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April 2, 2020
Introducing Fake Doctors, Real Friends with Zach and Donald! You loved Scrubs, and now it's time to listen along as the cast rewatches every episode and gives you all the behind the scenes info you could ever want! Listen and subscribe today! https://ihr.fm/2UQFB2Q You know what's long, tedious and boring? Surgery. You know what isn't? This new podcast! Join Scrubs co-stars and real-life best friends Zach Braff and Donald Faison for a weekly comedy podcast where they relive the hit TV show, one episode at a time. Each week, these BFFs will discuss an episode of Scrubs, sharing behind-the-scenes stories and reminiscing on some of their favorite memories from filming. They’ll also connect with Scrubs super fans and feature beloved show cast members for exclusive interviews.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
April 1, 2020
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March 25, 2020
Check out theses weird adaptations! We’ll look at some incredible immunities from critters we think of as “dirty” or “dangerous,” some animals who are hardcore to the bone, and some insects who are getting pretty creative with this whole adaptation thing. Discover this and more as we answer the age-old question: are birds real?  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
March 18, 2020
Today I want to talk to you about animal homes! We’ll discover animals who built their homes out of straw, built their homes out of sticks, and built their homes out of bricks and… poop… and… mucus? Discover this and more as we answer the age old question: what the heck is that ant doing with that larva’s butt???  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
March 11, 2020
Today we’re talking about POKEMON ANIMALS! These creatures are even more unbelievable than those fantastic little pocket monsters. I’m talking cute little critters crazier than Pikachu, sea animals that seem too cute to be real, and behavior that you’d think you’d only find in a Pokedex. Footnotes: Check out our new shirts in the shirt store! Lowlandstreaked Tenrec Someone did a fanart of a tenrec as a pokemon!  Armadillo Girdled Lizard David Attenborough bothering an armadillo lizard Pangolin SEA BUNNY!!!! Seriously though SEA BUNNY Sea bunny butt!  Lemon flavored sea bunny (just kidding, still toxic)  This is a real animal, the sheep leaf sea slug Mary river turtle rocking an algae mohawk Tadpoles with spiral bellies Diving bell spider Pipevine swallowtail caterpiller Tailed emperor butterfly caterpillar The Japanese emperor butterfly caterpillar Uh oh, the GUM LEAF SKELETONIZER Goofy phengodidae beetle Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
March 4, 2020
Today we’re talking about ALIENS! Right here on earth. Does that sound paradoxical? Well, maybe you should think about whether we were the aliens all along??? We’ll be looking for aliens on earth from the bottom up: aliens under the sea, on land, and in the skies. Discover this and more as we answer the age-old question, do animals really need to breathe? With special guest Joelle Monique. FOOTNOTES: FINALLY SHIRTS! First ever animal discovered who doesn't breathe?!? The blanket octopus! Behold the blanket octopus's cape of wonder! Blanket octopus looking like an alien spaceship The sarcastic fringehead (open mouth for a surprise)  The pink fairy armadillo burrowing right into our hearts Treehoppers are out of control WHAT ARE YOU DOING TREEHOPPERS? WHAAAAAT?? The King Vulture is the most festive undertaker ever She colorful. She chic. But most importantly. She eats dead meat Cock-of-the-rock AKA Mr. Handsome Potoo's are alien ghosts, exhibit A Potoo's are alien ghosts, exhibit B Potoo's are alien ghosts, exhibit C Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
February 26, 2020
On today’s episode we’re talking about WEREWOLVES! Where are they? What are they? And is there any truth behind the werewolf legends? Discover this and more as we answer the age-old question: does your dog want to eat your face? With special guest Nick Turner. FOOTNOTES: The weird origins of the werewolf Dire wolf skulls at the La Brea Tar Pits! Breeding a dire wolf dog? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
February 19, 2020
I want to take on a trip to Imagination Station for the WHOLE ENTIRE EPISODE! That’s right, we’re exploring the world of imagination. What is imagination? Do animals have imagination? And can your imagination run as wild as nature itself? Discover this as we answer the age old-question: what’s the point of having a broom for a butt! With special guest Kim Winder. FOOTNOTES: Sloth bears are smart! Vividness of visual imagery questionnaire PINK manta ray! Troll haired mystery bug! Another fuzzy-butt planthopper Another broom-butt Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
