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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!

Dec 23, 2019

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You know Dasher and Dancer, Prancer and Vixen, but did you know this song, and the poem it was based on, were both written by Jews?  You won't believe how many classic Christmas songs were!

00:50 Why this topic?

02:31 A sample of examples 

06:00 Irving Berlin and White Christmas

10:21 Heatwave...


Dec 17, 2019

You've probably heard about the Austrian Christmas demon Krampus, but what about Befana, the Italian Christmas witch?  In what country do you need reservations for Xmas dinner at KFC?  Where do people wish you happy holidays with a specific request for presents?

01:22 Christmas as a holiday

03:00 Holiday Punishers 


Dec 10, 2019

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Just because it's in all the history books, doesn't mean it's true.

00:50 Julius Caesar was namesake of the Caesarian section

08:00 Chastity belts

13:25 Iron Maidens

23: 00 Slaves built the pyramids

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Music by Kevin MacLeod 

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Dec 3, 2019

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From the Yellow Pages and Golden Book, to Mao's little red book, three different green books and more!

Music by Kevin MacLeod, Audionautix, and Rooster Teeth (I love you, please don't sue).

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