The Omnibus

The Omnibus is an independent podcast, co-hosted by John Roderick and Ken Jennings. The first 176 episodes were released on the How Stuff Works podcast network (press release) that was bought by iHeart Media in September of 2018. From August of 2019 on the hosts took the show independent. Together, Ken and John pick a couple of topics each week for a mind-blowing deep dive into obscure stories they fear might be lost to history.

"We are Ken Jennings and John Roderick. We speak to you from our present which we can only assume is your distant past, the turbulent time that was the early 21st century. Fearing the great cataclysm that will surely befall our civilization, we began this monumental reference of strange and obscure human knowledge. These recordings represent our attempt to compile and preserve wonders and esoterica that would otherwise be lost. Whether you are listening from an advanced civilization or have just reinvented the technology to decrypt our transmissions, this is our legacy to you. This is our time capsule, this is The Omnibus."

Episode Release Date Entry Certificate Topic Related Movie (MPAA Certificate)
2017
1 2017-12-07 431.PS8403 #27603 The European Starling The Birds (1963)
2 2017-12-07 326.2K0933 #32146 Defenestration Falling Down (1993)
3 2017-12-07 865.1C0924 #28924 The Olympic Marathon of 1904 Running on Empty (1988)
4 2017-12-07 939.MK0511 #43259 The Pig War Wild Hogs (2007)
5 2017-12-12 1177.AM0521 #18585 Smell-O-Vision Sweet Smell of Success (1957)
6 2017-12-14 1024.GN2917 #24193 The Rachel Shampoo (1975)
7 2017-12-19 1291.EP0318 #28910 The Tesseract Gleaming the Cube (1989)
8 2017-12-21 1414.PS6301 #33935 Water Wars Waterworld (1955)
9 2017-12-26 511.PS6928 #6442 Gadsby The Letter (1940)
10 2017-12-28 835.1C1311 #31932 Newton's Cradle Toys (1992)
2018
11 2018-01-01 1122.EC0105 #12248 Secret Order of the Double Sunrise Dark Passage (1947)
12 2018-01-04 315.EZ3328 #11458 The Darién Gap Where the Sidewalk Ends (1950)
13 2018-01-09 577.PR1413 #42615 Heil Honey I'm Home The Good German (2006)
14 2018-01-11 805.GN1032 #18088 Monrovia, Moravia, Moldova, Moldavia Around the World in Eighty Days (1956)
15 2018-01-17 692.JU0113 #31644 Kohoutek Year of the Comet (1992)
16 2018-01-18 1134.LV2024 #13568 The Sentinelese The Lost Tribe (1949)
17 2018-01-23 901.JS1002 #507 Paris Syndrome Charlie Chan in Paris (1935)
18 2018-01-25 786.ZC0508 #25185 Thomas Midgley Hot Lead and Cold Feet (1978)
19 2018-01-30 817.PR0716 #37891 Mummy Brown The Mummy Returns (2001)
20 2018-02-01 820.JE5022 #27008 Mutual Assured Destruction WarGames (1983)
21 2018-02-06 319.MK1610 #34312 Death Discs Crash (2004)
22 2018-02-08 571.1C1104 #25200 Hat Etiquette Fedora (1978)
23 2018-02-13 112.HE0616 #37863 The Bellamy Salute The Pledge (2001)
24 2018-02-15 866.MT2230 #34322 Oneida Swingers (2002)
25 2018-02-20 772.JB4015 #47448 Megafauna Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012)
26 2018-02-22 091.EP0427 #30148 Backmasking Reversal of Fortune (1990)
27 2018-02-27 733.2K0934 #34884 London Bridge is down The English Patient (1996)
28 2018-03-01 1458.NA0104 #31078 The Zuider Zee Dutch (1991)
29 2018-03-06 840.PR0415 #29250 The Noid Mystic Pizza (1988)
30 2018-03-08 284.MT2309 #29423 Father Coughlin Talk Radio (1988)
31 2018-03-13 1087.EZ1613 #25284 Rubber Barons The Boys from Brazil (1978)
32 2018-03-15 1213.JB0926 #39390 S.S. United States Ghost Ship (2002)
33 2018-03-20 050.PS3420 #36073 Mary Anning There's Something About Mary (1998)
34 2018-03-22 789.JB2704 #35145 Milli Vanilli Liar Liar (1997)
35 2018-03-27 1351.PS13704 #40632 Tuvan Throat Singers (LIVE) Inside Deep Throat (2005)
36 2018-03-29 697.GN0710 #17528 Lake Missoula (LIVE) The Dam Busters (1955)
37 2018-04-03 559.PR2006 #24139 Hachiko Dog Day Afternoon (1975)
