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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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October 14, 2021

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After a series of deep-dive episodes chock full of useful information, the boys are back to form with an entirely off-the-rails and nonsensical romp through the history of some of the world's most famous, celebrated lost treasures. Pointless, silly fun. Enjoy!

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In this episode:  

  • The Scepter of Dagobert
  • The Three Brothers
  • Faberge Eggs

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Are personality tests accurate? How were they developed, how reliable is the science behind them, and which are most respected? Most importantly: which developers of personality tests were sexy MFers and which of them wrote erotic fiction about old men? Follow along to discover the strange history behind personality tests. 

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In this episode:  

  • WW1 and Shell Shock (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder)
  • The Robert Sessions Woodworth Personal Data Sheet (WPDS)
  • Carl Jung's Psychological Types
  • Katherine Cook Briggs
  • Isabel Briggs Meyers
  • The Meyers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI)
  • The 8 Functions
  • The 16 Types
  • The Forer (Barnum) Effect
  • CPP (Formerly Consulting Psychologists Press)
  • ENTJ, The CEO Type
  • Objective vs Projective Tests
  • Hermann Rorschach, Sexy Badass
  • Psychodiagnostik
  • Pareidolia
  • The Rorschach Test
  • Ink Blot Interpretation (Klecksography)
  • Gobolinks
  • The Five Factor Model (FFM, or the Big 5)
  • Enneagram
  • Type A and Type B 
  • The DISC Model

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Ross Ulbricht created the most notorious website in history when he launched the The Silk Road in 2011. An online marketplace for drugs, guns, poisons, and explosives, the Silk Road would become synonymous with the Internet's lawless new frontier: the so-called "Dark Web."

But what really IS the Dark Web? And how did a middle-class suburban kid become the notorious criminal kingpin known as the "Dread Pirate Roberts"?

Fire up your TOR browser and cover your digital tracks as you follow Shane and Duncan into the darkest depths of the web for a fascinating true story of drugs, contract killings, and betrayal.  

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In this episode:  

  • Deep Vs Dark
  • Ross Ulbricht, Libertarian
  • TOR (The Onion Router) 
  • The Bitcoin Connection
  • 'Shrooms
  • Altoid
  • Dread Pirate Roberts
  • Variety Jones
  • The Kingpin Statute
  • Gawker and Chuck Schumer
  • Julia and Erica
  • Ross's Rules and the "Nonaggression Principle"
  • DEA, FBI, and IRS
  • Agent Carl Force, aka Nob
  • Curtis Green, aka ChronicPain
  • Agent Shaun Bridges, Thief 
  • Assassinations
  • IRS Agent Gary Alford
  • Caught
  • Trial and Sentencing 
  • Carla Sophia, the "French Maid"

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Ten episodes away from the big 1-0-0, the boys are hunting for the true origin story of the elusive video-game Easter egg. (Hint: Ready Player One got it wrong.) Follow along as Shane guides Duncan through some of the most famous, interesting, or pathetically failed examples of hidden content from movies and games. 

 

PS: is there an Easter Egg in episode 90? Guess you'll have to keep listening to find out...

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In this episode:  

  • Debunking Spielberg's Version of the First Easter Egg
  • Adventure, by Warren Robinett
  • Adam Clayton, Snitch
  • Not Fixed by Brad Stewart
  • Steve Wright and the Origin of the Term "Easter Egg"
  • Video Whizball and the First Name Drop
  • The True Origin: Moonlander, by Jack Burness
  • The DEC G40
  • Red Faction: Armageddon and Mr. Toots 
  • Stormtrooper Blooper and the Battlefront Homage
  • Resident Evil and the Jill Sandwich
  • Castlevania CD Remix
  • Doom II and John Romero's Head
  • Diablo's Nonexistent Cow-Level
  • Diablo II's Actual Hidden Cow-Level
  • Batman: Arkham Asylum and the Product-Placement Easter Egg
  • Konami, Solid Snake, Psycho Mantis, and the Creepiest of Easter eggs
  • The Rocky Horror Picture Show and Literal Easter eggs
  • Back to the Future and the Case of the Disappearing Pine
  • Captain America: The Winter Soldier
  • Samuel L Jackson, Pulp Fiction, and Nick Fury's Tombstone
  • Ezekial 25:17, Murder Monologue
  • Big Kahuna Burger and the Tarantino/Rodriguez connection 
  • From Dusk Till Dawn, Reservoir Dogs, Four Rooms, Death Proof
  • Indiana Jones and Droid Hieroglyphs  (C-3PO and R2D2)
  • The Phantom Menace (Galactic Senate E.T.s)
  • Ready Player One and the Death of Easter Eggs

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Do bears really hibernate? What does the color green look like to a cat? And most importantly, is ice cream flavored with beaver butts? Find the answers to these and other essential animal-related questions in this week's episode of MFFI. 

