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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.

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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.

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    Government Cheese, Mitochondria NOT Powerhousing, Dawn of the Cockroach

    Government Cheese, Mitochondria NOT Powerhousing, Dawn of the Cockroach

    This time, Laura Baisas explains the dawn of the cockroach in New York, Rachel discusses a situation when the mitochondria is NOT the powerhouse of the cell (not ideal), and Claire Maldarelli divulges all about the legendary government cheese.
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    • 1 hr
    Nature's Weirdest Sleepers, Iron Maiden Myths, Parking Psychology

    Nature's Weirdest Sleepers, Iron Maiden Myths, Parking Psychology

    Welcome to Season 8! Producer Jess Boddy joins the show to talk about the mythical iron maiden (as inspired by Resident Evil 4), Rachel talks about nature's weirdest sleepers, and Amanda explains the fascinating rabbit hole that is American parking psychology.
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    • 1 hr 7 min
    LIVE SHOW: Trees are Fake, Fortune-Telling Cheese, Sunscreen Secrets, Magical Misogyny

    LIVE SHOW: Trees are Fake, Fortune-Telling Cheese, Sunscreen Secrets, Magical Misogyny

    In our live show from August of 2023, Rachel talks about magicians' tricks and their hidden misogyny, Sara explains how trees aren't real (and why we are all crabs), Claire details the history of sunscreen, and Jess dives into telling fortunes using cheese. 
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    • 1 hr 12 min
    Eating The Rich, Menopausal Chimps, Darwin's Taxidermy Teacher

    Eating The Rich, Menopausal Chimps, Darwin's Taxidermy Teacher

    Divya Anantharaman joins the show to talk about the history of taxidermy dating back to Charles Darwin! Plus, Rachel talks menopausal chimps, and Sara Kiley explains how one Dutch town once literally ate the rich.
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    • 1 hr
    The Truth About Quicksand, Release the Tea Kraken, Learning Without Brains

    The Truth About Quicksand, Release the Tea Kraken, Learning Without Brains

    Charlie McDonnell (aka coollike on Twitch) joins the show to talk about a very British energy scandal! Plus, producer Jess Boddy does a segment on if quicksand can really suck you down into the ground like it does in the movies, and Rachel explains how creatures can learn without brains.
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    • 1 hr 4 min
    Taxidermy Robots, Talking to Dolphins (and Aliens), Methuselah the Fish

    Taxidermy Robots, Talking to Dolphins (and Aliens), Methuselah the Fish

    Laura Krantz returns to discuss how talking to dolphins may help us communicate with aliens! Plus, Rachel talks about dead spider claw machines (and other robot taxidermy), and Chelsey talks about the oldest fish ever.
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    • 48 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
117 Ratings

117 Ratings

User0863649503726 ,

👌

One of my favourite podcasts! Great way to learn random facts in a fun and entertaining way 😃 Only thing I’d love to see differently would be citations/references in the show notes. Anyways thanks for a great show!

Boo bee 5 ,

Shame

This is such a cool podcast with wonderful and interesting content. But every time I start listening to it end up turning it off. I can not stand the numbers of times they say “like” or “um”.

Um I want to um like it but like I just can’t. Um it’s like such a shame.

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Fun facts are the best

I love this podcast. It's one of my favorites. I really enjoy learning all the weird and wild things. I wish I could have even more episodes.

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