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This Custom of Customs

This Custom of Customs

Customs may be a pain when you're traveling, but it's a necessary instrument the government uses to regulate trade. Your passport please? See more »

The Delightful History of Steam Technology

The Delightful History of Steam Technology

One of the coolest things humans have ever figured out is how to use steam as power. It made the Industrial Revolution possible and even today, 88% of America's electricity comes from steam turbines. See more »

Evel Knievel Part II

Evel Knievel Part II

In today's episode, we cover part two of our Evel Knievel suite. The man, the myth, the legend. Check in and listen to the latter stages of Evel's career as the world's most legendary daredevil. See more »

Evel Knievel Part I

Evel Knievel Part I

Evel Knievel was perhaps the world's most legendary daredevil. He came along at a time when the world ate up this kind of entertainment, partially in hopes that he crashed. And crash he did. A lot. Learn all about this icon in this special two part episode. See more »

Mermaids: Not a real thing

Mermaids: Not a real thing

Mermaids aren't real. That much we know. But the history and lore of these magical and sometimes menacing creatures of the sea is pretty interesting stuff. Learn all about these half women/half fish today. See more »

What is exploding head syndrome?

What is exploding head syndrome?

Exploding head syndrome isn't nearly as weird as it sounds, and there are no brain parts being damaged. But if you suffer from it, you will definitely be freaked out. The good news is, despite its name, it's not dangerous at all. See more »

How Triage Works

How Triage Works

Triage is a system that provides immediate attention and categorization for medical emergencies that hopefully will never be a big part of your life. Unless you work in an ER. Learn all about the interesting history and current methods for this life saving system today. See more »

The Gettysburg Address: Short and Sweet

The Gettysburg Address: Short and Sweet

The Gettysburg Address is one of the most famous speeches in political history, despite only being a few hundred words long. What was so special about this commemoration? We'll give you the skinny right here and now. See more »

What's with this "Internet of Things"?

What's with this "Internet of Things"?

You may have heard about the Internet of Things and not known what the term meant. It's basically a collection of object connected to your life and the internet. We're talking everything from your smart phone to your fitness tracker. Cool stuff, but fraught with privacy issues. See more »

Research tips from SYSK

Research tips from SYSK

People often ask us how we do our research. We're not going to disclose all of our secrets, but we'll give you some tips on how to root out the bad studies from the good ones. Learn all about shady studies and reporting right now! See more »