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Fetishes and Disorders

Today’s episode, “Fetishes and Disorders” is on Apple Podcasts, SpotifyOvercast, Libsyn, Pocket CastStitcher, iHeartRadio, or anywhere you listen to podcasts.

Today’s episode comes straight up with NSFW, NSF kids, and sexual trigger warnings. The first 31 minutes of the episode are a discussion of unusual sexual fetishes. While we don’t go into graphic details, the mention of certain acts, and also specific bodily functions (such as throwing up), could be triggers so, you’ve been warned! Maybe don’t eat before hand. We’re just sayin’.

On the plus side, there are some fetishes out there we’d never heard of so this episode was a real learning experience for us both! And as we say at the beginning, we do not discuss these topics to demean, have a laugh at, or degrade anyone who has any of these fetishes, however we do have honest reactions to the different examples. While they are not our cup of tea, that doesn’t mean they aren’t fine for others. Like we say, as long as someone is not doing harm to themselves or others and everyone involved is consenting, YOU DO YOU BOO!

If you feel like you’d rather skip that part of the show, go ahead and fast forward to the 31 minute mark where we wrap up the fetish talk and begin discussing some really fascinating psychological disorders. It’s really not that bad, honestly, but we’d be remiss if we didn’t give you the heads up.

To say the least, we ended up walking away from this recording absolutely amazed at the power of the human brain.

And you know, being us, and this episode being full of big words, we mispronounce most of the names of both fetishes and disorders all over the place. Just beginning to end it’s an exercise in futility for both of us trying to spit out the big ol’ wordy stuff. It’s what we do.

For links to the articles we reference, check out the following links.

Fetishes

Disorders

So there you have it. Small proof the human brain is wild, wonderful, eerie, enigmatic and powerful.

Check out The Mugly Truth Podcast’s episode “Fetishes and Disorders” on Apple Podcasts, SpotifyOvercast, Libsyn, Pocket CastStitcher, iHeartRadio, or (almost) anywhere you listen to podcasts. Then all you need to do is 1) subscribe 2) download and 3) listen! AND!!! 4) If you enjoy what you hear, please leave a rating and a review (pretty please?). The more subscribers and reviews we get, the more opportunities we get to grow this podcast!

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Chicken Boy and Bacon!

Today’s episode, “Chicken Boy and Bacon,” is on Apple Podcasts, SpotifyOvercast, Libsyn, Pocket CastStitcher, iHeartRadio, or anywhere you listen to podcasts.

It’s SEPTEMBER. There are officially 21 days til Fall, 61 days til Halloween, 87 days til Thanksgiving, 116 days til Christmas, and, perhaps most importantly, 122 days til we can slam the damn door on 2020. People were shaking their heads saying, “What a year!” starting in March, we’re pretty sure, but now humankind is getting super close to closing it out for good. Has anyone checked the Mayan calendar to be SURE they weren’t actually talking about 2020? No? Could…you…you know…could someone do that just to be sure this isn’t actually the year we blow to smithereens?

But we’re getting way ahead of ourselves. Today, it’s still September, and only just, so we’re kicking off the month with a slew of subjects you can celebrate each and every day of the month. September kind of puts August to shame in its American and International days of observance, tbh. In today’s podcast, we mention some of the more quirky days such as No Rhyme or Reason Day, Lazy Mom’s Day, multiple Pizza Days and National Cheeseburger Day. But National Food Bank Day, World Beard Day, National Read a Book Day, National Ants on a Log Day, and National Teddy Bear Day are runners up if you’re interested in observing the off-beat. You can find the entire list of fun, sublime, and serious topics at nationaldaycalendar.com.

Although there were tons of days to talk about, Kym and Kris chose one day each to discuss in-depth, and you can’t get more adventurous and fun than CHICKEN BOY and BACON. As we said in the show, it really sounds like a fantastic premise to a new comic book and if anyone decides to do it just give us credit for the concept ya’ll!!

CHICKEN BOY

The statue of Chicken Boy in Highland Park, Los Angeles, CA. Photo by Marilyn Nix. License info here.

