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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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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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Late to the party

By Jsjhwwshwhw - May 10 2019
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Super late to the party, but I’ve listened to nearly half of the episodes in a month and I love it.

karen is my spirit animal

By kurdy moon - Apr 26 2019
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i miss you all desperately. i hope your lives are flourishing and full of light!

iTunes Ratings

1454 Ratings
Average Ratings
1066
308
28
21
31

Late to the party

By Jsjhwwshwhw - May 10 2019
Read more
Super late to the party, but I’ve listened to nearly half of the episodes in a month and I love it.

karen is my spirit animal

By kurdy moon - Apr 26 2019
Read more
i miss you all desperately. i hope your lives are flourishing and full of light!
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Good Job, Brain!

Updated 13 days ago

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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!

Rank #1: 1: Candy is Dandy but Liquor is Quicker

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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.

Mar 05 2012
44 mins
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Rank #2: 198: High and Dry

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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.

Jun 22 2017
1 hour 9 mins
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Rank #3: 2: Once Upon a Gruesome Time

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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"

Mar 12 2012
48 mins
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Rank #4: 187: BANNED

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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?

Jul 17 2016
53 mins
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Rank #5: 162: New Slang

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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."

Oct 02 2015
58 mins
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Rank #6: 195: ALL QUIZ BONANZA! #39

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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.

Mar 24 2017
1 hour 3 mins
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Rank #7: 29: Domo Arigato, Mr. Roboto

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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. 

Sep 17 2012
46 mins
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Rank #8: 117: We Love the 90s

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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.

Jul 01 2014
56 mins
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Rank #9: 87: The Truth About Cats and Dogs

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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

Nov 19 2013
45 mins
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Rank #10: 166: Nuzzle in Puzzles

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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

Nov 10 2015
1 hour 1 min
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Rank #11: 164: What the Folk?

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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.

Oct 18 2015
59 mins
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Rank #12: 189: The Golden Touch

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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!

Aug 15 2016
1 hour 3 mins
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Rank #13: 165: ALL QUIZ BONANZA! #33

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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

Oct 29 2015
50 mins
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Rank #14: 196: We Could Be Heroes

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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. 

Apr 11 2017
1 hour 4 mins
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Rank #15: 100!

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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

Mar 05 2014
1 hour 21 mins
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Rank #16: 49: LOL

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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

Feb 12 2013
50 mins
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Rank #17: 123: At the Movies

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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.

Aug 21 2014
53 mins
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Rank #18: 135: ALL QUIZ BONANZA! #27

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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!

Nov 21 2014
49 mins
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Rank #19: 3: You Want Truffle Fries With That?

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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

Mar 19 2012
52 mins
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Rank #20: 65: ALL QUIZ BONANZA! #13

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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.

Jun 12 2013
49 mins
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