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ARRRRR pirate peg legs really a thing? Who invented the Cha Cha Slide? How old is Winnie the Pooh?
Cheerleading Part 2: Pageantry, Femininity, Racism
Apr 19 • 20 min
Who decides what a cheerleader looks like? Or sounds like? In part two of a two-part episode, ELT digs into the complicated legacy of an American archetype.Guests: Natalie Adams, cheerleading researcher and professor at the University of Alabama; Sharita…
Cheerleading Part 1: How Cheerleaders Came to Rule the School
Apr 15 • 29 min
How did one style of cheerleading come to dominate in so many American schools? In part one of a two-part episode, ELT flips through the history of cheerleading and meets the man who held cheerleading in the pompom of his hand. Guests: Cheerleading…
When Did Pants Become a Thing?
Apr 8 • 25 min
While there’s some evidence clothes go back 170,000 years, pants are a relatively recent addition to our wardrobes. Why were pants developed and who wore them first? ELT unravels the surprising story of pants. Guests: Artist and clothing researcher Ulrike…
Introducing The Cut on Tuesdays
Apr 1 • 35 min
ELT introduces The Cut on Tuesdays, a new Gimlet Media podcast hosted by Molly Fischer. In this episode, chefs Samin Nosrat, Angela Dimayuga, and Carla Lalli Music do their best to help Madeleine Aggeler — the Cut’s semi-competent food columnist — throw a…
Duct Tape MacGyver: The Sticky Secrets
Mar 18 • 31 min
Can duct tape really fix every little thing? ELT tests the limits — and gets to the bottom of a duct tape story that’ll blow your socks off. Plus, your most ingenious MacGyver stories. Guests: Daniel Munson, Senior Product Development Specialist at 3M;…
Forks: One Utensil’s Battle for Respect
Mar 11 • 24 min
While spoons, knives, and chopsticks have been commonplace for centuries, forks didn’t make it to most silverware drawers until the mid-1800s. What took so long? ELT investigates.Guest: Darra Goldstein, food historian, cookbook writer, and founding editor…
Baseball and Organ Music: How’d That Happen?
Feb 25 • 31 min
When did organ music and baseball become a thing? ELT talks to some pro organ players to find out how organs and ballparks got together. Plus, meet Nancy Faust — the legendary organist who brought trolling to modern baseball music.Guests: Steven Ball,…
Thrift Store Smell: What Is It? Plus, Your Cleanspiracies
Feb 18 • 26 min
ELT gets to the bottom of a familiar aroma — thrift store smell. Why do thrift shops all smell the same? Plus, is washing your clothes better than freezing them? ELT investigates listener cleanspiracies with expert cleaner Jolie Kerr. Guest: Jolie Kerr,…
Waterphone: The Sound That Haunts Hollywood
Feb 11 • 26 min
One eerie sound has been haunting Hollywood movies — from Poltergeist to Jurassic Park to Let the Right One In — and 14 seasons of Unsolved Mysteries. ELT tracks down the source of the scary sound.Guests: Rayme Waters, daughter of the spookiest sound in…
Stamps: Tiny Squares Full Of Secrets
Jan 28 • 33 min
How do U.S. postage stamps come to be? ELT explores the secret world of the Citizens’ Stamp Advisory Committee, the group that decides what gets stuck on America’s envelopes. Plus, Bigfoot gets his due.Guests: Bill Gicker, manager of stamp development at…
Auctioneers: Why Do They Talk Like That?
Jan 21 • 24 min
Why do some auctioneers talk so fast? And what are they actually saying? ELT gets the low-down on auction talk from a professional auctioneer. Plus, pro-tips for developing your auctioneer chant.Guest: Junior Staggs, professional auctioneer. Thanks to…
🛩TSA Treasure Chest : What Happens To Your Confiscated Stuff? 💸
Jan 14 • 23 min
Every year the TSA confiscates millions of pounds of pocketknives, sunscreen and snow globes from airport travelers. Where does it all go? ELT investigates. Plus, tips for sneaking your weed onboard, from a former TSA agent.Guests: Ex-TSO “Taylor”; TSA…
Is Egg the Only Nog? Plus, Discovering the 8th Continent
Dec 17, 2018 • 21 min
How did cold uncooked eggs become a festive beverage? Plus, coquito for the nogged out. And one of the first scientists to hoist herself into the treetops describes life in the canopy. Guests: Chef and food writer J. Kenji López-Alt; Chef and Noshery.com…
Pumpkin Spice: The Science Behind the Invasion. Plus, What’s the Next Big Flavor Fad?
