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204: Go West
Jul 10, 2018 • 63 min
Gather up your wagon and get ready to move out west into the world of kooky and spectacular trivia and quizzes. Don’t die of dysentery because as it turns out, there are a whole lot more ways to die along the real Oregon Trail as Chris found out….
203: The Great Escape
Jun 28, 2018 • 67 min
We’re busting out! Escape movie quiz, but really, how well do you know your Stephen King movies! Chris spills secrets of escaping handcuffs and straightjackets from the Houdini Handbook. Planning on a lavish escape to Orlando? Well, then buckle up…
202: This is Only A Test
Jun 15, 2018 • 62 min
Get your scrap paper ready and those number two pencils sharpened because this week, we are filling up the Scantron sheets with bizarre facts and wacky trivia about tests and exams! Speaking of pencils, why are they yellow, and why do we always have…
201: You Know, For Kids!
Jun 4, 2018 • 57 min
Get your best burp cloth ready for a real spewing of facts and trivia all about kids. Of course, Karen’s got her baby edition of Nightmare Animals, and Dana has prepared her first ever themed Music Round! Colin found out about the phenomenal history…
200: ALL QUIZ BONANZA! #40
May 24, 2018 • 78 min
The long and undulating road to 200 is HERE. We’ve made it — and it’s an ALL QUIZ! We’re starting the celebration off with Colin’s mystery themed music round, and jump into another mentally sweaty round of “Lifetime Movie? Or Not Lifetime Movie?”…
199: Bring on the FANfare!
May 17, 2018 • 69 min
Woah woah woah, finally a new episode from our hiatus?! YES - and what better way to come back than with a brand new episode turgid with brain-filling trivia that’s all about you, the FANS! Facts about fandom and tidbits inspired by our own GJB fans:…
198: High and Dry
Jun 22, 2017 • 69 min
Time to wring out them brain cells and learn trivia and facts about things that are dry! Get out your map and compass in order to navigate Colin’s desert quiz. Ever wonder what goes on in the back of a dry cleaning store and how dry cleaning…
197: Let’s Make a Deal
Jun 2, 2017 • 73 min
Time for some wheeling and dealing, and let us haggle and dazzle you with trivia and facts about making those deals! Why don’t you *~come on down~* and take Karen’s quizzes about our favorite game shows? Let our yard sale expert negotiator Chris teach…
196: We Could Be Heroes
Apr 11, 2017 • 64 min
Come one, come all! We’re celebrating heroes that comes in all shapes and sizes: from the underdogs of the fast food world to life-changing inventors. We got a grab bag hero quiz, and Chris has an epic music round of heroic songs. Colin found a town…
195: ALL QUIZ BONANZA! #39
Mar 24, 2017 • 63 min
Soak and soothe your brain in our hot tub of quizzes and trivia! (And on a related note, find out why we may never go into a hut tub or public pool ever.) Revel in nostalgia as we try to answer (and draw) Dana’s newspaper comics challenge. Say yes to…
194: Gimme A Break!
Mar 8, 2017 • 59 min
We’re taking a joyride on the road to 200 episodes, and here to share facts and quizzes about taking breaks and getting away for some fun! Treat yourself to Colin’s advertising slogan quiz about getting away from it all. Chris has an extra hard…
193: Under the Sea
Feb 19, 2017 • 67 min
Set sail on the H.M.S. Trivia! We’re back with the sea’s rich bounty of quizzes and facts: we got ghost sharks, sea movies, Dead Sea, and sea riddles. And move aside pumpkin spice, make way for sea salt caramel craze! From candles to protein…
192: Teamwork Makes the Dream Work
Nov 29, 2016 • 52 min
We’re getting the band back together with trivia about cooperation and teams! We find out the scary secret (and science) behind tug of war, and it’s not just rope burns you need to worry about. When it’s half time and your team is low on the…
191: I’m FALLing and I Can’t Get Up
Nov 18, 2016 • 56 min
Come all nymphs and sprites, let us sing the autumnal hymns to honor the great harvest. Trivia and quizzes about the fall season: the many names of the season and find out the real murderous secret behind falling leaves. Take Dana’s quiz and find out…
190: ALL QUIZ BONANZA! #38
Oct 19, 2016 • 55 min
We’re baaccckkkkk! And on the road to 200! “Labrador” and “mikado”? Find out other truly bizarre but 100% real and official color names in Karen’s quiz, and oil up those adorable gears for Chris’ Cute Robot Challenge. Most trivia nuts can name the…
189: The Golden Touch
Aug 15, 2016 • 63 min
It’s the GJB gold rush and we’re running to find odd facts and stories about gold. From golden raisins to Golden Girls, Dana’s got a gilded grab-bag quiz. Ever had a pet goldfish? Well, they are much more complex, and “colorful” animals than we give…
188: BFFs
Aug 7, 2016 • 55 min
Celebrate your pals and buds with this trivia-centric episode about BFFs. You might recognize TV BFFs, but can you identify the show just by their character names? Harder than it sounds in Dana’s TV BFFs quiz. And let’s tour the animal kingdom for…
187: BANNED
Jul 16, 2016 • 53 min
Quizzes and trivia about banned and prohibited things in the US and around the world! Want to name your newborn baby “@”? We share a smattering of banned baby names we found from around the world. Learn about how video game companies change their…
186: Eggsellent
Jul 9, 2016 • 64 min
We crack open the trivia-filled world of EGGS! Which end of the egg comes out of a chicken first? Chris fluffs it up with the science and how-to behind perfect scrambled eggs. (And we have a micro interview with a very special guest who has very…
185: ALL QUIZ BONANZA! #37
Jun 28, 2016 • 57 min
Time to combine that black matter and white matter and turn it into grey matter with our all quiz episode! How do we get people more into classic literature? Well, with a teen movie starring Hilary & Haley Duff, of course! Chris did some mad…
184: Spice Up Your Life!
Jun 18, 2016 • 56 min
Secrete saliva with some succulent segments and stories about seasonings and spices! Find out what the most popular Japanese dish is (and it’s not what you think it is)! Sail around the world with us as we dive into the spice trade and how it…
183: Eyes on the Prize
Jun 7, 2016 • 64 min
Winning is nice, but getting a prize for it is even better. So get ready to head to the podium to receive some award-winning trivia! Celebrate the entertainment highs in our almost-EGOT quiz, and on the other end of the spectrum, cringe at…
182: Dress You Up
May 22, 2016 • 61 min
Strap on those jodhpur pants, dust off those epaulets, and it’s time to suit up for this week’s episode on uniforms and costumes! Find out exactly why Mario sports his classic overalls getup and has his signature mustache. Take Dana’s non-uniform…
181: Good Job, BRAIN!
May 10, 2016 • 48 min
We want your brains……to be smarter and stronger! This week we found weird trivia stories about our weirdest and most mysterious thinkin’ organ. Ever been impressed by someone with a photographic memory? Dana finds out what exactly is photographic…
180: ALL QUIZ BONANZA! #36
Apr 13, 2016 • 70 min
Oh ho ho! A real grab bag of quizzes this week: from the germiest places in your house to foreign currency. Find the interloper word in Chris’ misused vocabulary quiz, and find out if you’re like an animal. And let’s play “30 Seconds to Glory!”…
178: Spy vs. Spy
Mar 31, 2016 • 67 min
Let’s dart past sharks with frikkin’ laser beams attached to their heads and break into the underground trivia lair that’s all about espionage and spycraft! Listen to us flunk the pub trivia James Bond primer, AND the James Bond music quiz. Find…
177: FIGHT!!!
