Kerberos Productions‘ Chris “Stewie” Stewart joins us to talk about physical deformities. Ribeiroia, sirenomelia, and a whole bunch of other complicated and disturbing words are discussed!

Music: Gooble-Gobble from Tod Browning’s Freaks.

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X-Men
Toren: 7/10
Kevin: 9/10
Joe: 8/10

The Elephant Man
Toren: 7/10

Mask
Kevin: 6/10
Joe: 7/10

Total Recall
Toren: 6/10
Kevin: 8/10
Joe: 7/10
Stewie: 6/10

Tod Browning’s Freaks
Kevin: 7/10

The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1923: Silent – Lon Chaney)
Kevin: 7/10

The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1939: Talkie – Charles Laughton)
Kevin: 6/10

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  • Mike

    I thought Teratogenic was things that harmed a fetus or Embryo.

    Lois McMaster Bujold’s Miles Vorkosigan Books are Science Fiction with a deformed at birth protagonist.

    Another deformed Protagonist is Flint from Robert R. McCammon’s book: Gone South.

    • Joel

      All the undergrad and grad developmental psych courses I’ve had always said teratogens are anything that the mother could be exposed to during pergnancy which (ostensibly negatively) effected the development of the the baby in vitro.

  • Mike

    I thought Teratogenic was things that harmed a fetus or Embryo.

    Lois McMaster Bujold’s Miles Vorkosigan Books are Science Fiction with a deformed at birth protagonist.

    Another deformed Protagonist is Flint from Robert R. McCammon’s book: Gone South.

    • Joel

      All the undergrad and grad developmental psych courses I’ve had always said teratogens are anything that the mother could be exposed to during pergnancy which (ostensibly negatively) effected the development of the the baby in vitro.

  • banks!

    Here is how the name Riberiroia is apparently pronounced…

    http://www.pronouncenames.com/pronounce/ribeiroia

    This is how Google thinks Ribeiroia it sounds…

    http://translate.google.com/#auto|en|Ribeiroia

  • banks!

    Here is how the name Riberiroia is apparently pronounced…

    http://www.pronouncenames.com/pronounce/ribeiroia

    This is how Google thinks Ribeiroia it sounds…

    http://translate.google.com/#auto|en|Ribeiroia

  • banks!

    I can’t believe you guys didn’t mention Goonies and Lotney ‘Sloth’ Fratelli!

    • Generaleesimo

      I saved it for SLOTH, one of the installments of the Seven Deadly Sins series.

  • banks!

    I can’t believe you guys didn’t mention Goonies and Lotney ‘Sloth’ Fratelli!

    • Generaleesimo

      I saved it for SLOTH, one of the installments of the Seven Deadly Sins series.

  • marlo

    1. WHY DO I KEEP LISTENING TO THESE EPISODES WHILE I AM EATING BREAKFAST? What is wrong with me?

    2. I don’t know why, but of all the gross episodes you guys have done, this is the one I had to shut off while I was eating. Even more than the poop episode. Interesting that this podcast explores the depths of what I can stomach and what I can’t.

  • Grim

    Don’t forget the Brahmin from the Fallout series, which are cows that have gained an extra head (Also four extra stomachs and two extra testicles) due to the excessive radiation from the great nuclear war that wiped out most of humanity.

  • mondragonbreath

    What happened to the rest of the seven deadly sins? Did I miss six weeks in my sleep?
    Not complaining about the episode, but I am looking forward to the sloth episode.

    —oh yeah, “BAAAAAAANKS!”

  • Joe

    The rest of the Sins are on their way. We’re spacing them out with other types of topics.

  • Joe

    The rest of the Sins are on their way. We’re spacing them out with other types of topics.

    • mondragonbreath

      Thanks! Can’t wait for ’em.
      Love the show. I look forward to it every week!

  • Phav Nosnibor

    I always liked Masque, the fugly Morlock guy in the X-Men comics who could reshape skin with his fingers (but couldn’t do anything about his own buttface), especially since he always seemed compelled to make pretty people ugly. That would be a pretty nifty challenge for CGI artists if somebody wanted to work it into a movie, hint hint.

