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14 minutes | Jan 3, 2022
Ep. 46: Is airplane air safe?
EPISODE 46: IS AIRPLANE AIR SAFE?THE QUESTION: How in the world can I feel safe about breathing airplane air in the midst of a pandemic? SYNOPSIS: This week, we talk about airplane air and if it’s safe (germ-wise) to fly. Specifically, you’ll learn: How airplane air differs from submarine air The different ways that airplane air is circulated and filtered How airplane air compares to that of an operating room A little bit about germs and science LISTEN TO PODCAST HOW IT WORKS Click image for a closer view. FEATURED VIDEO Here is a commercial pilot explaining how an airplane air system works. CLICK-TO-TWEET QUOTABLESClick a quote to send it to your Twitter. BONUS STUFF Mark got on a bit of a soapbox about experiencing life in the new COVID-infected world. He’s exactly right, though. If you’re like us and plan to live your life while you can - instead of cowering in a corner until someone deems it safe - check out our international adventure travel company, Hobnail Trekking Co. We’d love to help you check off your bucket list items, SAFELY. If you’re interested (or maybe just a little curious), find us at www.hobnailtrekkingco.com, or all over social media (links on our website). TRANSCRIPT Click to open M: On this episode of the How in the World Podcast, we answer the question: How in the world can I feel safe about breathing airplane air in the midst of a pandemic? INTRO M: Our topic today is something that is extremely, I guess, controversial and pushes a lot of people’s buttons, and that is, the safety of flying in an airplane, and more specifically, breathing airplane air. In fact, I’m sitting right across someone who has always been very suspicious of airplane air. H: And I make no bones about it. I don’t like flying because I don’t understand it and I don’t like the fake air that smells weird. So when this topic came up, I was anxious to do some research and justify my apprehensions. As you’ll see in a few minutes, this didn’t exactly work out the way I expected.. M: No, it didn’t. But let us cover a couple of disclaimers right up front. First, Holly and I are not doctors or scientists. What we’ve done is gathered a bunch of research about this and we will include the things that seem to be a consensus among all these other experts, so we feel pretty sure that we are giving you accurate information. H: Right, and you should also know that we own an international adventure travel company, Hobnail Trekking Company, that has been adversely affected by the COVID pandemic, as you would imagine, so we have a vested interest in getting good information about this – negative or positive – so that we can responsibility advise people about getting back into the air and onto the trails around the world. Everything we tell you today is fact, not conjecture, unless we say it is. M: OK, now that we’ve gotten that out of the way, let’s start by talking about the perception of airplane air. Many people — I’d even say MOST people — think of an airplane like they would a submarine, as far as air is concerned. They think that the air the plane takes off with (or the submarine submerges with), is the same air the plane lands with, and is just recycled again and again. H: Right, that what I always believed. I also assumed that the air shooting out of that little valve above my seat probably contained whatever virus or bacteria that some other passenger had recently expelled through a sneeze or cough. And it smells funny but I blast it on my face anyway to help me be not nauseous. M: Again, in your defense, I think most people believe that. H: Buuuttttt, it’s not true. M: No, it’s definitely not true. It’s also not true that the air you leave with is the air you arrive with. But first, it will be helpful if we tell you how the airflow in an airplane actually works. If I may, honey, I’ll cover this part. H: Yep, please do.
19 minutes | Nov 17, 2021
Ep. 45: Understanding accents
EPISODE 45: UNDERSTANDING ACCENTSTHE QUESTION: How in the world do we speak the same language but with different accents? SYNOPSIS: This week, we talk about accents (specifically American regional), where they come from, and how they develop. Some of the questions we’ll answer include: What is the difference between an accent and a dialect and a language Why do some people seem to have their own language entirely – yet it’s all English What affects the kind of accent you have Which form of English (British or American) is the oldest Whether accents are innate or environmental? How Webster changed the English language – and why LISTEN TO PODCAST FEATURED VIDEO Here's the video we refer to in the podcast. CLICK-TO-TWEET QUOTABLESClick a quote to send it to your Twitter. BONUS STUFF Are you as obsessed about the British Antarctic Survey group that’s developed its own accent as we are? If so, here’s a handy little video about some results of the study (forgive the LONG ad at the end). And if you prefer to read, this article is a quick, easy read (and has some really great photos, too). While we were researching this Antarctic phenomenon, we discovered this gem on how Antarctica got its name. TRANSCRIPT Click to open ACCENTS This week’s episode answers the question: How in the world do we speak the same language but with different accents? INTRO H: Okay, so when I first started researching my part of this, I felt kinda dumb. M: Why? H: Because the very first thing I found was so obvious that I was like “duh”, next episode. But then as I researched more, I discovered some pretty cool stuff. So I committed. M: Yes, I did, too. There were definitely some surprises. Let’s get into it. H: Okay, but first, before people come at us, a little disclaimer. We are not linguists - although it sounds like an incredibly interesting area and if I had a few more lifetimes, I may want to become one. But anyway, we’re not experts on this - or most things, really. M: Right. We’re just doing the research for you so you can enjoy your drive to/from work without having to remember to look this up later. You sit back and enjoy; we did the work for you. H: And obviously, if you think we’re wrong, send us an email and let us know! We don’t want the millions of people who listen to our podcast to be misinformed! Hahaa M: hahaha H: Okay, enough silliness, let’s talk about accents. First, there are two kinds of accents, but we’re only talking about one of them today. We’re not talking about the accent you have when you speak a language that is not your native language, like when I speak the few Spanish words I know in a southern American English accent. No, we’re not gonna talk about that M: For many reasons. H: Indeed. We’re talking about regional accents, specifically in the US - but also generally. You know, like a southern accent or a midwestern accent - those kinds of accents. M: I’m familiar with those accents, yes. So the obvious answer you found to our question is simply that regional accents are formed by the immigrants that first arrived and settled in that area. So it’s like Swedes settling in Minnesota so the people there now speak a form of Swedish-accented English. H: Yes, that’s basically it. And there’s a really neat animated video map thing of this in our show notes that’s really cool and worth checking out. But I feel like we’ve already gotten ahead of ourselves. Let’s start with what, exactly, an accent is - and how it differs from a dialect. And those differ from a language. M: Okay. But before you get into that, it’ll be wise to let our listeners know where WE are from so they can use US as examples of the forthcoming information, right? Because we obviously have different accents. H: Good point! OK, I grew up in northern Virginia, right outside of Washington D.C., in what you would call a “melting pot” of cultures. M: Right.
