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 66: The Washing Bear (Entry 1411.LV2025)

    July 12th, 2018  |  43 mins 53 secs

    In which John explains the secrets of raccoon hygiene, Ken mistakenly shows up with a ukulele, a straw hat, and a football pennant, and ferret lovers unsubscribe in mass numbers. Certificate #29158.

  • Episode 65: The Transcontinental Airway System (Entry 1327.PS4304)

    July 10th, 2018  |  42 mins 19 secs

    In which the post office builds a path of giant yellow concrete arrows stretching across the continent, and John questions the sobriety of the pilots of Montana. Certificate #34096.

  • Episode 64: The Tri-State Tornado (Entry 1339.JE3023)

    July 5th, 2018  |  57 mins 44 secs

    In which the most devastating twister in American history tears through 235 miles of the Midwest, tossing around trees, railroad tracks, and popcorn stands. Certificate #9101.

  • Episode 63: Christian Science Reading Rooms (Entry 220.HB0202)

    July 3rd, 2018  |  1 hr 11 mins

    In which a Boston woman falls on an icy sidewalk and discovers the secret of the universe, and listeners are encouraged to seek out the most heretical book in their local metaphysical lending library. Certificate #51449.

  • Episode 62: War Rugs (Entry 1411.SS0604)

    June 28th, 2018  |  59 mins 27 secs

    In which we travel to the "graveyard of empires" to witness the birth of an exciting Soviet-era art form, and Ken learns he should have saved the satin bomber jackets of his childhood. Certificate #39950.

  • Episode 61: The Koryo Saram (Entry 692.JE2907)

    June 26th, 2018  |  54 mins 30 secs

    In which tens of thousands of Koreans are forcibly relocated to the deserts of Central Asia and ordered to grow rice, and John refuses to relocate to Kotzebue or Yakutat even though he has a free plane ticket. Certificate #16823.

  • Episode 60: Billy the Pygmy Hippo (Entry 122.JB4024)

    June 21st, 2018  |  52 mins 19 secs

    In which Calvin Coolidge gets a frisky gift from Liberia that ushers zoos into the modern age, and John and Ken fantasize about being president and still sleeping all day. Certificate #47159.

  • Episode 59: The Boysenberry (Entry 148.LV2519)

    June 19th, 2018  |  1 hr 45 secs

    In which a California backyard botanist creates a mysterious new fruit, resulting in one of the century's biggest food fads and reinventing the American vacation. Certificate #36525.

  • Episode 58: Prisencolinensinainciusol (Entry 988.1C1423)

    June 14th, 2018  |  58 mins 49 secs

    In which the world's catchiest song teaches us how English sounds to overseas ears, and Ken mispronounces the French word for "slithy." Certificate #35645.

  • Episode 57: The Conqueror (Entry 264.LK1255)

    June 12th, 2018  |  55 mins 28 secs

    In which an eccentric billionaire has the terrible idea to cast John Wayne as Genghis Khan, and a "who's who" of Hollywood gets showered with both bad reviews and radioactive fallout. Certificate #17145.

  • Episode 56: The Bugatti Chiron (Entry 162.EC0911)

    June 7th, 2018  |  1 hr 6 mins

    In which a Volkswagen marque invents the super-car, new acceleration and deceleration records are set, and Ken asks where John was conceived. Certificate #24968.

  • Episode 55: The St. Martin Fistula (Entry 1227.PR2027)

    June 5th, 2018  |  1 hr 5 mins

    In which a French-Canadian "voyageur" suffers three indignities: being blasted with buckshot at point-blank range, becoming a full-time medical guinea pig, and having John call him the world's first "human fondue set." Certificate #42453.