Today We Learned

This is a special compilation episode featuring some of our favorite guests and facts from 2014! Happy New Year!

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Stand Up Comedian and Ground Floor staff writer Andy Haynes sits down with the boys to chat about The Decade Volcanoes, Howard Hughes, and the first and last countries to experience 2015!

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What sexy secret was hiding in The Santa Clause? What was buried alongside King Tut? Just what the hell is a white elephant anyway? Game designer James Pianka (The Wizarding World Online, Roots, Magic: The Gathering) joins the guys in studio to talk about all of this and much more.

 

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What film do we have to thank for digital watches? Is overeating what is really killing Pac-Man? Have we been mispronouncing Mount Everest all these years? Zachary Levi (Chuck, Picking Favorites, Thor: The Dark World) joins the guys to answer life's burning questions and much more.

 

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Where does the phrase "pushing the envelope" come from? What's really in Hawaiian Punch? Who was paid to not star in Beverly Hills Cop? Comedian Dave Ross (Terrified, WOMEN) joins the guys in studio to find out the answers to all of these and more.

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Things get awfully nutty when Clarke Wolfe (SleepyCast: The Official Sleepy Hollow Podcast) joins the guys in studio after they all slept off their Thanksgiving dinners. What popular snack can spontaneously combust? What other major piece of pop culture is Washington Irving indirectly responsible for? Who is responsible for milk bottles having expiration dates? Find out in today's brand new episode.

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What animals can you legally bring on an airplane? What is the surprising origin behind the name of stegosaurus' spiked tails? Why are barber poles red, white, and blue? Comedian Josh Adam Meyers (The Goddamn Comedy Jam) joins the guys in the studio to answer some of life's burning questions.

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Jacob Soboroff (Pivot's TakePart Live) joins the guys to talk about the dumbest laws in the United States, one of America's most fascinating ghost towns, the natural stealth of owls, and more.

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Dan was kidnapped and we didn't pay the ransom, so Brea Grant (Real Housewives of Horror, Mystic Party podcast) stepped in to guest host with Razzle. It's a good thing she did because they were joined by writer/director Alex Ross Perry (Listen Up Philip) to talk about the reason why we use QWERTY keyboards, what snacks are surprisingly vegan, the history of Johnny Cash's "A Boy Named Sue" and much more.

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Where did the Baltimore Ravens get their name?! What are the mysterious secrets behind the origin of Kleenex? Listen to Razzle and Dan chat with comedian Greg Walloch and find out!

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Animal rights activist and actress Kristen Renton (Sons of Anarchy) joins the guys in studio to answer more of life's burning question. This week, find out how Nazis are responsible for the Olympic torch, the history of Fruit Roll-ups, and more weird factoids about the Eiffel tower than you ever cared to know!

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Get out of the van and play this episode because Henry Rollins (Black Flag, Rollins Band, Legend of Korra) joins the guys in studio for a wide-ranging conversation about pretty much everything under the sun. From tales of self-injecting with cobra venom to the right way to eat dog food to the mysterious connection between the Pillsbury Doughboy and Green Lantern, no stone is left unturned in this episode.

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Where do Skittles come from? What animal worked professionally for the South African railroad? What is Batman's connection to Australia? Razzle and Dan head to Stoopid Buddy Stoodios to sit down with Seth Green (Robot ChickenFamily GuyBuffy the Vampire Slayer) and find out the answer to life's burning questions. Oh and they talk about Batman an awful lot. Like a lot.

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Facts on facts on facts! Comedian Brady Matthews (J. Edgar, Femme Fatales) swings by the studio to help Dan and Razzle answer some of life's great questions. What's the fastest way to get the right answer to your question on the Internet? How much does it cost to clean the Chicago Bean? What're the secret origins of Maurice Sendak's Where the Wild Things Are? Tune in and find out the answer to all of these and more!

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Dan went missing this week, so rather than send out a search party, Razzle recruited Zane Grant (Mystic Party Podcast) to fill in as guest host. It's a good thing he did because today's guest, actor/director Jay Duplass (HBO's TogethernessJeff Who Lives at Home, Amazon's Transparent), has a strict 2 host or more minimum. In today's episode, they guys talk about how O.J. Simpson almost played the Terminator, why you can't find any pepperoni in Italy, why Volkswagen might be the secret Illuminati of luxury cars, and much more.

