Look It Up



If you've ever wondered whether animals could be ambidextrous, or what happens when you put a gun in a refrigerator, or what Presidents of the United States do after their terms end, this podcast will relieve you of the effort of having to look it up yourself. Look It Up is a podcast for the indiscriminately curious. Establish contact by email at [email protected].


  • 14: bean pools, international dairy, Soviet Union trumpet solos

    21/05/2020 Duração: 33min

    Timestamps: 00:55 - Filling a swimming pool with beans 06:16 - International dairy classification guide  13:20 - Shorts: how much is in a ton of money, when can you resume wearing white if you stop on Labor Day 14:15 - Trumpet solos in Soviet movie-musicals 31:30 - Outro: Ivan Vasilievich   Sources:  Alyans - Na Zare (80s Soviet synthpop) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H6wl-EyhXl0   Bean pools -  http://www.poolwizard.net/metric-pool-volume/ https://fina.org/sites/default/files/finafacilities_rules.pdf https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tooting_Bec_Lido   Shorts -  https://www.usmint.gov/learn/coin-and-medal-programs/coin-specifications https://www.hks.harvard.edu/sites/default/files/centers/mrcbg/files/Eliminating%2BHDNfinalXYZ.pdf   Trumpet solos -  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZYddUl-GItk  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VEXDFaTFKsg  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GZzG1XbDH_Q https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XqJI09R-4ZQ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FO6FMIrLaSs https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p3WUiJziS

  • 13: Microwaving clothes, ants and mountains, meringue safety

    11/10/2017 Duração: 11min

    Look It Up is a podcast for the curious. On this episode: can you microwave clothes to dry them? Are humans to ants as mountains are to humans? And a brief discussion on meringue safety.    Sources: bit.ly/microclothes, bit.ly/duckmolt, bit.ly/meringues1, bit.ly/meringues2. Outro: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EqJQUYQphZM   

  • 12: Fallow fields, Amtrak, otters

    22/09/2017 Duração: 13min

    Look It Up is a podcast for the curious. On today's episode: are farmers given enough incentive to leave fields fallow? How does Amtrak stay in business? And otters.      Sources:  Farming subsidies (Grist): bit.ly/farmingsubsidie. USDA Conservation Reserve Program (AgWeb): bit.ly/crpsubsidies. Average expected crop yields: bit.ly/potatopounds. History of Amtrak subsidies: bit.ly/amtraksubsidies. Amtrak budget starting 2015: bit.ly/amtrakbudget15. Supplementary amtrak data (Federal Railroad Administration): bit.ly/amtrakfra. Baking yeasts: bit.ly/activedryyeast. Otters (Aquarium of the Bay): bit.ly/liuotters.

  • 11: Voronoi school districts, rhubarb pie, blankets

    06/01/2017 Duração: 11min

    On this week's episode: do school district boundaries follow the lines suggested by a Voronoi diagram? What are the origins of the Prairie Home Companion song about rhubarb pie? Are some types of blankets warmer than others?   0:42 - Voronoi school districts 3:09 - Rhubarb pie 7:06 - Shorts 7:40 - Blankets 9:33 - Sources 10:05 - Lev Theremin playing the theremin   Sources: supplementary images for "Voronoi school districts," bit.ly/liuschools1. School district boundaries, bit.ly/liuschools2. Prairie Home Companion, prairiehome.org. A book about Lawrence Tibbett, bit.ly/liulawrence.

  • 10: Hammock heat loss, dangerous transport, weekday etymologies

    13/09/2016 Duração: 09min

    Look It Up is a podcast for the indiscriminately curious. On this week's episode: why do I get so cold in a hammock? Which type of transport is safest per mile traveled? Where did the names for the days of the week come from?   Sources: transportation statistics from the NTSB and IIHS, bit.ly/liutransport1, bit.ly/liutransport2, and bit.ly/liutransport3. Weekday etymologies on Wikipedia, bit.ly/liuweekdays.

