100 episodes

Brain Junk is where Amy Barton and Trace Kerr shake up science, history & culture in the hunt for off the wall, totally unbelievable but true, answers to questions you never knew you wanted to know. What are Supernumerary teeth? Do ants pass the Mirror Test? Why do kids in Denmark get to murder their birthday cakes? We will be cannon balling off the question high dive every Tuesday to bring you the answers -- those of you in the front seats, bring your ponchos -- we're out to flood your brain.

Brain Junk Trace Kerr and Amy Barton

    • Natural Sciences

Brain Junk is where Amy Barton and Trace Kerr shake up science, history & culture in the hunt for off the wall, totally unbelievable but true, answers to questions you never knew you wanted to know. What are Supernumerary teeth? Do ants pass the Mirror Test? Why do kids in Denmark get to murder their birthday cakes? We will be cannon balling off the question high dive every Tuesday to bring you the answers -- those of you in the front seats, bring your ponchos -- we're out to flood your brain.

    134: Glowing Squirrels

    134: Glowing Squirrels

    An accidental discovery by scientist Jonathan G. Martin lead to a surprise at his bird feeder. Turns out Flying Squirrels in the United States have a special trait. Under ultraviolet light they glow. If you want to know more about…Read more →

    • 4 min
    133: Bosch’s Butt Music

    133: Bosch’s Butt Music

    Letting you know straight out the gate that the sound quality of this episode is…eh. We had some remote recording issues again–thanks Covid–but (get it? Butt Music and but? HA! Dad joke for the win). But, Amy had too much…Read more →

    • 7 min
    Grandma’s Tomato

    Grandma’s Tomato

    The tomato traveled a long strange road of misunderstanding and admiration all the way from the New World to the old and back again. Why did it become the iconic pin cushion shape we all remember and how in the…Read more →

    • 4 min
    131: POW Poker Decks

    131: POW Poker Decks

    During WWII, special super secret decks of playing cards were used to help American prisoners of war escape from Nazi camps. Show Notes: Check out the articles for some great pictures!  No one knows for sure how many decks were…Read more →

    • 4 min
    130: Gross and Gory Extravaganza

    130: Gross and Gory Extravaganza

    Amy and Trace dug deep into their “this is too gross for a podcast” files and decided there was just too much quality disgustingness not to do it anyway!!! WARNING! We aren’t kidding. This stuff is all about glowing mouse…Read more →

    • 21 min
    129: Bombardier Beetles

    129: Bombardier Beetles

    This hard to stop insect can shoot a caustic mix 212 degree chemicals out of it’s abdomen at 500 times a second. Seriously! Trace shares some super cool facts about this little bug. Great video of a variety of beetles…Read more →

    • 4 min

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