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Koalas – Varmints! – 123
Koalas! Koalas are cute, cuddly and NOT BEARS! Join Paul and Donna as they unpack the fascinating lives of these adorable little varmints from Down Under! But first the news! What would you do if you found a koala in your car? Do what Tim Whitrow did! Be nice! And hopefully they won’t damage your dashboard quite as badly. Koalas eat poisonous leaves. Poisonous. How in the world do they do it? Nat Geo knows. Article courtesy of nationalgeographic.com I’m eating what?? Koala fur! It’s thick and woolly and perfect for an animal that needs every calorie that it can get it’s hands on. Also BUTT PADS! Article courtesy of koalainfo.com It’s essentially a built in memory foam something or another with a BUTT PAD! How smart are koalas? According to three smart people they aren’t the sharpest knife in the shed. What do you think? Courtesy of Quora.com There isn’t a lot going on up there but they’re smart enough to be koalas. Bless their little hearts. Blinky Bill is HUGE in Australia! We had no idea. Thanks to our Varminion Anna for requesting this pop culture subject and YouTube user FlyingBarkChannel! There are no koala superheroes or video games so the OTHER kid’s show we talked about is the Koala Brothers! Courtesy of YouTube user Koala Brothers TV The future of koalas in the wild is very dire. More healthy little koalas like this one are needed. Article courtesy of theconservation.com Koalas have human-like fingerprints! Who knew? Not us! We don’t have the koalafications. (You knew I was going to throw that joke in somewhere.) Article courtesy of livescience.com Which is which? Now you know a little more about koalas than you did this morning! What do you think of them? We want to hear from you! Send us your suggestions for animals you’d like to hear us talk about, or just drop us a line about anything at varmintspodcast@gmail.com! We might even read your email on the show. Your feedback is always welcome! Connect with your Varmints! hosts| Paul Csomo | Donna Hume | The Show | Pinterest  And a very special welcome to the more than 1,200 of you that gave us a like on our Facebook page. Holy cow! Thank you! We hope you like what you hear and we look forward to hearing from you soon! All music is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/) Artist: Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Featured image “Koala” by Derek A Young is licensed under an Attribution-NonCommercial 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC 2.0) license Image “Kool Koala” by Jason Wong is licensed under an Attribution-NonCommercial 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC 2.0) license All other images on the page are featured on the linked websites. About our voice actors: Kari McGinnis runs Blazing Caribou Studios and is a co-host on the podcasts Feast On History and Trivia Geeks Live. Chris Braaten runs the Podfix Network and is a co-host on More Gooder Than. Chris “Toph” Green is the host of the GravityBeard podcast. Curtis Craddock is the author of the novel An Alchemy of Masques and Mirrors (The Risen Kingdoms, #1) Josh Hallmark runs the Our Americana network and hosts the podcasts Our Americana, The Karen and Ellen Letters, Playlist and True Crime Bullshit. Justine and Santiago are the hosts of the very funny Weird With You podcast. Frosty is the co-host of The Show with The Preshaah and Frosty, and last but never least, Stacey from Rough Giraffe.
Tiger Sharks – Varmints! – 122
Tiger Sharks! To wrap up our very own take on Shark Week 2019 Paul and Donna talk about fantastic and interesting tiger sharks! Show notes coming soon.  
Hammerhead Sharks – Varmints SHARK WEEK 2019!
SHARK WEEK! Hammerhead Sharks! Chris Green (Toph) from the GravityBeard podcast joins Donna this week to discuss those bizarre and wonderful hammerhead sharks! Thanks so much to Toph for filling in this week! GravityBeard is a podcast variety show with features such as This Week Today, Blunderdogs and funny, fascinating interviews with weird, interesting people. Check it out here! Or just click on the image below. Now on with the show! And now the news! A big ol’ hammerhead was spotted eating tarpon off the coast of Anna Maria island! Nom nom nom. Who wants to go for a swim? News story courtesy of WFLA.com. Video courtesy of YouTube user The Weather Network: Think hammerheads are generally weird looking? Peep the winghead species! Wow! The hammeryest hammerhead that ever hammered! Rolled swimming helps hammerheads conserve energy and do more shark things! You can read the study here courtesy of ncbi.nlm.nih.gov. The video is courtesy of YouTube user New Scientist: Are sharks smart? Here are five reasons why they might be courtesy of Discovery.com Yet another Finding Nemo pop culture reference! We love that movie. It’s Anchor the recovering hammerhead shark. Video courtesy of YouTube user Clips4You: Fish are friends. Not food. Check out this really cool documentary about sharks. Courtesy of YouTube user Free Documentary: Explore a really cool hammerhead nursery in the Galapagos Islands at nationalgeographic.com! Now you know even more about hammerhead sharks than you did this morning! What do you think of them? We want to hear from you! Send us your suggestions for animals you’d like to hear us talk about, or just drop us a line about anything at varmintspodcast@gmail.com! We might even read your email on the show. Your feedback is always welcome! Connect with your Varmints! hosts| Paul Csomo | Donna Hume | The Show | Pinterest  And a very special welcome to the more than 1,200 of you that gave us a like on our Facebook page. Holy cow! Thank you! We hope you like what you hear and we look forward to hearing from you soon! All music is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/) Artist: Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Featured image “Scalloped hammerhead sharks (Sphyrna lewini)” was taken by Ryan Espanto and is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license. Winghead shark (Eusphyra blochii) was taken by CSIRO National fish Collection and is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license. About our voice actors: Kari McGinnis runs Blazing Caribou Studios and is a co-host on the podcasts Feast On History and Trivia Geeks Live. Chris Braaten runs the Podfix Network and is a co-host on More Gooder Than. Chris “Toph” Green is the host of the GravityBeard podcast. Curtis Craddock is the author of the novel An Alchemy of Masques and Mirrors (The Risen Kingdoms, #1) Josh Hallmark runs the Our Americana network and hosts the podcasts Our Americana, The Karen and Ellen Letters, Playlist and True Crime Bullshit. Andrea Freitas runs the A Measured Life blog and is a co-host on the Feast On History podcast. Frosty is the co-host of The Show with The Preshaah and Frosty, and last but never least, Stacey from Rough Giraffe.
Great White Sharks – Varmints SHARK WEEK 2019!
