By College of Curiosity
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Oddments is a 15 minute magazine of curious sounds, events, people, things—if it makes you say "hmmmm..." it's fair game. Published once a week, Oddments is allows us to explore any old thing with no restrictions.
||CleanOddments 22||This week, we’ll explore some Missing UFOs, Any Color (So Long as It’s Black), the Shellfish Conundrum, and Art-O-Mats. But first, it’s time for a Mother and Child Reunion, presented to you by one Paul Simon.||4/8/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanOddments 21||This week, we’ll take a look at drying hands, begging the questions, what it means to be a pirate, and how you can win the lottery. REFERENCES Restroom Evolution Begging the Question Pirates of the Prairie State How to Win the Lottery If you have a q||3/4/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanOddments 20||This week, we’ll take some of the things the TSA finds, the “Man of the Year,” Guy Fawkes masks and a cup of tea. REFERENCES The TSA Man of the Year Why Guy Fawkes? Boston Tea If you have a question, comment or recipe,||1/31/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanOddments 19||This week, we’ll take a look at a mystery involving dead deer, learn the deadly truth behind the word “meromictic,” shun fresh cashews, smile at hook worms, and explore the desert with some allergy sufferers.||1/24/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanOddments 18||In this episode, we visit the familiar hills of Watership Down, the explosive genesis of a religion, a writer who wasn’t, and an alternative dictionary with added truth. REFERENCES The Fate of Watership Down The Unlikely Birth of a Religion The Myst||1/17/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanOddments 17||In this episode, we explore an enduring mystery with plenty of clues, birds with unusual numbers of wings, the ingenuity of farmers, and a symbol that means “Good Existence.” REFERENCES The Somerton Man Wings on Things Farmer’s Folly?||1/10/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean2-00. Season Two||Hello, and welcome to the Daily Curio Season 2. For the next 100 episodes, we’re changing the format a bit. New pieces will now feature more in-depth stories with enhanced sound production. For those that would like to listen or read in ten minute chu||1/5/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanOddments 16||In this episode, we learn some secrets from the tail numbers on aircraft, discover the meaning of cabotage, and meet a man who’s always drunk. But first, let’s have a listen to some miserable people… REFERENCES Les Miserables Elephant Wikipedia:||7/22/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanOddments 15||This time, we’ll answer the age old question Paper or Plastic, explore beneath the sea, try to tongue twist a computer, and learn the real reason that the Titanic Movie happened. But first, let’s see what’s on the road with us… REFERENCES Paper||7/10/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanOddments 14||NATO’s alphabet and number stations, the kidnapping game, flying from an old church, the odd invention of one-way streets, and dreamers of dreams. REFERENCES NATO Alphabet and Number Stations Wikipedia: NATO Alphabet Skeptoid: Spy Radio: Numbers Stat||7/1/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanOddments 13||The mystery of the Fool Killer, listen to a eerie waterphone, explore some unusual things about beavers, go to war with Albert Cashier, and drive like we’re in a 1980’s video game. REFERENCES Fool Killer Mysterious Chicago: The Foolkiller Submarine||5/5/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanOddments 12||Lightning as navigation, castle thunder, Greenland’s problems, glowing, LOUD amorous fish and a visit from Professor Wonka. REFERENCES Lightning National Geographic: Flash Facts About Lightning Wikipedia: Lightning (not Lightening) Wikipedia: Cata||4/28/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanOddments 11||This week finds your host under the weather, which is a perfect time to turn to Mark Twain for help. REFERENCES Newspaper Articles by Mark Twain Librivox: Newspaper Articles by Mark Twain Librivox is a project in which volunteers create audio books and.||4/21/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanOddments 10||Richard Feynman, Paul Pena and Tuvan throat singing, Voyage 1 still listening to space sounds 35 years into its journey, the long strange trip of Peking Man, a 100 year old aquarium and dandy candy. REFERENCES Tuvan Throat Singing Wikipedia: Overtone S.