The Shadow People: Do strange shadow people haunt the corners of our existence, or is there a scientific answer within the human brain? Join Robert and guests Ben and Matt of Stuff They Don’t Want You To Know as they discuss the answers.
What’s more fun than a historical character associated with an elixir of youth, time travel, immortality, alchemy and royalty? The count got around in his own time, but his post-mortem legend has legs of its own.
“Seaweed is a name applied to almost any plantlike marine organism large enough to be seen with the unaided eye. Seaweeds grow in underwater beds, float on the sea surface, attach to rocks and piers, and wash up on shore.”—Show another random fact.
Through the Looking Glass: What are we to make of the mirror world? We surround ourselves with looking glasses, yet rarely understand exactly what we’re observing. Our reflected doubles gaze back at us, affecting the way we carry ourselves and the way we experience our own bodies. Travel through the looking glass in this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind
Our episode today comes from the listener suggestion box: Katy wrote to us way back in August of 2013 to recommend that we look into the Pig War. And oh, how glad I am that she did. Essentially, in 1859, the United States and the British Empire very nearly got into a shooting war over somebody killing somebody else’s pig. It was all part of a much bigger border dispute between the U.S. and Canada, but it’s a story of egos and posturing and a conflict that would have been completely prevented had the telephone been in common use.