Dec 10, 2018 • 27 min
Why is pumpkin spice a thing? Flavor scientists explain why this particular combination is so appealing — or not. Plus, how to make a new flavor, and ELT listeners pitch their ideas for the next flavor fad. Guests: Food scientist Kantha Shelke; flavor…
Garbage: What Did We Do Before the Bag? Plus, A Trash Bag Moonshot
Dec 3, 2018 • 24 min
A Bulletin Board of Glory™ nomination from comedian Josh Gondelman takes ELT down a trashy rabbit hole, to a time before sanitation workers, when pigs roamed the streets. Plus, we meet the man who defied all odds to bring us the bag that cinches. Warning:…
Bubblegum: What’s That Flavor? Plus, What’s the Deal With Turkey Eggs?
Nov 19, 2018 • 24 min
Where does bubblegum flavor come from? A bubblegum bush? A beaver’s butt? We track down the original bubblegum flavor formula, and find out what’s in there. Plus, why turkey eggs aren’t a thing.Guests: Philadelphia events expert Scott Bruce, confectioners…
Why Goldfish Swam Into Our Living Rooms. Plus, Best Pet Vocalist
Nov 12, 2018 • 20 min
How did goldfish come to dominate our fish bowls and pet stores? We dive into the history of America’s favorite finned pet. Plus, the fanciest goldfish money can buy, and the best pet in a vocal performance. Guests: Katherine “Kasey” Grier, the pet…
Old Graves: What Would You Find In There? Plus, the Scariest Creature Under the Sea
Oct 29, 2018 • 23 min
If you dug up the graves of our founding fathers, what would you find? Tri-corner hats and puffy shirts? A grave expert fills us in on what remains. Plus, a terrifying sea creature that lurks in the waters off northern Australia. Guests: Nicholas…
Who Made ‘The Wave’ a Thing? Plus, a Mammal Mix-Up Made Right
Oct 22, 2018 • 22 min
When did “the wave” become a staple of stadium crowds? ELT talks to the professional cheerleader who first got fans out of their seats. Plus, the egg-laying mammal that is not a marsupial. We give monotremes their due.Guests: professional cheerleader…
Do You Need to Warm Up Your Car? Plus, a Teeny, Glorious Car Hack
Oct 8, 2018 • 24 min
Tucked into your car’s dashboard is a tiny arrow that points to the side of the car with the gas tank cap. Who came up with it? ELT tracks down the inventor of this tiny, brilliant car hack. Plus, do you really need to warm up your car?Guests: Automobile…
T. Rex Roar: How Is It Made? Plus, Would Dinosaurs Taste Like Chicken?
Oct 1, 2018 • 22 min
How did they make the dinosaur roars in the Jurassic Park movies? Flora talks with the sound engineers behind the bellows. Plus, ELT goes deep into the Mesozoic to find out what what dinosaurs looked (and tasted) like. Guests: Al Nelson and Pete Horner of…
Cheese: Why Do We Worship Rotten Milk? A NSFW History
Sep 24, 2018 • 22 min
When did someone first see a cheese curd and think, “Yeah, I’m going to eat that”? ELT traces the delicious and X-rated history of cheese. Plus, a professional processed cheese maker on how to make the most of the dairy aisle.Guests: cheese biochemist and…
Why One Horrible Sound Haunts Reality TV. Plus, Is That Bug Threatening Me?
