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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 54: ReinDOEs Make Christmas Possible

    Ep 54: ReinDOEs Make Christmas Possible

    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
    Bonus: Drunk Flies and Stoned Dolphins (With Dr. Oné R. Pagán)

    Bonus: Drunk Flies and Stoned Dolphins (With Dr. Oné R. Pagán)

    This is a recording of Oné R. Pagán's book launch for "Drunk Flies and Stoned Dolphins" where a tipsy Melissa asks him about cocaine addiction in flatworms, "bouncer bees" who decapitate drunk bees coming back to the hive, a few side tracks into pjs and tattoos, then circling back to stoned dolphins, spiders on LSD, phobias, and misadventures in web-based randomizers.  His incredible research is improving how we understand addiction in humans.

    Find his book, "Drunk Flies and Stoned Dolphins" wherever you like to purchase books or at your local library.

    Follow  Oné  on Twitter (@BaldScientist)  or his website, https://baldscientist.com/



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    • 1 hr 8 min
    Ep 53: Who's Your Daddy?

    Ep 53: Who's Your Daddy?

    Melissa addresses  sex changing animals who can do it all, condors who have had enough of their male cage mates, lesbian lizards, proposes a Finding Nemo #3, and the myth of the sexual binary.










    I got today’s information from
    Theresa Thorn of the podcast, "One Bad Mother" (the podcast that saved my sanity while parenting in the early years - profanity laced sanity for parents)
     "It Feels Good To Be Yourself"
    https://us.macmillan.com/books/9781250302953/itfeelsgoodtobeyourself

    https://theconversation.com/what-we-learn-from-a-fish-that-can-change-sex-in-just-10-days-129063
    The Oxford Dictionary

    https://www.sbs.com.au/topics/science/nature/article/2016/09/29/7-gender-bending-animals-animal-kingdom
    https://www.inverse.com/science/animals-can-change-their-sex
    https://blogs.scientificamerican.com/observations/why-is-same-sex-sexual-behavior-so-common-in-animals/
    https://www.google.com/search?q=sea+turltes+climate+change+warm+temparatures&rlz=1C1CHBF_enUS773US773&oq=sea+turltes+climate+change+warm+temparatures&aqs=chrome..69i57j69i64.6270j0j7&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8

    https://news.berkeley.edu/2010/03/01/frogs/

    https://biologicaldiversity.org/w/news/press-releases/epa-widely-used-pesticide-atrazine-likely-harms-more-1000-endangered-species-2020-11-05/ 
    https://www.dtnpf.com/agriculture/web/ag/crops/article/2021/03/09/biden-administration-may-change-epa
    https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/california-condors-surprise-scientists-with-two-virgin-births-180978983/
     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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    • 37 min
    Ep 52: Five Deer

    Ep 52: Five Deer

    Trigger warning: Today's episode discusses genocide, the dark truth behind America's most gluttonous holiday.  Why you should be eating eel and deer instead of turkey and potatoes on Thursday,  and how writers of the 1800's completely SQUAWKED up how we learn about Thanksgiving today.  And we learn what they didn't teach you in school about the first feast. Buckle in, it's a rollercoaster. 















    Resources: 

    https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/what-was-on-the-menu-at-the-first-thanksgiving-511554/
    https://www.onthisday.com/events/date/1621

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thanksgiving_dinner
    https://time.com/4577425/thanksgiving-2016-true-story/
    https://www.britannica.com/biography/Sarah-Josepha-Hale
    https://www.nationalreview.com/2021/08/book-review-lady-editor-literary-lady-complicated-proto-feminist/
    https://americanindian.si.edu/nk360/informational/rethinking-thanksgiving
    https://news.harvard.edu/gazette/story/2020/05/the-impact-of-covid-19-on-native-american-communities/
    https://www.cdc.gov/media/releases/2020/p0819-covid-19-impact-american-indian-alaska-native.html
    https://ktla.com/news/nationworld/thousands-of-homicides-disappearances-of-indigenous-women-remain-unsolved-many-in-same-state-where-gabby-petitos-body-was-found/
    https://mashpeewampanoagtribe-nsn.gov/ 
    https://native-land.ca/
    https://www.wbur.org/hereandnow/2020/11/25/native-americans-thanksgiving-mourning

