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Podcast Episode #300: Tiny Tim’s Illness

Podcast Episode #300: Tiny Tim’s Illness

Simon Whistler December 19, 2014 0

In this episode, you’re going to learn what exact Tiny Tim was sick from that 19th century medical science could cure simply by someone throwing some money at the problem. [TRANSCRIPT] Don’t miss future

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Podcast Episode #299: Tinkle Bells

Podcast Episode #299: Tinkle Bells

Simon Whistler December 18, 2014 1

In this episode, you’re going to learn about the origin of the Christmas staple, “Silver Bells,” and how the duo who wrote it tried everything they could to get out of having to compose

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Podcast Episode #298: The Invention of Eggnog

Podcast Episode #298: The Invention of Eggnog

Simon Whistler December 17, 2014 1

In this episode, you’re going to learn about how the practice of mixing a cow’s udder excretions with the product that came out of a chicken’s cloaca ultimately led to Eggnog. You’re also going

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Podcast Episode #297: Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree

Podcast Episode #297: Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree

Simon Whistler December 16, 2014 0

In this episode, you’re going to learn about the surprisingly young age Brenda Lee was when she recorded one of the most famous Christmas songs of all time… and how it completely flopped initially. 

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Podcast Episode #296: Mark Twain and His Curious Aquarium

Podcast Episode #296: Mark Twain and His Curious Aquarium

Simon Whistler December 15, 2014 0

In this episode, you’re going to learn about the elderly Mark Twain’s prized “aquarium,” and the dozen or so “angel fish” who made up its membership. [TRANSCRIPT] Don’t miss future episodes of this podcast,

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Podcast Episode #295: The Swoosh

Podcast Episode #295: The Swoosh

Simon Whistler December 12, 2014 0

In this episode, you’re going to learn about the interesting origin of the Nike swoosh logo and the amazingly paltry amount the creator of that iconic logo was paid for it. [TRANSCRIPT] Don’t miss

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Podcast Episode #294: Metals and Microwaves

Podcast Episode #294: Metals and Microwaves

Simon Whistler December 11, 2014 0

In this episode, you’re going to learn why it is that it’s generally advised that you do not put metals in microwave ovens, despite the devices being made of metal, as well as how

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Podcast Episode #293: Driving on the Right vs. Left

Podcast Episode #293: Driving on the Right vs. Left

Simon Whistler December 10, 2014 0

In this episode, you’re going to learn why some countries have rules that drivers should drive on the left side of the road, and others chose to pick the right side. [TRANSCRIPT] Don’t miss

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Podcast Episode #291: Floating Objects in Your Eye

Podcast Episode #291: Floating Objects in Your Eye

Simon Whistler December 9, 2014 1

In this episode, you’re going to learn what causes the so-called “eye-floaters” that you may occasionally see when looking at things like a bright blue sky. [TRANSCRIPT] Don’t miss future episodes of this podcast,

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Podcast Episode #290: The Truth About the Average Age of Marriage for Women Throughout History

Podcast Episode #290: The Truth About the Average Age of Marriage for Women Throughout History

Simon Whistler December 8, 2014 0

In this episode, you’re going to learn whether there is any truth to the idea that women used to commonly get married shortly after puberty. In the bonus topic today, you’re going to learn

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Podcast Episode #289: Why Tires Used to Be Made White and Why They are Black Today

Podcast Episode #289: Why Tires Used to Be Made White and Why They are Black Today

Simon Whistler December 5, 2014 0

In this episode, you’re going to learn why tires stopped being made white and instead are now almost always made black excepting with novelty tires. In the bonus topic, you’re also going to learn

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Podcast Episode #288: The Bull and the Bear

Podcast Episode #288: The Bull and the Bear

Simon Whistler December 4, 2014 0

In this episode, you’re going to learn how the terms “bull” and “bear” came to be applied to the stock market. [TRANSCRIPT] Don’t miss future episodes of this podcast, subscribe here: iTunes | RSS/XML

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Podcast Episode #287: PEZ and Instant Cake Mix

Podcast Episode #287: PEZ and Instant Cake Mix

Simon Whistler December 3, 2014 0

In this episode, you’re going to learn about the intrepid teenager who created the first ready-made cake mix, then later the ever popular confectionery PEZ, as well as just what “PEZ” stands for and

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Podcast Episode #286: Police Officers and the Color Blue

Podcast Episode #286: Police Officers and the Color Blue

Simon Whistler December 2, 2014 0

In this episode, you’re going to learn the interesting reason why the police in many regions traditionally wear blue, as well as an interesting fact about uniform color and sports teams. [TRANSCRIPT] Don’t miss

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Podcast Episode #285: The Moon on the Horizon

Podcast Episode #285: The Moon on the Horizon

Simon Whistler December 1, 2014 0

In this episode, you’re going to learn the real reason the Moon looks bigger on the horizon.  In a Bonus topic after that, you’re going to learn why lead used to be added to

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Podcast Episode #284: Black Friday

Podcast Episode #284: Black Friday

Simon Whistler November 28, 2014 0

In this episode, you’re going to learn how Black Friday got started, the real reason it’s called that, and a few other interesting facts about this “supposed” biggest shopping day of the year. [TRANSCRIPT]

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Podcast Episode #283: Sarah Josepha Hale, Mary Had a Little Lamb, and the Origin of the Thanksgiving Holiday

Podcast Episode #283: Sarah Josepha Hale, Mary Had a Little Lamb, and the Origin of the Thanksgiving Holiday

Simon Whistler November 27, 2014 1

In this episode, you’re going to learn how one of the great, but little known today, women in American history brought about the United States’ Thanksgiving holiday, as well as introduced most of the

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Podcast Episode #282: The Truth About Turkey and Drowsiness

Podcast Episode #282: The Truth About Turkey and Drowsiness

Simon Whistler November 26, 2014 0

In this episode, you’re going to learn whether there is any truth to the idea that eating turkey will make you drowsy. [TRANSCRIPT] Don’t miss future episodes of this podcast, subscribe here: iTunes |

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