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Curious State

QuickAndDirtyTips.com, Doug Fraser

Could we have domesticated a T-Rex? Is the mafia really that violent? Haven't all the possible songs been written by now? Unexpected gems of knowledge are hidden all around us. Let’s dig them up, one offbeat question at a time.

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Mar 15 2022
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Can animals break the law? Why do some fonts just feel so good? Can a "friend with benefits" relationship last? Could we have domesticated a T-Rex? Dive into what you didn’t know you needed to know on Curious State with Doug Fraser. First two episodes drop on March 29.Curious State is a Quick and Dirty Tips podcast hosted and produced by Doug Fraser. Have a question you want Doug to find the answer to? Leave a voicemail at (757) 541-8471 or email us at curious@quickanddirtytips.com.Follow the show:FacebookInstagramTwitterQuick and Dirty Tips is a division of Macmillan Publishers.
How'd they fix wounded soldiers' faces in WWI? | feat. Dr. Lindsey Fitzharris
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How'd they fix wounded soldiers' faces in WWI? | feat. Dr. Lindsey Fitzharris
The First World War saw the dawn of fighting in the skies and advanced, savage warfare on the ground. Maimed soldiers lucky enough to survive were unlucky enough to live in a time when medical tech was vastly outpaced by war tech. That struggle to keep up meant uncertain futures for wounded soldiers—especially when it came to facial injuries. Medical historian Dr. Lindsey Fitzharris takes us behind the scenes of a medical revolution: the birth of plastic surgery.A few curiosities you’ll uncover in this episode:Why did soldiers with facial injuries sit on blue benches?How do you reconstruct a face?Were injured men called back to the front lines?Get a copy of Dr. Fitzharris' book, The Facemaker: A Visionary Surgeon's Battle to Mend the Disfigured Soldiers of World War I, at Amazon, Audible, or Bookshop.org.Did You Know?8-10 million people died in WWI, with twice as many injured—often seriously.CreditsCurious State is a Quick and Dirty Tips podcast hosted and produced by Doug Fraser.Find Curious State on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook, or subscribe to our newsletter for the latest updates.Podcast Manager - Adam Cecil Podcast and Advertising Operations Specialist - Morgan ChristiansonDigital Operations Specialist - Holly HutchingsMarketing and Publicity Assistant - Davina TomlinIntern - Brendan Picha The Quick and Dirty Tips network is a division of Macmillan Publishers in partnership with Mignon Fogarty, Inc.Have a question? Or a topic you’d like covered on the show? Maybe you just love sending emails? Whichever shoe fits, tie it on and send me a message at curious@quickanddirtytips.com.
Whatever happened to "thou"?
Jun 14 2022
Whatever happened to "thou"?
In an age when eels were sometimes used as currency and castles pierced the sky, “thou” was all the rage. But over time, it disappeared from use. Where’d it go? And will it ever make a comeback? Grammar Girl (aka Mignon Fogarty) helps us parse through the grammatical treasures of yore and solve the “thou” mystery once and for all.A few curiosities you’ll uncover in this episode:The searing insults “thou” providedThe societal shift that ended “thou”What dead word Grammar Girl would love to resurrectDid You Know?“Thou” was used longest in areas farthest from London. It’s still used in a few regional dialects, including those in Yorkshire and Cumbria.CreditsCurious State is a Quick and Dirty Tips podcast hosted and produced by Doug Fraser.Find Curious State on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook, or subscribe to our newsletter for the latest updates.Podcast Manager - Adam Cecil Podcast and Advertising Operations Specialist - Morgan ChristiansonMarketing and Publicity Assistant - Davina TomlinIntern - Brendan Picha The Quick and Dirty Tips network is a division of Macmillan Publishers in partnership with Mignon Fogarty, Inc.Have a question? Or a topic you’d like covered on the show? Maybe you just love sending emails? Whichever shoe fits, tie it on and send me a message at curious@quickanddirtytips.com.
Does this episode make you sleepy?
Jun 7 2022
Does this episode make you sleepy?
