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Deep in the back of your mind, you’ve always had the feeling that there’s something strange about reality. There is. Join Robert Lamb and Joe McCormick as they examine neurological quandaries, cosmic mysteries, evolutionary marvels and our transhuman future.

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    2021 Ig Nobel Prize Grab Bag, Part 1

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 2, 2021 47:42

    Once more, Robert and Joe consult the winners of the Ig-Nobel Prizes for a few examples of the hilarious and the weird from the world of legitimate scientific research. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

    The Artifact: Malaysian Spirit Boats

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 1, 2021 4:20

    In this episode of STBYM's The Artifact, Robert discusses a most nautical form of exorcism... Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

    Crab Content is King

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 30, 2021 53:36

    Stuff to Blow Your Mind is back from Thanksgiving break, so Robert and Joe discuss even more crab science and mythology. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

    Listener Mail: The Chosen Few

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 29, 2021 32:55

    Once more, it's time for a weekly dose of Stuff to Blow Your Mind and Weirdhouse Cinema listener mail... Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

    From the Vault: Turkey, Wishbones and Gravy

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 27, 2021 84:04

    In recognition of Thanksgiving, Robert and Joe devote this classic episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind to the very topics that might float through your head at the dinner table: What is a wishbone, why do we pull it apart and what does it have to do with dinosaurs? Are turkeys messengers of the gods? What is gravy and is it ever considered sacred? Find out... (originally publihsed 11/26/2020) Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

    Weirdhouse Cinema Rewind: Zaat

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 26, 2021 92:44

    In celebration of MST3K Turkey Day, this episode of Weirdhouse Cinema from earlier this year explores a film from a beloved episode of MST3K. We consider the Florida Movie par excellence: 1971's “Zaat,” also known as “The Blood Waters of Dr. Z.” Prepare to stalk and skulk through the sargassum in this suitably swampy creature feature. (Originally published 4/30/2021) Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

    From the Vault: Melt With Me

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 25, 2021 69:16

    From the horror of “melt movies,” in which the melting human takes on nightmaric qualities, to far more benign and even sublime takes on the concept of the melt, there does seem to be something to our fascination with personal phase transition. In this classic episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe try to figure out what it all means. (originally published 11/5/2020) Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

    The Artifact Redux: The Sword of Gōu Jiàn

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 24, 2021 5:43

    In this classic episode of STBYM's The Artifact, Robert discusses an ancient Chinese sword noted for its unusual sharpness and resistance to tarnish... (originally published 2/17/2021) Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

    From the Vault: Invention of the Bed

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 23, 2021 60:19

    We sure do spend a lot of time in bed, but what exactly IS a bed and what were ancient beds like? In this classic invention-based episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe explore the ancient history of the bed. (originally published 11/17/2020) Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

    Turkey Day Break

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 22, 2021 0:42

    We're off this week, but don't let that stop you from having seconds on some classic content from last year. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

    From the Vault: Mushroom Foraging, Part 2

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 20, 2021 49:56

    Are more people identifying and even foraging wild mushrooms than in previous years? If so, why is this? In these classic episodes of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe talk about mushroom foraging, the importance of human foraging and even some studies that pit forager against forager. (originally published 9/17/2020) Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

    Weirdhouse Cinema: The Dunwich Horror

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 19, 2021 79:37

    It's time for a hippie necronomicon extravaganza as Rob and Joe crack open 1970's “The Dunwich Horror,” starring the late, great Dean Stockwell, Sandra Dee and Ed Begley Sr. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

    Crabs Eat Everything Around Me, Part 2

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 18, 2021 58:45

    In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe talk about crabs eating things. Do YOU have what it takes to become a delicious entree for crab gourmands? Find out! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

    Smart Talks with IBM and Malcolm Gladwell: How a Human-Centered Approach is Building Trustworthy AI

