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College

1/18/2019
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Ben surveys several statistical statements about college; Joel laments his fire alarm. Links: 60% Completion Rate Arts Degrees Survey NY Fed Survey Learning Deficit Music by The Dominican Jazz Project

Duration:00:16:50

New Years

12/31/2018
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Joel expounds on the purpose and history of calendars. Ben realizes the past is strange. Music by The Dominican Jazz Project

Duration:00:21:28

Farming

12/17/2018
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Ben and Joel engage in a discourse regarding overpopulation, innovation, and how many people we can feed on the earth. Links: Crop Yields Over Time Music by The Dominican Jazz Project

Duration:00:22:41

The World

12/1/2018
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Joel portrays the world as getting better, rather than worse. Links: Steven Pinker Ted Talk Music by The Dominican Jazz Project

Duration:00:19:46

Coffee

11/17/2018
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Ben instructs Joel on how to harvest and roast coffee. Sort of... Links: Coffee Belt Imports/Exports of Coffee Music by The Dominican Jazz Project

Duration:00:14:48

Waffles

10/30/2018
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Joel takes over for Leonard and wistfully walks in the woods wishing for waffles. Ben learns about Belgium. Links: First Known Picture of a Waffle Intro music by The Dominican Jazz Project

Duration:00:23:29

Sports

7/11/2018
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Ben proposes that sports, properly understood, includes much more than you probably thought; Leonard isn’t so sure. Links: Hikaru Nakamura Red Bull Sponsorship Page ESports in the Olympics (Maybe?)

Duration:00:25:52

Semicolons

7/4/2018
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Leonard details the proper use of a semicolon, and he encourages people to use them more often; much talk of police raids and superhero movies ensues.

Duration:00:18:06

Sneezes

5/29/2018
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Ben delineates the deleterious effects of sneezes and their impact on the Air Force. Leonard has an epiphany. Links: Journal of Military Medicine Study

Duration:00:18:09

Marshmallows

5/10/2018
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Leonard unpacks the mysteries of the marvelous and much maligned marshmallow. Extrusion is scary. Links: Marshmallow recipe (haven’t tried it yet, but hey, if you want to give it a shot we won’t stop you) Podcast art designed by Kayden Seymour (www.thekaydenseymour.com/) Music by Kevin Macleod (https://incompetech.com/)

Duration:00:26:42

Gift Cards

4/10/2018
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Ben unravels the mysterious world of gift cards. Also, Leonard learns where the word “cheat” comes from. Links: Gartner Gift Card Report 2015 Delaware Gift Card Case

Duration:00:16:59

Faces of the U.S. Currency

3/29/2018
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Leonard runs down some of the lesser known bills the U.S. used to have, and Ben still can’t imagine why we’d ever need a $1,000 bill. Links: $10,000 bill The Important Parts of the Presidents (Leonard’s Video) Leonard’s Channel (Cubeamour)

Duration:00:17:50

Introductions

2/28/2018
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Ben introduces Leonard to first impressions. And apparently, Leonard can play the Ukulele. Links: How Many Seconds to a First Impression? “Seven Percent of Communication is Verbal” Myth = BUSTED Leonard's YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/cubeamour

Duration:00:18:01

Hippos

2/20/2018
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Leonard fleshes out the presumed cuteness of hippos and why that presumption is wrong. Hippos don’t mess around. Links: Hippo facts (makes you look really cool at parties) Plural of “Hippopotamus”

Duration:00:15:22

Ballpoint Pens

1/27/2018
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Ben explains that China has been frustrated that they couldn’t produce a 100% domestic-made pen until just recently. Links: Cool pens that exist “First Class Industrial Power” Article ISO Standards

Duration:00:19:25

Death

1/13/2018
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Leonard examines the question, if death isn’t inevitable, what else may not be? A jovial, light-hearted conversation ensues. Links: Statistical Significance 2045 Initiative (it’s really weird…)

Breakfast

12/22/2017
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Ben posits that breakfast is not, in fact, the most important meal of the day; in fact, the research on the nutritional value of eating breakfast is quite conflicted. Resources/Studies: Comparative Obesity Rates 1992 Study/2014 Study: same trial, different results 2013 Overview (Belief in the PEBO…) Cornell University 2013 Study (Consumed fewer calories by the end of the day) Bacon Campaign and the beginning of American breakfast Interview with Terence Kealey (professor of Clinical...

Duration:00:15:19

Rubik's Cubes

12/12/2017
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Leonard postulates that Rubik’s cubes aren’t impossible. Learning how to solve one is actually quite easy, if you break it down. Links: Feliks Zemdegs Average of 12 How to Solve a Rubik’s Cube Good first cube: Qiyi Sail

Duration:00:16:39

Pirates

11/26/2017
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Ben chats with Leonard about how pirates fit the mold of what we think of them. Did you know pirates had bedtimes? Pirates have feelings too, you know. Books The Invisible Hook by Peter Leeson A General History of the Pyrates by Daniel Defoe

Duration:00:15:12

Theodor Seuss Geisel

11/18/2017
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Leonard contends that Dr. Seuss’s books have literary merit; Ben postulates that they may have more literary merit than a lot of other classics.

Duration:00:16:14