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Your Brain on Facts

Things you never knew and a few things you thought you did know.  Imagine a Venn diagram where the podcasts Lore and Good Job, Brain! overlap with the YouTube channel Today I Found Out and the countdown episodes on CineFix - that's Your Brain On Facts!

Jun 26, 2018

Ecce Homo was a fresco of Jesus Christ that had degraded significantly over time.  No one asked the little old lady next door to help.  She had no training, but how hard could it really be?  Pretty damn hard, as it turns out.  In place of the Renaissance-style face was now a smeary circle, wreathed in what looks like a...


Jun 19, 2018

My father was a sci-fi fan of the old school.  The man had the entire original Star Trek series on VHS, commercial free, and an Enterprise technical manual.  So in his honor, a little late for Father's Day, we go back in time to look to the future as we dive into the wormhole of classic sci-fi.   With segments voiced by...


Jun 12, 2018

A strategic reserve is a commodity held back by governments to stabilize prices or protect against shortage.  Your mind may go immediately to the 35 million barrels or so of crude oil that the US has in storage, but there are all kinds of strategic reserves around the world.  From cotton in China, to butter and wine in...


Jun 5, 2018

We assign a great deal of significant to last words. We expect them to be deep and profound, the sort of thing you immortalize on a $3,000 headstone. We hope we’ll say something really clever when it’s our turn, and not “what’s this button do?” or “hold my beer.”  But you may end up with last words like...