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Better Than Human the Podcast. Your favorite comedy science podcast, where we humorously breakdown all the stupid, senseless, or downright silly things humans do and prove, once and for all, humans are not the epitome of the evolutionary chain.

Better Than Human Jennifer and Amber

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    • 5.0 • 6 Ratings

Better Than Human the Podcast. Your favorite comedy science podcast, where we humorously breakdown all the stupid, senseless, or downright silly things humans do and prove, once and for all, humans are not the epitome of the evolutionary chain.

    Cranberries: The Sauce of Thanksgiving ... Unless You're President Eisenhower

    Cranberries: The Sauce of Thanksgiving ... Unless You're President Eisenhower

    Cranberries are a fruit native to North America, and are a staple at most American Thanksgiving Dinners. Due to their very sharp and sour taste, cranberries are rarely eaten outside of the holidays. Nowadays, most Cranberries are consumed as a juice which can contain more sugar than soda pop, and has iffy health benefits. 
    In The Good The Bad The News
    The Bad: The Kyle Rittenhouse trial once again proves that white men can get away with murder. You don’t bring a gun somewhere unless you plan on shooting someone, and destruction of property is not the same as hurting living beings.
    The Good: 
    A record number of Humpback whale has been recorded off the coast of Seattle with a record number of calves birthed. In fact the entire population of Humpback whales has almost rebounded to the pre-whaling numbers. This shows that conservation does work.
    Cranberries can be found in acidic bogs throughout the cooler regions of the Northern Hemisphere. The Algonquian nation used cranberries for food and for dye, and introduced this fruit to Europeans. Cranberries are grown and harvested in a unique fashion, and the sale and marketing of them has led to things like the Great Cranberry Scare, the introduction of different juices, and the manipulation of the market.

    Their most known benefit might be their ability to prevent urinary tract infections. Do cranberries actually help with UTIs? The science says yes! But the science also says no. So ... maybe?
    Listen now to wade through the history, growth and marketing of Cranberries, the tart fruit you probably only eat once a year.
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    • 52 min
    Hamsters: Pets, Wild Animals, Lab Animals and Cannibals

    Hamsters: Pets, Wild Animals, Lab Animals and Cannibals

    Hamsters are rodents commonly kept as pets. Do you know what Hamster means? Hoard. Do you know what a group of Hamsters is called? Horde. You know what that means? Bring out the horde of hoarders! If you’ve ever had a pet hamster, then you probably know, they're solitary animals that dislike changes in temperature, and may resort to cannibalism if stressed. Amber isn’t a fan of hamsters as pets, but we can agree that they are an interesting species in the wild, as a pet, and in laboratories. 
    In The Good, The Bad, The News
    Apparently, men with pet hamsters are more likely to cheat, according to this one random study on this website that we’ve never heard of before ...
    A 15 Million-Acre ocean superhighway was just created to preserve marine life, which is great news. And, a hamster’s home is sacrosanct, even in a graveyard. Austrian developers fail to challenge protection over species.
    There are over 20 species of hamsters, all of which are related to mice. Five hamster species are common as pets, and wild hamsters are found throughout much of Europe and Asia. Female hamsters are very sensitive to disturbances while giving birth and after giving birth, which may lead to them eating their own babies, to the horror of many grade school children. But, if you keep them alone, in a large enough cage, with enough fresh bedding, in a non-drafty area, they can make great pets.
    Listen now to learn about the farmland pest who has become a common household pet.
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    • 58 min
    Ladybug, Ladybug Fly Away Home

    Ladybug, Ladybug Fly Away Home

    Ladybugs (Ladybirds or Coccinellidae) are a widespread family of small beetles. Regardless of their name, they are not bugs nor birds. We’re not sure where their name comes from but it might come from "Beetle of Our Lady" in reference to the Virgin Mary. Many cultures consider them good luck, this is probably because they sometimes eat unwanted pests which helps preserve crops.
    In The Good The Bad the News
    This week it's complicated. Jennifer talks about the cocaine hippos from Colombia and how they have become the first animals recognized as “legal persons” in the U.S. (If you want to learn more about them listen to our episode all about Hippopotamus found at the link below). Then she talks Penis worms that lived in the depths of ancient seas more than 500 million years ago. Amber didn’t look into bad news because bad news is sad, but for her good news refugees in Cameroon have turned a desert camp into a thriving forest.
    Ladybugs are often brightly colored with small black spots on their wing covers, with black legs, heads and antennae.  However, they are not all red and some are not colorful at all. There are 6,000 ladybug species worldwide and almost 500 species in North America.
    Unfortunately, due to invasive species of ladybugs, such as the Harlequin ladybird (Asian lady beetle, Asian Ladybug) and the Seven-spotted ladybug, native North American ladybug species, such as the nine-spotted ladybug, are becoming displace and even extinct in some areas. 
    Listen now to learn about the good luck bug, one of nature's natural pests, and  also, one of nature's natural pest controls.

