A podcast of fascinating facts! What do extraterrestrial radio signals and a mushroom from Texas have in common? What is a “number station“ and why is it so spine-tinglingly creepy? Join comedians Shane Rogers and Duncan MacEwan for an entertaining and hilarious deep-dive into obscure facts from science, history and pop culture. A new topic each week!

August 11, 2022

Deadly Plants: From Belladonna to the Gympie-Gympie

What’s the world’s most dangerous plant? Which notorious stinging nettle is capable of an aerial attack? And what the heck is a hemicryptophyte? 

Join Shane and Duncan as they explore the wild world of toxic foliage in this week’s lush, leafy, and lethal episode of MFFI. 


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In this episode:  

  • Atropa Belladonna (Deadly Nightshade)
  • Herbaceous, Perennial, Rhizomatous, Hemicryptophyte
  • Augustus and Livia
  • Atropine
  • Daffodil (Narcissus Poeticus)
  • Lycorine
  • Castor Bean (Ricinus Communis) 
  • 1978 Umbrella Murder (Georgi Markov)
  • Ricin Poison
  • Gympie-Gympie (Dendrocnide Moroides)
  • Gubbi-Gubbi
  • Phototoxic Giant Hogweed (Heracleum Mantegazzianum)
  • Tangent: Corpse Bloom (Amorphophallus Titanium)
  • Hemlock (Conium Maculatum)
  • Socrates
  • Nerium-Oleander
  • The Deadliest Plant on Earth

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