  • 9: Lunar gymnastics, data scraping, forfeitures

    31/08/2016 Duração: 11min

    Look It Up is a podcast for the indiscriminately curious. On this episode:  0:43 - What would gymnastics look like in low gravity?  4:19 - What is data scaping? 5:52 - Shorts: does the third-party doctrine apply to iMessage? What happens if you drive over a road flare? 6:48 - Forfeitures, a segment about the weird stuff the US Government seizes 9:09 - Sources. NASA video about movement in space suits, bit.ly/liugravity. Scientific American article on lunar Olympic gymnastics, bit.ly/liugymnastics. SLU Law Journal article about iMessage and the third-party doctrine, bit.ly/liudoctrine. US Government forfeiture website, www.forfeiture.gov. Today's episode featured a clip from Philippe Beer Gabel's "Cats in my mind" and "Mystical Picnic" by Nutmeg, all from the Free Music Archive, freemusicarchive.org Keep in touch on twitter (@liupodcast), or email [email protected].

  • 8: Closed cities, safest states, rebar

    16/08/2016 Duração: 11min

    On this week's episode: what are closed cities? Is there anywhere in the US that's safe from natural disasters? What is rebar for and how is it made?     Contact the podcast at [email protected] or on twitter at @liupodcast.

  • 7: Perfect pitch, divisibility rules, forfeitures

    26/07/2016 Duração: 09min

    This week: what tone languages have to do with perfect pitch, how to tell if a number is divisible by 13 (or 17, 19, etc.), and the return of Forfeitures.

  • 6: Fumigation tents, sternal fractures, patents.

    15/07/2016 Duração: 10min

    This week: why fumigation tents look like circus tents, how easy it is to break your sternum, and how to apply for a patent in the United States. 

  • 5: Grain silos, etymologies, license plates

    14/06/2016 Duração: 11min

    This week: a history of grain silos, etymologies, and what'll happen when California runs out of license plate combinations. Also on this episode, shorts and a list of cool stuff seized by United States Customs and Border Protection officers.    Sources: grain silos at bit.ly/liugrains and bit.ly/grains2; license plate article at bit.ly/liuplates; forfeiture lists at forfeiture.gov.    Contact [email protected] with any questions or comments! 

  • 4: 1500s Marches, Foreign Keyboards, Historic Pronunciation

    09/01/2016 Duração: 10min

    On this episode of Look It Up: were there marches in the 1500s? How do you type on a Japanese or Chinese keyboard? Is there a correlation between geographic location or political party and whether you say "an -" or "a historic?" This, and more. Check it out.  Links: bit.ly/anhistoricspreadsheet: the data and results for an v. a historic bit.ly/liu1500march: the YouTube video of the march we listened to  Look us up on twitter @lookituppod, or email [email protected]

  • 3: Post-Presidential jobs, heroin highway, unfinished house tax laws

    06/10/2015 Duração: 11min

    On this week's episode of Look It Up: what kinds of jobs do former Presidents of the United States have? What and where is the heroin highway? Can I leave a house unfinished and not pay property taxes on it?  This, and more. Check it out.  Links: bit.ly/liuhistoric: "an historic" v. "a historic" surveybit.ly/liupresjobsabc: ABC news article about post-presidential lifebit.ly/liupresjobschart: chart of former US Presidents' occupationsbit.ly/liuillsurvey: Illinois Youth Surveybit.ly/liutaxesallegheny: Allegheny County tax abatement codesbit.ly/liuconstructiontx: Texas construction definitionsbit.ly/liuconstructionca: California construction definitionsbit.ly/liuconstructionwa: Washington State construction definitions.  Look us up on twitter @lookituppod, or email [email protected]

  • 2: Refrigerated Guns, Pronunciation Surveys, Equity Politicians

    22/09/2015 Duração: 11min

    This week's episode of Look It Up deals with whether or not it's safe to refrigerate guns, a survey looking to see whether Republicans say "an historic" disproportionately more than Democrats, and what would happen if Equity name rules applied to politicians.  Links: bit.ly/liusenturia: gun study bit.ly/liukennedy: Huffington Post article about Kennedybit.ly/liuhistoric: "an historic" v. "a historic" survey Look us up on twitter @lookituppod, or email [email protected].   

  • 1: World's Fairs, Generational Furniture, Ambidextrous Animals

    03/09/2015 Duração: 13min

    This week on Look It Up: World's Fairs and how they're surprisingly still a thing, how different generations make furniture-purchasing decisions, and whether or not animals can be ambidextrous.  Look us up on twitter @lookituppod, or email [email protected].