SHARK WEEK! Great White Sharks! In this week’s Varmints podcast we’ll revisit Great White Sharks! In Paul and Donna’s first episode together we’re going to dive straight down with these finny denizens of the sea and talk about these marvelously terrifying giant fish. Here’s some stuff we referenced on the show: One might think it’s difficult to be stupid around Great White Sharks, I mean, they’re huge and full of sharp teeth. Even if they don’t come after you on purpose, an accidental bite could be pretty awful. Right? The young man in this article apparently thought it was worth the risk. Giant whale carcass, several hungry Great White Sharks having Sunday luncheon, what could possibly go wrong? Oops. RAWR! Great White Sharks have rows and rows of dagger-like teeth they can use like fingers. Copyright Andy Brandy Casagrande Just in case you’ve been living under a rock and have never heard the theme to Jaws, give it a listen here. It will get you in the mood for amazing Great White Shark facts and fun! Courtesy of YouTube user WEERCK: Of course, Jaws isn’t the only place Great Whites have surfaced in the stormy seas of pop culture. One of our favorites on Varmints is the large and loveable Bruce from Finding Nemo. Courtesy of YouTube user Renato Dias: Remember, fish are friends, not food. No podcast about Great White Sharks would be complete without mentioning one depressing but super important fact. These beautiful creatures are highly sought after and deeply at risk because of over-fishing by humans. The worst offenders supply the market for shark fin soup. The video we talked about the first time we aired this episode is no longer available on YouTube. Instead please watch Gordon Ramsay’s investigation into shark fin soup. Viewer discretion advised for graphic content and Gordon Ramsay language. Courtesy of YouTube user Yum!Yum! Food Network: Check out this wonderful video of shark diver Jimmy Hall, diving with a large Great White Shark off the coast of Hawaii. This is a rare and beautiful encounter that will take your breath away. Courtesy of YouTube user Tom Peary: Now you know more about great white sharks than you did when you woke up this morning! What’s your opinion on them? We want to hear from you! Send us your suggestions for animals you’d like to hear us talk about, or just drop us a line about anything at varmintspodcast@gmail.com! We might even read your fascinating email on the show. Your feedback is always welcome! Connect with your Varmints! hosts| Paul Csomo| Donna Hume| The Show And a very special welcome to the more than 1,100 of you that gave us a like on our Facebook page. Holy cow! Thank you! We hope you like what you hear and we look forward to hearing from you soon! Music used: “Dubakupado” “News Theme” “Sneaky Adventure” “Monkeys Spinning Monkeys” “Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0  
North American Hawks – Varmints! – 121
North American Hawks! Paul and Donna wing it today talking about those beautiful, fast, and it turns out, smartypants predators, North American Hawks! We’ll hear from an animal expert, and have many fun times, here on the Varmints! Podcast. But first, the news! Empty Nesters at Last! What will we do now that they’ve left the nest? Make more baby hawks of course! What’s the difference between hawks and falcons? Lots of things, check it out here, courtesy of compareanimal.com! Vive la différence! Cooper’s Hawks! courtesy of the Cornell Ornithology Lab at allaboutbirds.org! Adult Cooper’s Hawk on the left, juvenile on the right. Red-tailed hawks love to eat sneks! Read all about it here, courtesy of tucson.com! Now that’s picking up lunch on the way home. I mean, check out the Harris’s Hawk. Read about it right here, courtesy of audubon.org! How gorgeous am I? So gorgeous. So much pretty. Here are Five Facts About the Odd But Awesome Osprey, courtesy of Earth Matters at mnn.com. Champion fisherbird! We love Hawkeye from the MCU! Read about him courtesy of marvelcinematicunivorse.fandom.com! I’m as super as they are! A little more about Clint Barton aka Hawkeye! Article courtesy of writeups.com. We’re serious about the dumb hat. He’s a chickenhawk! Read about Henery Hawk at Wikipedia.org! I’m a chickenhawk and you’re a chicken!   Check out the enormous and gorgeous Swainson’s Hawk! Read about it here, courtesy of the Cornell Ornithology Lab, at allaboutbirds.com. Adult light morph on the left, adult dark morph on the right. At the end of the show we talked with Amber, who works with the Bird Conservancy of the Rockies all about North American Hawks and conservation! Many thanks to Amber for her expertise and telling us about her experiences! Listen to the call of the Swainson’s Hawk! Courtesy of YouTube user American Bird Conservancy. Not the mighty sound of the red-tailed hawk, but it’s adorable and we love it.   Now you know a little more about North American Hawks than you did this morning! What do you think of them? We want to hear from you! Send us your suggestions for animals you’d like to hear us talk about, or just drop us a line about anything at varmintspodcast@gmail.com! We might even read your email on the show. Your feedback is always welcome! Connect with your Varmints! hosts| Paul Csomo | Donna Hume | The Show | Pinterest  And a very special welcome to the more than 1,200 of you that gave us a like on our Facebook page. Holy cow! Thank you! We hope you like what you hear and we look forward to hearing from you soon! All music is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/) Artist: Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Featured Image Swainsons Hawk in flight was provided by California Department of Fish and Wildlife is licensed under Creative Commons (CC BY 2.0) All other images on the page are featured on the linked websites. About our voice actors: Kari McGinnis runs Blazing Caribou Studios and is a co-host on the podcasts Feast On History and Trivia Geeks Live. Chris Braaten runs the Podfix Network and is a co-host on More Gooder Than. Chris “Toph” Green is the host of the GravityBeard podcast. Curtis Craddock is the author of the novel An Alchemy of Masques and Mirrors (The Risen Kingdoms, #1) Josh Hallmark runs the Our Americana network and hosts the podcasts Our Americana, The Karen and Ellen Letters, Playlist and True Crime Bullshit. Justine and Santiago are the hosts of the very funny Weird With You podcast. Frosty is the co-host of The Show with The Preshaah and Frosty, and last but never least, Stacey from Rough Giraffe.
Livestream for the Cure 3.0 – Varmints! – 121
WARNING: This episode contains one instance of a word that may not be suitable for kids, grandparents or people who are sensitive about adult language. Hey it’s Paul! It is July 4, 2019 and for a lot of you it’s a national holiday which means that you are putting lots of food in your food boxes. And it’s summer so if you’re like me you’re subscribed to a bunch of podcasts and you’re behind on most of them. Back on May 17th I filled my own food box for an event called Livestream for the Cure 3.0! This was a fundraiser for cancer research and it was organized by Nick and Justin who are the hosts of the Epic Film Guys podcast. They put a lot of work into this event. This years event lasted 40 hours non-stop of live programming and they were able to raise over $16000 dollars. That money was donated to the Cancer Research Institute. The Cancer Research Institute is the highest rated medical research charity on Charity Navigator. So today’s podcast is the audio version of my segment for the Livestream for the Cure. There’s not a huge visual element to this so I don’t think you’ll be missing anything in that regard but if you want to watch it scroll down and press play. Links: The Cancer Research Institute Charity Navigator Epic Film Guys podcast  
Honeybees – Varmints! – 120
Honeybees! Buzz on over to the Blazing Caribou Hive and join Paul and Donna today to discuss these smartypollenpants little critters, the honeybee! But first, the news! McDonalds Opens A Tiny Restaurant For Bees Is there a fly through? Of course there is! Let’s take A Closer Look at the Waggle Dance! Article courtesy of beeculture.com. ♪ ♫ Get down, boogie-oogie-oogie! ♫ ♪ What’s the Waggle Dance and Why do Honeybees do it? Video courtesy of YouTube user Smithsonian Channel. Narrated by the show’s hero, Sir David Attenborough! Bee Venom and the Chemistry of Ouch! courtesy of beeculture.com Ouch ouch ouch ouch ouch! Why do honeybees die when they sting? Article courtesy of pbs.org. Nature is sometimes cruel. But here is a picture of a cutie pollenpants anyway. Bee Movie (2007) – I’m Talking to a Bee! Couresty of YouTube user Movieclips. Too bad it couldn’t bee a better movie! Blues Brothers – King Bee, courtesy of YouTube user BluesBrothers534. Buzz buzz! Buzz buzz! How to keep bees! Article courtesy of beesbros.com. Bee a beekeepah! What? Native North American Honey Bees! Article courtesy of nativebeeology.com. Look at these melipona bees! Native North American honeybees! Now you know a little more about honeybees than you did this morning! What do you think of them? We want to hear from you! Send us your suggestions for animals you’d like to hear us talk about, or just drop us a line about anything at varmintspodcast@gmail.com! We might even read your email on the show. Your feedback is always welcome! Connect with your Varmints! hosts| Paul Csomo | Donna Hume | The Show | Pinterest  And a very special welcome to the more than 1,200 of you that gave us a like on our Facebook page. Holy cow! Thank you! We hope you like what you hear and we look forward to hearing from you soon! All music is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/) Artist: Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Featured Image Honeybees was provided by Jennifer C. is licensed under Creative Commons (CC BY 2.0) All other images on the page are featured on the linked websites. About our voice actors: Kari McGinnis runs Blazing Caribou Studios and is a co-host on the podcasts Feast On History and Trivia Geeks Live. Chris Braaten runs the Podfix Network and is a co-host on More Gooder Than. Chris “Toph” Green is the host of the GravityBeard podcast. Curtis Craddock is the author of the novel An Alchemy of Masques and Mirrors (The Risen Kingdoms, #1) Josh Hallmark runs the Our Americana network and hosts the podcasts Our Americana, The Karen and Ellen Letters, Playlist and True Crime Bullshit. Justine and Santiago are the hosts of the very funny Weird With You podcast. Frosty is the co-host of The Show with The Preshaah and Frosty, and last but never least, Stacey from Rough Giraffe.
