We All Think We’re Bad With Names, The Genius of Hobo Code, and How Attractive Do You Think You Are?

Learn about why everyone claims they’re awful at remembering names; how “hobo code” helped itinerant workers communicate in the 1900s; and whether you probably see yourself as more attractive than you really are.

We all think our memories are above average, except for remembering names by Steffi Drucker

If You Rode the Rails in the 1930s, Hobo Code is How You’d Know Where to Go by Reuben Westmaas

Does your brain perceive you as five times more attractive? by Ashley Hamer (Listener question from T.J.)

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