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Host Moxie LaBouche brings you a weekly half-hour of things you didn't know, things you thought you knew, and things you never knew you never knew. Topics range from the history of nursing to the Balinese funeral rite David Bowie requested, from the origin of the Vulcan salute to the theft of Canada's strategic maple syrup reserve. This is your brain on facts. yourbrainonfacts.com
 
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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 offi…
 
Quick, switch over to Vodacast to see the pictures I talk about in the episode! From using a train in a car race to marathon doping with deadly poison, there's far more excitement in racing than simply declaring a winner. YBOF Book; Audiobook (basically everywhere but Audible); Merch! Hang out with your fellow Brainiacs .Reach out and touch Moxie o…
 
Quick, switch over to Vodacast to see the pictures I talk about in the episode! We all lose things -- keys, wallets, patience -- but how do you lose an entire city? Hear the stories of three American towns built in a hurry but kept off the map, secure Soviet enclaves known by their post codes, ancient cities found by modern technology, and the inge…
 
As a special treat and thank-you to all my gracious and kind supporters, I present my take on the origin of the jack-o-lantern from its Irish folklore roots. If you've been a long-time follower of my buddy Shawn at Ink and Ash (formerly Stories of Yore and Yours), you may have heard this version, and you'll recognize Shawn's voice. Shawn was nice e…
 
♪♫This is Halloween! This is Halloween!♫♪ Supporters on our Patreon and fans in our FB group chose the topics for today's episode (plus now there's a sub-reddit): 01:35 sorting Dracula fact from fiction 07:49 how horror stars got their stars 20:01 when did clowns become scary 23:29 the history behind zombies 28:38 movie monster fast facts! Mentione…
 
Twins, synchronicity, science, anomalies, and dark mysteries. Support the show Merch, book Music by Kevin MacLeod Read the full script. Reach out and touch Moxie on FB, Twit, the 'Gram or email. In 1940, a pair of twin boys, only three weeks old, were put up for adoption in Ohio. Separate families adopted each boy and coincidentally named both Jame…
 
From Irish selkies to Japanese kitsune, from Navajo skin-walkers to Ethiopian werehyenas, there doesn't seem to be a culture in the world that doesn't have at least one shape-shifter in its folklore or mythology. Personal update: Hey, so can we talk for a minute? Come sit by the fire while I dump out my purse. You might have noticed (you really cou…
 
Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. Banned Books Week was launched in 1982 in response to a sudden surge in the number of challenges to books in schools, bookstores and libraries. Learn why parents objected to such diverse classics as I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings and Ender's Game and which book is banned in the …
 
For every Star Wars, there's a hundred middling films and outright flops. Plus, hear about movie so unlucky, they may actually have been cursed, in a sample of the Your Brain On Facts audiobook. Read the full script. Support the show. It's been quite a while since we got a review for the YBOF book. Can you take a sec and let us know what you though…
 
The devil is in the details. This week, we look at how missing or inserted commas, forsaken hyphens, and flat-out typos have led to expensive chaos. Read the full script. Support the show. It's been quite a while since we got a review for the YBOF book. Can you take a sec and let us know what you thought? Reach out and touch Moxie on FB, Twit, the …
 
Hang out with your fellow Brainiacs. The Olympic games have come and gone, but what kind of games have gone before? Today we look at events removed from the Olympics, like pistol dueling and poodle grooming, plus the legit legend that was Jim Thorpe. Read the full script. Support the show. It's been quite a while since we got a review for the YBOF …
 
It's been quite a while since we got a review for the YBOF book. Can you take a sec and let us know what you thought? Voted on by our Patreon supporters, today we're looking at people you've probably heard of but might not know that much about, the bakingest people in America, the Pennsylvania Dutch. Who are they? What's chow chow? How do you powwo…
 
It's been quite a while since we got a review for the YBOF book. Can you take a sec and let us know what you thought? "Everybody complains about the weather, but no one does anything about it." - Charles Dudley Warren Except, sometimes, people do. Or at least they try. This week, we look at weather manipulation, cloud seeding, hail cannons, and wha…
 
