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Stuff You Should Know

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Rank #2 in Society & Culture category

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If you've ever wanted to know about champagne, satanism, the Stonewall Uprising, chaos theory, LSD, El Nino, true crime and Rosa Parks, then look no further. Josh and Chuck have you covered.

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If you've ever wanted to know about champagne, satanism, the Stonewall Uprising, chaos theory, LSD, El Nino, true crime and Rosa Parks, then look no further. Josh and Chuck have you covered.

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49419 Ratings
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Petrichor...?

By RocketSurgeonQ3 - May 31 2020
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I absolutely love these podcasts. Chuck and Josh are great, they research the material and present it in a way that is entertaining and educational. Another one of my favorites is the Rubik’s cube episode. Please don’t stop what you guys are doing. Thanx a googleplex

I mean, it’s classic

By morganafey - May 28 2020
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These mfers invented podcasts

iTunes Ratings

49419 Ratings
Average Ratings
39058
4460
2193
1528
2180

Petrichor...?

By RocketSurgeonQ3 - May 31 2020
Read more
I absolutely love these podcasts. Chuck and Josh are great, they research the material and present it in a way that is entertaining and educational. Another one of my favorites is the Rubik’s cube episode. Please don’t stop what you guys are doing. Thanx a googleplex

I mean, it’s classic

By morganafey - May 28 2020
Read more
These mfers invented podcasts
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Stuff You Should Know

Latest release on Aug 08, 2020

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If you've ever wanted to know about champagne, satanism, the Stonewall Uprising, chaos theory, LSD, El Nino, true crime and Rosa Parks, then look no further. Josh and Chuck have you covered.

Rank #1: Are Artificial Sweeteners Really Bad For You?

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Artificial sweeteners have gotten a bad rap in the press for as long as they’ve been in use. But is it just the result of a fear of science or do artificial sweeteners cause real harm? A mounting body of studies is starting to paint a pretty grim picture.

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Jan 17 2017

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Rank #2: The Disappearance of the Yuba County Five

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In 1978, five friends set out for home from a basketball game. The next day, their car was discovered in a lonely mountain road. The next spring, their bodies began to turn up. What happened that night remains a mystery to this day. 

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Jul 10 2018

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Rank #3: The Black Panther Party

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The Black Panther Party was a complex political movement that was unfairly painted as a militant group who hated white people. Far from it, they were actually men and women trying to effect change in their community. Their history is one of the more interesting American stories, from the early stages of policing the police to their community service efforts to their inevitable fall. Learn all about the Black Panther Party right now...

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Feb 16 2017

1hr 9mins

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Rank #4: How Psychopaths Work

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There are people who walk among us who seem normal, maybe even more charming or intelligent than average, yet they hide disturbing and at times dangerous personalities behind what one researcher called a 'mask of sanity.'

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Sep 12 2017

53mins

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Rank #5: Gerrymandering: How to Stifle Democracy

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No matter which side of the political spectrum you fall on, you should be outraged about the practice of gerrymandering. Redrawing voter district maps to ensure political dominance is about as undemocratic as it gets. Please enjoy Josh and Chuck getting unusually worked up about this abhorrent practice. 

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Jul 12 2018

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Rank #6: Ballpoint pens? Heck yes, ballpoint pens!

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Get ready, folks. The ballpoint pen is far more interesting than you could ever imagine. For real. Brilliant in its simplicity. Took the world by storm. We love our ballpoint pens and you should too. Listen in today!

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Aug 21 2018

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Rank #7: SYSK Selects: Why can't we find Amelia Earhart?

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In this week's SYSK Select episode, famed aviator Amelia Earhart's disappearance in 1937 is a mystery that endures to this day. Why don't we know what happened to her? In this episode, Josh and Chuck examine the facts and evidence behind the famous case.

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Jul 15 2017

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Rank #8: How the Stanford Prison Experiment Worked

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The infamous Stanford Prison Experiment wasn't really much of an experiment as it turns out. It was more like a poorly thought out exercise conducted by a professor who didn't dot the i's and cross the t's. Listen in as Josh and Chuck give this experiment some harsh treatment of their own. 

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Jul 05 2018

51mins

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Rank #9: How the Secret Service Works

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The U.S. Secret Service began after a mandate from President Lincoln called for a service to combat counterfeiters. Since then, they have become more well known as the agency that guards and protects the president and the first family, along with that of former presidents. Learn all about the ins and outs of the this not so secret service in today's episode.