19 minutes | Nov 2, 2021
Ep. 44: The skinny on vaccines
EPISODE 45: THE SKINNY ON VACCINESTHE QUESTION: How in the WORLD are vaccines created – and how do they work? SYNOPSIS: This week, we get into a question that many of us — probably almost ALL of us — have had for the past two years: What's the deal with vaccines?? We cover: What's in them How they work How they're tested How some are originally meant for one thing, but change to something else, and Other stuff. Important to know: There are NO POLITICAL OPINIONS in this episode! (We avoid that like the plague, no pun intended.) LISTEN TO PODCAST FEATURED VIDEO Here's the video we refer to in the podcast. FEATURED GRAPHIC CLICK-TO-TWEET QUOTABLESClick a quote to send it to your Twitter. BONUS STUFF Although most doctors and scientists will tell you that vaccines are safe, they still are interested in data that suggests otherwise –and they’ve even set up a system for people to record their adverse reactions and, in extreme cases, even be compensated when they’re experienced serious side effects. The Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting Systems (VAERS) has an online reporting system where patients (and parents of patients) and healthcare providers can report any and all adverse events after a vaccine has been administered. Vaccine manufacturers report all adverse events that they’re aware of, too. This is an important way to continue evaluating the effects of vaccines. The Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP) may compensate you if you experienced a serious and long-term adverse effect from a vaccine. TRANSCRIPT Click to open H: On this episode of the How in the World podcast, we answer the question “How in the WORLD are vaccines created – and how do they work?” INTRO H: Just to be very, very clear – this episode is not a political statement about the COVID vaccine. All the talk of the COVID vaccine was the inspiration behind wanting to understand more about vaccines but we’re not talking specifically about the COVID vaccine but rather just vaccine development in general. Okay? M: Yeah, we work hard to not be very political. That’s not what our podcast is about. H: True. There’s plenty of that to go around on Facebook. M: Hahaha. And we should let you know that we are not scientists or scholars, either. H: No, we’re actually quite far from it. M: Just like our opening says, we did the research so you don’t have to. Plus, I know you may listen to us while you’re driving to work, and we definitely don’t want you to do the research while driving. That’s dangerous. So let’s get to it. H: Let’s do it. Also, we’re going to attempt to keep the science jargon to a minimum - mainly so WE can understand it. M: Please. H: Actually, we’re going to dumb it down to like a 4th grade level. M: Even better. H: Okay, I think it was my mom who told me about the immune system in our bodies. She described them to me when I was a kid as little soldiers. These little soldiers see something that isn’t right in your body and think it’s an enemy and they attack it. Some of the things it attacks are defeated easier than others and for really tough enemies, it can take a very long time to figure out that enemy’s tactics – lifetimes, even. This is why some things, like cancer and Alzheimers’ disease, is so hard to beat. They are very, very tough enemies. M: Exactly. And this is why we don’t die from the common cold. Our body’s soldiers can pretty easily defeat that enemy. It’s not a tough enemy. Thank God, because who doesn’t get the common cold on a regular basis?! H: For real. And for things like the common cold, once our body encounters and defeats it once, it knows what that enemy’s weak spot is and it can attack and defeat it again – barring any outstanding issues. And the common cold is generally so easy to defeat that we don’t even need help to do it. Our bodies just know what to do. M: But for others, we often do need a little help. That’s where vaccines come in.
21 minutes | Mar 29, 2021
Ep. 43: Colonizing Mars
EPISODE 43: COLONIZING MARSTHE QUESTION: How in the world are humans planning to colonize Mars within the next couple of decades? SYNOPSIS: This week, we look at a real-life scenario that has humans colonizing Mars within the next 20 years! We discuss: The timeline of SpaceX launches, which begin in only four years from now, Who the first human Martians will be, Why Mars is the best and really ONLY choice for places humans can go, What "terraforming" means and how it will affect Mars, And a lot more. LISTEN TO PODCAST GALLERY Click an image for a closer view. FEATURED VIDEO Here's the video we refer to in the podcast. CLICK-TO-TWEET QUOTABLESClick a quote to send it to your Twitter. TRANSCRIPT Click to open 043: Colonizing Mars On today’s episode of the How in the World Podcast, we answer the question: How in the world are humans planning to colonize Mars — within the next couple of decades? (Intro) M: OK, let us start with a couple of disclaimers. First, there are several different plans floating around out there to colonize Mars, so we had to settle on one. This plan was given to us by a good friend who worked at SpaceX for years and who was responsible for the propulsion systems of several of the rockets. In other words, he was…a rocket scientist. This guy has since retired to travel the world, but he is still very smart and keeping close tabs on the program, so I felt like the plan he turned us on to was a safe way to go. But again, this is only ONE possible scenario out of, I’m sure, hundreds. And yes, I know it sounds like science fiction, but it’s actually not. H: Right. And the second disclaimer is, this will be a VERY dumbed down version of the plan because, A) it needs to be so that WE can understand it, and B) to describe it in great detail would take much longer than we usually run on this podcast. M: Yes, this will be the Cliff Notes version. H: But nonetheless very cool and exciting. M: Absolutely. H: And because, honey, you are the official space nerd in the family who knows the entire history of the space program by heart, and who has seen every space documentary and feature film several times each, and who cries at the end of “The Right Stuff” every time, you will be taking the lead on this episode. Just consider me to be the Ed MacMahon to your Johnny Carson. M: Well, OK. This is wild, wacky stuff. H: OK, I didn’t say to actually impersonate Johnny Carson. M: Got it. Sorry. OK, so we should first address the question of why Mars? Why not some other planet in our solar system? This one is fairly straightforward. There are really only two options of other places in our solar system where humans could go to colonize: Mars and the moon. H: Why not the other planets? M: Well, the short answer to that is, none of the others could be habitable, even on their best days. Mercury and Venus, the two planets closer to the sun than us, are just too hot, among other things. And once you get beyond Mars, which is one planet further away from the sun from us, those other planets are either too cold or they are made up primarily of gases. H: So, it would be like trying to live on a cloud? M: Pretty much so, yes. But a very terrible, poisonous cloud that is trying to kill you. H: I don’t like the sound of that. M: Nope. H: But what about the Moon? Why don’t we colonize the moon first, if we’re so hell-bent on colonizing another planet? M: Good question, and I’ve had the same thought. I recently read an article on the National Space Society website that provided this analogy, which I thought made a lot of sense: Back in the days of Columbus — the age of exploration, some people call it — Europe was kind of the Earth of today. It’s where most “first-world” people lived. H: OK. M: Europeans were trying to explore unknown parts of the world that they could colonize. So, compare the moon to Greenland and Mars to North America.
