Stuff You Should Know

Stuff You Should Know

How do landfills work? How do mosquitos work? Join Josh and Chuck as they explore the Stuff You Should Know about everything from genes to the Galapagos in this podcast from

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How do landfills work? How do mosquitos work? Join Josh and Chuck as they explore the Stuff You Should Know about everything from genes to the Galapagos in this podcast from
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SYSK Selects: How Igloos Work

Igloos were traditionally used by Inuit Indians as temporary shelter while on hunting and fishing trips. In this episode, Josh and Chuck look at the design of igloos, from their impressive heat-catching properties to their ingenious construction.Learn ...
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Are good samaritan laws effective?

Good samaritan laws have been around for many years, helping to provide legal protections for people who try to help other people. But do they work? Decide for yourself today!Learn more about advertising on the HowStuffWorks podcasts at www.howstuffwor...
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12.12.2018 Stuff You Should Know

Short Stuff: Laughing Buddha

Did you know that the friendly, smiling Buddha we all know from bars and restaurants isn't really Buddha?Learn more about advertising on the HowStuffWorks podcasts at to learn about your ad choices when listenin...
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How Ayahuasca Works

One day in the Amazon Basin, a shaman put together a plant containing DMT with a vine that allows the body to absorb DMT. The combination, a foul-tasting, wildly hallucinogenic brew called ayahuasca, has changed cultures throughout the Americas. Learn ...
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SYSK Selects: That Dang-old Goat Fell Over

Due to a condition known as Thomsen's disease, the muscles of fainting goats tense up whenever the animal is startled. In this episode, Josh and Chuck break down the science behind this bizarre condition.Learn more about advertising on the HowStuffWork...
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Was the PMRC censorship in disguise?

The Parents Music Resource Center in the 1980s was really just censorship in disguise. But it kind of backfired. Learn all about Tipper Gore's crusade in today's episode. Learn more about advertising on the HowStuffWorks podcasts at www.howstuffworks.c...
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5.12.2018 Stuff You Should Know

Short Stuff: Dolphin Detectors

They don’t actually disarm mines, but navies around the world use dolphins to find and tag sea mines so humans can disarm the mines themselves. But even if it’s safe, is it ethical?Learn more about advertising on the HowStuffWorks podcasts at www.howst...
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How Search and Rescue Dogs Work

All dogs are great, but some dogs work harder than others. Or play harder, depending on your view. Learn all about the good boys and girls who find lost people and recover bodies to bring humans peace and closure.Learn more about advertising on the How...
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3.12.2018 Stuff You Should Know

Introducing Alchemy This

Award-winning comedian Kevin Pollak has gathered five of his favorite, extraordinarily-talented improvisors. In each episode, he presents uniquely bizarre scenarios for he and them to hilariously bring to life.Learn more about advertising on the HowStu...
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SYSK Selects: Can Your Grandfather's Diet Shorten Your Life?

Epigenetics is a fascinating field of genetics that studies how the epigenome and environmental, nutritional and social factors affect gene expression. Josh and Chuck explain how epigenetics works in this episode.Learn more about advertising on the How...
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Adidas v. Puma: A Sibling Rivalry

Join Josh and Chuck today as they go down the sport shoe rabbit hole, detailing the strange tail of the brothers who brought Puma and Adidas to the world. Sibling rivalry, Nazis, shoes - there's a lot to unpack here.Learn more about advertising on the ...
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28.11.2018 Stuff You Should Know

Short Stuff: iSmell

Two men once had a dream - to add smell to the internet. And they almost gave it to us.Learn more about advertising on the HowStuffWorks podcasts at to learn about your ad choices when listening to podcasts, vis...
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How the Navajo Code Talkers Worked

In WWII the US Marines devised an unbreakable code-within-a-code made from Navajo, one of the most linguistically difficult languages in the world. A handful of Navajos sent messages on the frontlines in a language they’d been forbidden to speak as sch...
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SYSK Selects: How Black Friday Works

On the day after Thanksgiving, Americans go kind of crazy for the deep discount sales that kick off the holiday shopping season in stores. So crazy, in fact, at least four people have lost their lives and as many as 63 others have been injured during B...
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Fire twucks! Fire twucks! (sic)

Who doesn't love fire engines? We certainly do. So much that we geeked out on this one in a big way. Enjoy!Learn more about advertising on the HowStuffWorks podcasts at to learn about your ad choices when listen...
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21.11.2018 Stuff You Should Know

