Your Brain on Facts Podcast

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From trolls and griefers, to crashing virtual funerals and spreading digital plagues, we look at online gamers ruining everyone else's fun in the first of our series We Can't Have Nice Things.
If you want something done right, you have to do it yourself, even if it means inhaling strange gasses, being stung by wasps, or swallowing patient's bodily fluids. Check out our new tiers and limited time special offer on Patreon. Music by Kevin MacLeod Read the full script. Reach out and touch Moxie on FB, Twit, the 'Gram or email. You can also leave a question or fact of your own on my voicemail at 804-404-2669.
The human body can be a frail and fragile thing; we can be taken out by a small clump of our own cells. Then there are some bodies that seem to be made out of pure testicular fortitude.   Music by Kevin MacLeod Read the full script. Reach out and touch Moxie on FB, Twit, the 'Gram or email. You can also leave a question or fact of your own on my voicemail at 804-404-2669.
A microphone is a good enough platform for getting back at people, but an entire recording studio is even better.  Popular music is littered with songs getting back at an ex lover, from Waylon Jennings to Taylor Swift, but a fair number of the tracks you know by heart are actually clap-backs to the people in the mixing booth or the record label offices.
Remember that time you were stuck in traffic for more than an hour?  Imagine if that lasted a whole day.  Or two.  Or twelve!  Today we look at a biblical traffic jam, ships stranded for years, and flight delays like you wouldn't believe. 00:56 Beijing 12-day jam 10:32 8 years in the Suez canal 17:29 Our no-fly list Read the full script and find sources. Support the show. Reach out and touch Moxie on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram. Join the discussion. Music by Kevin MacLeod
As voted on by our patrons, we look at three non-Europeans who saved the lives of Jews during the Holocaust of WWI--a Japanese Christian, an Indian Hindu, and a Moroccan Muslim--and were honored as Righteous Among The Nations.  Documentary  Support the show Music by Kevin MacLeod  and Audionautix Read the full script. Reach out and touch Moxie on FB, Twit, the 'Gram or email. You can also leave a question or fact of your own on my voicemail at 804-404-2669.  
(Science With Savannah, Age 7 will be on the YBOF feed while we try to work out some technical problems with its feed.) How do dogs bark?  Do they have different barks for different reasons?  Do wolves bark? Music by audionautix.com
You want it, you need it, but if you get too much, it could kill you. Salt is so much more than just a seasoning; it has changed the course of human history!   03:00 your body and salt 05:55 drinking saltwater 11:10 paying Roman soldiers in salt 14:50  how salt makes food taste good 17:40 salt mining and a big booboo 24:33 zany alternatives to road salt   Read the full script and find sources. Reach out and touch Moxie on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram. Support the show. Music by Kevin MacLeod
There are many reasons why an individual or group would eat other people - religious rites, shows of strength, signs of respect, and of course desperation.  Cannibalism can be split into four often overlapping categories: by choice, by necessity, endo-cannibalism (eating people within your group), and exo-cannibalism (eating people outside your group).   Special guests: Heather from Nature Vs Narcissism and Seth from Sketch Nerds.   Music: Kevin MacLeod and Tabletop Audio Reach out and touch Moxie on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram. Links to all the research resources are on the website.
We've been filming animals as long as we've been filming ourselves, but what goes into making an animal a star and, more importantly, keeping them safe on the job? 00:45 first animal protagonist 01:57 Rin Tin Tin 06:10 Lassie 08:53 harrowing horses and protecting animals on set 24:11 Roar Read the full script and find sources. Reach out and touch Moxie on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram. Support the show. Join the discussion. Music by Kevin MacLeod
Here's a special trio of topics for your Tuesday (or whenever!): Great Moments in Forgetting Your Mic Was On Chuck Cunningham Syndrome Childish Weapons of WWII   Read the full script and find sources. Support the show. Reach out and touch Moxie on FB, Twit, the 'Gram, email, and you can also leave a question or fact of your own on my voicemail at 804-404-2669. Music by Kevin MacLeod 
From music hall to Red Dwarf, pantomime to Absolutely Fabulous, we look at the history of British comedy, the names, shows, and historical events that made it what it is today. Like what you hear?  Become a patron of the arts for as little as $2 a month!  Music: Kevin MacLeod and John Phillips Sousa. Reach out and touch Moxie on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram. Links to all the research resources are on the website.