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The Spicer must flow, so we invited the hilarious Christian Spicer (What's New with Christian SpicerDLC, Sketchmelt, UCB) to join us in studio to answer life's hard-hitting questions. What is the Abilene Paradox? How many pounds of avocado does Chipotle use each day? Why do we sing Take Me Out to the Ball Game during the baseball games? Tune in and find out!

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Get ready for a fact attack as Omar Dorsey (Ray Donovan, Selma) joins the guys in studio to talk about the Gold Rush of 1849, the origins of the Slurpee, the worst snow storms ever to hit Atlanta, and much more!

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On our 1-year anniversary episode, the guys are joined by Khail Anonymous (Nerd Bait, Twitch) and Cameron Jebo (Power Rangers Super Megaforce) to talk about the delicious origins of Marvel's Red Skull, the difference between disks and discs, the secret of the ooze behind the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles theme song, and much more.

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Brea Grant (Mystic Party Podcast, Heroes, Dexter) joins the guys in the studio to drop some serious knowledge about the weird history of cotton candy, the weight of clouds, what the hell globsters are, the worst tragedy ever to befall a French monkey, and much more.

 

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It's our fiftieth episode, so we're asking the tough questions. Namely, what the hell constitutes a smorgasbord? How many aircraft carriers are there in the world? What black spreadable paste drives Australians crazy? Comedian Dave Waite (Hotdoggin', Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, Last Comic Standing) joins the guys in studio to get to the bottom of these burning questions and much more.

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Who is James Bond named for? What in the world is snipe hunting? Where did the Magic 8-Ball come from? Reply hazy, try again later. In the meantime, Razzle sits down with Brickleberry creators Roger Black and Waco O'Guin at San Diego Comic-Con to search for the answers to all of these and more.

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Comedian Kirk Fox (Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Parks and Recreation) and writer Rhett Reese (Zombieland, G.I. Joe: Retaliation) join the guys on their never ending quest for knowledge!

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How long can a chicken live without its head? What's the dark secret behind Domino's mascot, The Noid? How do pronounce "Knudsen?" Comedian Matt Knudsen (American, Big Love, Grabbing Lunch) joins the guys in studio to try and suss out the answers to all of these and more.

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You've had a long week. You deserve a BONUS episode of Today We Learned, so Razzle sat down with Shane Nickerson (MTV'sRidiculousness, Rob Dyrdek's Fantasy Factory) and returning guest Andy Kozel to talk about the World Cup, the origins of Johnnie Walker, the most unexpected hockey goalie ever, and more.

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Razzle's plane was shot down somewhere over the South Pacific, so guest host Clarke Wolfe (The Bloodcast, Nerdist) joins Dan in studio to talk with comedian Steve Byrne (Sullivan & Son, Champion) about opening for Mariah Carey on tour, the origins of the phrase "balls to the wall", why pilots shout "Mayday!" when they're in danger, and much more.

 

 
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By popular demand, today the hilarious April Richardson (Go Bayside, Chelsea Lately) returns to the studio to help the guys find out how you can steal a beach, who really owns the Seattle Mariners, the origin of Philadelphia Cream Cheese, the surprisingly medieval official state sport of Maryland and much more.

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What's the inspiration behind the Sears Tower? How did Oscar the Grouch become America's filthiest sweetheart? What are the world's biggest lakes? The hilarious, hirsute Tyler Labine (Deadbeat, Tucker &  Dale vs. Evilswings by to help get to the bottom of these burning questions. Dan's out of town again (he's like the Carmen Sandiego of this podcast), so Razzle makes like Jesus and takes the wheel.

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What's this? It may not be Monday, but there's a brand new bonus edition of Today We Learned! Dan is out of town, so Razzle sits down with comedians Andy Kozel, Jason Collings, and Mary Kobayashi to talk pogs, cinema in 1984, and much more.

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Behind every great @dadboner is a greater podcast guest. The inimitable Mike Burns (MTV's Ridiculousness) joins the guys in studio to talk little-known Goonies trivia, Michigan's roving insecticide trucks, the history of Lucky Charms, and more!

 

 
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Where does the term gypsy come from? What's the deal with Portland's secret network of tunnels? Are those pants salmon or coral? The delightful Joel David Moore (Bones, Avatar, ABC's Forever) joins the guys in studio to find out.

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The men of The Big Ask, David Krumholtz and Jason Ritter, swing by the studio to talk about Mario in real life, mind-controlling fungus, the origins of Mr. Potato Head and much more.

