The Weirdest Thing I Learned This Week

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Alfred Dixon
 Feb 13, 2019
Very interesting, fun personalities.

Gilby
 Jan 27, 2019
If you love vocal fry and the word, "Um", then this podcast is for you! I'll give it a chance and possibly update this review later. Update: The Ums and Uhs are only getting worse as they go along. I tried. I really did.

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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. Become a supporter of this podcast: https://anchor.fm/popular-science/support

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Sideshow Babies, Strange Sneezes, Rust for the Rust God
1929

The weirdest things we learned this week range from premature babies displayed as a sideshow exhibit to people who sneeze after eating a big meal. 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!

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Theme music by Billy Cadden: www.twitter.com/billycadden


Edited by Jason Lederman: www.twitter.com/Lederman

Become a supporter of this podcast: https://anchor.fm/popular-science/support This podcast is sponsored by Burrow
Feb 13, 2019
Biting Cow Lips, Death by Molasses, Shopping for a New Finger
1725

The weirdest things we learned this week range from a 30-foot-tall molasses wave to the man who invented "bulldogging" in rodeos. 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 Twitter

Rachel Feltman: www.twitter.com/RachelFeltman

Eleanor Cummins: www.twitter.com/elliepsies

Jess Boddy: www.twitter.com/JessicaBoddy

Popular Science: www.twitter.com/PopSci


Theme music by Billy Cadden: www.twitter.com/billycadden


Edited by Jason Lederman: www.twitter.com/Lederman

Become a supporter of this podcast: https://anchor.fm/popular-science/support This podcast is sponsored by Burrow
Feb 06, 2019
Ladies Dueling Topless, Eating Every Animal, Birth via Pseudopenis
1921

The weirdest things we learned this week range from stripping during duels to stay alive to a man who wanted to eat every animal (for science). Whose story will be voted "The Weirdest Thing I Learned This Week"?


Get your tickets to our live show here!


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!


Learn more about all of our stories:

https://www.popsci.com/weird


Follow our team on Twitter

Rachel Feltman: www.twitter.com/RachelFeltman

Sara Chodosh: www.twitter.com/schodosh

Sophie Bushwick: www.twitter.com/SophieBushwick

Popular Science: www.twitter.com/PopSci


Theme Music by

Billy Cadden: www.twitter.com/billycadden


Edited by

Jason Lederman: www.twitter.com/Lederman

Become a supporter of this podcast: https://anchor.fm/popular-science/support This podcast is sponsored by Burrow
Jan 30, 2019
The Sweetest Butts, Flaming Birds, The U.S. vs. 40 Barrels and 20 Kegs of Coca-Cola
1956

The weirdest things we learned this week range from the sweetest smelling butts to birds that were used as candles. 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 on social media:

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Learn more about all of our stories:

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Theme Music by

Billy Cadden: www.twitter.com/billycadden

Edited by

Jason Lederman: www.twitter.com/Lederman

Become a supporter of this podcast: https://anchor.fm/popular-science/support This podcast is sponsored by Burrow
Jan 23, 2019
The Deadliest Surgery Ever, Severed Foot Epidemic, Toe-Touching Athletes
2021

On season 2 premiere of Weirdest Thing, the weirdest things we learned this week range from dozens of severed feet that wash up in the Pacific Northwest to an operation on one person that killed three people. 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 on social media:

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www.twitter.com/weirdest_thing

#weirdestthingpod


Learn more about all of our stories:

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Rachel Feltman: www.twitter.com/RachelFeltman

