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    Fri. 05/20 - 1930s Shopping Cart Haters

    Play Episode Listen Later May 20, 2022 14:47

    The history of the humble shopping cart, and why people absolutely did not like them when they first came out. Plus, a parasite that might make you more attractive—but like, don't try it. And a tiny pub in an English village that stood up to Condé Nast, and won.Sponsors:I Am Bio, Subscribe at bio.org/podcastShopify, Get a 14-day free trial at shopify.com/kottkeLinks:Why people hated shopping carts when they first came out (CNN)How a Basket on Wheels Revolutionized Grocery Shopping (Priceonomics)Mind-Altering Parasite May Make Infected People More Attractive, Study Suggests (ScienceAlert)Toxoplasmosis - General Information (CDC)Vogue magazine threatens to sue Cornish village pub of the same name (Cornwall Live)Village pub asked to change name by Vogue magazine (BBC)Jackson Bird on TwitterSee Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    Thu. 05/19 - In Defense of "Like"

    Play Episode Listen Later May 19, 2022 15:52

    Why do we judge each other so harshly for saying “like,” even though most of us say it way more often than we'd admit to? Plus, Boeing's Starliner spacecraft is launching mere hours after recording… probably. Here's everything you need to know about the second contender in NASA's Commercial Crew Program. And introducing Pepsi™-Roni Pizza.Sponsors:Shopify, Get a 14-day free trial at shopify.com/kottkeI Am Bio, Subscribe at bio.org/podcastLinks:Why do people, like, say, 'like' so much? (The Guardian)Boeing Is Ready to Launch Starliner, a Rival to SpaceX's Dragon (Wired)What You Need to Know about NASA's Boeing Orbital Flight Test-2 (NASA)How to Watch Boeing Launch Its Beleaguered Astronaut Capsule to the ISS (Gizmodo)Boeing Starliner OFT-2 Launch (Official NASA Broadcast) (NASA, YouTube)Landmark Mars robot will run out of power, ending historic mission (Mashable)NASA's InSight Still Hunting Marsquakes as Power Levels Diminish (NASA)Just When We Settled Our Differences About Pineapple on Pizza, Pepsi Entered the Chat With Pepsi-Roni (The Mary Sue)Finally, a New Pepsi Flavor We Can Get Behind (The Takeout)Pepsi™-Roni Pizza in NYC (Pepsi, Eventbrite)Jackson Bird on TwitterSee Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    Wed. 05/18 - Music Made From DNA Sequences

    Play Episode Listen Later May 18, 2022 15:13

    The history and future of making music out of DNA sequences, particle vibrations, and more. Plus, a new study indicates that cats recognize the names of their cat friends and their human roommates; they're just ignoring you because they want to, not because they don't understand. And Alamo Drafthouse is hitting the road for their twenty-fifth anniversary. Sponsors:I Am Bio, Subscribe at bio.org/podcastShopify, Get a 14-day free trial at shopify.com/kottkeLinks:Why Scientists Are Turning Molecules Into Music (Smithsonian Magazine)Can you see and touch music? (Markus J. Buehler, YouTube)Your DNA Song Cats know the names of other cats that are their friends, study says (Salon) Cats Actually Know Each Other's Names, Study Suggests (Vice)Cats Remember Each Other's Names, Japanese Study Suggests (ScienceAlert)Alamo Drafthouse is Taking Things on the Road to Celebrate Their 25th Anniversary (Collider) Alamo Drafthouse Is Turning 25 – Time To Party (Alamo Drafthouse) Jackson Bird on TwitterSee Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    Tue. 05/17 - Telepathic Pizza Delivery & Algae Batteries

    Play Episode Listen Later May 17, 2022 15:55

    Scientists created a microcomputer powered by photosynthetic algae. Plus, a smart pacifier that could monitor the health of premature babies in the NICU. And Domino's has teamed up with the Hawkins National Laboratory for a new app that lets you order pizza with your mind.Sponsors:Shopify, Get a 14-day free trial at shopify.com/kottkeI Am Bio, Subscribe at bio.org/podcastLinks:Scientists create algae computer powered by photosynthesis (The Verge)Scientists Create Microcomputer Powered by Algae (IGN)Computer powered by colony of blue-green algae has run for six months (New Scientist)The Algae Project (Young Henrys)Smart pacifier developed to monitor infant health in the hospital (ScienceDaily)Domino's Mind Ordering (Domino's, YouTube)Domino's does Stranger Things with 80s packaging and a new mind ordering pizza app (It's Nice That)Mind Ordering app (Domino's)The First Thing That Ever Sold Online Was Pizza (The History of the Web)PizzaNet: How a Website Changed Pizza and the World (Slice)How Domino's Turnaround Gained Nearly $12b in Enterprise Value (Aaron Allen)Wed. 10/20 - None Pizza With Left Beef: A Slice of History (Cool Stuff Ride Home)The federal government is offering another round of free COVID tests (NPR)Marvel Pop Culture Week (Consequence)Jackson Bird on TwitterSee Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    Mon. 05/16 - Plants Grown In Moon Dust

    Play Episode Listen Later May 16, 2022 16:40

    Plants have successfully been grown in moon dust for the first time. Plus, McDonald's is officially closing all of their restaurants in Russia––why that's a big deal. A new site that will tell you how much your current home, or one you're looking to buy, is at risk of wildfires. And underwear that can protect you from STIs.Sponsors:I Am Bio, Subscribe at bio.org/podcastShopify, Get a 14-day free trial at shopify.com/kottkeLinks:Plants will grow in lunar regolith, but they don't like it (Ars Technica)Researchers Grew Tiny Plants in Moon Dirt Collected Decades Ago (Wired)Moon soil used to grow plants for first time in breakthrough test (BBC)McDonald's to Exit From Russia After Three Decades (Wall Street Journal)The Beautiful, Dumb Dream of McDonald's Peace Theory (Foreign Policy)Is your house at risk of a wildfire? This online tool could tell you (NPR)Risk Factor These Vanilla-Scented Panties Protect Against STIs During Oral Sex, FDA Says (Vice)FDA Authorizes Underwear to Protect Against STIs During Oral Sex (NY Times)These FDA approved underwear protect against STIs (Mic)Black Mirror Will Return for Another Season (Gizmodo) ‘For All Mankind' Season 3 Trailer: The Red Nation Takes Us to the Red Planet (Collider)Jackson Bird on TwitterSee Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    Fri. 05/13 - The Multiverse: A Balm, A Mirror, or a Corporate Ploy?

    Play Episode Listen Later May 13, 2022 16:38

    A deep dive into the multiverse––what it actually is, why it's become such a popular trope, what its popularity says about where we're at as a society right now, how it mirrors our relationship to the internet, and why, despite some cynical reasons for its usage in film, the multiverse might actually be exactly what we need right now.Sponsors:Indeed, Get a free $75 credit at Indeed.com/goodnewsThe Jordan Harbinger Show, jordanharbinger.com/start Links:The multiverse is huge in pop culture right now – but what is it, and does it really exist? (The Conversation)The Internet Gave Rise to the Modern Multiverse Movie (Wired)Why 2021 Was The Year of the Multiverse (IGN)How 'Our Flag Means Death' embraces fanfiction tropes (Xtra)Doctor Strange and the historical roots of the multiverse (BBC)Jackson Bird on TwitterSee Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    Thu. 05/12 - 1st Image of Milky Way Black Hole & 1st Taco Bell TikTok Musical, Equally Important Events

