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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  • Episode 148: Killer Rabbit (Entry 686.LV1106)

    April 25th, 2019  |  53 mins 51 secs

    In which we go through the weird list of things glimpsed by noted paranormal researcher Jimmy Carter, including a hissing marsh rabbit and a UFO that the Air Force wants you to think is barium. Certificate #21432.

  • Episode 147: Ted Danson in Blackface (Entry 1283.JB2317)

    April 23rd, 2019  |  1 hr 5 mins

    In which one of the most beloved sitcom stars in America tries out the worst comedy idea of all time, and John has a theory about anti-Semitism in the Aliens movies. Certificate #22400.

  • Episode 146: Breastaurants (Entry 152.IS1321)

    April 18th, 2019  |  1 hr 2 mins

    In which we explain the squeaky-clean tawdriness of casual dining chains that put all the servers in tank tops, and Ken wonders if you can eat hot wings ironically. Certificate #37739.

  • Episode 145: Mussolini's Nose (Entry 819.PR3033)

    April 16th, 2019  |  56 mins 28 secs

    In which a chronically ill British woman decides that God wants her to kill a fascist dictator, and Ken and John argue over whether or not an assassination plot needs a chalkboard. Certificate #16114.

  • Episode 144: Wide Skis (Entry 1431.LK0429)

    April 11th, 2019  |  1 hr 7 mins

    In which, after centuries of stagnation, the sport of skiing is revolutionized in a matter of three years, and John is forced to sign a hand-written waiver. Certificate #34056.

  • Episode 143: Cocaine Hippos (Entry 238.JB4021)

    April 9th, 2019  |  47 mins 16 secs

    In which the rivers of Colombia teem with African hippos due to the excesses of a long-dead drug lord, and Ken suggests introducing Welsh corgis to the Amazon rainforest. Certificate #37768.

  • Episode 142: The Smoot (Entry 1178.1K0626)

    April 4th, 2019  |  48 mins 19 secs

    In which an MIT fraternity prank creates a new unit of measurement and annoys Boston police, and John wins a million dollars on an imaginary quiz show about Maine. Certificate #50326.

  • Episode 141: The Garden of Earthly Delights (Entry 515.SS0611)

    April 2nd, 2019  |  56 mins 38 secs

    In which a Dutch painter creates surreal hellscapes so mysterious and full of butts that no one knows what he was even thinking, and Ken explains why bagpipes are very, very erotic. Certificate #17086.

  • Episode 140: Breezewood, Pennsylvania (Entry 153.JG0506)

    March 28th, 2019  |  1 hr 8 mins

    In which a funding impasse and clever fast food franchises put a one-of-a-kind stoplight right in the middle of a Pennsylvania interstate, and Ken misremembers who built the Lincoln Highway. Certificate #31424.

  • Episode 139: Indigo (Entry 634.GE0913)

    March 26th, 2019  |  1 hr 10 mins

    In which Sir Isaac Newton adds an extra color to the rainbow to make his mystical, musical math come out right, and John has strong feelings about Satan's marital status. Certificate #26015.

  • Episode 138: Egg-Cracking Machines (Entry 398.JE1711)

    March 21st, 2019  |  57 mins 13 secs

    In which John goes to the Caribbean, learns how cruise ships crack 20,000 eggs in a week, and begins to comparison-shop the amazing Rube Goldberg inventions involved. Certificate #27021.

  • Episode 137: Jeanne Calment (Entry 176.2C0416)

    March 19th, 2019  |  1 hr 13 mins

    In which an indomitable woman from Provence defies actuaries by living to be 122 years old, shadowy Russian forces try to discredit her, and Ken predicts which Saturday Night Live cast members will be centenarians. Certificate #43762.