Podcast: The Slower Gazelles

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Everyone wants to find a shortcut, but sometimes the “microwave” path to success isn’t what it’s cracked up to be. This week, let’s look at quackery through the ages, why russian wrestlers are calling out bigfoot, why stormtroopers hold the high moral ground over the rebel alliance, and we’ll mark the anniversary of the first traffic fatality.

Tower of Technobabble 37 – 52 Issue Pickup

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Show links:

• The anniversary of the first person in the U.S. known to be killed by the new-fangled horseless carriage (in 1899) – http://www.wired.com/thisdayintech/2011/09/0913first-us-pedestrian-killed-by-car/

• Why those nice stormtroopers can’t hit those mean ol’ Rebels, but they can light up the stormtroopers – http://www.cracked.com/article_18858_the-biggest-star-wars-plot-hole-explained-by-science.html?wa_user1=2&wa_user2=Movies+%26+TV&wa_user3=article&wa_user4=recommended

• Hairy Costumes in the news -
http://www.denverpost.com/breakingnews/ci_18884957 and http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/08/03/man-in-bunny-suit-_n_917159.html

• Titanium Ion Bands, Quackery and the Chinese Water Snake –
http://www.sciencebasedmedicine.org/index.php/pseudoscience-sells/ and
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Snake_oil

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