Mar 21, 2016 • 62 min
Fists up, brains up! This week, we’re heading into the ring filled with facts and trivia about fighting: learn about the (nice) Japanese tradition of spider fighting, and find out why MMA fighters should not blow their noses. Colin finds out what…
176: Lost in Translation
Mar 7, 2016 • 65 min
Ex squeeze me? Baking powder? We take a trip around the world and get lost in translation this week! Pardon Colin’s French because he borrowed a bunch of words in his quiz, and darling Dana dives into the astonishing history of the Navajo code…
175: ALL QUIZ BONANZA! #35
Feb 20, 2016 • 62 min
Get out your tickets out because we’re all aboard on the brain train to Quiz Town! Celebrate the leap year with Dana’s quizzy ode to February 29th. And Chris noticed a very common trend with the Grammy’s and he even hands out an award in his…
174: Whoops!
Feb 13, 2016 • 56 min
Goofs and gaffs, d’ohs and duhs, we tried getting all the banana peels cleared away for this trivia episode about mistakes. Ah, the joys of live TV and all that could go wrong… Take Colin’s quiz about major TV slip-ups, and one oddball find…
173: A Sticky Situation
Feb 4, 2016 • 53 min
STICK AROUND for facts and trivia about things that are gooey, sticky, and syrupy. Chris found a bunch of sticky words but they’re so sticky that some other letters got rolled in— see if you can solve his adhesive anagrams. Sticky quiz about…
172: Catch Up! Listener Challenge, Puffy Snakes, Xenografts
Jan 24, 2016 • 32 min
It’s our catch-up episode, and we got lots weird facts to share and special listeners to thank. Karen’s back from her 5 million races over the fast few weeks and has so many stories to tell (involving dolphin poop and oddly-shaped cucumbers), and had…
171: BEST OF 2015 (Cheesy Awards Show Edition)
Jan 4, 2016 • 94 min
We present to you our best segments, quizzes, food facts, and more in our 2015 round-up episodes highlighting the brainiest and weirdest trivia from last year. And it ain’t a cheesy awards show without a parody opening song, awkward presentation…
170: ALL QUIZ BO-HO-HO-NANZA!
Dec 24, 2015 • 64 min
Two episodes in one week? It’s a Christmas miracle, folks! Yes, a special quiz-filled show about the holidays for the holidays for you and your friends & family to play together. Sometimes all you need is a turkey, handsome mister soul, and…
169: Too Cute!
Dec 22, 2015 • 49 min
Cohorts, come coo at and cuddle with crumbs of cuteness. Facts and trivia about things that are cute: baby animal names quiz, the power of Sanrio, and Japan’s most valuable kawaii characters and mascots. Learn about Hello Kitty phobia and take Chris’…
168: It Takes Two
Dec 16, 2015 • 60 min
Prepare for trouble! Make it double! We’re all about facts and quizzes about pairs and duos this week. Twins playing tennis, oooo minty fresh! Learn some pretty weird facts about Doublemint gum and what exactly is Wrigley doubling up on? Movie…
167: What’s Your Guilty Pleasure?
Nov 30, 2015 • 62 min
Time to let our hair down, uncover and admit to some of our guilty pleasures and the facts and trivia behind them: the lurid crime-filled world of Law & Order: SVU, reality shows, and how real is courtroom TV? Chris confesses his…
166: Nuzzle in Puzzles
Nov 10, 2015 • 61 min
What has 10 arms, 4 mics, and insanely nerdy about things like crosswords, riddles, anagrams, and quizzes? Why, it’s this episode of GJB that’s all about puzzles- featuring our good friend and crossword king Tyler Hinman! Tyler blows our minds…
165: ALL QUIZ BONANZA! #33
Oct 29, 2015 • 50 min
Quintessentially quirky and quenching queue of quandaries and quizzes! Chris presents his case that 1992 was a golden year of cinema in his Academy Awards quiz. “A man is found dead in a room next to a puddle of water…what happened!?” - play…
164: What the Folk?
Oct 18, 2015 • 59 min
What is folk and what counts as folklore? We get folked up by imbibing a lot of trivia nuggets about stories, rituals, and music passed down from generation to generation! How come every nursery rhyme seems to have a hidden murderous and/or…
163: GJB LIVE!
Oct 9, 2015 • 51 min
We held our first ever live event and it was awesome! And of course, we made sure that our non-attendee friends and listeners can get in on the action, so we’re releasing half of our live show as this week’s episode. Get down with some of your…
162: New Slang
Oct 1, 2015 • 58 min
Humans say the weirdest things, and we take a roller coaster dive into finding out the origins of slang words and how some of them evolved into everyday use: the first “people’s dictionary,” The New York Times’ unintentionally hilarious slang…
161: Slippery When Wet
Sep 18, 2015 • 67 min
This week, we celebrate one of our favorite states of matter: LIQUID! (Well, there are only three to choose from. ANYWAYS.) Sip up some fictional beverages in Dana’s quiz. Get buzzed with some liquid energy with Karen’s weird Starbucks facts. Partake…
160: ALL QUIZ BONANZA! #32
Sep 1, 2015 • 52 min
A real grab bag in this week’s ALL QUIZ - from fake James Brown to key lime pie; from New Jersey to consoles. Take the heteronym challenge and find the pair of identical words with totally different meaning and sounds. If there’s a New Jersey…then…
159: Na na na na na na na na na na na na na na na na… BATMAN!
Aug 26, 2015 • 63 min
Holy comic book trivia, Batman! We battle against crime, and some of Marvel’s silliest criminals ever in a REAL or FAKE comic book villain quiz. Learn what sets Japanese manga apart from American comics in terms of business and reading habits,…
158: Sweeping Epics
Aug 10, 2015 • 57 min
Grab your mighty sword and charge into the battle for tivia about the most EPIC STUFF!!! We go from high-brow with a quiz on *actual* epic poems laced with hints and clues to low-brow with epic eating contests- learn some of the tactics, lingo, and…
157: Beautiful in Every Way
Jul 28, 2015 • 58 min
Let’s spend a day prettying ourselves up! Ah, how about a nice relaxing snail facial to give your visage a nice fresh look? Or maybe you want to indulge in a bird poo treatment? Let’s play a spa-themed game of “Place, Person, or Thing?” and discover…
156: Fantastical Food
Jul 16, 2015 • 57 min
Hold your breath. Make a wish. Count to three. Come with me, and you’ll be… in a world of PURE IMAGINATION…. and of filling your face with fantasy food! We’ve talked about the history behind Willy Wonka, but what about the…
155: ALL QUIZ BONANZA! #31
Jul 5, 2015 • 59 min
What kind of quirky quaint quizzical quandaries do we have in store for you this week? Colin just got back for Sweden and we finally get to tell our Scandinavian and Nordic countries apart, and of course, return of torture candy. Chris masterfully hid…
Fun-Size Mini Show: Music Location Puzzle
Jun 23, 2015 • 23 min
What did the fast tomato say to the slow tomato? “KETCHUP!” Yes, Karen catches up with a few Um…Actually’s, listener questions, and announcements. Potential meetup? Play games with all of us and with the community online? And future episode…
154: To Boldly Go
Jun 14, 2015 • 53 min
By Grabthar’s hammer, you shall be avenged with trivia overload about science-fiction. What was the true cultural origin of sci-fi? Flash Gordon and Buck Rogers - the copycat race to space story dominance. NGet fuzzy and cuddly with Dana’s…
153: Let There Be Light!
Jun 5, 2015 • 56 min
Ah, finally, and *enlightening* episode! Let it shine, let it shine, let it…… destroy? Chris tells us about the infamous Las Vegas “death ray” and how a simple CFL lightbulb destroyed his videogame dreams. Bask in facts about glow-in-the-dark…
152: Follow the Leader
May 15, 2015 • 51 min
Kneel and bow before trivia about those who are leaders of the pack! Take Chris’ quiz on business leaders who name their famous companies after their own swagga self. Why we call sport team leaders “coaches” and the traditions among different sports….
151: Cheers!
