Facts Machine

Facts Machine

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Facts Machine is a podcast by and for people who are curious about everything — but especially the things that make them laugh. Scientists by day and pub trivia hosts by night, Emily, Noah, and Rob leverage their scientific curiosity and delight in obscure minutiae to bring you a podcast that explores life’s silliest, most unexpected, and outright awe-inspiring stories. And puns. So many puns.


29: Fruits & Veggies
Jul 9 • 53 min
This is a podcast about Pythagoras and beans, Oklahoma and the truth, and Princess Alice and her pet Spinach. Everything you think is a vegetable is a fruit. Ben Franklin has a plan for your farts.
28: Famous Inventors, Overshadowed Inventions
Jun 25 • 62 min
Don’t you just hate it when people only want to talk about how you discovered universal gravitation, but not about your passion project, making proportionately-sized doors for cats? Or when the press loves how you revolutionized the automobile industry by…
27: This Week We Learned (at Science Friday Trivia)
Jun 11 • 51 min
Emily, Rob, and Noah went to Science Friday’s science trivia night, and they won! They also learned some interesting facts that they have brought back to share with you in this episode. Listen to find out why you shouldn’t cast your margaritas before…
26: Sportsball!
May 28 • 58 min
When Facts Machine does an episode about sports, somehow you leave with more information about the mysteriously accurate predictions of 19th century authors, the ability to pinpoint the true origin of referred pain in the tip of your right shoulder blade,…
25: (Live at Caveat) The Periodic Table of Elements.
May 14 • 64 min
Live at Caveat in NYC, Noah, Emily, and Rob head back to class with their first ever guest host, chemistry teacher extraordinaire Rich Fisler! In this episode, the facts are elementary, the laughs are periodic, and discussion of fewer puns was tabled.
24: In Dog We Trust
Apr 30 • 50 min
In this episode, Facts Machine makes a PAWEDcast! Noah, Rob, and Emily learn all about dogs — the good boys and good girls who make life worth living. Listen to find out how good the first good boy was, how some good girls are helping reseed forests after…
23: Hocus POTUS
Apr 16 • 61 min
Hail to the Chief! It’s an episode of Facts Machine all about U.S. presidents. Listen to find out why it’s not safe to run for president in 2020, how to win friends and influence people to crowdfund your mausoleum, and which president was arrested for…
22: That Sh*t Cray
Apr 2 • 59 min
“More intellectual than I expected.” Our listeners should expect nothing less from an episode of Facts Machine all about poop! Would you believe that in this episode we discuss the natural philosophy of Aristotle, the finer points of long-term space…
21: My Goodness, My Guinness
Mar 18 • 51 min
Top of the morning to ya! In honor of St. Paddy’s day, we’re Dublin down on this week’s theme: Guinness! Listen to find out why nitrogen is “an obvious gas”, how the t-test was invented by a Guinness employee, and how “factual fisticuffs” inspired the…
20: Facts Machine ~After Dark~
Mar 5 • 53 min
This week, Facts Machine becomes FaXXX Machine as Emily, Rob, and Noah discuss facts of a more…intimate…nature. Get your mind in the gutter with our titillating (hehehe) tales about the Urban Dictionary of the Victorian era, that time when Hemingway and…
19: The Wild West
Feb 19 • 63 min
Have your lassos, pistols, and…sarsaparilla (?) at the ready, because this week Facts Machine is comin’ atcha with some Wild West facts! Tune in to learn about real life re-enactments of your favorite dysentry-ridden computer game, the dromedaries that…
18: Only In New York
Feb 5 • 59 min
You can learn a lot in a New York minute, but you can learn even more in sixty! Facts Machine is back with an episode all about our hometown, the Big Apple. Listen to learn why The Strand bookstore is the last shop standing from New York’s legendary Book…
17: Crime Immemorial
Jan 22 • 59 min
It would be criminal to miss this episode of Facts Machine! Let us steal your attention with gritty tales of (surprisingly) true crime, featuring Ohio bank robberies, anti-Stratfordian conspiracy theories, and mysteriously damp socks. Do your ears some…
16: I’m With The Banned
Jan 8 • 63 min
Noah, Emily and Rob are back with a BAN-tastic episode all about bans, censorship, and prohibitions! Listen to find out why Ray Bradbury should have gone with Fahrenheit 2577, why you should watch your back if you’re the king who banned coffee, and which…
