Part pub quiz show, part offbeat news, and all awesome. All the time! We here are nuts about trivia. And we are darn sure there are people out there who share our unusual obsession. Do you relish beating your friends at Trivial Pursuit? Do you blab out the answers at the gym when Jeopardy! is on? Then this podcast, fellow trivia nut, is the ultimate mental nutrition for your very big brain. So eat up!
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Gather up your wagon and get ready to move out west into the world of kooky and spectacular trivia and quizzes. Don't die of dysentery because as it turns out, there are a whole lot more ways to die along the real Oregon Trail as Chris found out. Dana's got a westward quiz, and Karen celebrates the weird and offbeat inventions conjured up in her San Francisco quiz. Colin, the word nerd, blows our mind with a moooooving story about cattle, and we end with a triply translated "Western" movie quiz.
We're busting out! Escape movie quiz, but really, how well do you know your Stephen King movies! Chris spills secrets of escaping handcuffs and straightjackets from the Houdini Handbook. Planning on a lavish escape to Orlando? Well, then buckle up your seat belt as you pass through BUGGZ, BUNIE, TWETY and BURRD; learn all about the system of invisible waypoints your plane has to travel through and their insanely punny weird names. How does fat leave the body after weight loss? And Let's celebrate the tenacious spirit and the creeptastic intelligence of the squiggly octopus, by regaling the tales of famous octopus escapes. And every tried an Escape Room - we give you our best tips.
Get your scrap paper ready and those number two pencils sharpened because this week, we are filling up the Scantron sheets with bizarre facts and wacky trivia about tests and exams! Speaking of pencils, why are they yellow, and why do we always have to always use No.2? Why can't we use pens on Scantron sheets? Chris answers these pencil questions as our ~lead~ expert. See how well you know your common test abbreviations and acronyms in Karen's quiz. And boy, buckle up for the most insane job application test ever just for a chance to work under GJB's favorite a-hole, Mister Thomas Alva Edison.
Also: What happens when seagulls eat pepperoni
Get your best burp cloth ready for a real spewing of facts and trivia all about kids. Of course, Karen's got her baby edition of Nightmare Animals, and Dana has prepared her first ever themed Music Round! Colin found out about the phenomenal history of nursing human babies with GOATS. Ever wonder how TV and movie "newborn" actors get casted, and what actually goes on during a baby delivery scene? And Chris gives us the ultimate Kid's Movies quiz with a surprising twist.
The long and undulating road to 200 is HERE. We've made it -- and it's an ALL QUIZ! We're starting the celebration off with Colin's mystery themed music round, and jump into another mentally sweaty round of "Lifetime Movie? Or Not Lifetime Movie?" It's a milestone for us, so why not celebrate the famous achievements of others in Karen's award speeches quiz? And see if you're a Broadway Baby in Chris' musicals title challenge. You want animals? We got your celebrity-named species right here! And we end with a Disney property quiz, and Chris' ultimate Weird Al gauntlet.
Woah woah woah, finally a new episode from our hiatus?! YES - and what better way to come back than with a brand new episode turgid with brain-filling trivia that's all about you, the FANS! Facts about fandom and tidbits inspired by our own GJB fans: music fan quiz, Chris puts on the "Belgian whistles" on his giant compiled list of eggcorns, grab a zinFANdel and take Dana's proFANity-free FANcy word quiz, and learn about the most intriguing one-person towns. Get your cheese hat ready for Colin's sports fandom quiz, and things get real with a GJB fan favorite topic: the octopus.
Time to wring out them brain cells and learn trivia and facts about things that are dry! Get out your map and compass in order to navigate Colin's desert quiz. Ever wonder what goes on in the back of a dry cleaning store and how dry cleaning actually works? Why ask why when you have Chris explaining the very strange and awesome story behind the dry beer craze of the 90's. It's Dana's turn of sharing an amazing animal story of a special creature that can survive dry conditions, and pretty much all other extreme conditions as well. And of course, we got a themed music round for all our pop culture buffs.
Time for some wheeling and dealing, and let us haggle and dazzle you with trivia and facts about making those deals! Why don't you *~come on down~* and take Karen's quizzes about our favorite game shows? Let our yard sale expert negotiator Chris teach you the trick and psychology of haggling. Dana's got a grab bag quiz about mongering, and Colin shares the ultimate story about some epic maneuvers in one of the greatest (and drama-filled) contract deals in sport history. If you're a Storage Wars or Antiques Road Show junkie, then it's time to find out the greatest (and actually REAL) garage sale scores of all time.
Come one, come all! We're celebrating heroes that comes in all shapes and sizes: from the underdogs of the fast food world to life-changing inventors. We got a grab bag hero quiz, and Chris has an epic music round of heroic songs. Colin found a town that features not one but two heroes in the food industry. And what sandwich is made of french fries? Karen is pleased to finally share her hero sandwich quiz.
Soak and soothe your brain in our hot tub of quizzes and trivia! (And on a related note, find out why we may never go into a hut tub or public pool ever.) Revel in nostalgia as we try to answer (and draw) Dana's newspaper comics challenge. Say yes to rocking that denim-on-denim look in Colin's national phrase quiz. Chris belly flops into failed rock albums, and Karen's got an easy music round but with a very difficult theme.
We're taking a joyride on the road to 200 episodes, and here to share facts and quizzes about taking breaks and getting away for some fun! Treat yourself to Colin's advertising slogan quiz about getting away from it all. Chris has an extra hard (but fun!) music quiz. Our resident game designer Dana breaks it down for us and explains how to define and design "fun" and Karen's got an air travel challenge for all the avid and savvy fliers out there.
ALSO: Nematodes and Zealandia
Set sail on the H.M.S. Trivia! We're back with the sea's rich bounty of quizzes and facts: we got ghost sharks, sea movies, Dead Sea, and sea riddles. And move aside pumpkin spice, make way for sea salt caramel craze! From candles to protein bars, we trace the flavor's origin from ignition to popularity BOOM. Colin quizzes us about Sea Monkeys, Seabiscuit, and more "sea-words." And Chris explains how and just why the English breakfast ties into our marine-related topic.
Also: We missed everyone!, Serena Williams title update
We're getting the band back together with trivia about cooperation and teams! We find out the scary secret (and science) behind tug of war, and it's not just rope burns you need to worry about. When it's half time and your team is low on the scoreboard, then you know it's time for a good ol' motivational coach speech backed by some inspirational music; see if you can identify these iconic sport movies by their classic locker room speech. Meatwagon? Lollipop man? Can you guess what semi-obscure team sport by their wacky position names? And Chris prepared us for a sports team anagram quiz, and now, we're rooting for the Lubes and the Clots.
ALSO: Handsome Dan, Red Rover sucks
Come all nymphs and sprites, let us sing the autumnal hymns to honor the great harvest. Trivia and quizzes about the fall season: the many names of the season and find out the real murderous secret behind falling leaves. Take Dana's quiz and find out about weird Oktoberfest facts. Would you want to try McDonald's Japanese special seasonal offerings? And c'mon, let's get down to business: WHY THE PUMPKIN SPICE?
ALSO: Enordnilap quiz
We're baaccckkkkk! And on the road to 200! "Labrador" and "mikado"? Find out other truly bizarre but 100% real and official color names in Karen's quiz, and oil up those adorable gears for Chris' Cute Robot Challenge. Most trivia nuts can name the number one tallest building or number one nation with the most Olympic medals but who's sitting at number two? Dana's got a round of music for us and we close it out with another true crime lateral thinking puzzle.
It's the GJB gold rush and we're running to find odd facts and stories about gold. From golden raisins to Golden Girls, Dana's got a gilded grab-bag quiz. Ever had a pet goldfish? Well, they are much more complex, and "colorful" animals than we give them credit for, and learn some glimmering facts about the common goldfish. Find out what the Civil War Gold Hoax is and why Lincoln got super pissed.
Also: The first US Pizza ATM!
Celebrate your pals and buds with this trivia-centric episode about BFFs. You might recognize TV BFFs, but can you identify the show just by their character names? Harder than it sounds in Dana's TV BFFs quiz. And let's tour the animal kingdom for some unusual and surprising(ly dark) animal pairings. What's it like being friends with LeBron James, and take Chris' odd quiz inspired by famous BFF Brits, Sirs Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart. From garage to glory, see if you can name the famous bands formed by childhood friends.
ALSO: more beaver facts, why exactly should you not swim after eating
Quizzes and trivia about banned and prohibited things in the US and around the world! Want to name your newborn baby "@"? We share a smattering of banned baby names we found from around the world. Learn about how video game companies change their games to avoid some odd international ban rules. Dana's got a quiz on US presidents and their personal quirks have dotted the history of the White House with bunch of weird bans. See if you know what foods are not allowed in the US, and E.L.V.I.S. is back speaking some lyrics from songs that all used to be on BBC's restricted list. You might be able to name the musical artist but can you name why these songs weren't allowed on the air waves?
We crack open the trivia-filled world of EGGS! Which end of the egg comes out of a chicken first? Chris fluffs it up with the science and how-to behind perfect scrambled eggs. (And we have a micro interview with a very special guest who has very strong opinions on this particular dish.) And of course, how can we do an episode on eggs without sharing another weird animal reproduction story? This time: the mating horror of the anglerfish. Dana has prepped an egg salad of a quiz for us while Colin serves up a protein-filled egg word quiz. And what exactly are Faberge Eggs, and what makes them so insanely expensive?
ALSO: US hiking facts, Tanked
Time to combine that black matter and white matter and turn it into grey matter with our all quiz episode! How do we get people more into classic literature? Well, with a teen movie starring Hilary & Haley Duff, of course! Chris did some mad research and found an alarming amount of modern films that based on classic books and made it into a quiz. Pub quizzes love asking about abbreviations and acronyms so boot up that screaming modem because Colin prepared the M.O.T.A.A.Q: Mostly Outdated Technology Abbreviations and Acronyms Quiz. Inspired by previous quizzes, Karen presented the RAZZCARS challenge! Featuring actors who have won both Oscars (best film achievement) and Razzies (worst film achievement.) And time to play "Brad Pitt? Or Lasers?" with a fan-submitted quiz.
Secrete saliva with some succulent segments and stories about seasonings and spices! Find out what the most popular Japanese dish is (and it's not what you think it is)! Sail around the world with us as we dive into the spice trade and how it resulted in some of the dishes we now eat. Take our spicy music quiz and Karen finds out what the cinnamon challenge is.
ALSO: horse racing primer, baby camel names
Winning is nice, but getting a prize for it is even better. So get ready to head to the podium to receive some award-winning trivia! Celebrate the entertainment highs in our almost-EGOT quiz, and on the other end of the spectrum, cringe at the entertainment lows in our Razzie award challenge. Find out how scientists cleverly smuggled and hid gold Nobel prizes right under Nazi noses during WWII, and get ready to pin some county fair blue ribbons on to some comically large and record-breaking produce. And Chris dissects more carnival game scams and the story behind a prized Rastafarian banana.
