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At Popular Science, we report and write dozens of science and tech stories every week. And while a lot of the fun facts we stumble across make it into our articles, there are lots of other weird facts that we just keep around the office. So we figured, why not share those with you? Welcome to The Weirdest Thing I Learned This Week. Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/popular-science/support
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PopSci contributor Kat Eschner joins us this week as a guest host! The weirdest things we learned ranged from how snow banks turn millennial pink to a dazzling yet dangerous chemistry demonstration. Whose story will be voted "The Weirdest Thing I Learned This Week"?The Weirdest Thing I Learned This Week is a podcast by Popular Science. Share your weirdest facts and stories with us in our Facebook group or tweet at us!Click here to learn more about all of our stories! Click here to buy tickets for Weirdest Thing Live on October 31st!Follow our team on TwitterRachel Feltman: www.twitter.com/RachelFeltmanEleanor Cummins: www.twitter.com/elliepsesPopular Science: www.twitter.com/PopSciTheme music by Billy Cadden: www.twitter.com/billycaddenEdited by Jess Boddy: www.twitter.com/JessicaBoddy--- This episode is sponsored by · Techathlon Podcast: The Techathlon podcast is a weekly podcast that catches you up on the latest tech news through games, trivia, and (usually) friendly competitions. https://open.spotify.com/show/1HRe3KlPaYUVgs1zTcsztO?si=7f0rYgqhQ5WUmFbpwdKXZw· Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/popular-science/messageSupport this podcast: https://anchor.fm/popular-science/support
Arielle Duhaime-Ross, host of Reset from Vox, joins us this week as a guest host! The weirdest things we learned ranged from dunking chickens in ice baths to magical stones from porcupine bellies. Whose story will be voted "The Weirdest Thing I Learned This Week"?The Weirdest Thing I Learned This Week is a podcast by Popular Science. Share your weirdest facts and stories with us in our Facebook group or tweet at us!Click here to learn more about all of our stories! Click here to buy tickets for Weirdest Thing Live on October 31st!Follow our team on TwitterRachel Feltman: www.twitter.com/RachelFeltmanClaire Maldarelli: www.twitter.com/camaldarelliPopular Science: www.twitter.com/PopSciTheme music by Billy Cadden: www.twitter.com/billycaddenEdited by Jess Boddy: www.twitter.com/JessicaBoddy--- This episode is sponsored by · Techathlon Podcast: The Techathlon podcast is a weekly podcast that catches you up on the latest tech news through games, trivia, and (usually) friendly competitions. https://open.spotify.com/show/1HRe3KlPaYUVgs1zTcsztO?si=7f0rYgqhQ5WUmFbpwdKXZw· Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/popular-science/messageSupport this podcast: https://anchor.fm/popular-science/support
OB-GYN and author Jen Gunter joins us this week as a guest host! The weirdest things we learned range from the invention of the birth control pill to corpses that change position long after their time of death. Whose story will be voted "The Weirdest Thing I Learned This Week"?The Weirdest Thing I Learned This Week is a podcast by Popular Science. Share your weirdest facts and stories with us in our Facebook group or tweet at us!Click here to learn more about all of our stories! Click here to buy tickets for Weirdest Thing Live on October 31st!Follow our team on TwitterRachel Feltman: www.twitter.com/RachelFeltmanClaire Maldarelli: www.twitter.com/camaldarelliPopular Science: www.twitter.com/PopSciTheme music by Billy Cadden: www.twitter.com/billycaddenEdited by Jess Boddy: www.twitter.com/JessicaBoddy--- This episode is sponsored by · Techathlon Podcast: The Techathlon podcast is a weekly podcast that catches you up on the latest tech news through games, trivia, and (usually) friendly competitions. https://open.spotify.com/show/1HRe3KlPaYUVgs1zTcsztO?si=7f0rYgqhQ5WUmFbpwdKXZw· Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/popular-science/messageSupport this podcast: https://anchor.fm/popular-science/support
The weirdest things we learned this week range from robots wiping your butt to a Cheeto-shaped bacteria killing Eleanor Roosevelt. Whose story will be voted "The Weirdest Thing I Learned This Week"?The Weirdest Thing I Learned This Week is a podcast by Popular Science. Share your weirdest facts and stories with us in our Facebook group or tweet at us!Click here to learn more about all of our stories! Click here to buy tickets for Weirdest Thing Live on October 31st!Follow our team on TwitterRachel Feltman: www.twitter.com/RachelFeltmanEleanor Cummins: www.twitter.com/elliepsiesClaire Maldarelli: www.twitter.com/camaldarelliPopular Science: www.twitter.com/PopSciTheme music by Billy Cadden: www.twitter.com/billycaddenEdited by Jess Boddy: www.twitter.com/JessicaBoddy--- This episode is sponsored by · Techathlon Podcast: The Techathlon podcast is a weekly podcast that catches you up on the latest tech news through games, trivia, and (usually) friendly competitions. https://open.spotify.com/show/1HRe3KlPaYUVgs1zTcsztO?si=7f0rYgqhQ5WUmFbpwdKXZw· Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/popular-science/messageSupport this podcast: https://anchor.fm/popular-science/support