Apr 29, 2015 • 61 min
Watch out because we’re burping up facts and trivia about booze and beers! After 150 episodes, we’re revisiting our topic from episode one! Find out why the next time you drink wine, you should really make a toast to Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde…
150: ALL QUIZ BONANZA! #30
Apr 18, 2015 • 44 min
What’s the best way to celebrate our 150th full length episode? With quizzes about Taylor Swift, word games, music maships and more. DUH. Chris’ got a few sassy out-of-context movie summaries for us to identify. Do you listen to the show in the car? -…
149: Collect All the Things!
Apr 12, 2015 • 55 min
Gotta catch’em all! We celebrate trivia and facts about collecting and collectors: our resident Star Wars droid afficionado Colin quizzes us on eBay abbreviations, and our resident video game hoarder Chris regales us with the mysterious tale of…
148: Take Out the Trash
Apr 6, 2015 • 59 min
It’s time for spring cleaning so get ready to sweep up factoids about garbage: Oscar the Grouch, the 5-Second Rule, and the surprisingly recent invention of the Trash feature in computers. Learn the tale of the Mobro 4000 - how the legendary floating…
147: The Doctor is In
Mar 27, 2015 • 50 min
Doctor, these patients need 100CC of trivia STAT! We’re prescribing some extra-strength weird facts this episode so make sure to relax and breathe normally. Get the blood flowing with a general medical quiz, and then take a spoonful of odd lingo and…
146: It’s a Date!
Mar 17, 2015 • 47 min
Sweaty palms, racing heartbeat, and a whole lotta akwardness! It’s our episode about dating: dating alarms in Iceland, the 3 key questions to ask to find your mate, and we cringe at some of our own dating horror stories. Karen’s got a quiz about very…
145: ALL QUIZ BONANZA! #29
Mar 7, 2015 • 57 min
Thus, the Earl of Trivia requested a quiz between two slices of bread, and that is how trivia came to be! Instead of one quiz sandwich, we’re going triple-decker style with oodles of quizzes to jam into your earholes and straight up into…
144: Mascot Mania
Feb 25, 2015 • 61 min
Gotta go fast! From a speedy blue hedgehog to a prospector named after a bread, we plunge into the wacky and ridiculous world of mascots. Can you name the sports team by their cheesy mascots? Take Dana’s quiz on beloved product…
143: A Royal Pain
Feb 18, 2015 • 57 min
Kneel before the iron throne of trivia and nutty facts about royalty, rulers, and regality: royalty quiz, the very mindblowing and scandalous world of “pretenders to the throne,” why purple is the color of royalty, and the fascinating job of the royal…
142: Don’t Call it a COMEBACK!
Feb 6, 2015 • 52 min
Except…. it is a comeback. YES! WE ARE BACK. Karen has her voice back and what better way to celebrate her health than to have an episode all themed around stories, facts, and quizzes about famous comebacks. In order to rise, you must fall first,…
141: BEST OF 2014
Feb 6, 2015 • 94 min
It’s out MEGA-long year-end episode! Double the length, double the memories as we try to cram in some of your favorite and notable segments. With the help of our listeners, we’ve picked some of our best quizzes, stories, facts, and music rounds from…
140: ALL QUIZ BONANZA! #28 - Holiday Edition!
Dec 25, 2014 • 43 min
Are you yearning for yuletide yapping? Then join us at the trivia table and keep your brain fresh with a jolt of holiday quizzing! Colin gets super experimental this episode and debuts a new game segment “30 SECONDS TO GLORY”!, a whole Christmas music…
139: Season’s Eatings II
Dec 22, 2014 • 48 min
ARE YOU READY FOR HOLIDAY EATAPALOOZA?!?!??!! Let us whet your appetite with scrumptious facts and trivia about holiday foods and eating traditions. Why does fruitcake have the most pathetic loser rep? Chris drenches us with the colorful and…
138: Abracadabra
Dec 13, 2014 • 54 min
Shazam! Presto! Prepare to be amazed by origin stories, facts, and trivia about MAGIC. Chris tries to dazzle us (and YOU, the listener) with aural magic tricks. Find out why his mind-reading tricks work. Take our quiz about the magical…
137: All in the Family
Dec 5, 2014 • 56 min
Scooch closer niblings, avuncles, and brother-uterines because it’s time for a family reunion! We tip our hats to trivia and juicy facts all about families as we inch closer to the holidays. Eldmother? Belsire? Take Dana’s specific family member…
136: Raise Your Voice
Nov 28, 2014 • 51 min
La la la laaaaaaaaaa~ We explore the world of voice and speech. Learn about the history of “the robot voice” and the crazy machines that made synthesized speech possible, we turn into Munchkins and find out why helium makes your voice squeaky, famous…
135: ALL QUIZ BONANZA! #27
Nov 21, 2014 • 49 min
Watch out for those whizzing quizzes - it’s time for our hodge podge of random quizzes to keep your brain in tip-top pub trivia shape: lightning round of women who RROOOCCKKKK (not lady geologists), and time to play a round of ”Hey, Where’d…
134: For Your Safety
Nov 15, 2014 • 52 min
DO THE SAFETY DANCE! Facts and trivia about keeping you safe. Remember those (super annoying) automatic safety belts that were build into a track along the car door? What happened to them and how did they came about? Having a hard time opening…
That Old Time Rock and Roll
Nov 7, 2014 • 56 min
Darn you whippersnappers, get off our lawn! This week we celebrate the old, out-dated, and obsolete things in the past. Meet the mysterious saltpeter man from the days of yore whose job totally….stinks. Old name quiz, and what happened a year ago?…
132: Happy Halloween! #2
Oct 31, 2014 • 55 min
Sugar up *your* skulls with our Halloween trivia-riffic episode filled with brain candy: vampires vaahhhnt to suck your blaaahhhhhd, but why do they hate garlic? Who’s Ben Cooper and why should you thank him for your crappy childhood costume?…
131: Bibliotheque Discotheque
Oct 23, 2014 • 52 min
The library is open for an epic mega-nerd sesh as we jam out to trivia and quizzes about books. Earn your book club gold stars with the return of Dana’s “Ya Burnt” segment - can you name the classic children’s book by their haterade one-star…
130: ALL QUIZ BONANZA! #26
Oct 17, 2014 • 53 min
Put on your hightops, sip on some Hi-C, and snack on some Hydrox because we’re going high speedin’ down that super highway of information. In this hodgepodge quiz episode, Chris gets stately with some very strange official state whats-its, and find…
129: Father Of Mine
Oct 9, 2014 • 48 min
Chris is back and and has a new spawn! What better way to celebrate his new fatherhood than having an episode dedicated to dad-dom. Take the Dad Jokes challenge and see how many eye-rollingly cheesy dad jokes have you had the (dis)pleasure of hearing…
128: Eat Your Veggies!
Oct 2, 2014 • 49 min
Vegetables are filled with nutrients but they’re also chock-full of weird, weird, weird trivia. Find out why the odd history behind why we associate carrots with the color orange, and what vegetable looks like a severed human head. Quiz about two…
127: The Great Outdoors
Sep 26, 2014 • 57 min
Ah, the outdoors! Fresh air, lucious greenery, and….. a million things that will try to kill you. So pack up your think and let’s head up the summit of outdoors trivia: what to do when killer bees attack? Or when a shark is circling around you? Find…
Fun-Size Mini Show: Bumper Contest!