If a monkey takes a picture in the woods, can the monkey claim the copyright?  Trademark and copyright laws can get pretty sticky.  For the layperson, trademark, copyright and patent sound interchangeable.  Find our who called dibs on phrases like "you're fired," "one more thing," and "let's play."  Learn about cases where people tried to claim things they couldn't, only to get smacked down in court.  If you work in advertising, stay tuned for a list of words and phrases that will cost you a lot of money.
In this episode, we cover the way people in Victorian Europe used (and abused) Egyptian mummies, whether or not mummies were burned for fuel, Catholic saints who do not decay, natural mummies preserved in ice, moss, and salt, child mummies of the Andes, and Buddhist monk mummifying themselves.
My father was a sci-fi fan of the old school.  The man had the entire original Star Trek series on VHS, commercial free, and an Enterprise technical manual.  So in his honor, a little late for Father's Day, we go back in time to look to the future as we dive into the wormhole of classic sci-fi.   With segments voiced by Shaun Ennis, host of Stories of Yore and Yours. Topics include Mary Shelley, Jules Verne, HG Wells, Robert Chambers and cosmic horror, NOT H. P. Lovecraft, William Hodgson and dying earth, Richard Jeffries and the invention of post-apocalptia, Olaf Stapledon and the multi-verse, the origin of the word "robot," Hugo Gernsback's Amazing Stories, John Campbell's Astounding Stories, the first and the longest-running sci-fi TV show and where all the tapes went, and the OG of sci-fi... Star Trek! You can find all the links used to research this episodes on our website, but here's the one you wanted, the pics of the skant uniform.  Reach out and touch Moxie on Facebook, Twitter,  or Instagram.  Music by Kevin MacLeod and sound effects from freesound.org.
Some actors fall victim to typecasting, but others have a single character they can't disassociate themselves from.  Sometimes that means always being cast as a character similar to the one they made famous or that made them famous, or not really being cast at all.   Reach out and touch Moxie on Facebook, Twitter,  or Instagram. Music by Kevin MacLeod and sound effects from freesound.org.
Gutenberg may have gotten all the press, but he wasn't the first to use movable type. Think you know the first video game or who was the first to fly across the Atlantic? Listen in and see!
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You say potato, I say a dangerous tuber that people will only eat in the face of actual starvation.  You say tomato, I say a poison apple from the mysterious new world that’s killing the aristocracy.
PRE-ORDER THE YBOF BOOK! The greatest hits of broadcast signal hijacking. Cold War era Southern Television (video) Zombies (video) Naughty fun Gratitude Max Headroom (video) Recently   Support the show Music by Kevin MacLeod Read the full script. Reach out and touch Moxie on FB, Twit, the 'Gram or email.  You can also leave a question or fact of your own on my voicemail at 804-404-2669.
PRE-ORDER THE YBOF BOOK! if you thought the men got swept under the rug, history has been even less kind to these innovative women. 1:15 Alice Parker 4:30 Mary Beatrice Davidson Kenner 9:55 Gratitude 11:40 Dr. Shirley Jackson 16:10 Patreon special offer 17:50 Marie Van Brittan Brown Get bonus content Music by Kevin MacLeod Read the full script. Reach out and touch Moxie on FB, Twit, the 'Gram or email.
PRE-ORDER THE YBOF BOOK! The conclusion of our twin episodes, wherein we look at conjoined and a parasitic twins. 1:15 science overview 3:45 separation surgery 06:03 Masha and Dasha 11:15 parasitic twins 14:15 fetus in fetu 18:25 Edward Mordrake 22:25 diprosopus Support the show Music by Kevin MacLeod  Read the full script. Reach out and touch Moxie on FB, Twit, the 'Gram or email.  You can also leave a question or fact of your own on my voicemail at 804-404-2669.
From naming ceremonies around the world and adult circumcisions, to unexpected disasters and baptising the dead whether they want it or not, we look at different ways people are made part of their faith or community. Music by Kevin MacLeod and Tabletop Audio. Read the script. Reach out and touch Moxie on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.  
 From the Yellow Pages and Golden Book, to Mao's little red book, three different green books and more!  Music by Kevin MacLeod, Audionautix, and Rooster Teeth (I love you, please don't sue). Read the script. Reach out and touch Moxie on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.
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Podcast Details
Started
Feb 1st, 2018
Latest Episode
Feb 25th, 2020
Release Period
Weekly
No. of Episodes
119
Avg. Episode Length
28 minutes
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