Part-Time Genius

Part-Time Genius

By iHeartRadio

Will and Mango have lots of questions. Will we ever live without sleep? How do rats keep outsmarting humans? Where are the sunniest tax havens to hide your money? Join these Part-Time Geniuses as they dive into ridiculous topics... and discover some pretty smart stuff along the way.

Episodes

Introducing: Psychoactive

Hi, Part-Time Geniuses! Since you're a fan of this awesome podcast, we think you'll enjoy the new Psychoactive podcast from iHeartMedia. But, don't just take our word for it. Check out this trailer for Psychoactive and see for yourself! About Psychoactive: Drugs, drugs, drugs. Almost everyone uses them. Almost everyone has an opinion about them. Drug policy pioneer Ethan Nadelmann gets to the bottom of our country’s strange relationship to drugs by talking with those who love them, hate them, and study them. We’d love to hear your stories and ideas. Send us a note at psychoactive@protozoa.com or leave a voicemail at 1-833-PSYCHO-0 (1-833-779-2460). Listen to Psychoactive on the iHeartRadio app or wherever you get your podcasts! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
15/07/212m 2s

Introducing: WILD

Hey, Part-Time Genius fans! We think you'll love WILD. Check out the trailer and see for yourself! About WILD : Introducing WILD, a podcast about growing up… kind of. About those moments big and small that transform us forever. About how sometimes we come out on the other side of chaos or adversity with scars but we come out stronger. About who we’ve been, and who we’ve become. WILD is about origin stories, OUR origin story. Hosted by award-winning New York Times writer Erick Galindo, in collaboration with Adweek’s producer of the year, Megan Tan and LAist Studios. Season 1 is a time capsule of 10 people and how they found light in a year of darkness Listen and subscribe to WILD on the iHeartRadio app or wherever you get your podcasts! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
30/06/213m 3s

9 Surprising Things Invented by Women

For this International Women's Day episode, Will and Mango handed the mic to their good pal Jo Piazza. Here are the lady geniuses you should be thanking for your trash can foot pedal, your quieter airplane, and so much more!  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
08/03/2118m 29s

Introducing: Black Cowboys

Zaron Burnett’s dad didn’t want slavery to be his son’s only image of Black people in American history. So every night, he filled Zaron’s dreams with these incredible stories of Black cowboys. Despite what Hollywood taught us, one-in-four cowboys were Black. Their stories tell a bigger, braver, more honest history of America.  Find Black Cowboys on the iHeartRadio App, Apple Podcasts, or wherever you get your podcasts! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
26/02/211m 2s

Introducing: Prodigy

The Source Code: Every human being shares a 99.9% identical DNA code. It's that .1% that makes us unique. We could see the influence of genetics before we unlocked the code, but now that we've learned how to measure those differences, the knowledge could be dangerous. Find Prodigy on your favorite podcast player. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
21/12/2040m 22s

Introducing Anupam Cares

We could all use a little something to lift our spirits right now... and that is exactly what Anupam Kher has set out to do. You may know him from 500+ Bollywood films, and Hollywood hits like Silver Linings Playbook, The Big Sick, or Bend It Like Beckham. But in his podcast, he wanted to try something new. Here, Anupam shares the stories that happened off-screen. You’ll hear about his childhood mischief in the hills of Shimla, the highs and lows of his early career, and the lessons learned along the way. And each episode, you’ll also hear stories of unsung heroes from around the world that, despite being miles or generations apart, were learning the same lessons and living the same truths. Join Anupam Kher in celebrating the everyday victories and the things that make us smile.   Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
15/12/203m 29s

Growing Plants and Growing Muscles

Have you ever come in from the yard after planting and pruning actually felt sore? It’s as if you went to a high intensity workout class, but you were actually just turning the compost. You’re not alone! Gardening does a body good. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, gardening qualifies as actual exercise and just 30-45 mins tending to the plants in your backyard can burn up to 300 calories. Gardening can be the gateway to fitness and in this episode, host Mangesh Hattikudur chats with fitness and travel journalist Annie Daly about her reporting on gardening as a workout. Mango also does some stretching with author and founder of Yoga on the Lane Naomi Annand as they discuss the connection between yoga and gardening.  For more helpful tips on growing and gardening, check out the Miracle-Gro Website and learn from articles like, How to Plant Almost Anything. Your friends at Miracle-Gro are collaboration partners with iHeart Radio for "Humans Growing Stuff." Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
11/11/2041m 5s

Families growing roots, plant roots

Did you know that planting seeds can help the youngest members of your family develop their fine motor skills? Gardening also unites the family behind a shared purpose, to see something grow. In this episode, Mango talks to Shelly Casto from the Highland Youth Garden in Columbus, Ohio about the lessons and skills parents and their kids can share by turning gardening into a family hobby. Meanwhile, our producer Molly, along with some help from Mango's kiddos, asks kid gardeners what they love so much about digging around in their gardens. For more helpful tips on growing and rooting in the garden as a family, check out the Miracle-Gro Website and learn from stories like, Gardening with Children. Your friends at Miracle-Gro are collaboration partners with iHeart Radio for "Humans Growing Stuff." Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
08/11/2031m 9s

Can Growing Food Grow Freedom?

In the age of free two-day shipping and groceries on demand, it may still be shocking to know that many low-income residents of cities still suffer from a scarcity of affordable or quality fresh food. These are food deserts, and they still exist in thralling metropolises like New York City and Atlanta. Host Mangesh Hattikudur speaks to growers and organizations who are growing for good. These are community members and outsiders who introduce sustainable gardening solutions to help communities gain access to fresh produce and healthy foods. In this episode, Mango checks in with Kamal Bell, founder of Sankofa Farms, and Gary Oppenheimer, founder of AmpleHarvest.Org, and learns about what they've been doing to combat food apartheid. For more information, check out the Miracle-Gro Website and learn about initiatives like GroMoreGood. Your friends at Miracle-Gro are collaboration partners with iHeart Radio for "Humans Growing Stuff." Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
28/10/2039m 46s

Bright Lights, Big Snake Plant

Host Mangesh Hattikudur talks with friends and experts about how to build a vibrant and gorgeous garden in the least likely place: in the middle of a bustling city. With special guests, Ursula Chanse and Kadeesha Williams of the New York Botanical Garden’s Bronx Green-Up Program, Mangesh learns about the magic and majesty of urban community gardens. Instagram’s Plant Anna Plant tells us how she makes space for plants in her apartments. Discover all of the common and unconventional ways these urban gardeners make it work.  For more helpful tips on growing your own urban jungle, check out the Miracle-Gro Website and learn from stories like, Chicken-Loving Urbanites (Benefits of Raising Chickens). Your friends at Miracle-Gro are collaboration partners with iHeart Radio for "Humans Growing Stuff." Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
13/10/2030m 18s

Introducing: Humans Growing Stuff, A Brand New Podcast Hosted by PTG Host Mangesh Hattikudur

Hey PTG fans, we're excited to introduce you to a brand new podcast hosted by our very own Mangesh Hattikudur. It's called Humans Growing Stuff, and you can hear the first episode now in the Part-Time Genius feed. If you like it, make sure to head over to the Humans Growing Stuff show page in your favorite podcasting app and subscribe so you never miss an episode. Did you know that gardening is actually good for your mental health? In this episode, host Mangesh (Mango) Hattikudur begins his gardening journey. With the help of special guests Baratunde Thurston (How to Citizen) and Mr. Plant Geek Michael Perry (The Plant Based Pod), Mango discovers just how much he can gain from growing his green thumb. For more helpful tips and insight on jump starting your gardening, check out the Miracle-Gro website and find advice on things like the Top 10 Gardening Tips for Beginners. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
25/09/2028m 31s

What's the World's Most Ridiculous Video Game?

Remember how fun it was to save up your quarters and go to the arcade? These are the games you didn't want to play. From the Tetris sequel that features Abe Lincolns and Frankensteins, to a game that somehow blends Honey, I Shrunk the Kids with an anti-smoking campaign, to the greatest (maybe only?) game based on Noah's Ark; Will, Gabe and Mango try to out-do each other with the most ridiculous video games they can find. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
01/09/2028m 8s

What's the Correct Way for a Queen to Eat a Banana?

Ever wonder what the Royal family's preferred way to eat fruit is? Or why the British Monarchy insists on weighing dinner guests before a meal? Or what type of humor makes the Windsors the happiest (spoiler: it's plane humor.) Join Will, Gabe and Mango as we serve up a boatload of royally silly facts.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
21/08/2029m 56s

What's So Bad about the Philistines?

When Mango's kids show off their bad table manners, he scolds them for being Philistines... but do the Philistines actually deserve their bad rap? Was Goliath the actual underdog? And why did someone make a video game that featured them? Will, Gabe and Mango answer one of the most important question on everyone's minds in today's 9 Things: What's so bad about the Philistines? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
01/05/2026m 24s

9 Weird Things Hiding Underground

From the world's weirdest cinema (it serves couscous with viewings?!) to an internet for plants, to the perfect job for lazy people who also want to hide underground, Will, Gabe and Mango dig deep in search of 9 great facts.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
20/04/2026m 50s

9 Absurd Inventions You (Probably) Won't See on Shark Tank

This episode Will, Gabe and Mango raid the US Patent office to find some of the weirdest, funniest, and most confusing inventions of all time. Plus, the trio discusses the easiest way to scam $6 off of us.  Instagram Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
07/04/2021m 48s

9 Stompy Facts about Godzilla

Gabe loves monster moves! And Will and Mango... tolerate them. But, it turns out, we all love facts about Godzilla. From how Godzilla changed paleontology, to the giant monster's (secret) signature move, to why flattened buildings aren't the worst part of a Godzilla attack, this episode we tip our hats to the King of the Monsters. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
03/04/2026m 54s

How did P. T. Barnum Trick the World into Riding Elevators?

Elevators seem pretty mundane, until you realize a certain king used them to hide his mistresses; a certain politician used them to exaggerate the height of his buildings, and all of America refused to ride them until a certain marketing genius (the one and only P. T. Barnum!) designed a stunt to get everyone on board.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
30/03/2037m 20s

9 Oddball Comic Book Characters (Who Won't Be Getting Their Own Movie)

Will, Mango and Gabe are stuck inside this week, and decide to hop on the phone to chat comics... specifically, some of the worst comic creations in all of history. Want to know what killed Captain Tootsie? Or why Arm-Fall-Off-Boy was rejected from super hero glory twice? Plus, we discuss why you should never, ever try to crash an X-Men birthday party disguised as a food product. (There's a good reason.)  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
25/03/2026m 46s

What did Teddy Roosevelt do to Dr. Seuss?!

In today’s special episode, Mango sits down with Erin McCarthy, editor-in-chief of Mental Floss to talk about everything Teddy Roosevelt… from whether he really climbed a mountain out of spite, to how a seal inspired his fossil collection, to what made him so darn productive (hint: it helps to drink coffee from a mug the size of a bathtub). Plus, we get into just how high-pitched TR’s voice was, and why Dr. Seuss was so darn scared of him. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
19/02/2051m 55s

Fan Favorite: 9 Reasons to Love Raccoons (Yes, Raccoons)

Trash pandas. Nature's ninjas. Sure, these ring-tailed rascals go by plenty of names. But whether you love 'em or hate 'em, they're clearly taking over Toronto. Will and Mango discuss everything raccoons, and why they deserve a little respect. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
30/12/1923m 10s

Fan Favorite: Why are Russians so good at Chess?

Will and Mango go deep into their chess cave to determine: what's the most dangerous styles of chess, why did the game move from the battlefield to the royal court, and if a billion people to play chess, can that stop an alien invasion? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
26/12/1942m 20s

Fan Favorite: What are the Secret Rules the Royal Family has to Obey?

Why can't princes wear pants? Why does Prince Charles carry a bag of blood with him on his vacations? Is the Queen allowed to use a Pooper Scooper? Why is it so hard to make a perfect tuna sandwich for the royal family? And who is responsible for ironing the Queen's money so that it is perfectly crisp? Will and Mango dig into all the Queen's business and find some delightful stories in the process. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
23/12/1937m 55s

9 Ridiculous Things about "The 12 Days of Christmas"

Researcher Gabe joins Will and Mango in the studio to talk about why his family likes to Christmas carol so slowly. (They take over a week to to sing one song!) Plus, the crew discusses bird boxes, conspiracy theories and whether 12 days of gift giving from your true love is just a little excessive. (It is.)  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
19/12/1920m 43s

What are the Craziest Applications for Lasers? (Including washing your dishes!)

