6.15.15: Jurassic World's Bad Science, The Problem with Teacup Pigs, & Funny on Purpose

Jun 15, 2015

Jurassic World opened this weekend to big crowds but mixed reviews from the scientific community. On today’s show a paleoartist takes issue with the film’s inaccurate depiction of dinosaurs.

Then, from tips for Hollywood filmmakers, to tips for aspiring comics, a comedy insider, and former editor of The Onion, explains what it takes to earn a living making people laugh.

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The Faulty Science of Jurassic World

John Conway is a paleo-artist and co-host of the Tetrapod Zoology podcast – he wrote about the faulty science behind Jurassic World’s dinosaurs when the trailer first came out a year ago, and now that he’s finally seen the movie, he's ready to give his final verdict.

A slide show of John Conway's work can be found at this link: Paleoartist Laments Jurassic World's Old-Fashioned Dinosaurs

The Problem With Teacup Pigs

Jake Swearingen wrote a cautionary article for Modern Farmer with the warning:  “Never Buy a Teacup Pig”.   

Secret Kitty

Whether shepherding sheep or drawing a wagon, some domesticated animals appear to benefit from being put to work – house-cats are not among them. Nate Dimeo of The Memory Palace brings us our next story, of a rather twisted cold war plan to employ a cat to spy on the Russians. 

You can listen to this story again at PRX.org.

Consider the Jellyfish

If a friend or loved one has ever asked you to cat or dog sit, you know it can be, at worst a mild inconvenience and at best a fun little diversion, but now imagine being called upon to take care of a pet jellyfish…what would that entail? Elliot Rambach brings us this story. 

You can listen to this story again at PRX.org.

 

Funny on Purpose

If you've ever dreamed of making a career out of being funny, you might want to read Joe Randazzo's book first: Funny On Purpose: The Definitive Guide To An Unpredictable Career In Comedy. 

Joe Randazzo is former editor for The Onion, the former creative director for adultswim.com, and he recently joined the Comedy Central show @midnight as their head writer.