Today, September 1 is National Chicken Boy Day. We’ve never heard of it, and it’s got its roots here in California! For more information about Chicken Boy, and even better…how to observe this amazing day (including that link to the downloadable art to color and hashtag), go here or click on the sub-head above for the Wikipedia page.

But the place to be for all things Chicken Boy is at chickenboy.com where you can buy your fill of souvenirs, tee-shirts, and really geek out reading the blog. We seriously don’t understand how we’ve never known any of this before.

Talking about the Chicken Boy statue prompted a whole discussion about the various statues we’ve grown up with here in Orange County, CA:

Bob’s Big Boy

How many of our listeners and readers ate at a Bob’s Big Boy restaurant growing up? We miss that good old burger and fries diner experience. There are a few left in Southern California, but not many (5 to be exact). You can get a complete list of the restaurant’s locations throughout the United States here.

Photo of Big Boy, from a Bob’s Big Boy restaurant, courtesy Wikipedia (public domain).

Jack’s Chicken Broaster

As we discuss in the episode, the rooster that used to be in front of Jack’s Chicken Broaster in Orange, CA, is now sitting atop the same building, but with a new eatery called Taqueria El Nuevo Perico #2. That broasted chicken and potato wedges dinner was the best we’ve ever had.

The rooster is still atop what used to be Jack’s Chicken Broaster, and is now a Mexican restaurant in Orange, CA. Photo courtesy Kris Core. All rights reserved.

Hitch-N-Post

And just up the street from the rooster (literally, they are about a mile and a half apart on East Chapman Ave as you head for the hills), you’ll see the Red HP Horse standing proudly on top of the old Hitch-N-Post tack and feed store.

The red horse atop the Hitch-n-Post tack store in Orange, CA. Photo courtesy Kris Core. All rights reserved.

Western Exterminators

Apparently the Western Exterminators statue (named, ironically, “Little Man”) that we remember seeing on the 55 Freeway South (in Santa Ana, CA) is well documented along with it’s fellows in other locations throughout California. Roadside Architecture’s website is devoted to, well, roadside architecture, and they have a nice history about Little Man toward the bottom of the page, with dates and statue locations.

The 17′ tall Little Man statue in Santa, Ana, CA. Photo courtesy Roadside Architecture at roadarch.com

Truly Nolen

Kym brought up the yellow, mouse-costumed cars we see zipping around and we got half the name correct. The company is Truly Nolen, and while their cars are not the same as the huge fiberglass statues we discussed, they have an honorary place in this discussion because CUTE!

There’s something odd about being a pest exterminator riding in a car disguised as a mouse. Very meta. Photo is courtesy Wikipedia and is in the public domain.

BACON

There was almost as much to talk about bacon as there was Chicken Boy. Literally, we’re still hungry from all that good food talk. International Bacon Day is celebrated worldwide the first Saturday of September, so this year it’s September 5th. And because bacon is so perfect, it is celebrated TWICE a year in America, with NATIONAL Bacon Day on December 30! Here is a list of all the things we discussed about bacon (and a couple Kris forgot):

  • WHATEVER Day. Do you really need to know whether it’s international or national? Just remember….SEPTEMBER 5 and DECEMBER 30 are BACON DAYS. Here is the website with more information about this week’s day of baconalia.
  • Chug-a-Lug! Kris was going to discuss bacon-flavored drinks, but forgot. So here’s maple-bacon flavored coffee, bacon-flavored soda, and bacon-inspired cocktail recipes. You’re welcome.
  • Time to Pig Out. (Sorry not sorry). Today.com has a list of recipes to cook up for bacon day and foodformat.com has weird recipes with bacon. This should tide you over til December 30.
  • Do You Smell That? Bacon perfume. It’s real. In the 1920’s, John Farginnay, a Parisian butcher, perfected a secret formula to happiness and it smelled like bacon. The formula was lost in a fire, but apparently years later someone has figured it all out and now you can buy the scent, aptly named “bacon” (with a line above the o that we can’t add, because stupid editing software), which you can buy at farginnay.com
  • Pucker Up! Click here for bacon flavored lip balm.
  • Mouthwatering Bacon Facts. Website bacontoday.com has the article, 17 Mouthwatering Facts About Bacon.
  • More Bacon Facts. And more information at fee.org in this article, 15 Economic, Historical, and Health Facts about Bacon.
  • And…More Bacon Facts. Website littlethings.com brings us Bacon Facts: 10 Things You Seriously Never Knew About the Delicious Strips.

