The podcast where everything is true.
(Except the parts that aren't.)
Episode 28: Did a magical platypus save some 19th century Christmas castaways?
Who wants a Christmas present? Well, instead you’ve got this. Just in case you thought 2020 couldn’t get any worse, we’re back with this year’s Yes or BS Christmas special!
As always, the rules are simple: six facts, each as unbelievable as the other, only some of which are true. Can you sort the Yes from the BS?
This time around, we’ve got Icelandic troll children, festive spouse-conjuring baking, Ben Jonson’s tale of Captain Gregory Christmas, and, of course, a magical 3ft platypus who saved the crew of some hapless shipwrecked Australian whalers. What is true? What is untrue? What is genuine? What is nonsense? And does anyone really care?
Happy Christmas everybody! And we’ll see you again in 2021...
Episode 27: Did a 19th century presidential candidate circumnavigate the globe three times?
Will Ant recover from his 6-0 defeat at the start of the series? (Unlikely.) Will Paul have a fact about a Victorian eccentric? (Very likely.) And will Ant really manage to go an entire season without a Roman history fact? (Impossible.) It’s time for the Season 4 finale of Yes or BS!
Brace yourself for six more rounds of true-or-false trivia, from an Ancient Greek naval mishap to a globe-trotting presidential candidate, and from an anonymous helmet-wearing bigamist fraudster who turned down the king’s autograph to a treasonous Ottoman vizier who successfully managed to commute his own death sentence by running a race against the sultan’s gardener. Which might just be the strangest sentence we’ve ever written.
Enjoy – and we’ll see you all again for Season 5 very soon!
Episode 26: Was Frank Sinatra supposed to star in Die Hard?
It’s fair to say Yes or BS covers quite a few knowledge bases each week, but seriously – where else would you find facts about Frank Sinatra, porridge oats and sentient octopuses all nestled up against one another? Or, for that matter, where would you *want* to find facts like that nestled alongside one another?
Right here, that’s where! If you thought international coronavirus lockdown procedures would stop Yes or BS, then you were wrong! Welcome to the very first remotely recorded, socially distant episode of the podcast where everything is true (except all the parts that aren’t).
Did a helpful dolphin guide ships through New Zealand’s waters for 24 years? Has artificial intelligence learnt how to dream? Is the Eye of Sauron watching over us all from billions of miles away in space? And who in their right mind would offer the role of John McClane to 73-year-old Hollywood legend Frank Sinatra?
The truths and untruths behind all these facts and a whole lot more besides – all in Episode 26 of Yes or BS.
Episode 25: Was Noah’s Ark discovered during the Cold War?
Yes or BS reaches its quarter century with one of the strangest and most eclectic episodes yet. (And that’s saying something.)
Besides Noah’s Ark, this week we’re finding out about dinosaurs, classical music, Asian history, and humorously crude farm animals.
Did Bach write a cantata about how much he liked coffee? Did Tibet once have an empire to rival China? Was history’s biggest ichthyosaur bigger than the blue whale?
Does Hungarian have a set of jokes about an impossibly rude pig? And was Noah’s Ark accidentally discovered during the Cold War?
The answers to all these and more, in Episode 25 of Yes or BS!
Episode 24: Is there an asteroid named after a pet cat called ‘Mr Spock’?
This week on Yes or BS, we’re covering everything from Star Trek to nuclear warfare. Never let it be said we’re not eclectic.
Among the facts you’ll have to decipher this week is a tale about a group of Spanish guerrillas, who may or may not have been terrorized by unseen demonic forces during the Napoleonic War.
Was a nuclear explosion narrowly averted by a North Carolina plane crash? Was there a 1920s craze for oxygen-depriving ‘isolation helmets’? And did a 19th century anatomist publish an account of a local murder case in a book bound with the murderer’s skin?
Think that all sounds a bit too macabre? You can blame Anthony. But don’t worry – there’s also a fact here about domestic cats, the naming conventions of astronomical objects, and, er... Mr Spock.
Episode 23: Did the Ancient Saxons worship a god called Geoffrey?
Season 4 of Yes or BS continues apace!
This week Ant (@VoiceoverTony) and Paul (@HaggardHawks) cover another eclectic mix of topics, from the monsters of traditional Japanese folklore to the Frankish king Charlemagne’s lengthy wars against the ancient Saxons – who may, or may not, have once worshipped a god called Geoffrey.
Did downtown Newark, NJ, grind to a halt for a pet canary’s funeral in 1920? Is snowball fighting the official state sport of Alaska? And did Socrates keep fit by dancing on his own, without a note of music being played? It’s either Yes, or BS.
Great to listen to on a walk...
During this crazy time, it’s good to be able to laugh. This podcast does just that - helps you laugh out loud. The two hosts enjoy getting the better of the other - and the listener gets to enjoy their banter.
Sweet and outrageous
These two guys are adorable. Their friendship is so sweet. They crack each up like the guys from Car Talk. And some of the “facts” they come up with are so preposterous that they make me burst out laughing in public. This show always cheers me up and I hope they keep it going!!!
Pleasant historical storytelling to lower your blood pressure
For fans of podcasts like The Allusionist, No Such Thing As A Fish, the Futility Closet, etc. This is a simple, fresh take on the "1-2 hosts talk about random interesting bits of history" format, which is refreshing, as that can get boring quickly. One host tells the other a story and the listener host must determine if it is historical truth or fiction. The two switch off and tally their points at the end of the episode. There's sweet and gentle banter and lots of chuckling, which is made quainter with their soft accents and mellow voices from somewhere in the UK (not RP). Every episode is audio snack.