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 264: Jesse Owens, Gold Medals of (Entry 887.LV2525)

    June 4th, 2020  |  53 mins 22 secs

    In which we examine the secondary market for Olympic medals, Nobel Prizes, game show trophies, and other awards, and Ken and John struggle to remember if Watson or Crick is the bad one. Certificate #2504.

  • Episode 263: The Hero of Camperdown (Entry 583.IS3323)

    June 2nd, 2020  |  54 mins 51 secs

    In which one press-ganged sailor's quick thinking and bravery ends an invasion of Ireland and changes the course of history, while John and Ken disagree over the meaning of Elton John lyrics. Certificate #50975.

  • Episode 262: Soapy Smith (Entry 1178.2T0313)

    May 28th, 2020  |  1 hr 5 mins

    In which Alaska chooses to make a cheerfully lawless gold rush villain into a beloved folk hero, and Ken wonders if he's married to a dice-rolling confidence artist. Certificate #35570.

  • Episode 261: Chick Tracts (Entry 214.RO0116)

    May 26th, 2020  |  1 hr 17 mins

    In which history's most widely read theologian is revealed to be an eccentric Los Angeles cartoonist and conspiracy theorist who looks like Slim Pickens, and John notices that religious pamphlets mostly appear in places where bad things happen. Certificate #31387.

  • Episode 260: The Joy of Cooking (Entry 676.EZ2410)

    May 21st, 2020  |  1 hr 12 mins

    In which a Listerine label-printing company publishes what goes on to become the most popular cookbook in American history, and Ken imagines Wall Street Journal portraits of seafood. Certificate #38738.

  • Episode 259: Love (Entry 737.GA0514)

    May 19th, 2020  |  1 hr 4 mins

    In which one of the great Pop Art geniuses of his century accidentally becomes a one-hit wonder with an iconic bit of typography, and John regrets never entering into an arranged marriage. Certificate #37350.

  • Episode 258: The International Cable Protection Committee (Entry 654.IS4316)

    May 14th, 2020  |  1 hr 5 mins

    In which we are reminded that the modern global communication network still relies on unwiedly physical cables running along the sea-floor, tempting Russian spies and itchy whales, and Ken enjoys the word "gutta-percha." Certificate #34332.

  • Episode 257: Grade Inflation (Entry 542.JB0807)

    May 12th, 2020  |  1 hr 13 mins

    In which the phenomenon of "illusory superiority" causes a gradual creep of ratings and reputations in every field, from maple syrup to dunks to dress sizes, and John is universally praised by his rideshare drivers. Certificate #45417.

  • Episode 256: Tanzanite (Entry 1277.IS5411)

    May 7th, 2020  |  58 mins 53 secs

    In which a consortium of gemologists tries to persuade vacationers of the hottest new thing in jewelry, which Ken considers to be the Sammy Hagar of birthstones. Certificate #48596.

  • Episode 255: Etchings (Entry 428.GN3907)

    May 5th, 2020  |  1 hr 1 min

    In which filthy Restoration comedy, Horatio Alger, and a sensational murder trial conspire to create a very odd pick-up line, and John requires an extra syllable in "Tijuana." Certificate #2793.

  • Episode 254: The Wild Goose (Entry 1432.MT0823)

    April 30th, 2020  |  1 hr 5 mins

    In which John Wayne buys a decommissioned minesweeper as his luxury yacht and it outlasts its more famous French sister ship, which is probably now full of slugs. Certificate #28232.

  • Episode 253: (LIVE) The Wreck of the Titan (Entry 1446.EZ2734)

    April 28th, 2020  |  1 hr 2 mins

    In which a failed periscope inventor predicts the greatest disaster of his time with apparently paranormal accuracy, and special guest Aimee Mann is warned away from the supernatural in no uncertain terms. Certificate #27264.