Stuff I Learned From Podcasts: Issue 5

Stuff You Should Know – How Tsunamis Work

  • They can travel at speeds up to 600 miles per hour…woah.
  • Tsunami is a Japanese word for harbor wave.
  • A tsunami is formed by the huge release of energy from an earthquake on the ocean floor. The wave spreads out like a ripple going in all directions.
  • The tsunami stretches from the ocean floor to the surface, sometimes a mile or more in height.
  • Tallest tsunami wave ever measured was in Alaska in 1958. It measured 520 meters or 1,710 feet above sea level. That’s taller than most of the tallest buildings in the world.

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Stuff I Learned from Podcasts: Issue 4

Every Little Thing (June 25, 2018): ARRRR Pirate Peg Legs a Thing?

  • Takes a look at some of the common pirate tropes and determines if pirates from the classic golden age of pirates, were real things.
  • Parrots on board (yes)
  • Peg legs as a prosthetic (yes)
  • A hook to replace a hand (not likely)
  • Walking the plank (sadly, no)
    Pirates would more likely just shoot you rather than go through the song and dance of walking the plank.
  • Skull & Crossbones flag (yes)

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Stuff I Learned from Podcasts: Issue 3

A couple of fun ones in today’s Stuff I Learned from Podcasts, as evidenced by all the notes I wrote out.

First off, was the most recent Ologies podcast which was released on June 19th. This one was about Deltiology, or the study and collection of postcards. Our host, Allie Ward, interviewed Donna Braden, a curator at the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Michigan. She was a fantastic guest, full of passion for postcards and believe it or not, the postcard discussion was fascinating. Continue reading “Stuff I Learned from Podcasts: Issue 3”

Stuff I Learned from Podcasts: Issue 2

Another eclectic mix of podcasts, as is often the case with my listening habits. What follows is Stuff I Learned from Podcasts Issue 2.

From Episode 311 of 99% Invisible, entitled “The Barney Design,” I llearned:

  • The National Basketball Association (NBA) had very boring uniforms heading into the 90s. Then the new expansion team, the Charlotte Hornets, introduced teal uniforms. This was a big deal because it was not a traditional uniform color and sales of the jerseys took off.
  • The NBA hired Tom O’Grady as a marketing director and he transformed uniforms in the 90s. The use of dye sublimation allowed for wild designs since they didn’t have to be embroidered and the desire for updated designs to boost uniform sales.
  • This led to the crazy designs of the Atlanta Hawks, Phoenix Suns and the namesake of this episode, the Toronto Raptors. Their uniform was purple with a red cartoonish dinosaur. It was often referred as the Barney design.

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Stuff I Learned from Podcasts: Issue 1

I listen to a lot of different podcasts during my week. Here is just a small sampling of the different types of shows I listen to. I listen to podcasts about moments in history, podcasts about professional wrestling and baseball. I listen to podcasts about technology and about  analog and stationery things. I even listen to podcasts about weird jobs that people have and I can’t forget all the great podcasts about random, esoteric things that strike my fancy. And with them all, I take notes in my trusty notebooks.

I thought it would be fun to post the notes that I take and pull out a few of the random things that I learned during that particular day of listening. Here is Issue 1 of Stuff I Learned from Podcasts. Continue reading “Stuff I Learned from Podcasts: Issue 1”