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 248: Genoan Insurance (Entry 522.MT0634)

    April 9th, 2020  |  59 mins 30 secs

    In which the modern insurance industry is born when medieval Italian merchants form syndicates to manage risk, and Ken manages risk by making people order pancakes. Certificate #46598.

  • Episode 247: Streaking (Entry 1234.RV1615)

    April 7th, 2020  |  1 hr 10 mins

    In which dumb campus fads return to the American spotlight in 1973 thanks to a mild winter and legions of nude undergrads, and John gradually remembers his own complicated streaking history. Certificate #41916.

  • Episode 246: The De Havilland Beaver (Entry 328.DE0203)

    April 2nd, 2020  |  1 hr 9 mins

    In which the Great White North is serviced and explored by the greatest bush plane of all time, and Ken decides that aircraft shouldn't be named after bugs. Certificate #35435.

  • Episode 245: Mesoamerican Ball Game (Entry 778.JB3122)

    March 31st, 2020  |  59 mins 39 secs

    In which pre-Columbian civilizations spend thousands of years banging each other up with heavy rubber balls, and John tries to replace professional sports with stick-fighting. Certificate #28586.

  • Episode 244: Naked Came the Stranger (Entry 823.MT2538)

    March 26th, 2020  |  1 hr 4 mins

    In which a droll Long Island reporter and his newsroom buddies accidentally create one of the all-time great dirty books, and Ken is skeptical of the nudist lifestyle. Certificate #50150.

  • Episode 243: Sadie Hawkins Day (Entry 1094.GN3912)

    March 24th, 2020  |  1 hr 20 mins

    In which a hippie-hating cartoonist accidentally creates a (slightly) gender-equalizing campus tradition, and John spends hours poring over newspaper bridge columns. Certificate #44390.

  • Episode 242: Chinook Jargon (Entry 215.1C1413)

    March 19th, 2020  |  57 mins 48 secs

    In which a very old Native American trading pidgin becomes a regional language and 20th-century slang, and Ken goes to a movie theater that basically confessed to genocide. Certificate #5725.

  • Episode 241: Patagonian Giants (Entry 907.MT0627)

    March 17th, 2020  |  54 mins 44 secs

    In which the world's tallest tribe, if they even exist, are enslaved by Ferdinand Magellan and downsized by subsequent visitors, and John reminds us of the importance of good posture. Certificate #33392.

  • Episode 240: Bill W. (Entry 122.NU0603)

    March 12th, 2020  |  1 hr 29 mins

    In which one rough night for a traveling salesman in Akron, Ohio births a new spiritual approach to addiction recovery, and Ken suggests some interesting anagrams for post-human Presbyterian listeners. Certificate #19544.

  • Episode 239: Hikikomori (Entry 587.1K2225)

    March 10th, 2020  |  1 hr 8 mins

    In which a generation of traumatized Japanese young people increasingly decide never to come out of their bedrooms, whereas John insists on dying alone. Certificate #50644.

  • Episode 238: Cow Magnets (Entry 289.JL0118)

    March 5th, 2020  |  1 hr 3 mins

    In which we learn that ruminants are eating a lot more metal nowadays than they used to, and that Ken would like to have a gravel spoon at dinner. Certificate #28929

  • Episode 237: Longitudinal Film (Entry 734.PS9010)

    March 3rd, 2020  |  1 hr 19 mins

    In which British documentarians and Austin slackers alike use the movies to unveil the mysteries of aging and mortality, and John leaves a series of women waiting for him at train stations in Spain. Certificate #48149