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The podcast where everything is true. (Except the parts that aren't.)

Latest Episodes

Episode 27: Did a 19th century presidential candidate circumnavigate the globe three times?

Will Ant recover from his 6-0 defeat at the start of the series? (Unlikely.) Will Paul have a fact about a Victorian eccentric? (Very likely.) And will Ant really manage to go an entire season without a Roman history fact? (Impossible.) It’s time for the Season 4 finale of Yes or BS! Brace yourself for six more rounds of true-or-false trivia, from an Ancient Greek naval mishap to a globe-trotting presidential candidate, and from an anonymous helmet-wearing bigamist fraudster who turned down the king’s autograph to a treasonous Ottoman vizier who successfully managed to commute his own death sentence by running a race against the sultan’s gardener. Which might just be the strangest sentence we’ve ever written. Enjoy – and we’ll see you all again for Season 5 very soon!

74 minAPR 28
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Episode 27: Did a 19th century presidential candidate circumnavigate the globe three times?

Episode 26: Was Frank Sinatra supposed to star in Die Hard?

It’s fair to say Yes or BS covers quite a few knowledge bases each week, but seriously – where else would you find facts about Frank Sinatra, porridge oats and sentient octopuses all nestled up against one another? Or, for that matter, where would you *want* to find facts like that nestled alongside one another? Right here, that’s where! If you thought international coronavirus lockdown procedures would stop Yes or BS, then you were wrong! Welcome to the very first remotely recorded, socially distant episode of the podcast where everything is true (except all the parts that aren’t). Did a helpful dolphin guide ships through New Zealand’s waters for 24 years? Has artificial intelligence learnt how to dream? Is the Eye of Sauron watching over us all from billions of miles away in space? And who in their right mind would offer the role of John McClane to 73-year-old Hollywood legend Frank Sinatra? The truths and untruths behind all these facts and a whole lot more besides – all i...

69 minAPR 22
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Episode 26: Was Frank Sinatra supposed to star in Die Hard?

Episode 25: Was Noah’s Ark discovered during the Cold War?

Yes or BS reaches its quarter century with one of the strangest and most eclectic episodes yet. (And that’s saying something.) Besides Noah’s Ark, this week we’re finding out about dinosaurs, classical music, Asian history, and humorously crude farm animals. Did Bach write a cantata about how much he liked coffee? Did Tibet once have an empire to rival China? Was history’s biggest ichthyosaur bigger than the blue whale? Does Hungarian have a set of jokes about an impossibly rude pig? And was Noah’s Ark accidentally discovered during the Cold War? The answers to all these and more, in Episode 25 of Yes or BS!

71 minAPR 14
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Episode 25: Was Noah’s Ark discovered during the Cold War?

Episode 24: Is there an asteroid named after a pet cat called ‘Mr Spock’?

This week on Yes or BS, we’re covering everything from Star Trek to nuclear warfare. Never let it be said we’re not eclectic. Among the facts you’ll have to decipher this week is a tale about a group of Spanish guerrillas, who may or may not have been terrorized by unseen demonic forces during the Napoleonic War. Was a nuclear explosion narrowly averted by a North Carolina plane crash? Was there a 1920s craze for oxygen-depriving ‘isolation helmets’? And did a 19th century anatomist publish an account of a local murder case in a book bound with the murderer’s skin? Think that all sounds a bit too macabre? You can blame Anthony. But don’t worry – there’s also a fact here about domestic cats, the naming conventions of astronomical objects, and, er... Mr Spock.

65 minAPR 7
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Episode 24: Is there an asteroid named after a pet cat called ‘Mr Spock’?

Episode 23: Did the Ancient Saxons worship a god called Geoffrey?

Season 4 of Yes or BS continues apace! This week Ant (@VoiceoverTony) and Paul (@HaggardHawks) cover another eclectic mix of topics, from the monsters of traditional Japanese folklore to the Frankish king Charlemagne’s lengthy wars against the ancient Saxons – who may, or may not, have once worshipped a god called Geoffrey. Did downtown Newark, NJ, grind to a halt for a pet canary’s funeral in 1920? Is snowball fighting the official state sport of Alaska? And did Socrates keep fit by dancing on his own, without a note of music being played? It’s either Yes, or BS.