Seagulls – Varmints! – 119
Seagulls! Summertime means beaches and beaches mean seagulls! Hide your corn dogs! Clay Groves joins Paul and Donna to talk about these pesky, wonderful birds! Hey you! Yeah you! Clay Groves is a long time friend of the podcast and he has a podcast of his own called Fish Nerds! It’s about fish, fishing and eating fish. We love it. Click here to go to the show or click on the image below! It’s a podcast! Salt water goes in. Salt gets sneezed out. That’s how a seagull do. Article courtesy of birdnote.org. Salt water does not taste fowl to these guys. Kleptoparasitism! It’s what’s for dinner! Article courtesy of tandfonline.com You alright? They learned it by watching you! Smartypantses Mine? Courtesy of YouTube user Tommynka: This creepy Hitchcock classic started with an attack by a seagull and it just went downhill from there in San Francisco. Courtesy of YouTube user Movieclips: We can only wonder what’s wrong with you and Clay Groves if you don’t enjoy A Flock of Seagulls. It’s the cheesiest 80’s new wave ever and it’s delightful. Courtesy of YouTube user aFlockofSeagulls: London traffic cameras are getting photobombed by Steve and Graeme. Article courtesy of techtimes.com Hello it’s ten minutes after four and this is Steve with a look at the traffic. Right now traffic is really backed up southbound on the A102. Apparently me, Graeme and approximately 300 of my friends have found an open bag of Sun Chips on the roadway. We’ll let you know as soon as that clears up. News at 11. Now you know a little more about seagulls than you did this morning! What do you think of them? We want to hear from you! Send us your suggestions for animals you’d like to hear us talk about, or just drop us a line about anything at varmintspodcast@gmail.com! We might even read your email on the show. Your feedback is always welcome! Connect with your Varmints! hosts| Paul Csomo | Donna Hume | The Show | Pinterest  And a very special welcome to the more than 1,200 of you that gave us a like on our Facebook page. Holy cow! Thank you! We hope you like what you hear and we look forward to hearing from you soon! All music is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/) Artist: Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Featured Image “Seagull” was provided by Lisa Mathiasen and is licensed under Creative Commons (CC BY 2.0) Additional Image “Flock of seagulls” was provided by Karen Rustad Tölva and is licensed under Creative Commons (CC BY 2.0) All other images on the page are featured on the linked websites. About our voice actors: Kari McGinnis runs Blazing Caribou Studios and is a co-host on the podcasts Feast On History and Trivia Geeks Live. Chris Braaten runs the Podfix Network and is a co-host on More Gooder Than. Chris “Toph” Green is the host of the GravityBeard podcast. Curtis Craddock is the author of the novel An Alchemy of Masques and Mirrors (The Risen Kingdoms, #1) Josh Hallmark runs the Our Americana network and hosts the podcasts Our Americana, The Karen and Ellen Letters, Playlist and True Crime Bullshit. Justine and Santiago are the hosts of the very funny Weird With You podcast. Frosty is the co-host of The Show with The Preshaah and Frosty, and last but never least, Stacey from Rough Giraffe.} Email us at varmintspodcast@gmail.com and put “seagulls pooped on my head” in the subject line. Then tell us your t-shirt size, preferred color and what you liked about this particular episode in the body of the email.
Leeches – Varmints! – 118
Leeches! Do you think leeches suck? Well, you are right! Join Paul and Donna today to talk about these weird little worms today on the Varmints! podcast! But first, the news! Why was this man’s luggage stuffed with 5,000 leeches? We need to know the answer. Learn more about the suckers on these little suckers right here! Article courtesy of Brooke Van Remortel. Yep, they gots a butt sucker. Leeches have diffuse nervous systems, learn what that means right here, courtesy of the Journal of Experimental Biology! And yet they’re not nervous. Do you remember the Leech from X-Men comics? We didn’t but here’s a writeup courtesy of xmenmovies.fandom.com! No can use powerz on Leech. Go pound sand, Magneto. The Worst Jobs in History – Leech Collector! Video courtesy of YouTube user SonicGameReviews. Remember they are worms with character! Here’s What Happens When you Swallow a Leech, article courtesy of howstuffworks.com. All we can say is ew. 10 Juicy Facts About Leeches, courtesy of mentalfloss.com. Interesting and gross. Now you know a little more about leeches than you did this morning! What do you think of them? We want to hear from you! Send us your suggestions for animals you’d like to hear us talk about, or just drop us a line about anything at varmintspodcast@gmail.com! We might even read your email on the show. Your feedback is always welcome! Connect with your Varmints! hosts| Paul Csomo | Donna Hume | The Show | Pinterest  And a very special welcome to the more than 1,200 of you that gave us a like on our Facebook page. Holy cow! Thank you! We hope you like what you hear and we look forward to hearing from you soon! All music is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/) Artist: Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Featured Image Swimming Freshwater Leech, Great Broughton, Cumbria, UK was provided by Martyn Fletcher is licensed under Creative Commons (CC BY 2.0) All other images on the page are featured on the linked websites. About our voice actors: Kari McGinnis runs Blazing Caribou Studios and is a co-host on the podcasts Feast On History and Trivia Geeks Live. Chris Braaten runs the Podfix Network and is a co-host on More Gooder Than. Chris “Toph” Green is the host of the GravityBeard podcast. Curtis Craddock is the author of the novel An Alchemy of Masques and Mirrors (The Risen Kingdoms, #1) Josh Hallmark runs the Our Americana network and hosts the podcasts Our Americana, The Karen and Ellen Letters, Playlist and True Crime Bullshit. Justine and Santiago are the hosts of the very funny Weird With You podcast. Frosty is the co-host of The Show with The Preshaah and Frosty, and last but never least, Stacey from Rough Giraffe.
Coyotes – Varmints! – 117
Coyotes! Varmints! podcast is thrilled to welcome back this week our very first guest, Dr. Seth Magle to chat with us about coyotes! Dr. Seth is both extremely knowledgeable and just plain fun, and we know you’ll have a great time listening to him. So, let’s all learn about coyotes! But first, our guest! Dr. Seth is a PhD real life Scientist doing SCIENCE as Director of the Urban Wildlife Institute at Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago. See a list of his many fine published papers here! Sunglasses are essential equipment for doing SCIENCE. You can help do SCIENCE! Check out Chicago Wildlife Watch, learn to identify critters, (it’s easy!) and be part of a really cool thing. Those are two coyotes (image from Chicago Wildlife Watch website). Look! You’re doing SCIENCE! Translating the Song Dog: What Coyotes are Saying when they Howl Yo-de-la-hee-hoooooooo! Wile E. Coyote and the Road Runner. Video courtesy of YouTube user India Explosions courtesy of ACME Inc. Check out Manuel Cinema’s amazing film about an urban coyote living in Chicago. Video courtesy of Manuel Cinema’s Chicagoland website. Coyotes are so cosmopolitan, next they’ll be drinking them. Coyote Legends with Lawrence Aripa This and many other tales about Coyote can be found at Native Languages of the Americas’ website. Prepare to be fascinated for hours! Want to know more about these adorable city tricksters? Here are 10 Fascinating Facts about Urban Coyotes! Looking both ways before crossing the street? We has the smarts for that. Now you know a little more about coyotes than you did this morning! What do you think of them? We want to hear from you! Send us your suggestions for animals you’d like to hear us talk about, or just drop us a line about anything at varmintspodcast@gmail.com! We might even read your email on the show. Your feedback is always welcome! Connect with your Varmints! hosts| Paul Csomo | Donna Hume | The Show | Pinterest  And a very special welcome to the more than 1,200 of you that gave us a like on our Facebook page. Holy cow! Thank you! We hope you like what you hear and we look forward to hearing from you soon! All music is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/) Artist: Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Featured Image Urban Coyotes was provided by Dru Bloomfieldand is licensed under Creative Commons (CC BY 2.0) All other images on the page are featured on the linked websites. About our voice actors: Kari McGinnis runs Blazing Caribou Studios and is a co-host on the podcasts Feast On History and Trivia Geeks Live. Chris Braaten runs the Podfix Network and is a co-host on More Gooder Than. Chris “Toph” Green is the host of the GravityBeard podcast. Curtis Craddock is the author of the novel An Alchemy of Masques and Mirrors (The Risen Kingdoms, #1) Josh Hallmark runs the Our Americana network and hosts the podcasts Our Americana, The Karen and Ellen Letters, Playlist and True Crime Bullshit. Justine and Santiago are the hosts of the very funny Weird With You podcast. Frosty is the co-host of The Show with The Preshaah and Frosty, and last but never least, Stacey from Rough Giraffe.
