Let Me Google That
By Let Me Google That
Let Me Google ThatMay 28, 2023
AI MADE THIS EPISODE
From scripting to recording and editing, every part of this episode was made with AI. DEAR GOD WHAT HATH I WROUGHT?! Also, now you have to google Roko's Basilisk. Sorry.
On April 20, 2010, the Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded, sinking 2 days later. Over the next 87 days, millions of barrels of oil leaked into the ocean — the economic & environmental impact of which many are still reeling from today.
Is Internet Access a Human Right?
If you live in a country where access to the Internet is a part of your daily life, you might not have considered what it would mean to lose that access—or never have had it at all.
Naming Your Kentucky Derby Racehorse
Titanic Part II: The Tale of Dorothy Gibson
Titanic: Part I
This weekend marks the 111th anniversary of the #Titanic sinking. The disaster launched a thousand ships (if unanswered questions & conspiracy theories are ships) that still compel us over a century later.
What's the Most Popular Birthday?
Not mine lol
The Picture of Everything
An artist named Howard Hallis has spent the last decade painting a massive picture of literally everything.
Why Does Grapefruit Mess With Meds?
The interaction was discovered in a study where the juice was used to mask the taste of alcohol.
Put on some slow, sexy, saxophone riffs and leave your porch light on tonight to help Hot Single Poplar Hawk Moths in your area get it on. It's literally their reason for living. #TagUrMothPorn
The Americanization of St. Patrick's Day
In Ireland, #StPatricksDay was just a minor religious holiday for centuries — and not one that involved drinking. Then Americans appropriated it in the 1960s and now we have the #shamrockshake.
The Kentucky Meat Shower
So, meat pieces fell from the sky in Kentucky once.
Why Are Giraffes So Damn Long?
Everything you never knew you wanted to know about giraffes: the even-toed ungulates formerly known as CAMELEOPARDS.
Who Invented Conversation Heart Candies?
We have a frustrated pharmacist to thank for the chalk-and-talk-tastic Valentine's Day candy.
The Columbia Space Shuttle Disaster
20 years ago, the Columbia space shuttle disaster resulted in the deaths of 7 human crew members, but there were survivors: small worms that had been involved in an onboard experiment somehow survived the impact & extreme heat.
The Doomsday Clock
This year the Doomsday Clock is the closest to midnight it's ever been. 1991 was the best year: we were ~7 minutes away.
What Is Wind Chill?
Y'know how your weather app gives you the temperature outside but then warns you that it'll *feel like* a much colder temp, thus upping your risk of FROSTBITE? We're debunking the ol' New England adage, "Don't fuck with the wind chill, fam."
On January 17th, 1982 hundreds of U.S. cities broke records for low temperatures — many of which still stand today. Near Tower, Minnesota, temps dropped to -52 °F (-47 °C).
Mrs. Röntgen's Skeleton Hand
In 1901, Wilhelm Röntgen became the first person to win the Nobel Prize in Physics for his discovery of X-rays. The famous image he captured was of his wife's hand. Upon seeing her skeletal fingers, she gasped: "I have seen my death."
2023 Predictions: Let’s Do Cannibalism!
What’s in store for 2023? The Antichrist, war, space disasters, and cannibalism!
Santa's Evil Twin
The Christmas devil! A yuletide bastard if there ever was on! It's KRAMPUS. Obviously, this episode is rated R.
How The Flu Kills You
Why Figure Skating Is All Physics
Step 1: Listen to this week's episode on the physics of figure skating.
Step 2: Use Disney+ to watch Ice Princess (2005) (hashtagnotspons)
Do Other Planets Have Rainbows?
This episode is for one of our young listeners, Elena, who asked about rainbows. We know the recipe for them here on Earth, but what about elsewhere in the universe?
Does Silver Disinfect Itself?
This week we're revisiting an important infection-preventing question from Very Special Episodes of COVID Holidays past: Does your Nana's sterling silver really disinfect itself?
Black Friday's History of Violence
"Thrashed by a Lady Cyclist"
Remember when the Internet found a story in an old-timey British tabloid about a young lady who "used her fists in a scientific fashion" when she was harassed while biking?