Strap on those jodhpur pants, dust off those epaulets, and it's time to suit up for this week's episode on uniforms and costumes! Find out exactly why Mario sports his classic overalls getup and has his signature mustache. Take Dana's non-uniform uniform quiz, and peak into the high-tech world of tracking Disney's gigantic costume empire. Goofy military uniform inventions, camouflage, and blunders & bloops in sport uniforms.
We want your brains......to be smarter and stronger! This week we found weird trivia stories about our weirdest and most mysterious thinkin' organ. Ever been impressed by someone with a photographic memory? Dana finds out what exactly is photographic memory and now we all want to be memory athletes for the Olympics of memorization. Karen revisits Temple of Doom and tries to pinpoint the real origin of the monkey brains dish and why is it in popular culture so much. And believe it or not, Colin dons his Ripley mustache and shares a brainy story of a remarkable man named Phineas Gage.
ALSO: More audio palindromes, Chris' Boston trivia
Oh ho ho! A real grab bag of quizzes this week: from the germiest places in your house to foreign currency. Find the interloper word in Chris' misused vocabulary quiz, and find out if you're like an animal. And let's play "30 Seconds to Glory!" Also, we went to the zoo and so of course, we're reporting back some real weird animal facts.
Let's dart past sharks with frikkin' laser beams attached to their heads and break into the underground trivia lair that's all about espionage and spycraft! Listen to us flunk the pub trivia James Bond primer, AND the James Bond music quiz. Find out what kind of (tasty?) spy work Julia Child did for the US government, and test your espionage movie and show IQ. Infiltrate and retrieve the precious cargo in Chris' hidden word quiz, and we live in a mad, mad world of Spy vs. Spy - so are you on team White Spy or Black Spy? And of course. SPY. CATS. SPY-CATS.
Fists up, brains up! This week, we're heading into the ring filled with facts and trivia about fighting: learn about the (nice) Japanese tradition of spider fighting, and find out why MMA fighters should not blow their noses. Colin finds out what exactly did occur and spur, sir, during that fateful duel between Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr. Everyone was kung-fu fighting in Karen's Asian martial arts quiz, and just how well do you know your professional wrestler movie cameos?
ALSO: beaver teeth, eyeball transplant
Ex squeeze me? Baking powder? We take a trip around the world and get lost in translation this week! Pardon Colin's French because he borrowed a bunch of words in his quiz, and darling Dana dives into the astonishing history of the Navajo code talkers, and why & how it baffled so many enemies during the World Wars. Foreign dubbing in Hollywood, and the patterns of translated movie titles in Japan. Chris has a bonus quiz about fake movies that are in real movies! It's a movie-ception!
ALSO: Oreo facts
Get out your tickets out because we're all aboard on the brain train to Quiz Town! Celebrate the leap year with Dana's quizzy ode to February 29th. And Chris noticed a very common trend with the Grammy's and he even hands out an award in his posthumous Grammy's quiz. We rip the orchestral bandaid off and drill down on classical music that most often shows up in pub quiz, and let's play our first ever round of NBA or GAME OF THRONES.
Also: octopus safety warning, gifts from listeners
Goofs and gaffs, d'ohs and duhs, we tried getting all the banana peels cleared away for this trivia episode about mistakes. Ah, the joys of live TV and all that could go wrong... Take Colin's quiz about major TV slip-ups, and one oddball find from a classic TV show. From space missions to the stock market, Chris curates the greatest hits of tiny typos that had colossal consequences throughout history. Karen's riding along with Road Pig, visiting a few cartography mistakes. And Dana just felt mean and made us a quiz where our punishment for getting the answers wrong was eating unusual foods in... unusual shapes.
ALSO: The Oscars thank-you ticker
STICK AROUND for facts and trivia about things that are gooey, sticky, and syrupy. Chris found a bunch of sticky words but they're so sticky that some other letters got rolled in-- see if you can solve his adhesive anagrams. Sticky quiz about desserts and glues, and the bizarre but devastating wave of molasses that destroyed the city of Boston. Learn about some REALLY weird animals that use their stickiness to their advantage.
ALSO: listener challenge answers revealed, Super Bowl pub quiz cheat sheet
It's our catch-up episode, and we got lots weird facts to share and special listeners to thank. Karen's back from her 5 million races over the fast few weeks and has so many stories to tell (involving dolphin poop and oddly-shaped cucumbers), and had so many real-life listener encounters! Colin's got some interesting news about scientists discovering the first and only (?) odorless vertebrate animal. A listener mailbag featuring a real xenograft encounter, and take our music quiz listener challenge! Email email@example.com with your answer!
We present to you our best segments, quizzes, food facts, and more in our 2015 round-up episodes highlighting the brainiest and weirdest trivia from last year. And it ain't a cheesy awards show without a parody opening song, awkward presentation speeches, uplifting orchestral music, and punny jokes!
Two episodes in one week? It's a Christmas miracle, folks! Yes, a special quiz-filled show about the holidays for the holidays for you and your friends & family to play together. Sometimes all you need is a turkey, handsome mister soul, and a misheard lyrics quiz to make the holidays bright. And are your fingers crossed for the hottest toy of the year? Take Dana's toy quiz about the it-toy of the 90's. E.L.V.I.S. is back with some non-traditional holiday tunes. And grab your pen and paper and start sweatin' because Karen is putting 30 seconds on the clock.
Cohorts, come coo at and cuddle with crumbs of cuteness. Facts and trivia about things that are cute: baby animal names quiz, the power of Sanrio, and Japan's most valuable kawaii characters and mascots. Learn about Hello Kitty phobia and take Chris' animal fear quiz. "You're so cute, I just wanna eat you up!" Yes folks, "cute aggression" is a real phenomenon, and you're not the only one who loses their cool over puppy photos as Colin dives into the science behind what makes things cute.
Also: Salt water taffy origin revealed!
Prepare for trouble! Make it double! We're all about facts and quizzes about pairs and duos this week. Twins playing tennis, oooo minty fresh! Learn some pretty weird facts about Doublemint gum and what exactly is Wrigley doubling up on? Movie buffs rejoice in Colin's film pairs quiz, and who is Philip and why are people putting pants on him? Karen's all about Texas Hold'em and funny card pair nicknames. Dana quizzes us on musical duos, and we explore the uncommon world of raccoonnookkeeping.
Time to let our hair down, uncover and admit to some of our guilty pleasures and the facts and trivia behind them: the lurid crime-filled world of Law & Order: SVU, reality shows, and how real is courtroom TV? Chris confesses his love for his girlfriend, Judge Judy, and shares the story of how she became TV's highest paid star, and how exactly do courtroom shows work. Get your hands nice and jazzy as Karen delivers a handy Broadway show tunes quiz that will show up in pub trivia one day. And we love Disneyland facts, and we love pee facts, so why not both? Some of the outrageously funny things that the Disneyland custodial crew has ever seen.
What has 10 arms, 4 mics, and insanely nerdy about things like crosswords, riddles, anagrams, and quizzes? Why, it's this episode of GJB that's all about puzzles- featuring our good friend and crossword king Tyler Hinman! Tyler blows our minds with CRYPTIC crosswords. Learn facts about solving a Rubik's Cube, answer old-timey riddles, and unscramble animal anagrams. How do you move Mount Fuji? Learn why you might get asked to solve puzzles during a job interview, and the "hare-y" puzzle hunt that captivated the world.
ALSO: Listener Neville wrote us a crossword for your nerdy pleasure
Quintessentially quirky and quenching queue of quandaries and quizzes! Chris presents his case that 1992 was a golden year of cinema in his Academy Awards quiz. "A man is found dead in a room next to a puddle of water...what happened!?" - play some lateral situational puzzles based on true stories with Karen. Dana found some super weird words, and Colin has a special round of "I Liked Their Earlier Stuff Better." What a hipster, that guy.
ALSO: UK's most upbeat song, Bugs Bunny's accessories
What is folk and what counts as folklore? We get folked up by imbibing a lot of trivia nuggets about stories, rituals, and music passed down from generation to generation! How come every nursery rhyme seems to have a hidden murderous and/or political origin? Colin goes on a Fool's Errand and opens our eyes to hazing and camp pranks that keep getting passed down. Get folkin' excited for animal proverb origins, and a *challenging* Greek mythology quiz.
We held our first ever live event and it was awesome! And of course, we made sure that our non-attendee friends and listeners can get in on the action, so we're releasing half of our live show as this week's episode. Get down with some of your GJB favorites: YA BURNT! beloved movie edition, E.L.V.I.S., and even William Fakespeare paid us a real visit.
Also: some Q&A from the audience, LEGAL happy birthday sing-a-long!
Apparently Chris is already looking at options and venue, and planning for a New York East Coast show already.
Humans say the weirdest things, and we take a roller coaster dive into finding out the origins of slang words and how some of them evolved into everyday use: the first "people's dictionary," The New York Times' unintentionally hilarious slang clarifications, and Karen theorizes how "BAE" came to be, and notices how many sayings came from making typos. Don't hit a fourbagger into the five-hole when taking Colin's colorful sport slang quiz, and the weird and morbid story behind "drinking the Kool-Aid."
This week, we celebrate one of our favorite states of matter: LIQUID! (Well, there are only three to choose from. ANYWAYS.) Sip up some fictional beverages in Dana's quiz. Get buzzed with some liquid energy with Karen's weird Starbucks facts. Partake in a guaranteed "no pee" science quiz, and take the Coke or Pepsi challenge! And we might have found the most a-hole animal of THE FOREVER-- and its manipulative role with humans in the quest of finding liquid gold: honey.
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A real grab bag in this week's ALL QUIZ - from fake James Brown to key lime pie; from New Jersey to consoles. Take the heteronym challenge and find the pair of identical words with totally different meaning and sounds. If there's a New Jersey...then where's the original Jersey? Is there an original Zealand? Karen's got regional American food on her mind and it's Chris' turn for a Music Quiz....of Mr. White-And-Nerdy himself, Weird Al Yankovic and a parody challenge.
ALSO: weird story behind the invention of safety pins
Holy comic book trivia, Batman! We battle against crime, and some of Marvel's silliest criminals ever in a REAL or FAKE comic book villain quiz. Learn what sets Japanese manga apart from American comics in terms of business and reading habits, and the very very real inspiration behind to very very fake Batman character. And if you like Brad Pitt or Laser quiz, then you'll love "BATMAN? OR TASER?" Colin shares some very outdated and ridiculous Comic Code Authority guidelines from 60 years ago.
ALSO: GJB LIVE!, Game of Thrones Um, Actually...
Grab your mighty sword and charge into the battle for tivia about the most EPIC STUFF!!! We go from high-brow with a quiz on *actual* epic poems laced with hints and clues to low-brow with epic eating contests- learn some of the tactics, lingo, and rules about jamming the most hotdogs into your mouth hole. Make sure you have a pen and some paper to take on Karen's epic character challenge (experimenting with a new quiz format) and Colin doesn't give us intermission in his segment about epic movies clocking in over 3 hours. AND. YES. MUSIC. ROUND. EPIC. GUITAR. SOLOS. How many can you name?