    Play Episode Listen Later May 12, 2022 17:57

    Everything you need to know about the just-released first-ever image of the black hole at the center of our galaxy. Plus, is there sight after death? No. But kind of. And, in the most predictable news of the day, Dolly Parton is starring in a Doja Cat-inspired Taco Bell TikTok musical about Mexican Pizza.Sponsors:The Jordan Harbinger Show, jordanharbinger.com/start Indeed, Get a free $75 credit at Indeed.com/goodnewsLinks:We got it! Astronomers reveal first image of the black hole at the heart of our galaxy (National Science Foundation)The Milky Way's Black Hole Comes to Light (NY Times)Feast your eyes on the first image of the black hole at the center of our Milky Way (Ars Technica)This is the first image of the black hole at the center of our galaxy (MIT Technology Review)Scientists Have Revived a Glimmer of Activity in Human Eyes After Death (ScienceAlert)Light after death: scientists revive human eyes (Scripps Research)Life after death for the human eye: Vision scientists revive light-sensing cells in organ donor eyes (ScienceDaily)Dolly Parton to star in a musical on TikTok about Taco Bell's Mexican pizza (NBC News)Taco Bell is bringing back a fan-favorite menu item (CNN)Doja Cat's Mexican Pizza beat (Doja Cat, TikTok)Mexican Pizza: The Musical by Doja Cat. (Victor Kunda, TikTok)G-strings in the mist: 'You wouldn't expect Jane Goodall to be fronting a campaign for underwear' (The Guardian)Jackson Bird on TwitterSee Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    Wed. 05/11 - Love, Sleep, & Dinosaurs: The Three Most Important Things In Life

    Play Episode Listen Later May 11, 2022 16:44

    How data can help us find happiness in romantic relationships, or at least tell us why we're dating all wrong. Plus, it turns out sleep-deprivation can affect how we see other people. And a new website for finding and reporting dinosaur sightings in your area, and around the world. Sponsors:Indeed, Get a free $75 credit at Indeed.com/goodnewsThe Jordan Harbinger Show, jordanharbinger.com/start Links:People Are Dating All Wrong, According to Data Science (Wired)Being Sleep-Deprived Actually Changes The Way We See Other People (ScienceAlert)Acute sleep loss may alter the way we see others (Uppsala Universitet)Sleep: here's how much you really need for optimal cognition and wellbeing – new research (The Conversation)'Jurassic World: Dominion' Gives Fans a Way to Track Dinos (The Mary Sue)Dinotracker Jackson Bird on TwitterSee Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    Tue. 05/10 - How Hollywood Changed In The Summer of 19, 19, 1982

    Play Episode Listen Later May 10, 2022 15:58

    How the summer of 1982 changed movies forever––for better or worse. Plus, a study justifying why teenagers suck at listening to their parents. And, how to watch this weekend's total eclipse of the moon.Sponsors:The Jordan Harbinger Show, jordanharbinger.com/start Indeed, Get a free $75 credit at Indeed.com/goodnewsLinks:How the summer of 1982 changed movies forever (A/V Club)New Study Reveals The Reason Teens Seem to Tune Out Their Mom's Voice (ScienceAlert)The teen brain tunes in less to Mom's voice, more to unfamiliar voices, study finds (Stanford)See the fiery Blood Moon rise in a total lunar eclipse in May's must-see skywatching event (Space.com)Watch the total lunar eclipse of May 2022: Super Blood Moon webcasts (Space.com)Blood Moon total lunar eclipse 2022: Everything you need to know (Space.com)May 15–16, 2022 Total Lunar Eclipse (Blood Moon) (Time and Date)'Good Night Oppy': Documentary About the Opportunity Mars Rover to Release in November (Collider) Jackson Bird on TwitterSee Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    Mon. 05/09 - The Real-Life Inspiration Behind 'The Blob'

    Play Episode Listen Later May 9, 2022 15:03

    How the 50's sci-fi horror film The Blob was actually a ripped-from-the-headlines story. Plus, potential cancer treatments involving magnets and dirt. And would you undergo a fecal transplant to reverse signs of aging? It could be an option in the future.Sponsors:Indeed, Get a free $75 credit at Indeed.com/goodnewsThe Jordan Harbinger Show, jordanharbinger.com/startLinks:The (Sort of) True Story Behind 'The Blob' (Mental Floss)The Blob from THE BLOB Was Based on a Real-life... Blob (Nerdist)The Weird, True Life Incident That Inspired “The Blob” (Rue Morgue)The Blob Was Based On A True Story (Gizmodo)Magnets made by soil bacteria offer hope for breast and prostate cancer (The Guardian)Oncolytic Virus Therapy (Cancer Research Institute)Fecal transplants reverse hallmarks of aging (ScienceDaily)Ncuti Gatwa is the new star of Doctor Who (A/V Club) Steven Knight to create 2 Tone drama in Birmingham (BBC)Jackson Bird on TwitterSee Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    Fri. 05/06 - Dickens and the Rise of Creepy Clowns

    Play Episode Listen Later May 6, 2022 22:38

    How much can we blame Charles Dickens for the persisting archetype of creepy clowns? Who and what other cultural factors over the centuries contributed to so many people being whigged out by clowns? Plus, we now know the (general) location of where Forrest Fenn's treasure chest was found. And a round-up of media recommendations for your weekend, based on stories I've covered previously on the show.Sponsors:Novo, Sign up for a free business checking account and get access to over $5,000 in perks and discounts at novo.co/kottkeOuter, Get $300 off and free shipping at liveouter.com/kottkeLinks:Here We Are Again!—How Joseph Grimaldi Invented the Creepy Clown (JSTOR Daily)Hospital clown images 'too scary' (BBC News)The psychology behind why clowns creep us out (The Conversation) The History and Psychology of Clowns Being Scary (Smithsonian Magazine)Revealed: Forrest Fenn's Treasure Was Hidden in This National Park (Outside Online)Fenn Treasure coverage #1 (Cool Stuff Ride Home)Fenn Treasure coverage #2 (Cool Stuff Ride Home)The Found Footage FestivalChop and Steele documentary #dracula daily on Tumblr Belle and Sebastian: A Bit of Previous Album Review (Pitchfork)Jackson Bird on TwitterSee Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    Thu. 05/05 - Is Original Pop Culture Going Extinct?

    Play Episode Listen Later May 5, 2022 16:13

    A deep dive into the question of whether pop culture has become completely dominated by franchises and the same superstars; and, if so, how new that phenomenon actually is and, if it's really a bad thing in the end.Sponsors:Outer, Get $300 off and free shipping at liveouter.com/kottkeNovo, Sign up for a free business checking account and get access to over $5,000 in perks and discounts at novo.co/kottkeLinks:Pop Culture Has Become an Oligopoly (Experimental History)Cultural Dopes (LA Review of Books)Jackson Bird on TwitterSee Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    Wed. 05/04 - Margaret Thatcher's Empire Strikes Back

    Play Episode Listen Later May 4, 2022 16:11

    Did Margaret Thatcher play a role in the origins of Star Wars Day? Plus, why human hibernation for long-distance space travel might not actually be worth it. And a redone Bob Dylan recording on an all-new analog medium, coming this Friday.Sponsors:Novo, Sign up for a free business checking account and get access to over $5,000 in perks and discounts at novo.co/kottkeOuter, Get $300 off and free shipping at liveouter.com/kottkeLinks:May the 4th Be With You: A Cultural History (Star Wars)A Brief History of Star Wars Day (MovieWeb)May the Fourth: What is Star Wars Day and when did it start? (USA Today)May the Fourth kicks off with a new Obi-Wan Kenobi trailer (A/V Club)"Meet Me in Mustafar" (Blue Milk Run, Bandcamp)On May the 4th, let's remember the time NPR had a 'Star Wars' radio drama (NPR)Star Wars: A New Hope Radio Drama - Nigel's Edit (Nigel Langes, YouTube)May the Fourth, Rex Manning Day, and 10 More Made-Up Movie and TV Holidays (LifeHacker)May The Force Be With You / May the 4th Be With You (Know Your Meme)Here's Why Hibernation in Space May Not Be Possible For Humans After All (ScienceAlert)Hibernate for a trip to Mars, the bear way (European Space Agency)Team Behind First Black Hole Image Set to Announce 'Groundbreaking' Milky Way Discovery (Gizmodo)Bob Dylan to Release New Version of “Subterranean Homesick Blues” (Consequence of Sound)"Suburban Homesick Blues" (Mount Righteous, YouTube)Jackson Bird on TwitterSee Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    Tue. 05/03 - Why Can't The US Have Weird Chip Flavors?