Why Are We Still Doing Daylight Savings Time?!
Research has shown that more daylight means MORE TIME FOR CRIME.
Horror vs. Terror
Do you know the difference between horror & terror? Did you know there IS a difference between horror and terror?💀👻🎃
The Origin of "Fake" Banana Flavor
Actually, that weird not-quite-banana flavor isn't fake!
FALL VS. AUTUMN 🍁
Here's why this time of year in the Northern Hemisphere has two names.
Put the Nobel Prize in an Acid Bath
The Nobel Prize exists because someone mistakenly published a HORRIBLE obit for Alfred Nobel before he actually died and it made him feel like shit.
A Brief History of the Easy-Bake Oven
Everyone's favorite quantum mechanics thought experiment with cats and radioactivity was basically trolling Einstein. 🧠
The Queen's English
Could You Smoke a Cigarette in Space?
How Do Chip Cards Work?
An Itsy-Bitsy History of the Bikini
Why Does the Perseid Meteor Shower Happen Every Year?
SORBET vs. SHERBET
Shapeshifting River Dolphins
There are dolphins in the Amazon River.
A Brief History of Public Pools
How Bee Allergies Work
Why Do We Think Seeing "11:11" Means Something?
Before Jane Roe Was Sherri Finkbine
The Misunderstood Meyers-Briggs Personality Test
Queen Elizabeth II's Hidden Cousins
Nerissa and Katherine Bowes-Lyon, cousins of Queen Elizabeth II, were said to have died in 1940 and 1961. Then, they died again in 1986 and 2004.
The Year Without a Summer
Did Hawaii Ban Sunscreen?
Thanks to a cognitive bias known as asymmetric insight, we tend to think we know other people better than they know us—or even that we know other people better than they know themselves.
So, in 2022, we're only getting a "supermoon" but back in 2018 we had a SUPER BLUE BLOOD MOON. If you're a cryptid, it was a great time to emerge from the woods and terrorize the locals.
Mothers Against Decapentaplegic
Elizabeth Hughes' 42,000 Insulin Injections
Insulin has been saving lives for over 100 years. But one of the first Americans to be saved by the miracle drug, Elizabeth Hughes Gossett, never wanted you to know.
Who Invented Play-Doh?
Yes, you can technically eat Play-Doh—but it’s not gluten-free!
How Egg Hatching Works
Phantom Time Hypothesis
Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Disaster
Silica Gel Packets
Russia's Secret Nuclear Tests at "The Polygon"
50 years of secret nuclear testing at Semipalatinsk (“the Polygon”) is still making people in Kazakhstan ill. The nuclear fallout Russia never wanted anyone to know about was worse than Chernobyl.
The Futurist Manifesto
"Roses are red. . ."
#HappyValentinesDay! So, who came up with that horticulturally-inaccurate "Roses are red, violets are blue. . ." ditty anyway?
What Is Curling?
How to Survive Getting Sucked Into a Black Hole
The Poet Bandit
In the wild west a "gentleman bandit" named Charles Boles was known for being polite, robbing stagecoaches on foot instead of horseback, never shooting a gun, rockin' a dapper aesthetic & the poems he left behind.
What Do You Say When Someone Sneezes?
How Narcan Works
In the context of America's opioid epidemic, you've probably been hearing a lot about Narcan. But the "miracle drug" isn't new. It's actually been around since the 1960s. So how does it work? And can anyone use it to save a life?
22 Weird Facts About 2022
Thanks for spending another year keepin' it weird with LMGT. Let's take a look into the weirdness that awaits us in 2022.
You asked, we answered. Grab some LMGT swag! 💙🆕👁🗨
Well, it's been another shitty year so it's probably fine that we didn't end up making Undecember, the 13th month of the year, a thing.
The WOW! Signal
In 1977, the so-called "WOW! Signal" was heard by the Big Ear radio telescope at Ohio State University...and everyone thought it was aliens.
Scary Thanksgiving Parades
Thanksgiving used to mean "ragamuffin parades" but now it's just all about that giant, expensive, inflatable Snoopy.
Do Eclipses Mess With Solar Power?