  • Phav Nosnibor

    I always liked Masque, the fugly Morlock guy in the X-Men comics who could reshape skin with his fingers (but couldn’t do anything about his own buttface), especially since he always seemed compelled to make pretty people ugly. That would be a pretty nifty challenge for CGI artists if somebody wanted to work it into a movie, hint hint.

    • Generaleesimo

      Good Call! I totally forgot about that guy, and I was a huge X-Men fan during the Chris Claremont years.

  • Joe

    Self-followup!

    http://www.wired.com/wiredscience/2010/11/alaskan-bird-deformities/
    Alaskan Bird Beak Deformities!

  • Mike

    Way late to leave this comment, but now that I think about it, a perfect Caustic Soda Podcast topic is BABIES. From meconium to the more usual body fluids, they’re a bundle of joy. But here’s something at the intersection of deformity and babies.

    Do not watch the video in this link! Can’t say I didn’t warn you.

    http://community.livejournal.com/wtf_inc/8094482.html

  • Mike

    Way late to leave this comment, but now that I think about it, a perfect Caustic Soda Podcast topic is BABIES. From meconium to the more usual body fluids, they’re a bundle of joy. But here’s something at the intersection of deformity and babies.

    Do not watch the video in this link! Can’t say I didn’t warn you.

    http://community.livejournal.com/wtf_inc/8094482.html

    • Toren

      Ooh, toad baby! My coworker is convinced it’s a puppet.

  • Derek

    I think the issue with thalidomide was to do with the active mmolecules’ shapes. Molecules can often come in “left” and “right” varieties – mirror images of each other with the same constituents. Unfortunately these can have massively different effects on biological creatures. In fact, I think most molecules on biology are left-handed, just by chance (followed by natural selection). Anyway, left-handed thalidomide was great for nausea but they accidentally started including the right-handed variety without realising it (and thus didn’t filter them out), and that caused the birth defects.

  • Derek

    I think the issue with thalidomide was to do with the active mmolecules’ shapes. Molecules can often come in “left” and “right” varieties – mirror images of each other with the same constituents. Unfortunately these can have massively different effects on biological creatures. In fact, I think most molecules on biology are left-handed, just by chance (followed by natural selection). Anyway, left-handed thalidomide was great for nausea but they accidentally started including the right-handed variety without realising it (and thus didn’t filter them out), and that caused the birth defects.

  • Derek

    The Name of The Rose is another great film with a hunchback in it. Mediaevil mystery in a monastery with Sean Connery and, I think, River Phoenix? Or, uh, what’s his face from the Heathers.

  • curtis

    In current popular culture, Dr Jonas Venture Jr. is the deformed parasitic twin of Dr Rusty Venture. He is a dwarf with a malformed arm and leg who in classic super-sciencey fashion finally left Rusty’s body after Rusty’s abuse of pharmaceuticals made the body too toxic for him to live in any more.

  • curtis

    In current popular culture, Dr Jonas Venture Jr. is the deformed parasitic twin of Dr Rusty Venture. He is a dwarf with a malformed arm and leg who in classic super-sciencey fashion finally left Rusty’s body after Rusty’s abuse of pharmaceuticals made the body too toxic for him to live in any more.

  • Raptor-Chick

    One of my cats has an extra nipple. Yep.

  • Jen

    My biology professor at Hartwick College and his students were the ones to discovered trematodes as the cause of extra limbs in the frogs! Does this count as being semi mentioned in a podcast?

  • Jen

    My biology professor at Hartwick College and his students were the ones to discovered trematodes as the cause of extra limbs in the frogs! Does this count as being semi mentioned in a podcast?

  • Nicole

    just catching up on missed episodes, love you guys. you didn’t mention the oblongs, a funny cartoon with a short run that deals with a family which all suffer from a variety of mutations/deformations.

  • Chay

    Just found you guys, American Horror Story’s Freak show season would have been perfect for this!

  • Chay

    Just found you guys, American Horror Story’s Freak show season would have been perfect for this!