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At Popular Science, we report and write dozens of science and tech stories every week. And while a lot of the fun facts we stumble across make it into our articles, there are lots of other weird facts that we just keep around the office. So we figured, why not share those with you? Welcome to The Weirdest Thing I Learned This Week. Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/popular-science/support

Customer Reviews

Wet mouths

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Wet mouths
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2021-07-02
Great show and I love the stories but why can I hear every smack and crack in y’alls mouths talk louder or turn down the compression or something.

More Facts about the cheese rolling!

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akartsoccerlove
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2021-07-01
Hi weirdest thing! I love your show so much and it really is super funny and awesome to listen to! I was listening to your episodes and came across a episode about the cheese rolling and I found it cool that you guys talked about it! And I just wanted to share what I know about it
There is a show on Netflix called “We are the champions” that gives you a full on inside look on these really weird completions (I recommend it!) and one of them is cheese rolling! So basically it mainly gives the view of this women who has been wining the women’s completions for years (Flo Early, she is super cool!) and beating all the other women. Some facts I learned from it are
• The origin of the cheese rolling is believed to have started in the 1800s, but some believe it actually went back to the Romans
•Fans get to watch from the sides of the hill, but a lot of them have been taken out because of it
•The race occurs every year, so participants (the serious ones) try to prepare as best as they can since it only happens once a year
• You get to keep the cheese if you win
• People wear really interesting costumes to the rolling, and really get all dressed up
• When you reported the episode you didn’t say much about the girls completion, except really that they just slide on their butts, but actually the women’s completion is very popular with younger girls trying to beat Flo Early, and it shared a lot of those girls on the show!
• People actually have serious ways of how they get down the hill, but the majority of it is them just trying to run super far and then just kind of roll from there, but a lot actually observe the hill (Flo Early did with a men’s past champ in the show) and find the spots that you should avoid, and they find paths that they want to go on instead
• The show just really goes into a lot of facts that are super interesting about the cheese rolling, and really how important cheese rolling is to them
I hope you get to reading my review and I just wanted to say thank you for your show! It can really cheer me up if I am in a bad mood or not feeling great and I love you all so much! You are all such amazing people and I hope you are doing well ❤️❤️

Polar Bear Livers and ... Accutane??

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fried_belonay
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2021-06-23
First of all, this is one of my favorite podcast of all time so thank you soo much for that.
Second, I have a thought while listening to the episode about polar bear livers and vitamin A. It was mentioned that you aren’t sure why your skin peels off with high levels of vitamin a, and when you were having this conversation, I was expecting you to mention Accutane and how that works to help people get rid of their acne (lots of Vitamin A!)
If you ever talk about polar bear livers again, it might be a fun extra piece of info to dig into!

Great podcast

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alanaffeg
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2021-05-31
Just a note about the podcast about the dog that was breed to have a long strong body and short legs to be helpful with kitchen appliances ..when you talk about genetically engineered it’s artificial selection what you are talking about.... Artificial selection selects for traits already present in a species, whereas genetic engineering creates new traits. In artificial selection, scientists breed only individuals that have desirable traits. ... In genetic engineering, scientists use tools of DNA technology to directly manipulate a genome. Just a note because terms in genetics get confused a lot ... thank you 😊

Love the hosts & fun facts!

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mfourur
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2021-05-22
I love the casual vibe of this podcast. It feels like hanging out with friends who happen to be full of fun facts. I’m surprised by how many facts I already know, but I still enjoy it. I personally love the hosts, the way they talk, etc etc. “Like” and vocal fry and the other things people are complaining about are 1) a normal part of the way we speak now and 2) often criticisms targeted at young women. I encourage you to consider why this may be. The hosts are clearly successful and intelligent. And fun!!!

OB👏🏻SESSED👏🏻

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solarspills
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2021-05-18
Hi there! I have been binge listening to your podcast for the past couple months after a coworker told me about it. I am not one to usually listen to podcast as I’m not much of an audio learner, however, I cannot stop listening.
I wanted to share a fun Colorado fact with you that I was reminded of as I’m currently listening to the “Play” episode with cheese rolling.
In Manitou Springs, CO, every year they have competitive coffin races. This has been going on since 1995, in honor of Emma Crawford who died well over a hundred years ago. It’s said that she died from tuberculosis (side fact, Colorado was a sought after place for tuberculosis patients to be treated) and her wish was to be buried on Red Mountain. A storm washed away the mountainside years later causing her casket to slide down the mountain.
The races have 4-5 runners and one “Emma” in the coffin, where they then race up the mountain.
Just a fun native fact that I thought you would all really enjoy to learn about! We would love to have you visit Colorado, maybe in October when the races are held, for a live event!!
Thanks for being your darling weirdo queen selves!!
-Maia

Seriously interesting show

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sunshine906
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2021-05-17
Great humans, good balance of compelling story telling and rapidity of fact spewing, as well as balance of medical, macabre, adorable, and social justice facts.