61 minMAR 31
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Episode 23: Did the Ancient Saxons worship a god called Geoffrey?

Episode 22: Did the world’s oldest vending machine dispense Ancient Roman holy water?

We’re back! Another six rounds of absolute nonsense, courtesy of Ant (@VoiceoverTony) and Paul from Haggard Hawks (@HaggardHawks). In this opening episode, topics covered include Mesopotamian letters, the world’s most inbred monarch, and a hand-pumped precursor to the modern car. Did Calvin Coolidge keep fit in an, er, unorthodox way inside the White House? Did the world’s oldest vending machine dispense holy water in the temples of Roman Egypt? And were 19th century Americans really actively discouraged from sending their family members in the mail? Take an hour out of your day and find out. And as always, let us know how you score over on Twitter at @Yes_or_BS.

71 minMAR 25
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Episode 22: Did the world’s oldest vending machine dispense Ancient Roman holy water?

Episode 21: Did a pair of stranded donkeys spark a 19th century catchphrase? - CHRISTMAS SPECIAL!

Happy Christmas everyone! Who needs a bumper crop of festive nonsense to go with all your roast parsnips and pigs in blankets? No one, that’s who. But too bad – you’re getting a bumper bonus episode of Yes or BS anyway! As always, here are six suitably festive facts and stories, some of which are entirely true, some of which are complete BS. Did Charles Dickens have a real life moorhen-eating miser in mind when he wrote A Christmas Carol? Was a sleepy Wiltshire village spooked by a UFO one bizarre Christmas morning? Is the Star Wars Holiday Special not actually the weirdest festive entry in the Star Wars canon? And did a pair of donkeys stranded on an island in Yorkshire on Christmas morning in 1806 spark a short-lived nineteenth century catchphrase? You can probably answer that last one already, but why not listen along anyway to find out more!

78 min2019 DEC 29
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Episode 21: Did a pair of stranded donkeys spark a 19th century catchphrase? - CHRISTMAS SPECIAL!

Episode 20: Did a Victorian conservationist request his pet squirrel speak at his funeral?

We’ve made it. You’ve made it. WE’VE ALL MADE IT THIS FAR. It’s the Yes or BS Season 3 finale! And, as always, we’re going out with another bumper last-of-the-series episode... This week, Paul and Ant talk Wild West bandits, bizarre Victorian conservationists, Mother Shipton’s Cave, Ancient Roman gigantism, and 18th century lotteries. As if that weren’t enough, along the way, we’ll discover whether or not Molière achieved his place in French high society through underhand means; whether the Spanish wife of an English nobleman became the first woman in history executed for espionage; and whether or not a squirrel was asked to speak at the funeral of a noted 19th century eccentric. This being the last in the series too, there just might be a callback to a certain Mr Tolkien... Enjoy! Comment! Review! Share! And we’ll see you again very soon!

82 min2019 OCT 22
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Episode 20: Did a Victorian conservationist request his pet squirrel speak at his funeral?

Episode 19: Did an ancient queen of England attend a fancy dress party dressed as a cockerel?

A Lithuanian shipwreck. A 19th century ballooning hoax. And a queen of England dressed in a cockerel costume. It’s all here this week, in Episode 19 of Yes or BS! Also in this week’s episode, did Wimbledon, England, give its name to Wimbledon, New Zealand, thanks so a sharp-shooting bullock killer? Did the Ancient Persians kickstart an Egyptian invasion by hurling live cats into a walled city? And - perhaps most puzzling of all - do you really want to know the answers to those questions?

72 min2019 OCT 15
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Episode 19: Did an ancient queen of England attend a fancy dress party dressed as a cockerel?

Episode 18: Does Viagra cure jet lag in hamsters?

Is this the best-titled episode of Yes or BS yet? You bet your Viagra-powered hamster it is. Episode 18 kicks off with facts about sign language and the supposed miracles of a martyred English king, veers somewhere into classic 80s cinema, and comes to a close with the story of something unusual that happened to the King of Spain while he was on holiday in Russia in 2006. Oh, and along the way, there’s something about hamsters, pharmaceutical marital aids, and jet lag. Never let it be said you don’t get your money’s-worth with Yes or BS. Which is probably why we’re free.

65 min2019 OCT 8
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Episode 18: Does Viagra cure jet lag in hamsters?