    Play Episode Listen Later May 3, 2022 15:24

    Why doesn't the US get all the cool chip flavors that other countries do? Plus, scientists have figured out a way to breakdown plastic in just a few days, instead of over centuries. And why a bunch of creepy dolls keeping washing ashore along the gulf coast in Texas.Sponsors:Outer, Get $300 off and free shipping at liveouter.com/kottkeNovo, Sign up for a free business checking account and get access to over $5,000 in perks and discounts at novo.co/kottkeLinks:Why Are American Chips So Boring? (Eater)Plastic-Eating Enzyme Could Gobble Up Tons and Tons of Waste (Futurity)Scientists Discover Method to Break Down Plastic In Days, Not Centuries (Vice)Creepy dolls keep washing up on this stretch on Texas coastline. 'A lot of nightmares' (Star-Telegram)Why Have Garfield Phones Been Washing Ashore in France for 30 Years? (Smithsonian Magazine)Tropicana wants you to pour orange juice on cereal (CNN)Wed. 11/03 - The McRib, Space Tacos, and Tropicana Toothpaste (Cool Stuff Ride Home)Jackson Bird on TwitterSee Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    Mon. 05/02 - Waste More Time

    Play Episode Listen Later May 2, 2022 18:33

    Why it's time for you to waste time. Plus, a café in Tokyo that doesn't let people leave until they've successfully hit their writing goals. And a possibly sustainable use for the ungodly amounts of disposable masks we've thrown out in the last two years?Sponsors:Novo, Sign up for a free business checking account and get access to over $5,000 in perks and discounts at novo.co/kottkeOuter, Get $300 off and free shipping at liveouter.com/kottkeLinks:Coffee, tea and nagging at Japan's anti-procrastination cafe (Reuters)How to tackle 'wasted-time worry' – and why it's important (Metro News)I Didn't Do the Thing Today: Letting Go of Productivity Guilt by Madeleine Dore There might finally be a good use for all those disposable masks (Mic)Disposable masks could be used to improve concrete (ScienceDaily)China banned Spider-Man: No Way Home because of Statue of Liberty scene (Consequence of Film)Gay references removed from Fantastic Beasts 3 for Chinese release (The Guardian)Jackson Bird on TwitterSee Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    Fri. 04/29 - Books That Kill: Arsenic-Laced Covers & Other Poisonous Pigments

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 29, 2022 15:45

    How an innocent trip to the library could give you arsenic poisoning. Plus, a new pterosaur fossil seems to confirm the prehistoric reptiles had some pretty cool feathers. And, how would you like to meditate with Yoda and Chewbacca? Sponsors:I Am Bio, Subscribe at bio.org/podcastMunk Pack, Use code KRH at Munkpack.com for 20% off your first purchaseLinks:Poison Book Project (Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library) These green books are poisonous—and one may be on a shelf near you (National Geographic)Prussian blue and its partner in crime (Journal of Art in Society) When We Cease to Understand the World by Benjamin Labatut and Adrian Nathan West Pterosaur discovery solves ancient feather mystery (ScienceDaily)This ancient creature developed feathers long before the dinosaurs (Inverse)Fossil of Sick Pterosaur Crest Reveals Clues to Feather Color (Gizmodo) Star Wars and Headspace let you practice mindfulness in a galaxy far, far away (Mashable)Best Star Wars Day Deals: Early Discounts Available Ahead Of May The 4th (Gamespot)Gene Wilder Documentary in the Works at White Horse Pictures (Collider) It's Always Something a book by Gilda RadnerJackson Bird on TwitterSee Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    Thu. 04/28 - Oreology: The Science of Oreos

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 28, 2022 16:25

    Canada has become the first country to release census data on their trans and nonbinary population. Plus, a new study showing how the climate emergency could fuel future pandemics. And, in lighter news, some MIT engineers 3D printed a new device to study why Oreos rarely split the cream filling evenly when you twist them apart.Sponsors: Munk Pack, Use code KRH at Munkpack.com for 20% off your first purchaseI Am Bio, Subscribe at bio.org/podcastLinks:Canada becomes first country to release census data on trans and non-binary population (Xtra Magazine)BC has Canada's 3rd-highest number of transgender, non-binary people per capita, latest census shows (CBC)New Study Finds Climate Change Could Spark the Next Pandemic (Georgetown University Medical Center)'Potentially devastating': Climate crisis may fuel future pandemics (The Guardian)Climate Change Will Accelerate Viral Spillovers, Study Finds (NY Times)MIT engineers introduce the Oreometer (MIT News)Files and "how-to" for the Oreometer design files (Crystal Owens, Github) Why Do Oreos Never Come Apart Evenly?: MIT Researchers Build an "Oreometer" to Find the Answer (Open Culture)Michael J. Fox Documentary From Davis Guggenheim Headed to Apple (Collider)Jackson Bird on TwitterSee Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    Wed. 04/27 - Our Backstabbed Two-Faced Moon

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 27, 2022 14:27

    The moon has a bit of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde situation going on that astronomers have never been able to definitively explain, but a new study suggests it could be the result of a massive impact four billion years ago. Plus, yoga for your eyes? What is it and does it actually do anything? And the US is officially saying good riddance to incandescent light bulbs.Sponsors:I Am Bio, Subscribe at bio.org/podcastMunk Pack, Use code KRH at Munkpack.com for 20% off your first purchaseLinks:Did A Whopping Huge Impact At Its South Pole Cause Our Moon To Be Two-Faced? (Syfy Wire) Differences between the Moon's near and far sides linked to colossal ancient impact (Brown University)Does eye yoga actually improve your vision? (Mic)10 Minute Yoga Break - Netra Vyayamam - Yogic Eye Exercises - A Tonic for Too Much Screen Time (Amanda Parr SoulScuba Yoga & Diving, YouTube)Eye Exercises | Daily Yoga for Eyes (Yogalates With Rashmi, YouTube)Say Goodbye to Incandescent Light Bulbs (Gizmodo)Dracula Daily (Substack)Someone is serializing Dracula in real time over email (Boing Boing) Romeo and Juliet get Twitter treatment (The Guardian)The Lizzie Bennet Diaries (The Lizzie Bennet Diaries, YouTube)The Look Back Diaries Episode 1 (Ashley Clements, YouTube) See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    Tue. 04/26 - When the CIA Funded an Animal Farm Cartoon

