Gather up your wagon and get ready to move out west into the world of kooky and spectacular trivia and quizzes. Don't die of dysentery because as it turns out, there are a whole lot more ways to die along the real Oregon Trail as Chris found out. Dana's got a westward quiz, and Karen celebrates the weird and offbeat inventions conjured up in her San Francisco quiz. Colin, the word nerd, blows our mind with a moooooving story about cattle, and we end with a triply translated "Western" movie quiz.
We're busting out! Escape movie quiz, but really, how well do you know your Stephen King movies! Chris spills secrets of escaping handcuffs and straightjackets from the Houdini Handbook. Planning on a lavish escape to Orlando? Well, then buckle up your seat belt as you pass through BUGGZ, BUNIE, TWETY and BURRD; learn all about the system of invisible waypoints your plane has to travel through and their insanely punny weird names. How does fat leave the body after weight loss? And Let's celebrate the tenacious spirit and the creeptastic intelligence of the squiggly octopus, by regaling the tales of famous octopus escapes. And every tried an Escape Room - we give you our best tips.
Get your scrap paper ready and those number two pencils sharpened because this week, we are filling up the Scantron sheets with bizarre facts and wacky trivia about tests and exams! Speaking of pencils, why are they yellow, and why do we always have to always use No.2? Why can't we use pens on Scantron sheets? Chris answers these pencil questions as our ~lead~ expert. See how well you know your common test abbreviations and acronyms in Karen's quiz. And boy, buckle up for the most insane job application test ever just for a chance to work under GJB's favorite a-hole, Mister Thomas Alva Edison.
Also: What happens when seagulls eat pepperoni
Get your best burp cloth ready for a real spewing of facts and trivia all about kids. Of course, Karen's got her baby edition of Nightmare Animals, and Dana has prepared her first ever themed Music Round! Colin found out about the phenomenal history of nursing human babies with GOATS. Ever wonder how TV and movie "newborn" actors get casted, and what actually goes on during a baby delivery scene? And Chris gives us the ultimate Kid's Movies quiz with a surprising twist.
The long and undulating road to 200 is HERE. We've made it -- and it's an ALL QUIZ! We're starting the celebration off with Colin's mystery themed music round, and jump into another mentally sweaty round of "Lifetime Movie? Or Not Lifetime Movie?" It's a milestone for us, so why not celebrate the famous achievements of others in Karen's award speeches quiz? And see if you're a Broadway Baby in Chris' musicals title challenge. You want animals? We got your celebrity-named species right here! And we end with a Disney property quiz, and Chris' ultimate Weird Al gauntlet.
Woah woah woah, finally a new episode from our hiatus?! YES - and what better way to come back than with a brand new episode turgid with brain-filling trivia that's all about you, the FANS! Facts about fandom and tidbits inspired by our own GJB fans: music fan quiz, Chris puts on the "Belgian whistles" on his giant compiled list of eggcorns, grab a zinFANdel and take Dana's proFANity-free FANcy word quiz, and learn about the most intriguing one-person towns. Get your cheese hat ready for Colin's sports fandom quiz, and things get real with a GJB fan favorite topic: the octopus.
Time to wring out them brain cells and learn trivia and facts about things that are dry! Get out your map and compass in order to navigate Colin's desert quiz. Ever wonder what goes on in the back of a dry cleaning store and how dry cleaning actually works? Why ask why when you have Chris explaining the very strange and awesome story behind the dry beer craze of the 90's. It's Dana's turn of sharing an amazing animal story of a special creature that can survive dry conditions, and pretty much all other extreme conditions as well. And of course, we got a themed music round for all our pop culture buffs.
Time for some wheeling and dealing, and let us haggle and dazzle you with trivia and facts about making those deals! Why don't you *~come on down~* and take Karen's quizzes about our favorite game shows? Let our yard sale expert negotiator Chris teach you the trick and psychology of haggling. Dana's got a grab bag quiz about mongering, and Colin shares the ultimate story about some epic maneuvers in one of the greatest (and drama-filled) contract deals in sport history. If you're a Storage Wars or Antiques Road Show junkie, then it's time to find out the greatest (and actually REAL) garage sale scores of all time.