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Sep 14 2017

59mins

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Rank #10: How Diabetes Works

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Diabetes is one of the biggest killers of people on the planet. And yet, it also seems to be tied to diet and exercise, which makes it preventable. Learn about the fascinating mechanisms that can make your body go haywire and lead to this disease. 

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Jul 03 2018

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Rank #11: Josh and Chuck's List of Horror Movies that Changed the Genre

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Once in a while a movie comes along that's so forward-thinking it changes the way that horror is done. A new subgenre is spawned, new tropes are established, and audiences are more terrified than ever.

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Jul 06 2017

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Rank #12: Dr. Seuss: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

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The Seuss is loose in this episode about legendary children's book author Ted Geisel. The funny thing is, he didn't ever want children of his own, and his past work was a bit problematic.

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Dec 27 2018

56mins

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Rank #13: How Fever Dreams Work

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Fever dreams can be unsettling experiences. These ramped up nightmares are vivid, detailed and only happen when the human body experiences a fever. What is it about the combination of fevers and dreams that make these night terrors so hellish? Learn all that and more in today's episode.

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Jul 13 2017

41mins

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Rank #14: What's the deal with accents?

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Accents are truly fascinating. Put simply, they are how a person sounds when they talk. From England to America and all over the world, the way people speak in their native tongue can vary drastically. What are the influences? When do accents begin to take hold? Can you lose or gain an accent? Learn about all this and more in today's decidedly interesting episode.

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Aug 17 2017

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Rank #15: Recycling Update: How’s It Going?

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It’s been about a decade since Josh and Chuck last checked in on recycling and since then a lot has changed. A global commodities market dealing in recyclables has developed and recently crashed. Jump back into the fascinating world of recycling. 

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Jul 24 2018

1hr 9mins

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Rank #16: How Personality Tests Work

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For millennia, we have tried to put human personalities into neat types, an effort psychology took up early in its history in an effort to legitimize itself. But is the idea of types – which all personality inventories are based on - flawed to begin with?

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Aug 24 2017

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Rank #17: The Dyatlov Pass Mystery

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The incident at Dyatlov Pass is one of the more enduring wilderness mysteries of all time. Russian hikers found in various states of undress, frozen. What happened to them? Why were there weird internal injuries and no outward signs of distress? We'll delve into all the questions in today's episode. 

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Jul 26 2018

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Rank #18: How Satanism Works

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Satanism may be the most misunderstood "religion" in the world. Part of that is because there are, and have been, many offshoots of Satanism, from The Church of Satan to The Satanic Temple. One thing is sure though, none of them are filled with evil humans who perform ritual blood sacrifice and worship a cloven-hoofed devil. Learn all about Satanism in today's episode.

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Aug 31 2017

57mins

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Rank #19: How Public Broadcasting Works

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Public broadcasting works a bit differently depending on where you are in the world. American TV made the leap more toward commercial broadcasting in the early days, yet PBS and NPR still remain a vital part of our national fabric. In England and many other countries, public broadcasting is more the standard. Learn all about the interesting history of public broadcasting in today's episode.

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Aug 01 2017

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Rank #20: SYSK Selects: Why isn't the U.S. on the metric system?

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In this week's SYSK Select episode, the U.S. stands proudly defiant and the world looks at Americans as dopes for the U.S.'s stubborn refusal to go metric. However, the States have been going metric for about 150 years. Find out what's the haps in this weighty and measured episode of SYSK.

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Jul 01 2017

41mins

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SYSK Selects: How The Moonwalk Works

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When Michael Jackson debuted the moonwalk in 1983 the world was enrapt. The dance goes back farther, to the 1930s, and pops up again in the 50s, before reappearing via mimes and West Coast poppers in the 70s. Follow the circuitous route of an iconic move in this classic episode.

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Aug 08 2020

47mins

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How Miniature Golf Works

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Playing miniature golf is a very fun thing to do and, you’re about to find, learning about its origin and history is very fun as well. Join Josh and Chuck as they tee off on the mini golf story!

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Aug 06 2020

53mins

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Short Stuff: Jigsaw Puzzles

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Who doesn't love a good puzzle? Tune in to learn a few facts and figures about jigsaw puzzles right now.

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Aug 05 2020

16mins

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Wasps: Not as cute as bees

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Wasps have a bad rap. Because their sting really hurts and they don't make honey like their cousins. But they are super cool and you shouldn't kill them. Listen and learn!