In this episode:  

  • Do Bears Hibernate?
  • Are Bats Blind?
  • Can Dogs and Cats See Color?
  • Can Owls Spin Their Heads Around?
  • Are Penguins Monogamous?
  • Is Ice Cream Flavored With Beaver Butts?
  • Do Cats Love Milk?
  • Have Primates (Like Koko) Actually Learned Sign Language?

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September 2, 2021

Host Swap: Talking Slang

The word of the week is “tangent.“ This host-swap episode is supposedly about slang (like, for instance, “off the rails”), but it’s also about bees and legs and wives and Snoop D-O-Double-G. If you enjoy listening to the guys talk smack and ramble, enjoy. 

In this episode:  

  • Definition of Slang
  • History
  • Gig
  • Lit
  • 23 Skidoo
  • Dumpster Fire
  • Salty
  • California Slang
  • Monkey's Uncle
  • The Bechdel Test
  • Inspo
  • Gucci
  • Mansplain 
  • Unplug
  • Ghost

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Never say never. Shane swore that MFFI would never address the dreaded "K" family, but fate (and the Discord crew) had other plans. Join the boys for a fascinating dive into the putrid swamps of television history to learn how the scourge that is Reality TV conquered the entertainment world. 

In this episode:  

  • Reality Television VS Documentary Series
  • The Finances
  • SAG-AFTRA
  • Networks VS Production Companies
  • Writers Strikes
  • The History of Reality TV
  • American Family
  • Meet the Louds
  • Nummer 28
  • MTV
  • The Real World New York
  • Cast VS Editors
  • Expedition Robinson
  • Survivor Debuts
  • Types of Reality TV
  • Competition/Elimination Shows
  • Formatted Shows
  • Docu-Style Shows 
  • Soft Scripting
  • Story Narratives
  • Criticism and Controversy
  • Reality TV as Anthropological Experiment
  • Frankenediting
  • Joe Millionaire and the Slurp Heard Around the World
  • Liquor and Sexual Abuse Allegations
  • Product Placement
  • The Humiliation Factor/Shame TV
  • Tragedies

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You can’t win them all.

In 1961, America experienced the sting of its first truly humiliating public defeat, a debacle that played out in real time on the international stage. The bungled and bloody Bay of Pigs Invasion would mark the first major misstep of the Kennedy administration, and as “Operation Zapata” began to unravel in Cuba, the resulting scandal would undermine America’s carefully crafted image as a shining beacon of virtue.

In this episode:  

  • Fulgencio Batista
  • 1933 Sergeants uprising
  • Mafia’s Playground
  • Fidel Alejandro Castro Ruz
  • Che Guevara
  • The Movement
  • The Moncada Army Barracks
  • 26 of July movement
  • Granma Yacht 
  • Brain Drain
  • Dwight D Eisenhower
  • John Fitzgerald Kennedy
  • Operation Pluto
  • Phases One, Two, and Three
  • Operation Zapata
  • Sonic Booms
  • Brigade 2506
  • Carlos Rafael Santana Estevez
  • The Attack 
  • Mad Dog Flight
  • FAR T-33s
  • The Aftermath
  • Tractors 
  • Operation Mongoose
  • Poison Cigar
  • Exploding Mollusk
  • The Fountain Pen
  • Scuba Suit
  • Poison Pills
  • LSD Spray
  • Thallium Salts

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Why have only a few particular murders and heists and scandals been immortalized in popular culture? Join Shane and Duncan for a dive into three famous capers of the 1900s to help uncover the x-factors that elevate a garden-variety crime to legend status. 

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In this episode: 

  • Charles Lindbergh
  • The Aerial Daredevil Lindbergh
  • Aviator Worship
  • Air Mail ServiceThe Orteig Prize
  • John Alcock and Arthur Brown
  • The Kidnapping of the Lindburgh Baby
  • The Ransom Notes
  • John Condon, Intermediary
  • The Body is Found
  • Gold Certificates Break the Case
  • Bruno Richard Hauptmann
  • The Trial
  • Theft of the Mona Lisa
  • The Louvre in the Early 1900s
  • Louis Beroud
  • Leonardo da Vinci and the History of the Painting
  • Francesco and Lisa Giocondo
  • Louis Lepine
  • Pablo Picasso, Suspect
  • Vencenzo Peruggia
  • Alfredo Geri and Giovanni Poggi
  • Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle
  • Fatty, Chaplin, and the Keystone Kops
  • Memorial Day at the Saint Francis Hotel in San Francisco
  • Virginia Rappe
  • Bambina Maude Delmont
  • The Death
  • First Trial
  • Second Trial
  • Third Trial and Exoneration
  • William B Goodrich

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