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 2017-12-14 1024.GN2917 #24193 The Rachel
7 2017-12-19 1291.EP0318 #28910 The Tesseract
8 2017-12-21 1414.PS6301 #33935 Water Wars
9 2017-12-26 511.PS6928 #6442 Gadsby
10 2017-12-28 835.1C1311 #31932 Newton's Cradle
2018
11 2018-01-01 1122.EC0105 #12248 Secret Order of the Double Sunrise
12 2018-01-04 315.EZ3328 #11458 The Darién Gap
13 2018-01-09 577.PR1413 #42615 Heil Honey I'm Home
14 2018-01-11 805.GN1032 #18088 Monrovia, Moravia, Moldova, Moldavia
15 2018-01-17 692.JU0113 #31644 Kohoutek
16 2018-01-18 1134.LV2024 #13568 The Sentinelese
17 2018-01-23 901.JS1002 #507 Paris Syndrome
18 2018-01-25 786.ZC0508 #25185 Thomas Midgley
19 2018-01-30 817.PR0716 #37891 Mummy Brown
20 2018-02-01 820.JE5022 #27008 Mutual Assured Destruction
21 2018-02-06 319.MK1610 #34312 Death Discs
22 2018-02-08 571.1C1104 #25200 Hat Etiquette
23 2018-02-13 112.HE0616 #37863 The Bellamy Salute
24 2018-02-15 866.MT2230 #34322 Oneida
25 2018-02-20 772.JB4015 #30148 Megafauna
26 2018-02-22 091.EP0427 #47448 Backmasking
27 2018-02-27 733.2K0934 #34884 London Bridge is down
28 2018-03-01 1458.NA0104 #31078 The Zuider Zee
29 2018-03-06 840.PR0415 #29250 The Noid
30 2018-03-08 284.MT2309 #29423 Father Coughlin
31 2018-03-13 1087.EZ1613 #25284 Rubber Barons
32 2018-03-15 1213.JB0926 #39390 S.S. United States
33 2018-03-20 050.PS3420 #36073 Mary Anning
34 2018-03-22 789.JB2704 #35145 Milli Vanilli
35 2018-03-27 1351.PS13704 #40632 Tuvan Throat Singers (LIVE SF Sketchfest 2018)
36 2018-03-29 697.GN0710 #17528 Lake Missoula (LIVE SF Sketchfest 2018)
37 2018-04-03 559.PR2006 #24139 Hachiko
38 2018-04-05 176.1S1007 #28337 Call Signs
39 2018-04-10 1387.DE0228 #16697 Vending Machines
40 2018-04-12 178.RV2013 #27174 Canadian Floating Feet
41 2018-04-17 047.PS9111 #21873 The Angels of Mons
42 2018-04-19 611.GE3703 #26275 Hypercolor
43 2018-04-24 126.EZ2010 #50204 Bir Tawil
44 2018-04-26 210.NU2653 #6798 Checkerboarding
45 2018-05-01 1411.HE1212 #46102 The Washington Generals
46 2018-05-03 091.EZ2220 #30148 Backyard Blast Furnaces
47 2018-05-08 688.LK1734 #39087 William Rufus King
48 2018-05-10 1354.IS2915 #27765 Tylenol Murders
49 2018-05-15 806.JB2136 #18042 The Moon Illusion
50 2018-05-17 1195.SS0713 #31327 Spanish Fly
51 2018-05-22 726.2C0113 #24875 Gordin Lish
52 2018-05-24 967.AC1940 #32844 The Port Chicago Disaster
53 2018-05-29 385.PR1513 #42013 Duchenne Smiles
54 2018-05-31 981.DE2211 #31310 The Preppy Handbook
55 2018-06-05 1227.PR2027 #42453 The St. Martin Fistula
56 2018-06-07 162.EC0911 #24968 The Bugatti Chiron
57 2018-06.12 264.LK1255 #17145 The Conqueror
58 2018-06-14 988.1C1423 #35645 Prisencolinensinainciusol
59 2018-06-19 148.LV2519 #29158 The Boysenberry
60 2018-06-21 122.JB4024 #47159 Billy the Pygmy Hippo
61 2018-06-26 692.JE2907 #16823 The Koryo Saram
62 2018-06-28 1411.SS0604 #39950 War Rugs
63 2018-07-03 220.HB0202 #51449 Christian Science Reading Rooms
64 2018-07-05 1339.JE3023 #9101 The Tri-State Tornado
65 2018-07-10 1327.PS4303 #34096 The Transcontinental Airway System
66 2018-07-12 1411.LV2025 #29158 The Washing Bear
67 2018-07-17 1412.JM0503 #5888 Watch the K Foundation Burn a Million Quid
68 2018-07-19 1343.LK1428 #47967 The Truman Reconstruction
69 2018-07-24 1403.JU0113 #34914 The Voyager Golden Records
70 2018-07-26 1170.IS6008 #38095 Skyscraper Helipads
71 2018-07-31 548.IS6402 #10403 Greek Fire
72 2018-08-02 098.DE2510 #39409 The Barefoot Bandit
73 2018-08-07 318.PR2019 #29294 The D-Day Crosswords
74 2018-08-09 1078.MI0303 #7628 Michael Rockefeller
75 2018-08-14 390.LV1913 #27107 Ea-Nasir
76 2018-08-16 466.PS3302 #30784 The ’59 Les Paul Standard
77 2018-08-21 659.IS2916 #37104 Inversion Goggles
78 2018-08-23 115.PS8806 #50365 The Berkeley Pit
79 2018-08-28 1096.PS7719 #37796 The Saint Helena Submarine Plot
80 2018-08-30 045.RV2210 #33047 The Anarchist Cookbook
81 2018-09-04 395.2T0203 #11758 The Fourth Crusade
82 2018-09-06 159.PR0913 #31531 Anita Bryant
83 2018-09-11 587.LK0207 #44261 The Hilbert Hotel
84 2018-09-13 671.NU2655 #26085 State of Jefferson

"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.

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 has yet to be deciphered

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 does not tell many personal stories on this podcast that would be relevant for this Wiki. Expand section below to see them.

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