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Endlessly curious author Abby Norman shares daily fascinating factoids to fuel your next trip down a Wikihole. Visit anchor.fm/letmegooglethat for more.

Endlessly curious author Abby Norman shares daily fascinating factoids to fuel your next trip down a Wikihole. Visit anchor.fm/letmegooglethat for more.
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Endlessly curious author Abby Norman shares daily fascinating factoids to fuel your next trip down a Wikihole. Visit anchor.fm/letmegooglethat for more.

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Episodes

The Stanford Prison Experiment

6/18/2018
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You'll find it in any introductory psychology textbook. It's been the basis of countless documentaries and Hollywood movies. Given its enduring presence, are the experiment's faults and outright lies enough to change the narrative?

Duration:00:25:21

Living Fossils of the Sea

6/17/2018
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#CephalopodWeek continues with the mighty Nautilus, which are among the oldest critters on Earth — what you'd call living fossils.

Duration:00:10:11

#CEPHALOPODWEEK OCTASTIC CUTTLERIFIC SQUIDTRAVAGANZA

6/16/2018
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It's the most wonderful time of the year!!

Duration:00:10:44

Ben Franklin Flies a Kite – FOR SCIENCE!

6/15/2018
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Ben Franklin's famous kite experiment took place sometime between June 10th - 15th, 1752. ⚡But you probably learned many misconceptions about it in school: 1. Franklin didn't discover electricity. 2. His kite did not get struck by lightning. Nor did the key. Nor did he.

Duration:00:15:31

Sandpaper

6/14/2018
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Although the idea had been around since the 13th century, sandpaper was patented on this day in 1834 by Isaac Fisher Jr. who was basically like: RUB HARD THING WITH HARDER THING UNTIL SMOOTH + FIND WAY TO MASS PRODUCE IT = PROFIT

Duration:00:10:32

What do pigeons have to do with creoles?

6/13/2018
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On today's episode special guest host Katie Knish (@whimsikate) YouTuber, editor, & linguistics enthusiast takes us on one of the first of what we hope is many deep dives into language origins. And it all starts with PIGEONS (not those pigeons).

Duration:00:07:21

Living Wills

6/12/2018
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Even though we've been promoting advance directives for over 50 years, only about a third of U.S. adults have one today. It can be tough to talk about matters of life and death, but the whole point of having a living will in place is making the conversations easier if you get sick or injured and are unable to be part of them.

Duration:00:11:16

Emily Post: Queen of Etiquette

6/11/2018
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Emily Post divorced her philandering husband, kept his name, and became the queen of etiquette. (see: How to Best Serve Revenge)

Duration:00:26:17

Are There Bees at the Space BBQ?

6/9/2018
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Bullet-proof armadillos. BEEFALO. 57 kinds of pickles. Munchkin cats. Dreaming in black and white. This weekend's show is literally just the happiest facts I could find. I'm calling it "a happy dump."

Duration:00:11:53

Please take care. 🖤

6/8/2018
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This has been too much of a week, but I wanted to connect with you before I disconnect for a day or two.

Duration:00:12:55

Disqualifying the Positive

6/7/2018
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This cognitive distortion is when you keep explaining away the good things that happen because they don't fit into your narrative of negativity (but I think it's far more nuanced than that).

Duration:00:21:17

The ROOTY TOOTY FRESH 'N FRUITY® History of IHOP

6/6/2018
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The International House of Pancakes (and more) will become rebranded as IHOB next week. Here's a little of the eatery's history that might give some clues about that P to B transition.

Duration:00:11:01

A Sputnik in Wisconsin

6/5/2018
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In 1962 a hunk of Russian space junk wound up smack in the middle of a street in Manitowoc, Wisconsin. What was the U.S. to do? This was Cold War-era Space Race time, so they weren't gonna call up the Soviet Union like: "It's 10 PM do you know where your Sputnik is?"

Duration:00:13:53

The Peanut Butter Test for Alzheimer's

6/4/2018
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The research might seem far-fetched, but the hypothesis was based in the fact that the part of your brain in charge of memory (which is affected by Alzheimer's and other dementia disorders) is also the part that controls your sense of smell.

Duration:00:10:48

The Original Purpose of the The Myers–Briggs Test

6/3/2018
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The MBTI is, in many ways, a way to explore one’s preference for experiencing the world: and a person’s ideal is not always the reality.

Duration:00:17:54

The Most Prolific Serial Killer You've Never Heard Of

6/2/2018
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Marcel Petiot is one of history's most prolific serial killers. He primarily preyed on Jews trying to outrun the Gestapo during WWII. Unless you're from France, you've probably never heard of him. . .and after today's episode, you'll wish you never had.

Duration:00:14:10

Can robots get depressed?

6/1/2018
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As artificial intelligence becomes capable of more human-like thought, researchers are able to model more human brain processes using algorithms — but does that mean the programs could become vulnerable to psychological quirks in the same way the mind does? And if not, should we program them to?

Duration:00:08:17

Martha's Vineyard Sign Language

5/31/2018
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Before ASL, the village sign language of Chilmark was created by the island's Deaf community in the 18th century & used by everyone on the island, even those who were not deaf, up until the last speaker died in the 1950s.

Duration:00:08:26

The Sound of Sneezes 🤧

5/30/2018
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Whatever the reason for your sneezin' (which may or may not sound like "AH-CHOO") there are also many ways to respond when someone sneezes: "bless you," "Gesundheit," or "SORRY" (in case it's not just ragweed but rather a sign of your impending death)

Duration:00:09:07

Nematodes

5/29/2018
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They're literally everywhere.

Duration:00:08:03