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Podcast Episode #263: The Truth About Halloween and Poisoned Candy

Podcast Episode #263: The Truth About Halloween and Poisoned Candy

Simon Whistler October 30, 2014 0

In this episode, you’re going to learn the truth about the often repeated idea that people have put razor blades in or poisoned Halloween candy. [TRANSCRIPT] Don’t miss future episodes of this podcast, subscribe

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Podcast Episode #262: The Names of the Seasons

Podcast Episode #262: The Names of the Seasons

Simon Whistler October 29, 2014 0

In this episode, you’re going to learn why we call Autumn (or Fall), Winter, Spring, and Summer by those names. [TRANSCRIPT] Don’t miss future episodes of this podcast, subscribe here: iTunes | RSS/XML You

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Podcast Episode #261: White Toilet Paper

Podcast Episode #261: White Toilet Paper

Simon Whistler October 28, 2014 0

In this episode, you’re going to learn why in many regions of the world toilet paper only comes in white, as well as some other interesting facts about this relatively modern product, at least

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Podcast Episode #260: Marilyn Monroe And Her Infamous Calendar

Podcast Episode #260: Marilyn Monroe And Her Infamous Calendar

Simon Whistler October 27, 2014 0

In this episode, you’re going to learn the story behind Marilyn Monroe’s famous nude calendar and how she managed to overcome the normal stigmas attached to such things in her era. [TRANSCRIPT] Don’t miss

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Podcast Episode #259: Duncan Hines and Eating Out in Early 20th Century America

Podcast Episode #259: Duncan Hines and Eating Out in Early 20th Century America

Simon Whistler October 24, 2014 0

In this episode, you’re going to learn the fascinating story about a traveling salesman for a printing company who ultimately, through something of a hobby while he traveled, became the man behind the Duncan

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Podcast Episode #258: Sealand

Podcast Episode #258: Sealand

Simon Whistler October 23, 2014 0

In this episode, you’re going to learn about one of the more interesting nations on planet Earth, Sealand. Pirate radio, kidnapping, dramatic battles- the principality of Sealand has seen all of these things and

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Podcast Episode #257: Richard the Lionheart of France

Podcast Episode #257: Richard the Lionheart of France

Simon Whistler October 22, 2014 0

In this episode, you’re going to learn some interesting facts about famed English king Richard the Lionheart, who in fact spent the vast majority of his life away from England and reportedly barely spoke

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Podcast Episode #256: Pee and “P”

Podcast Episode #256: Pee and “P”

Simon Whistler October 21, 2014 0

In this episode, you’re going to learn the fascinating story of how the first element discovered since ancient times was accidentally isolated by a man playing around with vast amounts of human urine. [TRANSCRIPT]

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Podcast Episode #255: Jack O’ Lantern

Podcast Episode #255: Jack O’ Lantern

Simon Whistler October 20, 2014 1

In this episode, you’re going to learn where the tradition of carving pumpkins came from and why we call carved pumpkins “Jack O’ Lanterns.” [TRANSCRIPT] Don’t miss future episodes of this podcast, subscribe here:

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Podcast Episode #254: Erased from Existance

Podcast Episode #254: Erased from Existance

Simon Whistler October 17, 2014 0

In this episode, you’re going to learn about an interesting punishment occasionally leveled against certain individuals in Ancient Rome- Damnatio Memoriae (condemnation of memory), where they would attempt to erase all evidence that that

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Podcast Episode #253: Hiccup

Podcast Episode #253: Hiccup

Daven Hiskey October 16, 2014 1

In this episode, you’re going to learn what exactly causes hiccups and some methods to cure them.  You’re also going to learn about some of the longest bouts of hiccups ever recorded. [TRANSCRIPT] Don’t

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Podcast Episode #252: How the Modern Calendar Came to Be

Podcast Episode #252: How the Modern Calendar Came to Be

Simon Whistler October 15, 2014 0

In this episode, you’re going to learn how the calendar evolved from its earliest forms to today. [TRANSCRIPT] Don’t miss future episodes of this podcast, subscribe here: iTunes | RSS/XML You can also find

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Podcast Episode #251: Inventing Teflon

Podcast Episode #251: Inventing Teflon

Simon Whistler October 14, 2014 0

In this episode, you’re going to learn about the accidental invention of the third slipperiest substances known to man, and the only known substance a gecko’s feet cannot stick to, Teflon. [TRANSCRIPT] Don’t miss

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Podcast Episode #250: Inventing the Elevator

Podcast Episode #250: Inventing the Elevator

Simon Whistler October 13, 2014 0

In this episode, you’re going to learn who invented the device that made skyscrapers possible, the elevator, and how in its early days it was a virtual death trap. [TRANSCRIPT] Don’t miss future episodes

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Podcast Episode #249: A Pope and a Romance Novel

Podcast Episode #249: A Pope and a Romance Novel

Simon Whistler October 10, 2014 0

In this episode, you’re going to learn about the pope who wrote a wildly popular romance novel before ascending to the papacy. [TRANSCRIPT] Don’t miss future episodes of this podcast, subscribe here: iTunes |

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Podcast Episode #248: Coins and Fountains

Podcast Episode #248: Coins and Fountains

Simon Whistler October 9, 2014 0

In this episode, you’re going to learn how the tradition of throwing coins in fountains got started and why we still do it to this day. [TRANSCRIPT] Don’t miss future episodes of this podcast,

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Podcast Episode #247: Containing Ice

Podcast Episode #247: Containing Ice

Simon Whistler October 8, 2014 0

In this episode, you’re going to learn what would happen if you froze water in a container that didn’t allow the ice to expand. [TRANSCRIPT] Don’t miss future episodes of this podcast, subscribe here:

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Podcast Episode #246: Detecting Smoke

Podcast Episode #246: Detecting Smoke

Simon Whistler October 7, 2014 0

In this episode, you’re going to learn how exactly smoke alarms detect smoke. [TRANSCRIPT] Don’t miss future episodes of this podcast, subscribe here: iTunes | RSS/XML You can also find more episodes by going

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