Unpops is a Los Angeles-based comedy podcast network. We currently feature more than 15 different shows and release at least ten episodes each week. The network began as a single podcast hosted by comic Adam Tod Brown.
Does that name sound offensive to you? That’s because it totally is, no matter what the founders claimed to the contrary. This used to be a national chain, but only one location remains today, in liberal California.
So, business isn’t exactly thriving, but still. It’s insane that you can still eat at a Sambo’s in 2019 at all.
Do people in the United States even realize this was an actual place a person could go to eat food? It’s most notable in this country for being a plot line in a Seinfeld episode. But you haven’t experience sides until you’ve sampled the variety of sides available at a Kenny’s. Here’s hoping they make a comeback in this country someday. Asia probably doesn’t even realize how good they have it right now.
What do you do when your food makes a bunch of people sick and a kills a few more, just weeks after you filed for bankruptcy? Easy! You move your operations to Europe and act like none of it ever happened!
I’m always surprised when I see these at those crazy candy outlets with all the plastic bins. They’re banned in a bunch of countries, but not in the United States, because fuck these kids. How are we gonna get them into vaping without candy cigarettes?
Way back when they were first introduced we were already asking if they were maybe a bad idea, with the thinking being that candy cigarettes desensitize kids to real cigarettes and make them more likely to smoke in the future.
Studies have shown that’s true!
They were banned in North Dakota from 1953-1967, which is mind-blowing mostly because that detail implies there was an active and aggressive candy cigarette lobby working feverishly on this issue that entire time.
Did you listen to this week’s Conspiracy! The Show yet? If so, you’re probably here for pictures of the Challenger crew and their modern day doppelgangers. We have that!
If you have no idea what we’re talking about, you should head over to Patreon to give it a listen. It’s the only place to hear new episodes!
In the name of providing a little background, in 2015, a conspiracy theory started making the rounds that claimed the crew of the Space Shuttle Challenger is still alive and that disaster was just a cover for some other, unnamed government mission. Here’s a video about it.
The 1986 Challenger Crew Conspiracy Theory - YouTube
Sounds crazy, for sure. But you haven’t seen the pictures yet.
Okay, but why wouldn’t any of these people change their names? Well, in the case of Michael Smith, do you really need to? What are you gonna do, Google the name Michael Smith? Try it right now! It’s pretty easy to hide in plain sight with a name like that.
Ronald McNair, Mission Specialist
L-R: Carl McNair, Ronald McNair
A fun moment in this episode is when Andy Sell argues that he doesn’t see the similarity between these two. Why is that funny? Because the official explanation in this case is that Carl McNair is Ronald McNair’s real-life twin brother.
Ellison Onizuka, Mission Specialist
L-R: Claude Onizuka, Ellison Onizuka
Same deal here. The explanation is that Ellison has a real-life twin brother named Claude. No doppelgangers here, folks!
Christa McAuliffe, Mission Specialist
L-R: Christa McAuliffe, Sharon McAuliffe
These two don’t look alike at all. There’s also no modern day twin for payload specialist Greg Jarvis. How does the conspiracy community explain this plot hole? They were the two expendable crew members who really did die on the space shuttle, of course.
Judith Resnik, Mission Specialist
L-R: Judith Resnik, Judith Resnik
In this website’s humble opinion, this is the most interesting example, not just because of the facial similarities.
There’s also some weird background information that conspiracy theorists point to when making the case that these two Resniks are one in the same. Also they’re totally the same person.
Why isn’t it a bigger part of the story that Jussie Smollett’s people told TMZ the attackers yelled “this is MAGA country” during the attack on him? This seems to highlight that the rest of the media is handling this story in a kind of shady way.
Hate Crimes Rose In 2018 In the US and they Were All Right-Wing Related
Last year marked the most killings by far-right attackers since 1995, with 42 of 50 murders carried out with firearms, and the murders were overwhelmingly linked to right wing extremists. Every perpetrator had ties to at least one right wing extremist movement, with the only sort-of exception being a white supremacist who claimed to have converted to Islamist extremism right before stabbing a bunch of people at a sleepover. So this isn’t alarming!
And All This While Americans Are Unlearning About Slavery and the Holocaust
The above links are surveys about Americans’ knowledge of slavery by the Southern Poverty Law Center and their knowledge of the holocaust by the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany. The most startling number from the holocaust survey is that 41% of Americans don’t know what Auschwitz was. It also says 58% of Americans think something like the holocaust could happen here. The slavery survey was done with American high schoolers, and only 8% of high school students knew the civil war was fought over slavery.
