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 270: Sea Silk (Entry 1120.EX3816)

    June 25th, 2020  |  1 hr 8 mins

    In which surprisingly large mussels provide the world's finest cloth to a shrinking number of old Mediterranean women, and Ken wonders what a Tibetan antelope smells like. Certificate #29379.

  • Episode 269: The 504 Sit-In (Entry 473.LK1413)

    June 23rd, 2020  |  1 hr 5 mins

    In which the Carter Administration waffles so long on a groundbreaking civil rights law that disabled protestors take over a federal building for almost a month, and John considers building a maze full of wolverines. Certificate #30708.

  • Episode 268: Le P├ętomane (Entry 926.IS0324)

    June 18th, 2020  |  54 mins 31 secs

    In which a French baker discovers an unusual muscular ability that makes him an international star, and Ken works on his Kegels mid-recording. Certificate #22584.

  • Episode 267: Pulsars, Discovery of (Entry 1008.IS4713)

    June 16th, 2020  |  1 hr 1 min

    In which the discoverer of neutron stars is largely ignored for her achievement, and John wonders about the precise verbiage to summon "Beetlejuice." Certificate #52246.

  • Episode 266: TV Detection Vans (Entry 1351.MT1828)

    June 11th, 2020  |  1 hr 8 mins

    In which the BBC employs a high-tech surveillance fleet to find out if Britons are seeing Doctor Who illegally, and Ken watches Monday Night Football on Tuesday nights. Certificate #48968.

  • Episode 265: Roald Amundsen's Airship (Entry 1077.JE0113)

    June 9th, 2020  |  1 hr 22 mins

    In which fifteen men in a dirigible, to say nothing of the dog, conquer the North Pole while arguing all the way, and John wonders if there are Italians on the Moon. Certificate #23607.

  • Episode 264: Jesse Owens, Gold Medals of (Entry 887.LV2525)

    June 4th, 2020  |  53 mins 22 secs

    In which we examine the secondary market for Olympic medals, Nobel Prizes, game show trophies, and other awards, and Ken and John struggle to remember if Watson or Crick is the bad one. Certificate #2504.

  • Episode 263: The Hero of Camperdown (Entry 583.IS3323)

    June 2nd, 2020  |  54 mins 51 secs

    In which one press-ganged sailor's quick thinking and bravery ends an invasion of Ireland and changes the course of history, while John and Ken disagree over the meaning of Elton John lyrics. Certificate #50975.

  • Episode 262: Soapy Smith (Entry 1178.2T0313)

    May 28th, 2020  |  1 hr 5 mins

    In which Alaska chooses to make a cheerfully lawless gold rush villain into a beloved folk hero, and Ken wonders if he's married to a dice-rolling confidence artist. Certificate #35570.

  • Episode 261: Chick Tracts (Entry 214.RO0116)

    May 26th, 2020  |  1 hr 17 mins

    In which history's most widely read theologian is revealed to be an eccentric Los Angeles cartoonist and conspiracy theorist who looks like Slim Pickens, and John notices that religious pamphlets mostly appear in places where bad things happen. Certificate #31387.

  • 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.