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The Weirdest Thing I Learned This Week
The Weirdest Thing I Learned This Week
Popular Science

At Popular Science, we report and write dozens of science and tech stories every week. And while a lot of the fun... more

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Episodes

Reptilian Theater Kids, Gay Giraffes, Impatient Birds

Owen Ever, co-host of the podcast A Field Guide to Gay Animals, joins the show this week to talk about... more

19 Jun 2024 · 56 minutes
Robotic Roller Derby, Orangutan Skincare Routines, That Good Pet Stink

Annalee Newitz returns to the show to discuss the cutest little food delivery robots you've ever seen. Plus, Rachel talks... more

05 Jun 2024 · 58 minutes
Hyrax Heaven, Underwater Bees, Carbonated Oceans

Streamer and science communicator Moohoodles joins the show this week to talk about carbonated oceans on Enceladus (and the moon's... more

22 May 2024 · 53 minutes
Screaming Frogs, "Talking" Mushrooms, Nonbinary Birds

Sociolinguist Erica Brozovsky joins the show to discuss talkative fungi, Amanda Reed chats about nonbinary birds, and Rachel gets into... more

08 May 2024 · 49 minutes
Traveling Barber Uprising, Rats Taking Selfies, Honeyguide Helpers

Maritime archaeologist and historian Joel Cook joins the show to spin the tale of how traveling barbers almost coordinated an... more

24 Apr 2024 · 57 minutes
Lotion Spider Brouhaha, ADHD Superpowers, Earth's Evil Twin

Scientist and Twitch streamer Knimbley joins the show today to talk about how astronomy and Elden Ring intertwine! Plus, Jess... more

10 Apr 2024 · 59 minutes
Freaky Eclipse Rituals, Cosmic Serendipity, Solar Mysteries

Scientific American's Lee Billings and Clara Moskowitz join Rachel this week to talk all things eclipse. The Weirdest Thing I Learned... more

27 Mar 2024 · 45 minutes
Stargazing Poop Bugs, Ancient Beer Ladies, Secret Internet Slang

Christie Taylor joins the show to talk about dung beetles who love to stargaze. Plus, Laura explains how early beer... more

13 Mar 2024 · 1 hour, 14 minutes
Bird Milk, Space Lube, Hermit Crab Housing Crisis

Liz Clayton Fuller rejoins the show to talk all things bird milk (yum!), and Amanda Reed spins the tale of... more

28 Feb 2024 · 54 minutes
Government Cheese, Mitochondria NOT Powerhousing, Dawn of the Cockroach

This time, Laura Baisas explains the dawn of the cockroach in New York, Rachel discusses a situation when the mitochondria... more

14 Feb 2024 · 1 hour,
Nature's Weirdest Sleepers, Iron Maiden Myths, Parking Psychology

Welcome to Season 8! Producer Jess Boddy joins the show to talk about the mythical iron maiden (as inspired by... more

28 Jan 2024 · 1 hour, 7 minutes
LIVE SHOW: Trees are Fake, Fortune-Telling Cheese, Sunscreen Secrets, Magical Misogyny

In our live show from August of 2023, Rachel talks about magicians' tricks and their hidden misogyny, Sara explains how... more

20 Dec 2023 · 1 hour, 12 minutes
Eating The Rich, Menopausal Chimps, Darwin's Taxidermy Teacher

Divya Anantharaman joins the show to talk about the history of taxidermy dating back to Charles Darwin! Plus, Rachel talks... more

06 Dec 2023 · 1 hour,
The Truth About Quicksand, Release the Tea Kraken, Learning Without Brains

Charlie McDonnell (aka coollike on Twitch) joins the show to talk about a very British energy scandal! Plus, producer Jess... more

22 Nov 2023 · 1 hour, 4 minutes
Taxidermy Robots, Talking to Dolphins (and Aliens), Methuselah the Fish

Laura Krantz returns to discuss how talking to dolphins may help us communicate with aliens! Plus, Rachel talks about dead... more

