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Not everything is necessarily important, but that doesn't mean that thing is not significant. This is a podcast that celebrates the interesting aspects of "unimportant" things that have shaped our lives or have more significance right under their top layer.

Not everything is necessarily important, but that doesn't mean that thing is not significant. This is a podcast that celebrates the interesting aspects of "unimportant" things that have shaped our lives or have more significance right under their top layer.
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Not everything is necessarily important, but that doesn't mean that thing is not significant. This is a podcast that celebrates the interesting aspects of "unimportant" things that have shaped our lives or have more significance right under their top layer.

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English


Episodes

Bay Leaves

5/21/2019
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Bay Leaves More than just a yelp or twitter meme, The nasty tree leaf that's working behind the scenes to make everything better. Kenji Lopez Serious Eats article The Vast Bay Leaf Conspiracy Twitter:@irrelevantpub Instagram:@irrelevantpodcast Like the pod and wanna help me improve it? Here's a tip jar anything helps. Find out more on the The Irrelevant Information Podcast website.

Duration:00:13:01

Food Nightmares

5/14/2019
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Food Nightmares What are the foods that cause nightmares and why? What should you avoid? Also a sidebar into the most popular food in America in the 1900s. Don't believe everything you...eat? Food Dream Study The Dollop Episode "Mince Pie in America Twitter:@irrelevantpub Instagram:@irrelevantpodcast Like the pod and wanna help me improve it? Here's a tip jar anything helps. Find out more on the The Irrelevant Information Podcast website.

Duration:00:11:28

Cassowaries

5/7/2019
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Cassowaries They've been labeled the world's most dangerous bird and labeled as a killer but the real danger is how quickly we're changing nature and how we expect animals to live the way we do, but not the other way around. Animal Estate Sale Flier Full list of animals for sale How Dangerous are Cassowaries really? Twitter:@irrelevantpub Instagram:@irrelevantpodcast Like the pod and wanna help me improve it? Here's a tip jar anything helps. Find out more on the The Irrelevant...

Duration:00:12:10

Instagram Museums

4/30/2019
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Instagram Museums Instagram museums are not museums but they're a physical manifestation of the way an entire generation uses the internet and has birthed an entire industry...but are they on their way out? How do teens use the internet? Taylor Lorenz's fantastic Instagram article Ew It's Joana, what a teen on instagram looks like What's cool now won't be cool tomorrow, don't worry about it. Twitter:@irrelevantpub Instagram:@irrelevantpodcast Like the pod and wanna help me improve it?...

Duration:00:11:38

Landfills

4/23/2019
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Landfills Before landfills trash would literally just pile up in the streets or go into rivers/oceans. Much more than a hole in the ground Landfills represent an achievement in waste management but for how long can/should they exist? Parade For NYC's Garbage Men Twitter:@irrelevantpub Instagram:@irrelevantpodcast Like the pod and wanna help me improve it? Here's a tip jar anything helps. Find out more on the The Irrelevant Information Podcast website.

Duration:00:12:32

Black Hole Hard Drives

4/16/2019
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Black Hole Hard Drives The world was amazed as we finally saw what a REAL black hole looks like but all I could think about was how big was the data set and how did the researchers handle so much data? How many gigs fit in a black hole? ...I mean all of them right? EHT Website with the 108KB picture of the Black Hole EHT Website status update on shipping HDDs from Antarctica XKCD What If? : FedEx Bandwidth Amazon Snowmobile (Semi truck that drives your data to the...

Duration:00:14:22

Revolving Doors

4/10/2019
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Revolving Doors Revolving doors have been around since the 1800s and are demonstrably good at improving the energy efficiency of buildings while keeping noise out, allowing people to go in and out at the same time and so much more. YET! They're not popular? Why not? The key lies not in sanctimonious signs but in simple truths...wanna be a leader and not a follower? Wanna exert your influence on your fellow man with little effort? Just use the revolver... My goal is to get you to use a...

Duration:00:14:46

Schneider Trophy

4/2/2019
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Schneider Trophy Nothing advanced airplane design as quickly as the Schneider Cup did, from running alongside an airplane to almost 400mph. The Gaudy Trophy itself Porco Rosso's Airplane IRL Porco Rosso's Movie airplane The Most beautiful Italian plane(also cover art) The Winning airplane that later became the Spitfire, S.6B Twitter:@irrelevantpub Instagram:@irrelevantpodcast Like the pod and wanna help me improve it? Here's a tip jar anything helps. Find out more on the The...

Duration:00:22:11

Greenwich Time Lady

3/26/2019
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Greenwich Time Lady What does refusal to adopt to new technology looks like? Is it bad? Well it provides jobs right, so it can't be bad....what does it take for progress to finally come and old technologies to die? Final question...are you a subscriber of the GMT Lady? Twitter:@irrelevantpub Instagram:@irrelevantpodcast Like the pod and wanna help me improve it? Here's a tip jar anything helps. Find out more on the The Irrelevant Information Podcast website.

