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Irene Geijselaers and Jacob Taxén discuss the small questions of life, with a hard science fictional analysis of the world. The act formerly known as "Verily, Octopi Sing"

Irene Geijselaers and Jacob Taxén discuss the small questions of life, with a hard science fictional analysis of the world. The act formerly known as "Verily, Octopi Sing"




Irene Geijselaers and Jacob Taxén discuss the small questions of life, with a hard science fictional analysis of the world. The act formerly known as "Verily, Octopi Sing"




Elevator Musician

Today's episode is all about (mostly about) jobs! How does Irene's nerdy interests fit on a CV? What does the garbage men really do? How dull can engineers be? And which is the only movie that is real? Find us on Twitter, Facebook or, if you have enough, on


Flying Cows

Only 71% of earth is covered with water, but 100% of the earth is covered with air. On this episode Jacob and Irene examine the sky and it's inhabitants in great detail. Why are stork babies such ungrateful children? What should you think about when going for a great migration? Why are clouds? These and many more questions are answered in this episode of Verily podcast. Find us on Twitter, Facebook or, if you have enough, on


God killed the queen but she's still welcome here

When going to Hell, there is a lot of things you need to know. Luckily, Irene and Jacob are here to guide you through the Nine Circles and teach you where you get the best pizza, how to contact the Ministry of Earthly Delights, how IKEA furniture is made and what punishment awaits those who believe in hearsay. Find us on Facebook, Twitter, or on


A place for practice or warship

Live along the Eight Rules of Verily: 1. Common sense 2. No running 3. Eat mostly sea-food 4. Give hugs 5. Open jars 6. Camoflage yourself to adjust to situations 7. Wear cargopants 8. When in danger, spit ink into your aggressors eyes Find us on Facebook:, on Twitter: @VerilyPodcast, or on


The Ravaging 20s

Put on your feather hair band and your bright orange necktie, 'cause Jacob and Irene are talking about the roaring twenties! Want to know the top 10 things to do in your 20s? Wonder what the Dutch sailors, Johan Sebastian Bach and Swedish politicians have in common? Tune in to the first Verily podcast of the decade! Find us on Facebook, on Twitter @VerilyPodcast, or on


The phrenologist and his menstruating wife

Want to know where Descartes discarded his head? Want to have a good excuse not to remember someones face? You are in luck, because this week Jacob and Irene see, smell, taste, hear and feel everything related to the brain. From the hippocampus in London to the identity theft of Albert Einstein, this episode will provide enough brain food to make food of your brain.


Drink your future

The past is so last year, the future is where it's at! Wanna know what Nostradamus was like in high school? Curious what the future holds for this podcast? Wonder what egg white has to do with any of this? Join Irene "to the future" Geijselaers and Jacob "Taxtradamus" Taxen in their exploration of the divine! Find us on Facebook, on Twitter @VerilyPodcast, or on


Perfect crime

Full disclosure! The criminal masterminds Irene and Jacob confess to all crimes they've committed (one each) and then go on planning the next ones. We learn how to tunnel into parties, how to rob purses, how to get away with yacht theft and how to plot against the monarchy. To hack us, visit: or confess a crime on our Facebook page: or blackmail us at:


All the cool things happen on the edge

Verily podcast talks about Antarctica! It's a weird ecosystem where microbes eat air, scientists run naked and the Norwegian dominion turns penguin poop from pink to white, all before the watchful eyes of Lenin. For more, visit the Internet pole of inaccessability: or follow us on Facebook: and Twitter:


Never open herpes dot exe

Technology has it's ups and downs, especially in our age of Artificial intelligence and poor internet security. Jacob finally gets to let out his steam on app-based restaurants, Irene teaches us about the Internet of Shit, and then we talk a lot about every way AI might improve our daily lives. The talkative text-to-speech robot is called Tacotron 2 and its samples can be found here: The spreadsheet on brilliant AI...


Molluscs, verily everyday, makes joyful singing, you nerd

A new year is upon us, and we celebrate by reviewing the year 2006: the year of Cascada and Shakira, interplanetary struggle, bucket lists and woodpecker headaches. And yeah, we have renamed the pod, so you should now all refer to it as "Verily Podcast". If you have a good mnemonic for remembering the 115 spherical bodies in our solar system, let us know at our Facebook page: or at Twitter: or simply send a mail...


Are you tired of having only answers?

The paleolithic is always topical, so this episode is brought to you from the stone age. You will get answers, but also questions, and you will learn what the cavemen laughed at, how to sell them stuff, what it took to be an inventor back in the days and how to ask them the right questions. If you have had enough, visit or Facebook: and Twitter


Poetry about Pesto

Hit that like button and subscribe, because today we talk about social media. What was the first ever social medium? Why was Jacob involved in a hug party? And what gems are hidden in 9 years of Irene on twitter? Listen to this verily new episode to find out!


Bad vs Evil

This is The Octopus, singing to you from beyond the grave. In the scariest episode so far, we talk about the most horrible insect, the sanatorium Jacob went to school in, the classism in not wanting to be a werepuppy and why Irene would make a terrible ghost. If you have had enough, visit and let us know about your supernatural experiences on Facebook: and Twitter


Intertimensional conference

You are invited to the most awesome conference in the history of the solar system. We have selected the best speakers with the most interesting topics, there is going to be entertainment and food and you are going to get so much merch in your gift bags that you will have to get some cargo pants to get all of it home. And the tickets are going to be so expensive. Keep yourself up-to-date by following us on Twitter and...


Your personal traits are deadly sins

Seven days a week, seven colors of the rainbow, seven continents and seven seas. All good things come in sevens, so for our 14th episode, Jacob and Irene will talk about the number 7. What are the seven wonders of the internet? What animals are the seven deadly sins? Join us for the exploration of the largest single digit prime.


Bohemian splashody

122 days after the apocalypse, Irene and Jacob manage to find some recording equipment. This gives them the chance to gather their thoughts on what happened, share some advice on how to stay alive and reminisce about life before they arrived. But the dark threat is always nearby... If you find this, please share it with whomever you might meet. If you, like us, have had enough, visit There used to be a Facebook page at


Half a t-shirt

Sit up straight, eat with knife and fork and always say "Please" and "Thank you"! This week Jacob and Irene talk about etiquette: Why do the dutch never laugh? How was the unit length Ångström discovered? What should you never say to a demon? Get educated on these etiquette rules and much more!


A narwhal with braces

Jacob has returned from the South American tribe and Irene is back from studying penguins in the Arctic! The result: a very insightful discussion about things beneath 71% of the Earth's surface. How fun is it really to be a whale? How cute do octopi get? Should we worry about the plastic pollution? What can be done about the ecological catastrophy that is the Black Sea? And what is the best way to cook jellyfish? And you know what? If you've had enough, visit...


He doesn't use his nose for good

What do Sigurd Fafnersbane, Jesus and the man with the worlds biggest nose have in common? They are all superheroes! In this episode, we investigate the world of superheroes: what would a proper marxist hero be like, which human powers would animals want, and where do we find superheroes in the real world? And the most important thing: Irene reveals her own superpowers and secret (and very practical) identity! And you know what? If you've had enough, visit...