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Stuff You Should Know

If you've ever wanted to know about champagne, satanism, the Stonewall Uprising, chaos theory, LSD, El Nino, true crime and Rosa Parks, then look no further. Josh and Chuck have you covered.

Short Stuff: Chinese Food on Christmas

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  • 220 views
  • 9 months ago
  • 13:40

What started out as a tradition among Jewish people on the Lower East Side at the turn of the last century has become a full-blown American holiday custom. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

How Buffets Work

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  • 190 views
  • 9 months ago
  • 01:01:29

Buffets are every kid’s dream – until they grow up enough to realize how gross communal spreads of food shared with strangers actually are. Then the dream is dashed, for most of us at least. Learn about the golden age of buffets and more right here! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

SYSK Selects: The Star Wars Holiday Special of 1978

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  • 200 views
  • 9 months ago
  • 59:41

Long ago, in a galaxy not so far away, George Lucas allowed the Star Wars Holiday Special to be made. What happened on the night of November 17, 1978 can never be fully explained, but we make our best effort in our annual special edition of SYSK. May the force be with us all. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

Aspirin: The Wonder Drug

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  • 220 views
  • 9 months ago
  • 53:09

Humans have been using a form of aspirin for pain relief since at least the Sumerians. But in recent years we’ve come to learn the wonder drug is indeed awe-inspiring, from preventing heart attacks to possibly protecting humans from cancer. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

Short Stuff: Modern Funerals

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  • 160 views
  • 9 months ago
  • 13:48

The way we deal with our dead has changed a lot over the past 50 years. Learn all about it in 12-15 minutes right here. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

Joseph Merrick, aka "The Elephant Man"

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  • 170 views
  • 9 months ago
  • 50:12

Joseph Merrick was known as The Elephant Man because of his suffering from what we now know was Proteus Synrome. Learn all about this brave man in today's episode.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

SYSK Selects: What is a hangover, really?

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  • 630 views
  • 10 months ago
  • 39:46

After a night of heavy boozing, many partygoers find themselves the victim of a hangover. But what exactly is a hangover, and what causes it? Join Chuck and Josh as they break down the science behind hangovers -- and how to avoid them, in this classic episode. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

The Taliesin Massacre

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  • 290 views
  • 10 months ago
  • 49:25

Everyone knows who Frank Lloyd Wright is, but did you know there was a grisly massacre at his home in 1914? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

Short Stuff: Cramming

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  • 410 views
  • 10 months ago
  • 14:16

Cramming is no way to study. Learn why in today's short stuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

How Class Action Lawsuits Work

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  • 190 views
  • 10 months ago
  • 54:59

Class action lawsuits seem a little odd – a bunch of people get together for a sue-fest against somebody – but in the legal world they’re a practical way of handing huge wrongs. And! They keep justice just in their way. Learn all about them today. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

SYSK Selects: How Chaos Theory Changed the Universe

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  • 240 views
  • 10 months ago
  • 01:02:04

Since the age of Descartes, science has put all of its eggs in the basket of determinism, the idea that with accurate enough measurements any aspect of the universe could be predicted. But the universe, it turns out, is not so tidy. Explore the final frontier with Josh and Chuck in this classic episode. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

John Lennon and the FBI

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  • 200 views
  • 10 months ago
  • 48:33

Did you know that Richard Nixon had a FBI case file open on Beatle John Lennon? Well he did! Why? Listen in to find out. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

Short Stuff: Pimento Cheese!

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  • 250 views
  • 10 months ago
  • 15:24

Pimento cheese was originally nothing like it is now: It was mass produced, it was made from cream cheese and it was conceived in New York. Today it’s something much better, thanks to the South! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

Cabbage Patch Kids: Must-Have Toy of the Century

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  • 210 views
  • 10 months ago
  • 55:29

Surprisingly, Cabbage Patch Kids have turned up on SYSK almost as much as the Nazis or Seinfeld. It’s finally time to dive all the way into CPKs, from their controversial origins to the Christmas craze of ‘83 to their alter egos, Garbage Pail Kids. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

SYSK Selects: How Tea Works

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  • 240 views
  • 10 months ago
  • 58:05

Legend has it that tea was discovered by a curious Chinese emperor after leaves blew into his boiled water. Now tea is the second only to water in popularity worldwide. And despite the varieties of tea, they all come from a single species of plant. Learn all about it in this classic episode. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

Gobble Gobble: Turkeys!

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  • 190 views
  • 10 months ago
  • 50:51

Turkeys are a very interesting bird as it turns out. Which may be why many people are leaving it off their Thanksgiving table this year. Learn all about them right now! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

Short Stuff: How Eyes In a Painting Follow You

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  • 230 views
  • 10 months ago
  • 12:54

Ever noticed how eyes in a painting sometimes follow you around the room? It’s weird! But it’s also fully explainable and Josh and Chuck do just that here. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

Patty Hearst: Brainwashed or Bandit?

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  • 180 views
  • 10 months ago
  • 01:02:13

Patty Hearst was a young heiress living a quiet life studying art history at college when one Monday evening her home was invaded, she was kidnapped, and her life took a totally unforeseen turn that she would have trouble explaining for years to come. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

SYSK Selects: Whatever happened to acid rain?

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  • 230 views
  • 10 months ago
  • 36:40

Along with the hole in the ozone layer, acid rain was one of the first international environmental threats. It's fallen to the wayside in the face of climate change, but we have yet to lick it. Join Chuck and Josh as they revive the 80s drumbeat in this classic episode. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

The Great War of the Worlds Panic Myth

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  • 250 views
  • 10 months ago
  • 51:29

On Halloween 1938 young radio star Orson Welles scared the pants off of America with a fictional news bulletin claiming Martians had landed and were destroying the country. People across the nation ran wild with panic in the streets – or did they? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers