On this date in 1792, President Washington signed the Postal Service Act into law, establishing the USPS as a government entity and securing it as a staple in American communication.

Music for this episode is by Borrtex and Podington Bear.

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February 13, 2018

On February 13, 1961—fifty-seven years ago today—three amateur geologists discovered a bizarre and mysterious rock 4000 feet above sea level in southern California. The "Coso Artifact" captivated creationists and paranormalists for decades, but what was it, really? Eitan explores the backstory.

B018 - Autherine Lucy - February 6, 2018

February 6, 2018

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Episode 011 - The Danish Titanic - January 30, 2018

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B017 - Record Cold - January 23, 2018

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B016 - Fred Ott’s Sneeze - January 9, 2018

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B015 - 55 - January 2, 2018

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Music for this episode was provided by Ian Shepherd, Saxon Shore, and Precious Kindred.

Episode 010 - The Philadelphia Story - December 26 2017

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B014 - A Christmas Carol - December 19, 2017

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B013 - Bush v Gore - December 12 2017

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