Betelgeuse! Betelgeuse! Betelgeuse! An Outer Space SUPERNOVA One of the brightest stars in the sky, Betelgeuse, has been getting dimmer and dimmer. Could this be a sign that the young star is about to explode? Join Mindy and Guy Raz as they travel light years into the future to see for themselves! It's the Who, What, When, Where, Why, How, and Wow in the world of a SUPERNOVA!

Betelgeuse! Betelgeuse! Betelgeuse! An Outer Space SUPERNOVA

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MINDY THOMAS, HOST:

Hey, Wowzers. Mindy here, and just in case you haven't heard, tickets for all of our upcoming spring live events are available. The WOW IN THE WORLD Pop Up Party Laboratory of Bad Ideas is coming to Philadelphia, Pa., or at least close to it. We're going to be in Glenside, Pa., at the Keswick Theatre on March 15 and featuring special guest Dennis.

UNIDENTIFIED ACTOR #1: (As Dennis) Yay, Dennis. Hooray.

THOMAS: Dennis will be at the show along with me and The Pop Ups. Guy Raz, The Pop Ups and I will be coming to Toronto, Canada, for the very first time, performing at the Elgin Theatre on April 18. We will also be in Boston, Mass., on May 17 at the Berklee Performance Center. And we will be announcing more shows for this summer coming up very, very soon. So be on the lookout for that. Grown-ups, for tickets to any of these upcoming shows, just visit tinkercast.com/events. That's tinkercast.com/events. That's it. Now let's get on with this brand-new episode of WOW IN THE WORLD.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "THE GOLDEN AGE (WOW IN THE WORLD PODCAST THEME SONG)")

UNIDENTIFIED PERSON #1: Stay seated. Three, two, one - ignition.

UNIDENTIFIED PERSON #2: Get ready for an adventure of magnificent proportion.

THE POP UPS: (Singing) I don't know what you've been told, but we're in a golden age - so many discoveries that are jumping off the page. Wow in the world. Wow in the world. Wow in the world. Wow in the world. Wow in the world. Wow in the world. Wow in the world. Wow in the world. Wow in the world.

UNIDENTIFIED PERSON #3: With Guy and Mindy.

UNIDENTIFIED PERSON #4: We're on our way, Houston.

THOMAS: OK, Reg. Here we go.

(SOUNDBITE OF PIGEON COOING)

THOMAS: A pinch of Pop Rocks...

(SOUNDBITE OF PIGEON COOING)

THOMAS: ...A sprinkle of sprinkles - you know what? I'll just throw in the whole thing.

(SOUNDBITE OF PIGEON COOING)

THOMAS: A couple of sticks of dynamite.

(SOUNDBITE OF PIGEON COOING)

THOMAS: Yes, of course I'm not sure this is a good idea, Reggie.

(SOUNDBITE OF PIGEON COOING)

THOMAS: You know what? Make it three.

(SOUNDBITE OF PIGEON COOING)

THOMAS: And now for the secret ingredient - a couple of gallons of the old burp water.

(SOUNDBITE OF PIGEON COOING)

THOMAS: And now we wait.

(SOUNDBITE OF RUMBLING)

THOMAS: That's not a good sound. Take cover.

(SOUNDBITE OF EXPLOSION)

THOMAS: OK, I think we're...

(SOUNDBITE OF GLASS BREAKING)

THOMAS: I think we're good.

(SOUNDBITE OF DOORBELL)

THOMAS: Coming. OK, Reg, take out the Pop Rocks and try adding in tart pops instead.

(SOUNDBITE OF DOORBELL)

GUY RAZ, HOST:

Mindy.

(SOUNDBITE OF KNOCKING)

THOMAS: Coming.

(SOUNDBITE OF DOOR OPENING)

THOMAS: Guy Razzie.

RAZ: Mindy, what is with all that noise? I thought we agreed - no exploding ants after 7 p.m.

THOMAS: Guy Raz, that wasn't exploding ants you heard. That was my latest taste sensation.

RAZ: Your latest taste sensation?

THOMAS: Yep, I'm trying to invent the world's craziest, most explodiest (ph), most popping candy.

RAZ: Right.

THOMAS: I've tried everything, Guy Raz - Pop Rocks, popcorn, Popsicles.

(SOUNDBITE OF PIGEON COOING)

THOMAS: Yeah, we even tried adding in some popcorn shrimp. And I think we finally got the recipe down.