Dolphins – Varmints! – 116
Dolphins! Everyone loves dolphins! Will Paul and Donna help you learn a little more about them this week? They dolphinitely will. But first the news! If you love succulents and dolphins these are nearly irresistible! Easy to take care of! Unless you’re Donna. :/ How dolphins use their melons and phonic lips is some pretty interesting business! Learn more about it here and here! Articles courtesy of us.whales.org and dolphincommunicationproject.org. Video courtesy of YouTube user Illustra Media. Having a rough day? Make the phonic lips noise for a little while. Guaranteed momentary happiness. Dolphins are pretty much always having half of a snooze. Article courtesy of scientificamerican.com. Video courtesy of YouTube user understanddolphins. The Miami Dolphins! The team that went from great to greatest to awful to meh. Which pretty much any team goes through. Here’s some highlights courtesy of YouTube user Yung Mayo: Less of a sportsball person and more of a sci-fi person? No problem. The Startide Rising series of novels by David Brin has you covered. What does “dolphin safe tuna” actually mean? Read about it here and here. Articles courtesy of seafoodsource.com and nationalgeographic.com. ??? And here’s some nifty info about dolphin communication! Do they have an actual language? ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ They’re heckin’ smart though. Read about it here, here and here. Articles courtesy of nationalgeographic.com, azula.com and owlcation.com A special thanks to our rugrat this week Seb who has his own podcast called Sebz World of Sports! It’s really fantastic no matter how old you are or how into sportsball you are. Thanks Seb! Click on the link or on the image to check out the podcast! Now you know a little more about dolphins than you did this morning! What do you think of them? We want to hear from you! Send us your suggestions for animals you’d like to hear us talk about, or just drop us a line about anything at varmintspodcast@gmail.com! We might even read your email on the show. Your feedback is always welcome! Connect with your Varmints! hosts| Paul Csomo | Donna Hume | The Show | Pinterest  And a very special welcome to the more than 1,200 of you that gave us a like on our Facebook page. Holy cow! Thank you! We hope you like what you hear and we look forward to hearing from you soon! All music is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/) Artist: Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Featured Image “Dolphin RWS S.E.A. Aquarium” was provided by Looyaa and is licensed under Creative Commons (CC BY 2.0) “Startide Rising” by David Brin cover image is by Source, Fair use, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?curid=8761771 About our voice actors: Kari McGinnis runs Blazing Caribou Studios and is a co-host on the podcasts Feast On History and Trivia Geeks Live. Chris Braaten runs the Podfix Network and is a co-host on More Gooder Than. Chris “Toph” Green is the host of the GravityBeard podcast. Curtis Craddock is the author of the novel An Alchemy of Masques and Mirrors (The Risen Kingdoms, #1) Josh Hallmark runs the Our Americana network and hosts the podcasts Our Americana, The Karen and Ellen Letters, Playlist and True Crime Bullshit. Justine and Santiago are the hosts of the very funny Weird With You podcast. Frosty is the co-host of The Show with The Preshaah and Frosty, and last but never least, Stacey from Rough Giraffe.
Dragons – Varmints! – 115
Dragons! Join Paul and Donna with our special guest, famous exotic animal rancher Cotton Shorts, to talk about those fiery, scaly reptiles, dragons! Dragon scales are harder than diamond! Check out Etsy.com to get cool dragon scale mail! The dragon’s defense can be yours today! Dragon wings have some amazing underpinnings, check it out at dragonsinn.net! They’re winging it. How to explain your dragon: Article courtesy of discovermagazine.com. Flame on! Now you know a little more about dragons than you did this morning! What do you think of them? We want to hear from you! Send us your suggestions for animals you’d like to hear us talk about, or just drop us a line about anything at varmintspodcast@gmail.com! We might even read your email on the show. Your feedback is always welcome! Connect with your Varmints! hosts| Paul Csomo | Donna Hume | The Show | Pinterest  And a very special welcome to the more than 1,200 of you that gave us a like on our Facebook page. Holy cow! Thank you! We hope you like what you hear and we look forward to hearing from you soon! All music is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/) Artist: Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Featured Image “Family Portrait” was provided Marco Albuquerque and is licensed as Public Domain Mark 1.0 About our voice actors: Kari McGinnis runs Blazing Caribou Studios and is a co-host on the podcasts Feast On History and Trivia Geeks Live. Chris Braaten runs the Podfix Network and is a co-host on More Gooder Than. Chris “Toph” Green is the host of the GravityBeard podcast. Curtis Craddock is the author of the novel An Alchemy of Masques and Mirrors (The Risen Kingdoms, #1) Josh Hallmark runs the Our Americana network and hosts the podcasts Our Americana, The Karen and Ellen Letters, Playlist and True Crime Bullshit. Justine and Santiago are the hosts of the very funny Weird With You podcast. Frosty is the co-host of The Show with The Preshaah and Frosty, and last but never least, Stacey from Rough Giraffe.
Cobras – Varmints! – 114
Cobras! Get ready to slither and hissss with Paul and Donna this week in our very first episode about a snek; the cobra! But first, the news! A third king cobra caught at Kathu construction camp. Article courtesy of thephuketnews.com. Wow this snek is huge! Wait, there’s more than one? Cobra hood mechanism revealed by electrode study. Article courtesy of news.bbc.co.uk Thissss isss important sssssstufff! Cobras Spit Venom at Eyes With Nearly Perfect Aim! Article courtesy of nationalgeographic.com. Don’t tesssst me, humanssss! GI Joe Cobra Commander: That is Disgusting! Courtesy of YouTube user black2much. He likes to hear the sound of his own voice, though we’re not sure why! Lion Guard – Scar talks with Ushari about Lion Guard, courtesy of YouTube user MelBlanc222. How sneaky and snakey! Can Intelligence be Measured? Video courtesy of YouTube user Arizona Public Media. A talk about smartypantsness and how smartypantsness happens! Itsy Bitsy Spider…: Infants React with Increased Arousal to Spiders and Snakes. Article courtesy of frontiersin.org. Human instinct says SNEK!!!   Intimate secrets of the snake’s forked tongue. Article courtesy of newscientist.com. Ssssssmellls in ssssstereo! Now you know a little more about cobras than you did this morning! What do you think of them? We want to hear from you! Send us your suggestions for animals you’d like to hear us talk about, or just drop us a line about anything at varmintspodcast@gmail.com! We might even read your email on the show. Your feedback is always welcome! Connect with your Varmints! hosts| Paul Csomo | Donna Hume | The Show | Pinterest  And a very special welcome to the more than 1,200 of you that gave us a like on our Facebook page. Holy cow! Thank you! We hope you like what you hear and we look forward to hearing from you soon! All music is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/) Artist: Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Featured Image “Forest cobra juvenile” was provided Steve Slater and is licensed under Creative Commons (CC BY 2.0) Additional image “Mozambique Spitting Cobra (Naja mossambica) juvenile spreading a hood” was provided by Bernard Dupont and is licensed under Creative Commons (CC BY-SA 2.0) Additional image “Indiancobra” was provided by Kamalnv and is licensed under Creative Commons (CC BY 3.0) About our voice actors: Kari McGinnis runs Blazing Caribou Studios and is a co-host on the podcasts Feast On History and Trivia Geeks Live. Chris Braaten runs the Podfix Network and is a co-host on More Gooder Than. Chris “Toph” Green is the host of the GravityBeard podcast. Curtis Craddock is the author of the novel An Alchemy of Masques and Mirrors (The Risen Kingdoms, #1) Josh Hallmark runs the Our Americana network and hosts the podcasts Our Americana, The Karen and Ellen Letters, Playlist and True Crime Bullshit. Justine and Santiago are the hosts of the very funny Weird With You podcast. Frosty is the co-host of The Show with The Preshaah and Frosty, and last but never least, Stacey from Rough Giraffe.
