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13: Microwaving clothes, ants and mountains, meringue safety

Look It Up is a podcast for the curious. On this episode: can you microwave clothes to dry them? Are humans to ants as mountains are to humans? And a brief discussion on meringue safety. Sources:,,, Outro:

Duration: 00:11:19

12: Fallow fields, Amtrak, otters

Look It Up is a podcast for the curious. On today's episode: are farmers given enough incentive to leave fields fallow? How does Amtrak stay in business? And otters. Sources: Farming subsidies (Grist): USDA Conservation Reserve Program (AgWeb): Average expected crop yields: History of Amtrak subsidies: Amtrak budget starting 2015: Supplementary amtrak data (Federal...

Duration: 00:13:03

11: Voronoi school districts, rhubarb pie, blankets

On this week's episode: do school district boundaries follow the lines suggested by a Voronoi diagram? What are the origins of the Prairie Home Companion song about rhubarb pie? Are some types of blankets warmer than others? 0:42 - Voronoi school districts 3:09 - Rhubarb pie 7:06 - Shorts 7:40 - Blankets 9:33 - Sources 10:05 - Lev Theremin playing the theremin Sources: supplementary images for "Voronoi school districts," School district boundaries,...

Duration: 00:11:35

10: Hammock heat loss, dangerous transport, weekday etymologies

Look It Up is a podcast for the indiscriminately curious. On this week's episode: why do I get so cold in a hammock? Which type of transport is safest per mile traveled? Where did the names for the days of the week come from? Sources: transportation statistics from the NTSB and IIHS,,, and Weekday etymologies on Wikipedia,

Duration: 00:09:18

9: Lunar gymnastics, data scraping, forfeitures

Look It Up is a podcast for the indiscriminately curious. On this episode: 0:43 - What would gymnastics look like in low gravity? 4:19 - What is data scaping? 5:52 - Shorts: does the third-party doctrine apply to iMessage? What happens if you drive over a road flare? 6:48 - Forfeitures, a segment about the weird stuff the US Government seizes 9:09 - Sources. NASA video about movement in space suits, Scientific American article on lunar Olympic gymnastics,...

Duration: 00:11:16

8: Closed cities, safest states, rebar

On this week's episode: what are closed cities? Is there anywhere in the US that's safe from natural disasters? What is rebar for and how is it made? Contact the podcast at or on twitter at @liupodcast.

Duration: 00:11:53

7: Perfect pitch, divisibility rules, forfeitures

This week: what tone languages have to do with perfect pitch, how to tell if a number is divisible by 13 (or 17, 19, etc.), and the return of Forfeitures.

Duration: 00:09:31

6: Fumigation tents, sternal fractures, patents.

This week: why fumigation tents look like circus tents, how easy it is to break your sternum, and how to apply for a patent in the United States.

Duration: 00:10:05

4: 1500s Marches, Foreign Keyboards, Historic Pronunciation

On this episode of Look It Up: were there marches in the 1500s? How do you type on a Japanese or Chinese keyboard? Is there a correlation between geographic location or political party and whether you say "an -" or "a historic?" This, and more. Check it out. Links: the data and results for an v. a historic the YouTube video of the march we listened to Look us up on twitter @lookituppod, or email

Duration: 00:10:14

3: Post-Presidential jobs, heroin highway, unfinished house tax laws

On this week's episode of Look It Up: what kinds of jobs do former Presidents of the United States have? What and where is the heroin highway? Can I leave a house unfinished and not pay property taxes on it? This, and more. Check it out. Links: "an historic" v. "a historic" survey ABC news article about post-presidential life chart of former US Presidents' occupations Illinois Youth...

Duration: 00:11:57

2: Refrigerated Guns, Pronunciation Surveys, Equity Politicians

This week's episode of Look It Up deals with whether or not it's safe to refrigerate guns, a survey looking to see whether Republicans say "an historic" disproportionately more than Democrats, and what would happen if Equity name rules applied to politicians. Links: gun study Huffington Post article about Kennedy "an historic" v. "a historic" survey Look us up on twitter @lookituppod, or email

Duration: 00:11:09

1: World's Fairs, Generational Furniture, Ambidextrous Animals

This week on Look It Up: World's Fairs and how they're surprisingly still a thing, how different generations make furniture-purchasing decisions, and whether or not animals can be ambidextrous. Look us up on twitter @lookituppod, or email

Duration: 00:12:59