RAZ: Mindy.

(SOUNDBITE OF CRASH)

THOMAS: Well, almost. But I still can't come up with a name for it.

RAZ: Well, maybe you just need a little inspiration.

THOMAS: Yeah, but it's already dark outside. Where am I going to find inspiration at this hour?

RAZ: Well, how about your backyard?

THOMAS: My backyard? What are you talking about, Guy Raz?

RAZ: Well, I was just reading the other day that one of the biggest explosions in the galaxy could be taking place right now.

THOMAS: In my backyard?

RAZ: Well, not exactly, Mindy. It's actually happening about 642 light-years away from your backyard.

THOMAS: OK. Can you tell me what in the wow you're talking about?

RAZ: Well, I could tell you. But I'd rather show you.

THOMAS: Hey, that's my line.

RAZ: Come on. Follow me.

THOMAS: OK, but hang on a second - got to grab my How I Built a Bear suit. It's freezing outside.

RAZ: Your how I built - what?

THOMAS: My How I Built a Bear suit - you know, that place in the mall where you can stuff a floppy bear.

RAZ: Oh. Yeah.

THOMAS: So I bought the biggest one they had, and I stuff it with myself.

RAZ: Oh, I see. You know, Mindy, they also sell coats at the mall.

THOMAS: Yeah, I know. But it's hard to find any coats that make me look like a giant teddy bear in a sailor suit.

(SOUNDBITE OF ZIPPER CLOSING)

THOMAS: What do you think?

RAZ: Uh (ph).

THOMAS: Eh (ph)?

RAZ: Uh-huh (ph).

(SOUNDBITE OF PIGEON COOING)

THOMAS: Thanks, Reg.

(SOUNDBITE OF PIGEON COOING)

RAZ: OK. Well, let's just go.

THOMAS: OK - walk, walk, walk, walk, walk, walk, walk.

(SOUNDBITE OF DOOR OPENING)

THOMAS: Guy Raz, it's freezing out here. Why are we doing this again?

RAZ: We're going stargazing.

THOMAS: Stargazing? I thought you said we're going explosion-gazing.

RAZ: Well, we are, Mindy.

THOMAS: So...

RAZ: Well, do you see those three stars all lined up right there in the night sky?

THOMAS: What? Oh, yeah. That's Orion's Belt, Guy Raz. It's all part of this larger constellation known as Orion.

RAZ: That's right. Now, just look a little bit northwest of Orion's Belt, up towards what would be Orion's left shoulder, and you're going to see another bright star with a bit of a reddish tinge on it. And that star is called Betelgeuse.

THOMAS: Guy Raz, be careful. You say that two more times and we can be in some serious trouble.

RAZ: But, Mindy, that's the name of the star. The star is called Betelgeuse.

THOMAS: Guy Raz, one more time and we're all going to...

RAZ: Betelgeuse.

THOMAS: Oh.

(SOUNDBITE OF CRICKETS CHIRPING)

THOMAS: OK, I guess we're fine.

RAZ: Anyway, as I was saying, that star...

THOMAS: You talking about Betelgeuse?

RAZ: Yeah. Betelgeuse is showing signs that it might be about to explode in a celestial event known as a supernova.

THOMAS: A supernova?

RAZ: Yeah. And if it does start popping, we'd be able to see it right here from your backyard.

THOMAS: Oh, so this is the big galactic explosion you were talking about before. The star Betelgeuse is going supernova?

RAZ: Yeah.

THOMAS: Well, I think we can do a little better than standing out here in my backyard with our necks craned up to the sky.

RAZ: What do you mean, Mindy?

THOMAS: I mean, I have a mostly functional Wow Machine in the garage with a fresh coat of butter. So I say we take this thing for a quick hop, skip and a 648 light-year jump over to Betelgeuse, see this thing up close and personal. What do you say, little buddy?

RAZ: Do I have much of a choice?

THOMAS: Of course you don't. Come on. Let's go to the garage. Walk, walk, walk, walk, walk, walk - and wait for it.

RAZ: I'm waiting.

THOMAS: Wait for it. Wait for it.

RAZ: Mindy.

THOMAS: Ta-da. Come on, Guy Raz. Follow me. Walk, walk, walk, walk, walk - be careful. There's still some butter on the ground, so it might be a little...

RAZ: Whoa.

(SOUNDBITE OF CRASH)

RAZ: Whoa.

