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A podcast of fascinating facts! What do extraterrestrial radio signals and a mushroom from Texas have in common? What is a “number station“ and why is it so spine-tinglingly creepy? Join comedians Shane Rogers and Duncan MacEwan for an entertaining and hilarious deep-dive into obscure facts from science, history and pop culture. A new topic each week!

Episodes

Full disclosure: no one suggested this week’s topic. Why would they? Only an idiot would attempt to make an interesting podcast episode out of the history and specifics of taxation. 

Shane is that idiot. 

He’s also a giant nerd, and believes that global finances can be fascinating. Duncan is skeptical. Can Shane make taxes interesting? Listen to find out...

In this episode:

  • Egyptian Shat 
  • Sin Taxes
  • The Russian Beard Tax
  • The Rosetta Stone
  • Types of Taxes
  • Tariffs 
  • Scaled vs Flat (progressive/regressive) 
  • Capital Gains

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February 18, 2021

Murdersville U.S.A: Ed Kemper

TW: This episode is not for the faint of heart. Seriously, like, for reals. If you don't have a VERY dark sense of humor, feel free to skip this one. No judgment. 

 

MFFI true-crime crossover, part 2! Edmund Kemper III was a stone-cold psychopath, and the primary inspiration for the movie-villain Hannibal Lecter. An incestuous, sadistic, necrophiliac cannibal who murdered his grandparents and his own mother, Kemper is easily one of the most depraved killers of all time...and he lived 5 minutes from the MFFI studio. This one hits close to home, literally. 

In this episode:

  • Baby giant
  • Carnell Kemper
  • Senicide
  • Overkill
  • Institutionalized
  •  Attending Cabrillo College, life with Carnell
  • The Jury Room
  • Law Enforcement Aspirations
  • Teeth Cleaning
  • Engagement
  • Little Zapples
  • The Spree Begins (Berkeley CA)
  • Mary Ann Pesce and Anita Mary Luchessa
  • Irrumatio 
  • Aiko Koo
  • Rosalind Heather Thorpe and Alice Helen Liu
  • Matricide
  • Decapitation Dartboard
  • Apprehended
  • Incarceration

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Finally, an MFFI true-crime crossover!

In the 1970s, a small California surf town earned the nickname “Murdersville USA.” As bodies piled up with no explanation or apparent connection, the Santa Cruz Police Department became increasingly desperate. Gun sales shot through the roof, and the entire beachfront community devolved into panic. It would take years for law enforcement to unravel the convoluted chain of events and confirm that multiple serial killers had been simultaneously operating out of the same tiny town...and one of them was a six-foot-nine necrophiliac cannibal named Edmund Kemper.

And guess where MFFI is based? In fact, it turns out that the Sleepless Cell (the MFFI podcast studio) is located mere blocks from the former house—and grisly homebase—of one of the most notorious psychopaths in American history.

Join the boys for a terrifying romp through the blood-soaked history of Santa Cruz.

In this episode:

  • Santa Cruz in the 70s
  • The Ohta residence mass murder
  • John Linley Frazier
  • Herbert Mullin
  • Earthquakes and telepathy 
  • Victims: 
    • Lawrence White
    • Mary Guilfoyle
    • Father Henri Tomei
    • Jim Gianera+1
    • Kathy Francis+2
    • the Henry Cowell killings 
    • Fred Perez
  • Ed Kemper intro 

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Episode Transcript:

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We like to think we’re in the golden age of medicine, but the truth is that the healthcare industry is still rife with misinformation and hucksterism. Tune in this week for some eye-rolling examples of modern snake oil, and then check out episode 15 for an overview of notorious historical quackery. 

In this episode: 

  • K Tape
  • Supplements
  • Essential Oils and Aromatherapy
  • The Secret
  • Penile Extenders 
  • Whole Body Cryotherapy
  • Goop

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Episode Transcript:

https://mcdn.podbean.com/mf/web/p8yhg2/ModernSnakeOil.pdf

 

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Inbreeding: not a great strategy for maintaining mental health. Join the guys as they celebrate--and mock--the craziest kings, tyrants, and dictators in history. 

 

In this episode:

  • Nebuchadnezzar II
  • Caligula
  • Nero
  • Oliver Cromwell
  • Henry VI
  • Ivan the Terrible
  • ...and more

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Episode Transcript:

https://mcdn.podbean.com/mf/web/hmmvcg/TYRANTS.pdf

 

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Nuclear power is about as popular as a three-eyed fish, but it still provides 10% of the world's electricity (and double that percentage in America). So how bad IS this stuff? And is there a possible future in which nuclear power provides almost ALL of the world's energy? (Spoiler: there is!)