Let's spend a day prettying ourselves up! Ah, how about a nice relaxing snail facial to give your visage a nice fresh look? Or maybe you want to indulge in a bird poo treatment? Let's play a spa-themed game of "Place, Person, or Thing?" and discover the quasi-standard unit of beauty. (Yes! There *is* a unit that describes beauty!) We debunk home beauty remedies, and look! There she goes that girl is so peculiar; with a dreamy far-off look, and her nose stuck in a book. THAT BELLE! Chris finds out if Beauty and the Beast is indeed a tale as old as time.
Hold your breath. Make a wish. Count to three. Come with me, and you'll be... in a world of PURE IMAGINATION.... and of filling your face with fantasy food! We've talked about the history behind Willy Wonka, but what about the failed and successful modern attempts of bringing Roald Dahl's whimsical candy onto store shelves? Karen took a stroll on Fleet Street and found a weird trend with pies... and Dana got dark too with a horror food quiz. Find out what real foods you're eating now are actually impostors, and why is the Mock Turtle crying in Alice in Wonderland. What the heck *IS* a mock turtle? Of course, a pretty intense Harry Potter food quiz (along with a "Fake? Or British?" sub-segment). And yes, one (just one) Star Wars food trivia question.
What kind of quirky quaint quizzical quandaries do we have in store for you this week? Colin just got back for Sweden and we finally get to tell our Scandinavian and Nordic countries apart, and of course, return of torture candy. Chris masterfully hid birds in his word game quiz, and how many gallons are in a peck? How many hot dogs are in the new Pizza Hut hot dog pizza crust? These important life questions are answered in Dana's HOW MANY challenge that will stump most. Rich Playboy magnate Hugh Hefner, or sliced bread...which came first? We're back with another eye-opening round of BRAD PITT? OR LASERS? filled with even more random pairings.
ALSO: Monsters, death ray, listener puzzle answer
ALSO ALSO: There's a hidden bird in this episode description :)
What did the fast tomato say to the slow tomato? "KETCHUP!" Yes, Karen catches up with a few Um...Actually's, listener questions, and announcements. Potential meetup? Play games with all of us and with the community online? And future episode previews? Yup, you got it. And of course, stay for Karen's music quiz location puzzle!
By Grabthar's hammer, you shall be avenged with trivia overload about science-fiction. What was the true cultural origin of sci-fi? Flash Gordon and Buck Rogers - the copycat race to space story dominance. NGet fuzzy and cuddly with Dana's sci-fi pet quiz (and some heated discussion about Jabba the Hutt). Are you having a bad day? Could it be because of Mercury is in retrograde? BUT WHAT DOES THAT MEAN?! Chris delivers a brutal deep-cut quiz on Battlestar Galactica cast's other acting gigs, and sci-fi movies you probably didn't know were based on books.
ALSO: Iceland facts, dementor wasps
Ah, finally, and *enlightening* episode! Let it shine, let it shine, let it...... destroy? Chris tells us about the infamous Las Vegas "death ray" and how a simple CFL lightbulb destroyed his videogame dreams. Bask in facts about glow-in-the-dark toys, fireflies...and "fire-pigs." And yes, the human race have finally invented a mind-boggling material that cannot be any more black. NONE MORE BLACK! And music round is back with some light rock.
Kneel and bow before trivia about those who are leaders of the pack! Take Chris' quiz on business leaders who name their famous companies after their own swagga self. Why we call sport team leaders "coaches" and the traditions among different sports. Leaders with animal names, and the intriguing origin of Rastafarians and their holy leader. Why would anyone be in the lead of a race and then disappear?! The weird world of rabbit runners who get paid to run fast, and drop out of a race.
Watch out because we're burping up facts and trivia about booze and beers! After 150 episodes, we're revisiting our topic from episode one! Find out why the next time you drink wine, you should really make a toast to Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde creator, Robert Louis Stevenson. Learn about the strange types of mead, or honey wine, and Colin's got his beer/thinking cap on with a quiz about brewskies. Alcoholic plants, and yes, alcoholic animals. Specifically, a real bear who enjoyed beer way too much.
ALSO: the "fastest" train, PRESENTS!, featured listener websites
What's the best way to celebrate our 150th full length episode? With quizzes about Taylor Swift, word games, music maships and more. DUH. Chris' got a few sassy out-of-context movie summaries for us to identify. Do you listen to the show in the car? - Then you'll probably ace Colin's car make quiz. Karen's sandwiching words again, but this time it's all about musicians, and Dana's really obsessed with Taylor Swift's dating life.
ALSO: "word flip," random Christmas Trivia, and see if you can catch our first censor bleep
Gotta catch'em all! We celebrate trivia and facts about collecting and collectors: our resident Star Wars droid afficionado Colin quizzes us on eBay abbreviations, and our resident video game hoarder Chris regales us with the mysterious tale of Atari's real-life treasure of gold and jewels. What does a "vexillologist" collect? What about a "vapoludologist"? Karen witnesses how Disney pin trading gets seeded, and Dana's got a quiz on celebrities and the weird and specific stuff they collect. And are Grandma's Hummel figurines really worth something?
It's time for spring cleaning so get ready to sweep up factoids about garbage: Oscar the Grouch, the 5-Second Rule, and the surprisingly recent invention of the Trash feature in computers. Learn the tale of the Mobro 4000 - how the legendary floating island of New York City trash sailed up and down the coast of the Atlantic. You talking smack? Take the trash talk quiz! ...And find out exactly how should you poop in the woods.
Also: movie body count trivia
Doctor, these patients need 100CC of trivia STAT! We're prescribing some extra-strength weird facts this episode so make sure to relax and breathe normally. Get the blood flowing with a general medical quiz, and then take a spoonful of odd lingo and code words doctors use behind your back. CLEAR! Find out what's fact and what's fiction behind common medical procedures shown in TV and movies. And how a dead half of a frog inspired one of the greatest literary classic of all time.
ALSO: Marvel challenge quiz, walls that repel urine
Sweaty palms, racing heartbeat, and a whole lotta akwardness! It's our episode about dating: dating alarms in Iceland, the 3 key questions to ask to find your mate, and we cringe at some of our own dating horror stories. Karen's got a quiz about very specific online dating sites, and can *you* name these famous date scenes in movies?
ALSO: Rollover puzzle solution
Thus, the Earl of Trivia requested a quiz between two slices of bread, and that is how trivia came to be! Instead of one quiz sandwich, we're going triple-decker style with oodles of quizzes to jam into your earholes and straight up into your squishy brain. Play "People, Place, or Thing?" while Chris makes us throw the gauntlet down in a first-ever GJB head-to-head challenge between SPORTS and DISNEY. Karen's bringing back an international covers music round.
ALSO: Listener roll-over puzzle, "Cereal Serial"
Gotta go fast! From a speedy blue hedgehog to a prospector named after a bread, we plunge into the wacky and ridiculous world of mascots. Can you name the sports team by their cheesy mascots? Take Dana's quiz on beloved product spokesperson/spokesanimal/spokesthing, and Chris' VERY HARD videogame mascot challenge. Find out how frozen orange juice made a huge (and controversial) splash with a Disney character, and how Montreal broke ground in mascot history.
Kneel before the iron throne of trivia and nutty facts about royalty, rulers, and regality: royalty quiz, the very mindblowing and scandalous world of "pretenders to the throne," why purple is the color of royalty, and the fascinating job of the royal taster. And of course, our own robot King, E.L.V.I.S. is back with another soulless lyrics quiz!
ALSO: milking dogs
Except.... it is a comeback. YES! WE ARE BACK. Karen has her voice back and what better way to celebrate her health than to have an episode all themed around stories, facts, and quizzes about famous comebacks. In order to rise, you must fall first, and Karen's got a quiz all about famous (and cringe-worthy) rejection letters. Movie comebacks, music comebacks, and all your favorite old diseases are coming back too. And of course, the man who rode the retirement-comeback rollercoaster, Mr. 23 himself, Michael Jordan.
ALSO: Listener mail!
It's out MEGA-long year-end episode! Double the length, double the memories as we try to cram in some of your favorite and notable segments. With the help of our listeners, we've picked some of our best quizzes, stories, facts, and music rounds from 2014. Thanks to all for another fantastic year, and let 2015 be a brainy year.
Are you yearning for yuletide yapping? Then join us at the trivia table and keep your brain fresh with a jolt of holiday quizzing! Colin gets super experimental this episode and debuts a new game segment "30 SECONDS TO GLORY"!, a whole Christmas music round, famous people anagram challenge, and test your holiday IQ.
ALSO: "12 Days of GJB Christmas" as performed by our own Chris Kohler
ARE YOU READY FOR HOLIDAY EATAPALOOZA?!?!??!! Let us whet your appetite with scrumptious facts and trivia about holiday foods and eating traditions. Why does fruitcake have the most pathetic loser rep? Chris drenches us with the colorful and pungent origins of the fruitcake, who knew this poop-looking brick had such a wonderful stamp in history? Take the Goose/Ham/Turkey challenge to find out who's the real MEAT HEAD. We all become envious of Japan after learning about their Christmas tradition, and it's finger-lickin' good. And of course, the international phenomenon of the cursed HANGOVER - find out what actually is happening to your body after a night of drinking and other boozy facts.
Shazam! Presto! Prepare to be amazed by origin stories, facts, and trivia about MAGIC. Chris tries to dazzle us (and YOU, the listener) with aural magic tricks. Find out why his mind-reading tricks work. Take our quiz about the magical products all around us. Open Sesame! Abracadabra! Hocus pocus! Find out how and why these magic phrases came to be. We all have heard about Harry Houdini and his great magical escape feats but did you know he was an avid mythbuster and skeptic? Oh yeah, and his on-and-off friendship with Arthur Conan Doyle. Dramaaaa.
Also: poop dust
Scooch closer niblings, avuncles, and brother-uterines because it's time for a family reunion! We tip our hats to trivia and juicy facts all about families as we inch closer to the holidays. Eldmother? Belsire? Take Dana's specific family member vocab challenge! Learn what it was really like for family households back in the history times (hint: VERY AWKWARD), TV family sitcoms, animal family names, and a very familial Music Round.
ALSO: Listener Brad Pitt or Lasers, special thanks to our families
La la la laaaaaaaaaa~ We explore the world of voice and speech. Learn about the history of "the robot voice" and the crazy machines that made synthesized speech possible, we turn into Munchkins and find out why helium makes your voice squeaky, famous speeches every pub trivia team needs to know, and how to speak Australian!
ALSO: Congrats Rob!
Watch out for those whizzing quizzes - it's time for our hodge podge of random quizzes to keep your brain in tip-top pub trivia shape: lightning round of women who RROOOCCKKKK (not lady geologists), and time to play a round of "Hey, Where'd You Get That Cheese?", Chris got his Thanksgiving menu all mixed up, How to Know Your Dragons, and movie director credit challenge!
DO THE SAFETY DANCE! Facts and trivia about keeping you safe. Remember those (super annoying) automatic safety belts that were build into a track along the car door? What happened to them and how did they came about? Having a hard time opening medicine bottles? Well, Chris has quite the story for you on child-proof packaging and how scientists test their safety. Learn about the mesmerizing and magical history of bulletproof vests and why it works. Karen's just "plane crazy" about all the seemingly fun (but important!) stuff in airplane safety videos.