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How many lies could Pinocchio tell before snapping his neck? What are the origins of Oregon Trail? Julieanne Smolinski (GQ, xoJane, Grace and Frankie) joins the guys in the studio to find out!

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Bobak Ferdowsi (NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory) joins the guys to talk about Bluetooth's Viking past, the secret origins of Chinese checkers, how many times Godzilla has destoryed Tokyo, and when the heck we're moving to Mars.

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Bloody Disgusting’s Evan Dickson swings by the help the guys figure out what people stock up on most before hurricanes, giddy up for the Kentucky Derby, run down some horror movie trivia, and much more.

 

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What famous celebrity's father was an assassin? What do people keep stealing from Colorado's highways? What is Sam Rockwell's connection to the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles? Duncan Birmingham (IFC's Maron) joins Razzle in the studio to find out the answers to all of this and more. Meanwhile, Dan is mysteriously absent...until next week.

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What's the difference between a crevice and a crevasse? Where does Velcro come from? What happens to old Pizza Huts when they die? Comedian Jade Catta-Preta (Californication, Daddy Knows Best) joins the guys in studio to answer all your burning questions.

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What will $3.1 million get you on eBay? What purpose do gargoyles serve? What common food causes lucid dreaming? Jessica Chobot (Nerdist News, Daylight, G4) joins the guys at Nerdist HQ to find the answers to all of these and much more.

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Why does the Leaning Tower of Pisa lean? What is the origin of the white t-shirt? What notable theme song did Tony the Tiger sing? Rock star extraordinaire and party guru Andrew W.K. join the guys to find the answers (and eat some caviar).

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What was the original time machine in Back to the Future before the Delorean? How was the Panama Canal constructed? Comedian Jackie Kashian (Dork Forest, This Will Make an Excellent Horcrux) joins Razzle and guest host Ben Gleib to answer these and more.

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What cologne drives tigers wild? Where did Pop Rocks come from? Why do we call marijuana "pot" anyway? Matt Cohen (Bagged & Boarded, Stoner Science) joins the guys in the studio to answer all of these questions and much more.

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What are the origins of the Shamrock Shake? When did France stop using the guillotine? What does pesto have to do with one of America's most famous slogans? Matt Kirshen (Comedy, Probably Science, Bigipedia) joins Razzle and guest host Ben Gleib (Last Week on Earth) to tackle these burning questions and much more.

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Comedian Chris Gore (Celebrities Poop, Podcrash, G4 joins the guys in the studio to find out how to spot a fake Russian passport, learn about the secret origins of hot chocolate, which celebrity sold his sister on eBay and more!

 

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Books made from human flesh. The craziest FBI sting operation ever. The origins of the Super Soaker. Cole Stratton (Pop My Culture, SF Sketchfest) joins the guys to discuss all of this and more!

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Where the hell did spring break come from anyway? What mysteries does Graceland contain? What in the world is a backronym? Music legend Susanna Hoffs (The Bangles) drops by the studio to help the guys find the answers to all of these and more.

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What are the Super Bowl's secret origins? Was Christopher Lee a spy? Did we lose a lot of money on prop bets? Comedian Danny Lobell (Modern Philosophers) joins the guys in the studio to find out the answers to all this and more.

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What are Spaniards adding to their red wine? Why can certain people taste colors and smell sounds? What year is it? Find out the answer to all of this and more as Ryan Sickler (The CrabFeast, stand-up comedy) joins the guys in the studio. Today’s episode is brought to you by TeeFury, so be sure to check out their awesome pop culture clothing options at http://www.teefury.com/nerdist!
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The inimitable Joel Stein (TIMEMan MadeNew Yorker) swings by the studio to grill Razzle about philosophy and talk the weird history of dentures, the UK’s strict facial hair policies, and much more. Today’s episode is brought to you by TeeFury, so be sure to check out their awesome pop culture clothing options at http://www.teefury.com/nerdist!

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What was the Babylonian punishment for watering down beer? Where did the weekend come from? Why do they put mirrors in elevators? Dave Holmes (International Waters, MTV, Reno 911) joins the guys in the studio to find the answers to all of that and more!

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Happy New Year, knowledgehounds! The guys kick off 2014 by welcoming Nick Rutherford (ADHD, Major Lazer, Good Neighbor) to the studio to talk about roller coaster miracles, the longest prison sentence of all time, the secret purpose behind pirates’ eyepatches and much more.

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