38 2018-04-05 176.1S1007 #28337 Call Signs Radio Days (1987)
39 2018-04-10 1387.DE0228 #16697 Vending Machines Three Coins in the Fountain (1954)
40 2018-04-12 178.RV2013 #27174 Canadian Floating Feet Footloose (1984]
41 2018-04-17 047.PS9111 #21873 The Angels of Mons Heaven with a Gun (1969)
42 2018-04-19 611.GE3703 #26275 Hypercolor Body Heat (1981)
43 2018-04-24 126.EZ2010 #50204 Bir Tawil The Birth of a Nation (2016)
44 2018-04-26 210.NU2653 #6798 Checkerboarding Go West (1925)
45 2018-05-01 1411.HE1212 #46102 The Washington Generals The A-Team (2010)
46 2018-05-03 091.EZ2220 #30148 Backyard Blast Furnaces Reversal of Fortune (2003)
47 2018-05-08 688.LK1734 #39087 William Rufus King Sweet Home Alabama (2002)
48 2018-05-10 1354.IS2915 #27765 Tylenol Murders Bad Medicine (1985)
49 2018-05-15 806.JB2136 #18042 The Moon Illusion Bigger Than Life (1956)
50 2018-05-17 1195.SS0713 #31327 Spanish Fly Love Potion No. 9 (1992)
51 2018-05-22 726.2C0113 #24875 Gordin Lish A Bridge Too Far (1977)
52 2018-05-24 967.AC1940 #32844 The Port Chicago Disaster Blown Away (1994)
53 2018-05-29 385.PR1513 #42013 Duchenne Smiles The Pursuit of Happyness (2006)
54 2018-05-31 981.DE2211 #31310 The Preppy Handbook School Ties (1992)
55 2018-06-05 1227.PR2027 #42453 The St. Martin Fistula Inside Man (2006)
56 2018-06-07 162.EC0911 #24968 The Bugatti Chiron Greased Lightning (1977)
57 2018-06.12 264.LK1255 #17145 The Conqueror The Atomic Kid (1954)
58 2018-06-14 988.1C1423 #35645 Prisencolinensinainciusol Broken English (1996)
59 2018-06-19 148.LV2519 #36525 The Boysenberry American Pie (1999)
60 2018-06-21 122.JB4024 #47159 Billy the Pygmy Hippo We Bought a Zoo (2011)
61 2018-06-26 692.JE2907 #16823 The Koryo Saram The Far Country (1955)
62 2018-06-28 1411.SS0604 #39950 War Rugs Rugrats Go Wild (2003)
63 2018-07-03 220.HB0202 #51449 Christian Science Reading Rooms A Quiet Place (2018)
64 2018-07-05 1339.JE3023 #9101 The Tri-State Tornado Stormy Weather (1943)
65 2018-07-10 1327.PS43:3 #34096 The Transcontinental Airway System Broken Arrow (1996)
66 2018-07-12 1411.LV2025 #29158 The Washing Bear Critters 2: The Main Course (1988)
67 2018-07-17 1412.JM0503 #5888 Watch the K Foundation Burn a Million Quid Money to Burn (1939)
68 2018-07-19 1343.LK1428 #47967 The Truman Reconstruction White House Down (2013)
69 2018-07-24 1403.JU0113 #34914 The Voyager Golden Records Space Jam (1996)
70 2018-07-26 1170.IS6008 #38095 Skyscraper Helipads Black Hawk Down (2001)
71 2018-07-31 548.IS6402 #10403 Greek Fire Flame of Barbary Coast (1945)
72 2018-08-02 098.DE2510 #39409 The Barefoot Bandit Catch Me If You Can (1989)
73 2018-08-07 318.PR2019 #29294 The D-Day Crosswords Without a Clue (1988)
74 2018-08-09 1078.MI0303 #7628 Michael Rockefeller The Man Who Came to Dinner (1942)
75 2018-08-14 390.LV1913 #27107 Ea-Nasir Risky Business (1983)
76 2018-08-16 466.PS3302 #30784 The ’59 Les Paul Standard Rock-a-Doodle (1991)
77 2018-08-21 659.IS2916 #37104 Inversion Goggles Topsy-Turvy (1999)
78 2018-08-23 115.PS8806 #50365 The Berkeley Pit Hell or High Water (2016)
79 2018-08-28 1096.PS7719 #37796 The Saint Helena Submarine Plot The Emperor's New Groove (2000)
80 2018-08-30 045.RV2210 #33047 The Anarchist Cookbook Natural Born Killers (1994)
81 2018-09-04 395.2T0203 #11785 The Fourth Crusade Strange Journey (1946)
82 2018-09-06 159.PR0913 #31531 Anita Bryant Juice (1992)
83 2018-09-11 587.LK0207 #44261 The Hilbert Hotel Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist (2008)
84 2018-09-13 671.NU2655 #26085 State of Jefferson Altered States (1980)
85 2018-09-18 356.AC1919 #25815 Disco Demolition Night (LIVE) Can't Stop the Music (1980)
86 2018-09-20 029.RV0615 #46673 Albanian Bunkers Take Shelter (2011)
87 2018-09-25 749.2S1114 #35752 Mail Trucks The Postman (1997)