(SOUNDBITE OF CRASH)

THOMAS: ...Slippery. Ooh, you OK, buddy? All right, now just scooch and slide your buns on over to the door of the Wow Machine there.

RAZ: OK. Ugh (ph).

THOMAS: There you go. Now, give me your hand, and I'll pull you up.

RAZ: Ugh (ph).

THOMAS: Hey, Reg.

(SOUNDBITE OF PIGEON COOING)

THOMAS: We're going explosion-gazing. Want to come?

(SOUNDBITE OF PIGEON COOING)

THOMAS: Perfect.

RAZ: What'd he say, Mindy?

THOMAS: He says yes. He hasn't been explosion-gazing since his Stentford (ph) days back in the '90s. He's going to love it.

(SOUNDBITE OF PIGEON COOING)

THOMAS: All right, let me just open the hatch here.

(SOUNDBITE OF HATCH CREAKING)

THOMAS: Wow Machine, sweet Wow Machine.

RAZ: Mindy, why is the ceiling leaking?

THOMAS: Oh, man. That's probably the hot tub I installed on the second floor of this thing. Hey, Reg.

(SOUNDBITE OF PIGEON COOING)

THOMAS: Do you mind putting a bucket under that thing?

(SOUNDBITE OF PIGEON COOING)

THOMAS: All right. Let me see here. Where are we going again?

RAZ: Just set a course for the constellation of Orion.

THOMAS: Got it. Orion - locked and loaded baked potato.

RAZ: Oh, and make sure you set the date for 700 years in the past, OK?

THOMAS: Because why?

RAZ: Well, because the light from Betelgeuse takes 700 years to get to Earth. So if we want to see Betelgeuse up close but in the same way that we see it back here on Earth...

THOMAS: Oh, so then we would have to also go back 700 years. Got it.

(SOUNDBITE OF BEEPING)

THOMAS: OK. Orion, 700 years ago - everyone ready?

RAZ: Oh, let me just strap in here with these - wait a minute. Are these my shoelaces?

THOMAS: No.

RAZ: Mindy.

THOMAS: And here we go.

(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)

THOMAS: And away we stop. Stop. Stop. Stop the thing. Stop it, Wow Machine. Hiya (ph).

(SOUNDBITE OF PIGEON COOING)

THOMAS: OK, Guy Raz, Reg, I think we're here. Let me just roll back the blinds so we can get a better look. Ah, bonkerballs (ph). These things are always getting jammed. Hang on a second. Hey, Reg.

(SOUNDBITE OF PIGEON COOING)

THOMAS: Can you pass me that squeegee?

(SOUNDBITE OF PIGEON COOING)

THOMAS: Thanks, buddy.

(SOUNDBITE OF SQUEAK)

THOMAS: Mmm (ph), strawberry.

RAZ: Huh (ph)?

THOMAS: What? The blinds were jammed - strawberry jammed.

RAZ: Ugh (ph).

THOMAS: OK, let me just...

RAZ: Ah, too bright. Too bright. Too bright.

THOMAS: OK, hang on. Hang on. Hang on. I think I've got some sunglasses around here somewhere.

RAZ: Quickly, Mindy. I can't see a thing.

THOMAS: Eye patch, no. Sleeping mask, no.

RAZ: Hey. Hey; is that my spider silk mask? I've been looking for that for months.

THOMAS: Here they are - my blackout sunglasses.

RAZ: Blackout sunglasses?

THOMAS: Yeah. I use them to help me sleep while I'm driving my motorpickle (ph).

RAZ: Huh (ph)?

THOMAS: Oh, wait. Here. You can use this sun shade thing.

RAZ: Thanks. Let me just see here.

(SOUNDBITE OF PIGEON COOING)

RAZ: Mindy, are these welder's goggles?

THOMAS: Yeah. Pretty cool, huh (ph)?

RAZ: Well, I guess they'll do. Whoa.

THOMAS: Oh, man. Guy Raz, I think we're starting at the wrong star.

RAZ: What?

THOMAS: Well, this might surprise you since this kind of thing never happens, but it seems like the old GPS here might have taken us to the wrong place.

RAZ: The wrong place? You did put in the constellation of Orion as our destination, right?

THOMAS: Yeah. But Orion is made up of at least 10 stars, eight of which are visible to the naked eye from back on Earth.

RAZ: And we went to the wrong star?

(SOUNDBITE OF PIGEON COOING)

THOMAS: You see how this star is bluish-white?