Forget Dr. Evil and his ridiculously evil plans... lasers are so much more practical than that! In this episode, Will and Mango discover why lasers are perfect for precision-cooking your bacon, how they can be used as chopsticks, why washing dishes is so much better when it's done by laser, and a simple laser trick for keeping pesky pirates at bay. Plus, we take a look at the very strange way Texas tried to educate aliens about queso. (Spoiler: It involved a laser.)  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
18/12/1936m 29s

Introducing Finding Fred: Episode 1 - A Genius of Empathy

Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood was not a simple show. And Fred Rogers was not a simple man. He was radical. Spiritual. Revolutionary. Maybe even subversive. Bestselling author and cultural critic Carvell Wallace hosts this 10-part series about the life, thinking and work of Fred Rogers, and asks what the cardigan wearing host of a decades-old children's show can tell us about how to get by in today's chaotic world. Listen now everywhere podcasts are found: https://megaphone.link/findingfred Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
17/12/1936m 20s

Why Does New Zealand Have an Official Wizard?

Everything Will and Mango read about New Zealand made them want to visit! From how Hokey Pokey became the country's favorite ice cream flavor, to why the nation is giving away free gym memberships... to birds, to the reason the coffin clubs are taking off, Will and Mango dig deep into the country's history to discover why New Zealand is *so much* better than the Old one.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
05/12/1937m 39s

Fan Favorite: How did Charlie Brown win over America?

Every holiday season, Will and Mango rewatch The Peanuts classics. But how did Charles Schulz get his inspiration for the comic strip? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
27/11/1944m 8s

Do Lucky Charms Really Work? (Plus, other ways to get the upper hand)

Why do short people dominate soccer? Is owning a library more important than actually reading the books? And is being handsome important to being taken seriously as a scientist? Will and Mango delve into some super weird ways people wield advantage. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
14/11/1937m 58s

Did a Volcano Eruption Really Help Invent the Bicycle?

Will and Mango dig into all the biggest bicycle questions: From how bikes seriously altered the dating scene, to how blind people ride bikes through traffic, to the ingenious way Kermit pedaled his Schwann in the Muppets Movie. Grab a helmet and join us! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
07/11/1934m 13s

Halloween Special: The Mystery Show!

How did Agatha Christie churn out so many novels? Was Woodrow Wilson more important to the mystery genre than Sherlock Holmes? And what happened to Inspector Gadget's mustache (because he used to have one!) Also, Mango uses incredible deduction skills to squash a neighborhood lie.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
31/10/1939m 9s

How do Dollar Stores stay in Business?

Will and Mango have so many questions about the dollar store business: Why have so many more of these stores cropped up recently? How do you make a profit when everything in your store sells for under a buck? Is a $1 steak a good deal? Plus: the tea on why dollar store employees hate Hot Wheels so much!  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
23/10/1927m 2s

Who Invented the Dunce Cap? (And other unusual School Supplies)

Why is there a bull on the Elmer's glue bottle? What did kids use to carry their books around before they had backpacks? And why does a giant cone tree get everyone excited about starting school in Germany? Will and Mango dig deep into their Trapper Keepers to bring you some stories you definitely didn't learn in school.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
16/10/1933m 22s

How did settlers create New Orleans from swampland?

New Orleans is one of the most charming and distinct cities in America… but 300 years ago, it would have been hard to see that potential. In this episode, Will and Mango dig into how French the French quarter really is, why the graveyards look like little villages, and whether the Peacemaker sandwich really can keep an angry couple together.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
26/08/1941m 20s

Introducing: Hush Money

Let’s talk about money — but not *boring* money. Entrepreneur editor-in-chief Jason Feifer and money expert Nicole Lapin go straight at the most taboo, awkward situations where money impacts our lives, relationships, and careers. In each episode they debate the trickiest questions, offering genuine financial advice about typically hush-hush issues. Then they bring in a celebrity judge to decide who’s right. The first episode of Hush Money is available! Listen here.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
22/08/192m 17s

Is a Funny Boss better for your Workplace? (And other Secrets from Office Culture!)

Will and Mango take a look around the office, from why cubicles were actually a forward-thinking invention, to how knives became a wonderful way to show your applause at the workplace in Cuba to why that office rumor we’re spreading this week about Tristan is probably true (studies prove it!) Plus, nap pods, office ferris wheels and so much more!    Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
16/08/1937m 27s

Are Pigeons Smarter Than They Look?

Sure, they nuzzled their way into Mike Tyson's heart (and Nikola Tesla; and Bert from Bert and Ernie!), but how intelligent are pigeons? Have scientists really trained the birds to read? Did they actually play a role in discovering the Big Bang?  And why are they so darn good at finding their way home? Plus: are catfish their new nemesis?  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
11/07/1935m 31s

Fan Favorite: Why are we so Nostalgic for Sugary Breakfast Cereals?

Is Cap'n Crunch Really a Captain? Is the Silly Rabbit using psychological tricks on kids? And why did everyone stop putting prizes in cereal boxes? Will and Mango take a trip down memory lane, exploring why America is so nostalgic for those sugary sweet breakfast treats. Featuring Cereal Time TV's Gabe Fonseca. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
20/06/1945m 18s

Fan Favorite: What are the Movie Industry's Biggest Secrets?

Why do movie theaters limit their audiences to 299 seats? Did dishware really save the movie industry? And why is Lara Croft: Tomb Raider considered a Hollywood masterpiece? (spoiler: it has nothing to do with the plot!) Grab your popcorn and turn off your ringers as Will and Mango head to the movies. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
07/06/1938m 31s

Why did the Inventor of Shopping Malls Hate Malls?

While no one is going to malls (or so it seems), everyone seems to be talking about them: the CDC is writing up reports on mall walkers, people are growing beards to get into the mall Santa game, and writers are waxing nostalgic about them. But what exactly were malls intended to be? Why did the inventor of the mall try to distance himself from his greatest invention? And why are there never any escalators in the middle of them? Will and Mango dig in.   Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
28/05/1938m 36s

How Close Are We to Resurrecting a Woolly Mammoth?

Will and Mango dig wonder: how hard it is to bring a species back from extinction? Plus: why do people wake up in the morgue after being declared dead? Why are fish markets the best places to look for extinct species? And can resurrecting the Wooly Mammoth help us solve climate change?  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
10/05/1937m 42s

Introducing Sleepwalkers: Sleepwalking

Welcome to the A.I. revolution that is already transforming our lives, for good and evil. But what exactly are we sleepwalking into? We start by investigating the connections between online dating, terrorism, and screen addiction.In this episode we hear from: Tristan Harris of the Center for Humane Technology, Gillian Brockell of the Washington Post, Yasmin Green of Jigsaw, and Dr. Helen Fisher.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
03/05/1941m 10s

How did Thurgood Marshall become such an Incredible Lawyer?

Maybe it was his dad? Or all the punishments he got as a naughty high schooler? Or perhaps it was inspired by watching so many Soap Operas? Whatever the cause, Thurgood Marshall's life story is remarkable. From watching trials as a child to almost getting lynched for trying cases in the deep South, Will and Mango look back at the life and legacy of one of America's greatest legal minds. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
26/04/1939m 41s

Fan Favorite: How Did Wine Fraud Become Such a Big Business?

When a billionaire realized his $125,000 bottle of wine might be fake, he hired a crack team to solve the case. This is the story of a private investigator, a motley crew of geniuses, and a fine wine that supposedly belonged to Thomas Jefferson! Plus: Will and Mango discuss Prohibition wines, the Scottish Four Loko, and why badminton gave wine crimes a bad name. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
12/04/1939m 47s

Fan Favorite: How does Rick Steves Think You Should Travel?

9/11 changed Rick Steves and how he wanted to approach writing about the world. In this special interview, Will and Mango sit down with legendary PBS host and travel writer Rick Steves to talk about the newest edition of "Travel as a Political Act", why watching a Sufi dance can be such a transcendent moment, and whether the best French cheeses really smell like "Angel's Feet." (They don't.) Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
22/03/1938m 5s

Fan Favorite: How Do People Game the Lottery?

From the Canadian professor who found patterns in Scratch-off lottery tickets to the Michigan couple that turned a lottery flaw into their retirement savings plan to the strange reason you should hold onto any lottery ticket that has Herbert Hoover's face on it, Will and Mango look into the long history of lotteries and the geniuses who've managed to game them. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
15/03/1943m 18s

Fan Favorite: What's the Science of Painkillers?

When you've got a headache, those bottles of over-the-counter medicines can feel interchangeable. But the truth is, the drugs work in different ways... and each has their own benefits and side-effects. From which drugs work best on toothaches, to which ones are best for hangovers, Will and Mango explore the strange world of painkillers. Plus: why, 5 years from now, you might be replacing your pills with a phone, a pair of goggles and some green apple air freshener. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
07/03/1940m 52s

What are the Greatest Things We Didn't Know about Brazil?

When's the best time to surf the Amazon? Can Brazilian termites help you make a better pizza? And: did you overpay on the black market for that venomous snake? Will and Mango scour the web for some fun facts on Brazil. (Plus, you probably did overpay for that snake.) Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
01/03/1940m 21s

Fan Favorite: What Makes the Happiest Places on Earth?

What do sauna culture, "Right to Roam" laws and all-you-can-eat buffets (for monkeys!) have to do with putting smiles on citizens faces? Will and Mango explore why some countries always end up at the top of the Happiness Index, and how other nations can (politely) elbow their way in. Featuring Suzanne Jones, Mayor of Boulder, CO. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
22/02/1944m 40s

Did (Everyone's Favorite Frenchman) Lafayette Really Save America?

Sure, we know Lafayette as a street. And a college. And some of us know him as the charismatic Frenchman from Hamilton. But did you know he was France's richest orphan? And that his real name was Gilbert? And he might have been closer to George Washington than anyone really knew. Will and Mango have best-selling children's author Nathan Hale on to talk about his new book Lafayette and explain all. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
16/02/1924m 43s

9 Valentine's Day Facts You'll Want to Share

From the worst Valentines cards in history, to why candy necklaces are so meaningful in Alabama, to a few salmon that are not excited about this special day, Will and Mango have cobbled facts to warm your heart. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
14/02/1920m 35s

9 Delightful Corners of the Internet

From the best place to do your book shopping to a very sweet rodent with too much to carry, Will and Mango explore some of the World Wide Web's weirdest corners. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
08/02/1920m 39s

How Did Jacques Cousteau Fall in Love with the Sea?

Whether you knew him as a conservationist, an explorer, a spy or a fashion icon, Jacques Cousteau showcased the sea's mysteries to a curious world. But how did the rebellious teenager with a penchant for breaking windows grow up into a marine legend? Will and Mango explore. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
05/02/1945m 1s

9 Things Hiding on your Money

From the treasury joker who snuck his face on some cash, to Theodore Roosevelt’s drastic redesign for the penny, to the very best reason Harriet Tubman belongs on the $20, Will and Mango are diving into dollar bill facts Scrooge McDuck-style. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
31/01/1917m 50s

What does Plastic Surgery have to do with the Civil War?

Why are people getting plastic surgery on their fingerprints? Why was the Civil War such a golden era for procedures? And why is everyone suddenly obsessed with the length of their philtrums? Will and Mango take a brisk walk through the history of plastic surgery. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
25/01/1938m 38s

9 Wonderful Wintertime Inventions

Did a 15-year old really invent the snowmobile? Why was the original use for a Kleen-Ex? How come Eddie Bauer gets zero credit for his genius idea? And what's so special about the Greenwood Champion Ear Protectors? Will and Mango spend a cold, wintry day digging into some spectacular inventions. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
25/01/1919m 45s

Why Can’t You Copyright a Chicken Sandwich?

In 2019, a new cache of works entered the Public Domain— from Charlie Chaplin to Jane Austen stories to Felix the Cat cartoons. But what does that really mean? Will and Mango dig into how Mickey Mouse changed copyright laws, why Woody Guthrie  got foiled by his publishers and why British clowns check a case of eggs before putting on their makeup. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
18/01/1936m 52s

The Surprising Origins of 9 TV Spin-Offs

What was the worst cartoon inspired by Happy Days? Why did The Golden Girls try to open a hotel? And which dysfunctional character from The Office almost got a starring role on Parks and Rec? Will and Mango explore the weird world of sitcom spin-offs in today's 9 things.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
16/01/1920m 44s

Fan Favorite: Will Coffee Make Me Live Longer?

Want to know who to blame for your coffee addiction? From goats, Turks to the Archangel Gabriel, Will and Mango chase down a whole world of (coffee) pot stirrers while shedding light on whether monkey spit coffee is tastier than your traditional beans and whether coffee is good for cats (Spoiler: probably). Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
11/01/1944m 48s

Why Did Ben Franklin Look Up to Genghis Khan?

Sure, Genghis Khan pillaged lands with glee and killed millions of people in his ruthless quest for power. But was he kind of a good person? Like, was he pro-justice and pro-environment? And also, did he invent the hamburger? Will and Mango dig in. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
10/01/1939m 16s

Fan Favorite: 9 Very Important Facts about Bears

Whether you're an amateur bear enthusiast or prepping for a bear convention, these are the bear facts you'll need! Will and Mango explore a Canadian Bear Jail, why Pizzlies are taking over the world, and how Paddington Bear was once the pride of Africa. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
04/01/1918m 41s

Fan Favorite: Why Were These Books Banned?

