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The average person spends 20-25 minutes per day commuting to and from work - why not learn while getting there? Join Dave & Jay every Monday to learn about three fascinating things that'll make you the most interesting person in the room.

Commute | The Podcast Commute - The Podcast

    • Education
    • 5.0 • 50 Ratings

The average person spends 20-25 minutes per day commuting to and from work - why not learn while getting there? Join Dave & Jay every Monday to learn about three fascinating things that'll make you the most interesting person in the room.

    Taxi Cab Companies vs. Uber | Wait. Paul McCartney is.. Dead? | Do online dating websites work?

    Taxi Cab Companies vs. Uber | Wait. Paul McCartney is.. Dead? | Do online dating websites work?

    1) Ride-hailing services like Uber have dominated the industry for more than a decade. Open the app, order a ride, and you’re on your way. But remember those yellow taxis we used to call? Well, they have feelings, too.

    2) Paul McCartney is the most successful and famous rock musician of the last 50 years. At one point his fans thought he was dead and secretly replaced by a double. Things are about to get weird.

    3) Online dating sites have gone from taboo to mainstream with record speed - but do they work?

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    Episode Sources/Go Deeper:
    https://www.wired.com/story/uber-taxis-digital-disruption/
    https://www.forbes.com/sites/michaelgoldstein/2018/06/08/uber-lyft-taxi-drivers/
    https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-features/paul-mccartney-is-dead-conspiracy-897189/
    https://www.pewresearch.org/internet/2020/02/06/the-virtues-and-downsides-of-online-dating/

    • 22 min
    The origin of the word Bluetooth | Heads I win - Tails I win. The gambling secrets of Mattress Mack. | Yasuke, the unlikely samurai

    The origin of the word Bluetooth | Heads I win - Tails I win. The gambling secrets of Mattress Mack. | Yasuke, the unlikely samurai

    Do we ever stop to think where the words we use came from? Case study: Bluetooth.


    Wouldn’t it be great if you could gamble and never lose? Houston furniture mogul Jim “Mattress Mack” McIngvale may have figured it out. 


    In 1579, a mysterious man from Africa arrived in Japan and lived quietly and anonymously, but by the end of his time there he would become a legend.

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    Episode Sources/Go Deeper:
    https://www.businessinsider.com/bluetooth-name-origin-2017-3
    https://www.forbes.com/sites/willyakowicz/2022/04/06/mattress-mack-jim-mcingvale-sports-bets-march-madness-super-bowl/
    https://time.com/6039381/yasuke-black-samurai-true-story/

    • 19 min
    Video game movies are usually awful. Why? | The Salem Witch Trials revisited | The famous chef who had it all - including a secret

    Video game movies are usually awful. Why? | The Salem Witch Trials revisited | The famous chef who had it all - including a secret

    Video games are big business, pulling in over $37 billion per year in domestic sales. So why can’t we make a good movie based on one?

    In the late 1600s, the town of Salem, Massachusetts, dissolved into total hysteria and violence during the infamous Salem Witch Trials. But what caused the panic in the first place?

    Acclaimed chef David Ruggerio had it all - published cookbooks, a show on the Food Network…and a sinister secret.
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    Episode Sources/Go Deeper:
    https://www.newsy.com/stories/why-are-video-game-adaptations-so-bad/
    https://www.forbes.com/sites/insertcoin/2018/02/20/three-reasons-video-game-movies-always-seem-to-be-terrible/
    https://historylists.org/events/list-of-5-possible-causes-of-the-salem-witch-trials.html
    https://nypost.com/2022/03/25/celeb-chef-david-ruggerio-admits-to-life-in-the-mafia/

    • 22 min
    Inflation comes for the Tooth Fairy | The best kind of blacklist | Joey Chestnut is the G.O.A.T.

    Inflation comes for the Tooth Fairy | The best kind of blacklist | Joey Chestnut is the G.O.A.T.

