Been Caught Stealing

Been Caught Stealing

Making a podcast means having a long list of script ideas that you swear you’ll get around to, a list that you add to faster than you could ever hope to write and record. My topic queue is …aw crap…11 pages long. On April 15, 2018, real life retired Marine...
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...
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...
Patent Schmatent

Patent Schmatent

  In 1895, German physicist Wilhelm Roentgen was conducting experiments with a Crookes tube – basically a glass gas bulb that gives off fluorescent light when a high-voltage current is passed through it.  Despite the tube being shielded by heavy black cardboard,...
We Can’t Have Nice Things – Advertising edition

We Can’t Have Nice Things – Advertising edition

  An ad agency in New York cooked up a novel campaign to advertise themselves to potential clients.  They mailed a top executive at each firm a stuffed toy…and a ransom note. The words, cut out of magazines and newspapers in classic ransom note style, read...