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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!

Mar 31, 2020

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While we're sheltering in place from the pandemic, we look at how people dealt with the intense shortages of the Great Depression and WWII.

02:05 Aunt Sammy

04:00 Eleanor Roosevelt

07:00 Sample menu

Emmymadeinjapan's Hard Times series

09:08 Foods still with us

12:26 Flour...

Mar 24, 2020


Be a smart cookie and don't fall for these food-based urban legends and conspiracy theories.  (Sorry for all the thumps.  My new mic stand is not compatible with my wild gesticulations.)

00:05 Vocal Fries promo

01:54 McDonald's

07:41 New Coke, Monster, tap water

13:04 Kosher tax

14: 56...

Mar 17, 2020

Follow the stories of five people (an outlaw, a murderess, a nightclub dancer, a natural wonder, and a first lady) who covered a lot of ground... after they died.

01:58 Elmer McGurdy

07:24 Hazel Farris

11:48 Marie O'Day

16:55 Julia Pastrana

25:37 Eva Peron

Mentioned: Marie O'Day's Palace Car

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Mar 10, 2020


It's birthday time for both the show and the host here at Your Brain On Facts, so let's go around the world to see how different people celebrate theirs.

01:55 Backstory

04:53 New World

09:46 Europe

16:35 India/Nepal

19:09 Africa

22:00 Gratitude

25:01 Asia

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Mar 3, 2020


We're having a spa day on Your Brain On Facts.  For us, that means myth-disabusement and obscure facts, rather than facials and a mani-pedi.

1:30 History of the spa

07:50 The San

13:29 a recent review

18:00 Snake oil

20:50 Zzyzx

The MedLife Crisis video about how modern medicine has allowed,...