Yaks – Varmints! – 113
Yaks! Paul and Donna are yakkin’ about yaks on this week’s episode! By the end of this episode you’re going to be a real brainy-yak! But first, the news! The latest trend in winter clothing is yak wool base layers from Kora! Courtesy of treehugger.com. These two are keeping warm and feeling spectyakular! ba dum tiss When they aren’t taking care of the yaklets, yak moms get really, really high.  Article courtesy of phys.org If you want to live in the Himalayas you better be able to yak it.  ba dum tiss How do yaks not pass out in low oxygen environments? They got rid of one adaptation and traded it for bigger, better lungs, blood vessels and heart!  Article courtesy of fao.org You or I would risk having cardi-yak arrest at those altitudes! ba dum tiss Yakety Yak! Courtesy of YouTube user The Coasters – Topic Don’t talk back The delightfully weird short-lived Nickelodeon cartoon “Yakkity Yak”! Why is this not still around?! Courtesy of YouTube user retromanstv News flash: Mount Everest is dirty and gross and full of poopgarbage. Yaks are helping clean it up. Article courtesy of nytimes.com. From farming to food to hauling garbage these guys really are a yak of all trades. ba dum tiss As a bit of supplementary information here’s an interesting, respectful and totally not gruesome article about the poor chap known as “Green Boots” courtesy of BBC.com. Great news! There are a bunch more wild yaks than anyone thought there were! Now we get to study them! Article courtesy of phys.org Biologists really hit the yak-pot in Tibet! ba dum tiss Now you know a little more about yaks than you did this morning! What do you think of them? We want to hear from you! Send us your suggestions for animals you’d like to hear us talk about, or just drop us a line about anything at varmintspodcast@gmail.com! We might even read your email on the show. Your feedback is always welcome! Connect with your Varmints! hosts| Paul Csomo | Donna Hume | The Show | Pinterest  And a very special welcome to the more than 1,200 of you that gave us a like on our Facebook page. Holy cow! Thank you! We hope you like what you hear and we look forward to hearing from you soon! All music is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/) Artist: Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Featured Image “Yak meditating” was provided Kiril Rusev and is licensed under Creative Commons (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0) Additional image “DSC_0270” was provided by Keith Yong and is licensed under Creative Commons (CC BY-SA 2.0) Additional image “High Altitude Transportation – Everest Camp II” was provided by Gaurav Agrawal and is licensed under Creative Commons (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0) About our voice actors: Kari McGinnis runs Blazing Caribou Studios and is a co-host on the podcasts Feast On History and Trivia Geeks Live. Chris Braaten runs the Podfix Network and is a co-host on More Gooder Than. Chris “Toph” Green is the host of the GravityBeard podcast. Curtis Craddock is the author of the novel An Alchemy of Masques and Mirrors (The Risen Kingdoms, #1) Josh Hallmark runs the Our Americana network and hosts the podcasts Our Americana, The Karen and Ellen Letters, Playlist and True Crime Bullshit. Justine and Santiago are the hosts of the very funny Weird With You podcast. Frosty is the co-host of The Show with The Preshaah and Frosty, and last but never least, Stacey from Rough Giraffe.
Finches – Varmints! – 112
Finches! Cute, feathery dinosaurs are the topic today on the Varmints! podcast. Come fly away with us and enjoy learning about these tiny tweeters. But first, the news! Customs finds 70 finches in hair rollers, article courtesy of apnews.com. In this photo provided by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection, some of the 70 live finches hidden inside hair rollers found Saturday, Dec. 8, 2018, at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport are displayed. Authorities say a passenger arriving from Guyana had the songbirds in a duffel bag. (U.S. Customs and Border Protection via AP) All the finches are okay! Zebra Finches Dream a Little Dream of Melody, article courtesy of smithsonianmag.org. La la la la, cheep cheeep. Wait, wait, or was it la la la, cheeeeeeeeep? Canaries: Small Songbirds in the Finch Family, article courtesy of beautyofbirds.com. Feeeeeeeeed meeeeeee! Angry Birds! See the game at angrybirds.com. Don’t mess with tiny cartoon dinos! Tweety Bird! Article courtesy of looneytunes.fandom.com. He tawt he taw a puddy tat and he was absolutely cowwect about that. Darwin’s Finches and Natural Selection in the Galapagos! Article courtesy of earthwatch.org. Galapagos finches: comfortable with change. Galapagos Finch Evolution, video courtesy of YouTube user biointeractive. Now that’s bird watchin’. The Vampire Finch! Article courtesy of galapagosislands.com. I’m a vampire tiny dinosaur! Now you know a little more about finches than you did this morning! What do you think of them? We want to hear from you! Send us your suggestions for animals you’d like to hear us talk about, or just drop us a line about anything at varmintspodcast@gmail.com! We might even read your email on the show. Your feedback is always welcome! Connect with your Varmints! hosts| Paul Csomo | Donna Hume | The Show | Pinterest  And a very special welcome to the more than 1,200 of you that gave us a like on our Facebook page. Holy cow! Thank you! We hope you like what you hear and we look forward to hearing from you soon! All music is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/) Artist: Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Featured Image “Zebra Finch array (Taeniopygia guttata)” was provided Patrick Kavanagh and is licensed under Creative Commons (CC BY-SA 2.0) Additional image of groundhog is in the Public Domain. About our voice actors: Kari McGinnis runs Blazing Caribou Studios and is a co-host on the podcasts Feast On History and Trivia Geeks Live. Chris Braaten runs the Podfix Network and is a co-host on More Gooder Than. Chris “Toph” Green is the host of the GravityBeard podcast. Curtis Craddock is the author of the novel An Alchemy of Masques and Mirrors (The Risen Kingdoms, #1) Josh Hallmark runs the Our Americana network and hosts the podcasts Our Americana, The Karen and Ellen Letters, Playlist and True Crime Bullshit. Justine and Santiago are the hosts of the very funny Weird With You podcast. Frosty is the co-host of The Show with The Preshaah and Frosty, and last but never least, Stacey from Rough Giraffe.