Where's Waldo isn't allowed in prisons, Winnie the Pooh can't set foot in China, and Brown Bear, Brown Bear is forbidden from schools in... Texas?! From Ulysses to sinful Bibles, Will and Mango dive into the story of banned books to tell you all about the titles they don't want you to read. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
02/01/1940m 39s

9 Christmas Tree Facts that are totally lit!

From why a giraffe might want your Christmas tree leftovers, to why your tree is so darn thirsty all the time, to why a traditionalist might want to start mounting their trees upside-down, Will and Mango explore some Griswold-sized Christmas tree facts to please the whole family. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
20/12/1815m 15s

Fan Favorite: What's Everyday life like on Antarctica?

From plumbing to catering, everything’s a little harder in Antarctica. Will and Mango dive into everyday life on The Ice. Plus, we talk glamping on the continent, why the South Pole pole moves every year, and why the Antarctica only has one ATM. Featuring all-star Antarctica Artist-in-Residence Jynne Dilling Martin. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
19/12/1842m 51s

9 Great Facts about People Named Tony

There are a lot of people named Tony. (Tony Hawk is one of them!) Will and Mango share some wonderful facts about 8 Tonys (Tony Hawk is not one of them.) Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
14/12/1816m 36s

What are the Secret Rules the Royal Family has to Obey?

Why can't princes wear pants? Why does Prince Charles carry a bag of blood with him on his vacations? Is the Queen allowed to use a Pooper Scooper? Why is it so hard to make a perfect tuna sandwich for the royal family? And who is responsible for ironing the Queen's money so that it is perfectly crisp? Will and Mango dig into all the Queen's business and find some delightful stories in the process. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
13/12/1837m 47s

Fan Favorite: Why is it more dangerous to be a Park Ranger than an FBI Agent?

Park rangers do so much more than just keeping Yogi Bear from stealing picnic baskets. Whether it’s outsmarting poachers, fending off the Klan, protecting tourists from gator attacks or helping tiny endangered species make their way to sea, Will and Mango celebrate the heroes who keep our National parks running. Plus, why robbing a bank then hiding in the forest isn’t a great idea. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
07/12/1841m 38s

9 Cocktail Facts to Enjoy Shaken or Stirred!

Did Shirley Temple like Shirley Temples? Do you need a screwdriver to make an authentic screwdriver? And who the heck is Tom Collins anyway? Will and Mango mix up a perfectly balanced cocktail of weird facts just for you. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
06/12/1822m 38s

9 Reasons to Love Raccoons (Yes, Raccoons)

Trash pandas. Nature's ninjas. Sure, these ring-tailed rascals go by plenty of names. But whether you love 'em or hate 'em, they're clearly taking over Toronto. Will and Mango discuss everything raccoons, and why they deserve a little respect. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
30/11/1823m 1s

Introducing The Brink: Sriracha Adds the Spice to Success

Will introduces the new podcast The Brink.  Jonathan and Ariel ask, how did a refugee build up a condiment empire? And explore the spicy story behind one of the most popular sauces on tabletops across the US. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
29/11/1840m 13s

How did Charlie Brown win over America?

Every holiday season, Will and Mango rewatch The Peanuts classics. But how did Charles Schulz get his inspiration for the comic strip? Why did the network almost cancel the Charlie Brown Christmas special? And why does winning a Snoopy award mean so much if you work at NASA? From kite-eating trees, to footballs that never get kicked, Will and Mango go deep on Peanuts. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
28/11/1844m 0s

Fan Favorite: Was Mister Rogers the Best Neighbor Ever?

From the real reason Mister Rogers used to wear sneakers on the show to why Ella Fitzgerald's band members used to tune in to the last 5 minutes of every show, Will and Mango pay tribute to one of our favorite humans, Mr. Fred Rogers. Featuring journalist Tom Junod. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
21/11/1843m 10s

9 Deliciously Cheesy Facts about Nachos

Will and Mango dig into their favorite ballpark treat to talk about the surprisingly layered story of nachos. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
20/11/1818m 15s

Why are Russians so good at Chess?

Will and Mango go deep into their chess cave to determine: what's the most dangerous styles of chess, why did the game move from the battlefield to the royal court, and if a billion people to play chess, can that stop an alien invasion? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
16/11/1842m 12s

Introducing Committed: Love at First Slight

Introducing Committed.  Love is not a competition. Except sometimes it is. Susan and Dan are baseball reporters at rival newspapers competing for scoops and sources. Yet they still manage to kiss goodnight and drive each other to the airport. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
14/11/1838m 54s

Why did Venus Flytraps Develop a Taste for Meat?

From plants that eat rats and frogs, to the strange reason bats curl up in pitcher plants, Will and Mango explore the strange world of Carnivorous Plants.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
09/11/1840m 32s

9 Things about Unicorns, Zombies and... Darth Baggins?!

Sure, Halloween's over. And the candy is gone. But these facts about the most searched costumes of the season will last a lifetime! (Especially if you like knowing where to get a hunting license for mythical beasts, and why your dog is a natural witch detector.) Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
07/11/1822m 11s

Were Ninjas Actually Good at Hiding?

Will and Mango dust off some ninja history and discover some pretty strange facts... like: Why did so many ninjas walk around with crickets? Why did they like to keep pocket change on them? And what does it mean when a ninja sends you a packet of dried fish? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
02/11/1845m 15s

Fan Favorite: 9 Halloween Facts to Stuff in your Pillowcases!

In Iowa, you can't just show up on your neighbor's doorstep with a costume... kids have to work for the treats! Will, Mango and Gabe scour for the sweetest Halloween facts they can find in this special 9 Facts. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
31/10/1814m 0s

Fan Favorite: What are the Weirdest Experiments in Science?

What part of the turkey are turkeys most attracted to? Can a scene out of a ghost story make you stop biting your nails? And what's the best music to play for your house guests, if your house guests are rats and they're high on cocaine? Will and Mango explore some of the strangest science experiments and the reasons they got funded in the first place. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
26/10/1843m 3s

Things for Rich People (that were Originally for Poor People)

Remember when monograms were considered tacky, squash was played in back alleys and barn-yard flavored beers weren't expensive? Neither do we. Will and Mango peel back the humble origins of some supposedly elitist things. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
25/10/1843m 8s

Why Are We So Fascinated by the Titanic?

For some reason our hearts keep going on and on for the Titanic. But what was life actually like on the ship? Why were there so many electric horses on board? How bad did the third class passengers have it? And did Hollywood really produce a silent movie about the disaster just 2 weeks after it occurred? Will and Mango investigate. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
19/10/1847m 42s

How did North Korea become such a Scary Place?

For decades, North Korea has been an outlier. How did the country get to be so isolated? Why do they export so many statues? And can you actually study abroad there? Will and Mango shed a little light on the Hermit Kingdom. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
17/10/1845m 35s

What are the Best Fall Festivals in America?

Want to know where you can indulge in a massive, massive omelet, or why Niceville, Florida has a festival dedicated to the mullet? Will and Mango run down the most wonderful Fall festivals everyone needs to know about. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
14/10/1843m 47s

Fan Favorite: What are the Greatest Things We Just Learned about Japan?

Why is Japan's adult adoption rate so high? Why don't American car dealerships succeed in the country? And why did Colonel Sanders put a curse on a beloved Japanese baseball team? Plus, Will and Mango discover the shortest escalator in the world! (Just take the stairs, guys.) Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
11/10/1839m 42s

Who's the Greatest Pirate of All-Time?

Will and Mango have so many questions about pirates: did they really exaggerate their R's? Did they all have parrots? Were lady pirates more successful than male ones? And was there really a rabbi pirate who made his crew keep kosher? From buried treasure to walking the plank, Will and Mango take a good look at the Golden Age of Piracy. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
05/10/1852m 14s

Fan Favorite: 9 Weirdest things Intentionally Buried by People

There are the things you accidentally bury, and then there’s everything on this list. Will, Mango and Gabe discuss the weirdest facts they've unearthed about things that have been unearthed. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
04/10/1815m 39s

Can Showing Gratitude Help You Live Longer?

Will and Mango have their good pal AJ Jacobs on the program to talk about his new book Thanks a Thousand, where he decided to thank the thousands of people who made his cup of coffee possible. Along the way they hear stories of "the Elon Musk of coffee lid design," how gratitude can help you sleep better, and why Jonas Salk was kind of a terrible person. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
03/10/1831m 40s

9 Facts to Get You in the Apple-Picking Mood

From the most heavy metal apples out there, to the reason New York City transitioned from a New Orange to the Big Apple, to the insane lengths Japanese farmers go to to grow the perfect apple, Will and Mango pluck some the best apple stories they can find. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
28/09/1818m 4s

Introducing: Daniel and Jorge Explain the Universe

What could have caused the Big Bang, and what came before it? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
27/09/1833m 7s

Secrets from the World’s Most Unique Airports

Which airport should you hang out at if you want to meet a mini-horse? Why is the art in the Denver Airport so evil? And are TSA agents more likely to search you if you're carrying an Almanac? Will and Mango investigate. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
26/09/1853m 40s

The Controversial Origins of Famous Dance Moves

Why do we square dance in class? Where did Madonna learn to vogue? Did David Bowie actually inspire Michael Jackson's dance moves? And what does the Chicken Dance have to do with skiing? Will and Mango get to the bottom of the biggest dance mysteries. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
21/09/1845m 51s

9 Genius-Approved Ways to Avoid Writer's Block

Okay, maybe some of these tricks aren't that genius (building your office on a giant Lazy Susan, for instance). Dig in as Will and Mango investigate the tricks artists have used to claw their way out of creative slumps. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
20/09/1818m 53s

What are the Strangest Mating Habits in the Animal Kingdom?

Why does a female camel need to see a gross neck bubble before she'll swipe right? Why do bald eagles need to hug it out before they decide they're right for one another? And what do tennis grunts have to do with any of this? Will and Mango take a look at the world's strangest dating techniques, all plucked from Animalia. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
20/09/1843m 31s

How do you Build a Civilization from Scratch?

If your time machine got jammed in the past, what would you need to rebuild all of modern civilization? Mango sits down with Ryan North, author of the new book How to Invent Everything, to talk about how to make soap, why leeches were pretty useful for a very short period, how to invent a better horse harness, and why windmills just might be superior to waterwheels. Oh, and how to understand all of Western religion and philosophy through high-fives. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
15/09/1837m 37s

Fan Favorite: Will we ever Travel Faster than Light Speed?

In honor of the new show, Daniel and Jorge Explain the Universe, Will and Mango revisit some of their favorite questions: What is Quantum Teleportation? Are we all swimming in Dark Matter? And why are scientists so obsessed with smashing particles together? And we've got astrophysicist Daniel Whiteson, co-author of the wonderful new book We Have No Idea, ready to answer them all. Buckle up! Daniel & Jorge Explain the Universe starts September 25th. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
14/09/1848m 25s

What's the Secret Science Behind Whales?

Will and Mango pester their pal Nick with all their whale questions: Why are whales so large? How do they sustain those massive bodies? And also-- why do they have belly buttons? Featuring Nick Pyenson, author of Spying on Whales and curator of marine mammal fossils for the Smithsonian. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
13/09/1832m 46s

Inside the Secret World of Hotel Operations

Will and Mango check out the strangest requests ever fielded at hotels. Plus, they look into how you can tell if your concierge is part of a secret society, why you probably shouldn’t use the glass cups in your room, and why you should always (always) book a hotel room that comes with a Dingle. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
07/09/1843m 46s

Introducing: Stuff To Blow Your Mind

How can humanity ever hope to thrive without Earth if it can’t even function without its morning cup of coffee? Fortunately, engineers have devised increasingly practical means of brewing and sipping coffee in space -- neither of which are easy feats in microgravity. Join Robert Lamb and Joe McCormick for a consideration of space coffee and be sure to subscribe to Stuff To Blow Your Mind wherever you get your podcasts. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
06/09/1855m 25s

How Did LEGO Take Over the World?

Will and Mango brick-roll the show with questions about LEGO: What are the most amazing things to be built from LEGO bricks? How have they been used to solve real-world problems? And why should you never ever pluralize it as LEGOs? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
05/09/1847m 33s

What are the Greatest Stories from the Appalachian Trail?

Ever since Bill Bryson wrote A Walk in the Woods, Will and Mango have been fascinated with the Appalachian Trail. But who was the first person to actually hike the path? What is a Trail Angel? And will hiking the path actually take you through Norway one day? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
31/08/1841m 57s

9 Outrageous Stories about Cars

From the funniest, most ridiculously cursed Porsche on record to the car that infuriated Houdini, Will and Mango test-drive some ridiculous car stories. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
30/08/1818m 54s

What is time? And why do we rely on Greenwich for it?

