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If you've ever wanted to know about champagne, satanism, the Stonewall Uprising, chaos theory, LSD, El Nino, true crime and Rosa Parks then look no further. Josh and Chuck have you covered.
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Do you know that hulking refrigerator in your kitchen emits CO2 thanks to the electricity it uses each year? It's a comparatively small amount, in truth, but enough that some people have foresworn their fridge and adopted a life without one. See how they do it in this classic episode. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Wait! This is actually a good episode! It turns out that America’s 48,000 miles of superhighways – possibly the largest civil works project in the history of humanity – may have also ruined what made America a cool place. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Short Stuff: Scurvy

Short Stuff: Scurvy

2019-09-1800:14:056

Scurvy seems like a terrible way to go: Your gums swell so you can’t eat, your teeth fall out and your brain and/or heart hemorrhages. Fortunately, all you need is an orange to cure you. Or some – blech – broccoli.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
The Skinny on Lyme Disease

The Skinny on Lyme Disease

2019-09-1700:50:4322

If you live in the Northeastern U.S. then you may know someone who has had Lyme disease. But it's spreading all over the country and parts of the world. Learn all about this tick-borne disease today.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
SYSK Selects: How Wills Work

SYSK Selects: How Wills Work

2019-09-1400:42:0618

Whether it's oral, scrawled in blood or signed on a deathbed everyone should have a will. But how do they actually work? Join Chuck and Josh as they explain that "of sound mind" thing in this classic episode. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Special effects have been around since the first movies. In fact, the techniques the earliest filmmakers created are still around today, we just use computers to do them faster and cheaper. Put on your beret and get ready for SYSK film class. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Short Stuff: Papasan Chairs

Short Stuff: Papasan Chairs

2019-09-1100:14:087

Oh, the papasan. What a chair! But where did it come from? And what does the name mean? The answers lie within. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
How Government Shutdowns Work

How Government Shutdowns Work

2019-09-1000:55:4315

Every year Congress decides how the federal government will spend money. Simple enough, but in practice politics tend to mess it up. Sometimes it gets so messy the budget doesn’t get passed and parts of the government shut down. Then the hurting begins. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Although most people who've used Ouija boards don't think they're communicating with the beyond, there is something mysterious about how it works. Learn the ins and outs of the popular parlor game that sprang directly from the 19th-century spiritualism movement in this classic episode. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
What's the deal with MSG?

What's the deal with MSG?

2019-09-0500:59:4137

MSG got a bad rap in the 70s and 80s. But what is it exactly and how bad is it for you? The answers to those questions lie within.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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Nick Jones

I'm 24, I've had my own place for 6 years and I've never had a refrigerator or freezer.. I'm doing just fine 🤭😂

Sep 21st
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Marcus Phillips

Nick Jones you must be polluting the planet real bad with all that driving around you're doing to go eat out and you must spend a shitload of money

Sep 23rd
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Marcus Phillips

Nick Jones You must never cook there or barely eat there or have cold drinks God I must suck to live in your house

Sep 23rd
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Stuart Simmons

Why not extend the season on white tailed mice and voles or better yet, extend the season on people that have Lyme disease?

Sep 20th
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Zengie

How Zeppelins work

Sep 19th
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Accordionbabe

White tailed mice, voles, etc., not deer, are primary means of spreading lyme disease. Need more owls and hawks and coyotes, etc. to keep vermin numbers lower.

Sep 17th
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Joshua Urban

Accordionbabe If deer were the problem why not just extend the deer hunting season, rather than introduce top tier predators.

Sep 18th
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Katie Westfall

anyone else hear the sirens around 19:20?

Sep 17th
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kris knows

he he it it but

Sep 13th
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Orkaganon of Torkaganon

it was so incredibly bizarre that Chuck is such a coward that he can't even comment on Star Wars aircraft... dude... legit, what in the world is with you? you won't comment on even Star Wars?? I'm rather astounded how candidly you can speak on SO much, yet so little. to be forever "neutral" is as annoying as being so.. "mo" about other things. serious, dude so weak

Sep 13th
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John Runstrom Sterett

Orkaganon of Torkaganon low T listening

Sep 15th
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Wozzi

Charles L. Smith Jr. im with charles.. Calm Down cheeses you gonna get a cramp or something

Sep 15th
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chicken faith

pancake diversity

Sep 11th
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Jonah Light

I love you guys, but jeez "how government shutdowns work" is not at all appealing

Sep 11th
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Sarah Tomlin

Ice is a crystalline structure

Sep 10th
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Yvette Sienkiewicz

I have a real food sensitivity to MSG and have to ask in Chinese food restaurants. I can't eat oysters (or any shell fish for that matter.) My hubby has zero issues with it.

Sep 5th
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Kim Jones

Ryan Persaud Maybe read my entire post ..

Sep 15th
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Ryan Persaud

Kim Jones Of course you would. No one wants to admit the placebo effect works *on them.*

Sep 12th
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Camron Adair

That is roughly 2,777,280,000 Big Macs!

Sep 5th
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John Hodge

The Last Podcast on the Left did it better.

Sep 3rd
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Mike Harv

Alli Hockin Well said Alli

Sep 6th
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Alli Hockin

John Hodge Well duh. That podcast is specifically made for these topics to go in depth about; whereas SYSK is a family friendly general knowledge podcast that gives you a condensed version of a topic.

Sep 6th
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Samuel Charl Marais

hectic.

Sep 3rd
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Magus DiFazio

Great GoT joke.

Sep 3rd
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Sophia

Magus DiFazio nice

Sep 4th
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Magus DiFazio

Les Stroud always said that a smoker had a better chance of survival because of the lighter.

Sep 3rd
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Sophia

Magus DiFazio 👍👍👍

Sep 4th
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Clinton Crick

Ice cubes in Chardonnay? Redneck. Ice cubes in Scotch? A-okay!

Sep 2nd
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Joshua

Clinton Crick 👍👍👍

Sep 3rd
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Mike D.

Actually there are a few substances that form a solid that is less dense than it is in its liquid state. Sillicon, bismuth, antimony and gallium are some good examples. It has to do with the fact the molecule is polar, meaning they have a bias in which way they want to sit in their crystal lattice. This bias results in there being a lot of empty space between the molecules, causing the solid phase to have a lower density than you would see in the liquid phase.

Sep 1st
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Mike D.

Hey! Pharmacologist here, interesting podcast! Just wanted to clarify something for you guys about that part about how you can "super die" from being addicted to crack even if you developel a high tolerance. Tolerance to a drug has been linked to environment. Meaning if you go to a certain place to get high all the time, or use a certain delivery method, your body will auto-regulate your dopamine/receptors in anticipation of the drug (you will have increased tolerance before you even take it). BUT if you go and do the same high dosage you're used to in a new environment, you body won't take those tolerance measures before hand, and so that high doseage you always take can actually cause you to overdose, even though it's the same dose you always take.

Aug 31st
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Greg Moore

This episode cuts off strangely.

Aug 30th
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