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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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Well-planned landfills have only recently come into widespread use. Recently, waste managers have found that they work a little too well and now the landfill is being reinvented. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Essential oils are from plants and they can help the human body in a lot of ways. There are also many false medical claims. Learn all the ins and outs today. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
You know the at symbol? This thing: @? There’s a name for it, just not in English. We just call it the at symbol. But other countries – stand back! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
What was the KGB?

What was the KGB?

2020-07-0754:3323

The KGB was the notorious strong arm of the Kremlin. Run afoul and you died. Learn all about them today. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Guessing is a weird thing. For millennia, it could have meant the difference between life and death. Now it's not as vital, but we still do it every day, whether behind the wheel of a car, or judging what another person might be feeling. In this classic episode, learn everything we know about the brain and how it manages this odd, very human act. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Oh Yes, How Soil Works

Oh Yes, How Soil Works

2020-07-0259:2531

There is maybe nothing that sounds more boring than hearing two people talk about soil, but friend, prepare to be amazed at the details of what makes this amazing substance the life blood of Earth itself! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Why are some words funnier than others? Well, one man has sought to figure that out. We'll tell you all about him and his project in today's episode. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Researchers have noticed that as incidence of anger increases so too has teeth grinding, known clinically as bruxism. That’s a problem because when people grind their teeth, especially when they’re sleeping, they can wear them down to nubs. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
There is a lot – A LOT – to juggling and Chuck and Josh go over the lion’s share of it in this classic episode. Delve into the deep history, physics, how-tos and different types of juggling in this surprisingly sweeping look at a putatively innocuous pastime. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Matcha is something else, healthy and delicious and all the rage. Learn all about this trendy beverage today. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
A gaggle of geese. A murder of crows. Nouns of assemblage are awesome and we talk about them for about 12 minutes in today's Short Stuff installment. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
How Ultrasound Works

How Ultrasound Works

2020-06-2355:3622

Sure you know all about ultrasound. You can see pictures of little babies right there cozy in the womb just by waving a magic plastic stick over the mom’s tummy. And magic is basically right. Believe us. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
People often ask us how we do our research. We're not going to disclose all of our secrets, but we'll give you some tips on how to root out the bad studies from the good ones. Learn all about shady studies and reporting in this classic episode! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
The Manhattan Grid

The Manhattan Grid

2020-06-1847:1634

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Short Stuff: Haint Blue

Short Stuff: Haint Blue

2020-06-1750:549

Haint Blue is a kind of robin's egg color that you might commonly find on porches of the low country of the Southeastern United States. But what does it have to do with ghouls and ghosts? Listen and learn! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
The Seven Countries Study was a fairly impressive, long-term study on the effects of fat in our diet, among other things. But it was very flawed and launched the misguided "War on fat." Learn all about today, then make up your own mind. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Who first decided that it would be a great idea to shoot flame at other people from a distance? Josh and Chuck talk about the (very) early origins, history and technology of the flamethrower in this classic episode. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
There’s a persistent insistence that you can ingest a tapeworm and as the parasite hijacks a lot of the calories you eat, the pounds will fall right off. In theory this could be true, but it’s also extremely dangerous. And has anyone ever really done it? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Short Stuff: Foie Gras

Short Stuff: Foie Gras

2020-06-1014:3817

Foie gras means “fatty liver” in French, which makes sense because it’s made from the overripe livers of force-fed ducks and geese.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
In yet another testament to how amazingly great the 70s were, in 1975 the US started a program that tried to harness the powers of clairvoyance to remotely spy on the Soviet Union. Since clairvoyance doesn’t seem to exist, it wasn’t super successful. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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Glenford Green

111 was rejected in the UK because the number could be triggered by faulty equipment or by telephone lines rubbing together.

Jul 11th
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morfooo

awesome job

Jul 11th
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JJ R.

If this isn't a cia disinformation campaign i dont know what is. The flashing the headlights game was done by DARPA not the KGB.

Jul 10th
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Im Watching You

Starts at 2:08

Jul 9th
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Kseniia

in Russian it's called "sobaka", "dog". never questioned it somehow)

Jul 9th
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Im Watching You

Trump 2020!

Jul 8th
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Sean Fraser

Nice. Speaking of dirt, if you haven't done it yet, can you do an episode on vermiculture or worm composting?

Jul 8th
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Jaymes

This episode reminds me of just how typically American josh and Chuck are, playing up the shadiness of the KGB whole verry much playing down the shadiness of the CIA and their own government...the CIA did far far shadier shit than just giving ppl LSD ffs...there's dozens of fucked up secret experiments and all kinds of dirty shit they've done,....but it's all glossed over and minimized,... disappointing. but Americans are great at being clueless to just how disgusting their own country and government are...the only differences between America and Russia is America is better at being evil while pretending to be nice , whereas the Russians just don't give a fuck what people think,and I'd almost respect that more than a country who is two faced and pretends to be all about peace and tolerance.

Jul 8th
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Jaymes

illusionists definitely DON'T guess lol... take somebody like Derren Brown, arguably the absolute best in the game in terms of psychological based magic and illusions. his stuff is absolutely frightening, but it's exactly like Chuck says, its all suggestion. and planting things in people's heads and then pluck them back out,.. they're absolutely not wildly guessing lol, these guys are doing multiple shows a week when they're in the road, nobody in that business would get every far just by guessing, if they were, then their act would be hit or miss every night, ...it's exactly why mediums are frauds, because of those hits and misses.

Jul 5th
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Yasmine C

Matcha ice cream is delicious. Ditto for cheesecake.

Jul 4th
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Joshua Helminiak

Are you guys sure about all of this? Or are you guys just guessing? Hahaha

Jul 4th
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Reef Weston

where are josh and Chuck. it's Thursday and no podcast?

Jul 2nd
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Karen Bettridge

Always love all of your shows. My husband and I download many episodes every time we have a long road trip. We love to listen and laugh at your tangents (don't ever change that) and would love to see you at a love show, whenever that happens again). We plan to buy your book and to continue listening to all of your great topics. Definitely my favorite podcast! Keep it up Josh and Chuck, we love you, from your Canadian fans, Karen and Adam

Jul 2nd
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Katie Westfall

I really dig this one. Soil is awesome.

Jul 2nd
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Reef Weston

?... mmm. . mmm 1k01llp

Jul 1st
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Marcel France

Anyone else blink alternately when Josh said that lol

Jun 30th
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chad zilla

should be titled how spelunking works *

Jun 30th
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Arman Kh

The strategic waste management says two more not desired steps : burn to extract energy dig a hole and put whatever else in the ground

Jun 29th
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Nicky James

......to keep dirt dobbers and wasps from building nests on the porch. great tale though.

Jun 29th
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Arman Kh

Did you guys tricked us to yawn while listening? I yawned dozens of time while driving and listening.

Jun 28th
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