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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!

There Is No "I" In "Teamwork" But There Is An "Ewok?!"

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 kennel

2. Dog frees tied up dog

3. Do Dogs Know Other Dogs Are Dogs?

4. More info on nake mole rats than you even want to know
5. Naked mole rats eat poop

6. Zombees

7. Social spider web
8. Dogs and humans dream team defeat neanderthals

9. Cattle tyrant majestically riding a capybara

10. Devil's gardens

Adorable Animals Who Want To Murder You

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 Snail

2. Noodling for catfish

3. Poison pass: the man who became immune to snake venom

5. Slow Loris

6. Platypus venom

7. leopard seal feeds photographer

8. Hippo's skull, showing the large canines and incisors used for fighting.

What A Tool!

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 sponges

2. Video of a tailor bird sewing leaves together

3. New Caledonian crows create their own hooks

4. The Brazen Bull torture device

5. Butcher bird impaling its prey

6. Macaques using human hair to floss

7. Palm cockatoos drumming to get the ladies

8. Elephant's big D energy

9. The weird world of dragonfly wieners

10. The woman who has trained herself how to run like a horse

Correction: Living root bridges are found in Meghalaya, Northeast India. 

David and Goliath

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. 

Real Life Superheroes!

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. 

Aw, Rats!

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.

Transformers (Octopuses In Disguise)

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. 

BONUS: Introducing Science Rules! with Bill Nye

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.

Weapons of ASS Destruction

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. 

City Slickers

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. 

Seven Deadly Sins Part II: Electric Bonobo

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! 

The Seven Deadly Sins (Part 1)

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. 

The Dark Tetrad

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. 

Extra Sensory Pawception

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. 

One Flew Over

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.