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Saunas: More Interesting Than You Think!

Although they might seem pretty mundane, saunas are surprisingly fascinating inventions. Josh and...

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What's the deal with Bond, James Bond?

James Bond, the most infamous secret agent ever to grace the silver screen, originated in the...

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How Reincarnation Works

A large percentage of the world's population believes that you will be reborn after you die. So...

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What's the deal with Voodoo?

Voodoo is a religion found in parts of Africa and Haiti that's often misunderstood. In this...

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How Ghost Prisons Work

In this episode, Josh and Chuck discuss the controversial "ghost prisons," covert prisons created...

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What makes a serial killer?

Serial killers are notorious for their grisly crimes and disturbing behavior, but what makes a...

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What makes a genius?

When you hear the word 'genius,' names like Einstein and Hawking probably spring to mind....

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Who were the Vikings?

Vikings were fierce, plundering Scandinavian warriors; and even today, their reputation precedes...

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How Lotteries Work

In this episode, Josh and Chuck discuss the history, practices and controversies of lotteries.

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What exactly is Fascism?

Fascism is a specific political philosophy that's often mistakenly used to describe any...

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What's the deal with carbon trading?

In this episode, Josh and Chuck demystify carbon trading, discussing everything from...

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How Scabies Works

Scabies is a contagious skin disease with a bad reputation. Tune in as Josh and Chuck discuss...

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Was Mesopotamia the Cradle of Civilization?

In this episode of Stuff You Should Know, Josh and Chuck discuss the reasons why Mesopotamia is...

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How Braille Works

Josh and Chuck discuss the Braille alphabet -- from its origins in Charles Barbier's "night...

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What are ninja?

Ninja, Japanese warriors famous for stealth, deception and sabotage, were inspired by Chinese...

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How Flirting Works

Flirting is an ancient -- and, at times, unconscious -- form of communication used to indicate...

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How OCD Works

Obsessive-compulsive disorder is an anxiety disorder characterized by obsessive thoughts and...

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How Cannibalism Works

Cannibalism is one of humanity's near-universal taboos, but it has been practiced in widely...

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What's the difference between deodorant and antiperspirant?

The function of antiperspirant and deodorant is to prevent sweat or to mask the scent of body...

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Are there real-life fight clubs?

The 1996 Chuck Palahniuk novel, "Fight Club," has been blamed -- and lauded -- by various groups...

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