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 223: Masquerade (Entry 763.PS10424)

    January 14th, 2020  |  1 hr 8 mins

    In which an outsider artist hides a rabbit by a statue and thereby gets a million people to start digging up the English countryside, and John "man-solves" a Satanic temple. Certificate #14162.

  • Episode 222: The Tech Model Railroad Club (Entry 1282.1C1220)

    January 9th, 2020  |  1 hr 1 min

    In which a room full of MIT train nerds becomes ground zero for modern American hacker culture and computer architecture, and Ken blames Star Wars for ruining children's toys. Certificate #33564.

  • Episode 221: Byzantine Rhinokopia (Entry 170.JB4102)

    January 7th, 2020  |  49 mins

    In which the Byzantine throne is contested by various Machiavellian schemes willing to mutilate the noses of their political rivals, and John reveals which Marx brother he is most sexually attracted to. Certificate #34954.

  • Episode 220: Fort Knox (Entry 493.2CH0913)

    January 2nd, 2020  |  1 hr 6 mins

    In which a World War I army camp in northern Kentucky is chosen to house over $200 billion in gold bullion, and Ken proposes nationalizing America's safety deposit boxes. Certificate #2504.

  • Episode 219: Induced Demand (Entry 637.EZ1704)

    December 31st, 2019  |  1 hr 6 mins

    In which we learn why new highway lanes, no matter how spacious, tend to fill to capacity within weeks of opening, and John takes on a hypothetical megacorporation called Goober. Certificate #38938.

  • Episode 218: The Leafblower (Entry 707.DA0414)

    December 26th, 2019  |  53 mins 41 secs

    In which ecologically problematic outdoor power tools accidentally become an official part of the Omnibus, all because John's neighbor refuses to call "Leafbusters." Certificate #25458.

  • Episode 217: The Christmas Pickle (Entry 220.IS0108)

    December 24th, 2019  |  1 hr 7 mins

    In which a Spokane antique store creates a fake Bavarian holiday tradition from scratch, and John's beard makes him look bigger. Certificate #31503.

  • Episode 216: The Max Headroom Intrusion (Entry 767.JB2415)

    December 19th, 2019  |  1 hr 23 mins

    In which we examine the broadcast-jamming fad of the 1980s, including a puzzling incident involving a masked Chicago prankster, and Ken wants to be a font cop. Certificate #29692.

  • Episode 215: Interferon (Entry 652.PS10303)

    December 17th, 2019  |  57 mins 38 secs

    In which a strange, sticky new protein is declared—on the basis of very little evidence—to be a cure-all in the war against cancer, and Ken refuses to make the necessary sacrifices to become a skateboarding star. Certificate #40478.

  • Episode 214: Ada Lovelace (Entry 737.PR3118)

    December 12th, 2019  |  1 hr 21 mins

    In which a 19th-century countess overcomes her father's scandalous celebrity and her mother's love of parallelograms to become the world's first computer programmer, and John comes to regret renaming Alexa. Certificate #46507.

  • Episode 213: Square Dancing (Entry 1211.JB2111)

    December 10th, 2019  |  55 mins 51 secs

    In which we learn that America's love affair with do-si-dos is a relatively recent and artificial form of nostalgia jump-started by Henry Ford's hatred for jazz, and Ken misremembers "krumping." Certificate #42537.

  • Episode 212: The Toyota Hilux (Entry 1323.JG0119)

    December 5th, 2019  |  1 hr 2 mins

    In which an oddly named model of Toyota pickup becomes the truck of choice for Marty McFly, Top Gear fans, polar explorers, and ISIS. Certificate #16197.