Short Stuff: Safety Pins

Safety pins are so ubiquitous, we take them for granted. But that’s the genius of their design – they work so intuitively they might as well have come from nature. Instead, they were invented by a man who never went to the trouble of patenting them. Le...
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Finders Keepers: Real Law

You know that heartbreak of the schoolyard – finders keepers, losers weepers? That’s actual law in a great many grown up places. Enter the murky legal world of finding something that belongs to someone else, from buried treasure to a misplaced ring.Lea...
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SYSK Selects: How Kleptomania Works

In this episode of Stuff You Should Know, Josh and Chuck discuss kleptomania, a disorder in which people have an overwhelming impulse to steal unnecessary items.Learn more about advertising on the HowStuffWorks podcasts at
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Olive Oil: Mother Nature's Gift

Olive oil is one of Mother Nature's greatest gifts to humanity. Learn everything you ever wanted to know about the NUMBER ONE OIL, right here, right now. Learn more about advertising on the HowStuffWorks podcasts at
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14.11.2018 Stuff You Should Know

Short Stuff: Lemonade

Ever wonder where lemonade came from? Let’s up the stakes a little, what about pink lemonade? Well wonder no more! Join Josh and Chuck as they (briefly) cover the history of putting lemons together with sugar and water and coming up with something grea...
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Pando: Earth’s Oldest, Hugest Organism Is Trees!

In Utah, lives a 106-acre stand of Quaking Aspen trees that are all genetically identical because they are all growing from the same massive root system. It’s Pando, the most massive, and almost certainly oldest (by far) organism on Earth.Learn more ab...
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SYSK Selects: How Pizza Works

Sure it's everywhere and there's a more-than-90-percent chance you eat it once a month. But we'll bet you don't know the full history of that pizza (or tomato pie) you're about to chow down on. Join Chuck and Josh as they explain it to you, bite by bit...
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Is yogurt a miracle food?

Yogurt has been touted as a health food, but is it? Maybe. If you eat it every day. We get into the rich and creamy history of this supposed miracle food in today's episode. Take a listen!Learn more about advertising on the HowStuffWorks podcasts at ww...
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7.11.2018 Stuff You Should Know

Short Stuff: Vomitoria

A vomitorium was a place where ancient Romans went to make themselves throw up after gorging themselves at a sumptuous banquet. Everybody knows that. Except that’s not true at all. Learn about what vomitoria were in this episode and impress your friend...
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7.11.2018 Stuff You Should Know

The End of the World with Josh Clark - EP01: Fermi Paradox

Ever wondered where all the aliens are? It’s actually very weird that, as big and old as the universe is, we seem to be the only intelligent life. In this episode, Josh examines the Fermi paradox, and what it says about humanity’s place in the universe...
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What were war masks?

War masks were made for soldiers in WWI who had horrible accidents that left their faces sometimes unrecognizable. Though it may seem rudimentary today, they went a long way in restoring their dignity. Learn all about them today. Learn more about adver...
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SYSK Selects: How Grief Works

You can probably name the five stages of grief - from denial to acceptance - they've become pretty well known since being proposed in 1969. But later researchers are finding that grief is rarely that cut and dried, and it may not be as widely experienc...
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How Easy Bake Ovens Work

Easy Bake Ovens are as iconic as a toy can get, as American as apple pie or baseball. Learn all about these light bulb cooking, working ovens that endanger children to this day. Learn more about advertising on the HowStuffWorks podcasts at www.howstuff...
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Short Stuff: Labor Day

Labor Day, the day when most people in America paradoxically take off work, is actually rooted in some deeply radical and anarchistic thinking. Learn all about this most subversive of American holidays in this episode of Short Stuff.Learn more about ad...
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SYSK’s 2018 Super Spooktacular

It’s Halloween again and Chuck and Josh want to creep you out. Listen to two great classic horror stories, dripping with Jeri’s creeptastic audio stylings. Guaranteed to put you in the holiday spirit.Learn more about advertising on the HowStuffWorks po...
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SYSK Selects: What's with the Winchester Mystery House?