Latest Episodes

Episode 27: Did a 19th century presidential candidate circumnavigate the globe three times?

Will Ant recover from his 6-0 defeat at the start of the series? (Unlikely.) Will Paul have a fact about a Victorian eccentric? (Very likely.) And will Ant really manage to go an entire season without a Roman history fact? (Impossible.) It’s time for the Season 4 finale of Yes or BS! Brace yourself for six more rounds of true-or-false trivia, from an Ancient Greek naval mishap to a globe-trotting presidential candidate, and from an anonymous helmet-wearing bigamist fraudster who turned down the king’s autograph to a treasonous Ottoman vizier who successfully managed to commute his own death sentence by running a race against the sultan’s gardener. Which might just be the strangest sentence we’ve ever written. Enjoy – and we’ll see you all again for Season 5 very soon!

74 minAPR 28
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Episode 27: Did a 19th century presidential candidate circumnavigate the globe three times?

Episode 26: Was Frank Sinatra supposed to star in Die Hard?

It’s fair to say Yes or BS covers quite a few knowledge bases each week, but seriously – where else would you find facts about Frank Sinatra, porridge oats and sentient octopuses all nestled up against one another? Or, for that matter, where would you *want* to find facts like that nestled alongside one another? Right here, that’s where! If you thought international coronavirus lockdown procedures would stop Yes or BS, then you were wrong! Welcome to the very first remotely recorded, socially distant episode of the podcast where everything is true (except all the parts that aren’t). Did a helpful dolphin guide ships through New Zealand’s waters for 24 years? Has artificial intelligence learnt how to dream? Is the Eye of Sauron watching over us all from billions of miles away in space? And who in their right mind would offer the role of John McClane to 73-year-old Hollywood legend Frank Sinatra? The truths and untruths behind all these facts and a whole lot more besides – all i...

69 minAPR 22
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Episode 26: Was Frank Sinatra supposed to star in Die Hard?

Episode 25: Was Noah’s Ark discovered during the Cold War?

Yes or BS reaches its quarter century with one of the strangest and most eclectic episodes yet. (And that’s saying something.) Besides Noah’s Ark, this week we’re finding out about dinosaurs, classical music, Asian history, and humorously crude farm animals. Did Bach write a cantata about how much he liked coffee? Did Tibet once have an empire to rival China? Was history’s biggest ichthyosaur bigger than the blue whale? Does Hungarian have a set of jokes about an impossibly rude pig? And was Noah’s Ark accidentally discovered during the Cold War? The answers to all these and more, in Episode 25 of Yes or BS!

71 minAPR 14
Comments
Episode 25: Was Noah’s Ark discovered during the Cold War?

Episode 24: Is there an asteroid named after a pet cat called ‘Mr Spock’?

This week on Yes or BS, we’re covering everything from Star Trek to nuclear warfare. Never let it be said we’re not eclectic. Among the facts you’ll have to decipher this week is a tale about a group of Spanish guerrillas, who may or may not have been terrorized by unseen demonic forces during the Napoleonic War. Was a nuclear explosion narrowly averted by a North Carolina plane crash? Was there a 1920s craze for oxygen-depriving ‘isolation helmets’? And did a 19th century anatomist publish an account of a local murder case in a book bound with the murderer’s skin? Think that all sounds a bit too macabre? You can blame Anthony. But don’t worry – there’s also a fact here about domestic cats, the naming conventions of astronomical objects, and, er... Mr Spock.

65 minAPR 7
Comments
Episode 24: Is there an asteroid named after a pet cat called ‘Mr Spock’?

Episode 23: Did the Ancient Saxons worship a god called Geoffrey?

Season 4 of Yes or BS continues apace! This week Ant (@VoiceoverTony) and Paul (@HaggardHawks) cover another eclectic mix of topics, from the monsters of traditional Japanese folklore to the Frankish king Charlemagne’s lengthy wars against the ancient Saxons – who may, or may not, have once worshipped a god called Geoffrey. Did downtown Newark, NJ, grind to a halt for a pet canary’s funeral in 1920? Is snowball fighting the official state sport of Alaska? And did Socrates keep fit by dancing on his own, without a note of music being played? It’s either Yes, or BS.

61 minMAR 31
Comments
Episode 23: Did the Ancient Saxons worship a god called Geoffrey?

