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The Letter Y

The Letter Y

2022-11-2801:03:23

Alex Schmidt is joined by comedy podcasters/writers David Christopher Bell and Tom Reimann (Gamefully Unemployed, 'Fox Mulder Is A Maniac' podcast) for a look at why the letter Y is secretly incredibly fascinating. Visit http://sifpod.fun/ for research sources, handy links, and this week's bonus episode. See NordPass Business in action now with a 3-month free trial here nordpass.com/sifpod with code SIFPOD.
Asbestos

Asbestos

2022-11-2153:45

Alex Schmidt is joined by comedian/podcaster Matt Kirshen (Probably Science, The Jim Jefferies Show) and comedian/podcaster Andy Wood (Probably Science, 4-Time 'Jeopardy!' Champion) for a look at why asbestos is secretly incredibly fascinating. Visit http://sifpod.fun/ for research sources, handy links, and this week's bonus episode. See NordPass Business in action now with a 3-month free trial here nordpass.com/sifpod with code SIFPOD.
Truffles

Truffles

2022-11-1452:33

Alex Schmidt is joined by podcaster and bestselling author Dana Schwartz ('Noble Blood' podcast, new book 'Immortality: A Love Story') for a look at why truffles are secretly incredibly fascinating. Visit http://sifpod.fun/ for research sources, handy links, and this week's bonus episode.
The Starry Night (1889)

The Starry Night (1889)

2022-11-0701:04:382

Alex Schmidt is joined by comedy writers Lydia Bugg (1900HOTDOG, the ‘Trailer Park Boys’ comic anthology) and Dan Hopper (Ranker, The New Yorker) for a look at why the painting "The Starry Night" is secretly incredibly fascinating.  Direct link to see the painting: https://www.moma.org/collection/works/79802 Visit http://sifpod.fun/ for research sources, handy links, and this week's bonus episode
The Great Lakes

The Great Lakes

2022-10-3101:04:17

Alex Schmidt is joined by comedians/podcasters Rebecca Reeds ('The Villain Was Right' podcast) and Eli Yudin ('What A Time To Be Alive' podcast) for a look at why the North American Great Lakes are secretly incredibly fascinating. Visit http://sifpod.fun/ for research sources, handy links, and this week's bonus episode.
Raccoons

Raccoons

2022-10-2401:12:421

Alex Schmidt is joined by comedian/podcaster Kath Barbadoro ('What A Time To Be Alive' podcast), writer/podcaster David Roth (Defector, ‘The Distraction’ podcast), and comedian Martin Urbano (The Tonight Show), live at Caveat NYC, for a look at why raccoons are secretly incredibly fascinating. Visit http://sifpod.fun/ for research sources, handy links, and the video version of this live episode.
Barbed Wire

Barbed Wire

2022-10-1701:01:10

Alex Schmidt is joined by bestselling author Jason Pargin (new novel "If This Book Exists, You’re In The Wrong Universe") for a look at why barbed wire is secretly incredibly fascinating. Visit http://sifpod.fun/ for research sources, handy links, and this week's bonus episode.
This is the bonus show for Episode 62! (Halloween Stores) Alex Schmidt and Jason Pargin explore the obviously incredibly fascinating topic of the U.S. and Canada's favorite Halloween urban legend: what it is, why it's a myth, and how it became one of the most persistent beliefs in North America. Originally released Sept 27th, 2021, exclusively for patrons at http://sifpod.fun/. Research sources for Alex's new intro: the journal Science: "Fainting From Fentanyl Exposure? Nope." https://www.science.org/content/blog-post/fainting-fentanyl-exposure-nope CBS News: "Sen. Chuck Schumer warns drug dealers are pushing rainbow fentanyl to children" https://www.cbsnews.com/newyork/news/sen-chuck-schumer-warns-drug-dealers-pushing-rainbow-fentanyl-to-children/ clip of scaremongering on Fox News: https://twitter.com/justinbaragona/status/1574878436211957783 example of a scaremongering article, from Newsweek: https://www.newsweek.com/rainbow-fentanyl-targeted-children-lego-box-halloween-1749492 Here's a piece from The Guardian, published April 2022, covering one form the actual fentanyl crisis is taking: https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2022/apr/23/san-francisco-homelessness-street-team-fentanyl Source links for the original bonus episode: https://www.patreon.com/posts/bonus-show-62-of-56574011
Cardboard

Cardboard

2022-10-1055:48

Alex Schmidt is joined by comedians Caitlin Gill (stand-up album 'Major.', shirt store GuaranteeShirts.com) and Blake Wexler (stand-up album 'A Lifetime Of Laughter', podcast 'Blake's Takes For God's Sakes') for a look at why cardboard is secretly incredibly fascinating. Visit http://sifpod.fun/ for research sources, handy links, and this week's bonus episode.
Eels!

Eels!

