11 Highly Specific Podcasts


I'm a podcast pusher. I can't imagine my commute without them, and if I care about you, I can't imagine your commute without them either. I'm loyal to some major brands in the audio entertainment world, but even if you're not a fan of sports or popular culture, there's probably a podcast out there that's right up your alley.

1. The Pen Addict: Brad Dowdy and Myke Hurley can spend upwards of an hour talking about the humble writing device. And, if you really want, you can spend as much time listening to them.

2. Anderson Pen Podcast: That's right, there are two separate podcasts dedicated entirely to pens.

3. Erasable: Maybe good, old-fashioned pencils are your writing implement of choice. There's a podcast for that, too.

4. Knitting Pretty Podcast: This is far from the only knitting podcast out there, but it's one of the few I came across with a "parental advisory" for explicit content, if that's your style.

5. Katie's Quilting Corner: In the category of lesser represented textile hobbies.

6. My Little Pony Talk: They're already up to 204 episodes on the subject.

7. How Rude! The Full House Podcast: There are plenty of places to go if you want to read or listen to recaps of current shows, but personally I think there should be more pods dedicated to sitcoms of the '90s.

8. Founding Fathers Stories: Fun facts and quirky stories about your George, Ben and the rest of the Founding Fathers. Also possible fodder for future mental_floss stories...

9. Geneology Girl Talks: Tips and tricks for unraveling your family history.

10. Getting Felt Up — A Puppetry Podcast: Points for puns. Points for puppets.

11. Star Wars Minute: A podcast where they talk about Star Wars—one minute at a time.

From Snoopy to Shark Bait: The Top Slang Word in Each State

There’s a minute, and then there’s a hot minute. Defined as “a longish amount of time,” this unit of time is familiar to Alabamians but may stir up confusion beyond the state’s borders.

It’s Louisianans, though, who feel the “most misunderstood,” according to the results of a survey regarding regional slang by PlayNJ. Of the Louisiana residents surveyed, 72 percent said their fellow Americans from other states—even neighboring ones—have a hard time grasping their lingo. Some learned the hard way that ordering a burger “dressed” (with lettuce, tomato, pickles, and mayo) isn’t universally understood, nor is the phrase “to pass a good time” (instead of “to have” a good time).

After surveying 2000 people (with proportional numbers from each state), PlayNJ created a map showing the top slang word in each state. Many are words that are unlikely to be understood beyond state lines, but others—like California’s bomb (something you really like) and New York’s deadass (to be completely serious)—have spread well beyond their respective borders thanks to memes and internet culture.

Hawaiians are also known for their distinctive slang words, with 71 percent reporting that words like shaka (hello) and poho (waste of time) are frequently misunderstood. Shark bait, one of the state’s more colorful terms, refers to tourists who are so pale that they attract sharks.

Check out the full list below and test your knowledge of regional slang words with PlayNJ’s online quiz.

A chart showing the top slang words in each state
20 States With the Highest Rates of Skin Cancer

They don’t call it the Sunshine State for nothing. Floridians get to soak up the sun year-round, but that exposure to harmful UV rays also comes with consequences. Prevention magazine reported that Florida has the highest rate of skin cancer in the U.S., according to a survey by Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS).

BCBS surveyed 9 million of its insured members who had been diagnosed with skin cancer between 2014 and 2016 and found that Florida had the highest rate of skin cancer at 7.1 percent. People living in eastern states tend to be more prone to skin cancer, and diagnoses are more common among women.

Here are the 20 states with the highest rates of skin cancer:

1. Florida: 7.1 percent
2. Washington, D.C.: 5.8 percent
3. Connecticut: 5.6 percent
4. Maryland: 5.3 percent
5. Rhode Island: 5.3 percent
6. Vermont: 5.3 percent
7. North Carolina: 5.2 percent
8. New York: 5 percent
9. Massachusetts: 5 percent
10. Colorado: 5 percent
11. Arizona: 5 percent
12. Virginia: 5 percent
13. Delaware: 4.8 percent
14. Kentucky: 4.7 percent
15. Alabama: 4.7 percent
16. New Jersey: 4.7 percent
17. Georgia: 4.7 percent
18. West Virginia: 4.5 percent
19. Tennessee: 4.5 percent
20. South Carolina: 4.4 percent

It may come as a surprise that sunny California doesn’t make the top 20, and Hawaii is the state with the lowest rate of skin cancer at 1.8 percent. Prevention magazine explains that this could be due to the large population of senior citizens in Florida and the fact that the risk of melanoma, a rare but deadly type of skin cancer, increases with age. People living in regions with higher altitudes also face a greater risk of skin cancer due to the thinner atmosphere and greater exposure to UV radiation, which explains why Colorado is in the top 10.

The good news is that the technology used to detect skin cancer is improving, and researchers hope that AI can soon be incorporated into more skin cancer screenings. To reduce your risk, be sure to wear SPF 30+ sunscreen when you know you’ll be spending time outside, and don’t forget to reapply it every two hours. 

[h/t Prevention]


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