Is sleep giving you the cold shoulder? What if you had a bedtime buddy? A platonic pal who could slow the thoughts running through your head and lull you to sleep every night? Enter Drew Ackerman (aka Dearest Scooter).His Sleep With Me podcast gets 3 million+ downloads every month. That’s over a hundred thousand people, every night, falling to sleep to Drew’s hypnotic voice and meandering tales. How does he do it? What’s the secret sauce to lulling a football stadium’s worth people nightly?A few curiosities you’ll uncover in this episode:When it comes to putting strangers to sleep, what topics are off-limits?Are giant fighting monsters good for a snoozy narrative?What role does meandering play in a sleepy story?Did You Know?A lack of sleep is detrimental to our mood, creative output, and even self-control. Brain scans have shown the frontal lobe—which is responsible for self-control and gatekeeping emotional impulses—is switched off by a lack of sleep.CreditsCurious State is a Quick and Dirty Tips podcast hosted and produced by Doug Fraser.Find Curious State on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook, or subscribe to our newsletter for the latest updates.Podcast Manager - Adam Cecil Podcast and Advertising Operations Specialist - Morgan ChristiansonMarketing and Publicity Assistant - Davina TomlinDigital Operations Specialist - Holly HutchingsIntern - Brendan Picha The Quick and Dirty Tips network is a division of Macmillan Publishers in partnership with Mignon Fogarty, Inc.Have a question? Or a topic you’d like covered on the show? Maybe you just love sending emails? Whichever shoe fits, tie it on and send me a message at curious@quickanddirtytips.com.
Could science go extinct?
May 31 2022
Could science go extinct?
Science is all around us. It's in our smartphones, the contours our of eyelids, the hidden rabbit nest in the backyard. But what if everything we’ve come to know about the world (and that the natural world knows about itself) disappeared? Could science itself go extinct? Alie Ward of Ologies stops by to set the scientific record straight, and share why science is more than a path to answers—it's a gift of questions.A few curiosities you’ll uncover in this episode:What animal species Alie discovered as a childWhy we’re not the only species who experiences scienceCan you make music from spider mating dances?Did You Know?If human knowledge is a janky old car, science is the friend who’s happy to push us to the repair shop.CreditsCurious State is a Quick and Dirty Tips podcast hosted and produced by Doug Fraser.Find Curious State on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook, or subscribe to our newsletter for the latest updates.Podcast Manager - Adam Cecil Podcast and Advertising Operations Specialist - Morgan ChristiansonMarketing and Publicity Assistant - Davina TomlinIntern - Brendan Picha The Quick and Dirty Tips network is a division of Macmillan Publishers in partnership with Mignon Fogarty, Inc.Have a question? Or a topic you’d like covered on the show? Maybe you just love sending emails? Whichever shoe fits, tie it on and send me a message at curious@quickanddirtytips.com.
What makes a cemetery a tourist destination?
May 24 2022
What makes a cemetery a tourist destination?
Cemeteries are a rather new invention in human history, created only 10-15,000 years ago. We’ve come a long way from stopping to smell the proverbial roses… instead of rotting flesh. But how do these resting grounds for the deceased become tourist destinations for the living? Cemetery historian and author Loren Rhoads helps us dig up the truth.A few curiosities you’ll uncover in this episode:Why a famous Paris cemetery “brought in” celebritiesThe world event that led Loren to fall in love with cemeteriesWays humans have rid of their dead through the yearsDid You Know?Humans didn’t start burying their dead until around 120,000 years ago.CreditsCurious State is a Quick and Dirty Tips podcast hosted and produced by Doug Fraser.Find Curious State on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook, or subscribe to our newsletter for the latest updates.Podcast Manager - Adam Cecil Podcast and Advertising Operations Specialist - Morgan ChristiansonMarketing and Publicity Assistant - Davina TomlinIntern - Brendan Picha The Quick and Dirty Tips network is a division of Macmillan Publishers in partnership with Mignon Fogarty, Inc.Have a question? Or a topic you’d like covered on the show? Maybe you just love sending emails? Whichever shoe fits, tie it on and send me a message at curious@quickanddirtytips.com.
Can animals break the law?
May 17 2022
Can animals break the law?
We humans love law and order. But what happens when non-humans go mucking around and chewing on our rules? Can animals actually break the law? Renowned science writer and raccoon super-fan Mary Roach has the answers. A few curiosities you’ll uncover in this episode:Do seagulls have it out for the pope?What are laws for, anyway?Laser scarecrows? Say what??Did You Know?In 1451, a Swiss bishop took some leeches to court. His reason? There were too many of them in the local pond.Curious State is a Quick and Dirty Tips podcast hosted and produced by Doug Fraser.Find Curious State on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook, or subscribe to our newsletter for the latest updates.Podcast Manager - Adam Cecil Podcast and Advertising Operations Specialist - Morgan ChristiansonMarketing and Publicity Assistant - Davina TomlinIntern - Brendan Picha The Quick and Dirty Tips network is a division of Macmillan Publishers in partnership with Mignon Fogarty, Inc.Have a question? Or a topic you’d like covered on the show? Maybe you just love sending emails? Whichever shoe fits, tie it on and send me a message at curious@quickanddirtytips.com.
