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TRC #251: Local Food + Aphrodisiacs + Most Recognized Symbols

2013-06-28
Length: 39s

With Adam away the remaining TRCers were privledged to be joined by Cristina Roach for episode 251. Elan leads things off with a look into whether buying local food is really all it's cracked up to be. Cristina then dives into the world of aphrodisiacs to find out which ones, if any, actually work. Darren closes out the show by asking what is the most recognized symbol in the world.

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TRC #250: Alcohol & Breast Cancer + Coin Toss Odds + Viral Video Analysis

2013-06-21
Length: 33s

Episode 250 of The Reality Check is better than the previous 149 episodes COMBINED! Darren leads things off with a discussion of whether or not drinking alcohol increases the chances of a woman getting breast cancer. Elan then looks into the true odds of flipping a coin, as well as some other odds that aren't as they may seem. Pat closes things out by revealing whether or not a recent viral video is real or not.

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TRC #249: Oak Island Money Pit + Teddy Wilson + Do Cell Signals Go To Space

2013-06-15
Length: 41s

Episode 249 is explosive!   First Adam looks into the Oak Island Money Pit in Nova Scotia then Pat and Elan have a chat with Teddy Wilson from "Never Ever Do This At Home" and lastly Darren tells us whether or not cell phone signals go to space. 

For show notes or to comment on this episode visit trcpodcast.com

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TRC #248: Australia Myths + Moral Thought Experiments + Elevator Mirrors

2013-06-08
Length: 51s

TRC #248 is ready for your listening pleasure.   Pat takes a look at some common myths about the "land down under," Darren confuses the panel with some moral thought experiments and Adam takes a look at why there are mirrors in elevators.   

For show notes or to comment on this episode, visit trcpodcast.com.

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TRC #247: Beardmore Relics + 1 Night Where Everything Is Legal + Bruce Lee Ping Pong

2013-06-01
Length: 28s

Episode 247 is here and ready for you!   Elan tells us about Viking relics supposedly found in Beardmore Ontario.   Adam discusses a move called "The Purge" and the concept of catharsis.   Lastly Darren looks at whether a video of Bruce Lee playing ping pong with Nunchaku is real.

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TRC #246: Where Does the Sun Rise and Set + Bodily Fluids Game + Shaving Dog in Summer

2013-05-25
Length: 41s

For the first time ever, Pat, Elan, Adam and Darren all recorded a The Reality Check episode from the same location. From Pat's living room, Darren starts things off by looking into whether the sun really does rise in the east and set in the west. Elan then leads a game of Science Fact or Science Fiction, with a theme of questions about bodily fluids. Adam closes things out with a segment on whether or not you should shave your dog in the summer.

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TRC #245: Quinoa + Pain Relievers + Misattributed Paternity

2013-05-18
Length: 54s

Episode 245 of The Reality Check is pretty freakin' great! Pat leads things off with an interview with Stefan Jeremiah about whether or not it is ok to eat quinoa. Elan then discusses the similarities and differences between the popular over the counter pain relievers. Darren closes things out with a look into what the stats are regarding misattributed paternity.

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TRC #244: Penis Theft + Atacama Humanoid + Brown vs. White Eggs

2013-05-12
Length: 45s

Episode 244 of The Reality Check is very different than your father's skeptical podcast. The gang presents three cutting edge segments that you won't hear anywhere else*. Darren leads things off by delving into the real or imagined epidemic of penis theft. Adam then looks into whether or not the 6-inch-long skeleton called the Atacama Humanoid is actually human. Elan finishes things off by discussing if brown eggs are better than white eggs. It's a wild ride.

*citation needed

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TRC #243: Detoxification + Health At Every Size + Jewish Burial And Tattoos

2013-05-05
Length: 45s

Another episode of TRC is here and you can put that on your toast!  Elan explores detoxification, Adam responds to a listener's request to look into health at any size and Pat closes things out by asking: did his co-hosts repeat a myth about tattoos and burial in Jewish cemeteries?

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TRC #242: Cosmetics Industry + Dinosaur Myths + Kitchen Sink vs. Toilet

2013-04-27
Length: 40s

With Elan unable to make the recording for episode 242 of The Reality Check, Pat's wife Cristina stands in and delivers a great opening segment taking a skeptical look at the cosmetics industry. Next, Darren looks into a number of dinosaur myths. Adam closes things out by answering if your kitchen sink is dirtier than your toilet.

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TRC #241: Breast Cancer Screening + Sweat + Pong

2013-04-21
Length: 35s

The guys bring it in a big way for episode #241 of The Reality with 3 top notch segments. Pat leads things off with an interesting looking into whether or not breast cancer screening leads to more harm than good. Adam then teaches us all about the various varieties of sweat. Elan closes out the show by answering the question: was Pong the first ever video game?

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TRC #240: Water Purification Scams + Grass vs. Grain Fed Beef + Red Hair Extinction

2013-04-14
Length: 34s

Episode 240 of The Reality Check blows episode 239 out of the water, and this is saying something since (as followers of the episode descriptions would know) 239 was considered the best podcast ever made. The show starts off with Elan digging into the tricks used and lies told by scammers trying to sell water purification systems. Darren then compares grass fed to grain fed beef, looking into whether the claim that grass fed is better holds up. Pat plays us out by looking into whether or not red hair is going extinct.

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TRC #239: Tea Health Effects + Urine SFoSF + Lions Most Deadly in Africa

2013-04-06
Length: 41s

Episode 239 of The Reality Check is the best podcast you will ever listen to. Adam leads off the show by looking into the supposed health effects of different teas. Elan then leads a game of Science Fact or Science Fiction: urine edition. Darren closes out the show by answering the question of whether or not lions are the most deadly animal in Africa.

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TRC #238: Near Miss Bias + Internet and Nuclear War Part 2 + Missing Sex Tape

2013-03-30
Length: 36s

Did you nearly miss downloading this week's episode of TRC? If that's the case, you better make sure to listen or you may end up engaging in risky activities that could lead you to actually miss an episode! Darren has you covered on that. You definitely don't want to miss an episode because you'd miss Pat's hard hitting reporting in segments like this week's where he digs deeper into whether the internet was created to withstand a nuclear attack. Adam closes out the show by looking into whether anyone has actually ever accidentaly returned a sex tape to the video store.

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TRC #237: Mandatory Minimum Sentences + Epilepsy + Are Cattle Fed Better Than Some People?

2013-03-24
Length: 1s

Episode 237 is here and we're gonna drop some facts.    The crew is joined by a special guest, Ariel Herscovitch, who discusses mandatory minimum sentences.   Elan then brings us an interview with Jamie Williams who tells us about some common misconceptions related to epilepsy. Lastly Darren mooves into the question of whether US cattle are fed better than many people in third world nations.

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TRC #236: Crying + Ghost Orbs + Napoleon

2013-03-16
Length: 50s

Episode 236 starts off with a Taylor Swift inspired parody and then skepticises all the way until the last outtake is complete. Pat leads off the show with a TRC exclusive regarding crying and which eye tears first. Adam then explores the supposed ghost orbs that sometimes appear in photographs. Elan ends the show by looking into whether Napoleon was short.

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TRC #235: Smarter Donating + Eye Colour + Roll Up the Rim

2013-03-09
Length: 49s

Episode 235 of The Reality Check brings the skepticism in a big way with 3 sizzling segments. Darren starts of the show by discussing how one can optimize their charity giving. Elan then looks into eye colour and whether or not it is true that two blue eyed parents cannot have a brown eyed child. Adam closes things out with whether or not some Roll Up The Rim to Win cups sizes have higher chances of winning.

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TRC #234: The Internet And Nuclear War + Was Kurt Cobain Murdered + Adam's Apples

2013-03-03
Length: 43s

Episode 234 coming at you!   Pat responds to a couple of listeners who wrote in to set him straight about the internet, Adam gets Pat back for doing a computer segment by exploring a music related segment about whether Kurt Cobain really committed suicide and Elan rounds out the show with an exploration of Adam's apples in men and women. 

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TRC #233: Asexuality + Name That + Does HAL=IBM?

2013-02-23
Length: 55s

A new episode of TRC is here! The show starts off with Darren responding to a listener request to examine asexuality. Pat then leads the second installment of his new game, "Name That." Adam closes out the show with some analysis of whether HAL 9000 from "2001: A Space Odyssey" was meant to represent IBM.

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TRC #232: Happy Birthday Song + Lent SFoSF + Sex Cereal

2013-02-17
Length: 45s

If you thought episode 231 of The Reality Check was good, wait until you hear 232! The show starts off with Elan talking about the Happy Birthday Song and copyright. Adam then leads a spirited game of Science Fact or Science Fiction, Lent edition. Darren closes out the show by sharing his research on whether or not there is a cereal that helps improve sex drive.

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TRC #231: Sex Drive + Skeptical Activism #dropjenny + Al Gore Invented Internet

2013-02-10
Length: 54s

Episode 231 of The Reality Check has it all: science, sex, celebrities, technology... you name it, this episode's got it! The show starts off with Darren looking into various comparisons of sex drives between men and women. Pat then introduces a story of successful skeptical activism in Ottawa and interviews Ottawa Skeptics big wig Chris Hebbern to tell us about it. Elan closes out the show by looking into whether Al Gore invented the internet.

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TRC #230: Hibernation + Hockey Science Fact or Fiction + Beyonce Lip Sync

2013-02-03
Length: 1s

Episode 230 of TRC is a doozy plain and simple. The show starts off with Adam presenting a far from tired skeptical topic, hibernation. Elan then leads a hockey-themed game of Science Fact or Science Fiction. Pat closes out the show with some sleuthing regarding whether or not Beyonce lip-synced the national anthem at Obama's inauguration.