44 minutes | Dec 24, 2020
Ep. 42: Exploring the world’s strangest Christmas traditions
EPISODE 42: EXPLORING THE WORLD’S STRANGEST CHRISTMAS TRADITIONSTHE QUESTION: How in the world do various cultures celebrate Christmas in some really, REALLY odd ways? SYNOPSIS: There’s no better time than this week to talk about some interesting Christmas traditions from around the world. Some of these we’d like to adopt ourselves – and others, well ... just listen in and you’ll understand. Specifically, we talk about all of this PLUS MUCH MORE: Italy’s Christmas Witch Iceland’s Christmas Cat and 13 Yule Lads Japan’s KFC Tradition Sweden’s obsession with Donald Duck Krampus (need we say more?) LISTEN TO PODCAST GALLERY Click an image for a closer view. FEATURED VIDEO This video contains many of the traditions we mention in the podcast and some we don't. CLICK-TO-TWEET QUOTABLESClick a quote to send it to your Twitter. RESOURCES Here's an awesome set of illustrations of the Yule Lads in Iceland. Check out the amazing Swedish Kalle Anka HERE. And HERE'S the American version. BONUS IF YOU’VE READ THIS FAR We just wanted to take a moment to wish you and yours a very Merry Christmas and a blessed New Year. Mark and I are blessed to be able to bring you the podcast each week (well, mostly each week) because we also learn new things, we get to share a little of ourselves, and we get to do something together. Thanks for listening, truly. LAST WEEK Episode 41: Why do practically all of us need our wisdom teeth removed? LEAVE YOUR VOICEMAIL SUGGESTION NOW! Brought to you by Hobnail Trekking Co. Start the adventure now
14 minutes | Dec 3, 2020
Ep. 41: Why do practically all of us need our wisdom teeth removed?
EPISODE 41: WHY DO PRACTICALLY ALL OF US NEED OUR WISDOM TEETH REMOVED?THE QUESTION: How in the world is it possible that pretty much all of us need our wisdom teeth removed when God made us perfectly to begin with? SYNOPSIS: If you’re one of the 90% who will have to have your wisdom teeth removed (or one of the 10% whose will grow in perfectly), you’ll want to listen to this week’s podcast. Why, you ask? Because you’ll learn: What wisdom teeth are, anyway Why they are so problematic for so many of us Why your dentist may recommend their removal Why some dentists recommend you leave them in LISTEN TO PODCAST FEATURED PHOTO FEATURED VIDEO This little animated video gives you a quick overview of the podcast. (Of course, we'd rather you listen to the podcast, too!) CLICK-TO-TWEET QUOTABLESClick a quote to send it to your Twitter. BONUS STUFF Okay, the hyperdontia photos we promised. A “normal” case of hyperdontia is a few extra teeth, like with Freddie Mercury. He had four extra teeth in the back of his mouth, which pushed his teeth forward into the iconic overbite that helped define Freddie Mercury and that he believed allowed him to sing with an incredible range. His mouth probably looked something like this: But extreme hyperdontia can involve a LOT more than four extra teeth, as seen in these x-rays of an 11-year-old girl: TRANSCRIPT Click to open This week’s episode answers the question: How in the world is it possible that pretty much all of us need our wisdom teeth removed when God made us perfectly to begin with? INTRO H: Okay, I feel like we need to start with the second part of our question of the week – God making us perfectly. If you’re a Christian, you may be aware of Psalm 139, verse 14, of the Bible that talks about how we were all fearfully and wonderfully made. But even if you can’t easily quote Bible verses – but still believe in God – you probably also believe that He created all of us — meaning each part of our anatomy. And if you do, you have to ask yourself: Did God actually make all of us with the same design flaw? I mean, sure, we each have our own flaws – some of us more than others! - but I personally don’t believe God created humans all with the same flaw. Specifically, I’m referring to wisdom teeth. M: Hahaha, okay. I was REALLY wondering where you were going with that. H: Yeah, sorry about that. I just don’t think God would make us all have the same big design flaw that creates pain or teeth problems or requires surgery. So that’s why I picked this topic this week. How is possible that we ALL need our wisdom teeth removed??? M: Let’s give a little background first. H: Good idea. M: Wisdom teeth are the third (and last) set of four molars - and the biggest ones – that you get in your mouth. At least, most people get in their mouth. Somewhere between 5 and 37 percent of people don’t get all four, and some don’t have any at all! But most folks do, and they usually start to come in between the ages of 17 and 25, which is why they are called “wisdom teeth,” because they are older and wiser, in theory, than baby teeth. H: I’ve always wondered about that! M: Well, I’m glad I could be of service. So yeah, it’s pretty crazy that you’re still growing teeth into your twenties! H: It really is. And then they often are removed shortly thereafter. But WHY? Well, according to WebMD, it seems that 90% of people have at least one wisdom tooth that’s impacted. This means that it can’t come in the right way because it’s stuck on the tooth next to it (usually sort of a 45-degree angle-ish), and pushes into the side of that tooth. Although this sounds awful, you probably won’t even feel any pain. But it can cause problems later on, when the wisdom tooth weakens the root of the molar next to it from that constant pressure. Or when you get gum disease from it. Or more cavities. So your dentist may want it out before it ever causes any trou...
27 minutes | Nov 24, 2020
Ep. 40: How Christmas trees are grown and why they cost so much
EPISODE 34: HOW CHRISTMAS TREES ARE GROWN AND WHY THEY COST SO MUCHTHE QUESTION: How in the world are real Christmas trees produced and why do they cost so dang much? SYNOPSIS: Many people get their Christmas tree this week, after the effects of the Thanksgiving turkey have worn off. Should you get a real tree or an artificial tree? This week’s episode answers all of your questions about real trees, including: Won’t Christmas trees sprout and grow on their own? How long does it take for a Christmas tree to grow, and what’s involved in growing it? Can’t you plant a Fraser Fir seedling and then come back in several years and cut down your perfect, full-grown Christmas tree? Is a Christmas tree a fire hazard? How do you tell if a tree is fresh or not? Does adding aspirin or Spite to the water in your tree stand keep your tree fresh longer? Isn’t buying an artificial tree saving a real tree? LISTEN TO PODCAST GALLERY Click an image for a closer view. FEATURED VIDEO This short video produced by the North Carolina Christmas Tree Association about the Fraser fir is a good overview of why these trees are so special. CLICK-TO-TWEET QUOTABLESClick a quote to send it to your Twitter. RESOURCES Check out THIS STORY Mark wrote about a ghostly experience he had on the family's Christmas tree farm, Booger Mountain, many years ago. And here's AN ARTICLE Mark wrote about how his dad marketed the Christmas tree business and created an iconic Christmas brand. TRANSCRIPT Click to view How Christmas trees are grown and why they cost so much In today’s first holiday episode, we answer the question, how in the world are real Christmas trees produced and why do they cost so dang much? H: Welcome to the podcast, folks, and if you’re joining us for the first time, you picked a goodie! We usually cover topics that, at the outset, we know little or nothing about. But not today. M: Nope! H: That’s because today’s topic is something that my husband not only knows about but has lived. And I mean, really lived! Give us a nutshell, honey. M: OK, I’ll try to be brief. From the time I was old enough to walk through about my early 30s, I was involved in the Christmas tree industry. I was raised on both Christmas tree lots and Christmas tree farms, first in Raleigh, North Carolina, and then in the northwest North Carolina mountains in the county of Ashe. My dad, Hal, was a pioneer in the production of Fraser Fir Christmas trees, which have become the world’s most popular Christmas tree species. In both 1982 and ’83, my parents were named Grand Champion growers by the National Christmas Tree Association, and both of those Christmases, my family provided the White House Christmas trees to President and Ms. Reagan, which started a long relationship between my dad’s farm and the White House. For around 20 years, we provided a truckload of trees, wreaths, and pine roping to the White House. And from the late ‘60s to today, the tree company my dad founded — Booger Mtn. Christmas Trees — still provides trees to the Piedmont area of North Carolina and is one of the most iconic holiday brands in that area. Although my parents have retired, the company is still operated by the brother and a close friend of the family. So yes! I do know a great deal about Christmas trees! H: So we decided that a good way to handle this episode would be for me to ask Mark all of the most frequently asked questions people have about Christmas trees so that we can separate myth from reality and so you can get the real story on how they’re grown and why they’re so expensive! And for the record, these are things that Mark and his family have answered for more than half a century! The questions don’t really change. M: No, they really don’t. And I’m ready if you are. H: OK, let’s start with Christmas tree farming. Don’t tree farmers simply go up into the mountains and cut down these trees that are just growin...
