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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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    • 4.5 • 43 Ratings

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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    Lotion Spider Brouhaha, ADHD Superpowers, Earth's Evil Twin

    Lotion Spider Brouhaha, ADHD Superpowers, Earth's Evil Twin

    Scientist and Twitch streamer Knimbley joins the show today to talk about how astronomy and Elden Ring intertwine! Plus, Jess returns to talk about lotion spiders, and Rachel explains how ADHD used to offer a real survival benefit in the olden days.
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    • 59 min
    Freaky Eclipse Rituals, Cosmic Serendipity, Solar Mysteries

    Freaky Eclipse Rituals, Cosmic Serendipity, Solar Mysteries

    Scientific American's Lee Billings and Clara Moskowitz join Rachel this week to talk all things eclipse.
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    • 45 min
    Stargazing Poop Bugs, Ancient Beer Ladies, Secret Internet Slang

    Stargazing Poop Bugs, Ancient Beer Ladies, Secret Internet Slang

    Christie Taylor joins the show to talk about dung beetles who love to stargaze. Plus, Laura explains how early beer brewers were women, and Rachel gets into weird internet language on TikTok and beyond.
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    • 1 hr 14 min
    Bird Milk, Space Lube, Hermit Crab Housing Crisis

    Bird Milk, Space Lube, Hermit Crab Housing Crisis

    Liz Clayton Fuller rejoins the show to talk all things bird milk (yum!), and Amanda Reed spins the tale of the rocket scientist who invented a world renowned lubricant. Finally, Rachel explains the intricacies of the hermit crab housing market.
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    • 54 min
    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

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
43 Ratings

43 Ratings

natapee4844 ,

Pretty good, starts too slowly

I wish they would go straight into the first Weird Thing rather than “tease” all the WTs slowly at the top of each episode. We’re here. You can start

mclarge ,

Nope

Asked me to pause the podcast I was listening to and then listen to this instead, just straight up rude

do gsh ,

Crud

Loada crap me bored

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