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3 minutes | Dec 31, 2019
S02 EP33: New Year's Day Used to Be March 25th
#33: Did you know that before 1752 New Year's Day in England and its colonies was March 25th, not January 1st? Podcast show transcription available here: https://www.davidpierson.net/podcast-new-years-day-used-to-be-march-25th/
3 minutes | Dec 19, 2019
S02 EP32: Who Dat
#32: Did you know the phrase “Who Dat” was first used by Herman Melville in his 1851 novel “Moby-Dick?” Podcast show transcription available here: https://www.davidpierson.net/podcast-who-dat/
10 minutes | Dec 17, 2019
S02 EP31: I Play Center Linebacker
#31: When I was twelve, we moved from California to Louisiana. In California, I played baseball. I lived baseball. But in Louisiana there was no baseball. Podcast show transcription available here: https://www.davidpierson.net/podcast-i-play-center-linebacker/
10 minutes | Dec 12, 2019
S02 EP30: I step off the top of a football stadium
#30: When I walk, my head is down, and I scour the ground for nickels, dimes and quarters. It’s a poor boy habit I developed when I was twelve, but that tendency to look down before I make a step almost resulted in my death when I took a dare and stepped off the top of a football stadium. Podcast show transcription available here: https://www.davidpierson.net/podcast-i-step-off-the-top-of-a-football-stadium/
5 minutes | Dec 10, 2019
S02 EP29: Jesus Lied
#29: With my title — “Jesus Lied” — many Christians will probably presume this is yet another attack on their religious beliefs, while non-Christians will think this affirms what they already believe — that Jesus, if there was such a person, was merely a man and not God.
8 minutes | Dec 5, 2019
S02 EP28: The Curse of the Frog
#28: When I was in high school, I knew a boy who went by the nickname “Bwana” because he loved outdoor critters. He used to keep a pet snake, and every morning some of us boys would watch when it was feeding time.
5 minutes | Dec 3, 2019
S02 EP27: Money Games: How to Force the NFL to Play Their Stars
#27: When a company tries to sell at full price, a diluted version of its own product customers tend to react strongly. Sometimes even petitioning their elected representatives to exert regulatory pressure on the company.
5 minutes | Nov 28, 2019
S02 EP26: A Confession: My role in last century’s tulipomania
#26: This is, I guess, a confession of sorts about the role I played in last century’s video game fad. The years in question were 1978-1981.
6 minutes | Nov 26, 2019
S02 EP25: The roll of the dice
#25: Did you know it was Galileo (1564-1642) who first figured out the percentages for each roll of the dice?
7 minutes | Nov 21, 2019
S02 EP24: The Tattle Tail Priest
#24: Bleach. The smell of bleach and pine. A lot of what I do in the classroom, when it's not grammar, when it's not composition, is intuitive.
6 minutes | Nov 19, 2019
S02 EP23: I Have to Teach Kids How to Play
#23: People spend most of their waking moments staring at their boxes. That is, their TV's, and when they venture forth, they fixed their eyes and even smaller rectangular boxes. Their electronic devices.
3 minutes | Nov 14, 2019
S02 EP22: George Washington was Born on Two Different Days
#22: Did you know George Washington was born on February 11, 1732, and February 22, 1732?
8 minutes | Nov 12, 2019
S02 EP21: Green Eggs and Ham Revisited
#21: There's more to “Green Eggs and Ham” than is dreamt of in your philosophy.
16 minutes | Nov 7, 2019
S02 EP20: Thank You for Your Service
#20: Thank You for Your Service. The Federal Government reinstated its draft lottery during my senior year in college. It was based on the birth dates of young men born before 1950. Podcast show transcription available here: https://www.davidpierson.net/podcast-thank-you-for-your-service/
2 minutes | Nov 5, 2019
S02 EP19: Losing the Election to a Dead Man
#19: How do you lose an election to a dead man? Did you know that the longest-serving member in the U.S. House of Representatives Donald Young of Alaska lost a congressional election to a dead man? Podcast show transcription available here: https://www.davidpierson.net/podcast-losing-the-election-to-a-dead-man/
4 minutes | Oct 31, 2019
S02 EP18: The Inventor of the Stolen Base
#18: Did you know the stolen base originated because someone questioned authority? Podcast show transcription available here: https://www.davidpierson.net/podcast-the-inventor-of-the-stolen-base/
2 minutes | Oct 29, 2019
S02 EP17: Why lefties are called southpaws
#17: Did you know baseball stadiums used to be constructed so that the pitcher was pitching from east to west. Podcast show transcription available here: https://www.davidpierson.net/podcast-why-lefties-are-called-southpaws/
2 minutes | Oct 24, 2019
S02 EP16: A Sin Against the Baseball Gods
#16: Did you know the first time Major League Baseball committed the unforgivable sin of starting a baseball season in March (instead of April, as the baseball gods had always decreed it) a home plate umpire dropped dead on the baseball field? Podcast show transcription available here: https://www.davidpierson.net/podcast-a-sin-against-the-baseball-gods/
7 minutes | Oct 22, 2019
S02 EP15: The Priest’s Hole
#15: Did you know there was a “priest’s hole” in many an old English manor house so that outlaw priests could escape undetected when the authorities came in search of them? Podcast show transcription available here: https://www.davidpierson.net/podcast-the-priests-hole/
6 minutes | Oct 17, 2019
S02 EP14: My love for a free press and a mimeograph machine, part two
#14: After college, I was drafted into the U.S. Army. This was during the Vietnam War. Instead of being sent to Vietnam, however, I ended up in Germany as an army postal clerk. Podcast show transcription available here: https://www.davidpierson.net/podcast-my-love-for-a-free-press-and-a-mimeograph-machine-part-two/
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