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Stuff You Should Know

If you've ever wanted to know about champagne, satanism, the Stonewall Uprising, chaos theory, LSD, El Nino, true crime and Rosa Parks, then look no further. Josh and Chuck have you covered.

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How Sarcasm Works

In this episode, we get to the bottom of why people sometimes talk like jerks some and how sarcasm isn?t all bad. Stand back everybody, this one is just soooo great.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
2021-07-29
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Short Stuff: Space Hurricanes

Space hurricanes are officially a thing. What does that mean for us here on Earth? Probably not much. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
2021-07-28
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Conservatorships: #freebritney

Britney Spears has made a lot of noise lately in her bid to nullify her conservatorship. But what are they even? Listen in to find out! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
2021-07-27
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Selects: How Mars Works

Sure today Mars would kill you with its thin, toxic atmosphere and cold desert temperature swings of 100 degrees,but early on it and Earth were practically twins. Find out how the two planets diverged and if there might be life on the Red Planet, in this classic episode. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
2021-07-24
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The Origins of Some Everyday Superstitions

Why exactly do we avoid walking under a ladder? Why is stepping on a crack in the sidewalk such a big deal? What kind of monster carries a rabbit?s foot in their pocket? The answers to these questions and more lie in wait ahead in this episode. Look out! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
2021-07-22
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Short Stuff: RICO Act

If you?re even passingly interested in mobsters you?ve heard of the RICO Act, but most people don?t know how it actually works. Make your Goodfellas fandom more well-rounded with this explainer episode. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
2021-07-21
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Stranger Danger!

If you grew up in the 1980s, you thought you had a 50% chance of getting kidnapped every time you left your house. But like with the Satanic Panic and other 80s hysteria, it was much ado about (almost) nothing. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
2021-07-20
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Selects: How Ketchup Works

Little-known fact: Ketchup, possibly the most all-American of condiments, evolved from fermented fish sauce people in Southeast Asia have been making for more than a thousand years. Learn more in this classic episode. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
2021-07-17
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How Reverse Osmosis Will Save the World

Can we save the future of the human race with some thin membranes riddled with ultra-tiny holes? Science says yes! Thanks to reverse osmosis filtration, we can turn saltwater to fresh and finally say, Water, water everywhere so let?s all have a drink! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
2021-07-15
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Short Stuff: Hanged, Drawn and Quartered

The words "hanged, drawn and quartered" are an accurate description of the grizzly execution process. They're just not in the right order. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
2021-07-14
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The Radium Girls

The Radium Girls painted watched with glow-in-the-dark radium in the 1920s and '30s. Most got sick, many died. This is their story.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
2021-07-13
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Selects: How Historic Districts Work

A fascinating thing about Americans is that we can disagree on anything. Such is the case with historic districts ? areas of historic importance protected by local laws. Seems innocuous, but are they also to blame for the affordable housing crisis? Learn all about it in this classic episode. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
2021-07-10
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SYSK Live: Koko, the Gorilla Who Talked

Recorded live before the pandemic in January 2020 at the Castro Theatre for San Francisco Sketchfest, Josh and Chuck explore the 70s movement that attempted to teach apes human language and the Ape Language Wars that erupted from it. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
2021-07-08
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Short Stuff: Sulfanilamide Disaster

In the 1920s, before the era of consumer protection, a poison entered the medicine supply and killed more than 100 people before the pubic health disaster could be stopped. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
2021-07-07
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The Sad Story of William James Sidis

Are geniuses made or born? Listen in today to the story of child prodigy William James Sidis. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
2021-07-06
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Selects: 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? Listen to this classic episode and decide for yourself today! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
2021-07-03
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The Grand Ole Opry Cast

Josh and Chuck take a virtual walk through country music's legendary music venue.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
2021-07-01
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Short Stuff: Beast of Gevaudan

The first truly international news story covered a beast that terrorized the French countryside, eviscerating dozens of villagers for three years in the 1760s. How about that? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
2021-06-30
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Poison Control Centers: A Good Thing

Poison control centers are one of those things you don?t think about until you need it. With all the poisons in our homes you very well may someday. When you do there is a cadre of toxicological specialists ready to oversee the process of saving your life. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
2021-06-29
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Selects: How Royalty Works

In some nations royals are so ingrained in the national fabric they are considered part of the country. In this classic episode, Josh and Chuck take a look backward in time at the ancient tradition of despotism and unbridled privilege. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
2021-06-26
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How Faraday Cages Work

Faraday cages are one of those peculiar miracles of nature that we can actually explain ? not to mention, they save us from potentially fatal electrocutions and electronic eavesdropping which are bonuses. Learn about this amazing hidden technology here. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
2021-06-24
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Short Stuff: Chastity Belts

Were chastity belts real? Sort of. But not in the way you might think. Tune in to hear the real story. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
2021-06-23
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The Mystery of Damascus Steel

Damascus steel and the recipe behind it remained a mystery for many years. But it turns out the key was a bygone ingredient. Listen in to this medieval mystery to learn all about it.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
2021-06-22
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Selects: Operation Mincemeat: How A Corpse Fooled the Nazis

In World War II, a secret department of British ?corkscrew thinkers? hatched a plan to use the cadaver of an unclaimed homeless man to turn the tide of the war in the Allies? favor. It worked. Learn all about it in this classic episode. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
2021-06-19
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How Venus Works