It's been quite a while since we got a review for the YBOF book. Can you take a sec and let us know what you thought? People have been using animals, making war, and using animals to make war for a long time now. Think Hannibal’s elephants, Roman war horses, k9 units in Vietnam. But for every example of animals being used successfully, there are an…
 
Voted on by our Patreon supporters, we look at a game where losers would be put to death (or was it the winners?) and some baseball players playing for their lives. Read the full script. Today's sponsors: Love Letter. Moxie LaBouche Voiceovers, Military True Crime Addict and our MERCH! Reach out and touch Moxie on FB, Twit, the 'Gram or email. Musi…
 
Another topic voted on by our Patreon supporters, and added to by our listener FB group, this one turned into a two-parter on 'the last of their kind.' If you haven't check out the People episode, please do! Read the full script. Guest quote readers: Mike from Genuine Chit Chat and Steve from Mancave. Today's sponsors: Podcorn; Love Letter. Moxie L…
 
Why is Pride Month in June? Did the Stonewall Riots start the gay rights movement? Did Marsha P Johnson really throw the first brick at Stonewall Inn? We answer all those questions and more as we revisit this pivotal moment in gay rights. Read the full script and find sources. Support the show. Reach out and touch Moxie on FB, Twit, the 'Gram, emai…
 
Another topic voted on by our Patreon supporters, and added to by our listener FB group, this one turned into a two-parter on 'the last of their kind' -- people first, animals next week. Read the full script. Music by Lyrical Piano, Kevin McLeod. Reach out and touch Moxie on FB, Twit, the 'Gram or email. Guest quote readers: Bill from With Confetti…
 
While the world goes mad for dogecoin and NFTs, we look at four times when a suddenly popular commodity drove an economic boom and bust, from tulips to trains, in the XL episode. Read the full script. Music by Kevin MacLeod. Reach out and touch Moxie on FB, Twit, the 'Gram or email. Today's sponsors: Highbrow Drivel; Podcorn; Why Do We Say That?; W…
 
As voted on by our Patreon, today we look at hostile architecture and guerilla gardening. Guest quote readers: Jason from Memester of the Week, Dustin from Sandman Stories Presents, Najee from Weekly Cooldown, and Chris from This Week Today. Today's sponsors: Highbrow Drivel; Follow Friday. Music by Kevin MacLeod and Chris Haugen.…
 
Updates on the Guinness world record and current troubles for some podcast listeners. As voted on by our Patreon patrons, today we're talking about mud. This ubiquitous combination of water and dirt is useful to science, employed in health and beauty, a little-known component of professional sports, and even eaten. Read the full script. Music by Ke…
 
What do PT Barnum's performer General Tom Thumb, Elvis's manager Colonel Tom Park, and wrestler turned cartoon character Sargent Slaughter have in common? 00:53 General Tom Thumb 08:58 Colonel Tom Parker 25:34 Sargent Slaughter Read the full script. Music by Kevin MacLeod. Reach out and touch Moxie on FB, Twit, the 'Gram or email. Need some light r…
 
If a little is good, a lot must be better, right? You'd be surprised how many common, innocuous things in our world can actually kill you. Just when you thought it was safe to drink water. Need some light reading in a heavy world? Good thing there's the YBOF book! Guest quote reader: Shawn from Ink & Ash, formerly Stories of Yore and Yours. Read th…
 
With guest presenters, in approximate order of appearance: Bunny Trails A Star Wars podcast Footnoting History Grammar Girl Reel Feels Die-alougue Gurus of Comedy Lexitecture Ignorance Was Bliss Happily Ever Aftermath Doomsday Strange Animals In the Doll World MyhandleisJonathanBlade Self Shoots from the Hip Jackie Watches Stuff Nerd Lab Nutrition …
 
It's that time again, April Fools Day, which means time for Operation Switcheroo, when dozens of podcasters share each other's episodes on their feed. (Admittedly, it was a better joke when April Fools actually fell on episode day.) Enjoy this episode of Play it by Ear - Aric, Brady and Todd talk memories of classic commercials, embarrassing moment…
 
Voted on by the supporters at patreon.com/yourbrainonfacts. Whether its snails in your garden, homicidal hogs, or cats hunting on the Sabbath, sometimes, if you can't kick them out of your town, kick them out of your religion. Need some light reading in a heavy world? Good thing there's the YBOF book! Read the full script. Reach out and touch Moxie…
 
