Daily Curio

by College of Curiosity

Daily Curio
  • Language: eng
  • Episodes: 100
  • Last: 20 Feb 2017
An item in the news is related to something that happened 300 years ago which itself is connected to the reason dogs bark and how ancient pottery may act as recordings. Everything is connected, and each weekday we'll give you four things that may seem unrelated, but have some connection to each other. Short, interesting, and curious: the Daily Curio entertains without overloading.

Episodes (100)

  • 2-98. Hydrogen is Not Fuel
    2-98. Hydrogen is Not Fuel
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    Published: 20 Feb 2017 Duration: 03:03
    You may have heard that major auto manufacturers such as Toyota, Honda and GM are starting to make hydrogen fuel vehicles for production, and not just as experiments. This could spell the end of the hybrid fuel vehicles or it could be just ... Read more →
    You may have heard that major auto manufacturers such as Toyota, Honda and GM are starting to make hydrogen fuel vehicles for production, and not just as experiments. This could spell the end of the hybrid fuel vehicles or it could be just ... Read more →

  • 2-97. Are You Conservative, Liberal, or Curious?
    2-97. Are You Conservative, Liberal, or Curious?
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    Published: 6 Feb 2017 Duration: 03:59
    Is Curiosity a political position? Should it be? Maybe.If there’s one thing political spectators agree about, it’s that people in the United States (and other parts of the world) are deeply polarized, perhaps in a way we’ve never seen befor... Read more →
    Is Curiosity a political position? Should it be? Maybe.If there’s one thing political spectators agree about, it’s that people in the United States (and other parts of the world) are deeply polarized, perhaps in a way we’ve never seen befor... Read more →

  • 2-96. How Slavery Tore DC Apart – Literally
    2-96. How Slavery Tore DC Apart – Literally
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    Published: 2 Feb 2017 Duration: 04:58
    Have you ever wondered why Washington, D.C. or the District of Columbia got its strange shape? It started with James Madison, and his Federalist Number 43. His argument was simple: the federal government needed a home that was not included ... Read more →
    Have you ever wondered why Washington, D.C. or the District of Columbia got its strange shape? It started with James Madison, and his Federalist Number 43. His argument was simple: the federal government needed a home that was not included ... Read more →

  • 2-95. Mysteries of the Camel’s Hump
    2-95. Mysteries of the Camel’s Hump
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    Published: 2 Jun 2016 Duration: 04:41
    If a camel with one hump is a Dromedary and a camel with two humps is a Bactrian, what do you call a camel with no humps? Humphrey, of course. (badum tish).Camels fascinate people, and the reason is obvious: they have humps. And what’s insi... Read more →
    If a camel with one hump is a Dromedary and a camel with two humps is a Bactrian, what do you call a camel with no humps? Humphrey, of course. (badum tish).Camels fascinate people, and the reason is obvious: they have humps. And what’s insi... Read more →

  • 2-94. The Dark Side of Curiosity: A Beating in Kenya
    2-94. The Dark Side of Curiosity: A Beating in Kenya
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    Published: 17 May 2016 Duration: 05:15
    UPDATE AT THE ENDThis episode contains disturbing, violent content.The word “curiosity” is popular these days. It’s associated with joy and wonder—isn’t it fun to learn things?!But in reality, not everything we learn is entertaining. But it... Read more →
    UPDATE AT THE ENDThis episode contains disturbing, violent content.The word “curiosity” is popular these days. It’s associated with joy and wonder—isn’t it fun to learn things?!But in reality, not everything we learn is entertaining. But it... Read more →

  • 2-93. Wolves of the Magic Mountain
    2-93. Wolves of the Magic Mountain
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    Published: 16 May 2016 Duration: 04:58
    While folks in the Western US laugh when people in New England talk about their “mountains,” there are some interesting and majestic peaks that run up the northern edge of the Appalachians. Mt. Washington, for example, while only 6,288 feet... Read more →
    While folks in the Western US laugh when people in New England talk about their “mountains,” there are some interesting and majestic peaks that run up the northern edge of the Appalachians. Mt. Washington, for example, while only 6,288 feet... Read more →