Darn you whippersnappers, get off our lawn! This week we celebrate the old, out-dated, and obsolete things in the past. Meet the mysterious saltpeter man from the days of yore whose job totally....stinks. Old name quiz, and what happened a year ago? What about 50 years ago? Journey through time with Dana's year span quiz. Beep, beep, beep- the riveting rise and fall of beepers and pagers. And revel in modern music in old prose with the return of William Fakespeare.
Sugar up *your* skulls with our Halloween trivia-riffic episode filled with brain candy: vampires vaahhhnt to suck your blaaahhhhhd, but why do they hate garlic? Who's Ben Cooper and why should you thank him for your crappy childhood costume? Take our Halloween TV episode title quiz, and a horror movie challenge, and learn about how Halloween came to be.
(Please share your crappy childhood costumes in the comments on our site.)
ALSO: 1960's Jeopardy!
The library is open for an epic mega-nerd sesh as we jam out to trivia and quizzes about books. Earn your book club gold stars with the return of Dana's "Ya Burnt" segment - can you name the classic children's book by their haterade one-star review? Chris plays appraisor again talking cold, hard, cash - the most expensive books on the planet. Sneaky authors and their literary anagrams, book facts, and the incredulous ways people stored books in the olden days.
ALSO: @WordsAreSoWeird, NY's official state snack
Put on your hightops, sip on some Hi-C, and snack on some Hydrox because we're going high speedin' down that super highway of information. In this hodgepodge quiz episode, Chris gets stately with some very strange official state whats-its, and find out what state is the only one to have an "official state flavor." FUN? ZZ? Karen gives the gang some financial know-how with a punny stock symbol quiz. People have been trying to tell the future using the weirdest things - take Dana's divination quiz and find out. And Colin gets a blast from the past and challenges us in a round of "Have You Ever Noticed?"
Chris is back and and has a new spawn! What better way to celebrate his new fatherhood than having an episode dedicated to dad-dom. Take the Dad Jokes challenge and see how many eye-rollingly cheesy dad jokes have you had the (dis)pleasure of hearing in your lifetime? Paternal puzzles and probs, and weird dads of the animal kingdom. And a Music Round of lyrical odes to fathers and sons.
ALSO: Cotton candy grapes, Um Actually, @WordsAreSoWeird
Vegetables are filled with nutrients but they're also chock-full of weird, weird, weird trivia. Find out why the odd history behind why we associate carrots with the color orange, and what vegetable looks like a severed human head. Quiz about two funny-sounding veggies: the artichoke and the rutabaga, and the common misconceptions and origin stories behind the jack-o-lantern.
ALSO: CHRIS KOHLER BABY WATCH 2014, weird new words that just got added to the Scrabble dictionary
Ah, the outdoors! Fresh air, lucious greenery, and..... a million things that will try to kill you. So pack up your think and let's head up the summit of outdoors trivia: what to do when killer bees attack? Or when a shark is circling around you? Find out the real way to deal with animal encounters. (Spoiler: yes, movies and TV have been lying to us.) Folk mnemonics, the origin of the Swiss Army Knife, and the very dramatic and weird life of a deer tick. And let's feast on the science behind freeze-dried foods, and we do a live taste test of some of the weirdest camp foods out there.
We want you to share your brilliant ideas and creations with the GJB universe! We're calling for listener audio submissions, and inviting you to make a GJB bumper ad. We might just use yours on the show. Be silly! Be theatrical! Be positive! Be brainy! The sky's the limit. And for a behind-the-scenes look, check out our never-aired bumper skit we made for fun. It's weird.
You can email us your GJB bumper ad masterpiece to firstname.lastname@example.org. And we're back next week with a full episode brimming with our usual trivia and maybe poo facts.
MOVERS & SHAKERS, this one's for you! Ever wondered about the things you bring with you when you're on the go? We share quizzes, trivia, and history about some iconic portable necessities: how the Nintendo Game Boy ruled the world and the genius behind it, we sure love our beverages and Colin's got a quiz about drinks on the go. And of course, FOOD - trivia about Chinese takeout, and the brilliant model of the fast food drive-through window. After you digest that food on the go, maybe stop by a portapottie? Because Dana has a whole quiz on THAT. Of course.
I think we figured out our ninja turtle equals. Colin, our no-nonsense Leonardo decided to embarrass us with a quiz about British sayings. Nappy? Agony Aunt? Listen to our attempt to mind the American-British gap. And let's play another round of "BRAD PITT? OR LASERS?!" Dana, our brainy Donatello takes us into the world of cheesily-titled Lifetime movies, and a quiz about famous Freds. Chris, our cool but rude Raphael, throws abbreviation puzzles at us, and challenge us to an alliterative "Movie Moniker" game. And Karen, the party-hearty Michelangelo has some questions about honest slogans about famous brands.
It is finally time to talk about.... the butt. Yes. Butt trivia and butt facts and butt quizzes. We dive into the history of butt words, and some origins may surprise you! And Chris finds the most beautiful booty in classical art that has been mesmerizing people for centuries. Our very serious problem with a specific butt hole, and of course, J Lo. Did she insure her behind? What does that mean to insure a butt?
ALSO: The Lion's Share jackpot finally hit!
Get yourself some popcorn and fake butter topping and get ready for an episode all about the silver screen! Like easter eggs? Then you'll love learning about the most famous and popular sound effect that appears in almost every major film. Dana's got a film crew quiz, and Chris brings back a movie quote challenge (this time, it's not a trick!). Ever heard of TRANSMORPHERS? Or ATLANTIC RIM? Karen dives into the weird world of "mockbusters." And in the early days of Hollywood, how did they move from silent movies to talkies? And take Colin's "I Know That Guy!" actor challenge.
1, 2, 3, 4, I don't know what I've been told! 5, 6, 7, 8, Good Job, Brain is on a roll! Why, with quizzes and weird facts about military life, of course. Discover the fully packed history of canned foods and how we have Napoleon to thank. From cereal mascot to comic book hero, let's see how many fictional military characters do you know in Dana's lightning round quiz. We dive into famous everyday items that were developed for the military, and how pigeons used to reign the battle-strewn skies. And attention GIs, pack your MREs on that VTOL while navigating through Colin's military acronym challenge.
Let's face it, we all heart the internet, so this week, we are jamming pub-quiz-worthy webby facts into the tubes to your brain. Learn about the history behind the @ symbol and how it became synonymous with email, and find out where salad.com and coffee.com take you, along with other generic URLs that cleverly redirects you to some of the top brands and companies. Take the country domain quiz, and just how email savvy are you?
ALSO: 1960's Jeopardy!
Alright you Quiztina Aguileras and Equizabeth Taylors, it's time for another all quiz episode! Chris has word puzzles on his mind inspired by The Maze of Games - see if you can find the hidden arcade games hidden in the story. Dana tests us on knowledge about our own bodies in an anatomy challenge. Colin follows the rule of threes in his missing trio quiz while Karen tests the gang about the language origins of famous brand names. And strap on your seat belts because we debut a new music segment, "SLOW DOWN, LADY!"
ALSO: Mott & Bow, Hawaiian coconut bras
Please put your seat back in the full upright position, and your tray table up as we're about to take off into this travel-themed episode! Discover the strange origin of passenger air travel and exactly what you had to do to "fly" from New York City to Los Angeles. Dana's got space tourism on top of mind and Chris mapped out some funky destinations but it's all jumbled up in his anagram segment. Are you a world traveller? Then you'll probably ace the airport code quiz, and our lonely island challenge.ALSO: Aussies rule!
Hope your ear aren't lactose intolerant because this week it's all about the wacky fact-filled world of dairy. Find out how music helps cow produce more milk - and just what kind of music gets them into the mood? Weird trivia about breast milk and why "nipple" is a funny word. Dana falls into a wiki cheese hole, while Colin gulps down the history of the milk container. And no, mice actually don't usually go for cheese.
ALSO: Solution to our Music Puzzle Challenge
It's a minisode this week and boy, do we have a challenge for your ear holes! See if you can solve this special music puzzle and maybe, you might win yourself some GJB goodies.
EXTREME!!! Pull out your Dunkaroos and dive into the artificially colored frosting of 90's trivia: fads, foods, music and more! 90's snack food facts, Ninja turtles, and famous firsts in TV, movies, and world news. Slap on some knowledge about the invention and science behind the slap bracelet. And walk down memory lane as we discuss the omnipresent activist ribbon explosion, and the Y2K hysteria. And test your pop knowledge with the ultimate boy band quiz.
Keep your arms and legs inside the vehicle as we freefall into a bumpy ride of amusement park trivia. Rides, food, parks and more! Chris is back from the press preview event of the new addition to the Harry Potter theme park in Orlando, and tells us all about the tricks and technology in this new era of amusement parks. Karen shares her very extensive rollercoaster experience and how binaural sound almost made her pee. And it's time for a round of "ROLLERCOASTER? Or HEAVY METAL ALBUM?" And whet your appetite with the amusement park food invention quiz.
Also: Clam the clam.
Listen up all you Joey Triviannis and Trivia Newton Johns - are you ready for another quiz-filled scrumptious audio eclair?! In our All Quiz #23, we zoom from fantasy (Chris' Harry Potter and the Wiki Hole quiz in preparation for his press junket for the opening of Diagon Alley in Universal Studios Orlando) to current events (Colin's quick World Cup primer). Dana found some relaly weird name origins behind famous bands, and it's us against Google in our auto-complete game show challenge. And E.L.V.I.S. is back!
ALSO: Pressure quiz
Continuing our 2-part celebration of pub trivia! Sharing our own stories and tips from our own pub quiz experience, and lamenting our topic weaknesses. And of course, what we think are common topics to know: videogame firsts, US States, and an extremely punny mnemonic that helps you memorize the 12 gods of Mount Olympus, their Greek + Roman names, and their domain.
ALSO: Pub food factoids (WHY ARE SAUSAGES CALLED BANGERS?!)
OUR TRIVIA SECRETS REVEALED! This week, we are celebrating pub trivia by sharing our stories, our strategies, and our tips in hopes to help YOU score big at your local. Find out what topics to study, and how to settle answer disputes. Take Karen's geography quiz, and if you're not a sports person, then let Colin help you with some handy sportsball facts to arm your trivia arsenal. We also dive into the origin of pub trivia and general nuggest about pub culture.
Also: Our Lando Squarespace ode
We give you the 001101000011000100110001 on the puzzling history and facts about codes, and hidden meanings! This origin story of the Enigma machine, code name quiz, and what the foxtrot is up with the NATO alphabet? Learn how James Brown, Beethoven, and Johnny Cash share a cryptic connection. And sit by the counter with a cup of joe and whistleberries so Chris can serve up the tasty (and weird) history behind coded American diner lingo.
ALSO: Lynda's Graduation quiz
You asked for it, and here it is - our episode about the sizzling world of names and nomenclature. RAWR! Learn about the Pinocchio Rex and other goofy (but real!) dinosaur names and origins. Can you identify movies from their initial or secret working titles? We also have funky trivia about NBA team names, movie sequels, and brand name translations. Are you sitting on a POÄNG while watching TV on a BESTÅ? Discover the weird world of the IKEA naming system. JA!