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 26, 2022 16:56

    How the CIA funded that 1954 animated adaptation of Animal Farm as part of their anti-communist propaganda campaign. Plus, the woman who found out she'd been missing a chunk of her brain for most of her life without realizing. And why more and more rivers are being granted legal personhood.Sponsors:Munk Pack, Use code KRH at Munkpack.com for 20% off your first purchaseI Am Bio, Subscribe at bio.org/podcastLinks:The cartoon that came in from the cold (The Guardian, 2003)How the CIA Played Dirty Tricks With Culture (NY Times, 2000)All Propaganda is Dangerous, but Some are More Dangerous than Others: George Orwell and the Use of Literature as Propaganda (JSTOR)Keeping It All in the (Nuclear) Family: Big Brother, Auntie BBC, Uncle Sam and George Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four (Frames Cinema Journal)She Was Missing a Chunk of Her Brain. It Didn't Matter (Wired)This woman is living without a cerebellum. How is that possible? (Vox)This Canadian river is now legally a person. It's not the only one. (National Geographic)Jackson Bird on TwitterSee Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    Mon. 04/25 - Monopoly's Scandalous Anti-Monopoly History

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 25, 2022 14:41

    The secret, anti-monopolist history of the Monopoly board game. Plus, why we're all having trouble remembering things right now, and how we can strengthen our memories going forward.Sponsors:I Am Bio, Subscribe at bio.org/podcastMunk Pack, Use code KRH at Munkpack.com for 20% off your first purchaseLinks:The Secret Left-Wing History of 'Monopoly' (Discourse Blog)Who Really Invented Monopoly? (Smithsonian, YouTube)Monopoly's Inventor: The Progressive Who Didn't Pass 'Go' (NY Times)The Board Game Trial of the Century (Mental Floss)The Monopolists: Obsession, Fury, and the Scandal Behind the World's Favorite Board Game by Mary Pilon Why We're All Forgetting Things Right Now (Wall Street Journal)Jackson Bird on TwitterSee Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    Fri. 04/22 - Some Like It Hot... But Why?

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 22, 2022 17:41

    Why did some cultures develop tastes for particularly spicy foods and others didn't? Plus, the Museum of Endangered Sounds. And an upcoming documentary from Alex Winter about radicalization on social media.Sponsors:Outer, Get $300 off and free shipping at liveouter.com/kottkeShopify, Get a 14-day free trial at shopify.com/kottkeLinks:How—and Why—Did Cultural Tastes for Spicy Food Develop? (Literary Hub)Darwinian Gastronomy: Why We Use Spices: Spices taste good because they are good for us (Oxford Academic) Antimicrobial functions of spices: why some like it hot (Harvard, PDF) Museum of Endangered Sounds Where the Sounds of Your Childhood Go to Rest (MEL)Saving the Sounds of the Early 20th Century (Atlas Obscura)'The Youtube Effect' Teaser: Alex Winter's Documentary Examines Radicalization and Misinformation (Collider)Rabbit Hole (NY Times)Feels Good Man | Films | Battle to Take Pepe the Frog Back (PBS)Jackson Bird on TwitterSee Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    Thu. 04/22 - The Sport of Extreme Sitting

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 21, 2022 15:14

    Introducing the sport of extreme sitting. Plus, a new study that suggests fungi might be communicating with each other via electrical impulses. And, Sir David Attenborough has been named Champion of the Earth.Sponsors:Shopify, Get a 14-day free trial at shopify.com/kottkeOuter, Get $300 off and free shipping at liveouter.com/kottkeLinks:Tue. 01/25 - Extreme Ironing: Can You Take The Heat? (Cool Stuff Ride Home)Meet the Man Who Wants to Make Sitting an Extreme Sport (Atlas Obscura) About Desert Sitting (Desert Sitting)How to explain a day 'desert sitting': Social distancing as endurance sport (Travel Weekly)Desert Sitting documentary (Desert Sitting)Fungi May Be Communicating in a Way That Looks Uncannily Like Human Speech (ScienceAlert)Mushrooms communicate with each other using up to 50 'words', scientist claims (The Guardian)The Fungus Among Us May Have Their Own Mushroom Language (Nerdist)Sir David Attenborough named Champion of the Earth by UN (BBC)Dinosaurs: The Final Day With David Attenborough review – a thrilling slice of time-travelling detective work (The Guardian)Jackson Bird on TwitterSee Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    Wed. 04/20 - The AI Microwave Out for Revenge

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 20, 2022 17:08

    The story of a self-described mad scientist who gave a microwave the soul of his childhood imaginary friend using AI, and then it tried to kill him. Plus, texting etiquette from Emily Post's great-great-grandchildren.Sponsors:Outer, Get $300 off and free shipping at liveouter.com/kottkeShopify, Get a 14-day free trial at shopify.com/kottkeLinks:Someone Turned Their Imaginary Friend Into an AI Microwave and It Wanted to Kill Them (IGN)I gave my microwave a soul with AI and it tried to kill me (Lucas Builds The Future, YouTube)Magnetron Twitter thread (Lucas Rizzotto, Twitter)Here are a few ways GPT-3 can go wrong (TechCrunch)Are you bad at texting? Here are the new rules for 2022. (Washington Post)Andy Serkis will direct an animated adaptation of Animal Farm. (Literary Hub)The cartoon that came in from the cold (The Guardian)Vin Diesel Reveals Fast & Furious 10 Title as Production Begins (Collider)Jackson Bird on TwitterSee Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    Tue. 04/19 - Holoportation & the Real Scream Queen

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 19, 2022 15:28

    A doctor was beamed up to the ISS in the first-ever holoportation to space. Plus, a new chopsticks invention that makes your food taste salty without adding any salt. And inside the world of a professional scream artist. Sponsors:Shopify, Get a 14-day free trial at shopify.com/kottkeOuter, Get $300 off and free shipping at liveouter.com/kottkeLinks:Innovative 3D Telemedicine to Help Keep Astronauts Healthy (NASA)NASA Beamed a Doctor to The ISS in a World-First 'Holoportation' Achievement (ScienceAlert)Saline solution: Japan invents 'electric' chopsticks that make food seem more salty (The Guardian)Japan researchers develop electric chopsticks to enhance salty taste (Reuters)Experience: my scream is famous (The Guardian)Professional Scream Artist Ashley Peldon (60 Second Docs, YouTube)CHILD OF RAGE - (FULL DOCUMENTARY) (YouTube)Netflix will launch Exploding Kittens animated cartoon series and mobile game (VentureBeat)Fri. 11/19 - The Fake 2000s Yo-Yo Career of 'What We Do In the Shadows' Mark Proksch (Cool Stuff Ride Home)Jackson Bird on TwitterSee Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    Mon. 04/18 - The Old Villains Are the New Heroes + the Big Mac Index

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 18, 2022 16:13

    Why indie booksellers went from hating Barnes & Noble to defending it, and what that means for the future of publishing. Plus, a look at inflation through the lens of the Big Mac Index.Sponsors:Outer, Get $300 off and free shipping at liveouter.com/kottkeShopify, Get a 14-day free trial at shopify.com/kottkeLinks:How Barnes & Noble Went From Villain to Hero (NY Times)Inflation comes for the Big Mac (Axios)The Big Mac index (The Economist)Thor: Love and Thunder's Trailer Is Wilder Than You Even Imagined (Gizmodo)Thor: Love And Thunder Is So Crazy 'It Shouldn't Make Sense', Says Taika Waititi (Empire)Jackson Bird on TwitterSee Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    Fri. 04/15 - We Need a Time Variance Authority

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 15, 2022 16:55

    In a more serious take on yesterday's musings, how is the pandemic and modern technology changing how we communicate about and understand time? Plus, speaking of time, why do Passover and Easter sometimes occur so far apart from one another? Let's talk about the messy world of human-constructed calendars and natural cycles. And that startup trying to slingshot satellites into space has officially booked a test launch with NASA.Sponsor:The Jordan Harbinger Show, jordanharbinger.com/startLinks:Chronemics and the Nonverbal Language of Time (JSTOR Daily)The Ancient Math That Sets the Date of Easter and Passover (The Atlantic, 2019)Clocks Are Too Precise (and People Don't Know What to Do About It) (The Atlantic, 2015)Private Ax-1 astronaut Eytan Stibbe to celebrate Passover in space (Space.com)Second Family to hold first-known Passover Seder at vice president's residence (CNN)Old episode featuring SpinLaunch (Cool Stuff Ride Home)NASA to Test SpinLaunch, a Giant Slingshot for Launching Satellites Into Space (CNET)Jackson Bird on TwitterSee Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    Thu. 04/14 - Redefining Units of Time for the Techno-Era

