Comedy

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

*TW: There is discussion of sensitive topics in this episode, including brief references to sexual assault.*

What's the difference between an MRA and a MGTOW? Should you even care? Probably not, but we'll tell you anyway. Join the guys for a weird and occasionally uncomfortable journey through the confused, incestuous network of online communities collectively known as the manosphere. 

 

In this episode:

  • The history of PUAs
  • Ovid and the Ars Amatoria ("Art of Love")
  • Don Juan (Don Giovanni) 
  • Giacomo Casanova
  • Jack Hanley and Being a Gentlemen's Guide to Guide to Scientific Seduction in 8 Easy Steps
  • Norton Hughes Johnathan's Guide Book for the Young Man About Town
  • Eric Weber and How to Pick Up Girls!
  • Neil Strauss and The Game: Penetrating the Secret Society of Pickup Artists
  • Mystery (Erik Von Markovik)
  • PUA Techniques and Terminology:
    • Peacocking
    • Negging
    • Approach Anxiety
    • Targets, Sets
    • Sarging
    • Last Minute Resistance
    • Assuming Familiarity
    • Keno Escalation/Compliance Test
    • HBs and the hotness scale
  • Template of a pickup
  • Dr. Bianca Fileborn
  • VH1 and The Pickup Artist
  • The Manoshpere:
    • Men's Rights Activists
    • MGTOWs
    • Incels
    • Red Pill
  • The appeal of PUA

~

Join the Midnight Masses! Become an Insomniac by dropping a review, adding us on social media, and contacting us with episode ideas. 

And we now have Midnight Merch! Show your Insomniac pride and pick up a tee shirt or coffee mug to spread the word! https://teespring.com/stores/midnight-merch-6

~

Contact:

mailto:midnightfactsforinsomniacs@gmail.com

~

Instagram:

https://www.instagram.com/midnightfactsforinsomniacs/

~

Twitter:

https://twitter.com/factsmidnight

~

Shane's Comedy Schedule and Info:

www.shanerogers.net

~

MFFI Website: 

www.midnightfactsforinsomniacs.com

~

Free Bonus Content (extra episodes, pictures etc): 

https://midnightbonus.weebly.com/bonus-content.html

~

Episode Transcript:

https://mcdn.podbean.com/mf/web/a4b4zf/MANOSPHERE.pdf

 

~ KNOWLEDGE IS POWER, AND SLEEP IS OVERRATED ~

 

 

Play Now
November 12, 2020

The Devil

Lucifer. Satan. Beelzebub. Prince of Lies.

The Devil has a thousand names, a chip on his shoulder, and major daddy issues. He also has one hell of a backstory. Join the MFFI guys as they piece together the convoluted mythology of Satan, from his origins as a minor Egyptian deity to his ultimate Christian incarnation. 

 

In this episode:

  • The Book of Enoch (Dead Sea Scrolls)
  • The Book of Isaiah and the Sketchy Origin of "Lucifer"
  • The Book of Job and the Satanic Bet
  • The Jewish Perspective
  • Shaitans and Islamic Devils
  • Ezekiel and Revelations
  • The King of Tyre
  • Dante Alighieri and the Pettiness of the Divine Comedy
  • The Circles of Hell and Torture Porn
  • Demonic Aesthetics
  • Links to Pan and Bes
  • The Medieval Devil
  • The Enlightenment Devil
  • John Milton, Paradise Lost, and the Sympathetic Devil
  • Eve, the Serpent, and the Toad
  • The Modern, Sophisticated Devil
  • The Fine Print (Devil's in the Details)

~

Join the Midnight Masses! Become an Insomniac by dropping a review, adding us on social media, and contacting us with episode ideas. 

And we now have Midnight Merch! Show your Insomniac pride and pick up a tee shirt or coffee mug to spread the word! https://teespring.com/stores/midnight-merch-6

~

Contact:

mailto:midnightfactsforinsomniacs@gmail.com

~

Instagram:

https://www.instagram.com/midnightfactsforinsomniacs/

~

Twitter:

https://twitter.com/factsmidnight

~

Shane's Comedy Schedule and Info:

www.shanerogers.net

~

MFFI Website: 

www.midnightfactsforinsomniacs.com

~

Free Bonus Content (extra episodes, pictures etc): 

https://midnightbonus.weebly.com/bonus-content.html

~

Episode Transcript:

https://mcdn.podbean.com/mf/web/eym5es/THE_DEVIL.pdf

 

~ KNOWLEDGE IS POWER, AND SLEEP IS OVERRATED ~

 

 

Play Now

Not just your garden-variety screwups; these were epic, painful misfires that everyone should have seen coming. (We’re lookin' at you, Quibi.) 