2022-10-0301:06:47

Alex Schmidt is joined by comedy writer/podcaster Katie Goldin (‘Creature Feature’ podcast, @ProBirdRights) for a look at why eels are secretly incredibly fascinating. Visit http://sifpod.fun/ for research sources, handy links, and this week's bonus episode. (Alex's podcast hosting service requires a minimum of 5 characters per episode title, so that's why this episode's title has 1 exclamation point)
Silica Gel Packets

Silica Gel Packets

2022-09-2655:562

Alex Schmidt is joined by comedian Siena East ('NDND' Youtube channel, UCB) and comedian/podcaster Rivers Langley ('The Goods From The Woods' podcast) for a look at why silica gel packets are secretly incredibly fascinating. Visit http://sifpod.fun/ for research sources, handy links, and this week's bonus episode.
Drive-Thrus

Drive-Thrus

2022-09-1901:00:121

Alex Schmidt is joined by writer/musician Sadie Dupuis (new poetry collection 'Cry Perfume', bands Speedy Ortiz and Sad13) and comedian/podcaster Caitlin Durante ('The Bechdel Cast' podcast) for a look at why drive-thrus are secretly incredibly fascinating. Visit http://sifpod.fun/ for research sources, handy links, and this week's bonus episode
Lorem Ipsum

Lorem Ipsum

2022-09-1253:00

Alex Schmidt is joined by comedians/podcasters Cody Johnston and Katy Stoll ('Some More News' YouTube channel, 'Even More News' podcast) for a look at why Lorem Ipsum is secretly incredibly fascinating. Visit http://sifpod.fun/ for research sources, handy links, and this week's bonus episode..
Surnames

Surnames

2022-09-0501:04:39

Alex Schmidt is joined by comedy writer/podcaster Andrew Ti (‘Yo, Is This Racist?’, Sub-Optimal Pods) for a look at why surnames are secretly incredibly fascinating. Visit http://sifpod.fun/ for research sources, handy links, and this week's bonus episode
Barcodes

Barcodes

2022-08-2957:291

Alex Schmidt is joined by comedy writers/podcasters Robert Brockway and Seanbaby (1-900-HOT-DOG) for a look at why barcodes are secretly incredibly fascinating. Visit http://sifpod.fun/ for research sources, handy links, and this week's bonus episode.
American Cheese

American Cheese

2022-08-2253:07

Alex Schmidt is joined by comedy writer Bill Oakley (The Simpsons, 'Steamed Hams Society') for a look at why American cheese is secretly incredibly fascinating. Visit http://sifpod.fun/ for research sources, handy links, and this week's bonus episode.
Alex Schmidt is joined by comedy writer/podcaster Katie Goldin ('Creature Feature' podcast, @ProBirdRights) for a look at why Imperial units of measurement are secretly incredibly fascinating. Visit http://sifpod.fun/ for research sources, handy links, and this week's bonus episode.
Rats!

Rats!

2022-08-0801:00:34

Alex Schmidt is joined by comedian/writer Josh Gondelman (new stand-up special 'People Pleaser') for a look at why rats are secretly incredibly fascinating. Visit http://sifpod.fun/ for research sources, handy links, and this week's bonus episode. (Alex's podcast hosting service requires a minimum of 5 characters per episode title, so that's why this episode's title has 1 exclamation point)
Zippers

Zippers

2022-08-0157:54

Alex Schmidt is joined by comedy writer Dan Hopper (Ranker, The New Yorker) and actor/comedian Benny Wayne Sully ('NDND' on YouTube, 'My First Native American Boyfriend' short) for a look at why zippers are secretly incredibly fascinating. Visit http://sifpod.fun/ for research sources, handy links, and this week's bonus episode.
Alex Schmidt is joined by comedians/podcasters Katie Hannigan (‘Lady Journey’ podcast, new special 'Feeling of Emptiness') and Conor Lastowka (‘372 Pages We'll Never Get Back' podcast, writer/producer for Rifftrax) for a look at why the Interstate Highway System is secretly incredibly fascinating. Visit http://sifpod.fun/ for research sources, handy links, and this week's bonus episode.
Comments (23)

Happy⚛️Heritic

(In the 80's/90's) I did not have any air-conditioning in grade-school OR high-school in the classrooms. & the ONLY a/c in our schools were in the offices & the ONE computer room in our High-school. I'm sure that NOW the entire school has a/c. It totally sucked during gym class when it was hot out....I'd skip or write a fake "sick" note so I didn't have to go.

Aug 22nd
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LwithaZ

That fork joke at the intro got me

Jul 7th
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ID19619055

Huge fan of the land acknowledgment! Thank you!!

May 27th
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Happy⚛️Heritic

The guest on this episode is especially hilarious. I've listened to this episode several times & still laugh (& learn) every time. 😆

Apr 26th
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Happy⚛️Heritic

The female guest ruins this episode. She's not only UNfunny but her voice & laugh make ears bleed.

Apr 4th
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LwithaZ

I got some orange chicken today because of this episode. Secretly incredibly delicious

Mar 30th
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Happy⚛️Heritic

Happy 🎂 Birthday Alex!!

Mar 21st
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ID19619055

Thank you for doing a land acknowledgment!

Mar 16th
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Dan Thompson

"Players obsess over it. Others don't," got a chuckle out of me. I was ready to riot if Alex said "No one thinks much about it."

Feb 2nd
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Happy⚛️Heritic

Another fantastic episode! I absolutely adore Alex, (the host) & the perfect guest(s) are matched w/ each episode topic.

Dec 20th
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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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Meidi

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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