Venus is so hot lead would melt on the planet?s surface. It spins backwards. Its year is shorter than its day. Venus is amazingly awesome.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
2021-06-17
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Short Stuff: Mojave Megaphone

What is the Mojave Megaphone? Well, nobody really knows. Listen in today to learn about this desert mystery. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
2021-06-16
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Seven - No, Wait, Five - Mysteries of the Art World

When you get a bunch of artistic types together into a community ? aka, the art world ? some intrigue and mystery are bound to arise. Listen in as Chuck and Josh cover strangeness around Van Gogh, Caravaggio, Raphael, and Vermeer ? plus don?t miss Hilter! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
2021-06-15
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Selects: How Sea Monsters Work

Legends of sea monsters are as old as humanity, and some ancient cultures even credited them with creating the universe. Learn more about humanity's attachment to seeing monsters in the deep in this classic episode. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
2021-06-12
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POGs: The 90s in a Bottle Cap

Today, Chuck and Josh go down a 90s rabbit hole with another in their classic toy series. This time, they tackle the odd sensation that was POGs. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
2021-06-10
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Short Stuff: Chinatowns

If you live in a major city in the USA, you probably have a Chinatown. Listen in and learn all about these unique cultural staples today. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
2021-06-09
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Slime Mold: 0% Mold, 100% Amazing

If you?ve ever wandered past what looked like a pile of dog barf on a log during a hike in the woods, you?d just seen slime mold - one of the most perplexing organisms on Earth.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
2021-06-08
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Selects: Who was America's first murderer?

John Billington didn't just sign the Mayflower Compact -- he was also the colony's first criminal, and had the dubious honor of being the first European to be convicted of murder in this new place. But how did it happen? Tune in to this classic episode to find out. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
2021-06-05
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John Muir: Outdoor Enthusiast

John Muir loved being outside. So much so that he dedicated his life to helping preserve it, but not without some controversy. Listen in to this decidedly nature-centric episode today! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
2021-06-03
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Short Stuff: Runner's High

Listen in to today's short stuff to learn if a runner's high is really a thing. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
2021-06-02
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What Causes Inflation?

Inflation seems super boring, but if you know how it works (important point: no one really does) you can exist as a functioning human being in a modern economy.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
2021-06-01
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Selects: How Nitrous Oxide Works

For about 175 years people have been huffing nitrous oxide for everything from vision quests to anesthetic to get plain old high. And after all that time we are only now beginning to understand how it works on our brains. Get the scoop in this classic episode. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
2021-05-29
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Night Trap: The Video Game Failure that Changed the Industry

In the early 90s a video game was released that changed the industry, despite poor sales and bad game play. That game was Night Trap. This is that story. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
2021-05-27
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Short Stuff: Parachute Emergency!

Your parachute won?t open ? now what?! Listen up to Josh and Chuck and you may make it out of this in one piece. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
2021-05-26
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How Cleft Lips and Palates Work

Cleft lips and palates are common birth defects, but for the kids who have them (and their parents), its no small matter: Years of surgeries, therapy, and possibly lifelong health issues, not to mention the teasing that comes along with looking different. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
2021-05-25
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Selects: How Hot Wheels Work

If you're an American who had a childhood, you probably have some nostalgia for Hot Wheels. Get your engines revved for this trip down memory lane as we discuss these fun and iconic toys in this classic episode. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
2021-05-22
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Girl Scouts: More than cookie sellers

We put our research to the test and it turns out the Girl Scouts is a great organization. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
2021-05-20
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Short Stuff: Speed Reading

Back in the 60s and 70s, a speed reading craze broke out. Tough luck that speed reading is bunk. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
2021-05-19
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The Cleveland Torso Murders

During the depths of the Great Depression, Cleveland?s most vulnerable and destitute residents were prey for one of history?s most horrific serial killers. The killer?s identity remains a mystery to this day. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
2021-05-18
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Selects: How Limousines Work

The first limousines weren?t even cars! Learn all about the history of limousines, how they?re made and some of the most creative and expensive amenities you can find inside them in this classic episode with Josh and Chuck. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
2021-05-15
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How Monster Trucks Work

If you?ve never seen a huge truck with gigantic tires do backflips or roll backward perched only on its two front tires, you haven?t lived yet. Chuck and Josh are here to ignite your interest. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
2021-05-13
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Short Stuff: Garter Snakes

Garter snakes aren?t scary, they?re pretty great! Learn all the reasons why in this episode! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
2021-05-12
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The Ivy League

The Ivy League is technically a sports conference, but it's much more than that. Enjoy this special 3D episode with your earbuds on and learn all about these revered, elite universities. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
2021-05-11
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Selects: How Snake Handlers Work

Snake handling ranges from professional snake milkers for antivenin to religious handlers who tend to get bitten and sometimes die from it. Either way, it can be a dangerous business. Learn all about snake handling in this classic episode. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
2021-05-08
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How Uranium Mining Works

Mining uranium is dangerous work. Not only does it involve mining, which is dangerous itself, uranium is also found alongside some very radioactive stuff. Learn the ins and outs of this thrilling endeavor in this episode of SYSK. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
2021-05-06
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Short Stuff: Squarer Than Wombat Poop

One of the cutest animals on the planet is also the only one that squeezes out cube-shaped poop. Find out why today. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
2021-05-05
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