Ian Boothby, The Simpsons comics writer and co-host of Sneaky Dragon podcast, joins Kevin, Joe and Toren to talk about cyclopean albino sharks, crab parasites, octopus wrestling, prehistoric krakens, the Glore Psychiatric Museum, cement butt implants, ancient Roman lead poisoning, alkaline hydrolisis and other funerary awkwardness. All this plus how to stay in the eye of a tornado and… BADGERS!

Music: “Panic Patrol” by Kenny Graham

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  • Gavin Pitts

    Awesome episode!

    SHARK- Albino, one-eyed shark appears to be suffering from the genetic abnormality Cyclopia, which invariably results in a stillbirth. It occurs in humans as well, as can be seen in this photo:
    http://www.smashinglists.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/05/Cyclopia-600×756.jpg

    RHIZOCEPHALANS- Love the Sac Barnacles.. Did an entire lecture on them during my Forensic Entomology course. Colloquially they’re called “Puppeteer Barnacles” because they turn their host into their own personal glove puppet. As well as being parasitic on crustaceans, recently a new species has been discovered that attaches itself to the spines of vertebrates, such as deep-sea sharks. If I ever get my hands on a live specimen, you betcha I’m going to plug it into a person, just to see what happens!

    http://dailyparasite.blogspot.com.au/2010/05/may-4-anelasma-squalicola.html

    SNAKE VENOM DRUG: Snake venom, as a venom, is not a poison- it is only dangerous if injected into the blood stream. You can safely drink snake venom (and I suppose get high from this cobra’s) so long as you have no cuts in your mouth or stomach.

  • Rico

    I cant wait until the octopus wrestling club starts trying to argue that they are a “real” sport.

  • banks!

    Hilarious episode and I got my obligatory angry name shout! It’s like an audio Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup.

  • Derek

    I think you’ll find that if you go to the moon, you’ll be turned into a rabbit, not attacked by any parasites (other than those which attack rabbits). The Goodies dealt with this back in 1973 in their episode “Invasion of the Moon Creatures”: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Invasion_of_the_Moon_Creatures.

  • castewar

    You guys kind of buried part of the lead on the Oneal Ron Morris story. Where were you reading the story from Toren?

  • castewar

    Also, when can we get the Zu-zu/whistling ringtone?

  • Gavin Pitts

    Btw- Ian’s snake deadly Canadian snake was probably a Massassauga Rattlesnake (Sistrurus catenus), the only Rattlesnake found in Canada…

    btw again- why was this fisherman killing a rare and endangered shark and ripping its pups out of its belly anyway? I hope he got a fine!

  • Lisa

    I would like to start a movement to make “getting bitten by the rubber cobra” a euphemism for putting on a condom.

  • Drhoz!

    Thanks for the episode, and for reminding us of that Sesame Street skit XD

  • Ãœmläütmän

    Canadian poisonous snakes: western rattlers can be found on BC, and there are two others ( http://www.thecanadianencyclopedia.com/articles/snake ).

    One thing missing from the follow up, minor but still missing was for the Pol Pot podcast & pop culture… You guys didn’t mention Dead Kennedys “Holiday in Cambodia”

    But, still made me laugh out loud, which gets me weird looks while walking down the street in Berlin or sitting on a train.

    Keep ’em coming!

  • spookyparadigm

    The Kraken paper is nuts, and was very poorly reported on.

    http://www.wired.com/wiredscience/2011/10/the-giant-prehistoric-squid-that-ate-common-sense/

    BTW, the author also thinks the Carthaginians colonized the Americas. As you can see from his website, it is only one of several earth-shattering discoveries he has made

    http://www.mtholyoke.edu/acad/facultyprofiles/ma_mcmenamin.html

    • Toren

      I hope none of our listeners got the impression that any of the hosts took the article at face value.

      • Jeb Card

        I meant more poorly reported on in the press (as per the link), that wasn’t a comment on the CS coverage. I was a little surprised until Joe popped in at the end with being skeptical. But then, I had to do a bit of digging to realize the good Dr. thrives on extraordinary claims (I don’t remember anyone pointing that out when it was in the media, wait, the PZMyers post points out).

  • Jeb Card

    And it should be said, a life expectancy of 35 (in the bit on Rome) doesn’t mean you die at 35. It means that’s the median death age in the populace is 35, including all the infant and child mortality. In a pre-industrial society, if you survive youth as a male, your life expectancy will not be what we have today, but it would be recognizable. Women of course are going to run a greater chance of early death due to childbirth.

  • dg!

    Love the episode, but it was the music selection that really got me excited. I’ve been casually looking on and off for years for the collected ’67 Spider-man soundtrack. Sadly, simply finding out who composed and recorded it has been somewhat of an enigma, but I do have to say that it seems that “Panic Patrol” isn’t the name of the music, but instead “Tearaway” by Ralph Dollimore. It looks like KPM Studios in the UK. It looks like iTunes has a couple of albums (Spider Sounds Vol 1 & 2) that collect a bunch of it, but they seem to still be missing some of them.

    • Toren

      If you want to compare notes on Spidey music, email me at thickets@uniserve.com – I may have some that you don’t, and vicey-versy