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TRC #229: Cobra Effect + Christopher diCarlo + Radon

2013-01-27
Length: 53s

Hold on to your spectacles folks as it's time for another dose of the skepticism with episode 229 of The Reality Check. Elan leads off the show with some stories about how the cobra effect has bitten a number of people who tried to assign simple solutions to complex problems. We then bring you our final interview from Eschaton 2012, this time with Dr. Christopher diCarlo. Darren rounds out the show with a discussion of the dangers (or lack thereof?) of radon.

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TRC #228: Mind Projection Fallacy + Ian Cromwell + Do Rabbits Eat Carrots

2013-01-19
Length: 43s

Has it been a week already? The Reality Check gang (minus Pat) is at it again with another episode of their award winning (one day?) podcast. Darren McKee starts off the show with a look at the mind projection fallacy, or, do anchovies taste bad. Next comes yet another great interview from Eschaton 2012, this time with Ian Cromwell. Adam closes the show by answering the question of whether or not rabbits really do eat carrots.

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TRC #227: fMRI + High Heels + Sally Field

2013-01-14
Length: 43s

Episode 227 of The Reality Check is all over the map with segment topics ranging from cutting edge science to celebrity gossip. Guest panelist Dallas Card starts off the show with a discussion about fMRI and vegetative states. Adam then challenges Elan’s previous segment on High Heels by presenting a dubious segment of his own on the topic. Elan closes out the show with a look at whether Sally Field was as needy in 1984 as many thought.

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TRC #226: Do Doctors Kill More Than Guns + Udo Schuklenk + Hydrogen Peroxide

2013-01-05
Length: 45s

The Reality Check gang comes out the gate guns blazing with the first episode of 2013. Darren McKee leads things off with an exploration into whether guns kill more people than doctors do. Next is an interview with bioethicist Udo Schuklenk that was recorded at Eschaton 2012. Pat Roach closes out the show by looking into whether hydrogen peroxide is actually useful for healing wounds.

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TRC #225: Pat and Cristina Holiday Parody Spectacular

2012-12-29
Length: 44s

'Tis the season!   Pat and Cristina are back again with a review of the year's parodies.   They listen to your picks, the host's picks and a few of their favourites.  

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TRC #224: Working From Home + PZ Myers Interview + TRC Predictions

2012-12-24
Length: 1s

Season's greetings!   Elan discusses whether working from home can actually work, then we have a very special interview with PZ Myers and lastly, we review our predictions from last year and make a few for the year to come.  

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TRC #223: Planet X + Are Men Stronger Than Women + Canned Food Drives

2012-12-15
Length: 54s

Finally, a mid December podcast that doesn't reference the upcoming holidays! Episode 223 of The Reality Check begins with Pat Roach discussing Planet X and whether it will be a factor in the world ending on December 21st. Adam Gardner then looks into whether or not men are stronger than women. Darren McKee closes out the show with an exploration into whether canned food drives are as good as they sound. The episode is bookended by an It's Always Sunny inspired skeptical parody and a fun set of outtakes.

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TRC #222: The Simulation Argument + Breaking Bad SFoSF + Subliminal Advertising + Law of Averages

2012-12-08
Length: 1s

Episode 222 is not your typical TRC episode in that it was recorded live in front of the attendees of Eschaton 2012 in Ottawa. It is typical however in that it brings the skepticism big time. Darren "likely not the real Darren" McKee leads off the show by discussing whether or not we are all living in a simulation. This is followed by Elan "Pollos" Dubrofsky hosting a Breaking Bad themed game of Science Fact or Science Fiction. Special guest panelist Jon "used to host this show" Abrams then takes a look at subliminal advertising, and Adam "far from average but not sure in which direction" Gardner closes out the show with an exploration into the Law of Averages. 

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TRC #221: Cell Phones and Driving + Cycling Helmets and Risk + Copyright, Privacy and Facebook

2012-12-02
Length: 59s

The gang is joined by a very special guest; Jim Davies, Professor of Cognitive Science at Carleton University. First Adam Gardner discusses the dangers of cell phones and driving.   Jim then fills us in on some surprising information regarding cycling helmets and risk.   Finally Elan Dubrofsky tells us about copyright, privacy and Facebook.  

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TRC 220: Plant Perception + Name That... + Tick Bites Leading to Red Meat Allergies

2012-11-24
Length: 42s

Another solid episode churned out by the skeptical podcast factory otherwise known as "The Reality Check". After an awesome (and somewhat NSFW) parody by Pat "ODB" Roach, the show is lead off by Elan "don't call me borophyll" Dubrofsky presenting a segment on whether or not plants can percieve and react to things like animals do. Pat "all over this description" Roach then hosts an all new skeptical game called "Name That...". Darren "medium rare" McKee finishes off the show with an exploration into tick bites and whether they can cause an allergy to red meat. Adam "no responsibilities whatsoever" Gardner chimes in periodically throughout the show.

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TRC 219: Can Men and Women be Friends + Foods With Animals + Van Halen M&Ms

2012-11-17
Length: 48s

They've done it again! The Reality Check episode 219 may just be the best episode yet. Darren leads off the show by exploring some recent research into whether men and woman can be platonic friends. Adam then provides a thorough listing of foods that contain animals that you may not have suspected. Pat rounds out the show with the myth of the week: Did Van Halen ask for all brown M&Ms to be removed from their snacks backstage at their shows?

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TRC 218: Price Gouging + Intentionally Deceptive Reporting + Does Captain Go Down With the Ship

2012-11-10
Length: 50s

Episode 218 is a gem that will likley never be forgotten by avid TRC fans. The episode begins with an amazing skeptical parody by Pat of a song that is apparently kind of popular on the internet. This is followed by Elan, who starts the show proper(ly) with a segment about Price Gouging, and how it may not be as bad as people are making it out to be. Darren then looks into the shoddy reporting of a study whose conclusion is quite absurd. Adam closes out the show with the myth of the week: Does the Captain always go down with the ship? Enjoy the show!

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TRC 217: Social Media and Isolation + Monsanto + Castoreum

2012-11-03
Length: 47s

In an episode released the same week as The Reality Check's one millionth download, the gang does not dissapoint with three thought provoking segments. Elan D. leads things off with a look into whether social media has lead to increased social isolation. Adam G. follows with an exploration into some claims made against the biotech megacorporation Monstanto. Pat R. closes out the show with the myth of the week; is there a food additive made of bizarre animal products in much of what we eat called Castoreum? Also, one of the hosts takes a turn doing vocals for the opening skeptical parody.

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TRC #216- Ghosts + Halloween SFoSF + Cloud Computing and Bad Weather

2012-10-27
Length: 54s

It's a Halloween themed episode of The Reality Check! After an epic intro parody, Darren starts the show off with a segment about ghosts. This is followed by an intense game of Science Fact or Science Fiction, Halloween edition, hosted by Pat. Elan rounds out the show with the myth of week, exploring whether or Cloud Computing is affection by bad weather.

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TRC #215- Schrodingers Cat + Secret Shoppers + Furbies Are Spies

2012-10-21
Length: 52s

Darren McKee takes a peek inside the box to check on Schrödinger's cat, Elan Dubrofsky checks the price tag on secret shoppers, Adam Gardner goes undercover to talk about Furby spies and Pat Roach sings the praises of 100 parodies.

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TRC #214: Tattoo Removal + Eidetic Memory + All You Can Eat Buffet Strategies

2012-10-14
Length: 51s

Pat Roach injects us with some facts about tattoos and tattoo removals, Adam Gardner gives us a snapshot of what eidetic memory is and Elan Dubrofsky fills us up with some strategies for eating at buffets. 

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TRC #213: Sexism in Science + Blowing in Nintendo Cartridges + Do Canadians Say Zed

2012-10-07
Length: 43s

Darren McKee discusses sexism in science, Elan Dubrofsky asks whether blowing into Nintendo cartridges was an effective way to get games to work and Adam Gardner ponders whether Canadians say "zed" or "zee."

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TRC-212: Avogadro's Number + The Golden Ratio + The Astronomical Unit

2012-09-30
Length: 46s

This week's show is all about numbers.   Pat Roach faces his fears regarding Avogadro's number, Elan Dubrofsky tells us about the Golden Ratio and Darren McKee explains the Astronomical Unit.

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TRC #211: Walk or Run in the Rain + The Global Consciousness Project + A Year Supply

2012-09-23
Length: 48s

Darren McKee asks whether it is better to walk or run in the rain. Adam Gardner looks into the Global Consciousness Project and Elan Dubrofsky explains what winning a year or lifetime supply of something actually means.

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TRC #210: Dark Side of the Rainbow + Toxic School Supplies + Post Hoc Fallacy

2012-09-16
Length: 40s

Jon looks into the pairing of the Pink Floyd's The Dark Side of the Moon with The Wizard of Oz.  Adam taken on reports of toxic school supplies and Darren discusses the Post Hoc Fallacy.

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TRC #209: Influencing Child Gender + Instant Noodles + Laser Sniper Rifles

2012-09-10
Length: 43s

Jon rejoins the gang this week as the guest host.   Elan discusses whether you can influence the gender of your baby while conceiving, Pat takes on whether instant noodles or noodle containers are coated in harmful wax and Adam looks at whether sniper rifles have laser sights. 

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TRC #208: Reproductive Pills and Mate Preference + Are We All Related + When the Dinosaurs Died

2012-09-03
Length: 52s

Chris Hassall joins the show one last time (before moving to England) to discuss reproductive pills and mate preference.   Adam connects the dots on whether or not we are all related and Darren asks whether you know how long ago dinosaurs went extinct.  

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TRC #207: POM Wonderful + Music SFSF + Birds Die From Gum

2012-08-27
Length: 40s

Elan discusses health claims made by POM Wonderful. Pat joins the crew again this week to lead a music themed Science Fact or Science Fiction (TM) game.  Finally, Adam explores whether or not birds die from eating gum.

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TRC #206: Violence Declining + Judge Shows + Steve Jobs Stole The Mouse

2012-08-20
Length: 1s

In this week's episode Pat Roach joins in as a guest.  Darren starts things off with a discussion on whether violence is declining; a review of Steven Pinker's The Better Angels of Our Nature.   Adam passes judgment on courtroom television shows and Pat explores the myth that Steve Jobs stole the mouse from Xerox Parc. 