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 17, 2021 30:48


    Creating trust and transparency in AI isn't just a business requirement, it's a social responsibility. In this episode of Smart Talks, Malcolm talks to Christina Montgomery, IBM's Chief Privacy Officer and AI Ethics Board Co-Chair, and Dr. Seth Dobrin, Global Chief AI Officer, about IBM's approach to AI and how it's helping businesses transform the way they work with AI systems that are fair and address bias so AI can benefit everyone, not just a few. This is a paid advertisement from IBM. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com


    Crabs Eat Everything Around Me, Part 1

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 16, 2021 67:16

    In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe talk about crabs eating things. Do YOU have what it takes to become a delicious entree for crab gourmands? Find out! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

    Listener Mail: Let the Lamp Affix its Beam

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 15, 2021 27:39

    Once more, it's time for a weekly dose of Stuff to Blow Your Mind and Weirdhouse Cinema listener mail... Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

    From the Vault: Mushroom Foraging, Part 1

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 13, 2021 55:50

    Are more people identifying and even foraging wild mushrooms than in previous years? If so, why is this? In these classic episodes of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe talk about mushroom foraging, the importance of human foraging and even some studies that pit forager against forager. (originally published 9/15/2020) Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

    Weirdhouse Cinema: Venom (1981)

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 12, 2021 87:28

    In this episode of Weirdhouse Cinema, Rob and Joe wrestle with their first full-blown snake movie: 1981's “Venom.” It stars Oliver Reed, Klaus Kinski and a live black mamba snake from the London Zoo. Film historians still debate which was the more difficult actor of the three. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

    Dune: The Bene Gesserit and the Spacing Guild

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 11, 2021 75:14

    In this Dune-inspired episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe pick up where they left off in the last episode discussing the politics, philosophy and pain science of the Bene Gesserit, before diving into the spice-assisted navigation of the Spacing Guild. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

    The Monstrefact: Chairdogs of Dune

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 10, 2021 4:34


    In this episode of STBYM's The Monstrefact, Robert discusses one of the less known creatures from Frank Herbert's “Dune” books… Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com


    Dune: The Bene Gesserit

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 9, 2021 65:50


    The Bene Gesserit of Frank Herbert's “Dune” use advanced mental and manipulative tactics to further their ends across the galaxy. In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe discuss this mysterious order and some scientific and philosophic interpretations of the Gom Jabbar awareness test. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com


    Listener Mail: Halloween Final Processing

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 8, 2021 34:56

    Once more, it's time for a weekly dose of Stuff to Blow Your Mind and Weirdhouse Cinema listener mail... Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

    From the Vault: I Want a New Blood

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 6, 2021 62:24

    From fictional tales of vampire thrust to to real-life medical research, the notion of synthetic blood brings with it a lot of possibilities. In this classic episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe consider the strange history of purported blood substitutes and possible ramifications if scientists ever solve this riddle in the blood. (originally published 10/8/2020) Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

    Weirdhouse Cinema: Highway to Hell

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 5, 2021 94:03

    In this episode of Weirdhouse Cinema, Rob and Joe take a very MTV-fueled jaunt into the underworld via the 1991 film “Highway to Hell,” an enjoyable mess of a film that features a terrifying Hellcop, Patrick Bergin and the entire Stiller family. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

    Barbara Blatchley on Why We Believe in Luck

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 4, 2021 52:08

    In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert chats with Barbara Blatchley about her book “What are the Chances? Why We Believe in Luck.” Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

    Smart Talks with IBM and Malcolm Gladwell: Quantum Computing is Tomorrow's Computing, Today

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 3, 2021 27:40


    Over the next decade, quantum computing has the potential to revolutionize the way we work and live. In this episode of Smart Talks, Malcolm talks to Dr. Darío Gil, Senior Vice President and Director of IBM Research, about quantum computing and its potential to accelerate discovery and development. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com


    Anthology of Horror, Volume 7

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 2, 2021 78:53

    Yes, the Halloween tradition continues as, once more, Robert and Joe dive into the rich history of TV horror and sci-fi anthology series to focus on STBYM topics they might not otherwise get to discuss on the show. This year, they'll dive into episodes of The Hammer House of Horror and The Outer Limits. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

