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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!

Nov 24, 2021

A microphone is a good enough platform for getting back at people, but an entire recording studio is even better.  Popular music is littered with songs getting back at an ex lover, from Waylon Jennings to Taylor Swift, but a fair number of the tracks you know by heart are actually clap-backs to the people in the mixing...

Nov 17, 2021

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From using a train in a car race to marathon doping with deadly poison, there's far more excitement in racing than simply declaring a winner.

YBOF BookAudiobook (basically everywhere but Audible); Merch!

Hang out with your fellow...

Nov 10, 2021

Quick, switch over to Vodacast to see the pictures I talk about in the episode!

We all lose things -- keys, wallets, patience -- but how do you lose an entire city?  Hear the stories of three American towns built in a hurry but kept off the map, secure Soviet enclaves known by their post codes, ancient cities found by...

Oct 30, 2021

As a special treat and thank-you to all my gracious and kind supporters, I present my take on the origin of the jack-o-lantern from its Irish folklore roots.  

If you've been a long-time follower of my buddy Shawn at Ink and Ash (formerly Stories of Yore and Yours), you may have heard this version, and you'll...

Oct 26, 2021

♪♫This is Halloween!  This is Halloween!♫♪  Supporters on our Patreon and fans in our FB group chose the topics for today's episode (plus now there's a sub-reddit)

01:35 sorting Dracula fact from fiction

07:49 how horror stars got their stars

20:01 when did clowns become scary

23:29 the history behind...