08 Nov 2023 · 48 minutes
American Hippo Ranchers, Peacock Vasectomies, Leave Einstein Alone

Sarah Gailey hops on Weirdest Thing to talk about how hippos almost became extremely American. Plus, Sandra explains why Miami... more

25 Oct 2023 · 1 hour, 18 minutes
Ancient Tweezers, Modern Leprosy, Space Rock Recycling

PopSci's Laura Baisas hops on Weirdest Thing to talk about ancient tweezers (and their accompanying screams), Rachel explains the state... more

11 Oct 2023 · 53 minutes
Defensive Puking, Self-Cooling Curls, Zambia's Teen Astronauts

Scientific Illustrator and Twitch Partner Liz Clayton Fuller joins the podcast to talk about turkey vultures, their defensive puking mechanism,... more

27 Sep 2023 · 1 hour, 6 minutes
How to Survive an Apocalypse, Teeth with Secrets, Birds Who BBQ

Annalee Newitz discusses how to survive an apocalypse while eating good, Rachel talks about birds using spikes as barbecue skewers... more

13 Sep 2023 · 51 minutes
Our Swolest Ancestor, Climate Fungi-pocalypse, Terrifying Bananas

Guest host Kasha Patel talks how wildfires could play a part in spreading Last of Us-like fungi, Rachel spins a... more

30 Aug 2023 · 55 minutes
Catch Weirdest Thing Live TOMORROW!

LIVE SHOW TICKETS: https://caveat.nyc/events/the-weirdest-thing-i-learned-this-week-8-24-2023 The Weirdest Thing I Learned This Week is a podcast by Popular Science. Share your weirdest facts... more

23 Aug 2023 · 2 minutes
Bird Chess, Monkey Selfies, Crocodile Dung Birth Control

Stan explains the iconic monkey selfie legal struggle, Amanda talks about how scientists got crows to stop pooping so much,... more

16 Aug 2023 · 53 minutes
The First Constellations, Surprisingly Spicy History, Kids Find the Darndest Fossils

Moiya McTier joins the show to talk about math, the first constellations, and more! Plus, Rachel explains why children are... more

02 Aug 2023 · 57 minutes
Butts: A Backstory, Parrot Social Media, Why We Eat Chickens

Radiolab's Heather Radke joins the show to talk about butts! Plus, Rachel talks about the history of chickens as pets,... more

19 Jul 2023 · 1 hour, 3 minutes
Weirdest Thing LIVE! on August 24th

That's right, we're doing our first live show since 2019! It'll be on Thursday, August 24th at Caveat in New... more

13 Jul 2023 · 2 minutes
George Washington: Swamp Ghost Hunter, Cockroach Chocolate, Science Scams

Producer Jess Boddy talks about the science in Dark Souls' swamps, Rachel explains cockroaches giving sexy gifts, and Amanda dishes... more

05 Jul 2023 · 1 hour, 4 minutes
The Sleepiest Epidemic, Really Deep Holes, Goddess of Dirty Dishes

PopSci intern Jack Izzo talks about the deepest hole EVER. Plus, Rachel explains contagious sleepiness throughout history, and Sara Kiley... more

21 Jun 2023 · 1 hour,
Ancient Enemies to Lovers, Landscape of Fear, Hoax of the Century

Ali Hazelwood joins the show to divulge the scientific hoax of the century, Rachel shows how wolves create a landscape... more

07 Jun 2023 · 1 hour, 9 minutes
A Horse in the Toilet?!, Creepy Clowns, Superpowered Bug Pee

Melissa Dunphy joins the show to explain why she found a horse in the toilet. Meanwhile, Rachel talks super-powered bug... more

24 May 2023 · 1 hour, 1 minute
Worm Time in Whale City, Neanderthal Funk, Old-Timey Sauna Science

Defector's Sabrina Imbler joins the show this week to talk about whale falls! Plus, Rachel talks about how a bunch... more

10 May 2023 · 1 hour, 3 minutes
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Butts: A Backstory, Parrot Social Media, Why We Eat Chickens
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Radiolab's Heather Radke joins the show to talk about butts! Plus, Rachel talks about the history of chickens as pets, and Chelsey... more