Passed down from our ancestors vestigial traits are are inside our DNA. Some are fully useless, some are partially useless and some we thought of as junk organs have come back around to be useful again.
Mentioned in this Episode:
Vestigial Organs Not So Useless After All, Studies Find
10 Vestigial Traits You Didn’t Know You Had
10 Animals With Odd Evolutionary Leftovers
The Most Unfortunate Design Flaws in the Human Body
Taxidermy is derived from the Greek words taxis meaning movement and derma meaning skin. We talk about what is taxidermy and what it isn’t. Its eerie to record amongst animals skins that used to be alive, placed in their eternal stance.
This episode we welcome guests Greg Hatem, owner of Bazaar and Robert Marbury author of Taxidermy Art.
This Episode recorded inside Bazaar curiosity shop.
Mentioned in this Episode:
Man Arrested For Taxidermy-ing Together Mutant Animals From Illegal/Endangered Species
The science of TAXIDERMY
Taxidermists & Federal Law
How One Of History’s Worst Taxidermy Jobs Became A Victorian Sensation
11 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Taxidermy
This past Saturday the winter seemed to give way to spring. It was a short reprieve but the skies could not have been clear on a better date. It happened to be on my new favorite holiday.
I began trying to sword swallow in 2007 at the Coney Island sideshow school. It was the last year that Todd Robbins taught the class. Little did I know I was in the company of others who would become performers in their own right. Mike Vitka I know was working for the World of Wonders as well as stumbling in to him in Salem Massachusetts on my honeymoon. He was running a museum show my wife and I visited. Tony Gangi wound up writing an amazing book Carny Sideshows: Weird wonders of the Midway, describing the trials of learning his skills. It was amazing meeting and furthering my knowledge of sideshow with these great people. The thing is, I already knew some of the basics, blockhead and quite a few strongman stunts. The real aim was swallowing swords. With the least amount of damage to my body as possible. It would take longer than I thought.
Last year was my first experience swallowing for the crowds in front of Ripleys. If your keeping count it took me about six years to learn the art. I became a member of the SSAI (Sword Swallowers Association International)that day. I feel as though I was inducted into a group of people unlike any other. Almost a secret society of amazing people stupid enough to shove sharp pointy things down their throats for applause.
This years Sword Swallowing Day I again spent the day at Baltimore Ripley’s. Baltimore being my home town and all. James Taylor of Shocked and Amazed was there to offer his insight to the weird and wonderful. Nora the general manager as always was pleasure to work with. I had the opportunity to perform with Tyler Fire and Thrill Kill Jill from the Lucky Daredevil Thrillshow. They are a sword swallowing sideshow duo that is due to have more members soon. Right now Jill is pregnant with their third child and is still dropping blades. Yes she is the first pregnant sword swallower. I took the stage for a half hour strongman demonstration. Ripping decks of cards in half and rolling up frying pans and the ilk.
Of course when 2:22 came it was time to perform the big swallow. This is the moment when sword swallowers around the word drop their blades all at once. The curious get a chance to see something live that they would have only seen on YouTube. Trust me it’s much more impressive live.
written by Christopher Scarborough
World Sword Swallower’s Day 2014 results!
•Hollywood 11 SwSws swallowed 25 swords totaling 511 inches or 42 feet of steel – including the World’s Tallest Sword Swallower!
•New York Times Square 13 SwSws swallowed 22 swords for a total of 437 inches – including 5 female sword swallowers!
•Atlantic City 1 SwSw swallowed 1 sword for …a total of 19 inches… while sandwiched between TWO BEDS of NAILS!
•Baltimore 3 SwSws swallowed 3 swords for a total of 63 inches… and one of them was PREGNANT!
•Myrtle Beach 1 SwSw swallowed 1 sword for a total of 16 inches
•Gatlinburg 3 SwSws swallowed 11 swords for a total of 253 inches
•St. Augustine 5 SwSws swallowed 15 swords for a total of 327 inches – including the World’s Youngest Female Sword Swallower at 15 – and they traveled the MOST MILES – 7693 miles – from Vermont, Indiana, Georgia, and all the way from Bavaria GERMANY!
•Key West 1 SwSw swallowed 1 sword at 25 inches – This was the most SOUTHERNMOST sword swallow of the day!
•Branson 1 SwSw swallowed 1 sword at 24 inches
•Dallas Grand Prairie 3 SwSws swallowed 6 swords at 134 inches – Including one sword swallower balancing on a high unicycle!
•San Francisco 1 SwSw swallowed 1 sword at 16 inches
•Arizona Science Museum Ripley’s Exhibit 1 SwSw swallowed 1 sword at 22 inches – to an audience of about 400!
•Genting Hills Malaysia 1 SwSw swallowed 1 sword at 18 inches – the most EASTERLY location from the US!
Last Year’s Record – World Sword Swallower’s Day 2013:
44 Sword Swallowers swallowed 76 swords totalling 1517 inches or 126 feet of steel at 18 Ripley’s museums
Total for World Sword Swallower’s Day 2014:
45 Sword Swallowers swallowed 89 swords totalling 1865 inches or 155 feet of steel at 13 Ripley’s & 1 Science Museum
Ladies and Gentleman come meet the “Half Man”! He walks everywhere on his hands cause he’s got no choice. He’s only 18 inches tall but he’s a bigger man than us all. Some have called him a broken doll, some a freak. But he’s more than that. Come learn about Johnny Eck the “King of Freaks”!
Rock and roll has a sorted history but no one can touch the lows and highs of G.G.Allin. He is an extremely polarizing figure in Punk rock. Sometimes worshiped, sometimes hated and mostly misunderstood, he blazed his own path through this world. Chris, Joe and long time contributor Darin “Dangerous D” Malfi discuss the life and times of G.G.Allin: The good, bad and the ugly.
Warning: This episode deals with graphic content: listener discretion is advised!
Some have speculated the bestial side of man is hiding just beneath the surface. When the moon is full and the wild calls, the beast can come forth. Werewolves are the embodiment of the duality of man.
Mermaids have been sited in almost every culture and corner of the world since the dawn of time. Some people are working hard to make mermaids a reality and others are celebrating a wonderful myth. Mentioned in this episode:
Mermaid day Parade NYC
Prosthetic Mermaid Tale
The Wreck Bar Mermaid show
The Starbucks Melusine
A very comprehensive mermaid article
Hippokampoi Poseidon’s Seahorses
Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Little Mermaid”
Types of Mermaids
Become a Mermaid
Namor the Sub-Mariner
Pink Mermaid Tail
The Extended Cut
The Right Stuff
How Starbucks Fought for Its Life without Losing Its Soul
The Sideshow is an American performance art form that has long roots associated with carnivals and circuses. From freaks and geeks to sword swallowers and personal heroes we try to fit it all in on the Curioso’s premiere podcast.