Midnight Facts for Insomniacs

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.

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6 days ago

Hot air balloon? Amusement park? Aquarium? Or how about the standard dinner-and-a-movie combo? (Spoiler: nope). In the latest livestream, Shane and Duncan draw on their extremely spotty dating history--and the wisdom of the insomniacs--to come up with a definitive list of the five best first-date options. 
 
What's in your top 5? Tell us in the Discord...
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Thursday May 16, 2024

Prepare for an eerie, unsettling journey through the silent streets of the world’s abandoned ghost towns. From a city frozen in time by the Chernobyl disaster to the slavery-staffed coal mines of Hashima Island; from the jungle experiment known as Fordlandia to a reputedly–haunted western settlement that boomed and busted with the tides of gold fever, Shane and Duncan embark on a thought-provoking reflection on the impermanence of human settlements and the enduring stories they leave behind.
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In this episode:  
Pripyat (Ukraine)
Fordlandia (Brazil - Amazon Rainforest)
White Oaks (New Mexico)
Verosha (Cyprus)
Oradouer-sur-Glane (France)
Plymouth (Montserrat)
Hashima Island, aka "Battleship" Island (Japan)
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Thursday May 09, 2024

Comedian Paul Conyers drops by to generate a list of the 5 most iconic moments in television history. From the Beatles on Ed Sullivan to Geraldo's broken nose (and empty vault), from Will Smith's slap to Janet Jackson's breast, which unforgettable small-screen scenes will make the list? 
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The Wild World of P.E.T.A

Thursday May 02, 2024

Thursday May 02, 2024

Where is the line between activism and extremism? In this furry, feathered, fanged episode, MFFI tackles one of the most divisive and controversial organizations of modern times: People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. 
PETA’s relentless pursuit of a singular goal has sparked global debate, controversy, scandal, and plenty of eye-rolling. From extortion tactics to undercover operations, from legal victories to losses in the court of public opinion, MFFI explores all of the drama, ethical dilemmas, and cultural shifts caused by PETA's aggressive fight for animal welfare. Follow along as Shane and Duncan wrestle with their own conflicted viewpoints and attempt to answer the age-old question: Do the ends actually justify the means? 
*WARNING: Episode includes descriptions of animal abuse
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In this episode:  
The World Before PETA
Tactics and Controversy
The Vegan Society of 1951
Peter Singer and "Animal Liberation" 
Ingrid Newkirk and Alex Pacheco
PETA-Lingo
Guiding Principles
The Breakthrough: Silver Springs
Campaigns and Successes
Ag-Gag Laws
Controversies
Unhappy Meals
PETA and Euthanasia
Conclusions
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Thursday Apr 18, 2024

In today’s supersized praise-worthy episode, MFFI uncovers the scandalous stories behind the rise of megachurches and explains how a few ambitious, unscrupulous grifters turned piety into profit and faith into a financial formula. From the pulpit to the bank vault, explore the controversial rise of these religious empires and the charismatic leaders who plunder the pockets of their congregations.
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In this episode:  
Just How Mega is a Megachurch? 
Gigachurches
The Business of Faith
Lakewood and Joel Osteen
The First Megachurch (1861): Charles Spurgeon and the Metropolitan Tabernacle
The First American Megachurch: Foursquare
Aimee Semple McPherson
The Prosperity Gospel
Oral Roberts
Vanco Payments
Kenneth Copeland, Demon-Face
World Changer's Church
Creflo Dollar and Project G650
The United States Inquiry in the Tax-Exempt Status of Religious Organizations
Deep Dive: Hillsong Church
Frank Houston and the Hills Christian Life Center
Brian Houston, Ned Flanders of Evil
Geoff Bullock, Darlene Zcheck, and the Hillsong Band
"The Church I See" 
The Rise and Fall of Carl Lentz and Hillsong NY
Accusations and Confessions
The Fall of Frank and Brian
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Thursday Apr 04, 2024

Duncan takes the reins!
It's been a long time coming, but another host swap episode is finally here. This week Duncan officially ran out of excuses and agreed to play the role of "MFFI Dungeon Master" for an episode full of orcs, backstabbing, wet sand, orcs, battle tactics, critical hits, and orcs. 
Did we mention orcs?
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Thursday Mar 21, 2024

Here there be dragons! But not the fun kind…How are wizards, ghouls, and dragons connected to the civil war? What does “AYAK” stand for? And what the hell is a Kleagle?
Join MFFI for a journey equal parts ridiculous and horrific as Shane and Duncan shed light on one of the darkest chapters of America’s past. From its secretive inception to its infamous reign of terror, explore the history and lingering legacies of the Ku Klux Klan.
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In this episode:  
December 24, 1865, Pulaski Tennessee 
Civil War, Slavery, and Reconstruction
Racist Pranksters
The Prescript of the Klan
Grand Cyclopses, Nighthawks, Ghouls, and Kleagles
AYAK and AKIA
Grand Wizard Nathan Bedford Forrest
The Enforcement Acts
The Birth of a Nation
Ulysses S Grant
William Joseph Simmons and the 2nd Coming of the Klan
Stone Mountain, Georgia, Thanksgiving 1915
Ku Klux Klan, Multilevel Marketing Company (Pyramid Scheme)
Hiram Wesley Evans Stages a Coup
DC Stephenson Undermines the Klan
The Rise of Klan Mark III
Civil Rights Movement
The Modern Klan
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Thursday Mar 07, 2024

Back by popular demand, and dumber than ever: The Darwin Awards. One of MFFI's most popular episode topics returns, this time with a modern twist... 
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In this episode:  
Mike Warner: Death By Boofing
David Reston: Death By Viper
Brian Joplin: Death By Supermanning
Muhammad Niaz: Death By Miracle
Phillip Contos: Death By Irony
Unidentified Angry Wheelchair Man: Death by Road Rage
Unidentified Angry Terrorist: Death By Untimely Text
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Thursday Feb 22, 2024

Unlock gripping true stories that defy the confines of steel and stone in this tunneling, plotting, unshackled episode of MFFI.  
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In this episode:  
Alcatraz, aka The Rock
Joseph Bowers: The First Attempt
John Paul Scott: The First "Success"
Theodore Cole and Ralph Roe: The First Unknowns
Escape from Alcatraz: The Most Famous
Frank Morris
John and Clarence Anglin
Alan Clayton West
The Plan
The Escape
The Aftermath
Jaouquin Archibald Guzman Loera 
"El Chapo"
The Sinaloa Cartel
First Incarceration and Escape: Puente Grande
Second Incarceration and Escape: Altiplano
Third Incarceraton and No Escape: Florence Superman (ADX Florence)
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Thursday Feb 08, 2024

How powerful is a singularity? Can anything escape from an event horizon? Do black holes “suck”?
Dive into the cosmic shadows with Shane and Duncan as they unravel the mind-warping, gravity-bending science behind black holes.
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In this episode:  
Sagittarius A*
Primordial Black Holes
John Michell
Dark stars
Gravitationally Completely Collapsed Objects
John Wheeler
Cygnus X-1
Event Horizon Telescope
Messier 87
Supernovae
Red Giants, White Dwarves, Blue Supergiants
Einstein and General Relativity
Gravity
Nuclear Forces and Electromagnetism
Quantum Mechanics
Heisenberg’s Uncertainty Principle
Quantum Entanglement
Hawking Radiation/Evaporation
Sanduleak −69 202
Event Horizon
Singularity
Photon Sphere
Accretion Discs
Time Dilation
TOE (Theory of Everything)
String Theory
Spaghettification
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