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TRC #205: Allergy Tests + Bottled Water + Single Cause Fallacy + Adidas

2012-08-12
Length: 56s

The gang was once again joined by Chris who led the show off with a segment about allergy tests. Adam then kept his promise from last week and looked into bottled water and how it compares to tap water. Darren then did a quick rant about the single cause fallacy, and Elan closed out the show exploring what ADIDAS really stands for.

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TRC #204: Water Fluoridation + Olympics SFSF + Turning Off Lights

2012-08-05
Length: 53s

In this week's episode, Chris Hassall dropped by and joined the gang as a special guest. Chris started things off by presenting a completely uncontroversial segment about water fluoridation. Next, Elan led a Science Fact or Science Fiction (TM) game about Olympics and sport (during which Darren complained the whole time). Finally, Darren discussed whether or not it is better to leave a light on or turn it off and then on again.

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TRC #203: Alkaline Diet + GDP + Counting Cards

2012-07-30
Length: 53s

Adam arrived without a voice for this week's episode but we decided to record anyway. First, raspy voice Gardner talked about alkaline diets. Next, Darren gave a brief tutorial of GDP. To finish off the show, Elan discussed the myth of whether or not it is illegal to count cards in blackjack.

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TRC #202: Energy Drinks + Tommy Westphall + Microwaved Water

2012-07-22
Length: 45s

Darren explores the claims made by various popular energy drink manufacturers. Elan finds flaws in the logical assumptions that were made by the nerds who created the Tommy Westphall Universe. Adam discusses whether plants die when given microwaved water.

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TRC #201: Fuel Savers + Bug Repellent + Ice Diet

2012-07-16
Length: 52s

Special guest Dana Peters joins the show to discuss Fuel Savers.  Adam buzzes about bug repellent and Darren offers up the chilling facts about losing weight by eating ice. 

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TRC #200: Favourite Segments + TRC Mistakes + Myth Recap

2012-07-09
Length: 46s

For a very special 200th episode the TRC crew discuss their personal favourite, and least liked, segments of the past 100 episodes. They then go over any mistakes that were uttered over the previous 100 episodes. Finally, they do a recap of all the myths debunked over the previous 100 episodes.

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TRC #199: Sunscreen Myths + $0.99 + 1 Phone Call

2012-07-02
Length: 42s

In the first post-Jon episode, Elan took a shot at hosting the show. First, Darren talked about sunscreen myths, then Adam discussed why prices often end in .99, and Elan closed out the show with the myth that when you get arrested you only get 1 phone call.

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TRC 198: Marijuana and Cancer + Kobe Beef + Start a Skeptic Group

2012-06-24
Length: 45s

This is the final episode with Jon as a regular co-host. Adam looks into Tommy Chong's claims that marijuana cures cancer. Elan discovers the shocking truth behind Kobe beef. Jon answers a listeners email about how to start a skeptics organization.

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TRC #197: Male Lactation + Expanding Earth Theory + Vintage HD Movies

2012-06-17
Length: 40s

Darren finds out whether he could potentially offer up life nourishing milk himself. Jon looks into a pet theory promoted by a legendary comic book artist. Adam rants against a common misconception about HD movies.

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TRC #196: Amelia Earhart + EA Cover Curse + Easter Island Bodies

2012-06-10
Length: 47s

Adam examines some recent evidence claiming that Amelia Earhart survived a plane crash and lived the rest of her years on a deserted island. Elan figures out what causes athletes to perform poorly in the season after they agree to appear on the cover of video games. Darren learns that the famous statues on Easter Island actually have bodies.

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TRC #195: Epigenetics + Sanctuary + Kiddie Colours

2012-06-03
Length: 44s

Elan talks about the fascinating field of science called epigenetics, is there a force other than natural selection that can change your genes? Adam looks into whether people can actually claim sanctuary in a church. Darren examines the origins of the belief that "blue is for boys and pink is for girls".

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TRC #194: Slavery + Hollow Earth + Poppy Seeds

2012-05-30
Length: 46s

Darren explores the history of slavery, and it's surprising prevalence in today's world. Jon digs into the topic of Hollow Earth Theory. Adam looks into whether or not you can fail a drug test by eating a poppy seed bagel.

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TRC #193: Animal Pain + Energy Efficiency + Nicotine in Tim Hortons Coffee

2012-05-20
Length: 49s

Adam responds to a listener that wanted to know what sort of pain animals can experience. Darren talks about efficiencies, of the energy kind. Elan debunks the myth that Tim Hortons spikes their coffee with addictive chemical.

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TRC #192: Geocentrism + Sky Mall Redux + Blackle

2012-05-13
Length: 52s

Adam explores the world of modern geocentrism. Elan reads from a Sky Mall catalogue, again. Darren examines that claims behind blackle.com

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TRC #191: Science Retractions + Expiry Dates + Oil Changes

2012-05-06
Length: 43s

Darren looks into the sticky issue of science paper retractions. Adam exposes the true nature behind the expiry and "best before" dates you see on food packaging. Elan dips into the myths and facts behind your car's oil changes.

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TRC #190: Internet Piracy + Weird Pepsi Ingredients + Blue Moon

2012-04-29
Length: 43s

Adam examines the bold claims of the movie and music industry regarding online piracy. Elan debunks the outrageous claim that Pepsi uses human fetuses to add flavouring. Darren figures out WTF a blue moon actually means.

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TRC #189: Little Genius + Truth Serum + 420

2012-04-22
Length: 48s

Darren talks about a recent news story about a genius 4 year old, what does her IQ actually mean? Jon examines the truth and fiction surrounding truth serum, can it actually get people to spill the truth? Adam runs a game of science fact or science fiction about the origins of "420".

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TRC #188: HIV Denial + Exodus Evidence + Titanic Myths

2012-04-15
Length: 52s

Adam goes into the history and absurdity of HIV Denial, the belief that HIV does not cause AIDS. Elan looks into the story of the Jewish exodus from Egypt, did it happen? Could it have happened? Darren goes over a few common Titanic myths in remembrance of the sinking of the ship 100 years ago this past week.

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TRC #187: The Turing Test + Does P = NP? + Double Jeopardy

2012-04-08
Length: 1s

Darren explains the controversy surroundingTuring Test, a supposed way to determine if computers have reached "human level" intelligence. Elan brings to light a heavily debated topic from computer science, does "P = NP"? Adam looks into the plausibility of the 1999 movie "Double Jeopardy".

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TRC #186: Gas Boycotts + Chris Hassall + Mattress Tags

2012-04-01
Length: 57s

Jon looks into if gas boycott emails actually have a chance of working. Chris Hassall is interviewed about his (and CASS' ) role in exposing climate change denial at Carleton University. Adam explains why it's illegal to remove mattress tags, or does he?

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TRC #185: Life Expectancy + Box Office Math + Sad Onions

2012-03-25
Length: 57s

Darren looks into how life expectancies in various countries are calculated, and how to compare them. Adam explains how "Hollywood Math" works. Elan puts the rest of hosts through an arduous game of "Science Fact or Science Fiction: Onion Crying Cures Edition".

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TRC 184: Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs + Myers-Briggs Personality Tests + Oprah Book Club

2012-03-18
Length: 53s

Elan and Adam take turns bashing popular topics from psychology 101. Elan explains why you may not need Maslow's Hierachy and Adam show that Myers-Briggs' tests lack personality. Darren is jealous that when Oprah recommends a book, people listen.

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TRC #183: Valium + Dog Years + Gravity

2012-03-11
Length: 34s

Elan sizes up the drug Valium, is it as bad as people think, or as good as people say? Adam looks into whether the concept of "dog years" makes any sense. Darren talks about gravity.

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TRC #182: Organic vs Conventional Farming + Leap Year + Kokomo

2012-03-04
Length: 47s

Darren sizes up the supposed benefits of organic farming - is it really better than conventional farming? Jon gets geeky about the leap year, and other interesting calendar trivia. Adam debunks The Beach Boys.

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TRC #181: Spontaneous Human Combustion + Fukushima Fallout + Ben Franklin Kite Experiment

2012-02-26
Length: 45s

Jon covers the range of explanations for "spontaneous human combustion" from the silly to the downright plausible. Adam looks into claims of mass deaths in the North America due to Fukushima reactor fallout. Darren debunks the myth that Ben Franklin was struck by lightning while flying a kite.

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TRC #180: Thinking Fast and Slow Review + Mammoth Sighting + Einstein Math Failure?

2012-02-20
Length: 57s

Darren reviews the book Thinking Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman. Adam explores the origins of a supposed video of a wooly mammoth in Siberia. Elan answers the question "Did Einstein fail grade 6 math?"

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TRC #179: Mouth Wash + The Dunning-Kruger Effect + New Climate Change Myth

2012-02-12
Length: 53s

Adam looks into whether mouthwash does what is claimed and if the term halitosis is manufactured by mouthwash manufacturers. Elan takes a skeptical look at the Dunning-Kruger Effect. Darren talks about a recent article in the Daily Mail that claims that wind farms contribute to climate change.

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TRC #178: Climate Change Redux + Groundhog Day + Cold Batteries

2012-02-05
Length: 45s

Darren debunks a recent article in the Wall street Journal about climate change. Adams talks about Groundhog day, the movie and the day. Jon looks into whether putting batteries and other non-food items in the fridge is worth doing.

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TRC #177: Vampires + Vacuum Survival + Rib Removal Myths

2012-01-29
Length: 50s

Adam looks into whether there exist real vampires among us. Darren finds out what would actually happen to you if you were ejected into space. Elan debunks a few celebrity related myths dealing with rib removal surgery.

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TRC #176: Hockey Fights + The Paleo Diet + Does Alcohol Heat You Up?