ALL THE OTHER THINGS

This is where we clarify, correct, and generally eat crow for the things we say without actually knowing what we’re talking about.

  • Private Label. This is what the “Private Label” is that Kris has never heard of. It’s NOT the name of a company, but refers to a third party manufacturer. Hey, we aren’t business majors, so pffffffft.
  • The Rabbit Didn’t Die. Apparently Welsh Rarebit was originally called Welsh Rabbit, but changed to Welsh Rarebit because no rabbits were ever harmed in the making of it and it was misleading to name it as such. Good to know! Actually, it sounds yummy.
  • Shout of Dolores. Wow. We had no idea. Mexican hero Miguel Hidalgo is credited with the battle cry for independence in the town of Dolores. Shout of Dolores Day is September 15, followed on the 16th by Mexico’s official Independence Day. Cinco de Mayo, on the other hand, is NOT a day to celebrate Mexican independence, but in fact is in remembrance of one battle during the Franco-Mexican War. It’s not celebrated so much in Mexico, but is very much a thing here in the states.
  • Psychological Disorder. Pica is a psychological disorder, and is outlined here. AND yes, eating ice is considered part of this disorder, and is called pagophagia.
  • What’s Yours? My Strange Addiction is the TLC show Kris was referencing. Do you have a strange or weird addiction? Let us know!
  • Ewwwww! So if you’re interested in seeing that pimple popping, um, toy (?) featured on Shark Tank…here you go. And EW.
  • If You Haven’t Lost Your Appetite. Hopefully we haven’t crushed your soul with that last entry. For that Weinerschnitzel restaurant offer for pumpkin spice goodies, check out their specials page. Apparently they had a coupon for last year for a free dipped soft serve, but we can’t find one for this year. It’s worth following them on their Twitter account if you’re interested!
  • True Crush All The Time. If you’re into true crime, you’ve got to give True Crime All the Time and True Crime All the Time Unsolved podcasts a listen. The production for both shows is great, the hosts (Mike Ferguson and Mike “Gibby” Gibson) have great charisma and charm, but most importantly they really sincerely honor the victims and their families as they tell the stories. Just don’t tell Gibby Kris is crushing on him. SHHHHHHH. It’s our secret. ShhhZIPIT.

Ok, that’s it. Whew!

Check out The Mugly Truth Podcast’s episode “Chicken Boy and Bacon” on Apple Podcasts, SpotifyOvercast, Libsyn, Pocket CastStitcher, iHeartRadio, or (almost) anywhere you listen to podcasts. Then all you need to do is 1) subscribe 2) download and 3) listen! AND!!! 4) If you enjoy what you hear, please leave a rating and a review (pretty please?). The more subscribers and reviews we get, the more opportunities we get to grow this podcast!

Don’t forget to follow us here at themuglytruth.com (click that blue WordPress Follow button on the right side of your screen) so you get notifications every time we post an episode blog! You can also follow The Mugly Truth on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. Please also follow Kym on Tiktok at kymtok.

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Featured photo Chicken Boy Statue by Marilyn Nix, from Wikipedia.

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Life Hacks 2020

Today’s episode “Life Hacks 2020” is on Apple Podcasts, SpotifyOvercast, Libsyn, Pocket CastStitcher, iHeartRadio, or anywhere you listen to podcasts.

2020 getting you down? In today’s episode we share some of the internet’s cooler ideas that may just help you cope a little bit better. From the wisdom your parents probably learned from their parents or grandparents, to visionary high-tech creations, we have a wide spectrum of tips, tricks, and hacks so you can say (as our dear friend Terin does so often), “TAKE THAT 2020!”