It's about time! From the birth of time zones, to the invention that made us rethink time travel, to the location of the world's largest cuckoo clocks, Will and Mango usher you into a very, very brief history of time. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
29/08/1848m 34s

Fan Favorite: Is Exercising to Lose Weight a Myth?

Usain Bolt can scarf down 47,000 calories worth of chicken nuggets and look great, while some dieters work out 4 hours a day and never shed a pound. So is exercising to lose weight a big scam? And what does Calvin Coolidge's exercise horse have to do with it? Featuring Dr. Herman Pontzer. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
24/08/1852m 29s

9 Unusual Instruments Worth Trumpeting About

From musical instruments that run on explosions and gasoline, to why every party needs at least one Sousaphone-player, Will and Mango discuss 9 instruments they don't want their kids practicing inside the house.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
23/08/1821m 10s

What's the Science Behind Introverts?

Are extroverts happier than introverts? Is coffee bad for an introvert's brain? And does your personality type make you more likely to be arrested? (Spoiler: it does!) Will and Mango take a closer look at the secret talents lurking inside your friendly neighborhood introvert. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
22/08/1843m 44s

Fan Favorite: What are the most Surprising Jobs at the White House?

Who decided there should be a beekeeper on staff at the White House? Who manages the First Family's budget and makes sure they're paying for their own toothpaste? And can you just find these job postings on Craigslist? Will and Mango look at some of the most surprising non-political jobs in the White House. Featuring Ben Bowlin and Noel Brown. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
17/08/1845m 10s

9 Surprising Ways Celebrities Made Money

From Lyndon Johnson's ultra-smooth money-making scheme to Akoin's surprising African investments, Will and Mango discover the weird ways some famous people have filled their piggybanks. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
16/08/1818m 36s

Who are the Secret Inspirations for these Characters?

Will and Mango dig into the surprising stories behind our favorite fictional characters. Like: who was the ridiculous personality who inspired the Muppets' Swedish chef? Who was the (stinky) ladies man behind Pepe LePew? And is the Godfather actually based on a terrifying mom? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
15/08/1843m 43s

How Did Dolly Parton Become Such a Legend?

Everyone loves Dolly Parton. The American country singer has sold over 100 million albums worldwide, and her career has included six decades of chart-topping songs. But how did Dolly become Dolly? Where does she find inspiration for her lyrics? And why do people in Zimbabwe love her so darn much? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
13/08/1843m 46s

9 Wonderful Grammar Stories for Language Nerds (like Us!)

Will and Mango abused the English language with vigor as they discuss the Apostrophizer, the QuizDing, and why you should never (ever) mess with a Bengal finch's sentence structure. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
10/08/1819m 20s

What are Allergies and How Close Are We to a Cure?

As Will and Mango sniffle through their hay fever they answer this season's biggest questions: What are allergies? How close are we to a cure? And is putting Vaseline up your nose a good lifehack for stopping pollen? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
08/08/1842m 49s

What are the Most Important Moments in Dog History?

Will and Mango try to pinpoint some famous firsts, from the first dog to work as a guide dog (way back in the first century!), to the first dog trained as an Archaeologist, to the first dog to drive a car,  these are the essential stories you'll need to impress your pooch on your next walk together. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
03/08/1844m 2s

9 Fascinating Facts about Money

From the strange reason Abe Lincoln started the Secret Service to how to use the phrase Horse Blanket in a sentence (we know you've been wondering!) to the weirdest prank people used to play on Rembrandt, Will and Mango are making it rain with money facts. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
02/08/1817m 41s

Fan Favorite: What are the Most Incredible Things the Human Body Can Do?

Did you realize that when your fingers get wrinkly in the bath, there's a crazy, superhero reason for it? Or that everyone's body is covered in invisible stripes? Or that a single snipped foreskin can yield a football field full of new skin in the lab? Will and Mango investigate the wonders (and strangeness!) of the human body. Featuring Jonathan Strickland. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
01/08/1848m 51s

Who is America's Worst President?

Stand back far enough, and most American presidents look smart, polished and the picture of decorum... but not these gents! From a rabble-rousing arsonist to a fancy pants gossip, to a card-playing Do Nothing, Will and Mango look back at some of the greatest men to squander their time in the Oval Office. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
27/07/1839m 38s

Fan Favorite: 9 Hilarious Monuments (probably) not worth the Road Trip

We know these statues are supposed to be art, but they also kind of feel like mistakes. Will, Gabe and Mango discuss some colorful and confusing tributes... and the ridiculous stories behind them! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
26/07/1814m 56s

Is your Grocery Store Trying to Manipulate You? (Plus, how a Piggly Wiggly inspired the Hoggly Woggly)

Join Gabe and Mango as they trace the birth of the supermarket and answer tons of ridiculous questions along the way. From why flexing your arm is terrible for impulse shopping, to the reason North Korean spies train in grocery stores, to how Johannes Kepler made the world better for grocers, we've got tons of facts to load up your cart with. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
25/07/1843m 28s

What are the Secrets of the World’s Largest Birds?

Is Florida the birthplace of ostrich racing? Why do male Emperor penguins get an extra stomach flap? And why should you be extra wary of a loose Cassowary? Mango and Gabe run through their biggest questions about the world’s biggest birds. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
20/07/1841m 0s

9 Weird and Incredible Rule Changes

Is aiming for your opponent's caddy a good strategy in golf? Did old-timey baseball umpires really sit in rocking chairs? And why are there 8-pointers in North Korean basketball? Will and Mango explore the hilarious ways games ought to be played. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
19/07/1818m 22s

Fan Favorite: Are we in the middle of a Rudeness Epidemic?

After author Danny Wallace received the world's worst customer service (and possibly the world's worst hotdog) from a hotdog vendor, he decided to search for the root cause of rudeness. Danny joins Will and Mango on this week's episode to talk about snarky celebrity judges, why surgeons are in dire need of a rudeness vaccine (it's for our own safety!), and how one politician effectively fought rudeness... with mimes! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
18/07/1841m 50s

What's the Science of Changing Someone's Mind?

As the world becomes more and more polarized, and people become more entrenched in their ideas, Will and Mango explore how we can find consensus, and what the science tells us about shifting public opinion. Plus, we look at how Heinz's disastrous attempt to change Australia's opinion on condiments and why it took such a long time for the pie chart to catch on. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
13/07/1845m 19s

9 Incredible Inventors You'll Want to Meet

From houses the clean themselves to how a merry-go-round helped Eggo's waffle business grow, Will and Mango explore the world of hobbyist inventors and the incredible ideas they brought forth. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
12/07/1821m 6s

How did Nickelodeon Revolutionize Television?

Spoiler: it involves lots of slime! Will and Mango explore the channel's early history from how Double Dare horrified the sanitation department, the (savvy) reason one TV show never used purple, and why a channel that had no business getting into cartoons staked their business on 3 groundbreaking shows. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
11/07/1843m 13s

What are the Movie Industry's Biggest Secrets?

Why do movie theaters limit their audiences to 299 seats? Did dishware really save the movie industry? And why is Lara Croft: Tomb Raider considered a Hollywood masterpiece? (spoiler: it has nothing to do with the plot!) Grab your popcorn and turn off your ringers as Will and Mango head to the movies. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
06/07/1838m 19s

9 Soccer-ish Facts about the World Cup

Can a daily banana basket help players feel less homesick? Should goalies be given more bathroom breaks? And did Kim Jung-Il invent a top secret technology to guarantee more wins? Will and Mango share some strange facts about soccer's biggest tournament. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
05/07/1817m 55s

What’s so special about Twins?

What’s the timing in the womb that leaves some twins  conjoined? Where did the idea of evil twins and doppelgängers come about? And how does facial recognition technology work when you look so alike? Will and Gabe answer some of your biggest questions about twins. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
04/07/1845m 26s

Fan Favorite: Why are we so Nostalgic for Sugary Breakfast Cereals?

Is Cap'n Crunch Really a Captain? Is the Silly Rabbit using psychological tricks on kids? And why did everyone stop putting prizes in cereal boxes? In this classic episode, Will and Mango take a trip down memory lane, exploring why America is so nostalgic for those sugary sweet breakfast treats. Featuring Cereal Time TV's Gabe Fonseca. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
30/06/1845m 6s

How Close are we to Curing Alzheimer's?

Scientists have made all sorts of discoveries about Alzheimer's in the last 20 years. But can changing your diet, the way you sleep, or even picking up Portuguese really protect your mind? Will and Mango take a look at the earliest cases of Alzheimer's, and discuss some of ways you might be able to keep the disease at bay. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
29/06/1847m 43s

9 Surprising Origin Stories Behind Corporate Mascots

Why is the Michelin Man white when tires are always black? What do Tony the Tiger and Christopher Columbus have in common? And why did they give The Noid a video game? Will and Gabe tackle the strange world of corporate mascots. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
28/06/1821m 2s

What's the Greatest World's Fair of All-Time?

From electric toothbrushes to Belgian waffles, banana splits to robot presidents, plenty of wonderful things have been introduced at World's Fairs. But does the event still occur, and why doesn't America host them anymore? Will and Mango dig into their favorite World's Fairs, their historical importance, and why we might not have Disney World without them. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
27/06/1843m 52s

Fan Favorite: Who was the Woman Behind American Codebreaking?

Every week, the FBI, CIA and Treasury Department would show up to Elizebeth Friedman's door and hassle the mother of two-- not for any crime, but because she had an insane talent: she solved puzzles to protect America. Meet the Quaker poet who caught gangsters, defeated Nazis and unlocked a new world of Codebreaking in this classic episode-long interview with "The Woman Who Smashed Codes" author Jason Fagone. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
22/06/1852m 26s

9 Surprising Restaurants We Can't Stop Talking About

From the greasy joint where everyone’s rooting for a heart attack, to the insanely exclusive cafe where Alice in Wonderland meets The Little Mermaid, Will and Mango get obsessive about 9 restaurants they probably won’t visit, but can’t stop talking about. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
21/06/1818m 45s

Why Are Kids So Attracted to Shel Silverstein's Poetry?

Before he was a beloved poet, children's author and songwriter for Johnny Cash, Shel Silverstein started out his career as a cartoonist for Playboy. Will and Mango dig into why you probably shouldn't read his ABC book to your newborn, how he almost got courtmartialed, and what makes his poetry so uniquely appealing to kids. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
20/06/1840m 27s

Are Dad Jokes Actually Good For Kids’ Brains?

To celebrate Father’s Day, Will and Mango share 9 of their favorite dad facts. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
16/06/1817m 2s

What are the Best Shoes for Atheists, Marathon Runners, and Criminals?

From the strangest commercial Reebok ever used to sell the Reebok Pump, to the Zen shoemaker who custom-builds sneakers for marathon runners, Will and Mango dive into the funniest stories they can find about shoes. Including why Kevin Durant better at basketball when he's only wearing one sneaker, and why one Australian's idea for Pork Chop Shoes hasn't taken off yet. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
15/06/1843m 49s

Introducing our new podcast: Committed

A near-fatal brain injury, a stroke and amnesia turned Gwen and Yasir into one of the most interesting and accomplished couples you'll ever meet.  Be sure to subscribe to Committed wherever you get your podcasts. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
14/06/1835m 25s

How Do People Game the Lottery?

From the Canadian professor who found patterns in Scratch-off lottery tickets to the Michigan couple that turned a lottery flaw into their retirement savings plan to the strange reason you should hold onto any lottery ticket that has Herbert Hoover's face on it, Will and Mango look into the long history of lotteries and the geniuses who've managed to game them.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
13/06/1843m 15s

Fan Favorite: What's the Science of Invisibility?

Sure, invisibility is about Harry Potter cloaks and invisible inks. But it’s so much more than that, too! From the way butterflies see a secret world of light that humans can’t, to the reason polar bears are completely undetectable to infrared cameras, there’s a whole big world you ought to hear about… even if you can’t see it. Featuring author Bob Berman. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
08/06/1848m 0s

9 Highly Unusual Courting Techniques

If you're tired of striking out at clubs and coffee shops, maybe one of these dating techniques will work for you? From whispering into a Courtship Stick to incorporating a ripe fruit into your dance routine, Will and Mango explore some highly suspect methods for luring your potential mate. Featuring Jo Piazza, author of the new podcast Committed.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
07/06/1822m 1s

Why Do Sharks Get Such a Bad Rap?

As beach season approaches, everyone gets nervous about shark attacks. But how afraid should we be of these Jabberjaws? (Spoiler: not very.) From the hilarious way goblin sharks catch their prey, to the strange effect AC/DC has on sharks, to why Will and Mango wish they could trade out their chompers for shark teeth, Part-Time Genius goes all-in on sharks. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
06/06/1841m 7s

Is the Earth really Running Out of Sand, Dirt and Bacon?

