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Exploring the depth and breadth of human knowledge one thread at a time, and see how it all connects. We conduct Unessential Research on topics no one ever asked about. We're not experts in the topics we talk about, but are also not taking corrections. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

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Exploring the depth and breadth of human knowledge one thread at a time, and see how it all connects. We conduct Unessential Research on topics no one ever asked about. We're not experts in the topics we talk about, but are also not taking corrections. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

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English


Episodes

What do you know about the Haunted Vending Machine of Capitol Hill Seattle?

9/14/2021
Haunted Vending Machine https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Capitol_Hill's_mystery_soda_machine https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/mystery-soda-machine Inspired by the talk about Bananas and how that supply chain worked Capitol Hill's mystery soda machine was a vending machine in Capitol Hill, Seattle CHAZ and CHOP in operation since at least the early 1990s until its disappearance in 2018. It is unknown who stocked the machine A drink could be chosen using one of the "? mystery ?" buttons and the dispensed drinks were rare cans that were either ordinarily unavailable in the United States or have not been in circulation since the 1980s. It has been reported that Lemon-Lime Slice, Pepsi AM, bubblegum-flavored Hubba Bubba Soda, and the infamous Crystal Pepsi could be acquired from the machine — although I have no documented evidence Lemon-Lime Slice was replacedPepsi AM existed only brieflyHubba Bubba Soda launched in 1987Crystal Pepsi flopped spectacularlyFor much of the machine’s lifetime, the majority of its buttons — at least four of the six — dispensed specific sodas, with only one or two of the buttons bearing the “?MYSTERY?” label. For example, in October of 2002, The Stranger reported that five of the buttons at the time dispensed particular sodas — namely Coca-Cola, Mountain Dew, 7 Up, Barq’s Root Beer, and Pepsi — while just one offered the “?MYSTERY?” option. Photos taken during the summer and fall of 2009, however, show that by that point, only four of the buttons dispensed identifiable sodas — two spat out cans of Coke, one Mountain Dew, and one Pepsi — while the “?MYSTERY?” buttons had grown to two. By 2014 all of the buttons were Mystery Mystery https://www.vice.com/en/article/kwpzxe/seattle-has-a-haunted-soda-machine Not only was each button labeled Mystery, but the machine itself was shrouded in it. 2014 Interview with Vice, Mickey manager of Broadway Locksmith “I’ve honestly never seen anyone open it,” “Do people get soda out of it frequently?” I ask him “Oh yeah, all the time. All day long,” “ And yet in a decade-and-a-half, you’ve never seen anyone tampering with it or refilling it?” I asked. “Nope, He must come in the middle of the night on a weekend or something.”Or, as our theory states, the soda emissary could be a restless, undead spirit able to transcend the laws of space-time in order to supply an endless assortment of carbonated drinks. https://www.todayifoundout.com/index.php/2018/07/the-bizarre-story-of-the-seattle-mystery-vending-machine/ Curiously, despite being targeted by countless vandals and irate customers over the years (the machine has a propensity to eat bills particularly, but also sometimes change), Seattle residents familiar with it note it’s almost never out of service and report that any time the machine is damaged, it is generally fixed within a day or so. A common hypothesis is that the machine is owned and operated by the owners of Broadway Locksmith, which the machine is housed immediately outside of. Supporting this idea is the fact that the machine draws power from Broadway Locksmith and that the heavy padlock keeping it secure was seemingly bought from there. However, if Broadway Locksmith is responsible for stocking the machine, they have made a commendable effort to convince people otherwise. In addition to flatly denying that they have anything to do with it, both the owner of Broadway Locksmith and random employees have stuck to the exact same story over the years while being grilled by everyone from USA Today to Vice. They claim they don’t know who restocks the machine and that they’ve never seen anyone open it up to put something inside or collect the money it contains. Now, at this point you may have found yourself thinking, “Okay, but surely the city knows who owns the machine because whoever owns it must have a permit or something, right?” Well, Jessica Lee of The Seattle Times had that exact same thought and reached out to city officials about the...

Duration:00:34:34

What do you know about the first flight at Kitty Hawk?

9/7/2021
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Duration:00:40:22

What do you know about cargo cults?