  • 2-92. Ignoring The Lighthouse
    2-92. Ignoring The Lighthouse
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    Published: 9 May 2016 Duration: 04:54
    I had that good fortune to visit Tulum recently. These stunning Mayan ruins command a cliff over the Gulf of Mexico, and are noted for being heavily defended not only by the sea, but also by 30 foot thick walls. It’s the most popular touris... Read more →
    I had that good fortune to visit Tulum recently. These stunning Mayan ruins command a cliff over the Gulf of Mexico, and are noted for being heavily defended not only by the sea, but also by 30 foot thick walls. It’s the most popular touris... Read more →

  • 2-91. Hog Calling in 8,113 CE
    2-91. Hog Calling in 8,113 CE
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    Published: 7 Jan 2016 Duration: 04:18
    Take one old swimming pool, add common objects from 1940s, and fill it with an inert gas. Then cover it with a seven foot stone slab, and you’ve created “The Crypt of Civilization.”With the discovery of King Tut’s tomb still fresh in the pu... Read more →
    Take one old swimming pool, add common objects from 1940s, and fill it with an inert gas. Then cover it with a seven foot stone slab, and you’ve created “The Crypt of Civilization.”With the discovery of King Tut’s tomb still fresh in the pu... Read more →

  • 2-90. The Truth of the Sorcerer’s Apprentice
    2-90. The Truth of the Sorcerer’s Apprentice
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    Published: 17 Dec 2015 Duration: 06:45
    No. Not the forgotten Nicholas Cage movie. I’m talking about Der Zauberlehrling, a poem by Goethe written in 1797. You may know it better as the bit from the original Fantasia (both, actually) that featured Mickey Mouse. That version was ba... Read more →
    No. Not the forgotten Nicholas Cage movie. I’m talking about Der Zauberlehrling, a poem by Goethe written in 1797. You may know it better as the bit from the original Fantasia (both, actually) that featured Mickey Mouse. That version was ba... Read more →

  • 2-89. Stop the Presses!
    2-89. Stop the Presses!
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    Published: 14 Dec 2015 Duration: 04:08
    Over the last couple of days, my social media feeds have been filling up with short articles and witty headlines pointing at the people of Woodland, North Carolina, who are reportedly afraid that solar panels will drain the sun.A pause.One ... Read more →
    Over the last couple of days, my social media feeds have been filling up with short articles and witty headlines pointing at the people of Woodland, North Carolina, who are reportedly afraid that solar panels will drain the sun.A pause.One ... Read more →

  • 2-88. Bottle Messages
    2-88. Bottle Messages
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    Published: 9 Dec 2015 Duration: 03:32
    You’ve heard the song, and read the book or seen the movie. You may even remember the screen saver that was based on a guy stuck on a desert island. Bottle messages are icons in our culture, and interest in them continues unabated. Search G... Read more →
    You’ve heard the song, and read the book or seen the movie. You may even remember the screen saver that was based on a guy stuck on a desert island. Bottle messages are icons in our culture, and interest in them continues unabated. Search G... Read more →

  • 2-87. The Other Christmas
    2-87. The Other Christmas
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    Published: 7 Dec 2015 Duration: 03:18
    It’s in Kiribati, so you might think it’s pronounced Keer-ih-tih-mah-tee. But it’s actually pronounced KEER-iss-mass. And it’s not even in Keer-ih-batti, but in fact, KEER-ih-bahs.Confused? Good.Formerly known as Christmas Island, Kiritimat... Read more →
    It’s in Kiribati, so you might think it’s pronounced Keer-ih-tih-mah-tee. But it’s actually pronounced KEER-iss-mass. And it’s not even in Keer-ih-batti, but in fact, KEER-ih-bahs.Confused? Good.Formerly known as Christmas Island, Kiritimat... Read more →

  • 2-86. Prisoners Cinema
    2-86. Prisoners Cinema
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    Published: 19 Nov 2015 Duration: 04:09
    Imagine if you could have Netflix access no matter where you are. Actually, we’re almost there. I counted, and I have 17 devices in my home right now that can play Netflix. Ok, forget all that. Imagine this instead…You’re in the dark. Total... Read more →
    Imagine if you could have Netflix access no matter where you are. Actually, we’re almost there. I counted, and I have 17 devices in my home right now that can play Netflix. Ok, forget all that. Imagine this instead…You’re in the dark. Total... Read more →