In this episode:

  • Microsoft BOB
  • New Coke
  • Nintendo Virtual Boy
  • Olestra (Olean)
  • Subprime Mortgages 
  • The Pontiac Aztec
  • The Segway 
  • The No-Phone
  • Toilet Golf

~

Join the Midnight Masses!

Become an Insomniac by dropping a review, adding us on social media, and contacting us with episode ideas. 

And we now have Midnight Merch! Show your Insomniac pride and pick up a tee shirt or coffee mug to spread the word! https://teespring.com/stores/midnight-merch-6

 ~

CONTACT:

Leave a voicemail or shoot us a text with comments, suggestions, or feedback:

+1 (408) 596-4603

Email with topic suggestions etc:

mailto:midnightfactsforinsomniacs@gmail.com

Instagram:

https://www.instagram.com/midnightfactsforinsomniacs/

~

Twitter:

https://twitter.com/factsmidnight

~

Shane's Comedy Schedule and Info:

www.shanerogers.net

 ~

MFFI Website: 

www.midnightfactsforinsomniacs.com

~
Episode Transcript:

https://mcdn.podbean.com/mf/web/4b4q5x/FAILURES.pdf

 

~ KNOWLEDGE IS POWER, AND SLEEP IS OVERRATED ~

Play Now

We have ways of making you talk...

 

In this episode:

  • Interrogation Techniques: Bargaining, Lying, Guilt Trips, Flattery
  • "Pride and Ego Up" Vs. Down
  • Reading Body Language
  • Good Cop/Bad Cop
  • Intoxicants (Sodium Pentathol etc)
  • Suggestibility
  • Morals and Grey Areas
  • Legal Limits of Interrogation
  • Law Enforcement Deception Scenarios
  • Torture and "Enhanced Interrogation"
  • Methods of Torture
  • Reliability and Results
  • Three Degrees of Torture
  • Legality of Torture

~

Join the Midnight Masses!

Become an Insomniac by dropping a review, adding us on social media, and contacting us with episode ideas. 

And we now have Midnight Merch! Show your Insomniac pride and pick up a tee shirt or coffee mug to spread the word! https://teespring.com/stores/midnight-merch-6

 ~

CONTACT:

Leave a voicemail or shoot us a text with comments, suggestions, or feedback:

+1 (408) 596-4603

Email with topic suggestions etc:

mailto:midnightfactsforinsomniacs@gmail.com

Instagram:

https://www.instagram.com/midnightfactsforinsomniacs/

~

Twitter:

https://twitter.com/factsmidnight

~

Shane's Comedy Schedule and Info:

www.shanerogers.net

 ~

MFFI Website: 

www.midnightfactsforinsomniacs.com

~
Episode Transcript

https://mcdn.podbean.com/mf/web/2as5wu/Torture_and_Interrogation.pdf

 

~ KNOWLEDGE IS POWER, AND SLEEP IS OVERRATED ~

Play Now

The next generation of gaming is about to arrive, which makes this the perfect time to take a look at how we got here. Join the boys for a guided tour through the cutthroat history of gaming, and the battle for the living room. 

 

In this episode:

  • Edward Uhler Condon and the NIMATRON
  • Ferranti and the NIMROD
  • Ralph Baer and the Brown Box
  • Magnavox and the Odyssey
  • Atari and the VCS (2600)
  • Activision
  • 1983 Atari Shock, ET, and subpar PacMan
  • The rise of Nintendo
  • Famicon becomes the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES)
  • NES becomes the Super NES
  • TurboGrafx-16 and the 16-bit revolution
  • The Atari Jaguar flames out
  • The rise of Sega
  • The genesis of the Genesis
  • The story of Sonic
  • The golden era of SNES: Metroid, Street Fighter, Zelda, Mega Man
  • The rise of Sony
  • 32 and 64 bits
  • The Nintendo 64
  • The Sega Saturn
  • Playstation crushes the competition
  • The decline of Nintendo and the Gamecube debacle
  • Microsoft gets in the game
  • Enter the Xbox
  • Xbox 360 and the Red Ring of Death
  • Playstation 2
  • Playstation 3
  • Xbox One
  • Xbox Series X and the Playstation 5

~

Join the Midnight Masses! Become an Insomniac by dropping a review, adding us on social media, and contacting us with episode ideas. 

