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 104: Pumpkin Pie (Entry 1008.JH0406)

    November 22nd, 2018  |  1 hr 8 mins

    In which we consider America's favorite gourd as a botanical mystery, a symbol of autumn, a Civil War flashpoint, an Illinois monoculture, a delivery vehicle for condensed milk, and an instrument of Starbucks-related misogyny and class warfare. Certificate #36525.

  • Episode 103: Deep-Fried Turkeys (Entry 325.JN0432)

    November 20th, 2018  |  1 hr 10 mins

    In which the Cajun cooking fad of the 1980s spawns a hazardous new holiday favorite, and Ken's wife flips us the bird. Certificate #30269.

  • Episode 102: The Cagot (Entry 173.2K0527)

    November 15th, 2018  |  50 mins 53 secs

    In which a tiny French minority in the Pyrenees is shunned and hated for reasons no one can quite remember, and John pronounces the words "goose foot" more capably than Ken. Certificate #28287.

  • Episode 101: Jennens v. Jennens (Entry 671.NU2711)

    November 13th, 2018  |  58 mins 2 secs

    In which the notorious "Miser of Acton" forgets to sign his will, and for over a century thousands of people--including Ken's family--become convinced they are rightful heirs to his $300 million fortune. Certificate #23502.

  • Episode 100: Wild Man Fischer (Entry 472.GE1612)

    November 8th, 2018  |  1 hr 22 mins

    In which a troubled street performer becomes a beloved musician and helps found a landmark record label, Ken buys a booby-trapped painting, and John critiques the storytelling of celebrity children. Certificate #49895.

  • Episode 99: The Doomsday Flight (Entry 372.AM0214)

    November 6th, 2018  |  1 hr 19 mins

    In which the U.S. government tries to ban a Rod Serling TV movie for inspiring too many mid-air extortions, all of which can be foiled by knowing the right trivia fact about Denver. Certificate #41961.

  • Episode 98: Albert Pierrepoint (Entry 938.ES0914)

    November 1st, 2018  |  1 hr 3 mins

    In which a Lancashire grocer and pub landlord becomes the most skilled executioner of all time, and John explains the best part of being guillotined. Certificate #21776.

  • Episode 97: Bridey Murphy (Entry 818.JB1414)

    October 30th, 2018  |  1 hr 11 mins

    In which a Colorado housewife and her tractor dealer friend jump-start the 1950s "reincarnation" fad, and Ken ponders whether or not he was "Endora" in a past life. Certificate #29314.

  • Episode 96: The Letter J (Entry 714.1CH0910)

    October 25th, 2018  |  45 mins 50 secs

    In which a 16th-century jack-of-all-trades judiciously joins a jaunty new Johnny-come-lately to our jargon because he's just so jazzed about Jesus. Juxtaposed with John's jumbled jeremiads and Jennings's juvenile jokes. Certificate #23082.

  • Episode 95: The Ballads of Ossian (Entry 094.PR2017)

    October 23rd, 2018  |  1 hr 13 mins

    In which Thomas Jefferson, Napoleon, and Goethe go nuts about a best-selling blind Celtic bard who might not even exist, and John writes his first Tolkien fanfic. Certificate #28002

  • Episode 94: Brown Sound (Entry 158.MT1517)

    October 18th, 2018  |  57 mins 46 secs

    In which military scientists, flush from their success annoying Manuel Noriega with Doors music, try to find that one elusive noise that will liquefy their enemies' bowels. Certificate #42964.

  • Episode 93: Second Sleep (Entry 1122.ZC0401)

    October 16th, 2018  |  1 hr 11 mins

    In which John and Ken learn that they share a "chronotype," but disagree over whether it's natural to spend an hour or two every night sitting naked in a chair. Certificate #38846.