ALSO: Gremlins II
Replenish your smarts with some brainor-ade in this all-quiz show! Colin tests us to see if we know our acronyms, and takes us hopping around the nation with a city name quiz. Dana's been snooping around Amazon and made a game about hilariously punny celebrity autobiography book titles. Take the "The Pen is Not Mightier Than the Sword" challenge and see how well you know your famous fictional swords. And Karen's back to embarrass the others by forcing them to answer in the form of an impression in her celebrity quiz.
ALSO: Boardgames, AND. THE. RETURN. OF. BELGIUM? OR NOT BELGIUM?
Pick up your shovel and get ready to dig into the world of hidden and buried treasure! Uncover facts behind the fictional golden city of El Dorado, the secrets behind Al Capone's "hotel," the real inspiration behind pirate treasure maps, and what would YOU put in a time capsule representing 2014? And just how well do you know your treasure-hunting movies? Chris is back from the desert and has a first-hand report on the legendary video game mystery of the famed Atari digsite!
ALSO: Exploding whale updates
BIG NEWS! Chris is going to be a dad! We're celebrating his big news with an episode filled with facts and quizzes about babys, kids, and one nightmare animal. Grab a train ticket to Whoville for Chris' Dr Seuss quiz, and learn how Target uses the magic of data to know when you're pregnant before anybody else. Dana reminds us that we are the worst at Oscars superlatives in her young Oscars quiz. Colin has a lullaby rock cover music round, and Karen shares some cool names for baby animals. And as promised, one nightmare animal.
ALSO: Harry's shaving mini quiz
Cha-ching! A whole episode about trivia and sizzling facts about shopping?! CHARGE IT. We buzz about the Lincoln shopping secret, 99-cent pricing, how supermarkets trick you into buying more, and where did those WACKY WAVING INFLATABLE ARM FLAILING TUBE MAN things you see infront of retail lots come from?! Get savvy with shopping in the department store quiz, and learn about how the iconic shopping cart came to be.
ALSO: Easter eggs, Brainiacs' Book Club
Put on your party hats and loosen up that belt for some cake because we're nerding out about parties this week! Festive facts and celebratory stories about party rituals, inventions and more: Shakespeare Goes to a House Party music quiz, etymology of party words, Dana finds the first examples of party balloons (and it's gross), Karen wants to climb the traditional ham pole of Spain's La Tomatina tomato-throwing festival, and Colin explores the weird ritual of having live birds fly out of pies.
ALSO: GJB listener John wrote us an "Um, Actually..." theme song!
Keep your arms and legs inside the vehicle because we're about to blast you off to BRAIN TOWN with an all quiz episode. It's time to play another installment of "BRAD PITT?...OR LASER?" and those who miss E.L.V.I.S.' soothing metallic voice are in luck because he's back crooning his favorite opening lines of famous songs. Our minds melted during Dana's pregnancy/baby test, and Chris shows some love to the cat people with a quiz about fictional cats. And see if you can identify these earworm rock songs in reverse!
ALSO: Tia/Tamara Mowry mnemonic, Disney's secret unbuilt thrill ride
The left-handed burger? Trees that grow spaghetti? Celebrate April Fools' Day with us by learning some of the redonkulous trivia behind pranks and hoaxes. Colin regales us with the history behind iconic novelty gags like the Whoopee Cushion, Joy Buzzer, and the Snake Nut Can. Dana impresses us with the Mechanical Turk hoax, and Chris sets off to find out about the origin of April Fools. Karen emits some facts about fart humor (and an accompanying fart quiz), and are you up for the celebrity death hoax challenge?
ALSO: Colin's Takedown, Our Patreon Debut!
Time to face off with facts about your FACE. Chris explores the things in your face, (specifically, up your nostrils) in his dedicated booger segment. Seeing Virgin Mary on your grilled cheese sandwiches? Or seeing fiesty drunk octopodes in bathrooms? Karen offers up a quiz about the psychological phenomenon of interpreting faces. Colin dots this episode with the plump facts about moles. Take our idiom challenge, and learn about the secrets of blurring faces (and butt cracks) on TV.
ALSO: Carmin San Mateo, 3-eyed animals
Turbo charge your ear-holes with our episode about things speedy, fast, and instant. Find out about the weird origin of FedEx (hint: it involved some Las Vegas craziness). And exactly fast are the fastest things in the world? Play our Price-Is-Right speed test, and can you hold on to this FAST word puzzle? Colin captivates us with the wacky and illegal world of coast-to-coast racing. And what actually makes instant noodles instant?
ALSO: Carmin San Mateo, Lobetrotter
You can be our wingman anytime.
Ah yes, the "Um, Actually..." - a phrase in every trivia fan's utility belt. We dedicate the whole episode to the culture of corrections, misquoted facts, and nerdery. It's time to load up your trivia ammo! Colin schools EVERYONE on a misused vocabulary quiz, and Chris shares how we've been doing things wrong in the kitchen. Dana's snoops around Snopes.com, and blows our mind about blood. Karen finds out where words like "nerd" and "dweeb" come from.
ALSO: Good Job, BRIAN! quiz, Carmin San Mateo, Lobetrotter
Lots of festivity in our 2nd anniversary and 100th episode! We're celebrating this milestone by celebrating...YOU. Warm up your hearts with listener messages and questions sprinkled throughout the show. And warm up your brains with some tricky quizzes: Chris gets animated in his movie round, Nerak's got a weird word elzzup, Colin has 100 on the mind, and Dana needs help with change. And can you identify these classic literary works by their 1-star Amazon reviews?
ALSO: Music Round, New Zealand Challenge, and a visit from a familiar face voice
Our wallets may be a little lighter but we're winning big in titillating facts and trivia about Sin City. Did you know before Super Mario and Zelda, Nintendo had a Vegas connection? Colin obsesses over blackjack and the history of card-counting, and Dana's got a celebrity quiz about quicky weddings. Karen answers some of her burning questions about playing cards and Chris shares hotel facts that might literally shock you.
May luck be a lady tonight! We're actually in Las Vegas this week - so be prepared for a jackpot of shiny facts about gambling, hotels, games, Hoover Dam, and more. Chris gets clever with a hotel name puzzle quiz, and Karen checks in to ridiculously themed Vegas hotel that (luckily) never got built. Find out what those cherries and BARs on slot machines really mean, and Dana's dips into a grab bag of trivia bites about this sparkly town. And see if you know your gamblin' games.
ALSO: The Tonight Show top list, and the hotels of our dreams
It's a free-for-all this week as we decided to bring out own topics for this episode. So naturally, it's a nutty grab bag of some jaw-dropping trivia. Where else can you learn about the birth of the smiley emoticon, how to grow a pineapple in your own house, the jellyfish that is IMMORTAL, and why do people call the Academy Award "Oscar." So bust out your suspenders because this week is crazy pants.
ALSO: Immortality quiz, Hawaiian mystery candy
Bust out your monacle, twirl up that 'stache, and stroke your reaky hairless cat because it's time to get evil. This week, we're headed to our secret island lair to celebrate trivia about villains. Where did the word come from? And we all know that the butler did it, but who was the first butler to actually do it? Colin discovers the real Goldfinger behind James Bond lore, and Dana makes us do impressions for her villain catchphrase quiz. Karen keeps the bat at bay with a quiz about ridiculous Batman villains.
ALSO: E.L.V.I.S. is back!, Lobetrotter trivia
We all made quizzes that are a little wackier and more off-the-beaten path this week! Colin hosts a round of "BRAD PITT.....OR LASERS?!" and quizzes us on famous things named after a who, a what, or a where. Dana treats us to some dangerously tasting traditional candy from Sweden while we try to guess the flavor. Karen invites everyone to explore American regional dialects with a vocab test, and Chris came up with questions about strange airline facts while on an airplane. ALSO: Karen tells the classic tale, "How My Mom Got Punched in the Face."
Orange you glad we're back for more in 2014? We put fruit facts into the limelight this week and cherry-picked some pretty juicy trivia. Colin gets to the core of fruit name origins, Chris grapples with a hybrid fruit challenge, and Karen puckers up to the miracle fruit. And don't just split yet, Dana's got an a-peeling quiz about bananas. It's a fruit party, so we're all raisin the roof.
ALSO: Lynda.com teacher quiz, tweeting sharks
Bit of trivia and a quiz this week in this mini episode. New year, new announcements, same bat time, same bat channel. Find out why are there actually twelve days of Christmas, and put your perky ears to the test with a Music Round! And we have announcements and exciting news galore. Happy New Year, y'alls!
It's our KING SIZE year-end episode! With the help of our listeners, we've curated some of the best quizzes, stories, facts, nightmare animals, and music rounds from 2013. Thanks to you guys, dear listeners, for a fantastic year! May your new year be brainy and bright.
We're a lot giddier than usual this week as we explore the trivia of things on the side. Chris gets kicky with a sidekick quiz, and Dana's got a list of things that are more famous for their side effects than their intended use. Colin takes us on a lol-lercoaster of ridiculous sideline behavior in sports. Karen dives into the snippy history of the human face profile. Do you know your heads, tails, and the sides of your money? And why are there so many darn chickens crossing the road?
ALSO: anniversary gift symbolism, Mashup Music Round!
Lace up your shoes and strap on that shiny leotard because it's time to sweat. Trivia and origin stories of things, people, and places that keep yourself fit. Take the atheletic brand quiz and find out where the names like Reebok and Adidas came from. Karen admits to some very candid and personal issues people go through when engaging in endurance sports. Find out why people hit the gym, and where the concept of "the gym" originate from. Do you know your infomercial fitness products and the celebrities who endorse them?
Oil up your noodle so you can slurp up some quiz time deliciousness. Dana heats up our brains (and meatballs) with "SWEDEN? OR NOT SWEDEN?" Chris has Christmas music on his mind while Karen made a quiz about entertainers solely for the purpose of embarrassing everybody else. Colin dips into wordplay for his "Word in a Word" quiz. And can you identify these famous quotes when slowed down to "witness protection" speed? And witness how we all completely lose it during Dana's segment about processed foods.
Ah, the foot; the meatbrick with 5 sprouting flesh morsels can hold so much mystery, wonder, and microbes. Let us rock your socks off with trivia and tales about our glorious feet: what does the "pink" in "pinky toe" mean? Why do we hang up stockings for Christmas? And where did the measurement of feet and miles come from? Karen blows minds with the phenomenon of "Frito Feet," and we dip our toes in Chris' idiom quiz.
ALSO: Check your body for some mildly odd genetic traits. Just sayin'.
Chin up, elbows off the table, and stop picking your nose! We explore the world of manners and etiquette this week. Chris quizzes us on the torturous and delightfully wacky rules of table manners. Learn about the Do's and Don'ts of pub trivia, the violent origin of the handshake, and old-timey advice to present thy proper self. Who's got two thumbs and might piss off other cultures? - Colin's public service announcement about common hand gestures that might mean not-so-great things in certain countries.