21 minutes | Nov 20, 2020
Ep. 39: What is the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier all about?
EPISODE 39: WHAT IS THE TOMB OF THE UNKNOWN SOLDIER ALL ABOUT?THE QUESTION: How in the world did the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier become one of the most solemn and respected sites in the world? SYNOPSIS: This week, we answer all of your questions about the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and the incredible Sentinels who guard it 24/7. Specifically, we’ll cover: What requirements and training is mandatory for all tomb guards How the unknown soldiers were selected for Arlington National Cemetery How many soldiers are buried in the Tomb of the Unknowns How long the tomb guards have protected the unknowns LISTEN TO PODCAST GALLERY Click an image for a closer view. FEATURED VIDEO This is an amazing look behind the scenes of the Sentinels. CLICK-TO-TWEET QUOTABLESClick a quote to send it to your Twitter. RESOURCES THIS VIDEO is a little old but the interview with the Sentinel is fascinating. He is all business. The respect is just awe-inspiring. The Society of the Honor Guard lists all tomb guards on THIS PAGE, including when they served. If available, they include photos of each guard and their hometown and their reflections on their service. Pretty cool (and note, those whose badge was revoked are no longer on this site – serious business, folks.) Dig around a bit on this website as it’s full of great information. The official website of The Old Guard. You can read more about how to join The Old Guard here, too. And of course the website for Arlington National Cemetery and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. BONUS STUFF It’s so easy to geek out on this history. Although instead of “geek out,” maybe it should be “patriot out?” Anyway, THIS ARTICLE includes a letter written by a young lady who witnessed the dedication ceremony and interment at The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in 1921. HERE'S A GREAT VIDEO by a Chicago TV news station where a veteran talks about the significance of the coins on the tombs of those who have fallen. Check out THIS ARTICLE in the Army magazine about the 4th female Sentinel. She’s a badass! TRANSCRIPT Click to open Tomb of the Unknown Soldier This week’s episode answers the question: How in the world did the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier become one of the most solemn and respected sites in the world? INTRO H: Veteran’s Day 2020 was last week and we were watching the ceremony on TV where the President lays a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, and I had so many questions. So *BOOM* that’s how ideas for episodes are born! In fact, we’ve had a bunch of ideas recently. I’m not sure what that means – maybe we’ve been watching too much TV or something. M: Well, there have been a lot of events and questions raised. Like Veteran’s Day and Christmas coming and like the SpaceX mission to the ISS. And like our 7th-grader, Pete. H: Yeah, he’s asked us a few good questions lately! I’ve got them all in my notes. But before we get to today’s episode, I have to mention MY favorite veteran, my dad. Although he passed away 10 years ago, I think of him every day. He was my hero. The best dad ever in the world – no offense, sweetie. M: None taken. He was a great guy. H: He had a really interesting time while in the Army, first as a model for army promotional posters, literally, a poster boy. Then as a member of General MacArthur’s Honor Guard, where he hung out with the General and his wife, watching movies every Friday night. That was a very cush job. M: But then, crap got real when he became a forward observer during the Korean War. That’s the guy who is part of a team of 3 who go ahead of the rest of the group and radio back to them to tell them where the enemy lines are and stuff. It is a very dangerous job, maybe the most dangerous in the military at that time. H: But then he came home. And he met my mom and they had ME! Yay! Thanks for indulging me a moment to recognize him. Okay, let’s get to it. First, the basics.
12 minutes | Nov 10, 2020
Ep. 38: How did we name our days and establish the weekend?
EPISODE 21: HOW DID WE NAME OUR DAYS AND ESTABLISH THE WEEKEND?THE QUESTION: "How in the world did the days of the week get their names?" and "Who decided that Saturday and Sunday would be the weekend and when?” SYNOPSIS: Ever wonder where the names of the days of the week came from? Especially the weirdly-spelled “Wednesday”? And who decided that Saturday and Sunday would be the “weekend”? We’ve got those answers for you, plus: How easy it is to give us an idea for an upcoming podcast Why the English names of days of the week are so unlike the Romance languages How both pagan and Norse gods are involved How Christians and Jews together created the modern weekend LISTEN TO PODCAST GALLERY Click an image for a closer view. FEATURED VIDEO This is a pretty neat whiteboard video that provides another perspective on how our days were named. CLICK-TO-TWEET QUOTABLESClick a quote to send it to your Twitter. BONUS STUFF Here’s another video that talks about the naming of days of the week. This one interested me because it’s eerily similar in style to one that our son, Pete, made for our Himalayan trekking company, Hobnail Trekking, a couple years ago when he was only 10. Here it is. Pete takes after his mom for all of the good things and his dad for all of his bad habits. :) TRANSCRIPT Click to open How did we name our days and establish the weekend? M: Alright, welcome back to the podcast. So this topic stems from a conversation I had with our 13 year-old son, Pete, a couple of weeks ago on a Monday afternoon. As we drove home from basketball practice, Pete was lamenting the fact that the weekend had gone by so quickly and decided that weekends should be four days long and the work week — or in his case, the school week — should only be three days. H: That sounds about right. M: Yep. So this conversation naturally led to the questions, “Who decided how long the weekend would be” and “How were the days named?” That, I thought, was a perfect topic for our podcast! H: That’s pretty good. See, that’s exactly WHY we came up with this podcast. We wanted to answer those kind of questions. M: Yeah, it really is perfect. So let’s start with how the days of the week were named. I know you’ve been researching this, so go ahead and start us off. H: OK, be glad to. So let me begin by saying that each of the various resources I found on this topic had slight variations, but generally, they were all in agreement. So I’m going to present a version that is a homogenized version of all of them. M: Alright, that makes sense. H: So prior to Christianity, specifically, in the days of the Babylonians, there were several pagan gods running around, doing things with thunder and lightning and water and all kinds of stuff. M: Right. H: At the same time, these folks were also very into studying our planets and moon and the sun, and placed a lot of importance on these “heavenly bodies.” So at some point between around 1900 BC and 540 BC, the Babylonians decided there would be seven days in a week that were named after the five known planets plus the sun and the moon. Since the sun and the moon were the best known and most important, they would start out the week. Back then, they started the week with Sunday. Monday followed. M: So the first two are obvious: Sun-day and Moon-day. H: Right. Then, they went in the order slowest to fastest in the Earth’s sky. Tuesday was named after Mars, Wednesday after Mercury, Thursday after Jupiter, and Friday after Venus. M: OK, but those don’t sound anything like our days. H: Right, because that has to do with two things: language and the pagan gods. In the language of the day, they were basically saying “Mars’ day,” “Mercury’s day,” and so on. But when the Anglo-Saxons invaded Great Britain, which was much more recent on the timeline, they decided to swap out the planet names for their gods’ names. OK, you take over from here. M: Alrighty.