    Listener Mail: Out of the Pair Dadeni

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 1, 2021 32:39

    Once more, it's time for a weekly dose of Stuff to Blow Your Mind and Weirdhouse Cinema listener mail... Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

    From the Vault: The Leshii

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 30, 2021 85:10

    According to Russian folklore, ancient, beastial spirits guard the depths of the forest, raging with each other and punishing any human who might break the law of the forest. In this classic episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe discuss these haunters of the woodland depths. (originally published 10/22/2020) Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

    Weirdhouse Cinema: The House by the Cemetery

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 29, 2021 91:18

    As Weirdhouse Cinema completes its first journey around the sun, Rob and Joe commemorate the moment by discussing Lucio Fulci's 1981 “The House by the Cemetery” -- a bloody and bonkers tale guaranteed to satisfy your craving for ghosts, haunted houses, mad scientists, slashers and Italian synth. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

    The Invention of the Chainsaw, Part 2

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 28, 2021 56:02

    In today's invention-themed episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe discuss an important piece of cutting technology. Plus, during the Halloween season, masked brutes will chase you around your local haunted attraction with one of these if you buy a ticket. Yes, it's time to discuss the chainsaw. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

    The Monstrefact: Weretigers of China

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 27, 2021 6:37

    In this episode of STBYM's The Monstrefact, Robert discusses the Chinese weretiger… Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

    The Invention of the Chainsaw, Part 1

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 26, 2021 58:01

    In today's invention-themed episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe discuss an important piece of cutting technology. Plus, during the Halloween season, masked brutes will chase you around your local haunted attraction with one of these if you buy a ticket. Yes, it's time to discuss the chainsaw. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

    Listener Mail: The Night's Plutonian Shore

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 25, 2021 42:32

    Once more, it's time for a weekly dose of Stuff to Blow Your Mind and Weirdhouse Cinema listener mail... Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

    From the Vault: Anthology of Horror, Volume 5

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 23, 2021 73:48

    The Halloween tradition continues as, once more, Robert and Joe dive into the rich history of TV horror and sci-fi anthology series to focus on the STBYM topics they might not otherwise get to discuss on the show. In 2020, they examined episodes of the 1990s Outer Limits revival, The Hammer House of Horror, The Simpsons Treehouse of Horror, Creepshow and Are You Afraid of the Dark. (originally published 10/29/2020) Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

    Weirdhouse Cinema: Black Sabbath

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 22, 2021 80:21

    In this episode of Weirdhouse Cinema, Rob and Joe discuss Mario Bava's colorful anthology of gothic horror, starring the legendary Boris Karloff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

    The Holy Undead, Part 2

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 21, 2021 66:51

    We tend to relegate zombies and the walking dead to the infernal realm of demons, necromancers and the emptied charnel houses of Hell. So it might surprise you to know that, in some traditions, reanimated human corpses are pious church-goers. In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe discuss the holy undead. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

    The Monstrefact: Chiseltooth

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 20, 2021 5:22

    In this episode of STBYM's The Monstrefact, Robert discusses the monster Chiseltooth from Chinese mythology… Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

    The Holy Undead, Part 1

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 19, 2021 62:53

    We tend to relegate zombies and the walking dead to the infernal realm of demons, necromancers and the emptied charnel houses of Hell. So it might surprise you to know that, in some traditions, reanimated human corpses are pious church-goers. In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe discuss the holy undead. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

    Listener Mail: Through the Pale Door

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 18, 2021 26:11

    Once more, it's time for a weekly dose of Stuff to Blow Your Mind and Weirdhouse Cinema listener mail... Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

    From the Vault: Anthology of Horror, Volume 4

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 16, 2021 78:57

    The Halloween tradition continues as, once more, Robert and Joe dive into the rich history of TV horror and sci-fi anthology series to focus on the STBYM topics they might not otherwise get to discuss on the show. In 2020, they examined episodes of the 1990s Outer Limits revival, The Simpsons Treehouse of Horror, Creepshow and Are You Afraid of the Dark. (originally published 10/27/2020) Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

