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 Corresponding Movie
2017
1 2017-12-07 431.PS8403 #27603 The European Starling The Birds
2 2017-12-07 326.2K0933 #32146 Defenestration Falling Down
3 2017-12-07 865.1C0924 #28924 The Olympic Marathon of 1904 Running on Empty
4 2017-12-07 939.MK0511 #43259 The Pig War Wild Hogs
5 2017-12-12 1177.AM0521 #18585 Smell-O-Vision Sweet Smell of Success
6 2017-12-14 1024.GN2917 #24193 The Rachel Shampoo
7 2017-12-19 1291.EP0318 #28910 The Tesseract Gleaming the Cube
8 2017-12-21 1414.PS6301 #33935 Water Wars Waterworld
9 2017-12-26 511.PS6928 #6442 Gadsby The Letter
10 2017-12-28 835.1C1311 #31932 Newton's Cradle Toys
2018
11 2018-01-01 1122.EC0105 #12248 Secret Order of the Double Sunrise Dark Passage
12 2018-01-04 315.EZ3328 #11458 The Darién Gap Where the Sidewalk Ends
13 2018-01-09 577.PR1413 #42615 Heil Honey I'm Home The Good German
14 2018-01-11 805.GN1032 #18088 Monrovia, Moravia, Moldova, Moldavia Around the World in Eighty Days
15 2018-01-17 692.JU0113 #31644 Kohoutek Year of the Comet
16 2018-01-18 1134.LV2024 #13568 The Sentinelese The Lost Tribe
17 2018-01-23 901.JS1002 #507 Paris Syndrome Charlie Chan in Paris
18 2018-01-25 786.ZC0508 #25185 Thomas Midgley Hot Lead and Cold Feet
19 2018-01-30 817.PR0716 #37891 Mummy Brown The Mummy Returns
20 2018-02-01 820.JE5022 #27008 Mutual Assured Destruction WarGames
21 2018-02-06 319.MK1610 #34312 Death Discs Crash
22 2018-02-08 571.1C1104 #25200 Hat Etiquette Fedora
23 2018-02-13 112.HE0616 #37863 The Bellamy Salute The Pledge
24 2018-02-15 866.MT2230 #34322 Oneida Swingers
25 2018-02-20 772.JB4015 #47448 Megafauna Beasts of the Southern Wild
26 2018-02-22 091.EP0427 #30148 Backmasking Reversal of Fortune
27 2018-02-27 733.2K0934 #34884 London Bridge is down The English Patient
28 2018-03-01 1458.NA0104 #31078 The Zuider Zee Dutch
29 2018-03-06 840.PR0415 #29250 The Noid Mystic Pizza
30 2018-03-08 284.MT2309 #29423 Father Coughlin Talk Radio
31 2018-03-13 1087.EZ1613 #25284 Rubber Barons The Boys from Brazil
32 2018-03-15 1213.JB0926 #39390 S.S. United States Ghost Ship
33 2018-03-20 050.PS3420 #36073 Mary Anning There's Something About Mary
34 2018-03-22 789.JB2704 #35145 Milli Vanilli Liar Liar
35 2018-03-27 1351.PS13704 #40632 Tuvan Throat Singers (LIVE SF Sketchfest 2018) Inside Deep Throat
36 2018-03-29 697.GN0710 #17528 Lake Missoula (LIVE SF Sketchfest 2018) The Dam Busters
37 2018-04-03 559.PR2006 #24139 Hachiko Dog Day Afternoon
38 2018-04-05 176.1S1007 #28337 Call Signs Radio Days
39 2018-04-10 1387.DE0228 #16697 Vending Machines Three Coins in the Fountain
40 2018-04-12 178.RV2013 #27174 Canadian Floating Feet Footloose
41 2018-04-17 047.PS9111 #21873 The Angels of Mons Heaven with a Gun
42 2018-04-19 611.GE3703 #26275 Hypercolor Body Heat
43 2018-04-24 126.EZ2010 #50204 Bir Tawil The Birth of a Nation
44 2018-04-26 210.NU2653 #6798 Checkerboarding Go West
45 2018-05-01 1411.HE1212 #46102 The Washington Generals The A-Team
46 2018-05-03 091.EZ2220 #30148 Backyard Blast Furnaces Reversal of Fortune
47 2018-05-08 688.LK1734 #39087 William Rufus King Sweet Home Alabama
48 2018-05-10 1354.IS2915 #27765 Tylenol Murders Bad Medicine
49 2018-05-15 806.JB2136 #18042 The Moon Illusion Bigger Than Life
