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.

Omnibus on social media

Episodes

  • Episode 500: Bitcoin Pizza Day (Entry 126.JB1304)

    September 22nd, 2022  |  1 hr 25 mins

    In which $300 million in 2022 money is unwisely spent on the world's first real-world cryptocurrency transaction, and Ken explains why a bro should not have an army. Certificate #11904.

  • Episode 499: Exclaves (Entry 436.NU2021)

    September 20th, 2022  |  1 hr 25 mins

    In which we explore life in parts of the map that are bizarrely separated from the rest of their nations, and John thinks Alaska looks like a very fertile octopus. Certificate #51829.

  • Episode 498: The Boots Theory (Entry 143.LK2104)

    September 15th, 2022  |  1 hr 14 mins

    In which a British fantasy writer reframes cost-of-living calculations for future economists, and Ken doesn't notice cobblers. Certificate #28114.

  • Episode 497: Farmer Burns (Entry 166.GN3224)

    September 13th, 2022  |  1 hr 31 mins

    In which a gifted grappler with Iowa's biggest neck becomes America's first national wrestling celebrity, and pro wrestling reminds John of many of his past relationships. Certificate #29766.

  • Episode 496: Tom Thumb (Entry 1315.PR2131)

    September 8th, 2022  |  1 hr 6 mins

    In which America's first locomotive faces its greatest challenge, a group of angry teamsters, and Ken decides horses are his Sammy Hagar. Certificate #17918.

  • Episode 495: The Winchester Geese (Entry 1434.JG1601)

    September 6th, 2022  |  1 hr 7 mins

    In which a church bishop's sanction makes the London borough of Southwark a haven for sex workers and other outcasts for centuries, and John would like to pay someone to chide him. Certificate #49605.

  • Episode 494: Hobby Tunneling (Entry 591.JB2416)

    September 1st, 2022  |  1 hr 13 mins

    In which a series of largely male and largely odd people over the centuries start digging something and just don't stop, and Ken explains how Canadian lakes are named. Certificate #39623.

  • Episode 493: Gillian Hills (Entry 588.PS12101)

    August 30th, 2022  |  1 hr 23 mins

    In which the daughter of a famous adventurer and hostage does landmark work in 20th-century music, film, and art, and John wonders whom he has talked to for the most hours. Certificate #39582.

  • Episode 492: O'Shaughnessy Dam (Entry 877.EX1508)

    August 25th, 2022  |  1 hr 20 mins

    In which a great American city got its water rights by illegally flooding John Muir's favorite valley, and Ken has opinions on where egrets should poop. Certificate #53464.

  • Episode 491: The Placebo Effect (Entry 946.IS3821)

    August 23rd, 2022  |  1 hr 29 mins

    In which people find they can feel better about almost any ailment while taking nothing at all, and many of John's friends are Batman villains. Certificate #42734.

  • Episode 490: The Dingo Fence (Entry 351.EZ1415)

    August 18th, 2022  |  1 hr 17 mins

    In which 3,500 miles of wire mesh are intended to keep the southeast corner of Australia dingo-free, and Ken thinks his dogs are choosing not to do jazz hands. Certificate #51283.

  • Episode 489: The Battle of Bamber Bridge (Entry 104.HE1302)

    August 16th, 2022  |  1 hr 16 mins

    In which wartime Britain reacts skeptically to American racial segregation, leading to a firefight in the village streets of Lancashire, and John ponders the post-apocalyptic looting of opticians. Certificate #53093.