Duration:00:10:40

Concorde

3/14/2019
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Concorde The future is always changing but the Concorde more than any other airplane is a relic of a past future. One where the idea of speed being superior exceeded all else. Speed over Comfort, progress over profit. That was the Concorde. Twitter:@irrelevantpub Instagram:@irrelevantpodcast Like the pod and wanna help me improve it? Here's a tip jar anything helps. Find out more on the The Irrelevant Information Podcast website.

Duration:00:22:56

El Morro

3/5/2019
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El Morro A sandstone cliff in New Mexico became a place for people across thousands of years and three different cultures to make their presence known long after they've gone. What kind of record of presence would you like? Photos Convservation of El Morro Twitter:@irrelevantpub Instagram:@irrelevantpodcast Like the pod and wanna help me improve it? Here's a tip jar anything helps. Find out more on the The Irrelevant Information Podcast website.

Duration:00:17:30

Beavers

2/26/2019
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Beavers One tweet set me off on a beaver binge and I had to share what these amazing little rodents do to the environment and how they inspired me. @EmilyFairfax 's tweet that started it all: https://twitter.com/EmilyFairfax/status/1097195169131024384 Here's The Lady and Tramp Clip which was my only intro to beavers: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vNDFy3zoBGE Emily Fairfax's Research Sierra Club article Landscape Architecture Magazine...

Duration:00:22:46

IKEA Effect

2/19/2019
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IKEA Effect What makes everyone like IKEA, when it's just cheap kinda cool looking furniture and how does THAT same effect apply to everything else we're into. Read the full paper I spoke about on this episode here: https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=1777100 Twitter:@irrelevantpub Instagram:@irrelevantpodcast Support The Irrelevant Information Podcast by donating to the tip jar: https://tips.pinecast.com/jar/the-irrelevant-information-pod Find out more on the The...

Duration:00:13:54

Grand Big Mac

2/12/2019
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Grand Big Mac McDonald's is a delightful excessive tasteless gaudy amazing instution. The Grang Big Mac was PEAK McDonalds. I could talk about this restaurant all day but I only spoke about it for 11 minutes this time. Hear about this ridiculous burger and what it and McDonalds mean to me. This is the commercial with MJ and Larry Bird playing for a Big Mac I wrote about this wonderful burger twice. First here, then here. Twitter:@irrelevantpub Instagram:@irrelevantpodcast Share with...

Duration:00:15:37

Cancion 187

2/5/2019
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Cancion 187 The news has always done a number on me. Especially when it's about California proposition 187. Passed in the 90s it did a lot to make Mexicans and people of Mexican descent feel unwanted in the USA but it also led me to finding rest and refuge in this oddly joyful and subversive song. Listen to the RadioLab Border Trilogy Here See the full text of Proposition 187 Here Thanks For Listening! Twitter:@irrelevantpub Instagram:@irrelevantpodcast Support The Irrelevant...

Duration:00:11:56

F-117

1/29/2019
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F-117 The first Stealth aircraft was BARELY an airplane, nothing looked like it before and nothing has since. It's the epitome of what early adoption looks like but so much of the modern world of airplanes is owed to this weird black polygon. What else could we be in the "early adoption" stages of that looks so different from what we could see in the future? Here's The F-117 in all it's low res glory This is how I saw them as a kid in the El Paso Sky I mentioned N64/Playstation 1 era...

Duration:00:18:51

Nike Decade

1/22/2019
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Nike Decade Sneakers are more popular than ever, they're a big part of defining your personal style and in some cases transcend to define subcultures as a whole. The story of a shoe who did just that and also how I got my first ever "cool" basketball shoes. Grant Hill ad here Twitter:@irrelevantpub Instagram:@irrelevantpodcast Support The Irrelevant Information Podcast by donating to the tip jar: https://tips.pinecast.com/jar/the-irrelevant-information-pod Find out more on the The...

Duration:00:14:49

Hummer

1/15/2019
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Hummer Originally a road legal version of a military vehicle it became a brand that symbolized excess and gaudiness of the early 21st century until it all came crashing down. Before that though, the government actually subsidized purchases of its biggest and most ridiculous car. WARNING: Episode contains a reference to "Mortal Engines" the Peter Jackson box office bomb. Twitter:@irrelevantpub Instagram:@irrelevantpodcast Support The Irrelevant Information Podcast by donating to the tip...

Duration:00:23:01

Urinals

1/8/2019
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Urinals Urinals existed to solve a problem, but kinda got stuck at being somewhat gross and everyone was just ok with it. Everyone except one inventor who took his ruined khakis as motivation to create a downright delightful invention and inspire me in a really weird way. The Ekcos Screen can be seen here Black Light video of the screen in action Here Twitter:@irrelevantpub Instagram:@irrelevantpodcast Find out more on the The Irrelevant Information Podcast website.

Duration:00:13:53

The New Mexican African Antelope

12/18/2018
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The New Mexican African Antelope The Oryx was introduced to New Mexico because of the desires of one man and has just about taken over the state. It threatened a national park and global wonder which lead to one of the most bizarre and daring animal relocation plans ever. The Oryx is thriving in New Mexico and without a natural predator there's nothing to stop it from taking over the state...or is there? Here's a picture of one of these beautiful beasts:...

Duration:00:24:21