From toilet paper to Norwegian butter, people are quick to panic in a shortage. But why are gangs around the world stealing truckloads of sand from beaches? What should we be stockpiling? And what are the resources Earth is truly running short on? Will and Mango investigate. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
01/06/1837m 37s

9 Deliciously Frosty facts about Ice Cream

Will grapefruit ice cream cure your hangovers? Have Japanese scientists really cracked the code on ice creams that won't melt? And why does seafood ice cream make patriots' mouths water? It's a Gabe and Mango ice cream episode (with plenty of extra facts sprinkled on top!)  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
31/05/1819m 4s

How Did MythBusters Work?

Will and Mango pester co-host Kari Byron on how to build a human catapult, what the worst smells on set were, why Jamie's safety lectures might make you terrified of building anything... and how her new book 'Crash Test Girl' uses the Scientific Method to answer your biggest life questions. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
30/05/1829m 24s

Will Coffee Make Me Live Longer?

Want to know who to blame for your coffee addiction? From goats, Turks to the Archangel Gabriel, Will and Mango chase down a whole world of (coffee) pot stirrers while shedding light on whether monkey spit coffee is tastier than your traditional beans and whether coffee is good for cats (Spoiler: probably). Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
25/05/1844m 48s

9 Highly Specific Robots You Need to Meet

From the robot who desperately wants to feed you tomatoes to the one that likes to hitch rides on turtles, Will and Mango explore the strange, hilarious world of robots (including at least two of them that might want to eat you.) Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
25/05/1821m 59s

Fan Favorite: What are the Greatest Secrets Hiding in the Vatican?

There are a lot of things we don't know about the Vatican: How did Doc Martens become the unofficial walking shoe of the Pope? Why has no one told you about the Vatican's top-notch cricket team? Will and Mango explore Vatican secrets in this classic episode featuring Jo Piazza, host of the new podcast Committed. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
23/05/1844m 48s

Introducing Dressed

Meet the newest show from HowStuff Works. From the 1820s to the 1920s, millions of women embraced the fashion of ornamental plumage. Learn why feathers forced fashionistas to abandon their carriage seats for floors, why an egret's plumes go for $3k when a hummingbird's are nowhere near as valuable, and what's possibly the world's weirdest memoir. (Spoiler: It's told from the point of view of a feather!) Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
22/05/1856m 46s

Who's Going to Put a Colony on Mars First?

The Space Race is on! With Elon Musk, NASA and plenty of other countries all hustling to get to Mars, just how long will it actually us to get there? And how hard will it be to build a space civilization? From sucking oxygen from the soil to 3D printing villages to the Dutch reality TV shows that might finance the whole thing, Will and Mango dive into the many angles of the Mars Mission we should all get excited about. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
18/05/1844m 15s

9 Somewhat Tasteful Facts about Salad!

When America declared May National Salad Month, these weren't the salads they were thinking about. Will and Mango dive into the world of Coke Salads, why successful CEO's remove olives from their salads, and how to trick a hungry kid into trading in his Sloppy Joe for a salad fork. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
17/05/1818m 43s

What's the Science Behind the Perfect Party?

Priya Parker hasn't just studied how gatherings work; she's lived it. From running conflict negotiations with high level diplomats, to making conference goers feel comfortable, to creating more intimate and memorable experiences at dinner parties, Priya's new book The Art of Gathering includes tricks and tips for rethinking your next event. Join Will and Mango as they pester Priya for advice on throwing better parties and how to get onto more invite lists. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
16/05/1843m 1s

9 Surprising Facts about Moms

In honor of Mother's Day, Will and Mango talk about what make Mom special: from why mothers' hearts are so in sync with their infants, to the moms who hold shotguns up to a gang leaders to tell them to stay away from their kids. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
12/05/1817m 10s

What do we actually Know about J. Edgar Hoover?

Few men held as many secrets as the long-lasting FBI director J. Edgar Hoover. And while he had thousands of files documenting the secret lives of intellectuals, celebrities and politicians, Hoover had no shortage of secrets of his own. Will and Mango dig into the man, how his PR genius saved the FBI's reputation, and why Richard Nixon just couldn't work up the nerve to fire him.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
11/05/1844m 13s

Why Were These Books Banned?

Where's Waldo isn't allowed in prisons, Winnie the Pooh can't set foot in China, and Brown Bear, Brown Bear is forbidden from schools in... Texas?! From Ulysses to sinful Bibles, Will and Mango dive into the story of banned books to tell you all about the titles they don't want you to read. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
10/05/1840m 36s

What are the Weirdest Experiments in Science?

What part of the turkey are turkeys most attracted to? Can a scene out of a ghost story make you stop biting your nails? And what's the best music to play for your house guests, if your house guests are rats and they're high on cocaine? Will and Mango explore some of the strangest science experiments and the reasons they got funded in the first place. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
04/05/1845m 0s

9 Very Important Facts about Bears

Whether you're an amateur bear enthusiast or prepping for a bear convention, these are the bear facts you'll need! Will and Mango explore a Canadian Bear Jail, why Pizzlies are taking over the world, and how Paddington Bear was once the pride of Africa. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
03/05/1818m 38s

Can Spicy Foods Make Us Live Longer?

Does a fondness for spicy food mean you've got an aggressive personality? Did putting spices on our foods help cavemen avoid illnesses? And if you shouldn't drink water after a hot bite, what should you guzzle to put out your blazing mouth fire? Will and Mango investigate all the ups (and a few downs) of an incredibly spicy diet. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
02/05/1837m 56s

How did the Avocado Conquer the World?

While America has been smugly eating their guacamole and avocado toast, the rest of the world has been making all sorts of avocado advances. Why aren't you using an avocado sock? Should you be investing in the new Diet Avocados from Spain? And why aren't you drinking your lattes out of avocado shells like Australians do? Will and Mango dive deep into the world of avocados to determine why they took so long to catch on, and what Baywatch Nights has to do with their popularity. (Spoiler: Very little.) Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
27/04/1837m 49s

9 Mouth-puckering Stories about Pickles!

Will and Mango pay tribute to pickles! From a Mississippi variation on Fun Dip, to the most romantic overture ever made with a pickle jar, to some of the very worst pickle jokes you'll hear all year, we're serving up a 9-course meal of delicious pickle facts. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
26/04/1822m 26s

How did Sesame Street Change TV Forever?

Next year Children's Television Workshop turns 50, and Will and Mango are scouring the street for all the best dirt. From why the show started out on NBC, to how Ernie and Bert got downgraded from being the show's only stars, to the reason Jim Henson was so against children's programming, we'll explore the evolution of show and why it continues to be one of the most important experiments in American television. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
25/04/1846m 35s

What Does Stress Really do to our Bodies?

The idea that "stress kills" is all over the internet. But are there good and bad stresses? Why does stress affect our appetites? And why do scientists think that mowing the lawn can make you less tense? Will and Mango take a care-free dive into stress: what it does to our bodies, how we can use it for good, and what are the best ways to relieve it. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
20/04/1840m 9s

9 Incredible Stories about Accountants! (Yes, Accountants.)

Will and Mango celebrate our favorite number crunchers, from Mick Jagger's strange pre-concert ritual to the homeless accountant who got us fascinated with the number 70 million.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
19/04/1817m 47s

Do Superstar Athletes Have Superior Brains?

The scouts claimed that Steph Curry was too slow-footed and unathletic to play in the pros. But maybe they should have asked a neuroscientist? Will and Mango talk to Zach Schonbrun, author of The Performance Cortex, to understand why darts is so hard, how your skin helps you play sports, whether tennis stars are actually math geniuses and why Shaq had such a tough time mastering that free throw. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
18/04/1832m 42s

Are there Benefits to Procrastinating?

Why do so many smart people procrastinate? Is there a link between extreme achievement and putting off your work? And should you behead a roadside statue of St. Expedite if you miss a deadline? Will and Mango chat with author Andrew Santella about his new book SOON: An Overdue History of Procrastination from Leonardo and Darwin to You and Me, to discuss why taking a lazy approach to your responsibilities may not be the worst thing. PLUS: Why to-do lists might be the ultimate vehicle for procrastination! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
13/04/1833m 18s

9 Incredible Classic Toys (and How They've Changed)

Why did a cucumber that changed Mr. Potato Head's world? Why are so many Cabbage Patch dolls delivered by C-section? And why didn't Go-Bots win the battle over Transformers? Will and Mango parade through the world of classic toys, and discover how many of them have changed over the years. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
12/04/1820m 28s

What are the Greatest Things We Just Learned about Hawaii?

Who knew our 50th state held so many secrets! From the ice caves hiding under a volcano, to the wonderful reason you should never bring pork to the windward side to why we should be thanking Hawaii for casual Fridays, Will and Mango take a dip into Hawaii's history. PLUS: The most disgusting reason to thank a parrot fish! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
11/04/1843m 46s

Why is it more dangerous to be a Park Ranger than an FBI Agent?

Park rangers do so much more than just keeping Yogi Bear from stealing picnic baskets. Whether it’s outsmarting poachers, fending off the Klan, protecting tourists from gator attacks or helping tiny endangered species make their way to sea, Will and Mango celebrate the heroes who keep our National parks running. Plus, why robbing a bank then hiding in the forest isn’t a great idea. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
06/04/1841m 36s

9 Fresh Ideas in Science

If these new studies are right, lampposts are about to get a crazy makeover, Harry Potter should be on everyone's curriculum and cities are going to start importing leopards. (Well, probably not the last one.) Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
05/04/1817m 44s

What Makes Waffle House Such a Brilliant Business?

There's a reason the chain doesn't have any ovens and won't serve you pancakes. Will and Mango explore the brilliant business of Waffle House. Learn why high end chefs love to hire Waffle House grill operators, how the restaurants keep open when their water lines break, and why on earth Waffle House got into the music video business. Plus, why you'll want to make a reservation at Waffle House this Valentine's Day. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
04/04/1836m 13s

How Could All These Things Possibly Happen on One Weekend?!

Will and Mango investigate one of the most important weekends of all-time. (Assuming you consider celebrations of mollusks, felt and flames as important as we do.) Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
31/03/1812m 54s

How Did Wine Fraud Become Such a Big Business?

When a billionaire realized his $125,000 bottle of wine might be fake, he hired a crack team to solve the case. This is the story of a private investigator, a motley crew of geniuses, and a fine wine that supposedly belonged to Thomas Jefferson! Plus: Will and Mango discuss Prohibition wines, the Scottish Four Loko, and why badminton gave wine crimes a bad name. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
30/03/1839m 44s

9 Crazy Newspapers Worth Getting Your Hands On

This week Gabe and Mango scour the library for the strangest newspapers they can find-- from an elementary school paper that nabbed a landmark scoop to a progressive Civil War rag filled with useful lifehacks. Plus, why you'll never want to get on this Alaskan paper's bad side.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
29/03/1819m 16s

What's the Science of Anger?

Will and Mango have lots of questions about why people get angry. Like: Why do humans all make the same angry face? Is lying down while angry better for your health? And will being angry actually make you more creative? (Spoiler: your boss and kids might be working overtime to make you more creative.) Plus, we look at the science of tickling and solve the puzzle of how to tickle yourself! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
28/03/1840m 42s

Why Doesn't Disney Celebrate these Princesses?

There are plenty of princesses with fairy tale endings. These aren't those princesses! Will and Mango chat with Princesses Behaving Badly author Linda Rodriguez McRobbie to determine which princess you'd want on your wrestling team, which princess left royalty for the circus, and which princess parties you definitely want to avoid. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
23/03/1835m 7s

9 Last Words worth Remembering

On his deathbed, Winston Churchill’s last words were: “I’m bored with it all.” What a missed opportunity! Will and Mango discuss their favorite geniuses, why their final words lived up, and how two different phrases inspired America’s greatest shoe company. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
22/03/1814m 20s

How Did Google Get Its Start?

From Youtube to Nest, Maps to Android, it's hard to imagine life without Google. But how did the web giant really get its start? Will and Mango travel back to the mid-90s to see how a horrible campus tour, some extra Lego bricks and a week at Burning Man all contributed to the making of Google. Also, the weird reason Larry Page didn't sell the company for $1.6 million when he got the chance (spoiler: it wasn't because the offer was too low!). Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
21/03/1839m 9s

What's the Science of Painkillers?

When you've got a headache, those bottles of over-the-counter medicines can feel interchangeable. But the truth is, the drugs work in different ways... and each has their own benefits and side-effects. From which drugs work best on toothaches, to which ones are best for hangovers, Will and Mango explore the strange world of painkillers. Plus: why, 5 years from now, you might be replacing your pills with a phone, a pair of goggles and some green apple air freshener. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
16/03/1840m 50s

9 Incredible Stories Imported from Remote Islands

From a dangerous island the Brazilian Navy refuses to let you visit (it's for your own good!), to a place where monkeys think they're training for the Kentucky Derby, Will and Mango are scouring the globe for water-locked lands and the incredible stories that come from them. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
15/03/1819m 23s

Why do Cats get such a Bad Rap?