    Weirdhouse Cinema: Halloween III

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 15, 2021 111:55

    If the many-worlds interpretation holds true, then there's an alternate timeline in which the tyranny of Michael Myers ended in 1981 and 1982's “Halloween III: Season of the Witch” ushered in a new age. In this alternative world, John Carpenter's Halloween franchise became a long-running horror anthology series. Each subsequent October, anything was possible in a Halloween film, including pagan conspiracies and killer androids. In this episode of Weirdhouse Cinema, Rob and Joe ride the chariot of pumpkins and attempt to cross over into this alternate reality. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

    Ghosts of the Wind and Rain

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 14, 2021 81:47

    Strange presences walk the shore before the coming of the storm. Terrible forms move in its wake. In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe discuss a wide selection of ghosts and monsters connected to destructive weather patterns. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

    The Monstrefact: The Boxenwolf

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 13, 2021 6:38

    In this episode of STBYM's The Monstrefact, Robert discusses the horror of the Boxenwolf… Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

    The Science of Scary Music

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 12, 2021 98:44

    Why do certain works of music make our skin crawl? In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Joe chats with producer Seth about the science of scary music and Seth tells everyone about his new music podcast Rusty Needle's Record Club. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

    Listener Mail: Seraphs Sob at Vermin Fangs

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 11, 2021 28:39

    Once more, it's time for a weekly dose of Stuff to Blow Your Mind and Weirdhouse Cinema listener mail... Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

    From the Vault: The Minotaur, Part 3

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 9, 2021 69:07

    Take the Minotaur out of its maze and you have but another beast man -- but within his manufactured environment, he is a singular terror in myth and popular consciousness. But where does this monster come from? What does his existence mean? What does the stalker of these bloody halls reveal about the human mind and human history? In this trio of Stuff to Blow Your Mind episodes, Robert and Joe discuss the minotaur. (originally published 10/15/2020) Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

    Weirdhouse Cinema Rewind: Demon Knight

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 8, 2021 82:32

    Yes, kiddies, in this episode of Weirdhouse Cinema, Rob and Joe discuss Ernest Dickerson's 1995 siege movie “Tales from the Crypt: Demon Knight.” Strap in for grotesque monsters, a whole host of character actors and some Crypt Keeper puns. (originally published 2/19/2021) Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

    From the Vault: The Minotaur, Part 2

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 7, 2021 50:51

    To fully understand the minotaur myth, we also have to consider the Minoan civilization of Crete. In this classic episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe chat with Professor Nicoletta Momigliano, author of “In Search of the Labyrinth: The Cultural Legacy of Minoan Crete.” Learn all about ancient Creteomania as well as modern artistic treatments of the minotaur. (originally published 10/13/2020) Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

    Smart Talks with IBM and Malcolm Gladwell: Accelerating Innovation with Hybrid Cloud ​at the Edge

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 6, 2021 30:25


    The world is hitting a data tipping point where vast connectivity requires massive network capacity. In this episode of Smart Talks, Malcolm Gladwell talks to David Shacochis, Vice President for Enterprise Technology and Field CTO at Lumen, and Howard Boville, Head of IBM Cloud Platform, about how hybrid cloud is serving as a catalyst for innovation in a world where computing can and must happen everywhere: private clouds, public clouds, the edge of the network. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com


    From the Vault: The Minotaur, Part 1

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 5, 2021 74:48

    Take the Minotaur out of its maze and you have but another beast man -- but within his manufactured environment, he is a singular terror in myth and popular consciousness. But where does this monster come from? What does his existence mean? What does the stalker of these bloody halls reveal about the human mind and human history? In this trio of Stuff to Blow Your Mind episodes, Robert and Joe discuss the minotaur. (originally published 10/6/2020) Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

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