February 12, 2020
Happy Valentines times! Today I thought that we’d look at a different type of love… platonic love between species! That’s right we’re looking at some cross-species cuddles, some dynamic duos, and truly unusual friendships within the animal kingdom! Discover this and more as we answer the age-old question: is it fun to suck on a shark? With special guest comedian Blake Wexler. FOOTNOTES: Microhylid frog and tarantula best friends Coyote and badger going on adventures together! Coyote and badger hunting together (WARNING: squirrel carnage) Geladas and wolves have a diplomatic relationship Birds & people working together to screw over bees The weird sucker-head of a remora Shark with pilotfish groupies Urchin crab giving a piggyback ride to an urchin Owen the hippo adopted by Mzee the tortoise Dalmation adopts spotted lamb Sperm whales seemingly adopt dolphin with spinal deformation Check out the koala hospital where my daughter Twinkles (the koala) is from Potoroo Palace in NSW Australia Animal Tracks Sanctuary in Los Angeles Wild Haven Ranch in Lake Arrowhead Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
February 5, 2020
Let's discover the CUTEST bugs on the planet! Bugs are some of the most populous and diverse animals on the planet, with a fascinating range of behaviors. I think that bugs are often overlooked: everybody loves a cute cuddly panda, but an adorable jumping spider? Who will hug ITS eight fuzzy arms? With special guest Carmen Angelica. FOOTNOTES: Velvet worm in action Velvet worm looking absolutely adorable Another velvet worm looking cute as heck I AM IN LOVE WITH VELVET WORMS Velvet worm cuddle pile! Peacock spider dancing for its life!  Peacock spiders showing off all their moves Absolutely beautiful peacock spider Bee flies are fantasy fairy creatures Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
January 29, 2020
These avians are some regular Fabios, wooing the ladies with spectacular displays of romance. Why do birds dance? Why do some birds do the moonwalk? Can you walk on water if you love someone enough? Then, we play the popular bird dating show, The MATING GAME! With special guest Kimia Behpoornia. FOOTNOTES: The grebe's beautiful mating dance The grebe's weed dance (heh) The red-capped manakin's moonwalk Lance-tailed manakin wingman dance Blue manakin's boy band dance Snowball the cockatoo's dance moves Sea lion dances Black-bellied bustard cork-popping call Club-winged manakin buzz pop and lock Capuchin bird's bizarre call Willow grouse call White bellbird's record-breaking loud call (warning: loud) Howard the bowerbird dance Frigatebird blows up his neck balloon Kiwi's awkward mating ritual Bald eagle mating spiral Check out the Port Macquarie Koala Hospital Habanera by Kevin MacLeod is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
January 22, 2020
Mother nature has whipped up some animals that are even weirder than what you can find in Star Wars. We talk about real life porgs, a monster scarier than a sarlaac pit, and an adorable alien-looking antelope. Discover this and more as we answer the age-old question: why does Fluke Skywater have hundreds of lightsabers? With special guest Maggie Mae Fish. FOOTNOTES: Puffin "flying" underwater The horned puffin's fantastic mascara Tufted puffin's weird head doodads Inside a puffin's mouth Japanese dwarf flying squirrel Desert rain frog squeakin' The horrifying bobbit worm Light saber sharks The saiga antelope Video someone took of a saiga antelope shaking its nose (warning: audio windy & loud) Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
January 15, 2020
As you may know, Australia is facing a human and ecological crisis right now, as fires ravage New South Wales. We’ll talk about the cause of these fires, how it’s affecting humans and animals in the area, and how human activity has influenced this disaster. Then we’ll talk about one of Australia’s most iconic animals, the Koala, as well as a whole bunch of other incredible animals found only in Australia. With special guest David Huntsberger. FOOTNOTES: VOTE on which koala we should adopt for the podcast SO many people have donated to the Port Macquarie Koala Hospital that their website is down. We can still donate on behalf of the koala we adopt through their GoFundMe Video of the Port Macquarie Koala Hospital Koalas aren't the only ones in danger, check out the beautiful endangered Corroboree tree frog Bog skinks are in serious trouble Support the NSW Fire Service Donate to WIRES, an Australian wildlife rescue organization WWF has a wildfires donation fund On to some fun stuff, here's a wombat farting and attacking corn Australia's adorable pincushions, the echidna A bandicoot Just kidding, here's a real bandicoot The adorable quoll, call 1-800-QUOLL-ITY-QUOLLS The brushtail possum grabbing things with its little handsies A dingo doing some yoga instruction (do NOT try this at home) Long-nosed potoroo looking emo Noisy kookaburra The all-animals cover of Drowning Pool Pink robins Lyrebirds's standup impressions set Australian magpie mimicking emergency vehicles Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
