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 174: Canning (Entry 180.LK1219)

    July 25th, 2019  |  56 mins 56 secs

    In which doomed Arctic explorers and a spiritualist's vacuum sealer help revolutionize the science of food storage, and John reveals that his "dueling scars" are actually from drinking cold canned pasta. Certificate #42072.

  • Episode 173: The Four-Color Map Problem (Entry 495.NU2653)

    July 23rd, 2019  |  50 mins 36 secs

    In which over a century of mathematicians are unable to solve a geometry problem straight out of a coloring book, computers provide their first ever math "proof," and Ken challenges John to map a donut. Certificate #28876.

  • Episode 172: The Church of the SubGenius (Entry 222.AC1605)

    July 18th, 2019  |  57 mins 2 secs

    In which a fictional pipe-smoking salesman invents a new quasi-religion for ironists, Discordians, and weirdos, and Ken believes he could have prevented the Trojan War. Certificate #31147.

  • Episode 171: The Rural Purge (Entry 1091.PS6503)

    July 16th, 2019  |  50 mins 29 secs

    In which CBS cancels a full slate of country-fried programming, reinventing TV and marginalizing rural America, and John somehow watches an awful lot of Hee Haw. Certificate #36841.

  • Episode 170: Peak Phosphorus (Entry 911.PS9703)

    July 11th, 2019  |  55 mins 57 secs

    In which one of the key nutrients for all life on Earth washes inexorably into the ocean all day every day, which really stresses Ken out. Certificate #52178

  • Episode 169: John Dee (Entry 325.DA0202)

    July 9th, 2019  |  56 mins 8 secs

    In which Queen Elizabeth's top astrologer dreams up the British Empire, solar power, and possibly even James Bond, and then loses his whole reputation to a charlatan with no earlobes, leading John to create a list of scientists who should have stayed in their lane. Certificate #44269

  • Episode 168: Quonset Huts (Entry 1023.PS6103)

    July 4th, 2019  |  54 mins 11 secs

    In which the U.S. military builds hundreds of thousands of weird half-cylindrical shelters out of corrugated steel, and Ken reports on what they would look like with stained-glass windows. Certificate #35704

  • Episode 167: Droodles (Entry 382.AC0212)

    July 2nd, 2019  |  1 hr 7 mins

    In which we remember Frank Zappa's favorite 1950s fad, brought to you by the inventor of Mad Libs, and John remembers why people actually thought a Sasquatch lived on top of the Space Needle back in foggier times. Certificate #48261.

  • Episode 166: Furries (Entry 508.GN2716)

    June 27th, 2019  |  58 mins 12 secs

    In which hundreds of thousands of people dress in big plush animal suits as a hobby, identity, or fetish, and Ken explains the secret Family Feud notebooks of his childhood. Certificate #26505

  • Episode 165: Town Line, New York (Entry 1323.2C0617)

    June 25th, 2019  |  53 mins 18 secs

    In which a tiny village secedes from the United States to join the Confederacy and forgets to rejoin for almost a century--even though it's in upstate New York just miles from the Canadian border. Certificate #42052.

  • Episode 164: Cold Fusion (Entry 242.PR2004)

    June 20th, 2019  |  1 hr 3 mins

    In which two of the world's smartest electrochemists get fooled by a botched experiment and the promise of fame, and John reveals that GPS mysticism is his pseudoscience. Certificate #19668.

  • Episode 163: The Kamehameha Colonists (Entry 681.IS4204)

    June 18th, 2019  |  52 mins 39 secs

    In which over a hundred of Honolulu's elite private school students are shipped off to some of the world's most remote islands on a top-secret government mission, and Ken wonders if sea turtles can feel dread. Certificate #22194.