Typically at this point we usually add a whole boatload of complementary snippets of info to flesh out our discussion on the podcast. We also usually include some clarifications, and corrections; the end result being that this blog becomes a nice companion piece to the episode. Well, dear friends, not only are we giving you some great ideas to listen to, we’re also not going to make you read a whole bunch of words today! That’s right, we’re giving your eyeballs a break and getting straight to the links. Truthfully, it’s mostly because – with the exception of the gum song – what we talked about didn’t need much further edification, which is pretty rare for us. So, onto the links!

  • Skiffle Me This. Welp, technically Kris had the 1950’s or Mamas and the Papas folk music fairly close when trying to pinpoint the era for Kym’s fun song, Does Your Chewing Gum Lose Its Flavor On the Bedpost Overnight. The song, by Scottish skiffle singer Lonnie Donegan, came out in 1961 (so the 40’s was waaay off). Here’s the full song on YouTube, with some nice vinyl record scratchiness for the full retro effect.
  • Any Way You Slice It. Kym’s great kitchen tips came from the eatthis.com website, in an article called 52 Life Changing Kitchen Hacks That’ll Make You Enjoy Cooking Again, by Karla Walsh, June 2020.
  • Say It Like You Meme It. This is just a mega list of tips in meme form. Lots of pictures, very few words (which may be most people’s idea of a grand article). From boredpanda.com, written by Tom some 7 long years ago, 40 Life Hacks That Will Change Your Life has tricks that are still pretty relevant and awesome, not gonna lie.
  • My Momma Done Told Me. Leave it to goodhousekeeping.com to extol the virtues of wisdom passed down generation to generation in this article called 20+ Genius 100-Year-Old Life Hacks That Are Still Totally Amazing written by Lauren Smith McDonough and Adam Shuback, May 2019. Proof positive that just because it’s an old idea doesn’t mean it won’t work in our hectic, high-tech world!
  • And Now For Something Completely Different. From interestingengineering.com comes this visionary list of 23 Staggering Life Hacks From People Living in 3020, Not 2020, by Chris Young, April 2020. We’re still stoked about the QR coaster and really want a 3D printer. Like, reallllly.

Gold star if you know where that last bullet lead-in comes from.

And, finally, Happy Birthday to Kris’ mom, Sandy.

Happy birthday, Mom. I love you.
Photo by Jill Wellington on Pexels.com

Check out The Mugly Truth Podcast’s episode “Life Hacks 2020″ on Apple Podcasts, SpotifyOvercast, Libsyn, Pocket CastStitcher, iHeartRadio, or (almost) anywhere you listen to podcasts. Then all you need to do is 1) subscribe 2) download and 3) listen! AND!!! 4) If you enjoy what you hear, please leave a rating and a review (pretty please?). The more subscribers and reviews we get, the more opportunities we get to grow this podcast!

Don’t forget to follow us here at themuglytruth.com (click that blue WordPress Follow button on the right side of your screen) so you get notifications every time we post an episode blog! You can also follow The Mugly Truth on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. Please also follow Kym on Tiktok at kymtok.

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Disney 101

Today’s episode “Disney 101” is on Apple Podcasts, SpotifyOvercast, Libsyn, Pocket CastStitcher, iHeartRadio, or anywhere you listen to podcasts.

Today we talk about one of our most favorite places in the world, DISNEYLAND! And, unlike Episode 33 Disneyline, we spend most of this show talking about our favorite memories growing up with Disneyland over the last, ahemmmmmmmph, 50 years, the attractions from opening day which are still in use today (aside from Covid-closure), Disney parks trivia, the new level of entry-checks for Downtown Disney, and celebrities who have worked at Disneyland.

We also talk about one of the most famous castmembers who isn’t a movie star: Maynard. If you haven’t met him yet, and you will be visiting Disneyland in the future, just ask if Maynard is working as you pass through the turnstiles. If the castmember doesn’t know, then you’ll have to check The Tiki Room or The Haunted Mansion and keep your fingers crossed and your camera ready! He is so beloved, his fans have created a Facebook page called Fans of Maynard, The Amazing Disneyland Castmember.

