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There are questions the internet just can't answer. But that doesn't mean we can't find them.On each episode of Underunderstood, we find a question the internet can’t answer — maybe it’s a dead-end Wikipedia page, an abandoned Reddit thread, or an unanswered question on Twitter — and we fill in the gaps. It’s part chat show, part documentary, and almost always surprising.

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The One About The Circle

Adrianne tries to figure out if there is a right way to play Netflix’s awkward social media game. 10:08 - Social Learning and Coordination in High-Stakes Games: Evidence from Friend or Foe 11:55 - Friend or Foe clip - YouTube 15:35 - Shubham Goel for Governor 2018 and video of Shubham’s campaign speech - Instagram 19:15 - Shubham's diagram 21:44 - Here's Why Richard Hatch Won't Be on Survivor's All-Winners Season - Men's Health 23:24 - The Winner of The Circle Opens Up About Life IRL - Wired and ‘The Circle’ on Netflix: 20 Burning Questions Answered - Decider 25:11 - Teaching Prisoners' Dilemma Strategies in Survivor: Reality Television in the IR Classroom - Mark B. Salter

35 MINFEB 10
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The One About The Circle

The Pittsburgh Potty

Why do so many Pennsylvania homes have freestanding toilets in their unfinished basements? 01:21 - Pittsburgh toilet - Wikipedia 02:44 - The dual toilets at Cloister Cafe - Yelp 04:19 - Peculiar Pittsburgh: The Pittsburgh potty ... explained - YouTube 06:50 - Documenting The Pittsburgh Potty - 90.5 WESA 07:46 - The original version of this story misidentified this quote. It's from realtor Stephen Cummings. 08:11 - Slavery in Pittsburgh - Popular Pittsburgh 11:33 - Architect Offers Explanation For Pittsburgh’s Basement Toilets (And It’s Not What You Think) - 90.5 WESA 15:16 - Andrea Allen 16:22 - Double D Plumbing - Manta

21 MINJAN 28
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The Pittsburgh Potty

A Tale of Two Billies

Is H&M using Billie Eilish to greenwash? 01:19 - H&M Now Sells Billie Eilish Merch — & It's Sustainable - Refinery29 03:05 - Sustainable Fashion on Wikipedia 04:29 - A copy H&M's press release 05:15 - Greenwashing on Wikipedia 05:49 - H&M's Billie Eilish collection 05:53 - H&M's Conscious Collection 06:20 - Here are some of the publications that called this line sustainable: Teen Vogue, MTV.com, Mic, WWD, NME 10:56 - "Is Billie Eilish's line at H&M sustainable?" - Google 12:56 - Greenwashing Alert: H&M and Billie Eilish Collaboration - Eco-Stylist 13:47 - Eco-Stylist's criteria for brands they work with and their transparency report outlining their ethics and business model 15:38 - H&M called out on "illegal" sustainability marketing - Ecotextile 24:40 - H&M: fair living wages were promised, poverty wages are the reality - International Labor Rights Forum 25:31 - Perspex's sustainability information page 26:24 - H&M Menlo Park 27:40 - H&M Woodbridge 31:00 - Sunrise Movement on Wikipedia 31:30 - Alex O'Keefe 36:53 - Sunrise Movement is asking people to hold 2020 launch parties on January 29. You only need gather a few friends, and it's a great way to get started in collective action.