2012-01-22
Length: 45s

Elan looks into whether there's any point to allowing fights in hockey games; do they actually affect a team's performance? Adam weighs the pros and cons of the "Paleo Diet". Darren imbibes the myth that drinking alcohol causes warmth.

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TRC #175: The Debunking Handbook + Alien Implants + Coloured Pencils

2012-01-15
Length: 48s

Darren goes over some practical types on how to debunk topics when talking to friends, taken from the Debunking Handbook. Jon looks into "alien implants". Adam rants about coloured pencils.

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TRC #174: New Years Resolutions + Water Boiling + Past Year Predictions

2012-01-08
Length: 1s

The award winning skeptic manga artist Sara Mayhew joins as a guest host for the show. Elan runs a game of "Science Fact or Science Fiction" about new years resolutions. Darren debunks the claim that reboiling water can be dangerous. Adam checks the hosts' predictions for 2011 to see if any came true.

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TRC #173: Pat + Cristina's End of Year Parody Spectacular!

2012-01-02
Length: 34s

In this special episode of TRC Pat and Cristina talk about their skeptic music parodies that have been featured on TRC over the years. They feature fan favourites, and the favourites of the various show contributors.

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TRC #172: War on X-mas + Christmas Shopping Science Fact or Science Fiction + Artificial Christmas Trees

2011-12-26
Length: 45s

The TRC crew have a fun and light round table discussion about the supposed "war on Christmas". Adam quizzes the other co-hosts on their knowledge of Christmas season shopping myths. Darren explores the arguments for using artificial Christmas trees vs real ones.

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TRC #171: Bad Stats in Science + Lay Lines + One-Word Answer on Exam

2011-12-18
Length: 39s

Darren talks about bad stats in science. Jon looks into ley lines. Elan finds out whether anyone got an A on a philosophy exam by writing only one word.

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TRC #170: Microexpressions + Child Homicide Stats Reporting + Let Them Eat Cake Myth

2011-12-11
Length: 29s

Jon looks at whether the science of "microexpressions" (popularized by the TV show Lie To Me) works as claimed. Darren turns his skeptical eye to the media's reporting of child homicide stats. Adam finds out if Marie Antoinette actually said "Let them eat cake".

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TRC #169: Comparing Animal Calories + Tourette Syndrome + Warm Water Prank

2011-12-04
Length: 44s

Darren describes which animal provides the most calories per life. Adam looks into what Tourette Syndrome is, and what it is not. Elan wonders whether you can make someone pee the bed by putting their hand in warm water.

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TRC #168: Quantum Jumping + Is Pizza a Vegetable? + Do Twins Skip a Generation?

2011-11-27
Length: 55s

Elan covers the outrageous website "Quantum Jumping". Adam looks into a recent news item, whether the US Congress really decided to make pizza a vegetable. Darren examines the belief that twins "skip a generation".

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TRC #167: Gamer Glasses + Radionics + Entrapment

2011-11-20
Length: 39s

Adam looks into whether glasses designed for "gamers" can actually make you better at video games. Elan talks about "radionics", a popular medical pseudoscience invented by Albert Abrams a century ago (no relation to Jon Abrams!). Darren looks into the common TV/move trope of "Are you a cop? You have to tell me if you are."

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TRC #166: Fundamental Attribution Error + Self CPR + Green Poppy Centres

2011-11-13
Length: 37s

Elan talks about the cognitive bias "Fundamental Attribution Error" where people don't see situational causes for why people do what they do. Darren complains about a chain letter he received about giving yourself CPR. Adam looks into why Canada had poppy pins with green centres for so long.

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TRC #165: Global Corporate Conspiracy? + 7 Billion People! + Flushing Hot Flashes

2011-11-06
Length: 54s

Darren explores a recent paper that looked into if there is in fact a small group of people that control the biggest corporations, and therefore the world! Adam looks into whether the "7 billionth" person is named Caidan. Elan takes a shower and learns to not fear the flush.

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TRC #164: Black Cat Abuse On Halloween + Blue Blood + Vampire Ecology

2011-10-30
Length: 38s

Adam discusses whether or not black cats are at risk for abuse on Halloween. Darren looks into why humans have red blood and not blue blood. Jon takes a critical looks at what would happen if vampirism really existed, would it take over the world?

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TRC #163: Consciousness + Stranger Danger + Gregorian Monks

2011-10-23
Length: 46s

Darren defines and discusses consciousness. Elan looks at some data that says that maybe it's not strangers that we should be afraid of. Adam looks into who created the Gregorian calendar, was it Gregorian Monks?

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TRC #162: Elvis + Interview with Dr Stu Farrimond + Hair vs Fur

2011-10-16
Length: 49s

Adam talks about Elvis, myths about what he ate, how he died, and if he died. Elan interviews the editor/founder of the new "science lifestyle" magazine Guru. Jon looks into the difference between hair and fur, the difference may surprise you!

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TRC #161: Gaydar + Nonsense on Stilts Book Review + Moneybags

2011-10-10
Length: 47s

Adam examines the plausibility of "gaydar". Darren review Massimo Pigliucci's book "Nonsense on Stilts". Elan then rips apart a ridiculous "chain status" from facebook.

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TRC #160: Does Bisexuality Exist? + All About Hiccups + Should You Have Sex Before Playing Sports?

2011-10-02
Length: 32s

Elan examines the claim that bisexuality doesn't actually exist. Adam talks all about hiccups, from their mysterious origins to their crazy "cures". Darren examines whether people should, or should not, have sex before playing sports like basketball.

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TRC #159: Has Batman Ever Killed? + Hawthorne Effect + Pirate Myths

2011-09-25
Length: 49s

Darren looks into the important claim that Batman never kills. Elan talks about the placebo effect's evil twin sister: The Hawthorne Effect. Jon conducts a game of Science Fiction or Science Fact about pirates, yarrr!

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TRC #158: Movie Review Quotes + The Illuminati + Hudson's Bay Gravity

2011-09-18
Length: 55s

Adam explains how studios make crummy movies more attractive with bogus movie review quotes. Jon explains the history of the Illuminati and whether or not they are in control of society. Darren looks into whether there is less gravity near Hudson's Bay.

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TRC #157: Uncanny Valley + Equilibrium Bandz + TRC Origins

2011-09-11
Length: 52s

Adam covers the issue of the "uncanny valley", why do modern animated movies like "The Polar Express" look so creepy? Elan received a bit of hilarious pseudoscience as a daily deal in his email recently and skewers it on the show. The email of the week asks the hosts of TRC about the podcasts' origins. Finally, an answer to the question: "Why would you ever let Adam on the air?!"

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TRC #156: Ape Language + Maraschino Cherry Digestion

2011-09-04
Length: 24s

Jon discusses recent ape movies and whether or not apes actually can talk to humans. Darren busts the myth that it takes years to digest a maraschino cherry.

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TRC #155: Meat Eating Arguments + Sleepwalking Safety

2011-08-28
Length: 38s

Darren explores the most popular arguments for why it's ok to eat meat. Elan debunks the myth that you shouldn't wake up someone that is sleepwalking.

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TRC #154: Four Letter Word Origins + Is TV Dangerous? + Mosquito Myths

2011-08-21
Length: 44s

Elan hosts a round of "Science Fact or Science Fiction" about various English swear words. Adam discusses a recent study claiming that TV takes years off peoples' lives. Darren busts a few mosquito myths.

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TRC #153: Anti-oxidants + Prisoner's Dilemma + Bert and Ernie Sexuality

2011-08-14
Length: 45s

Darren explains how anti-oxidants work and whether they actually help you live longer. Elan explains the popular psychological concept of "The Prisoner's Dilemma". Adam talks about the sexuality of a couple of popular muppets.

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TRC #152: Home Field Advantage + Talking Youtube Animals + Internet Explorer User IQ

2011-08-08
Length: 48s

Elan looks at the common belief that teams get an advantage when playing a match in their home city, the results may surprise you! Adam is a bit skeptical about a few talking animals on Youtube. Darren talks about a recent media fail involving a supposed study showing a lower IQ for Internet Explorer users.

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TRC #151: Aspartame + Cryotherapy + Dentist Suicides

2011-08-01
Length: 45s

Darren covers the evidence (or lack thereof) for aspartame's supposed harms. Adam covers the latest trend in the NBA, cryotherapy, the use of experiencing cold to enhance athletic performance. Elan then looks at the claim that dentists have the highest suicide rate among professions.

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TRC #150: Dreams + Mood Rings + Feet vs Penis Length

2011-07-25
Length: 40s

Jon gives the top 3 scientific explanations for why we dream. Adam explains how mood rings work, or why they don't. Elan looks at the scientific literature to find out if the common claim that shoe size is an indicator of penis length.

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TRC #149: Divorce Statistic Myths + Is Cheeze Whiz One Molecule Away From Plastic?

2011-07-17
Length: 31s

Elan conducts another session of "Science Fiction or Science Fact™" about divorce statistics. Adam addresses the claim that Cheeze Whiz™ is only one molecule away from plastic.

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TRC #148: McDonalds Myths + Teething Necklaces + Long Weekend Fuel Prices

2011-07-10
Length: 39s

Elan debunks some gross myths about the contents of the food that McDonald's serves. Adam goes baby crazy when talking about necklaces that supposedly help with teething. Jon talks about a recent study that sheds light on the debate surrounding whether gas prices go up before a long weekend.

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TRC #147: Asbestos + Fan Death + Exercise on an Empty Stomach Myth

2011-07-03
Length: 34s

Adam talks about the dangerous, yet natural, substance asbestos and Canada's role interfering with international safety regulations of it. Jon discusses "fan death", the popular Korean belief that sleeping in an enclosed room with an electric fan can kill you. Darren answers the question "Does working out on an empty stomach burn more fat/calories?"

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TRC #146: Micro-financing + Light Bulb Longevity + Cold Causes

2011-06-26
Length: 44s

Darren cuts through the hype to find out if micro-financing actually helps people. Adam takes a look at a light bulb that has supposedly been lit for over a hundred years, and then the rabbit hole goes deeper. Elan looks into whether your mom was right, does being cold cause you to get the common cold?

