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From the cave man to Santa Claus; spies, know-it-alls, and journalists: all are fair game for Leacock’s special brand of humor. He touches on the changes time has brought about in the city, education, and work habits. Among the other topics in this work are nature, fishing, gardening, success, and spirits–both of the departed and of the variety Prohibition prohibited. Each chapter of this book is a standalone story and if you love a good laugh, these stories are for you. In me, Leacock’s wit ...
 
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Our Brainy Lecture looks for mass and finds it in the most surprising place. In Songs under the Microscope we explore Nanci Griffith's response to a setback in her 1993 hit Tecumseh Valley. Unlike every other podcast we are in colour, and the colour this week is Bastard Amber so point your browsers at Pantone 148C. Our section that goes by many nam…
 
This week our Brainy lecture considers Boltzman Brains and shows why, on balance, you probably do not exist. Well, you do, but no one else. The Metamorphosis and The Lobster have the super plastic human mind dealing with absurd propositions whilst still trying to get to work on time. Yorgos Lanthamos was silent about the sauce that would be served …
 
Our Brainy Lecture discusses entropy, and considers the theory that life is just a consequence of entropy. We try and bring some structure and order to the debate. Our Songs under the Microscope continues with its next top ten misheard lyrics. Listen on if you want to know who removes umbilicals and who pees in the corner. In A Sauce A Sauce my Kin…
 
With CRISPR Cas9 gene editing a dystopian future could be just twenty years away. We look at the developments and consider the risks, benefits and ethics. In a Podcasting first we now introduce a podcast with colour, literally with Pantone 448C. Our songs under the Microscope continues its voyage into misheard lyrics. We stress test some common pro…
 
This week's Brainy Lecture considers Final Cut Pro for genes with the CRISPR gene splicing technology. We look at how it works and how it may help humanity. We spot the first misuse of the technology was well. We welcome back our Songs under the Microscope with a special misheard lyrics edition. Stand by your shallots as this week we are giving our…
 
This week our Brainy Lecture considers the multiverse and what that might mean for free will. It examines the theory that a big bang occurs in every black hole with each new universe a slightly tweaked version of its parent thus giving a kind of cosmic evolution. In Sports that Definitely should be in the Olympics we throw our women over our should…
 
This week's Brainy Lecture considers the Finely Tuned Universe and notices that if one of 20 physical constants were slightly different that life, the universe and everything may not exist. Is this evidence for our extreme good luck, someone fiddling with the dials on our behalf, or that we live in a multiverse. We continue our series of Sports tha…
 
The Fermi Paradox asks why have we no sign of all the super intelligent aliens, why have they not made contact yet; especially as they may have had a 4 billion year lead over us A Sauce A Sauce My Kingdom for a Sauce gives you a foolproof way of creating your own fabulous mayonnaise and thus freeing you from the tyranny of Hellmann’s forever. In Li…
 
We compensate for our rubbishy gelatinous orbs in our skull and use astrophotography to reveal that the night skies above our heads to be full of dramatic colour, shapes and jewel like stars. Talking of which, we calculate that adding diamonds to the soles of your shoes, as first suggested by Paul Simon, can be a highly cost effective shoe construc…
 
In this week’s podcast for a post stupid society our Brainy Lecture looks at the particle with multiple personality disorder - the neutrino and that forces us to relive the quantum strangeness that we first encountered in Episode 2. We encounter the least practical of all hats when we consider the surprisingly popular Bearskin and learn that it is …
 
Our Brainy Lecture finally looks at dark energy, the mysterious force that suddenly started accelerating the expansion of the universe and unless it stops we are heading for the Big Split. Our hat of the week is the Ushanka. This may be my favourite sauce to date, Sauce Albert with fresh horseradish root to enliven your beef. This week’s songs unde…
 
Our Brainy Lecture looks at the wiggly jiggly world of superstring theory and we ask whether a whole generation of physicist have just wasted their lives. We turn our attentions and saucepans to a Cider Beurre Blanc. This week’s song under microscope considers the enduring charm of Polly Put The Kettle on and examine what exactly has kept this infu…
 
This week's Brainy Lecture looks at Dark matter and we are made to feel insignificant when we find out that the known universe is down to 0.6% of the total. We try and cheer ourselves up with Bob Dylan's poultry themed song, Lay Lady Lay before Bruno Mars makes us feel sad again. Then we get happy once more as we contemplate the Asian Conical hat a…
 
Our Brainy Lecture peers into black holes and encounters Spaghettification, but no fear, as with any pasta based cosmological encounter we have a bonus sauce for the occasion. In our songs under the microscope we probably read way more into Rupert Holmes's lyrics than is probably sensible, but it does seem that Mozart ripped off the song for his ow…
 
This week's episode looks at the nature of time, whether the past and future are as real as the present, can it be changed and why does Foreigner want it to 'Feel like the First Time.' This episode is grudgingly sponsored by a racist breakfast cereal and in Literally the Last Section we see how broom flying at Hogwarts fits into the 2016 Civil Avia…
 
Our Brainy lecture looks at Einstein's General Relativity and shows that mass slows down time, and it is slowed time gives us the illusion of gravity. We make a decidedly next level Béchamel source by inverting it. Yes, even our sauces seem to defy the arrow of time in this podcast. We finally resolve the Clash's dilemma as to whether they should s…
 
We explore the bizarre world of Quantum Entanglement and break cause and effect and annoy Einstein. We make a mushroom velouté, analyse the Monkees' 1966 hit Last Train To Clarksville and analyse Victor Hugo's Les Miserables and ask if Javert was crime fighting superstar or work-shy fop.ian spector
 
The Brainy Lecture looks at things in the universe that travel faster than the speed of light. Literally the Last section considers the word 'impede' and brings back its long lost brother 'expede' We have a very excellent recipe for a chilli tomato sauce We audit Paul Simon's 50 ways to leave your number and uncover the chilling truth that he only …
 
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