Hey bookworms! You’re presumably here for links to the articles discussed on this week’s episode of Conspiracy! The Show with Adam Tod Brown and Connor McSpadden.
Well, good news! You’ve come to the right place! Unless you’ve come to the wrong place somehow, in which case you should probably listen to the episode first on iTunes, Spotify, Soundcloud, Google, Stitcher, Megaphone, and all the other podcast places.
And hey! Read along as you go by checking out these links!
Not a whole lot going on in the name of links this week! Just a Wikipedia page that has the details on the book series that spawned this conspiracy and a link to a weirdly-named dawn of the internet era website that goes into A LOT of detail about both The Philadelphia Experiment and The Montauk Project.
Oh! Hey! Hello! If you’re here that means you’re looking for links to the stories we talk about on this week’s episode of Unpopular Opinion with Adam Tod Brown, Alex Schmidt, Tom Reimann, and Randall Maynard.
Well, good news, those links are coming right up. If you want to listen along to the podcast while you read you can do that on iTunes, Spotify, Google, Soundcloud, Stitcher, Megaphone, and any number of other podcast locations. Here goes!
Charles Manson believed the “White Album” (not its real name) was a message from the Beatles heralding the start of a race war. We use the word “heralding” there because Manson also thought the Beatles were angels. He’s half right these days if nothing else!
Because of the video, people think this is a song about a kid who shoots up his class. It’s actually about a kid who shot himself in front of his class. Too bad it took a lot of years for that message to reach people.
Looking for links to the articles we discussed on this week’s What In The World episode about the crisis in Venezuela? Of course you are, there’s absolutely no other reason for you to be on this page right now.
Unless you were just searching around at random and landed on this page and now you’re wondering what all this talk of podcasts is about. In that case, check out the latest episode of What In The World with Adam Tod Brown and Quincy Johnson II on iTunes, Spotify, Google, Soundcloud, Stitcher, and all the other more obscure podcast places.
The Brujas open heavy with discussing living lives you haven’t planned for, a lack of stability and passion vs career. They delve into the rise of Congresswoman Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez and grassroots campaigns. Vanessa has a penchant for a very certain kind of lady, Anna gets an interesting text from her man and Cindy shares a fun story about internet fetishists.
Hello! Welcome to the official home of source links for the most recent episode of the Unpopular Opinion podcast! You know, the one about terrifying news we overlooked in 2018. Your guests are Francesca Fiorentini, Matt Lieb, and Anna Valenzuela.
If you’re wanting to listen to that episode again while you read, we’d certainly encourage that. Do so right damn here.
And now here come those links!
The FBI Has Been Using The Best Buy Geek Squad As Paid Informants For Years (via eff.org)
Mostly just to catch pedophiles though, so it’s fine! For now!
Humans Have Wiped Out 85 Percent of Mammal Life On Earth (via CBS)
Surprising? Nope, not really.
The US Lowkey Backed A Coup Attempt In Venezuela (via Bloomberg)
Can you believe we intervened in the affairs of Latin American government? Of course you can! But can you believe we’ve been trying to keep it a secret this whole time? Since when are we shy about foiling socialism?
That Weird Solar Observatory Evacuation Was Over Child Porn (via USAToday)
Of course, of course.
A Michigan State University Economist and a Bunch of Grad Students Uncovered $21 Trillion In Unauthorized Government Defense Spending (via MSU Today)
You’re hearing a lot about that missing $21 trillion dollars right now. You should’ve been hearing about it all year long, because this has been a thing we knew about since December of last year.
MIT Researchers Built A Computer That Transcribes The Words You Say In Your Head (via MIT)
Don’t buy this. It’s one step closer to us all having implants in our brain stems.
Hey, bookworms! If you’re here you’re probably looking for links from this week’s episode of Good Luck, America. It’s about Donald Trump and South Africa. Specifically, how his feelings about the situation in that country reflect those of white nationalists all around the globe. Imagine that!
If you want to listen to the episode again while you do some reading, feel free to do exactly that damn thing right here.
Now here come those links!
The Tucker Carlson Segment That Started It All
South Africa begins seizing land from white farmers - YouTube
Like most of Trump’s worst ideas, this all started with a segment on Fox News.
His response, of course, happened on Twitter.
I have asked Secretary of State @SecPompeo to closely study the South Africa land and farm seizures and expropriations and the large scale killing of farmers. “South African Government is now seizing land from white farmers.” @TuckerCarlson@FoxNews