88 2018-09-27 315.LA0515 #21161 Dancing Mania A Fine Madness (1966)
89 2018-10-02 136.PS10704 #42973 The Blue Men of the Sahara The Painted Veil (2006)
90 2018-10-04 1345.MI0104 #20568 Tsar Bomba From Russia with Love (1963)
91 2018-10-09 958.GE0702 #41843 Pokémon Go The Greatest Game Ever Played (2005)
92 2018-10-11 593.JB2607 #19429 The Hollow Earth Journey to the Center of the Earth (1959)
93 2018-10-15 1122.ZC0401 #38846 Second Sleep Insomnia (2002)
94 2018-10-18 158.MT1517 #42964 Brown Sound Flushed Away (2006)
95 2018-10-23 094.PR2017 #28002 The Ballads of Ossian Highlander (1986)
96 2018-10-25 714.1CH0910 #23082 The Letter J Jeremiah Johnson (1972)
97 2018-10-30 818.JB1414 #29314 Bridey Murphy Another Woman (1988)
98 2018-11-01 938.ES0914 #21776 Albert Pierrepoint Hang 'Em High (1968)
99 2018-11-06 372.AM0214 #41961 The Doomsday Flight Flightplan (2005)
100 2018-11-08 472.GE1612 #49895 Wild Man Fischer Sing Street (2016)
101 2018-11-13 671.NU2711 #23502 Jennens v. Jennens The Long Goodbye (1973)
102 2018-11-15 173.2K0527 #28287 The Cagot The Untouchables (1987)
103 2018-11-20 325.JN0432 #30269 Deep-Fried Turkey Bird on a Wire (1990)
104 2018-11-22 1008.JH0406 #36525 Pumpkin Pie American Pie (1999)
105 2018-11-27 1016.PS5517 #2405 The Qibla The Garden of Allah (1936)
106 2018-11-29 1115.PP0302 #37500 Scrappy Doo The Replacements (2000)
107 2018-12-04 527.EZ1724 #1751 Ghost Forests The Petrified Forest (1973)
108 2018-12-06 761.LV1120 #30979 Marmorated Stink Bug Life Stinks (1991)
109 2018-12-11 1176.DE2315 #38760 Robert Smalls Boat Trip (2002)
110 2018-12-13 823.SS0115 #31513 Patrick Nagel Single White Female (1992)
111 2018-12-18 1285.PR2413 #44411 Telling the Bees The Secret Life of Bees (2008)
112 2018-12-20 220.LK0214 #31405 The Christmas Truce A Midnight Clear (1992)
113 2018-12-25 825.JB1534 #33423 Thomas Nast The Santa Clause (1994)
114 2018-12-27 1348.IS2811 #45305 The Turboencabulator The Invention of Lying (2009)
2019
115 2019-01-01 1181.PS14716 #16919 Snowflakes White Christmas (1954)
116 2019-01-03 1324.EZ0808 #33725 Track 61 Money Train (1995)
117 2019-01-08 305.RM1219 #26347 Cumberland vs. Georgia Tech Blow Out (1981)
118 2019-01-10 1020.IS1418 #26379 Queen Victoria's Grandchildren Victor Victoria (1995)
119 2019-01-15 1393.EP0423 #30972 Vice Versa Brain Donors (1992)
120 2019-01-17 1343.MT2514 #25007 Trucker Culture Convoj (1978)
121 2019-01-22 686.DE2513 #37545 The Kilogram The Weight Of Water (2000)
122 2019-01-24 1353.GN2524 #29437 The Twins of Benin Dead Ringers (1988)
123 2019-01-29 1178.IS1106 #35519 Samantha Smith The Peacemaker (1997)
124 2019-01-31 474.1S1013 #45561 Flagpole Sitters Up in the Air (2009)
125 2019-02-05 445.2T0413 #29342 Extremely Overdue Library Books (LIVE) Checking Out (1989)
126 2019-02-07 753.JE1022 #26394 Yngwie Malmsteen (LIVE) Heavy Metal (1981)
127 2019-02-12 138.JE1316 #7505 The Bodies of Mount Everest They Died with Their Boots On (1941)
128 2019-02-14 238.RV1214 #39584 Jacquelin Cochran View From The Top (2003)
129 2019-02-19 490.2S1519 #36749 The Foreign Legion Revenge Of The Musketeers (1994)
130 2019-02-21 500.AM0812 #14946 Freighthopping Strangers on a Train (1951)
131 2019-02-26 596.EX2208 #23421 Honest Dick The Getaway (1972)
132 2019-02-28 787.MK0616 #21086 Mike the Headless Chicken The Ghost and Mr. Chicken (1966)
133 2019-03-05 524.JB3709 #41220 Geomagnetic Reversal The Polar Express (2004)
134 2019-03-07 211.PR2306 #6594 The Cheesesteak War The Philadelphia Story (1940)
135 2019-03-12 1311.DE2112 #28046 Tippi Hedren's Fingernails Good Morning, Vietnam (1987)
136 2019-03-14 056.EX3729 #26207 Anything Into Oil Carbon Copy (1981)
137 2019-03-19 176.2C0416 #43762 Jeanne Calment The Bucket List (2007)
138 2019-03-21 398.JE1711 #27021 Egg-Cracking Machines Cracking Up (1983)