Everyone knows herding cats is impossible. But is it because we never fully domesticated them? Will and Mango dig into a history of cats-- from why they were unfairly blamed for so many divorces, to how a bag of clay forever changed their prospects, to what a lion's sneeze tells us about their instincts. Plus-- the number one country you HAVE to travel to (if you want a cat to massage your back.) Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
14/03/1838m 5s

Why do NASCAR fans drive trucks and Formula One fans drive yachts?

Sure, we've watched Pixar's Cars a few times. But doesn't mean we know anything about racing. Will and Mango dive into the strangely boozy origins of NASCAR, why you might need a yacht to enjoy Formula One, and how driver Dick Trickle made sure every race got off to a smoking start. (Spoiler: it involved drilling a couple holes in his helmet.) Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
09/03/1844m 48s

9 Rinkrinkerfink Facts about Dr. Seuss

From the imaginary daughter Dr. Seuss made up (just so he had an excuse to brag to his friends) to the remote town in Switzerland where he stole all his ideas from (it's hard to find on a map) to the one children's author he wished he'd gotten to read as a child, Will and Mango dive headfirst into the spectacular world of Dr. Seuss. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
08/03/1816m 8s

Where do the World's Best Band Names Come From?

What band was named as a tribute to their high school gym coach? Why did The Earwigs change their name to Alice Cooper (it might have something to do with a Ouji Board)? And would Chubby Checker have been as popular if he'd taken the name Chubby Chesspiece? Setting aside the quality of the music (KISS), Will and Mango explore some of the funniest, quirkiest and greatest band names in music history. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
07/03/1839m 54s

Will we ever Cure Blindness?

Sure, one time in the '80s a blind guy was struck with lightning and it shocked his system into seeing again. But striking people with lightning bolts isn't exactly a safe and easy procedure. So what are scientists working on? From stem cells to bat helmets to why putting some algae in your eye socket could restore your vision, Will and Mango explore the most fascinating advances in vision science today. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
02/03/1840m 45s

What are the World's Weirdest Theme Restaurants?

If chugging mead at Medieval Times and downing burgers at Johnny Rockets feels tired to you, check out these wacky theme restaurants from around the world. Will and Mango explore what happens when you surprise diners with regular earthquakes, and why filling your cafe with giant David Copperfield statues might not be the smartest thing. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
01/03/1818m 34s

How did WHAM-O become America's Greatest Novelty Toy Company?

From Hula Hoops to Frisbees, Superballs to Slip-n-Slides, Wham-O has put smiles on generations of American kids. But how did the little toy company that could get its start? (Spoiler: a meat-pellet shooter for your pet falcon!) And what are some of their greatest duds? (Spoiler 2: Instant fish!) Join Will and Gabe as they romp through the history of WHAM-O. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
28/02/1847m 14s

Are we in the Middle of a Rudeness Epidemic?

After author Danny Wallace received the world's worst customer service (and possibly the world's worst hotdog) from a hotdog vendor, he decided to search for the root cause of rudeness. Danny joins Will and Mango on this week's episode to talk about snarky celebrity judges, why surgeons are in dire need of a rudeness vaccine (it's for our own safety!), and how one politician effectively fought rudeness... with mimes! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
23/02/1841m 50s

9 Leafy Facts about Houseplants

How did a potted plant named Jeff become an internet celebrity? Does Switzerland really manufacture 'Luxury Manure'? And what's your Valentine trying to tell you with that vase full of basil? Plus: why you should never, ever poach a Venus Flytrap! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
22/02/1816m 9s

Why are Humans so Obsessed with Chocolate?

Will and Mango are on a mission to uncover chocolate's darkest secrets. What's the difference between cacao and cocoa? Why have Swiss scientists been working on a pink chocolate for so long? (And what's it taste like?) Plus, why does chocolate melt so perfectly in our mouths? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
21/02/1843m 1s

What are the Most Incredible Technologies Coming Soon(-ish)?

From rockets on pogo-sticks to nuclear powered toasters, there's a whole strange world of emerging technologies that will improve and/or ruin everything in our future! Will and Mango chat with author Zach Weinersmith about the hilarious, future-looking text book he and his wife Kelly wrote, Soonish. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
16/02/1843m 16s

9 Delightful Facts about Office Supplies

Need some new material for the water-cooler? Will and Mango chat about the tragedy of cubicles, how a fit of rage led to better pen design, and why bread might just be the best eraser. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
15/02/1816m 14s

How did Putin come to power?

Between practicing judo, wrestling bears, and meddling with democracies, Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has a lot on his plate. But how did the former KGB operative come to power? And how has he sustained his grip on the country for so long? Will and Mango dig into his biography to try to understand one of the most fascinating figures on the political stage. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
14/02/1844m 8s

How does Rick Steves Think You Should Travel?

9/11 changed Rick Steves and how he wanted to approach writing about the world. In this special interview, Will and Mango sit down with legendary PBS host and travel writer Rick Steves to talk about the newest edition of "Travel as a Political Act", why watching a Sufi dance can be such a transcendent moment, and whether the best French cheeses really smell like "Angel's Feet." (They don't.) Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
09/02/1838m 5s

9 Outstanding Facts About Aussie Animals

Is the Walking Sausage the most romantic insect? What happens when Wallabies get high on poppies? And why do wombats have super strong wombutts? Will, Mango and Gabe explore the wonderful world of Australian animals. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
08/02/1818m 55s

What are the Greatest Things We Just Learned about Japan?

Why is Japan's adult adoption rate so high? Why don't American car dealerships succeed in the country? And why did Colonel Sanders put a curse on a beloved Japanese baseball team? Plus, Will and Mango discover the shortest escalator in the world! (Just take the stairs, guys.) Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
07/02/1841m 40s

Is Flu Season Really as Dangerous as We're Told?

As sniffles and coughs abound (and Tristan tries to inoculate the whole office), Will and Mango try to figure out why some flu seasons are worse than others. Also: How do scientists know when some seasons will be particularly bad? What goes into deciding what this year’s vaccine is going to look like? And was the Spanish flu really that Spanish? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
02/02/1838m 36s

9 Thrilling Mysteries... Solved!

Why was FDR so obsessed with mysteries? What's hiding in KFC's super secret Spice Mix vault? And what was the murder rate in the town from Murder She Wrote? (Pretty darn high!) Will and Mango put on their Sherlock Holmes hats and try to solve some cases. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
01/02/1818m 36s

How Chinese is our Chinese Food?

Chinese restaurants have an incredible history in America. (They actually pre-date the Civil War!) But is the food we scarf down every week actually Chinese? Will and Mango stuff themselves with takeout facts: from the origin of the Lazy Susan, to Buster Keaton's obsession with Chop Suey, to why everyone needs to make a pilgrimage to Butte, Montana. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
31/01/1844m 0s

How did Reference Books Shape Civilization? (And what will their death mean?)

Remember when Pliny the Elder thought women were cursed and unicorns had elephant feet, so he wrote long encyclopedia entries on both of them? Neither did we. From Roget to Britannica, Webster's to Wikipedia, we're exploring the history of the most important reference books on the shelves... while digging for some truly weird entries. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
26/01/1847m 3s

9 Head-spinning Facts about Hats

Why did straw hats once spur a revolt? Did Nixon kill the top hat trend? And where on Earth is Jackie O's pill box hat? Will and Mango discover some extremely important facts you'll want to know about hats. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
25/01/1812m 13s

Is Recycling Worth the Hassle?

Why does Germany use 5 different bins for their recycling efforts? Is recycling a smart business to be in? And can you really trick Bros into being greener by putting wolves on packaging? Will and Mango take a deep dive into the state of American recycling and discover some great facts. Plus, why Totes McGoats is one of the worst phrases of all time... but also, perhaps the best recycling mascot ever. Featuring HSW's Christopher Hassiotis. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
24/01/1848m 15s

What was the Golden Age of Hijacking?

It's hard to believe skyjacking was once a weekly occurrence in America. But for over a decade, planes were rerouted for ransoms, political causes, and occasionally-- for a couple of beers! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
19/01/1840m 29s

9 Wacky Facts about the Marx Brothers

From Harpo's ridiculous croquet uniform to Groucho's penchant for Heavy Metal, Will and Mango uncover 9 facts you probably don't know about the Marx Brothers. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
18/01/187m 56s

How did the Winter Olympics change Sports?

Who's the Michael Phelps of the early winter games? Why did the 1924 British curling team just get their gold medals? And what are the greatest sports we wish were still in the Olympics (a round of Korfball, anyone?) Will and Mango dive into Olympic history and investigate how one little rule-change affected how future sports were played. Featuring American ski-archer Dave Bergart. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
17/01/1847m 17s

Is the Kraft Single America's Greatest Invention?

From elaborate cheddar heists to a Serbian donkey cheese scandal to the most sacred grilled cheese ever (#blessed), Will and Mango dive headlong into dairy to praise cheeses. Featuring Rotten’s Christine Haughney. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
12/01/1846m 11s

9 Snowy Facts to get you through your Snow Day

Grab a mug of cocoa and hit play already! From Renaissance snow angels to an award-winning trick for never slipping in the snow, Will and Mango have a special wintery mix ready for your snow day. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
11/01/189m 48s

What's the Science of Perfect Timing?

What's the secret to making the end of your vacation less depressing? Why is it better for a basketball team to be down by a point at the half? And can you trick your kids into better math scores just by changing when they practice math? From when to nap to when not to schedule a doctor's appointment, best-selling author Daniel Pink knows there's a perfect time for everything. And he's dishing all the secrets from When, his brand-new book, on today's Part-Time Genius. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
10/01/1840m 14s

Was Sandra Day O'Connor Our Last Independent Justice?

From her hardscrabble upbringing on cattle ranch (where she tamed a bobcat!) to her incredible sway on the Supreme Court, Will and Mango explore Justice O'Connor's incredible life, the glass ceilings she broke through along the way, and what made her both such a practical and a fiercely independent voice on the court. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
05/01/1843m 3s

9 Facts About Buttons that Aren't Nuclear

Will, Gabe and Mango take the focus off the nuclear button, and put it squarely on all the other buttons out there that are feeling a little neglected. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
04/01/189m 55s

What are some Easy Tricks to Improve Your Life in 2018?

Can smiling during running improve your marathon time? Will an old age app help you make better resolutions? And is there real science behind the Coffee Nap? Will and Mango examine big and little ways to improve your 2018, including why you'll probably need to carry a plunger around with you in the New Year. Featuring Lizzie Jacobs. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
03/01/1845m 14s

Will we ever Travel Faster than Light Speed?

Will and Mango have so many questions: What is Quantum Teleportation? Are we all swimming in Dark Matter? And why are scientists so obsessed with smashing particles together? Luckily, we've got astrophysicist Daniel Whiteson, co-author of the wonderful new book We Have No Idea, ready to tour us through the universe. Buckle up! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
29/12/1747m 36s

9 Things to Look forward to in 2018

Time to get excited! From NASA's incredible space plans to an electronic hat that's going to change a whole lot of lives, Will, Gabe and Mango unveil some really good reasons to be optimistic about the new year. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
28/12/1711m 59s

What are the Strangest, Craziest Sounds in the Universe?

Ever wondered what the Big Bang sounds like (it's much weirder than you think!) Or why Britishers are so turned off by the sound of Tasmanian Devils? From the crowds at Shakespeare's Globe to the ugly grunts of baby koalas, we're covering the funniest, strangest, most annoying sounds in the universe... and all the reasons to block them out! Sponsored by Beats by Dre. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
27/12/1733m 59s

What are the most Surprising Jobs at the White House?

Who decided there should be a beekeeper on staff at the White House? Who manages the First Family's budget and makes sure they're paying for their own toothpaste? And can you just find these job postings on Craigslist? Will and Mango look at some of the most surprising non-political jobs in the White House. Featuring Ben Bowlin and Noel Brown. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
22/12/1745m 10s

9 Cat Facts in Honor of National Cat Herder's Day!

From Iceland's hottest (cat-based) Reality TV Show to the feline that changed Nikola Tesla's career, Will, Mango and Gabe are all about cats on today's episode. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
21/12/1712m 40s

What's the Secret to Nintendo's Success?

From Nintendo's history with the Yakuza to its dabbling in the seedy motel business, the House of Mario has a much longer and stranger history than most people would guess. Hear what happened when the company tried to make knitting popular; how America's obsession with robots helped them nudge their way into retailers; and why a grabber called the Ultra Hand was the breakthrough the company needed. Featuring Ramsey Yount. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
20/12/1747m 51s

Does Trash Talking Really Work?

