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Written byZenith Phaal

I don’t often listen to podcasts, but when I do… it’s these two.

I’m excited to introduce you to this week’s writer’s picks, two amazingly British podcasts, created by real British people. It’s content you’ve likely (I hope) never heard of, perfect for when you’re stuck doing mundane tasks when you’re taking a long bus/train ride somewhere or while you’re tryna kill a bit of time before the power comes back on.

I’m not a huge fan of podcasts but these two have proven themselves to be consistently entertaining.

1. No Such Thing as a Fish

They are a group of co-workers whose job is to research facts for QI (Quite Interesting), a BBC game show (which I’ve never watched), so they share the most interesting, titillating facts they’ve found every week. It’s not as if they are some randos googling “top fun facts” and then letting the conversation devolve into politics, they’re knowledgeable people who are so good at finding interesting info that that’s what they’re paid to do. I love this podcast because it’s the perfect balance between educational and comedic. I’m always jolted back to reality when I hear something like, “Mr Tickle was arrested for tipping an ice cream van over with a samurai sword while high on cocaine”. That’s the kind of info you can hope to hear. I don’t believe it really matters where you start, just find a title you like and click play.

2. Beef and Dairy Network Podcast

By far one of my favourite bits of media available on the internet. When I heard the intro, “The number 1 podcast for those involved, or just interested, in the production of beef animals and dairy herds” I knew I was in for a ride. I know what you’re thinking… but I promise you if you give it a chance you’ll be rewarded. This is a one-of-a-kind show, it has no competitors and I doubt it ever will. People always question my sanity when I show them this podcast, but they always end up coming around, and so will you. I wish I could say more, but I believe this is one of those shows it’s best to start at the beginning, going in blind, with no expectations. You will come out a changed human being. If the Beef and Fairy Network Podcast doesn’t change you in some way then there’s probably already something wrong with you.

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