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The WhopperCoin: Episode 29

What is a Whoppercoin and how do I get one? Where has Rygar been? Do people really register their hands as lethal weapons? Ok, so you've got a lot of questions. Well, gather around and I'll tell you a tale. A story of the time when Offroad, Borg and Rygar talked into microphones one summer day. To answer those questions - WhopperCoin is a cryptocurrency created by Burger King, Rygar was at the McGregor vs. Mayweather weigh-in, and no... as far as I can tell no one is required or able to...

Duration: 00:23:51

Monkey Waiters: Episode 28

A bar employs monkeys as waiters, and a couple (of people) buy an exclusive street in San Francisco. If you're tired of caring about the news then join the Robot Pizza Van in our battle against important news. There is a bar in Japan that has a couple of macaque monkeys who serve drinks to customers. The monkeys learned it by watching the owner. Now they're teaching it to the next generation of monkey waiters and waitresses. A street in San Francisco forgets to pay their taxes so the city...

Duration: 00:23:23

Tortoise On The Run: Episode 27

A giant tortoise who escaped from the zoo is on the run no more and Pantone has created a custom shade of purple in tribute to Prince. This episode’s stories are an example of the type of news story that Robot Pizza Van reports on – stories that sound like they might be interesting, funny or weird. A giant tortoise escaped from a zoo in Japan. There’s a bunch of funny things in this story. First. it’s a giant tortoise so the escape must have taken some time, it was probably not a fast...

Duration: 00:30:43

King Cobras In A Can: Episode 26

A man is accused of smuggling cobras in potato chip cans, we review a guy on YouTube who reviews shoes, and we check out some food shaped like other things. Offroad, Rygar and Borg talk about funny, weird and/or unusual news articles from the internet. For instance, this week we read about a man who smuggled three live, venomous king cobra snakes, each two feet long, inside of a potato chip can. We watch a YouTube video from Brad Hall who reviews shoes and has been found on top ten most...

Duration: 00:33:23

AI Creates Its Own Language: Episode 25

Facebook shuts down their AI chatbots after they invent their own language. Scary and sensational headline but really they shut it down because it’s impractical... so they say! And luxury 'Skinny House' to be built in a three-meter gap in London. And, don't start a sentence with “And”. First, Facebook is experimenting with artificial intelligent (AI) chatbots to explore how people barter and trade. I bet they’re doing it so that chatbots can interact with customers better. Chatbots are...

Duration: 00:33:20

Silent Song Tops iTunes: Episode 24

A silent 10 minute song is climbing the charts in iTunes and a truck crash covers highway in pizza. This show looks at the funny, unusual, even weird stories from the internet. But first we talk about noise cancellation, from advanced audio technology to the simple ear plug. There’s a song on iTunes by Samir Mezrahi called "A A A A A Very Good Song." The song is ten minutes of silence. If you’re wondering why anyone would make such a song, or why anyone would pay ninety-nine cents to buy...

Duration: 00:29:53

Rat Cafe: Episode 23

Rygar, Offroad and Borg present another set of unusual stories from the internet. Cat cafes, dog cafes and even a rat cafe. But first we chat about the hard-hitting questions that everyone’s been dying to know: What kind of coffee do you like? What kind of hipster? How tall is America? Why does Charlie Chaplin have the same mustache as Hitler? There exist cat cafes where you can drink coffee while you hang around with free-roaming cats. There are also dog cafes which are very similar to...

Duration: 00:32:39

Alarm Clock Stuck In A Wall: Episode 22

It’s time for a new episode. I can tell because of the alarm clock stuck in the wall for the past 13 years. I’m not sure what time it actually is because it’s inside the wall. Coincidentally this happened to someone else. How? Why? Where? All those newspaper type questions will be answered. TV networks misspell their show’s names on purpose. Why would they do such a thing? A marriage ends a winning streak. How could that happen? Boy, I ask a lot of questions for a guy who already read...

Duration: 00:30:41

Goldfish On Wheels: Episode 21

Offroad has some news stories, Rygar’s talking some heavy philosophy and Borg remembers computer specs from yesteryear. Aaaaah... but now the news: Students at Carnegie Mellon University have built a goldfish tank on wheels that is driven by the position of the goldfish. This is the first step towards goldfish robots. In other news, artist Neil Mendoza has created a robotic system, controlled by a goldfish that smashes tiny people furniture. Goldfish again. Coincidence or is this the...

Duration: 00:36:35

P-Touch And The Real Lord Buckethead: Episode 20

You know last week the episode had Lord Buckethead in the title, but we didn't actually talk about him very much. This week we talk about him a lot, but I already named last week’s show. Today we learn a little bit about everyone: Rygar is so organized that he owns the deluxe version of the P-touch label maker, Borg breaks Youtube, EZ teaches us what dabbing is and it’s cultural significance, and Offroad quietly watches it all. Before we break YouTube we are able to watch Cory Burns record...