Sep 19, 2014 • 2 min
We want you to share your brilliant ideas and creations with the GJB universe! We’re calling for listener audio submissions, and inviting you to make a GJB bumper ad. We might just use yours on the show. Be silly! Be theatrical! Be positive! Be…
126: I’ll Take It To Go
Sep 11, 2014 • 55 min
MOVERS & SHAKERS, this one’s for you! Ever wondered about the things you bring with you when you’re on the go? We share quizzes, trivia, and history about some iconic portable necessities: how the Nintendo Game Boy ruled the world and the genius…
125: ALL QUIZ BONANZA! #25
Sep 3, 2014 • 48 min
I think we figured out our ninja turtle equals. Colin, our no-nonsense Leonardo decided to embarrass us with a quiz about British sayings. Nappy? Agony Aunt? Listen to our attempt to mind the American-British gap. And let’s play another round of “BRAD…
124: Bootylicious
Aug 28, 2014 • 45 min
It is finally time to talk about…. the butt. Yes. Butt trivia and butt facts and butt quizzes. We dive into the history of butt words, and some origins may surprise you! And Chris finds the most beautiful booty in classical art that has been…
123: At the Movies
Aug 20, 2014 • 53 min
Get yourself some popcorn and fake butter topping and get ready for an episode all about the silver screen! Like easter eggs? Then you’ll love learning about the most famous and popular sound effect that appears in almost every major film. Dana’s got…
122: We Salute You!
Aug 14, 2014 • 53 min
1, 2, 3, 4, I don’t know what I’ve been told! 5, 6, 7, 8, Good Job, Brain is on a roll! Why, with quizzes and weird facts about military life, of course. Discover the fully packed history of canned foods and how we have Napoleon to thank. From cereal…
121: Dot Com
Aug 6, 2014 • 51 min
Let’s face it, we all heart the internet, so this week, we are jamming pub-quiz-worthy webby facts into the tubes to your brain. Learn about the history behind the @ symbol and how it became synonymous with email, and find out where…
120: ALL QUIZ BONANZA! #24
Jul 31, 2014 • 49 min
Alright you Quiztina Aguileras and Equizabeth Taylors, it’s time for another all quiz episode! Chris has word puzzles on his mind inspired by The Maze of Games - see if you can find the hidden arcade games hidden in the story. Dana tests us on…
119: All Around the World
Jul 24, 2014 • 46 min
Please put your seat back in the full upright position, and your tray table up as we’re about to take off into this travel-themed episode! Discover the strange origin of passenger air travel and exactly what you had to do to “fly” from New York City…
118: It’s Legen-DAIRY
Jul 15, 2014 • 44 min
Hope your ear aren’t lactose intolerant because this week it’s all about the wacky fact-filled world of dairy. Find out how music helps cow produce more milk - and just what kind of music gets them into the mood? Weird trivia about breast milk…
Fun-Size Mini Show: Music Puzzle Challenge!
Jul 9, 2014 • 5 min
It’s a minisode this week and boy, do we have a challenge for your ear holes! See if you can solve this special music puzzle and maybe, you might win yourself some GJB goodies.
117: We Love the 90s
Jun 30, 2014 • 56 min
EXTREME!!! Pull out your Dunkaroos and dive into the artificially colored frosting of 90’s trivia: fads, foods, music and more! 90’s snack food facts, Ninja turtles, and famous firsts in TV, movies, and world news. Slap on some…
116: Your Love is Like a Rollercoaster, Baby, Baby
Jun 24, 2014 • 48 min
Keep your arms and legs inside the vehicle as we freefall into a bumpy ride of amusement park trivia. Rides, food, parks and more! Chris is back from the press preview event of the new addition to the Harry Potter theme park in Orlando, and tells us…
115: ALL QUIZ BONANZA! #23
Jun 19, 2014 • 53 min
Listen up all you Joey Triviannis and Trivia Newton Johns - are you ready for another quiz-filled scrumptious audio eclair?! In our All Quiz #23, we zoom from fantasy (Chris’ Harry Potter and the Wiki Hole quiz in preparation for his press junket for…
114: How to Prep for Pub Quiz Part II
Jun 11, 2014 • 42 min
Continuing our 2-part celebration of pub trivia! Sharing our own stories and tips from our own pub quiz experience, and lamenting our topic weaknesses. And of course, what we think are common topics to know: videogame firsts, US States, and an…
113: How to Prep for Pub Quiz Part I
Jun 5, 2014 • 50 min
OUR TRIVIA SECRETS REVEALED! This week, we are celebrating pub trivia by sharing our stories, our strategies, and our tips in hopes to help YOU score big at your local. Find out what topics to study, and how to settle answer disputes. Take Karen’s…
112: Cracking the Code
May 29, 2014 • 53 min
We give you the 001101000011000100110001 on the puzzling history and facts about codes, and hidden meanings! This origin story of the Enigma machine, code name quiz, and what the foxtrot is up with the NATO alphabet? Learn how James Brown,…
111: What’s in a Name?
May 21, 2014 • 51 min
You asked for it, and here it is - our episode about the sizzling world of names and nomenclature. RAWR! Learn about the Pinocchio Rex and other goofy (but real!) dinosaur names and origins. Can you identify movies from their initial or secret working…
110: ALL QUIZ BONANZA! #22
May 14, 2014 • 50 min
Replenish your smarts with some brainor-ade in this all-quiz show! Colin tests us to see if we know our acronyms, and takes us hopping around the nation with a city name quiz. Dana’s been snooping around Amazon and made a game about hilariously…
109: It’s Treasure-Hunting Time
May 8, 2014 • 53 min
Pick up your shovel and get ready to dig into the world of hidden and buried treasure! Uncover facts behind the fictional golden city of El Dorado, the secrets behind Al Capone’s “hotel,” the real inspiration behind pirate treasure maps, and what…
108: Oh Baby!
May 1, 2014 • 52 min
BIG NEWS! Chris is going to be a dad! We’re celebrating his big news with an episode filled with facts and quizzes about babys, kids, and one nightmare animal. Grab a train ticket to Whoville for Chris’ Dr Seuss quiz, and learn how Target uses the…
107: Shop Til You Drop
Apr 23, 2014 • 55 min
Cha-ching! A whole episode about trivia and sizzling facts about shopping?! CHARGE IT. We buzz about the Lincoln shopping secret, 99-cent pricing, how supermarkets trick you into buying more, and where did those WACKY WAVING INFLATABLE…
106: Life of the Party
Apr 15, 2014 • 45 min
Put on your party hats and loosen up that belt for some cake because we’re nerding out about parties this week! Festive facts and celebratory stories about party rituals, inventions and more: Shakespeare Goes to a House Party music quiz, etymology of…
105: ALL QUIZ BONANZA! #21
Apr 9, 2014 • 50 min
Keep your arms and legs inside the vehicle because we’re about to blast you off to BRAIN TOWN with an all quiz episode. It’s time to play another installment of “BRAD PITT?…OR LASER?” and those who miss E.L.V.I.S.’ soothing metallic voice are in…
104: Fooled Ya
Apr 1, 2014 • 48 min
The left-handed burger? Trees that grow spaghetti? Celebrate April Fools’ Day with us by learning some of the redonkulous trivia behind pranks and hoaxes. Colin regales us with the history behind iconic novelty gags like the Whoopee Cushion,…
103: In Yo Face!
Mar 26, 2014 • 48 min
Time to face off with facts about your FACE. Chris explores the things in your face, (specifically, up your nostrils) in his dedicated booger segment. Seeing Virgin Mary on your grilled cheese sandwiches? Or seeing fiesty drunk octopodes in bathrooms?…
102: The Need for Speed
Mar 19, 2014 • 56 min
Turbo charge your ear-holes with our episode about things speedy, fast, and instant. Find out about the weird origin of FedEx (hint: it involved some Las Vegas craziness). And exactly fast are the fastest things in the world? Play our Price-Is-Right…
101: Um, Actually…
Mar 12, 2014 • 57 min
Ah yes, the “Um, Actually…” - a phrase in every trivia fan’s utility belt. We dedicate the whole episode to the culture of corrections, misquoted facts, and nerdery. It’s time to load up your trivia ammo! Colin schools EVERYONE on a misused…
100!
