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There are questions the internet just can't answer. But that doesn't mean we can't find them.

On each episode of Underunderstood, we find a question the internet can’t answer — maybe it’s a dead-end Wikipedia page, an abandoned Reddit thread, or an unanswered question on Twitter — and we fill in the gaps. It’s part chat show, part documentary, and almost always surprising.

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    • Society & Culture
    • 4.8, 171 Ratings

There are questions the internet just can't answer. But that doesn't mean we can't find them.

On each episode of Underunderstood, we find a question the internet can’t answer — maybe it’s a dead-end Wikipedia page, an abandoned Reddit thread, or an unanswered question on Twitter — and we fill in the gaps. It’s part chat show, part documentary, and almost always surprising.

    The One About The Circle

    The One About The Circle

    Adrianne tries to figure out if there is a right way to play Netflix’s awkward social media game.


    10:08 - Social Learning and Coordination in High-Stakes Games: Evidence from Friend or Foe
    11:55 - Friend or Foe clip - YouTube
    15:35 - Shubham Goel for Governor 2018 and video of Shubham’s campaign speech - Instagram
    19:15 - Shubham's diagram
    21:44 - Here's Why Richard Hatch Won't Be on Survivor's All-Winners Season - Men's Health
    23:24 - The Winner of The Circle Opens Up About Life IRL - Wired and ‘The Circle’ on Netflix: 20 Burning Questions Answered - Decider
    25:11 - Teaching Prisoners' Dilemma Strategies in Survivor: Reality Television in the IR Classroom - Mark B. Salter

    • 35 min
    The Pittsburgh Potty

    The Pittsburgh Potty

    Why do so many Pennsylvania homes have freestanding toilets in their unfinished basements?


    01:21 - Pittsburgh toilet - Wikipedia
    02:44 - The dual toilets at Cloister Cafe - Yelp
    04:19 - Peculiar Pittsburgh: The Pittsburgh potty ... explained - YouTube
    06:50 - Documenting The Pittsburgh Potty - 90.5 WESA
    07:46 - The original version of this story misidentified this quote. It's from realtor Stephen Cummings.
    08:11 - Slavery in Pittsburgh - Popular Pittsburgh
    11:33 - Architect Offers Explanation For Pittsburgh’s Basement Toilets (And It’s Not What You Think) - 90.5 WESA
    15:16 - Andrea Allen
    16:22 - Double D Plumbing - Manta

    • 21 min
    A Tale of Two Billies

    A Tale of Two Billies

    Is H&M using Billie Eilish to greenwash?


    01:19 - H&M Now Sells Billie Eilish Merch — & It's Sustainable - Refinery29
    03:05 - Sustainable Fashion on Wikipedia
    04:29 - A copy H&M's press release
    05:15 - Greenwashing on Wikipedia
    05:49 - H&M's Billie Eilish collection
    05:53 - H&M's Conscious Collection
    06:20 - Here are some of the publications that called this line sustainable: Teen Vogue, MTV.com, Mic, WWD, NME
    10:56 - "Is Billie Eilish's line at H&M sustainable?" - Google
    12:56 - Greenwashing Alert: H&M and Billie Eilish Collaboration - Eco-Stylist
    13:47 - Eco-Stylist's criteria for brands they work with and their transparency report outlining their ethics and business model
    15:38 - H&M called out on "illegal" sustainability marketing - Ecotextile
    24:40 - H&M: fair living wages were promised, poverty wages are the reality - International Labor Rights Forum
    25:31 - Perspex's sustainability information page
    26:24 - H&M Menlo Park
    27:40 - H&M Woodbridge
    31:00 - Sunrise Movement on Wikipedia
    31:30 - Alex O'Keefe
    36:53 - Sunrise Movement is asking people to hold 2020 launch parties on January 29. You only need gather a few friends, and it's a great way to get started in collective action.

    • 37 min
    Toilet Seat Blues

    Toilet Seat Blues

    Add “Smurf butt” to the list of things to expect when you’re expecting.


