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Host Moxie LaBouche brings you a weekly half-hour of things you didn't know, things you thought you knew, and things you never knew you never knew. Topics range from the history of nursing to the Balinese funeral rite David Bowie requested, from the origin of the Vulcan salute to the theft of Canada's strategic maple syrup reserve. This is your brain on facts. yourbrainonfacts.com
 
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It's been quite a while since we got a review for the YBOF book. Can you take a sec and let us know what you thought? "Everybody complains about the weather, but no one does anything about it." - Charles Dudley Warren Except, sometimes, people do. Or at least they try. This week, we look at weather manipulation, cloud seeding, hail cannons, and wha…
 
It's been quite a while since we got a review for the YBOF book. Can you take a sec and let us know what you thought? People have been using animals, making war, and using animals to make war for a long time now. Think Hannibal’s elephants, Roman war horses, k9 units in Vietnam. But for every example of animals being used successfully, there are an…
 
It's another one of those episodes where I take a seemingly mundane topic and splash around in its unappreciated awesomeness. This time -- trees! Read the full script. Reach out and touch Moxie on FB, Twit, the 'Gram or email. Music by David Fesliyan and Kevin McLeod.Moxie LaBouche
 
This week, YBOF is going true crime as we look at a pitiless poisoning, a terroristic tampering, and some killer coffee. Read the full script. Reach out and touch Moxie on FB, Twit, the 'Gram or email. Music by David Fesliyan and Kevin McLeod.Moxie LaBouche
 
Voted on by our Patreon supporters, we look at a game where losers would be put to death (or was it the winners?) and some baseball players playing for their lives. Read the full script. Today's sponsors: Love Letter. Moxie LaBouche Voiceovers, Military True Crime Addict and our MERCH! Reach out and touch Moxie on FB, Twit, the 'Gram or email. Musi…
 
Another topic voted on by our Patreon supporters, and added to by our listener FB group, this one turned into a two-parter on 'the last of their kind.' If you haven't check out the People episode, please do! Read the full script. Guest quote readers: Mike from Genuine Chit Chat and Steve from Mancave. Today's sponsors: Podcorn; Love Letter. Moxie L…
 
Why is Pride Month in June? Did the Stonewall Riots start the gay rights movement? Did Marsha P Johnson really throw the first brick at Stonewall Inn? We answer all those questions and more as we revisit this pivotal moment in gay rights. Read the full script and find sources. Support the show. Reach out and touch Moxie on FB, Twit, the 'Gram, emai…
 
Another topic voted on by our Patreon supporters, and added to by our listener FB group, this one turned into a two-parter on 'the last of their kind' -- people first, animals next week. Read the full script. Music by Lyrical Piano, Kevin McLeod. Reach out and touch Moxie on FB, Twit, the 'Gram or email. Guest quote readers: Bill from With Confetti…
 
While the world goes mad for dogecoin and NFTs, we look at four times when a suddenly popular commodity drove an economic boom and bust, from tulips to trains, in the XL episode. Read the full script. Music by Kevin MacLeod. Reach out and touch Moxie on FB, Twit, the 'Gram or email. Today's sponsors: Highbrow Drivel; Podcorn; Why Do We Say That?; W…
 
As voted on by our Patreon, today we look at hostile architecture and guerilla gardening. Guest quote readers: Jason from Memester of the Week, Dustin from Sandman Stories Presents, Najee from Weekly Cooldown, and Chris from This Week Today. Today's sponsors: Highbrow Drivel; Follow Friday. Music by Kevin MacLeod and Chris Haugen.…
 
Updates on the Guinness world record and current troubles for some podcast listeners. As voted on by our Patreon patrons, today we're talking about mud. This ubiquitous combination of water and dirt is useful to science, employed in health and beauty, a little-known component of professional sports, and even eaten. Read the full script. Music by Ke…
 
