Domo Arigato Mr. Momofuku

Domo Arigato Mr. Momofuku

Transcript In the year 2000, people in Japan were polled and asked what the greatest Japanese creation of the 20th century was.  They didn’t pick the walkman, digital cameras, or the compact disc. Nor did they pick any even any cultural achievements like the works of Akira Kurosawa, anime, or Pokemon.  What they selected as …

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The World’s Deepest Hole

The World's Deepest Hole

Transcript In 1970, scientists in the Soviet Union set out to drill the deepest hole in the world. They weren’t drilling for oil or gas, they were just drilling for the sake of drilling to see what they could find.  They actually found out quite a lot.  Learn about the Kola Superdeep Borehole, the deepest …

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Outlawry

Outlawry

Transcript I’m sure everyone hearing this is familiar with the word outlaw. It mostly used as a synonym for “criminal”.  However, if I can paraphrase Inigo Montoya from The Princess Bride, “that word does not mean what you think it means.”.  Learn about the ancient punishment of outlawry, and how it was used throughout the …

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Tsar Bomba

Tsar Bomba

Transcript On October 30, 1961, the Soviet Union detonated the largest explosion the world had ever seen, before or since.  The explosion was so large, that it permanently changed the course of nuclear weapons development.   Learn more about the Tsar Bomba, the world’s largest nuclear explosion, on this episode of Everything Everywhere Daily. The United …

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Extremely Long Term Debt

Extremely Long Term Debt

Transcript If you have ever taken out a loan, you are probably familiar with the details of taking on debt. You have an amount that is borrowed, an interest rate, and a term over which the debt is paid back. However, sometimes, a term might be extremely long. In a few cases, the debts can …

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Pyrrhic Victory

Pyrrhic Victory

Transcript In a previous episode, I talked about how you can win by not losing. That is called the Fabian Strategy named after Roman general Quintus Fabius Maximus. However, the opposite is true as well. You can lose by winning. Here too, ancient history has examples for us, this time in the case of King …

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The Election of 1876

The Election of 1876

Transcript If you think the current American political climate is contentious, then you need to take a step back and take a close look at American history.  The most controversial, divisive, and probably corrupt election in US history was the election of 1876. It’s an event that has been largely forgotten by most Americans today.  …

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