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 14, 2022 16:00

    Should we be measuring time differently now that we spend more time with digital technology than nature? Paul Ford has some suggestions. Plus, how the heck is AriZona Iced Tea still just 99 cents and not playing any nefarious shrinkflation games like the other guys? And a new study analyzing the personality profile of absolute a-holes.Sponsor:The Jordan Harbinger Show, jordanharbinger.com/start Links:Time Got So Much Weirder. The World Needs a New Lexicon (Wired)How is AriZona Iced Tea still 99 cents as inflation soars? (LA Times)From 5 fewer Doritos to shrunken Gatorade bottles, here are the insidious ways companies are charging the same amount for less stuff (Insider)Scientists Ran an Experiment to Identify the Personality Profile of an A-Hole (ScienceAlert)What makes an a--hole an a—hole? (EukekAlert)How an early 2000s bop shaped the 'Everything Everywhere All At Once' multiverse (Mashable)How Son Lux Crafted a Maximalist Soundtrack for 'Everything Everywhere All at Once' (Rolling Stone)Jackson Bird on TwitterSee Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    Wed. 04/13 - That's A Big Ol' Comet

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 13, 2022 16:53

    A very big comet. How sewage monitoring could transform public health beyond just its applications for COVID-19. Plus, libraries are relinquishing local library card requirements for eBooks in a bid to fight back against book bans. And a new National Park annual pass that won't be valid for 150 years.Sponsor:The Jordan Harbinger Show, jordanharbinger.com/start Links:NASA Just Confirmed The Largest Comet Ever Detected, And It's Truly Gargantuan (ScienceAlert)Hubble Confirms Huge Incoming Comet Has Largest Known Nucleus (Gizmodo)Hubble pics reveal the mega comet is wider than Rhode Island (Mashable) Hubble Confirms Largest Comet Nucleus Ever Seen (NASA)The secrets hidden in sewage (Vox)Books For All (NYPL)NYC libraries are offering free digital library cards to people across the US (Time Out)Yellowstone is Offering a $1,500 Annual Pass That You Won't Be Able to Use for 150 Years (Backpacker) h/t Kottke.orgInheritance Pass guarantees entrance to Yellowstone in 150 years (Billings Gazette)Jackson Bird on TwitterSee Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    Tue. 04/12 - Social Media as the Fall of the Tower of Babel

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 12, 2022 18:04

    How social media has created a Tower of Babel-like fragmentation of society. Plus, the infrastructure secrets behind a new-to-the-US reality show starring some very busy toddlers. And the brewing beef between Spirit Halloween and the King of Halloween.Sponsors:The Jordan Harbinger Show, jordanharbinger.com/start Links:Why the Past 10 Years of American Life Have Been Uniquely Stupid (The Atlantic)So You've Been Publicly Shamed a book by Jon Ronson by Jon RonsonHow Japan Built Cities Where You Could Send Your Toddler On An Errand (Slate)Old Enough: the Japanese TV show that abandons toddlers on public transport (The Guardian)Watch Old Enough! (Netflix)Spirit Halloween Store Film in the Works Starring Christopher Lloyd, Rachael Leigh Cook (EXCLUSIVE) (Variety) Christopher Lloyd and Rachael Leigh Cook to Star in Spirit Halloween Film (Collider)Nick Lutsko on TwitterJackson Bird on TwitterSee Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    Mon. 04/11 - You Have Livetweeted Dysentery

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 11, 2022 16:37

    The Maryland man livetweeting his bout of dysentery––don't worry, he's okay. Plus, scientists have managed to de-age human skin cells by thirty years. And an implausible NASA artifact was taken back to space this weekend by one of the Axiom Space private astronauts. Sponsor:The Jordan Harbinger Show, jordanharbinger.com/startLinks:Beginning of dysentery thread (Jake Eberts, Twitter)A Man Is Tweeting Through His Dysentery, But Don't Worry, It's For Science (BuzzFeed News)Jake Eberts' Campaign for Water (The Water Project)Norovirus person (cydbird7, TikTok)Old skins cells reprogrammed to regain youthful function (EurekAlert)Scientists Rewind The Clock of Human Skin Cells to Make Them Act 30 Years Younger (ScienceAlert)Scientists make further inroads into reversing ageing process of cells (The Guardian)Private astronaut brings an item of mythic proportions to space station (Mashable)First All-Private Astronaut Team Arrives at the International Space Station (Gizmodo)IT'S ALMOST TIME | CREEL CLOCK LIVESTREAM (Stranger Things, YouTube) ‘Stranger Things' Hosting a Mysterious Countdown Livestream (All Hallows Geek)'For All Mankind' season 3 lands June 10 on Apple TV Plus (Space.com)Jackson Bird on TwitterSee Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    Fri. 04/08 - Short Kings & Barbie Girls

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 8, 2022 19:14

    We turn back the clocks to 1997 for a history of the song “Barbie Girl” and a look at its influence on music. Plus, the Neolithic origins of Short King Spring. And mark your calendars for the Great North American Solar Eclipse.Sponsors:Indeed, Get a free $75 credit at Indeed.com/goodnewsNovo, Sign up for a free business checking account and get access to over $5,000 in perks and discounts at novo.co/kottkeLinks:The Oral History of Aqua's 'Barbie Girl' (Rolling Stone)Aqua - Barbie Girl (Official Music Video) (Aqua, YouTube)TikTok says it's officially short king spring (iD Vice)First European farmers' heights did not meet expectations (Penn State)We're two years away from the Great North American Solar Eclipse of 2024! (Space.com)Jackson Bird on TwitterSee Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    Thu. 04/07 - Scaly Dino Fossil From the Day the Asteroid Hit Found (maybe)

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 7, 2022 15:27

    An impressively well-preserved dinosaur leg fossil has been found that could be the first-ever fossil evidence of the asteroid impact that killed the dinosaurs. But is it all it's cracked up to be? Plus, Amtrak is stirring up some beef with their Twitch streams. And a new dream job opening: counting penguins in Antarctica.Sponsors:Novo, Sign up for a free business checking account and get access to over $5,000 in perks and discounts at novo.co/kottkeIndeed, Get a free $75 credit at Indeed.com/goodnewsLinks:Tanis: Fossil of dinosaur killed in asteroid strike found, scientists claim (BBC)Scientists find fossil of dinosaur 'killed on day of asteroid strike' (The Guardian)Scientists say they found a dino fossil from the day a dinosaur-killing asteroid struck Earth (Live Science)Astonishment, skepticism greet fossils claimed to record dinosaur-killing asteroid impact (Science)Amtrak Is Streaming an Empty Railroad on Twitch to Beef With Freight Rail Companies (Vice) Buttigieg Brushes Up On Honking For Upcoming Talks With Nation's Big Rigs (The Onion)British charity hunts for team to run Antarctica post office (BBC)Jackson Bird on TwitterSee Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    Wed. 04/06 - The Darwin Book Thief