Kris was lucky enough to meet Maynard at The Tiki Room in 2011.

Following are links to the many articles we referenced as well as additional information about questions raised during our conversation. And here is the point we need to officially acknowledge, we had technical difficulties with the phone-in recording so the sound quality is not up to our usual standards.

  • Disney Plus Lineup. For the list of what’s on Disney Plus, which was updated August 14, check Disney Plus Shows and Movies.
  • Disney Merchandise. Check out their official merchandise at Shop Disney. Good luck getting that 65th Anniversary merch. Sniff.
  • Micechat.com. Check here for the Downtown Disney reopening article 65th Anniversary Tragic Celebration. Subsequent posts on the website indicate crowd levels have lowered quite nicely.
  • Fresh Baked! Here is the link to the Fresh Baked YouTube video celebrating Disney’s 65th anniversary.
  • Daps Magic. And here is the link to the Daps Magic YouTube fan celebration of the Disney anniversary.
  • Rocket to Where? The Rocket to the Moon ride later turned into Mission From Mars. Thaaaaaaat’s right. NOWWWW we remember. Still boring, sorry not sorry.
Skyway at Disneyland. Photo courtesy Wikipedia, public domain.
People Mover at Disneyland. Photo courtesy Gene Spesard/Flickr via Wikipedia. License info here.
  • People Mover and SKYWAY. Of all the rides no longer around, the People Mover and Skyway are two thumbs up from both Kym and Kris for making a comeback. And, by the way, it’s NOT called Sky Tram. It’s ok Kris. You were so close.
  • Original Opening Day Attractions. Here’s the Orange County Register article written by Mark Eades from July 16, 2015, Disneyland Opening Day: These Were the Rides and Exhibits in 1955.
Kris’ mini-haul from the Etsy shop Sick Soaps, as highlighted on Graveyard girl. Yes, the Dole Whip soap and mist smell JUST like the the Dole Whips at the park.
  • Sick Soaps! Do yourself a favor and visit this Etsy store, Sick Soaps. The Dole Whip pack aroma will take you right back to that line outside the Tiki Room…and is that Hat Box ghost not just the very best?!?! The Jack Skellington bar smells wonderfully like pumpkin spice. There’s other themes (OHMIGAWD THE VOLDEMORT SOAP!) to choose from, AND she makes face masks. You know where you’re shopping for Christmas now, don’t you!?
  • SWEET TRIVIA! We data-mined Popsugar.com and while we didn’t reference ALL their trivia, we sure used a lot of it. If you’re a fan of all things Disney, Popsugar.com is your holy grail of information. Knock yourself out. But definitely check out both of the articles we referenced and then have fun chasing Alice down the trivia rabbit hole: 41 Insane Facts You Definitely Didn’t Know About Disneyland, by Macy Cate Williams from February 11, 2020 and 55 International Disney Park Differences Only Hardcore Fans Will Notice by Brinton Parker from March 9, 2020.
  • NO SMOKING ANYWHERE. Nope. Not even in those teeny tiny spots found in the far corners of the park back in the day. There’s no smoking in the park, between the parks, or Downtown Disney, according to this page on the Disney website.
  • Doctor Jones I Presume. For that AMAZING article about the Indiana Jones ride easter eggs, check out this D23 article.
  • Eeyore Parking Only. For the “hidden Eeyore” in the Indiana Jones ride, check this out. Obviously Kris has not been looking in the right corner.
  • Mystic Manor. For a YouTube virtual ride, watch this video for the awesome Hong Kong Disney Mystic Manor.
  • Sweet Dreams! If you’re lucky on your visit to Walt Disney World in Florida…you might just get to sleep in the luxury suite of the Cinderella castle.
  • Disneyland’s Who’s Who. Here is the Ranker.com list of celebrities who used to work for Disneyland parks.