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TRC #145: The Halo Effect + Hypnosis + Gold Fish Memory

2011-06-19
Length: 35s

Elan talks about the Halo Effect, which is when a single attribute misrepresents the whole. Adam explores hypnosis, is it really a separate state of mind? Darren busts the myth that goldfish only have a short term memory of 3 seconds.

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TRC #144: Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and XMRV + Risk Compensation + Does Lightning Strike Twice?

2011-06-12
Length: 46s

Darren examines competing studies and tries to answer whether or not chronic fatigue syndrome is caused by a particular virus. Adam looks into whether "risk compensation" reduces the effect of new safety policies/technologies. Elan debunks the myth that lightning never strikes twice.

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TRC #143: Speed Reading + Bitcoin + Can People Really Rip Phone Books?

2011-06-05
Length: 45s

Elan examines speed reading, is it even possible? Jon discuss Bitcoin, a new form of online currency, is it the most dangerous invention since the internet? Darren answers the question: Can people really rip a phone book in half?

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TRC #142: Children's Toy Preferences + Interview with Jon Kay + Video Game Myths

2011-05-29
Length: 1s

Adam discusses the controversial issue of whether children's choice of toys are influenced by their gender. Jon interviews Jon Kay about his new book "Among the Truthers". Elan goes over a few myths about specific video games from 20 years ago.

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TRC #141: Brazilian Labour Rights + DCA Cancer Cure Resurgence + The Five Senses

2011-05-22
Length: 45s

Darren talks about a recent article going around the internet about a Brazilian woman that supposedly got the right to masturbate at work. Jon debunks claims that scientists in Alberta cured cancer (and no one took notice). Elan addresses the myth that humans only have 5 senses.

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TRC #140: Criminal Profiling + Happiness Book Reviews + Plane Crash Survival Rates

2011-05-15
Length: 52s

Criminal profiling definitely works in TV shows like Criminal Minds and The Mentalist, but does it work in real life? Adam profiles criminal profiling to get at the truth. Darren reads a lot... about happiness. Darren reviews a few recent books about happiness. Jon's never been in a plane crash, but if he had been, would he still be alive? Jon discusses the true stats around plane crashes.

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TRC #139: The Decline Effect + Birthers + MLK Jr Misquote

2011-05-08
Length: 49s

Elan talks about the decline effect, does it explain declining effects in replicated scientific studies? Adam talks about the "birther" movement. Darren tracks the origins of a Martin Luther King Jr "quote" that spread around twitter after Osama Bin Laden death.

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TRC #138: Cancer Dogs + Robot Sex + Tootsie Pop Wrapper Contest

2011-05-01
Length: 41s

Jon talks about whether dogs can detect cancer. Darren review the book Love and Sex with Robots by David Levy. Adam answers whether or not you can send in special Tootsie Pop wrappers for a prize.

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TRC #137: e-cigarettes + Is Paul Dead? + Does Chocolate Have Caffeine?

2011-04-24
Length: 39s

Adam explores whether e-cigarettes are effective or even safe. Elan goes into the conspiracy that Paul McCartney has been dead for years. Darren address the myth that chocolate contains caffeine.

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TRC #136: Medical Science Reliability + Is The Cookie Monster a Vegetarian? + Does 1 = 0.9999...?

2011-04-17
Length: 48s

Darren goes over a study that explains why medical advice may not be as reliable as we would hope. Adam responds to people complaining on the internet about Sesame Street changing the Cookie Monster character.

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TRC #135: Brushing Teeth With Soap + Toyota Acceleration Hysteria + Drowning Myth

2011-04-10
Length: 40s

Adam talks about the recent "craze" of brushing teeth with soap instead of toothpaste. Jon turns back the clock and figures out what caused all those Toyota cars to accelerate unintentionally. Darren answers the question: Do people flail about when drowning?

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TRC #134: Suspicious Movie Goofs + Libyan HIV Trial + Vomitorium

2011-04-03
Length: 33s

Adam examines a few famous movie goofs that seem somewhat suspicious. Elan recounts the sham trial of a few nurses in Libya that were accused of infecting patients with HIV. Jon answers the question: Did Romans really have special rooms to vomit in? (eww)

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TRC #133: Destiny + Sara Mayhew Interview + Is Tommy Hilfiger a Racist?

2011-03-27
Length: 35s

Darren talks about "destiny". Jon interviews Sara Mayhew (Skeptic Manga Artist). Elan finds out if Tommy Hilfiger's really a racist.

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TRC #132: Do Earthquakes Mean The End Times? + Radiation Dangers + Is It Healthy To Looks At Women's Breasts?

2011-03-20
Length: 37s

Jon shows via statistics that the latest rash of bad earthquakes may not necessarily spell doom for Earth. Adam explains why people shouldn't be too worried about the radiation coming out of Fukushima. Darren reports on a Boston Fox affiliate's coverage of a supposed study that claims staring at breasts is good for you.

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TRC #131: False Confessions + Heaven is for Real Review + Did Vikings Really Wear Horns?

2011-03-13

Elan goes back to the courtroom to argue that confessions aren't as reliable as most people think. Xander reviews the New York Times best seller "Heaven is for Real", a book that supposedly depicts a real view of heaven via a young child's near death experience. Darren answers the question: "Did Vikings really wear horns on their helmets?"

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TRC #130: Taboo Topics + Do Video Games Lead To Rape? + Synchronization of Menstrual Cycles

2011-03-06
Length: 1s

Darren gets controversial when he wondered on facebook if the way a woman dresses can increase her likelihood of being sexually assaulted. This question is disucussed, as well as the larger issue of taboo questions. Adam takes a look at some claims being made in the media that video games can increase the incidence of sexual assault. Jon examines the common belief that women's menstrual cycles synchronize when they live together.

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TRC #129: Stages of Grief + What Does Human Flesh Taste Like? + Fruit Juics vs Soda

2011-02-27
Length: 49s

Elan confronts the 5 stages of grief. Adam wonders what human flesh might taste like and examines claims that others have figured it out. Xander will compare the health consequences of fruit juice vs soft drinks.

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TRC #128: Valentine's Day Origins + Chem Trails + Space Pen

2011-02-21
Length: 48s

Adam romantically debunks the belief that Valentine's Day is a "made up" Hallmark holiday. Xander separates fact from myth when talking about contrails and chemtrails. Darren lies on his back and writes upside down to answer the question: Did NASA spend millions to develop a special pen when the Russians just used a pencil?

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TRC #127: Crystal Deodorant + Mermaids + Buttons

2011-02-13
Length: 1s

Jon skeptically analyzes, and tests, a crystal under-arm deodorant. Adam talks about mermaids. Elan investigates "placebo buttons"..

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TRC #126: Future Babble Review + Ancient Number Systems + Camel Hump Myth

2011-02-06
Length: 40s

NOTE: At around the 30 minute point, a mysterious noisy distortion appears. There is nothing wrong with your iPod. Our microphone must have started to pick up EVP without our knowledge. No amount of exorcism or post-processing could resolve the issue. We apologize. 

Darren reviews Dan Gardner's latest book "Future Babble". Xander explains why clocks and protractors have weird numbers. Elan answers the question: Do camels carry water in their humps?

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TRC #125: DNA Scam + Ex-gay + Do Bulls Hate Red?

2011-01-30
Length: 49s

Darren received an interesting package in the mail, he thoroughly mocks it. Adam explores the ex-gay movement. Elan sees red over the myth that bulls hate red.

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TRC #124: Will David Beckham Have a 4th Son? + Pleistocence Park + Are Pretty People Dumb?

2011-01-23
Length: 58s

Darren calculates the odds of having 4 boys (and more). Adam talks about the recent news story about cloning a mammoth and why current objections are silly. Jon explores the myth the beautiful people are dumb, or is it that they're smart?

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TRC #123: Biorhythms + Celebrity Sexcapades + Do Sharks Get Cancer?

2011-01-16
Length: 49s

Elan gets groovy with biorhythms. Adam gossips about celebrities and whether their supposed sexual conquests add up. Jon answers the question: "Do sharks get cancer?"

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TRC #122: Prosecutor's Fallacy + Queueing Theory + 2011 Predictions

2011-01-03
Length: 57s

Elan explains a fallacy all defense attorneys should know: The prosecutor's fallacy. Jon figures out why every other line at the grocery checkout seems to move faster than the one you chose. Darren, Adam, and Jon make bold predictions for what will happen

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TRC #121: Most Wonderful Time. + Kwanzaa + Chanukkah Myth

2010-12-26
Length: 44s

Darren pulls out some stats to find out if we live in the most wonderful time. Adam changes his tune about Kawanzaa. Elan discusses the basics of Chanukkah and gets confused by lunar calendars.

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TRC #120: Baby Sign Language + Real Toxins + Homosexuality and Pedophilia

2010-12-19
Length: 44s

Adam explains how to talk to babies using sign language. Xander talks about the difference between real toxins and made up toxins. Darren answers the question of whether homosexuals are more likely to be pedophiles than heterosexuals.

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TRC #119: Benford's Law + Review of Whole Earth Discipline + Indestructible Titanium Rings

2010-12-12
Length: 38s

Elan talks about the odd mathematical law Benford's Law. Darren reviews the book Whole Earth Discipline by Stewart Brand. Adam debunks a myth he's been spreading to friends, are titanium rings so strong that if the finger it's on gets swollen, it needs to be amputated.

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TRC #118: Number Stations + Bart Farkas Interview + Do Men Notice High Heels?

2010-12-05
Length: 45s

Adam counts the mysteries surrounding number stations. Jon interview Bart Farks about the JREF, the million dollar challenge, and the Starcraft strategy guide? Elan has trouble figuring out why women wear high heels, do men even notice them?

