Rank #1: Ep. 1: This week I learned that parts of our body come back to life after we die, and more
This week's fun and interesting facts include a primer on our zombie genes, how delayed exercise can boost your memory, the brief and tasty history of election cakes, and the science of why onions make us cry.
Rank #2: Ep. 47: This week I learned smiling actually makes you look older, and more
This week I learned your smile is aging you, that the language you speak changes your perception of time, about the badass lady pirates of the 18th century, and why stripes mess with our brains.
Rank #3: Ep. 50: This week I learned flight times are longer now than they were 50 years ago, and more
This week I learned why airplanes are flying slower than ever, that mushrooms make it rain, why repeating words renders them useless, about the most villainous spider web in nature.
Rank #4: Ep. 2: This week I learned why dogs are so freaked out by fireworks, and more
This week I learn why your dog panics during thunderstorms, about the 'dancing plague' that swept medieval Europe, why monkeys also shed friends in old age, and which Oscar-winning actress almost became an Olympian.
Rank #5: Ep. 79: This week I learned that crows make up after fights, and more
This week I learned that a murder of crows has a soft side, that the Vatican paints its walls with milk, that in 1975 all of Iceland's women went on strike, and that mountain climbing can cause you to go temporarily insane.
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Rank #6: Ep. 49: This week I learned how the world's hottest chili would kill you, and more
This week I learned why you shouldn't dare try the hottest chili, that your brain starts to eat itself when you're sleep deprived, why I (and maybe you?!) get an itchy throat when eating some fruits and veggies, and how flamingos balance so elegantly.
Rank #7: Ep. 24: This week I learned your brain doesn't know the difference between feeling high and feeling spiritual, and more
This week I learned your brain doesn't know the difference between feeling high and feeling spiritual, that dogs may actually be self-aware, there's a spider species that's breaking the parenting mold, and the science of freezing and thawing your food.
Rank #8: Ep. 16: This week I learned dogs can tell time with their noses, and more
This week I learned the wonderful olfactory world of a dog, a sense of humor may extend your life, how to quickly ease feelings of regret, and how the pineapple became a symbol of hospitality.
Rank #9: Ep. 53: This week I learned that looking at puppies can save your marriage, and more
This week I learned that puppies might be the key to a loving marriage, why heat can ground airplanes, that clownfish are exceptionally dutiful dads, and that the annual mass death of wildebeests during their migration is actually an essential part of the ecosystem.
Rank #10: Ep. 48: This week I learned about a 'zombie madness' that consumed medieval English villagers, and more
This week I learned medieval villagers went to extreme measures to protect themselves from a zombie apocalypse, that happy memories can alleviate stress, that orangutans breastfeed for nearly a decade, and that barbers used to be considered your best shot at a dentist.
Rank #11: Ep. 13: This week I learned binge watching TV is good for your relationship, and more
This week I learned how your favorite TV shows can help your marriage, your nicotine addiction may be all in your head, science behind a small paper cut's big pain, and how to defend yourself against snakebites with fashion.
Rank #12: Ep. 18: This week I learned fish have accents, and more
This week I learned fish 'speak' with accents, you can trick your brain into relieving an itch, your fridge is destroying your tomato, P.T. Barnum was the Donald Trump of the 1800s.
Rank #13: Ep. 22: This week I learned Australia wiggles back and forth, pigs can be optimists, and more
This week I learned that the Earth's shifting center of mass moves Australia, that pigs can be optimists, that George Washington was a medical marvel for his time, and that "baby shows" were once a popular pastime.
Rank #14: Ep. 3: This week I learned that we think with our hands, and more
This week I learned that gesturing while you talk is good for the mind, about a new and potentially better addressing system, that a poison ivy allergy is a nearly exclusively human affliction, and that Elie Wiesel once reviewed Disneyland.
Rank #15: Ep. 36: This week I learned why we're all suckers for the good cop/bad cop routine, and more
This week I learned how the good cop/bad cop routine works, that dads also go through hormonal changes after becoming parents, that fish "talk" with their urine, and that Earth has a secret hidden eighth continent.
Rank #16: Ep. 77: This week I learned dogs really are smarter than cats, and more
This week I learned that your dog is a nerd, the trick to learning a new skill faster, the tragic reason Canada gives Boston a Christmas tree every year, and that whales also exfoliate their skin.
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Rank #17: Ep. 57: This week I learned what it would take to obliterate all life on Earth, and more
This week I learned that it would be surprisingly difficult to sterilize the planet, most of our DNA is thankfully useless, women used to be the ones who brewed all of the beer, and that taking a shower can cache your mind.
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Rank #18: 37: This week I learned the unexpected ways an asteroid could kill us all, and more
This week learned exactly how an asteroid would kill us, how vultures help our ecosystem, that the feeling of nails-on-a-chalkboard may be a distinct emotion, and that elephants get no sleep.
Rank #19: Ep. 78: The week I learned your ice is teeming with bacteria, and more
This week I learned the tasty way to kill the bacteria on your ice, why you should play Super Mario into your old age, that it's illegal to take a photo of the Eiffel Tower at night, and that our atmosphere is constantly protecting us against meteoroids.
Rank #20: Ep. 17: This week I learned your avocado is radioactive, and more
This week I learned you're surrounded by radioactive objects, you'd be smart to use your middle initial, the existential origins of the Nobel Prizes, and some suffragettes used martial arts to fight for the right to vote.