After her daughter and husband died, heiress Sarah Winchester became obsessed with the idea that spirits haunted her and to appease them she had to have a house continuously built for them. So she did - 24 hours a day for 38 years.Learn more about adve...
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How the Amityville Horror Worked

In early 1975, the world was introduced to George and Kathy Lutz, a couple who had fled their home in Amityville, NY to escape a powerful, evil supernatural presence living there. And this being the 70s, the world went nuts for their story.Learn more a...
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24.10.2018 Stuff You Should Know

Short Stuff: Exploding Manholes

If you live in a big city in a cold climate, you should keep an eye out for 100-pound cast-iron manhole covers suddenly launching 50 feet into the air. It’s unnervingly common and we’ll tell you why. Learn more about advertising on the HowStuffWorks po...
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How Epilepsy Works

A seizure is like an electrical overload in the brain – when it gets overwhelmed, it just shuts down and resets itself. But imagine being susceptible to these overloads, where one could come at any time with little or no warning. That is epilepsy. Lear...
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22.10.2018 Stuff You Should Know

Hell and Gone Trailer

Hell And Gone is a new podcast that follows writer and private investigator Catherine Townsend as she moves back to the Arkansas Ozarks to solve the 2004 murder of 22-year-old college student Rebekah Gould. Learn more about advertising on the HowStuffW...
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SYSK Selects: How Aphrodisiacs Work

For thousands of years humankind has pursued the enhancement of sexual pleasure and performance through a plethora of medicines and practices -- but how many aphrodisiacs actually work?Learn more about advertising on the HowStuffWorks podcasts at www.h...
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Waterbeds: The Sexiest Bed?

Waterbeds came and went pretty quickly in the United States, but despite their marketing as sex beds, they were actually invented to deliver a great night's sleep. Learn all about these super 70's beds in today's episode. Learn more about advertising o...
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17.10.2018 Stuff You Should Know

Trailer: The End of the World with Josh Clark

We humans could have a bright future ahead of us that lasts billions of years. But we have to survive the next 200 years first.Learn more about advertising on the HowStuffWorks podcasts at to learn about your ad...
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Short Stuff: Korean Fan Death

There’s a commonly-held belief in Korea that if you fall asleep with a fan blowing on your face you may die in your sleep from it. And while this idea is found nowhere else in the world, Korean culture has come up with some interesting explanations.Lea...
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Was There A Real Robin Hood?

Is it true that Robin Hood hung out in Sherwood Forest and stole from the rich to give to the poor? No. No, it’s not. Find out the real story in this episode. Learn more about advertising on the HowStuffWorks podcasts at
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SYSK Selects: How Homelessness Works

Today, millions of people around the world are homeless. In this classic episode, Josh and Chuck take a look at homelessness in the United States, discussing everything from the factors that lead to homelessness to what you can do to help alleviate the...
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When inventions kill!

Few things are more ironic than an invention killing its creator. The stories behind real life cases of death-by-invention are pretty interesting too. Pull up a chair and hear about a few from Josh and Chuck. Learn more about advertising on the HowStuf...
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Short Stuff: William King

Did you know that the United States has had one Vice-President who was sworn in on foreign soil? Well it turns out that may be the least interesting part of the story of William Rufus King. Learn more about advertising on the HowStuffWorks podcasts at ...
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How Marathons Work

You’d have to be crazy to try to run 26.2 miles in a single stretch, right? Right. But people still try it anyway. And a lot of them even survive! Find out all about the pitfalls of marathons and the obsession they can inspire in this episode. Learn mo...
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SYSK Selects: Is lethal injection humane?

Since the Supreme Court's ban on capital punishment was reversed, states have sought a humane method of killing sentenced criminals. They settled on lethal injection, but is this quasi-medical means of killing as quick and painless as we think?Learn mo...
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Algae: Food, Fuel, What?

Just a couple years ago, algae was touted as the green, plentiful biofuel of the future. But that didn’t pan out. Why? And is algae down for the count? Don’t bet on it. Only a fool would bet against green water. Learn more about advertising on the HowS...
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3.10.2018 Stuff You Should Know

Short Stuff: Grandfather Clocks

If you've ever wondered why a grandfather clock is called a grandfather clock and you have 12 minutes to spare, this is your lucky day. Listen in to the brand new Short Stuff series. It's everything you want from Josh and Chuck, and less!Learn more abo...
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How the Concorde Worked

The concorde was a wonderful thing, a super fast commerical airliner that got you across the pond in half the time. But it was small and cramped, noisy and a big money loser. Climb aboard and get ready for Mach 1. Learn more about advertising on the Ho...
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Introducing: Unobscured With Aaron Mahnke

History is full of stories we think we know. They are old and dark, but time has robbed us of perspective and clarity. They've become obscured and misunderstood. Which is why this series exists: to dig deep and shed light on some of history’s darkest m...
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SYSK Selects: Does the five-second rule work?

You know when you drop a piece of food and if you pick it up within five seconds it's still good to eat? Researchers have studied whether that's true or not and in doing so have inadvertently shone a light on how utterly covered our world is with bacte...
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