Why's that crow living in the aquarium?
May 10 2022
Why's that crow living in the aquarium?
What do a crow and a glossy-eyed harbor seal named Monty have in common? Us.Oftentimes, human interaction with animals is for the worse. But when it comes to animal rehabbers, the interaction is meant to get the animal back on its feet—or paws or claws or flippers—and release them back into the wild. Chip Harshaw, VP of Animal Care at The Virginia Aquarium, takes us on a behind-the-scenes tour to meet Monty and dives into the good, the bad, and the downright heart-melting aspects of human/animal relationships.A few curiosities you’ll uncover in this episode:What it takes to rehabilitate animals like MontyHow Monty wound up at the aquariumMonty’s favorite fishThe real reason why you should never feed a wild sealDid You Know?Harbor seals enjoy posing on coastal rocks like blubbery land bananas—Google “harbor seal banana” to experience the full glory.Curious State is a Quick and Dirty Tips podcast hosted and produced by Doug Fraser.Find Curious State on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook, or subscribe to our newsletter for the latest updates.Podcast Manager - Adam Cecil Podcast and Advertising Operations Specialist - Morgan ChristiansonMarketing Publicity Assistant - Davina TomlinIntern - Brendan Picha The Quick and Dirty Tips network is a division of Macmillan Publishers in partnership with Mignon Fogarty, Inc.Have a question? Or a topic you’d like covered on the show? Maybe you just love sending emails? Whichever shoe fits, tie it on and send me a message at curious@quickanddirtytips.com.
Can you empathize with your internet haters?
May 3 2022
Can you empathize with your internet haters?
Five years ago, Dylan Marron (creator and host of Conversations with People Who Hate Me) started engaging his internet detractors in long-form conversations over the phone. What started as a coping mechanism has turned into a hit podcast, lessons from which he’s shared in his new book.A few curiosities you’ll uncover in this episode:The four-word idea that’ll change how you approach all conversationsHow you can apply what Dylan’s learned from internet haters to any relationship in your lifeWhat’s the point of trying to empathize with internet haters?Did You Know?Do you avoid conflict at all costs? Maybe society should thank you. Research at the University of Alabama at Birmingham suggests that conflict avoidance is how societies overcome violence.Curious State is a Quick and Dirty Tips podcast hosted and produced by Doug Fraser.Find Curious State on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook, or subscribe to our newsletter for the latest updates.Podcast Manager - Adam Cecil Podcast and Advertising Operations Specialist - Morgan ChristiansonMarketing Publicity Assistant - Davina TomlinIntern - Brendan Picha The Quick and Dirty Tips network is a division of Macmillan Publishers in partnership with Mignon Fogarty, Inc.Have a question? Or a topic you’d like covered on the show? Maybe you just love sending emails? Whichever shoe fits, tie it on and send me a message at curious@quickanddirtytips.com.
Are celebrities more interesting than us?
Apr 26 2022
Are celebrities more interesting than us?
Journalist SuChin Pak (co-host of Add to Cart) has been reporting on TV since she was 16 years old. If you watched MTV in the early 2000s, you saw her just about every day, interviewing the who's who of pop culture and music.Those celebrities, the ones who grace the silver screen and flood the airwaves with catchy tunes that burrow into your brain and never ever leave—are those people actually more interesting than the rest of us?A few curiosities you’ll uncover in this episode:What it’s really like at the MTV Video Music Awards exclusive after partyHow fame distorts a person’s reality (and the reality of those around them)Does fame stunt a person’s personal growth?Did You Know?Sean Combs (aka Puff Daddy, aka Puffy, aka Diddy) is one of the richest musicians, with a net worth of over $820 million. Now that’s someone who knows how to work their fame.Curious State is a Quick and Dirty Tips podcast hosted and produced by Doug Fraser.Find Curious State on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook, or subscribe to our newsletter for the latest updates.Podcast Manager - Adam Cecil Podcast and Advertising Operations Specialist - Morgan ChristiansonMarketing Publicity Assistant - Davina TomlinIntern - Brendan Picha The Quick and Dirty Tips network is a division of Macmillan Publishers in partnership with Mignon Fogarty, Inc.Have a question? Or a topic you’d like covered on the show? Maybe you just love sending emails? Whichever shoe fits, tie it on and send me a message at curious@quickanddirtytips.com.
