93c7-ae270180c33e)

Absinthe makes you hallucinate and possibly even have a seizure, right? Nope. It's all a part of the myth of absinthe, which is really just a bitter tasting liquor with a bad reputation. 

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From Stuff You Should Know at 2022-05-25 10:00:00

Short Stuff: Do people move in predictable directions? (audio.mp3?utm_source=Podcast&in_playlist=44710ecc-10bb-48d1-93c7-ae270180c33e)

Depending on where you are in the world, you either have an instinct to go left or right when entering a place. Learn all about this today.

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From Stuff You Should Know at 2022-05-24 10:00:00

Cats: Invasive Species? (audio.mp3?utm_source=Podcast&in_playlist=44710ecc-10bb-48d1-93c7-ae270180c33e)

Josh and Chuck wade into dangerous waters with the debate over just how destructive cats are for local ecosystems (turns out it’s pretty bad) and some ideas on what to do about that (you may not want to know). Tune in and tense up!

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From Stuff You Should Know at 2022-05-21 10:00:00

Selects: The Disappearance of the Yuba County Five (audio.mp3?utm_source=Podcast&in_playlist=44710ecc-10bb-48d1-93c7-ae270180c33e)

In 1978, five friends set out for home from a basketball game. The next day, their car was discovered in a lonely mountain road. The next spring, their bodies began to turn up. What happened that night remains a mystery to this day. Explore what we know with Josh and Chuck in this classic episode.

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From Stuff You Should Know at 2022-05-19 13:59:37

What's in a surname? (audio.mp3?utm_source=Podcast&in_playlist=44710ecc-10bb-48d1-93c7-ae270180c33e)

Surnames are way more interesting that you think, trust us. Just hit play and prepare to be wowed.

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From Stuff You Should Know at 2022-05-18 10:00:00

Short Stuff: Artificial Banana Flavor (audio.mp3?utm_source=Podcast&in_playlist=44710ecc-10bb-48d1-93c7-ae270180c33e)

In the Watermelon episode, Chuck and Josh stumbled into a bit of little-known history about why artificial banana flavor doesn’t taste like bananas. Turns out it does; it just tastes like a banana you’ve probably never eaten.

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From Stuff You Should Know at 2022-05-17 15:13:07

Squirrels, Ahoy! (audio.mp3?utm_source=Podcast&in_playlist=44710ecc-10bb-48d1-93c7-ae270180c33e)

Squirrels are rodents, sure, but they’re rodents with personalities the size of Las Vegas and Detroit put together. Get to know your bushy-tailed (and sometimes not so bushy) neighbors who live interesting hidden lives right out in the open.

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From Stuff You Should Know at 2022-05-14 10:00:00

Selects: How Lizzie Borden Worked (audio.mp3?utm_source=Podcast&in_playlist=44710ecc-10bb-48d1-93c7-ae270180c33e)

Everybody knows how many whacks Lizzie Borden gave her mother and father with that axe, but there is plenty about the infamous double homicide that remains unresolved, like who actually did it. Travel into the mystery of Lizzie Borden in this classic episode.

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From Stuff You Should Know at 2022-05-12 10:00:00

Rhinoplasty, aka Nose Jobs (audio.mp3?utm_source=Podcast&in_playlist=44710ecc-10bb-48d1-93c7-ae270180c33e)

Nose jobs have been around a lot longer than you think. And the process is pretty interesting. Tune in for all things rhinoplasty. 

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From Stuff You Should Know at 2022-05-11 10:44:04

Short Stuff: Fainting At The Sight Of Blood (audio.mp3?utm_source=Podcast&in_playlist=44710ecc-10bb-48d1-93c7-ae270180c33e)

As many as 15% of people faint when they see blood! And it’s not just blood that gets them. It can be an injury or even a needle. Learn about this fascinating phobia in this episode.

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From Stuff You Should Know at 2022-05-10 10:00:00

What are land acknowledgments? (audio.mp3?utm_source=Podcast&in_playlist=44710ecc-10bb-48d1-93c7-ae270180c33e)

Land acknowledgements are all the rage in some parts of the world. But they also open a can of worms if not done properly. Learn all about this increasingly common practice today. 

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From Stuff You Should Know at 2022-05-07 10:00:00

Selects: How Champagne Works (audio.mp3?utm_source=Podcast&in_playlist=44710ecc-10bb-48d1-93c7-ae270180c33e)

Sure we can all agree that champagne is probably the greatest thing humans have or ever will invent, but how much do we understand how it's made? Learn all about it in this classic episode.

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From Stuff You Should Know at 2022-05-05 10:00:00

Marcus Garvey: Black Moses (audio.mp3?utm_source=Podcast&in_playlist=44710ecc-10bb-48d1-93c7-ae270180c33e)

One of the more controversial black leaders, Marcus Garvey divided black and white Americans with his assertion of black pride, and sowed division in the black community as well. Yet, possibly no one has had more global impact on black lives than him.

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From Stuff You Should Know at 2022-05-04 05:00:00

Short Stuff: Shar Pei (audio.mp3?utm_source=Podcast&in_playlist=44710ecc-10bb-48d1-93c7-ae270180c33e)

Today we dive into the lovable folds of the Shar Pei.