Meet the Bad Boy of Bowling, learn how Ivan Lendl intimidated his opponents (it all started with his sneakers!), and why Australia's women's cricket team is considered the best group of trash talkers in the world. From Michael Jordan's incredible philosophy on distracting his opponents, to which sport is considered the Algonquin Round Table of loudmouths, Will and Mango dig deep into the Art of Trash Talking while discussing some of the funniest stories in sport. Featuring Jason Who. Sponsored by Beats by Dr. Dre Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
18/12/1744m 38s

Introducing Omnibus

A bonus for Part-Time Genius listeners: Will and Mango talk to their old friend Ken Jennings about his new show at HowStuffWorks. It’s called Omnibus, and it’s terrific. Check out this sample episode and hop on over to Omnibus to subscribe. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
16/12/1743m 50s

What Makes the Happiest Places on Earth?

What do sauna culture, "Right to Roam" laws and all-you-can-eat buffets (for monkeys!) have to do with putting smiles on citizens faces? Will and Mango explore why some countries always end up at the top of the Happiness Index, and how other nations can (politely) elbow their way in. Featuring Suzanne Jones, Mayor of Boulder, CO. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
15/12/1744m 38s

9 Sloth Facts Worth Clinging To

From their glorious once a week dance parties, to why they're so self-conscious about their feet, we've got 9 strange and wonderful facts about one of the internet's favorite creatures. Featuring Will, Mango, and Will playing the role of Gabe. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
14/12/179m 57s

What are the Most Incredible Things the Human Body can do?

Did you realize that when your fingers get wrinkly in the bath, there's a crazy, superhero reason for it? Or that everyone's body is covered in invisible stripes? Or that a single snipped foreskin can yield a football field full of new skin in the lab? Will and Mango investigate the wonders (and strangeness!) of the human body. Featuring Jonathan Strickland. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
08/12/1748m 51s

9 Piping Hot Facts about Bath Tubs

Will, Mango and Gabe get in the spirit of National Bath Tub Day by talking Rubber Duckies, Jacuzzi origins, and whether one particular President got stuck in a bath tub (he didn't!). Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
07/12/1712m 59s

Are We Eating Sushi All Wrong?

It's time to get real about raw fish! Will and Mango have their chopsticks ready and way too many questions on hand: Is blue fin really a delicacy? How do sushi chefs apply their soy sauce? And how California is the California roll? From the dish's Chinese origins to why Japanese foodies are intrigued by American rolls, we're going all in on sushi. Featuring The Story of Sushi author Trevor Corson. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
06/12/1750m 22s

Is there a Rosy Future for Libraries?

It's no secret that Will and Mango love libraries. But are these wonderful institutions built to last? (Our research says: Yes!) Join our Part-Time Geniuses as they trace how libraries have evolved from ultra-secret dens for the elite to community pillars that are happy to lend out neckties along with job advice. Featuring author Brian Abrams. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
01/12/1741m 8s

9 Prize-winning Facts about Game Shows

Scandals, police chases, and why one notorious episode of "Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego?" will never ever get aired. Plus-- why Dana Carvey should have had the slimiest job in TV! It's all right here in today's 9 Things. Featuring Gabe Luzier. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
30/11/1713m 25s

Why don't Squid and Octopus Get More Love?

Will and Mango dive deep to uncover the greatest facts about Octopuses, Squid and Jellyfish. Learn the proper octopus throwing etiquette for Red Wings games, why whales are so good at defeating Giant Squid, and why Oclantis ranked #1 on our list of 2017's Greatest Octopus Cities. Featuring Spineless author Juli Berwald. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
29/11/1741m 6s

How did the Sears catalog take over the world?

Both companies started as innovative retailers-- shops without storefronts. But is Amazon unintentionally following Sears' path 100 years later? Will and Mango explore the genius and pitfalls of the early Sears business, while sorting through the weirdest products in the celebrated catalog. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
24/11/1742m 37s

9 Ridiculous Thanksgiving Facts to Pass Around the Table

From Big Bird's shameful secret to one American president who hated the holiday, Will and Mango share some of the weirdest facts they could find. Featuring FoodStuff's Lauren Vogelbaum. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
23/11/1712m 28s

Was Mister Rogers the Best Neighbor Ever?

From the real reason Mister Rogers used to wear sneakers on the show to why Ella Fitzgerald's band members used to tune in to the last 5 minutes of every show, Will and Mango pay tribute to one of our favorite humans, Mr. Fred Rogers. Featuring journalist Tom Junod. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
22/11/1743m 8s

Are Truckers the Backbone of the US Economy?

There's no doubt that truckers are underappreciated. From the mom and pop trucks that haul milk from local dairies to the long-distance married couples who tag team driving cross-country, Will and Mango take a peek under the industry's hood. Plus, we rewind back to a time when truckers were America's folk heroes. Featuring Roger Chappalear. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
17/11/1745m 28s

9 Hilarious Monuments (probably) not worth the Road Trip

We know these statues are supposed to be art, but they also kind of feel like mistakes. Will, Gabe and Mango discuss some colorful and confusing tributes... and the ridiculous stories behind them! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
16/11/1712m 44s

Who Was the Woman Behind American Codebreaking?

Every week, the FBI, CIA and Treasury Department would show up to Elizebeth Friedman's door and hassle the mother of two-- not for any crime, but because she had an insane talent: she solved puzzles to protect America. Meet the Quaker poet who caught gangsters, defeated Nazis and unlocked a new world of Codebreaking in this episode-long interview with "The Woman Who Smashed Codes" author Jason Fagone. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
15/11/1751m 26s

What are the Greatest Cookbooks on American Shelves?

Cookbooks have come a long way from their Mesopotamian origins. Will and Mango try to pinpoint the Joy in Joy of Cooking, peek inside the world of cookbook ghostwriters and debate whether an official Titanic cookbook is better than the one from Coolio (it isn't.) Featuring “Leave Me Alone with the Recipes” editor Sarah Rich. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
10/11/1744m 47s

How Big is Amazon?

We all know Amazon.com started as a bookseller, that’s now a grocery store and personal assistant and online streaming service. But how did this Seattle start-up outlast the hundreds of other online stores that started at the same time? Will and Mango take a look under the hood to explore the secret ways Amazon hopes to dominate the future. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
08/11/1745m 47s

Introducing Movie Crush

Episode two of Movie Crush is a very special one. Comedian Tig Notaro dropped in minutes after a very important, life changing phone call to chat with Chuck about the movie Mask. Have a listen! And don't forget to subscribe. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
06/11/171h 20m

Is China the Next Green Superpower?

China is going all in on green technologies. Banks are slowing down the investment in domestic coal mines. People are buying more electric cars than anywhere else. And the country is investing in wind, solar and hydro power unlike any other nation. They're also doubling down on nuclear energy. But what's the end goal? Is this environmental movement really about pleasing the middle class and clearing out the smog? Or is China just positioning itself for economic success? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
03/11/1745m 0s

9 Mustache Facts to Kick off Movember!

From the super strange reason Burt Reynolds grew a mustache to why you need to invest in a mustache spoon, Will and Mango chat all about facial topiaries with their good pals Yves and Alex. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
02/11/1713m 17s

What are the only 10 Foods You'd Need to Survive?

We have ZERO intention of eating less food! But if you had to pare down your pantry to the bare minimum, what are the only foods you'd need to survive? Is an all potato diet healthy? Plus, Will and Mango discuss the Woodstock for Fruit Lovers; why the Elderberry might be the most overlooked berry, and did Steve Jobs' strange diet affect his business decisions? Featuring Spudfit.com's Andrew Taylor Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
01/11/1746m 8s

What's Everyday life like on Antarctica?

From plumbing to catering, everything’s a little harder in Antarctica. Will and Mango dive into everyday life on The Ice. Plus, we talk glamping on the continent, why the South Pole pole moves every year, and why the Antarctica only has one ATM. Featuring all-star Antarctica Artist-in-Residence Jynne Dilling Martin. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
27/10/1742m 48s

9 Halloween Facts to Stuff in your Pillowcases!

In Iowa, you can't just show up on your neighbor's doorstep with a costume... kids have to work for the treats! Will, Mango and Gabe scour for the sweetest Halloween facts they can find in this special 9 Facts. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
26/10/1711m 43s

What's so great about Canada? (Spoiler: Lots of things!)

Grab your sleeping bags and hop in the station wagon… we’re off to Canada! Will and Mango take a whirlwind tour through America’s hat as we make pit stops at a jail for delinquent bears, a single’s scene for Canada’s most eligible snakes and a bar pouring the nation’s strangest cocktail. Featuring superstar astronaut Chris Hadfield. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
25/10/1748m 21s

What are the World’s Worst Jobs?

From being Saddam Hussein’s body double to being a whale snot collector there’s a whole world of jobs our guidance counselors thankfully forgot to tell us about. Will and Mango take a deep dive into things you probably don’t want to do for a living. Featuring the New York Review of Comics’ Lucas Adams. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
20/10/1743m 27s

9 Disney Facts to Work into Conversations Immediately!

That time Richard Nixon got kidnapped at Disney, why John Lennon had bittersweet memories of his Disney hotel, and other stories you (probably) haven’t heard. Featuring HowStuffWork.com’s Allison Loudermilk. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
19/10/1715m 5s

Why don't we use Rockets to Send Mail Anymore?

When Ben Franklin took over the US Postal Service, he couldn’t have predicted the crazy ways the institution would evolve. From pneumatic tubes to missiles filled with mail, Will and Mango dig into the post office's weirdest experiments, while discussing why Olympic athletes can no longer mail themselves home when they lose a wallet. Featuring Nancy Pope of the National Postal Museum. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
18/10/1749m 31s

Why are we so Nostalgic for Sugary Breakfast Cereals?

Is Cap'n Crunch Really a Captain? Is the Silly Rabbit using psychological tricks on kids? And why did everyone stop putting prizes in cereal boxes? Will and Mango take a trip down memory lane, exploring why America is so nostalgic for those sugary sweet breakfast treats. Featuring Cereal Time TV's Gabe Fonseca. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
13/10/1745m 6s

9 Mouthwatering Facts about Sandwiches

From Wonder Bread's worst idea to the greatest sandwich to ever emerge from a Ramada Inn, Will and Mango celebrate the handiest food of all time. Featuring Lauren Vogelbaum from FoodStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
12/10/1717m 15s

How Big is the US Military?

America spends over $700 billion on the US Military. But where does that money go? And as long as Will and Mango are talking about the military, they try to figure out: Does a golf course count as a military base? What’s the most fun night on a submarine? And is Bob Ross’ calm demeanor all thanks to his military training? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
11/10/1738m 11s

What's it take to be a Superfan?

Why are Lego fans so into "Swooshability?" Did a single giant banana really help Manchester City fans regain their love for the sport? And can windmill fans and members of the Roundabout Appreciation Society ever get along? From Cheeseheads to Potterheads, Sherlockians to Beliebers, Will and Mango take you into the superfun, strange and curious world of fandoms. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
06/10/1749m 44s

The 9 Weirdest Things Intentionally Buried By People

There are the things you accidentally bury, and then there’s everything on this list. Will, Mango and Gabe discuss the weirdest facts they've unearthed about things that have been unearthed. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
05/10/1713m 24s

Are Bananas Going Extinct?

From monkey lifehacks, to Victorian shame about bananas to why slipping on a peel became the go-to gag, Will and Mango are ready to dish on the Cavendish. Featuring the International Banana Club’s Top Banana, Ken Bannister. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
04/10/1743m 27s

What's the Secret to a Better Prison System?

Something isn't working. American prisons are overcrowded and relapse rates are high. But why is Norway so good at helping the incarcerated become productive citizens again? And can taking away the walls and guards help? Plus, the ingenious scam Bernie Madoff pulled off in prison! (Spoiler: It involves hot chocolate.) Featuring Doran Larson. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
29/09/1747m 32s

BONUS: 9 Strange, Fun and Wonderful Non-Profits we Just Learned About

Whether you’re covertly adding to a New Hampshire sock collection or crocheting a pair of knockers in your spare time, there are all sorts of ways to give back. Will, Gabe and Mango put a spotlight on some unusual charity work in this bonus episode. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
28/09/1712m 16s

What will Computer Implants do for our Brains?

Scanners that allow people to type with their mind; fresh memories that can be implanted into mice; and an immersive video game that helps people regain motor control by teaching them to be... dolphins?! Computer implants are getting weirder, and already changing the world in ways you can’t imagine. Featuring John Krakauer, MD from BLAM labs. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
27/09/1737m 35s

Which Country has the Secret to the Smartest Students?

