Stuff You Should Know

Stuff You Should Know

If you've ever wanted to know about champagne, satanism, the Stonewall Uprising, chaos theory, LSD, El Nino, true crime and Rosa Parks, then look no further. Josh and Chuck have you covered.

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January 18, 2022 56 min

Rock Paper Scissors is a child's game. But it's more than that if you can believe it, and it has a pretty cool history as well. 

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In 1974 the CIA undertook one of its most brazen operations – secretly raising a sunken Soviet submarine lost in the middle of the Pacific Ocean right under the noses of the Russian Navy. With the help of billionaire recluse Howard Hughes, obviously. Learn all about it in this classic episode.

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January 13, 2022 55 min

The black codes were proposed laws that basically tried to keep a form of slavery alive and well after the end of the Civil War. It didn't last long but the shadow of those codes still exist today.

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January 12, 2022 17 min

Everything you thought you knew about fortune cookies is wrong. Learn all the right stuff in this episode.

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For 20 years, a tiny town in Ohio was held enrapt by the prolific author of a series of unhinged letters. By the time they abruptly stopped, the letters – which revealed terrible secrets – had claimed a life and sent a possibly innocent man to prison.

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January 8, 2022 46 min

Carl Sagan was the world's first mainstream media super scientist, capapble of breaking down complex ideas for the common folk. But what made him tick? Billions and billions of great ideas. Explore his life and legacy with Josh and Chuck in this classic episode.

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January 6, 2022 50 min

The exciting conclusion of Ants Part 2!

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January 5, 2022 14 min

And you thought we were done with talking about funeral homes. Well guess again!

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January 4, 2022 51 min

Ants are pretty much amazing. So we're gonna spend two episodes talking all about them. Please enjoy!

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A lot of people read their daily horoscopes, but does anyone really take stock in them? Turns out the answer is yes, even though there is no evidence of their accuracy. Learn all about horoscopes today in this classic episode.

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December 30, 2021 56 min

No, we didn’t find another international distress signal we forgot to mention in our Mayday! Short Stuff, we’re just that jazzed about our episode on cookies. Are they even better than cakes? It’s up to you to listen and decide!

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December 29, 2021 15 min

The history of traffic signals is way more interesting than you might think. Trust us. 

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December 28, 2021 54 min

Attorneys and judges get all the press. What about bailiffs, court reporters and sketch artists? Yeah, let's give them their due. 

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December 25, 2021 59 min

Tipping is commonly expected in some places, such as U.S. restaurants. Yet this practice varies across cultures. Join trivia gurus (and former waiters) Josh and Chuck in this classic episode as they take a closer look at the history, practice and controversy surrounding tipping.

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Josh and Chuck’s holiday mojo has returned and they’re back in the saddle to rustle up some holiday cheer. So put on your comfiest sweater, ugly or otherwise, grab a mug of whatever makes you happy, gather round with your favorite people, and listen in.

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December 22, 2021 15 min

You ever thought about where those cards you send out during the holidays came from? Prepare to do just that!

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December 21, 2021 50 min

The details may vary but building snowmen is pretty much universal where there’s snow. Humans have probably been making them for tens of thousands of years. But it wasn’t until the last century or two that they have become the winter icon they are today.

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December 18, 2021 62 min

Long ago, in a galaxy not so far away, George Lucas allowed the Star Wars Holiday Special to be made. What happened on the night of November 17, 1978 can never be fully explained, but we make our best effort in our annual special edition of SYSK. May the force be with us all.

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December 16, 2021 55 min

Kidney stones are widely considered the most painful affliction a person can endure, even worse than labor. And in rare cases they can even kill. Learn all about how these things you really, really don’t want form and pass in this faint-inducing episode.

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December 15, 2021 16 min

It's the end of the year so we thought we might give you some advice on how to better pick out a charity, Short Stuff style.

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