||4/14/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanOddments 9||A missing sea, a cryptographic puzzle, the U.S’s largest pyramid, artistic butt music, and the announcer’s test. REFERENCES The Aral Sea Wikipedia: Aral Sea The Moscow Times: Symphony for Return to the Aral Sea The Enigma Machine Wikipedia: Enigma M||4/7/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanOddments 8||Various velocipedes, managing mic pops, marching metronomes, forgotten space pioneer Ivan Ivanovich and the Viola Organista REFERENCES VELOCIPEDES Wikipedia: Dandy Horse Wikipedia: Penny Farthing MIC POPS Instructables: Dealing With Mic Pops MARCHING M.||3/30/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanOddments 7||In this episode, sunset tricks, brain fun with numbers, moving a giant electromagnet, Titanic’s last song, woodworms and stuck in the Antarctic. REFERENCES SUNSET TRICKS Wikipedia: Green Flash Wikipedia: Sun Dogs FUN WITH NUMBERS Personality Cafe: Qui||3/23/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanODDMENTS 6. STRANGE SOUNDS, WARPED VOICES, AND THE CHECK IS IN THE TUBE.||In this episode, some original recording of amazing phenomenon, oh the technical problems, and tubular messaging. REFERENCES PISTOL SHRIMP Wikipedia article on Pistol Shrimp Wikipedia article on Sonolumenescence Ding Darling Wildlife Refuge YT: Video||3/25/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanOddments 5. A ghost town, a mystery in Ohio, a queen’s surprise, and a virtual haircut.||In this episode, No Business, TN, Aubrey gets un-bored in Ohio, Ethan finds Algebra, and a virtual haircut. REFERENCES No Business Map of No Business, TN Parallax Wikipedia article describing the phenomenon YT: Nice example of Parallax Aubrey’s wo||2/24/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanOddments 4. The First Empire, Euler’s Disk, and the Voice of Twain.||In this episode, Jairus becomes Sargon, Euler’s disk mesmerizes, and Mark Twain comes back from the dead. REFERENCES The First Empire Wikipedia on Sargon and the First Empire Wikipedia on Cuneiform script Wikipedia on City-states Euler’s Disk YT||1/30/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanOddments 3. Whales, Ships and the Stars that Guide Them.||In this episode, Jairus talks about whales and junk, Aubrey explains the death of light, and another audio illusion descends. REFERENCES Spermaceti Wikipedia on Spermaceti A nice diagram of a sperm whale’s head The incredible tale of the Whaleship||1/5/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanOddments 2. Monkey Authors and Deadly Playing Cards.||In this episode, Jairus explores how the winter makes him dumb AND depressed and Jeff talks about deadly playing cards, monkey prose, and audio illusions. REFERENCES Shepard Tones Wikipedia on Shepard Tones Visualization of Shepard Tone Diana Deutsch||12/23/2012||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanOddments 1: Armored Bandits and Missing Planes.||In this, our first episode, we explore an armored bandit from down under (and his missing skull), a famous if somewhat overused sound effect, why you can’t land at Microsoft Simulator’s default airport, islands named after holidays and why the Bermu||11/29/2012||Free||View in iTunes|
Fun, Interesting, and Yes, Odd
I was happy to stumble upon Oddments. The hosts are fun and engaging and present a nice mix of odd science stories, trivia, and sounds that mess with your mind.
It's all presented in a fun, laid back fashion and at 15-20 minutes per show, it's also exactly the right length so as to fit into my horribly short attention span!
It's why you never just click on one internet page
Both zoning in on specific interesting, curious topics and connecting them to other aspects of history/science/pop culture. If you're the type of person who sits down to look at one thing on wikipedia and two hours later has learned about the various uses for coconut husks and possibly forgotten your original question, you may like it here!
Curioser & Curioser!
The world is full of connections that people don't necessarily realize - things that we see every day that have a reason behind them we are unaware of. Oddments will let you in on the secret, and reveal fascinating tidbits that you can later recount at dinner parties. Impress family and friends! Finally get on your mother-in-law's good side!