Sep 17, 2018 • 21 min
Who put the tension in reality TV? ELT tracks down the source of the nail biting-sound you can’t unhear. Plus, cicada killer wasps — a backyard horror story, turned intervention. Guests: sonic puppetmaster Rick Livingstone; cicada killer wasp expert Chuck…
The Cha Cha Slide: How One Uncle Changed Weddings Forever
Sep 3, 2018 • 26 min
DJ Casper tells us the origin story of the Cha Cha Slide. Plus, The Nod’s Brittany Luse is astonished by the unreleased Cha Cha Slide Pt. 1.Guests: The Nod’s host, Brittany Luse; Willie Perry Jr. (aka DJ Casper aka Mr. C the Slide Man); former gym rat…
Who Invented the Bloomin’ Onion? Plus, Biology’s Best Butt
Aug 27, 2018 • 20 min
ELT goes down under, to expose one of the most impressive butts in the animal kingdom. Plus, the multi-layered origin story of the Bloomin’ Onion. Guests: Science Vs. host, Wendy Zukerman; Wombat specialists, Alyce Swinbourne and Julie Old; ELT producer…
What Do Dogs Say When They Bark?
Aug 13, 2018 • 24 min
Is it possible to interpret what dogs are saying when they bark? We have the tools to help you do some ruff decoding. Plus, listeners share their real-life, unconventional Lassie stories.Guests: Dog bark researchers Péter Pongrácz and Kathryn Lord;…
WTF Do the ⏹ 🔼 ⏺ on My 👕 Tag Mean?
Aug 6, 2018 • 29 min
Plus, koala fingerprints, lobster pee and other hot facts.There are mysterious symbols inside your tee-shirt — do you know what they mean? ELT reveals the secrets of The DaLaundry Code. Plus, lobsters pee from their faces, and other cocktail party fodder…
How to Spot a Spy
Jul 16, 2018 • 24 min
Does that person sitting next to you on the airplane REALLY work in IT? Plus, a tribute to the bedazzled sausage of the desert southwest, and more fun with pirates.Guests: ex-CIA operative Robert Baer, gila meister Dan Beck, and lady pirate expert Laura…
The Genius of Birds: Live From the Aspen Ideas Festival
Jul 9, 2018 • 23 min
Some birds can fashion tools and create tiny works of art, so why do we always underestimate their bird brains? In this panel discussion, recorded at the 2018 Aspen Ideas Festival, Flora talks with writer Jennifer Ackerman and crow expert Alex Taylor…
Do Scarecrows Scare Crows?
Jul 2, 2018 • 22 min
ELT goes into the mind of a crow to find out if scarecrows work. Plus, a look at how clowns protect their clown IP with fact buddy Prashanth VenkatGuests: Julie “Lovely Buttons” Varholdt; crow expert Kevin McGowan. Thanks to Bruce Johnson (aka “Charlie…
ARRRRR Pirate Peg Legs Really A Thing?
Jun 25, 2018 • 23 min
Pirate historian Laura Sook Duncombe tells us about the golden age of pirates. Plus, a tunnel follow up with Dr. Mole: where do the emergency exits in underwater tunnels go?Thanks to lady pirate expert Laura Sook Duncombe and tunnel afficionado Gary…
Are Babies Born With Tails?
Jun 11, 2018 • 24 min
Plus, learn how to lie like a dad.Guests: Fake parenting expert Adam Mansbach; belly whisperer Tamara Duker Freuman; bird-watcher extraordinaire Amar Ayyash. Special thanks to Nicolas, Marisa, and everyone who called in with their Old Dad’s Tales.To find…
Is There a Secret Sixth Taste?
Jun 4, 2018 • 21 min
Is there more to your taste buds than you thought? ELT tackles a fat question. Plus, a #yesflamingo campaign update.Guests: Richard Mattes, taste czar; Sarah Laskow, reporter for Atlas Obscura. Special thanks to caller Samantha. *Correction: The Vegas…
Are You Living With a Psychopath?
May 28, 2018 • 24 min
Is your roommate trying to kill you? Learn how to spot the telltale signs of a psychopath.Guests: Jon Ronson, author of The Psychopath Test; cat psychologist Eva Waiblinger. Special thanks to caller Megan. *No animals were harmed in the making of this…
Who Invented the Scratch Ticket?