Why are there so few female psychopaths?
Apr 19 2022
Why are there so few female psychopaths?
Dr. Mark Freestone, author of Making a Psychopath: My Journey into Seven Dangerous Minds, takes us into the mind of an infamous female psychopath—and the finicky, outdated, and often untrustworthy system that attempts to diagnose women like her.A few curiosities you’ll uncover in this episode:The antiquated diagnosis process for psychopathsThe differences between how psychopathy manifests in male and female patientsGritty details of the murder committed by Angela the RemorselessHow a bias toward male patients is a symptom of a much larger issueDid You Know?James Bond is a psychopath. He scores around a 27 on the PCL-R, which in the UK is past the threshold for a psychopath.Get a copy of Dr. Freestone's book on Amazon, Audible, or Bookshop.org.Curious State is a Quick and Dirty Tips podcast hosted and produced by Doug Fraser.Find Curious State on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook, or subscribe to our newsletter for the latest updates.Podcast Manager - Adam Cecil Assistant Manager - Emily MillerPodcast and Advertising Operations Specialist - Morgan ChristiansonMarketing Publicity Assistant - Davina TomlinIntern - Brendan Picha The Quick and Dirty Tips network is a division of Macmillan Publishers in partnership with Mignon Fogarty, Inc.Have a question? Or a topic you’d like covered on the show? Maybe you just love sending emails? Whichever shoe fits, tie it on and send me a message at curious@quickanddirtytips.com.
What's the point of regret?
Apr 12 2022
What's the point of regret?
Regret is our constant companion, tugging at our ears to remind us of our mistakes. Our follies. The kind of stuff we shove to the back of our brain fridge and hope it doesn’t stink up the house.But what if regret isn’t what we think?What if it’s actually the way to a happier, more fulfilling life?Daniel Pink, the author of such insightful classics as To Sell is Human and A Whole New Mind, rolled up his sleeves and mined the deep, dingy trenches of regret. What he found just might change your life.As part of the World Regret Survey, Daniel collected regrets from around 16,000 people in 105 countries to try to crack the code of what people regret. He put together his findings in his new book, The Power of Regret: How Looking Backward Moves Us Forward. “The four core regrets operate as a photographic negative of the good life,” Daniel says. “If we know what people regret the most, we can reverse that image to reveal what they value the most.”The curiosities you’ll uncover in this episode:The four core regretsWhat a social experiment on a subway taught us about reaching out to estranged friends and familyWhat we regret at a young age versus what we regret when we’re olderHow regret can become a compass for a well-lived lifeDid You Know?Silver medalists tend to be the least happy person on the podium. According to a study by David Matsumoto of San Francisco State University, they smiled one-quarter less than first and third place. While the gold medalist shines with happiness for their win and the bronze medalist is happy to have made the podium, the silver medalist is often plagued with “if only” regrets.Curious State is a Quick and Dirty Tips podcast hosted and produced by Doug Fraser.Find Curious State on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook, or subscribe to our newsletter for the latest updates.Podcast Manager - Adam Cecil Assistant Manager - Emily MillerPodcast and Advertising Operations Specialist - Morgan ChristiansonMarketing Publicity Assistant - Davina TomlinIntern - Brendan Picha The Quick and Dirty Tips network is a division of Macmillan Publishers in partnership with Mignon Fogarty, Inc.Have a question? Or a topic you’d like covered on the show? Maybe you just love sending emails? Whichever shoe fits, tie it on and send me a message at curious@quickanddirtytips.com.
Is the mafia really that violent?
Apr 5 2022
Is the mafia really that violent?