12 minutes | Nov 5, 2020
Ep. 37: How does the Electoral College work?
EPISODE 37: HOW DOES THE ELECTORAL COLLEGE WORK?THE QUESTION: How in the world does the Electoral College pick our president? SYNOPSIS: This week, we explain what in the world the Electoral College is, anyway. Listen to discover: How many members are in the electoral college and how that was number determined A little about the makeup of Congress and its membership Why the Census is important What a “faithless elector” is and why it matters LISTEN TO PODCAST FEATURED IMAGE This map depicts the way the Electoral College assigned to each state have shaken out since 2012. CLICK-TO-TWEET QUOTABLESClick a quote to send it to your Twitter. TRANSCRIPT Click to view transcript Electoral College This week’s episode answers the question: How in the world does the Electoral College pick our President? INTRO H: Well, today is Thursday, November 5, 2020, and it’s been a quiet couple days around here in the US. M: Yeah, sure wish there was something on the TV to incessantly watch and keep checking my phone about. Hmm… What could that possibly be? Oh, how about the…2020 elections! It’s been a wild couple of days, folks, and it looks like it could be wild for a bit longer. So let’s all practice our deep breathing and relaxation methods. H: As of the time that we’re recording this, I believe this election has come down to maybe four states that haven’t yet counted all of their votes. But once that’s done, it’s still not over. M: Nope. H: Because once all votes are counted, we’ll know what the results of the popular vote are, but we won’t officially know yet who won this election. This is not only because there will be many lawsuits to wade through, but also because we don’t elect our President based on the popular vote like you would in a classroom election in elementary school. We use the Electoral College. M: I’ve always been a little foggy about the electoral college, so I’m glad we’re covering this today because it forced me to dig deeper and really learn about it. H: Well, you could have just asked your wife who, by the way, is a political science by education, you know. M: Yes, I’ve been told that before. H: So I get a little invested in Presidential elections and the preceding debates and political discussion?! It’s fascinating! And frustrating and maddening and stupid also. But so fascinating. Ahhhhh, the strategy! But anyway, let’s talk about the electoral college. M: Yep, that’s why we’re here, so let’s do it. H: For starters, you know how annoying all of those census ads and mail and information and everything was, reminding us how important it is that we fill out our census form so that everyone is counted? M: Yes, I remember seeing a ton about the census recently but I believe you filled out the form since you’re our family’s designated form-filler-outer. H: I am. I enjoy it. Because again, I’m a political scientist so data and surveys and stuff matter. Anyway, the census is used to determine a lot of things – most notably funding to your state for certain services. If you have a disproportionate number of school-aged kids, for example, it tells the US Government that you’ll need a disproportionate amount of funding for schools. I mean, that’s dumbing it down a bit but that’s a biggie – funding. M: Doesn’t it also tell you how many representatives you’ll get in the US House? H: It does! Every state gets two Senators, so there are a total of 100 senators in the US Senate. But representatives are totally different. M: Because they’re allocated based on the census count? H: They are. There is always just 435 of them, but how they’re allocated can change. So if everyone emptied out of California (which currently has 53 districts, and therefore 53 representatives) and moved to Wyoming, which currently has just one representative, those numbers would turn on their head. By the way, Alaska, Delaware, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota,
23 minutes | Oct 22, 2020
Ep. 36: Trick-or-treating around the world
EPISODE 36: TRICK-OR-TREATING AROUND THE WORLDTHE QUESTION: How in the world do kids trick-or-treat in the US and around the world? SYNOPSIS: This week, we talk about trick-or-treating traditions across the US as well as a few around the world. As we get closer to Halloween, listen in to discover: The best and worst candies for Halloween What kids in other countries say instead of “trick or treat” How trick-or-treating differs in different parts of the US When trick-or-treating became popular in the US When and where the term “trick or treat” originated LISTEN TO PODCAST GALLERY Click an image for a closer view. FEATURED VIDEO Take a few minutes (less than 5) to enjoy this awesome History Channel video about the origins of Halloween! CLICK-TO-TWEET QUOTABLESClick a quote to send it to your Twitter. RESOURCES For those of you who are looking for healthy candy to give out on Halloween (read: mortify your kids and make them the laughing stock of the neighborhood), check out this article on the 20 best treats. BONUS STUFF FROM HOLLY: This is a little random, but isn’t it always a little random in this part of the show notes? When searching for trick-or-treating photos in my free photos sources, WHY did I keep ending up with photos of skateboarding? Is there a skateboarding move called “Trick or Treat”? And the other thing I kept finding was a bunch of photos of nurses (not the sexy Halloween kind, but the normal awesome – and maybe also sexy? - kind) giving people shots. WHAT IS THIS???? Also, another completely random topic – macarons. I came across this photo of some really cool Halloween-colored macarons. Until yesterday, Mark and I thought macarons and macaroons (below right and left, respectively) were the same thing. Thanks to the Great British Baking Show, we discovered that these delicious cookie things are macarons (one “o”) while the coconut things are macaroons (two “o”s). Were we the only ones calling the cookie things macaroons? Have we been living under a rock? LAST WEEK… Episode 35: How in the world did these five haunted house attractions become known as the world’s scariest? LEAVE YOUR VOICEMAIL SUGGESTION NOW! Brought to you by Hobnail Trekking Co. Start the adventure now
21 minutes | Oct 13, 2020
Ep. 35: Our top 5 scariest haunted attractions
EPISODE 34: OUR TOP 5 SCARIEST HAUNTED ATTRACTIONSTHE QUESTION: How in the world did these five haunted house attractions become known as the world’s scariest? SYNOPSIS: People who love to do everything in a big way will love the haunted houses we talk about this week on the podcast. These are not your normal, everyday, run of the mill haunted houses. Nope. These are EXTREME. Listen to find out about: The Polish haunted house where you actually experience pain The attraction at an amusement park in the Netherlands that is filled with creepy actors The American horror experience that is individualized based on YOUR specific fears The immersive haunted experience here in Tennessee that NOBODY has ever made it all the way through LISTEN TO PODCAST FEATURED VIDEOS A Travel Channel host goes through the Dent School House. Pretty funny, actually. In this video, an American guy goes through the Super Scary Labyrinth of Fear in Japan. The good stuff starts at around the 4:10 mark. CLICK-TO-TWEET QUOTABLESClick a quote to send it to your Twitter. RESOURCES So, we're not including videos of several of the houses we mention in the podcast because, honestly, they're just a little too graphic for our site. But if you want to go check them