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Host Melissa McCue-McGrath 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? Which pigeon saved 194 soldiers in WW1? Why are honey bees trained to find unexploded landmines in Croatia? Let's go!

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    • 4.7 • 19 Ratings

Host Melissa McCue-McGrath 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? Which pigeon saved 194 soldiers in WW1? Why are honey bees trained to find unexploded landmines in Croatia? Let's go!

    Bonus: Butt Science and Twitter Bird Bans

    Bonus: Butt Science and Twitter Bird Bans

    First aired February 2023Twitter bans an ornithological society for posting photos of "woodcocks" while Melissa gets banned for "Hairy Man"; The Media takes special care to protect the identity of one little jailbird with hilarious results; and, no post is complete without a little butt science. There is a photo that I can't stop laughing at in this episode - that photo is attached but also a part of this tweet:https://twitter.com/CampbellxEmma/status/1178400639208116224All of the articles I ...

    • 27 min
    Bonus: Ursa Majors

    Bonus: Ursa Majors

    First aired October 2021Fat Bear Tuesday is the culmination of a week-long bracket-style event inspired by mega-chonk bears and March Madness. What is it? Why is it? Who is going to win? Let's go!****Resources:https://www.nps.gov/katm/learn/fat-bear-week.htmhttps://www.npr.org/2021/09/30/1041674219/fat-bear-week-2021https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/get-to-known-the-bodacious-bulky-bears-of-fat-bear-week-2021-180978778/https://www.mentalfloss.com/article/650110/fat-bear-week-historyht...

    • 15 min
    Bonus: Great Escapes

    Bonus: Great Escapes

    First Aired: Feb 10, 2022A series of the best and funniest animal escapes, all inspired by a police blotter where a camel chase was afoot on a Kansas golf course.Resources for today's episode:http://content.time.com/time/specials/packages/article/0,28804,2041628_2041646_2041645,00.htmlhttps://www.livescience.com/wildest-animal-escapes-2021https://www.facebook.com/BonnerSpringsPD/posts/211926681120376https://www.nbcnews.com/news/animal-news/camel-causes-chaos-running-away-kansas-nativity-...

    • 21 min
    Bonus: Mail Cats?

    Bonus: Mail Cats?

    First aired: August, 2022The Belgian government once used cats to deliver the mail. It went about as well as you would think. Resources for today's exclusive episode:https://www.mentalfloss.com/article/64025/time-cats-delivered-mail-belgiumhttps://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-42098216https://www.vernonmorningstar.com/news/morning-start-cats-once-delivered-mail-in-belgium/https://www.cracked.com/article_28965_for-hot-second-belgium-relied-cats-to-deliver-mail.htmlhttps://www.grunge.com/920707/b...

    • 12 min
    Bonus:Dengue Chicks and the Grocery Store Walk of Shame

    Bonus:Dengue Chicks and the Grocery Store Walk of Shame

    First Aired: January 20, 2023This month's bonus ep for you is all about the chickens who give back in rather surprising ways - from keeping 100 tons (?) of food out of our landfills to preventing Dengue Fever in Central Florida.BTW: Florida, you ok?So, get some chickens, put on a farming hat, and let's go learn about chickens who do more than just poop you breakfast. Let's GOOOOOOOO!Resources: https://htrchickens.com/tag/belgium/#:~:text=%231.&text=Hens%20help%20recycle%20food%20and,an%20...

    • 30 min
    Bonus: BOTY goes Batty

    Bonus: BOTY goes Batty

    First Aired: Nov 5, 2021This month, New Zealand's Bird of the Year competition ruffled feathers, as per usual, when a bat took the gold. A look at the complex and controversial BotY awards and mean tweets at the non-tweety bats.I got today’s information from :https://www.npr.org/2020/11/14/934749679/for-the-birds-voter-fraud-ruffles-new-zealand-bird-of-the-year-competitionhttps://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/AK2110/S00189/native-bats-cause-a-flap-entering-bird-of-the-year-competition.htm?fbclid=Iw...

    • 21 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
19 Ratings

19 Ratings

Jennibomb1 ,

Melissa is a wonderful story teller

The thing I enjoy so much about this podcast is how well Melissa does the research and packages the delivery in a way that is totally family friendly. The information and stories are filled with facts, but never boring or overwhelming. Sometimes a bit emotional. Most of the episodes are just the right length to keep my attention without going overboard like a textbook would. Highly recommend especially for anyone with kids/ young adults in the home who have an interest in amazing animal and people stories.

ORPorp6877$ ,

Fantastic

Entertaining, educational, and absolutely fun!

anrva123 ,

Emily Spinach!

Learned about this podcast via the episode for Emily Spinach (if you know, you know) but will be back for more! Highly recommend.

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