50 2018-05-17 1195.SS0713 #31327 Spanish Fly Love Potion No. 9
51 2018-05-22 726.2C0113 #24875 Gordin Lish A Bridge Too Far
52 2018-05-24 967.AC1940 #32844 The Port Chicago Disaster Blown Away
53 2018-05-29 385.PR1513 #42013 Duchenne Smiles The Pursuit of Happyness
54 2018-05-31 981.DE2211 #31310 The Preppy Handbook School Ties
55 2018-06-05 1227.PR2027 #42453 The St. Martin Fistula Inside Man
56 2018-06-07 162.EC0911 #24968 The Bugatti Chiron Greased Lightning
57 2018-06.12 264.LK1255 #17145 The Conqueror The Atomic Kid
58 2018-06-14 988.1C1423 #35645 Prisencolinensinainciusol Broken English
59 2018-06-19 148.LV2519 #36525 The Boysenberry American Pie
60 2018-06-21 122.JB4024 #47159 Billy the Pygmy Hippo We Bought a Zoo
61 2018-06-26 692.JE2907 #16823 The Koryo Saram The Far Country
62 2018-06-28 1411.SS0604 #39950 War Rugs Rugrats Go Wild
63 2018-07-03 220.HB0202 #51449 Christian Science Reading Rooms A Quiet Place
64 2018-07-05 1339.JE3023 #9101 The Tri-State Tornado Stormy Weather
65 2018-07-10 1327.PS43:3 #34096 The Transcontinental Airway System Broken Arrow
66 2018-07-12 1411.LV2025 #29158 The Washing Bear Critters 2: The Main Course
67 2018-07-17 1412.JM0503 #5888 Watch the K Foundation Burn a Million Quid Money to Burn
68 2018-07-19 1343.LK1428 #47967 The Truman Reconstruction White House Down
69 2018-07-24 1403.JU0113 #34914 The Voyager Golden Records Space Jam
70 2018-07-26 1170.IS6008 #38095 Skyscraper Helipads Black Hawk Down
71 2018-07-31 548.IS6402 #10403 Greek Fire Flame of Barbary Coast
72 2018-08-02 098.DE2510 #39409 The Barefoot Bandit Catch Me If You Can
73 2018-08-07 318.PR2019 #29294 The D-Day Crosswords Without a Clue
74 2018-08-09 1078.MI0303 #7628 Michael Rockefeller The Man Who Came to Dinner
75 2018-08-14 390.LV1913 #27107 Ea-Nasir Risky Business
76 2018-08-16 466.PS3302 #30784 The ’59 Les Paul Standard Rock-a-Doodle
77 2018-08-21 659.IS2916 #37104 Inversion Goggles Topsy-Turvy
78 2018-08-23 115.PS8806 #50365 The Berkeley Pit Hell or High Water
79 2018-08-28 1096.PS7719 #37796 The Saint Helena Submarine Plot The Emperor's New Groove
80 2018-08-30 045.RV2210 #33047 The Anarchist Cookbook Natural Born Killers
81 2018-09-04 395.2T0203 #11785 The Fourth Crusade Strange Journey
82 2018-09-06 159.PR0913 #31531 Anita Bryant Juice
83 2018-09-11 587.LK0207 #44261 The Hilbert Hotel Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist
84 2018-09-13 671.NU2655 #26085 State of Jefferson Altered States
85 2018-09-18 356.AC1919 #25815 Disco Demolition Night (LIVE Bumbershoot 2018) Can't Stop the Music
86 2018-09-20 029.RV0615 #46673 Albanian Bunkers Take Shelter
87 2018-09-25 749.2S1114 #35752 Mail Trucks The Postman
88 2018-09-27 315.LA0515 #21161 Dancing Mania A Fine Madness
89 2018-10-02 136.PS10704 #42973 The Blue Men of the Sahara The Painted Veil
90 2018-10-04 1345.MI0104 #20568 Tsar Bomba From Russia with Love
91 2018-10-09 958.GE0702 #41843 Pokémon Go The Greatest Game Ever Played
92 2018-10-11 593.JB2607 #19429 The Hollow Earth Journey to the Center of the Earth
93 2018-10-15 1122.ZC0401 #38846 Second Sleep Insomnia
94 2018-10-18 158.MT1517 #42964 Brown Sound Flushed Away
95 2018-10-23 094.PR2017 #28002 The Ballads of Ossian Highlander