January 8, 2020
The Cats movie presents a lot of misinformation about felis catus! So today we'll be talking cat facts: what are the answers to some of the most common questions about cats? What are some of the wildest wild cats in the world? And finally, what's going on with that Cats movie, huh? With special guest comedian Joey Clift. FOOTNOTES: Cougar purring Cat tongue closeup Cat slo-mo drinking water The rusty-spotted cat, the world's smallest cat! Hercules, the liger The margay climbing a tree!  The flat-headed cat The Canada lynx's big ol' legwarmers Pallas's cat looking like a muppet Seriously Pallas's cats look like Yoda/Wookies The Löwenmensch figurine, AKA, world's first furry "Pinpointing the Exact Moment Cats Reviewers Lost Their Minds"  "I took my dad, a veterinarian, to see Cats — he has some thoughts" Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
January 1, 2020
Today on the show, HAPPY NEW FEAR! Let’s discover fears you didn’t even know you had with some horrifying creatures! Take a one way trip to decapitation station, check out some very creepy babies, and endure the existential crisis after finding out when a butt is NOT a butt. Discover this and more as we answer the age-old question, is 80 worms too many worms to have inside of you? With special guests Tess Lynch, Molly Lambert, and Emily Yoshida of the Night Call Podcast. CONTENT WARNING: the trypophobia section starts at 00:42:55 and ends at 00:55:47 Footnotes: The ant-head bursting fly, Euryplatea nanaknihali Another fly that decapitates ants Ants who decorate their homes with the heads of their enemies Ant who pretends to be a butt Study on Antman & Spiderman helping phobias Margays imitate baby tamarins Cats mimic the cry of babies WARNING: CATERPILLAR BODY HORROR. Glyptapanteles wasp larvae bursting from a parasitized caterpillar. Audubon Society's "When Is a Bird a ‘Birb’? An Extremely Important Guide" Creature FEET pod twitter Margay used in episode image Pied tamarin used in episode image Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
December 25, 2019
Happy holidays everyone, it’s me, Katie Goldin, your host of many parasites! Today, on the second part of our two-part holiday special, we’ll be creating our own non-denominational holiday using evolutionary biology to make this magical time of year scientifically accurate! We’ll talk the biology of reindeer, and the best bacteria-filled lightshow in the world! With special guest Jamie Loftus of The Bechdel Cast. FOOTNOTES:  Cute reindeer noses Reindeer eyeballs magically change color Glowing Firefly squid looks like festive holiday lights Glowing railroad worm Foxfire (not firefox) glowing fungus Angler fish's deadly but festive glowing light Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
December 18, 2019
Happy holidays everyone, it’s me, Katie Goldin, your host of many parasites! On this two-part holiday special, we’ll be creating our own non-denominational holiday using evolutionary biology to make this magical time of year scientifically accurate! We’ll make our own, better Santa out of animal DNA, learning about these animals along the way! With special guest Jamie Loftus of the Bechdel Cast. FOOTNOTES: Hydra, an immortal wiener with tentacles Quetzalcoatlus northropi Peregrin falcon dive Elephants never forget Dolphins remember their friends Crows hold eternal grudges Ravens remember who's naughty and who's nice Blue whales win at having a jolly belly Howler monkey chorus Gorilla getting tickled via Cell Press Chimp laughing on the BBC Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
December 11, 2019
Today we'll be talking about how animals prepare for winter! From hibernation, to magical wardrobe changes, to cryogenic freezing! Discover this and more as we answer the age old question: when, if ever, is the right time to breathe through your butt? With special guest Caitlin Durante of the Bechdel Cast. FOOTNOTES: My frozen bear heart Calendar cells Arctic fox faceplanting into snow Arctic fox's awkward wardrobe malfunctions Arctic fox shedding its coat Ancient snow goggles Frozen wood frog Siberian salamander Painted turtles breathe through their butts Wild Yakut horses MORE. FLUFFY. HORSES Kulning video by Jonna Jinton Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
December 4, 2019