What do PT Barnum's performer General Tom Thumb, Elvis's manager Colonel Tom Park, and wrestler turned cartoon character Sargent Slaughter have in common? 00:53 General Tom Thumb 08:58 Colonel Tom Parker 25:34 Sargent Slaughter Read the full script. Music by Kevin MacLeod. Reach out and touch Moxie on FB, Twit, the 'Gram or email. Need some light r…
 
If a little is good, a lot must be better, right? You'd be surprised how many common, innocuous things in our world can actually kill you. Just when you thought it was safe to drink water. Need some light reading in a heavy world? Good thing there's the YBOF book! Guest quote reader: Shawn from Ink & Ash, formerly Stories of Yore and Yours. Read th…
 
True stories of people who educated themselves, to turn the law from a sword into a shield. Guest quote readers: CJ from Been Through Some S***, Chris from This Week Today. Need some light reading in a heavy world? Good thing there's the YBOF book! Read the full script. Reach out and touch Moxie on FB, Twit, the 'Gram or email.…
 
With guest presenters, in approximate order of appearance: Bunny Trails A Star Wars podcast Footnoting History Grammar Girl Reel Feels Die-alougue Gurus of Comedy Lexitecture Ignorance Was Bliss Happily Ever Aftermath Doomsday Strange Animals In the Doll World MyhandleisJonathanBlade Self Shoots from the Hip Jackie Watches Stuff Nerd Lab Nutrition …
 
It's that time again, April Fools Day, which means time for Operation Switcheroo, when dozens of podcasters share each other's episodes on their feed. (Admittedly, it was a better joke when April Fools actually fell on episode day.) Enjoy this episode of Play it by Ear - Aric, Brady and Todd talk memories of classic commercials, embarrassing moment…
 
Alternative title - The P-pop Spectacular. Whether you call it anana, pineapple, or King Pine, it's been a long, strange trip for this fascinating multi-fruit. Need some light reading in a heavy world? Good thing there's the YBOF book! Read the full script. Reach out and touch Moxie on FB, Twit, the 'Gram or email.…
 
Voted on by the supporters at patreon.com/yourbrainonfacts. Whether its snails in your garden, homicidal hogs, or cats hunting on the Sabbath, sometimes, if you can't kick them out of your town, kick them out of your religion. Need some light reading in a heavy world? Good thing there's the YBOF book! Read the full script. Reach out and touch Moxie…
 
Staying home this past year has been rough, but it's got nothing on the lives of people who woke up to a wall running through the middle of their city. Hear some of their amazing escapes! Guest quote readers: CJ from Been Through Some S***, Maddox from Break a Wish, Torey from Hutchinstruttin, and Aric from Play It By Ear. The real hot air balloon …
 
From Irish selkies to Japanese kitsune, from Navajo skin-walkers to Ethiopian werehyenas, there doesn't seem to be a culture in the world that doesn't have at least one shape-shifter in its folklore or mythology. Special guests: Worst Foot Forward Pink river dolphins Linfamy Need some light reading in a heavy world? Good thing there's the YBOF book…
 
Come up to the lab and see what's on the slab...cuz it's not what I was trying to make! But, you know what, we can make this work. Need some light reading in a heavy world? Good thing there's the YBOF book! Read the full script. Reach out and touch Moxie on FB, Twit, the 'Gram or email.Moxie LaBouche
 
What do you get when you mix baseball mud, a dead outlaw, drinking snacks, and a harrowing survival story? Today's episode! Enjoy this clip show to pad out the schedule while I wait to hear back from the Guinness World Record people. More details inside!Moxie LaBouche
 
Need some light reading in a heavy world? Good thing there's the YBOF book! You can know a song by heart, by do you REALLY know where it comes from? Check out these strange and surprising origins of popular songs. Mentioned in the show: Dan Rather with REM, literal video for Total Eclipse of the Heart Guest quote readers: Bill from The Big Impact, …
 