139 2019-03-26 634.GE0913 #26015 Indigo The Blues Brothers (1980)
140 2019-03-28 153.JG0506 #31424 Breezewood, Pennsylvania Gas Food Lodging (1992)
141 2019-04-02 515.SS0611 #17086 The Garden of Earthly Delights East of Eden (1955)
142 2019-04-04 1178.1K0626 #50326 The Smoot Measure of a Man (2018)
143 2019-04-09 238.JB4021 #37768 Cocaine Hippos Blow (2001)
144 2019-04-11 1431.LK0429 #34056 Wide Skis Powder (1995)
145 2019-04-16 819.PR3033 #16114 Mussolini's Nose Roman Holiday (1953)
146 2019-04-18 152.IS1321 #37739 Breastaurants Bounce (2000)
147 2019-04-23 1283.JB2317 #22400 Ted Danson in Blackface Watermelon Man (1970)
148 2019-04-25 686.LV1106 #21432 Killer Rabbit How I Won The War (1967)
149 2019-04-30 500.EX1202 #44270 The French Revolutionary Calendar Year One (2009)
150 2019-05-02 208.GN5009 #38694 The Charge of the Light Brigade Last Order (2001)
151 2019-05-07 601.GN4321 #51720 Hotel Detectives Bad Times at the El Royale (2018)
152 2019-05-09 988.HO1308 #41871 Private Wojtek the Bear Grizzly Man (2005)
153 2019-05-14 1320.GN4226 #42729 Tortilla Chips Nacho Libre (2006)
154 2019-05-16 955.EX3321 #33004 Plymouth Rock Squanto: A Warrior's Tale (1994)
155 2019-05-21 1229.MT1125 #35551 Winifred Sackville Stoner Jr. Baby Geniuses (1999)
156 2019-05-23 1331.IS0816 #31310 Trapper Keepers School Ties (1992)
157 2019-05-28 1049.DE1811 #37239 The Reindeer Wizards Reindeer Games (2000)
158 2019-05-30 148.DE2402 #42401 Pattie Boyd Curious George (2006)
159 2019-06-04 141.PS14107 #24269 Bone Wars One Of Our Dinosaurs Is Missing (1975)
160 2019-06-06 1007.LK1227 #12306 Lilly Pulitzer The Heiress (1949)
161 2019-06-11 307.DA0508 #32892 Cursive The Inkwell (1994)
162 2019-06-13 758.PR0819 #28197 Maraschino Cherries Under The Cherry Moon (1986)
163 2019-06-18 681.IS4204 #22194 The Kamehameha Colonists Marooned (1969)
164 2019-06-20 242.PR2004 #19668 Cold Fusion The Absent-Minded Professor (1974)
165 2019-06-25 1323.2C617 #42052 Town Line, New York North Country (2005)
166 2019-06-27 508.GN2716 #26505 Furries Cat People (1982)
167 2019-07-02 382.AC0212 #48261 Droodles Now You See Me (2013)
168 2019-07-04 1023.PS6103 #35704 Quonset Huts Ernest in the Army (1998)
169 2019-07-09 325.DA0202 #44269 John Dee Angels & Demons (2009)
170 2019-07-11 911.PS9703 #52178 Peak Phosphorus Blinded By The Light (2019)
171 2019-07-16 1091.PS6503 #36841 The Rural Purge Town & Country (2001)
172 2019-07-18 222.AC1605 #31147 The Church of the SubGenius What about Bob? (1991)
173 2019-07-23 495.NU2653 #28876 The Four-Color Map Problem Colors (1988)
174 2019-07-25 180.LK1219 #42072 Canning Jarhead (2005)
175 2019-07-30 138.AC1631 #39323 Bob Dylan's Christian Period Saved! (2004)
176 2019-08-01 867.NU1105 #25671 The Onion Futures Act The Onion Field (1979)
The Omnibus goes independent
177 2019-08-06 803.MT2220 #2720 The Monkey Selfie Monkey Business (1931)
178 2019-08-08 067.PS9303 #23973 ArkStorm California Split (1974)
179 2019-08-13 537.PS2103 #23490 Gold Hats Walking Tall (1973)
180 2019-08-15 494.LV2342 #38597 Fotomats One Hour Photo (2002)
181 2019-08-20 736.HE1305 #32943 Lottery Winners It Could Happen to You (1994)
182 2019-08-22 124.IS6517 #34308 Biosphere 2 Bio-Dome (1996)
183 2019-08-27 795.PS1912 #41607 Miss Thistlebottom's Hobgoblins Bad Education (2004)
184 2019-08-29 705.MT0210 #52050 Florence Lawrence Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (2019)
185 2019-09-03 605.CO0203 #41705 Alexander von Humboldt The New World (2005)
186 2019-09-05 104.EZ2047 #31303 The Battle of Palmdale Hot Shots! (1991)
187 2019-09-10 813.LK1434 #21879 MSG With Six You Get Eggroll (1968)
188 2019-09-12 677.IS6015 #32373 Juggalos Posse (1993)
189 2019-09-17 075.2P0308 #24524 As Slow as Possible The Song Remains the Same (1976)

