In Over Our Heads Show

two guys and a world of [mis]information

This podcast is dedicated to appreciating the things that we don't understand. Seth and Luke randomly select topics that they're not particularly knowledgeable of and discuss them in an attempt to better understand the world around them.

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    The Great Depression

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    Agrarian Revolution

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    1. What types of animals hibernate?

    2. Are snakes and bears doing the same thing when they hibernate? And what's the spectrum of winter survival strategies?

    3. Just how unconscious are snakes and bears when they hibernate?

    Additional references

    A somewhat comprehensive list of winter survival strategies, brought to you by the Roaming Naturalist.

    The Wikipedia article on dormancy clearly outlines the variants of what us commmon folk refer to as 'hibernation.'

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    1. Where do you find antimatter? Is there any of it near Earth?

    2. When did the theory of antimatter arise, and has it been proven to exist?

    3. How much antimatter is there in the universe relative to matter? More? Less? The same amount?

    Additional references

    The Wikipedia page for a Penning trap, the device used to contain antimatter on earth using magnetic fields.

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    1. Chickens lay about an egg per day. How do they produce eggs so quickly? Do they have a limited number of eggs they can produce throughout their lifetime?

    2. Are mammals the only animals that give live birth?

    3. What's the evolutionary reason for eggs vs youngsters?

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    1. People have survived being struck by lightning. What's the greatest number of times someone has been struck by lightning and lived to tell the tale?

    2. Does lightning start in the cloud or on earth?

    3. Why did Benjamin Franklin do his famous lightning strike experiment?

    Additional references

    A handy reference from NOAA about lightning safety.

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    Darwin's voyage to the Galapagos


    1. How far are the Galapagos Islands from the mainland?

    2. How much time passed between Darwin's voyage on the Beagle and his publication of the Origin of Species?

    3. What was the original reason Darwin set out on the Beagle? What was the original reason the Beagle itself set out?

    Additional references

    The HMS Beagle Project page, which includes some useful information about the voyages as well as a sweet interactive map.

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    Other galaxies


    1. What is at the center of galaxies that holds them together?

    2. Is it possible to see other galaxies with the naked eye from the surface of the Earth?

    3. How far away is the closest galaxy?

    Additional references

    A video depicting the collision of the Milky Way and Andromeda galaxy.

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    3D printing


    1. How many methods of printing are there?

    2. What are the practical limits of what we can print with 3D printers?

    3. How much does an entry-level 3D printer cost?

    Additional references

    Makerbot, a well-known brand in 3D printers that we referenced during the show.

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    French Revolution


    1. What caused the French People to rebel?

    2. What event signaled the end of the Revolution?

    3. What caused the Napoleonic Wars?

    Additional resources

    Let them eat bread! Er….cake! Brioche maybe?

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    1. Do yetis actually exist?

    2. What's the origin of yeti mythology?

    3. What's the relationship between yetis, bigfoot, and the Abominable Snowman?

    Additional references

    Is Bigfoot Cain in the Church of Latter-day Saints? An analysis of the Patterson Gimlin Bigfoot film. Try your hardest to outski the Abominable Snowman.

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    Power steering


    1. When was the Model T released?

    2. When did power steering become commercially available?

    3. From where does the energy for power steering originate?

    4. Did the Model T have a battery?

  • Who we are

    Seth Rushton and Luke Segars first became friends in 1996, the same year the world was introduced to Ask Jeeves. They stuck together throughout the twists and turns of the two decades that followed (Y2K! The invention of YouTube and Facebook! Three different reboots of the Hulk franchise!) to get to the present day where they still spend too much time with one another.

    Over the years, these two developed quite different academic interests; Luke went to graduate school in computer science (what a dreamer!) while Seth did the same thing but for American literature and religion (always the pragmatist!). However, even though they have wildly different specialities, they both share an enthusiasm for curiosity and are genuinely interested in how every aspect of the modern world works.