37 MINJAN 21
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A Tale of Two Billies

Toilet Seat Blues

Add “Smurf butt” to the list of things to expect when you’re expecting. 00:43 - Maile's original email included this article. 01:45 - When jeans bleed onto your skin, you can tell. 03:40 - According to a study done at Johns Hopkins there is a correlation between heartburn and hairiness. The heartburn is due to estrogen causing the esophageal sphincter to relax, which allows stomach acid to splash up into the esophagus. That estrogen is also responsible for hair growth in the developing baby. 04:45 - If you're interested in purchasing some art of a Smurf's butt crack, we got you. 06:01 - Chromhidrosis on Wikipedia 06:28 - This man turned blue and Oprah interviewed him about it in 2008. 11:00 - Here are some of the forums I browsed: What to Expect, CafeMom, Pregnant Chicken, Everyday Chemistry, Reddit, Pregnancy Podcast. 11:14 - Andrei Rebarber

25 MINJAN 14
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Toilet Seat Blues

Grab Bag

We’ve done 12 stories so far, and since we first published them there have been some updates, and new details have emerged. Today we’re rounding those up. Where’s My Chile? 3:50 - Elitech RC-4 Temperature Data Logger Recorder with External Temperature Sensor 7:50 - Ben Chapman and Don Schaffner of the Food Safety Talk podcast Underunderwear 10:26 - Chris' custom undies 10:34 - Here's a stock graphic that breaks it all down for you. Recorded for Awesomeness 14:22 - A screenshot of Yelp's app update Gas and Gains What Happened to the McFlurry? 21:40 - The Flurry Index 22:15 - Gavin Rehkemper's dataset of McDonald's locations in the USA

26 MINJAN 7
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Grab Bag

The Incredible Shrinking Cap’n

00:22 - Cap'n Crunch was created by Pamela Low in 1963. 01:50 - Urban Dictionary defines Cap'n Crunch Mouth as "When the roof of your mouth gets all torn up after eating Cap'n Crunch or some other rough food." 02:23 - Underunderstood: The 9/11 Hoax That Wasn't 03:15 - The Try Guys: Eugene Ranks The Most Popular Cereals 07:11 - A collection of tweets claiming Cap'n Crunch has shrunk 08:21 - My Brother, My Brother and Me 16:20 - Partially hydrogenated oils (or PHOs) were deemed to be no longer classifiable as GRAS (which means "Generally Recognized as Safe") by the FDA in 2015. 16:29 - Here are photos of a box of Cap'n Crunch from 1995 with "partially hydrogenated cottonseed oil" listed as an ingredient. It seems to have been replaced with "palm and/or coconut oil" in Cap'n Crunch currently sold in the United States. 18:38 - Jason Liebig on Twitter 18:44 - CollectingCandy.com 21:53 - Jason's Instagram is fun but his Flickr is INCREDIBLE 23:06 - Rockin' the 80’s – Tale of the 30-Year...

36 MIN2019 DEC 17
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The Incredible Shrinking Cap’n

43 Years in Biscuitville

A small town fights for internet justice by boycotting biscuits. 2:23 - LulaRoe Defective Fail on Facebook 3:29 - Biscuitville page on Wikipedia 4:51 - Petition: BRING ABED HASSAN BACK on Change.org 13:53 - The First Pizzaville vs. The First Biscuitville 17:47 - Biscuitville announces a new president 18:56 - Jim Metevier (LinkedIn) 19:59 - Zaxby's (BONUS: Zaxby’s made it on My Brother My Brother and Me’s Munch Squad segment.) 21:48 - Mountain Mike's announces a new president

25 MIN2019 DEC 10
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43 Years in Biscuitville

Brave Dot Com

How a misfit polka band scored a premium spot on the World Wide Web in 1995. 0:35 - "The Verge is an ambitious multimedia effort founded in 2011 to examine how technology will change life in the future for a massive mainstream audience." (The Verge) 4:05 - More Brave Combo accolades are on their Wikipedia page 4:11 - Bob Dylan's version of Brave Combo's polka arrangement of "Must Be Santa" (YouTube) 6:53 - Domain Name Journal 8:11 - What Brave.com/bo looked like in 1998 (Wayback Machine) 11:23 - Appropos of nothing, here's a figurine of Carl Finch for sale on Etsy. He also has his own Wikipedia page 13:01 - Beer Barrel Polka by Diet Polka (Soundcloud) 13:50 - Purple Haze - The Jimi Hendrix Polka, from Brave Combo album Polkasonic 14:18 - Brave Combo performs the Chicken Dance at a live show (YouTube) Brave Combo songs in this episode (Spotify playlist): "Do Something Different" "The Simpsons Theme" "In Heaven, There Is No Beer" "Ice Machine in the Desert" "Crazy Serbian Butcher's Da...