Check out The Mugly Truth Podcast’s episode “Disney 101″ on Apple Podcasts, SpotifyOvercast, Libsyn, Pocket CastStitcher, iHeartRadio, or (almost) anywhere you listen to podcasts. Then all you need to do is 1) subscribe 2) download and 3) listen! AND!!! 4) If you enjoy what you hear, please leave a rating and a review (pretty please?). The more subscribers and reviews we get, the more opportunities we get to grow this podcast!

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Sharks and Seahorses (AND OUR 100th EPISODE!)

Today’s episode “Sharks and Seahorses” is on Apple Podcasts, SpotifyOvercast, Libsyn, Pocket CastStitcher, iHeartRadio, or anywhere you listen to podcasts.

Wow this is a big day for The Mugly Truth Podcast! Not only do we have a HUGE topic (like everyone else in the world) discussing SHARK WEEK, we are also so excited this is our 100th episode! It’s been a tiny bit of a struggle to get here, as we’ve had some down times over the past year. We want to thank all our listeners who are the reason we keep getting back behind the mic, talking about topics that interest us and ultimately entertain you (hopefully)! So yeah, today we’re talking about sharks, Shark Week on Discovery Channel, and for the win, we’re also bringing seahorses into the fold because SEAHORSES! Trust, you’ll learn some surprising things about those sweet little critters.

We hope you enjoy listening to the episode today as we had a lot of fun recording it. If you’re not a long-time listener, or just happened onto this blog and don’t know what’s going on, this blog is a companion piece to our podcast The Mugly Truth. Our episodes air every Tuesday, and each episode is paired up with a blog post where listeners can follow up on links we discuss in the episode. It’s also where we make corrections, provide additional information, and answer questions we had in the episode.

So let’s get down to business:

