Omnibus

An encyclopedic reference of strange-but-true stories compiled as a time capsule for future generations.

About the show

Twice a week, Ken Jennings and John Roderick add a new entry to the OMNIBUS, an encyclopedic reference work of strange-but-true stories that they are compiling as a time capsule for future generations.

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Episodes

  • Episode 533: Rhinos in Europe (Entry 1069.JB3910)

    February 2nd, 2023  |  1 hr 14 mins

    In which Europe is so besotted with exotic ungulates that Roman emperors battle them, artists engrave them badly, and salons honor them in wig form, and John asks about Ken's milk bags. Certificate #27983.

  • Episode 532: Cannikin (Entry 180.IS0219)

    January 26th, 2023  |  1 hr 9 mins

    In which underground nuclear testing in Alaska leads two Jewish Quakers into a new age of direct action in environmental activism, and Ken is grateful for the air fryer. Certificate #53211.

  • Episode 531: The Royal Touch (Entry 1087.MT1902)

    January 19th, 2023  |  1 hr 11 mins

    In which the divine right of kings, along with golden amulets, is considered the only cure for a disfiguring disease, and John considers which celebrities might be carved from wood. Certificate #22347.

  • Episode 530: Blue Fugates (Entry 137.DA1006)

    January 12th, 2023  |  1 hr 7 mins

    In which a rare oxidized form of hemoglobin changes the skin color of a whole holler full of Kentuckians, and Ken wonders when elves got plastic surgery. Certificate #26015.

  • Episode 529: Korean Age (Entry 692.JB1117)

    January 5th, 2023  |  1 hr 25 mins

    In which the world's first cultural superpower decides to make all its citizens a year or two younger overnight, and John could not have been a better baby. Certificate #38756.

  • Episode 528: Emperor Norton (Entry 408.MT2221)

    December 29th, 2022  |  1 hr 13 mins

    In which a colorful newcomer to San Francisco loses a fortune on Peruvian rice and declares himself American royalty, and Ken would have pixelized Kiss. Certificate #42631.

  • Episode 527: The Grey Album (Entry 550.MT1906)

    December 27th, 2022  |  1 hr 23 mins

    In which a future music megastar bridges the gap between rock and hip-hop with one ambitious, illegal remix album, and John is such a good ally that he listened to Suzanne Vega. Certificate #19205.

  • Episode 526: Christmas KFC (Entry 220.DE1411)

    December 22nd, 2022  |  1 hr 14 mins

    In which a western religious holiday becomes a romantic poultry-eating occasion in modern Japan, and Ken destroys all his Hard Rock Cafe t-shirts. Certificate #24940.

  • Episode 525: The First Council of Nicaea (Entry 472.AC1502)

    December 20th, 2022  |  1 hr 27 mins

    In which an emperor convenes the first ever ecumenical council to figure out just whom Christians have been worshiping all this time, and John thinks the invention of the wheel led to mass depravity. Certificate #23027.

  • Episode 524: Custer the Wolf (Entry 308.JN1012)

    December 15th, 2022  |  1 hr 10 mins

    In which a national campaign to eradicate a misunderstood predator from the United States very nearly succeeds, and Ken would like to see John James Audubon burning in a pit. Certificate #52363.

  • Episode 523: The Phone Book (Entry 931.RV2015)

    December 13th, 2022  |  1 hr 40 mins

    In which utility companies take it upon themselves to provide the informational staple of every 20th-century household, and John is looking for a missing Jordanian. Certificate #48730.

  • Episode 522: The Futuro House (Entry 510.1K0609)

    December 8th, 2022  |  1 hr 9 mins

    In which a Finnish architect upgrades the prefab, modular homes of the 1960s by turning them into flying saucers, and Ken wants to know his table's name. Certificate #49729.