138: Turkey Candy Corn

138: Turkey Candy Corn

 
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When we tried to start recording, the neighbors revved up their engines and insisted on mowing their lawns–so we had all the wacky background noise!

For Thanksgiving we got together to taste test Brach’s Turkey Dinner flavored candy corn. It was an outdoor, socially distanced adventure that we just had to share with you. It’s like an episode of Chopped where they tried to make candy corn into a savory dish.

image: from the Brach’s website

Trace’s chickens and her husband, Chas, make a guest appearance! (We gave him a Turkey candy corn and he hated it)

The candy corn flavors were weird, but we had so much fun.

In order from left to right: Turkey, Cranberry, Green Bean, Ginger Carrot, Stuffing,
Sweet Potato Pie

137: Fred vs The Mississippi

137: Fred vs The Mississippi

 
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On July 6th, 1930 Fred Newton dipped a toe into the Mississippi river and explained to reporters that he planned to swim from Minneapolis to New Orleans. Along the way he encountered floating rafts of manure and other hazards. It wasn’t an adventure for the faint of heart.

Show Notes:

Smithsonian Magazine – Fred Newton Swims the Mississippi

Washington Post-Swimming Down the Mississippi for Dear Life

Fred Newton promotes his record-breaking journey.

Fred Newton

Image Courtesy of Smithsonian Magazine

https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/c/c3/Mississippiriver-new-01.png

Map courtesy Wikimedia Commons

136: Sneaky Potato

136: Sneaky Potato

 
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In 1532 the Spanish found out what everyone in South America already knew–potatoes are amazing. But when they brought them back to Europe the reception wasn’t so great. No one was impressed by a food harvested out of the dirt.

When famine hit Prussia in 1774, King Frederick the Great had a plan to get his starving people to eat the dreaded potato.

Check out his grave in Germany and leave a potato.

135: Moon Junk

135: Moon Junk

 
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A word on sound quality: We’re still recording remotely. Just pretend Amy is on the moon, reporting from her own personal lunar module.

Besides the lander modules left by each mission, there’s a lot of unexpected junk and treasures left behind by America’s six trips to the moon.

Show Notes:

Check out a hammer vs feather drop experiment done on the moon. Commander David Scott did the demo during the Apollo 15 moon walk. Experiment at 0:23.

Family photo left on the moon by
astronaut Charlie Duke.
image: NASA
The Apollo 15 mission left behind a lunar rover. Too bad the batteries will be long dead by the time another mission lands on the moon. image: NASA
In our era of special effects, these moon photos look so ordinary. This is Neil Armstrong. Reflected in his helmet is Buzz Aldrin taking his picture. That flag, the rover, it’s tracks and their footprints are still there. image: NASA

134: Glowing Squirrels

134: Glowing Squirrels

 
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An accidental discovery by scientist Jonathan G. Martin lead to a surprise at his bird feeder. Turns out Flying Squirrels in the United States have a special trait. Under ultraviolet light they glow.

Ultraviolet light makes flying squirrels turn PINK!
image: Northland College

If you want to know more about the particulars of ultraviolet light here’s a link to a LiveScience.com article.

133: Bosch’s Butt Music

133: Bosch’s Butt Music

 
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Letting you know straight out the gate that the sound quality of this episode is…eh. We had some remote recording issues again–thanks Covid–but (get it? Butt Music and but? HA! Dad joke for the win). But, Amy had too much cool stuff to share not to air this episode on Hieronymus Bosch, his painting of The Garden of Earthly Delights, and Amelia Hamrick’s discovery of sheet music on a naked butt.

Show Notes:

The Garden Of Earthly Delights - Free image on Pixabay

The Garden of Earthly Delight -Hieronymous Bosch

Getting to the Bottom of a 500-Year-Old Mystery - Outlook - Edmond and  North OKC Oklahoma Magazine

Amelia Hamrick -Image courtesy of the Edmond Outlook

Artnet Bosch Butt MusicĀ 

Edmondoutlook Bosch Butt Music