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BlackRock inc. is the largest bank in the world. How big, you ask? Well, it manages an estimated total of $9 trillion. This corporation controls more money than many nations. The staggering amount of funds under its control has led many to suggest that BlackRock owns the world. The scary truth is, they kind of do. The decisions BlackRock makes with…
 
On the rooftops of Seattle lurks a hero the city never asked for and barely needs. In $10k dollar armor Phoenix Jones rushes down fire escapes and across alley ways in downtown Seattle night after night. This vigilante superhero is on a mission to make Seattle a safer place. Even though things started out well for Phoenix he and his team of caped c…
 
Since the United States first landed on the moon 50 years ago, the dream of a space colony has been alive in the American consciousness. Is a space colony really possible, though? After 40 years of near inactivity in space, things are changing. Governments are beginning to reinvest in space exploration. Private organizations are also beginning to i…
 
Nascar has long been the pinnacle of the racing world. However, within the Nascar community, there stands no track greater than the Talladega Super Speedway. This racetrack is the track of dreams. Nascar Drivers spend their careers chasing qualifications for a chance on that pavement. In 1982 one aspiring driver rose through the ranks to earn his q…
 
About 50 miles outside downtown Atlanta lies Lake Lanier. This artificial reservoir spans 59 square miles and boasts an impressive 692 miles of shoreline. For years people from all around Georgia have journeyed to the lake to escape the heat and enjoy all the trappings of lake life. Unfortunately, many of those who made this trip never returned. Si…
 
Freeway Rick Ross built an empire of drug dealing and real estate in the mid-'80s. His reputation was stout, but he knew what he was doing and evaded legal trouble for years. His ability to stay one step ahead of law enforcement put him in a position to amass an estimated $900 million, all while hiding his nefarious activities from his mother. Unfo…
 
Tesla held its special AI day yesterday and showcased all kinds of incredible new technologies in its autonomous vehicles. Then at the end of their conference, something strange happened. First, a video rolled on the screen showcasing what looked like a new robot design. Then as the lights came up, a robot came walking across the stage. Tesla quick…
 
Every nation in the world has had its fair share of embarrassing moments. But only one has lost a war to flightless birds. In 1932, the Australian military sent a small group of soldiers to the outback to rid the area of emus who were destroying local crops. The Australian government didn't expect the decision to lead to The Great Emu War. However,…
 
Every Presidential candidate makes promises throughout their campaign to sway voters to earn their spot as president. For many candidates, only a few of these promises come to fruition. Other promises haunt them throughout their presidency. These promises present challenges for the White House in a few unique scenarios long after the president who …
 
Few things are more dangerous than extended distance flights. Yet, occasionally, brave pilots will attempt to fly extreme distances in one go. A single flight around the world is dangerous business. A flight around the world is child's play compared to flying around for 8 years, straight, with nuclear bombs on board. That is exactly what the United…
 
At this point, we are all familiar with the Fyre Festival disaster. The Netflix and Hulu documentaries about the absolute failure of a concert captured the American youth. However, Fyre Fest was not the first music festival to crash and burn. In fact, it's quite common for music festivals to end in disaster. Whether it be due to the kind of crowd m…
 
You have to be a pretty crazy person to assassinate a United States President. But, for Charles J Guiteau, the man who assassinated the 20th President James A. Garfield, the assassination of the president was the least crazy thing he ever did. From a shady political career to cult ties to ax-wielding outbursts, Charles J Guiteau was certainly unhin…
 
In 1877 Alexander Graham Bell founded the Bell Telephone Company. It was the world's first telephone company and would one day become AT&T. Even though Alexander Graham Bell sold his ownership stake in the company after just a couple of years with the company, AT&T would become the largest telephone company in the company the world. In fact, AT&T g…
 
Fans of the Things I Learned Last Night podcast know that the United States has made some missteps over the years. However, everything we've discussed pales in comparison to the colossal failure that is the Salton Sea, California. This story has everything; capitalism, floods of biblical proportion, tourist traps, environmental disasters, and nucle…
 
In episode 32, we talked about John McAfee, the man who created McAfee antivirus and that's the LEAST interesting thing about him. For years, he has said that the government is after him. This week, he died in prison... mysteriously... Tim updates us about what we know, what we think could have happened, and where we go from here. Listen to our epi…
 
We've been putting signs up at Starbucks and on social media asking for weird voicemails! This time, we put up a sign that said "Have you been abducted??". Here are a few of the voicemail responses we got and our reactions to them!Things I Learned Last Night
 
What do Salvation Mountain, East Jesus, and West Satan have in common? If you guessed they're locations in a video game then you're only half right. These eclectic phrases are names of subdivisions in the infamous Californian town known as Slab City. Home to mostly squatters and vagabonds, Slab City has been hailed as the last free city in the worl…
 