An eclipse is pretty cool unless you don't like being in the dark.
How Master Keys Work
When Clowns Kill
Being from Maine, we’re always prone to Stephen King Wikipedia wormholes. So that’s why we’re talking about killer clowns. Also, hi, we have a newsletter now. Sign up to get each week's new episode straight to your inbox!
LISTENER CALL-IN! How were the weird and beautiful Pinnacles of the Western Australian desert formed?
The Pollock Twins
After their daughters died in a car accident, the Pollocks had twin baby girls that they became convinced were the reincarnated souls of their children who died.
How Do Coupons Work?
Ever wondered how coupons work? The whole cycle (from when you hand your $1 coupon to the cashier to when the store gets reimbursed by the manufacturer) takes about a month.
The Legend of "For Sale: Baby shoes, never worn"
"For Sale: Baby shoes, never worn." — said literally everyone but Hemingway, ever.
Why It's Weird That Americans Refrigerate Milk
America is one of the only places where you'll find milk in the cold aisle of a grocery store. The rest of the world just puts it on a regular, unrefrigerated shelf. How's that possible?
Guest Episode: Hamburgers
This week, the hosts of the What's Going On podcast are here to tell us everything you never thought to ask about hamburgers. If you like LMGT, you'll love their show!
Do Lobsters Feel Pain?
Do lobsters feel pain when they get dropped into a pot of boiling water or are we (looking at you, Switzerland) just anthropomorphizing them?
Who Invented the Equal Sign (=)?
Robert Recorde invented the equals sign (=) because he got HECKIN' TIRED of having to write "is equal to" over and over again when he was creating mathematical texts for non-Latin reading folk in the 16th century England.
The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum Heist
13 works worth $500 million were stolen from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. Their empty frames still hang in the museum as placeholders.
The Golden Blood Type
Could you have the rarest blood type in the world? If you have the golden blood type, all the more reason to become a blood donor.
New York's 6-Million-Year-Old Caves
Not saying these caverns turned out to be a portal to hell or another dimension, but...
Italics (feat. font designer Brian Willson)
This week we're discussing italic font (which is not the same as ~oblique) with typography designer Brian Willson.
It’s #CephalopodWeek! Have some giant squid content! Not big enough for ya? Have some COLOSSAL SQUID CONTENT!!!
The Swedish Hotline Riots
Pre group chat = party lines. In the 1980s, a bunch of Swedish teens used one to plan IRL meetup that went viral.
Why Do We Yawn?
Also, important: how do fish yawn?
Triggers vs. "Glimmers"
The term “trigger warning” gets thrown around and mocked, but at the most basic level, it’s an attempt at self-preservation. But is there an opposing force to a trigger? That’s the idea behind “glimmers.”
Additional reading:The blog post mentioned in this episode: The Nervous System, Triggers & Glimmers! More about the Polyvagal Theory.
Kick 'em Jenny
Um, best name for a volcano ever???
All About Centipedes
These bugs are millions of years old and have too many damn legs!
How Disease Eradication Works
What does it take to get rid of an infectious disease forever? Could we ever eradicate COVID?
Can Plants See?
Plants do have senses—in a sense.
The Man Who Stuck His Head in a Particle Accelerator
Anatoli Bugorski stuck his head in a particle accelerator and LIVED — but that's not even the strangest part of this story.
I have no logical explanation for this but my first thought upon waking today was SPIRO AGNEW! Was not expecting this Wikihole to lead to Frank Sinatra, but here we are.
A Lil' Mars Music
This week our friend Chelsea Gohd aka Foxanne, senior writer at Space.com and an analog astronaut, is here to talk about how she recorded a song with the first sounds ever from Mars with some help from the Perseverance Rover. Be sure to check out her debut EP: It's real (I knew it).
Foods That Can Poison/Kill You
You might want to reconsider that slow cooker recipe with red kidney beans.
In the early 1900s, the U.S. banned blackcurrants because the seeds were vectors for a fungus that threatened the logging industry. That means that most Americans have never tasted blackcurrant. Which means they've never experienced RIBENA.
Call in with your best vanity plate idea!
