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 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.

  • Episode 252: Prairie Schooners (Entry 975.NU0703)

    April 23rd, 2020  |  1 hr 49 secs

    In which the west is won by long fleets of covered wagons "sailing" on to the Oregon Territory, and Ken thinks it was mistake to capitalize the Northwest Passage. Certificate #18089.

  • Episode 251: Ferdinandea (Entry 461.RV1620)

    April 21st, 2020  |  46 mins 37 secs

    In which the European powers scramble to claim an infant pile of basalt in the Mediterranean, and John wonders how steampunk the Libyan submarine fleet might be. Certificate #50204.

  • Episode 250: Green Funerals (Entry 549.1S3113)

    April 16th, 2020  |  1 hr 6 mins

    In which John describes environmentally friendly modern alternatives to burial, and refuses to apologize for leaving an urn full of ashes under his piano for a decade. Certificate #37628.

  • Episode 249: Bode's Law (Entry 138.JB2212)

    April 14th, 2020  |  58 mins 54 secs

    In which amateur algebra experts figure out where the planets in the solar system should be, and are (briefly) proven right, and Ken gets his hair cut by a ghost. Certificate #36737.