Your Brain on Facts

Your Brain on Facts

Host Moxie LaBouche brings you a weekly half-hour of things you didn't know, things you thought you knew, and things you never knew you never knew. Topics range from the history of nursing to the Balinese funeral rite David Bowie requested, from the origin of the Vulcan salute to the theft of Canada's strategic maple syrup reserve. This is your brain on facts. yourbrainonfacts.com... Show More

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February 23, 2021 29 min

Come up to the lab and see what's on the slab...cuz it's not what I was trying to make!  But, you know what, we can make this work.

Need some light reading in a heavy world?  Good thing there's the YBOF book!

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February 9, 2021 32 min

What do you get when you mix baseball mud, a dead outlaw, drinking snacks, and a harrowing survival story? Today's episode!

Enjoy this clip show to pad out the schedule while I wait to hear back from the Guinness World Record people. More details inside!

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Need some light reading in a heavy world?  Good thing there's the YBOF book!

You can know a song by heart, by do you REALLY know where it comes from?  Check out these strange and surprising origins of popular songs.

Mentioned in the show: Dan Rather with REM, literal video for Total Eclipse of the Heart

Guest quote readers: Bill from The Big Impact, Bill from The Slipshod Pod, Alex from USUK.

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January 26, 2021 33 min

Need some light reading in a heavy world?  Good thing there's the YBOF book!

Voted on by our Patreon, we present an episode on weird things your body could be doing ... right now... and you don't even know about it!

Close-up of kidney stone

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Music by Kevin MacLeod,

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January 19, 2021 44 min

We knew things weren't going to be quiet before the inauguration, but damn, man.  Hence, I declare a revisit of Distraction Day.  Here's an episode of some of the best bits that were originally on the Patreon (the greatest hits that weren't too weird, gross, or swear-y, anyway).


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January 12, 2021 36 min

Need some light reading in a heavy world?  Good thing there's the YBOF book!

A wise man once asked "Where is the blue food?" but that's burying the lead when it comes to food and color.

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Music by Kevin MacLeod, Freedom Trail Studio

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January 5, 2021 31 min

Didn't get what you wanted this holiday season?  Good thing there's the YBOF book!

Baller balls, extravagant evenings, riotous receptions, and sinful shindigs, join us for a trip through some of history's greatest parties.

Guest voices: Shawn from Stories of Yore and Yours and Drew from Reel Feels.

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Music by Kevin MacLeod, Dyalla, Emily Sprague, Jesse Gallagher, SYBS, Joel Cummins.  

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December 29, 2020 28 min

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One man's holiday feast is another man's traumatic experience.  With special guests Where Does It Go?

Hear about kiviaq, hakarl, cheating for meat, molded salads, catepillar mushrooms, cazu marzu, and balut.

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Music by Kevin MacLeod 

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December 24, 2020 77 min

What's a Christmas cracker?  Why are there so many Hallmark movies?  Join myself and Mike from Genuine ChitChat as we compare and contrast (and hold each other accountable for what our countries do for Christmas).

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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!

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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?

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Music by Kevin MacLeod 

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Having a Covid Christmas sucks, but we'll make it through. And hey, at least we're not making our turkey out of spam, and hanging decorations won't get you a $20,000 fine or sent away for "re-education."

Guest readers: Zack from Wasteland Active Radio; David from Don’t Assume; Paul from Varmints; Adam from Odd Dad Out; Bill from Big Impact Radio; Mike from Genuine Chitchat.

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December 15, 2020 37 min

Got a clever kid in the family this holiday season?  Get them a copy of the YBOF book!

Growing up in the 1980's made it seem like you would eventually burst into flame, be given free drugs, or be snatched by a stranger.  The reality?  Not so much.

Guest voices (in no particular order): Connor and Luke - No Highway Option ; Jake – Hearts Against Balance ; Chris – Play Comics

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December 8, 2020 39 min

Got a clever kid in the family this holiday season?  Get them a copy of the YBOF book!

We all have music styles and instruments we don't like, but rarely are we in an actionable position to do anything about them, unlike the stories in today's episode.

01:00 Bagpipes

06:45 Glass armonica

15:15 Harmonium

22:11 Sax

31:21 Drums

34:20 Rehearsal room

Guest voices: (in no set order) Zach - Wasteland Active Radio; Matt - The Campa...

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December 1, 2020 30 min

Got your copy of the YBOF book?

The greatest hits of broadcast signal hijacking.  Topics include: Cold War era, Southern Television (video), Zombies (video), Naughty fun, and Max Headroom (video).

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Music by Kevin MacLeod

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November 24, 2020 36 min

"The Indians taught the pilgrims to farm and the pilgrims invited them to Thanksgiving, with cranberry and pumpkin pie." -every elementary school text book.  Boy were we sold a bill of goods!  Ferret fact from fiction in this episode voted on by our patrons

Presidential voices by Old Nerds Drinking podcast.

Have you had a chance to review the YBOF book?  I'm hoping we can average one a week.

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November 17, 2020 36 min

...with ants! By popular demand, we scratch the very surface of the surprising and diverse world of the ant.

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Music by Kevin MacLeod 

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November 10, 2020 34 min

From Vietnamese snake wine to vodka made from milk, corn beer with spit in it and whisky made from pee, mankind will make liquor with or out of just about anything!

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Music by Kevin MacLeod 

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November 3, 2020 57 min

Today is the most stressful election day in the lives of many, so I declare it instead to be...Distraction Day.  To that end, here's an extra-long episode of some of the best bits that were originally on the Patreon (the greatest hits that weren't too weird, gross, or swear-y, anyway).

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Music by Kevin MacLeod 

 

 

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Have you had a chance to review the YBOF book?  I'm hoping we can average one a week.

♪♫This is Halloween!  This is Halloween!♫♪  Supporters on our Patreon and fans in our FB group chose the topics for today's episode: 

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 zombies

28:38 movie monster fast facts! 

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