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Aug 04 2020

52mins

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SYSK Selects: How the Rosetta Stone Works

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Sometimes providence smiles on historians. Thus is the case with the Rosetta stone, an ancient Egyptian tablet that served as the key for unlocking hieroglyphics, lost to time for a millennia. In this classic episode, learn about the international intrigue, rivalry to translate it and the luck that led to the founding of Egyptology.

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Aug 01 2020

42mins

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How Soap Works

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Soap is a miraculous substance – and mysterious too: we have no idea how humans first figured out to make it. We lived with soap for millennia before we thought to use it to wash ourselves with it, but once we did a love affair with cleanliness was born.

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Jul 30 2020

54mins

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Short Stuff: Habsburg Jaw

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The Habsburg Jaw is the result of inbreeding. But what is it? Click play and learn!

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Jul 29 2020

14mins

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How Hurricanes Work

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Hurricanes are perhaps the most destructive force of nature we have to deal with here on Earth. When a mind-boggling number of factors all fall into place just right, the outcome can be an enormous system of storms that is as awesome as it is powerful.

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Jul 28 2020

58mins

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SYSK Selects: How Lobbying Works

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Lobbying is an entrenched part of American politics and one that many people think is breaking government. But petitioning the government is protected in the Constitution. How can this system be fixed? join Josh and Chuck as they explore the topic in this classic episode.

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Jul 25 2020

59mins

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Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Mobile Phones

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Today we deep dive on mobile phones, wonders of the modern world!

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Jul 23 2020

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Short Stuff: The Death of Billy the Kid

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Sure, together Young Guns and Young Guns II form an exhaustive biography of Billy the Kid’s life. But did you know they also contain misleading information? Billy the Kid may not have lived to 100 under an alias after all!

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Jul 22 2020

17mins

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How We Almost Got Rid of Polio

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For more than half of the 20th century parents in the industrialized world were freaked out by an unseen waster of youth, the poliovirus. It spread easily and could paralyze children for life or even kill them. Its effects were so horrible that humanity set about ridding if from the Earth.

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Jul 21 2020

51mins

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SYSK Selects: How a Flea Circus Works

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If you've ever seen a flea circus, then count yourself among the few. It's a dying art, but back in the day they thrilled and delighted young and old alike. Learn all about the tiny big tops in this classic episode.

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Jul 18 2020

50mins

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Robber Barons!

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The robber barons were not a group of evil super villains. OR WERE THEY? Learn all about these titans of industry from the Gilded Age in today's episode.

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Jul 16 2020

1hr 9mins

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Short Stuff: Centralia Coal Fire

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An old coal mine in Pennsylvania caught fire one day in the 60s and it’s been burning ever since. What’s crazy is this happens all the time.

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Jul 15 2020

16mins

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Flagpole Sitting: A Real Fad

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The 1920s were just absolutely nuts. People got into weird fads really intensely and one of the strangest of all was flagpole sitting. It’s just what it sounds like – sitting on top of a flagpole for as long as you can. One man sat above them all.

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Jul 14 2020

56mins

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SYSK Selects: How Landfills Work

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Well-planned landfills have only recently come into widespread use. Recently, waste managers have found that they work a little too well and now the landfill is being reinvented.

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Jul 11 2020

47mins

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Essential Oils: Nature's Cure?

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Essential oils are from plants and they can help the human body in a lot of ways. There are also many false medical claims. Learn all the ins and outs today.

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Jul 09 2020

1hr

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Short Stuff: The @ Symbol

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You know the at symbol? This thing: @? There’s a name for it, just not in English. We just call it the at symbol. But other countries – stand back!

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Jul 08 2020

16mins

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What was the KGB?

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The KGB was the notorious strong arm of the Kremlin. Run afoul and you died. Learn all about them today.

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Jul 07 2020

55mins

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iTunes Ratings

49419 Ratings
Average Ratings
39058
4460
2193
1528
2180

Petrichor...?

By RocketSurgeonQ3 - May 31 2020
Read more
I absolutely love these podcasts. Chuck and Josh are great, they research the material and present it in a way that is entertaining and educational. Another one of my favorites is the Rubik’s cube episode. Please don’t stop what you guys are doing. Thanx a googleplex

I mean, it’s classic

By morganafey - May 28 2020
Read more
These mfers invented podcasts