Ep 1 – Winter – A chilling look into winter-time wrongness. Snow tires, compact fluorescent bulbs, and Cold FX.
Ep 2 – Nucular Terror – Why, despite the disaster in Japan, we shouldn’t be afraid of radiation or nuclear power.
Ep 3 – Voting – Why should you go out and vote if one vote won’t make a difference? Because we told you to.
Ep 4 – Statistics – 96% of polled listeners guarantee that this episode is more exciting than the title makes it seem. Not car chase and explosion exciting, but close. Why you shouldn’t be afraid of sharks and why cell phones won’t crash your car.
Ep 5 – What Words Mean – The patented new episode designed to 100% target your listening zone or your money back!
Ep 6 – What Numbers Mean – Get a tall glass of water, gas up the car on premium, and set your brain thinking to its full potential in preparation to listen to this episode.
Ep 7 – Post Hoc / Murphy’s Law / Catch 22 – Three almost related topics. It’s sort of like a combo meal where an explanation of Post Hoc fallacies is the main item and why you’re wrong about Murphy’s Law and Catch 22s are the drink and side or something. It’s a tenuous analogy at best.
Ep 8 – Alcohol – The cause of–and solution to–all of life’s problems. Why alcohol really isn’t as bad as some people think.
Ep 9 – Sin-Eating – Why situations aren’t always as black or white as they seem: why you’re not saving the planet driving a hybrid, why wars aren’t always good vs bad, and why you’re a bit more of a jerk buying eco-friendly products.
Ep 10 – What Numbers Mean 2 – TVs – Why TV marketers want you to be wrong about numbers like resolution, refresh rates, and amount of different pixel colours. Whatever money you save buying your next TV should be sent to us in thanks.
Ep 11 – Conspiracy Theories – Why you don’t need conspiracy theories to make things interesting, and how to tell crazy ideas from real ones. Bonus content exclusive to subscribers: A REAL LIFE JFK CONSPIRACY! ORDER NOW!
Ep 12 – Grab Bag 1 – Why you shouldn’t take advertising labels at face value, why you might not really know how good you are at things, and why you don’t save money extreme couponing. Looking at the false implication fallacy, the Dunning-Kruger effect, and the hidden costs behind extreme couponing.
Ep 13 – Gay Marriage – Why people are wrong both for and against the legalization and social approval of gay marriage.
Ep 14 – Energy – Why energy isn’t magic, why your aura isn’t what you think it is, and why you’re wrong about free sources of power. Energy, energy, it’s like a dream to me.
Ep 15 – Stats 2 – After all the work we put into our first stats episode, the world is still having problems handling statistics. Why you’re wrong about more statistical misunderstandings like risk increases, flipping coins, playing the slots, rounding up suspects, and why people in ye olden times didn’t drop dead at 50.
Ep 16 – Compact Fluorescent Lights – Compact Fluorescent Bulbs are–by this point–not new technology, but lots of people are still wrong about them. Looking at some myths surrounding CFLs that really aren’t a concern, and why people who willingly buy CFLs still complain about them.
Ep 17 – Summer – Summer–also known as reverse winter–gets its very own episode devoted to summmertime myths. Looking at why you can burn without it being sunny, why you can get cancer without being burned, why SPF 100 sunscreen isn’t much better than 50, what the humidex means, and why your employees aren’t screwing you over taking sick days around weekends. Bonus content exclusive to subscribers: Tim and Jesse talk about sweating too much.
Ep 18 – Why We’re Wrong – As crazy as it sounds, we’ve made a few mistakes in past episodes. Reconciliation mode, activate!
Ep 19 – Costs – So simple and yet so complicated, this episode focusses on why you’re wrong when making decisions and evaluating costs. Figuring out what your time and effort is worth, why some costs of financing aren’t relevant, and unintended consequences.
Ep 20 – Right But Wrong – Something being true doesn’t always make it relevant. Why you’re right, but very wrong, about swimming after eating, breaking compact fluorescent lights, and Cheez Whiz being only one molecule away from plastic.
Ep 21 – What’s In Common? – What’s in common between black holes and espresso, and why you’re wrong about it.
Ep 22 – Grab Bag 2 – Fallacies – A smattering of common fallacies and real-world implications. Looking at the appeal to consequences, ignoring a common cause, begging the question, and the toupee fallacy.
Ep 23 – Science! pt 1 – The first of a two part interview with Dr. Massimo Pigliucci of City University New York and host of the Rationally Speaking podcast. Talkin’ all kinds of science!
Ep 24 – Science! pt 2 – The second of a two part interview with Dr. Massimo Pigliucci of City University New York and host of the Rationally Speaking podcast. Contains at least a thousand times more sound effects than our other episodes.
Ep 25 – The Good Ol’ Days – Ah, the good ol’ days, where everything was better, and I don’t need no stinkin’ podcast telling me that crime is lower, cars are safer, and music isn’t worse now. Dagnabbit. Now get off my lawn!
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Ep 26 – Politics v Facts – A difference of opinion makes for a healthy debate and strong teeth and bones. But what happens when political opinion is at odds with evidence? The beatdown of FACTS, that’s what. Looking at taxing the rich, banning pit bulls, and legalizing drugs with safe injection sites.
Ep 27 – Wrong But Right – Like our Right But Wrong episode, but the opposite. Although I’m sure you figured that out. Information guaranteed to not really affect your daily life!