  • 2-85. Play It Forward
    2-85. Play It Forward
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    Published: 3 Nov 2015 Duration: 02:20
    I’m holding in my hand a deck of cards, and they’re wonderful.The concept of “paying it forward,” where you do something nice for someone in the hopes that they’ll in turn do something nice for someone else, is an intriguing concept despite... Read more →
    I’m holding in my hand a deck of cards, and they’re wonderful.The concept of “paying it forward,” where you do something nice for someone in the hopes that they’ll in turn do something nice for someone else, is an intriguing concept despite... Read more →

  • 2-84. You’re Pronouncing it Wrong!
    2-84. You’re Pronouncing it Wrong!
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    Published: 30 Oct 2015 Duration: 05:25
    Fire up a Google for a moment. Type in the words “How do you pronounce…” and then look at the autofill results. If you get the results I did, the first hit will be “gyro.’ Or is that “gyro” or “gyro”? The second hit will be “GIF.”An acronym... Read more →
    Fire up a Google for a moment. Type in the words “How do you pronounce…” and then look at the autofill results. If you get the results I did, the first hit will be “gyro.’ Or is that “gyro” or “gyro”? The second hit will be “GIF.”An acronym... Read more →

  • 2-83. The Other Kamikaze
    2-83. The Other Kamikaze
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    Published: 26 Oct 2015 Duration: 04:06
    Most history buffs know that Japanese suicide pilots, know as Kamikaze, were devastating to allied vessels. The word “Kamikaze” means “divine wind,” and refers to a series of typhoons that wiped out invading Mongols off the Japanese coast i... Read more →
    Most history buffs know that Japanese suicide pilots, know as Kamikaze, were devastating to allied vessels. The word “Kamikaze” means “divine wind,” and refers to a series of typhoons that wiped out invading Mongols off the Japanese coast i... Read more →

  • 2-82. Island of the Devils
    2-82. Island of the Devils
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    Published: 21 Oct 2015 Duration: 04:36
    Ahh Bermuda, that beautiful Caribbean island filled where natives in grass skirts offer you exotic drinks under palm trees by a waterfall and where planes and ships suddenly disappear in vast numbers!Well, hopefully you picked up on the fac... Read more →
    Ahh Bermuda, that beautiful Caribbean island filled where natives in grass skirts offer you exotic drinks under palm trees by a waterfall and where planes and ships suddenly disappear in vast numbers!Well, hopefully you picked up on the fac... Read more →

  • 2-81. Defending Profanity
    2-81. Defending Profanity
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    Published: 15 Oct 2015 Duration: 05:00
    Words are powerful, but why do we have some words that are taboo or bad?Think about this for a second. There are some words that are illegal to utter on broadcast television. It’s like we think we’ll summon Voldemort if certain sounds are i... Read more →
    Words are powerful, but why do we have some words that are taboo or bad?Think about this for a second. There are some words that are illegal to utter on broadcast television. It’s like we think we’ll summon Voldemort if certain sounds are i... Read more →

  • 2-80. A Tale of Two Canadian Mugs
    2-80. A Tale of Two Canadian Mugs
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    Published: 14 Oct 2015 Duration: 04:11
    I made my wife a cup of coffee this morning, and an image of totem poles came to mind. You’re due an explanation.About ten years ago, James “The Amazing” Randi and I were in the small kitchen at the former James Randi Educational Foundation... Read more →
    I made my wife a cup of coffee this morning, and an image of totem poles came to mind. You’re due an explanation.About ten years ago, James “The Amazing” Randi and I were in the small kitchen at the former James Randi Educational Foundation... Read more →

  • 2-79.The Vanishing Audience
    2-79.The Vanishing Audience
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    Published: 13 Oct 2015 Duration: 03:24
    Magicians have a tradition of outdoing one another, much in the way that sports figures try to set new world records. Who can escape from the most chains, or hold their breath underwater the longest… or produce the most coins from thin air—... Read more →
    Magicians have a tradition of outdoing one another, much in the way that sports figures try to set new world records. Who can escape from the most chains, or hold their breath underwater the longest… or produce the most coins from thin air—... Read more →

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