    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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    • 40 min
    Ep 51: Africanimals

    Ep 51: Africanimals

    This week, Melissa has a special announcement and revisit of three African animal stories for the History Class of RSU 40 in Waldoboro, Maine. #GoPanthers 

    For information on Dr. One Pagan's book launch ("Drunk Flies and Stoned Dolphins: A Trip Through The World of Animal Intoxication") please visit @BaldScientist on Twitter, or Dr.  Oné R. Pagán's website: https://baldscientist.com/ 











    For full resources, please visit:
    Episode 1: “These Bees are The Bomb!” (Segment 1 of that episode)
    https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/painting-eyes-cow-butts-could-save-cow-and-lion-lives-180975601/
    https://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-37316573 
    https://www.nature.com/articles/s42003-020-01156-0

    Segment Two: Episode 12: Parachuting Yorkie Saves The Day (segment 1 of that episode)
    https://mashable.com/article/stolen-lemur-san-francisco-zoo-safe/ 
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lemur
    https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/maki-lemur-stolen-san-francisco-zoo-found-safe-nearby-city-n1243680
    https://apnews.com/article/lemur-theft-san-francisco-zoo-962bb0064c2129c8da75cf4f5780b11b
    Segment Three: Episode 23 “Dwarf Giraffes and Two Danny DiVitos” (segment 2 of that episode)

    https://mashable.com/article/giraffe-dwarf-discovery/
    https://www.verywellhealth.com/how-many-types-of-dwarfism-are-there-2860725 
    https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/dwarfism/symptoms-causes/syc-20371969#:~:text=Dwarfism%20is%20short%20stature%20that,different%20medical%20conditions%20cause%20dwarfism.
    https://link.springer.com/epdf/10.1186/s13104-020-05403-9?sharing_token=ntjvG3fP1wY_nrBV0eDdO2_BpE1tBhCbnbw3BuzI2RO_hp-8Guw6xV7ywaIirtjhYCijpdOVcpcsRSq7HBvvCbScuMwHpvQOGkFiUA-k4_ttaOODkzWhYBOHXQo5ujaizGjqTke6RMmuFIZAkUUXjslcFxiMDL3g07YUIA8JPsA%3D

    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
    Don’t forget to like, subscribe, review and share with your curious friends. 
    Thanks so much for listening and I’ll see you next week!!! 

     
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    • 29 min
    Ep 50: Arson Pigeon Revenge (Olga of Kiev)

    Ep 50: Arson Pigeon Revenge (Olga of Kiev)

    In this 50th episode, we  meet Olga of Kiev, a PATRON SAINT who murdered a lot of people using earth, wind, fire, ale and homing pigeons. She inspired the character of Cersei Lannister,  a death metal band's concept album, a ballet and the US Military in WW2. Let's go!































    Resources for today's episode!
    Rejected Princesses: Tales of History’s Boldest Heroines, Hellions and Heretics by Jason Porath - https://www.rejectedprincesses.com/princesses/olga-of-kiev
     
    Moxie Labouche's "Your Brain on Facts" Podcast

    Endless Thread Podcast (WBUR)

    Fierce Females of History Podcast

    https://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2011/04/old-weird-tech-the-bat-bombs-of-world-war-ii/237267/
    https://military.wikia.org/wiki/Bat_bomb
    https://medium.com/lessons-from-history/the-bizarre-history-of-the-bat-bomb-437d6d33c27b
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bat_bomb
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Olga_of_Kiev
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Donald_Griffin
    https://houston.culturemap.com/news/arts/10-25-13-lessons-from-a-farce-houston-grand-operas-idie-fledermausi-looks-to-restore-the-genres-good-name/
    Encyclopedia Britannica



     
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    • 28 min

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