15: Have Yourself A Merry Little Podcast
Dec 11, 2018 • 53 min
Podcast ye merry gentlemen, let nothing you dismay! For Noah, Emily, and Rob have come to you to say: Remember facts like Ol’ Saint Nick was skinny in his day! Oh tidings of Facts Machine pod! Give us five stars! Ohhhh tidings of Facts Machine pod! It’s a…
14: Blame It On The Alcohol
Nov 27, 2018 • 41 min
Bottoms up! It’s an episode of Facts Machine all about booze. Tune in to learn how John Chapman planted cider apple trees until he became known as Johnny Appleseed, how a ban on eggnog incited a violent riot among cadets at West Point, and how drunk birds…
13: Take Me Out To The Ball Game
Nov 13, 2018 • 60 min
Grab some peanuts and Cracker Jacks and get your glove out from under your mattress. The baseball season might be over, but it’s opening day for America’s *real* pastime: trivia! There will be more twists than one of those curvy, slidy pitches…what are…
12: Happy Halloween!
Oct 30, 2018 • 41 min
Boo! Did we scare you? No? Well maybe our most recent episode will do the trick (or treat)! This week, Rob, Noah, and Emily explore the overuse of Franken as a prefix, the spooky physics (or lack thereof) of ghosts, and the sex politics of ancient…
11: The Reviews Are In…
Oct 16, 2018 • 44 min
“I was laughing for half of the episode, and thinking for the other half!”, “As funny as ‘Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me!’”, “I love Facts Machine, but please don’t open any more cellophane packages on-air.” The above are all real reviews that our podcast has…
10: Playing With Our Food
Oct 2, 2018 • 45 min
Food fight!!! Grab a gluten-free communion wafer, a rotten tomato, or a cookie that thinks it’s a cake, and get ready to throw them at Noah, Emily and Rob as they set the table and dig in to find out the precise gluten content of Jesus of Nazareth, the…
9: Boring Conspiracy Theories
Sep 18, 2018 • 40 min
UFOs…chem trails…lizard people…Facts Machine? You’re not crazy (maybe); all the aforementioned things are sources of conspiracy theories! Hold onto your tin foil hats as Noah, Rob, and Emily take you on a mild ride through the world of boring conspiracy…
8: Space
Sep 4, 2018 • 46 min
They say that that in space, no one can hear you scream…but since we host a podcast, we’re used to screaming fruitlessly into the void, so it’s fine! In this episode, Emily, Rob, and Noah explore the vast reaches of space, as well as all the ways that…
7: Unsung Heroes
Aug 21, 2018 • 49 min
Some historical heroes are household names, whereas others fade into history, or worse, suffer the cruel fate of not even meriting a Wikipedia page. Ever wonder why unicorns are no longer the scourge of humanity, why badass women journalists no longer…
6: Do Animals Suck?
Aug 7, 2018 • 59 min
Have you ever wondered whether some animals, despite the best efforts of the powerful pro-animal lobby to convince us otherwise (we’re looking at you, David Attenborough), just really suck? Odds are some of them are just going to be real jerks with no…
5: Where There’s A Will…
Jul 24, 2018 • 49 min
What will you leave behind when you die? If you’re lucky, you’ll leave behind the Earth when your ashes are blasted into outer space! Alternatively, you might pass on your birth date to an unlucky child born too close to Christmas. Or maybe, just maybe,…
4: The World Cup
Jul 10, 2018 • 53 min
Want to learn lots of cool stuff about The World Cup, but don’t want to have to learn anything about soccer itself? Do we ever have a podcast for you! In this episode, Noah, Emily, and Rob explore the crazy world of The World Cup. Listen to find out…
3: What’s in a Name?
Jun 26, 2018 • 51 min
Would a podcast by any other name sound as sweet? That’s what Facts Machine is here to find out. In this episode, Rob, Noah, and Emily dish on their historical namesakes. Listen to find out how Robert E. Lee is connected to the death of John F. Kennedy*,…
2: Rise and Shine
Apr 27, 2018 • 61 min
Facts Machine Trivia Podcast has returned for a *second* episode! Listen to find out how a one-eyed astronomer, anthropomorphic trains, and the country of Finland relate to this week’s early bird-friendly theme: Rise and Shine. We’d love to hear your…
1: The Olympics
Mar 13, 2018 • 51 min
Welcome to the inaugural episode of the Facts Machine Trivia Podcast! Listen to find out how swimming hieroglyphics, hitchhiking, and the casting of Tarzan are somehow connected to this week’s theme: The Olympics. We hope you enjoy listening as much as we…