Today on the show, Gobble Gobble! No, we’re not talking about turkeys this time, but the weird and wild eating behaviors of people and animals! We’re talking gluttonous grubs who gobble on gastropods, animals who store their leftovers like they’re leatherface on steroids, animal chefs and foodies with very peculiar tastes. Discover these animals and more as we answer the age old question: is eating civet poop a crappy thing to do? With special guests Anney Reese and Lauren Vogelbaum of the Savor podcast.  FOOTNOTES: Capuchins cracking open nuts Baby ants making vomit soup for their caretakers Catching Fire: How Cooking Makes Us Human The Killer Shrews (1959) Murderous fur-tube (Blarina brevicauda shrew) Killer caterpillars (not from outer space) Elanora's Falcons use live food-prisons Early humans stored bone marrow Fish-eye fluke Shark-eye parasite Beware eye-eating amoebas Asian palm civet The problem with Kopi Luwak Fuzzy baby t-rex! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
November 27, 2019
Welcome to domestication station as we talk about the weird and wild world of artificial selection! Giant chickens, turkeys, swole cows, oh my. Discover these animals and more as we answer the age old question: if Arnold Schwarzenegger was a chicken, what would he look like? With special guest David Bell. FOOTNOTES: Dong tao chicken ko shamo chicken English pouter Silkie chickens Frizzle chicken Serama "Arnold Schwarzenegger" chicken Ayam cemani "goth chicken" What really killed the dodo? Mangalitza pig Belgian blue cow Damascus goat Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
November 20, 2019
Today we’re talking about virtual reality, but ditch those computer goggles and just listen with your brain meats, because we’re talking about a more organic, squishy form of virtual reality. What happens when the human or animal brain takes some creative license? Or when your own hand rebels against you? Discover this and more as we answer the age-old question: if you call a fish four-eyes, is that science or just bullying? With special guest Anna Salinas. FOOTNOTES: Find your blindspot Blindspot studies Rats can move each eye independently Experience rat vision! Pacific barreleye fish's transparent head! The brownsnout spookfish's four eyes The brownsnout spookfish looking like some kind of fake Jim Henson puppet  Kitty with possible signs of phantom limb Crab self-amputating to escape gull Mirror therapy reorganizes brain Can animals understand mirrors? What happens when you poke the fusiform gyrus Horses hold grudges You aren't crazy, dogs ham it up just for you Wasps know a friendly face Bee orchid trying to seduce bees with sexy bee shape Monkey orchids Beautiful crab spider mimics flower The completely unreal looking orchid mantis Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
November 13, 2019
Today on the show, PLAYTIME! It’s time to have fun in the sun, or the sea, or, you know, in a rotting carcass or whatever! Dogs fetch balls, rats giggle with glee when you tickle them, birds like to snowboard, spiders like to fool around… wait, spiders? We’re going to talk about all the animals who love to play, and the list is more extensive than you may think. With special guest Kimia Behpoornia. FOOTNOTES: Beluga playing rugby video Beluga noises Beluga sounding very much like a foghorn/crow/sea turkey Wolf puppies play fetch  Geckos play in space, spiders flirt with each other The tale of "Pigface" the softshell turtle Video of African softshell turtle Rats getting tickles! Crocodiles playing  Birds like to play!  CROWBOARDING!!  SWAN SURFING!!  Rescue owl playing with cat toys  Dolphins yeet fish out of the water  Absolute unit of a cat runs onto football field Lion plays with a dead warthog (warning: warthog dismemberment, kinda gross)  Lion playing with antelope prey (warning: no gore, but still sad/disturbing)  Young hippo playing with a crocodile!  Hippo and hyena sitting in a tree, K-I-S-S-I-N-G   Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
November 6, 2019
Today on the show, we’re talking about animals who are BACK FROM THE DEAD! Animals who were previously thought to be gone from the face of the earth get rediscovered: reports of these animals’ extinction have been greatly exaggerated. Extinct or Alive TV show The Pinocchio Lizard The Horned Frog Giant Extinct Crocodiles Thylacosmilus was a Bit of a Doof Gastric Brooding Frog A Case for De-Extinction A Case Against De-Extinction The Saola Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
October 30, 2019
Happy Creatureween everyone! Today on the show, it’s a Monster Mash! All the classic horror movie monsters, brought to life through the very real world of science! We’re looking at animals who can truly call themselves Dracula, real life Frankenstein’s monsters, and ghoOOost sharks! Discover this and more as we answer the age old question: can a dog lick you to death? With special guest Jamie Loftus. FOOTNOTES: Halloween crab & halloween snake Dramatic emo vampire squid Vampire finch Dracula ants Doggy licks of death Serial killer kitties love human blood Lions of Tsavo (TRIGGER WARNING: ANIMAL CRUELTY) Experiments in the Revival of Organisms Slightly suspect TedX talk using bananas as models for human head transplants Pig brains being reanimated Gator pops Ghost Shark 2013 movie The real "ghost shark," a deep sea cutie pie Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