  • Cable Rivalry of Titanic Proportions! Kym brought up seeing some shark shows prior to the official 9 August start of Shark Week , and wondered if it might have been National Geographic airing those shows. Yep, it sure was. National Geographic got a jump on the shark footage frenzy with their version of shark week they call SharkFest – but just to make it a serious tussle, they started their FIVE week series July 19! If you don’t have cable, you can, of course, stream on an independent subscription, but you’re out of luck with Disney Plus because it’s not on their Nat Geo hub offerings. For more information on this ginormous rivalry, this article is an interesting read.
  • You Know, THAT Guy With THAT Voice. When Kym said Adam DeVine was a Shark Week host, Kris thought she was talking about Andy Devine and was quite perplexed because he died almost 20 years before Shark Week debuted. If you don’t recognize the name or face, you’d for sure recognize the famously raspy, sing-song voice. Andy was a much beloved character actor, famously side-kicking alongside heroic cowboys in many a western on the silver screen, radio, and television. One of his best late works was voicing Friar Tuck in the 1973 Disney animated movie Robin Hood. Andy was a local in our area (Orange County, CA) and his funeral in 1977 was attended by many notable actors, including Jimmy Stewart and John Wayne.
A photo of a young Andy Devine, who was never a host on Shark Week and is definitely not Adam Devine, Adam Levine or Andy Samburg. Wikipedia Creative Commons. License information here.
  • Is He or Isn’t He? Yes. 54 year old Mike Tyson (host of this year’s Shark Week) is coming out of retirement for an exhibition fight with Roy Jones Jr. in September. Apparently sparring with sharks wasn’t enough for tough Mr. Tyson.
  • Let’s Get Ready To Rumble! Michael Buffer is the famous boxing (not wrestling, ladies) announcer who made “let’s get ready to rumble” a household sibling war-cry. He is also offering play-by-play on the Mike Tyson vs. shark episode.
  • Clifftop Ruin. Marineland of the Pacific (we always just called it Marineland) was a huge attraction for over 30 years located in Palos Verdes, California. In fact, it opened a year before Disneyland! Then it shut down when new owners moved operations to their SeaWorld facility in San Diego which is still in business today. This article has some great photos of it being built as well as its recent state of decay.
Marineland, in Palos Verdes in its 1970s-1980s heyday.
Photo by Gary B. Edstrom, Wikipedia. License information here.
  • Nighty-Night Sharky-Shark. Even though punching a shark in the snout is ineffective (Kym emphatically states you need to aim for the eye if you must fight off an attack), tonic immobility really is a thing. Just be sure to know which sharks it works on.
  • What do Harry Potter and Shark Week Have in Common? Both Harry Potter and Shark Week concepts were captured on that iconic spontaneous thought gotta-write-it-down medium: the paper napkin. Whilst SW was scribbled down on a pub napkin, JK Rowling wrote HP notes on a napkin on a train.
  • Dolphins – Too Many For YOU Mr. Shark! Yes sharks do prey on dolphins, usually the young, or adults who are sick, but dinner comes at a price. Lone-wolf sharks are usually outnumbered by the number of dolphins in a pod, who fight to defend their young and weak, so sharks have to work extra hard to get this particular prey.
  • Those Plumey Thingies. Yeah, those multiple plumes on a Lionfish are spiney fins. And each one is venomous. Seriously, don’t mess with these deceptively lovely sea creatures. Oh, and, yes, the toxins can be cooked out of the spines, so eating Lionfish is not deadly when prepared correctly. Here is an article with more information.
Lionfish, with all the spiny fins, which are venomous. Photo by Alexander Vasenin, Wikipedia, Creative Commons. License information here.
  • THIS MUST END. Sharkfin soup is a “delicacy” that is partly to blame for endangering the lives of sharks across the world. For more information about finning, please read this article from seasave.org.
Majestic sharks like these Makos are endangered due to greedy finning practices. Photo courtesy NOAA.
  • The Best Way the World Learns to Dive! If you’re interested in learning to scuba dive, we recommend a PADI professional/dive store as your go-to for the best, most comprehensive and safe practice learning anywhere. PADI is the leader in diving certifications worldwide, and levels up the game in their mission to protect and conserve oceans and marine life. PADI teaches divers of all levels scuba diving skills, but also how to become ambassadors for the aquatic world. PADI is currently offering a large variety of online courses so you can get your studies completed safely while COVID-19 restrictions are still in place. Once you’re done with your studies, you’ll be ready to meet your instructor for your in-water training! Whether you’re new to diving, need to brush up on your skills, or want to continue your diving education, PADI is the way to learn to dive, anywhere in the world.
  • Still With the Words. Kris KNOWS it’s JuleS Verne who wrote 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. But apparently her mouth didn’t know there’s an S in there. Also, here’s what a real nautilus looks like. For the Verne “Nautilus,” you’ll have to Google artistic renditions of it, or watch the 1954 movie.
The lovely, backwards swimming nautilus. Photo courtesy NOAA.
  • Goes Right Through Ya! It seems as though seahorses don’t even mash their food up, as they swallow their food whole. And they don’t have stomachs. So it’s a bit of a dodgy thing, eating is. That explains why they eat so much so often! This article has a lot more information on the subject.
The multi-functional, sweet, seahorse.
Photo by Nick Hobgood, Wikipedia Creative Commons. License information here.
  • Would it BE The Mugly Truth if…(Said in Our Best Chandler Bing Voice)? What’s a Mugly Truth podcast without detouring to our favorite off-topics such as true crime, ghosts, and spiders. For the animated Lucas the Spider, check out the YouTube channel where Lucas adorably hangs out.

For links to the articles we reference specifically in the episode, please see the following:

Check out The Mugly Truth Podcast’s episode “Sharks and Seahorses” on Apple Podcasts, SpotifyOvercast, Libsyn, Pocket CastStitcher, iHeartRadio, or (almost) anywhere you listen to podcasts. Then all you need to do is 1) subscribe 2) download and 3) listen! AND!!! 4) If you enjoy what you hear, please leave a rating and a review (pretty please?). The more subscribers and reviews we get, the more opportunities we get to grow this podcast!

Don’t forget to follow us here at themuglytruth.com (click that blue WordPress Follow button on the right side of your screen) so you get notifications every time we post an episode blog! You can also follow The Mugly Truth on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. Please also follow Kym on Tiktok at kymtok.

© The Mugly Truth 2020 and © The Mugly Truth Podcast 2020. All rights reserved.
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Featured photo Basking Shark courtesy NOAA, public domain.