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 6, 2022 16:32

    Some libraries cancel late fees, others get Interpol involved for missing manuscripts. Either way, missing books can become fascinating treasures when they're finally returned. Plus, Hubble has spotted a rare planet in the earliest phase of formation. And the United Kingdom has announced plans to mint its own NFT.Sponsors:Indeed, Get a free $75 credit at Indeed.com/goodnewsNovo, Sign up for a free business checking account and get access to over $5,000 in perks and discounts at novo.co/kottkeLinks:New York City Libraries End Late Fees, and the Treasures Roll In (NY Times)Darwin's missing 'tree of life' notebooks mysteriously returned after 20 years (NBC News) Missing Darwin notebooks returned to Cambridge University Library (Cambridge University) Rare glimpse of giant planet still 'in the womb' yet nine times the mass of Jupiter (The Guardian)Psst! Wanna see an actual Hubble image of a planet forming around a nearby star? (Bad Astronomy, Syfy Wire)Hubble Finds a Planet Forming in an Unconventional Way (NASA)Britain announces plans to mint its own NFT as it looks to 'lead the way' in crypto (CNBC)Rishi Sunak to launch an NFT issued by the Royal Mint to help make UK 'global cryptoasset hub' (Sky News)Rishi Sunak asks Royal Mint to create NFT (The Guardian)HBO Max wants multiple TV spin-offs of Robert Downey Jr.'s Sherlock Holmes movies (A/V Club)Jackson Bird on TwitterSee Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    Tue. 04/05 - So You Wanna Be A Fossil

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 5, 2022 16:01

    How to have the best odds of becoming a fossil after you die. Plus, the creators of the viral Marcel the Shell videos secretly made a feature-length film that's coming out this summer. And a few other recommendations you can stream right now. Sponsors:Novo, Sign up for a free business checking account and get access to over $5,000 in perks and discounts at novo.co/kottkeIndeed, Get a free $75 credit at Indeed.com/goodnewsLinks:How to turn yourself into a fossil (BBC Future) How can I become a fossil? (BBC Future)Here's Why You Can't Keep Your Loved One's Skull (Mental Floss)MARCEL THE SHELL WITH SHOES ON (the first one) (Dean Fleischer-Camp, YouTube)Marcel The Shell With Shoes On | Official Trailer (A24, Youtube)'Marcel the Shell': Why Jenny Slate and Dean Fleischer-Camp Declined Studio Offers and Made a Secret Movie Instead (Yahoo News)'Marcel the Shell' Review: Surprise Mockumentary About Viral Shell (IndieWire)Thu. 03/17 - Why Are Movies So Long These Days? (Cool Stuff Ride Home)Netflix actually made a Short-A-- Movies category after Saturday Night Live sketch (Entertainment Weekly)Short-A– Movies (Netflix)Tony Hawk: Until the Wheels Fall Off | Official Trailer (HBO Max, YouTube)Jackson Bird on TwitterSee Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    Mon. 04/04 - The Artwork Made By Six Million People and Counting

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 4, 2022 18:13

    Six million people and counting are creating a piece of artwork together right now in a reminder that sometimes we can have nice things on the internet. Plus, birds are laying their eggs almost a whole month earlier than they used to. And some sounds from Ukraine's musical resistance to Russia. Sponsors:Indeed, Get a free $75 credit at Indeed.com/goodnewsNovo, Sign up for a free business checking account and get access to over $5,000 in perks and discounts at novo.co/kottkeLinks:Internet communities are battling over pixels (Washington Post)Reddit's r/Place art experiment has already devolved into beautiful chaos (Input)2017 final canvas (r/Place)Cool time lapse of the first day of r/place (ethorodison, Twitter)place If Blink 182 Wrote 'Never Gonna Give You Up' (Alex Melton, YouTube)Birds are laying their eggs a month earlier than normal (Washington Post)Birds nesting, laying eggs earlier, Field Museum study by John Bates finds, reflecting climate change (Chicago Sun-Times)Stopping Climate Change Is Doable, but Time Is Short, UN Panel Warns (NY Times)Zelensky makes surprise Grammys appearance to urge support for Ukraine (Washington Post)Ukraine Has Written a Folk Song About Its Drone (Vice)Coca-Cola Byte: Coke's New Drink Is 'Pixel' Flavored. What to Know (CNET)Jackson Bird on TwitterSee Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    Fri. 04/01 - Star Wars Kid: A New Hope

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 1, 2022 17:03

    The human genome has finally been completely sequenced––twenty-two years after the initial “essentially” complete version was published. Plus, in another early 2000s follow-up, the “Star Wars Kid” breaks his silence two decades later.Sponsors:DeVry University, Learn more at DeVry.edu/FutureThe Jordan Harbinger Show, jordanharbinger.com/startLinks:Completing the Human Genome Sequence (Again) (Scientific American) Scientists publish the first complete human genome (Reuters)First complete gap-free human genome sequence published (The Guardian)In the Shadow of the Star Wars Kid (Waxy)Star Wars Kid (Know Your Meme)'Star Wars kid' emerges as an Internet hero (Los Angeles Times, 2003)‘Mystery of Marilyn Monroe' Trailer: Was She Murdered? No Conspiracy Left Unturned in Netflix Doc (Indie Wire)All the Details on Andrew Dominik's NC-17 Marilyn Monroe Biopic 'Blonde,' Starring Ana de Armas (Indie Wire)Mind the Gap (Twenty Thousand Hertz)Jackson Bird on TwitterSee Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    Thu. 03/31 - We Don't Talk About Pluto

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 31, 2022 18:13

    New findings indicate that Pluto's ice volcanoes are even weirder than we previously thought. Plus, a killer parasite is wiping out an entire species of ant in Texas… but actually it's kind of a net positive. And US citizens will soon be able to select an X gender marker on their passport.Sponsors:The Jordan Harbinger Show, jordanharbinger.com/startDeVry University, Learn more at DeVry.edu/EngineeringLinks:There's Something Truly Unique About Pluto's Landscape, New Study Says (Science Alert)Pluto's Huge Ice Volcanoes Are Stranger Than We Realized (Gizmodo)Ice Volcanoes Reshape Pluto and Hint at a Hidden Ocean (NY Times) A Killer Parasite Is Wiping Out Hordes of Ants—in a Good Way (Wired)Biden to mark Transgender Day of Visibility with new actions (​​AP)Finally, Some Good News On Trans Rights (Charlotte's Web Thoughts) US will now offer gender-neutral X option on passports (The Verge)Tomorrow Will Be Different: Love, Loss, and the Fight for Trans Equality by Sarah McBrideThe Anti-Trans Hate Machine: A Plot Against Equality (TransLash Media)Trans Week of Visibility & ActionWatch Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin launch its first New Shepard space crew of 2022 (CNBC) Jackson Bird on TwitterSee Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    Wed. 03/30 - Prayers on the Blockchain & the Oldest Ever Star

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 30, 2022 16:05

    Could alpaca antibodies one day provide treatment for COVID-19? Plus, the Hubble telescope has spotted the oldest star ever seen by humans, by a long shot. The European Union is cracking down on fast fashion. And the scammers trying to turn prayers in NFTs.Sponsors:DeVry University, Learn more at DeVry.edu/FutureThe Jordan Harbinger Show, jordanharbinger.com/startLinks:Potent alpaca nanobodies neutralize SARS-CoV-2 variants (Nano Magazine)Old episode with llama segment at the end (Coronavirus Morning Report, YouTube)Record Broken: Hubble Spots Farthest Star Ever Seen (NASA)Farthest star ever seen almost 13 billion light-years away (Bad Astronomy)Hubble Space Telescope spots most distant single star ever seen (Space.com)100,000 StarsEuropean Union reveals fast fashion crackdown (BBC)EU proposes new rules to discourage disposable fast fashion (AP)Religious Website Promising to Commemorate Prayers on the Blockchain Is Gone, Thank God (The Mary Sue)Now You Too Can Commemorate Your Prayer on the Blockchain as an NFT (Relevant)HBO Max is going back to Derry with an It prequel series (A/V Club)Jackson Bird on TwitterSee Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    Tue. 03/29 - Koons' Moons

