Episode 003: The Hippopotamus Oath

In this episode, Randi and Nathaniel discuss the common hippopotamus. In the process, Nathaniel reveals his deep, deep fear of hippos.

Show Notes

In this episode, Nathaniel and Randi decide to try improv, but demonstrate remarkable incompetence. We also remember to talk about hippos. Hippos are megafauna, just like the extinct giant sloths our intrepid hosts discussed in the previous podcast.  Although they’re herbivores, hippos are aggressive and very territorial. That’s okay, they only live in certain areas of Africa, right? WRONG. There are also hippos in South America. But how?? Listen to the episode to find out if they’re GREAT, or just okay.

This episode includes the following segments:

  • “I Think I Could Take It” — Nathaniel takes a job at a hippo nursery. What could possibly go wrong?
  • “What Do You Think It Tastes Like?” — Randi delves into the history behind hippo meat, and one plucky U.S. Senator’s attempt to import hippos to Louisiana.
  • Special Guest Interview — Tune in for an exclusive interview with Ammit, the Egyptian goddess and eater of the dead.

Episode 002: Sloth-y Seconds

In this episode, Randi and Nathaniel discuss sloths, both two and three-toed varieties. Fun fact: all sloths have three toes. Two-toed sloths have two “fingers” on each forelimb instead of three. The more you know!

Show Notes

This episode covers the six extant species of sloths: the four species of three-toed sloths, and the two species of two-toed sloths. We also discuss the extinct giant sloth and its likely reign of terror. Nathaniel tries to distract Randi with tomfoolery and puns. But a large amount of this episode is dedicated to sloth moths (aka, the moths that live on sloths and breed in their poop), sloth algae (sloths have their own ecosystem in their fur, which includes algae! That’s why their fur has a green-ish tinge), sloth mating habits (spoiler: the ladies initiate it), and how sloths drink water (through their skin, it seems). Some time is also spent on bashing Vice Documentaries and wondering if Jose Cuervo is beer or tequila. Listen to the whole episode to find out if sloths are GREAT, or just okay.

This episode includes the following segments:

  • “I Think I Could Take It” — Nathaniel challenges a three-toed sloth to combat. The sloth–a true gentleman–accepts a duel. Do you think Nathaniel will win?
  • “What Do You Think It Tastes Like” — Randi shares advice for cooking and eating sloth, which is “Don’t do it. It’s apparently terrible. Also, sloths are friends, not food.” Sloth apparently does not taste like chicken, which is the metric for this show.