146: Snail Knights

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146: Snail Knights
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Brunetto Latini’s Li Livres dou Tresor via British Library

There are over 70 examples of knights fighting snails in illuminated manuscripts from the 1300s. But why? First meme? A silly inside joke? A weird allegory? Listen to the episode and check out our link in the show notes. Or better yet, just Google Snail Knights!

Show Notes:

More Snail Knights from the British Library

145: Can’t Find the Beat

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145: Can't Find the Beat
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When music comes on, can you clap along or do you struggle to find the beat? If you have a hard time keeping up with the rhythm, there’s a reason and it’s happening in your auditory cortex.

 

Show Notes: 

PopSci: Why Some People are Bad at Dancing

Science Alert: Are You Beat Deaf?

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Primary auditory cortex and Auditory association areas.jpg

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144: The Tree that Owned Itself

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Col. William H Jackson had a favorite tree. So, somewhere around 1832, Colonel Jackson gave the white oak tree to itself (and the city of Athens, GA played along). As of this broadcast, that tree’s offspring still grows on the same spot. We have so many questions.

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143: Hogmanay

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Help us lean into the New Year with the many Scottish traditions surrounding Hogmanay! There are wee drams of whiskey and balls of fire and cleaning out the house to get ready for the coming year. Raise a glass with us in the hopes of a better 2021.

Show Notes:

Hogmanay Wiki

Visit Scotland: Hogmanay

Trip Savvy: Hogmanay

Comrie Flambeaux

 

Awesome Stonehaven Fireballs!:

 

Biggar Hogmanay Bonfire © Graeme Yuill cc-by-sa/2.0 :: Geograph Britain and  Ireland

Biggar Bonfire

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The Loony Dook © Calum McRoberts cc-by-sa/2.0 :: Geograph Britain and  IrelandThe Loony Dook © Calum McRoberts :: Geograph Britain and Ireland

The Loony Dook

Photo Credit: Geograph UK, via the Creative Commons License.

142: Snack Taste Test

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Happy almost New Year! Amy and Trace got together to socially distance snack. We try some dried mushrooms, chips, a surprise snack, and some candy. We had a fantastic time getting back together in person!

All the snacks!
Happy New Year!!!

141: Box Beds

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Tired of cold feet and longs nights huddled under not quite warm enough blankets? Maybe you need a box bed. Originating in medieval times, making a bed walled in on all sides made for a cozy night’s sleep.

And sorry again for Zoom remote sound quality. Thanks for being so understanding!

Show Notes:

The double-decker-box-bed below can be found on A Strange and Wonderful Collection along with many other awesome examples!

Apartment Therapy-Box Beds

bellac.com – Box Beds

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