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Secretly Incredibly Fascinating

Secretly Incredibly Fascinating

Author: Alex Schmidt

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A weekly podcast about the history, science, lore and surprises that make everyday things secretly incredibly fascinating. Hosted by comedy writer, emoji creator, and ‘Jeopardy!‘ champion Alex Schmidt. Join Alex & his co-host Katie Goldin for a joyful deep dive into seeing the world a whole new way! (For research sources, bonus episodes, and how you can support the podcast, visit sifpod.fun.)
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Microsoft Excel

Microsoft Excel

2024-04-1501:22:251

Alex Schmidt, Katie Goldin, and special guest Jason Pargin explore why Microsoft Excel is secretly incredibly fascinating.Visit http://sifpod.fun/ for research sources and for this week's bonus episode.Come hang out with us on the SIF Discord: https://discord.gg/wbR96nsGg5
Insulin

Insulin

2024-04-0801:04:43

Alex Schmidt and Katie Goldin explore why insulin is secretly incredibly fascinating.Visit http://sifpod.fun/ for research sources and for this week's bonus episode.Come hang out with us on the SIF Discord: https://discord.gg/wbR96nsGg5
Clouds

Clouds

2024-04-0101:04:29

Alex Schmidt and Katie Goldin explore why clouds are secretly incredibly fascinating.Visit http://sifpod.fun/ for research sources and for this week's bonus episode.Come hang out with us on the SIF Discord: https://discord.gg/wbR96nsGg5
The Dollar Sign

The Dollar Sign

2024-03-2501:04:46

Alex Schmidt, Katie Goldin, and special guest Ross Blocher explore why the dollar sign is secretly incredibly fascinating.Visit http://sifpod.fun/ for research sources and for this week's bonus episode.Come hang out with us on the SIF Discord: https://discord.gg/wbR96nsGg5
We’re kicking off the most exciting time of the year for the MaxFun Network with a trivia game show featuring hosts from tons of great podcasts!J. Keith van Straaten and Helen Hong from “Go Fact Yourself” are joined by:Ellen & Christian Weatherford - “Just the Zoo of Us” Alex Schmidt & Katie Goldin - “Secretly Incredibly Fascinating”If you’d like to hear more hosts competing for trivia supremacy, visit Maximumfun.org for the full version of this show.
Today is the start of Maximum Fun Drive 2024! Alex and Katie are here to talk about the podcasts, live shows, gifts, potential art, potential game nights, and other rad stuff we're doing to celebrate. Then, the rest of this file is last week's bonus show, as a treat for you.To experience the many things Alex and Katie talk about, and make this entire podcast possible, become a Maximum Fun member! Here's the link: https://maximumfun.org/join/Come hang out with us on the SIF Discord: https://discord.gg/wbR96nsGg5
Pistachios

Pistachios

2024-03-1859:53

Alex Schmidt, Katie Goldin, and special guest Elliott Kalan explore why pistachios are secretly incredibly fascinating.Visit http://sifpod.fun/ for research sources and for this week's bonus episode.Come hang out with us on the SIF Discord: https://discord.gg/wbR96nsGg5
Caffeine

Caffeine

2024-03-1101:08:30

Alex Schmidt and Katie Goldin explore why caffeine is secretly incredibly fascinating.Visit http://sifpod.fun/ for research sources and for this week's bonus episode.Come hang out with us on the SIF Discord: https://discord.gg/wbR96nsGg5
Computer Cursors

Computer Cursors

2024-03-0401:05:121

Alex Schmidt, Katie Goldin, and special guests Robert Brockway and Seanbaby explore why computer cursors are secretly incredibly fascinating.Visit http://sifpod.fun/ for research sources and for this week's bonus episode.Come hang out with us on the new SIF Discord: https://discord.gg/wbR96nsGg5
The Name Katie

The Name Katie

2024-02-2601:00:461

Alex Schmidt and Katie Goldin explore why the name Katie is secretly incredibly fascinating.Visit http://sifpod.fun/ for research sources and for this week's bonus episode.Come hang out with us on the new SIF Discord: https://discord.gg/wbR96nsGg5
Crabs

Crabs

2024-02-1901:01:28

Alex Schmidt and Katie Goldin explore why crabs are secretly incredibly fascinating.Visit http://sifpod.fun/ for research sources and for this week's bonus episode.Come hang out with us on the new SIF Discord: https://discord.gg/wbR96nsGg5
Alex Schmidt, Katie Goldin, and special guest Joey Clift explore why "why did the chicken cross the road" is secretly incredibly fascinating.Visit http://sifpod.fun/ for research sources and for this week's bonus episode.Come hang out with us on the new SIF Discord: https://discord.gg/wbR96nsGg5
Scales

Scales

2024-02-0501:07:46

Alex Schmidt and Katie Goldin explore why scales (the tool for weighing) are secretly incredibly fascinating.Visit http://sifpod.fun/ for research sources and for this week's bonus episode.Come hang out with us on the new SIF Discord: https://discord.gg/wbR96nsGg5
Deja Vu

Deja Vu

2024-01-2955:46

Alex Schmidt and Katie Goldin explore why deja vu is secretly incredibly fascinating.Visit http://sifpod.fun/ for research sources and for this week's bonus episode.Come hang out with us on the new SIF Discord: https://discord.gg/wbR96nsGg5
Machetes

