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 Is computer addiction a thing?

Computer addiction is really an umbrella term for the various addictions that can come along with the computer. We're talking video games, porn, gambling and the like. We dive deep into the world of digital addiction in today's episode. See more »

Horoscopes: Written in the Stars?

 Horoscopes: Written in the Stars?

A lot of people read their daily horoscopes, but does anyone really take stock in them? Turns out the answer is yes, even though there is no evidence of their accuracy. Learn all about horoscopes today. See more »

How a Flea Circus Works

 How a Flea Circus Works

If you've ever seen a flea circus, then count yourself among the few. It's a dying art, but back in the day they thrilled and delighted young and old alike. Learn all about the tiny big tops in today's episode. See more »

Frostbite: Yeeeow!

 Frostbite: Yeeeow!

Up to the 1950s most reports of frostbite came from the world’s militaries, but as outdoor sports have gotten more popular, so have frostbite cases. Learn about how frostbite wreaks havoc on your extremities, even literally freezing off your tookus. See more »

Should Advertising to Kids Be Banned?

 Should Advertising to Kids Be Banned?

As kids’ buying power in America has exploded in recent decades, so too has the amount companies spend advertising to them. But because of a quirk of brain development, kids aren’t equipped to understand ads are manipulating them. Should they be banned? See more »

The Kitty Genovese Story

 The Kitty Genovese Story

Most people have heard of the story of Kitty Genovese. She was murdered near her apartment in 1964 and her neighbors didn't do much to help. It caused a nationwide outcry, but the story has often been misrepresented. We'll set the record straight. See more »

What's the Deal with Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy?

 What's the Deal with Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy?

Concussions are bad enough for football players, but research has found all of those smaller hits can add up to massive brain trauma later in life too, leading to a condition called chronic traumatic encephalopathy, a condition the NFL sought to cover up. See more »

How Fireplaces Work

 How Fireplaces Work

They are dirty, harmful to your health, bad for the environment and utterly charming. Wood-burning fireplaces have been with us for centuries and, despite their many drawbacks, are sticking around. Learn more than you thought possible about the fireplace. See more »

How Monty Python Worked: SYSK Live from LA Podfest

 How Monty Python Worked: SYSK Live from LA Podfest

Things get awesome when Josh and Chuck do a live show on Monty Python at the LA Podcast Festival. Hang out as the duo dives into the 'Beatles of Comedy,' what made them tick, what made them so funny, the whole bit. Plus, Kevin Pollak crashes the stage. See more »

Do sin taxes work?

 Do sin taxes work?

Taxing things like alcohol, tobacco and gambling is big money and has been for a long time. But are these 'sin taxes' keeping people from indulging or are they simply a way to raise revenue? Learn all about sin taxes in today's episode. See more »

A Partial History of Action Figures

 A Partial History of Action Figures

Action figures have a long and glorious history. From GI Joes to Star Wars figures, these offshoots of dolls came along at just the right time to capture the hearts and minds of children everywhere. Learn all about the partial history of action figures right here. See more »

Ham Radio and the Hams Who Use Them

 Ham Radio and the Hams Who Use Them

If you thought that Ham Radio enthusiasts were (mostly) men and boys who sit alone late at night in order to scan frequencies searching for a human connection then you're absolutely correct. But it's much more than that. See more »

SYSK The Podcast: Special Halloween Bonus Episode 2016, The Sequel – From Hell

 SYSK The Podcast: Special Halloween Bonus Episode 2016, The Sequel – From Hell

Lock your doors and grab something heavy to defend yourself, like a candlestick or something, because Josh and Chuck are going to scare the wits out of you, courtesy of a story from The Grabster and listeners who submitted two-sentence horror. Scary! See more »

The Hinterkaifeck Axe Murders

 The Hinterkaifeck Axe Murders

In 1922, a little farm in the woods of Bavaria became the site of what would become Germany’s most famous unsolved murder, when six people were brutally killed with a pick axe. What led up to it and followed is nothing short of bizarre. See more »

How Sleep Paralysis Works, or The Worst Thing That Can Happen While You're Sleeping

 How Sleep Paralysis Works, or The Worst Thing That Can Happen While You're Sleeping

For as long as people have been sleeping, about half of us have probably suffered from sleep paralysis. Thanks to an unusual fluke in the sleep cycle, the sufferer feels paralyzed and consumed by fear as something on their chest tries to kill them. See more »

Stuff You Should Know: Internet Roundup: The Worst Study Ever? & The World's Oldest Person

 Stuff You Should Know: Internet Roundup: The Worst Study Ever? & The World's Oldest Person

A groundbreaking study out of Switzerland discovers that drinking beer makes you friendlier, happier, and less inhibited. Stunning news. Also, we get into the surprisingly complicated business of determining the world's oldest living person. See more »

Living Underground in Beijing

 Living Underground in Beijing

Chairman Mao’s paranoia of a Soviet invasion led to hundreds of thousands of Beijing residents put to work for a decade building an 85-square-km underground city to serve as a massive bomb shelter. Instead it’s illegal underground housing today. See more »

What's the What with Fish Fraud?

 What's the What with Fish Fraud?

Fish fraud, misrepresenting a fish as a more expensive one, costs Americans $25 billion a year. And because less than 100 inspectors check for fraud in the US and everyone from wholesalers to sushi restaurants are free to rip off their customers. See more »

Stuff You Should Know: Internet Roundup: Lefty Grenades & The Exclamation Point!

 Stuff You Should Know: Internet Roundup: Lefty Grenades & The Exclamation Point!

The Army went and designed a lefty-friendly grenade, plus Josh and Chuck mull over the history and use of the exclamation point. See more »

How the Census Works

 How the Census Works

Counting humans has been happening for a long, long time. It usually had to do with taxing them, but now census data can reveal a lot about a population and help satisfy its needs. Count us in for this episode. See more »