ALSO: Warby Parker EYE-Q quiz, the number 88
BREAKING MEWS! Put your paws up for some barking mad trivia about our furry companions: the amazing death-defying righting reflex of cats and "high-rise syndrome," we sift through the colorful history of cat litter, the many faces of Cerberus, and a purr-fect quiz. We try to answer burning questions like do dogs really watch and understand TV? How many toes can a cat actually have?
ALSO: "Um, Actually" double-header
Strap on your floaties because we're going out to sea. Marinate on these marvelous marine morsels of trivia: the history of the first ever submarine and its very silly name, what exactly made Disney's The Little Mermaid a complete hit and turning point for the studio, handy/horrible mnemonics for memorizing bodies of water, and the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. Anchors aweigh in a nautical term quiz, and find out what happens to aquariums when abandoned.
We're down a person but we're making it up by SMUSHING MORE QUIZZES UP YOUR EAR-HOLES. Yo dawg, I heard you like portmanteaus - so enjoy a crazy portmanteau-ception! Chris gets musical with "Who am I?" and blows our minds with tricky foreign-sounding company name quiz. Colin whets our appetite with questions about restaurants and cooking, and listeners Ben & Jon crafted us a rather....sinister segment. ALSO: E.L.V.I.S. watches TV!
OOoooOOoOoooOoooOooOo~ Salutations spooks and spectres! Munch on these trivia treats: Tim Burton quiz, eye-opening statistics on the most popular costumes throughout the year, what might actually happen in case of a zombie attack, and the origin and history of the quintessential "spooky" sounds.
ALSO: Music Round, Bizarre Headlines, RIP Haribo
Pooping, peeing, puking, and plummeting - this *uplifting* episode sure got things covered. Rise to the top and touch the sky with trivia, quizzes, and stories about aerial matters: what is believed to be the worst airplane in history, the wondrous nature of bird poop, the hair-raising history of window cleaners, clouds and the atmosphere, and some real a-hole birds.
ALSO: Merch store news!, "Double-Double" Quiz, a fantastic "Um, Actually..."
We couldn't record a regular show because it was our co-host Chris' wedding over the weekend. BUT TRIVIA CANNOT BE STOPPED. So we recorded short segments in secret at the wedding reception as a surprise for him. Why are wedding gowns white? Why don't people throw rice at weddings anymore? Where does the word "honeymoon" come from? Laughs were chortled, love was celebrated, and wine was drunk. Lots of wine. Lots. Thanks for letting us share this moment with you guys, listeners. And congrats to Chris and Regina, may their life together be prosperous and brainy!
BODY MODIFICATIONS - ways to decorate and enhance the body! Plastic surgery tidbits and vocabulary quiz, outrageous/cool/eyeroll-inducing celebrity tattoos, and hacking your own body with....home electronics? The amazing body transformations of the mimic octopus, and breakthroughs in sports reconstructive surgery. And pee tattoo.
ALSO: Second Chance Pub Quiz, Brainiacs' Book Club
Watch out, brains because it's going to get dangerous up in here. Learn about the deadly secrets behind animal kingdom's own goofball - the blowfish, and why people actually want to eat it. (Get it? Goof-BALL? Ok.) Hear Dana ROAR about the legendary "Big 5." Just exactly how lethal are your day-to-day activities? Find out about the most dangerous jobs in America, and why Alfred Nobel was such a (smart) weirdo. And why a turn-of-the-century craze is still haunting France and France's wallet today.
ALSO: 1960's Jeopardy, SQUARE TRIVIA!
Get out your smoothie cup because we're about to whip up your melon with some quenching quizzes! Let's play "Japan, Or Not Japan?" and "Angels & Demons." Fire up your follicles with a quiz all about hair-removing products (and pain, we suppose). Karen's got a list of animals whose species names are all dedicated to celebrities, and Dana brings it with a lightning round of TV's beloved anti-heroes. Colin's doubled over duos, and Chris is just "plane crazy."
ALSO: World's Ugliest Animal, podcast facts
Overload on trivia about OVERLOADING! Find out what happens to your body when you eat too many carrots, and the very dangerous (and poisonous!) nature of drinking way too much water. Ever feel weird about words when they are repeated over and over and over and over again? "Too Much" quiz, and learn about some odd names for nutty maladies from doing too much of specific activities
ALSO: Music Round, Time Travel Beaver
Prepare your face for some eyebrow-raising and completely bonkers trivia about school: the odd history behind the classic No. 2 yellow pencil (WHY IS IT NUMBER TWO? WHY IS IT YELLOW? THE WORLD MUST KNOW!), the surreal and the bedazzled things rival colleges fight for, celebrities who used to be teachers, and the impact Minnesota had on videogames. And where did the phrase "freshman fifteen" come from? And are *YOU* smarter than a 1895 eighth grader?
ALSO: 1960's Jeopardy!, listener questions, prep school movie quiz
Chris discovers the magical and mystical properties of the number nine, and Karen finds mathematical shapes in videogames, snacks, and Las Vegas. Learn a whole lotta nothing... uh... we mean zero! E.L.V.I.S. is back with another quiz - this time with numerically-titled songs. And find out the history and reasoning behind your phone number. And please excuse my dear aunt Sally, and not because she farted, but because she forgot all the silly math mnemonics from elementary school!
ALSO: 1960's Jeopardy!
We're going to make your skull-stuffing sweat with some trivia that is hot, hot, hot! How hot is the world's hottest chili pepper? And what is the most efficient remedy to cool of a scorched tongue? Find out all the "tricks" to fire-walking, and don't forget to get some delicious hot anagrams. Learn another nightmare animal that practically boils up the competition. And Chris is a really good Donna Summer.
ALSO: Bizarre headlines, The Peppermaster
Better get your THINK TANK ready because we're fishing for BRAIN-BOW TROUT in our 15th ALL QUIZ episode! Dana's got a hangover-free quiz about cocktails and drinky-drinks. Chris' current game obsession bleeds into his quiz segment about Disney characters, and Colin hosts another round of "WHAT'S...THE...DIFFERENCE?!" Do you know what *your* demonym is? And Karen prepared an international music round, and a wacky celebrity inventor quiz. Betcha don't know what celebrity has the patent for a naughty jacuzzi.
ALSO: totally rad 80's Squarespace ad, Where Do You GJB?
One is good, but is two really better? Test your movie tagline chops with our movie sequel quiz. Do you know the full titles of some of these blockbuster sequels? And what about sequels of people? Karen shares some odd findings on the "Junior" naming tradition. Colin regales us with tales of weird shampoo product sequels that leave us scratching our heads. (Because we're perplexed, not because he gave us lice or anything.)
ALSO: Bizarre headlines (TURTLE BURGER!), Jeopardy!
Tsk tsk tsk. For shame! Tales and trivia about notable cheaters: the marathon runner whose time seemed too good, the journalist whose reports seemed too colorful, and the gutsy guy whose casino caper seemed too easy. And of course, the awesome anti-cheating mechanisms, like plagiarism software and RFID tags, to battle against sneaky behavior! And how a couple of Canadian thieves got themselves in a STICKY situation.
ALSO: Squarespace Internet Quiz, Pop Quiz with vacationing listeners!
Get our your goggles and saddle for your giant pet mole, and suit up - because we're going on an underground adventure! We dig deep into the marvel and the twists behind the birth of NYC subway, we find out what's exactly underneath Disney World, and what's up with these weirdo mysterious gobin caves in Bavaria. Take our "Top? Or Bottom?" underwear quiz, and find out what was the building that won WWII and how it became invisible.
ALSO: "It's Good to be Bad" Villains Quiz, Jeopardy!
TEN-HUT! Time to go all bootcamp on your brain with this quiz-only episode. Are you a cake person or a pie person? Sweeten your day with Karen's quiz on dessert flavors and wacky names. Sprint across the finish line with Colin's music segment "Cut to the Chase!" and see if you can identify some of the most iconic movie chase scene scores. Chris prepared us a (very, very hard) literary author pseudonym test as well as a reprise of GIRL vs. BOYS. Think you know your nursery rhymes? Then see how high you can score on Dana's Mother Goose challenge.
ALSO: "Call the Doctor" and country anagrams.
Hey, Mr. Big Stuff, who do you think you are? From the big man (Colossus of Rhodes) to the Big Mac, we share awesome facts and quizzes about things that are BIG. We find out what space might actually smell like, the noisy nature of oceans, and the mysterious, wondrous, bittersweet....and... "explosive" nature of whales.
ALSO: We try out auditory palindromes!!! And a special Dnuor Cisum quiz!
The hills are alive with SO MANY FACTS ABOUT MUSIC: the oldest instrument of the history of mankind, notable moments in recording history, the first talking doll recordings (creepy!), music scandals on TV quiz, the actual lowdown on hidden secret messages and the whole backward-song craze that swept the nation. Where exactly "is the place in France where the naked ladies dance"?, and just why singing the Happy Birthday song might get you in legal trouble.
ALSO: Fictional workplace quiz, Chicago World's Fair
Ready for summer vacation? Load this episode up while you bask under the red hot day-star! Tan your brain with awesome glowing facts: the (kind of gross) history of the icecream cone, weird trivia about daylight saving time, wacky watermelon stories, the inspiration behind the Slip N Slide, and the summer nectar of the gods - Slurpee. Summer jams lyrics quiz. And what makes a movie a "blockbuster"? Why is it even called that?
ALSO: Tech company animal mascot quiz, "Um...Actually..."
Paging Doctor Feelgood! We need 100cc of trivia facts STAT!!! We explore the trivia-filled world of medicine - specifically, the weird and wacky medical treatments: old-timey snake oil, traveling medicine shows, alcohol, quacks, that wonder drug "calomel", leeches (no, no, they're actually quite nice!), Hollywood "script doctors," and an odd story about... ancient Chinese ingenuity? Yeah...
ALSO: Dog Show facts, XYZ quiz
Are you lonesome tonight? Well, these people sure are! We salute and celebrate the ones who tend to do things by themselves: the crazy solo life of the hermit crab (and its nightmare cousin, the coconut crab), the physical and psychological effects of human isolation experiments, the amazing trail-blazing lone wolf game designers of the Atari age, and of course, famous band members who struck it big with their own solo careers. ALSO: marathon mnemonic and factoids, and E.L.V.I.S. music quiz!
Yeeeaaaahhhhh! Another quiz-filled tasty entree to satisfy your hunger for weird information. Are you a boardgame expert? Then Dana gotcha covered in her boardgame pieces test. Chris had colors on his mind, and also a very intriguing (and maybe infuriating?) "middle in line" movie quiz. Karen makes everyone play Family Feud, and Colin want us to get into his "domain." MOST IMPORTANTLY- we host our first ever taste test quiz and try to name the wacky flavors of snack Colin brought back from Asia.
Shrink ray, pew pew! Toy dogs, woof woof! Mini golf, putt putt! We celebrate the things that come in smaller packages around us. Trivia about the invention of the miniskirt (oo la la) and weird laws around tiny liquor bottles. See if you can name the baby versions of top cartoon shows, and how many movies about shrinking people can you think of?
ALSO: Brainiacs Book Club
[NOTE: We had some audio technical difficulties during our recording session. We apologize if this episode sounds a little off!]
