Right Now in Creature Feature

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:

  1. My frozen bear heart
  2. Calendar cells
  3. Arctic fox faceplanting into snow
  4. Arctic fox's awkward wardrobe malfunctions
  5. Arctic fox shedding its coat
  6. Ancient snow goggles
  7. Frozen wood frog
  8. Siberian salamander
  9. Painted turtles breathe through their butts
  10. Wild Yakut horses
  11. MORE. FLUFFY. HORSES
  12. Kulning video by Jonna Jinton

Leftovers

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:

  1. Capuchins cracking open nuts
  2. Baby ants making vomit soup for their caretakers
  3. Catching Fire: How Cooking Makes Us Human
  4. The Killer Shrews (1959)
  5. Murderous fur-tube (Blarina brevicauda shrew)
  6. Killer caterpillars (not from outer space)
  7. Elanora's Falcons use live food-prisons
  8. Early humans stored bone marrow
  9. Fish-eye fluke
  10. Shark-eye parasite
  11. Beware eye-eating amoebas
  12. Asian palm civet
  13. The problem with Kopi Luwak
  14. Fuzzy baby t-rex!

Pardon My Turkey!

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:

  1. Dong tao chicken
  2. ko shamo chicken
  3. English pouter
  4. Silkie chickens
  5. Frizzle chicken
  6. Serama "Arnold Schwarzenegger" chicken
  7. Ayam cemani "goth chicken"
  8. What really killed the dodo?
  9. Mangalitza pig
  10. Belgian blue cow
  11. Damascus goat

Virtually Reality

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:

  1. Find your blindspot
  2. Blindspot studies
  3. Rats can move each eye independently
  4. Experience rat vision!
  5. Pacific barreleye fish's transparent head!
  6. The brownsnout spookfish's four eyes
  7. The brownsnout spookfish looking like some kind of fake Jim Henson puppet 
  8. Kitty with possible signs of phantom limb
  9. Crab self-amputating to escape gull
  10. Mirror therapy reorganizes brain
  11. Can animals understand mirrors?
  12. What happens when you poke the fusiform gyrus
  13. Horses hold grudges
  14. You aren't crazy, dogs ham it up just for you
  15. Wasps know a friendly face
  16. Bee orchid trying to seduce bees with sexy bee shape
  17. Monkey orchids
  18. Beautiful crab spider mimics flower
  19. The completely unreal looking orchid mantis

Back from the Dead!

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. With special guest Forrest Galante from Animal Planet's Extinct or Alive.


  1. Extinct or Alive TV show
  2. The Pinocchio Lizard
  3. The Horned Frog
  4. Giant Extinct Crocodiles
  5. Thylacosmilus was a Bit of a Doof
  6. Gastric Brooding Frog
  7. A Case for De-Extinction
  8. A Case Against De-Extinction
  9. The Saola

Monster Mash

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:

  1. Halloween crab & halloween snake
  2. Dramatic emo vampire squid
  3. Vampire finch
  4. Dracula ants
  5. Doggy licks of death
  6. Serial killer kitties love human blood
  7. Lions of Tsavo
  8. (TRIGGER WARNING: ANIMAL CRUELTY) Experiments in the Revival of Organisms
  9. Slightly suspect TedX talk using bananas as models for human head transplants
  10. Pig brains being reanimated
  11. Gator pops
  12. Ghost Shark 2013 movie
  13. The real "ghost shark," a deep sea cutie pie
  14. Ring tailed lemur
  15. Black and white ruffed lemur

Evolutionary Horror Stories

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:

  1. Video of leucochloridium paradoxum
  2. Our DNA stealing friend, the delloid rotifer
  3. Carrion beetles staying calm and carrion
  4. Everyone welcome onto the U.S.S carrion beetle
  5. A hot, young David Attenborough explains the corpse lily
  6. A parasitic hairworm noodling its way out of a cricket (warning: gross)
  7. Russian nesting worms
  8. Eyebleach: cat discovering its own ears

Superstition

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

Batty for Bats!

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

Aliens Under The Sea!