Need some light reading in a heavy world? Good thing there's the YBOF book! Voted on by our Patreon, we present an episode on weird things your body could be doing ... right now... and you don't even know about it! Close-up of kidney stone Support the show Music by Kevin MacLeod, Read the full script. Reach out and touch Moxie on FB, Twit, the 'Gra…
 
We knew things weren't going to be quiet before the inauguration, but damn, man. Hence, I declare a revisit of Distraction Day. Here's an episode of some of the best bits that were originally on the Patreon (the greatest hits that weren't too weird, gross, or swear-y, anyway). Reach out and touch Moxie on FB, Twit, the 'Gram or email. Music by Kevi…
 
Need some light reading in a heavy world? Good thing there's the YBOF book! A wise man once asked "Where is the blue food?" but that's burying the lead when it comes to food and color. Support the show Music by Kevin MacLeod, Freedom Trail Studio Read the full script. Reach out and touch Moxie on FB, Twit, the 'Gram or email.…
 
Didn't get what you wanted this holiday season? Good thing there's the YBOF book! Baller balls, extravagant evenings, riotous receptions, and sinful shindigs, join us for a trip through some of history's greatest parties. Guest voices: Shawn from Stories of Yore and Yours and Drew from Reel Feels. Support the show Music by Kevin MacLeod, Dyalla, Em…
 
ORDER THE YBOF BOOK! One man's holiday feast is another man's traumatic experience. With special guests Where Does It Go? Hear about kiviaq, hakarl, cheating for meat, molded salads, catepillar mushrooms, cazu marzu, and balut. Support the show Music by Kevin MacLeod Read the full script. Reach out and touch Moxie on FB, Twit, the 'Gram or email.…
 
You know Dasher and Dancer, Prancer and Vixen, but did you know this song, and the poem it was based on, were both written by Jews? You won't believe how many classic Christmas songs were! Support the show Music by Kevin MacLeod Read the full script. Reach out and touch Moxie on FB, Twit, the 'Gram or email.…
 
You've probably heard about the Austrian Christmas demon Krampus, but what about Befana, the Italian Christmas witch? In what country do you need reservations for Xmas dinner at KFC? Where do people wish you happy holidays with a specific request for presents? Support the show Music by Kevin MacLeod Read the full script. Reach out and touch Moxie o…
 
Having a Covid Christmas sucks, but we'll make it through. And hey, at least we're not making our turkey out of spam, and hanging decorations won't get you a $20,000 fine or sent away for "re-education." Guest readers: Zack from Wasteland Active Radio; David from Don’t Assume; Paul from Varmints; Adam from Odd Dad Out; Bill from Big Impact Radio; M…
 
Got a clever kid in the family this holiday season? Get them a copy of the YBOF book! Growing up in the 1980's made it seem like you would eventually burst into flame, be given free drugs, or be snatched by a stranger. The reality? Not so much. Guest voices (in no particular order): Connor and Luke - No Highway Option ; Jake – Hearts Against Balanc…
 
Got a clever kid in the family this holiday season? Get them a copy of the YBOF book! We all have music styles and instruments we don't like, but rarely are we in an actionable position to do anything about them, unlike the stories in today's episode. 01:00 Bagpipes 06:45 Glass armonica 15:15 Harmonium 22:11 Sax 31:21 Drums 34:20 Rehearsal room Gue…
 
Got your copy of the YBOF book? The greatest hits of broadcast signal hijacking. Topics include: Cold War era, Southern Television (video), Zombies (video), Naughty fun, and Max Headroom (video). Support the show Music by Kevin MacLeod Read the full script. Reach out and touch Moxie on FB, Twit, the 'Gram or email.…
 
"The Indians taught the pilgrims to farm and the pilgrims invited them to Thanksgiving, with cranberry and pumpkin pie." -every elementary school text book. Boy were we sold a bill of goods! Ferret fact from fiction in this episode voted on by our patrons. Presidential voices by Old Nerds Drinking podcast. Have you had a chance to review the YBOF b…
 
