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Who invented pants? How did ‘pink for girls’ and ‘blue for boys’ happen? What do dogs say when they bark? ELT is here to answer your burning questions. If you have a question that needs answering, call the ELT Help Line at 833-RING-ELT or send an audio message to elt@gimletmedia.com. Every Little Thing is produced by Gimlet Media and hosted by Flora Lichtman.

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ELT tackles some animal, vegetable, mineral mysteries with special guest Amy Sedaris. Plus, caller Maria is troubled by a hole in front of her condo — will she be swallowed by the earth? And the scoop on spinach tooth. Guests: Comedian and rabbit expert Amy Sedaris; Jim Correll, plant pathologist, University of Arkansas; geologist and sinkhole expert David Wilshaw. Thanks to callers Anthony, Eddie and Maria.
A mass spider invasion at his office left accountant Steven with a burning question: How many can there be? ELT does some spider number-crunching, and meets the man who discovered one of the largest spider gatherings on record. Guests: Freddie Gowin, retired park ranger, Lake Tawakoni State Park, Texas; Linda Rayor, arachnologist at Cornell University. Thanks to caller Steven.
Grand Theft Water Lily

Grand Theft Water Lily

2019-10-1400:24:171

Why would a garden-gloved thief lift a water lily from a botanical garden in London? ELT gets to the root of a rare plant heist. Guests: Carlos Magdalena, botanical horticulturist at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, London, and author of The Plant Messiah. Nick Johnson, horticultural manager of Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park, Grand Cayman. Thanks to caller Carl.
How do nail polish colors get their names? ELT digs into this FAQ, and finds out how painting our nails became a thing. Plus, an update on Jeremy’s reported fruit fly infestation. Guests: Fashion historian Suzanne Shapiro, author of Nails: The Story of the Modern Manicure; Suzi Weiss-Fischmann, co-founder and Brand Ambassador of OPI Products Inc., and author of I’m Not Really a Waitress; chemical ecologist Kevin Cloonan, Acadia University, Nova Scotia, Canada. Thanks to caller Olivia and all the callers who shared their gnat knowledge.
Images of little green aliens are everywhere: Area 51, bongs, your ‘90s chain wallet. But why did we start depicting extraterrestrials that way? ELT uncovers the moment that beamed little green aliens into our homes (and hearts).Guests: sociologist of science Pierre Lagrange; Kentucky resident Bill Thomas; literature professor Roger Luckhurst.Special thanks to caller Willie. Thanks also to Sarah Scoles and Geraldine Sutton Stith.
Where did the limbo first get off the ground? This week, ELT reveals how it went from funerals in the Caribbean to shag-carpeted basements across American suburbia.Guests: Performer, choreographer, and documentarian Sonja Dumas; and Shane Vogel, professor of English and Theater at Indiana University.Special thanks to listener Aurelia. Thanks also to Kieron Sargeant and Ray Funk.To hear the songs featured in this episode, head over to our Spotify playlist at elt.show/limbo.
Caller Austin had a fragment of a song stuck in his head, and he needed our assistance. ELT listeners help him name that tune and put this mystery to rest. Guests: Singer and songwriter Sondre Lerche. Thanks to Dave Heilman and all the listeners who tried to help Austin.
How to Get Rid of an Earworm

How to Get Rid of an Earworm

2019-08-1900:26:383

An earworm expert explains how to unstick that song that’s stuck in your head, and why it got lodged there in the first place. Plus, your earwormholes — the songs that transport you through time and space.To hear the songs featured in this episode, head over to our Spotify playlist.
Caller Jeremy has a problem: fruit flies have swarmed his apartment, and he needs to know where they came from. ELT finds out how Jeremy’s red-eyed roommates landed in his life. Plus, please help caller Austin name that tune. Guest: Biologist Marcus Stensmyr, Lund University. Thanks to callers Jeremy and Austin.
While they may look like dainty, dorky birds, flamingos deserve respect. Flora brings the flamingo facts, and launches ELT’s campaign to bring a flamingo mascot to professional sports.Guests: Comedian Prashanth Venkataramanujam; Producer Katherine Wells; Mascot maker Jennifer Smith of Avant Garb; Renbert Mortimer, creator of the University of the Bahamas mascot.
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Sharlene John

How touching! What a sweet episode ☺️💖

Oct 23rd
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phxflurry

awesome episode ❤ thank you ELT

Sep 18th
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Matthew Donald

Omg this was so sweet I totally cried

Sep 9th
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Erica Allbright

This one made me really emotional... hearing the crickets chirping, how amazing nature is and how programmed it is naturally to be in their environment exactly like us, just wow... not sure if that made sense but it made sense when I thought it. Loved hearing the interviews afterwards... Beautiful content.

Aug 25th
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Erica Allbright

Okay... did NOT know flamingos were this badass... although I feel like they're so mainstream these days which is annoying becos ppl just think they're cute and have no idea of their potential... anyway, other mascots people need to consider are The Emperor Moth; can smell a mate from seven miles away? Ready to pounce much? Or a Box Jellyfish!? Extremely toxic stings are fatal to humans attacking the entire nervous system and the heart, they HUNT for their food, always on the prowl, can get up to 6 ft. tall, I mean c'mon... and what would be cooler than the way the mascot would actually look? All those tentacles (lol). Great thinking content, ELT, keep goin 🤙

Aug 25th
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Erica Allbright

I've been listening to these ALL day long and my mom was actually listening from the other room and this one FREAKED. US. OUT. Personal research was conducted to further freak us out and then I commenced to wash my face and exfoliate it.... still felt itchy *all in my head* AMAZING content, I absolutely love this channel!!!! You guys ROCK!! Also, if anyone sees this comment and knows who Christine Driscoll is, I'd love to see a picture of her because her voice is similar to someone I saw on a BuzzFeed video and would love to know if this is the same lady! Much love, ELT 🤙🧠🎙⚛

Aug 25th
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