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Why Do These Seals Have Eels Up Their Noses?: Episode 93

This week On Robot Pizza Van (a weird news podcast), we talk about… Pantone’s 2019 color of the year, crematorium next door to retirement home, ping pong highlights, Major League Eating wants to eat that giant cow, police use Tesla autopilot to stop car, dog blocks soccer goal, court says man can’t be 20 years younger, robot releases bear repellent, seals with eels stuck in their noses, and a singing donkey.

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Weird Christmas Gifts, Public Shaming, and ATM Errors: Episode 92

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This week Offroad is with Magician and Intuitionist, Courtney Kolb, and we’re talking about weird Christmas gifts, a traffic camera that mistakes an ad for a person and charges her with jaywalking, a burger joint closes after video shows rat cooking, a man dropped the engagement ring down a drain, a hang glider clings on for his life, an ATM accidentally spit out $100 bills, and what makes some words funny?

Music by Uncle Milk
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A T-Shirt or a T-Rex: Episode 90

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We have a guest named ‘Join The Club’ and this week’s weird news… firefighters mistake a parrot for a fire alarm, a new record for eating kernels of corn with a toothpick, a drone steals someone’s bike, pedestrians try to cross vehicles-only bridge in a bus costume, Greggs has installed one of its signs backwards on purpose, and a couple cats try to enter a museum for two years.

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It’s Like Fingernail Polish, But For Your Teeth: Episode 89

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Hard-hitting, fair and balanced, the most trusted… the weirdest news. This week we talk about how a certain optical illusion could mess up your vision if you look at it too long, the only man buried on the moon, an experiment with sound to make cheese tastier, a self-balancing walking stick that stands on it’s own, a font that helps you remember what you read, a website(who paid 99 cents) that charges 99 cents to see who else has paid 99 cents, a restaurant that lets you pay according to your Instagram followers, a guy who climbs a mountain and finds a domestic cat at the top, and a product that’s like finger nail polish but for your teeth… and more!

Purple Aliens, An Ant Steals A Diamond, The Richest Pets, and Records You Can Break: Episode 88

Here’s a bunch of news stories separated by commas. That weird glow in the sky isn’t an aurora… It’s Steve, a tiny ant tries to walk away with a little diamond, extraterrestrial life might be purple, the richest pets in the world, the new 2019 Edition of the Guinness Book of World Records, and records you can break yourself.

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Strange Sounds: Episode 85

This week we’re with Borg and we’re talking about the sound of plasma waves on Saturn, Jupiter’s electromagnetic sounds, the museum of endangered sounds, screaming sausages, and the gold record that the U.S.A. sent into space with a message for aliens.

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Plasma Waves on Saturn
NASA flew the Cassini spaceship into Saturn last year. Directly into it. It crashed into the planet taking measurements and readings to the very end. The Cassini launched in 1997 and took 7 years to get to Saturn. Its been hanging around orbiting and probing Saturn since then, sending the info back to us on earth. Until last year when it was running out of fuel so they wanted to crash it into Saturn rather than have it fly of into space and hit some other ship or contaminate a planet that any earth microbes might grow on. They figure crash it on Saturn. So a few months before it crashes they get in a very low orbit, like in between the planet and its rings. And so about 20 of these tight orbits later and then finally crash into the planet. But before the crash we got some weird info. The Ship picked up some plasma waves heading from Saturn to its rings and into one of its moons. They said it was like an electrical circuit, with energy flowing back and forth. Researchers converted those plasma waves into an audio file “in the same way a radio translates electromagnetic waves into music.”

Jupiter sounds
A recording of Jupiter sounds (electromagnetic “voices”) by NASA-Voyager. The complex interactions of charged electromagnetic particles from the solar wind , planetary magnetosphere etc. create vibration “soundscapes”.
Museum of endangered sounds
It’s a website with a bunch of audio clips of different technology that has gone obsolete. For instance: the connecting of 56k modems. There are currently 15 clips but look for more in the future at http://savethesounds.info/
Screaming sausages
British food scientist Stuart Farrimond has measured the decibel levels produced by sausages dating back to 1845. Farrimond discovered that today’s sausages don’t make as much noise as those made from older recipes, saying that it’s because they are more lean and contain less moisture (in England they’re called bangers because they’re so loud).

Murmurs of the Earth, Voyager Spacecraft (1977)
We launched a gold record into space in 1977 for aliens to listen to on their record players.