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 184: Florence Lawrence (Entry 705.MT0210)

    August 29th, 2019  |  1 hr 13 mins

    In which a vaudeville baby whistler becomes the world's first movie star and goes on to invent the electric windshield wiper, and Ken's knowledge of Ogden Nash insults finally comes in handy. Certificate #52050.

  • Episode 183: Miss Thistlebottom's Hobgoblins (Entry 795.PS1912)

    August 27th, 2019  |  1 hr 12 mins

    In which many of the most commonly taught grammar and usage rules in English are revealed to be arbitrary, made-up, out-of-date, or all three, and John explains why Miss Manners should be in charge of the Internet. Certificate #41607.

  • Episode 182: Biosphere 2 (Entry 124.IS6517)

    August 22nd, 2019  |  1 hr 16 mins

    In which an eccentric metallurgist with a theater troupe begins one of the strangest science experiments in history and learns that humankind might not be ready for Mars yet, and Ken watches Jeff Bezos injure a fig tree. Certificate #34308.

  • Episode 181: Lottery Winners (Entry 736.HE1305)

    August 20th, 2019  |  1 hr 21 mins

    In which we follow the history of government games of chance from ancient China to today's bankrupt Powerball millionaires, and John grifts his elementary school out of a side of beef. Certificate #32943.

  • Episode 180: Fotomats (Entry 494.LV2342)

    August 15th, 2019  |  55 mins 17 secs

    In which a bygone errand, developing vacation snapshots, becomes so widespread that it gets its own chain of drive-thru kiosks, and Ken's mom looks great in a red knit jumper and gold polyester turtleneck. Certificate #38597.

  • Episode 179: Gold Hats (Entry 537.PS2103)

    August 13th, 2019  |  48 mins 51 secs

    In which four mysterious cones are unearthed from proto-Celtic Europe, perhaps holding untold secrets of the calendar and cosmos, and John is surrounded by the happy nudists of the Danube. Certificate #23490

  • Episode 178: ARkStorm (Entry 067.PS9303)

    August 8th, 2019  |  55 mins 45 secs

    In which a periodic "atmospheric river" from the Pacific Ocean threatens to put a quarter of Californians underwater in the very near future, which scares Ken so much that he decides to drill holes in his couch. Certificate #23973.

  • Episode 177: The Monkey Selfie (Entry 803.MT2220)

    August 6th, 2019  |  1 hr 8 mins

    In which the legal and creative rights of a crested macaque are debated on the world stage, and we learn Ken wants to look like Popeye. Certificate #2720.

  • Episode 176: The Onion Futures Act (Entry 867.NU1105)

    August 1st, 2019  |  1 hr 6 mins

    In which two savvy farmers try to corner the market on onions by buying up the whole Midwestern supply, and John compares Gerald Ford to a Jesuit. Certificate #25671.

  • Episode 175: Bob Dylan's Christian Period (Entry 138.AC1631)

    July 30th, 2019  |  59 mins 37 secs

    In which rock's most cryptic genius shocks the world by being "born again," releasing three uneven gospel albums and annoying a lot of concertgoers. Certificate #39323.

  • 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.