Toren, Kevin, and Joe discuss mines of every description including naval mines, helicopter mines, fougasses, nuclear mines, the Camp Bonifas Golf Course and mine-detecting flowers. Plus what to expect when you step on a blast mine.

Music: “Oooh-oh-Boom!” by Benny Goodman with Martha Tilton

Charity O’ The Week: International Campaign to Ban Landmines



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  • Karl Åström

    So far no mention of the german Glasmine 43 which is pretty much what it’s called a mine made of glass making it more or less impossible to detect. Looks pretty much like a round casserole.

    • thickets

      That one is news to me! We should get you on the research team! 😉

  • Nathaniel

    Caustic Soda is my wash day podcast, so I can assure Joe that the laundry mine is a very real, devastating problem.

  • Derek

    Argh! Fewer, not less (if it’s about countable items)! Sorry, had to get that out of my system.

    Great podcast! I was thinking that that awful movie set in Georgia might have been almost good-ish if, as was briefly suggested, the second half was, in fact, a flashback, so half way through the film you’d realise that the Georgian guy, although awful, was actually inflicting revenge upon the guy who killed his daughter! But then I thought about it for another three seconds and thought that that wouldn’t be nearly enough to redeem the film. Thanks for the warning on that one – I think I’ll skip it.

    As an aside, speaking of minor film edits that change the entire plot/feel/whatever of a film, a friend of mine (Nigel, the guy who destroyed himself with a special chilli and wrote about it on the site somewhere) came up with several different interpretations of what Ex Machina was about, and figured that you could,have a really clear and interesting one if you took the bathroom scene in the middle (the bloody one) and put that right at the start of the film.

  • Derek

    I thought Blue Peacock rang a bell: “Blue Peacock” on @Wikipedia:

    That was the one that proposed using chickens inside the bomb itself to keep the electronics from freezing in the winter through their body heat. 🙂

    Oh, and the “fewer, not less” comment was meant for here! My mistake.

  • Raptor-Chick

    Fougasse is also a kind of free form bread, vaguely similar to foccacia. It is rolled into kind of a leaf shape and several cuts are made right through it, like the ribs on a leaf. It is then placed into an oven with a peel and baked on the hearth. It often has herbs in it and cheese on top or olives or jalapenos. It is super tasty and the cuts make it easy to pull apart.

    • thickets

      Also deadly when stepped on.

  • Derek

    The “Award for Best Use of a Landmine to Explain an Element of Grammar” goes to… the Oatmeal for