Can You Erase Someone From History?
You might want to, but is it possible? Or advisable?
Auld Lang Syne
You can sing a tipsy rendition of it with your friends tonight to ring in the #newyear but elsewhere in the world, Auld Lang Syne pops up at funerals and...closing time at your local watering hole.
You can never unlearn that "snowboarding" began as "SNURFING."
A Generous History of Secret Santa
The tradition has worldwide appeal, but there's actually one generous dude who was *the* Secret Santa.
Why You Hear Better When It's Cold Out
You're not imagining it.
Cold War-era dumpster diving at Soviet HQ revealed they were wiping their butts with intel.
Ahead of Halloween, let's learn all about banshees & the not-so-subtle art of keening.
Saturday Night Massacre
Can Licorice Kill You?
The most popular use of licorice is *not* for candy, though it can be dangerous if you eat enough of it. (ALSO: Sorry for the audio, I need a new pop screen for my mic!)
The Penguin That Never Existed
The Carrington Event
The Fenn Treasure
Last week the mysterious #FennTreasure was found deep in the Rocky Mountains after a decade of intriguing puzzles, poetry, and DEATH. ☠
Where is JFK's Brain?
JFK'S birthday is on Friday, so in his honor ... consider that Gallup polls since 1963 show most Americans believe JFK’s assassination was part of a conspiracy. And that it did not help that JFK's brain went missing after the autopsy.
See: Wikipedia of JFK assassination conspiracy theories.
Did This Woman Give Birth to *69* Kids?
Happy Mother's Day! Did this woman really have ~69 children? Is that humanly possible? Also...why?
Self-Experimenting Med Student Wins Nobel Prize (eventually).
For #ValentinesDay take your display of love to the next level and catheterize your own heart like Werner Forßmann.
England's Biracial Queen
Before Meghan Markle, Queen Sophia Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz shook up the ultra-white House of Windsor.
Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade Balloons
Imagine buying a balloon that costs more than a house.
What is Gender?
Guest host Vieno from Trans Field Guide podcast is here to explain what gender is (and isn't) in celebration of #TransAwarenessWeek! You can learn more at transfieldguide.com. Follow them on Instagram @transfieldguide1 and www.facebook.com/TransFieldGuide/🌈
Is this creepy abandoned park full of presidential busts in Virginia a symbol for our crumbling democracy?!
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The Chappaquiddick Incident
Leaked! The Pentagon Papers
An Abridged History of Audiobooks
Area Code: (321)
Which county in the United States has area code 321? And why is that the case?
Another year already?!
12 DAYS OF P❄DMAS: Drummers
12 DAYS OF P❄DMAS: Pipers
12 DAYS OF P❄DMAS: Swans
12 DAYS OF P❄DMAS: Lords
12 DAYS OF P❄DMAS: Ladies Dancing
12 DAYS OF P❄DMAS: Milkmaids
12 DAYS OF P❄DMAS: Silly Goose
12 DAYS OF P❄DMAS: Golden Rings
12 DAYS OF P❄DMAS: Calling Birds
12 DAYS OF P❄DMAS: French hens
12 DAYS OF P❄DMAS: Turtle Doves
12 DAYS OF P❄DMAS: Partridges/Pear Trees
12 DAYS OF P❄DMAS!
Sputnik in Wisconsin
Heat Lightning: Not Real
How Treason Works
Computers before computers with guest host Jonathan Blade
Point(ing) of Interest with guest host Chris Thrasher
Death by Watermelon with guest host Lydia Sigwarth
Catatumbo Lightning with guest host Pedro Graterol
Jupiter's Weird New Moons with guest host Chelsea Gohd
Cervical Mucus with guest host Amanda Laird
THE CRY CLOSET with guest hosts The RDR Show
The Dewey Decimal System with guest host Lily Jenness
What is "Ki?" with guest host Jacquard Isaiah Wyze
Guest episode: Moxie LaBouche from This Is Your Brain on Facts
The 27 Club
Why did so many famous musicians die at the age of 27? Hendrix, Morrison, Joplin, Cobain & Winehouse are among the most notable, but the "27 Club" has over ~60 members to date.