700 miles

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jacar334
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2021-05-04
I have power walked 700 miles since January 1, 2021 (retired) listening to you and I have to say there are many times when I laugh out loud on my power walks listening to you! People stop and ask what I am listening too and have turned many on to your show. I love you all: Smart strong women! As a proud father of 3 adult daughters, I appreciate your witty and interesting approach to science! I know each of your voices and your voice pauses, that alone makes me laugh!
Keep on finding weird things to tell us about!
Joe

Science Is Fun!

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Groovyberta
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2021-04-30
Really LOVE how you guys approach science from a fun and light-hearted perspective, at least most of the time! While I love listening to and watching a lot of science programming, sometimes it focuses on topics that are kinda depressing, like global warming or Covid. I appreciate that I can learn cool new things AND not worry that I’m going to be bummed out. Keep up the great work!

Interesting

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PinkPigskins
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2021-04-26
And well-researched!

Too many “likes” for me!

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hate the likes
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2021-04-26
While I really enjoy the topics and the hosts’ enthusiasm for sharing the interesting facts they’ve learned, I can no longer take the insistent overuse of the term “like “ in every description! It’s unnecessary and takes away from the topics. I can’t take it anymore, which makes me sad because I’m going to miss the interesting information. I would have gladly given 5 stars if the likes disappeared.

Like the science

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junior chomsky
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2021-04-24
I enjoy hearing about the science behind the weird things. Fun.

Super entertaining!

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niktjarks
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2021-04-21
These ladies are awesome! I listen to the podcast on my way to and from work most days. I always learn something new and it’s a great way to decompress.

Love it 💕

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EllieEkat
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2021-04-20
Finally, a podcast for me - people have been calling me ‘weird’ or ‘odd’ for years and then I found out “I’m not alone after all. Yea!”lol Seriously, thanks for this great podcast.👍It’s really fascinating and you guys always come up with such interesting topics. Keep up the good work.

FANTASTIC podcast

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LittleMissImmunologist
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2021-04-11
For nearly a year at this point I’ve been working 17-20 hour days, and this is the only podcast that’s interesting enough to keep me awake on my drive home. The random facts are so fun and coupled with the wit, charm and humor the hosts being to the table it makes for a truly great listen. Thank you SO much!
Also, if I may, to the reviewers below complaining about their hurt feelings regarding a less than favorable comment about male presenting people (although I’m assuming the hosts were exclusively referring to cis males, trans males tend to not be afforded the luxury of being a trash human and it be considered acceptable behavior): when female presenting people go on a first date with someone from a dating site, nearly universally their biggest concern is being raped or murder. Men are concerned that the women will have more adipose tissue than he anticipated. So if the only thing you have to complain about is female presenting hosts sharing their personal opinions on a podcast THEY HOST, I’d kindly ask that you remove the silver spoon that seems to have been shoved so far up your rectum that it’s impairing your brain function.

Not great

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imahalfblood
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2021-04-03
This seems like an awesome concept for a podcast, but unfortunately the execution is less than perfect. The host’s voices are annoying and the production is bad.

Seriously? Particle physics?

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Ccucic
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2021-04-01
We don’t need to learn particle physics on this podcast. Your show is one of my favorites, but Dr. Prescod-Weinstein doesn’t know her audience, at least this audience member. Weird things yes, not smashing atoms.

Not what it used to be

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LyssWils
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2021-04-01
WTILTW used to be funny, upbeat and exciting. Not any longer. The latest season especially has been difficult to listen to, and I find myself getting annoyed with the topics and guests. Get back to the old style.

My favorite podcast!

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kricker91
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2021-03-22
I love this podcast from the hosts to the guests to the weird facts and knowledge I gain!

Fun & Interesting w/ poorly educated hosts

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HungryForResults, MS RD CSSD
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2021-03-17
Love listening to this bc the info is super interesting ... but please stop with the excessive use of “like” & vocal fry... you all sound like dumb high school girls.

