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 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.

  • Episode 12: The Darien Gap (Entry 315.EZ3328)

    January 4th, 2018  |  33 mins 55 secs

    In which a single highway is paved all the way from Alaska to Argentina--except for one pesky 66-mile gap right in the middle. Certificate #14458.

  • Episode 11: Secret Order of the Double Sunrise (Entry 1122.EC0105)

    January 2nd, 2018  |  42 mins 12 secs

    In which QANTAS begins a top-secret 33-hour nonstop flight between Australia and Ceylon at the height of World War II, right under the noses of the Empire of Japan. Certificate #12248.

  • Episode 10: Newton's Cradle (Entry 835.1C1311)

    December 28th, 2017  |  43 mins 43 secs

    In which thousands of soulless corporate executives put little steel toys on their desks but still feel dead inside, and Ken finally learns how those little drinking birds work. Certificate #31932.

  • Episode 9: Gadsby (Entry 511.PS6928)

    December 26th, 2017  |  52 mins 53 secs

    In which our two hosts study a book that runs fifty thousand words without a solitary display of our writing plan's fifth symbol. Certificate #6442.

  • Episode 8: Water Wars (Entry 1414.PS6301)

    December 21st, 2017  |  1 hr 1 min

    In which Los Angeles stands revealed in all its unquenchable thirst, and is pronounced by John and Ken several times the fun, old-timey way, with a hard 'g'. Certificate #33935.

  • Episode 7: The Tesseract (Entry 1291.EP0318)

    December 19th, 2017  |  50 mins 6 secs

    In which Ken and John struggle to imagine four-dimensional space with the same ease that the inventor of the pitching machine once could. Certificate #28910.