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Omnibus! With Ken Jennings and John R...
An encyclopedic reference of strange-but-true stories compiled as a time capsule for future generations.
History
Society & Culture
201
Oneida (Entry 866.MT2230)
In which a socialist preacher invents a tricky birth control technique he calls "male continence," leading directly to the lazy Susan and the assassination of an American president. Certificate #34322.
42 min
202
The Bellamy Salute (Entry 112.HE0616)
In which Ken blames a crucial bit of fascist iconography on the most successful magazine premium in American history, and John knows the lyrics to "Alaska's Flag" but refuses to sing it. Certificate #37863.
39 min
203
Hat Etiquette (Entry 571.1C1104)
In which John strongly admonishes future listeners not to get sloppy with their headwear, if they have heads. Certificate #25200.
37 min
204
Death Discs (Entry 319.MK1610)
In which the gruesome deaths in early 1960s teen ballads are variously blamed on capitalism, Marlon Brando, chastity, and giant clams. Certificate #34312.
49 min
205
Mutual Assured Destruction (Entry 820.JE5022)
In which the human race barely survives the 20th century. (Well, not all of it, obviously. Picasso didn't, for example.) Certificate #27008
45 min
206
Mummy Brown (Entry 817.PR0716)
In which the bodies of ancient kings are ground up to fertilize lawns, power locomotives, and paint portraits. Certificate #37891
43 min
207
Thomas Midgley (Entry 786.ZC0508)
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
45 min
208
Paris Syndrome (Entry 901.JS1002)
In which twenty tourists a year have a psychological breakdown because the most magical city in the world is a little disappointing. Certificate #507
44 min
209
The Sentinelese (Entry 1134.LV2024)
In which John introduces us to the world's last uncontacted tribeā€”but not literally, because that would be illegal. Certificate #13568
38 min
210
Kohoutek (Entry 692.JU0113)
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
38 min
211
Monrovia, Moravia, Moldova, Moldavia (Entry 805...
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.
54 min
212
Heil Honey I'm Home! (Entry 577.PR1413)
In which an upstart British television producer finally answers that age-old question: why don't more classic sitcoms star Adolf Hitler? Certificate #42615.
38 min
213
The Darien Gap (Entry 315.EZ3328)
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.
31 min
214
Secret Order of the Double Sunrise (Entry 1122....
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.
40 min
215
Newton's Cradle (Entry 835.1C1311)
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.
41 min
216
Gadsby (Entry 511.PS6928)
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.
50 min
217
Water Wars (Entry 1414.PS6301)
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.
58 min
218
The Tesseract (Entry 1291.EP0318)
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.
48 min
219
The Rachel (Entry 1024.GN2917)
In which John opines that Jennifer Aniston's ubiquitous 1990s-era cut was America's "last hairstyle." Certificate #24193.
55 min
220
Smell-O-Vision (Entry 1177.AM0521)
In which the aromas of tobacco, coffee, and lavender, meant to revolutionize the motion picture industry, end up nauseating audiences instead, and Ken spoils a 57-year-old surprise cameo. Certificate #18585.
58 min
221
The Pig War (Entry 939.MK0511)
In which the United States and Britain take up arms over one potato-hungry pig. Certificate #43259.
53 min
222
The Olympic Marathon of 1904 (Entry 865.1C0924)
In which the world's most prestigious sporting event goes disastrously wrong, and a Cuban mailman takes a nap. Certificate #28924.
57 min
223
Defenestration (Entry 326.2K0933)
In which throwing people out of windows is strongly endorsed by many hot-headed Czechs, but opposed in no uncertain terms by Ken's great-great-great-great-grandfather. Certificate #32146.
36 min
224
The European Starling (Entry 431.PS8403)
In which an eccentric Shakespeare buff releases two birds in Central Park, and thereby screws up an entire continent's ecosystem. Certificate #27603.
41 min
225
The Omnibus Project
Ken and John provide a time capsule of whimsical recordings for future generations, commemorating the human race's triumphant achievements and its beautiful mundanities. There's no way you want to miss out on these strange-but-true stories.
10 min
226
Omnibus: Trailer
Twice a week, Ken and John 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.
2 min