out, here are their homepages: Dent Schoolhouse The Lost Souls Alley The Super Scary Labyrinth of Fear Blackout McKamey Manor BONUS STUFF Summertown, Tennessee, is an interesting little town, and I’m frankly not surprised that an insanely terrifying (but also quite interesting) haunted house is now located there. This small town of around 600 residents is partially situated in three different counties and is home to “The Farm”. The Farm is a communal living intentional community that has been written about extensively, including this article (https://www.vanityfair.com/news/2007/05/thefarm200705) in Vanity Fair several years ago. Started in 1971, and known for being the birthplace of midwifery (pun intended), this hippie commune’s focus is on nonviolence and respect for the Earth – your basic hippie commune. But where others have closed and residents have moved on, The Farm boasts over four generations of families have lived – and thrived – there. Since its establishment, The Farm has founded several nonprofits and currently houses about 200 residents. You can actually visit as a guest and even eat with the residents in community, as long as you like vegan food. And although some of the main homes (several converted school buses) have since been deserted and are rusting remains, you can see these, too, if you take a tour there. The stories that come out of this commune are, well, typical of the stories that come out of communes. We know a couple who grew up there, and other than wearing a lot of tye-dye, they are nice, normal, respectable people. But then, McKamey Manor wasn’t there when they were growing up. http://www.thefarm.org/ https://thefarmcommunity.com/ LAST/NEXT WEEK… Episode 34: How in the world did these 10 locations become known as the most haunted places on earth? Episode 36: How in the world did America incorporate worldwide customs for its own unique Halloween? LEAVE YOUR VOICEMAIL SUGGESTION NOW! Brought to you by Hobnail Trekking Co. Start the adventure now
60 minutes | Oct 9, 2020
Ep. 34: Our top 10 most haunted places
EPISODE 34: OUR TOP 10 MOST HAUNTED PLACES ON EARTHTHE QUESTION: How in the world did these 10 locations become known as the most haunted places on earth? SYNOPSIS: Do you love spooky stories? This week’s episode talks about 10 really spooky places across the world, why they’re haunted, and who haunts them. Listen in to learn about: Two different haunted forests across the world from each other The most haunted home in New Orlean’s French Quarter and the atrocious acts that went on inside The Civil War’s most haunted battleground The most haunted home in England An island off the coast of Venice that is so haunted, it’s illegal to visit! LISTEN TO PODCAST GALLERY Click an image for a closer view. FEATURED VIDEO Here is a pretty dang weird video shot by a family visiting the Gettysburg Battle Field in 2001. What do you think? CLICK-TO-TWEET QUOTABLESClick a quote to send it to your Twitter. RESOURCES First, the NOT scary stuff – here are links to some of the places we discussed on the podcast. Banff Springs Hotel The Queen Mary The Ancient Ram Inn Gettysburg National Park Tower of London Leap Castle And then some of the scary stuff: Banff Springs Hotel: http://taximike.com/ghosts.html (a sloppy website but full of great stories from readers of incidents that they witnessed at the hotel) The Ancient Ram Inn: http://www.thebohemianblog.com/2015/07/the-ancient-ram-inn-a-visit-to-englands-most-haunted-house.html (outstanding story of a visit to the Inn with great photos – including one of John Humphries!) BONUS STUFF I hate to get all serious on the podcast, but I think it’s important this time. The Suicide Forest in Japan IS considered a haunted forest, so it fit our podcast theme. But it’s also quite different. Choosing to take your life is different than suffering the fate that someone else has chosen for you. I hope that anyone considering suicide will stop and reconsider other alternatives (professional counseling, support groups, the love of family and friends). No matter how bad things seem, there are other choices and it WILL get better. Most importantly, you are not alone - and people care about you. I promise. In the US, the suicide hotline is 1-800-273-TALK (8255), and the Crisis Text Line is 741741. Please reach out. LAST/NEXT WEEK… Episode 33: How in the world did 10 amazing castles become iconic historical landmarks? Episode 35: How in the world have these commercial haunted houses become known as the world's scariest? LEAVE YOUR VOICEMAIL SUGGESTION NOW! Brought to you by Hobnail Trekking Co. Start the adventure now
44 minutes | Sep 29, 2020
Ep. 33: Our top 10 coolest castles
EPISODE 33: OUR TOP 10 COOLEST CASTLESTHE QUESTION: How in the world did 10 amazing castles become iconic historical landmarks? SYNOPSIS: Castles aren’t really a thing in the US, so we decided to learn about some really cool ones across the globe. Listen in to learn all about our 10 favorites, plus: What characteristics and primary purpose are required elements of a “real” castle Several common themes in castle construction Several common (dark) themes related to castle ownership, and The incredible history related to some of these fortresses LISTEN TO PODCAST GALLERY Click an image for a closer view. FEATURED VIDEO This is a pretty interesting video on how medieval castles worked. CLICK-TO-TWEET QUOTABLESClick a quote to send it to your Twitter. BONUS STUFF This topic is just so cool that really, the best bonus material we can provide are videos related to some of these castles. Eltz Castle: This diagram shows the three houses that together make Eltz Castle: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eltz_Castle#/media/File:Burg_elz.gif Gorgeous drone footage of Eltz Castle and its surroundings: https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=136&v=6POPGOP7nrM&feature=emb_logo Short educational video about the castle, including some inside shots: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gS2Zs8j4oEU And the last cool video (in our show notes) of Eltz Castle: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LRG-FSTGUMI Castle Stalker: Monty Python and the Holy Grail (clip where they arrive at Castle Aaargh): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2PckeXD7Xyc Because who doesn’t love John Cleese (and he talks about his movies): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q1RSIwexj9g Very short video showing Castle Stalker in its gorgeous natural setting: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Iotrr18tA2E Hochosterwitz Castle: Time lapse video of the building of this iconic castle in Minecraft: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=57lC4nm8_dU Potala Palace: Evidently their toilets are famous. They’re the typical Eastern toilet (i.e., hole in the ground), but this one drops almost 200 feet! http://tibetwebdigest.com/curiosity-towards-the-potala-palace-toilet/ LAST WEEK Episode 32: How in the world did an obscure outcropping of rocks in Tennessee become a world-famous tourist destination called Rock City? LEAVE YOUR VOICEMAIL SUGGESTION NOW! Brought to you by Hobnail Trekking Co. Start the adventure now
27 minutes | Sep 22, 2020
Ep. 32: Why so many Americans want to see Rock City
