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Secretly Incredibly Fascinating

Secretly Incredibly Fascinating

Author: Alex Schmidt

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A weekly podcast about the history, science, lore and surprises that make everyday things secretly incredibly fascinating. Hosted by comedy writer, emoji creator, and 'Jeopardy!' champion Alex Schmidt. Join Alex & his comedian guests for a joyful deep dive into seeing the world a whole new way! (For research sources, bonus episodes, and how you can support the podcast, visit sifpod.fun.)
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Gargoyles

Gargoyles

2021-10-2501:04:14

Alex Schmidt is joined by comedy writer/podcaster Conor Lastowka (Rifftrax, '372 Pages We'll Never Get Back' podcast) and historian/podcaster Patrick Wyman ('Tides Of History' podcast, new book 'The Verge: Reformation, Renaissance, and Forty Years that Shook the World') for a look at why gargoyles are secretly incredibly fascinating. Visit http://sifpod.fun/ for research sources, handy links, and this week's bonus episode.
Labor Unions

Labor Unions

2021-10-1801:00:10

Alex Schmidt is joined by comedians/podcasters Matt Apodaca, Heather Anne Campbell, and Nick Wiger ('How Did This Get Played?' podcast) for a look at why labor unions are secretly incredibly fascinating. Visit http://sifpod.fun/ for research sources, handy links, and this week's bonus episode.
Vinyl Records

Vinyl Records

2021-10-1101:03:27

Alex Schmidt is joined by comedian/broadcaster/author Robin Ince (BBC Radio 4's 'The Infinite Monkey Cage', the Cosmic Shambles podcast network, his new book 'The Importance Of Being Interested') for a look at why vinyl records are secretly incredibly fascinating. Visit http://sifpod.fun/ for research sources, handy links, and this week's bonus episode. And here's the playlist Alex and Robin came up with on this episode: https://bit.ly/SIF_VinylRecords
Antarctica

Antarctica

2021-10-0401:08:34

Alex Schmidt is joined by comedy writer/filmmaker Joey Clift (Netflix's 'Spirit Rangers', new Comedy Central short "How to Cope With Your Team Changing Its Native American Mascot") and comedian/podcaster Craig Fay ('The Villain Was Right' podcast) for a look at why Antarctica is secretly incredibly fascinating. Visit http://sifpod.fun/ for research sources, handy links, and this week's bonus episode.
Halloween Stores

Halloween Stores

2021-09-2701:18:521

Alex Schmidt is joined by bestselling author Jason Pargin (‘John Dies At The End’ series, ‘Zoey Ashe’ series) for a look at why Halloween stores are secretly incredibly fascinating. Visit http://sifpod.fun/ for research sources, handy links, and this week's bonus episode.
Rest Areas

Rest Areas

2021-09-2001:08:11

Alex Schmidt is joined by comedian/podcaster Billy Wayne Davis ('Conan', host of 'Podcast Wayne Davis') and comedy writer/podcaster Diana McCallum (FromSuperheroes.com, host of 'Talk From Superheroes') for a look at why rest areas are secretly incredibly fascinating. Visit http://sifpod.fun/ for research sources, handy links, and this week's bonus episode.
Libraries

Libraries

2021-09-1350:59

Alex Schmidt is joined by comedians Siena East ('NDND' Youtube channel, UCB) and Blair Socci (MTV, Comedy Central) for a look at why libraries are secretly incredibly fascinating. Visit http://sifpod.fun/ for research sources, handy links, and this week's bonus episode.
Jimmy Carter

Jimmy Carter

2021-09-0654:42

Alex Schmidt is joined by comedian/podcaster Adam Tod Brown (‘Unpopular Opinion’ podcast network) and comedian/podcaster Jeff May (‘Jeff Has Cool Friends’ podcast) for a look at why Jimmy Carter is secretly incredibly fascinating. Visit http://sifpod.fun/ for research sources, handy links, and this week's bonus episode.
Beans

Beans

2021-08-3001:05:57

Alex Schmidt is joined by writers/podcasters/directors Abe Epperson, Adam Ganser, and Michael Swaim ('Small Beans' network, plus Swaim works at IGN.com) for a look at why beans are secretly incredibly fascinating. Visit http://sifpod.fun/ for research sources, handy links, and this week's bonus episode.
Jellyfish

Jellyfish

2021-08-2301:03:47

Alex Schmidt is joined by comedy writer/podcaster Katie Goldin ('Creature Feature' podcast, @ProBirdRights) for a look at why jellyfish are secretly incredibly fascinating. Visit http://sifpod.fun/ for research sources, handy links, and this week's bonus episode.
Thunderstorms

Thunderstorms

2021-08-1650:55

*Note with Alex's audio: the show uses his Zoom backup audio until around the 22 minute mark. It's totally listenable! And if you'd like to skip straight to the fancy mic audio, skip to 22:00. Alex Schmidt is joined by comedy writers Robert Brockway and Seanbaby (1900HOTDOG) for a look at why thunderstorms are secretly incredibly fascinating. Visit http://sifpod.fun/ for research sources, handy links, and this week's bonus episode.
Shoe Sizes

Shoe Sizes

2021-08-0901:02:20

Alex Schmidt is joined by comedy podcasters Brett Rader (Yahoo Sports) and Shelby Wolstein ('Keeping Records' podcast) for a look at why shoe sizes are secretly incredibly fascinating. Visit http://sifpod.fun/ for research sources, handy links, and this week's bonus episode.
The U.S. Forest Service

The U.S. Forest Service

2021-08-0257:571

Alex Schmidt is joined by comedy writer Dan Hopper (Ranker, The New Yorker) and comedian Chet Wild (Unpopular Opinion podcast network) for a look at why the U.S. Forest Service is secretly incredibly fascinating. Visit http://sifpod.fun/ for research sources, handy links, and this week's bonus episode.
Ampersands