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 isopod
3. Atolla jellyfish
4. Proboscis worm
5. Sand dollars are freaky
6. Planarians regrow their bodies
7. Octopus, Making Contact

Pseudoscience Psucks

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 sex
2. Snub nosed monkeys
3. Bearded vulture makeup
4. Baboon utopian society
5. Testosterone not correlated with attractiveness
6. Races do not differ genetically
7. LET'S GIVE BIRDS TEETH
8. Whoops, sometimes snakes have legs
9. Horses with extra hooves
10. Neural crest cells are what make dogs so cute
11. Pseudoscience whistleblowers
12. Hey, guess what? Physiognomy is still dumb!
13. Darwin almost thwarted by pseudoscience

Animal Appetite

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 Axolotl
2. Greenland sharks
3. Horrifying Fine Dining Lovers article
4. Vilhjalmur Stefansson
5. Butterflies drinking turtle tears
6. Tear drinking moths harassing birbs
7. Vegan ortolan
8. Marijuana-fed pigs
9. Potato-washing macaques
10. Red colobus monkeys detoxing
11. Peruvian parrots eating dirt
12. Spices as defensive weapons
13. Blind snakes survive being eaten and escapes toad's b-hole
14. The Honey Hunters of Nepal
15. Bee getting punched in the face by a flower
16. Tapir "climbing" a tree
17. GET ON THE CHEVROTAIN TRAIN

Legend Smashers

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 venom
2. Bees are angered by the color red
3. Mathematician & grandfather of the scientific method, Ḥasan Ibn al-Haytham
4. Unihemispheric slow wave sleep
5. Lionesses synchronize their "periods" (estrus)
6. Immortal jellyfish
7. Scallop eyeballs
8. Horse mustaches!!!
9. Bornean bearded pig
10. The mystery of wombat cube poop, solved?

Cryptids are [REDACTED]

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. Mothman
2. Sandhill crane
3. Barred owl
4. Owls or aliens?
5. Owl without feathers (artistic rendering)
6. Do those legs go owl the way up
7. Vampire bats
8. Giant Gippsland earthworm
9. Giant Gippsland earthworm sounds
10. Gigantopithecus blacki

Bamboozled

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 rocks
2. Gelada male

3. Firefly femme fatale

4. Hawk moth caterpillar mimics viper

5. Passion flower mimicry

6. Automimicry
7. Conformity elevator experiment

8. Jumping spider ant mimics

9. Jumping spider mimicking one ant carrying another (this is ONE spider)

Ear Bleach

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 researcher

2. Sea turtle swim suits

3. Cutest age for a dog study

4. Sea lion puppy covered in sand

5. Prehensile Tailed Porcupine "talking"
6. Image of Prehensile Tailed Porcupine's boopable snoot

7. Daily Herald cuteness article

8. Hamster wheel study

9. Mosha the elephant gets a prosthetic leg

10. Rampaging elephant stops to save baby

11. Selfie quokkas

12. Image of Quokka

13. Dik Dik alarm call
14. Shy Dumbo Octopus
15. "Venezuelan Poodle Moth"

16. Birb bounces golf ball

Fant(ass)y Creatures

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 Beetles

2. Warsaw Basilisk

3. Basilisk lizard running on water

4. Argentavis Magnificens

5. Terror Birds

6. Detachable penis

7. Horrible picture of a Stegodyphus lineatus spider being eaten by her babies

8. Atacama skeleton

9. Horrible picture of a "real" Jackalope (papilloma virus infected rabbit)

Go Home Nature, You're Drunk

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 tongues

2. A kangaroo's three amazing vaginas

3. Elephant honkers

4. The Colugo Flying Lemur (who is not a lemur)

5. Woman whose organs were flipped

6. The popcorn-smelling Binturong

7. The dank Maned Wolf

8. The beautiful Snub-nosed Monkey

9. Pterosaurs were flying death machines

10. Video of the Iranian Spider-Tailed Viper

11. Video of the Mexican Mole Lizard

12. Katie's slideshow!