The mafia and violence go together like a fist and brass knuckles. But is the mafia really as violent as pop culture would have us believe? Or are we being conned?Nicknamed "organized crime's worst nightmare," former federal and state prosecutor Elie Honig earned his stripes through the prosecution of John Gotti Jr and other major mafia players. He’s here to set the record straight.A few curiosities you’ll discover in this episode:The mind games of mafia violenceWhy murder is bad for businessThe strong appeal of unionsWhy the Italian mob could lose all its powerCheck out Elie's podcast Up Against the Mob.Did You Know?The mafia has captured our collective imagination—which can cause problems in the courtroom. “There is such a thing as the jury becoming enamored with the defendant, becoming charmed by the bad guy,” says Elie. “It's the same way you sit there and you root for Tony Soprano. It’s part of the reason I wanted to be a mafia prosecutor, for the outrageous stories and the personalities of these guys. But I was concerned about this when I was arguing a mafia trial to a jury.”Curious State is a Quick and Dirty Tips podcast hosted and produced by Doug Fraser.Find Curious State on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook, or subscribe to our newsletter for the latest updates.Podcast Manager - Adam Cecil Assistant Manager - Emily MillerPodcast and Advertising Operations Specialist - Morgan ChristiansonMarketing Publicity Assistant - Davina TomlinIntern - Brendan Picha The Quick and Dirty Tips network is a division of Macmillan Publishers in partnership with Mignon Fogarty, Inc.Have a question? Or a topic you’d like covered on the show? Maybe you just love sending emails? Whichever shoe fits, tie it on and send me a message at curious@quickanddirtytips.com.
Can we overcome our childhoods?
Mar 29 2022
Can we overcome our childhoods?
Somewhere in the rows and rows of office cubicles that make up the emotional business of our brains, there’s one employee hellbent on burning the whole place down. Her name…is childhood. Is it possible to pry ourselves from her fiery grasp? Or are we destined to live with one hand on the fire extinguisher? Psychotherapist and bestselling author of Maybe You Should Talk to Someone, Lori Gottlieb, offers a way to set our childhoods free: changing the stories we tell ourselves.A few of the curiosities you’ll uncover in this episode:Why we’re all unreliable narrators of our lifeThe long-term impacts of talking our kids out of feeling what they’re feelingThe 3 questions to ask ourselves to help rid of negative self-talkTo learn more about Lori’s book, Maybe You Should Talk to Someone (in both written and audio form), and to check out the podcast she co-hosts called “Dear Therapists,” visit www.lorigottlieb.com. Curious State is a Quick and Dirty Tips podcast hosted and produced by Doug Fraser.Find Curious State on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook, or subscribe to our newsletter for the latest updates.Podcast Manager - Adam Cecil Assistant Manager - Emily MillerPodcast and Advertising Operations Specialist - Morgan ChristiansonMarketing Publicity Assistant - Davina TomlinIntern - Brendan Picha The Quick and Dirty Tips network is a division of Macmillan Publishers in partnership with Mignon Fogarty, Inc.
Could we have domesticated a T-Rex?
Mar 29 2022
Could we have domesticated a T-Rex?
Ah, the T-Rex. King of the tyrant lizards. Ruler of children’s imaginations the world over. With its savagery and you-look-tasty-enough-to-eat smile…could we have domesticated it? Dr. Richard Kissel is here to help us figure it all out. He’s the VP of Education at The DoSeum in San Antonio, Texas, and a total T-Rex fanboy.A few of the curiosities you’ll uncover in this episode:The 3 questions to ask yourself before domesticating a T-RexHow much it would cost to feed a T-Rex over its lifetimeWhat a T-Rex’s personality might have been likeCould we have made a teacup T-Rex? *fingers crossed*To learn more about Dr. Richard Kissel and the DoSeum in San Antonio, Texas, visit www.thedoseum.orgCurious State is a Quick and Dirty Tips podcast hosted and produced by Doug Fraser.Find Curious State on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook, or subscribe to our newsletter for the latest updates.Podcast Manager - Adam Cecil Assistant Manager - Emily MillerPodcast and Advertising Operations Specialist - Morgan ChristiansonMarketing Publicity Assistant - Davina TomlinIntern - Brendan Picha The Quick and Dirty Tips network is a division of Macmillan Publishers in partnership with Mignon Fogarty, Inc.
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Mar 15 2022
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Can animals break the law? Why do some fonts just feel so good? Can a "friend with benefits" relationship last? Could we have domesticated a T-Rex? Dive into what you didn’t know you needed to know on Curious State with Doug Fraser. First two episodes drop on March 29.Curious State is a Quick and Dirty Tips podcast hosted and produced by Doug Fraser. Have a question you want Doug to find the answer to? Leave a voicemail at (757) 541-8471 or email us at curious@quickanddirtytips.com.Follow the show:FacebookInstagramTwitterQuick and Dirty Tips is a division of Macmillan Publishers.