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TRC #117: Did Shakespeare Write Shakespeare? + Does Money Leads to Happiness? + Mattresses

2010-11-28
Length: 51s

Darren looks at a couple claims surrounding English's most famous playwright. Elan looks at whether money is associated with happiness. Adam takes on extreme mattress claims.

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TRC #116: Multi-level Marketing + Electrocution + Bird Spoiling Myth

2010-11-21
Length: 53s

Elan explains MLM marketing schemes and why they may not be the road to getting rich quick. Adam looks at the risk of electrocution. Darren debunks the myth that touching baby birds will cause the birds' mother to reject it.

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TRC #115: Moral Landscape Review + Nose Blowing + Sleep Requirements

2010-11-14
Length: 43s

Darren reviews Sam Harris' new book The Moral Landscape. Jon debunks nose blowing. Elan finds out if you really do need 8 hours of sleep every night.

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TRC #114: Cesar Millan + John Titor + Alice in Wonderland Myth

2010-11-07
Length: 42s

Adam tames Cesar Millan (the Dog Whisperer). Elan jumps in a Delorean to figure out what the deal is with the internet's most famous time traveller John Titor. Jon debunks the myth that Alice in Wonderland is all about drugs.

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TRC #113: African Starvation Stats + Daylight Savings + Most Downloaded Woman

2010-10-31
Length: 32s

Darren answers a listener's email asking if 30 000 kids are actually dying every day in Africa. Jon judges the energy shavings from observing daylight savings. Adam finally gets around to debunking the 1999 claim that Cindy Margolis is the most downloaded woman on the internet.

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TRC #112: Wicca + Fear + Wolf Howls

2010-10-24
Length: 1s

Adam explores the mythic history of Wicca. Elan challenges his fellow podcasters to a rousing game of Science Fiction or Science Fact: Fear Edition. Darren finds out whether or not wolves actually howl at the moon.

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TRC #111: Framing + Peanut Allergy Risk + McDonalds Decompose Myth

2010-10-17
Length: 59s

Darren discusses the psychological concept of framing. Adam weighs the risks of peanut allergies. Jon debunks the myth that McDonald's food doesn't decompose due to nefarious reasons.

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TRC #110: Baldness + Chain Letters + Bread in the Fridge

2010-10-11
Length: 1s

Adam explains the causes of baldness and covers some supposed cures. Elan goes deep into chain letters. Darren definitively tells you whether you should put bread in the fridge or not.

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TRC #109: Science vs Dating Tips + NLP + Ostrich Myth

2010-10-03
Length: 44s

Elan figures out which dating tips are supported, or debunked, by science. Adam talks about NLP (Neural Linguistic Programming). Darren digs deep to find the truth behind the common belief that ostriches hide their heads in the ground.

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TRC #108: Space Elevator + Ahmadinejad and 9/11 + Walt Disney Myth

2010-09-26
Length: 1s

Adam tells you everything you need to know about space elevators. Darren talks about the recent event at the UN when the president of Iran mentioned 9/11 conspiracies. Jon debunks the myth that Walt Disney was an anti-semite.

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TRC #107: Language and Thoughts + Danger and Cognitive Bias + Fruit Fly Myth

2010-09-19
Length: 43s

Elan discusses the controversy of whether language affects how people think. Darren uses scientific language to share a cool anecdote from his recent trip to Rio Dejanero. Adam examines the myth that fruit flies only live for an hour.

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TRC #106: Photo Analysis + The Bermuda Triangle + Was Hitler Jewish?

2010-09-12
Length: 40s

Elan talks about the latest fad called "photo analysis". Adam debunks fear surrounding the Bermuda Triangle. Jon answers the question "Was Hitler Jewish?".

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TRC #105: EMP + Ben Radford Interview + 215 Bones Myth

2010-09-06
Length: 49s

Adam explains what an EMP is, and how to survive it. Jon and Elan interview skeptical investigate Ben Radford at TAM8. Darren examines the myth that there are 215 bones in the human body.

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TRC #104: Chiropractic Adventures + James Randi Interview + Internet Is For Porn?

2010-08-29
Length: 50s

Darren talks about the evidence behind chiropractic care as well as his visit to a chiropractor's office. James Randi is interviewed at TAM8 and tells all about the event that led to him leaving Canada. Elan examines the myth that half of the internet por

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TRC #103: WiFi/BPA Fear + Allergies + Mars Size Myth

2010-08-22
Length: 52s

Jon covers some recent unfounded fears in the Canadian press, both WiFi and BPA (Bisphenol A). Elan looks at the leading theories for why allergies seem to be on the rise. Darren settles the question of whether Mars will appear in the sky to be the same size.

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TRC #102: Deafness Leads to Supersight? + iDosing + Penny CN Tower Myth

2010-08-15
Length: 34s

Darren looks at a study about whether being deaf leads to better eye sight. Adam talks about the latest drug scare: Kids getting high off of binaural beats. Jon addresses the myth that dropping a penny from the top of the CN Tower (or the Empire State Building) could kill a person.

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TRC #101: Vitamin D + Brainstorming + Red Car Cost

2010-08-08
Length: 30s

Darren weighs the evidence on whether or not people should take vitamin D supplements. Elan will find out if brainstorming is effectiveness. Adam answers the question: Does it cost more to insure red cars?

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TRC #100: Don't Start Believin' + Mistakes Were Made By Us + Myth Recap

2010-08-02
Length: 37s

Full song by Pat and Cristina Roach "Don't Start Believin'" based on Journey's "Don't Stop Believin'". Adam reminds everyone of all the mistakes that had been made on the show up to this point. Darren gives a rundown of all the myths covered on the show.

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TRC #99: Census + He-Man vs Dynasty + Are Blondes Dumber?

2010-07-25
Length: 59s

Darren talks about the recent controversy surrounding part of the Canadian census to an opptional survey. Xander explores a supposed link between the 80s TV shows He-Man and Dynasty. Elan finds out whether blondes are dumber than brunettes.

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TRC #98: TAM8 Highlights + Psychic Jamming + DJ Grothe Interview + Elephants and Mice

2010-07-18
Length: 51s

Xander fills in the rest of the gang what happened while they were away at The Amazing Meeting. Jon and Adam interview JREF president DJ Grothe. Darren answers the question "Are elephants afraid of mice?".

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TRC #97: TAM8 + Casino Odds + Slot Machines + Sport Incentives

2010-07-12
Length: 43s

Recorded in front of a live studio audience at The Amaz!ng Meeting 8 in Las Vegas. Jay Novella from the Skeptics' Guide to the Universe joins Elan, Adam, and Jon to discuss casino game odds, slot machines, and situations when sports teams may want to lose.

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TRC #96: Meat Healthiness + Premium Beer + Carrot Eyesight Myth

2010-07-04
Length: 1s

Darren tells you everything you need to know about the dangers of eating meat. Elan finds out what the 'premium' in 'premium beer' means. Adam debunks the myth that carrots help you see better.

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TRC #95: Black Hole Pareidolia + Paul Ingraham Interview + Mice Love Cheese Myth

2010-06-27
Length: 51s

Adam discusses the latest example of pareidolia run amok, a greeting card that supposedly uses some naughty language. Jon interviews Paul Ingraham of saveyourself.ca about epsom salts and massage therapy. Darren busts the myth that mice love cheese (but not the myth that Jon loves cheese).…

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TRC #94: Abiogenic Oil + Homosexuality and Evolution + Koala Bears

2010-06-20
Length: 35s

Jon talks about where crude oil comes from and the controversial abiogenic origin hypothesis. Elan looks into why homosexuality hasn't been removed by natural selection. Adam busts the myth that Koalas are bears. He does not debunk their cuteness though.…

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TRC #93: Nostradamus + Multiple Personality Disorder + Brain Food Myth

2010-06-13
Length: 1s

As predicted, Elan discusses Nostradamus. Adam, and his friends, analyze multiple personality disorder. Finally, Darren annoys fish lovers by tackling the myth that fish is brain food.…

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TRC #92: Denialism + Lotteries + Missing Dollar Riddle

2010-06-06
Length: 1s

Darren explores the source of denialism and how people justify their denialist beliefs. Adam explains why playing the lottery is "stupid". Elan poses the "Missing Dollar Riddle" to the panel resulting in some interesting reactions.…

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TRC #91: OCD + Dr. Tim Valentine Interview + Wild West Violence Myth

2010-05-30
Length: 40s

Adam discusses obsessive compulsive disorder. Elan interview Dr. Tim Valentine about his research into people's poor abilities to recognize faces. Jon debunks (maybe?) the myth that the Wild West was lawless and violent.…

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TRC #90: Why Sex? + Pigeon Head-bob + Dog Colour Vision

2010-05-23
Length: 1s

Elan asks the important question "Why do animals waste so much effort on having sex?". Darren settles a question from a previous episode about why pigeons bob their heads. Finally, Adam debunks the myth that dogs cannot see colour.

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TRC #89: Shisha + 3D Technology + Toothpaste

2010-05-16
Length: 38s

Darren examines the safety of smoking shisha/nargila/hooka. Adam explores the different technologies behind 3D films. Elan discusses which toothpaste is best.

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TRC #88: Stephen Hawking vs Aliens + Sky Mall Products + Printer Ink

2010-05-09
Length: 40s

Adam disagrees with Stephen Hawking's take on aliens. Elan examines a few crazy products from the Sky Mall magazine. Darren takes a look at whether or not printer ink is the most expensive liquid for purchase.

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TRC #87: Boobquake + Brain Age + White Chocolate

2010-05-02
Length: 1s

Darren shines critical eye to BoObQuAkE. Jon discusses whether or not the Brain Age series of video games are good for the mind. Adam examines whether or not white chocolate is actually chocolate.

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TRC #86: Snakes + Shampoo + Michael Jackson vs Sonic the Hedgehog

2010-04-25

Darren covers various snake myths. Xander examines common Shampoo marketing claims. Finally, Adam covers the mystery of whether or not Michael Jackson contributed to the video game Sonic 3.

