Just a few short years ago a bunch of elite athletes started wearing silicone wristbands with shiny bits of holographic plastic on them (yes, like on a Pokemon card). Why? They claimed the shiny plastic bangles made them faster & stronger & even helped improve their sense of balance. How did they work? Nobody seemed to know… but that didn’t seem to matter.
Millions of people around the world were willing to buy a Power Balance Band to see what it could do to enhance their own...
In April 1994, two groups of holiday makers on the Zambezi River were ambushed by Africa's most deadly mammal - the hippo. The attacks happened 2 days apart and 200km away from each other. But they ended up being connected to each other in a very surprising way…
Each group’s stories is incredible, involving not just hippos but crocodiles, buffalo, lions, hyenas & bloodthirsty ants. But the fact that they were connected by fate/coincidence makes it extra wild.
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It’s the Dollysode!
This is one of our most frequently requested topics, and it’s our pleasure to finally serve up the gist of Miss Dolly Rebecca Parton’s rise from rags to rhinestones.
They call her the Backwoods Barbie, the Smoky Mountain Songbird, the Dolly Llama. She's probably the #1 most beloved & respected person on the planet, and by the time you’ve finished gistening to this one, we hope you’ll appreciate her even more than you already do. Yeehaw, y’all.
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So, we didn’t know this, but apparently there’s this special spear that makes any army that wields it totally invincible. Yeah. It’s called the Spear of Destiny and it's believed it was first used to kill Jesus Christ, then various different emperors & kings took turns owning it, and then Hitler got his hands on it. Over the centuries, every man (of course it was only men) who owned the spear was victorious in almost all his battles… until he inevitably lost or dropped the magic stick...
New year, new you?
To celebrate the start of a new year we invited friend-of-the-pod Adam Densten to relive and recap the classic 2001 rom-com Bridget Jones’ Diary.
It’s an iconic film we all know and love (especially Jacob): Renée Zellweger plays Bridget, an allegedly overweight “spinster” in her early thirties who smokes like a chimney, drinks like a fish and is desperate to find a man. Will she choose the cheeky sex god, Daniel Cleaver, or the stuffy, pompous Mark Darcy?
We chat about...
It's a Breakin' Nooz recap and recco bonanza!
Elizabeth Holmes is going to prison (probably), Elon Musk got booed at Dave Chappelle's comedy show, the man with the penis on his arm is doing fine, and Rosie is still waiting for one of you to steal Caleb's plinth from their backyard.
This is what we think you should be watching, reading & listening to over the holidays:
The White Lotus
Caleb Hammer on TikTok or YouTube
You’re Wrong About –...
Merry Gistmas to all!
We forced our pal Symon Lovett to sit through all 90 excruciating minutes of the 1989 slapstick “comedy” National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation, then we brought him into the studio to relive and recap it scene-by-scene.
Whether you’ve seen the movie recently, long ago, or never at all, we hope you can all appreciate the disdain we feel for it. Join us as we discuss Chevy Chase's mantrums, the film’s side-boob quota, and the blatant nationalistic propaganda. We promise...
You didn't think we'd end the year without a Rosie update, did you?
This is just the gist on where Rosie's been this year and what "looking after her health" has looked like.
We talk about suicidal ideation and self-harm briefly from 18:10 - 24:45. If you're not up to listening to this, please skip ahead.
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In 1987 the Royal Family needed to win back the hearts & minds of the commoners who were starting to revere the monarchy less than they had previously. Prince Edward, the youngest of Queen Elizabeth’s kids, came up with what he thought was the perfect solution: have the Windsors dress up in silly costumes & play wacky, slapstick games with celebrities on a TV special that would be broadcast around the world.
The end result was a bizarre fever dream in which famous faces like John...
It could’ve been the start of a strong friendship between two of history’s most brilliant authors. It wasn’t.
When Hans Christian Andersen invited himself to stay at Charles Dickens’ house, Dickens was too polite to say no, and besides, maybe it’d be pleasant having him around the house for a few weeks. It wasn’t. Andersen wore out his welcome the same day he arrived, made everyone he encountered uncomfortable, extended his stay, ruined a marriage, and destroyed his relationship with...
It's the American Dream: open a nightclub, transform it into a strip club, become Hugh Hefner, and have anyone who stands in your way assassinated.
It's the true story of Somen Banerjeet, the creator of Chippendales Male Review, and the ruthless lengths he went to as he built his empire.
This wild story has just been adapted into a TV series called 'Welcome To Chippendales' and we're obsessed. So to celebrate, we're re-releasing our episode about the Chippendales Murders from December...
Today there are more than 16 million Mormons around the world. The Mormon Church is one of the fastest growing religions worldwide and it’s the third wealthiest. Pretty impressive for an organisation started by a conman from New York less than 200 years ago… Joseph Smith Jr was 25 when he declared himself a prophet who spoke to God & Jesus Christ, published an updated bible he’d “transcribed” from an ancient text (the Book of Mormon), and founded the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day...