28 MIN2019 DEC 3
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Brave Dot Com

What Happened To the McFlurry?

McFlurries aren't what they used to be. Why did McDonald's stop stirring them? Show notes: 2:29 - McFlurry demo (YouTube) 6:40 - Adrianne's McFlurry 8:40 - Why Is the McFlurry Machine Down Again? (WSJ) 9:07 - Ice Check 10:10 - Are McFlurry's supposed to be mixed? (Reddit) 12:08 - On the Clock: What Low-Wage Work Did to Me and How It Drives America Insane 15:06 - Whatever Happened to Pizza at McDonald's? 19:55 - VitaMix VM0804A - McFlurry Ice Cream Mixer (Used) 23:51 - I Tried To Get A Flurried McFlurry And This Is What Happened (Buzzfeed) 27:51 - Log your McFlurry at The Flurry Index

30 MIN2019 NOV 26
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What Happened To the McFlurry?

Endless Thread: The Deadly Double

While we’re working on new episodes of Underunderstood, we we'd share an episode of another podcast we love: Endless Thread. It’s a show that brings Reddit to life by tracking down its strangest, most compelling stories, and talking to the folks involved in those stories. This episode is about an old dice game called The Deadly Double. In order to find the origins of the game, Amory Sivertson and Ben Brock Johnson fall into a series of rabbit holes, including an enormous dice collection, a former FBI agent, and a Pearl Harbor conspiracy theory. -- Endless Thread is a podcast from WBUR and Reddit. You can listen and subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or anywhere else you listen to podcasts. Ben Brock Johnson – co-host/senior producer Amory Sivertson – co-host/producer Josh Swartz – producer Mix and sound design by Paul Vaitkus

37 MIN2019 OCT 22
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Endless Thread: The Deadly Double

Latest Episodes

The One About The Circle

Adrianne tries to figure out if there is a right way to play Netflix’s awkward social media game. 10:08 - Social Learning and Coordination in High-Stakes Games: Evidence from Friend or Foe 11:55 - Friend or Foe clip - YouTube 15:35 - Shubham Goel for Governor 2018 and video of Shubham’s campaign speech - Instagram 19:15 - Shubham's diagram 21:44 - Here's Why Richard Hatch Won't Be on Survivor's All-Winners Season - Men's Health 23:24 - The Winner of The Circle Opens Up About Life IRL - Wired and ‘The Circle’ on Netflix: 20 Burning Questions Answered - Decider 25:11 - Teaching Prisoners' Dilemma Strategies in Survivor: Reality Television in the IR Classroom - Mark B. Salter

35 MINFEB 10
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The One About The Circle

The Pittsburgh Potty

Why do so many Pennsylvania homes have freestanding toilets in their unfinished basements? 01:21 - Pittsburgh toilet - Wikipedia 02:44 - The dual toilets at Cloister Cafe - Yelp 04:19 - Peculiar Pittsburgh: The Pittsburgh potty ... explained - YouTube 06:50 - Documenting The Pittsburgh Potty - 90.5 WESA 07:46 - The original version of this story misidentified this quote. It's from realtor Stephen Cummings. 08:11 - Slavery in Pittsburgh - Popular Pittsburgh 11:33 - Architect Offers Explanation For Pittsburgh’s Basement Toilets (And It’s Not What You Think) - 90.5 WESA 15:16 - Andrea Allen 16:22 - Double D Plumbing - Manta