(Let's see how many corn puns we can fit in this episode description) Ah shucks! So many kernels of facts in this husky episode about corn. Let's stalk the whereabouts of this golden plant: from car parts to Doritos, from liquor to Beavis & Butthead. Enter the freaky world of corn reproduction and find out the real reason behind corned beef's name. Smile from ear to ear as we explore the corny universe of pick-up lines. ALSO: Fictional language quiz, and Dana's big game debut!
LATHER UP for some amazing quizzes and facts about things that are squeaky clean: famous cleaners on TV, infomercials, marketing deodorant, the rise and fall of a surprising cleaning product... and what exactly IS soap? Learn about the massive undertaking of cleaning the Statue of Liberty, and the after-dark secretsssss of tidying up Disneyland. ALSO: Music Round!
Good morning, brains! Love it or hate it, getting up in the morning is something we have to face every single day. Well, unless...you're a nocturnal mole-person. We gab about juicy trivia and silly histories behind some of our favorite and least favorite parts of the morning ritual: Saturday morning cartoons, extremely hyper morning drink quiz, the dreaded hangover, the morning commute, the worst/best invention of the world - the snooze button, and play a round of "ENERGY DRINK?...Or SHOW ON THE DISCOVERY CHANNEL?" ALSO: Awful jokes by children, and Elements quiz
WE'RE ON SITE! We had a bit of a scheduling conflict this week because we made it to the PUB TRIVIA GRAND FINALS. So please enjoy this little fun-size episode featuring our pal, William Fakespeare... and see if you can identify the lyrics line by line!
(Sadly, we did not win first place. Close, but no cigar. We're sad pandas.)
Don't slam that snooze button because it's TRIVIA O'CLOCK. We got a chock-full of quizzical goodness. Dana's got a meaty round of....meats, and an even meatier round of famous sidekicks. Colin's obsessed with secret origins of seemingly plain household iteams, and Karen has a special M-U-S-I-C R-O-U-N-D. ALSO: Pub trivia US States questions, and movie biographies.
Bllyyeeechhh....we celebrate the slimey, slithery, and creepy creatures of our world! Crunchy facts about crime-solving bugs, deceptively cute snails, and the guinea worm. Learn the right first aid steps of how to remove a bug stuck inside your ear. And when life gives you toads, you make "toad sausages." ALSO: a quiz about the master of creep - Stephen King, and a sssssssssspecial dedication.
We did The Man Show, and it's the girls' turn this time! Find out how well you'll fare in Chris' epic battle of the sexes challenge. "Electrifying" facts behind fashion, famous firsts, women in song titles, and Karen's....seaweed... shirt? We try to find out why pink is for girls and blue is for boys, and just how high Susan B. Anthony ranks on the Sass-o-Meter. ALSO: Music Round and a special message for Boston.
Impostors! Countefeits! Forgeries! Decoys! Yes, a show all about FAKES. The history of counterfeit money may surprise you, but probably not as much as the shocking secrets of that ol' regular inkjet printer sitting in your house RIGHT NOW! We also talk about stunningly weird (and perhaps, frightening) examples of biomimicry in the animal kingdom. Chris quizzes us on notable fake bands, and Dana shares a crazy-pants story about faking one's own death...for fun.
The human body is truly amazing! We HEAD up the discussion about body gunk, and the mysterious and wonderful world *inside* your belly button. Colin blesses us with tales of mysterious sneezing phenomenon, and Karen ponders why your pee smells weird after eating asparagus. Learn the origin behind the saying "5 o'clock shadow" and just what to watch for if you're a lifeguard. ALSO: Capital Capitals Quiz Part II!
GET. PUMPED. YES. So many quizzes in all shapes and sizes! Get inside Colin's head and see if you can identify some of his favorite instrumental TV theme songs. Karen is totally excited to see if people enjoy her "William Shakespeare Goes to a House Party Quiz." Dana's got an apPEAling and PEAceful word game, and "What Would Keanu Do?" And Chris presents a round of "Last in Line 2: The Overblown Sequel."
Flops, failures, and follies! We dedicate this show to all those who have picked themselves up after falling down. Facts and juicy stories about New Coke, the wobbly Tacoma Narrows Bridge, the dotcom boom, and the biggest financial movie flop in the world. And why "sexy yogurt" should NEVER exist.
Bada bing! Keep your eyes open as we head down the dark alley of crime. Learn about the history of the tommy gun, mafia lingo, and the fascinating start of early crime scene investigation. Test your crime IQ with our quizzes about notable real and fictional criminals, and play a round of "Stolen? Or Not Stolen?" about famous (and possibly purloined) prized possessions. ALSO: Listener's Choice Music Round, L&O:GJB
It's our first birthday and it's our TRIVIACEPTION show! Believe it or not, amazing facts about the king of amazing facts, Robert Ripley. The business behind bad trivia. We try our luck in Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, and gush over other TV game shows. Famous riddlers and question-askers throughout literary history, and exactly why is a raven like a writing desk? ALSO: "Initial Here" quiz
Come one, come all! Behold as we uncover tasty circus and carnival factoids from under the big top: circus lingo, superstitions, and codes for danger. If so many people are scared of clowns, why are they an integral part of the circus? Join in on our elephant parade of pachyderm myths and the story behind Jumbo. And find out how carnival games are rigged and the best ways to beat them. ALSO: International House of Pancakes quiz.
Unclog and do some mental plumbing with some extra strength BRAINO. In this rad all quiz episode, Chris celebrates the number 50, and shares classic lateral thinking puzzles & brain teasers. Karen's got a round of science and brings back "Mash It Up!" And IN A LAND... IN A TIME... ONE WOMAN (Dana) quizzes us on blockbuster taglines. Colin's got age on the mind and.... E.L.V.I.S. IS BACK!
Prepare to get your funnybone/ulner nerve tickled! We take a closer look at the things that make us laugh: the rich surprise history of "That's What She Said" jokes, the invention of the Laugh Track, how MAD magazine came to be, comedy duos, and what actually makes hyenas laugh so much. ALSO: Wachamacallit Quiz
SPORTS: you either love it or it makes you groan. Fear not! We SERVE up intriguing sports facts that you will lurve... so heads up! We finally learn why football is called "soccer," the hotly contested origin of tennis, and what sport is awesomely known as "flutterguts." Chris bats a homerun sports anagram quiz, Colin tells us the nightmarish tale of being a professional sports accountant, and Dana gives us some "English Pleasure." ALSO: DO DOGS REALLY DREAM?, Puzzle Music Round, and a really weird Bonobos skit.
Warning! Our show on sleep is actually far from a snoozefest! We find out about the eye-popping origin of the word "nightmare," the amazingly INTENSE sleep behavior of hummingbirds, why you feel the falling sensation when drifting to sleep, the fascinating history about beds, and what's actually *in* your bed. ALSO: a special TV theme song Music Round, and awful riddles written by children
BRR! Whip up a cup of hot chocolate as we gab about things that are cool, cold, and icy. We teach you how to build an igloo, how the ice industry started, what happens to your body when you're stuck in the cold depths of outer space, and why you feel like going to the bathroom a lot more during cold weather. (Yay, pee.) Speaking of hot chocolate, learn about a secret delicious plant that cures sore throats! ALSO: Chris' insane Music Round
Knead your noggin and noodle with this quiz-filled episode! Awesome segments like "First In Line" and "Metal Band Or Disease?" What exactly is the name and origin of the Michelin Man? Find out who wrote the awesomely titled autobiography "Soulacoaster." Also: Music Round, Shakespeare superlatives, noodles, and company logos.
We're resting up our brains this week so enjoy this little fun-size mini episode with the usual segments: Pop Quiz, Hot Shot!, Um...Actually..., and what exactly is the origin of the term "jaywalking"?
The weirdest, the poopiest, the funniest, and the silliest moments of Good Job, Brain! all in one end-of-year episode. We share are favorite quizzes, facts, and histories. That's right, there ain't no shame in having a clips show! Have a happy and brainy new year!
Brown paper packages tied up with string...these are a few of my favorite things! Chris shares his Nintendo expertise and that old box of videogames in your attic might be worth lots of money! Colin quizzes us on his love of typography. Karen's favorite thing is actually extremely poisonous. And Dana schools us on her favorite thing: wordplay. ALSO: how to prepare for a quiz bowl, genetic hybrids (ZORSE!), the trivia-heavy story of Fleetwood Mac, and "Painter? Or Cheese?"
Put on your stretchy pants and prepare to feast on these holiday food facts: fermented shark from Iceland's midwinter festival, superstitions around Christmas pudding, Jell-O (with cheese?), and the prowess of the Easter hare. ALSO: Country name quiz, 42 & antipodes, and our failed attempts at coming up with alternate names for vegetarian haggis.
Unwind with us while we indulge in the guilty pleasure of weird celeb gossip: famous stars with crazy high IQ, why you should not let Prince rent your house, intriguing human body anomalies and the famous people who have them, stage names vs. real names. ALSO: Music Round, eyeball mnemonic, and the BONOBOS SMARTY PANTS LISTENER CHALLENGE!
Turn up the Trivia Newton John because your brain's about to get PHYSICAL! Can you name the popular hang-out spots from TV shows? See if you know any of Dana's weird words for weird things segment. Karen's get into character for a round of literature. Chris schools us on video game consoles, and Colin asks, "What's the Difference?" ALSO: military stinkbombs, and Scooby Doo's real name.
Hey, who farted? We sniff out the story behind scents and smells! How our brains associate smells with memories, Smell-o-vision at the movies, bizarre perfume ingredients, the odd world of celebrity fragrances, how stores are manipulating you with scents, anosmia, and can you trademark a smell? ALSO: fantastic old-timey words, "First in Line" quiz.
Grrah! Get ready to punch trivia in the face with your MANLINESS because we are celebrating MAN stuff: important moments in beard history, etymology behind BBQ, snacks designed for men only, innovations in urinals, and the classic(?) American folktale of Paul Bunyan. ALSO: Pepsi's new fat-blocking soda, collective nouns, and what exactly does "begging the question" mean?
Let's have fun fumbling through the English language! Think you know when to use i.e., e.g., [sic], etc.? Misheard lyrics, "eggcorns," finger fumblers, and more! Is there a special profession meaning behind YOUR last name? Drink your can of Bite the Wax Tadpole while Karen quizzes the gang on mind-bogglingly stellar examples of translation.
Zippadeedoodah! Our mind-blowing offbeat Disney episode: the tale behind early Lucas/Disney collaboration, the secret psychology of waiting in lines in Disney parks, Disney song quiz, Walt Disney's lesser-known roots, Michael Jackson, and.... A REAL-LIFE VIDEOGAME ISLAND?! ALSO: Album art music challenge, CSI: GJB!
Let's get hopped up on sugar GUYS, GALS, & GILA MONSTERS. Controversy! Intrigue! Hot molten explosions in your face! We dive into the weird world of candy just in time for Halloween. Serving the sweet scoop on Cadbury Creme Eggs, Tootsie Roll Pops, Gobstoppers, and more. ALSO: "Wonka? Or Urban Dictionary?," candy name quiz, a very special comics quiz formulated for extra awesomeness and gamma radiation.