New Mexico, 1964, Police Officer Lonnie Zamora was tending to his typical daily routine of ticketing speeders outside the city of Socorro. Zamora found himself in pursuit of a speeding vehicle when he saw something that would change his life forever. The UFO he witnessed that day would officially be listed in the secretive Project Blue Book as "unk…
 
When tribal groups first make contact with cultures and civilizations outside their own there are often unexpected consequences. Throughout history moments of 'First Contact' have led to disease outbreaks, war, and genocide. However, there is also a relatively new and incredibly odd phenomenon tied to first contact events known as Cargo Cults. Thes…
 
Have you ever heard of Eels? Yeah, we're talking about the really weird snake-like fish that sometimes electrocute people. Sidebar, electric eels actually aren't even eels. They're a totally different kind of fish, it's a misnomer. Even if you cast out the infamous electric eel, the fish are incredibly odd because no one knows where they come from.…
 
Honestly, the only reason we are covering The Great Molasses Flood of 1919 is because someone dubbed it the Boston Molassacre and we think that is the funniest thing we've ever seen. The story is rather incredible. On January 15, 1919, a 40-foot tidal wave ripped through Boston. This tidal wave did not come from the sea. No, it was a wave of molass…
 
It was the dawn of the modern Olympic era. St. Louis boasted the pleasure of being the 3rd host of the soon-to-be world-renowned games. Everything went off without a hitch. That is everything, except the men's marathon. This race was so utterly unbelievable, so completely pathetic, so mind-numbingly stupid that it has gone down in the annals of ath…
 
He was a magician, an occultist, and a vagabond. At one point, Aleister Crowley either struck fear or admiration into people all around the world. Even his own mother called him the antichrist. This revolutionary thinker started his own religion based around rather frightening rites. His lifestyle inspired celebrities and rockstars for decades. Som…
 
In February 1959, ten experienced hikers embarked on a dangerous hike through the northern Urals (a mountain range in the then Soviet Union). None of the adventurers knew what they were getting into when they left for the trek, in fact, no one to this day knows just what they encountered. Theories range from an avalanche to Katabatic wind to the Ye…
 
On the podcast, we have covered some pretty unbelievable things. Remote Viewing and the government project that popularized it just might take the cake as the most unbelievable thing this little comedy podcast has ever discussed. Buckle up, because this is a wild one. In the early '70s, several government organizations including the CIA, DOD, Air F…
 
The 2008 Florida Gators are easily the most unbelievable team in NCAA history. Not only were they the nearly undefeated BCS National Champions, but their roster is composed of a shockingly wide range of players. Not only did most of the starters on the team make it to the NFL, but most of the team also made it to jail. Seriously, nearly a third of …
 
Every major city in the U.S. follows the same pattern. At the core, there's a large urban landscape comprised of mixed-use architecture and mid to high-rise buildings densely packed together. As you pan out from the center of the city you'll find lower-density buildings with larger plots of land. This is common in cities around the world. What is u…
 
Bob Lazar has been noted as making some of the most audacious and outright unbelievable claims in recent history. If you can believe what Bob Lazar claims then it could change the way you think about everything. It was his claims that put area 51 in the limelight after all. UFOs and alien life were both popular topics prior to Lazar, however, his s…
 
Imagine meeting a total stranger that looked exactly like you do, now imagine experiencing that unreal phenomenon twice. This is exactly what happened to Edward (Eddy) Galland, David Kellman, and Robert Shafran in the early '70s. Under unlikely circumstances, these identical triplets were separated at birth and in even more unlikely circumstances r…
 
Want to talk about a really weird book? Well, do we have a book for you! The Voynich Manuscript is the definition of an enigma. Named after the book salesman who found it, the Voynich Manuscript is an almost unbelievable document full of odd doodles and writings in some unknown language. This strange book very well could be a secret code that revea…
 
At the height of Tulip Mania investors and collectors alike were willing to spend just amount any price for a single bulb. The value of one tulip at the peak of the bubble surpassed that of homes of the day. In fact, these little flowers had enough buying power to purchase not one, not two, but four or five homes. It was an unbelievable rise in val…
 
Anyone born before the year 2000 remembers spending countless Saturdays roaming the halls of their local shopping mall. Kids across the nation reveled in jealousy of those lucky few that grew up near the Mall of America. The legendary Mall of America is complete with theme parks, restaurants, and hundreds of stores. Since the ribbon cutting of the …
 
We recently had a clip from our show get over 7 million views on TikTok! Which means a lot of you joined our show because you saw that clip. Here's the full audio of the Cat Daddy Voicemails and we hope you stick around for future episodes!Jaron Myers and Tim Stone
 