Groundhogs – Varmints! – 111
Groundhogs! How much wood would a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood? Find out the answer to that and dig into lots of other information about the groundhog, this week on the Varmints! podcast. But first, listener alerts! We’d like to say hi to Anna in Central Africa. Thanks for listening and we have put genets and civets on our list! And, we want to appreciate our listener Lydia and her Understanding Blue watercolor tutorials! Check her stuff out, it’s really cool! Thanks for listening!  Groundhogs really “dig” making elaborate burrows. Check out this neat article about them, courtesy of PennState Extension. In groundhog burrows, every room is the den. Taking care of groundhog teefers is a grind! Read about it here courtesy of Delta Dental! You can’t handle the toof! So, how much wood would a woodchuck chuck, anyway? Wikipedia has the answer! I want to hog ground, not chuck wood. Hmph. Groundhog Day, starring Bill Murray, Andie MacDowell, and Chris Elliott, directed by Harold Ramis. Courtesy of IMDB.com. Be a good guy and get out of the time loop! The Woodchuck Song, 1904, courtesy of YouTube user 78rpm gramophone records and cylinders. There ain’t no reason why he should! The Curious History of Groundhog Day, article courtesy of the New World Encyclopedia. Punksatawney Phil’s powers of weather prediction may be a coincidence, but the fact he is so adorbz is an indisputable fact! Dawwww! Do groundhogs make good pets? Probably not. Read about it at petcaretips.com. I’m not a pet, I’m wild animal, dig it? Now you know a little more about groundhogs than you did this morning! What do you think of them? We want to hear from you! Send us your suggestions for animals you’d like to hear us talk about, or just drop us a line about anything at varmintspodcast@gmail.com! We might even read your email on the show. Your feedback is always welcome! Connect with your Varmints! hosts| Paul Csomo | Donna Hume | The Show | Pinterest  And a very special welcome to the more than 1,200 of you that gave us a like on our Facebook page. Holy cow! Thank you! We hope you like what you hear and we look forward to hearing from you soon! All music is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/) Artist: Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Featured Image “Groundhog With Young” was provided Veronica Kelly/USFWS and is licensed under Creative Commons (CC BY-SA 2.0) Additional image of groundhog is in the Public Domain. About our voice actors: Kari McGinnis runs Blazing Caribou Studios and is a co-host on the podcasts Feast On History and Trivia Geeks Live. Chris Braaten runs the Podfix Network and is a co-host on More Gooder Than. Chris “Toph” Green is the host of the GravityBeard podcast. Curtis Craddock is the author of the novel An Alchemy of Masques and Mirrors (The Risen Kingdoms, #1) Josh Hallmark runs the Our Americana network and hosts the podcasts Our Americana, The Karen and Ellen Letters, Playlist and True Crime Bullshit. Justine and Santiago are the hosts of the very funny Weird With You podcast. Frosty is the co-host of The Show with The Preshaah and Frosty, and last but never least, Stacey from Rough Giraffe.
Camels – Varmints! – 110
Camels! Paul and Donna are back with another episode of Varmints! to talk about the amazing world of those ancient ships of the desert: camels! But first, the news! Coming to a store near you (maybe): camel milk! Article courtesy of CNN.com. “So uh.. I feel like I have to ‘moo’ or something. Should I moo? Maybe not. I might come off as desperate. This is awkward.” Camels humps are NOT filled with water. You probably already knew that. Paul didn’t. No, really. Article courtesy of todayifoundout.com They’re basically giant, furry air conditioners if you think about it. A camel’s blood is a key component of it’s staying cool in the desert ability. Article courtesy of asknature.com. This camel is still totally judging Paul with her big judgey camel face. She won’t let it go. The very excellent nature documentary “Ships of the Desert”. Do check it out. Courtesy of YouTube user The Secrets of Nature: If you can find it to buy or rent do go check out the brilliant movie “Tracks”! Courtesy of YouTube user MovieClips Trailers: Camel beauty pageants? Cheating? Botox? Read about the weird world of camel beauty pageants in Saudi Arabia! Courtesy of NPR.com. “Well hello there, ladies.” The U.S. Army very nearly had a fleet of camels! Article courtesy of armyhistory.org. Shouldn’t they all be wearing camel-flage? I’ll see myself out. Furthermore, what the heck are camels doing in Australia? article courtesy of bbc.co.uk. Hey what do you call a camel with no humps? Humphrey. I’ll see myself out again. Now you know a little more about camels than you did this morning! What do you think of them? We want to hear from you! Send us your suggestions for animals you’d like to hear us talk about, or just drop us a line about anything at varmintspodcast@gmail.com! We might even read your email on the show. Your feedback is always welcome! Connect with your Varmints! hosts| Paul Csomo | Donna Hume | The Show | Pinterest  And a very special welcome to the more than 1,200 of you that gave us a like on our Facebook page. Holy cow! Thank you! We hope you like what you hear and we look forward to hearing from you soon! All music is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/) Artist: Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Featured Image “Camel” was provided by Liam and is licensed under Creative Commons (CC BY-SA 2.0) About our voice actors: Kari McGinnis runs Blazing Caribou Studios and is a co-host on the podcasts Feast On History and Trivia Geeks Live. Chris Braaten runs the Podfix Network and is a co-host on More Gooder Than. Chris “Toph” Green is the host of the GravityBeard podcast. Curtis Craddock is the author of the novel An Alchemy of Masques and Mirrors (The Risen Kingdoms, #1) Josh Hallmark runs the Our Americana network and hosts the podcasts Our Americana, The Karen and Ellen Letters, Playlist and True Crime Bullshit. Justine and Santiago are the hosts of the very funny Weird With You podcast. Frosty is the co-host of The Show with The Preshaah and Frosty, and last but never least, Stacey from Rough Giraffe.
2018 Wrap Up Show – Varmints! – 109
So long, 2018! This week on Varmints! podcast, Paul looks back on 2018 and says a bunch of thank yous because you Varminions are awesome. This is where the sausage gets made. Now you know a little more about the year we’ve had than you did this morning! We want to hear from you! Send us your suggestions for animals you’d like to hear us talk about, or just drop us a line about anything at varmintspodcast@gmail.com! We might even read your email on the show. Your feedback is always welcome! Connect with your Varmints! hosts| Paul Csomo | Donna Hume | The Show | Pinterest  And a very special welcome to the more than 1,200 of you that gave us a like on our Facebook page. Holy cow! Thank you! We hope you like what you hear and we look forward to hearing from you soon! The featured image this week is Paul’s bedroom where this podcast gets assembled and squirted out into the world. Very much like when a male seahorse squirts his babies out into the ocean. Except decidedly less beautiful and fascinating. This podcast is always unofficially brought to you by LaCroix, Carmex, gallons of hot tea, Behringer, Samsung, Blue Microphones, Sony, AudioTechnica, FidgetCube, Zoom, StickerMule, Windows 10 and Audacity. They are not sponsors but we wish they were. All of Kevin McLeod’s music is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/). You can hear all of it at Incompetech. “It’s Such A Good Feeling” by Fred Rogers is also licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/). We thank PBS and WGBH for making it available. You can see the video on YouTube. About our voice actors: Kari McGinnis runs Blazing Caribou Studios and is a co-host on the podcasts Feast On History and Trivia Geeks Live. Chris Braaten runs the Podfix Network and is a co-host on More Gooder Than. Chris “Toph” Green is the host of the GravityBeard podcast. Curtis Craddock is the author of the novel An Alchemy of Masques and Mirrors (The Risen Kingdoms, #1) Josh Hallmark runs the Our Americana network and hosts the podcasts Our Americana, The Karen and Ellen Letters, Playlist and True Crime Bullshit. Frosty is the co-host of The Show with The Preshaah and Frosty, and last but never least, Stacey from Rough Giraffe.  