October 23, 2019
We love horror movies and horror stories, but when it comes to pure blood-curdling terror, there’s no competing with mother nature. We’ll compare some classic horror tropes to their real-life counterparts, and let me tell ya: when it comes to evolution, the director’s cut holds nothing back. Parasites that contort your body and mind to their will, evil flowers and even more evil worms! With special guest Emily Yoshida of the Night Call Podcast. FOOTNOTES: Video of leucochloridium paradoxum Our DNA stealing friend, the delloid rotifer Carrion beetles staying calm and carrion Everyone welcome onto the U.S.S carrion beetle A hot, young David Attenborough explains the corpse lily A parasitic hairworm noodling its way out of a cricket (warning: gross) Russian nesting worms Eyebleach: cat discovering its own ears Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
October 16, 2019
Today on the show, SUPERSTITION! Black cats, crows, ravens, and a mysterious demonic monster… where do superstitions come from? What are the facts behind the superstition? And are crows really conspiring against us. Discover this and more as we answer the age-old question, do satanists like to kiss cat butt? With special guest Joey Clift. FOOTNOTES: 1. 50% of polled Americans are superstitious 2. The Papal Bull behind black cat superstition 3. Kattenstoet cat parade in Ypres, Belgium!! 4. The legend of the Catsith 5. Do satanists sacrifice black cats on Halloween, probably not 6. Black cat's protective fur 7. BF Skinner's pigeon experiment 8. Study: Ravens can make complex plans 9. Ravens can talk! 10. This raven can talk too! 11. The aye aye hunting Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
October 9, 2019
Happy October everyone! This week: Dunanunanunanuna BAT FACTS! Why do bats hang upside down? How did bats become associated with Dracula? What are some of the craziest bat species in the world? Discover this and more as we answer the age-old question: If Batman was bitten by a radioactive bat, what powers would he have? With special guest Molly Lambert from the Night Call Podcast. FOOTNOTES:1. Bats in folklore2. Common vampire bat3. Hairy legged vampire bat4. Trumpet-nosed bat5. Lesser long-nosed bat covered in pollen6. The effects of myth on attitudes towards bats7. Bats and Halloween8. BATS ON A TREADMILL! 9. Madagascar Sucker footed bats10. Bats & Rabies facts11. Flying fox bat12. Bumblebee bat13. Big-eared bat14. Hammer headed bat15. Honduran white bat16. Honduran white bats snuggling17. Wrinkle-faced bat18. Chapin's bat (punk rock bat)19. How to do bat real estate20. DANCING BATS Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
October 2, 2019
Giant bugs, animals that clone themselves, things that come back to life after being eviscerated... if you're looking for aliens, you can find them under the sea. And later on the show, we’ll be speaking to a professor of marine biology who invited an octopus into his home! With special guests comedian Chris Crofton and Professor of Marine Biology David Scheel.FOOTNOTES:1. Goblin Sharks (they look like MR. BURNS not MR. SMITHERS whoops)2. Giant isopod3. Atolla jellyfish4. Proboscis worm5. Sand dollars are freaky6. Planarians regrow their bodies7. Octopus, Making Contact Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
September 25, 2019
Today on the show we’re talking PSEUDOSCIENCE! Did you know that sometimes people claim things are scientific, but whoops, they’re not? We’ll be looking at some scammers, some flim-flammers, some people who claim things are scientific but they’re maaaaaaybe not really. With special guests Katy Stoll and Cody Johnston. FOOTNOTES: 1. Study on redness and association with sex2. Snub nosed monkeys3. Bearded vulture makeup4. Baboon utopian society5. Testosterone not correlated with attractiveness6. Races do not differ genetically7. LET'S GIVE BIRDS TEETH8. Whoops, sometimes snakes have legs9. Horses with extra hooves10. Neural crest cells are what make dogs so cute11. Pseudoscience whistleblowers12. Hey, guess what? Physiognomy is still dumb!13. Darwin almost thwarted by pseudoscience Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
September 18, 2019