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TRC #85: Do Violent Video Games Lead To Violence? + Alcohol in Soft Drinks + Hangover Cures

2010-04-15
Length: 45s

Elan tackles the age old controversy over whether or not violent video games can make people violent. Adam takes a look at why some sodas may have alcohol, and which ones do not. Darren tries to find a cure for hangovers.

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TRC #84: Miracluin Tablets + Price Discrimination + Does Eating Late Cause Weight Gain?

2010-04-11
Length: 38s

Xander gives the rest of the group miraculin tablets to see what happens, Elan talks about price discrimination, and Darren debunks the myth that eating late causes weight gain.

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TRC #83: Easter Origins + Vitamin C for the Common Cold + Brain Calorie Loss

2010-04-04
Length: 41s

Adam discusses the origins of popular Easter traditions, Darren examines whether or not vitamin C can fight the common cold, and Elan debunks the claim that thinking hard burns extra calories.

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TRC #82: Mike Duffy and Critical Thinking + HFCS Study + Frown Myth

2010-03-28
Length: 33s

Xander reports on Senator Mike Duffy's disparaging remarks about critical thinking, Adam scolds the media's coverage of a recent high fructose corn syrup study, and Darren debunks the myth that frowning takes more muscles than smiling.

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TRC #81: Buying the Cosmos + TV Ratings + Head Heat Loss Myth

2010-03-21
Length: 1s

Adam exposes the practice of charging people to name stars and buy property on the moon. Elan explains how TV ratings are calculated and Darren debunks the myth that people lose 45% of their heat through their head.

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TRC #80: IQ Correlations + Dr Yoni Freedhoff Interview + Trillium Myth

2010-03-14
Length: 54s

Darren talks about a recent study that claimed that high IQs are correlated with liberalism, atheism and monogamy. Jon interview local weight loss and nutrition expert Dr. Yoni Freedhoff about milk and other weight loss issues. Adam discusses the myth that it is illegal to pick Ontario's flower: the trillium.

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TRC #79: Olympics Revisited + Euphamism Treadmill + Audiobooks vs Books

2010-03-07
Length: 1s

Darren stops celebrating Canada's performance at the recent Olympics and gets all critical thinky, Adams gets tired of running on the Euphamism Treadmill, and Elan takes a look at whether it's better to read books or listen to audio books.

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TRC #78: Chicken/Egg Precedent Problem + Weasle Words + Gutenberg

2010-02-28
Length: 33s

Elan spins in circles trying to figure out what came first: the chicken or the egg? Jon complains about weasle words. Darren talks about who really invented the printing press.

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TRC #77: Chocolate/Strokes + Olympic Mascots + KFC Myth

2010-02-21
Length: 33s

Darren examines a recent study about chocolate and strokes, Adam moans about the Vancouver Olympics mascots, and Xander licks the myth surrounding the change of KFC's name.

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TRC #76: Graphology/Handwriting Analysis + Kosher Food + Drinking/Pregnancy

2010-02-14
Length: 52s

Elan tackles the double topic of graphology and handwriting analysis, Jon debunks some kosher food myths, and Darren debunks the myth that pregnant women cannot drink any alcohol.

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TRC #75: Ginkgo Biloba + Audio Cables + Fugu (Puffer Fish) Myth

2010-02-07
Length: 55s

Darren takes a look at the health claims surrounding Ginkgo Biloba, Adam discusses whether or not expensive cables are worth their price, and Elan examines whether or not there's a fish served in restaurants that can kill.

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TRC #74: Counterfeiting + Daniel Loxton Interview + Celery Myth

2010-01-31
Length: 1s

In an attempt to clarify the previous week's coverage of quantum mechanics the crew further confuse themselves, Adam covers what it would take to make counterfeit money, Jon interviews Daniel Loxton of Junior Skeptic Magazine, and Darren debunks the myth that celeray requires more calories to chew than it provides.

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TRC #73: Quantum Mechanics + Creation Movie Review + Drinking Myth

2010-01-24
Length: 39s

Adam rants against the abuse of quantum mechanics made by new agers like Deepak Chopra, Jon reviews the new Charles Darwin movie "Creation", and Elan analyzes the myth that "beer before liquor makes you sicker".…

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TRC #72: Gambler's Fallacy + Cryonics + Super Freakonomics Review

2010-01-17
Length: 1s

Elan bets on the gambler's fallacy, Adam thaws out the topic of cryonics, and Darren freaks out about the book Super Freakonomics.…

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TRC #71: Neurological/Moral Reactions + The G-Spot + Twinkie Shelf-Life

2010-01-10
Length: 1s

Darren talks about how people's brains respond to moral questions, Elan discusses the latest study (and the history) of the G-Spot, and Adam discusses how long Twinkies last on the shelf.…

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TRC #70: Trepanation + Conspiracy Skeptic Interview + New Year Driving Risks

2010-01-03
Length: 47s

Adam drills out the truth by talking about the evidence for trepanation, Jon interviews Karl Mamer of the Conspiracy Skeptic podcast, and Darren debunks the myth that New Year's Eve is the most dangerous time to drive due to drunk drivers.…

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TRC #69: Santa Claus Origins + Festivus Origins + Snowflake Sameness

2009-12-20
Length: 29s

Jon examines Santa's true origins, Adam covers the true and shocking origins of Festivus, and Darren settles the debate about whether or not two snow flakes are alike.…

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TRC #68: Climategate + How To Be An Expert + Hand Sanitizers

2009-12-13
Length: 45s

Darren address the 'climategate' scandal and debunks more AGW myths, Elan discusses what it takes to be an expert, and Jon cleans up confusion surrounding the effectiveness of hand sanitizers.

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TRC #67: ABO Blood Type Personality + Moral Consistency + Fortune Cookies

2009-12-06
Length: 40s

Jon talks about Canadian Blood Services and their support of Ketsueki-Gata, Darren explains the reasons why people are not morally consistent, and Elan explains the origin of the fortune cookie.…

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TRC #66: Cameron/Comfort's Origin of Species + Music Therapy + Alcohol Kills Brain Cells Myth

2009-11-29
Length: 37s

Adam takes a look at Kirk Cameron and Ray Comfort's version of Darwin's Origin of Species, Elan finds out if Music Therapy's is in tune, and Darren drowns the myth that alcohol kills brain cells.…

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TRC #65: False Pregnancy + Bill 179/Naturopathy Interview + Pschological Treatments for Cancer

2009-11-22
Length: 46s

Pat gets revenge on Jon for dissing Pink Floyd on a previous show.

Adam gets knocked up about false pregnancies, Jon interviews Scott Gavura about the Ontario Bill 179 and Naturopathy, and Darren explores the evidence for treating cancer with psychological support.…

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TRC #64: Dark Side of the Moon + 2012 + Start of Spring

2009-11-15
Length: 33s

On this astronomy themed episode Darren tries to figure out what is meant by "Dark Side of the Moon", Adam debunks 2012 doomsday claims, and Jon explains how the start of Spring is determined.…

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TRC #63: Satanic Ritual Abuse + Animal Hybirds + Male vs Female Drivers

2009-11-08
Length: 45s

This week Jon delivers a segment on a moral panic from the 80s Satanic Ritual Abuse, Adam talks about Animals Hybrids just so he can mention the term 'Liger', and Darren enters the controversial debate about who are better drivers, men or women.

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TRC #62: Halloween Origins + Ghost Hunter Interview + Black Cat Myths

2009-10-31
Length: 32s

For this spookily special Halloween episode Darren cover the history of Halloween, we interview a fromer local ghost hunter Bob Gale, and Adam debunks some common black cat myths.…

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TRC #61: Interview with Phil Plat, the Bad Astronomer

2009-10-22
Length: 55s

Interview with Phil Plait, the Bad Astronomer, that's it!…

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TRC #60: Swine Flu Vaccine Fears+Brian Brushwood Interview+Coal Crushing Myth

2009-10-18
Length: 39s

This week Adam looks at the scare surrounding an unpublished study that claims the seasonal flu vaccine increases the odds of getting the H1N1 flu, Jon and Adam interview Brian Brushwood of Scam School at TAM7, and Darren debunks the myth that you can crush coal into diamonds.…

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TRC #59: HIV Myths+Steven Novella Interview+Cocaine Money Myth

2009-10-11
Length: 38s

This week Darren covers the common myths about HIV/AIDS, Jon and Adam interview Dr. Steven Novella of the Skeptics' Guide to the Universe, and Adam covers the myth that money is drenched in cocaine.…

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TRC #58: Alternative Style Auctions+Interview with Tim Farley+Flamingo Colour Myth

2009-10-04
Length: 41s

This week Jon discusses new websites that do auctions a bid differently, Jon and Adam interview Tim Farley of whatstheharm.net at TAM7, and Darren explores the 'myth' that flamingos ge their colour from eating shrimp…

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TRC #57: Free Will/Determinism + Interview with Evan Bernstein

2009-09-27
Length: 37s

Apologies for the poor audio quality in this episode. Due to a mysterious technical problem during recording, the track had too much noise to remove cleanly, resulting in lots of digital artifacts. The interview at 13:50 sounds fine though.

This week Darren discusses Free Will and its implications, Jon interview Evan Bersntein of the Skeptics' Guide to the Universe podcast, and Adam explores the myth that blackouts cause baby booms.…

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TRC #56: Umami/MSG + Ray Hyman Interview + Baldness Myth

2009-09-20
Length: 33s

Xander explains the origins of the 5th taste Umami and the safety of MSG, Jon interview Ray Hyman at TAM7, and Darren debunks the myth that baldness skips a generation.…

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TRC #55: Time Travel+Multitasking+Well Starseeing Myth

2009-09-13
Length: 39s

On this week's show, Adam explores that plausibility of time travel and how they appear in movies/television, Darren takes to task multitasking, and Jon debunks the myth that you can see stars from the bottom of a well during the day. See this week's show notes and send us feedback at ottawaskeptics.org

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TRC #54: Jurassic Park + Consciousness + 21 Grams

2009-09-06
Length: 40s

Jon explores the science and fiction of the 1993 movie Jurassic Park, Xander gives a primer on Consciousness, and Darren talks about the claim that the soul weighs 21 grams. Visit ottawaskeptics.org to give us feedback and to see the show notes.