RAZ: Yeah.

THOMAS: That's because this is the type of star known as a blue giant.

RAZ: Well, it is blue and pretty giant.

THOMAS: Yeah. But according to this star guide, Betelgeuse is not a blue giant star. It's a different kind of star known as a red supergiant.

RAZ: Well, that explains why it had that reddish tint to it when we looked at it from your backyard.

THOMAS: Exactoritos.

RAZ: Then what are we looking at here?

THOMAS: Well, according to this star guide, this is another star in the constellation known as Bellatrix.

RAZ: Bellatrix.

THOMAS: Yeah. But the good news is, according to my calculations here, we're really not too far from Betelgeuse. We just need to turn to the left here. And now we're just going to head in this direction for another few hundred light years.

RAZ: Wait, Mindy.

THOMAS: Hold on to your button, everyone.

RAZ: What?

THOMAS: 'Cause here we...

GUY RAZ AND MINDY THOMAS: Go.

THOMAS: And stop.

(SOUNDBITE OF PIGEON COOING)

RAZ: Mindy, Mindy, look out the window.

THOMAS: Wow. I guess now we know why they call them red supergiants. This thing is enormous.

RAZ: Wow. Isn't it? Betelgeuse is actually 1,400 bigger than our sun.

THOMAS: That is bonkerballs.

(SOUNDBITE OF PIGEON COOING)

RAZ: And it's also up to 14,000 times as bright.

THOMAS: Bet you're glad you're wearing those welder's goggles now, huh (ph)?

RAZ: Well, yes, but...

THOMAS: Is this a big but?

RAZ: Huh (ph)?

THOMAS: Never mind.

RAZ: Well, Mindy, this actually isn't as bright as it could be. Betelgeuse has a tendency to brighten and then dim over and over and over again.

THOMAS: Like when I take control of your dining room chandelier over a Thanksgiving dinner.

RAZ: Well, yeah, even though that's a little bit annoying. But Betelgeuse goes through a similar process, this dimming and brightening cycle every 14 months.

THOMAS: Huh (ph).

RAZ: In fact, why don't we take a look? Where's the rewind button on this thing?

THOMAS: Rewind button - I think I stuck it in the glove compartment last week. Let me just check here. Here it is.

RAZ: OK, great. Well, let's just put this thing in rewind and keep an eye on what happens to our red supergiant, OK?

THOMAS: All right. Three, two, one - be kind, rewind.

(SOUNDBITE OF REWIND SOUND)

THOMAS: Whoa. Look at it go, Guy Raz. It's brightening.

RAZ: And then fading.

THOMAS: And then brightening.

RAZ: And then fading.

THOMAS: OK, that's enough.

RAZ: But this not-so-little twinkling star could soon be coming to an end.

THOMAS: What do you mean, coming to an end?

RAZ: Well, astronomers from all over the world have noticed that in recent months, that dimming and brightening cycle that we just saw...

THOMAS: Yeah?

RAZ: ...Has stopped.

THOMAS: Stopped?

RAZ: Yes. And from Earth, scientists have observed that Betelgeuse has gotten a lot dimmer than usual. And on top of that, it hasn't been brightening up again as it usually does.

THOMAS: And so what does that mean for this star named Betelgeuse, Betelgeuse, Betelgeuse?

RAZ: Well, it means that this supergiant could be going supernova any minute now. And when it does go supernova, there's going to be such a big explosion that it won't only be visible from Earth during the day. It's going to shine as bright as the moon in the night sky.

THOMAS: Bonkerballs.

(SOUNDBITE OF PIGEON COOING)

RAZ: And it looks like you, me and Reggie have a front-row seat to the biggest light show in the galaxy.

THOMAS: All right. Guy Raz, you get the popcorn. Reggie, you help me get the lawn chairs. Come on, everyone. We got to hustle. Walk, walk, walk, walk...

RAZ: I'm on it, Mindy. Hey, where do you keep the popcorn again?

THOMAS: It's all over the floor.

RAZ: Oh, of course.

THOMAS: We're back. Two lawn chairs and a telephone pole for Reggie.

(SOUNDBITE OF PIGEON COOING)

THOMAS: Guy Raz? Guy Raz, how's that popcorn coming along?

RAZ: Almost done. I hope you don't mind it's covered in hair and dirt.