Come one, come all! We're celebrating heroes that comes in all shapes and sizes: from the underdogs of the fast food world to life-changing inventors. We got a grab bag hero quiz, and Chris has an epic music round of heroic songs. Colin found a town that features not one but two heroes in the food industry. And what sandwich is made of french fries? Karen is pleased to finally share her hero sandwich quiz.
Soak and soothe your brain in our hot tub of quizzes and trivia! (And on a related note, find out why we may never go into a hut tub or public pool ever.) Revel in nostalgia as we try to answer (and draw) Dana's newspaper comics challenge. Say yes to rocking that denim-on-denim look in Colin's national phrase quiz. Chris belly flops into failed rock albums, and Karen's got an easy music round but with a very difficult theme.
We're taking a joyride on the road to 200 episodes, and here to share facts and quizzes about taking breaks and getting away for some fun! Treat yourself to Colin's advertising slogan quiz about getting away from it all. Chris has an extra hard (but fun!) music quiz. Our resident game designer Dana breaks it down for us and explains how to define and design "fun" and Karen's got an air travel challenge for all the avid and savvy fliers out there.
ALSO: Nematodes and Zealandia
Set sail on the H.M.S. Trivia! We're back with the sea's rich bounty of quizzes and facts: we got ghost sharks, sea movies, Dead Sea, and sea riddles. And move aside pumpkin spice, make way for sea salt caramel craze! From candles to protein bars, we trace the flavor's origin from ignition to popularity BOOM. Colin quizzes us about Sea Monkeys, Seabiscuit, and more "sea-words." And Chris explains how and just why the English breakfast ties into our marine-related topic.
Also: We missed everyone!, Serena Williams title update
We're getting the band back together with trivia about cooperation and teams! We find out the scary secret (and science) behind tug of war, and it's not just rope burns you need to worry about. When it's half time and your team is low on the scoreboard, then you know it's time for a good ol' motivational coach speech backed by some inspirational music; see if you can identify these iconic sport movies by their classic locker room speech. Meatwagon? Lollipop man? Can you guess what semi-obscure team sport by their wacky position names? And Chris prepared us for a sports team anagram quiz, and now, we're rooting for the Lubes and the Clots.
ALSO: Handsome Dan, Red Rover sucks
Come all nymphs and sprites, let us sing the autumnal hymns to honor the great harvest. Trivia and quizzes about the fall season: the many names of the season and find out the real murderous secret behind falling leaves. Take Dana's quiz and find out about weird Oktoberfest facts. Would you want to try McDonald's Japanese special seasonal offerings? And c'mon, let's get down to business: WHY THE PUMPKIN SPICE?
ALSO: Enordnilap quiz
We're baaccckkkkk! And on the road to 200! "Labrador" and "mikado"? Find out other truly bizarre but 100% real and official color names in Karen's quiz, and oil up those adorable gears for Chris' Cute Robot Challenge. Most trivia nuts can name the number one tallest building or number one nation with the most Olympic medals but who's sitting at number two? Dana's got a round of music for us and we close it out with another true crime lateral thinking puzzle.
It's the GJB gold rush and we're running to find odd facts and stories about gold. From golden raisins to Golden Girls, Dana's got a gilded grab-bag quiz. Ever had a pet goldfish? Well, they are much more complex, and "colorful" animals than we give them credit for, and learn some glimmering facts about the common goldfish. Find out what the Civil War Gold Hoax is and why Lincoln got super pissed.
Also: The first US Pizza ATM!
Celebrate your pals and buds with this trivia-centric episode about BFFs. You might recognize TV BFFs, but can you identify the show just by their character names? Harder than it sounds in Dana's TV BFFs quiz. And let's tour the animal kingdom for some unusual and surprising(ly dark) animal pairings. What's it like being friends with LeBron James, and take Chris' odd quiz inspired by famous BFF Brits, Sirs Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart. From garage to glory, see if you can name the famous bands formed by childhood friends.