21 MINJAN 28
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The Pittsburgh Potty

A Tale of Two Billies

Is H&M using Billie Eilish to greenwash? 01:19 - H&M Now Sells Billie Eilish Merch — & It's Sustainable - Refinery29 03:05 - Sustainable Fashion on Wikipedia 04:29 - A copy H&M's press release 05:15 - Greenwashing on Wikipedia 05:49 - H&M's Billie Eilish collection 05:53 - H&M's Conscious Collection 06:20 - Here are some of the publications that called this line sustainable: Teen Vogue, MTV.com, Mic, WWD, NME 10:56 - "Is Billie Eilish's line at H&M sustainable?" - Google 12:56 - Greenwashing Alert: H&M and Billie Eilish Collaboration - Eco-Stylist 13:47 - Eco-Stylist's criteria for brands they work with and their transparency report outlining their ethics and business model 15:38 - H&M called out on "illegal" sustainability marketing - Ecotextile 24:40 - H&M: fair living wages were promised, poverty wages are the reality - International Labor Rights Forum 25:31 - Perspex's sustainability information page 26:24 - H&M Menlo Park 27:40 - H&M Woodbridge 31:00 - Sunrise Movement on Wikipedia 31:30 - Alex O'Keefe 36:53 - Sunrise Movement is asking people to hold 2020 launch parties on January 29. You only need gather a few friends, and it's a great way to get started in collective action.

37 MINJAN 21
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A Tale of Two Billies

Toilet Seat Blues

Add “Smurf butt” to the list of things to expect when you’re expecting. 00:43 - Maile's original email included this article. 01:45 - When jeans bleed onto your skin, you can tell. 03:40 - According to a study done at Johns Hopkins there is a correlation between heartburn and hairiness. The heartburn is due to estrogen causing the esophageal sphincter to relax, which allows stomach acid to splash up into the esophagus. That estrogen is also responsible for hair growth in the developing baby. 04:45 - If you're interested in purchasing some art of a Smurf's butt crack, we got you. 06:01 - Chromhidrosis on Wikipedia 06:28 - This man turned blue and Oprah interviewed him about it in 2008. 11:00 - Here are some of the forums I browsed: What to Expect, CafeMom, Pregnant Chicken, Everyday Chemistry, Reddit, Pregnancy Podcast. 11:14 - Andrei Rebarber

25 MINJAN 14
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Toilet Seat Blues

Grab Bag

We’ve done 12 stories so far, and since we first published them there have been some updates, and new details have emerged. Today we’re rounding those up. Where’s My Chile? 3:50 - Elitech RC-4 Temperature Data Logger Recorder with External Temperature Sensor 7:50 - Ben Chapman and Don Schaffner of the Food Safety Talk podcast Underunderwear 10:26 - Chris' custom undies 10:34 - Here's a stock graphic that breaks it all down for you. Recorded for Awesomeness 14:22 - A screenshot of Yelp's app update Gas and Gains What Happened to the McFlurry? 21:40 - The Flurry Index 22:15 - Gavin Rehkemper's dataset of McDonald's locations in the USA

26 MINJAN 7
Comments
Grab Bag

The Incredible Shrinking Cap’n

00:22 - Cap'n Crunch was created by Pamela Low in 1963. 01:50 - Urban Dictionary defines Cap'n Crunch Mouth as "When the roof of your mouth gets all torn up after eating Cap'n Crunch or some other rough food." 02:23 - Underunderstood: The 9/11 Hoax That Wasn't 03:15 - The Try Guys: Eugene Ranks The Most Popular Cereals 07:11 - A collection of tweets claiming Cap'n Crunch has shrunk 08:21 - My Brother, My Brother and Me 16:20 - Partially hydrogenated oils (or PHOs) were deemed to be no longer classifiable as GRAS (which means "Generally Recognized as Safe") by the FDA in 2015. 16:29 - Here are photos of a box of Cap'n Crunch from 1995 with "partially hydrogenated cottonseed oil" listed as an ingredient. It seems to have been replaced with "palm and/or coconut oil" in Cap'n Crunch currently sold in the United States. 18:38 - Jason Liebig on Twitter 18:44 - CollectingCandy.com 21:53 - Jason's Instagram is fun but his Flickr is INCREDIBLE 23:06 - Rockin' the 80’s – Tale of the 30-Year...