    00:43 - Maile's original email included this article.
    01:45 - When jeans bleed onto your skin, you can tell.
    03:40 - According to a study done at Johns Hopkins there is a correlation between heartburn and hairiness. The heartburn is due to estrogen causing the esophageal sphincter to relax, which allows stomach acid to splash up into the esophagus. That estrogen is also responsible for hair growth in the developing baby.
    04:45 - If you're interested in purchasing some art of a Smurf's butt crack, we got you.
    06:01 - Chromhidrosis on Wikipedia
    06:28 - This man turned blue and Oprah interviewed him about it in 2008.
    11:00 - Here are some of the forums I browsed: What to Expect, CafeMom, Pregnant Chicken, Everyday Chemistry, Reddit, Pregnancy Podcast.
    11:14 - Andrei Rebarber

    • 25 min
    Grab Bag

    Grab Bag

    We’ve done 12 stories so far, and since we first published them there have been some updates, and new details have emerged. Today we’re rounding those up.

    Where’s My Chile?


    3:50 - Elitech RC-4 Temperature Data Logger Recorder with External Temperature Sensor
    7:50 - Ben Chapman and Don Schaffner of the Food Safety Talk podcast

    Underunderwear


    10:26 - Chris' custom undies
    10:34 - Here's a stock graphic that breaks it all down for you.

    Recorded for Awesomeness


    14:22 - A screenshot of Yelp's app update

    Gas and Gains

    What Happened to the McFlurry?


    21:40 - The Flurry Index
    22:15 - Gavin Rehkemper's dataset of McDonald's locations in the USA

    • 26 min
    The Incredible Shrinking Cap’n

    The Incredible Shrinking Cap’n

    00:22 - Cap'n Crunch was created by Pamela Low in 1963.
    01:50 - Urban Dictionary defines Cap'n Crunch Mouth as "When the roof of your mouth gets all torn up after eating Cap'n Crunch or some other rough food."
    02:23 - Underunderstood: The 9/11 Hoax That Wasn't
    03:15 - The Try Guys: Eugene Ranks The Most Popular Cereals
    07:11 - A collection of tweets claiming Cap'n Crunch has shrunk
    08:21 - My Brother, My Brother and Me
    16:20 - Partially hydrogenated oils (or PHOs) were deemed to be no longer classifiable as GRAS (which means "Generally Recognized as Safe") by the FDA in 2015.
    16:29 - Here are photos of a box of Cap'n Crunch from 1995 with "partially hydrogenated cottonseed oil" listed as an ingredient. It seems to have been replaced with "palm and/or coconut oil" in Cap'n Crunch currently sold in the United States.
    18:38 - Jason Liebig on Twitter
    18:44 - CollectingCandy.com
    21:53 - Jason's Instagram is fun but his Flickr is INCREDIBLE
    23:06 - Rockin' the 80’s – Tale of the 30-Year-Old Snickers
    23:50 - New York Times article from 1994 about the Doritos redesign
    25:05 - An archived version of Wikipedia featuring "Hot and Cold Nerds."
    25:16 - Nerds Hot and Cool - Discovered!! A CollectingCandy.com World Premiere!!
    25:49 - Statement from Quaker Foods
    27:17 - Cereal Time TV - Gabe Fonseca's YouTube channel
    27:46 - Gabe Fonseca on IMDB
    27:48 - Gabe eating Cap'n Crunch from the 90s on YouTube
    28:19 - Screenshot of Gabe holding old Cap'n Crunch up to the camera
    29:46 - Gabe's measurement on the vintage Cap'n Crunch box
    30:16 - Billy's photoshop to determine the size of 90s Cap'n Crunch
    34:45 - Official written statement from Cap'n Crunch
    Episode artwork by Phil Robibero

    • 36 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
171 Ratings

171 Ratings

Cgilette2 ,

A gem

This show hits the perfect balance of structured/scripted production and chat between really enjoyable hosts. The stories are light and fun but good deep dives. Just found it but looking forward to the next season

ReggieRae20!!!!!!!!!!! ,

Dorky fun and easy listening

Like you are sitting down with your best friends and talking about something interesting! 🧐

cjl2441 ,

Meh.

Could take it or leave it.

I thought the episodes sounded interesting and there only ended up being 2-3 that I found worth my time.

I also refuse to believe that there’s a human being actually named ‘Billy Disney’.

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