8/24/2021
Cargo Cults Some cargo cults are still active. These include: John Frum cultTanna islandPrince Philip MovementAccording to ancient Yaohnanen tales, the son of a mountain spirit travelled over the seas to a distant land. There, he married a powerful woman and in time would return to them. He was sometimes said to be a brother to John Frum.[2] The people of the Yaohnanen and Takel area believe in the divinity of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, the consort to Queen Elizabeth II. They had seen the respect accorded to Queen Elizabeth II by the colonial officials and concluded that her husband, Prince Philip, must be the son referred to in their legends. It is unclear just when this belief came about, but it was probably some time in the 1950s or 1960s. It was strengthened by the royal couple's official visit to Vanuatu in 1974, when a few villagers had the opportunity to actually see Prince Philip from a distance. The Prince was not then aware of the sect, but it was brought to his attention several years later by John Champion, the British Resident Commissioner in the New Hebrides. In April 2021 the sect mourned Prince Philip's death. Village Chief Albi said that he was "terribly, terribly sorry" that he died and tribal leader Chief Yapa sent his condolences to the Royal Family and the people of the UK. Kirk Huffman, an anthropologist familiar with the group, said that after their period of mourning the group would probably transfer their veneration to Prince Charles, who had visited Vanuatu in 2018 and met with some of the tribal leaders. It seems like if the technological advanced society had a guideline or rule or general order NOT to interfere in the with the internal and natural development of alien civilizations The Prime Directive The Prime Directive US involvement in the Vietnam War was a superpower interfering in the natural development of southeast Asian society; the creation in the original series is attributed to a statement of such Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

Duration:00:33:17

What do you know about bananas?

8/10/2021
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Duration:00:35:25

What do you know about Pronunciation Book?

7/27/2021
Daniel talked about a video to help pronounce "Diego Garcian" and it reminded me of this youtube channel YouTube channel launched on April 14th, 2010 with a video instructing viewers how to pronounce ASUS. It continued for years with normal engilsh words, but also did names and brands like Baal, Tutankhamun, Ke$$ha. Some videos gained more notariety, because of the subtle comedy or oddity. in 2012 * The video "How to pronounce GIF" followed the typical format, but substituted the phrase "GIF stands for graphics interchange format" some surreal, like the correct pronounciation for the phrase "please help me escape from this place" July 9th, 2013, Pronunciation Book departed from its regular programming with a video titled “How To Pronounce 77”. Instead of illustrating the correct pronunciation, the voiceover narrates that “something is going to happen in 77 days,” followed by 15 seconds of silence with soft clicks that could be interpreted as Morse code. Next day the video was 76 The following days had a different pattern than previous videos: A cryptic narrative began to form through the intro sentence caused internet buzz, the whole world wide web was spreading this series of videos in what I'd call an "explosive node" way. Bear Stearns Bravo On September 24th, 2013 Pronunciation Book released a new video titled "How to Pronounce Horse_ebooks," which contains a phonetic reading of the infamous Twitter spambot account @Horse_ebooks and a mysterious message narrated by a woman standing in front of a silver screen. The same day as the Horse_ebooks reveal, the New Yorker revealed Thomas Bender, VP of product development at HowCast as the identity behind Pronunciation Guide and he was running the @Horse_ebooks Twitter account with BuzzFeed's creative director Jacob Bakkila. The two were staging an event to launch of their new alternate reality game project called "Bear Stearns Bravo." Pronunciation Manual On April 13th, 2011, the YouTube channel Pronunciation Manual launched, offering similar instructional videos. However, these videos intentionally mispronounce the words for comedic purposes. As of July 2013, the channel has inspired other copycat channels including PronunciationPartner and PronunciationPooper while amassing more than 213,000 subscribers and 68.4 million views, averaging 81,600 views per day. horse_ebooks Started basically as a spam bot, but a Russian web developer, But without the nefarious tactics. Gained popularity as poetic Twitter account that posted nonsense phrases from ebooks about horses, interspersed with spam links. "I will make certain you never buy knives again," "We all agree, no one looks cool," "Is the dance floor calling? No," "Everything happens so much" "unfortunately, as you probably already know, people." Purchased in 2011 by Bakkila. This change was noticed by the account's followers when, on September 14, 2011, the account began tweeting "via web" instead of "via Horse ebooks", and the frequency of tweets promoting ClickBank significantly dropped while the number of "funny" tweets increased. Alternate Reality Game (ARG) interactive networked narrative that uses the real world as a platform and employs transmedia storytelling to deliver a story that may be altered by players' ideas or actions. Among the terms essential to understanding discussions about ARGs are: design principles Storytelling as archaeologyPlatformless narrative A whisper is sometimes louder than a shoutThe "this is not a game" (TINAG) aesthetic Not a hoax. Inspiration "The Tremendous Adventures of Major Brown" by G. K. ChestertonThe Club of Queer TradesJohn Fowles' 1965 novel The MagusTriton (DelaneyChoose Your Own Adventure children's novelsThe concept has had cultural touchstones throughout post-WWII pop culture. "Paul is dead" Earliest examples of ARG include sfgate.comNotable examples ilovebees.com Serious ARGs if ARGs can spark players to solve very hard fictional problems, could...

Duration:00:36:38

What do you know about Diego Garcia?

7/13/2021
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Duration:00:33:53

What do you know about geese?

6/29/2021
Do Canada geese still fly south for winter? Yes, but it's complicatedInterspecific Killing of a Branta bernicla (Brant) by a Male Branta canadensis (Canada Goose)Recent trends in the winter population of Canada geese (Branta canadensis) in Wichita, Kansas: 1998–2003 Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

Duration:00:42:08

What do you know about Polynodal?

6/20/2021
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Duration:00:01:48