ALSO: more beaver facts, why exactly should you not swim after eating
Quizzes and trivia about banned and prohibited things in the US and around the world! Want to name your newborn baby "@"? We share a smattering of banned baby names we found from around the world. Learn about how video game companies change their games to avoid some odd international ban rules. Dana's got a quiz on US presidents and their personal quirks have dotted the history of the White House with bunch of weird bans. See if you know what foods are not allowed in the US, and E.L.V.I.S. is back speaking some lyrics from songs that all used to be on BBC's restricted list. You might be able to name the musical artist but can you name why these songs weren't allowed on the air waves?
We crack open the trivia-filled world of EGGS! Which end of the egg comes out of a chicken first? Chris fluffs it up with the science and how-to behind perfect scrambled eggs. (And we have a micro interview with a very special guest who has very strong opinions on this particular dish.) And of course, how can we do an episode on eggs without sharing another weird animal reproduction story? This time: the mating horror of the anglerfish. Dana has prepped an egg salad of a quiz for us while Colin serves up a protein-filled egg word quiz. And what exactly are Faberge Eggs, and what makes them so insanely expensive?
ALSO: US hiking facts, Tanked
Time to combine that black matter and white matter and turn it into grey matter with our all quiz episode! How do we get people more into classic literature? Well, with a teen movie starring Hilary & Haley Duff, of course! Chris did some mad research and found an alarming amount of modern films that based on classic books and made it into a quiz. Pub quizzes love asking about abbreviations and acronyms so boot up that screaming modem because Colin prepared the M.O.T.A.A.Q: Mostly Outdated Technology Abbreviations and Acronyms Quiz. Inspired by previous quizzes, Karen presented the RAZZCARS challenge! Featuring actors who have won both Oscars (best film achievement) and Razzies (worst film achievement.) And time to play "Brad Pitt? Or Lasers?" with a fan-submitted quiz.
Secrete saliva with some succulent segments and stories about seasonings and spices! Find out what the most popular Japanese dish is (and it's not what you think it is)! Sail around the world with us as we dive into the spice trade and how it resulted in some of the dishes we now eat. Take our spicy music quiz and Karen finds out what the cinnamon challenge is.
ALSO: horse racing primer, baby camel names
Winning is nice, but getting a prize for it is even better. So get ready to head to the podium to receive some award-winning trivia! Celebrate the entertainment highs in our almost-EGOT quiz, and on the other end of the spectrum, cringe at the entertainment lows in our Razzie award challenge. Find out how scientists cleverly smuggled and hid gold Nobel prizes right under Nazi noses during WWII, and get ready to pin some county fair blue ribbons on to some comically large and record-breaking produce. And Chris dissects more carnival game scams and the story behind a prized Rastafarian banana.
Strap on those jodhpur pants, dust off those epaulets, and it's time to suit up for this week's episode on uniforms and costumes! Find out exactly why Mario sports his classic overalls getup and has his signature mustache. Take Dana's non-uniform uniform quiz, and peak into the high-tech world of tracking Disney's gigantic costume empire. Goofy military uniform inventions, camouflage, and blunders & bloops in sport uniforms.
We want your brains......to be smarter and stronger! This week we found weird trivia stories about our weirdest and most mysterious thinkin' organ. Ever been impressed by someone with a photographic memory? Dana finds out what exactly is photographic memory and now we all want to be memory athletes for the Olympics of memorization. Karen revisits Temple of Doom and tries to pinpoint the real origin of the monkey brains dish and why is it in popular culture so much. And believe it or not, Colin dons his Ripley mustache and shares a brainy story of a remarkable man named Phineas Gage.
ALSO: More audio palindromes, Chris' Boston trivia
Oh ho ho! A real grab bag of quizzes this week: from the germiest places in your house to foreign currency. Find the interloper word in Chris' misused vocabulary quiz, and find out if you're like an animal. And let's play "30 Seconds to Glory!" Also, we went to the zoo and so of course, we're reporting back some real weird animal facts.
