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 212: The Toyota Hilux (Entry 1323.JG0119)

    December 5th, 2019  |  1 hr 2 mins

    In which an oddly named model of Toyota pickup becomes the truck of choice for Marty McFly, Top Gear fans, polar explorers, and ISIS. Certificate #16197.

  • Episode 211: The Duchess of Bedford (Entry 383.PR2301)

    December 3rd, 2019  |  1 hr 3 mins

    In which one of Queen Victoria's ladies-in-waiting atones for her gossip scandals at court by inventing a brand new meal, and John blames museum docents for all his schedule problems. Certificate #48479.

  • Episode 210: Mother Jones (Entry 675.MK0333)

    November 28th, 2019  |  1 hr 10 mins

    In which an Irish immigrant pretending to be an old lady becomes a star of the American labor movement, and Ken ponders the death of middle initials. Certificate #12952.

  • Episode 209: The Rite of Spring Riot (Entry 1076.EZ2613)

    November 26th, 2019  |  1 hr 9 mins

    In which Ken blames the weirdest ballet premiere of all time on class warfare, bad hair and costuming choices, and anti-Russian xenophobia, and John renames the sport of gymnastics. Certificate #31616.

  • Episode 208: The Ambassador Bridge (Entry 039.EZ4705)

    November 21st, 2019  |  1 hr 9 mins

    In which one canny Detroit billionaire manages to gain sole control of the linchpin of American foreign trade, and John repeatedly insists he is not giving advice to terrorists. Certificate #36634.

  • Episode 207: Grass (Entry 546.MK0639)

    November 19th, 2019  |  46 mins 2 secs

    In which lawns are revealed to be covering three times as much of America as any other crop, and Ken explains why the tallgrass prairies of the 19th century produced no great tennis players. Certificate #31632.

  • Episode 206: Fern Fever (Entry 462.JB0816)

    November 14th, 2019  |  57 mins 49 secs

    In which Victorian England becomes obsessed with the beautiful fronds and sexy lifestyle of ferns, and John brings the Arts and Crafts movement to the grunge era. Certificate #31358.

  • Episode 205: Porfirio Rubirosa (Entry 1087.1K1210)

    November 12th, 2019  |  59 mins 10 secs

    In which a Dominican diplomat cozies up to one of history's worst dictators, marries the two richest women in the world, and creates our modern image of the macho "Latin lover," and Ken tries to revive some slang from 1980s sex comedies. Certificate #41003.

  • Episode 204: No-Fault Divorce (Entry 840.MK1009)

    November 7th, 2019  |  1 hr 1 min

    In which Ronald Reagan, of all people, introduces a new legal philosophy of marriage and divorce to America in 1970, though it takes New York forty years to catch up. Certificate #27256.

  • Episode 203: Earth-Two (Entry 391.RV2101)

    November 5th, 2019  |  1 hr 19 mins

    In which a single 1961 comic book births a multiverse and reshapes our modern understanding of parallel dimensions in art as well as life, and John wistfully fantasizes about an honest Hitler. Certificate #46819.

  • Episode 202: Faces of Death (Entry 447.JB1616)

    October 31st, 2019  |  1 hr 17 secs

    In which the "mondo" shock movie craze of the 1960s inspires a morbid megahit that turns out to be more hoax than documentary, and monkey brains make their big-screen debut. Certificate #41907.

  • Episode 201: Haitian Zombies (Entry 561.ZC1412)

    October 29th, 2019  |  57 mins 43 secs

    In which the origins of America's favorite 21st-century horror trope are traced back to the miseries of Caribbean plantation slavery, which is a huge bummer, and John ponders the role of squash in the afterlife. Certificate #49964.