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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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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...

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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Humans like to believe that we're the pinnacle of evolution, but are we truly logical, rational creatures? If so, why do we self-sabotage? Why do we cling to irrational beliefs even when they make our lives difficult? Do we control our own motivations and behaviors, or are we under the influence of psychological phenomena that most of us barely understand? 

 

Brains are weird. Here's proof.  

 

In this episode:

  • Cognitive Dissonance
  • The Baader-Meinhof Phenomenon
  • The Scarcity Principle
  • Mere-Exposure Effect
  • False Consensus Effect
  • Belief Perseverance
  • Attribution Errors
  • The Spotlight Effect
  • Illusion of Transparency
  • Recency Bias
  • The Madonna-Whore Complex

 

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By popular demand via the MFFI Discord, Shane and Duncan swap roles for a special episode recorded on April Fools Day!

Follow along in this Scottish-themed extravaganza as Duncan demolishes the beloved historical farce that was Braveheart, and answers questions that no one ever cared to ask, like, "Have there been any tandem Scottish serial killers?" and "Where is the world's largest hedge?" (Hint: it's in Scotland.)

Will this host-swapping Freaky Friday craziness ever happen again? Maybe! Probably not! But who knows? Give the episode a listen and then drop your opinion in the discord:

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In this episode:

  • Braveheart dissected and debunked
  • Robert the Bruce speaks in platitudes 
  • Mac Vs Mc
  • Scottish slavery
  • Grave-robbing serial killer duo Hare and Burke
  • Scotland sucks at currency
  • Mòrag of Loch Morar
  • Chicken Tikka Masala
  • The largest hedge
  • Bonnybridge UFOs

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What's the most effective weight loss plan? Do any of the trending "diet tips" on the Internet actually work? Why does the keto diet make your breath smell like death? 

Join the guys for an exploration of the wild history of nutrition science through the ages, and learn which (if any) fad-diets are legit. 

 

In this episode:

  • The shifting, shifty food pyramid
  • Fletcherism
  • The cigarette diet
  • The Hay diet
  • Atkins
  • The paleo diet
  • The raw food diet
  • Food replacement (SlimFast etc)

 

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We humans are suckers for the latest crazes and fads, but it's easy to forget that today's TikTok dance will be tomorrow's Macarena. Today's iPhone will be tomorrow's Blackberry. Today's skinny jeans will be tomorrow's skinny jeans. You get the idea. 

 

Join the guys for a rollicking trip through the fad-tastic misfires of yesteryear, from carob to merkins. 

 

In this episode:

  • Water Beds
  • Carob
  • Merkins
  • Dance Marathons
  • Mailbox Baseball
  • Pogs
  • Magic Eye (Autostereograms)
  • Sea Monkeys

 

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Not all heroes are created equal. Join the boys for adventures in mediocrity as they explore the least "super" heroes from comic book lore. 

 

In this episode:

  • The Silliest:

    • Big Bertha
    • Leather Boy
    • Squirrel Girl and Monkey Joe
    • Arm Fall Off Boy
    • Fortress Lad
    • Mnemonic Kid
    • Color Kid
  • Cypher (Doug Ramsey)
  • The Red Bee (Rick Raleigh)
  • NFL Superpro (Phil Grayfield)
  • The Black Condor (Richard Grey Junior)
  • Vibe (Francisco Ramone)
  • Strong Man
  • Gin Genie
  • Hawkeye?

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A peanut isn't a nut, a king crab isn't a crab, a koala isn't a bear, and the funny bone isn't a bone. Listen to this week's episode to find out all of the ways in which your entire life is a lie. 

In this episode:

  • Funny Bone
  • King Crab and Horseshoe Crab
  • Jellyfish and Starfish
  • Koala Bears
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Coconut and Peanut
  • Horned Toad
  • Head Cheese
  • Guinea Pig
  • Pencil Lead
  • Tinfoil
  • Glow Worms and Fireflies
  • Holland
  • The 100 Years War

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Exploring new locations can be fun, but there’s a fine line between “adventure” and “ordeal.”

Join the the MFFI boys for a whirlwind tour of four deadly destinations that you won’t find on Trip Adviser. From flaming desert-craters to islands packed with vipers, from zombie-bacteria-caves to cannibal jungles, there’s a little something (awful) in this episode for everyone. These are the kind of tourist traps you’ll never escape...

In this episode: 

  • Snake Island, Brazil

    (Ilha da Queimada Grande)

  • The Door to Hell, Turkmenistan

    (Darvaza Gas Crater)

  • George Kourounis

  • Naica Crystal Cave, Mexico

    (Cueva de los Cristales)

  • Sentinal Island, India, Bay of Bengal (The Andaman Islands)
  • The 1956 Andaman and Nicobar Islands Protection of Aboriginal Tribes Act

  • Dudnath Tiwari

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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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