THOMAS: Are you kidding? That's my favorite flavor. Mmm (ph) - not bad. And this bite has a Pop Rock stuck to it.

(SOUNDBITE OF PIGEON COOING)

THOMAS: You want some?

RAZ: I think I'm good.

THOMAS: Suit yourself.

RAZ: Anyway, all we have to do now is just sit back, relax and wait for the show to begin.

(SOUNDBITE OF PIGEON COOING)

THOMAS: Guy Raz?

RAZ: Yeah?

THOMAS: When exactly is this supernova supposed to happen?

RAZ: Oh, oh, any minute now, Mindy. Astronomers believe that Betelgeuse could go supernova any time from now to 100,000 years from now.

THOMAS: A hundred thousand years? Guy Raz, that's, like, a billion Mindy years.

RAZ: Well, in the grand cosmological scheme of things, it's actually not that long at all.

THOMAS: OK. Well, I am not about to wait around here for 100,000 years when I've got a perfectly good, mostly functional Wow Machine with a fast-forward button that I just installed.

RAZ: That's a good point, Mindy. But are you sure we're going to be safe in the Wow Machine when this thing finally explodes? I mean, we're kind of close.

THOMAS: Yes, of course I'm not sure it's safe, Guy Raz. This thing is made out of corrugated cardboard. You ready? And fast forward.

(SOUNDBITE OF PIGEON COOING)

RAZ: Whoa, whoa. Look at that. Betelgeuse just keeps getting dimmer and dimmer.

THOMAS: Whoa. What's happening to it?

RAZ: It seems like it's using up the last of its fuel and turning its core from helium into iron. And when all that helium is gone...

THOMAS: Whoa.

RAZ: Whoa.

UNIDENTIFIED ACTOR #2: (As character) Warning, warning. Catastrophic failure of the papier-mache shield generator. Mindy's terrible idea alarm activated.

THOMAS: These alarms are so annoying.

UNIDENTIFIED ACTOR #2: (As character) Warning. Mindy's terrible idea alarm...

THOMAS: OK. All right. Everything's fine. See? I told you that duct tape was going to hold, Guy Raz.

RAZ: Duct tape?

(SOUNDBITE OF PIGEON COOING)

THOMAS: Maybe I spoke too soon.

RAZ: Mindy, I think it's time we probably headed home.

THOMAS: Yeah, that's not a bad idea. Setting a course back to Earth. And here we - whoa.

(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)

THOMAS: And home. That was nice.

RAZ: Mindy...

(SOUNDBITE OF CRASH)

RAZ: Looks like we made it back just in time. The only part of the Wow Machine still in one piece is the steering wheel, and that's just because you're holding it.

THOMAS: Aw, man, it's going to take me hours to tape this whole thing back together.

RAZ: But at least you did get some inspiration for your exploding candy, right?

THOMAS: Well, I think I finally have a name for it.

RAZ: Oh, yeah? What's that?

THOMAS: I'll call it the supernova, like an exploding star in your mouth.

RAZ: That sounds a little painful.

THOMAS: Hey, Reg.

(SOUNDBITE OF PIGEON COOING)

THOMAS: I just cracked open a new idea.

(SOUNDBITE OF PIGEON COOING)

UNIDENTIFIED CHILD #1: WOW IN THE WORLD will be right back. Grown-ups, this message is for you.

That's it - back to the show.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "THE GOLDEN AGE (WOW IN THE WORLD PODCAST THEME SONG)")

THE POP UPS: (Singing) Wow in the world.

(SOUNDBITE OF PHONE DIALING)

THOMAS: Hi. Thanks for calling WOW IN THE WORLD. After the beep, get ready to record.

(SOUNDBITE OF BEEP)

COLTON: Hi, Mindy and Guy Raz. My name is Colton (ph), and I live in Los Angeles. My wow in the world is that elephant seals can hold their breath for two hours. Isn't that crazy? Hey, Mindy. Can you make a wand that makes all of your characters go into video games? Bye.

(SOUNDBITE OF BEEP)

MARA: Hi, Mindy and Guy Raz. My name is Mara (ph). I live in Burlington, Ontario. And my wow in the world is that there is such a thing called Tudor Christmas pie that includes a chicken, a partridge, a turkey, a pigeon...

(SOUNDBITE OF PIGEON COOING)

MARA: ...And a pie crust. I hope Reggie's not in there.

(SOUNDBITE OF PIGEON COOING)

MARA: Bye. Love your show.

