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Why do we cry? Did cavemen really carry clubs? Can swearing make you stronger? On ELT, you call with a question, we find you an answer. Our helpline is open 24-7. Call 833-RING-ELT or send an audio message to elt@gimletmedia.com.

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    • 4.7 • 4.1K Ratings

Why do we cry? Did cavemen really carry clubs? Can swearing make you stronger? On ELT, you call with a question, we find you an answer. Our helpline is open 24-7. Call 833-RING-ELT or send an audio message to elt@gimletmedia.com.

    A Nasal-Gazing Mystery Solved

    A Nasal-Gazing Mystery Solved

    Listener Paige heard a rumor: we only breathe through one nostril. Can it be true? ELT gets an answer from someone in the nose — rhinologist Simon Gane. Plus, Science Vs. host Wendy Zukerman joins Flora for an important wombat-butt update.

    • 22 min
    How Did Dogs Land in Our Laps?

    How Did Dogs Land in Our Laps?

    Listener Malik wants to know how wolves became pugs, poodles, and chihuahuas. Zooarchaeologist Angela Perri digs up the answers. Special thanks to Michael Worboys.

    • 24 min
    Hollywood Punches: How to Make a Knockout Sound

    Hollywood Punches: How to Make a Knockout Sound

    Listener Charlotte has been rewatching “The Sopranos” and the punches keep hitting her ear. Why do Hollywood wallops sound so punched up? Foley artist and Emmy Award-winning sound editor Joanna Fang shares her punch recipe. Plus, do real-life investigators actually connect the dots with red string and thumbtacks? Retired FBI agent Jerri Williams solves the evidence-board mystery.

    • 21 min
    Scrabble’s Scramble to the Top

    Scrabble’s Scramble to the Top

    Listener Malenia wants to know how her favorite word game came to be. It turns out it took a while for Scrabble to score big. Stefan Fatsis, author of Word Freak, fills in the blanks. Plus, can you beat Flora's most embarrassing story?

    • 18 min
    How Old is Winnie-the-Pooh?

    How Old is Winnie-the-Pooh?

    We’re revisiting one of our favorite episodes this week. A few years ago, listener Annie asked ELT to settle a longstanding family debate: exactly how old is Winnie-the-Pooh? To hunt down an answer, we consult with professional age-guesser Ben Ramey, bear biologist Rae Wynn-Grant, and Sarah Shea, a professor who has studied this question.

    • 24 min
    How Potatoes Took Over the World

    How Potatoes Took Over the World

    Listener Taylor was making a medieval stew when she noticed a prominent ingredient was missing from the recipe: potatoes. Potato biologist Maria Scurrah and journalist Charles Mann explain the potato’s twisting route to stewpot domination. Special thanks to Graham Thiele, Bruce Owen, Alan Covey, and Gary Urton.

    • 20 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
4.1K Ratings

4.1K Ratings

factfinder247 ,

Great to listen to together!

Me and my husband love listening to this together and learning random facts. The host is absolutely amazing. One of my favorite podcasts!

cheysage ,

Funny and interesting

I love listening to ELT. The host cracks me up and keeps my attention. I really love the episode with her and Wendy. I wish they had a show where they pick a topic each week and tried to one up each other with facts about it. I’d listen to it!

nds20511 ,

New favorite podcast.

Best podcast period. Just discovered this a few weeks ago and can not stop listening. Many episodes I have re-listened to several times.

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