Offbites: Selfie-taking rats, 'Lake Barbie,' and swearing parrots
Lauren and Chris welcome Kieran back to the podcast this week! They discuss rats taking selfies, a Hawaii lake's Oscar protest, and parrots that parents with young children might want to avoid.
Why Leap Day is the most 'offbeat' day of the year
Almost every four years, an extra day scoots into calendars: Feb. 29, or Leap Day. It’s coming up this Thursday. Many people know that the shortest month of the year gets a little longer on occasion because the solar year doesn’t quite line up with our calendar. Still, the podcast team had some que…
Applebee's breaks the internet: Are chain restaurants back from the dead?
For years, millennials have been accused of killing chain restaurants. Now, it looks like they might be bringing them back. This week, the “Something Offbeat” podcast takes a look at Applebee’s internet-breaking” date night pass – offering 52 meals for just $200 – and how it fits in to the chain r…
Offbites: Romance scams and plane fights
On this week's Offbites, Lauren and Chris wonder how scammers have convinced people to send them billions of dollars, discuss why the sound of airplanes overhead comforts them, and how to avoid getting into a barfight on an airplane.
Will beer disappear? What Americans are drinking instead
Americans are drinking less beer than they have in nearly a quarter century. According to a report by Beer Marketer’s Insights, beer shipments fell below 200 million barrels in 2023 for the first time since 1999. NBC News reports the drop in beer sales is due in part to consumers shifting to other …
Offbites' Valentine's Day gift guide: Breakup pizzas and zoo poo
On this week's Offbites, Chris and Lauren get into whether or not they're afraid of shark attacks, a diet consisting strictly of baby food, and companies offering unique Valentine's Day gifts.
Offbites: Will aliens invade the Super Bowl and force a tie?
This week's Offbites are dedicated to Super LVIII! Chris and Lauren discuss performer safety during the halftime show, the most outrageous Super Bowl prop bets, why they're not into the commercials anymore, and of course, whether the Taylor Swift and Travis Kelce relationship is real.
Get your head out of your apps: 'Punny' highway signs could soon disappear
The Federal Highway Administration announced new guidelines for Changeable Message Signs a few weeks ago. Those are the message boards on the side of the highway that display things like, "Visiting in-laws? Slow down, get there late." The new guidelines strongly discourage states’ departments of tr…
Offbites: Swimming naked in a sporting goods store
Something Offbeat minisodes have a new name! We're calling them "Offbites." This week, Chris and Lauren discuss the hit that shattered Patrick Mahomes' helmet, a walking stick that almost sold for $700 on eBay, and the man who took his clothes off and went swimming at an Alabama sporting goods stor…
Horse escapes on a plane: How large animals travel at 40,000 feet
Last fall, a horse escaped from its still on a flight from New York to Belgium shortly after takeoff, forcing the carrier to turn around and head back to its point of origin. To discuss what it takes to transport large animals, host Mike Rogers is joined by Lyndee du Toit, the CEO of the Johannesbu…