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!

July 1, 2021

Espionage Technology: From Lipstick Pistols to the Insectothopter

In the second installment of MFFI's espionage series, the boys investigate spying technology, from cryptography to microdots to The Thing. 


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In this episode: 

  • Dead Drops
  • Live Drops
  • Traps
  • Steganography
  • Scalp Tattoos
  • Mask Letters
  • Invisible Ink (the Sympathetic Stain)
  • Cryptography and Cryptology
  • Substitution Cypher
  • Frequency Distribution
  • Scytales
  • The Two Pillars of Classic Espionage: Cameras and Radio
  • Subminiature Cameras and the Minox
  • Microdots
  • Pigeon Cams
  • Heinrich Hertz and the Spark Gap Transmitter
  • Lee De Forest and the Vacuum tube
  • Amplitude Modulation (AM)
  • Practical Frequency Modulation (FM)
  • Bugs (Covert Listening Devices)
  • The Thing (The Great American Seal Bug), and RFID
  • Leon Theremin and Averell Harriman
  • Numbers Stations Redux and One-Time Pads
  • The Insectothopter
  • Dog-poop Transmitter
  • Lipstick Pistols
  • Rectal Toolkit
  • Shoe Phone (Heel-Transmitter)


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