Thank you for the trivia!

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pheiticeira
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2021-03-16
I love the information! It’s great to learn “useless” information and think the banter between the hosts is great. Reading some of the reviews, I really hate to agree with the people who find the levels off. Listening in a car or on headphones or earbuds, some hosts seem to be shouting and others are so low I have to turn my sound up significantly. It is jarring and I don’t know how the producers can adjust. Maybe adjust the mics or while editing can adjust the sound? Perhaps there is something we can do on our end to adjust the levels, but the podcast app on iPhone doesn’t appear to have a function to even out the sound throughout the pod.
I DISAGREE with the super sexist comments on vocal fry and wish that the comments were more constructive. You want people to change how they speak?

GREAT show! But…

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Trek Mum
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2021-03-03
I love useless information for its own sake. The topics and information in every episode are great. BUT… the women who narrate rely on their lower glottal voices too much! The “vocal fry” is hard to listen to. They should do some speech workouts.

Way too much chit chat

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Dibsiahsbk
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2021-02-27
Get to the point already! After several attempts, I found this podcast unlistenable.

Light weight

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moving on-missu
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2021-02-20
Sad waste of time. Good try but need much greater preparation if you are going to cover these subjects.

Gotta get thru the ...

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hydroxypropyl Methylcellulose
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2021-02-19
I’m sure I’m not the first reviewer to be annoyed by the vocal fry and the uptalking, the bad attempts at innuendo and unfunny comments, the over-the-top liberalism and snark, the giggling and general doofiness, the immaturity and unprofessionalism,the amateur nature of the podcast along with the consistent references to visual material (“but don’t worry, we’ll post this on our website”).... if you can get past all of that, the facts are genuinely interesting and weird.
Not my favorite podcast, but surely not the worst in the catalogue.
“So, YEAH.
And, YEAH.
But, YEAH.
Like, Like, Like, Like, Like, Like, “

Great podcast!

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Cpechan
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2021-02-17
Great podcast, I always love the facts. But please, please, get someone to adjust the audio levels! It can be super jarring and painful to have headphones in, turn up the volume because someone’s sound is at a whisper, and the next person is really loud. Content is amazing though.

Laugh at and Learn from every episode!

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Jvc55
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2021-02-14
This podcast is truly a delight. The hosts clearly love science and I love listening to them get so tickled by these weird facts. I tell literally everyone I talk to about this podcast, along with whatever weird thing I learned that week.

This show is an instant day maker!

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sigrudrud
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2021-02-01
Well produced and delightful to listen to. Genuine hosts who clearly love science and facts and fun! I recommend this show to everyone, from my grandmother to my coworkers.

Best podcast I’ve listened to!

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Mobleygirl56
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2021-01-21
Idk how I went so long without listening! I’ve binged the entire first season and am almost finished with season 2! This podcast is just amazing! If you’re not tuning in you’re missing out!

Fun and entertaining!

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RippleEffect13
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2021-01-10
This podcast is fun and informative and always provides great topics for convo! This is everything I want in a podcast, hands down it’s one of the best :)

Fun subject, fun format, fun hosts

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Team Victory
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2020-12-24
It's a great podcast. You'll always have interesting trivia to share at get-togethers and during road trips.

This is the podcast I’ve been searching for!

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LKBFischer
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2020-12-17
I love love LOVE this podcast. Super interesting content & smart, witty hosts. I’m recommending to all my friends. I can’t wait to bust out some of these weird facts at my next dinner party (once I’m allowed to have dinner parties again)!

Amazing show

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ahaid12
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2020-12-14
The hosts are funny and always have such interesting stories to tell. Plus, I like the science spin of the show.

Love this show!

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DiyuPearce
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2020-12-13
This is one of my favorite podcasts!! The facts are interesting and varied, and the hosts are very engaging and funny!

Great show

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Jorg_A
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2020-12-09
Hosts are knowledgeable and funny!

Keep it weird

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narwhaldreamer4242
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2020-12-05
I absolutely love listening to your weird facts and the entire crew is so smart and eloquent. You really do have great radio voices and appreciate you don’t say like and um. A+++++
Loved hearing about the deep sea blob fish, weird facts about the ocean is my listener request ! Thank you!!!!

Nuggets of fascinating fun

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MPostLigator
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2020-12-04
Great facts to learn about, great presentation. How do you all find the time to do all the extra research you obviously do? But you can’t help it, can you? You are curious people. Great work. I’ve been binging since the end of October.