Machetes

2024-01-2201:03:39

Alex Schmidt and Katie Goldin explore why machetes are secretly incredibly fascinating.Visit http://sifpod.fun/ for research sources and for this week's bonus episode.Come hang out with us on the new SIF Discord: https://discord.gg/wbR96nsGg5
Alex Schmidt and Katie Goldin explore why "The Great Wave Off Kanagawa" by Hokusai is secretly incredibly fascinating.Direct link to see the art: https://images.metmuseum.org/CRDImages/as/original/DP130155.jpg Visit http://sifpod.fun/ for research sources and for this week's bonus episode.Come hang out with us on the new SIF Discord: https://discord.gg/wbR96nsGg5
Windmills

Windmills

2024-01-0854:13

Alex Schmidt and Katie Goldin explore why windmills are secretly incredibly fascinating.Visit http://sifpod.fun/ for research sources and for this week's bonus episode.Come hang out with us on the new SIF Discord: https://discord.gg/wbR96nsGg5Apologies for a brief issue with Alex's mic. You'll hear his backup audio until around nine minutes in, and then the whole rest of the show is his regular mic.
Lemons

Lemons

2024-01-0101:02:27

Alex Schmidt and Katie Goldin explore why lemons are secretly incredibly fascinating.Visit http://sifpod.fun/ for research sources and for this week's bonus episode.Come hang out with us on the new SIF Discord: https://discord.gg/wbR96nsGg5
Happy holidays from us (Alex and Katie)! Please enjoy this holiday hello, plus the surprising and fun fulfillment of a long-ago prophecy. And see you in 2024!There's also a special new bonus show, released last week, where Alex interviews an expert about Hangeul. That's on top of weekly bonus shows for supporters every week. Visit maximumfun.org/join to support the show and hear that BoCo.Come hang out with us anytime on the SIF Discord: https://discord.gg/wbR96nsGg5
Coal!

Coal!

2023-12-1801:09:49

Alex Schmidt and Katie Goldin explore why coal is secretly incredibly fascinating.Visit http://sifpod.fun/ for research sources and for this week's bonus episode.Come hang out with us on the new SIF Discord: https://discord.gg/wbR96nsGg5(Alex’s old podcast hosting service required a minimum of 5 characters per episode title, and he's keeping that going for fun. So that’s why this episode’s title has an exclamation point)
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Dax Stormrider

Love the other episodes with Jason Pargin but this one just felt like it was hammering home a point of hopelessness and conspiracy in a show that is otherwise a delight to listen to and learn fun stuff from.

Feb 9th
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Happy⚛️Heretic

"Machete's for children"?... That makes me think of the 80's 'Saturday Night Live' sketch w/ Dan Aykroyd & Jane Curtain about dangerous Christmas Toys like the " bag 'o glass".

Jan 23rd
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J G

too many hosts that think they're funny.

Jul 12th
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Steven Maurice

I like to eat eat eat apples and bananas

Jul 11th
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Happy⚛️Heretic

(In the 80's/90's) I did not have any air-conditioning in grade-school OR high-school in the classrooms. & the ONLY a/c in our schools were in the offices & the ONE computer room in our High-school. I'm sure that NOW the entire school has a/c. It totally sucked during gym class when it was hot out....I'd skip or write a fake "sick" note so I didn't have to go.

Aug 22nd
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LwithaZ

That fork joke at the intro got me

Jul 7th
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ID19619055

Huge fan of the land acknowledgment! Thank you!!

May 27th
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Happy⚛️Heretic

The guest on this episode is especially hilarious. I've listened to this episode several times & still laugh (& learn) every time. 😆

Apr 26th
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Happy⚛️Heretic

The female guest ruins this episode. She's not only UNfunny but her voice & laugh make ears bleed.

Apr 4th
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LwithaZ

I got some orange chicken today because of this episode. Secretly incredibly delicious

Mar 30th
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Happy⚛️Heretic

Happy 🎂 Birthday Alex!!

Mar 21st
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ID19619055

Thank you for doing a land acknowledgment!

Mar 16th
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Dan Thompson

"Players obsess over it. Others don't," got a chuckle out of me. I was ready to riot if Alex said "No one thinks much about it."

Feb 2nd
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Happy⚛️Heretic

Another fantastic episode! I absolutely adore Alex, (the host) & the perfect guest(s) are matched w/ each episode topic.

Dec 20th
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Bill Clark

One of the chick's he's got on as a guest is so stoned AND illiterate, pronouncing it "lie-berry".

Oct 5th
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Happy⚛️Heretic

- I highly recommend this awesome podcast! It truly lives up to it's name. 5 stars all the way-⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Aug 31st
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nightmare eyezz

boy this was a rough episode... the guests were boring, the subject was boring and all the info was boring. took me three days to listen to and I did not retain any of it. this is a skipper y'all, overall great show but forget this one 😬

Aug 12th
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Happy⚛️Heretic

-Such a fascinating episode! The topic, "Random Numbers" was really interesting & an enjoyable listen.

Jun 25th
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Meidi

Here's my pigeon story: for years I claimed them as my favorite bird simply because no one else seemed to like them. I had a similar affinity for dandelions. When I was 13 I rescued a pigeon from a rat trap. The trap had been on it's foot for a while, the damage was done to the foot, but once I was able to catch the bird and remove the trap, he could much more easily fly and hop along on the ground, so I was proud of myself.

May 26th
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Silver Prophet

Man, this air conditioning episode is a trip back in time. My house used to have a schedule of opening and closing windows because where I'm from nights are never above 70 and insulation in houses is top notch because of the winters. We would open every window the instant the sun set and then close them 30 minutes before first light. Then you just can't have too many electronics and keep your fridge and your electronics in the basement. Now I bought a cheap air conditioner that is standing but has an exterior vent for the price of a computer at the time and have just kept it in good repair for like 10 years now. Technology being so prevalent is great for the lower class.

May 13th
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