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Sufficiently Soft Two Canadians trying to soften your mind with our comedy podcast! Listen in each week for new stories, weird history, and premium banter!

Sufficiently Soft Two Canadians trying to soften your mind with our comedy podcast! Listen in each week for new stories, weird history, and premium banter!
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Sufficiently Soft Two Canadians trying to soften your mind with our comedy podcast! Listen in each week for new stories, weird history, and premium banter!




Kentucky Bourbon and the World's Most Famous Restaurants (Episode 31)

Are you ready to get drunk and hungry? In this weeks episode of the Softbrains, Justin takes us down the Kentucky Bourbon Trail. He tells us exactly what this amber-coloured alcohol is made out of, its history and the weird rules and guidelines around its distillation. Bourbon barrels can't be re-used, so what do they do with them? BBQ sauce, wine, decoration in your grandmas basement. This delicious drink is just the start of this episodes journey into deliciousness. Clarke takes us on a...


The Franklin Expedition and Sumo Wrestlers (Episode 30)

In 1858, two ships headed for the search of the Northwest Passage disappeared. The Franklin Expedition is one of Canada's most enduring mysteries, it's the story of a determined wife, possible cannibalism, and a sprinkle of the paranormal. The HMS Erebus and the HMS Terror were discovered in 2014 and 2016, respectively, but the ships are still rife with mystery and suspicion. Clarke tells us all about how they got there, what happened and how the Canadian government is involved. On the...


Rain Man's Savant Syndrome and the Disney Cruise Disappearance (Episode 29)

Savant Syndrome, a condition where an individual excels in a specific skill like art, music or math. Only about 75 people in the world today are deemed as 'mega-savants,' but the syndrome is not without its drawbacks. Justin tells us all about how Savant Syndrome affects individuals like Kim Peek, a mega savant. The 1988 blockbuster hit, Rain Man was based on Kim Peek and his incredible ability to memorize everything that he read. Then Clarke shifts gears to the not-so-magical disappearance...


BATTLE OF THE SEXES- The Softbrains Board Game Special

The Softbrains decided to do something a little bit different this week. We've been busy with a move to a different city and didn't have time to produce a full episode this time around SO instead, feel free to enjoy listening to us play the dated game of BATTLE OF THE SEXES. We'll be back to regularly scheduled programming next week but in the mean time, listen to Justin kick Clarke's ass in this sexist and prejudice board game.


America's Weirdest Bank Robber and the Chocolate Industry (Episode 28)

Cowboy Bob was a notorious bank robber in the early 90's in Texas. He hit multiple banks in the Irving area and stole thousands of dollars. He always wore a 10 gallon hat, a beard and sunglasses and no one knew that under all that, it was actually a middle-aged woman named Peggy Jo Tallas. Clarke tells us all about Peggy Jo's story and the events that led to Cowboy Bob's final stand in 2005. Originally thought to be cultivated in Central America, Cocoa trees were actually domesticated first...


Detroit's Purple Gang and the Northern Lights (Episode 27)

Detroit, 1920's, prohibition is in full swing and a juvenile street gang is started up by the Burnstein brothers. Abe, Joe, Raymond and Izzy call it 'the Purple Gang.' Justin details the purple gangs involvement in several turf wars, bootlegging and the laundry industry union. They controlled all of Detroit's vices and they were number one until the Collingwood Manor Massacre, then, things changed for the Burnsteins. North of Detroit, Clarke delves into Aurora or the Northern Lights. The...


Waco Siege (Part 2) and the Mary Celeste Disappearance (Episode 26)

Federal agents did everything they could to drive the Branch Davidians out of the Mount Carmel Centre in the 1993 Waco Siege. Recordings of rabbits being slaughtered, flash grenades, and finally, tear gas to drive out the David Koresh and his followers. In part two of the Waco Siege, Clarke details the events that resulted in the fire on April 19th, 1993 that would end with a total death count of 76 people. The Waco Siege is surrounded in mystery and unconfirmed conspiracies, as is the...


Invasive Species and the Waco Siege: Part 1 (Episode 25)

'Unwelcomed pests, invasive three Save yourselves is natures plea' Justin shares with us his poetic side in episode 25 of @thesoftbrains, he tells us all about the damage of three invasive species. The zebra mussels, dandelions and the Norwegian rat. They've spread all over the world, damaging and infiltrating human environments. And human intervention hasn't exactly been the most helpful. Speaking of human intervention, Clarke tells us all about the ways that intervention can go wrong....


The Tiny Water Bear and Sesame Street Controversies (Episode 24)

The water bear, the moss piglet, the tardigrade has had many names in the past. And despite it's small microscopic stature it's one of the most resilient creatures on Earth. It has survived Earth's mass extinctions, extreme temperatures and even, space. Justin tells us all about these tiny little 'slow steppers' and how they can survive virtually anything. A big part of it is their ability to curl up into a dehydrated ball and hibernate for up to 120 years! Unlike the microscopic...