Let's dart past sharks with frikkin' laser beams attached to their heads and break into the underground trivia lair that's all about espionage and spycraft! Listen to us flunk the pub trivia James Bond primer, AND the James Bond music quiz. Find out what kind of (tasty?) spy work Julia Child did for the US government, and test your espionage movie and show IQ. Infiltrate and retrieve the precious cargo in Chris' hidden word quiz, and we live in a mad, mad world of Spy vs. Spy - so are you on team White Spy or Black Spy? And of course. SPY. CATS. SPY-CATS.
Fists up, brains up! This week, we're heading into the ring filled with facts and trivia about fighting: learn about the (nice) Japanese tradition of spider fighting, and find out why MMA fighters should not blow their noses. Colin finds out what exactly did occur and spur, sir, during that fateful duel between Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr. Everyone was kung-fu fighting in Karen's Asian martial arts quiz, and just how well do you know your professional wrestler movie cameos?
ALSO: beaver teeth, eyeball transplant
Ex squeeze me? Baking powder? We take a trip around the world and get lost in translation this week! Pardon Colin's French because he borrowed a bunch of words in his quiz, and darling Dana dives into the astonishing history of the Navajo code talkers, and why & how it baffled so many enemies during the World Wars. Foreign dubbing in Hollywood, and the patterns of translated movie titles in Japan. Chris has a bonus quiz about fake movies that are in real movies! It's a movie-ception!
ALSO: Oreo facts
Get out your tickets out because we're all aboard on the brain train to Quiz Town! Celebrate the leap year with Dana's quizzy ode to February 29th. And Chris noticed a very common trend with the Grammy's and he even hands out an award in his posthumous Grammy's quiz. We rip the orchestral bandaid off and drill down on classical music that most often shows up in pub quiz, and let's play our first ever round of NBA or GAME OF THRONES.
Also: octopus safety warning, gifts from listeners
Goofs and gaffs, d'ohs and duhs, we tried getting all the banana peels cleared away for this trivia episode about mistakes. Ah, the joys of live TV and all that could go wrong... Take Colin's quiz about major TV slip-ups, and one oddball find from a classic TV show. From space missions to the stock market, Chris curates the greatest hits of tiny typos that had colossal consequences throughout history. Karen's riding along with Road Pig, visiting a few cartography mistakes. And Dana just felt mean and made us a quiz where our punishment for getting the answers wrong was eating unusual foods in... unusual shapes.
ALSO: The Oscars thank-you ticker
STICK AROUND for facts and trivia about things that are gooey, sticky, and syrupy. Chris found a bunch of sticky words but they're so sticky that some other letters got rolled in-- see if you can solve his adhesive anagrams. Sticky quiz about desserts and glues, and the bizarre but devastating wave of molasses that destroyed the city of Boston. Learn about some REALLY weird animals that use their stickiness to their advantage.
ALSO: listener challenge answers revealed, Super Bowl pub quiz cheat sheet
It's our catch-up episode, and we got lots weird facts to share and special listeners to thank. Karen's back from her 5 million races over the fast few weeks and has so many stories to tell (involving dolphin poop and oddly-shaped cucumbers), and had so many real-life listener encounters! Colin's got some interesting news about scientists discovering the first and only (?) odorless vertebrate animal. A listener mailbag featuring a real xenograft encounter, and take our music quiz listener challenge! Email email@example.com with your answer!
We present to you our best segments, quizzes, food facts, and more in our 2015 round-up episodes highlighting the brainiest and weirdest trivia from last year. And it ain't a cheesy awards show without a parody opening song, awkward presentation speeches, uplifting orchestral music, and punny jokes!
Two episodes in one week? It's a Christmas miracle, folks! Yes, a special quiz-filled show about the holidays for the holidays for you and your friends & family to play together. Sometimes all you need is a turkey, handsome mister soul, and a misheard lyrics quiz to make the holidays bright. And are your fingers crossed for the hottest toy of the year? Take Dana's toy quiz about the it-toy of the 90's. E.L.V.I.S. is back with some non-traditional holiday tunes. And grab your pen and paper and start sweatin' because Karen is putting 30 seconds on the clock.
