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Will and Mango have lots of questions. Will we ever live without sleep? How do rats keep outsmarting humans? Where are the sunniest tax havens to hide your money? Join these Part-Time Geniuses as they dive into ridiculous topics... and discover some pretty smart stuff along the way.

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Will and Mango have lots of questions. Will we ever live without sleep? How do rats keep outsmarting humans? Where are the sunniest tax havens to hide your money? Join these Part-Time Geniuses as they dive into ridiculous topics... and discover some pretty smart stuff along the way.

    What did Teddy Roosevelt do to Dr. Seuss?!

    What did Teddy Roosevelt do to Dr. Seuss?!

    In today’s special episode, Mango sits down with Erin McCarthy, editor-in-chief of Mental Floss to talk about everything Teddy Roosevelt… from whether he really climbed a mountain out of spite, to how a seal inspired his fossil collection, to what made him so darn productive (hint: it helps to drink coffee from a mug the size of a bathtub). Plus, we get into just how high-pitched TR’s voice was, and why Dr. Seuss was so darn scared of him.
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    • 51 min
    Fan Favorite: 9 Reasons to Love Raccoons (Yes, Raccoons)

    Fan Favorite: 9 Reasons to Love Raccoons (Yes, Raccoons)

    Trash pandas. Nature's ninjas. Sure, these ring-tailed rascals go by plenty of names. But whether you love 'em or hate 'em, they're clearly taking over Toronto. Will and Mango discuss everything raccoons, and why they deserve a little respect.
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    • 23 min
    Fan Favorite: Why are Russians so good at Chess?

    Fan Favorite: Why are Russians so good at Chess?

    Will and Mango go deep into their chess cave to determine: what's the most dangerous styles of chess, why did the game move from the battlefield to the royal court, and if a billion people to play chess, can that stop an alien invasion?
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    • 42 min
    Fan Favorite: What are the Secret Rules the Royal Family has to Obey?

    Fan Favorite: What are the Secret Rules the Royal Family has to Obey?

    Why can't princes wear pants? Why does Prince Charles carry a bag of blood with him on his vacations? Is the Queen allowed to use a Pooper Scooper? Why is it so hard to make a perfect tuna sandwich for the royal family? And who is responsible for ironing the Queen's money so that it is perfectly crisp? Will and Mango dig into all the Queen's business and find some delightful stories in the process.
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    • 37 min
    9 Ridiculous Things about "The 12 Days of Christmas"

    9 Ridiculous Things about "The 12 Days of Christmas"

    Researcher Gabe joins Will and Mango in the studio to talk about why his family likes to Christmas carol so slowly. (They take over a week to to sing one song!) Plus, the crew discusses bird boxes, conspiracy theories and whether 12 days of gift giving from your true love is just a little excessive. (It is.) 
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    • 20 min
    What are the Craziest Applications for Lasers? (Including washing your dishes!)

    What are the Craziest Applications for Lasers? (Including washing your dishes!)

    Forget Dr. Evil and his ridiculously evil plans... lasers are so much more practical than that! In this episode, Will and Mango discover why lasers are perfect for precision-cooking your bacon, how they can be used as chopsticks, why washing dishes is so much better when it's done by laser, and a simple laser trick for keeping pesky pirates at bay. Plus, we take a look at the very strange way Texas tried to educate aliens about queso. (Spoiler: It involved a laser.) 
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    • 36 min

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