"In the unlikely event social media still exists in your era, our tweets are archived @omnibusproject. Our handles were @kenjennings and @johnroderick in the olden times. John also maintained an Instagram account under the same name which Ken felt was beneath his dignity. Our address for email, which was a popular form of electronic communication, was moc.skrowffutswoh|tcejorpsubinmo#moc.skrowffutswoh|tcejorpsubinmo. From our vantage point in your distant past, we have no idea how long our civilization survived. We hope and pray that the catastrophe we fear may never come. If the worst comes soon, this recording like all our recordings may be our final word, but if providence allows, we hope to be back with you soon for another entry in The Omnibus!"

Official website: https://www.omnibusproject.com/

Official Facebook group: Omnibus Futurelings

Subreddits: OmnibusProject and Omnibus_Futurelings

PO-Box for physical goods: Omnibus Project, PO-Box 55744, Shoreline, WA 98155

Play the Omnibus Bingo

Support the show on Patreon!

LIVE episodes: 35, 36 Live from SF Sketchfest 2018, 85 Live from Bumbershoot 2018, 125 and 126 Live from SF Sketchfest 2019,

Until episode 176 the show was edited by their friend Chandler Mays who was only allowed to take out the many bloopers and helicopter sounds and executive producer was Chuck Bryant. From episode 177 on the show left the iHeart Radio network and is now edited by freelance editor Mark Miles.

The theme music was composed by Noel Brown, host of Stuff They Don't Want You to Know and Ridiculous History.

There is a fan site maintained by Greg Ullman collecting a lot of facts about the different entries called Omnibus Organizer.

A Google Spreadsheet maintained by Fred Bremmer that can be found here contains a second version of the episode index with all bible-verses inline.

Entry codes and certificate numbers

  • The first part of the entry code is the page in Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary, 11th Edition that this title would be on. Given names have to be reordered Last, First and the word ”The” has to be added last as ”, The”
  • The second part of the entry code is a link to a bible verse that relates to this entry
  • The certificate number is the MPAA certificate number of a movie that relates to the topic (see here or here, or official site)

Behind the scenes

The show is recorded in person at John's house: Recording setup

There were some interesting quotes by Ken and John in this Facebook thread in the group Omnibus Futurelings


John’s personal stories

John tells some personal stories on this podcast that are relevant for this Wiki. Expand section below to see them.

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