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Will and Mango have lots of questions. Will we ever live without sleep? How do rats keep outsmarting humans? Where are the sunniest tax havens to hide your money? Join these Part-Time Geniuses as they dive into ridiculous topics... and discover some pretty smart stuff along the way.

Will and Mango have lots of questions. Will we ever live without sleep? How do rats keep outsmarting humans? Where are the sunniest tax havens to hide your money? Join these Part-Time Geniuses as they dive into ridiculous topics... and discover some pretty smart stuff along the way.
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Will and Mango have lots of questions. Will we ever live without sleep? How do rats keep outsmarting humans? Where are the sunniest tax havens to hide your money? Join these Part-Time Geniuses as they dive into ridiculous topics... and discover some pretty smart stuff along the way.

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Episodes

Fan Favorite: 9 Reasons to Love Raccoons (Yes, Raccoons)

12/30/2019
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Trash pandas. Nature's ninjas. Sure, these ring-tailed rascals go by plenty of names. But whether you love 'em or hate 'em, they're clearly taking over Toronto. Will and Mango discuss everything raccoons, and why they deserve a little respect. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

Duration:00:22:27

Fan Favorite: Why are Russians so good at Chess?

12/26/2019
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Will and Mango go deep into their chess cave to determine: what's the most dangerous styles of chess, why did the game move from the battlefield to the royal court, and if a billion people to play chess, can that stop an alien invasion? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

Duration:00:41:41

Fan Favorite: What are the Secret Rules the Royal Family has to Obey?

12/23/2019
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Why can't princes wear pants? Why does Prince Charles carry a bag of blood with him on his vacations? Is the Queen allowed to use a Pooper Scooper? Why is it so hard to make a perfect tuna sandwich for the royal family? And who is responsible for ironing the Queen's money so that it is perfectly crisp? Will and Mango dig into all the Queen's business and find some delightful stories in the process. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

Duration:00:38:16

9 Ridiculous Things about "The 12 Days of Christmas"

12/19/2019
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Researcher Gabe joins Will and Mango in the studio to talk about why his family likes to Christmas carol so slowly. (They take over a week to to sing one song!) Plus, the crew discusses bird boxes, conspiracy theories and whether 12 days of gift giving from your true love is just a little excessive. (It is.) Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

Duration:00:20:24

What are the Craziest Applications for Lasers? (Including washing your dishes!)

12/18/2019
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Forget Dr. Evil and his ridiculously evil plans... lasers are so much more practical than that! In this episode, Will and Mango discover why lasers are perfect for precision-cooking your bacon, how they can be used as chopsticks, why washing dishes is so much better when it's done by laser, and a simple laser trick for keeping pesky pirates at bay. Plus, we take a look at the very strange way Texas tried to educate aliens about queso. (Spoiler: It involved a laser.) Learn more about your...

Duration:00:36:16

Introducing Finding Fred: Episode 1 - A Genius of Empathy

12/17/2019
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Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood was not a simple show. And Fred Rogers was not a simple man. He was radical. Spiritual. Revolutionary. Maybe even subversive. Bestselling author and cultural critic Carvell Wallace hosts this 10-part series about the life, thinking and work of Fred Rogers, and asks what the cardigan wearing host of a decades-old children's show can tell us about how to get by in today's chaotic world. Listen now everywhere podcasts are found: https://megaphone.link/findingfred...

Duration:00:36:12

Why Does New Zealand Have an Official Wizard?

12/5/2019
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Everything Will and Mango read about New Zealand made them want to visit! From how Hokey Pokey became the country's favorite ice cream flavor, to why the nation is giving away free gym memberships... to birds, to the reason the coffin clubs are taking off, Will and Mango dig deep into the country's history to discover why New Zealand is *so much* better than the Old one. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

Duration:00:35:01

Fan Favorite: How did Charlie Brown win over America?

11/27/2019
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Every holiday season, Will and Mango rewatch The Peanuts classics. But how did Charles Schulz get his inspiration for the comic strip? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

Duration:00:40:53

Do Lucky Charms Really Work? (Plus, other ways to get the upper hand)

11/14/2019
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Why do short people dominate soccer? Is owning a library more important than actually reading the books? And is being handsome important to being taken seriously as a scientist? Will and Mango delve into some super weird ways people wield advantage. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

Duration:00:35:20

Did a Volcano Eruption Really Help Invent the Bicycle?

