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!

June 23, 2022

Real-Life Mad Scientists

Little-known fact: the mad doctor from Mary Shelly's Frankenstein was based on a real-life scientist named Giovanni Aldini. And even Aldini's corpse-reanimating experiments were mild compared to some of the bizarre and horrifying travesties that have been committed in the name of scientific progress. Join the boys as they explore two-headed dogs, telekinetic pong-playing monkeys, and the history of unhinged science.


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In this episode:  

  • Vladimir Demikhov
  • Head Transplants
  • Shavka and Brodyaga
  • Jose Manuel Rodriguez Delgado
  • Shiro Ishii
  • Unit 731
  • Operation Cherry Blossoms at Night (Disease Fleas)
  • Giovanni Aldini, the OG Frankenstein
  • Galvanism
  • The Postmortem Electrocution of George Forster
  • Andrew Ure, Frankenstein Part 2
  • The Postmortem Electrocution of Matthew Clydesdale
  • Elon Musk and Neuralink
  • Pager the Mind-Pong Monkey
  • Cryonics
  • Alcor, the Life-Extension Foundation
  • M.E.A.R.T, the Semi-Living Artist

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