May 14, 2018 • 25 min
Plus, a look at lottery history, and your strangest raffle winnings.Guests: Jonathan Cohen, lottery historian; John Koza, co-founder of Scientific GamesCallers: John Henry, D., Lisa, Megan. Hear your favorite Gimlet shows LIVE at Gimletfest this June…
The Corn Identity
May 7, 2018 • 21 min
A kid caller pops the question: How does popcorn pop? Plus, the uncomfortable truth about baby corn.
Public Toilets: To Sit Or To Hover?
Apr 30, 2018 • 23 min
Plus, how to pee in zero-G.To find a list of our sponsors and show-related promo codes, go to gimlet.media/OurAdvertisers.
Why Are Used Car Ads So INSAAANNNE?
Apr 16, 2018 • 27 min
One man is to blame. Plus, vanity plates in the wild: IC A GR8 PL8.To find a list of our sponsors and show-related promo codes, go to gimlet.media/OurAdvertisers
Underwater Tunnels: HOW?
Apr 9, 2018 • 22 min
How they get that tunnel under there. Plus, a centuries-old scientific debate: why ice is slippery.Guests: Dr. Gary Brierley (aka Dr. Mole), tunnel engineer, Dr. Miquel Salmeron, physicist at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Special thanks to…
Do Dogs Have Belly Buttons?
Mar 12, 2018 • 23 min
Plus, dog clothes: where did they come from?To find a list of our sponsors and show-related promo codes, go to gimlet.fm/sponsors
How to Get Paid to Clap on TV
Mar 5, 2018 • 24 min
Listener Mack asked about the unfamous people who fill empty seats at the Oscars.To find a list of our sponsors and show-related promo codes, go to gimlet.fm/sponsors
Why Does Music Give Us the Chills?
Feb 19, 2018 • 26 min
Why do we get goosebumps from music and other emotional experiences? Plus, the strangest things to give ELT listeners goosebumps.To find a list of our sponsors and show-related promo codes, go to gimlet.fm/sponsors
How Old Is Winnie the Pooh?
Feb 12, 2018 • 27 min
No, really - how old is he?To find a list of our sponsors and show-related promo codes, go to gimlet.fm/sponsors
What Would Happen to Your Body in Space?
Jan 29, 2018 • 30 min
Flora finds out what would happen if she stepped into the vacuum of outer space. Then, an (Earth) vacuum paradox to end all paradoxes: which came first, the vacuum or the carpet?To find a list of our sponsors and show-related promo codes, go to…
Are “Speed Enforced by Aircraft” Signs a Lie?
Jan 22, 2018 • 26 min
First, Flora uncovers a feud about butterflies. Then, a question from the Help Line about aircraft patrol.To find a list of our sponsors and show-related promo codes, go to gimlet.fm/sponsors.
Your Bedtime is Killing You
Dec 18, 2017 • 22 min
Flora stages a fact intervention with Prashanth.
Who is Wilhelm and Why Won’t He Stop Screaming?
Dec 11, 2017 • 25 min
The history of the world’s most iconic movie scream.
The Voices Hiding in Your Favorite Movies
Dec 4, 2017 • 30 min
Invisible actors create worlds of sound in everything you watch - from Jaws to The Wire.
How to Not Ruin Thanksgiving
Nov 20, 2017 • 32 min
Tips for being the #1 guest in the history of the universe. Plus, prunes.
Invasion of the Self-checkout Machines
Nov 13, 2017 • 26 min
Self-service began in a Piggly Wiggly 100 years ago. How’d it become a way of life?
The Case of the Missing Armadillos
Nov 6, 2017 • 27 min
Flora answers questions from the help line about an armadillo paradox and the DaVinci Code of pasta.
Bonus: Zombie Flamingo
Oct 30, 2017 • 5 min
Flora continues to champion the flamingo.
Six O’Clock Soundtrack
Oct 23, 2017 • 25 min
How TV news got a score.
Who Killed Cargo Shorts?
