Episode 132 – The One With Gus of Atheism 101 Fame!

In this week’s show, episode 132, we cure Scientology’s constipation by burning the evil right out of their dolphins.

Now, grab a beer and help us test the god hypothesis — because, while Ratri, the Hindu goddess of the night hasn’t struck us down yet, we are trying her patience!

Shea’s Life Lesson

This week I was walking and a man in front of me dropped some money, I thought, what would Jesus do. So I turned it into wine… well, I bought wine.

Jenn’s Actual Lesson

Did you know that the ancient Roman cult of Mithras left no written records? Much of what we know about the (male-only) cult is through excavated artifacts. One of the best collections was discovered under a construction site in London in 1954. (Considering how they also found the skeleton of King Richard III under a parking lot, London needs to stop losing important shit.)

But before we get to all that, let’s have a beer!

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Sunday Morning Stout – Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

  • From Andi and Allan!
  • Ba Link: bit.ly/2qQ8s6K
  • BA Score: 96
  • ABV: 12.7
  • Style: American Double / Imperial Stout
  • Aaron: 5
  • Jenn: 6
  • Shea: 6

This Week’s Show

Round Table Discussion

Voicemail from Rebecca apologizing to Jim.

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Headlines

Folk Cure Illsbit.ly/2rxcQZz

  • Last month in the city of Guangzhou, China, a man with the surname Liu was suffering from what must have been a particularly bad case of constipation. Instead of laxatives or even natural dietary remedies, this 49-year-old turned to a “folk remedy” he had heard about: inserting a live eel into his anus.
  • One might say that this traditional remedy worked all too well because the frightened creature tore right through the man’s intestines and began swimming around his midsection. This was all unbeknownst to Mr. Liu at the time and on the outside resulted in swelling around his midsection for which he went to the hospital. However, he strangely refrained from telling them about the home remedy he attempted earlier.
  • So, of course, it came as quite a shock when doctors found a hole in his duodenum and the half-meter-long fish that caused it. After that initial wave of horror passed, they told Mr. Liu that he would need emergency surgery to remove the creature. Time was of the essence for if the fish had broken through the man’s stomach, his life would have been in serious jeopardy.
  • Mr. Liu continued to play coy with hospital staff saying that the eel had gotten in there, “by accident.” Luckily, they could extract the eel (which by that time had died) and save Mr. Liu. Only then, did he finally come clean and tell them about the treatment.
  • It was an awful lot of trouble to go through to ease a case of constipation.

Scientology Rehab Center… bit.ly/2rxxDw1

  • A rehab center in the hills of rural Cannon County Tenn. has been shut down after a 911 call led investigators to a locked facility.
  • The facility was called Life Center for a New Tomorrow
  • deputies said they found someone who said he was being mistreated, falsely imprisoned and treated through Scientology.

“The workers there, the manager and other staff were Scientologists, there was a great deal of Scientology paraphernalia found throughout the facilities,” said Trevor Lynch, Assistant District Attorney.

  • Deputies found two patients there, one of whom had a mental illness, the other was being treated for substance abuse. “This facility was not capable for caring for the individuals it was taking in,” Lynch said.
  • Three people were eventually arrested. Dennis Flamond and Hans Lytle were charged with false imprisonment, and another man, Marc Vallieres was charged with facilitation of kidnapping.

I Found Us A Church bit.ly/2rxsJPw

Plenty of people screaming “oh God!” … fewer people praying than you might expect. Find out how that went at Patreon.com/w4w!

This Week’s Stories

A Roman Catholic Nun Has Been Charged On Suspicion Of Helping Priests Sexually Abuse Deaf Children, Argentineanind.pn/2rxj0ce

This shit is straight up terrible but we still found more than a few terrible jokes – and Matt & Tim manage to make a point or two too! Available now at Patreon.com/w4w!

