The Omnibus

Omnibus is co-hosted by Ken Jennings and is released on the How Stuff Works podcast network (press release). 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
2017
1 2017-12-07 431.PS8403 #27603 The European Starling
2 2017-12-07 326.2K0933 #32146 Defenestration
3 2017-12-07 865.1C0924 #28924 The Olympic Marathon of 1904
4 2017-12-07 939.MK0511 #43259 The Pig War
5 2017-12-12 1177.AM0521 #18585 Smell-O-Vision
6 2017-12-19 1291.EP0318 #28910 The Tesseract
7 2017-12-21 1414.PS6301 #33935 Water Wars
8 2017-12-26 511.PS6928 #6442 Gadsby
9 2017-12-28 835.1C1311 #31932 Newton's Cradle
2018
10 2018-01-01 1122.EC0105 #12248 Secret Order of the Double Sunrise
11 2018-01-04 315.EZ3328 #11458 The Darién Gap
12 2018-01-09 577.PR1413 #42615 Heil Honey I'm Home
13 2018-01-11 805.GN1032 #18088 Monrovia, Moravia, Moldova, Moldavia
14 2018-01-17 692.JU0113 #31644 Kohoutek
15 2018-01-18 1134.LV2024 #13568 The Sentinelese
16 2018-01-23 901.JS1002 #507 Paris Syndrome
17 2018-01-25 786.ZC0508 #25185 Thomas Midgley
18 2018-01-30 817.PR0716 #37891 Mummy Brown
19 2018-02-01 820.JE5022 #27008 Mutual Assured Destruction
20 2018-02-06 319.MK1610 #34312 Death Discs
21 2018-02-08 571.1C1104 #25200 Hat Etiquette
22 2018-02-13 112.HE0616 #37863 The Bellamy Salute
23 2018-02-15 866.MT2230 #34322 Oneida
24 2018-02-20 772.JB4015 #30148 Megafauna
25 2018-02-22 091.EP0427 #47448 Backmasking
26 2018-02-27 733.2K0934 #34884 London Bridge is down
27 2018-03-01 1458.NA0104 #31078 The Zuider Zee
28 2018-03-06 840.PR0415 #29250 The Noid
29 2018-03-08 284.MT2309 #29423 Father Coughlin
30 2018-03-13 1087.EZ1613 #25284 Rubber Barons
31 2018-03-15 1213.JB0926 #39390 S.S. United States
32 2018-03-20 050.PS3420 #36073 Mary Anning
33 2018-03-22 789.JB2704 #35145 Milli Vanilli
34 2018-03-27 1351.PS13704 #40632 Tuvan Throat Singers (LIVE SF Sketchfest 2018)
35 2018-03-29 697.GN0710 #17528 Lake Missoula (LIVE SF Sketchfest 2018)
36 2018-04-03 559.PR2006 #24139 Hachiko
37 2018-04-05 176.1S1007 #28337 Call Signs
38 2018-04-10 1387.DE0228 #16697 Vending Machines
39 2018-04-12 178.RV2013 #27174 Canadian Floating Feet
40 2018-04-17 047.PS9111 #21873 The Angels of Mons
41 2018-04-19 611.GE3703 #26275 Hypercolor
42 2018-04-24 126.EZ2010 #50204 Bir Tawil
43 2018-04-26 210.NU2653 #6798 Checkerboarding
44 2018-05-01 1411.HE1212 #46102 The Washington Generals
45 2018-05-03 091.EZ2220 #30148 Backyard Blast Furnaces
46 2018-05-08 688.LK1734 #39087 William Rufus King
47 2018-05-10 1354.IS2915 #27765 Tylenol Murders
48 2018-05-15 806.JB2136 #18042 The Moon Illusion
49 2018-05-17 1195.SS0713 #31327 Spanish Fly
50 2018-05-22 726.2C0113 #24875 Gordin Lish
51 2018-05-24 967.AC1940 #32844 The Port Chicago Disaster

"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!"

John’s personal stories

John does not tell many personal stories on this podcast that would be relevant for this Wiki. Until now, he has told the following:

  • 3: John finished a ski race in a different heat than he started
  • 5: John was working at a bank
  • 10: John was on an USO tour in Niger
  • 32: John's family are late breeders
  • 33: The Authenticity Wars in Indie Rock
  • 34: John's time at Gonzaga
  • 35: Vito the cat
  • 36: John's dog Barney 1975, dog trouble, John's mom raising Borzois, one of them called Gibson
  • 38: John running strings to turn the lights and TV on and off, between 7th/8th grade
  • 40: John's pronunciation of "everybody"
  • 41: John playing D&D in Junior High, working in a pizza parlor in his early 20s, being the assistant manager of a bar called The Off Ramp
  • 42: John collecting his mom's makeup between age 6-9, John is of Welsh descend and not Scottish as their grandfather told them
  • 44: John's dad was a basketball player in High School with many Japanese players who all showed up at his funeral. John's uncle Jack was a professional football player for the Chicago Bears.
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