Salamanders and Newts – Varmints! – 108
Salamanders and Newts! This week on Varmints! podcast, Paul and Donna slither around on the subject salamanders and newts! Join us for amphibious fun! But first, the news! Man Buys a Live Pig, Peacock, and Giant Salamander After Shopping Online While Drinking, article courtesy of thrillist.com. What? Giant Salamanders! Article courtesy of wikipedia.com. We should be called smiley salamanders. 11 Awesome Axolotl Facts! Read about them courtesy of mentalfloss.com! Cute, pink, and rare! Giant Salamanders, building ramps so they can climb dams! Video courtesy of YouTube user National Geographic. My name is Sally Mander! Mythical Beasts: The Salamander, article courtesy of ztevetevans.wordpress.com Why fire, exactly? Aren’t you an amphibian? Category: Heraldic salamanders! Article courtesy of heraldry-wiki.com. Ex igne salamander! Right? Wait… Charmander! Article courtesy of pokemondb.net. Charmander! Snakes slither past toxic newts in evolving race, article courtesy of news.stanford.edu. Yep, they’re winning for now, but wait, evolution always swings back. Do Newts and Salamanders Make Good Pets? Article courtesy of thatpetplace.com. Eh, probably not a starting amphibian. Now you know a little more about salamanders and newts than you did this morning! What do you think of them? We want to hear from you! Send us your suggestions for animals you’d like to hear us talk about, or just drop us a line about anything at varmintspodcast@gmail.com! We might even read your email on the show. Your feedback is always welcome! Connect with your Varmints! hosts| Paul Csomo | Donna Hume | The Show | Pinterest  And a very special welcome to the more than 1,200 of you that gave us a like on our Facebook page. Holy cow! Thank you! We hope you like what you hear and we look forward to hearing from you soon! All music is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/) Artist: Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com), music in the pop culture section about historical salamanders is “Folk Round”, also by Kevin MacLeod, CC Attribution licence 4.0. Featured Image “Fire Salamander” was taken by William Warby, and is licensed under Attribution 2.0 Generic (CC BY 2.0) About our voice actors: Kari McGinnis runs Blazing Caribou Studios and is a co-host on the podcasts Feast On History and Trivia Geeks Live. Chris Braaten runs the Podfix Network and is a co-host on More Gooder Than. Chris “Toph” Green is the host of the GravityBeard podcast. Curtis Craddock is the author of the novel An Alchemy of Masques and Mirrors (The Risen Kingdoms, #1) Josh Hallmark runs the Our Americana network and hosts the podcasts Our Americana, The Karen and Ellen Letters, Playlist and True Crime Bullshit. Frosty is the co-host of The Show with The Preshaah and Frosty, and last but never least, Stacey from Rough Giraffe.
Cats – Varmints! – 107
Cats! Paul and Donna sharpen their claws and pounce on the topic of cats! Come swat the ball of yarn around with us this week on Varmints! podcast. But first, the news! Physicist Wins Ig Noble Prize For Study On Whether Cats Should Be Classified As Liquids Or Solids, article courtesy of sunnyskyz.com. The answer is yes. Read about the complicated truth about a cat’s purr! Article courtesy of bbc.com. Prrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr. Now here’s a useful chart to understand kitty cat body language! Copyright 2015 by Lili Chin. Look at the rest of her work at doggiedrawings.net!   Who, What, Why: How do cats survive falls from great heights? Article courtesy of bbc.com.  Springy, sproingy, squishy, and squee! Sugar the cat survives 19-storey fall in Boston, US! Holy cats, article courtesy of bbc.co.uk. If kitty hasn’t earned a cookie, there’s no justice in this world. Puss In Boots – “You Made the Cat Angry” Clip, courtesy of YouTube user pussinboots. Don’t make the cat angry. You don’t want to make the cat angry. Trust us. The Cat Came Back! Courtesy of YouTube user fatcatandhappy. Doot doot, but the cat came back! The very next day! The cat came back! They thought he was a goner, but the cat came back! He just wouldn’t stay awayyyyyyyyyy! 7 Superstitions About Cats From Around the World, article courtesy of mentalfloss.com. If a black cat crosses your path, give them a little pat on the head because they’re so cute! And, also, nothing bad will happen to you. Cats Are Actually Nice, Scientists Find. Sorry, haters. Article courtesy of motherboard.vice.com. Your cat loves you, love it back. Now you know a little more about cats than you did this morning! What do you think of them? We want to hear from you! Send us your suggestions for animals you’d like to hear us talk about, or just drop us a line about anything at varmintspodcast@gmail.com! We might even read your email on the show. Your feedback is always welcome! Connect with your Varmints! hosts| Paul Csomo | Donna Hume | The Show | Pinterest  And a very special welcome to the more than 1,200 of you that gave us a like on our Facebook page. Holy cow! Thank you! We hope you like what you hear and we look forward to hearing from you soon! All music is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/) Artist: Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Featured Image “cat-366930_1920.jpg” was provided by Pixabay and is licensed under Creative Commons CC0, and is in the public domain. About our voice actors: Kari McGinnis runs Blazing Caribou Studios and is a co-host on the podcasts Feast On History and Trivia Geeks Live. Chris Braaten runs the Podfix Network and is a co-host on More Gooder Than. Chris “Toph” Green is the host of the GravityBeard podcast. Curtis Craddock is the author of the novel An Alchemy of Masques and Mirrors (The Risen Kingdoms, #1) Josh Hallmark runs the Our Americana network and hosts the podcasts Our Americana, The Karen and Ellen Letters, Playlist and True Crime Bullshit. Frosty is the co-host of The Show with The Preshaah and Frosty, and last but never least, Stacey from Rough Giraffe.
Geese – Varmints! – 106
Geese! Hey you silly geese! Paul and Donna are here to talk about the fascinating, misunderstood lives of another one of our feathered friends! But first, the news! The state of Michigan is using man’s best friend to clean up a messy problem on Belle Isle! Courtesy of clickondetroit.com Look at those border collies go! They are having a blast and the ducks are unharmed. It’s a win-win. Courtesy of YouTube user Goodbye Geese. You can learn more about what they do at their website. There are some really cool physics and aerodynamics and math behind those V-formations! Read all about it here at nationalgeographic.com! On the road again! Or in the air again. Whichever you prefer. Geese mouths. Super handy for the goose. Super terrifying to look at. You can read all about those spiky things here. Courtesy of biologicalexceptions.blogspot.com YIPES Are city geese smarter than country geese? Read this interesting article at psychologytoday.com! Aesop’s fables have been around longer than parts of the Bible! There’s a lovely collection here at the Library of Congress. Mother Goose fairy tales! Always a classic. Click on this sentence! Thanks to Project Gutenberg all of the Mother Goose tales are free for download!  Geese get a bad rap for their aggressive nature. We say give them a break. They’re just being geese. Courtesy of mnn.com If there are no nests or babies involved, Canada geese can be very pleasant. Tired of pulling weeds? Get some weeder geese! Courtesy of missouri.edu! OM NOM NOM Now you know a little more about geese than you did this morning! What do you think of them? We want to hear from you! Send us your suggestions for animals you’d like to hear us talk about, or just drop us a line about anything at varmintspodcast@gmail.com! We might even read your email on the show. Your feedback is always welcome! Connect with your Varmints! hosts| Paul Csomo | Donna Hume | The Show | Pinterest  And a very special welcome to the more than 1,200 of you that gave us a like on our Facebook page. Holy cow! Thank you! We hope you like what you hear and we look forward to hearing from you soon! All music is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/) Artist: Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Featured Image “Mr. and Mrs. Greylag Relaxing With The Kids” was taken by Charles Patrick Ewing and is licensed under Attribution 2.0 Generic (CC BY 2.0) Additional Image “Leaving Town” was taken by Chad Horwedel and is licensed under Attribution 2.0 Generic (CC BY 2.0) Additional Image “Baby’s Own Aesop: The Miser & His Gold / The Golden Eggs.” was taken by Stuart Rankin and is licensed under Attribution 2.0 Generic (CC BY 2.0) About our voice actors: Kari McGinnis runs Blazing Caribou Studios and is a co-host on the podcasts Feast On History and Trivia Geeks Live. Chris Braaten runs the Podfix Network and is a co-host on More Gooder Than. Chris “Toph” Green is the host of the GravityBeard podcast. Curtis Craddock is the author of the novel An Alchemy of Masques and Mirrors (The Risen Kingdoms, #1) Josh Hallmark runs the Our Americana network and hosts the podcasts Our Americana, The Karen and Ellen Letters, Playlist and True Crime Bullshit. Frosty is the co-host of The Show with The Preshaah and Frosty, and last but never least, Stacey from Rough Giraffe.
