Hosts Ben Brock Johnson and Amory Sivertson dig into the internet's vast and curious ecosystem of online communities to find untold histories, unsolved mysteries, and other jaw-dropping stories online and IRL.
Snacktime: Weird Spotify Playlists
Fun fact: Ben wooed his wife with a mix CD, and Amory's husband wooed her with a mix CD. The lesson? Never underestimate the power of a good playlist. But if it's a "Weird Spotify Playlist," the object of your affection better have a sense of humor. In this episode, Amory introduces Ben to the fast-growing "Weird Spotify Playlists" Twitter account and subreddit, where song titles are way more important than the songs themselves.
Encore: The Great Glitter Mystery
Much like rewatching a favorite TV show in its entirety, it can be comforting to listen back to something from "the beforetimes." So this week, we're doing just that. We're revisiting an episode from 2019 that solved one of the internet’s most compelling mysteries. Inspired by a 2018 New York Times feature about glitter, people obsessed over identifying the mysterious industry buying huge amounts of glitter – information which glitter-makers have refused to divulge. No one had been able to find any answers … until the ET team took the case and dropped a glitter bomb on the whole mystery.
Snacktime: To Joust Is No Jest
Ever heard of horse repossession? How about equine semen fraud? On this week’s Snacktime, Ben tells Amory about the still-very-much-alive sport of jousting and how it relates to a pretty wild story about a Redditor’s ex and a snowy white steed.
Endless Thread Presents: Twenty Thousand Hertz
Is your voice your own? Not anymore. This week on Endless Thread, we present "Deepfake Dallas," courtesy of our friends over at Twenty Thousand Hertz, a podcast revealing the stories behind the world’s most recognizable and interesting sounds. Find out how someone, using artificial intelligence, can make an algorithm that sounds just like you.
Snacktime: Long Orders, Secret Menus
One of the things that makes Starbucks so liked by people everywhere is the amount of customization you can do with your drink. But is there such a thing as too much customization? On this week's Snacktime, Amory tells Ben about the viral "Edward" order as well as the recent TikTok trend of ordering a drink from Starbucks' "secret menu."
Snacktime: A Refreshing Trend for Troubled Times
From daily walks to sourdough starters, many of us found new ways to have fun and stay sane during the pandemic. For some, a new trend has plenty of... appeal.
In this Snacktime episode, Ben tells Amory about an internet trend mixing personal hygiene and your daily dose of Vitamin C. Then, listen to the story of how one Reddit user's overthinking ended up being just the right amount.
Regular episodes are great - short form could use some work.
Super fun show. I'm a regular reddit reader, but somehow the Endless Thread folks manage to turn up new and interesting corners of the site that I've never seen. I usually keep a couple episodes saved up so I have something fun to listen to on a bad day.
One small complaint - too many food based "snack" episodes. I don't mind short format/mini episodes. Obviously putting together full length episodes is a ton of work. However, I really can't stand the sounds of people eating. Junk food trends and "mysteries" do not make compelling content.
5 stars for the regular content; 3 stars for the short form content.
Here’s my irrelevant opinion!
I love Amory. She’s great. She’s intelligent, wholesome, quick to laugh (and has a great laugh to listen to....totally sincere). I always enjoy her dialogue, and contributions. I’m not a huge fan of Ben. I don’t hate him, I just don’t like him all that much. Except for the fact that he makes Amory laugh a lot. I’m giving the show 5 stars, because I really enjoy it. But, for Glob’s sake.... PLEASE DON’T CHEW INTO THE MICROPHONE. It is entirely unnecessary, and gross to listen to. At the very least, give us a heads up that you’re about to masticate and make camel noises into the microphone for the next few unbearable moments. Thank you. Love you.
These two think they’re hilarious
Enough with the constant laughing at your own “jokes.” Content is good but I can’t stand the weak one liners followed by the hosts giggles and laughter (at something that wasn’t even that funny in the first place). It’s not endearing our cute. It’s irritating and grating.