Mar 5, 2014 • 81 min
Lots of festivity in our 2nd anniversary and 100th episode! We’re celebrating this milestone by celebrating…YOU. Warm up your hearts with listener messages and questions sprinkled throughout the show. And warm up your brains with…
99: Viva Las Vegas! Part II
Feb 19, 2014 • 51 min
Our wallets may be a little lighter but we’re winning big in titillating facts and trivia about Sin City. Did you know before Super Mario and Zelda, Nintendo had a Vegas connection? Colin obsesses over blackjack and the history of card-counting, and…
98: Viva Las Vegas! Part I
Feb 12, 2014 • 50 min
May luck be a lady tonight! We’re actually in Las Vegas this week - so be prepared for a jackpot of shiny facts about gambling, hotels, games, Hoover Dam, and more. Chris gets clever with a hotel name puzzle quiz, and Karen checks in…
97: BYOT
Feb 5, 2014 • 56 min
It’s a free-for-all this week as we decided to bring out own topics for this episode. So naturally, it’s a nutty grab bag of some jaw-dropping trivia. Where else can you learn about the birth of the smiley emoticon, how to grow a pineapple in your own…
96: Chillin’ Like A Villain
Jan 29, 2014 • 48 min
Bust out your monacle, twirl up that ‘stache, and stroke your reaky hairless cat because it’s time to get evil. This week, we’re headed to our secret island lair to celebrate trivia about villains. Where did the word come from? And we all know that…
95: ALL QUIZ BONANZA! #19
Jan 23, 2014 • 50 min
We all made quizzes that are a little wackier and more off-the-beaten path this week! Colin hosts a round of “BRAD PITT…..OR LASERS?!” and quizzes us on famous things named after a who, a what, or a where. Dana treats us to some dangerously tasting…
94: A Berry Good Episode
Jan 16, 2014 • 49 min
Orange you glad we’re back for more in 2014? We put fruit facts into the limelight this week and cherry-picked some pretty juicy trivia. Colin gets to the core of fruit name origins, Chris grapples with a hybrid fruit challenge, and Karen puckers up…
Fun-Size Mini Show: Happy New Year!
Jan 7, 2014 • 16 min
Bit of trivia and a quiz this week in this mini episode. New year, new announcements, same bat time, same bat channel. Find out why are there actually twelve days of Christmas, and put your perky ears to the test with a Music Round! And we have…
93: BEST OF 2013
Dec 31, 2013 • 81 min
It’s our KING SIZE year-end episode! With the help of our listeners, we’ve curated some of the best quizzes, stories, facts, nightmare animals, and music rounds from 2013. Thanks to you guys, dear listeners, for a fantastic year! May your new year be…
92: Pick a Side
Dec 24, 2013 • 54 min
We’re a lot giddier than usual this week as we explore the trivia of things on the side. Chris gets kicky with a sidekick quiz, and Dana’s got a list of things that are more famous for their side effects than their intended use. Colin takes us on a…
91: Let’s Get Physical
Dec 17, 2013 • 48 min
Lace up your shoes and strap on that shiny leotard because it’s time to sweat. Trivia and origin stories of things, people, and places that keep yourself fit. Take the atheletic brand quiz and find out where the names like Reebok and Adidas came from….
90: ALL QUIZ BONANZA! #18
Dec 10, 2013 • 41 min
Oil up your noodle so you can slurp up some quiz time deliciousness. Dana heats up our brains (and meatballs) with “SWEDEN? OR NOT SWEDEN?” Chris has Christmas music on his mind while Karen made a quiz about entertainers solely for the purpose of…
89: Sock It to Me
Dec 2, 2013 • 46 min
Ah, the foot; the meatbrick with 5 sprouting flesh morsels can hold so much mystery, wonder, and microbes. Let us rock your socks off with trivia and tales about our glorious feet: what does the “pink” in “pinky toe” mean? Why do we hang up stockings…
88: Oh Behave!
Nov 26, 2013 • 47 min
Chin up, elbows off the table, and stop picking your nose! We explore the world of manners and etiquette this week. Chris quizzes us on the torturous and delightfully wacky rules of table manners. Learn about the Do’s and Don’ts of pub trivia, the…
87: The Truth About Cats and Dogs
Nov 19, 2013 • 45 min
BREAKING MEWS! Put your paws up for some barking mad trivia about our furry companions: the amazing death-defying righting reflex of cats and “high-rise syndrome,” we sift through the colorful history of cat litter, the many faces of Cerberus, and a…
86: The Life Aquatic
Nov 12, 2013 • 47 min
Strap on your floaties because we’re going out to sea. Marinate on these marvelous marine morsels of trivia: the history of the first ever submarine and its very silly name, what exactly made Disney’s The Little Mermaid a complete hit and turning…
85: ALL QUIZ BONANZA! #17
Nov 5, 2013 • 50 min
We’re down a person but we’re making it up by SMUSHING MORE QUIZZES UP YOUR EAR-HOLES. Yo dawg, I heard you like portmanteaus - so enjoy a crazy portmanteau-ception! Chris gets musical with “Who am I?” and blows our minds with tricky foreign-sounding…
84: Happy Halloween!
Oct 29, 2013 • 47 min
OOoooOOoOoooOoooOooOo~ Salutations spooks and spectres! Munch on these trivia treats: Tim Burton quiz, eye-opening statistics on the most popular costumes throughout the year, what might actually happen in case of a zombie attack, and the origin and…
83: Up in the Air
Oct 23, 2013 • 46 min
Pooping, peeing, puking, and plummeting - this *uplifting* episode sure got things covered. Rise to the top and touch the sky with trivia, quizzes, and stories about aerial matters: what is believed to be the worst airplane in history, the wondrous…
Fun-Size Mini Show: Live from Chris’ Wedding! (And He Doesn’t Know Because It’s a Surprise)
Oct 15, 2013 • 19 min
We couldn’t record a regular show because it was our co-host Chris’ wedding over the weekend. BUT TRIVIA CANNOT BE STOPPED. So we recorded short segments in secret at the wedding reception as a surprise for him. Why are wedding gowns white? Why don’t…
82: Body Hackin’
Oct 9, 2013 • 51 min
BODY MODIFICATIONS - ways to decorate and enhance the body! Plastic surgery tidbits and vocabulary quiz, outrageous/cool/eyeroll-inducing celebrity tattoos, and hacking your own body with….home electronics? The amazing body transformations of the…
81: Danger! Danger!
Oct 1, 2013 • 49 min
Watch out, brains because it’s going to get dangerous up in here. Learn about the deadly secrets behind animal kingdom’s own goofball - the blowfish, and why people actually want to eat it. (Get it? Goof-BALL? Ok.) Hear Dana ROAR about the legendary…
80: ALL QUIZ BONANZA! #16
Sep 25, 2013 • 44 min
Get out your smoothie cup because we’re about to whip up your melon with some quenching quizzes! Let’s play “Japan, Or Not Japan?” and “Angels & Demons.” Fire up your follicles with a quiz all about hair-removing products (and pain, we suppose)….