Jenn’s Story: I Give Up, Here’s a Story About Genitals

Dolphin Sex is Literally Kinky

Q&A With Dolphin Sex Expert

Let’s talk science. And sex. And sexy science. Most people have heard that dolphins are one of the few other species who have sex for pleasure, but there’s actually a whole lot of other freaky going on. Whales and dolphins have surprisingly interesting sex lives, replete with various positions, elaborate vaginas, and a rare type of penis that’s always mostly erect.

Dara Orbach (a postdoctoral fellow at Dalhousie University in Nova Scotia and research associate at Mount Holyoke College in Massachusetts) has spent the past seven years of her professional career studying dolphin vaginas. Patricia Brennan and Diane Kelly are two women who have studied dolphin penises. These three women have joined forces in an attempt to crack the code on how dolphins do it.

Why the questioning? Per Science Alert:

“For starters, dolphin sex takes place under trying circumstances. The animals must properly connect despite ocean currents, and salty seawater, which is lethal to cetacean sperm, must be kept out of the uterus. What’s more, dolphins, porpoises and whales have vaginas with extremely unusual twists, folds, and recesses that sperm must traverse to make a baby.”

So how do 3 science ladies go about understanding the…um…ins and outs of underwater copulation? I’m glad you asked! It involves dead bodies and beer keg pumps! Orbach collected reproductive tracts from dozens of dolphins and porpoises who had died of natural causes.

Side note: My favorite quote “Surprisingly, it’s not a very popular field to look at dolphin genitalia,” Orbach said.

From ScienceMag.org

“Kelly, who has also studied alligator and armadillo penises, came up with the idea of inflating the male organs, which are also twisty. The team did so with a pressurized pump — one more like a beer keg than the kind used to inflate bike tires — and then fit those into the matching vaginas.”

Now, what could be biologically advantageous to make successful intercourse so difficult? Females even have a way to twist their bodies to make sure the attempt fails. (Dirty cetacean teases.)

“Because they have lot of suitors, and reproduction is time-consuming. At the height of their fertility, female cetaceans mate as many as 15 times in 15 minutes with two or three males, Orbach said. Pregnancy lasts 11 months, and calves are nursed for two years.”It’s a very substantial investment of a female’s life in her developing fetus and calf as well,” she said. “So from a female’s perspective, she wants some way to control who’s going to be the father.”

This information could help conservation biologists study how endangered species need to reproduce in captivity and is also just a fun fact to pull out at cocktail parties where you don’t know anyone but want to test the crowd.

Next Week’s Beer

Red Velvet (Nitro)| Ballast Point Brewing Company

  • From the Ox’s!
  • Ba Link: bit.ly/2qPgfG1
  • BA Score: 80
  • ABV: 5.5
  • Style: Oatmeal Stout

Faith In Humanity Restored

Submitted By Listener Bill: Legally Blind 4th-Grader Gets Gift Of Sight For His Birthday – yhoo.it/2qYxFAj

A legally blind fourth-grader in Tennessee got the birthday gift of a lifetime recently when his school surprised him with glasses giving him perfect vision.

On Friday, Lanier Elementary in Maryville presented Andrew Borden, 10, with eSight3 eyewear.

“These glasses brought me from a faraway distance of 2,200 to 20/20,” Andrew told ABC affiliate WATE-TV recently. “This would make things a whole lot easier, from reading to just playing games in class, on the computers.

The eSight3 eyewear came with a visor, equipped with two cameras, that goes over Andrew’s regular glasses as well as a hand controller and a dial that lets him zoom in and out. The visor also has a light and a freeze-frame option.

Andrew has ocular albinism, which affects his hair, skin and eyes.

The glasses cost $10,000.

Renee Powell, a teacher at the school, told WATE-TV that the school had helped put together a fundraising site on GoFundMe after learning that Andrew’s parents could not afford the glasses.

“We knew as a community we could do it because we have a small community but we have big hearts and we love our community members,” Powell said. “Andrew is one of the most special, little guys I’ve ever worked with. … It’s just a dream come true for everyone here in our community.”

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