Jackie Chan and Russia's Toughest Prison (Episode 23)

The life of Jackie Chan or Chan Kong-Sang is one full of Kung Fu, organized crime and softcore porn. This week, Clarke tells us all about Jackie Chan and his escapades over the years including working with Bruce Lee, releasing 20 musical albums and owning a Segway dealership. One of the most recognizable stars in the world, Jackie Chan has got to have one of the most interesting histories of Hollywood's greatest. Black Dolphin isn't just a black dolphin, it's also one of Russia's toughest...


The Tragedy of Armero and The Cobra Effect (Episode 22)

Natural disasters happen, it is an inevitability of living on Earth. What we choose to do when presented with warning signs of impending doom can make the difference between life and death. In 1985, there was a small town named Armero in Columbia. It sat in the shadow of Nevado del Ruiz, also known as La Mesa de Herveo or Kumanday: an enormous albeit quiet stratovolcano. The Earth rumbled and smoke came forth, telltale signs of what was to come. Why did thousands of people die? In a...


Star Wars Matte Paintings and the Power of Milk (Episode 21)

Everyone remembers that famous scene in Raiders of the Lost Ark. The movie is finishing up, the bad guys just got their faces melted off, and the government worker is wheeling the lost ark into the depths of a huge warehouse. Or is it a huge warehouse? It's actually a painting on glass called a 'matte painting.' This week, Clarke dives into how matte paintings have been used in Star Wars, the Wizard of Oz and Harry Potter. She explains the genius of the artist Christopher Evans and how he...


Board Game History (Part 2) and Sixgill Sharks (Episode 20)

Episode 20 of The Softbrains has arrived! This week, we get right into the swing of things with part 2 of Justin’s investigation into Board Game history. The largest game manufacturer in the world didn’t get there by just making games; they became more and more successful by buying out their direct competitors. We're talking about the big guys, Milton Bradley and Hasbro included. We also explore one of The Softbrains’ favourite topics – ocean life, in the form of Sixgill Sharks. In a world...


Pyramid Tomb Robbing and Board Games: Part 1 (Episode 19)

Ancient Egyptian tombs have been around for thousands of years and for thousands of years, they’ve sat empty and desecrated due to extreme grave robbing. Some pharaohs made it out relatively unscathed, like King Tut… but why? Why was King Tuts tomb so famous and virtually untouched? Ancient Egypt is also the birthplace of one of the oldest board games in the world, dating back thousands of years. Dice are also super old and used to be made of BONE. This episode has a ton of history and LOTS...


Greyhound Racing and the Havana Syndrome (Episode 18)

Greyhounds have been around for thousands of years. Humans have been racing them since 1876. Florida recently banned all dog racing in the recent US midterm elections. Thousands of dogs are set to be homeless or worse. After the greyhounds, the Softbrains made their way over to Cuba. Where there have been multiple incidents of mysterious 'sonic attacks' throughout the last two years coined the Thing or the Havana Syndrome. Both CIA officers and state department officials have been effected...


The Costume Institute and Nails, Phalanges and Tippi Hedren (Episode 17)

This week we talked about the MET Gala, how to conserve synthetic polymers according to the costume institute, nail health, Tippi Hedren's visit to a Vietnamese refugee camp and so much more! Spoiler alert, there's a dress made out of bird skulls and a woman with 28 foot long nails. The Softbrains podcast is available on all major podcast apps including iTunes, Spotify and Google Play. If you like what you hear follow us on all social medias @thesoftbrains


The Softbrains Halloween Spooktacular Special (Episode 16)

Ladies and Germs, Boys and Ghouls, welcome to The Softbrains Halloween Spooktacular Special! We have a fantastic treat for our listeners this week; everything is a little extra spooky, with some creepy topics, some disturbing stories, and thrilling tunes. We talk about torture devices, varying from the pear of anguish, the head crusher, and thumbscrews... Maybe a serial killer used them before they chopped up their victims and fed them to the public! Listeners beware, you're in for a scare!


How to be a Superhuman and Adidas' Weird History (Episode 15)

Is Lebron James a superhuman? Where in the world do people live the longest? Was Adidas invented by a Nazi? All these questions and a whole lot of stupidity on this week's episode of The Softbrains: Episode 15 - How to be a Superhuman and Adidas' Weird History!


Cashmere and Cocktails, Cocktails, Cocktails! (Episode 14)

Between jokes and premium banter, we discuss Cashmere wool and the problems it’s created, and delved into the history of cocktails! We had a great time recording this episode and if you’re looking for some good laughs, tune in to Episode 14: Cashmere n’ Cocktails, cocktails, cocktails!


Cirque du Soleil Performers and the Making of Sausage (Episode 13)

Ain't no such thing as unlucky #13! Clarke learns us some tidbits about Cirque du Soleil and their wonderful performers. Justin's first love, the humble sausage, is investigated. In detail. Tune in!