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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!

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In the first installment of MFFI's espionage series, Shane gives Duncan an overview of the spy game, from its origins in postiquity through the Cold War and all the way to the modern intelligence industry. 

 

In this episode: 

  • Sun Tzu and the Art of War
  • Francis Walsingham and Mary Queen of Scots
  • Alberto Ridolfi
  • Louis XIV and the Cabinet Noir
  • George Washington, America’s First Spy Master
  • The Culper Ring
  • Nathan Hale
  • James Armistead and Lafayette 
  • Benedict Arnold
  • The Great Game
  • Embassies and Diplomats
  • The Evidenzbureau

  • British Topographical & Statistic Department

  • The Military Information Division

  • The Secret Service Bureau

  • Directorate of Military Intelligence Section 5 (MI5)

  • Military Intelligence Section 6 (MI6)

  • Office of Strategic Services

  • The CIA
  • SIGINT
  • The NSA
  • Cipher Bureau 
  • The Black Chamber
  • KGB
  • The Cold War 
  • Life as a Spy

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One traveler’s dream vacation is another’s nightmare. This week, Shane shares his personal picks for some of the least appealing tourist destinations on earth, and a couple that are just plain bizarre.

 

In this episode: 

  • Bubblegum Alley (San Luis Obispo)
  • Ark Encounter (Kentucky)
  • Aokigahara ("Suicide Forest,” Japan)
  • Isla De Las Munecas (Island of the Dolls, Mexico)
  • Juju Love Island (South Korea)
  • Carhenge (Car Art Reserve, Nebraska)

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In this episode: 

  • Indrid Cold (the Smiling Man)
  • The Fresno Alien
  • Popobawa
  • Tikbalang
  • Melon Heads 
  • Skunk Ape
  • The Green Children of Woolpit
  • Kelpie (Water Horse)
  • The Bunny Man
  • The Pope Lick Monster

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In the latest "what the hell were they thinking" edition of MFFI, the boys trace the history of advertising and then call out the worst marketing blunders of all time. 

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In this episode: 

  • Early advertisements
  • The evolution of logos
  • Sign boards, trademarks, and town criers
  • The rise of the printing press
  • Trade cards, print ads, newspapers, and trade publications
  • The origin of false advertising
  • The father of modern advertising, Thomas J Barratt
  • Pears Soap
  • Brand curation and positive associations
  • N.W. Ayer and Son, the first American advertising agency
  • Diamond rings are vile
  • Sex sells
  • Helen Lansdowne and the Woodbury Soap Company
  • "A skin you love to touch"
  • Richard Nixon and the Public Health Cigarette Smoking Act of 1970
  • The FTC and advertising regulations
  • Kendall Jenner's Pepsi debacle
  • Dove (doh) soap
  • Bloomingdales spikes the eggnog
  • Sprite sucks
  • H&M & WTF
  • Peloton cycles into infamy
  • Hyundai commits public-relations sepukku 

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BEGONE, FOUL DEMON!!
NO LONGER SHALL YOU BEDEVIL THE INSOMNIACS OF THE MIDNIGHT MASSES

(Apologies for the caps lock, but Satan doesn't respect lowercase.)

What's the difference between a demonic vexation, an infestation, and an oppression? How many demons do you have to host to become Legion? And is the Pope really on Twitter? Join the boys for a deep-dive into hellfire and brimstone in this examination of the disturbing history of exorcism and demonic possession.  

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In this episode: 

  • Ancient exorcisms in Babylon
  • Demonic possession in the Bible
  • Relevant Biblical passages
  • Jesus, demons, and exorcisms
  • Judas
  • Mark 5: My name is Legion
  • The Pope on Twitter
  • Official Exorcist of Indiana, Father Vincent Lambert
  • Demonic entry points and doorways
  • Sexual abuse and demonic possession
  • The International Association of Exorcists
  • Infestations, Vexations, Obssessions, and Subjections
  • The Exorcist, the movie
  • Peter Blatty, Linda Blair, Roland Doe/Robbie Mannheim
  • Cultural impact of the film
  • Discernment
  • Qualifications to receive an exorcism
  • The ritual itself
  • Notable cases of possession
  • Jason Dalton and the Uber Demon
  • The Tanacu exorcism

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Despite what the American Supreme Court would have you believe, corporations aren't actually people, but it turns out that companies be just as stupid and irrational as any individual human. And when large corporations make mistakes, the consequences can range from hilarious to horrifying. 

