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Trees are Fake, Fortune-Telling Cheese, Sunscreen Secrets, Magical Misogyny | Weirdest Thing S7E24

In our live show from August of 2023, Rachel talks about magicians’ tricks and their hidden misogyny, Sara explains how trees aren’t real (and why we are all crabs), Claire details the history of sunscreen, and Jess dives into telling fortunes using cheese. The Weirdest Thing I Learned This Week is a podcast by Popular…

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In our live show from August of 2023, Rachel talks about magicians’ tricks and their hidden misogyny, Sara explains how trees aren’t real (and why we are all crabs), Claire details the history of sunscreen, and Jess dives into telling fortunes using cheese.

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