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 234: Trafalgar vs. Carmania (Entry 1325.IS2314)

    February 20th, 2020  |  1 hr 7 mins

    In which the First World War begins in an unexpected fashion, with two ocean liners blowing holes in each other off the coast of Brazil, and Ken gets gaslit into buying a tuxedo. Certificate #32056.

  • Episode 233: The Dogon (Entry 369.DE0419)

    February 18th, 2020  |  58 mins 12 secs

    In which an African tribe proves so eager to please that they convince generations of ethnographers that alien visitors from Sirius are real, and John gets annoyed that ancient astronauts never invented baseball. Certificate #26731.

  • Episode 232: Cincinnati Chili (Entry 223.2K0440)

    February 13th, 2020  |  49 mins 4 secs

    In which an early fast food boom, Greek immigration, and (of course) the World's Fair conspire to trick Ohioans into redefining "chili," and John gets justifiably upset about bananas on spaghetti. Certificate #24598.

  • Episode 231: Snow Valley, Oklahoma (Entry 1182.JB2419)

    February 11th, 2020  |  1 hr 12 mins

    In which a Vermonter with an ill-conceived dream brings skiiing very briefly to the Sooner State, and Ken attempts to secure his family some very rare Pokemon cards. Certificate #17398.

  • Episode 230: The Tootsie Pop Indian (Entry 1317.LA0312)

    February 6th, 2020  |  1 hr 9 mins

    In which an American candy company refuses to honor a longstanding bit of playground lollipop lore, and Ken tries to calculate the homeopathic healing power of Tootsie Rolls. Certificate #33486.

  • Episode 229: Chastity Belts (Entry 209.LV2113)

    February 4th, 2020  |  55 mins 19 secs

    In which Renaissance satirists and modern amateur historians accidentally create a physiologically impossible medieval device, and John has a theory about locksmiths and cocaine. Certificate #49406.

  • Episode 228: Coppicing (Entry 276.PS8015)

    January 30th, 2020  |  49 mins 29 secs

    In which a forgotten medieval art of tree-harvesting is revived by the sustainability movement, and Ken blames the coming environmental catastrophe on "sugar energy." Certificate #22560.

  • Episode 227: Harry Dexter White (Entry 1428.LK0817)

    January 28th, 2020  |  1 hr 12 mins

    In which the American architect of post-World War II global capitalism turns out to have a dark and traitorous secret, and John imagines he would be a huge hassle for his spy handlers. Certificate #25923.

  • Episode 226: The Death of Trolleys (Entry 320.GN4519)

    January 23rd, 2020  |  1 hr 1 min

    In which we find General Motors and its corporate co-conspirators not guilty on the charge of killing American streetcar lines, and Ken gets very excited about funicular railways. Certificate #14871.

  • Episode 225: George Bush's Crack Dealer (Entry 524.JB1808)

    January 21st, 2020  |  56 mins 9 secs

    In which the president of the United States lies to the nation about how he got three ounces of crack cocaine into the Oval Office, and John is asked to leave a crime scene. Certificate #34620.

  • Episode 224: Backgammon (Entry 090.EX2816)

    January 16th, 2020  |  1 hr 7 mins

    In which an ancient Mesopotamian board game briefly becomes a 1970s signifier for glamour and sophistication, and Ken's life is changed by an intense childhood game of Clue. Certificate #31179.

  • Episode 223: Masquerade (Entry 763.PS10424)

    January 14th, 2020  |  1 hr 8 mins

    In which an outsider artist hides a rabbit by a statue and thereby gets a million people to start digging up the English countryside, and John "man-solves" a Satanic temple. Certificate #14162.