Claire Maldarelli: www.twitter.com/camaldarelli

Eleanor Cummins: www.twitter.com/elliepses

Popular Science: www.twitter.com/PopSci


Theme Music by

Billy Cadden: www.twitter.com/billycadden


Edited by

Jason Lederman: www.twitter.com/Lederman

Become a supporter of this podcast: https://anchor.fm/popular-science/support This podcast is sponsored by Burrow
Jan 16, 2019
Torturous Treadmills, Champagne and Balls, History's Calendars
1894
On the this special New Year's episode, the weirdest things we learned this week range from the origins of treadmills (your New Year's resolution) to the origin of the sparkling wine and the New Year's ball to the origin of the modern calendars. 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 on social media: www.facebook.com/groups/theweirdestthing www.twitter.com/weirdest_thing #weirdestthingpod Follow our team on Twitter Rachel Feltman: www.twitter.com/RachelFeltman Claire Maldarelli: www.twitter.com/camaldarelli Eleanor Cummins: www.twitter.com/elliepses Popular Science: www.twitter.com/PopSci Theme Music by Billy Cadden: www.twitter.com/billycadden Edited by Jason Lederman: www.twitter.com/Lederman Become a supporter of this podcast: https://anchor.fm/popular-science/support
Dec 25, 2018
The Weirdest Things We Learned in Season 1
2019
We learned a lot of weird facts in season 1 of this show. Rachel and long-suffering producer Jason reflect on the first 25 episodes of The Weirdest Thing I Learned This Week and go through the data to figure out the weirdest things we learned, what types of stories win most often, and who taught us the most weird things. Plus, we answer your questions from social media! The Weirdest Thing I Learned This Week is a podcast by Popular Science. Share your weirdest facts and stories with us on Twitter: www.twitter.com/weirdest_thing #weirdestthingpod Follow our team on Twitter Rachel Feltman: www.twitter.com/RachelFeltman Jason Lederman: www.twitter.com/Lederman Popular Science: www.twitter.com/PopSci Theme Music by Billy Cadden: www.twitter.com/billycadden Edited by Jason Lederman: www.twitter.com/Lederman Become a supporter of this podcast: https://anchor.fm/popular-science/support
Dec 05, 2018
Halloween Spooktacular 2018 (Season 1 Finale)
2390
On the season 1 finale of "The Weirdest Thing I Learned This Week," four of our original hosts jump behind the mic to share their spookiest facts, in honor of Halloween. The weirdest things we learned this week range from fetuses that turn to stone to a newt that sticks its ribs through its body to defend itself from predators. 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 on social media: www.facebook.com/groups/theweirdestthing www.twitter.com/weirdest_thing #weirdestthingpod Follow our team on Twitter Rachel Feltman: www.twitter.com/RachelFeltman Claire Maldarelli: www.twitter.com/camaldarelli Eleanor Cummins: www.twitter.com/elliepses Mary Beth Griggs: www.twitter.com/marybethgriggs Popular Science: www.twitter.com/PopSci Theme Music by Billy Cadden: www.twitter.com/billycadden Edited by Jason Lederman: www.twitter.com/Lederman Become a supporter of this podcast: https://anchor.fm/popular-science/support
Oct 31, 2018
Glowing Civil War Wounds, Bubble Wrap's Origins, Historic Font Disputes
1690
The weirdest things we learned this week range from the origins of bubble wrap to Civil War soldiers whose wounds glowed in the dark. 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 on Twitter: www.twitter.com/weirdest_thing #weirdestthingpod Follow our team on Twitter Eleanor Cummins: www.twitter.com/elliepses Jason Lederman: www.twitter.com/Lederman Sophie Bushwick: www.twitter.com/sophiebushwick Popular Science: www.twitter.com/PopSci Theme Music by Billy Cadden: www.twitter.com/billycadden Edited by Jason Lederman: www.twitter.com/Lederman Become a supporter of this podcast: https://anchor.fm/popular-science/support
Oct 24, 2018
Taxidermy's Dark Secret, Woman "Births" Rabbits, The Parthenon's Optical Illusion
1992
