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SYSK Selects: How Shrunken Heads Work

In this week's SYSK Select episode, although U.S. museum collections are rife with counterfeits,...

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SYSK Selects: Did a cow start the Great Chicago Fire?

In this week's SYSK Select episode, Josh and Chuck find who's probably to blame for the Great...

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Live in LA: How Rodney Dangerfield Worked

Other comedians cry on the inside, but Rodney Dangerfield built his entire act around his sad...

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The Tupac Amaru Rebellion

The Tupac Amaru rebellion was a conflict between Spain and its colonies in South America which...

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Zheng He and the Treasure Ships

Zheng He led expeditionary voyages from China in the 15th century. While there are many tall...

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Oliver Haugh, Serial Killer Pt. 1

In his early career Dr. Haugh claimed to be working on the next step in human evolution. But he...

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How Snake Handlers Work

Snake handling ranges from professional snake milkers for antivenin to religious handlers who...

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How Megalodon Worked

Between 2 to 20 million years ago, the biggest shark with perhaps the most devastating bite of...

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What was Operation Plowshare?

America had already used two nuclear bombs to devastating effect when researchers thought "maybe...

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The Late Victorian Manure Crisis

In the late 1800s and early 1900s, many cities were facing the same problem: so much horse...

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Jellyfish: Even Cooler than Octopi?

Jellyfish are among the most adaptable, competitive organisms on the planet. They can grow back...

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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...

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How Woolly Mammoths Worked

It was only 11,000 years ago that the last true woolly mammoths died out, close enough to the...

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SYSK Selects: Can you die of a broken heart?

In this week's SYSK Select episode, in the early 1990s, Japanese researchers found a strange...

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SYSK Selects: What's the 10,000 Year Clock?

In this week's SYSK Select episode, in a desert in Texas a 200-feet-tall clock is being...

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SYSK Selects: Lying Liars: How Lying Works, Liar

In this week's SYSK Select episode, studies find that absolutely everyone lies – some have found...

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SYSK Selects: Can you die of a broken heart?

In this week's SYSK Select episode, in the early 1990s, Japanese researchers found a strange...

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SYSK Selects: What's the deal with Rasputin's death?

In this week's SYSK Select episode, Grigori Rasputin, the Russian charismatic cleric and...

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SYSK Selects: How Magic Mushrooms Work

In this week's SYSK Select episode, for thousands of years, humans have used hallucinogenic...

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SYSK Selects: Gesundheit! How Allergies Work

In this week's SYSK Select episode, about 30-40 percent of humans suffer from some sort of...

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