This week, we've got another voice messages edition of Weirdest Thing! We listen and react to extra weird, listener-provided facts that range from how a volcanic eruption led to the invention of the bicycle to female bugs with spiky penises. It's always great to hear from you all—to submit your own fact, download the Anchor podcast app on Apple or Google Play, and look up our show, The Weirdest Thing I Learned This Week. Click the voice message button, introduce yourself, maybe tell us where you're from, and record up to 60 seconds of gab about your favorite weird fact. Don't worry, we'll make sure it's accurate before posting it anywhere. Thanks for calling, weirdos!The Weirdest Thing I Learned This Week is a podcast by Popular Science. Share more of your weirdest facts and stories with us in our Facebook group or tweet at us!Click here to learn more about all of our stories! Click here to buy tickets for Weirdest Thing Live on June 14th! Follow our team on TwitterRachel Feltman: www.twitter.com/RachelFeltmanJess Boddy: www.twitter.com/JessicaBoddyPopular Science: www.twitter.com/PopSciTheme music by Billy Cadden: www.twitter.com/billycadden--- This episode is sponsored by · Techathlon Podcast: The Techathlon podcast is a weekly podcast that catches you up on the latest tech news through games, trivia, and (usually) friendly competitions. https://open.spotify.com/show/1HRe3KlPaYUVgs1zTcsztO?si=7f0rYgqhQ5WUmFbpwdKXZw· Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/popular-science/messageSupport this podcast: https://anchor.fm/popular-science/support
We're dropping in to tell you about a few special episodes coming up—and how you can participate!The Weirdest Thing I Learned This Week is a podcast by Popular Science. Share your weirdest facts and stories with us in our Facebook group or tweet at us!Click here to learn more about all of our stories! Follow our team on TwitterRachel Feltman: www.twitter.com/RachelFeltmanJess Boddy: www.twitter.com/JessicaBoddy--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/popular-science/messageSupport this podcast: https://anchor.fm/popular-science/support
The weirdest things we learned this week range from butter sculptures' feminist origins to the cutthroat world of competitive endurance walking. Whose story will be voted "The Weirdest Thing I Learned This Week"?The Weirdest Thing I Learned This Week is a podcast by Popular Science. Share your weirdest facts and stories with us in our Facebook group or tweet at us!Click here to learn more about all of our stories! Follow our team on TwitterRachel Feltman: www.twitter.com/RachelFeltmanEleanor Cummins: www.twitter.com/elliepsiesClaire Maldarelli: www.twitter.com/camaldarelliPopular Science: www.twitter.com/PopSciTheme music by Billy Cadden: www.twitter.com/billycaddenEdited by Jess Boddy: www.twitter.com/JessicaBoddy--- This episode is sponsored by · Techathlon Podcast: The Techathlon podcast is a weekly podcast that catches you up on the latest tech news through games, trivia, and (usually) friendly competitions. https://open.spotify.com/show/1HRe3KlPaYUVgs1zTcsztO?si=7f0rYgqhQ5WUmFbpwdKXZw· Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/popular-science/messageSupport this podcast: https://anchor.fm/popular-science/support
In the second half of our live show on June 14th, the weirdest things we learned this week range from the hungriest boy who ever lived to swallowing live goldfish for sport. Whose story will be voted "The Weirdest Thing I Learned This Week"?The Weirdest Thing I Learned This Week is a podcast by Popular Science. Share your weirdest facts and stories with us in our Facebook group or tweet at us!Click here to learn more about all of our stories! Follow our team on TwitterRachel Feltman: www.twitter.com/RachelFeltmanJess Boddy: www.twitter.com/JessicaBoddyCorinne Iozzio: www.twitter.com/corinneiozoPopular Science: www.twitter.com/PopSciTheme Music byBilly Cadden: www.twitter.com/billycaddenEdited by Jess Boddy www.twitter.com/JessicaBoddy--- This episode is sponsored by · Techathlon Podcast: The Techathlon podcast is a weekly podcast that catches you up on the latest tech news through games, trivia, and (usually) friendly competitions. https://open.spotify.com/show/1HRe3KlPaYUVgs1zTcsztO?si=7f0rYgqhQ5WUmFbpwdKXZw· Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/popular-science/messageSupport this podcast: https://anchor.fm/popular-science/support
The weirdest things we learned range from injecting cow's milk into a person's veins (don't worry, it's fresh!), to a modern gay sex drug with Victorian origins. Whose story will be voted "The Weirdest Thing I Learned This Week"?The Weirdest Thing I Learned This Week is a podcast by Popular Science. Share your weirdest facts and stories with us in our Facebook group or tweet at us!Click here to learn more about all of our stories! Follow our team on TwitterRachel Feltman: www.twitter.com/RachelFeltmanEleanor Cummins: www.twitter.com/elliepsiesMarion Renault: www.twitter.com/MarionRenaultPopular Science: www.twitter.com/PopSciTheme music by Billy Cadden: www.twitter.com/billycaddenEdited by Jess Boddy: www.twitter.com/JessicaBoddy--- This episode is sponsored by · Techathlon Podcast: The Techathlon podcast is a weekly podcast that catches you up on the latest tech news through games, trivia, and (usually) friendly competitions. https://open.spotify.com/show/1HRe3KlPaYUVgs1zTcsztO?si=7f0rYgqhQ5WUmFbpwdKXZw· Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/popular-science/messageSupport this podcast: https://anchor.fm/popular-science/support
The weirdest things we learned this week range from a good reason to eat fresh, steamy camel poo to injecting rats with human urine and seeing what happens. Whose story will be voted "The Weirdest Thing I Learned This Week"?The Weirdest Thing I Learned This Week is a podcast by Popular Science. Share your weirdest facts and stories with us in our Facebook group or tweet at us!Click here to learn more about all of our stories! Follow our team on TwitterRachel Feltman: www.twitter.com/RachelFeltmanSara Chodosh: www.twitter.com/schodoshClaire Maldarelli: www.twitter.com/camaldarelliPopular Science: www.twitter.com/PopSciTheme music by Billy Cadden: www.twitter.com/billycaddenEdited by Jessica Boddy: www.twitter.com/JessicaBoddy--- This episode is sponsored by · Techathlon Podcast: The Techathlon podcast is a weekly podcast that catches you up on the latest tech news through games, trivia, and (usually) friendly competitions. https://open.spotify.com/show/1HRe3KlPaYUVgs1zTcsztO?si=7f0rYgqhQ5WUmFbpwdKXZw· Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/popular-science/messageSupport this podcast: https://anchor.fm/popular-science/support
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Karl Schmidt