Are sneakers in the classroom bad for your education? Should schools keep investing in janitors? And why does no one do homework anymore? Join Will and Mango on an Open House of the World's Best Schools (and what works in building a better pupil.) Featuring reporter Lauren Camera. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
22/09/1747m 51s

Bonus: 9 Facts about Rich People and/or Sigourney Weaver

Sometimes you find facts about rich people. Sometimes you find facts about Sigourney Weaver. But rarely will you find both in one place. In this exclusive, never-been done before feat, the team presents 9 facts about rich people and/or Sigourney Weaver. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
21/09/1711m 31s

Why do Democrats like Coke and Republicans like Pepsi? (and other Revelations from the Cola Wars)

Will and Mango dig deep into the Cola Wars: from the official soda of the KKK, to the time Coke tried to convince Eisenhower to create a new currency, to the very best soda named after Jesus (not that Jesus). Featuring John Nese of Galco’s Soda Pop Stop. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
20/09/1749m 56s

What Does the Internet Know About You?

Most of us have given Facebook, Amazon, Google and Twitter a lot of information. These companies know what you search, where you live and what shows you hate-watch with your friends. But what exactly do they know about your life off-line? The answer might shock you. Featuring Ben Bowlin and Matt Frederick from Stuff They Don’t Want You To Know. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
15/09/1748m 55s

Bonus: 9 Super Facts Hiding in your Supermarket

Here’s what happens when wild fact-finders are accidentally released into a supermarket… Join us for a bonus Fact-Off, featuring Researcher Gabe. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
14/09/1719m 33s

What Invention Deserves Way More Credit Than We Give It?

From the Billy Bookcase to the air conditioner, the gramophone to the stacks of paper we needed for the Guttenberg press to work, history is filled with important-but-overlooked inventions. Will and Mango spend this episode giving some less glamorous ideas their due (did you know a bag of concrete is one of the best weapons against poverty?). Featuring a big assist from economist Tim Harford. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
13/09/1749m 53s

Can you Game a Dog Show?

The Westminster Kennel Club show is America’s second oldest continuous sporting event! But are there any shortcuts to entering Fido and taking home some hardware? Will and Mango look for easy tricks as they study the “Michelangelo of Poodle Groomers,” decipher how to get an obscure breed recognized, and question why there are separate bathrooms for male and female dogs at the shows. Featuring photographer Sophie Gamand. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
08/09/1743m 57s

How to Build the Ultimate Theme Park

If you want to construct a theme park, there are some big questions to answer: do you want to create a theme park or an amusement park (there’s a difference!) Also, how many Santa Clauses do you want on hand? (Important.) And what do you need to do to be more eccentric than Walt Disney (Start by picking a favorite juice, and then acting irrationally when people don’t want to drink it.) Featuring author David Younger and Theme Park Insider's Robert Niles. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
06/09/1748m 58s

What's the Science of Invisibility?

Sure, invisibility is about Harry Potter cloaks and invisible inks. But it’s so much more than that, too! From the way butterflies see a secret world of light that humans can’t, to the reason polar bears are completely undetectable to infrared cameras, there’s a whole big world you ought to hear about… even if you can’t see it. Featuring author Bob Berman. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
01/09/1748m 0s

Does Pizza Bring Out the Worst In People?

People always say money is the root of evil. But are you 100% certain it isn’t Pizza? Will and Mango take a deep dive into a shallow dish (more of a pan really) to discuss pizza wars, mafia ties, and why the proper term for a pizza rat in Australia is a Charlie Cheese. Featuring Scott Weiner from Scott’s Pizza Tours. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
30/08/1739m 57s

Bonus: 9 Facts to Make You Smile

We’re tired of the news cycle. You might be too… Join us for a little bonus Fact-Off, featuring our head research Gabe Luzier. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
28/08/1713m 41s

What’s the Best Day of the Week?

We all know what day Garfield hates. But what’s the best day to avoid a bank robbery? And when can you get the freshest sushi? And why are there 7 days in a week, anyway? Will and Mango dive into your calendars, and emerge with some pretty surprising answers. Featuring author Melissa Heckscher. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
25/08/1745m 5s

What should you Plant in your Poisonous Garden?

If you’re looking for the Bad Boys of plant life, look no further! Will and Mango discover squirting cucumbers, dynamite trees, and salacious orchids that have ruined more than one wasp's marriage. Plus, we’ll tackle the origins of the guerrilla gardening movement and chat up Trevor Jones, head gardener of The Poison Garden. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
23/08/1744m 43s

What are the Strangest College Classes We Desperately Want to Take?

Dinosaurs and Other Failures! Uncreative Writing! Tree Climbing! There are plenty of classes out there that would have mom and dad scratching their heads and wondering why they're paying so much on tuition. Will and Mango dive into the course catalog to find the craziest, funniest and most specific classes they can, and try to figure out what's actually getting taught. Featuring Kenneth Goldsmith and Tyler Shores. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
18/08/1746m 25s

Who's gonna live to 100?

From tips from a 122-year old rap star, to the latest research on how many eggs a week is too many (80 eggs a week is probably too many), Will and Mango dig into the most recent science on longevity and investigate the best ways to hit the triple digits. Featuring Howard Friedman of the Longevity Project. And special celebrity guest, Mamaw. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
16/08/1746m 54s

Bonus: I need some Weird Eclipse Facts, pronto! Please Help!

We know you're prepared for next week's eclipse: You know where you'll be viewing the event from. You've ordered your special glasses. You've even on top of your appetizer game (Eclipse chips and dips are a MUST!) But if you haven't planned for the awkward small talk, Will and Mango have you covered with plenty of weird, quirky and fun facts to have on hand in this week's bonus edition. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
14/08/179m 54s

Why is IKEA obsessed with building a Better Meatball?

Will and Mango push aside the Fyrkantigs and Grönkulla, to hunt for IKEA’s secrets. Want to know why it considers 'air' the enemy? Or why IKEA cafeteria prices are really a Jedi mind-trick? Or how cheap the billionaire founder really is? (Spoiler: pretty cheap.) Featuring author Grady Hendrix, and STDWYTK’s Ben Bowlin and Noel Brown. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
11/08/1749m 52s

How Do Con Artists Keep Fooling Us?

America has a soft spot for scoundrels. From the (evil) genius who kept selling the Brooklyn Bridge to foreigners, to the original Snake Oil Salesman, we race through history's most legendary cons and discover why Denver was the Florence of the Con-Man Renaissance. Featuring Maria Konnikova and Patrick Hoffman. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
09/08/1751m 42s

What are our favorite secrets about the Vatican?

There are a lot of things we don’t know about the Vatican: Why did the Popes of yore sit on chairs with holes in the seats? How did Doc Martens become the unofficial walking shoe of John Paul II? And why has no one told you about the Vatican’s top-notch cricket team? We’ve got all these secrets and more. Featuring Jo Piazza. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
04/08/1749m 7s

What are the Weirdest Things the Government Invests In?

From onions hawked by animated ogres, to upbeat soundtracks created explicitly for sharks, there’s a lot of pork in the government’s budget. But just how outraged should we be? Will and Mango try to get an answer for you. Featuring James Ledbetter and the editors of CoinWeek. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
02/08/1749m 31s

What Does the Future of Water Look Like?

Americans get an incredible deal on tap water. For just $.03, you can draw 10 gallons of drinkable, bathable, flushable liquid easily from your faucet. But is there a water crisis on the horizon? (Spoiler: yes.) And can a whole slate of incredible inventions save the world? (Spoiler #2: also, yes!) Featuring water sommelier Martin Riese. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
28/07/1743m 44s

Are We Really Breathing Julius Caesar's Last Breath?

From air fresheners to air molecules, Montgolfier’s stinky hot air balloon to Alfred Nobel’s floating death barge, we’re taking deep breaths and pausing to savor all the incredible stories hidden in the air around us. Also, why Marie Curie would have gone bananas for bananas. Featuring Sam Kean. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
26/07/1753m 48s

Is Exercising to Lose Weight a Myth?

Usain Bolt can scarf down 47,000 calories worth of chicken nuggets and look great, while some dieters work out 4 hours a day and never shed a pound. So is exercising to lose weight a big scam? And what does Calvin Coolidge's exercise horse have to do with it? Featuring Dr. Herman Pontzer. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
21/07/1748m 26s

Do Personality Tests Work?

Long before there were sorting hats and Buzzfeed quizzes, Walt Whitman and Clara Barton were obsessed with personality tests. But can a scalp massage and 4-letter code really determine your potential success? And what do octagonal houses have to do with any of this? Featuring our sisters. And Jonathan Katz. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
19/07/1753m 54s

What's the Most American Place in the World? (Outside the States, that is)

We all know the American places in America (Cleveland is one). But where should a US citizen go to feel at home abroad? Will and Mango visit a wee America (in Brazil?!), tour the territories, and look for the Kentucky in Japan’s KFCs. Featuring Doug Mack. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
14/07/1745m 49s

How the Boy Scouts Conquered America

Get out your Horsemanship Badge and dust off your neckerchief-- we’re going deep on the Scouts! From its surprising roots in South Africa, to how it kickstarted Steven Spielberg’s career, Will and Mango wade their way through Boy Scout history. Featuring Chuck Bryant. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
12/07/1746m 32s

Why Are We Obsessed with World Records?

There’s a reason records books are routinely stolen from libraries! Learn just how hard it is to grow the world’s longest fingernails; why India’s lone records judge has the hardest job in the world, and how chainsawing apples out of your mouth can lead to glory. Featuring Dan Rollman. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
07/07/1750m 59s

Your Weird Summer Travel Guide!

Guess what happens when we try to pick the top 8 U.S. museums to visit? (Spoiler: we accidentally end up with 11 on the list.) From a mecca of Kazoos to a dinner theater in a mine, here are the places you shouldn’t miss. Plus, facts about SPAM! Featuring Dylan Thuras. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
05/07/1749m 54s

Is Flavor Really All In Your Brain?

Why heavier bowls, a pair of headphones and an electronic lollipop can trick your mind grapes into making food tastier. Plus, the legend of the PB and Mayo sandwich. (And one very cute pepper to avoid!) Featuring Bob Holmes. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
30/06/1745m 21s

Who's our Weirdest President?

Will and Mango plan to build a new Rushmore. But who deserves to be on it? Chester "too many pants" Arthur? Calvin "Vaseline Head" Coolidge? Or just the legendary M Van B? Featuring Cormac O'Brien. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
28/06/1743m 5s

Can We Feed 10 Billion?

It won’t be long before we get more roommates on Planet Earth. But how will we feed them? Here are some of the weirdest solutions: from Teddy Roosevelt’s Hippo scheme, to bunny balls, to the miracle hiding in the Congo. Featuring William MacAskill. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
23/06/1748m 19s

Let's Build the Ultimate Superhero Animal!

Sure, cheetahs are fast, and blue whales are big. But when it comes to skills, those chumps have nothing on platypus honkers and salamander brains. Meet the animals who deserve Marvel spin-offs. Featuring Emily Graslie. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
21/06/1746m 5s

Why is Ayn Rand a Political Rock Star?

Rand consistently tops polls of influential authors. Libertarians worship her; teens can’t stop reading her. But what makes her so compelling? Also, why was she obsessed with Morris the Cat? Featuring John Green. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
16/06/1756m 18s

How Clean Should We Be?

Is our obsession with cleanliness keeping us from peak health? Also, can hookworm cure allergies? Will harvesting panda poop make you rich? And why Amish dust is superior to other dust (seriously!). Featuring Penny Sarchet. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
14/06/1746m 17s

Will We Ever Live Without Sleep?

Will thinks sleep is a waste of time. But how far are scientists from a cure? Plus, ridiculous facts about Margaret Thatcher, tips on NFL gambling and why you can’t trust science from Garfield. Featuring Simone Giertz. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
07/06/1750m 35s

Why Have Rats Outsmarted Us For So Long?

Rats are our grossest of foes. They’re also geniuses. (Respect, rats.) Hear how they foiled Pablo Escobar; why Chuck E. Cheese transitioned to a mouse; and why tiny trousers are their kryptonite. Featuring AJ Jacobs. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
07/06/1745m 58s

Is Cryonics Really a Thing?

The idea of freezing yourself for the future feels silly. But if Ben Franklin, Ted Williams and a wood frog all believe in it, should we give it a second look? Here’s how it could revolutionize medicine. Featuring Streeter Seidell. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
07/06/1745m 27s

What are the Sunniest Places to Hide My Taxes?

Need a new way to avoid paying your taxes? (We’re kidding. Pay your taxes!) But here’s how Swiss bank accounts and the art of tax avoidance works. Plus, positive things you can say about Delaware! Featuring Holly Frey. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
07/06/1751m 45s

Episode Zero: Hi There, From Part-Time Genius!

Buckle up as your friendly hosts Will and Mangesh race you through a world of fascinating questions. Oh, and they brought Mamaw along, too! Series debuts with four new episodes on Wed, Jun 7. From HowStuffWorks. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
01/06/172m 35s
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