Ep 28 – Space Myths From Outer Space! – In honour of Halloween, this week’s episode is all about misconceptions people have about NASA and the space program. With selective reverb to make things more space-y. Blasting off on space pens, NASA’s budget, and why we didn’t not land on the moon.
Ep 29 – Controversies That Aren’t – Instead of talking about actual controversies, this week is being spent talking about totally manufactured ones (aka nontroversies.) The dialogue is as artificial as the subjects are! Looking at faster than light neutrinos, vaccines and autism, satanism, and harmful Halloween candy.
Ep 30 – Right But Wrong 2 – Back again with more subjects that might be true, but not the way you think they are. Why you’re right but wrong about cellphones microwaving your head, correlation implying causation, and antibacterial substances causing superbugs.
Ep 31 – What Numbers Mean 3 – More dubious numbers and what they really mean (or don’t.) Why you’re wrong about the 1%, how many miles you get to a tank of gas, what’s in 100% oatmeal, and the freshmen 15.
Ep 32 – What’s In Common With Foreign Films and Organic Food? – What’s in common with foreign films and organic food? Probably a few things, but we’re talking about one of them today, and why you’re wrong about it.
Ep 33 – The Good Ol’ Days 2 – Back with more reasons why things now are worse than they used to be, what with the kids and being on the lawn. Why big government shouldn’t be meddlin’ in my affairs, how the kids are dumber nowadays, and why everything they do is terrifying and will send us into immorality and chaos, consarnit.
Ep 34 – Sweet Charity – ‘Tis the season for avoiding tax obligations and helping the less fortunate with the liberal application of money. Not necessarily why you’re wrong about donating to charity, but looking at how and why to avoid wasting your cash.
Ep 35 – Bumper Sticker Fallacies – It’s hard to fit a cogent argument on a small bumper sticker, so some people don’t bother making it cogent. Exploring the bizarre correlation between bumper stickers and crazy ideas.
Ep 36 – Why We’re Wrong 2 / Listener Questions – As it turns out, we’ve made a few mistakes since (and during) the last Why We’re Wrong episode, and we atone for them. Also featuring listener questions on herd immunity, the reliability of old things, and why you buy a pair of pants and only get one.
Ep 37 – Predictions of 2011 – With us are Jon Abrams and Darren McKee from The Reality Check to go over why psychics are wrong and predictions are mostly garbage as well as make a few of our own psychic predictions for 2012.
Ep 38 – Wrong But Right 2 – Back with more misconceptions that have a hint of truth to them: losing most of your body heat through your head, getting hyper from sugar, microwaves cooking from the inside out, and Napoleon being short.
Ep 39 – Expressions – Common words and expressions that people frequently misuse or otherwise get wrong. Guaranteed to make you say either, “I didn’t know that!” or “I HEAR YOU BROTHER” all in caps. Probably.
Ep 40 – What Numbers Mean 4 – These numbers are often bandied about, but are they accurate, and what do they represent? Looking at the Apple tax and the costs of digital piracy.
Ep 41 – Winter 2 – Back with more winter topics and myths. Looking at catching and treating colds, hibernation, what causes winter, and some sub-zero car myths.
Ep 42 – Null Hypothesis – Sometimes the best explanation is no explanation at all. Looking at the null hypothesis: the zeroth law of the scientific method, and why some questions asked don’t need answers.
Ep 43 – What Numbers Mean 5 – Numbers, numbers, everywhere, and no one stops to think. Why 4K TV’s aren’t needed for your living room, why hitting another car may not be as dangerous as it sounds, and why bad stats can ruin good arguments.
Ep 44 – Good Money After Bad – Money fixes everything, except the things that it doesn’t. In some circumstances, spending money can be useless or even counter-productive, like cola advertising, baby development DVDs, and election campaigning.
Ep 45 – Experts That Aren’t – The best of the best aren’t always what they seem. Looking at experts in meteorology, the stock market, wine, and various non-doctors like chiropractors and homeopaths.
Ep 46 – Controversies! – In contrast to our episode 29 on Controversies That Aren’t, this episode focusses on why some controversies happen at all, and why they can’t be solved.
Ep 47 – Bovine University – Running counter to our own beliefs, we look at bad arguments for and against the eating of meat. And boy, are there some bad ones.
Ep 48 – Expressions 2 – Back with more common words and expressions that people frequently get wrong.
Ep 49 – Health; Home; Humans, little – Why we spend and worry a bit too much on three things that all start with H. Well, the kids one is a bit of a stretch but it really helps tie the title together.
Ep 50 – Year One – A year has passed, and despite our proclamation in the first episode that we aren’t experts in anything, that isn’t strictly true. This episode we get a bit self-indulgent and let you know why you’re wrong about photography and buying a car.
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Ep 51 – Fallacies – Alternative Medicine – Like our Bumper Sticker Fallacies episode, this one is devoted specifically to the fallacies committed by alternative medicine. You can trust us on this one, we have the degrees to prove it.
Ep 52 – Laws That Aren’t – A roundup of a few laws that don’t work the way they’re commonly portrayed: entrapment, double jeopardy, and libel and slander.
Ep 53 – What’s In Common With Evolution and the Economy? – What’s in common with evolution and the economy? Find out why you’re wrong about what both systems are geared towards producing. PLATINUM CLUB MEMBERS: bonus WWII rant from Tim!
Ep 54 – Stats 3 – What the pay gap between men and women really means, what the Drake equation is for, and why we’re proportionally much stronger than an ant. Stats!
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