I just recently started listening. Probably about 10 episodes including live shows. Very funny and interesting but I don't see the need for Rachel's use of obscenities. It really adds nothing to the show and takes away from it for a fair number of people. I wouldn't let my kids listen.

Aug 2nd
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Carolyn Hochlowski

Regarding low sounds being associated with quality- I used to work for Volkswagen and a selling point we loved to point out was the satisfying solid feeling/sound that happened when you closed the door. “Solid German engineering” and that led to a perception of quality as opposed to a lighter material that made a cheaper, tinny sound when shut.

Jul 5th
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Carolyn Hochlowski

I’ve heard elsewhere that there’s also a recorded delusion that one is made of glass. I can’t remember anything else but I’m guessing it would fall under “bizarre”....

Jul 5th
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Accordionbabe

Bill Nye is shilling podcasts! Meh.

May 29th
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Anne Bivalent

They aren't that giggley. If you don't like people having a good giggle maybe just don't listen to it. It's not a shame or a pity it's just not your cup of tea. Laughter is not juvenile, it's human. Also, the repeated use of the word 'giggle' has a sexist connotation that I'm not thrilled with. tldr: If you're looking for a good science podcast that doesn't take itself too seriously: give it a try.

May 20th
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Accordionbabe

NICU nurse breastfeeding info was amazing! Thank you all.

May 10th
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Royal Ottmar

I had to delete.. interesting subjects but what are they? about 7 or 8? sound like children, with all the giggling.. it is a shame because it looks interesting :(

May 7th
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yes Google

Absolutely amazing, keep up the good work!

Feb 6th
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Ben Murphy

too silly and giggly. annoying..pity.

Jan 30th
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Accordionbabe

Love love love!! So well done clever, and fascinating podcast.

Jan 16th
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