Stuff To Blow Your Mind


Deep in the back of your mind, you’ve always had the feeling that there’s something strange about reality. There is. Join Robert Lamb and Joe McCormick as they examine neurological quandaries, cosmic mysteries, evolutionary marvels and our transhuman future. read less

Our Editor's Take

The Stuff to Blow Your Mind podcast is for curious people who believe things aren't exactly as they seem. It discusses movies, monsters, science, history, technology, and artifacts with discerning research. The research focuses on the unusual features of each topic. Creator Robert Lamb is the host and started the podcast in 2010. He had other cohosts until Joe McCormick joined him in 2015. This podcast doesn't try to be popular, but it is, thanks to an unapologetic willingness to get nerdy.

McCormick and Lamb are both writers, which gives their podcast credibility. They're not sharing urban legends. The Stuff to Blow Your Mind podcast references published experiments, studies, and journals. They talk about cryptids, video games, and techno-religions. Somehow, they even make tumbleweeds fascinating.

Stuff to Blow Your Mind podcast episodes vary in length. The "Artifact" and "Monstrefact" episodes are under five minutes. These explore interesting artifacts and monsters. One such artifact is the piñata. Listeners learn how Chinese statues and Spanish missionaries influenced these candy-filled decorations. A "Monstrefact" episode discusses clurichauns, which are creatures of Irish folklore like leprechauns. But these creatures don't adorn cereal boxes. Listeners hear why they hide in wine cellars and what they do to those who enter.

"Weirdhouse Cinema" episodes examine weird movies like 1981's Clash of the Titans. Listeners who loved Maggie Smith on Downton Abbey may find her role in this film intriguing. They'll also learn which actress received top billing but only spoke one line.

Animal lovers won't want to miss this podcast, either. Stuff to Blow Your Mind discusses shrike birds who make shish kebabs with crickets. It studies raccoons who rinse their food when they're near water but will also eat trash. Listeners hear why raccoons in one study rinsed shrimp, but not worms, before eating them.

Anyone who likes asking "why, how, when, where, who, or what" may find Stuff to Blow Your Mind mesmerizing. They can even email hosts their questions. New episodes air almost daily, so there's no shortage of points to ponder.

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