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“If you posted the most incredible story — literally, the most incredible story that has ever been told since people have had the ability to tell stories, it will never, ever get as many hits as a video of a cat with a moustache.”
Life on the Moon
In 1836, Richard E. Locke, writing for the New York Sun, claimed that the noted British astronomer Sir John Herschel had discovered life on the moon. Flora and fauna included bat-men, moon maidens (with luna-moth wings), moon bison, and other extravagant life forms.
These lithographs by Leopoldo Galluzzo’s Altre scoverte fatte nella luna dal Sigr. Herschel depict Herschel’s “discoveries”.
It just so happens there is a fan-freaking-tastic podcast about this. The Memory Palace Episode 24: The Moon in the Sun.
The infographic whiz kids at Pop Chart Lab strike again, this time with a subject near and dear to our hearts: The Advance of Audio Apparatuses.
“You know, the kids in my class, they’ve never heard of quicksand.”
The sentence that sent reporter Dan Engber on a quest to figure out, well, what the hell happened to quicksand. Follow him down the rabbit hole in our new short.
“I’ll play it for somebody on staff, and you just kind of watch their eyes. You watch the parts where their eyes get wide. You watch their hips. Are they leaning in or are they leaning back?”
“OK guys, keep in mind that we are in a haunted burnt-out doomscape.”
Overheard at Radiolab Live rehearsal. Want to hang out in a haunted burnt-out doomscape with us?
“I am zucchini, and I am in space.”
A delightful bit of radio from NHPR’s Word of Mouth, via the always-wonderful It’s Okay to be Smart.
“You’re seducing people so that you can kind of disturb them in a way. That’s sort of the process that you go through, you want that ‘Come here, come here, come here…BOO! Come here, come here, come here…OOF!’ That’s kind of what you do as a storyteller.”
As usual, when an interesting thing exists in the world, Roman Mars has done a story about it: 99% Invisible - Razzle Dazzle
"When most people think of camouflage they think of blending in with the environment, but camouflage can also take the opposite approach.
It has long been hypothesized that stripes on zebras make it difficult for a predator to distinguish one zebra from another when the zebras are in a large herd. The stripes also might make zebras less attractive to blood sucking horseflies. This is called disruptive camouflage.
When it comes to humans, the greatest, most jaw-droppingly spectacular application of disruptive camouflage was called Dazzle.”