Cohorts, come coo at and cuddle with crumbs of cuteness. Facts and trivia about things that are cute: baby animal names quiz, the power of Sanrio, and Japan's most valuable kawaii characters and mascots. Learn about Hello Kitty phobia and take Chris' animal fear quiz. "You're so cute, I just wanna eat you up!" Yes folks, "cute aggression" is a real phenomenon, and you're not the only one who loses their cool over puppy photos as Colin dives into the science behind what makes things cute.
Also: Salt water taffy origin revealed!
Prepare for trouble! Make it double! We're all about facts and quizzes about pairs and duos this week. Twins playing tennis, oooo minty fresh! Learn some pretty weird facts about Doublemint gum and what exactly is Wrigley doubling up on? Movie buffs rejoice in Colin's film pairs quiz, and who is Philip and why are people putting pants on him? Karen's all about Texas Hold'em and funny card pair nicknames. Dana quizzes us on musical duos, and we explore the uncommon world of raccoonnookkeeping.
Time to let our hair down, uncover and admit to some of our guilty pleasures and the facts and trivia behind them: the lurid crime-filled world of Law & Order: SVU, reality shows, and how real is courtroom TV? Chris confesses his love for his girlfriend, Judge Judy, and shares the story of how she became TV's highest paid star, and how exactly do courtroom shows work. Get your hands nice and jazzy as Karen delivers a handy Broadway show tunes quiz that will show up in pub trivia one day. And we love Disneyland facts, and we love pee facts, so why not both? Some of the outrageously funny things that the Disneyland custodial crew has ever seen.
What has 10 arms, 4 mics, and insanely nerdy about things like crosswords, riddles, anagrams, and quizzes? Why, it's this episode of GJB that's all about puzzles- featuring our good friend and crossword king Tyler Hinman! Tyler blows our minds with CRYPTIC crosswords. Learn facts about solving a Rubik's Cube, answer old-timey riddles, and unscramble animal anagrams. How do you move Mount Fuji? Learn why you might get asked to solve puzzles during a job interview, and the "hare-y" puzzle hunt that captivated the world.
ALSO: Listener Neville wrote us a crossword for your nerdy pleasure
Quintessentially quirky and quenching queue of quandaries and quizzes! Chris presents his case that 1992 was a golden year of cinema in his Academy Awards quiz. "A man is found dead in a room next to a puddle of water...what happened!?" - play some lateral situational puzzles based on true stories with Karen. Dana found some super weird words, and Colin has a special round of "I Liked Their Earlier Stuff Better." What a hipster, that guy.
ALSO: UK's most upbeat song, Bugs Bunny's accessories
What is folk and what counts as folklore? We get folked up by imbibing a lot of trivia nuggets about stories, rituals, and music passed down from generation to generation! How come every nursery rhyme seems to have a hidden murderous and/or political origin? Colin goes on a Fool's Errand and opens our eyes to hazing and camp pranks that keep getting passed down. Get folkin' excited for animal proverb origins, and a *challenging* Greek mythology quiz.
We held our first ever live event and it was awesome! And of course, we made sure that our non-attendee friends and listeners can get in on the action, so we're releasing half of our live show as this week's episode. Get down with some of your GJB favorites: YA BURNT! beloved movie edition, E.L.V.I.S., and even William Fakespeare paid us a real visit.
Also: some Q&A from the audience, LEGAL happy birthday sing-a-long!
Apparently Chris is already looking at options and venue, and planning for a New York East Coast show already.
Humans say the weirdest things, and we take a roller coaster dive into finding out the origins of slang words and how some of them evolved into everyday use: the first "people's dictionary," The New York Times' unintentionally hilarious slang clarifications, and Karen theorizes how "BAE" came to be, and notices how many sayings came from making typos. Don't hit a fourbagger into the five-hole when taking Colin's colorful sport slang quiz, and the weird and morbid story behind "drinking the Kool-Aid."
This week, we celebrate one of our favorite states of matter: LIQUID! (Well, there are only three to choose from. ANYWAYS.) Sip up some fictional beverages in Dana's quiz. Get buzzed with some liquid energy with Karen's weird Starbucks facts. Partake in a guaranteed "no pee" science quiz, and take the Coke or Pepsi challenge! And we might have found the most a-hole animal of THE FOREVER-- and its manipulative role with humans in the quest of finding liquid gold: honey.
