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Trailer: Endless Thread Presents... MEMES!

On October 1st, Endless Thread is back. We're kicking things off with a deep exploration into something that has changed lives, politics, and the way we interact online and in real life: memes!

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02:34Sep 24, 2021

Hosts Ben Brock Johnson and Amory Sivertson dig into the internet's vast and curious ecosystem of online communities to find untold histories, unsolved mysteries, and other jaw-dropping stories online and IRL.
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Snacktime: Suitcases of Cash And Bob Saget's Ghost

Gather round for this week’s Snacktime episode, where Ben tells iLab producer Nora Saks two stories about found money, a gambling ruse in a Belizean casino, and why Bob Saget would block himself on Twitter if he could.

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14:09Aug 20, 2021
Geedis (Courtesy Stacen Goldman/Framingham History Center)

Encore: What is Geedis? An Internet Mystery For The Ages... Gets Solved!

What is Geedis? Endless Thread revisits an episode from 2019 in which the team joined the internet's two-year-long quest to answer this question. The strange, furry character and his buddies in The Land of Ta had been a mystery of 80’s fantastical proportions, but the team went down the rabbit...

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44:18Aug 6, 2021
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Encore: The Great Glitter Mystery

Endless Thread revisits this episode from 2019 that solved one of the internet’s most compelling mysteries. Inspired by a 2018 New York Times feature about glitter, people obsessed over identifying the mysterious industry buying huge amounts of glitter. No one had been able to find any answers … until the...

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40:19Jul 9, 2021
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Rein It In!: Competitive Jousting Meets The Black Market

On this week’s Snacktime, Ben tells Amory about the still-very-much-alive sport of jousting and how it relates to a pretty wild story about a Redditor’s ex, a snowy white steed getting repossessed, and equine semen fraud.

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20:52Jun 25, 2021
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Endless Thread Presents: Twenty Thousand Hertz

Is your voice your own? Not anymore. This week on Endless Thread, we present "Deepfake Dallas," courtesy of our friends over at Twenty Thousand Hertz, a podcast revealing the stories behind the world’s most recognizable and interesting sounds. Find out how someone, using artificial intelligence, can make an algorithm that...

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24:14Jun 18, 2021
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Snacktime: A Refreshing Trend For Troubled Times

From knitting to making bread, many of us found new ways to relax during the pandemic. For some, this happy place came in the form of a shower orange. In this episode of Snacktime, Ben tells Amory about what this new trend is all about, plus the story of how...

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20:55May 21, 2021
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Pizza Is My Life: The Mystery of A Columbus, Ohio Pizza Jingle

In 2008, college student Kevin Toomey was cruising around Columbus, Ohio, listening to AM radio, when a jingle for Rotolo's Pizza came on. It was love at first listen, and it set him on a 13-year quest to find out who wrote and performed the jingle. In this Snacktime episode,...

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29:41May 7, 2021
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Endless Thread Presents: Cautionary Tales

Today's episode brings together three of our favorite things: mysteries, cultural deep-dives, and Dungeons & Dragons. It's an episode of Cautionary Tales, a podcast from Pushkin that tells stories of awful human error, tragic catastrophes, daring heists and hilarious fiascos of the past -- pointing out valuable lessons for us...

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39:02Apr 23, 2021