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 124: Flagpole Sitters (Entry 474.1S1013)

    January 31st, 2019  |  1 hr 13 mins

    In which Syrian ascetics and American steeplejacks alike enjoy the weirdest fad of all time, and Ken angers marathon runners. Certificate #45561.

  • Episode 123: Samantha Smith (Entry 1178.IS1106)

    January 29th, 2019  |  1 hr 9 mins

    In which a fifth-grader from Maine becomes a diplomatic sensation after writing a nervous letter to Moscow, and John remembers the only fan letter he ever wrote. Certificate #35519.

  • Episode 122: The Twins of Benin (Entry 1353.GN2524)

    January 24th, 2019  |  1 hr 10 mins

    In which we learn that one very specific region of West Africa produces more twins than anywhere else on earth, which could be due to heredity, yams, or, in Ken's mind, a mysterious glowing meteorite. Certificate #29437.

  • Episode 121: The Kilogram (Entry 686.DE2513)

    January 22nd, 2019  |  1 hr 9 mins

    In which the dreams of the French Revolution are finally fulfilled by modern physicists eager to re-define science itself from scratch, which probably triggered the alien landing in May 2019. Certificate #37545.

  • Episode 120: Trucker Culture (Entry 1343.MT2514)

    January 17th, 2019  |  1 hr 5 mins

    In which a gas crisis and an early social media network conspire to make long-haul truck drivers national heroes, and Ken gives a big 10-4 to a heroic trucker named "Fuzzy." Certificate #25007.

  • Episode 119: Vice Versa (Entry 1393.EP0423)

    January 15th, 2019  |  1 hr 14 mins

    In which we read the Victorian novel that, a century later, would start an avalanche of body-swapping movie comedies, and John tries to debunk the blind prophet Tiresias. Certificate #30972.

  • Episode 118: Queen Victoria's Grandchildren (Entry 1020.IS1418)

    January 10th, 2019  |  1 hr 1 min

    In which we follow up on the forty-two offspring of the "grandmother of Europe," including the one who led Germany into World War I and the one who might have been Jack the Ripper. Certificate #26374.

  • Episode 117: Cumberland vs. Georgia Tech (Entry 305.RM1219)

    January 8th, 2019  |  1 hr 12 mins

    In which a revenge-crazed football coach runs up a 222-0 score against a squad of random law students and townies, and John explains why his go-to comedy move is dropping his pants. Certificate #26347.

  • Episode 116: Track 61 (Entry 1324.EZ0808)

    January 3rd, 2019  |  1 hr 1 min

    In which Franklin Roosevelt builds a secret, private train station under the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel, and John almost defects to East Germany in a gaily colored ski jacket. Certificate #33725.

  • Episode 115: Snowflakes (Entry 1181.PS14716)

    January 1st, 2019  |  51 mins 15 secs

    In which a Vermont farmer unveils to the world a natural beauty of crystalline perfection that's been hiding in plain sight, and Ken and John decide to slander Buzz Aldrin for some reason. Certificate #16919.

  • Episode 114: The Turboencabulator (Entry 1348.IS2811)

    December 27th, 2018  |  1 hr 10 mins

    In which we study the spurving bearings and hydrocoptic marzlevanes of the made-up machine that brought technobabble to the masses, and John actually encourages Ken to talk about Star Trek for a change. Certificate #45305.

  • Episode 113: Thomas Nast (Entry 825.JB1534)

    December 25th, 2018  |  1 hr 11 mins

    In which one Gilded Age influencer puts Santa at the North Pole because he hates slavery so much and runs New York's most powerful man out of town on a rail because he hates the Irish so much. Certificate #33423.