ALSO: Congrats Walkie Talkie building!, Um...Actually
A real grab bag in this week's ALL QUIZ - from fake James Brown to key lime pie; from New Jersey to consoles. Take the heteronym challenge and find the pair of identical words with totally different meaning and sounds. If there's a New Jersey...then where's the original Jersey? Is there an original Zealand? Karen's got regional American food on her mind and it's Chris' turn for a Music Quiz....of Mr. White-And-Nerdy himself, Weird Al Yankovic and a parody challenge.
ALSO: weird story behind the invention of safety pins
Holy comic book trivia, Batman! We battle against crime, and some of Marvel's silliest criminals ever in a REAL or FAKE comic book villain quiz. Learn what sets Japanese manga apart from American comics in terms of business and reading habits, and the very very real inspiration behind to very very fake Batman character. And if you like Brad Pitt or Laser quiz, then you'll love "BATMAN? OR TASER?" Colin shares some very outdated and ridiculous Comic Code Authority guidelines from 60 years ago.
ALSO: GJB LIVE!, Game of Thrones Um, Actually...
Grab your mighty sword and charge into the battle for tivia about the most EPIC STUFF!!! We go from high-brow with a quiz on *actual* epic poems laced with hints and clues to low-brow with epic eating contests- learn some of the tactics, lingo, and rules about jamming the most hotdogs into your mouth hole. Make sure you have a pen and some paper to take on Karen's epic character challenge (experimenting with a new quiz format) and Colin doesn't give us intermission in his segment about epic movies clocking in over 3 hours. AND. YES. MUSIC. ROUND. EPIC. GUITAR. SOLOS. How many can you name?
Let's spend a day prettying ourselves up! Ah, how about a nice relaxing snail facial to give your visage a nice fresh look? Or maybe you want to indulge in a bird poo treatment? Let's play a spa-themed game of "Place, Person, or Thing?" and discover the quasi-standard unit of beauty. (Yes! There *is* a unit that describes beauty!) We debunk home beauty remedies, and look! There she goes that girl is so peculiar; with a dreamy far-off look, and her nose stuck in a book. THAT BELLE! Chris finds out if Beauty and the Beast is indeed a tale as old as time.
Hold your breath. Make a wish. Count to three. Come with me, and you'll be... in a world of PURE IMAGINATION.... and of filling your face with fantasy food! We've talked about the history behind Willy Wonka, but what about the failed and successful modern attempts of bringing Roald Dahl's whimsical candy onto store shelves? Karen took a stroll on Fleet Street and found a weird trend with pies... and Dana got dark too with a horror food quiz. Find out what real foods you're eating now are actually impostors, and why is the Mock Turtle crying in Alice in Wonderland. What the heck *IS* a mock turtle? Of course, a pretty intense Harry Potter food quiz (along with a "Fake? Or British?" sub-segment). And yes, one (just one) Star Wars food trivia question.
What kind of quirky quaint quizzical quandaries do we have in store for you this week? Colin just got back for Sweden and we finally get to tell our Scandinavian and Nordic countries apart, and of course, return of torture candy. Chris masterfully hid birds in his word game quiz, and how many gallons are in a peck? How many hot dogs are in the new Pizza Hut hot dog pizza crust? These important life questions are answered in Dana's HOW MANY challenge that will stump most. Rich Playboy magnate Hugh Hefner, or sliced bread...which came first? We're back with another eye-opening round of BRAD PITT? OR LASERS? filled with even more random pairings.
ALSO: Monsters, death ray, listener puzzle answer
ALSO ALSO: There's a hidden bird in this episode description :)
What did the fast tomato say to the slow tomato? "KETCHUP!" Yes, Karen catches up with a few Um...Actually's, listener questions, and announcements. Potential meetup? Play games with all of us and with the community online? And future episode previews? Yup, you got it. And of course, stay for Karen's music quiz location puzzle!