SURPRISE, MELON FARMERS. We’re back. Kind of. Bear with us while we figure out what we’re doing.
In 1974, Hungarian dickwad Erno Rubik stole a concept & mechanism that would form the foundation of the world’s greatest-selling toy – the Cube that bore his name. Today we jump into the hilarious and seedy worlds of; foot-cubing, patent litigation, terrifying sentient cube animations (that are both blatant Scooby Doo rip-offs AND racially progressive), Red Bull’s attempts to make the “emerging” sport of cubing EXTREME and professional poker players being nimrods on Survivor.
*Invented by, and stolen from, Larry D. Nichols.
Magical advertising from the 80s:
Lovely Google Doodle:
Children’s Aquatic Death-trap/Adult Kink Mermaid Fins:
Nineties kids will never forget how close SEGA and Sonic the Hedgehog (aka Mr. Needlemouse) came to toppling the mighty Mario and Nintendo… well, not really – but their moment in the sun was glorious. From their humble beginnings providing amusement to US Servicemen to the financial disaster that was Sydney’s SEGA World, join us as we celebrate the little blue guy who almost could.
Did you know that without ze Germans intercepting war-time British trade routes, we may never have improved on the slick black yeast prototype known as Marmite? OR, that if administered correctly to your baby, Vegemite can actually generate cheek lasers? Only one of these things is true – guess you’ll have to tune in to find out which, on an epic episode where Bonnie takes is on a Pulp Fiction-style jumbled timeline filled with; thick black history, hilarious facts about this beloved Aussie icon, its creator, its evolution and some doozies of missteps over the last hundred years.
Did we mention we’re fast and loose with facts? This week is a quick catch up where we do a little fact-checking and some soul-searching.
We’ve all suffered the Twelve Days of Christmas carol ad nauseam, but have you ever stopped to consider the history of this excessively generous barrage of gift giving? And could you remember the full gift register of disparate live poultry and hired performers, in reverse, under pressure that if you forfeit it could result in a lingering, beery pash from your druncle? This silly season it’s not all swans, lords a leaping and gold rings; get those chestnuts roasting on an open fire and prepare yourself for a jolly visit by three creepy, merrymaking friends disguised in festive-yet-ghoulish pillowcase masks.
This week’s episode is about the heebie-jeebies! More specifically, the creeps you get when an animation or robot isn’t QUITE pulling off its attempt to pass for human. That’s right, we’re tackling the phenomenon known as The Uncanny Valley, which isn’t a physical place, but a location on a graph that measures creepiness against success of said attempts.
On the way we’ll; get to the bottom of why we get creeped out, go into detail of the forty year-old Japanese origins of the phenomenon, obviously explore sex robots, poo-poo some detractors and Tim both; gets into a rage over false paradoxes (Epimenides or die, baby!) and ruins The Lion King. Oh and Bonnie has got SEVERE beef with a Keanu Reeves..
The terrifying Phillip K. Dick android: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sJ930zzYxl8
NYT article on elder-care robots: https://nyti.ms/2zpOnec?smid=nytcore-ios-share
“My Sex Robot” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JRoUkXsJDbA
“Guys and dolls” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pxCkULUnVH0&has_verified=1
You: They can’t talk about wigs for an hour?
Us: Watch us, motherfuckers.
You: Did they just call us motherfuckers?
This episode’s heavy on the links, so if you’re interested, see full description.
Dim the lights and cue the Barry White, Internet Roulette is getting sexy in the animal kingdom. Learn about some horrifyingly weird and icky animal sex organs with Bonnie! Obviously not for little kids’ ears. Unless you want to scar them forever then this is definitely the episode to do some damage. Hey, why not listen to it with your elderly parents and make an awkward family occasion of it? We also discuss how not to order like a prick in a restaurant and all that other nonsense we normally get up to, but it all kinda pales next to grab-dongs.
This week, we learn a bit about leftovers, a bit about Tim, and perhaps a bit too much about Paulie’s ex-girlfriend. Tune in for another enlightening episode of Internet Roulette.
We started episode 9 by discussing how the commandments have been portrayed in popular culture, but somehow ended up in conversations about nazi monkeys, Thanos VS. non-Thanos methods of population control, and sexy babies. Oh and Tim tried to write his own commandments, which is a worry in itself.
It’s time to make a podcast of 20 x 15 cm, and by that, I mean BIBLICAL PROPORTIONS. In our first double-header, Tim tackles the 10 Commandments – their origins, use, misrepresentation and ambiguity. If you know nothing about the commandments (e.g., there are actually 80+ of them), OR you’re a devout theologian who eats them for brekkie, get in. We’d love to hear from you either way. Oh, and Paulie makes perhaps the most concise, eloquent metaphor distinguishing faith & curiosity you’ll ever hear. Bonnie & I almost dropped his mic for him.
A minute ago I thought hurling was a clever name for Warnie’s undercover antics, but now thanks to Bonnie’s torch of truth I can see it clearly for what it is – a prehistoric battle sport played by the Celtic megamen – a brutal Irish game that has survived for three thousand years that put hair on my chest just by listening. If you like sports, lubed battle-chess or shin-kicking ho-bags from Darwin, come and have a go if you think you’re hard enough.
If you thought we couldn’t link one of the oldest banking families in Italy to Paris Hilton being attacked by her pet Kinkajou, then hi, we mustn’t have met – we’re fabulous, and we think you are too! Join us as Paulie takes point on a twisted journey that spans the ancient tradition of gifting and acquiring exotic animals as pets for rulers, Bieber’s first class monkey bubble and a woman raped by a camel. To death.
Wonder why you only see people jumping from fiery skyscrapers onto nets in cartoons? It could have something to do with the staggering amount of busted skulls, idiotic aristocrats, girls who like to do everything together (including jump from great heights), mangled firemen…
22 years after a suspicious survival tale of whale-escapes and buffalo blood hydration in the Australian outback, the real-life inspiration for Mick “Crocodile” Dundee was torn to shreds by 12 gauge Northern Territory justice, after an amphetamine-fuelled rampage that saw several injured, a police officer dead and at least one hand blown clean off.
If you only remember Kris Kross as a rambunctious 90s hip hop duo with backwards hoodies and a couple of hits, check yo head as Tim beats hell out of the darker side of gentrified rap culture…
If you, like us, didn’t know that Japanese ritualistic suicide involved a wingman whose responsibility it was to almost chop your fucking head off, you need to get in here.
Have you and your ghost-hunting buddies ever simultaneously and jointly misremembered something so massively you named a phenomenon after a deceased world leader?