The weirdest things we learned this week range from a piece of taxidermy with a dark secret to a woman who claimed to give birth to rabbits. 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 on Twitter: www.twitter.com/weirdest_thing #weirdestthingpod Follow our team on Twitter Rachel Feltman: www.twitter.com/RachelFeltman Claire Maldarelli: www.twitter.com/camaldarelli Eleanor Cummins: www.twitter.com/elliepses Popular Science: www.twitter.com/PopSci Theme Music by Billy Cadden: www.twitter.com/billycadden Edited by Jason Lederman: www.twitter.com/Lederman Become a supporter of this podcast: https://anchor.fm/popular-science/support
Oct 17, 2018
Vanishing Twins, The Poison Squad, Levitating Frogs
2346
The weirdest things we learned this week range from levitating a frog with electromagnets to the idea that absorbing a twin in utero gives you superpowers. 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 on Twitter: www.twitter.com/weirdest_thing #weirdestthingpod Follow our team on Twitter Rachel Feltman: www.twitter.com/RachelFeltman Eleanor Cummins: www.twitter.com/elliepses Jason Lederman: www.twitter.com/Lederman Popular Science: www.twitter.com/PopSci Theme Music by Billy Cadden: www.twitter.com/billycadden Edited by Jason Lederman: www.twitter.com/Lederman Become a supporter of this podcast: https://anchor.fm/popular-science/support
Oct 10, 2018
The Economy of "Frozen," Hopping Space Robots, Animals on Drugs
2364
The weirdest things we learned this week range from the science and economics of the kingdom in the movie "Frozen" to the most (and least) wholesome scientific studies of animals on drugs. 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 on Twitter: www.twitter.com/weirdest_thing #weirdestthingpod Follow our team on Twitter Rachel Feltman: www.twitter.com/RachelFeltman Eleanor Cummins: www.twitter.com/elliepses Mary Beth Griggs: www.twitter.com/MaryBethGriggs Popular Science: www.twitter.com/PopSci Theme Music by Billy Cadden: www.twitter.com/billycadden Edited by Jason Lederman: www.twitter.com/Lederman Become a supporter of this podcast: https://anchor.fm/popular-science/support
Oct 03, 2018
Illegal Cheese, The Worst Dairy Disaster, Holes in People (and Cows)
1985
The weirdest things we learned this week range from the world's worst dairy-related disaster to a Sardinian cheese that is illegal to sell. 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 on Twitter: www.twitter.com/weirdest_thing #weirdestthingpod Follow our team on Twitter Rachel Feltman: www.twitter.com/RachelFeltman Sara Chodosh: www.twitter.com/schodosh Mary Beth Griggs: www.twitter.com/MaryBethGriggs Popular Science: www.twitter.com/PopSci Theme Music by Billy Cadden: www.twitter.com/billycadden Edited by Jason Lederman: www.twitter.com/Lederman Become a supporter of this podcast: https://anchor.fm/popular-science/support
Sep 26, 2018
Two Facts and a Lie with PopSci Editor-in-Chief Joe Brown
323
The weirdest things we learned this week are weird things we've already learned! In this mini-episode, Popular Science editor-in-chief Joe Brown plays "Two Truths and a Lie" about past editions of Weirdest Thing. Play along with him and see how many you can get right! The Weirdest Thing I Learned This Week is a podcast by Popular Science. Share your weirdest facts and stories with us on Twitter: www.twitter.com/weirdest_thing #weirdestthingpod Follow our team on Twitter Rachel Feltman: www.twitter.com/RachelFeltman Joe Brown: www.twitter.com/JoeMFBrown Popular Science: www.twitter.com/PopSci Theme Music by Billy Cadden: www.twitter.com/billycadden Edited by Jason Lederman: www.twitter.com/Lederman Become a supporter of this podcast: https://anchor.fm/popular-science/support
Sep 19, 2018
Sucked into a Bottle, the Ultimate Exercise Hack, the Statue of Liberty’s Big Secret
2298
The weirdest things we learned this week range from turning the Statue of Liberty into a battery to a man whose penis was sucked into a bottle with an explosion. Whose story will be voted "The Weirdest Thing I Learned This Week"? Buy tickets to our live show in NYC! www.popsci.com/wtlive The Weirdest Thing I Learned This Week is a podcast by Popular Science. Share your weirdest facts and stories with us on Twitter: www.twitter.com/weirdest_thing #weirdestthingpod Follow our team on Twitter Rachel Feltman: www.twitter.com/RachelFeltman Claire Maldarelli: www.twitter.com/camaldarelli Mary Beth Griggs: www.twitter.com/MaryBethGriggs Popular Science: www.twitter.com/PopSci Theme Music by Billy Cadden: www.twitter.com/billycadden Edited by Jason Lederman: www.twitter.com/Lederman Become a supporter of this podcast: https://anchor.fm/popular-science/support