In 1988, Arno Funke was a broke, 38-year-old German man with a plan turn his life around. He decided to bankroll his dream of starting a food truck business by becoming…an extortionist. His method was simple: he detonated pipe-bombs in fancy department stores and warned the police that if they didn’t pay his ransom demands, he’d detonate more.
Over the course of six years, Arno, or Dagobert (the German name for Scrooge McDuck), as he was more affectionately known, led the cops on a wild...
In 2002 the first Spiderman film was breaking records at the box office. Studio executives asked themselves how they could squeeze even more money from it and the answer was obvious: a stage musical. But this was no ordinary stage musical. It featured the music of U2, shared the same director as the incredibly successful Lion King stage production and would see Spiderman and the Green Goblin flying through theatres using technology that not only hadn’t been invented yet, but hadn’t even been...
It's another midweek dinner party treat for ya, Gisteners! This time with Claude Elliott, the former Mayor of Gander, Newfoundland.
A few months ago we shared the story behind the musical 'Come From Away', when 38 planes, carrying 7,000 people, were grounded in the small town of Gander in the far eastern corner of North America, during 9/11.
You loved it, we loved it, and to celebrate the return of Come From Away to Sydney, we sat down with the former Mayor of Gander, Claude Elliott to find...
On March 23rd, 1911, the luxury passenger ship, the SS Yongala started its 99th voyage from Mackay to Cairns. But much like Betty White and Prince Phillip before her, the SS Yongala didn’t live to see its 100th voyage. Not long after setting sail from Mackay, a tropical storm warning forced all ships to return to port. All ships heeded the message...except the SS Yongala, which never arrived in Cairns and was assumed to have sunk. It would take 47 years before a recreational diver named Bill...
We invited Lewis Hobba to come by for a little midweek dinner party treat and asked him to BYO some stories about the wacky competitions he’s been researching.
Lewis Hobba is a stand up comedian, co-host of triple j's Drive show and adjudicator of his brand new TV show 'Australia's Best Competition Competition' with Michael Hing.
So sit back, relax and enjoy his stories of pool parties at George Harrison's house, being hypnotised to get over his crippling fear of custard, covering himself...
On a Sunday morning in March 1990, two security guards arrived at the prestigious Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston ready to start work, only to find the museum had been robbed overnight. Thirteen artworks were missing and so were the two security guards who’d worked the night shift.
The value of the missing art was around $500 million USD in today’s money, making this heist the largest art theft, and largest property, theft in history.
The suspects included a stoner security guard,...
Happy Halloween, Gisteners!
You might have seen the new Netflix series based on this story. Trust us when we tell you the true version of events is more chilling than the fictionalised version... This spookiness starts when Derek and Maria Broaddus buy their dream house, a $1.6 million mansion in New Jersey. Before they move into their new home, menacing letters start appearing in the Broaddus’ mailbox from someone who called themselves “The Watcher”. This mysterious letter writer claimed...
Possibly our wildest story yet!
On June 10th 1990, British Airways flight 5390 took off from Birmingham en route to Malaga, Spain. 13 minutes into the flight, 6 kilometres up in the sky, the windscreen of the plane's cockpit blew off & Captain Tim Lancaster was sucked out the hole where the window should be.
By pure chance, Captain Tim’s legs anchored him to the plane…but they were also forcing the plane into an accelerating nosedive. What happened next? You’ll have to listen to find...
In 2003 a retired maths genius from a small town in Michigan, Jerry Selbee, discovered a flaw in the state's newest lottery game, “Winfall". He realised that if he bought enough tickets in certain games he could almost guarantee he'd win a 50%-80% profit without relying on winning the jackpot.
It seemed he was the only one who understood statistics well enough to know this & over the next 9 years, Jerry & his wife Marge became professional lottery players & millionaires. And...
This week, animal trainer/stand up comedian Emma Malik is telling us about the history of animals in the armed forces & how we ended up in a world where dolphins are trained to (allegedly) kill.
Turns out, during the early years of the Cold War, the United States and the Soviet Union started using dolphins as part of their naval defence strategies. Over the years, dolphins have been deployed on increasingly complicated missions, and they’ve become such an important part of Russia’s...
In the early 2000’s, a group of artists were evicted from their home to make space for a shopping centre parking lot in Providence, Rhode Island. They were sad to lose their lodgings, and angry to see all the city's residential properties being converted into commercial ones.
This inspired them to run an experiment to find out whether a commercial property, like a shopping centre, could also be used as a residential space.
Initially the plan was to try to live in the Providence Place mall...
Have you heard about that time a tiger shark regurgitated a human arm in the Coogee Aquarium?
It was the afternoon of April 26th, 1935, when the largest shark ever in captivity (we’re calling her Shirley) spewed up a full human arm in front of a dozen witnesses. The arm bore a distinctive tattoo & was identified as belonging to a known Sydney criminal named Jimmy. There are lots of twists & turns in this story & even a high speed boat chase, but how Jimmy's arm ended up in...