You might know Michael Jordan from the timeless film Space Jam, his hilarious Hanes commercials, or from playing hella good basketball. But if you’re part of a select group, you might remember Michael Jordan from the high stakes world of sports gambling. That’s right, ol ‘Air’ Jordan had a gambling problem. But could that gambling problem be behind his stunning 1993 retirement? Guest David Zwick has a theory that the NBA commissioner’s office gave Jordan a choice - either disappear for a couple years to play baseball, or we take you down for betting on the outcome of your own games. This STUNNING turn of events is discussed at length, as well as lots of sports trivia, some talk about the existential nature of sports, and of course Katelyn’s hollow bird bones.
What if (and hear us out here) all those Y2K hysterics and Mayan calendar makers and apocalypse-predicting conspiracy theorists were right all along? What if 2000 (or 2001 or 2012) actually were the end of the world? What if all this bummer shit that’s happened since was like totally foreseen by Nostradamus? Grant Pardee has a theory that just might set the world ablaze. He thinks that those predictions came true (in a way) and that we’re all living in the twilight days of the human race, sliding downhill to the inevitable apocalypse. But in a fun way!! Listen in for a wild ride of despair and elation. It is the end of the empire, and our decadent ways will consume us all.
Bitcoin is one of the great mysteries of the internet age. Who exactly created it? Where is it going? How did it blow up so fast? What the fudge is a blockchain and why don’t I have one? The delightful Sam Balter (of the equally delightful podcast Weird Work) joins to talk about cryptocurrency and the possibility that the OG cryptic coin was created by - get this - a artificial intelligence. Yes, Sam thinks that a true AI lurks inside the internet like some sort of Smaug, but with bandwidth instead of gold. And that that AI has its own enigmatic reasons for creating the fake currency we all know and… know. Listen for a rundown on how cryptocurrency actually works, as well a chat about beautiful code, weird aliens, and a bunch of dorky computer programmers who run the world.
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Lyme disease blows. It hurts, its scary, it comes from a rude ass bug sucking on your blood. But could it be more than that? Could it be… a government superweapon accidentally leaked into the population from a creepy Nazi lab in Connecticut! Alie Ward, preternaturally charming podcast host, dares to ask the big questions! We talk about bug facts, scary science, how human cells work, the cutest types of bacteria, and terrifying swimming deer.
Ah, the enigmatic Elon Musk. Inventor, businessman, stunt-puller… alien? There’s a theory floating around the internet that Elon is not what he seems - that he may in fact be a higher being from another world who’s infiltrated our own to bring us technology beyond our wildest dreams. But is he doing this because he’s a nice guy? Or because he enjoys playing god? Or is he just a regular nerd with grandiose ideas and a head for business? The dudes from Convince Me stopped by to discuss good ol’ Musky and his science fiction origins. Also, we discuss Geoff and Thayer’s many fetishes, how much we all love to party, and the eternal relevance of Greek myths.