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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. Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/popular-science/support

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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. Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/popular-science/support

    Parachuting Cats, Butt-Breathing, Secret Uses for Viagra

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    The weirdest things we learned this week range from flying cats to breathing through your butt. Whose story will be voted "The Weirdest Thing I Learned This Week"?

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    • 41 min
    Science Meets Magic, High-Tech Murders, Bees?!

    Science Meets Magic, High-Tech Murders, Bees?!

    Writer and game designer Jonathan Sims joins the show! The weirdest things we learned this week range from bees telling time to death by apple core. Whose story will be voted "The Weirdest Thing I Learned This Week"?

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    • 58 min
    Art Crime Doesn't Pay, Canines Cooking Meat, Eggs Gone Wrong

    Art Crime Doesn't Pay, Canines Cooking Meat, Eggs Gone Wrong

    Comedian and writer Josh Gondelman joins the show! The weirdest things we learned this week range from dogs cooking in kitchens to chickens laying eggs inside of themselves. Whose story will be voted "The Weirdest Thing I Learned This Week"?

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    • 54 min
    Radioactive Horses, Sipping on Pee, Sleeping With One Eye Open

    Radioactive Horses, Sipping on Pee, Sleeping With One Eye Open

    The weirdest things we learned this week range from vertically sleeping whales to fake motion sickness cures. Whose story will be voted "The Weirdest Thing I Learned This Week"?

    The Weirdest Thing I Learned This Week is a podcast by Popular Science. Share your weirdest facts and stories with us in our Facebook group or tweet at us!

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    • 53 min
    A Quick Weirdest Thing Update!

    A Quick Weirdest Thing Update!

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    • 1 min
    Q&A: Cubed Poops, Forked Penises, Murderous Squirrels

    Q&A: Cubed Poops, Forked Penises, Murderous Squirrels

    Producer Jess Boddy joins Rachel for a listener voicemail Q&A episode! The weirdest things we learned this week range from wombat poop to possum penises.

    The Weirdest Thing I Learned This Week is a podcast by Popular Science. Share your weirdest facts and stories with us in our Facebook group or tweet at us!

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    • 47 min

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mfourur ,

Love the hosts & fun facts!

I love the casual vibe of this podcast. It feels like hanging out with friends who happen to be full of fun facts. I’m surprised by how many facts I already know, but I still enjoy it. I personally love the hosts, the way they talk, etc etc. “Like” and vocal fry and the other things people are complaining about are 1) a normal part of the way we speak now and 2) often criticisms targeted at young women. I encourage you to consider why this may be. The hosts are clearly successful and intelligent. And fun!!!

alanaffeg ,

Great podcast

Just a note about the podcast about the dog that was breed to have a long strong body and short legs to be helpful with kitchen appliances ..when you talk about genetically engineered it’s artificial selection what you are talking about.... Artificial selection selects for traits already present in a species, whereas genetic engineering creates new traits. In artificial selection, scientists breed only individuals that have desirable traits. ... In genetic engineering, scientists use tools of DNA technology to directly manipulate a genome. Just a note because terms in genetics get confused a lot ... thank you 😊

brucjebvci ,

Don’t listen to the hatters

This podcast is wonderful and I love listening too this when I’m on the road. My favorite science podcast and I love telling my other science friends about all the weird fact and sometimes correcting their own facts. BTW I don’t know why some people don’t like this podcast it’s the best and I love all of the hosts 😍

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