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What do extraterrestrial radio signals and a mushroom in Texas have in common? What is a "number station," and why is it so spine-tinglingly creepy?

Join comedians Shane Rogers and Duncan MacEwan for an entertaining deep-dive into obscure facts from science and history. A fascinating new subject each week.

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What do extraterrestrial radio signals and a mushroom in Texas have in common? What is a "number station," and why is it so spine-tinglingly creepy?

Join comedians Shane Rogers and Duncan MacEwan for an entertaining deep-dive into obscure facts from science and history. A fascinating new subject each week.

    Terrible Tools and Awful Inventions

    Terrible Tools and Awful Inventions

    Some inventions are commercial failures (see episode 45), and some are failures of such moral and/or epic proportions that the repercussions reverberate throughout history. These are those failures. 


     


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    Land Mines

    Smell-O-Vision

    Sony XCP

    Zepellins 

    Shutter Shades


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    • 46 min
    After Midnight: The 5 Worst Pop Songs of All Time (Sample)

    After Midnight: The 5 Worst Pop Songs of All Time (Sample)

    Veering away from cinema, this week's discord-exclusive (and 100% free) bonus episode finds the boys scraping the bottom of the audio barrel to identify the 5 absolute worst pop songs of all time. What's in your top five? Tell us in the MFFI discord...


     


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    • 24 min
    The Marriage Episode: Kidnappers, Bloody Sheets, and Evil Spirits

    The Marriage Episode: Kidnappers, Bloody Sheets, and Evil Spirits

    In the wake of Shane's recent nuptials, Duncan takes the reins to explore the unsettling history and traditions of weddings. What was the original, sinister purpose of the "Best Man"? How are evil spirits related to Bridesmaid's dresses? And in what way is a honeymoon similar to fleeing a crime scene? Listen to find out...


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    Marriage/Ownership

    Best Men/Kidnappers

    Bridesmaids/Decoys

    Wedding Party/Accomplices

    Garters/Zombies

    White Weddings

    Cake Smushing

    Wedding Traditions Around the World


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    Death, Misery, Folly, and Ponies: The Chilling History of Polar Exploration

    Death, Misery, Folly, and Ponies: The Chilling History of Polar Exploration

    Who was the first explorer to reach the North Pole? How about the South? It turns out that at least one of those answers is complicated, and although the controversy may never be laid to rest, plenty of would-be arctic conquerors were themselves laid to rest during the golden age of polar exploration. Join MFFI for the fascinating, brutal, bloody, pony-packed tale of the race for polar glory. 


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    The "Top" of the World

    Map Makers, Eurocentrism, and the West Wing

    Polar Facts

    90 Degrees Latitude

    The Polar Day, the Tilt of the Earth, and Polar Seasons

    Alert, Canada

    Nautical Twilight

    Thomas Nast and Santa Claus

    Russia Claims the Pole

    The Northwest Passage

    Prices of Spices

    Robert McClure and the HMS Investigator 

    The Magnetic North Pole VS the True North Pole

    The Lost Franklin Expedition of 1845

    The Arsenic-Poisoning of Charles Francis Hall

    The Crushing of George W Delong

    The Crashing of Salomon August Andree

    The Race Between Robert Peary and Frederick A Cook

    The Contributions of Matthew Henson

    Polar Bear Liver

    The Race for the South Pole 

    Roald Amundsum

    Fridtjof Nansen and the Fram

    The Night of the Ponies

    Amundson Takes the Pole

    Amundson Takes Another Pole

    The Death of Amundson


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    The Fiery, Pagan History of Halloween

    The Fiery, Pagan History of Halloween

    Why do we wear costumes on Halloween? When did pumpkins and candy get involved? And how the heck do you pronounce "Samhain"?


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    Celtic Festivals, Gaelic Origins

    Samhain and Beltane

    Fairies (The Aos Si)

    Bonfires, Livestock, Leaps

    Liminal Celebrations

    The Romans and Feralia

    Pomona

    Apple Bobbing? 

    Feast of All Martyrs

    Pope Boniface IV

    Pope Gregory III

    All Saints Day (All Hallows Day)

    Feast of All Souls

    All Hallows Day/Evening

    Allhallowe'en

    Souling and Allhallowtide

    Soul Cakes

    Souling Plays

    Guising

    Mischief Night

    Jack O'Lanterns 

    Stingy Jack

    Turnip Lanterns

    Trick or Treating

    Candy Corn

    Pet Costumes

    Calorie Counts


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    • 32 min
    Lost Treasures: From Crown Jewels to Fabergé Eggs

    Lost Treasures: From Crown Jewels to Fabergé Eggs

    After a series of deep-dive episodes chock full of useful information, the boys are back to form with an entirely off-the-rails and nonsensical romp through the history of some of the world's most famous, celebrated lost treasures. Pointless, silly fun. Enjoy!


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    The Scepter of Dagobert

    The Three Brothers

    Faberge Eggs


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    • 37 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
19 Ratings

19 Ratings

SamClass209 ,

MFFI

Love the hilarious dark humour and factual nerd-dom content. I’m an Aussie but had no idea about the Great Emu War! Binged every episode since discovering these dudes. It’s so good to literally lol

Maninc1 ,

Well done guys!!

Shane and Duncan present a near perfect example of what I consider the ideal level of maturity for a human male. Oh and he podcast is quite entertaining.

More please...

Queen_Babs ,

Clever Random Fun

Shane and Duncan are entertaining, delving into some random topics, sharing a joke, some pop culture references, tidbits of history and little known facts. It’s my go-to Podcast to learn a little, laugh and relax. Excellent work sirs! I thank you.👏🏼

Suggested topics? Expensive building disasters, most hated foods, weirdest hobbies or collections, worst last words before dying ( besides “I drank what?”).

Cheers,
Jane 👍🏼

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