Episode 22: Did the world’s oldest vending machine dispense Ancient Roman holy water?

We’re back! Another six rounds of absolute nonsense, courtesy of Ant (@VoiceoverTony) and Paul from Haggard Hawks (@HaggardHawks). In this opening episode, topics covered include Mesopotamian letters, the world’s most inbred monarch, and a hand-pumped precursor to the modern car. Did Calvin Coolidge keep fit in an, er, unorthodox way inside the White House? Did the world’s oldest vending machine dispense holy water in the temples of Roman Egypt? And were 19th century Americans really actively discouraged from sending their family members in the mail? Take an hour out of your day and find out. And as always, let us know how you score over on Twitter at @Yes_or_BS.

71 minMAR 25
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Episode 22: Did the world’s oldest vending machine dispense Ancient Roman holy water?

Episode 21: Did a pair of stranded donkeys spark a 19th century catchphrase? - CHRISTMAS SPECIAL!

Happy Christmas everyone! Who needs a bumper crop of festive nonsense to go with all your roast parsnips and pigs in blankets? No one, that’s who. But too bad – you’re getting a bumper bonus episode of Yes or BS anyway! As always, here are six suitably festive facts and stories, some of which are entirely true, some of which are complete BS. Did Charles Dickens have a real life moorhen-eating miser in mind when he wrote A Christmas Carol? Was a sleepy Wiltshire village spooked by a UFO one bizarre Christmas morning? Is the Star Wars Holiday Special not actually the weirdest festive entry in the Star Wars canon? And did a pair of donkeys stranded on an island in Yorkshire on Christmas morning in 1806 spark a short-lived nineteenth century catchphrase? You can probably answer that last one already, but why not listen along anyway to find out more!

78 min2019 DEC 29
Comments
Episode 21: Did a pair of stranded donkeys spark a 19th century catchphrase? - CHRISTMAS SPECIAL!

Episode 20: Did a Victorian conservationist request his pet squirrel speak at his funeral?

We’ve made it. You’ve made it. WE’VE ALL MADE IT THIS FAR. It’s the Yes or BS Season 3 finale! And, as always, we’re going out with another bumper last-of-the-series episode... This week, Paul and Ant talk Wild West bandits, bizarre Victorian conservationists, Mother Shipton’s Cave, Ancient Roman gigantism, and 18th century lotteries. As if that weren’t enough, along the way, we’ll discover whether or not Molière achieved his place in French high society through underhand means; whether the Spanish wife of an English nobleman became the first woman in history executed for espionage; and whether or not a squirrel was asked to speak at the funeral of a noted 19th century eccentric. This being the last in the series too, there just might be a callback to a certain Mr Tolkien... Enjoy! Comment! Review! Share! And we’ll see you again very soon!

82 min2019 OCT 22
Comments
Episode 20: Did a Victorian conservationist request his pet squirrel speak at his funeral?

Episode 19: Did an ancient queen of England attend a fancy dress party dressed as a cockerel?

A Lithuanian shipwreck. A 19th century ballooning hoax. And a queen of England dressed in a cockerel costume. It’s all here this week, in Episode 19 of Yes or BS! Also in this week’s episode, did Wimbledon, England, give its name to Wimbledon, New Zealand, thanks so a sharp-shooting bullock killer? Did the Ancient Persians kickstart an Egyptian invasion by hurling live cats into a walled city? And - perhaps most puzzling of all - do you really want to know the answers to those questions?

72 min2019 OCT 15
Comments
Episode 19: Did an ancient queen of England attend a fancy dress party dressed as a cockerel?

Episode 18: Does Viagra cure jet lag in hamsters?

Is this the best-titled episode of Yes or BS yet? You bet your Viagra-powered hamster it is. Episode 18 kicks off with facts about sign language and the supposed miracles of a martyred English king, veers somewhere into classic 80s cinema, and comes to a close with the story of something unusual that happened to the King of Spain while he was on holiday in Russia in 2006. Oh, and along the way, there’s something about hamsters, pharmaceutical marital aids, and jet lag. Never let it be said you don’t get your money’s-worth with Yes or BS. Which is probably why we’re free.

65 min2019 OCT 8
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Episode 18: Does Viagra cure jet lag in hamsters?
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