Today on the show we’re talking WEIRD DIETS! Animals eating other animals eating other animals! Humans eating well… some pretty freaky things. Discover this and more as we answer the age old question: is cannibalism good for you? With special guest Smart Mouth's Katherine Spiers. FOOTNOTES: 1. A lotl Axolotl2. Greenland sharks3. Horrifying Fine Dining Lovers article4. Vilhjalmur Stefansson5. Butterflies drinking turtle tears6. Tear drinking moths harassing birbs7. Vegan ortolan8. Marijuana-fed pigs9. Potato-washing macaques10. Red colobus monkeys detoxing11. Peruvian parrots eating dirt12. Spices as defensive weapons13. Blind snakes survive being eaten and escapes toad's b-hole14. The Honey Hunters of Nepal15. Bee getting punched in the face by a flower16. Tapir "climbing" a tree17. GET ON THE CHEVROTAIN TRAIN Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
September 11, 2019
We’re going to explode some myths about human and animal biology & psychology, and discover that the truth really is stranger than fiction. With special guest comedian and Nerdificent co-host Ify Nwadiwe.Footnotes:1. Komodo dragon venom2. Bees are angered by the color red3. Mathematician & grandfather of the scientific method, Ḥasan Ibn al-Haytham4. Unihemispheric slow wave sleep5. Lionesses synchronize their "periods" (estrus)6. Immortal jellyfish7. Scallop eyeballs8. Horse mustaches!!!9. Bornean bearded pig10. The mystery of wombat cube poop, solved? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
September 4, 2019
The truth behind Mothman, The Chupacabra, and Bigfoot! Today, we’ll be looking at the facts behind cryptids, what it would mean if they actually existed, and the real animals that are just as crazy as the cryptids themselves. With special guest Tess Lynch of the Night Call podcast. FOOTNOTES:1. Mothman2. Sandhill crane3. Barred owl4. Owls or aliens?5. Owl without feathers (artistic rendering)6. Do those legs go owl the way up7. Vampire bats8. Giant Gippsland earthworm9. Giant Gippsland earthworm sounds10. Gigantopithecus blacki Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
August 28, 2019
Right now, the Amazon is burning — we’re going to talk about why this is happening, what’s at stake, and what you can do to help. With special guest Miles Gray. FOOTNOTES: How you can help the Amazon! 1. WWF 5 Ways To Help The Amazon2. Donate to protect an acre of rainforest3. Rainforest Trust4. Defend Indigenous rights and protect the rainforest by donating or signing a pledge5. Signal boost the Indigenous Women's March6. Learn more about Indigenous RightsImages of the beautiful animals on this episode!7. The glass frog8. A very Kermit looking glass frog9. The incredible & freaky decoy building spider10. Boto river dolphins (plus bonus picture of a boto dolphin peeing)11. Giant otters KILL A FREAKING CAIMAN while squeaking adorably12. Bald Uakari monkey looking red-headed and pink-faced13. Adorable hyacinth macaw interview Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
August 21, 2019
Today we’re talking about getting bamboozled, pulling shenanigans, getting conned by caterpillars and hoaxed by horses. With special guest Laci Mosley. FOOTNOTES:1. Chinstrap penguin stealing rocks2. Gelada male3. Firefly femme fatale4. Hawk moth caterpillar mimics viper5. Passion flower mimicry6. Automimicry7. Conformity elevator experiment8. Jumping spider ant mimics9. Jumping spider mimicking one ant carrying another (this is ONE spider) Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
August 14, 2019
Today, we’re going to talk about CUTENESS! Why do we love baby animals? Do baby animals love us? What are some of the cutest studies in science? Discover this and more as we answer the age old question: yikes, what’s it like to give birth to a baby porcupine? With special guest Bridgett Greenberg. FOOTNOTES:1. Peak-a-boo researcher2. Sea turtle swim suits3. Cutest age for a dog study4. Sea lion puppy covered in sand5. Prehensile Tailed Porcupine "talking"6. Image of Prehensile Tailed Porcupine's boopable snoot 7. Daily Herald cuteness article8. Hamster wheel study9. Mosha the elephant gets a prosthetic leg10. Rampaging elephant stops to save baby11. Selfie quokkas12. Image of Quokka13. Dik Dik alarm call14. Shy Dumbo Octopus15. "Venezuelan Poodle Moth"16. Birb bounces golf ball Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
August 7, 2019
Join us today as we talk about the history and stories behind mythological creatures, and find out that they have real-life animal counterparts who are just as magical. With special guest Alex Shifman.FOOTNOTES:1. Bombardier Beetles2. Warsaw Basilisk3. Basilisk lizard running on water4. Argentavis Magnificens5. Terror Birds6. Detachable penis7. Horrible picture of a Stegodyphus lineatus spider being eaten by her babies8. Atacama skeleton9. Horrible picture of a "real" Jackalope (papilloma virus infected rabbit) Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
July 31, 2019
