Episode 008: An Insect With Punch-Card Wings SHOW NOTES

Alternate title: Secondhand Lions[‘ Urine]

Sorry again for the delay, folks! Things are crazy here in SSHHMM-land! But here are your show notes for Episode 008. Rest assured that Episode 009 has already been recorded and we’ll be working on editing/releasing that just as soon as these notes are posted!

Topics discussed: Crazy cat ladies (or gentlemen); freaky parasites; spiders and elephants on drugs; the steampunk animal kingdom; pub(l)ic demonstrations of erectile dysfunction remedies and other self-experimentation goodness; and how to cut out the middleman by brewing beer right in your own… stomach. With special guest star ANDY BELLEMER!!!

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SMBC turtle cloaca comic: http://www.smbc-comics.com/?id=3128#comic
Toxoplasmosis: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Toxoplasmosis
– causing a higher rate of traffic accidents in Turkey (link to academic article abstract): http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0379073809001224
– Eisen PLoS ONE paper: http://www.plosone.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0075246
– Leg Up Enterprises: http://www.legupenterprises.com/
– crazy cat lady syndrome: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crazy_cat_lady_syndrome
Breaking Good / Mythbusters
– synthesizing Sudafed from meth: http://heterodoxy.cc/meowdocs/pseudo/pseudosynth.pdf (note that this is from the Journal of Apocryphal Chemistry, and appears to be the ONLY “paper” ever “published” in the “Journal” of Apocryphal Chemistry)
– BoingBoing beat us to the “Breaking Good” name: http://boingboing.net/2012/02/27/scientific-paper-of-the-day-h.html
– Mythbusters special on Breaking Bad: http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x136bsc_mythbusters-s12-breaking-bad-special-proper-480p-hdtv-x264-msd_shortfilms
The wasp that turns spiders into zombie construction workers: http://mentalfloss.com/article/51970/meet-wasp-turns-spiders-zombie-construction-workers
– an academic article on the topic from 2001: http://www.americanarachnology.org/JoA_free/JoA_v29_n3/arac_29_03_354.pdf
– spiders on LSD, caffeine, etc.: http://mentalfloss.com/article/51967/what-does-marijuana-do-spiders
– not discussed directly on the show, but jewel wasps also zombify cockroaches: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qN2XMyxAs5o (just search YouTube for “jewel wasp cockroach” for even more horrifying videos)
The sad tale of Tusko:
– academic article: http://www.psych.ufl.edu/~steh/PSB6099/LSDelephant.pdf
– one summary: http://www.erowid.org/chemicals/lsd/lsd_history4.shtml
– Tusko was apparently the name of several notable elephants; the Wikipedia article contains links to more articles on the Tusko we talked about, if you want more info: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tusko
– pon farr: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pon_farr
Gear bug
– popular summary article: http://www.livescience.com/39577-insects-with-leg-gears-discovered.html
– Science article (academic paper): http://www.sciencemag.org/content/341/6151/1254
– steampunk Batman
– – Gotham by Gaslight: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gotham_by_Gaslight
– – one example of cosplay; just do a Google Image Search for “steampunk Batman cosplay” for lots more: http://24.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_m7nsnwgaWg1ryv0vso1_1280.jpg
– why don’t animals have wheels?
– – http://www.livescience.com/22146-why-don-t-any-animals-have-wheels.html
– – http://www.straightdope.com/columns/read/1151/why-has-no-animal-species-ever-evolved-wheels
– – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rotating_locomotion_in_living_systems
Tiger moths jamming radar: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vrZ2hNZsCuE
– similar thing in hawkmoths (whose tongues we inadvertently discussed in Episode 007)… plus, genitals!: http://www.nature.com/news/hawkmoths-zap-bats-with-sonic-blasts-from-their-genitals-1.13333#/b2
Beer gut, literally: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Auto-brewery_syndrome
– the academic article: http://www.scirp.org/journal/PaperInformation.aspx?PaperID=33912#.UtV1Rnmi1fM
– popular news coverage: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2425253/Auto-brewery-syndrome-makes-bacteria-brew-beer-mans-stomach.html
– UAE blood alcohol concentration study (link to academic article abstract): http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1355030604717074
– a couple of discussions on the pH of the stomach:
– – http://chemistry.about.com/od/lecturenoteslab1/a/Stomach-Ph.htm
– – http://scienceline.ucsb.edu/getkey.php?key=275
The badass story behind heliobacter pylori and stomach ulcers: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Helicobacter_pylori#History
– Note: the hosts would like to admit our shame at this point that we discussed two Australians named Robin and Barry and did not think to make a Bee Gees joke at the time. We regret the omission and it won’t happen again.
Giles Brindley, showing off his “findings”
Seawater and ulcers
– one popular press article: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2422693/Sea-water-ease-stomach-trouble-decrease-risk-cancer-stomach-ulcers.html
– academic paper: http://www.omicsonline.org/2161-0703/2161-0703-S1-002.php
– salinity by depth: http://www.bigelow.org/shipmates/salinity.html
– halocline: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Halocline
– salt fingering: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Salt_fingering
How is babby formed?
http://knowyourmeme.com/memes/how-is-babby-formed (links to videos in article)
– Colombian paper on vascular action: http://www.hindawi.com/journals/ijvm/2010/834060/
– neuroimaging paper on brain responses: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22561357
– according to Wikipedia, lighter roasts do have more caffeine but not by much; other factors may matter more: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coffee_roasting#Caffeine_content_by_roast_level
Michael Eisen and NASA papers
– his blog post: http://www.michaeleisen.org/blog/?p=1430
– background info on Aaron Swartz: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aaron_Swartz
– papers with lots of authors — the human genome paper had a lot with around 2900 authors, but the Higgs Boson paper may have the record: http://news.cnet.com/8301-17938_105-57509551-1/did-higgs-yield-the-most-authors-in-a-science-study/
– BONUS: “My Baby Loves a Bunch of Authors” by Moxy Früvous: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J9F_XHb81N0 (totally unrelated except for the title, but a great song by a great 90s band)
Beaver anal glands
– the news article: http://www.upi.com/Odd_News/2013/09/15/Beavers-secretions-can-create-taste-similar-to-vanilla-in-baked-goods/UPI-26931379259143/
– more on the substance: http://www.snopes.com/food/ingredient/castoreum.asp
– and a bit more on Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Castoreum


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