96 2018-10-25 714.1CH0910 #23082 The Letter J Jeremiah Johnson
97 2018-10-30 818.JB1414 #29314 Bridey Murphy Another Woman
98 2018-11-01 938.ES0914 #21776 Albert Pierrepoint Hang 'Em High
99 2018-11-06 372.AM0214 #41961 The Doomsday Flight Flightplan
100 2018-11-08 472.GE1612 #49895 Wild Man Fischer Sing Street
101 2018-11-13 671.NU2711 #23502 Jennens v. Jennens The Long Goodbye
102 2018-11-15 173.2K0527 #28287 The Cagot The Untouchables
103 2018-11-20 325.JN0432 #30269 Deep-Fried Turkey Bird on a Wire
104 2018-11-22 1008.JH0406 #36525 Pumpkin Pie American Pie
105 2018-11-27 1016.PS5517 #2405 The Qibla The Garden of Allah
106 2018-11-29 1115.PP0302 #37500 Scrappy Doo The Replacements
107 2018-12-04 527.EZ1724 #1751 Ghost Forests The Petrified Forest
108 2018-12-06 761.LV1120 #30979 Marmorated Stink Bug Life Stinks
109 2018-12-11 1176.DE2315 #38760 Robert Smalls Boat Trip
110 2018-12-13 823.SS0115 #31513 Patrick Nagel Single White Female
111 2018-12-18 1285.PR2413 #44411 Telling the Bees The Secret Life of Bees
112 2018-12-20 220.LK0214 #31405 The Christmas Truce A Midnight Clear
113 2018-12-25 825.JB1534 #33423 Thomas Nast The Santa Clause
114 2018-12-27 1348.IS2811 #45305 The Turboencabulator The Invention of Lying
2019
115 2019-01-01 1181.PS14716 #16919 Snowflakes White Christmas
116 2019-01-03 1324.EZ0808 #33725 Track 61 Money Train
117 2019-01-08 305.RM1219 #26347 Cumberland vs. Georgia Tech Blow Out
118 2019-01-10 1020.IS1418 #26379 Queen Victoria's Grandchildren Victor Victoria
119 2019-01-15 1393.EP0423 #30972 Vice Versa Brain Donors
120 2019-01-17 1343.MT2514 #25007 Trucker Culture Konvoj
121 2019-01-22 686.DE2513 #37545 The Kilogram The Weight Of Water
122 2019-01-24 1353.GN2524 #29437 The Twins of Benin Dead Ringers
123 2019-01-29 1178.IS1106 #35519 Samantha Smith The Peacemaker
124 2019-01-31 474.1S1013 #45561 Flagpole Sitters Up in the Air
125 2019-02-05 445.2T0413 #29342 Extremely Overdue Library Books (LIVE SF Sketchfest 2019) Checked Out
126 2019-02-07 753.JE1022 #26394 Yngwie Malmsteen (LIVE SF Sketchfest 2019) Heavy Metal
127 2019-02-12 138.JE1316 #7505 The Bodies of Mount Everest They Died with Their Boots On
128 2019-02-14 238.RV1214 #39584 Jacquelin Cochran View From The Top
129 2019-02-19 490.2S1519 #36749 The Foreign Legion The Revenge Of The Musketeers
130 2019-02-21 500.AM0812 #14946 Freighthopping Strangers on a train
131 2019-02-26 596.EX2208 #23421 Honest Dick The Getaway
132 2019-02-28 787.MK0616 #21086 Mike the Headless Chicken The Ghost and Mr. Chicken
133 2019-03-05 524.JB3709 #41220 Geomagnetic Reversal The Polar Express
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 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)

"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

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

Play the Omnibus Bingo

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

The show is edited by their friend Chandler Mays who is only allowed to take out the many bloopers and helicopter sounds.

Executive producer: Chuck Bryant.

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.

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

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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