We’re answering some of the weirdest questions about evolution and anatomy, like how do woodpeckers keep from scrambling their brains? What animals have not one, not two, but three vaginas? Why would a doctor want to sew your leg on backwards? Discover this and more as we answer the age old question: what are some of the most bodacious boobs in the animal kingdom. With special guests hosts of the podcast Ridiculous History, Noel Brown and Ben Bowlin. FOOTNOTES:1. Weird woodpecker tongues2. A kangaroo's three amazing vaginas3. Elephant honkers4. The Colugo Flying Lemur (who is not a lemur)5. Woman whose organs were flipped6. The popcorn-smelling Binturong7. The dank Maned Wolf8. The beautiful Snub-nosed Monkey9. Pterosaurs were flying death machines10. Video of the Iranian Spider-Tailed Viper11. Video of the Mexican Mole Lizard12. Katie's slideshow! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
July 24, 2019
We’re going to look at some wild animal teams, how they compare to humans, and what the robot-dominated future may hold! Discover this and more as we answer the age old riddle: what animal doesn’t feel pain and loves eating poop? With special guest comedian Blake Wexler. FOOTNOTES: 1. Dog frees friends from a kennel2. Dog frees tied up dog3. Do Dogs Know Other Dogs Are Dogs?4. More info on nake mole rats than you even want to know5. Naked mole rats eat poop6. Zombees7. Social spider web8. Dogs and humans dream team defeat neanderthals9. Cattle tyrant majestically riding a capybara10. Devil's gardens Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
July 17, 2019
Today we’re talking about some adorable animals who look so sweet and cute, and who want to murder you to death. We’re talking the most surprisingly scary animals you should be afraid of. Discover this and more as we answer the age old question: what the heck is catfish noodling? With special guest Sofiya Alexandra. FOOTNOTES:1. World's Weirdest: Killer Cone Snail2. Noodling for catfish3. Poison pass: the man who became immune to snake venom5. Slow Loris6. Platypus venom7. leopard seal feeds photographer8. Hippo's skull, showing the large canines and incisors used for fighting. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
July 10, 2019
Today we’ll be talking about tools! Tools of the trade, tools of torture, and tools of, well, hehe, you know. Bow-chika-wa-wah! What’s a butcher, a tailor, and a bendy-stick maker got in common? They’re all birds! Discover this and more as we answer the age-old question: what’s the most humiliating thing to happen to an eel? With special guest Carmen Angelica.FOOTNOTES: 1. Bottlenose dolphins wielding sponges2. Video of a tailor bird sewing leaves together3. New Caledonian crows create their own hooks4. The Brazen Bull torture device5. Butcher bird impaling its prey6. Macaques using human hair to floss7. Palm cockatoos drumming to get the ladies8. Elephant's big D energy9. The weird world of dragonfly wieners10. The woman who has trained herself how to run like a horseCorrection: Living root bridges are found in Meghalaya, Northeast India.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
July 3, 2019
Today, we’re talking the classic tale of David and Goliath, unlikely matchups with even unlikelier conclusions. Discover this and more as we answer the age-old question: what’s the best way to round-house kick a wasp? With special guests Alex Schmidt and Dr. Greg Pauly. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
June 26, 2019
Did you know there are animals out there with real comic-book super powers? And people with superhuman abilities? Today, we’ll be looking at the real life animal and human counterparts to famous superheroes, and maybe some super villains too. With special guest Soren Bowie. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
June 19, 2019
Join us today as we look at some of the most mind-blowing, most important, and weirdest scientific studies that have been done on rats. Discover this and more as we answer the age old question: is there eternal sunshine of the spotless rat mind? With special guest comedian Pallavi Gunalan. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
June 12, 2019
Today we’ll be talking about SHAPE SHIFTERS, tales of terrific transformers who have some shocking before and after pics. What’s got two thumbs and started life out as a tiny donut? Can snails take laziness to a freaky new level? Humans and animals on the lam: how would you escape the heat? With special guests Anna Hossnieh and Shereen Younes of the Ethnically Ambiguous podcast. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
June 7, 2019
Bill Nye is on a mission to change the world— one phone call at a time. On his new podcast, Science Rules!, he tackles the curliest questions on just about anything in the universe. Perhaps you’ve wondered: Should I stop eating cheeseburgers to combat climate change? How often should I really be washing my pillowcase? Can I harvest energy from all those static-electricity shocks I get in the winter? Science Rules! Is out NOW - find it in your favorite podcast app. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
