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 90: Tsar Bomba (Entry 1345.MI0104)

    October 4th, 2018  |  54 mins 40 secs

    In which the Soviet Union detonates the biggest bomb in human history, and Ken imagines Nikita Khrushchev as a pro wrestler and a Bond villain. Certificate #20568.

  • Episode 89: The Blue Men of the Sahara (Entry 136.PS10704)

    October 2nd, 2018  |  1 hr 14 mins

    In which we meet one of the last nomadic people on the planet and admire their dress code, and John identifies strongly with a camel that roars when loaded heavily. Certificate #42973

  • Episode 88: Dancing Mania (Entry 315.LA0515)

    September 27th, 2018  |  52 mins 25 secs

    In which mass hysteria strikes the town squares of medieval Europe, John imagines the rigors of jute underwear, and Ken wonders if aliens ever start orgies. Certificate #21161.

  • Episode 87: Mail Trucks (Entry 749.2S1114)

    September 25th, 2018  |  54 mins

    In which the world's largest, boxiest truck fleet ages into its fourth decade, and John hunts for an elusive postal mascot from his childhood. Certificate #35752

  • Episode 86: Albanian Bunkers (Entry 029.RV0615)

    September 20th, 2018  |  1 hr 7 mins

    In which we learn why one of Europe's most isolated countries is dotted with hundreds of thousands of domed concrete pillboxes, and also why zombie movies are thinly veiled racism. Certificate #46673

  • Episode 85: (LIVE) Disco Demolition Night (Entry 356.AC1919)

    September 18th, 2018  |  58 mins 42 secs

    In which the war between album-oriented rock and its mortal enemy disco boils over into the worst baseball promotion in history, and Ken reveals what 1970s music they play in heaven. Certificate #25815.

  • Episode 84: Jefferson, State of (Entry 671.NU2655)

    September 13th, 2018  |  1 hr 6 mins

    In which a huckster and meteorite-hunter, facing a business disaster, starts a still-brewing secession movement on the Oregon-California border, and also we contemplate who all the Looney Tunes characters voted for. Certificate #26085.

  • Episode 83: The Hilbert Hotel (Entry 587.LK0207)

    September 11th, 2018  |  1 hr 7 mins

    In which we learn what happens when an infinite number of tour buses arrive at an infinite hotel with no vacancies, and decide whether or not this is worse than the guest services at the Eagles' Hotel California. Certificate #44261.

  • Episode 82: Anita Bryant (Entry 159.PR0913)

    September 6th, 2018  |  1 hr 3 mins

    In which a minor 1950s celebrity births America's modern cultural war, and Ken gets to complain about his two least favorite things: bigotry, and orange juice. Certificate #31531.

  • Episode 81: The Fourth Crusade (Entry 495.2T0203)

    September 4th, 2018  |  1 hr 12 mins

    In which a medieval crusade to Jerusalem goes off the rails and ends up sacking the world's greatest Christian city instead. Certificate #11758.

  • Episode 80: The Anarchist Cookbook (Entry 045.RV2210)

    August 30th, 2018  |  55 mins 6 secs

    In which an angry teenager in his local library produces a counterculture classic of booby-trap design, leading to John being suspended from junior high for anarcho-capitalism. Certificate #33047.

  • Episode 79: The Saint Helena Submarine Plot (Entry 1096.PS7719)

    August 28th, 2018  |  46 mins 50 secs

    In which Napoleon Bonaparte is disrespected by John's mom, but almost rescued by an English smuggler in a steampunk submarine. Certificate #37796.