Episode 009: The Major Axis of the Dog SHOW NOTES

Alternate summary text: Matt Krause’s browser history gives new meaning to the term “streaming video”

Sorry once again for the delay, folks! Things CONTINUE to crazy here in SSHHMM-land! But here are your show notes for Episode 009. Rest assured that Episode 010 has already been recorded and we’ll be working on editing/releasing that just as soon as these notes are posted!

(You may notice that the above paragraph is almost identical to the belated-show-notes update from the previous episode. Which is because the circumstances are nearly identical. But we will be releasing Episode 010 in a much more timely fashion [hopefully], as we already have plans for recording Episode 011…)

Topics discussed: Cleopatra and woolly mammoths; a grand u(ri)nified theory; bloody salty sharks and potty-mouthed turtles; the magnetic declination of canine defecation; and a wetness down under leads us to contemplate whether Les Cousins Dangereux is obscene. Clearly, our classiest episode yet!

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Reddit — historical things that were at the same time
– president that sent 1 email (it was Bill Clinton, and it was actually 2 emails): http://www.salon.com/2011/02/17/bill_clinton_2_emails_president/

Urination law
– Nat Geo article: http://newswatch.nationalgeographic.com/2013/10/23/new-law-of-urination-mammals-take-21-seconds-to-pee/
– paper/movie on arxiv: http://arxiv.org/abs/1310.3737
– do fish pee and/or excrete through their gills?
– – http://animals.pawnation.com/fish-pee-10884.html
– – http://oceanlink.info/biodiversity/ask/fishy.html#anchor105868
– – semi-related: whale bladder cancer article: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1680180/
– – fun fact: whales’ bladders are somewhat smaller than might be expected, around 5-6 gallons for larger whales (http://books.google.com/books?id=ASIVAAAAIAAJ&pg=PA88)
– shark blood salinity:
– – http://www.abc.net.au/science/articles/2007/08/06/1996394.htm
– – academic review article (PDF): http://foodweb.uhh.hawaii.edu/MARE%20594/Anderson%20et%20al.%202007.pdf
– – more info: http://www.elasmo-research.org/education/white_shark/tmao.htm
– turtles peeing through mouths: http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2012/10/121012-turtles-urine-pee-mouth-science-animals-weird/

Dogs pooping in line with magnetic fields
– actual paper (PDF): http://www.frontiersinzoology.com/content/pdf/1742-9994-10-80.pdf
– pop coverage 1: http://www.livescience.com/42317-dogs-poop-along-north-south-magnetic-lines.html
– pop coverage… #2: http://www.pbs.org/newshour/rundown/dogs-poop-in-alignment-with-earths-magnetic-field-study-finds/
– German studies of magnetoception in European robins (by Wolfgang Wiltschko):
– – original studies were published in German, but here’s a later one: http://www.researchgate.net/publication/6056927_Magnetic_compass_of_European_robins/file/3deec52127cffc791d.pdf
– – also summarized here: http://www.ks.uiuc.edu/History/magnetoreception/
– Magnetic field strengths
– – junkyard magnet: 1-2 Tesla (see http://hypertextbook.com/facts/1999/KeithHermanstyne.shtml and FSU link below)
– – research/hospital MRI: 1.5-3 Tesla
– – world record (as of 2011): 97.4 Tesla (http://www.magnet.fsu.edu/mediacenter/news/pressreleases/2011/2011Aug-22.html)
– Wikipedia magnetoception: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Magnetoception
– caged wisdom: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d9-TGKbKE80
– cows lining up while grazing, from the same research group:
– – http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=93956323
– – actual academic paper: http://www.pnas.org/content/105/36/13451
– Andrew Gelman post: http://andrewgelman.com/2014/01/04/dogs-sensitive-small-variations-earths-magnetic-field/

– the drug Sugammadex: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sugammadex
– a bit on how Febreze works: http://chemistry.about.com/od/cleanerchemistry/f/how-febreze-works.htm
– more of the Febreze story (starts mid-page): http://www.nytimes.com/2012/02/19/magazine/shopping-habits.html?pagewanted=4
– cyclodextrins in general: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cyclodextrin

How many oceans does the Earth have?

UK vs Europe:
– tectonically, they’re on the same plate (although so is most of Asia):

New islands: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_islands
– Wikipedia has a bit on definitions: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Island
– the proposed Krause/Johnson island definition standard: https://c1.staticflickr.com/3/2174/5820824881_2a3c2982b3_z.jpg
– the “Far Side” Island on TV Tropes (WARNING: likely wastage of life minutes if you click): http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/FarSideIsland

Supreme Court pornography/obscenity ruling:

– effectiveness study (by them): http://static.duolingo.com/s3/DuolingoReport_Final.pdf
S*** Duolingo says subreddit (NSFW URL, FYI)

Are you there God? It’s me again, Margaret
– Amazon link: http://amzn.to/1mpwaBl
– “It’s Me Again, Margaret” video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Wb2nZR6qbE

Just in case you haven’t seen The Princess Bride:
– stream it: http://amzn.to/1oMpMlN
– buy on disc: http://amzn.to/1m1IPWo
– the book is good too: http://amzn.to/1reVeMa


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