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 29, 2022 15:54

    Artist Jeff Koons' next sculpture installation? On the moon. Plus, it's not just you. Seasonal allergies really are worse this year, and the climate emergency is to blame. And, the Northern Lights might be visible Wednesday night in parts of the northern US and Canada, with bonus rockets being blasted into them by NASA.Sponsors:The Jordan Harbinger Show, jordanharbinger.com/startDeVry University, Learn more at DeVry.edu/EngineeringLinks:Artist Jeff Koons aims to send sculptures to the Moon on commercial lunar lander (The Verge)As Part of His NFT Debut, Jeff Koons Will Launch Sculptures Into Space and Place Them Permanently on the Moon (ArtNet)There Is a Sculpture on the Moon Commemorating Fallen Astronauts (Smithsonian Magazine)Various Artists, Andy Warhol, Claes Oldenburg, David Novros, Forrest Myers, Robert Rauschenberg, John Chamberlain. The Moon Museum. 1969 (Museum of Modern Art)Climate change is making pollen season even worse across the country (Washington Post)Naked-Eye Northern Lights May Be Visible From The U.S. This Week As Solar Flares Head Our Way (Forbes)3-day-forecast (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration)NASA set to launch 2 rockets into the northern lights (Space.com)The Northern Lights Over Atlanta, Michigan (Great Lakes Myth Society, Bandcamp)Jackson Bird on TwitterSee Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    Mon. 03/28 - The Hoax Behind Pringles' Mascot's Name

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 28, 2022 16:38

    The Scottish dolphin who lives among and seems to “talk” with porpoises. Plus, how a Wikipedia hoax became official branding for Pringles. And sheep are pivoting to solar. Sponsors:DeVry University, Learn more at DeVry.edu/FutureThe Jordan Harbinger Show, jordanharbinger.com/subscribe Links: For the first time, wild dolphin observed 'talking' with harbor porpoises (National Geographic)The Music of Dolphins by Karen Hesse The secret Wikipedia prank behind the Pringles mascot's first name (Mashable)The Pringle Man's Name Is an Epic Wikipedia Hoax (Review Geek)How 600 Sheep Will HelpHow 600 Sheep Will Help Maintain a Solar Array Maintain a Solar Array (Vice)Solar grazing: How sheep mow the lawn at community solar farms in Upstate NY (New York Upstate)Walmart Stops Selling Cigarettes in Some Stores (Wall Street Journal)Jackson Bird on TwitterSee Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    Fri. 03/25 - Digital Rest Stop Ahead

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 25, 2022 17:05

    Digital resting points are an increasingly popular way to recharge and slow down in the midst of endless scrolling. Plus, are we facing a “sensory extinction?” And, meet the giant eerie glowing orb that might be installed in London.Sponsors:Indeed, Get a free $75 credit at Indeed.com/goodnewsShopify, Get a 14-day free trial at shopify.com/kottkeLinks:Doomscrolling got you down? Take a break at a digital rest stop. (Washington Post)Animal sounds are a marvel of evolution. We can't afford to drown them out. (Vox)Mount Rainier National Park Washington State, Nature Sounds (4K Relaxation Videos, YouTube)Fri. 03/18 - What Do We Lose By Keeping The Lights On? (Kottke Ride Home)City of London approves terrifying, gargantuan spherical music venue (Consequence of Sound) Everything You Need to Know About MSG Sphere in Las Vegas (Vital Vegas)London's Madison Square Garden Sphere gets planning approval (The Guardian) Pepsi/IHOP sweepstakes (Pepsi, Twitter) NASA to announce Hubble Space Telescope discovery next week (Space.com) Jackson Bird on TwitterSee Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    Thu. 03/24 - You're Not Actually Laughing, lol

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 24, 2022 17:11

    The origin and fascinating evolution of “lol.” Plus, it turns out the speed of sound on Mars is different and weirder than anticipated. And some of the researchers behind the discovery of Captain Shackleton's lost ship are developing a sort of Google Maps for arctic waters.Sponsors:Shopify, Get a 14-day free trial at shopify.com/kottkeIndeed, Get a free $75 credit at Indeed.com/goodnewsLinks:Why We Use “lol” So Much (Vice)The Speed of Sound on Mars Is Strangely Different, Scientists Reveal (Science Alert)Episode about Perseverance's microphones (Kottke Ride Home)Scientists that found Shackleton's lost ship are developing a 'Google Maps for the Antarctic' (BBC Science Focus)Episode about the discovery of Ernest Shackleeton's ship (Kottke Ride Home)Kottke.OrgJackson Bird on TwitterSee Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    Wed. 03/23 - Lettuce Medicine, Ranch Diamonds, & eWaste Coins

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 23, 2022 16:57

    How genetically-modified lettuce grown in space could protect astronauts' bones on long voyages. Plus, meet Doug, the false potato stripped of Guinness World Record glory in the eleventh hour. And, a two-carat diamond made out of ranch dressing, the Royal Mint in the UK is going to start recovering gold from the nation's electronic waste, and an important announcement at the end of the show.Sponsors:Indeed, Get a free $75 credit at Indeed.com/goodnewsShopify, Get a 14-day free trial at shopify.com/kottkeLinks:Lettuce Could Protect Astronauts' Bones on Mars Trip (UC Davis)What Happens to the Human Body in Space? (NASA)Is This the World's Largest Potato? (NY Times)Sadly, that huge potato named Doug isn't actually a potato after all (Gizmodo)DNA Test Finds 'World's Largest Potato' Isn't A Potato At All (Food & Wine)Nice try but no potato for New Zealand couple's giant find (AP)Hidden Valley Creates First-Ever Man-Made Diamond Made of Ranch, Giving Super Fans a Stunning 2 Carat Symbol of True Ranch Love (AP)You may now bid on a diamond ring made of ranch dressing (A/V Club)Tue. 03/08 - Diamonds Are the Air's Best Friend (Kottke Ride Home)The Royal Mint to build ‘world first' plant to turn UK's electronic waste into gold (Royal Mint)Britain's Royal Mint to build plant that will extract gold from electronic waste (CNBC)Kottke.OrgJackson Bird on TwitterSee Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    Tue. 03/22 - Competitive Water Drinkers On YouTube: One of the Internet's Last Friendly Places?

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 22, 2022 17:03

    Turns out humans have been cooking and enjoying carbs for much longer than we initially thought, and the experiments some archaeologists have been conducting to lend credence to their hypotheses are very cool. Plus, welcome to the weird and wonderful world of competitive water drinking on YouTube. And a startup that wants to make earth-bound deliveries by taking a shortcut through space.Sponsors:Shopify, Get a 14-day free trial at shopify.com/kottkeIndeed, Get a free $75 credit at Indeed.com/goodnewsLinks:How ancient people fell in love with bread, beer and other carbs (Nature)Ancient Ales (Dogfish Head Brewery) Inside the Super Positive Community of Competitive YouTube Water Drinkers (Vice)HydroHomies (Reddit)This Stick Of Butter Is Left Out At Room Temperature; You Won't Believe What Happens Next (ClickHole, YouTube)DAVID LYNCH THEATER (David Lynch, YouTube)Dreaming of Suitcases in Space (NY Times)A company is planning to give you orbital deliveries from outer space (Interesting Engineering)Kottke.OrgJackson Bird on TwitterSee Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    Mon. 03/21 - Squid Tech to Prevent Human Sunburns

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 21, 2022 15:19

    How to appear effortlessly charming to new people you meet. Plus, using squid technology to protect humans from the sun. And a new generation of search apps that search everything you touch on your devices.Sponsors:Indeed, Get a free $75 credit at Indeed.com/goodnewsShopify, Get a 14-day free trial at shopify.com/kottkeLinks:The tricks to make yourself effortlessly charming (BBC)How Squid Camouflage Could Help Prevent Skin Cancer in Humans (Northeastern University)Squid camouflage-inspired sticker can tell when you've had too much sun (New Atlas)L'Oreal's Ingenious Nail Art Detects Harmful UV Rays (Fast Company, 2018)This new breed of unified search apps does what Google doesn't (Fast Company)Heyday Kottke.OrgJackson Bird on TwitterSee Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    Fri. 03/18 - What Do We Lose By Keeping The Lights On?