Sep 12, 2018
Fatal Insomnia, Astounding Poops, NYPD Bees
2325
The weirdest things we learned this week range from a plan to bring George Washington back from the dead to a solar storm that powered telegraphs with no batteries. Whose story will be voted "The Weirdest Thing I Learned This Week"? Buy tickets to our live show in NYC! www.popsci.com/wtlive The Weirdest Thing I Learned This Week is a podcast by Popular Science. Share your weirdest facts and stories with us on Twitter: www.twitter.com/weirdest_thing #weirdestthingpod Follow our team on Twitter Rachel Feltman: www.twitter.com/RachelFeltman Sara Chodosh: www.twitter.com/schodosh Eleanor Cummins: www.twitter.com/elliepses Popular Science: www.twitter.com/PopSci Theme Music by Billy Cadden: www.twitter.com/billycadden Edited by Jason Lederman: www.twitter.com/Lederman Become a supporter of this podcast: https://anchor.fm/popular-science/support
Sep 05, 2018
The Beauty of Corpses, Zombie George Washington, Solar-Powered Telegraphs
2394
The weirdest things we learned this week range from a plan to bring George Washington back from the dead to a solar storm that powered telegraphs with no batteries. Whose story will be voted "The Weirdest Thing I Learned This Week"? Buy tickets to our live show in NYC! http://www.popsci.com/wtlive The Weirdest Thing I Learned This Week is a podcast by Popular Science. Share your weirdest facts and stories with us on Twitter: www.twitter.com/weirdest_thing #weirdestthingpod Follow our team on Twitter Rachel Feltman: www.twitter.com/RachelFeltman Mary Beth Griggs: www.twitter.com/MaryBethGriggs Anna Brooks: www.twitter.com/Anna_Brooksie Popular Science: www.twitter.com/PopSci Theme Music by Billy Cadden: www.twitter.com/billycadden Edited by Jason Lederman: www.twitter.com/Lederman Become a supporter of this podcast: https://anchor.fm/popular-science/support
Aug 29, 2018
Organ Meats, Fitness and Sweating, The World's Largest Dog Ban
2396
The weirdest things we learned this week range from what organs you can and can't eat to the world's largest dog ban. Whose story will be voted "The Weirdest Thing I Learned This Week"? Come to our live show in NYC on Sept. 14! https://www.facebook.com/events/205753813627165/ The Weirdest Thing I Learned This Week is a podcast by Popular Science. Share your weirdest facts and stories with us on Twitter: www.twitter.com/weirdest_thing #weirdestthingpod Follow our team on Twitter Sara Chodosh: www.twitter.com/schodosh Claire Maldarelli: www.twitter.com/camaldarelli Lexi Krupp: www.twitter.com/KruppLexi Popular Science: www.twitter.com/PopSci Theme Music by Billy Cadden: www.twitter.com/billycadden Edited by Jason Lederman: www.twitter.com/Lederman Become a supporter of this podcast: https://anchor.fm/popular-science/support
Aug 22, 2018
Laughing Gas Parties, Human Femur Flutes, Domesticating Zebras
2364
The weirdest things we learned this week range from flutes made from human femurs to trying to tame zebras. 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 on Twitter: www.twitter.com/weirdest_thing #weirdestthingpod Follow our team on Twitter Rachel Feltman: www.twitter.com/RachelFeltman Eleanor Cummins: www.twitter.com/elliepses Sophie Bushwick: www.twitter.com/SophieBushwick Popular Science: www.twitter.com/PopSci Theme Music by Billy Cadden: www.twitter.com/billycadden Edited by Jason Lederman: www.twitter.com/Lederman Become a supporter of this podcast: https://anchor.fm/popular-science/support
Aug 15, 2018
Skin-Peeling Soup, Chlorinating the Ocean, Secret Drug Toilets
2228
