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Futility Closet

By Greg Ross

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Hosted by Greg and Sharon Ross, Futility Closet is a celebration of the quirky and the curious, the thought-provoking and the simply amusing. This podcast is an audio companion to the popular website that catalogs more than 7,000 curiosities in history, language, mathematics, literature, philosophy, and art. In each episode we explore intriguing finds from our research, share listener contributions, and offer a contest in which listeners can match their wits.

Customer Reviews

Good content, dull hosts

Good content, and I'm a fan of the website, but Greg and his wife are not great hosts. There's something annoying about the way they comment to themselves as they read the stories, as if they hadn't heard them before. And they don't compliment each other; Greg is incredibly bored-souning, while his wife is annoyingly chipper. The show sounds very rehearsed, like an imitation of a conversation. This is not to mention Greg's tendency to pause after every three or four words, even in the middle of a phrase, like a monotone William Shatner. If it weren't for the stories themselves being original, interesting and generally not featured on the website, I wouldn't be listening. (Not to mention the music, which sounds like a funerary version of the "Seinfeld" theme)

Interesting, but dry

It may be because this podcast is in its early days and the hosts are still getting a feel for recording, but there's a stiff and almost formal vibe to this podcast. Still, the content is interesting and I appreciate the effort that seems to be put into fact-checking. I'll definitely check out future episodes.

Weird and fascinating tales

Each episode's half hour seems to go by very quickly -- always a sign of a good, interesting podcast. The facts, trivia, and historical oddities that the hosts discuss are really intriguing and sometimes bizarre, and leave me thinking about them long after the podcast is over. Definitely give this podcast a try!