About Charles W. Bryant

Charles W. (Chuck) Bryant co-hosts the “Stuff You Should Know” podcast along with his trusty sidekick, Josh Clark. He was born in Atlanta in the early 1970s under the sign of Pisces. Twenty-four years later, he earned an English degree at the University of Georgia. He spent the next decade traveling, pursuing creative endeavors and getting street smart. He and his wife-to-be moved back to Atlanta in 2004, with four pets in tow. He hooked up with HowStuffWorks.com shortly after co-host Josh was hired, and the pair bonded immediately over their love of Hunter S. Thompson, the fight-or-flight response and dive bars. In his off-time, Chuck enjoys hanging out with his wife, cooking and playing in his old-man band. He loves his neti pot and hates cold bathroom floors. You can find Chuck on Twitter at @SYSKPodcast and on Facebook at the official Stuff You Should Know page.

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I like posting these kinds of stories because folks usually get worked up in one direction or another on any kind of UFO talk. This one is pretty neat too, because it hints at one of my all time favorite movies, The Abyss. In that movie, writer/director James Cameron explores the notion that extra-terrestrials are actually found under the sea and not in outer space. Cool stuff.

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Pretty awesome news here for films fans. Researchers have uncovered a missing film from directing legend Alfred Hitchcock — in New Zealand of all places. The name of the movie is “The White Shadow” which should not be confused with the 1970s basketball TV show of the same name. This one is about twin sisters, one angelic and one that “has no soul.”

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Cool article here from Popular Science, a great site if you haven’t checked it out. A “friend” of the Web site decided to separate scotch whiskey into it’s different components so he could taste the individual notes. Pretty cool if you ask me, but how would you do such a thing you ask? They cranked up an evaporator that “uses a process of vacuum distillation at room temperature to separate liquids based on their relative volatility.”

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This one has been in the news for a couple of years, but it’s news to me and it’s really cool. I stumbled across this story this morning via dayriffer.com – an article on motherjones.com details the life and work of a previously unknown photographer named Vivian Maier. She was an amateur photographer and professional nanny who lived in New York and France, but her work largely centers around Chicago in the 1950s and 60s. I’m a bit of a shutterbug myself. I love black and white, portraits/street life, and medium format (square) prints, so Vivian Maier is my new favorite photographer. Her eye and framing is amazing and her use of natural light and shadow is pretty breathtaking at times. But that’s not what makes this story so interesting…

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Hey there, folks. A good friend of mine who lives in Tokyo recently sent me an email about Quakebook — something I hadn’t heard of previously. Turns out it’s a really awesome project that has broken the publishing mold in many ways and helped raised money for the Red Cross at the same time. If you haven’t heard about it, here’s the skinny…

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Sad news out of England today. It seems a human cannonball act in Detling suffered a mishap and a safety net was not “engaged” as it should have been. Although the original article at CNN.com forces us to read between the lines, this likely means that the daredevil was shot out into the air with nothing there to catch him. They failed to identify the young man who passed away at the Scott May’s Daredevil Stunt Show at the Kent County Showground.

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News here out of the science world — apparently the date of the Last Supper, the final meal Jesus took with his disciples before he was crucified, is wrong. Professor Colin Humphreys, a scientist at the University of Cambridge, claims that the actual date was the Wednesday before the crucifixion took place, not the Thursday before. Turns out that the four Gospels – Matthew, Mark, Luke and John have never been on the same page in the Bible about the date.

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Hey there, folks. Recently we did a live podcast at the SXSW Interactive Festival in lovely Austin, Texas. it was our first live gig so we decided to do something that most people probably find pretty fascinating — UFOs. I made a remark that I believed that there is intelligent life somewhere else aside from planet Earth. Since then I’ve gotten a lot of guff in email and on the Facebook page from skeptics. They all generally send the same quotes from the same people with the familiar refrain that the burden of proof is on me, the believer.

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Hello, friends. Chuck here with a little podcast goodness recap. This week on the Stuff You Should Know podcast program we discussed a couple of pretty interesting topics, and neither fits a category that we’ve ever really hit before — cooking and movies. We certainly reference movies a lot, but we’ve never dedicated a show to them. I digress.

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I can’t remember the podcast where we referenced it, but at some point Josh and I got into a brief sidebar about dying languages. I believe it was in reference to a pair of researchers that were traveling the globe in an effort to record languages that are on the endangered list — a very worthwhile effort if you ask me. Well file this bit of news under sad and ironic…

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