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6 minutes | Jul 17, 2012
Ep 140: How to make it rain!
Remember the episode about the $50,000 air cannon designed to ward off thunderstorms? That device turned out to be a total flop or more accurately scam. However, what if there was a device that did the opposite and instead created thunderstorms! A team of scientists say they have developed just such a machine. Here is how they claim it works. Listen to today's episode for the full details on why this device was invented and how successful it is at making it rain. Plus, learn about man made earthquakes-ish!
5 minutes | Jul 3, 2012
Ep 134: Shark Day
The grey nurse shark pictured above has quite the way of reproducing. Baby nurse sharks eat each other in a battle to the death to see who will get to be born. The winner continues eating other sharks even after birth! Tune in for more details on these intense animals. Plus, hear a fact or two about the movie Jaws!
5 minutes | Jun 4, 2012
Ep 117: Fun with Google Maps
Would you be able to guess where the above picture is from? If you answer Google Maps then you are correct, but I bet you can't guess the country! Listen to today's episode to learn about all sorts of Google Maps trivia including this man made lake, a U.S. government building (watch the angle change), and an incredible sculpture. Also, check out these bioluminescent organisms used by Japanese warriors in WWII to read at night!
6 minutes | May 4, 2012
Ep 98: Nuclear Chicken Mines
The intriguing story of how the British intended to make nuclear mines with chickens. How would they do this? Listen and learn! Sponsor: GoToMeeting with HD Faces, try it free! http://bit.ly/xp4FFv
6 minutes | Apr 17, 2012
Ep 85: Don’t shoot the messenger!
How fast can a Homing Pigeon fly? 20 mph? 50 mph? Nope, even faster.... Sponsor: GoToMeeting with HD Faces, try it free! http://bit.ly/xp4FFv
6 minutes | Apr 16, 2012
Ep 84: The Origins of American Football
Fact: Teddy Roosevelt was a badass. Also, let us take in the great irony of my snafu the other day when I uploaded the non-bleeped episode by accident resulting in a giant f-bomb (if you're in the dark it's the F in snafu). My sincere apologies to those with children.
6 minutes | Apr 13, 2012
Ep 83: Obi-Wan Kenobi
The true story of the man behind the character along with a trip through time.
5 minutes | Apr 12, 2012
Ep 82: The German Tank Math Problem
How many tanks did Germany produce per month during WWII? Here is a link to the math that eventually led to the correct answer.
5 minutes | Apr 11, 2012
Ep 81: Shoot for the legs
Where on earth?
5 minutes | Apr 10, 2012
Ep 80: The NHL and Japan
Who was the first Japanese player drafted into the NHL?
6 minutes | Apr 9, 2012
Ep 79: The Mercator Map Dilemma
The world isn't exactly as it seems.
6 minutes | Apr 6, 2012
Ep 78: Confederate Flag Flies in Brazil
Having grown up in the South I have a hard time believing this story is true, but apparently it is and not that big of a deal. Listen in to learn more about the Confederates of Brazil.
6 minutes | Apr 5, 2012
Ep 77: Nuclear Survival
The story of Tsutomu Yamaguchi and his survival of two nuclear bombs.
5 minutes | Apr 4, 2012
Ep 76: Slugfest
I consider them gross, but it turns out some slugs have some pretty cool redeeming qualities.
5 minutes | Apr 3, 2012
Ep 75: The Stinky Cheese Man
A piece of cheese that grabbed the headlines away from Hitler and started a war between two towns in America. The true story of Limburger cheese in 1935.
5 minutes | Apr 2, 2012
Ep 74: Boston Molasses
What does a fifteen foot high wave of molasses do? For starters its deadly and takes forever to clean up. Pictures from 1919 here.
4 minutes | Mar 30, 2012
Ep 73: Pineberries
Pineberries are the magical fruit. The more you eat the more you... taste Pineapple.
6 minutes | Mar 29, 2012
Ep 72: Wilmer McLean
What if I told you the American Civil War started and ended at Wilmer McLean's house?
5 minutes | Mar 28, 2012
Ep 71: Jeopardy!
How Jeopardy works behind the scenes.
6 minutes | Mar 27, 2012
Ep 70: Underground Coal Fires
What if I told you there were fires that have been burning for over 40 years and we don't know how to put them out. Here is one of them.
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