79: Too Much of a Good Thing
Sep 18, 2013 • 44 min
Overload on trivia about OVERLOADING! Find out what happens to your body when you eat too many carrots, and the very dangerous (and poisonous!) nature of drinking way too much water. Ever feel weird about words when they are repeated over and…
78: Too Cool for School
Sep 10, 2013 • 50 min
Prepare your face for some eyebrow-raising and completely bonkers trivia about school: the odd history behind the classic No. 2 yellow pencil (WHY IS IT NUMBER TWO? WHY IS IT YELLOW? THE WORLD MUST KNOW!), the surreal and the bedazzled things rival…
77: You’re My Number One
Sep 5, 2013 • 46 min
Chris discovers the magical and mystical properties of the number nine, and Karen finds mathematical shapes in videogames, snacks, and Las Vegas. Learn a whole lotta nothing… uh… we mean zero! E.L.V.I.S. is back with another quiz - this time with…
76: Hey, Hot Stuff
Aug 28, 2013 • 45 min
We’re going to make your skull-stuffing sweat with some trivia that is hot, hot, hot! How hot is the world’s hottest chili pepper? And what is the most efficient remedy to cool of a scorched tongue? Find out all the “tricks” to fire-walking, and don’t…
75: ALL QUIZ BONANZA! #15
Aug 20, 2013 • 54 min
Better get your THINK TANK ready because we’re fishing for BRAIN-BOW TROUT in our 15th ALL QUIZ episode! Dana’s got a hangover-free quiz about cocktails and drinky-drinks. Chris’ current game obsession bleeds into his quiz segment about Disney…
74: Sequels II: Sequel Harder 2 The Streets
Aug 14, 2013 • 44 min
One is good, but is two really better? Test your movie tagline chops with our movie sequel quiz. Do you know the full titles of some of these blockbuster sequels? And what about sequels of people? Karen shares some odd findings on the “Junior” naming…
73: Lie, Cheat, and Steal
Aug 7, 2013 • 51 min
Tsk tsk tsk. For shame! Tales and trivia about notable cheaters: the marathon runner whose time seemed too good, the journalist whose reports seemed too colorful, and the gutsy guy whose casino caper seemed too easy. And of course, the awesome…
72: We’re Goin’ Under
Jul 31, 2013 • 48 min
Get our your goggles and saddle for your giant pet mole, and suit up - because we’re going on an underground adventure! We dig deep into the marvel and the twists behind the birth of NYC subway, we find out what’s exactly underneath Disney World, and…
71: ALL QUIZ BONANZA! #14
Jul 23, 2013 • 48 min
TEN-HUT! Time to go all bootcamp on your brain with this quiz-only episode. Are you a cake person or a pie person? Sweeten your day with Karen’s quiz on dessert flavors and wacky names. Sprint across the finish line with Colin’s music segment “Cut to…
70: Go Big or Go Home
Jul 16, 2013 • 51 min
Hey, Mr. Big Stuff, who do you think you are? From the big man (Colossus of Rhodes) to the Big Mac, we share awesome facts and quizzes about things that are BIG. We find out what space might actually smell like, the noisy nature of oceans, and the…
69: The Sound of Music
Jul 9, 2013 • 55 min
The hills are alive with SO MANY FACTS ABOUT MUSIC: the oldest instrument of the history of mankind, notable moments in recording history, the first talking doll recordings (creepy!), music scandals on TV quiz, the actual lowdown on hidden secret…
68: Fun in the Sun
Jul 2, 2013 • 55 min
Ready for summer vacation? Load this episode up while you bask under the red hot day-star! Tan your brain with awesome glowing facts: the (kind of gross) history of the icecream cone, weird trivia about daylight saving time, wacky watermelon stories,…
67: Bad Medicine
Jun 25, 2013 • 48 min
Paging Doctor Feelgood! We need 100cc of trivia facts STAT!!! We explore the trivia-filled world of medicine - specifically, the weird and wacky medical treatments: old-timey snake oil, traveling medicine shows, alcohol, quacks, that wonder drug…
66: All By Myself
Jun 18, 2013 • 42 min
Are you lonesome tonight? Well, these people sure are! We salute and celebrate the ones who tend to do things by themselves: the crazy solo life of the hermit crab (and its nightmare cousin, the coconut crab), the physical and psychological effects of…
65: ALL QUIZ BONANZA! #13
Jun 12, 2013 • 49 min
Yeeeaaaahhhhh! Another quiz-filled tasty entree to satisfy your hunger for weird information. Are you a boardgame expert? Then Dana gotcha covered in her boardgame pieces test. Chris had colors on his mind, and also a very intriguing (and maybe…
64: Itsy Bitsy, Teenie Weenie
Jun 5, 2013 • 47 min
Shrink ray, pew pew! Toy dogs, woof woof! Mini golf, putt putt! We celebrate the things that come in smaller packages around us. Trivia about the invention of the miniskirt (oo la la) and weird laws around tiny liquor bottles. See if you can name the…
63: It’s A-MAIZE-ing!
May 28, 2013 • 43 min
(Let’s see how many corn puns we can fit in this episode description) Ah shucks! So many kernels of facts in this husky episode about corn. Let’s stalk the whereabouts of this golden plant: from car parts to Doritos, from liquor to Beavis &…
62: So Fresh, So Clean
May 21, 2013 • 49 min
LATHER UP for some amazing quizzes and facts about things that are squeaky clean: famous cleaners on TV, infomercials, marketing deodorant, the rise and fall of a surprising cleaning product… and what exactly IS soap? Learn about the massive…
61: Waking Up is Hard to Do
May 15, 2013 • 49 min
Good morning, brains! Love it or hate it, getting up in the morning is something we have to face every single day. Well, unless…you’re a nocturnal mole-person. We gab about juicy trivia and silly histories behind some of our favorite and least…
Fun-Size Mini Show: William Fakespeare
May 7, 2013 • 5 min
WE’RE ON SITE! We had a bit of a scheduling conflict this week because we made it to the PUB TRIVIA GRAND FINALS. So please enjoy this little fun-size episode featuring our pal, William Fakespeare… and see if you can identify the lyrics line by…
60: ALL QUIZ BONANZA! #12
Apr 30, 2013 • 47 min
Don’t slam that snooze button because it’s TRIVIA O’CLOCK. We got a chock-full of quizzical goodness. Dana’s got a meaty round of….meats, and an even meatier round of famous sidekicks. Colin’s obsessed with secret origins of seemingly plain…
59: Creepy Crawlies
Apr 23, 2013 • 40 min
Bllyyeeechhh….we celebrate the slimey, slithery, and creepy creatures of our world! Crunchy facts about crime-solving bugs, deceptively cute snails, and the guinea worm. Learn the right first aid steps of how to remove a bug stuck inside your ear….
58: Hey Ladies!