EPISODE 32: WHY SO MANY AMERICANS WANT TO SEE ROCK CITYTHE QUESTION: How in the world did an obscure outcropping of rocks in Tennessee become a world-famous tourist destination called Rock City? SYNOPSIS: In this week’s episode, learn about the curious tourist attraction, Rock City. Specifically, you’ll hear about: How the daughter of a German immigrant created Rock City Whether or not you can actually see seven states from Lover's Leap “See Rock City” barns and the man who painted all of them How garden gnomes became part of Rock City LISTEN TO PODCAST GALLERY Click an image for a closer view. FEATURED VIDEO Interested in visiting Lookout Mountain? Watch this video first! Also, check out Rock City's website. CLICK-TO-TWEET QUOTABLESClick a quote to send it to your Twitter. BONUS STUFF If you’re planning a visit to Rock City, plan to stay in Chattanooga (or a nearby area) for at LEAST two nights. That’ll give you plenty of time to see Rock City and the Chickamauga National Military Park on Lookout Mountain (as well as drive through the quaint village of Fairyland). But while you’re in the area, you’ll definitely want to ride the Incline Railway (much more exciting than you’d guess!), and take the time to walk through the incredible Ruby Falls. It does not disappoint. Plan to spend an entire day at the Tennessee Aquarium in Chattanooga so that you’ll have plenty of time to visit both the freshwater and the saltwater sections of the exhibit. This place is truly amazing. You can get a good deal on purchasing Rock City, Incline, and Ruby Falls tickets at the same time. And I promise we’re not being paid by the Chattanooga Chamber of Commerce, but this town is so cool and is full of a variety of shopping, restaurants, cultural events and attractions, and an indescribable energy. We go there every chance we get. I hope you get a chance to visit and I hope you love it as much as we do! (If you want restaurant recommendations, get in touch with us.) LINKS: Chickamauga National Military Park Incline Railway Ruby Falls Tennessee Aquarium LAST WEEK… Episode 31: How in the world does a person become a refugee and how does that refugee end up in the United States? LEAVE YOUR VOICEMAIL SUGGESTION NOW! Brought to you by Hobnail Trekking Co. Start the adventure now
17 minutes | Sep 16, 2020
Ep. 31: Unraveling the myths and truths about refugees
EPISODE 31: UNRAVELING THE MYTHS AND TRUTHS ABOUT REFUGEESTHE QUESTION: How in the world does a person become a refugee and how does that refugee end up in the United States? SYNOPSIS: In this episode, we talk about the refugee resettlement program in the US. It’s not political – just the facts. Listen in to find out: Who a refugee is How many refugees are in the world How a refugee gets to the United States How resettlement agencies and the community ensure a refugee’s success Why resettling refugees is the right thing to do LISTEN TO PODCAST GALLERY Click an image for a closer view. FEATURED VIDEO This short video was made in celebration of World Refugee Day, which is on June 20th of each year. It’s a few years old and the statistics are out of date (there are more than twice as many displaced people now than there were in 2010), but we think it gets the message across well. CLICK-TO-TWEET QUOTABLESClick a quote to send it to your Twitter. RESOURCES If you’re a data geek like I am (Holly), you’ll love playing around with these data tables. Or digging deep into this website. Although specific to Tennessee in some instances, here’s a great set of FAQs compiled a few years ago. And because we love infographics, here’s a great one (note that these numbers include all of those are displaced – not just refugees). LAST WEEK Episode 30: How in the world did some of the most bizarre human conceptions and natural oddities become popular tourist attractions? LEAVE YOUR VOICEMAIL SUGGESTION NOW! Brought to you by Hobnail Trekking Co. Start the adventure now
58 minutes | Sep 7, 2020
Ep. 30: The world’s craziest tourist attractions
EPISODE 30: THE WORLD’S CRAZIEST TOURIST ATTRACTIONSTHE QUESTION: How in the world did some of the most bizarre human conceptions and natural oddities become popular tourist attractions? SYNOPSIS: Pack your bags! This episode will inspire you to do some traveling – though not to your normal tourist destinations but to some really bizarre ones. Among many other things, you’ll learn about: What Buddhist Hell looks like Where to pee with a great view Several creepy doll tourist destinations Where mallard ducks have the most luxurious life LISTEN TO PODCAST GALLERY Click an image for a closer view. FEATURED VIDEO Here's a neat video about Japan's "Valley of Dolls." Enjoy this news report about the young man who pogo-sticked up the world's steepest street! CLICK-TO-TWEET QUOTABLESClick a quote to send it to your Twitter. RESOURCES Check out Mark's 2019 article about his visit to House on the Rock in Spring Green, Wisconsin. It's hilarious! Fremont Troll: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fremont_Troll, https://seattle.curbed.com/2019/6/4/18650083/fremont-bridge-troll-history-location (great article about the Troll’s history) Wang Saen Suk Monastery Garden (Hell Garden): https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wang_Saen_Suk House on the Rock: https://www.thehouseontherock.com/ Mother Shipton’s Well and Pretrifying Cave: https://www.mothershipton.co.uk/the-park/ Nazca Lines: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nazca_Lines The Catacombs: https://www.catacombes.paris.fr/en Sedlec Ossuary (Bone Church): https://www.sedlec.info/en/ossuary/, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sedlec_Ossuary Cat Island: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tashirojima Island of the Dolls: https://isladelasmunecas.com/ Village of Dolls: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nagoro, https://unusualplaces.org/nagoro-a-creepy-japanese-village-where-dolls-replace-the-departed/ Phallus Museum: https://phallus.is/en/ Market Theatre Gum Wall: https://unexpectedproductions.org/gumwall/, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gum_Wall Peabody Hotel (Memphis): https://www.peabodymemphis.com/peabody-ducks Vinicunca Rainbow Mountain: https://www.rainbowmountainperu.com/ Pink Sands Beach (Bahamas): https://www.bahamas.com/vendor/pink-sand-beach, https://www.bahamas.com/islands/eleuthera-harbour-island, http://www.pinksandsresort.com/ (Pink Sands Resort is one of the places Mark and I stayed on our honeymoon!) The Doorway Railway: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/hanois-train-street (great photos here), https://www.lonelyplanet.com/articles/life-on-hanoi-train-street-vietnam (cool story about the first coffee shop there) Underground Theme Park: https://www.salinaturda.eu/en/locatie/salina-amusement-park/ Cockroach Hall of Fame: http://planomagazine.com/planos-past-the-cockroach-hall-of-fame-museum/ (great article with pictures and video about the museum, which unfortunately closed) Soviet Bunker Tour: http://sovietbunker.com/ (even cooler than I imagined, actually) Avanos Hair Museum: https://www.chezgalip.com/the-hair-museum-of-avanos/ Lake Natron: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lake_Natron Ramen Noodle Museum: https://www.cupnoodles-museum.jp/en/yokohama/ Baldwin Street (World’s Steepest Street): https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Baldwin_Street Yeti Scalp: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yeti, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Khumjung, Underwater Park: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gr%C3%BCner_See_(Styria) (they no longer allow scuba diving in the park, bummer) Ghost Town of Namibia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kolmanskop, https://kolmanskop.net/ LAST WEEK Episode 29: Exploring some of the world's wackiest jobs LEAVE YOUR VOICEMAIL SUGGESTION NOW! Brought to you by Hobnail Trekking Co. Start the adventure now