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 18, 2022 14:30

    Should we be making a greater effort to reduce light pollution? Plus, scientists are trying to use murder hornets' own sexual behavior to eradicate them. And an app that will help you safely find and eat roadkill. Sponsors:DeVry University, Learn more at DeVry.edu/FutureLendtable, Use code KOTTKE at Lendtable.com to get an extra $50 added to your Lendtable balanceLinks:The argument for switching off lights at night (BBC Future)We don't need more sleep. We just need more darkness. (Washington Post)The End of Night: Searching for Natural Darkness in an Age of Artificial Light by Paul BogardResearchers Could Lure Murder Hornets to Their Deaths with Sex (Gizmodo)It's a Trap: Murder Hornets' Own Sex Pheromones Could Be Their Downfall (CNET)Road to table: Wyoming's got a new app for claiming roadkill (AP)Want some roadkill to cook? There's an app for that. (Boing Boing) WeezleWordle, 15 Million Tweets Later / Robert Lesser (Observable) Kottke.OrgJackson Bird on TwitterSee Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    Thu. 03/17 - Why Are Movies So Long These Days?

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 17, 2022 15:00

    Why have movies gotten so long recently? Plus, the startups working to develop lab-created chocolate. And a nightmarish creature from Texas to rival all the hype around those giant Joro spiders.Sponsors:Lendtable, Use code KOTTKE at Lendtable.com to get an extra $50 added to your Lendtable balanceDeVry University, Learn more at DeVry.edu/EngineeringLinks:Why Are Movies So Long Now? (Variety) Silicon Valley Is Coming for Your Chocolate (The Atlantic)Watch Dark Side of Chocolate (Slave Free Chocolate) A look at the frightening Texas giant red-headed centipede (Yahoo)Texas Centipedes: 3 Things You Probably Don't Want to Know (Texas Hill Country)Killer Centipede | World's Deadliest (National Geographic)NASA Preparing to Roll Out Its SLS Megarocket Later This Week (Gizmodo) Kottke.OrgJackson Bird on TwitterSee Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    Wed. 03/16 - Permanent Daylight Saving Time?

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 16, 2022 17:07

    How Prohibition was far more global and far more progressive than it's often portrayed. And, is the United States about to stay in Daylight Saving Time forever?Sponsors:DeVry University, Learn more at DeVry.edu/FutureLendtable, Use code KOTTKE at Lendtable.com to get an extra $50 added to your Lendtable balanceLinks:Myth Vs. Fact: Daylight Saving Time and Farming (AgAmerica) The Senate unanimously agreed to make daylight saving time permanent. (Slate) The Senate just voted to make daylight saving time permanent. Good. (Vox)The Real History of Prohibition Is Global (The Atlantic)Abolition, Women's Rights, and Temperance Movements (National Parks Service)The Forgotten History of Black Prohibitionism (Politico)Watch Prohibition | Ken Burns (PBS) How You Know You're Drinking A Great Prohibition-Era Cocktail (Thrillist)February episode on Prohibition-era "wine bricks" (Kottke Ride Home)Last year's Daylight Saving & St. Patrick's Day segments (Kottke Ride Home)Kottke.OrgJackson Bird on TwitterSee Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    Tue. 03/15 - Solar Storms & Subvariants, But It's All Fine

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 15, 2022 15:39

    Subvariants, spikes, and sewers. A few indicators remind us that we're not quite out of the woods yet when it comes to COVID. Plus, a new method that shows how any person can be trained to harness the creativity inside of themselves. And what it means that the sun is getting more and more active.Sponsors:Lendtable, Use code KOTTKE at Lendtable.com to get an extra $50 added to your Lendtable balanceDeVry University, Learn more at DeVry.edu/EngineeringLinks:U.S. Sewer Data Warns of a New Bump in Covid Cases After Lull (Bloomberg)Is omicron subvariant BA.2 to blame for rising Covid cases? (CNBC)People, Not Science, Decide When a Pandemic Is Over (Scientific American)Anyone can be trained to be creative: New program shows early success with US Army, others (ScienceDaily)Officials Confirm Several Geomagnetic Storms Are Hitting Earth This Week (Science Alert)Why are we seeing more northern lights this year? (The Conversation)Sofiane Pamart live under the Northern Lights, in Lapland, Finland for Cercle (Cercle, YouTube)Netflix drops trailer for Barack Obama's national parks documentary series (Mashable)Kottke.OrgJackson Bird on TwitterSee Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    Mon. 03/14 - Why COVID Causes Loss of Smell and How To (Maybe) Get It Back

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 14, 2022 17:18

    How many digits of pi is the right amount to use? Plus, what actually causes people to lose their sense of smell when they get COVID? And how can you work to recover yours if you lost it? And, Saturday Night Live's Pete Davidson is going to space. Sponsors:DeVry University, Learn more at DeVry.edu/FutureLendtable, Use code KOTTKE at Lendtable.com to get an extra $50 added to your Lendtable balanceLinks:Vsauce short explaining Not A Wake (Vsauce, Twitter)Not a Wake: A Dream Embodying (Pi)'s Digits Fully for 10000 Decimals by Michael KeithHow Much Pi Do You Really Need? (Wired)20 Best Pi Day 2022 Deals and Freebies on Pizza, Pies and More (Good Housekeeping)How the Coronavirus Steals the Sense of Smell (NY Times)Covid Stole Your Sense of Smell? Try Physical Therapy for Your Nose. (NY Times)Pete Davidson will go to space on Blue Origin's 4th human flight (CNBC)SNL star Pete Davidson is heading to space with crew of five on next Blue Origin flight (The Verge)24 Years (Kottke.org)Kottke.OrgJackson Bird on TwitterSee Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    Fri. 03/11 - Abe Lincoln: Telegraph Influencer

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 11, 2022 15:49

    Abraham Lincoln was a telegraph power-user, and the one thousand telegrams he sent during his presidency might have helped the US win the Civil War. Plus, an app that can diagnose rare diseases just by scanning a child's face. And, ten thousand people in New Orleans were without power for hours due to a surprising, but it turns out not uncommon, cause.Sponsors:Indeed, Get a free $75 credit at Indeed.com/goodnewsNovo, Sign up for a free business checking account and get access to over $5,000 in perks and discounts at novo.co/kottkeLinks:How Abraham Lincoln Used the Telegraph to Help Win the Civil War (History)Hank Green on Inspiring Curiosity (Offline with Jon Favreau)This App Can Diagnose Rare Diseases From a Child's Face (Wired)A Bird Is Blamed as 10,000 Lose Power in New Orleans (NY Times)Bird causes 10,000 people to lose power in New Orleans (A/V Club)Just Say No to CBDCs (The Upheaval)Kottke.OrgJackson Bird on TwitterSee Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

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