The weirdest things we learned this week range from a soup that makes your skin peel off to secret drug-finding toilets in airports. 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 on Twitter: www.twitter.com/weirdest_thing #weirdestthingpod Follow our team on Twitter Rachel Feltman: www.twitter.com/RachelFeltman Eleanor Cummins: www.twitter.com/elliepses Lexi Krupp: www.twitter.com/KruppLexi Popular Science: www.twitter.com/PopSci Theme Music by Billy Cadden: www.twitter.com/billycadden Edited by Jason Lederman: www.twitter.com/Lederman Become a supporter of this podcast: https://anchor.fm/popular-science/support
Aug 08, 2018
Detachable Sex Organs, Human Skin Artwork, 17th Century Thought Experiment Solved
2382
The weirdest things we learned this week range from animals that detach their sex organs during or after sex to artwork you can hang in your home on a human skin canvas. 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 on Twitter: www.twitter.com/weirdest_thing #weirdestthingpod Follow our team on Twitter Sara Chodosh: www.twitter.com/schodosh Stan Horaczek: www.twitter.com/stanhoraczek Anna Brooks: www.twitter.com/Anna_Brooksie Popular Science: www.twitter.com/PopSci Theme Music by Billy Cadden: www.twitter.com/billycadden Edited by Jason Lederman: www.twitter.com/Lederman Become a supporter of this podcast: https://anchor.fm/popular-science/support
Aug 01, 2018
Bears in Ejector Seats, Nobel Prize for Giving Patients Malaria, The Secret Origins of Beer Yeast
2390
The weirdest things we learned this week range from the Air Force testing ejector seats with black bears to a doctor winning the Nobel Prize for infecting his patients with syphilis. 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 on Twitter: www.twitter.com/weirdest_thing #weirdestthingpod Follow our team on Twitter Rachel Feltman: www.twitter.com/RachelFeltman Corinne Iozzio: www.twitter.com/CorinneIOZO Mary Beth Griggs: www.twitter.com/MaryBethGriggs Popular Science: www.twitter.com/PopSci Theme Music by Billy Cadden: www.twitter.com/billycadden Edited by Jason Lederman: www.twitter.com/Lederman Become a supporter of this podcast: https://anchor.fm/popular-science/support
Jul 25, 2018
Le Pétomane (The Fartiste), Tesla Loved a Pigeon, Meat Lozenges
2377
The weirdest things we learned this week range from a flatulist who became the highest-paid performer in France to meat lozenges. 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 on Twitter: www.twitter.com/weirdest_thing #weirdestthingpod Follow our team on Twitter Rachel Feltman: www.twitter.com/RachelFeltman Sara Chodosh: www.twitter.com/schodosh Jason Lederman: www.twitter.com/lederman Popular Science: www.twitter.com/PopSci Theme Music by Billy Cadden: www.twitter.com/billycadden Edited by Lexi Krupp: www.twitter.com/KruppLexi Become a supporter of this podcast: https://anchor.fm/popular-science/support
Jul 18, 2018
Poisonous Wallpaper, Cruise Ship Poop, The Best Ultramarathon Runners
2389
The weirdest things we learned this week range from poisonous wallpaper that people voluntarily put in their homes to an exploration of what happens to poop on a cruise ship. 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 on Twitter: www.twitter.com/weirdest_thing #weirdestthingpod Follow our team on Twitter Rachel Feltman: www.twitter.com/RachelFeltman Claire Maldarelli: www.twitter.com/camaldarelli Amy Schellenbaum: www.twitter.com/acsbaum Popular Science: www.twitter.com/PopSci Theme Music by Billy Cadden: www.twitter.com/billycadden Edited by Jason Lederman: www.twitter.com/Lederman Become a supporter of this podcast: https://anchor.fm/popular-science/support
Jul 11, 2018
Sex Magick, The Oldest Mac and Cheese, Contagious Writer's Block
2345
The weirdest things we learned this week range from a NASA engineer who believed in sex magick to the world's oldest recipe for macaroni and cheese. 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 on Twitter: www.twitter.com/weirdest_thing #weirdestthingpod Follow our team on Twitter Rachel Feltman: www.twitter.com/RachelFeltman Eleanor Cummins: www.twitter.com/elliepses Mary Beth Griggs: www.twitter.com/MaryBethGriggs Popular Science: www.twitter.com/PopSci Theme Music by Billy Cadden: www.twitter.com/billycadden Edited by Jason Lederman: www.twitter.com/Lederman Become a supporter of this podcast: https://anchor.fm/popular-science/support
Jun 27, 2018
Corpses Doing Yoga, The Loneliest Island, Biblical Quail Rhabdo
2345

