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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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United States

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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.

Language:

English


Episodes

What's So Bad about the Philistines?

5/1/2020
When Mango's kids show off their bad table manners, he scolds them for being Philistines... but do the Philistines actually deserve their bad rap? Was Goliath the actual underdog? And why did someone make a video game that featured them? Will, Gabe and Mango answer one of the most important question on everyone's minds in today's 9 Things: What's so bad about the Philistines? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

Duration:00:26:27

9 Weird Things Hiding Underground

4/20/2020
From the world's weirdest cinema (it serves couscous with viewings?!) to an internet for plants, to the perfect job for lazy people who also want to hide underground, Will, Gabe and Mango dig deep in search of 9 great facts. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

Duration:00:27:42

9 Absurd Inventions You (Probably) Won't See on Shark Tank

4/7/2020
This episode Will, Gabe and Mango raid the US Patent office to find some of the weirdest, funniest, and most confusing inventions of all time. Plus, the trio discusses the easiest way to scam $6 off of us. Instagram Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

Duration:00:23:14

9 Stompy Facts about Godzilla

4/3/2020
Gabe loves monster moves! And Will and Mango... tolerate them. But, it turns out, we all love facts about Godzilla. From how Godzilla changed paleontology, to the giant monster's (secret) signature move, to why flattened buildings aren't the worst part of a Godzilla attack, this episode we tip our hats to the King of the Monsters. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

Duration:00:26:27

How did P. T. Barnum Trick the World into Riding Elevators?

3/30/2020
Elevators seem pretty mundane, until you realize a certain king used them to hide his mistresses; a certain politician used them to exaggerate the height of his buildings, and all of America refused to ride them until a certain marketing genius (the one and only P. T. Barnum!) designed a stunt to get everyone on board. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

Duration:00:36:40

9 Oddball Comic Book Characters (Who Won't Be Getting Their Own Movie)

3/25/2020
Will, Mango and Gabe are stuck inside this week, and decide to hop on the phone to chat comics... specifically, some of the worst comic creations in all of history. Want to know what killed Captain Tootsie? Or why Arm-Fall-Off-Boy was rejected from super hero glory twice? Plus, we discuss why you should never, ever try to crash an X-Men birthday party disguised as a food product. (There's a good reason.) Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

Duration:00:24:44

What did Teddy Roosevelt do to Dr. Seuss?!

2/19/2020
In today’s special episode, Mango sits down with Erin McCarthy, editor-in-chief of Mental Floss to talk about everything Teddy Roosevelt… from whether he really climbed a mountain out of spite, to how a seal inspired his fossil collection, to what made him so darn productive (hint: it helps to drink coffee from a mug the size of a bathtub). Plus, we get into just how high-pitched TR’s voice was, and why Dr. Seuss was so darn scared of him. Learn more about your ad-choices at...

Duration:00:51:06

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

12/30/2019
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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