    Link to the episode about Hippos: https://betterthanhuman.buzzsprout.com/603916/4990118-i-want-a-hippopotamus-wait-never-mind-hippopotamus-are-terrifyingly-deadly
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    • 53 min
    Allosaurus: The Bone Wars Almost Ruin Our Discovery

    Allosaurus: The Bone Wars Almost Ruin Our Discovery

    This week is all about the Allosaurus, a large carnosaurian theropod dinosaur that lived 155 to 145 million years ago during the Jurassic period. Think what the Velociraptors in Jurassic Park look like, but bigger, and spoiler: probably no pack hunting. 
    In the Good The Bad the News
    In the Bad, Syphilis in on the rise in the U.S., a sign that our public health services are failing. (A few years ago we almost eliminated syphilis in America…)
    In the Good, Amber talks about the ‘penis plant' that just bloomed in the Netherlands that smells like rotting flesh. Yum. And Jen talks about loggerhead sea turtle nests in the West African nation of Cape Verde making a rebound. 
    Allosaurus means "different lizard" referring  to its unique (at the time of its discovery) hollow vertebrae. Allosaurus had sharp saw-like teeth, which it used to slash the flesh of its prey, tearing at it without splintering bones. 
    We know a lot about Allosaurus because of the many fossils we found of the species, from eggs to fully grown. Allosaurus was one of the earliest dinosaur discoveries, and they are the most commonly found dinosaur in the United States. The Bone Wars of the late 1800’s, however, botched their discovery, and it was years before the dinosaur was even officially even called Allosaurus. 
    Listen now to learn about Allosaurus, a commonly found dinosaur throughout the U.S.'s Midwest.

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    • 59 min
    Why the Addams Family Are the Best Example of a Modern Family

    Why the Addams Family Are the Best Example of a Modern Family

    The Addams Family are almost the perfect family. How so, you ask? There are lots of reasons, like Morticia being a feminist icon, or Wednesday being every goth girl's life goals, or Morticia and Gomez being the perfect couple. #relationshipgoals
    But first, where did the fictional characters of the Addams Family come from? You might be surprised to find out they started as a cartoon in The New Yorker and were created by American cartoonist Charles Addams in 1938. He created the  Addamses, a wealthy aristocratic clan who delight in the macabre, as a satirical version of the ideal 20th-century American family. 
    Since the Addams Family creation, there have been multiple TV shows, cartoons and movies about the family. Starting with the classic The Addams Family television show from 1964, to the superb movies,  Addams Family (1991) and Addams Family Values (1993). (Who doesn’t love these movies???)
    Now The Addams Family are considered one of the most iconic families in American history. The Addamses have gotten their popularity for good reason. They are the opposite of the boring, dysfunctional sitcom family, which pits family members against each other for laughs. 
    Listen now to why Better Than Human thinks the Addams Family are the almost perfect family.
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    • 57 min
    Mermaids: Imprinted in Human Psyche, But Evolutionarily Impossible

    Mermaids: Imprinted in Human Psyche, But Evolutionarily Impossible

    A Mermaid is a mythical aquatic creature with the upper body of a female human and the tail of a fish.  Legends of these creatures have been reported since the beginning of humanity. 
    There is no evidence that mermaids live anywhere on earth. However, there are a lot of scientific reasons why they physically cannot exist. Seriously, fish and human’s last common ancestor was over 170 million years ago. If you’re going to say mermaids are mammals, they’d have to breathe air, which means going to the surface often. (So lots of chances for humans to spot them).  AND even then, a human/water mammal would not have had time to evolve. Whales returned to the ocean 50 million years ago, and humans evolved 300,000 years ago…. So there is just not enough time for evolution to take place.
    But, there is a lot of interesting folklore surrounding these creatures. (A lot more interesting than the bigfoot ‘folklore’) 
    Tails of merfolks go back to ancient times: from the 2500BC Mesopotamia to the first know tale of an Assyrian queen who turned into a mermaid in 1000BC to current culture.  So, to say mermaids have been in the human psyche forever, would not be in error. 
    Listen now to learn why mermaids cannot happen in real life, but are interesting anyways. 
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    • 59 min

Customer Reviews

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6 Ratings

Big Brother B ,

Both entertaining and educational

Always been a dream of mine to do a show with my siblings. Way to live the dream!

JoKohn ,

Love these sisters

What a fun concept for a show, and their chemistry and sisterly banter makes it that much better. Keep it up!

HelloandNo ,

Great chemistry

Love this show. Always keeps me interested and always look forward to new episodes. Can’t recommend it enough.

-Tabby from Your New Best Friends Podcast

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