No Such Thing As A Kiss

DanAndyJames, and Anna discuss rats the size of hippos, surprising papal hobbies, New York's May Day madness and the mystery, and history, of kissing.

Episode 5                          4 April, 2014

Further Reading

Get the inside story on that giant rodent (Josephoartigasia monesi), from the paleontologists who discovered it. And here's the rat that came back from the dead to become a Laotian delicacy.

Here's the lowdown on the largest known snake, here you can read Percy Fawcett's description of an allegedly larger one, and this article describes Roosevelt's contest to find a 30-footer.

For animals shrinking faster than they grow, read this article, which also mentions the dwarf elephant.

Pope John Paul II's penchant for skiing is mentioned here, along with the story of his stolen blood, and here's how he became a Harlem Globetrotter.

Pope Francis's soft spot for Tolkien is discussed on this page, and his history as a bouncer on this one

Some brilliant bits of papal history in this article, including that story about Sixtus and sodomy, and here's how to elect a Pope.

For more on humanity's wackier ideas, read about the pair agitating for one global time zone, or about navigating with your testicles.

Get a potted history of kissing, and theories about why we do it in this video, and read that outraged response to the first on screen kiss.

And finally, read here about the one hug Bill Clinton tried to avoid, and see the picture of the moment when he failed.


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