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From Stuff You Should Know at 2022-05-03 13:55:32

The Mystery of Coal (audio.mp3?utm_source=Podcast&in_playlist=44710ecc-10bb-48d1-93c7-ae270180c33e)

There’s a mystery afoot! Almost all of the coal we use around the world was created in the same 60 million year period. Before or after that relatively short window of time, not so much. Just what exactly explains this geological mystery?

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From Stuff You Should Know at 2022-04-30 10:00:00

Selects: How Rodney Dangerfield Worked, Live From LA (audio.mp3?utm_source=Podcast&in_playlist=44710ecc-10bb-48d1-93c7-ae270180c33e)

Other comedians cry on the inside, but Rodney Dangerfield built his entire act around his sad life. Get to know this legendary comic who was nearing 50 when he got his break, in this classic episode recorded live in LA.

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From Stuff You Should Know at 2022-04-28 10:00:00

Understudies: Hardest Workers on Broadway? (audio.mp3?utm_source=Podcast&in_playlist=44710ecc-10bb-48d1-93c7-ae270180c33e)

Being an understudy is far more challenging than simply learning the lines of a lead actor in case of emergency. Learn all about these unsung stage heroes today. 

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From Stuff You Should Know at 2022-04-27 10:00:00

Short Stuff: Smelly Homes (audio.mp3?utm_source=Podcast&in_playlist=44710ecc-10bb-48d1-93c7-ae270180c33e)

Does your house smell? No? What if we told you it’s impossible for you to know whether  it does or not?

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From Stuff You Should Know at 2022-04-26 10:00:00

“Postmodernism:” (audio.mp3?utm_source=Podcast&in_playlist=44710ecc-10bb-48d1-93c7-ae270180c33e)

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From Stuff You Should Know at 2022-04-23 10:00:00

Selects: The Baffling Case of the Body On Somerton Beach (audio.mp3?utm_source=Podcast&in_playlist=44710ecc-10bb-48d1-93c7-ae270180c33e)

Since his corpse was found in 1948, wearing a nice suit in summer on an Australian beach, an unidentified man has refused to fade into obscurity, gripping the imagination of sleuths around the world. Learn all about the mystery in this classic episode.

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From Stuff You Should Know at 2022-04-21 10:00:00

Just Say No to... Bottled Water (audio.mp3?utm_source=Podcast&in_playlist=44710ecc-10bb-48d1-93c7-ae270180c33e)

Bottled water is huge business, and terrible for the environment. But where did this all start? Listen in and learn.

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From Stuff You Should Know at 2022-04-20 10:00:00

Short Stuff: Salute the Grilled Cheese (audio.mp3?utm_source=Podcast&in_playlist=44710ecc-10bb-48d1-93c7-ae270180c33e)

Today we pay tribute to the comfiest of comfort food, the grilled cheese sandwich.

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From Stuff You Should Know at 2022-04-19 13:40:50

The Christine Collins Story (audio.mp3?utm_source=Podcast&in_playlist=44710ecc-10bb-48d1-93c7-ae270180c33e)

When Christine Collins' son disappeared in 1928, she thought that was the worst that could happen.  What followed was more upsetting than any parent could imagine. 

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From Stuff You Should Know at 2022-04-16 10:00:00

Selects: What happens to abandoned mines? (audio.mp3?utm_source=Podcast&in_playlist=44710ecc-10bb-48d1-93c7-ae270180c33e)

Did you know there are as many as 500,000 abandoned mines in the US, but the federal government knows where only 30,000 of them are? Learn about how these places go from money pit to death trap when mine companies simply walk away, in this classic episode.

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From Stuff You Should Know at 2022-04-14 14:21:37

How Mensa Works (audio.mp3?utm_source=Podcast&in_playlist=44710ecc-10bb-48d1-93c7-ae270180c33e)

Most of us know Mensa’s a smart people club. And that Geena Davis is a member. But did you know it was originally intended as a rolodex when the government needed the UK’s most intelligent minds? And that the Kansas City chapter staged a revolt in the 60s?

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From Stuff You Should Know at 2022-04-13 10:00:00

Short Stuff: Animal Politicians (audio.mp3?utm_source=Podcast&in_playlist=44710ecc-10bb-48d1-93c7-ae270180c33e)

Small towns around the world have a longstanding tradition of nominating – and voting for – animals in elected positions like mayor and some animals have made it to being nominated for president.

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From Stuff You Should Know at 2022-04-12 10:00:00

The Mystery of the Toynbee Tiles (audio.mp3?utm_source=Podcast&in_playlist=44710ecc-10bb-48d1-93c7-ae270180c33e)

If you've ever been to Philadelphia then you've probably walked right by a Toynbee Tile embedded in the street. But what's the meaning on these mysterious installations, and who is doing it? Listen in to find out.

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From Stuff You Should Know at 2022-04-09 10:00:00

Selects: A Partial History of Action Figures (audio.mp3?utm_source=Podcast&in_playlist=44710ecc-10bb-48d1-93c7-ae270180c33e)

Action figures have a long and glorious history. From GI Joes to Star Wars figures, these offshoots of dolls came along at just the right time to capture the hearts and minds of children everywhere. Learn all about the partial history of action figures in this classic episode.

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