Marvelous Miss Miser

Marvelous Miss Miser

A friend asks you out to a nice dinner.  The evening’s been swell, then the check comes.  Your friend whistles an idle tune, stares blankly into the distance, does anything other than reach for the check.  Finally, you give in and pay for the meal.  Just like last...

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Bored?  Games!

Bored? Games!

  At the 2017 SXSW festival in Austin, Texas, one of the exhibitions was about board games, slightly different versions of the ones normally seen on shelves, games like Pandemic where players collaborate to solves global crises, Collection Deck, less Ren...

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It’s The End Of The World! (Again)

It’s The End Of The World! (Again)

BOOK, THANK PATRONS In the village of Gittisham, Devon, England, in the 18th century, lived a woman named Joanna Southcott.  Southcott became convinced that she had supernatural powers and began selling seals of the lord, essentially tickets to heaven, which people...

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Making Do

Making Do

    Today’s episode is brought to you by our amazing supporters at patreon.com/yourbrainonfacts and by the Your Brain On Facts book, available for pre-order now at ybof.com/book, chock full of articles that have never and will never be included in the...

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Food, Dubious Food

Food, Dubious Food

Vocal Fries podcast In 2011, an Alabama law firm sued fast food chain Taco Bell for dishonest business practices, claiming Taco Bell's seasoned beef filling couldn't be called beef under USDA standards because they had it tested and it only contained 35% beed.  The...

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Around the World in 80 Birthdays

Around the World in 80 Birthdays

If you walk up to a random person on the street and ask their birthday, there’s only a 1:365 chance that they have the same birthday as you, about .27%.  If you ask nineteen more random people, your odds improve, but only just. You’re still not up to even a 5% chance....

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To Your Health (Spa)

To Your Health (Spa)

Health and wellness are always a concern, especially lately with news of the novel corona virus coming at us from all sides.  There are ways to help your body stay in peak condition. Perk up your colon with a coffee enema, balance your energies into the ideal...

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100!

100!

In the first version of Toy Story, Woody wasn't a toy cowboy, he was a ventriloquist dummy.  And he was a creepy sadist, at one point pushing Buzz Lightyear out a window. The standard-issue female CPR training dummy, called RessuciAnne, got her face from the death...

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Earth’s Unsung-est Heroes: Black Inventors, pt 2

Earth’s Unsung-est Heroes: Black Inventors, pt 2

      There’s a company out there, you might have seen videos of their products online, that makes furniture that converts from a bed to a desk.  Like an old-fashioned Murphy bed, but better, because the items on your desk and shelves can stay where...

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Earth’s Unsung-est Heroes: Black Inventors, pt 1

Earth’s Unsung-est Heroes: Black Inventors, pt 1

  Edison, Franklin, Tesla, DaVinci, Bell, Wright, Marconi, Babbage, Goodyear.  These inventors’ names are synonymous with the technologies that have defined their times.  They have another thing in common; they’re all white men. But many Black inventors have...

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Animal Mother

Animal Mother

In the rainforest of South American and the Caribbean, lives a toad, scientific name pipa pipa, that is about the size of your hand.  It is shaped a bit like a hand, as well, since it’s so flat, it looks like it’s been run over by a cartoon steam-roller. The broad...

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Do Not Adjust Your Set

Do Not Adjust Your Set

Deep into the night during an HBO broadcast of The Falcon and the Snowman in April 1986, subscribers were startled to see the start of the action interrupted by a four-and-a-half-minute transmission from a certain “Captain Midnight.” Over a test pattern, a message...

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