And we now have Midnight Merch! Show your Insomniac pride and pick up a tee shirt or coffee mug to spread the word! https://teespring.com/stores/midnight-merch-6

~

Contact:

mailto:midnightfactsforinsomniacs@gmail.com

~

Instagram:

https://www.instagram.com/midnightfactsforinsomniacs/

~

Twitter:

https://twitter.com/factsmidnight

~

Shane's Comedy Schedule and Info:

www.shanerogers.net

~

MFFI Website: 

www.midnightfactsforinsomniacs.com

~

Free Bonus Content (extra episodes, pictures etc): 

https://midnightbonus.weebly.com/bonus-content.html

~

Episode Transcript:

https://mcdn.podbean.com/mf/web/a7435y/Battle_for_the_Living_Room_From_Pong_to_the_Console_Wars.pdf

 

~ KNOWLEDGE IS POWER, AND SLEEP IS OVERRATED ~

 

 

Play Now

Scammers and con artists are unavoidable facts of life, but only a select few manage to take the art of deception to the next level. All of the unscrupulous scumbags in this episode reached the pinnacle of scumminess, and perfected the art of the con. 

 

In this episode:

  • International Sleazebag Uri Geller
  • Disgraced Televangelist Peter Popoff
  • Unlikely Shaman Juliette D'Souza
  • Infomercial Psychic Miss Cleo

 

Join the Midnight Masses!

Become an Insomniac by dropping a review, adding us on social media, and contacting us with episode ideas. 

And we now have Midnight Merch! Show your Insomniac pride and pick up a tee shirt or coffee mug to spread the word! https://teespring.com/stores/midnight-merch-6

 ~

CONTACT:

Leave a voicemail or shoot us a text with comments, suggestions, or feedback:

+1 (408) 596-4603

Email with topic suggestions etc:

mailto:midnightfactsforinsomniacs@gmail.com

Instagram:

https://www.instagram.com/midnightfactsforinsomniacs/

~

Twitter:

https://twitter.com/factsmidnight

~

Shane's Comedy Schedule and Info:

www.shanerogers.net

 ~

Website: 

www.midnightfactsforinsomniacs.com

Episode Transcript:

https://mcdn.podbean.com/mf/web/geuhri/Transcript_Mentalists_Faith_Healers_and_Frauds.pdf

 

~ KNOWLEDGE IS POWER, AND SLEEP IS OVERRATED ~

Play Now

Modern researchers are expected to follow strict ethical guidelines, but it wasn't always this way. For thousands of years, scientific experimentation was a free-for-all, and while American psychological experiments may never have reached Josef Mengele levels on the Evil Meter, there have been some notorious misfires that were downright disturbing. Follow along as Shane and Duncan explore some of the sketchiest psychological experiments every conducted. 

 

In this episode:

  • The Milgram Experiment
  • Robber's Cave
  • The Monster Study
  • The Stanford Prison Experiment
  • ...and more

~

Join the Midnight Masses! Become an Insomniac by dropping a review, adding us on social media, and contacting us with episode ideas. 

And we now have Midnight Merch! Show your Insomniac pride and pick up a tee shirt or coffee mug to spread the word! https://teespring.com/stores/midnight-merch-6

~

Contact:

mailto:midnightfactsforinsomniacs@gmail.com

~

Instagram:

https://www.instagram.com/midnightfactsforinsomniacs/

~

Twitter:

https://twitter.com/factsmidnight

~

Shane's Comedy Schedule and Info:

www.shanerogers.net

 

Website: 

www.midnightfactsforinsomniacs.com

~

Free Bonus Content (extra episodes, pictures etc): 

https://midnightbonus.weebly.com/bonus-content.html

~

Episode Transcript: 

https://mcdn.podbean.com/mf/web/gexgdw/Transcript_Sketchy_and_Unethical_Experiments.pdf

 

~ KNOWLEDGE IS POWER, AND SLEEP IS OVERRATED ~

 

 

Play Now

In an episode that is long overdue, the boys explore the biology and science of sleep, and offer useful tips for tackling sleep disorders (including...you know). 

~

In this episode:

  • Why do we sleep?
  • The Dead Zone
  • REM and REM Behavior Disorder
  • Sleep Paralysis
  • The Body's Battery - ATP (Adenosine Triphosphate)
  • Effects of Sleep Deprivation
  • Prehistoric vs Modern Sleep Cycles
  • Dreams and Dream Interpretation
  • Hypnagogic Jerk
  • The Egyptian Dream Book
  • Sleep Positions and Ergonomics
  • Sleep Apnea and Snoring
  • Hard vs Soft Mattresses vs the Floor
  • Onset Insomnia
  • Maintenance Insomnia
  • Techniques for Managing Insomnia
  • ...and more

 

Join the Midnight Masses!

Become an Insomniac by dropping a review, adding us on social media, and contacting us with episode ideas. 