Oct 16, 2017 • 28 min
Flora and fact buddy Prashanth talk about spiders, which leads to a cargo short investigation.Listen to Gimlet’s newest show, Uncivil, wherever you get your podcasts:Apple Podcasts | Overcast | Pocketcasts | Stitcher
Celebrity Crush with Bill Nye
Oct 9, 2017 • 29 min
Bill Nye the Science Guy introduces us to an obscure historical figure. Plus, we revisit the eclipse.
The ELT Help Line
Sep 18, 2017 • 27 min
Flora and Katherine answer questions from listeners. ELT Help Line #: (347) 464-9626.
Rapture Chasers [Re-broadcast]
Aug 21, 2017 • 24 min
To celebrate Eclipse Day, we’re rebroadcasting our very first episode.
Introducing The Pitch
Jul 17, 2017 • 25 min
We’re hard at work on Season 2 of ELT. In the meantime, we thought you’d enjoy this brand new Gimlet podcast called The Pitch. On it, real entrepreneurs pitch to real investors for real money. It’s high stakes and nerve-racking and really fun. We’re…
Chair, Misunderstood
Jul 3, 2017 • 26 min
Learning to love a viral piece of furniture.Our Sponsors: Wordpress.com | Synchrony Financial | Casper
Dewey Decimal Drama
Jun 26, 2017 • 26 min
The trouble with the library cataloging system. Plus, slug-gate. Our Sponsors: Spotify | Synchrony Financial
Don’t Underestimate the Flamingo
Jun 19, 2017 • 25 min
Flora learns facts about the flamingo that change her. #YESflamingo Listen to Mogul: The Life and Death of Chris Lighty, a hip-hop miniseries from Gimlet Media and Loud Speakers Network. Now available wherever you get your podcasts. Apple Podcasts |…
The Society on Your Face
Jun 12, 2017 • 22 min
Get to know your most intimate animal companions. They already know a lot about you.Listen to Gimlet’s newest show, The Pitch, on Apple Podcasts or wherever you listen!Our SponsorsCasper – Get $50 towards any mattress purchase by visiting casper.com/elt…
What the Government Stashes
May 29, 2017 • 28 min
Rummaging through the nation’s attic to find out what the government stores and why. Our SponsorsPostmates - The app that can deliver anything from anywhere. Get $100 in Postmates delivery credit by downloading the app and using promo code ELT. New…
This Is an Activation
May 22, 2017 • 29 min
A weird night in Dallas leads us to ask: what kinds of emergency systems are all around us?Our Sponsors eBay - Listen to their podcast, Open for Business wherever you get your podcastsEveryday Bravery by Prudential - Listen wherever you get your…
The Quest to Wipe Out a Virus
May 15, 2017 • 28 min
What does it take to eradicate a disease from the planet? Plus, the horrifying hunting habits of weasels. Our Sponsors Casper – Get $50 towards any mattress purchase by visiting casper.com/elt and using promo code “ELT”WordPress – go to wordpress.com/ELT…
The Senate Whisperer
May 1, 2017 • 25 min
How rules can keep us from descending into chaos.Our SponsorsEbay - Listen to their podcast, Open for Business wherever you get your podcastsEveryday Bravery by Prudential - Listen wherever you get your podcastsZiprecruiter - Post jobs for free by…
The Hide Rug of the Plant World
Apr 24, 2017 • 26 min
Producer Christine Driscoll meets an alleyway plant dealer and discovers an industry right under our noses. Our SponsorsEveryday Bravery - subscribe wherever you listen to podcasts Sonos - Sonos is a smart system of wireless speakers. To learn more go to…
Rapture Chasers
Apr 17, 2017 • 24 min
An event in August could bring millions of people to tears.Our SponsorsEbay - Listen to their podcast, Open for Business wherever you get your podcastsCasper - Get $50 towards any mattress purchase by visiting casper.com/elt and using promo code…
Hello, we are Every Little Thing
Apr 11, 2017 • 1 min
Turn over the rock, peek through the keyhole, go down the rabbit hole. There’s always more to it. A new show from Gimlet Media, hosted by Flora Lichtman. Premieres Monday, April 17.