36 MIN2019 DEC 17
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The Incredible Shrinking Cap’n

43 Years in Biscuitville

A small town fights for internet justice by boycotting biscuits. 2:23 - LulaRoe Defective Fail on Facebook 3:29 - Biscuitville page on Wikipedia 4:51 - Petition: BRING ABED HASSAN BACK on Change.org 13:53 - The First Pizzaville vs. The First Biscuitville 17:47 - Biscuitville announces a new president 18:56 - Jim Metevier (LinkedIn) 19:59 - Zaxby's (BONUS: Zaxby’s made it on My Brother My Brother and Me’s Munch Squad segment.) 21:48 - Mountain Mike's announces a new president

25 MIN2019 DEC 10
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43 Years in Biscuitville

Brave Dot Com

How a misfit polka band scored a premium spot on the World Wide Web in 1995. 0:35 - "The Verge is an ambitious multimedia effort founded in 2011 to examine how technology will change life in the future for a massive mainstream audience." (The Verge) 4:05 - More Brave Combo accolades are on their Wikipedia page 4:11 - Bob Dylan's version of Brave Combo's polka arrangement of "Must Be Santa" (YouTube) 6:53 - Domain Name Journal 8:11 - What Brave.com/bo looked like in 1998 (Wayback Machine) 11:23 - Appropos of nothing, here's a figurine of Carl Finch for sale on Etsy. He also has his own Wikipedia page 13:01 - Beer Barrel Polka by Diet Polka (Soundcloud) 13:50 - Purple Haze - The Jimi Hendrix Polka, from Brave Combo album Polkasonic 14:18 - Brave Combo performs the Chicken Dance at a live show (YouTube) Brave Combo songs in this episode (Spotify playlist): "Do Something Different" "The Simpsons Theme" "In Heaven, There Is No Beer" "Ice Machine in the Desert" "Crazy Serbian Butcher's Da...

28 MIN2019 DEC 3
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Brave Dot Com

What Happened To the McFlurry?

McFlurries aren't what they used to be. Why did McDonald's stop stirring them? Show notes: 2:29 - McFlurry demo (YouTube) 6:40 - Adrianne's McFlurry 8:40 - Why Is the McFlurry Machine Down Again? (WSJ) 9:07 - Ice Check 10:10 - Are McFlurry's supposed to be mixed? (Reddit) 12:08 - On the Clock: What Low-Wage Work Did to Me and How It Drives America Insane 15:06 - Whatever Happened to Pizza at McDonald's? 19:55 - VitaMix VM0804A - McFlurry Ice Cream Mixer (Used) 23:51 - I Tried To Get A Flurried McFlurry And This Is What Happened (Buzzfeed) 27:51 - Log your McFlurry at The Flurry Index

30 MIN2019 NOV 26
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What Happened To the McFlurry?

Endless Thread: The Deadly Double

While we’re working on new episodes of Underunderstood, we we'd share an episode of another podcast we love: Endless Thread. It’s a show that brings Reddit to life by tracking down its strangest, most compelling stories, and talking to the folks involved in those stories. This episode is about an old dice game called The Deadly Double. In order to find the origins of the game, Amory Sivertson and Ben Brock Johnson fall into a series of rabbit holes, including an enormous dice collection, a former FBI agent, and a Pearl Harbor conspiracy theory. -- Endless Thread is a podcast from WBUR and Reddit. You can listen and subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or anywhere else you listen to podcasts. Ben Brock Johnson – co-host/senior producer Amory Sivertson – co-host/producer Josh Swartz – producer Mix and sound design by Paul Vaitkus

37 MIN2019 OCT 22
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Endless Thread: The Deadly Double

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