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Podcast Episode #229: The Colosseum’s Much Bigger Brother, The Circus Maximus

Podcast Episode #229: The Colosseum’s Much Bigger Brother, The Circus Maximus

Simon Whistler September 12, 2014 1

In this episode, you’re going to learn about a drastically bigger structure commonly used for certain Roman games long before the now much more famous Colosseum was even a thought.  You’re also going to

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Podcast Episode #228: ACME

Podcast Episode #228: ACME

Simon Whistler September 11, 2014 1

In this episode, you’re going to learn the origin of the popular Looney Tunes corporation name “ACME,” as well as just why the coyote could never seem to catch the Road Runner. [TRANSCRIPT] Don’t

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Podcast Episode #227: Justin Verlander and a Chocolate Milk

Podcast Episode #227: Justin Verlander and a Chocolate Milk

Simon Whistler September 10, 2014 3

In this episode, you’re going to find out about a time in high school when future MLB superstar Justin Verlander ultimately paid over $3000 for a single serving chocolate milk, and the interesting story

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Podcast Episode #226: The Remarkable Audie Murphy

Podcast Episode #226: The Remarkable Audie Murphy

Simon Whistler September 9, 2014 0

In this episode, you’re going to learn about one of the most storied (and diminutive) soldiers in WWII, a few of the remarkable things he did during the war, as well as his very

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Podcast Episode #225: The Food Pyramid and Why You Shouldn’t Follow It

Podcast Episode #225: The Food Pyramid and Why You Shouldn’t Follow It

Simon Whistler September 8, 2014 1

In this episode, you’re going to learn about the origin of the food pyramid, and why you’d be eating a poor diet if you followed the USDA’s various versions of it through the years. 

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Podcast Episode #224: A Celestial Message in a Bottle

Podcast Episode #224: A Celestial Message in a Bottle

Simon Whistler September 5, 2014 0

In this episode, you’re going to learn the fascinating story of a humble add-on mission to one of NASA’s more ambitious projects.  This little additional objective was overseen by none other than famed scientist

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Podcast Episode #223: The Dung Beetle and the Stars

Podcast Episode #223: The Dung Beetle and the Stars

Simon Whistler September 4, 2014 1

In this episode, you’re going to learn some fascinating facts about the Dung Beetle, including a very recent discovery about how they navigate. [TRANSCRIPT] Don’t miss future episodes of this podcast, subscribe here: iTunes

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Podcast Episode #222: Petrifaction

Podcast Episode #222: Petrifaction

Simon Whistler September 3, 2014 0

In this episode, you’re going to learn how it is that certain organic materials become petrified. [TRANSCRIPT] Don’t miss future episodes of this podcast, subscribe here: iTunes | RSS/XML You can also find more

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Podcast Episode #221: How Preserving Meat with Salt Works

Podcast Episode #221: How Preserving Meat with Salt Works

Simon Whistler September 2, 2014 0

In this episode, you’re going to learn why rubbing salt on raw meat has a preservative effect. [TRANSCRIPT] Don’t miss future episodes of this podcast, subscribe here: iTunes | RSS/XML You can also find

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Podcast Episode #220: Ears and Earwigs

Podcast Episode #220: Ears and Earwigs

Simon Whistler September 1, 2014 0

In this episode, you’re going to learn whether there is any truth to earwigs laying eggs in people’s ears and other interesting facts about this creepy little insect. [TRANSCRIPT] Don’t miss future episodes of

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Podcast Episode #219: Horses and Engines

Podcast Episode #219: Horses and Engines

Simon Whistler August 29, 2014 0

In this episode, you’re going to learn why it is that we commonly measure engine power in relation to horses, specifically horsepower.  You’re also going to learn who came up with this idea and

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Podcast Episode #218: Demystifying the 20-20 and 6-6 Vision Scales

Podcast Episode #218: Demystifying the 20-20 and 6-6 Vision Scales

Simon Whistler August 28, 2014 1

In this episode, you’re going to learn what exactly “20-20″ or “6-6″ vision means and how this scale is determined, as well as how it was originally thought up. [TRANSCRIPT] Don’t miss future episodes

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Podcast Episode #217: Hitler’s “Loathsome Nephew”

Podcast Episode #217: Hitler’s “Loathsome Nephew”

Simon Whistler August 27, 2014 0

In this episode, you’re going to learn about Adolf Hitler’s nephew who ultimately enlisted in the U.S. military to fight against his uncle during WWII. You’re also going to learn of an interesting pact

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Podcast Episode #216: The Billion Dollar Speech That Nearly Sank a Major Company

Podcast Episode #216: The Billion Dollar Speech That Nearly Sank a Major Company

Simon Whistler August 26, 2014 0

In this episode, you’re going to learn about a CEO of a major company who gave a speech that included a Q&A. In it, he uttered a couple sentences that ended up costing the

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Podcast Episode #215: The Fascinating Reason Why Lincoln Decided to Grow a Beard

Podcast Episode #215: The Fascinating Reason Why Lincoln Decided to Grow a Beard

Simon Whistler August 25, 2014 0

In this episode, you’re going to learn why a clean faced Lincoln suddenly decided to grow a bushy beard upon becoming President.  You’re also going to learn a lot of interesting Bonus Facts concerning

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Podcast Episode #214: From Runaway Slave to Bestselling Author and Adviser to Presidents

Podcast Episode #214: From Runaway Slave to Bestselling Author and Adviser to Presidents

Simon Whistler August 22, 2014 0

In this episode, you’re going to learn about a man who began life as a slave and finished it as one of the greatest orators of his era.  He was also instrumental in the

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Podcast Episode #213: The Greatest Scientist You’ve Never Heard Of

Podcast Episode #213: The Greatest Scientist You’ve Never Heard Of

Simon Whistler August 21, 2014 1

In this episode, you’re going to learn about a Catholic priest and mathematical physicists whose theory on the origin of the universe, which later evolved into what we know today as “The Big Bang

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Podcast Episode #212: Christmas Island and Its Crabs and Ants

Podcast Episode #212: Christmas Island and Its Crabs and Ants

Simon Whistler August 20, 2014 0

In this episode, you’re going to learn about the crab that for a brief period every year quite literally overruns Christmas Island with the crab to human ratio at approximately 20,000 to 1.  You’re

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