30 minutes | Aug 31, 2020
Ep. 29: Some of the world’s wackiest jobs
EPISODE 29: SOME OF THE WORLD’S WACKIEST JOBSTHE QUESTION: How in the world is it possible that people around the world are making good livings by doing really weird occupations like literally watching paint dry? SYNOPSIS: You don’t need a fancy college degree or years of training for some important and unusual jobs across the world. Tune in this week and hear about some of these bizarre jobs, including: Great options for those with outstanding customer service skills (but not in the normal way) Kinda gross but high-paying jobs Some ideas for those who love to work with animals (again, not in the normal way) LISTEN TO PODCAST GALLERY Click an image for a closer view. FEATURED VIDEO See. We weren't kidding. There's an apology industry in Japan. CLICK-TO-TWEET QUOTABLESClick a quote to send it to your Twitter. RESOURCES Here's a cool website to find a really awesome place (including private island) to care for. Check out the guy this episode is NOT copying, Mike Rowe. For more information on NASA’s sleep study (and other NASA gigs), GO HERE. All fun and jokes aside, you should definitely pick a job you’re passionate about. I mean, you will most likely spend more time at work than you do with your family – so choose something you enjoy! You may enjoy it for varying reasons, and that’s okay! You may enjoy it because it makes you a lot of money and you can retire early and spend ALL of your time with your family. You may enjoy it because it utilizes your special gifts and skills and makes you feel fulfilled. And you may enjoy it because you work with friends who are just like family. All of that is great! Mark and I choose work that we enjoy so much, we don’t even realize we’re working. Isn’t that the ultimate goal? LAST WEEK… Episode 28: How in the world do people in other cultures bury and memorialize their dead in amazing and bizarre ways? LEAVE YOUR VOICEMAIL SUGGESTION NOW! Brought to you by Hobnail Trekking Co. Start the adventure now
43 minutes | Aug 25, 2020
Ep. 28: The world’s most bizarre burial rituals
EPISODE 28: THE WORLD’S MOST BIZARRE BURIAL RITUALSTHE QUESTION: How in the world do people in other cultures bury and memorialize their dead in amazing and bizarre ways? SYNOPSIS: This week, we try out a different format for our podcast while we discuss various funeral and burial rituals from around the world. Specifically, you’ll learn about: The fantasy coffins of Ghana The gruesome and profound sky burials of Tibet Several funeral traditions that are more celebratory than sad Burials that incorporate nature in unique ways LISTEN TO PODCAST GALLERY Click an image for a closer view. FEATURED VIDEO This is a fantastic BBC video about the Indonesian Torajan rituals of keeping the corpse of loved ones in the home, sometimes for years, until a grand burial can be conducted. CLICK-TO-TWEET QUOTABLESClick a quote to send it to your Twitter. BONUS MATERIAL This is brief look at the beginning of a Hindu cremation ceremony at the Pashupatinath Temple complex in Kathmandu. We filmed this is April 2018. This is a good look at the self-mummifying monks that Holly talks about in the podcast, although we don't necessarily buy into the alien stuff at the very end. LAST WEEK Episode 27: How in the world did Croatian soldiers of the 1600s influence modern business fashion? LEAVE YOUR VOICEMAIL SUGGESTION NOW! Brought to you by Hobnail Trekking Co. Start the adventure now
14 minutes | Aug 18, 2020
Ep. 27: The odd ancestry of the modern necktie
EPISODE 27: THE ODD ANCESTRY OF THE MODERN NECKTIETHE QUESTION: How in the world did Croation soldiers of the 1600s influence the business attire of the modern-day man? SYNOPSIS: Ever wondered where and when the necktie started being a standard of men’s business attire? This week, we’ll cover all that and more, including: What Croatian soldiers of the 1600s have to do with neckties The real purpose of the necktie and why it’s phasing out Some early carvings depicting necktie wearers How many ties you should own, and what colors define you LISTEN TO PODCAST GALLERY Click an image for a closer view. FEATURED VIDEO Thanks entirely to this episode, Mark has dedicated himself to perfecting the full-Windsor knot. (For the past 40 years, he's been lazily using the half-Windsor.) Here's a video with an astounding 26 MILLION VIEWS that will show you (and Mark) how to master this skill. CLICK-TO-TWEET QUOTABLESClick a quote to send it to your Twitter. BONUS STUFF Tired of the same ol’ knots? We know you have time on your hands because if you’re like us, you’re still partially quarantined or working from home. Check out these really cool and creative options for tying a tie – with photos and videos! https://www.scoopwhoop.com/Different-Tie-Knots-You-Need-To-Try/ If you try any of these, send us a picture of how it turned out! Better yet, a video of you doing it. We’d love to see it! And also, I think I don’t hate this attempt to update the modern tie. Am I crazy? http://www.carltonfranklin.com/ TRANSCRIPT Click to open H: This week’s episode answers the question: How in the world did Croatian soldiers of the 1600s influence the business attire of the modern-day man? INTRO H: Neckties are one of the many reasons why I’m glad God made me a girl. It looks so uncomfortable. Something tied around your neck ALL DAY LONG, no matter how hot it is. I’m so fidgety that something like that would just make me crazy. I mean, even sleeves annoy me at times. M: You would be TERRIBLE if you had to wear a tie. H: Are they as awful as I think they are? M: They’re not fun but you get used to it. H: I guess that maybe over time, men have evolved to be okay with wearing neckties in the same way that women have evolved to be okay with wearing pantyhose. Except I haven’t evolved to be okay with wearing pantyhose, though. And the really weird thing about neckties is that it’s a normal part of men’s business attire but doesn’t serve any purpose at all except decoration. If it was a winter thing and provided warmth, I’d get it. M: It’s true. They ARE just for decoration – and always have been! If you haven’t guessed yet, our topic today is the weird history of the necktie and its role in modern-day fashion. Let’s get into it. H: Yep, I think we should! M: When you said that men have had a while to get used to neckties, you weren’t kidding. In fact, we’ve had 400 years to adapt. Neckties date back at least 400 years, to the 1600’s, when King Louie the 13th saw the Croatian soldiers wearing a piece of cloth around their neck as part of their uniform and liked it. While the soldiers’ use of the tie was practical – it held their jackets on — Louie liked the decorative effect it created and adopted it as mandatory attire for Royal functions. The name “la cravate,” a derivation of “Croat” or “Croatian” as a way to honor those soldiers, is still the name that the French use for a necktie today. H: But even before the Thirty Year War when King Louie saw the Croatian soldiers wearing them, ties – of a sort – were depicted on figures on Roman columns that date back to as early as 113 AD, as well as on the terracotta Chinese soldiers that were buried in 210 BC. The ties on those terracotta soldiers were said to be protecting their Adam’s apple, which they believed was their source of power. There’s also theories that they’re protecting them from cold,
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