Posts Tagged: ‘monsters’

Since the Nazis were all about casting out Christianity and embracing the old gods, you’d think that German-speaking socialists of the 1930s would be cool with nasty old Krampus. But not so, according to a Dec. 23, 1934 New York Times article headlined “Krampus Disliked in Fascist Austria.”

Now remember, Nazi Germany didn’t roll up Austria till 1938. Austrofascism was the rule of the day and, unlike the Nazis, they were heavily Catholic.

According to the NYT article, the Austrian government outlawed Krampus entirely — who, according to the article, had virtually usurped the role of prime gift giver from Santa at the time. It was the demon, not the old man, who mad the rounds with sweets and gifts.

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Mogwai and Gremlins might SEEM the most unrealistic little monsters ever to crawl out of the 1980s, but nothing could be further from the truth.

In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Julie dissect Gremlin/mogwai biology and show you how all that melting and metamorphosing matches up with the rest of the animal kingdom.

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I’ll keep this short and sweet. You love Halloween. You love a little hip-hop in your life. So here are a handful of suitably seasonal rap videos. The first one, brought to my attention by DJ Food via Twitter, is a fantastic A-Z collection of movie monsters by Mister Jason. It’s a sweet jam and there’s a LOT of legitimate monster love in it.

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We’re getting a little tired of vampires and zombies. Well, I am. Holly likes vampires (but not in a Cullen way) and is getting a little desensitized to the zombie gore. We do wonder what’s coming next, though.

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I don’t have to convince you that Centaurs are amazing. They stroll boldly through thousands of years worth of art, canter through our literary classics and their Photoshopped bodies continue to scandalize the Web. They are of course human/equine hybrids, but what of their biology? Having attended the University of Tennessee at Knoxville some years ago, I’ve seen “The Centaur Excavations at Volos” countless times. That specimen provides insight into the creature’s skeletal system, but what about all the rest?

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Are you terrified of giant monster attacks on your city? Well then this is the podcast episode for you. Join us as we calm your fears with a healthy dose of science. Would monsters like Godzilla and King Kong even be able to stand, much less topple a skyscraper? Stuff To Blow Your Mind examines the morphological limitations of gigantic creatures as well as the cultural significance of Japan’s Gojira. Plus, what about Barbie? How monstrous would she be at human scale? Tune in to find out.

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Prior to my recent visit to the World Science Festival, I had only heard whispers of the mysterious Panna II Garden Indian Restaurant in New York’s East Village. Now I have experienced it for myself and must dedicate my remaining years to deciphering what I witnessed. The rumors told of twin Indian restaurants, their doors opposed atop a flight of stairs. Word also had it that highly aggressive barkers from each restaurant worked the sidewalk, fighting like hyenas over each passing potential customer. Let’s go inside and solve the cosmic mystery.

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Another day, another reboot — well, sort of: Deadline Hollywood is reporting that “Frankenstein” will be the next film to get the “modern update” treatment, joining adaptations like ‘Romeo and Juliet,’ ‘Hamlet’ and ‘Clueless.’ Was 1994 — the year the last version of Mary Shelley’s classic premiered — really that long ago? Well, given Hollywood’s recent penchant for remaking movies that have barely passed the quarter-century mark, the answer is clearly “yes.”

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It’s been a little more like Stuff From the Mad Science Lab in the weeks leading up to Halloween. Shovels in hand, Allison and I have trudged off into the moonlit cemeteries to unearth a number of grotesque, chilling and occasionally peer-reviewed horrors from YOUR science and culture. Then we dragged it all into the podcasting lab, flipped the switch and created three awesome Halloween episodes:

Science vs. Monsters!
This one’s a real slobber knocker, folks, because we pit actual science against fictional monsters in an all-out battle royale. We’ll discuss who would win in a fight between bigfoot and the wolfman — and tell you why Charles Darwin already decided the match. Plus much more!

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If you clicked on this link hoping to vote for your favorite monster in a geeky Internet death match, then you’re out of luck. As it turns out, Charles Darwin decided the outcome on this fight more than a century ago.

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