Episode 16: I Went To South America And All I Got Was This Dumb Sweet Potato

No interview this week – instead Graycen, Alison, and Amanda all share some Thanksgiving-themed stories that they enjoyed this year! They talk about turkey snoods, child-eating birds, sweet potatoes, and more. Happy Thanksgiving! Listen here or subscribe on iTunes!

Boy oh boy do we have a list of Thanksgiving links for you:

Graycen’s stories: 

  1. In Soviet Neanderthal Times, bird eats you.
  2. A soothing follow-up about how not to get eaten (or otherwise harmed) by a bird.

Bonus (that we didn’t discuss): Gay penguins go above and beyond on egg care.

Alison’s stories:

  1. The harvest is saved by robots
  2. Archaeologists are arguing about sweet potatoes.

Bonus (that we didn’t discuss): Why we might not be able to make mashed potatoes on Mars.

Amanda’s stories, complete with much more extensive bibliographies:

  1. Chicken shots replace knee surgery… and become a skincare trend.
    1. https://www.webmd.com/osteoarthritis/news/20011116/chicken-shots-may-replace-knee-replacement-in-some#1
    2. https://orthoinfo.aaos.org/en/treatment/viscosupplementation-treatment-for-knee-arthritis
    3. https://www.nytimes.com/2003/12/23/science/from-the-head-of-a-rooster-to-a-smiling-face-near-you.html
    4. First paper to extract hyaluronic acid from “cock’s comb”: 
  2. Political divide shortens family holiday visits
    1. https://www.pbs.org/newshour/science/the-2016-election-season-spoiled-thanksgiving-says-study-that-tracked-10-million-smartphones
    2. https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/thanksgiving-dinner-may-end-sooner-if-guests-pass-the-gravy-across-a-partisan-divide1/
    3. The paper

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