Duration: 00:46:41

Peters Map And Lord Buckethead: Episode 19

Offroad, Borg, Rygar and special guest EZ talk about the most retweeted tweet, a clown who wants to juggle in court in his own defense, and Lord Buckethead who ran for run for Prime minister (The Tippy Top person in England). First, a train of thought through a landscape of movies and actors. Whats the difference between Willem Defoa and Christopher Walken? What is Peters Map? I found out that people who use Twitter are called Tweople. This doesn't have anything to do with what we talk...

Duration: 00:26:45

I Married a Train Station, and Apple's Pizza Box Patent: Episode 18

Offroad and Borg are here, and today’s episode is in 3D sound! It feels just like the sound is really there… in your ears. First we read about a new pizza box design by Apple, and then we talk about a woman who married a train station. We also listen to a phone call from our email. Next time we’ll probably call up an email on the phone. Apple has designed a pizza box for their office’s cafeteria. And like everything made by Apple it is “fill in the blank with insult or praise depending on...

Duration: 00:29:03

Audio Tattoos And Crumbless Bread: Episode 17

Offroad, Borg, Rygar, and special guest (second week in a row) EZ meet to discuss some topics from the internets: soundwave tattoos, crumbless bread and a clown that mustn’t juggle in his own defense. This episode is formatted in 3D audio, which sounds best on normal headphones(especially) or normal speakers. If you got a tattoo that played a sound, what would yours be? A bee? You’re just saying that because I just said that. Hey, if a tree falls in the woods and there’s no one there to...

Duration: 00:28:59

Giant Rubber Ducky: Episode 16

Sick of politics in your news? A giant rubber ducky is accused of being a counterfeit, and the manliest man mows his lawn in a tornado. This week Rygar is back and he’s brought a special guest: funny-man EZ. Offroad and Borg are also here as usual, as we reminisce of a simpler time, a time before irony, when sincerity still existed: the 1960s batman television show. Remember Bugles: snack or cereal? Is this another one of those Mandela effects? We geek out a little on fonts, Run-DMC track...

Duration: 00:30:42

Fake Artificial Intelligence: Episode 15

Robot Pizza Van - Now in 3D Audio! Just listen like you normally do on regular speakers or headphones. We're using ambisonics (stereo is left-and-right, surround sound adds forward-and-back, ambisonics adds up-and-down) and binaural audio (takes the shape of your head into account?? Binaural audio is best experienced with headphones but still great on speakers). Now you can pay a robot to callback the robots that call you. An AI called me on the phone to sell me something. It was a real...

Duration: 00:31:05

Ninja Shortage: Episode 14

Borg and Offroad discover a ninja shortage in Japan. There’s a huge tourist demand but there aren’t enough Ninjas in supply. Maybe it’s not a shortage, maybe they’re really good at Ninja-ing and no one can find them. We also learn about the dangers of clowning, mimes, robot dancers, Bozo of the clowns and SantaCon- where thousands of drunk guys do a Santa-clad pub-crawl. The remake of Stephen King’s “It” is scheduled for September 8th, 2017 which may explain some of the uptake in creepy...

Duration: 00:26:24

Spin Cycle: Episode 13

We spend a bit of time watching a wash machine cycle (we review someone else’s review) and it’s actually one of the most fun I’ve had in a while. There’s suspense, heartache, thrills, and... cats! Here’s a little spoiler: 1600 RPMs! Lyrebird is a startup with new speech synthesis technology. They can take a one minute recording of someone’s voice and use it to generate a key which can then be used to generate speech of that person saying anything you want. The company is giving it away for...

Duration: 00:35:23

Translating Dolphins: Episode 12

Help us get seen, WRITE A REVIEW! Picture the scene, a small goat climbs on your back while you do yoga. It’s real. It has been verified in the field. Rygar is not here today. Maybe next week (no probably not, but definitely soon). Donovan leitch, what’s up with Donovan (musician from the sixties, not the lawyer). He’s alive and he’s on tour. We talk about him with no actual research and much speculation. Soon...

Duration: 00:27:05

Cheese Sculpture And Other Food Oddities: Episode 11

Japan is facing a massive potato chip shortage. An artist has created a sculpture of Beyoncé… out of cheese (a lot of work just for the pun “Brie-oncé”). We also discover which bathroom stall(cubicle?) is the cleanest, statistically. Music by Uncle Milk Review us on iTunes or Soundcloud - Call and leave a voice mail at 510-629-1233 or email us at

Duration: 00:26:35

Prosecco Nail Polish and an Asteroid City Skyline: Episode 10

Aaaaaah… the self-deprecating nineties. Well even if you weren’t alive yet you can still remember them, indirectly through sales-based nostalgia. We remember some of the things from the nineties like that song by Enigma that was in Tropic Thunder, and we couldn’t remember at the time but it was Suzanne Vega and her song 99.9F°. Elbows or knees? The truth or lies? We make some tough choices and we learn a little about ourselves along the way. For example, hats and the shiny stickers on the...

Duration: 00:31:02

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