(SOUNDBITE OF BEEP)

SOFIA: Hi, Mindy and Guy Raz. My name is Sofia (ph). I live in Atlanta, Ga. My wow in the world is that in Brazil, in the Amazon River, there are pink dolphins. Bye. Love your show.

(SOUNDBITE OF BEEP)

LANDON: Hi. My name is Landon (ph), and I live in Seattle. My wow in the world is that female lions do 90% of the hunting. Say hi to Reggie for me...

(SOUNDBITE OF PIGEON COOING)

LANDON: ...And Grandma G-Force.

UNIDENTIFIED ACTOR #3: (As Grandma G-Force) Oh.

(SOUNDBITE OF BEEP)

VICTOR: Hi. My name is Victor, and I'm from Palo Alto, Calif. My wow in the world is that if atoms were the size of tennis balls, then blood cells would be the size of San Diego. Bye. Say hi to Reggie for me.

(SOUNDBITE OF PIGEON COOING)

SIMON: Hi. My name is Simon (ph), and I live in Chicago, Ill. And my wow in the world is that giraffe's tongues can blue, purple or black.

(SOUNDBITE OF BEEP)

NORA: Hi. My name is Nora (ph), and I live in Rockaway Beach. My wow in the world is that a narwhal's horn is actually a tooth.

(SOUNDBITE OF BEEP)

LAURA AND JUDITH BO: Hi, Mindy and Guy Raz.

LAURA: My name is Laura (ph).

JUDITH BO: And my name is Judith Bo (ph).

LAURA AND JUDITH BO: And we are from Singapore.

LAURA: My wow in the world is that the heaviest pumpkin ever grown weighed as much as a large walrus.

JUDITH BO: I have two wow in the worlds. The first one is that some people in Venezuela use tarantula fangs as toothpicks. The second one is that it's actually possible for someone to be as annoying as Dennis.

UNIDENTIFIED ACTOR #1: (As Dennis) Oh, I know exactly what you mean. I'm very impressive.

JUDITH BO: Say hi to Reggie, Meredith and Jed for us.

(SOUNDBITE OF PIGEON COOING)

MEREDITH HALPERN-RANZER, BYLINE: Oh, my gosh. You mentioned me? Thanks. Hi.

JED ANDERSON, BYLINE: Yo.

LAURA: Bye. We love your show.

(SOUNDBITE OF BEEP)

UNIDENTIFIED ACTOR #4: (As character) End of messages.

THOMAS: Hey, everyone. Thank you so much for hanging out with us this week on WOW IN THE WORLD.

RAZ: And to keep the wow rolling, check out this week's scientific conversation starters at our website, wowintheworld.com.

THOMAS: And, grown-ups, there you can find more info on how your kids can become members of the World Organization of Wowzers, shop our WOW shop, upload photos and videos to us and check dates for our upcoming live events. That's wowintheworld.com.

RAZ: Our show is produced by Jed Anderson.

THOMAS: Who provides the bells, whistles and silly characters. Say hello, Jed.

ANDERSON: Yo.

THOMAS: Our show is written by me, Guy Raz and Thomas van Kalken, who also provides silly characters. Tom?

THOMAS VAN KALKEN, BYLINE: Hello there.

RAZ: Thanks also to Jessica Boddy, Anna Zagorski, Rebecca Caban (ph), Kit Ballenger and Alex Curley. Meredith Halpern-Ranzer powers the wow at Tinkercast.

THOMAS: Our theme song was composed and performed by The Pop Ups. For more on their three-time Grammy-nominated all-ages music, find them at thepopups.com.

RAZ: And, grown-ups, you can follow WOW IN THE WORLD on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter @WowInTheWorld, and our email address is hello@wowintheworld.com.

THOMAS: And if you're a kid with a big wow to share with us, call us at 1-888-7-WOW-WOW for a chance to be featured at the end of the show.

RAZ: Also, if you haven't already done so, please subscribe to WOW IN THE WORLD on Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts.

THOMAS: Yeah. Leave us a few stars, a review, or just tell a friend about the show.

RAZ: Thanks again for listening, and until next time...

RAZ AND THOMAS: Keep on wowing.

THOMAS: Jinx.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "THE GOLDEN AGE (WOW IN THE WORLD PODCAST THEME SONG)")

THE POP UPS: (Singing) Wow in the world. Wow in the world. Wow in the world. Wow in the world.

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