When it comes to Nuclear bombs there's large and then there's Castle Bravo. On March 1st, 1954 the United States detonated the largest Thermonuclear weapon in the world. The Castle Bravo explosion wouldn't be topped for nearly 10 years. To this day, it holds the spot as the largest explosion ever caused by the United States and sits as the fifth la…
 
On October 19th, 2017 Robert Weryk turned to a new part of the sky with the Pan-STARRS telescope at Haleakalā Observatory in Hawaii and spotted something that would earn him international acclaim and leave physicists and astronomers scratching their heads for years. Scientists have long pondered the possibility of Interstellar Travel. Even though, …
 
The Demon Core had the potential to be one of the most dangerous devices of the 20th century. In a stroke of luck, it wasn't used for it's original purpose. However, its path of destruction was just beginning. This week on Things I Learned Last Night, Tim teaches Jaron about the third atomic bomb: Rufus. Listen to this episode to learn why it was n…
 
Göbekli Tepe is an Archeological site in Turkey that could change everything we know about, well everything. This ancient monolith predates all the major wonders of the world by thousands of years. What's more is the early engineers at the build site showed an understanding that far exceeded what was previously believed to be understood in that day…
 
Everyone is talking about Bitcoin these days, but what is it? Tim and Jaron sit down to talk about Bitcoin in 2021. They talk about Bitcoin mining, blockchain, other cryptocurrencies and what it could mean for the future of currency. The implications are more than just financial. The guys talk about what the world would look like if blockchain was …
 
Travis was a beloved figure in this small town. The police officers knew him, he ate dinner with the family, but he's still a wild animal. Learn about Travis' life, his parents, and the day he snapped and attacked someone. MERCHANDISE: http://tilln.com/merch PATREON: http://patreon.com/jaronmyers FACEBOOK: http://facebook.com/tillnpodcast TWITTER: …
 
Tim teaches Jaron about Agent Garbo, a double agent who convinced Great Britain to hire him to sabotage the Germans. Without his contribution, the Invasion of Normandy may have gone very differently. MERCHANDISE: http://tilln.com/merch PATREON: http://tilln.com/join FACEBOOK: http://facebook.com/tillnpodcast TWITTER: http://twitter.com/tillnpodcast…
 
Wild rides, underage drinking, and no adults. What could go wrong?? Tim teaches Jaron about Action Park, a theme park that is the subject of many lawsuits and controversy. MERCHANDISE: http://tilln.com/merch PATREON: http://tilln.com/join FACEBOOK: http://facebook.com/tillnpodcast TWITTER: http://twitter.com/tillnpodcast INSTAGRAM: http://instagram…
 
Underneath the Vegas Strip is a system of tunnels that is home to over a thousand people! Tim teaches Jaron about fascinating community, police response, and the ways they've adjusted to living in Tunnel Town. MERCHANDISE: http://tilln.com/merch PATREON: http://tilln.com/join FACEBOOK: http://facebook.com/tillnpodcast TWITTER: http://twitter.com/ti…
 
Tim teaches Jaron about synthetic media, a method of content creation that relies solely on automated systems, like artificial intelligence algorithms. We learn about it's uses in video game content creation, and more recently, how it is being used to create deepfakes. MERCHANDISE: http://tilln.com/merch PATREON: http://tilln.com/join FACEBOOK: htt…
 
This week, Tim teaches us about Norilsk, a city in Russia that has been called "the worst place on Earth". From their 2 month long night, to their river of literal bones, Norilsk is a must-know TILLN tourism spot. Thanks for watching! FACEBOOK: http://facebook.com/tillnpodcast TWITTER: http://twitter.com/tillnpodcast INSTAGRAM: http://instagram.com…
 
Tim teaches Jaron about Second Life, a massive online role playing game that lets you reimagine your life and build anything you want, including a REAL INCOME! They talk about the start of the game, how people make a living from it, and what it has meant for international trade and regulation.Jaron Myers and Tim Stone
 
Tim teaches us about the Richmond TV Vigilante, a masked prankster who leaves box TVs on peoples' front porches all across the city of Richmond, VA two years in a row. FACEBOOK: http://facebook.com/tillnpodcast TWITTER: http://twitter.com/tillnpodcast INSTAGRAM: http://instagram.com/tillnpodcastJaron Myers and Tim Stone
 
This week, Tim teaches us about MK Ultra, a CIA operation that used experimental tactics on unknowing citizens, detainees, and even their own agents. FACEBOOK: http://facebook.com/tillnpodcast TWITTER: http://twitter.com/tillnpodcast INSTAGRAM: http://instagram.com/tillnpodcastJaron Myers and Tim Stone
 
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