    Prices are increasing at the fastest rate since the early 1980s. While we all feel it at the grocery store and the gas pumps, inflation is hitting another market sector, as well - the Tooth Fairy.

    We’ve heard of someone or something being blacklisted, right? An action has happened that brings with it a level of distrust and rejection. In 2005 a new type of blacklisting began, but this blacklist often ends with an award-winning green light.

    Michael Jordan. Tiger Woods. Tom Brady… and Joey Chestnut?

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    Episode Sources/Go Deeper:
    https://www.thebalance.com/is-inflation-even-hitting-tooth-fairy-money-5220065
    https://www.vox.com/the-highlight/2019/5/31/18644508/tooth-fairy-rate-kids-traditions
    https://web.archive.org/web/20150316002706/http://www.latimes.com/local/great-reads/la-et-c1-franklin-leonard-black-list-20141215-story.html
    https://files.blcklst.com/files/2021_black_list_v4.pdf
    https://www.forbes.com/sites/brucelee/2021/07/04/how-joey-chestnut-ate-a-record-76-hot-dogs-at-nathans-contest/

    • 22 min
    Thank you for NOT smoking | Big Foot lives | Why do we sleep?

    Thank you for NOT smoking | Big Foot lives | Why do we sleep?

    Smoking or non-smoking? Until the late 1990’s, this was the question at restaurants, bowling alleys, and on airplanes. Why did the smoking option go away? And we examine one town in America actually trying to completely eliminate smoking. 

    The Patterson-Gimlin film has been the definitive Big Foot documentation since 1967. It didn’t take long, though, for the two men to disagree on just what they saw.  (+ Dave has a plan for he and Jay to join a Big Foot expedition.)

    For 7-8 hours per night we do nothing … or do we? What happens while we sleep, and is lack of sleep really more dangerous than terrorism?!

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    Episode Sources/Go Deeper:
    https://time.com/6126252/brookline-tobacco-free-generation-law/
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Smoking_ban?wprov=sfti1
    https://allthatsinteresting.com/patterson-gimlin-film
    https://www.sleepadvisor.org/sleep-statistics/

    • 21 min
    Hot dog! The Weinermobile Rolls On | The Real Reason Solitaire & Minesweeper Were On Every PC | Sinister Secrets of Prohibition

    Hot dog! The Weinermobile Rolls On | The Real Reason Solitaire & Minesweeper Were On Every PC | Sinister Secrets of Prohibition

    For over 80 years the Oscar Meyer Weinermobile has been one of the most recognizable vehicles on the road, but when’s the last time you passed one?

    Solitaire and Minesweeper were preloaded in almost every PC in the 90’s. So - why? And did Microsoft have ulterior motives?

    During prohibition, the US government tried to legislate away alcohol. While the ban was eventually lifted, some questionable turns were taken along the way.

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    Episode Sources/Go Deeper:
    https://www.nytimes.com/2020/10/20/style/inside-oscar-mayer-wienermobile.html
    https://www.businessinsider.com/why-computers-comewith-solitaire-and-minesweeper-2015-8
    https://slate.com/technology/2010/02/the-little-told-story-of-how-the-u-s-government-poisoned-alcohol-during-prohibition.html

    • 20 min

Customer Reviews

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taryn_t ,

Witty & Fun

Dave & Jay are always teaching me random things I didn’t need to know, but in a good way. Fun and informative, this is the podcast your ears need to hear!

Christianmusicfan12345 ,

A 20 minute “tell me something I don’t know.”

David and Jay do a great job of finding interesting topics to discuss. It is fun, informative, and engaging.

szf0038 ,

Great pod which keeps you engaged!

Perfect pod for todays fast-paced hunger for information! The guys deliver interesting facts about things we all think about but don’t take the time to necessarily research. Perfect amount of time to expose yourself to 3-4 tidbits that you can use as a conversation starter for the rest of the day! Keep up the great work!

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