Apr 16, 2013 • 49 min
We did The Man Show, and it’s the girls’ turn this time! Find out how well you’ll fare in Chris’ epic battle of the sexes challenge. “Electrifying” facts behind fashion, famous firsts, women in song titles, and Karen’s….seaweed… shirt? We try to…
57: Fake It Till You Make It
Apr 9, 2013 • 44 min
Impostors! Countefeits! Forgeries! Decoys! Yes, a show all about FAKES. The history of counterfeit money may surprise you, but probably not as much as the shocking secrets of that ol’ regular inkjet printer sitting in your house RIGHT NOW! We also…
56: Your Body is a Wonderland
Apr 2, 2013 • 50 min
The human body is truly amazing! We HEAD up the discussion about body gunk, and the mysterious and wonderful world *inside* your belly button. Colin blesses us with tales of mysterious sneezing phenomenon, and Karen ponders why your pee smells weird…
55: ALL QUIZ BONANZA! #11
Mar 26, 2013 • 43 min
GET. PUMPED. YES. So many quizzes in all shapes and sizes! Get inside Colin’s head and see if you can identify some of his favorite instrumental TV theme songs. Karen is totally excited to see if people enjoy her “William Shakespeare Goes to a House…
54: Epic Fail
Mar 19, 2013 • 46 min
Flops, failures, and follies! We dedicate this show to all those who have picked themselves up after falling down. Facts and juicy stories about New Coke, the wobbly Tacoma Narrows Bridge, the dotcom boom, and the biggest financial movie flop in the…
53: Take A Bite Outta Crime
Mar 11, 2013 • 49 min
Bada bing! Keep your eyes open as we head down the dark alley of crime. Learn about the history of the tommy gun, mafia lingo, and the fascinating start of early crime scene investigation. Test your crime IQ with our quizzes about notable real and…
52: Trivia About Trivia
Mar 4, 2013 • 49 min
It’s our first birthday and it’s our TRIVIACEPTION show! Believe it or not, amazing facts about the king of amazing facts, Robert Ripley. The business behind bad trivia. We try our luck in Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, and gush over other TV game…
51: Oh What a Circus
Feb 25, 2013 • 45 min
Come one, come all! Behold as we uncover tasty circus and carnival factoids from under the big top: circus lingo, superstitions, and codes for danger. If so many people are scared of clowns, why are they an integral part of the circus? Join in on our…
50: ALL QUIZ BONANZA! #10
Feb 19, 2013 • 39 min
Unclog and do some mental plumbing with some extra strength BRAINO. In this rad all quiz episode, Chris celebrates the number 50, and shares classic lateral thinking puzzles & brain teasers. Karen’s got a round of science and brings back “Mash It…
49: LOL
Feb 12, 2013 • 50 min
Prepare to get your funnybone/ulner nerve tickled! We take a closer look at the things that make us laugh: the rich surprise history of “That’s What She Said” jokes, the invention of the Laugh Track, how MAD magazine came to be, comedy duos, and what…
48: Sports Trivia for Non-Sports People
Feb 4, 2013 • 46 min
SPORTS: you either love it or it makes you groan. Fear not! We SERVE up intriguing sports facts that you will lurve… so heads up! We finally learn why football is called “soccer,” the hotly contested origin of tennis, and what sport is awesomely…
47: Zzzzzzzz…
Jan 28, 2013 • 47 min
Warning! Our show on sleep is actually far from a snoozefest! We find out about the eye-popping origin of the word “nightmare,” the amazingly INTENSE sleep behavior of hummingbirds, why you feel the falling sensation when drifting to sleep, the…
46: Baby, It’s Cold Outside
Jan 21, 2013 • 42 min
BRR! Whip up a cup of hot chocolate as we gab about things that are cool, cold, and icy. We teach you how to build an igloo, how the ice industry started, what happens to your body when you’re stuck in the cold depths of outer space, and why you feel…
45: ALL QUIZ BONANZA! #9
Jan 14, 2013 • 44 min
Knead your noggin and noodle with this quiz-filled episode! Awesome segments like “First In Line” and “Metal Band Or Disease?” What exactly is the name and origin of the Michelin Man? Find out who wrote the awesomely titled autobiography…
Fun-Size Mini Show
Jan 7, 2013 • 7 min
We’re resting up our brains this week so enjoy this little fun-size mini episode with the usual segments: Pop Quiz, Hot Shot!, Um…Actually…, and what exactly is the origin of the term “jaywalking”?
44: BEST OF 2012
Dec 31, 2012 • 53 min
The weirdest, the poopiest, the funniest, and the silliest moments of Good Job, Brain! all in one end-of-year episode. We share are favorite quizzes, facts, and histories. That’s right, there ain’t no shame in having a clips show! Have a happy…
43: Our Favorite Things
Dec 24, 2012 • 45 min
Brown paper packages tied up with string…these are a few of my favorite things! Chris shares his Nintendo expertise and that old box of videogames in your attic might be worth lots of money! Colin quizzes us on his love of typography. Karen’s…
42: Season’s Eatings!
Dec 17, 2012 • 46 min
Put on your stretchy pants and prepare to feast on these holiday food facts: fermented shark from Iceland’s midwinter festival, superstitions around Christmas pudding, Jell-O (with cheese?), and the prowess of the Easter hare. ALSO: Country name quiz,…
41: Celebrity Secretttsssss
Dec 10, 2012 • 45 min
Unwind with us while we indulge in the guilty pleasure of weird celeb gossip: famous stars with crazy high IQ, why you should not let Prince rent your house, intriguing human body anomalies and the famous people who have them, stage names vs. real…
40: ALL QUIZ BONANZA! #8
Dec 3, 2012 • 42 min
Turn up the Trivia Newton John because your brain’s about to get PHYSICAL! Can you name the popular hang-out spots from TV shows? See if you know any of Dana’s weird words for weird things segment. Karen’s get into character for a round of literature….
39: Smell Ya Later
Nov 26, 2012 • 47 min
Hey, who farted? We sniff out the story behind scents and smells! How our brains associate smells with memories, Smell-o-vision at the movies, bizarre perfume ingredients, the odd world of celebrity fragrances, how stores are manipulating you with…
38: The Man Show
Nov 19, 2012 • 48 min
Grrah! Get ready to punch trivia in the face with your MANLINESS because we are celebrating MAN stuff: important moments in beard history, etymology behind BBQ, snacks designed for men only, innovations in urinals, and the classic(?) American folktale…
37: Hold Your Tongue!
Nov 13, 2012 • 41 min
Let’s have fun fumbling through the English language! Think you know when to use i.e., e.g., [sic], etc.? Misheard lyrics, “eggcorns,” finger fumblers, and more! Is there a special profession meaning behind YOUR last name? Drink your can of Bite…
36: Happiest Podcast On Earth
Nov 5, 2012 • 47 min
Zippadeedoodah! Our mind-blowing offbeat Disney episode: the tale behind early Lucas/Disney collaboration, the secret psychology of waiting in lines in Disney parks, Disney song quiz, Walt Disney’s lesser-known roots, Michael Jackson, and…. A…
35: I WANT CANDY
Oct 29, 2012 • 47 min
Let’s get hopped up on sugar GUYS, GALS, & GILA MONSTERS. Controversy! Intrigue! Hot molten explosions in your face! We dive into the weird world of candy just in time for Halloween. Serving the sweet scoop on Cadbury Creme Eggs, Tootsie Roll…
34: ALL QUIZ BONANZA! #7
Oct 22, 2012 • 39 min
Get out your sandpaper because this one’s for the quiz buffs! So many individual quiz segments. Karen rounded up her favorite film scores for a special Music Round, Chris grills us on burgers, Colin’s got travel on the mind, and Dana describes dancing…
33: Have You Seen My Stapler?
Oct 15, 2012 • 46 min
Let’s spend a day at the office! We find out how the modern office cubicle came into being, the shockingly old history behind the vending machine, office movie trivia, coffee breaks, and the not-so-nice origin of the Scotch tape. ALSO: secrets to…
32: Ugh, It’s Just a Fad
Oct 8, 2012 • 47 min
Still remember how to do the Macarena? We reminisce and discuss the origins of Pogs, singing raisins, ridiculous trend diets, Sanrio, and Hello Kitty. If you think modern fads are nuts, we also talk about the ridiculous crazes from the old-timey…
31: Color Me Bad!
Oct 1, 2012 • 47 min
Roses are red / violets are blue / we can’t talk about color / without mentioning poo. We dive into the world of color: weird color names, chameleons, the legitimacy of purple, cheddar cheese vs. flamingos, color character name quiz, Crayola crayon…
30: ALL QUIZ BONANZA! #6
Sep 24, 2012 • 47 min
SWEAT. Flex those Adonis mental muscles because it’s another All Quiz Bonanza! Video game trivia, “Belgium or Not Belgium?,” Tarantino flicks, famous scientist anagrams, name that X-Men power, rockstar alter egos, and movie trivia GALORE. This episode…
29: Domo Arigato, Mr. Roboto
Sep 17, 2012 • 46 min
Prepare for the inevitable robot uprising by learning about…well, robots! Eymology, first appearances in culture, hanging out in the uncanny valley, historical Japanese tea-serving automatons and French duck robots. Inspiration behind C3PO &…
28: We’re All a Little Looney
Sep 10, 2012 • 44 min
Watch out for those ACME anvils because we’re transporting everyone into the world of TV cartoons this week! Brief history of animation, why you have to thank the government for the 80’s cartoon explosion, mind-blowing origins behind our favorites,…
27: Ticket to Ride
Sep 3, 2012 • 43 min
All aboard! Mind-blowing facts about transportation. We find out what’s up with those old-timey bikes with the humongous front wheel, airplane secrets, the Hindenburg, JK Rowling’s minor error, and train facts that will make your brain go…
26: Where in the World is…
Aug 27, 2012 • 40 min
DO IT, ROCKAPELLA. We celebrate our half-birthday milestone by talking about our favorite world landmarks: Eiffel Tower, Great Wall of China, Giza Pyramids, and Chris reveals his Statue of Liberty obsession. And of course, the gang relives the golden…
25: ALL QUIZ BONANZA! #5
Aug 20, 2012 • 42 min
Our most sensational, inspirational, celebrational, Muppetational all-quiz show! Dana’s got a round of Muppets trivia, Colin’s got a geography and mononym celebrity names, Karen mixes things up with a mash-up round, and Chris quizzes us on very MAN-ly…
24: OMGlympics!