11/7/2019
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Will and Mango dig into all the biggest bicycle questions: From how bikes seriously altered the dating scene, to how blind people ride bikes through traffic, to the ingenious way Kermit pedaled his Schwann in the Muppets Movie. Grab a helmet and join us! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

Duration:00:31:36

Halloween Special: The Mystery Show!

10/31/2019
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How did Agatha Christie churn out so many novels? Was Woodrow Wilson more important to the mystery genre than Sherlock Holmes? And what happened to Inspector Gadget's mustache (because he used to have one!) Also, Mango uses incredible deduction skills to squash a neighborhood lie. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

Duration:00:36:40

How do Dollar Stores stay in Business?

10/23/2019
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Will and Mango have so many questions about the dollar store business: Why have so many more of these stores cropped up recently? How do you make a profit when everything in your store sells for under a buck? Is a $1 steak a good deal? Plus: the tea on why dollar store employees hate Hot Wheels so much! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

Duration:00:25:25

Who Invented the Dunce Cap? (And other unusual School Supplies)

10/16/2019
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Why is there a bull on the Elmer's glue bottle? What did kids use to carry their books around before they had backpacks? And why does a giant cone tree get everyone excited about starting school in Germany? Will and Mango dig deep into their Trapper Keepers to bring you some stories you definitely didn't learn in school. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

Duration:00:31:44

How did settlers create New Orleans from swampland?

8/26/2019
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New Orleans is one of the most charming and distinct cities in America… but 300 years ago, it would have been hard to see that potential. In this episode, Will and Mango dig into how French the French quarter really is, why the graveyards look like little villages, and whether the Peacemaker sandwich really can keep an angry couple together. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

Duration:00:38:49

Introducing: Hush Money

8/22/2019
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Let’s talk about money — but not *boring* money. Entrepreneur editor-in-chief Jason Feifer and money expert Nicole Lapin go straight at the most taboo, awkward situations where money impacts our lives, relationships, and careers. In each episode they debate the trickiest questions, offering genuine financial advice about typically hush-hush issues. Then they bring in a celebrity judge to decide who’s right. The first episode of Hush Money is available! Listen here. Learn more about your...

Duration:00:02:18

Is a Funny Boss better for your Workplace? (And other Secrets from Office Culture!)

8/16/2019
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Will and Mango take a look around the office, from why cubicles were actually a forward-thinking invention, to how knives became a wonderful way to show your applause at the workplace in Cuba to why that office rumor we’re spreading this week about Tristan is probably true (studies prove it!) Plus, nap pods, office ferris wheels and so much more! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

Duration:00:34:15

Are Pigeons Smarter Than They Look?

7/11/2019
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Sure, they nuzzled their way into Mike Tyson's heart (and Nikola Tesla; and Bert from Bert and Ernie!), but how intelligent are pigeons? Have scientists really trained the birds to read? Did they actually play a role in discovering the Big Bang? And why are they so darn good at finding their way home? Plus: are catfish their new nemesis? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

Duration:00:32:29

Fan Favorite: Why are we so Nostalgic for Sugary Breakfast Cereals?

6/20/2019
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Is Cap'n Crunch Really a Captain? Is the Silly Rabbit using psychological tricks on kids? And why did everyone stop putting prizes in cereal boxes? Will and Mango take a trip down memory lane, exploring why America is so nostalgic for those sugary sweet breakfast treats. Featuring Cereal Time TV's Gabe Fonseca. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

Duration:00:42:07

Fan Favorite: What are the Movie Industry's Biggest Secrets?

6/7/2019
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Why do movie theaters limit their audiences to 299 seats? Did dishware really save the movie industry? And why is Lara Croft: Tomb Raider considered a Hollywood masterpiece? (spoiler: it has nothing to do with the plot!) Grab your popcorn and turn off your ringers as Will and Mango head to the movies. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

Duration:00:36:15

Why did the Inventor of Shopping Malls Hate Malls?

5/28/2019
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While no one is going to malls (or so it seems), everyone seems to be talking about them: the CDC is writing up reports on mall walkers, people are growing beards to get into the mall Santa game, and writers are waxing nostalgic about them. But what exactly were malls intended to be? Why did the inventor of the mall try to distance himself from his greatest invention? And why are there never any escalators in the middle of them? Will and Mango dig in. Learn more about your ad-choices at...

Duration:00:36:53