Ampersands

2021-07-2655:42

Alex Schmidt is joined by writer/podcaster Kat Angus ('I Hate It But I Love It' podcast) and comedian/podcaster John Cullen ('Blocked Party' podcast) for a look at why ampersands are secretly incredibly fascinating. Visit http://sifpod.fun/ for research sources, handy links, and this week's bonus episode.
No. 2 Pencils

No. 2 Pencils

2021-07-1944:36

Alex Schmidt is joined by writer/comedian Dana Gould (The Simpsons, Stan Against Evil, 'Hanging With Doctor Z') for a look at why no. 2 pencils are secretly incredibly fascinating. Visit http://sifpod.fun/ for research sources, handy links, and this week's bonus episode.
The Color Magenta

The Color Magenta

2021-07-1201:01:44

Alex Schmidt is joined by comedians/podcasters Caitlin Gill (GuaranteeShirts.com, new album 'Major.') and Alana Johnston ('Self Esteem Party' podcast) for a look at why magenta is secretly incredibly fascinating. Visit http://sifpod.fun/ for research sources, handy links, and this week's bonus episode.
Sewers

Sewers

2021-07-0501:15:282

Alex Schmidt is joined by podcaster/founder Jack O’Brien (The Daily Zeitgeist) and bestselling author Jason Pargin (‘John Dies At The End’ series, ‘Zoey Ashe’ series) for a look at why sewers are secretly incredibly fascinating. Visit http://sifpod.fun/ for research sources, handy links, and this week's bonus episode.
Postal Codes

Postal Codes

2021-06-2801:02:35

Alex Schmidt is joined by filmmaker/podcaster Justin Decloux ('The Important Cinema Club' podcast, 'No Such Thing As A Bad Movie' podcast) and comedian/podcaster Matt Kirshen ('Probably Science' podcast, The Jim Jefferies Show) for a look at why postal codes are secretly incredibly fascinating. Visit http://sifpod.fun/ for research sources, handy links, and this week's bonus episode.
Eyeglasses

Eyeglasses

2021-06-2147:29

Alex Schmidt is joined by comedy podcaster Matt Gourley ('With Gourley And Rust', 'Conan O'Brien Needs A Friend', many other incredible shows) for a look at why eyeglasses are secretly incredibly fascinating. Visit http://sifpod.fun/ for research sources, handy links, and this week's bonus episode.
Harbors

Harbors

2021-06-1448:31

Alex Schmidt is joined by comedian/podcaster Caitlin Durante ('The Bechdel Cast') for a look at why harbors are secretly incredibly fascinating. Visit http://sifpod.fun/ for research sources, handy links, and this week's bonus episode.
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Comments (13)

Bill Clark

One of the chick's he's got on as a guest is so stoned AND illiterate, pronouncing it "lie-berry".

Oct 5th
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Happy⚛️Heritic

- I highly recommend this awesome podcast! It truly lives up to it's name. 5 stars all the way-⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Aug 31st
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nightmare eyezz

boy this was a rough episode... the guests were boring, the subject was boring and all the info was boring. took me three days to listen to and I did not retain any of it. this is a skipper y'all, overall great show but forget this one 😬

Aug 12th
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Happy⚛️Heritic

-Such a fascinating episode! The topic, "Random Numbers" was really interesting & an enjoyable listen.

Jun 25th
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Heidi M. Fanning

Here's my pigeon story: for years I claimed them as my favorite bird simply because no one else seemed to like them. I had a similar affinity for dandelions. When I was 13 I rescued a pigeon from a rat trap. The trap had been on it's foot for a while, the damage was done to the foot, but once I was able to catch the bird and remove the trap, he could much more easily fly and hop along on the ground, so I was proud of myself.

May 26th
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Silver Prophet

Man, this air conditioning episode is a trip back in time. My house used to have a schedule of opening and closing windows because where I'm from nights are never above 70 and insulation in houses is top notch because of the winters. We would open every window the instant the sun set and then close them 30 minutes before first light. Then you just can't have too many electronics and keep your fridge and your electronics in the basement. Now I bought a cheap air conditioner that is standing but has an exterior vent for the price of a computer at the time and have just kept it in good repair for like 10 years now. Technology being so prevalent is great for the lower class.

May 13th
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Silver Prophet

It is interesting that no one in America knows about medical hydroxyapatite. It is considered safe to swallow (used to help with bone growth in women with osteoporosis) and helps regrow enamel. In America there are basically no products because of the fluoride industry that provides that chemical cheaply to city water supplies. I personally use Apagard which I order from Japan and it is amazing

May 4th
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Sarah Warner

Oh!! This ones going to be good!!!

Mar 31st
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Jacob Keele

I had to pause the episode and everything I was doing to express how excited I was to hear Alex plug Calculords, as I still play it regularly years after it came out.

Mar 24th
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Trevor Paul

My favourite episode so far. These boys are having so much fun. I laughed so hard I blew coffee out of my nose. I never believed that expression was actually real.

Mar 23rd
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Heidi M. Fanning

I once had a serious dental abscess and it was by far the worst pain I've ever been in. I couldn't sleep for 48 hours. My dentist gave me antibiotics and told me to find a periodontist who takes my insurance (a nearly impossible task). The only painkiller I was prescribed was ibuprofen. I have given birth without pain meds and that abscess was far, far more painful. The infection lingered even after the tooth was pulled. To top it all off, losing a tooth is somehow seen as a moral and intellectual failure.

Mar 11th
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Michael Martin

So happy Alex is doing this podcast! This sounds like it should be good and fun!

Aug 6th
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