Wolves Revisited – Varmints! – 105
Wolves! While you’re out there being hungry like the wolf we’re revisiting the episode where we talk about real wolves! We are off on an adventure to discover the facts behind the beautiful, mysterious, carnivores, wolves! As a special bonus, we’re talking to Vee from The Dog Guru podcast, about what the distant relatives of the wolf, or domestic dogs, have in common (or not!) with their ancestors. But first, the news! We have a new segment on Varmints! Podcast, called Dog on Patrol. Listen in, and check it out! There are 350 million people in the United States, and it is my sworn duty to bark at every single one of them. Check out this pack of wolves, howling! Video courtesy of YouTube user RetroRideVideos.  We want ice cream! What is a wolf pack mentality? Article courtesy of animals.howstuffworks.com.    Cute! And Terrifying. Remember Hokey Wolf and Ding-A-Ling? Us neither. Video courtesy of YouTube user boyjohn. Proto-Yogi-and-Boo-Boo! Werewolf: The Apocalypse, a game by White Wolf where you can roleplay a tragically monstrous garou! Fighting the enemies of Gaia at a kitchen table near you! Got questions about your doggos and puppers? Ask Your Dog Guru! Now you know a bit more about wolves than you did this morning! What’s your opinion on them? We want to hear from you! Send us your suggestions for animals you’d like to hear us talk about, volunteer your rugrat to say something on our podcast, or just drop us a line about anything at varmintspodcast@gmail.com! We might even read your fascinating email on the show. Your feedback is always welcome! Connect with your Varmints! hosts| Paul Csomo| Donna Hume| The Show | Pinterest And a very special welcome to the more than 1,236 of you that gave us a like on our Facebook page. Holy cow! Thank you! We hope you like what you hear and we look forward to hearing from you soon! Music used: “Dubakupado”, “Quirky Dog”, “Sneaky Adventure”, “Monkeys Spinning Monkeys” Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 “Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Pictures used: Featured image: Eric Kilby, Mexican Wolf Pack,  Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic (CC BY-SA 2.0)  
Earthworms – Varmints! – 104
Earthworms! This week on the Varmints! podcast join Paul and Donna to talk about those squishity, squiggly dirt eatin’ chums, the earthworms! But first, the news! Can Earthworms help us Grow Food on Mars? Maybe? Read all about it here, courtesy of National Geographic. Why are Earthworms so slimy? Check it out! Courtesy of Science Learning Hub. Bioluminescent, slimy goodness. Wanna know how earthworms reproduce? We know you do. Check it out here, courtesy of animals.howstuffworks.com. Blech. Who is Earthworm Jim? Find out here courtesy of good ol’ Wikipedia. Worm in a cybersuit. Why not? Guess who studied earthworms for 40 years? This guy down below. Read about it here courtesy of Science Learning Hub! Chuck Darwin, Earthworm Specialist. Who knew? Why do earthworms surface when it rains? Find out here courtesy of Scientific American. Hmm. Yep, still super slimy. Earthworms can sometimes be invasive! Read about it here courtesy of Scientific American. Now you know a little more about earthworms than you did this morning! What do you think of them? We want to hear from you! Send us your suggestions for animals you’d like to hear us talk about, or just drop us a line about anything at varmintspodcast@gmail.com! We might even read your email on the show. Your feedback is always welcome! Connect with your Varmints! hosts| Paul Csomo | Donna Hume | The Show | Pinterest  And a very special welcome to the more than 1,200 of you that gave us a like on our Facebook page. Holy cow! Thank you! We hope you like what you hear and we look forward to hearing from you soon! All music is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/) Artist: Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Featured Image “20060131 earthworm (2)” was taken by schizoform and is licensed under Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic (CC BY-SA 2.0) About our voice actors: Kari McGinnis runs Blazing Caribou Studios and is a co-host on the podcasts Feast On History and Trivia Geeks Live. Chris Braaten runs the Podfix Network and is a co-host on More Gooder Than. Chris “Toph” Green is the host of the GravityBeard podcast. Curtis Craddock is the author of the novel An Alchemy of Masques and Mirrors (The Risen Kingdoms, #1) Josh Hallmark runs the Our Americana network and hosts the podcasts Our Americana, The Karen and Ellen Letters, Playlist and True Crime Bullshit. Frosty is the co-host of The Show with The Preshaah and Frosty, and last but never least, Stacey from Rough Giraffe.
Brown Bears – Varmints! – 103
Brown Bears! This week on the Varmints! podcast join Paul and Donna for the much anticipated and long awaited brown bears episode! But first, the news! 2 charged after they allegedly fed Timbits to bears along B.C.’s Alaska Highway We know it looks cute, but now this cub’s life is in danger. Do not feed the bears! Let’s learn some cool facts about ursus arctos horribilis, the grizzly bear! Article courtesy of the Tree of Life web project at tolweb.org.       Who is a good bear? You are. You’re a good bear! How Long Do Grizzly Bears Hibernate? Find out in this article courtesy of sciencing.com. Naptime! Bear in the Big Blue House Intro, courtesy of YouTube user adamodoherty. Beary good puppetry! The Yogi Bear Show (1961) Intro (Opening), courtesy of YouTube user CartoonsIntros. Stealin’ pic-a-nic baskets for more than half a century! Ever wondered how bears are kept out of trash cans? It’s an ongoing process, and you can read about it here, courtesy of grizzlydiscoveryctr.org! Oh, sweet garbage can, yield to me your tasty trash bits! Grizzly Bears Catching Salmon! Video courtesy of YouTube user BBC. What great fishing skills! Narration by David Attenborough is a bonus. Now you know a little more about brown bears than you did this morning! What do you think of them? We want to hear from you! Send us your suggestions for animals you’d like to hear us talk about, or just drop us a line about anything at varmintspodcast@gmail.com! We might even read your email on the show. Your feedback is always welcome! Connect with your Varmints! hosts| Paul Csomo | Donna Hume | The Show | Pinterest  And a very special welcome to the more than 1,200 of you that gave us a like on our Facebook page. Holy cow! Thank you! We hope you like what you hear and we look forward to hearing from you soon! All music is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/) Artist: Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Featured Image “Spaning” was taken by Karin Jonsson and is licensed under Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic (CC BY-SA 2.0) Additional Image “grizzly_denali_edit.jpg” was taken by Jean-Pierre Lavoie and is licensed under Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic (CC BY-SA 2.0) About our voice actors: Kari McGinnis runs Blazing Caribou Studios and is a co-host on the podcasts Feast On History and Trivia Geeks Live. Chris Braaten runs the Podfix Network and is a co-host on More Gooder Than. Chris “Toph” Green is the host of the GravityBeard podcast. Curtis Craddock is the author of the novel An Alchemy of Masques and Mirrors (The Risen Kingdoms, #1) Josh Hallmark runs the Our Americana network and hosts the podcasts Our Americana, The Karen and Ellen Letters, Playlist and True Crime Bullshit. Frosty is the co-host of The Show with The Preshaah and Frosty, and last but never least, Stacey from Rough Giraffe.
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