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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.

Midnight Facts for Insomniacs Shane Rogers

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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.

    Bizarre Laws: International Edition

    Bizarre Laws: International Edition

    From Australia's anti-bunny legislation to Caribbean profanity bans, from lonely Swiss Guinea Pigs to the protected Royal Fish of Britain, Shane and Duncan explore some of the world's strangest laws.
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    In this episode:
    Australia: Rabbits of Queensland
    The United Kingdom: Royal Fish
    Tasmania: "No Questions Asked"
    Singapore: Chewing-Gum Ban
    Germany: Gas on the Autobahn 
    Canada: Protectionist Media
    The Caribbean: Saint Kitts Public Profanity Ban
    Switzerland: Solo Guinea Pigs
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    Episode Transcript:
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    ~ KNOWLEDGE IS POWER, AND SLEEP IS OVERRATED ~
     

    Dry America: The Prohibition Debacle

    Dry America: The Prohibition Debacle

    It makes perfect sense that a comedy podcast would cover this week’s topic, because prohibition was a joke.
    If you’re not familiar with the story behind the bootlegging, moon shining, home-brewing chaos of 1920s America, you’ll want to listen to this week’s episode and learn all about the giant clusterf*** that was the 18th Amendment.   
    In this episode:
    Prohibition Through the Ages
    The Code of Hammurabi
    Beer Bartering
    The Puritans, Pilgrims, and Alcohol
    The American Temperance Society
    Women's Christian Temperance Union
    Drys vs Wets
    Visitation Bands
    Carrie Nation
    The Anti-Saloon League
    Wayne Wheeler
    Wheelerism and Pressure Politics
    Prohibition and the Ku Klux Klan
    Blue Mondays
    World War 1 and the War Against German Brewers
    The Food and Fuel Control Act
    The Alcoholic Blues 
    The Volstead Act and an Epic Mustache
    The 18th Amendment 
    Connecticut and Rhode Island, Heroes
    Woodrow Wilson's Veto Attempt
    The Conundrum of Enforcement
    Section 29
    Vine-Glo
    Warren G. Harding Flouts the Law
    Congress Flouts the Law
    Congress and the Man in the Green Hat Flout the Law
    Everyone Flouts the Law
    Smuggling, Brewing, Bootlegging, Bathtub Gin, Moonshine
    NASCAR
    Denatured Alcohol
    Al Capone
    The Stock Market Crash
    Franklin Delano Roosevelt
    Repeal
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    ~ KNOWLEDGE IS POWER, AND SLEEP IS OVERRATED ~
     

    Robots go Rogue: When Artificial-Intelligence Malfunctions

    Robots go Rogue: When Artificial-Intelligence Malfunctions

    Are robots dangerous? Is Artificial Intelligence destined to take over the world? 
     
    The short answers: yes, and eventually. The robot apocalypse is inevitable. But there's no need to stress, because at least for now, machines are complete idiots. Anything that we currently refer to as "AI"--from Siri to Alexa to advanced machine-learning algorithms--are definitely artificial, but they aren't remotely intelligent. Listen to this episode to find out just how intelligent AIs aren't.
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    In this episode:
    The Sad State of Artificial Intelligence
    Alan Turing
    The Turing Test (the Imitation Game)
    Google Duplex
    CPUs VS GPUs
    Parallel Computing
    Narrow AI VS General AI
    Microsoft's "TAY" Chatbot
    Watson and Urban Dictionary
    Watson for Oncology
    Solid Gold Bomb
    Amazon "Rekognition" Facial Recognition
    This (blank) Does Not Exist
    NVIDIA's StyleGAN
    Amazon's Recruiting Tool
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    ~ KNOWLEDGE IS POWER, AND SLEEP IS OVERRATED ~
     

    How it Ends: The Most Likely Extinction Events

    How it Ends: The Most Likely Extinction Events

    Like it or not, the earth has an expiration date. Billions of years from now the sun will expand and swallow the planets of our solar system...but there’s no guarantee humanity will even make it that far.  
     
    So what are the most likely end-time scenarios? Will the end of civilization  come at our own hands via nuclear conflict or rogue Artificial Intelligence? Or will nature take us out via plagues or asteroids or super-volcanoes?
     
    Join the boys for a final countdown...
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    In this episode: 
    The Doomsday Clock
    The Bulletin of Atomic Scientists
    Anthropogenic Risks vs Non-Anthropogenic Risks
    The Global Catastrophic Risk Conference
    Close Calls (NORAD fails)
    Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT)
    Gold Bullion
    International Rivalries
    Nuclear War
    Asteroids (Boomsplode Cataclysm)
    Artificial Intelligence
    Super-volcanoes
    Yellowstone Caldera
    Long Vally Super-Volcano
    Climate Change, briefly
    Pandemic, briefly
    The Great Deoxygenation
    Red Giant/White Dwarf
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    ~ KNOWLEDGE IS POWER, AND SLEEP IS OVERRATED ~
     

    Weird Science: Psychology Edition

    Weird Science: Psychology Edition

    Humans like to believe that we're the pinnacle of evolution, but are we truly logical, rational creatures? If so, why do we self-sabotage? Why do we cling to irrational beliefs even when they make our lives difficult? Do we control our own motivations and behaviors, or are we under the influence of psychological phenomena that most of us barely understand? 
     
    Brains are weird. Here's proof.  
     
    In this episode:
    Cognitive Dissonance
    The Baader-Meinhof Phenomenon
    The Scarcity Principle
    Mere-Exposure Effect
    False Consensus Effect
    Belief Perseverance
    Attribution Errors
    The Spotlight Effect
    Illusion of Transparency
    Recency Bias
    The Madonna-Whore Complex
     
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    Host Swap: Scottish Facts and Fictions

    Host Swap: Scottish Facts and Fictions

    By popular demand via the MFFI Discord, Shane and Duncan swap roles for a special episode recorded on April Fools Day!
    Follow along in this Scottish-themed extravaganza as Duncan demolishes the beloved historical farce that was Braveheart, and answers questions that no one ever cared to ask, like, "Have there been any tandem Scottish serial killers?" and "Where is the world's largest hedge?" (Hint: it's in Scotland.)
    Will this host-swapping Freaky Friday craziness ever happen again? Maybe! Probably not! But who knows? Give the episode a listen and then drop your opinion in the discord:
    Meet the Midnight Masses! Join Shane and Duncan and the rest of the Insomniacs on Discord.
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    In this episode:
    Braveheart dissected and debunked
    Robert the Bruce speaks in platitudes 
    Mac Vs Mc
    Scottish slavery
    Grave-robbing serial killer duo Hare and Burke
    Scotland sucks at currency
    Mòrag of Loch Morar
    Chicken Tikka Masala
    The largest hedge
    Bonnybridge UFOs
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    ~ KNOWLEDGE IS POWER, AND SLEEP IS OVERRATED ~
     

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
37 Ratings

37 Ratings

MartyMac1888 ,

Thanks!

Genuinely exactly what I was after to listen to in bed. Thanks guys!

Miss Annie UK ,

Great humour.

Love these guys! They make me laugh so much. I’m addicted.

bevansays ,

Worth a listen

I came for the facts but i ended up staying for the humour. Its the best podcast i have ever listened to. Sleep is for the weak

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