 

Join the boys for an irradiated romp through the science, history, and future of nuclear power.

 

In this epidode:

  • Don't call it "nucular"
  • Statistics etc.
  • A nuclear reactor is a steam engine
  • Components of a fission reactor
  • Splitting the Adam (atom)
  • Nuclear rods
  • Uranium-235 and chain reactions
  • Cadmium control rods
  • History of nuclear power
    • Willhelm Rontgen
    • Marie Curie
    • Ernest Rutherford
    • Albert Einstein 
    • Enrico Fermi
    • The Manhattan Project
    • The Atomic Energy Commission
    • Chicago Pile 1
    • Experimental Breeder Reactor 1
  • Nuclear Submarines
  • Nuclear meltdowns (Chernobyl, 3-Mile Island, Fukushima)
  • Nuclear waste "mishaps"
  • The future of nuclear energy
  • Nuclear fusion
    • Plasma
    • States of matter
      • Bose-Einstein condensate

      • quark- glucagon plasma

      • neutron-degenerate matter

    • Deuterium-Tritium reaction (D-T)
    • Plasma containment: magnets
    • Tokamaks
    • ITER:

      International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor. 

    • Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory

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Episode Transcript:

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January 14, 2021

Stupid Criminals

Way back in episode 2 ("Heists"), Shane and Duncan learned all about the most notorious criminal masterminds in history. In this episode, they meet the B Team. Join the boys for a glorious celebration of schadenfreude, and delight in the misadventures of inept, bumbling criminal wannabes. 

 

In this episode:

  • Adventures with Flakka (Patrick Rempe)
  • Facebook dummy #1 (John Mogan II)
  • Penguin heist (Rhys Owen Jones & Keri Mules)
  • ATM blowtorch (??)
  • Britain's Dumbest Criminal (Jamie Sharp)
  • Alias misfire (Shareeka Strawn)
  • Bringing a knife--and a bat--to a gunfight (Derrick Mosley)

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Episode Transcript:

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This episode was a doozy. It turns out there's a ton of hard science behind memes, plus bucketloads of history, and this week's MFFI is packed.

In this episode:

  • Richard Dawkins and The Selfish Gene
  • Mimeme/Mimema/Mossy Bugs
  • Chad, M*A*S*H, and "Kilroy was here"
  • Frodo Lives!
  • Andre the Giant has a posse
  • Mike Godwin
  • The first digital meme: The emoticon, by Scott E Fahlman
  • Godwin's Law 
  • Michael Girard and the Dancing Baby meme
  • Mr. T ate my balls
  • Deidre LaCarte and The Hamster Dance
  • The Cuban Boys on the Canadian charts
  • Harry Whittier Frees and his lolcat postcards
  • LOLcats rule the 'net
  • Icanhascheezburger
  • Rick Rolling, FAILblog, Rage Comics
  • All your base are belong to us
  • Dank Memes
  • Scumbag Steve
  • Grumpy Cat
  • Change my Mind
  • Distracted Boyfriend
  • Ermahgerd
  • Kombucha girl
  • White guy blinking
  • Pepe the Frog

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Episode Transcript:

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QAnon is straight-up bonkers. How bonkers? I'm glad you asked. Join the boys for an episode that goes way, WAY down the rabbit hole. 

 

In this episode:

  • Q Clearance
  • 4Chan
  • 8Chan
  • 8Kun
  • Tripcodes
  • The Cabal
  • Satanic pedophile hollywood elites
  • The Deep State
  • The Great Awakening
  • The Storm
  • Adrenochrome 
  • Jim Watson is Q (or at least Q adjacent)
  • Terminology
    • WWG1WGA
    • Alice in Wonderland
    • ARM
    • Do your research

 

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Episode Transcript:

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December 24, 2020

Scandals: Television Edition

The third installment in the MFFI "scandals" series focuses on infamous TV shenanigans. Small screen, big drama. 

In this episode:

  • Adam Richman: Thinspiration
  • Paula Deen: Tasty racism
  • Charlie Sheen: Tiger blood
  • Shannen Doherty: High maintenance
  • Isaiah Washington: Hate crimes and misdemeanors
  • Kevin Spacey: Unusual suspect
  • Matt Lauer: Trap doors 
  • All of Fox
  • David Letterman: Don't negotiate with terrorists

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