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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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Nuclear power is about as popular as a three-eyed fish, but it still provides 10% of the world's electricity (and double that percentage in America). So how bad IS this stuff? And is there a possible future in which nuclear power provides almost ALL of the world's energy? (Spoiler: there is!)

 

Join the boys for an irradiated romp through the science, history, and future of nuclear power.

 

In this epidode:

  • Don't call it "nucular"
  • Statistics etc.
  • A nuclear reactor is a steam engine
  • Components of a fission reactor
  • Splitting the Adam (atom)
  • Nuclear rods
  • Uranium-235 and chain reactions
  • Cadmium control rods
  • History of nuclear power
    • Willhelm Rontgen
    • Marie Curie
    • Ernest Rutherford
    • Albert Einstein 
    • Enrico Fermi
    • The Manhattan Project
    • The Atomic Energy Commission
    • Chicago Pile 1
    • Experimental Breeder Reactor 1
  • Nuclear Submarines
  • Nuclear meltdowns (Chernobyl, 3-Mile Island, Fukushima)
  • Nuclear waste "mishaps"
  • The future of nuclear energy
  • Nuclear fusion
    • Plasma
    • States of matter
      • Bose-Einstein condensate

      • quark- glucagon plasma

      • neutron-degenerate matter

    • Deuterium-Tritium reaction (D-T)
    • Plasma containment: magnets
    • Tokamaks
    • ITER:

      International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor. 

    • Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory

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Episode Transcript:

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January 14, 2021

Stupid Criminals

Way back in episode 2 ("Heists"), Shane and Duncan learned all about the most notorious criminal masterminds in history. In this episode, they meet the B Team. Join the boys for a glorious celebration of schadenfreude, and delight in the misadventures of inept, bumbling criminal wannabes. 

 

In this episode:

  • Adventures with Flakka (Patrick Rempe)
  • Facebook dummy #1 (John Mogan II)
  • Penguin heist (Rhys Owen Jones & Keri Mules)
  • ATM blowtorch (??)
  • Britain's Dumbest Criminal (Jamie Sharp)
  • Alias misfire (Shareeka Strawn)
  • Bringing a knife--and a bat--to a gunfight (Derrick Mosley)

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Episode Transcript:

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This episode was a doozy. It turns out there's a ton of hard science behind memes, plus bucketloads of history, and this week's MFFI is packed.

In this episode:

  • Richard Dawkins and The Selfish Gene
  • Mimeme/Mimema/Mossy Bugs
  • Chad, M*A*S*H, and "Kilroy was here"
  • Frodo Lives!
  • Andre the Giant has a posse
  • Mike Godwin
  • The first digital meme: The emoticon, by Scott E Fahlman
  • Godwin's Law 
  • Michael Girard and the Dancing Baby meme
  • Mr. T ate my balls
  • Deidre LaCarte and The Hamster Dance
  • The Cuban Boys on the Canadian charts
  • Harry Whittier Frees and his lolcat postcards
  • LOLcats rule the 'net
  • Icanhascheezburger
  • Rick Rolling, FAILblog, Rage Comics
  • All your base are belong to us
  • Dank Memes
  • Scumbag Steve
  • Grumpy Cat
  • Change my Mind
  • Distracted Boyfriend
  • Ermahgerd
  • Kombucha girl
  • White guy blinking
  • Pepe the Frog

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Episode Transcript:

https://mcdn.podbean.com/mf/web/bbhn6b/MEMES.pdf

 

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QAnon is straight-up bonkers. How bonkers? I'm glad you asked. Join the boys for an episode that goes way, WAY down the rabbit hole. 

 

In this episode:

  • Q Clearance
  • 4Chan
  • 8Chan
  • 8Kun
  • Tripcodes
  • The Cabal
  • Satanic pedophile hollywood elites
  • The Deep State
  • The Great Awakening
  • The Storm
  • Adrenochrome 
  • Jim Watson is Q (or at least Q adjacent)
  • Terminology
    • WWG1WGA
    • Alice in Wonderland
    • ARM
    • Do your research

 

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Episode Transcript:

https://mcdn.podbean.com/mf/web/jigmhw/QANON.pdf

 

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December 24, 2020

Scandals: Television Edition

The third installment in the MFFI "scandals" series focuses on infamous TV shenanigans. Small screen, big drama. 

In this episode:

  • Adam Richman: Thinspiration
  • Paula Deen: Tasty racism
  • Charlie Sheen: Tiger blood
  • Shannen Doherty: High maintenance
  • Isaiah Washington: Hate crimes and misdemeanors
  • Kevin Spacey: Unusual suspect
  • Matt Lauer: Trap doors 
  • All of Fox
  • David Letterman: Don't negotiate with terrorists

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Episode Transcript:

https://mcdn.podbean.com/mf/web/iv2unq/Scandals-TV.pdf

 

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December 17, 2020

Urban Legends

They may not be true, but they're creepy as hell.

 

In this episode:

  • The Hook
  • Murderer in the Backseat
  • Ghost Hitchhiker 
  • Green Man
  • Slender Man 
  • Bloody Mary
  • Kidney Theft 
  • LSD Tattoos

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Episode Transcript:

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The ability to sue your fellow citizens is a cornerstone of civilized society, and our legal system has often functioned as the last resort for the most vulnerable members of this nation. To put it simply: suing the hell out of each other is a sacred American tradition. 

 

But some lawsuits are just effing dumb. These are those lawsuits. 

 

In this episode:

  • Shayn Proler vs. Fire
  • Jimmie Dimmick vs. the Victims
  • Allen Heckard vs. Genetics
  • Jian Feng vs. the Truth
  • Stella Liebeck vs. Evil Corporate A-holes
  • Two Guys vs. One Inch (the Subway Suit)
  • Emile Ratelband vs. Rationality

 

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Episode Transcript:

https://mcdn.podbean.com/mf/web/eju5ta/RIDICULOUS_LAWSUITS.pdf

 

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December 3, 2020

More Idioms, a.k.a Say What?

You downloaded, we listened. In part 2 of one of the most popular MFFI episodes, Shane and Duncan reveal the meaning and origin behind more of the most-requested common sayings and idioms. 

In this episode:

  • Don't look a gift horse in the mouth
  • Fall off the wagon
  • Long in the tooth
  • Cold shoulder
  • Face the music
  • Close, but no cigar
  • Welcome wagon
  • Get out of Dodge
  • At the drop of a hat
  • Salt of the earth 
  • Second wind
  • Heard it through the grapevine
  • ...and more

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Back by popular demand! More cryptids, weirder cryptids, and cryptids with funnier names.

For the second installment in the cryptids series, the focus is North America (US and Canada). Enjoy!

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In this episode:

  • The Dover Demon
  • The Squonk
  • The Mothman
  • The Flatwoods Monster (Green Monster)
  • The Ogopogo
  • The Wendigo

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Episode Transcript:

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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. 

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

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

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MFFI Website: 

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Free Bonus Content (extra episodes, pictures etc): 

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Episode Transcript:

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