Absolutely delightful (and devilishly informative!)

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Stella Belikiewicz
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2020-12-03
This podcast never fails to bring me joy! The hosts are all absolutely wonderful, with an open hearted love for all the odd occurrences, goofy exploits, mysterious mammals, and fabulously off the wall WEIRD STUFF all around us that keeps life on our planet so interesting. Their sharp humor and unbridled enthusiasm is great for healing any heart that’s been wounded by all the terrible stuff we’re all living through!

Yay weirdos!

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kt_smith
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2020-11-18
Love this podcast, it’s delightful and weird in all the right ways.

so funny and interesting!!

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anotheroneoftomnooksbitches
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2020-11-17
pretty relaxing but fun background music for work then whip out facts at parties that you're friends probably don't know :)

Found this podcast from a novel!

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DoubtOn
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2020-11-14
Jodi Picoult mentioned this podcast in her newest novel, The Book of Two Ways. So glad she mentioned it so I could find it to listen to!

Toxic commentary

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Mike Hitsman
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2020-11-09
I mostly enjoyed this show. It was interesting enough to offset the occasional toxic feminism that cropped up in the side conversations. But I’m calling it quits after the host overtly said that “Men are trash”.

Informative and *so* annoying!

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Solarbuddy
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2020-11-06
I have a love-hate relationship with this podcast! First, I have to admit that many interesting facts are unearthed and presented in an interesting way and I have benefited greatly from all the amazing things that I have learned. On the other hand, the trio of clueless millennial females seem completely unaware that they live in a tiny intellectual bubble of the East-Coast 21st-century and have absolutely no sense of reality or history outside of it. However, I suppose that is an important part of focusing the talent in the direction of the desired target audience. I don’t suppose this podcast picks up many septuagenarian professors such as myself.
At the end of each podcast I am usually energized, often leaving with the thought of writing a blistering review of that specific podcast and call out all of their cultural biases and historical prejudices , but instead I just let it go and enjoy that buzz.

“Men are trash” says the host on Oct. 14 2020 episode

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Eagle.Of.Red.Oaks
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2020-11-02
I’ll be honest, this hurt my feelings as a single father, brother to multiple sisters, a son from an amazing mother, and scientist. I truly enjoy the topics of this show which allows me to entertain ideas that traditionally I would not seek out. However, I understand the stereotypical “men are a$$holes” I’ve unfortunately heard it all my life... followed by “except you of course.”
I’ll end this by saying you should set better standards for humans instead of perpetuating stereotypes that create divides and give off preconceived notations.
I will no longer listen to your show because of this comment.

Best Part of My Workday

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CEFF19
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2020-10-29
Growing up my family and I used to sit down and read weird facts we found on the internet. This show makes me nostalgic for those times and I love learning all of the girls’ weird facts. Once it is safe for live shows again, PLEASE come to Boise.
-Carley

Interesting

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krystalmarie1976
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2020-10-19
It’s great, they are pretty free flowing conversations, nothing scripted. I am into weird and they are funny and very interesting to listen too. I really enjoy it. I only have been listening to it for a few days and I’ve already listen to like 10 episodes or more.

Bizarre amount of man bashing

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anyname that isntalresdy taken
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2020-10-14
Had to stop listening before I sympathized with men’s rights activists. I thought I’d hear cool science and I got bombarded with prejudicial corny jokes instead from the mean girls. Thanks for doing your part to ruin civil society. Luckily the low amount of reviews indicates no one is influenced by you.

Weirdos Reign

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Hate this thing!
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2020-10-11
After a long day of learning weird human body facts in medical school, nothing is better than relaxing with some weird facts about life in general, and sometimes some rather horrifying medical facts (looking at you Claire). These ladies are the true queens of weird, making every single fact into a story that leaves you on the edge of your seat wanting more. They have a rather charming knack for taking you from laughter to disgust and back again in mere minutes, enjoying every single second of it. This is the ultimate podcast of weirdos, and nothing could be better!

A “weirdest thing” question for you

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pregnant space mice?
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2020-09-23
Hi weirdos- here is a question for you: have any mammals ever gotten pregnant in space? In other words, how important is gravity to conception, pregnancy & birth?
I wouldn’t say I am obsessed with this question, but I do wonder... if we are interested in sending humans far away from earth, the answer to this question would be pretty important. Every so often, I try to look it up, no to avail. I am putting it in your very capable hands.