Staying home this past year has been rough, but it's got nothing on the lives of people who woke up to a wall running through the middle of their city. Hear some of their amazing escapes! Guest quote readers: CJ from Been Through Some S***, Maddox from Break a Wish, Torey from Hutchinstruttin, and Aric from Play It By Ear. The real hot air balloon …
 
From Irish selkies to Japanese kitsune, from Navajo skin-walkers to Ethiopian werehyenas, there doesn't seem to be a culture in the world that doesn't have at least one shape-shifter in its folklore or mythology. Special guests: Worst Foot Forward Pink river dolphins Linfamy Need some light reading in a heavy world? Good thing there's the YBOF book…
 
Need some light reading in a heavy world? Good thing there's the YBOF book! You can know a song by heart, by do you REALLY know where it comes from? Check out these strange and surprising origins of popular songs. Mentioned in the show: Dan Rather with REM, literal video for Total Eclipse of the Heart Guest quote readers: Bill from The Big Impact, …
 
Need some light reading in a heavy world? Good thing there's the YBOF book! Voted on by our Patreon, we present an episode on weird things your body could be doing ... right now... and you don't even know about it! Close-up of kidney stone Support the show Music by Kevin MacLeod, Read the full script. Reach out and touch Moxie on FB, Twit, the 'Gra…
 
We knew things weren't going to be quiet before the inauguration, but damn, man. Hence, I declare a revisit of Distraction Day. Here's an episode of some of the best bits that were originally on the Patreon (the greatest hits that weren't too weird, gross, or swear-y, anyway). Reach out and touch Moxie on FB, Twit, the 'Gram or email. Music by Kevi…
 
Didn't get what you wanted this holiday season? Good thing there's the YBOF book! Baller balls, extravagant evenings, riotous receptions, and sinful shindigs, join us for a trip through some of history's greatest parties. Guest voices: Shawn from Stories of Yore and Yours and Drew from Reel Feels. Support the show Music by Kevin MacLeod, Dyalla, Em…
 
ORDER THE YBOF BOOK! One man's holiday feast is another man's traumatic experience. With special guests Where Does It Go? Hear about kiviaq, hakarl, cheating for meat, molded salads, catepillar mushrooms, cazu marzu, and balut. Support the show Music by Kevin MacLeod Read the full script. Reach out and touch Moxie on FB, Twit, the 'Gram or email.…
 
You've probably heard about the Austrian Christmas demon Krampus, but what about Befana, the Italian Christmas witch? In what country do you need reservations for Xmas dinner at KFC? Where do people wish you happy holidays with a specific request for presents? Support the show Music by Kevin MacLeod Read the full script. Reach out and touch Moxie o…
 
Having a Covid Christmas sucks, but we'll make it through. And hey, at least we're not making our turkey out of spam, and hanging decorations won't get you a $20,000 fine or sent away for "re-education." Guest readers: Zack from Wasteland Active Radio; David from Don’t Assume; Paul from Varmints; Adam from Odd Dad Out; Bill from Big Impact Radio; M…
 
Got a clever kid in the family this holiday season? Get them a copy of the YBOF book! Growing up in the 1980's made it seem like you would eventually burst into flame, be given free drugs, or be snatched by a stranger. The reality? Not so much. Guest voices (in no particular order): Connor and Luke - No Highway Option ; Jake – Hearts Against Balanc…
 
Got a clever kid in the family this holiday season? Get them a copy of the YBOF book! We all have music styles and instruments we don't like, but rarely are we in an actionable position to do anything about them, unlike the stories in today's episode. 01:00 Bagpipes 06:45 Glass armonica 15:15 Harmonium 22:11 Sax 31:21 Drums 34:20 Rehearsal room Gue…
 
"The Indians taught the pilgrims to farm and the pilgrims invited them to Thanksgiving, with cranberry and pumpkin pie." -every elementary school text book. Boy were we sold a bill of goods! Ferret fact from fiction in this episode voted on by our patrons. Presidential voices by Old Nerds Drinking podcast. Have you had a chance to review the YBOF b…
 
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