Aug 13, 2012 • 46 min
Go for the gold with these lesser known Olympics trivia and history tidbits: hot air ballooning, mascot quiz, the weird link between pole vaulting and Donkey Kong, Olympic ring color mnemonic, Fatso the Wombat, and the strange science behind official…
23: I’ll Drink to That
Aug 6, 2012 • 41 min
We invite you to lean back, relax, and indulge in a nice refreshing beverage with us! Quench your thirst with amazing facts about beloved beverages: milkshakes, boba tea, sodas, and hot chocolate. Dana tries to stump us with Snapple lid factoids, and…
22: DO NOT PASS GO
Jul 30, 2012 • 49 min
Breaking bulletin, boardgame buffs! Facts and origin stories of our favorite classic boardgames: Monopoly, Scrabble, and Trivial Pursuit. Boardgames modification quiz, the importance of Monopoly “house rules”, and we venture back into a bit of Star…
21: Plants Are Messed Up
Jul 23, 2012 • 53 min
Ironic to describe our plants show as “meaty” but boy oh boy, we cover LOTS of fantastic topics in this episode: poisonous plants, stinky plants, drug plants, and yes, we even named a plant our A-Hole of the Week! Also: plant character quiz, “Whose…
20: ALL QUIZ BONANZA! #4
Jul 16, 2012 • 44 min
So many segments in our 4th All Quiz Bonanza show: Chris schools us on “bookkeeping” and crazy English words derived from Japanese, Karen has a mystery round (“Mysteround?”), Dana challenges us to a dance-off, and Colin made us a round of “Sports…
19: The Most Important Meal of the Day
Jul 9, 2012 • 45 min
We salivate over bountiful breakfast trivia: cereal mascots, waffles, Pop-Tarts, and Cap’n Crunch. Dig into the historical facts behind bagels, Aunt Jemima, and the intense beef between Kellogg’s & Post! Also: weird words, Chris’ first Music Round…
18: Splish Splash I Was Taking A Bath
Jul 2, 2012 • 46 min
Squeaky clean fun facts behind the things you use in the bathroom: why does orange juice taste weird after brushing your teeth? Mind-blowing truth behind shampoo, what Listerine was really made for, toilet tidbits, and both low and high tech regarding…
17: Off With Their Heads
Jun 25, 2012 • 52 min
ALRIGHT ALRIGHT I’LL TALK! We explore the history and validity behind classic and historical execution and torture methods: guillotine, iron maiden, Catherine wheel, walk the plank, and Chinese water torture. More importantly, find out how Van Halen…
16: Don’t You…Forget About Me
Jun 18, 2012 • 44 min
HEY HEY HEY HEY. It’s our Sweet Sixteen show, and we’re all about teen movies- trivia about Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, American Pie, and more! Did you know many teen movies out there are actually based on classic literature? Also: “Common Thread” quiz,…
15: ALL QUIZ BONANZA! #3
Jun 11, 2012 • 39 min
Zip up that fly, Smarty Pants, because we’re trying out some new stuff for this episode! Fascinating factoids and quizzes about ice cream, humble beginnings, Disney, and…robot voices? Suprises GALORE so we don’t want to spoil too much.
14: You Betcha, Dollface
Jun 3, 2012 • 47 min
…BY THE POWER OF GRAYSKULL! Join us as we skip down memory lane and talk about the delightful origins and facts behind our favorite dolls and action figures. Learn how Star Wars and Barbie revolutionized the toy industry, how Cabbage Patch dolls get…
13: It’s a Monster Mash!
May 28, 2012 • 50 min
Grrarr! We find scientific theories about the existence of popular monsters such as cyclops, unicorns, and the Loch Ness monster. We do some unnecessarily extensive research on how exactly would mermaids make merbabies, and sexy vampire lore. Also:…
12: ALL QUIZ BONANZA! #2
May 21, 2012 • 47 min
Hey Smart Cookies - LET’S GET READY TO CCRRUUMMMBLLLEEEE. An all-quiz episode to keep your noggin nimble. Movies! Literature! Animal superlatives! Dogs! Famous Final Lines! …and of course…the Music Round is back.
11: Hey, Your Fly is Open
May 14, 2012 • 47 min
Remember when Hypercolor and acid-wash jeans were cool? Lots of laughs in this episode about ridiculous fashion trends and their origins. Learn about intriguing facts behind a simple pair of blue jeans, the bikini, powdered wigs, and more. ALSO: pop…
10: Animals Are Weird
May 7, 2012 • 48 min
Chris said it best: nothing that man can think up in science-fiction stories is crazier, creepier, and more disgusting than nature. Mother Nature is a very odd gal. We share our research on weird animals and behavior, and shocking animal ingredients…
9: Finger Lickin’ Good
Apr 30, 2012 • 49 min
DOH! You might end up getting a food coma just from listening to this episode. Greasy and sugary origin tales behind junkfood and outrageous snack finds: donuts, maltballs, Cheetos, and other delicious offenders. ALSO: Indiana Jones & the Last…
8: Very Superstitious…
Apr 23, 2012 • 48 min
Gold underwear, chopsticks, and rabbit’s foot. Everyone has their own crazy superstitions and lucky charms. We confess to our own rituals, talk about really nutty ones in the world of sports and theatre, and find out about the origins of classic…
7: Willy Wonka & the Wax Tadpole Factory
Apr 16, 2012 • 49 min
What do wax tadpoles and Wonka have in common? Find out in this big advertising episode! Our favorite unsuccessful marketing campaigns, advertisement urban legends, ridiculous informercials, company mascot/spokesperson quiz, our own shameless plugs,…
6: Word Nerds Rejoice!
Apr 9, 2012 • 51 min
Crossword champ Tyler Hinman joins us for a fantastic fest fawning over words. We talk about the history and process of constructing crosswords, why Noah Webster is our A-hole of the week, and we introduce you to your new ultimate favorite word of THE…
5: ALL QUIZ BONANZA!
Apr 2, 2012 • 43 min
An all-quiz episode! Movie portrayals, psychic trivia, food+drink, rhymes, and Music Round is back. Ladies and Gentlemen, fire up those brains!
4: Thomas Butt-Headison and Other Invention Tales
Mar 26, 2012 • 48 min
That Tommy Edison sure was a class-A jerkface! We also gab about the invention of cornflakes, air-conditioning, tampons, Ouija board, Viagra, and more. ALSO: pop quiz, etymology factoids, highest-rated movies, and top film quotes of all time.
3: You Want Truffle Fries With That?
Mar 19, 2012 • 52 min
Expensive gourmet food and the opulent stories behind them. Let’s just say we took a few intriguing turns and found ourselves in the absolutely eccentric (and dark) sector of the haute cuisine world. ALSO: pop quiz, foreign food translations, weird…
2: Once Upon a Gruesome Time
Mar 12, 2012 • 48 min
We dish about classic fairytales along with their more scandalous and gruesome folklore origins. Find out what “Rapunzel” actually means, and learn why Charles Dickens hates Hans Christian Andersen’s face. ALSO: Pop Quiz, how to memorize pi,…
1: Candy is Dandy but Liquor is Quicker
Mar 5, 2012 • 44 min
Kanpai! Slainte! Cheers! Douse yourself in eccentric facts about liquor, spirits, and libations. Seagull wine, beer laws, cocktail origins, “alternative” imbibation methods, and more. Also: pop quiz, music round, and how to memorize the provinces…