...with ants! By popular demand, we scratch the very surface of the surprising and diverse world of the ant. Talk to your fellow Brainiacs on FB or Reddit. Read the full script. Reach out and touch Moxie on FB, Twit, the 'Gram or email. Music by Kevin MacLeod Have you had a chance to review the YBOF book? I'm hoping we can average one a week.…
 
From Vietnamese snake wine to vodka made from milk, corn beer with spit in it and whisky made from pee, mankind will make liquor with or out of just about anything! Talk to your fellow Brainiacs on FB or Reddit. Read the full script. Reach out and touch Moxie on FB, Twit, the 'Gram or email. Music by Kevin MacLeod Have you had a chance to review th…
 
Today is the most stressful election day in the lives of many, so I declare it instead to be...Distraction Day. To that end, here's an extra-long episode of some of the best bits that were originally on the Patreon (the greatest hits that weren't too weird, gross, or swear-y, anyway). Reach out and touch Moxie on FB, Twit, the 'Gram or email. Music…
 
Have you had a chance to review the YBOF book? I'm hoping we can average one a week. ♪♫This is Halloween! This is Halloween!♫♪ Supporters on our Patreon and fans in our FB group chose the topics for today's episode: 01:35 sorting Dracula fact from fiction 07:49 how horror stars got their stars 20:01 when did clowns become scary 23:29 the history be…
 
Why do we give them, who gets one, and, more importantly, who doesn't? Sponsors: Podcorn, Libysn (code: moxie), Pigeon (code: moxie) Have you had a chance to review the YBOF book? Someone posted a bad review :( and I'd love to get the average back up. Read the full script. Reach out and touch Moxie on FB, Twit, the 'Gram or email. Music by Kevin Ma…
 
"Why didn't the slaves revolt?" They did. A lot. We just weren't taught about it. Here's a humble start at fixing that. 04:56 Stono Rebellion 11:35 New York plot 15:56 Black Seminole 22:45 Nat Turner - Garbled Twistory 27:40 German Coast Uprising 32:50 Occupation of Alcatraz promo: Everything Everywhere Did you get a chance to leave a review for th…
 
We just can't have nice things....like forests. Hear the stupid causes of some of modern history's most destructive wildfires and find out why putting out fires is actually making things worse. Did you get a chance to leave a review for the YBOF book? Someone just posted a bad review :( and I'd love to get the average back up. Read the full script.…
 
From the profound to the prophetic, from the ironic to the ignominious, from founding fathers to TV stars, we look into the final utterances of the famous and infamous alike. Did you get a chance to leave a review for the YBOF book? We're trying to get 100 reviews in the first year! Read the full script. Reach out and touch Moxie on FB, Twit, the '…
 
Did you get a chance to leave a review for the YBOF book? We're trying to get 100 in the first year! For want of a nail, the kingdom was lost. Guest voice: Brandon Schexnayder of Southern Gothic Read the full script. Reach out and touch Moxie on FB, Twit, the 'Gram or email. Trouble With Tribals by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.…
 
Did you get a chance to leave a review for the YBOF book? 00:45 Mona Lisa 06:50 Bob Ross 11:50 Rosalind Franklin 18:00 Charles Ponzi 24:50 R. Lee Ermy Music by Kevin MacLeod and TrackTribe. Read the full script. Reach out and touch Moxie on FB, Twit, the 'Gram or email.Moxie LaBouche
 
Did you get your get a change to leave a review for the YBOF book? Heart Queen Pink Floyd Mike Oldfield Contractually obligated albums Music by Kevin MacLeod Read the full script. Reach out and touch Moxie on FB, Twit, the 'Gram or email.Moxie LaBouche
 
Did you get your copy of the YBOF book? Do you have a minute to leave a review? Did Mel Brooks lie to us--is it really good to be the king? Stagnant gene pools Ignoble Deaths British royal family ties The Death of the Queen Music by Kevin MacLeod Read the full script. Reach out and touch Moxie on FB, Twit, the 'Gram or email.…
 
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