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 24: Oneida (Entry 866.MT2230)

    February 15th, 2018  |  44 mins 30 secs

    In which a socialist preacher invents a tricky birth control technique he calls "male continence," leading directly to the lazy Susan and the assassination of an American president. Certificate #34322.

  • Episode 23: The Bellamy Salute (Entry 112.HE0616)

    February 13th, 2018  |  41 mins 9 secs

    In which Ken blames a crucial bit of fascist iconography on the most successful magazine premium in American history, and John knows the lyrics to "Alaska's Flag" but refuses to sing it. Certificate #37863.

  • Episode 22: Hat Etiquette (Entry 571.1C1104)

    February 8th, 2018  |  39 mins 24 secs

    In which John strongly admonishes future listeners not to get sloppy with their headwear, if they have heads. Certificate #25200.

  • Episode 21: Death Discs (Entry 319.MK1610)

    February 6th, 2018  |  51 mins 43 secs

    In which the gruesome deaths in early 1960s teen ballads are variously blamed on capitalism, Marlon Brando, chastity, and giant clams. Certificate #34312.

  • Episode 20: Mutual Assured Destruction (Entry 820.JE5022)

    February 1st, 2018  |  47 mins 23 secs

    In which the human race barely survives the 20th century. (Well, not all of it, obviously. Picasso didn't, for example.) Certificate #27008

  • Episode 19: Mummy Brown (Entry 817.PR0716)

    January 30th, 2018  |  45 mins 13 secs

    In which the bodies of ancient kings are ground up to fertilize lawns, power locomotives, and paint portraits. Certificate #37891

  • Episode 18: Thomas Midgley (Entry 786.ZC0508)

    January 25th, 2018  |  47 mins 34 secs

    In which the world's worst chemist gives everyone lead poisoning, and then puts a hole in the ozone layer as an encore. Certificate #25185

  • Episode 17: Paris Syndrome (Entry 901.JS1002)

    January 23rd, 2018  |  46 mins 44 secs

    In which twenty tourists a year have a psychological breakdown because the most magical city in the world is a little disappointing. Certificate #507

  • Episode 16: The Sentinelese (Entry 1134.LV2024)

    January 18th, 2018  |  40 mins 51 secs

    In which John introduces us to the world's last uncontacted tribeā€”but not literally, because that would be illegal. Certificate #13568

  • Episode 15: Kohoutek (Entry 692.JU0113)

    January 16th, 2018  |  40 mins 39 secs

    In which a Czech astronomer is hailed as the hero of 1973, only to have his discovery flame out by not flaming out. Then he gets very seasick on a cruise. Certificate #31644

  • Episode 14: Monrovia, Moravia, Moldova, Moldavia (Entry 805.GN1032)

    January 11th, 2018  |  56 mins 20 secs

    In which John shares the soothing geographic mantra that has got him where he is today: sitting in a bunker teaching 30th-century cockroach-people how to tell medieval Central European principalities apart. Certificate #18088.

  • Episode 13: Heil Honey I'm Home! (Entry 577.PR1413)

    January 9th, 2018  |  40 mins 27 secs

    In which an upstart British television producer finally answers that age-old question: why don't more classic sitcoms star Adolf Hitler? Certificate #42615.