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Join Melissa as she dives deep into the weirdest, funniest, sciency-est ways in which animals intersect at humanity. How is a horse responsible for the FDA? How did fish farts nearly cause bombs to fly between Russia and Sweden? How did a pigeon save 194 soldiers in wartime? Why are honey bees trained to find unexploded landmines in Croatia? Let's go!

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Join Melissa as she dives deep into the weirdest, funniest, sciency-est ways in which animals intersect at humanity. How is a horse responsible for the FDA? How did fish farts nearly cause bombs to fly between Russia and Sweden? How did a pigeon save 194 soldiers in wartime? Why are honey bees trained to find unexploded landmines in Croatia? Let's go!

    Ep 58: FATS G (Frog Rescue Service)

    Ep 58: FATS G (Frog Rescue Service)

    In Australia there is a rescue service for frogs who get trapped in produce that saves upwards of 1500 frogs every single year. We also meet Tony the Frog from Twitter who was saved from a head of lettuce in America, and why voting in America is important in off-presidential years  if you want to save amphibians. Alright, let's go! 

     

    I got today’s information from
    https://journalistsresource.org/health/frog-salad-bagged-lettuce/
    https://www.fats.org.au/history
    Total Environment Care: https://www.tec.org.au/the_wealth_at_our_feet 
    https://twitter.com/simoncurtis/status/1473144616828510212
    https://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-02-10/the-banana-box-frog-rescue-service/8244386
    https://www.fats.org.au/

    Links as always are in the description of today's episode

    Intro Music is “Tiptoe out the back” by Dan Lebowicz and Interstitial music is by MK2. Additional music provided by Pixabay and Freesound.org
     
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    • 31 min
    Ep 57: All About That Bass (Robofish)

    Ep 57: All About That Bass (Robofish)

    This week we talk about the effects of invasive species and how robotic fish employing scare tactics as invasive species birth control, another robot fish explores the deep sea floor, and a dead chipmunk on a stick may solve the mystery of an extinct bird while saving another.  Ready? Let's go!






    Resources for today's episode: 
    Thesaurus.com
    https://arstechnica.com/science/2021/12/putting-the-fear-of-bass-into-mosquitofish-with-a-robot/
    https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/scientists-terrify-invasive-mosquitofish-with-their-worst-nightmare-a-robotic-fish-180979258/
    https://www.newscientist.com/article/2301562-robotic-fish-scares-invasive-species-so-badly-that-it-cannot-breed/
    https://www.mentalfloss.com/article/12760/11-invasive-species-wreaking-havoc-around-world 
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kF9axVuVcX0 a video by Dr Giovanni Polverino for the University of Western Australia 
    Shout out the podcast "Lets Go To Court" as that’s why Lance Bass is on the mind. It’s a running joke through their not-for-children court podcast, but it’s all I could hear in my head every time I read the word "bass" 
    https://www.maine.gov/dhhs/mecdc/infectious-disease/epi/vector-borne/browntail-moth/index.shtml
    https://www.inverse.com/science/soft-robots-fish
    https://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-01-27/saving-the-rufous-fantail-with-a-taxidermied-chipmunk/8212760
    Intro Music is “Tiptoe out the back” by Dan Lebowicz and Interstitial music is by MK2. Additional music provided by Pixabay.com and Freesound.org

     
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    • 21 min
    Ep 56: Put the Rap Battling Horse Skull Back In Christmas, Where It Belongs

    Ep 56: Put the Rap Battling Horse Skull Back In Christmas, Where It Belongs

    Let's go to Wales, a country where they are trying to put the call-and-response singing horse skull back in Christmas, where it belongs.  This is going to be fun. Let's go! 

    More about Melissa can be found at MelissaMcCueMcGrath.com
    Questions, comments, sourdough recipes? Send them in to: 
    bewilderbeastspod@gmail.com 
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    Resources for today's episode: 
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MXBL4Ffc9Ww
    http://www.folkwales.org.uk/mari.html
    https://www.wales.com/about/culture/mari-lwyd
    Dr Gwilym Morus-Baird https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YU5pk-Hc758
    https://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/local-news/centuries-old-mari-lwyd-tradition-returns-6458668
    Intro Music is “Tiptoe out the back” by Dan Lebowicz and Interstitial music is by MK2. Additional music provided by Pixabay and Freesound.org
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    Thanks so much for listening and I’ll see you next week!!! 

     




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    • 22 min
    BONUS: A Very Merry DIY Bird Hoarding Kit

    BONUS: A Very Merry DIY Bird Hoarding Kit

    How much would the 12 days of Christmas cost someone today? How many birds is the True Love gifting? And where is the recipient going to put 224 birds? Let's take a peak at the ill-gifted birds in the mathiest holiday song on holiday playlists everywhere!


    Resources for today's throwback episode can be found on Episode 15: "Christmas Carol Creatures" 

    https://bewilderbeastspod.podcastpage.io/episode/ep-15-christmas-carol-creatures
     https://tinyurl.com/mentalfloss12days
    https://tinyurl.com/triblivecostof12daysofchristma

    Trulia.com

    https://www.vox.com/2015/12/25/10661878/12-days-of-christmas-explained
    Intro Music: “Tiptoe out the back” by Dan Lebowicz
    Interstitial music: MK2
    Additional music is provided by Pixabay.com and Freesound.org

     
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    • 15 min
    Ep 55: Julia Child, The CIA, and Shark Repellent Cakes

    Ep 55: Julia Child, The CIA, and Shark Repellent Cakes

    Julia Child was rejected from the army in WW2, so she got in on the ground-floor of the CIA, whipping up her first ever recipe: Shark Repellent Cakes.

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    * Resources for today's episode include:
    https://www.jstor.org/stable/10.1525/gfc.2005.5.3.44
    https://vintagesmith.tumblr.com/post/10267501885/in-1924-the-politeness-police-was-formed-as
    https://www.tasteofhome.com/article/julia-child-quotes/
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Julia_Child
    https://allthatsinteresting.com/julia-child-spy
    https://www.intelligence.gov/index.php/people/barrier-breakers-in-history/451-julia-child
    https://www.latimes.com/food/dailydish/la-dd-julia-child-shark-repellant-20150722-story.html
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andy_Capp
    Contact Melissa: 
    bewilderbeastspod@gmail.com 
    Tweet @bewilderedpod
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    @bewilderbeasts on Instagram


    Intro Music is “Tiptoe out the back” by Dan Lebowicz and Interstitial music is by MK2. Additional music provided by Pixabay and Freesound.org
    Don’t forget to like, subscribe, review and share with your curious friends. 


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    • 15 min
    Ep 54: Ho, Ho, Reindoes!

    Ep 54: Ho, Ho, Reindoes!

    This week, Melissa explains how we know Santa's sleigh is pulled by 8 reinDOEs who can see predators urine (that's not in the movie!), how shaman made reindeer fly, and the story of Rudolph uncovered. 

    Parents: Melissa is fully on Team Santa, so learn awesome holiday facts with a supportive parent host.

    All resources can be found at Episode 15: Christmas Carol Creatures (season 1) of this podcast.

    Email: BewilderBeastsPod@gmail.com or check the website: BewilderBeastsPod.com
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    More about Melissa can be found at MelissaMcCueMcGrath.com or her book, Considerations for the City Dog is available wherever you like to buy books. 
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    • 20 min

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