From colorful beads that roofied kids to airbags that went boomsplode, these are the most notorious product recalls in history.

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In this episode: 

  • Bindeez (Aqua Dots)
  • Tylenol
  • Takata Airbags
  • Easy-Bake Oven
  • Anti-Drug Pencils
  • Vitamin Water

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From Australia's anti-bunny legislation to Caribbean profanity bans, from lonely Swiss Guinea Pigs to the protected Royal Fish of Britain, Shane and Duncan explore some of the world's strangest laws.

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In this episode:

  • Australia: Rabbits of Queensland
  • The United Kingdom: Royal Fish
  • Tasmania: "No Questions Asked"
  • Singapore: Chewing-Gum Ban
  • Germany: Gas on the Autobahn 
  • Canada: Protectionist Media
  • The Caribbean: Saint Kitts Public Profanity Ban
  • Switzerland: Solo Guinea Pigs

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Are robots dangerous? Is Artificial Intelligence destined to take over the world? 

 

The short answers: yes, and eventually. The robot apocalypse is inevitable. But there's no need to stress, because at least for now, machines are complete idiots. Anything that we currently refer to as "AI"--from Siri to Alexa to advanced machine-learning algorithms--are definitely artificial, but they aren't remotely intelligent. Listen to this episode to find out just how intelligent AIs aren't.

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In this episode:

  • The Sad State of Artificial Intelligence
  • Alan Turing
  • The Turing Test (the Imitation Game)
  • Google Duplex
  • CPUs VS GPUs
  • Parallel Computing
  • Narrow AI VS General AI
  • Microsoft's "TAY" Chatbot
  • Watson and Urban Dictionary
  • Watson for Oncology
  • Solid Gold Bomb
  • Amazon "Rekognition" Facial Recognition
  • This (blank) Does Not Exist
  • NVIDIA's StyleGAN
  • Amazon's Recruiting Tool

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It makes perfect sense that a comedy podcast would cover this week’s topic, because prohibition was a joke.

If you’re not familiar with the story behind the bootlegging, moon shining, home-brewing chaos of 1920s America, you’ll want to listen to this week’s episode and learn all about the giant clusterf*** that was the 18th Amendment.   

In this episode:

  • Prohibition Through the Ages
  • The Code of Hammurabi
  • Beer Bartering
  • The Puritans, Pilgrims, and Alcohol
  • The American Temperance Society
  • Women's Christian Temperance Union
  • Drys vs Wets
  • Visitation Bands
  • Carrie Nation
  • The Anti-Saloon League
  • Wayne Wheeler
  • Wheelerism and Pressure Politics
  • Prohibition and the Ku Klux Klan
  • Blue Mondays
  • World War 1 and the War Against German Brewers
  • The Food and Fuel Control Act
  • The Alcoholic Blues 
  • The Volstead Act and an Epic Mustache
  • The 18th Amendment 
  • Connecticut and Rhode Island, Heroes
  • Woodrow Wilson's Veto Attempt
  • The Conundrum of Enforcement
  • Section 29
  • Vine-Glo
  • Warren G. Harding Flouts the Law
  • Congress Flouts the Law
  • Congress and the Man in the Green Hat Flout the Law
  • Everyone Flouts the Law
  • Smuggling, Brewing, Bootlegging, Bathtub Gin, Moonshine
  • NASCAR
  • Denatured Alcohol
  • Al Capone
  • The Stock Market Crash
  • Franklin Delano Roosevelt
  • Repeal

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Like it or not, the earth has an expiration date. Billions of years from now the sun will expand and swallow the planets of our solar system...but there’s no guarantee humanity will even make it that far.  

 

So what are the most likely end-time scenarios? Will the end of civilization  come at our own hands via nuclear conflict or rogue Artificial Intelligence? Or will nature take us out via plagues or asteroids or super-volcanoes?

 

Join the boys for a final countdown...

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In this episode: 

  • The Doomsday Clock
  • The Bulletin of Atomic Scientists
  • Anthropogenic Risks vs Non-Anthropogenic Risks
  • The Global Catastrophic Risk Conference
  • Close Calls (NORAD fails)
  • Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT)
  • Gold Bullion
  • International Rivalries
  • Nuclear War
  • Asteroids (Boomsplode Cataclysm)
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Super-volcanoes
  • Yellowstone Caldera
  • Long Vally Super-Volcano
  • Climate Change, briefly
  • Pandemic, briefly
  • The Great Deoxygenation
  • Red Giant/White Dwarf

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