The weirdest things we learned this week range from rhabdo, a potentially fatal medical condition first mentioned in the bible, to the most remote inhabited island on Earth. 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 on Twitter: www.twitter.com/weirdest_thing #weirdestthingpod


Follow our team on Twitter

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Claire Maldarelli: www.twitter.com/camaldarelli

Sara Chodosh: www.twitter.com/schodosh

Popular Science: www.twitter.com/PopSci


Theme Music by Billy Cadden: www.twitter.com/billycadden

Edited by Jason Lederman: www.twitter.com/Lederman

Become a supporter of this podcast: https://anchor.fm/popular-science/support
Jun 20, 2018
Ketchup Consistency Standards, Implanting Memories, People Inside of Sperm
2382

The weirdest things we learned this week range from the standards and grading of ketchup to the idea that people were fully-formed inside of sperm before being born. 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 on Twitter: www.twitter.com/weirdest_thing #weirdestthingpod


Follow our team on Twitter

Rachel Feltman: www.twitter.com/RachelFeltman

Sara Chodosh: www.twitter.com/schodosh

Corinne Iozzio: www.twitter.com/CorinneIOZO

Popular Science: www.twitter.com/PopSci


Theme Music by Billy Cadden: www.twitter.com/billycadden

Edited by Jason Lederman: www.twitter.com/Lederman

Become a supporter of this podcast: https://anchor.fm/popular-science/support
Jun 13, 2018
The First Underwater Video, Ballooning Over the North Pole, The Call of the Void
2399

The weirdest things we learned this week range from finding lost footage of the first-ever underwater video to a daring attempt to fly over the North Pole in a hydrogen balloon. 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 on Twitter: www.twitter.com/weirdest_thing #weirdestthingpod


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Jun 06, 2018
Medical Cannibalism, Hildegard of Bingen, Predicting the Weather
2397

The weirdest things we learned this week range from nuns, the origin of the cosmos, and the female orgasm to the number of calories in an average human man. 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 on Twitter: www.twitter.com/weirdest_thing #weirdestthingpod


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Eleanor Cummins: www.twitter.com/elliepsies

Popular Science: www.twitter.com/PopSci


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Edited by Jason Lederman: www.twitter.com/Lederman

Become a supporter of this podcast: https://anchor.fm/popular-science/support
May 30, 2018
The Best Dog, Carnivorous Mushrooms, Naming Groups of Animals
2306

The weirdest things we learned this week range from the world's best dog to mushrooms that eat animals. 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 on Twitter: www.twitter.com/weirdest_thing #weirdestthingpod


Follow our team on Twitter

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Eleanor Cummins: www.twitter.com/elliepsies

Popular Science: www.twitter.com/PopSci


Theme Music by Billy Cadden: www.twitter.com/billycadden

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May 23, 2018
Smoke Enemas, Secret Acoustic Engineering, Volcano Traps Lighthouse
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The weirdest things we learned this week range from trying to revive dead (or unconscious) people by literally blowing smoke up their butts to the secret testing your favorite products go through to sound expensive. 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 on Twitter: www.twitter.com/weirdest_thing #weirdestthingpod


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May 16, 2018
The First Celebrity Diet, Animals Adopting Animals, Believing You Are Dead
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The weirdest things we learned this week range from the world's first celebrity dieter, Lord Byron, to Cotard Syndrome, a mental illness where a person believes they are already dead or do not exist. 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 on Twitter: www.twitter.com/weirdest_thing #weirdestthingpod

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May 09, 2018
Giant Sloths, Caged Babies, Spicy Horse Butts
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The weirdest things we learned this week range from Thomas Jefferson and giant sloths to Eleanor Roosevelt and suspending babies above Park Avenue in NYC. Who will win our to-the-death* competition and have their story voted "The Weirdest Thing I Learned This Week"? (*not to the death) The Weirdest Thing I Learned This Week is a podcast by Popular Science. Share your weirdest facts and stories with us on Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/weirdest_thing #weirdestthingpod Follow our team on Twitter Rachel Feltman: https://www.twitter.com/RachelFeltman Sara Chodosh: https://www.twitter.com/schodosh Eleanor Cummins: https://www.twitter.com/elliepsies Popular Science: https://www.twitter.com/PopSci Theme Music by Billy Cadden: https://www.twitter.com/billycadden Edited by Jason Lederman: https://www.twitter.com/Lederman Become a supporter of this podcast: https://anchor.fm/popular-science/support This podcast is sponsored by Burrow
May 02, 2018
What is The Weirdest Thing I Learned This Week?
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Here at Popular Science, we write (and read) dozens of stories every week. And though many of the fun facts we stumble across during our research make into an article, something always hits the cutting room floor. But we still want to share that information with you. So, welcome to The Weirdest Thing I Learned This Week, a podcast from the editors at Popular Science. New episodes are released every Wednesday. Thanks for listening, weirdos. Become a supporter of this podcast: https://anchor.fm/popular-science/support
Apr 27, 2018