June 5, 2019
Insect butts explode, spraying deadly chemicals! Hippos make poop rockets! Scorpions are willing to literally throw away their anus in deadly combat! We’re talking about some of the nastiest acts of foul-play in the animal and human kingdom. With special guest Kimia Behpoornia. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
May 29, 2019
Today, we’re talking about city slickers: how do animals cope with human cities? What are some of the ways animals have adapted to human society? And did we domesticate dogs, or did dogs domesticate us? With special guest Katie Willert.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
May 22, 2019
On this nail-biting conclusion to The Seven Deadly Sins, we're covering lustful birds, greedy chimps, and gluttonous sea squirts. We'll also discuss some freaky stories of human sinners! Join us today as we excommunicate some tunicates! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
January 2, 2019
Let the species who is without sin cast the first stone. Slap some scarlet letters on these sinful animals who best symbolize each of the seven deadly sins. We'll also look at the science behind human sin, referencing texts that may not be holy, but are certainly peer reviewed. Featuring Katy Stoll from Some More News. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
December 26, 2018
Today we’ll be talking about the most evil killers, kidnappers, murderers and bloodthirsty lurkers walking… or crawling… among us. Then, we’ll answer the age old question: who’s the most prolific serial meow-derer? Featuring Ben Bowlin and Noel Brown of Ridiculous History. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
December 19, 2018
We go beyond the five senses to explore the uncanny ways that animals (and people) are able to perceive the world. That kid from The Sixth Sense is a lame nerd compared to the creatures featured in this episode. Featuring Jamie Loftus of the Bechdel Cast. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
December 12, 2018
Can animals suffer from mental illness? We explore issues of mental health, imprisonment, and midlife crisis in animals and humans, while also clearing the good name of cuckoos. With special guest Hana Michels. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
December 5, 2018
Holy mother of animals... from feasting upon mommy's flesh, to mom mafias, these creatures will make you rethink motherhood. Join us as we explore some of the scariest mom (and baby) monsters, both human and animal. Sometimes mommy dearest is mommy deadliest. With special guest Miles Gray of The Daily Zeitgeist. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
November 28, 2018
Today on Creature Feature: We visit a freaky Frankenstein of fornication, the sex zombies who roam the earth, and a murderous stalker of amorous teens. Which of our animal contenders will bring home the gold in the first annual Worst at Sex Awards? With special guest comedian Eric Lampaert of the Topical Island Podcast. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
November 21, 2018
Apparently "Just Say No" doesn't work on animals. We look at the most seedy vices in the human and natural world. Doped up dolphins, bats with DUIs, naughty otters, and a drunken mutiny on a Russian plane. With special guest Robert Evans from Behind The Bastards and Cracked.com. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
November 14, 2018
Death is just another part of life... or is it? Let's explore some of the strangest ways of coping with death in the animal and human world. We'll look at freaky funerals, real-life zombies, brains in jars, immortality, and most importantly... chicken hypnosis. With special guest Cody Johnston, host of the Some More News Podcast. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
November 7, 2018
You will never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy than in this episode. We'll cover pyromaniacs, fishy scams, kleptomaniac penguins, and what moral philosophy has to do with sex. With special guest Alex Schmidt (Cracked Podcast.) Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
October 31, 2018
It's a kink-off between humans and animals! No type of love is too strange: Man and car? Woman and Eiffel Tower? Rat and cat? We'll find out that Cupid is one sick pervert. Featuring Alex Shifman, host of the podcast “At Least There’s This.” Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
October 25, 2018
We take a critter’s eye view to explore how animal behavior parallels humans. Join host Katie Goldin as she, comedians, and science-lovers get inside the minds of animals. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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