And we now have Midnight Merch! Show your Insomniac pride and pick up a tee shirt or coffee mug to spread the word! https://teespring.com/stores/midnight-merch-6

 ~

CONTACT:

Leave a voicemail or shoot us a text with comments, suggestions, or feedback:

+1 (408) 596-4603

Email with topic suggestions etc:

mailto:midnightfactsforinsomniacs@gmail.com

Instagram:

https://www.instagram.com/midnightfactsforinsomniacs/

~

Twitter:

https://twitter.com/factsmidnight

~

Shane's Comedy Schedule and Info:

www.shanerogers.net

 ~

Website: 

www.midnightfactsforinsomniacs.com

~

Episode Transcript: https://mcdn.podbean.com/mf/web/ydi9pt/Transcript_SLEEP_AND_INSOMNIA.pdf

 

~ KNOWLEDGE IS POWER, AND SLEEP IS OVERRATED ~

Play Now
September 24, 2020

The Darwin Awards

Warning: if you're not a fan of dark humor, feel free to skip this episode. We won't judge you! For our fellow twisted weirdos...enjoy. 

"The Darwin Awards salute the improvement of the human genome by honoring those who accidentally remove themselves from it in a spectacular manner!" 

 

IN THIS EPISODE:

History of the Darwin Awards

Wendy Northcut, opportunist

Death By:

  • Self-shooting demonstration - Clement Vallandigham
  • Radish - Sir William Paye-Gallwey
  • Slow car - Bridget Driscoll
  • "Wearable" Parachute - Franz Reichelt
  • Unbreakable-window test - Gary Hoy
  • The North Sentinel Island natives are restless - John Allen Chau
  • Beard sabotage- Hans Steininger
  • Gurney mishap- Edward Juchniewicz
  • Rattlesnake catch - Joe Buddy Caine
  • Segway daredevil- Jim Heselden
  • Cockfight revenge - Jose Luis Ochoa
  • Cockroach-eating contest - Edward Archbold
  • ...and more

 

Join the Midnight Masses!

Become an Insomniac by dropping a review, adding us on social media, and contacting us with episode ideas. 

And we now have Midnight Merch! Show your Insomniac pride and pick up a tee shirt or coffee mug to spread the word! https://teespring.com/stores/midnight-merch-6

 ~

CONTACT:

Leave a voicemail or shoot us a text with comments, suggestions, or feedback:

+1 (408) 596-4603

Email with topic suggestions etc:

mailto:midnightfactsforinsomniacs@gmail.com

Instagram:

https://www.instagram.com/midnightfactsforinsomniacs/

~

Twitter:

https://twitter.com/factsmidnight

 ~

Shane's Comedy Schedule and Info:

www.shanerogers.net

 ~

Website: 

www.midnightfactsforinsomniacs.com~

~

Episode Transcript: https://mcdn.podbean.com/mf/web/fq4pfr/Transcript_The_Darwin_Awards.pdf

 

~ KNOWLEDGE IS POWER, AND SLEEP IS OVERRATED ~

Play Now

For many of us, the word “Yakuza” conjures images of full-body tattoos and severed pinkies, but the actual legacy of organized crime in Japan is much more nuanced. Are members of the Yakuza modern-day Samurai, protectors of the common people, or just a bunch of stone-cold killers? Join Shane and Duncan for an exploration of Japan's most famous criminal organization. 

 

In this episode: 

  • Yakuza: Good Samaritans?
  • Nomenclature: Boryokudan vs Ninkyo Dantai
  • Origins: Bakuto and Tekiya
  • Hierarchy: Oyabun and Kobun
  • Yubitsume (ritual amputation)
  • Irezumi (ritual tattooing) 
  • The largest Yakuza clan: the Yamaguchi Gumi
  • The infamous "Concrete-Encased High School Girl Murder Case"
  • The Anti-Boryokudan acts
  • ...and more

 

Join the Midnight Masses!

Become an Insomniac by dropping a review, adding us on social media, and contacting us with episode ideas. 

And we now have Midnight Merch! Show your Insomniac pride and pick up a tee shirt or coffee mug to spread the word! https://teespring.com/stores/midnight-merch-6

 ~

CONTACT:

Leave a voicemail or shoot us a text with comments, suggestions, or feedback:

+1 (408) 596-4603

Email with topic suggestions etc:

mailto:midnightfactsforinsomniacs@gmail.com

Instagram:

https://www.instagram.com/midnightfactsforinsomniacs/

~

Twitter:

https://twitter.com/factsmidnight

~

Shane's Comedy Schedule and Info:

www.shanerogers.net

 ~

MFFI Website: 

www.midnightfactsforinsomniacs.com

~

Episode Transcript:

https://mcdn.podbean.com/mf/web/kqiz8u/Transcript_Organized_Crime_Volume_1_The_Yakuza.pdf

 

~ KNOWLEDGE IS POWER, AND SLEEP IS OVERRATED ~

Play Now

Load more

Play this podcast on Podbean App