Get out your sandpaper because this one's for the quiz buffs! So many individual quiz segments. Karen rounded up her favorite film scores for a special Music Round, Chris grills us on burgers, Colin's got travel on the mind, and Dana describes dancing diddies. ALSO: the best punctuation mark, license plates, brain anagram puzzles, and more!
Let's spend a day at the office! We find out how the modern office cubicle came into being, the shockingly old history behind the vending machine, office movie trivia, coffee breaks, and the not-so-nice origin of the Scotch tape. ALSO: secrets to identifying major African nations, science quiz, the world's fastest clown, and a very special listener challenge!
Still remember how to do the Macarena? We reminisce and discuss the origins of Pogs, singing raisins, ridiculous trend diets, Sanrio, and Hello Kitty. If you think modern fads are nuts, we also talk about the ridiculous crazes from the old-timey days like collecting limes, portable marionettes, and the first 3D movie mania. ALSO: bizarre headlines, and we finally caught Carmin San Mateo and got our music quiz back!
Roses are red / violets are blue / we can't talk about color / without mentioning poo. We dive into the world of color: weird color names, chameleons, the legitimacy of purple, cheddar cheese vs. flamingos, color character name quiz, Crayola crayon controversy, heterochromia, and why we'd want to take Monet to a rave party. ALSO: animal collective nouns, wine quiz
SWEAT. Flex those Adonis mental muscles because it's another All Quiz Bonanza! Video game trivia, "Belgium or Not Belgium?," Tarantino flicks, famous scientist anagrams, name that X-Men power, rockstar alter egos, and movie trivia GALORE. This episode is dedicated to our superfriend and superlistener Fred G who's our top Kickstarter backer!
Prepare for the inevitable robot uprising by learning about...well, robots! Eymology, first appearances in culture, hanging out in the uncanny valley, historical Japanese tea-serving automatons and French duck robots. Inspiration behind C3PO & R2D2, TV + Movie Robot quiz, and of course, our own robot E.L.V.I.S. is back! ALSO: Brainiacs Book Club, and a *VERY AWESOME* music round.
Watch out for those ACME anvils because we're transporting everyone into the world of TV cartoons this week! Brief history of animation, why you have to thank the government for the 80's cartoon explosion, mind-blowing origins behind our favorites, Villains quiz, cartoon bands, how Simpsons was created in a moment of panic, and more! ALSO: "What's in a Name?" quiz
All aboard! Mind-blowing facts about transportation. We find out what's up with those old-timey bikes with the humongous front wheel, airplane secrets, the Hindenburg, JK Rowling's minor error, and train facts that will make your brain go OOoOooOooOoO! ALSO: "Whose Ride is it Anyways" quiz, and "One Letter Off" word puzzle and new listener challenge.
DO IT, ROCKAPELLA. We celebrate our half-birthday milestone by talking about our favorite world landmarks: Eiffel Tower, Great Wall of China, Giza Pyramids, and Chris reveals his Statue of Liberty obsession. And of course, the gang relives the golden sleuthing days of Carmen Sandiego. ALSO: Our new favorite words, special edition listener challenge, easy trick for memorizing the colors of the eBay and Google logos in order
Our most sensational, inspirational, celebrational, Muppetational all-quiz show! Dana's got a round of Muppets trivia, Colin's got a geography and mononym celebrity names, Karen mixes things up with a mash-up round, and Chris quizzes us on very MAN-ly superhero names. ALSO: mind-blowing history behind the fortune cookie, the best/worst/sleaziest International Date Line pick-up line ever, and of course, a mini-segment of our favorite animal sex facts.
Go for the gold with these lesser known Olympics trivia and history tidbits: hot air ballooning, mascot quiz, the weird link between pole vaulting and Donkey Kong, Olympic ring color mnemonic, Fatso the Wombat, and the strange science behind official equipment. ALSO: the cure for jet-lagged hamsters, Oklahoma's state vegetable, "Hey! That Sounds Familiar!" Music Round, and GO BANANAS with our very special announcement!
We invite you to lean back, relax, and indulge in a nice refreshing beverage with us! Quench your thirst with amazing facts about beloved beverages: milkshakes, boba tea, sodas, and hot chocolate. Dana tries to stump us with Snapple lid factoids, and Chris hosts the game "Coke or Pepsi?" ALSO: 80's quiz battle, and a very special round of New York City trivia
Breaking bulletin, boardgame buffs! Facts and origin stories of our favorite classic boardgames: Monopoly, Scrabble, and Trivial Pursuit. Boardgames modification quiz, the importance of Monopoly "house rules", and we venture back into a bit of Star Wars trivia. Also: a VERY special 80's version Pop Quiz, Hot Shot!, how to memorize the Bill of Rights, and we announce the winner of our Singing Robot naming contest.
Ironic to describe our plants show as "meaty" but boy oh boy, we cover LOTS of fantastic topics in this episode: poisonous plants, stinky plants, drug plants, and yes, we even named a plant our A-Hole of the Week! Also: plant character quiz, "Whose Ride is it Anyways?," LSD baseball, and a special Encyclopedia Brown tribute.
So many segments in our 4th All Quiz Bonanza show: Chris schools us on "bookkeeping" and crazy English words derived from Japanese, Karen has a mystery round ("Mysteround?"), Dana challenges us to a dance-off, and Colin made us a round of "Sports Trivia for Non-Sports Fans." And guess who's back? THE CRAZY SINGING ROBOT. Also: "backronyms," why Karen is mad at Siri, and one bizarre headline.
We salivate over bountiful breakfast trivia: cereal mascots, waffles, Pop-Tarts, and Cap'n Crunch. Dig into the historical facts behind bagels, Aunt Jemima, and the intense beef between Kellogg's & Post! Also: weird words, Chris' first Music Round attempt, and ...yogurt in uncomfortable places.
Squeaky clean fun facts behind the things you use in the bathroom: why does orange juice taste weird after brushing your teeth? Mind-blowing truth behind shampoo, what Listerine was really made for, toilet tidbits, and both low and high tech regarding the Japanese public bathrooms. ALSO: Band name origin quiz, and the trick to identifying the countries in Central America.
ALRIGHT ALRIGHT I'LL TALK! We explore the history and validity behind classic and historical execution and torture methods: guillotine, iron maiden, Catherine wheel, walk the plank, and Chinese water torture. More importantly, find out how Van Halen and Barney the dinosaur saved the day! ALSO: Music Round takes a trip to the movies, "Um...Actually"
HEY HEY HEY HEY. It's our Sweet Sixteen show, and we're all about teen movies- trivia about Ferris Bueller's Day Off, American Pie, and more! Did you know many teen movies out there are actually based on classic literature? Also: "Common Thread" quiz, how to correctly identify the four Teletubbies, and awesome celebrity anagrams.
Zip up that fly, Smarty Pants, because we're trying out some new stuff for this episode! Fascinating factoids and quizzes about ice cream, humble beginnings, Disney, and...robot voices? Suprises GALORE so we don't want to spoil too much.
...BY THE POWER OF GRAYSKULL! Join us as we skip down memory lane and talk about the delightful origins and facts behind our favorite dolls and action figures. Learn how Star Wars and Barbie revolutionized the toy industry, how Cabbage Patch dolls get fertilized, and WHAT EXACTLY IS STRETCH ARMSTRONG MADE OUT OF?! Also: toy name quiz, and see if you can find the two Mel Brooks references Karen made in the episode!
Grrarr! We find scientific theories about the existence of popular monsters such as cyclops, unicorns, and the Loch Ness monster. We do some unnecessarily extensive research on how exactly would mermaids make merbabies, and sexy vampire lore. Also: monster body part quiz, what "Godzilla" actually means, a mnemonic that will help you memorize all of the 12 labors of Hercules in order, and the "Black & Blue" quiz.
Hey Smart Cookies - LET'S GET READY TO CCRRUUMMMBLLLEEEE. An all-quiz episode to keep your noggin nimble. Movies! Literature! Animal superlatives! Dogs! Famous Final Lines! ...and of course...the Music Round is back.
Remember when Hypercolor and acid-wash jeans were cool? Lots of laughs in this episode about ridiculous fashion trends and their origins. Learn about intriguing facts behind a simple pair of blue jeans, the bikini, powdered wigs, and more. ALSO: pop culture style quiz, new listener challenge, and impressive tricky geography trivia.
Chris said it best: nothing that man can think up in science-fiction stories is crazier, creepier, and more disgusting than nature. Mother Nature is a very odd gal. We share our research on weird animals and behavior, and shocking animal ingredients in our everyday lives. ALSO: pop quiz!, famous paradoxes, and how to memorize very specific parts of the male anatomy.
DOH! You might end up getting a food coma just from listening to this episode. Greasy and sugary origin tales behind junkfood and outrageous snack finds: donuts, maltballs, Cheetos, and other delicious offenders. ALSO: Indiana Jones & the Last Crusade, double-letter quiz, and new listener challenge!
Gold underwear, chopsticks, and rabbit's foot. Everyone has their own crazy superstitions and lucky charms. We confess to our own rituals, talk about really nutty ones in the world of sports and theatre, and find out about the origins of classic superstitions like black cats and triskaidekaphobia. Hope you enjoy the show, FINGERS CROSSED! (Har har.) ALSO: bizarre headlines, name the famous pooch, Chris' special challenge!
What do wax tadpoles and Wonka have in common? Find out in this big advertising episode! Our favorite unsuccessful marketing campaigns, advertisement urban legends, ridiculous informercials, company mascot/spokesperson quiz, our own shameless plugs, the ultra-useful mnemonic for identifying the Rice Krispies Elves, and the mysterious anatomy of the Starbucks lady creature. BONUS: Our pub trivia tactics!
Crossword champ Tyler Hinman joins us for a fantastic fest fawning over words. We talk about the history and process of constructing crosswords, why Noah Webster is our A-hole of the week, and we introduce you to your new ultimate favorite word of THE FOREVER! ALSO: pop quiz, odd spelling bee, Chris Hansen, movie titles lost in translation, and how to memorize the biological taxonomy order.
An all-quiz episode! Movie portrayals, psychic trivia, food+drink, rhymes, and Music Round is back. Ladies and Gentlemen, fire up those brains!
That Tommy Edison sure was a class-A jerkface! We also gab about the invention of cornflakes, air-conditioning, tampons, Ouija board, Viagra, and more. ALSO: pop quiz, etymology factoids, highest-rated movies, and top film quotes of all time.
Expensive gourmet food and the opulent stories behind them. Let's just say we took a few intriguing turns and found ourselves in the absolutely eccentric (and dark) sector of the haute cuisine world. ALSO: pop quiz, foreign food translations, weird name origins of companies
We dish about classic fairytales along with their more scandalous and gruesome folklore origins. Find out what "Rapunzel" actually means, and learn why Charles Dickens hates Hans Christian Andersen's face. ALSO: Pop Quiz, how to memorize pi, "First in Line"
Kanpai! Slainte! Cheers! Douse yourself in eccentric facts about liquor, spirits, and libations. Seagull wine, beer laws, cocktail origins, "alternative" imbibation methods, and more. Also: pop quiz, music round, and how to memorize the provinces of Canada.