Well, we did it. We’ve discussed every single animal on earth. There’s nothing to do but hop in the houseboat and sail away into the sunset. Before we do, however, we have a jam-packed episode, with several special guest appearances, final installments of some of our favorite departments, and a focus on one of the most charming animals in Christendom. We’ve done birds, mammals, fish and marsupials, so we thought we’d end with a creature that is all of these things at once: the noble platypus! It’s our last rodeo, at least for the time being, but tune in to hear some exciting rumor and hearsay about our NEXT podcast, hopefully dropping before the end of the year. Will it be a Grand Finale, or just Okay? Tune in to find out.
In this episode, Randi and Nathaniel discuss one of Randi’s favorite animals: the tyrant known as the Saltwater Crocodile. Tremble in fear!
In this episode, Randi and Nathaniel discuss the exploitable cone snail. Behold!
In this episode, Nathaniel and Randi discuss Wombats, and our love/hate affair with Australia continues. (Just kidding; it’s more a love/like affair). Join us to see if these bloody wombos are great, or just okay.
In this episode, Randi and Nathaniel discuss the peerless sea wasp. Sea wasps have been described as “the most lethal jellyfish in the world,” which seems super-duper fun.
Sea wasps are a type of box jellyfish. They are also incredibly venomous, and have been responsible for about 63 deaths in Australia since 1884. Adult jellies are known as medusas, which is pretty rad. Join us for a romp of an episode in which Nathaniel has a hard time feigning enthusiasm and Randi has a hard time justifying the existence of such a beast. We also take the houseboat out from the Thames for the day, and interview two sea creatures with privileged upbringings and noticeably inconsistent accents. Tune in to find out if sea wasps are great, or just okay.
In this episode, Randi and Nathaniel discuss the cunning cassowary–that’s right, that awful flightless bird that lives in the land down under. Cassowaries have the reputation of being quite dangerous, although a human hasn’t been killed by a cassowary since 1926. The fear of cassowaries probably comes from their horrific, Uma Thurman-esque feet, which include “a long, straight, murderous nail which can sever an arm or eviscerate an abdomen with ease.” Join Randi and Nathaniel as they marvel over this horrible reminder of the tyranny of dinosaurs.
Guys, cassowaries are terrifying. They can run over 30 mph (that’s around 50 km/h for those of you who live in a country that’s never been to the moon), they have a vertical jump of almost five feet (1.5 m), and they can swim so you can’t count on jumping into water to escape them. That said, the majority of cassowary attacks are on dumb-dumbs that try to feed them. So don’t do that, you dumb-dumbs, okay? Cassowaries are mostly frugivorous, and they swallow fruit (including bananas) whole. Their poop spreads the seeds of these fruits, so cassowaries are kind of like terrible, loud Johnny Appleseeds. There are three species of cassowary; of them, only one is endangered: the southern cassowary. Vehicles are the largest threat to cassowaries, which–to be honest–kinda diminishes their intimidating nature. Tune in to find out if cassowaries are great, or just okay.
This episode includes the following segments:
“I Think I Could Take It” — Nathaniel believes he’s finally hit pay dirt when he’s hired by vintner Cassius the Cassowary to work at an Australian vineyard.
“What Do You Think it Tastes Like?” — Randi shares a recipe for Cassowary Stone Soup.