Crocodilians

The science and history of the biggest and baddest man-eating, death-rolling crocodiles and alligators. Plus how to survive a crocodile attack and “Lesser of Two Evils:” would you rather be attacked by a crocodile or have an iron bar shot through your head?

Music: Fats Waller “Alligator Crawl”

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  1. I miss Steve Irwin so much… never has one man put himself in so much danger for pure entertainment. *sniff*

  2. I miss Steve Irwin so much… never has one man put himself in so much danger for pure entertainment. *sniff*

  3. I spend WAY too much time watching bad movies in my youth…

    First and most important…

    Alligator!
    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0080354/

    This one scared me because I had a friend who had a baby alligator who had recently gotten rid of it by flushing it down the toilet. So naturally a movie about a giant alligator living in the sewers scared the beejeesus out of me when I was eight.

    Then there is the James Bond film Live and Let Die! The first appearance of the worst Bond, Roger Moore. He pulls a move from the Pitfall video game and uses crocodiles as stepping stones.

    I also recall comedic alligator/crocodile scenes in Happy Gilmore and Ace Venture 2.

    Finally, in Brian Azzarello’s Broken City limited series for Batman, he depicts Killer Croc as a large black man with a skin condition. None of this crazy crocodile nonsense. However, Batman keeps punching him in the mouth and shattering his teeth which leads Killer Croc to keep this teeth sharp, like a crocodile.

  4. I spend WAY too much time watching bad movies in my youth…

    First and most important…

    Alligator!
    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0080354/

    This one scared me because I had a friend who had a baby alligator who had recently gotten rid of it by flushing it down the toilet. So naturally a movie about a giant alligator living in the sewers scared the beejeesus out of me when I was eight.

    Then there is the James Bond film Live and Let Die! The first appearance of the worst Bond, Roger Moore. He pulls a move from the Pitfall video game and uses crocodiles as stepping stones.

    I also recall comedic alligator/crocodile scenes in Happy Gilmore and Ace Venture 2.

    Finally, in Brian Azzarello’s Broken City limited series for Batman, he depicts Killer Croc as a large black man with a skin condition. None of this crazy crocodile nonsense. However, Batman keeps punching him in the mouth and shattering his teeth which leads Killer Croc to keep this teeth sharp, like a crocodile.

      1. Aw, too bad, I saw that move so much growing up I almost ended up with an Aussie accent.

  5. Tsk-tsk, guys… the Deus Ex Monica has nothing to do with how episodes of Friends are resolved and everything to do with Courtney Cox giving birth to the Baby Jesus at the end of Scream 4. (Sorry if that spoils anything for you.)

  6. Speaking of Crocodile Surfing:

    (I would assume there are at least a few Red Dwarf enthusiasts in the audience of this type of podcast…)

  7. Speaking of Crocodile Surfing:

    (I would assume there are at least a few Red Dwarf enthusiasts in the audience of this type of podcast…)

  8. About the lesser of two evils, may I point out (as a stickler for precision –or stickler for stickler-ness) that out of the people that were maliciously impaled by a railroad tie (not counting the x number of people purposefully lobotomized with ice picks, etc.), one out of one person in “recorded-caustic soda-history” (see the pun?) survived the iron bar-puncture. Ergo, whoever chooses the Phineas Gage treatment has (mathematically) a 100% chance of surviving. Unless, of course, someone less lazy can find another person who has “accidentally” been morbidly shot through the skull by a railroad tie (please do try).

    P.S. I hate rhymes when others do it but I love that I had to go through the trouble of writing a P.S. just to point out that the last part does [rhyme].

    P.P.S. I really wanted to make another pointless P.S., so here it is. 🙂

  9. About the lesser of two evils, may I point out (as a stickler for precision –or stickler for stickler-ness) that out of the people that were maliciously impaled by a railroad tie (not counting the x number of people purposefully lobotomized with ice picks, etc.), one out of one person in “recorded-caustic soda-history” (see the pun?) survived the iron bar-puncture. Ergo, whoever chooses the Phineas Gage treatment has (mathematically) a 100% chance of surviving. Unless, of course, someone less lazy can find another person who has “accidentally” been morbidly shot through the skull by a railroad tie (please do try).

    P.S. I hate rhymes when others do it but I love that I had to go through the trouble of writing a P.S. just to point out that the last part does [rhyme].

    P.P.S. I really wanted to make another pointless P.S., so here it is. 🙂

  10. I’m a fairly new (though already fairly caught up on past podcasts) American listener (I’m sorry).

    I always try to Google topics you guys cover that I know nothing about so that I can keep up decently. Not until looking up Gustave have I had the respect for crocks that I do now. Thank you for putting the fear of God into me.

  11. I’m a fairly new (though already fairly caught up on past podcasts) American listener (I’m sorry).

    I always try to Google topics you guys cover that I know nothing about so that I can keep up decently. Not until looking up Gustave have I had the respect for crocks that I do now. Thank you for putting the fear of God into me.

  12. I must know what the music at the very start of this one is, because it sounds like Winter by Vivaldi but isn’t

      1. Toren, you are… making it tough for me to express my gratitude in a non-creepy way. THANK YOU! That’ll have to do. Thanks!

  13. In popular culture, I am surprised you didn’t mention the movie ‘Distant Drums’, where a man is attacked by an alligator while crossing a river, in the process uttering, for the first time in cinematic history, a certain scream. http://youtu.be/dc5F2C0CYlA

  14. In popular culture, I am surprised you didn’t mention the movie ‘Distant Drums’, where a man is attacked by an alligator while crossing a river, in the process uttering, for the first time in cinematic history, a certain scream. http://youtu.be/dc5F2C0CYlA

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