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70: Go Big or Go Home

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Hey, Mr. Big Stuff, who do you think you are? From the big man (Colossus of Rhodes) to the Big Mac, we share awesome facts and quizzes about things that are BIG. We find out what space might actually smell like, the noisy nature of oceans, and the mysterious, wondrous, bittersweet....and... "explosive" nature of whales.  

ALSO: We try out auditory palindromes!!! And a special Dnuor Cisum quiz!

RUNTIME: 51 minutes 51 seconds



ADDITIONAL LINK: Finding 52 Documentary Facebook page


Featured Interlude Music:

"Hypnotize" (clean) by Notorious B.I.G.  Amazon | iTunes 

"Mr. Big Stuff" by Jean Knight  Amazon | iTunes 



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Umm actually:

The 52 hertz whale is actually singing at a higher frequency then the other whales. You stated that most whale song is in the 15 to 20Hz range. 52Hz is a higher frequency and is within normal human hearing range, 20Hz-20kHz, but is outside the range that other whales use to communicate.

For refercence:

As an additional tidbit the title of the film being made is "Finding 52: The Search for the Loneliest Whale in the World".

July 17, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRipley

52Hz is just a few notes lower than two octaves below middle C.

I would allude to Dori speaking whale in Nemo... she was pretty close to 52Hz. ;-)

July 17, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterWit4Brains

Thanks guys for the correction! I misinterpreted the information - so I went in and cut out that part and refreshed the audio file. Thanks for letting me know <3


July 17, 2013 | Registered CommenterGood Job, Brain!

Hi guys, I love the podcast, thanks for the hours of laughs! The auditory palemdrones and Dnuor Cisum this week were awesome. I checked out the Oregon Exploding Whale. As it turns out, the videos say they actually used half a ton of dynamite. I thought I heard 500 lbs. on the podcast. All I can say is, SERIOUSLY???
Keep up the good work.

July 17, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCritterbug

There may have been a version with Diana Ross, but "Ain't No Mountain" is performed by Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell

July 18, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRob

@Critterbug – I found a few conflicting reports of the exact amount of dynamite used, so decided to go on the conservative side for the show. But if we assume a case of dynamite can weigh up to 50 pounds (and reports indicate they used as many as 20 cases) then yep, it could have been as much as half a ton. I totally agree with your assesment: SERIOUSLY?!

July 18, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterColin

Love the show, after hearing you guys talk about 52hz, I heard this on my local public radio station the next day, heres the link.

July 19, 2013 | Unregistered Commenter@asheboroghost

Awesome backward quiz! A fun bit of trivia about auditory palindromes and backward music: the sweet bass solo in Paul Simon's "Bodyguard" was actually recorded and then played a second time backward in the final edit of the song! Check it out; knowing this, it's actually not too hard to tell.

July 28, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterGreg

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