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TRC #53: Pet Domestication + Joe Nickell Interview + Monkey Descent Myth

2009-08-29
Length: 1s

Adam explains how pets like cats and dogs got domesticated and look soooo cute, we interview skeptical investigator Joe Nickell at TAM7, and Darren busts the myth that humans descended from monkeys. As always, visit ottawaskeptics.org for show notes and to send us feedback.

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TRC #52: Scifi vs UFO Reporting Interview (David Clarke) + Zombies! Study Interview (Robert Smith?)

2009-08-23
Length: 1s

This episode is a bit unusual. It consists of two interviews. The first is with Professor David Clarke about his recent discovery of a correlation between sci-fi film popularity and UFO reporting frequency. The second is with Professor Robert Smith about his recent published study about Zombies. Please visit ottawakspetics.org for show notes and to send us feedback.

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TRC #51: What the Bleep Review + Richard Saunders Interview + Usa Myth

2009-08-15
Length: 53s

Darren review the pseudo-movie "What the Bleep Do We Know?", Jon and Adam interview Richard Saunders at TAM 7, and Jon busts the myth that a town in Japan was named "Usa" so that goods could be marked "Made in Usa". Please visit ottawaskeptics.org for show notes and to provide feedback.

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TRC #50: Spot Reduction + Aquatic Ape Theory Interview + More People Alive Now Than In All History

2009-08-08
Length: 44s

Darren examines whether or not working a spot on the body will make it lose fat faster, Jon interviews Jim Moore about the Aquatic Ape theory, and Adam tackles the myth that there are more people alive now than ever before. For show notes and to give us feedback please visit ottawaskeptics.org

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TRC #49: Homeopathy 101 + Harriet Hall Interview + Sex on the Mind Myth

2009-08-01
Length: 35s

Adam explains homeopathy, we interview Harriet Hall (the Skepdoc), and Darren busts the myth that men think of sex every 7 seconds. Please see the show notes and send us feedback at ottawaskeptics.org

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TRC #48: Moon Hoax + Interview with Bob and Jay Novella from the Skeptics' Guide to the Universe + Taste Myth

2009-07-26
Length: 56s

Darren tackles a few of the most popular claims made by moon hoax believers, Jon + Adam interview Bob and Jay Novella of The Skeptics' Guide to the Universe podcast (recorded at TAM7), and Jon debunks the myth that taste is divided into different areas of the mouth. Please send us feedback and check out the show notes by visiting our site ottawaskeptics.org and write us a review on iTunes.

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TRC #47: TAM7 + Adam Savage Interview + Twitter Popularity

2009-07-17
Length: 1s

Jon and Adam have just returned from this year's Amaz!ng Meeting in Las Vegas and make Xander and Darren jealous, Jon and Adam interview Adam Savage from The Mythbusters, and Darren deflates twitter's popularity. Please visit our website at ottawaskeptics.org to send us feedback, see the the show notes, and to download other episodes.

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TRC #46: Wind Turbine Illness + Madoff & Ponzi Schemes + Post-Mortem Nail Growth Myth

2009-07-08
Length: 44s

Adam stops the spin and finds oout if wind turbines are a danger, Jon invests his time to explain what a ponzi scheme is and how Madoff made off with so much money, and Darren scratches his way to explaining the myth that fingernails grow after death. As always, visit ottawaskeptics.org to send us feedback and to see the show notes for this episode.

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TRC #45: BMI + Michael Jackson Skin Colour + Eskimo Words for Snow

2009-07-05
Length: 28s

Darren trims that fat on BMI (Body Mass Index), Jon explores why Michael Jackson's skin became lighter over the years, and Adam debunks the myth that the Eskimo/Inuit have 400 words for snow. Please visit our website at ottawaskeptics.org to give us feedback and find the show notes.

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TRC #44: Avro Arrow Conspiracy + Brain Drain + Beavertails

2009-06-26
Length: 31s

Happy Canada Day! Xander exposes the truth behind the Avro Arrow conspiracy, Darren goes to great pains to unearth the facts around the brain drain, and Adam bites into a beavertail misconception.

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TRC #43: Real Vaccine Dangers + Cosmetics + Bilateral Symmetry

2009-06-20
Length: 39s

The Cat came back! Catherine Lebel returns via skype to join the crew for a show. Darren dissects vaccine dangers, Cat goes into the scientific evidence behind Cosmetic substances, and Xander explores bilateral symmetry as another bit of evidence for evolution. As always, please visit ottawaskeptics.org for show notes and to provide feedback.

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TRC #42: Critical Thinking 101 + Psychic Dogs + Myopic Myth

2009-06-12
Length: 51s

This week Jon explains the basics of Critical Thinking, Adam looks at the evidence behind the claim that dogs can predict when their owners come home (psychically!), and Darren busts the myth that nerds/geeks need glasses more than everyone else. For show notes and to give us feedback, please visit ottawaskeptics.org

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TRC #41: Landfills + Chelation + Safety in Numbers

2009-06-11
Length: 49s

This week we're joined by Gord Miller, the Environmental Commisioner of Ontario, and Elan Dubrofsky, founder of UBC Freethinkers. The panel discusses landfills with Gord Miller, Jon explains chelation, and Darren explores whether or not there is safety in numbers. Please visit ottawaskeptics.org for show notes and to provide feedback.…

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TRC #40: Children's Cold Medicine + Ad Hominem + Pool Urine Dye

2009-06-01
Length: 24s

Jon takes a skeptical look at mainstream over the counter cold medicine for kids, Darren gets his hands dirty with the Ad Hominem fallacy, and Adam debunks a myth involving pools, urine, and red dyes. Visit ottawaskeptics.org to see the show notes and contact us.

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TRC #39: Wikipedia/Britannica+Homemade Pesiticides+Dark Meat Myth

2009-05-24
Length: 39s

Darren debates Wikipedia vs Brtiannica accuracy, Adam warns against the dangers of using home made pesticides, and Xander defends the health, and honour, of dark meat. Visit our site at ottawaskeptics.org to give us feedback and see the show notes.

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TRC #38: Politics/Skepticism + Climate Change Questions + Red Bull Myth

2009-05-15
Length: 45s

Jon leads a discussion on how much politics can be influenced by science, Darren answers some listeners questions on climate change, and Adam goes nutty for Red Bull.

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TRC #37: Skeptic Course + Pentawater + Swine Flu Myth

2009-05-10
Length: 44s

Lee Graham returns this week, along with his friend Greg Winslow (Skeptic/Magician). Lee talks about his annual course on skepticism for high school students, Greg explains the problems with Pentawater's claims, and Darren debunks a popular myth about the latest H1N1 Swine Flu.…

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TRC #36: Japanese Horror + Bible Code + Soda Can Myth

2009-05-03
Length: 1s

Xander compares Japanese horror movies to their American counterparts, special guest Lee Graham (stellaralchemy.com) explains the Bible Code, and Jon takes the fizz out of the soft drink can myth. We'd like to hear from you. Send us your thoughts and participate in our forum at ottawaskeptics.org

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TRC #35: Climate Change+Plastic Bags+Ozone Depletion

2009-04-24
Length: 43s

 In celebration of Earth day, we take a look at some environmental issues. Darren explains the basics of climate change, Xander covers the plastic bags debate, and Adam takes a second look at the ozone layer. As always, we invite you to send us questions and comments by visiting our site ottawaskeptics.org

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TRC #34: Pyramid Theory + Singularity + Frog Myth

2009-04-19
Length: 58s

This week Jon explores the latest theory on how the Great Pyramid was built, Darren warns us of the upcoming singularity, and Xander debunks a myth involving frogs and pots of slowly warming water. Please visit ottawaskeptics.org for show notes and to contact us with feedback or questions.

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TRC #33: Who has more sex? + King Tut's Curse + JFK Was a Donut?

2009-04-02
Length: 25s

Darren discusses sex (and whether men or women have more of it), Jon gets excited for his trip to Egypt by debunking King Tut's Curse, and Adam reveals that JFK was in fact actually not a donut. Please visit ottawaskeptics.org to send us questions, comments, and feedback. You will also find there the show notes for the episode once they're uploaded.

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TRC #32: Cold Reading + Baby Einstein Videos + Shaving Myth

2009-03-26
Length: 35s

This week Jon explains how to be 'psychic' by performing a 'cold reading', Adam explores the tumultuous world of Baby Einstein videos, and Darren shaves away at the myth of the week. If you would like to see this episode's show notes, with links to websites or articles we discuss, please visit ottawaskeptics.org. While you're there, send us an email, we'd love to hear from you.…

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TRC #31: Evolution Acceptance + Zeitgeist + Staring at the Sun

2009-03-19
Length: 42s

Darren gets frustrated by the public's lack of acceptance of evolution, Adam debunks the infamous internet film Zeitgeist, and Jon 'sort of' debunks the pseudo-myth that staring at the sun is dangerous

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TRC #30: Homosexuality/Natural? + Teaching 9/11 Truth + Friday 13th Accident Rates

2009-03-15
Length: 41s

Darren tackles the 'is homosexuality natural?' controversy, Xander debunks 9/11 'truth' claims made by some Canadian professors, and Jon examines whether or not people have more car accidents on Friday the 13th. For show notes please visit ottawaskeptics.org

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TRC #29: The Nocebo Effect+Circumcision/AIDS+Chicken Eggs Myth

2009-02-26
Length: 32s

This week Jon delivers the pain by discussing the 'nocebo effect', Darren cuts to the point by discussing whether circumcision helps prevent HIV transmission, and Adam demystifies breakfast by debunking the myth that eggs are chicken fetuses. If you would like to see this episode's show notes, with links to websites or articles we discuss, please visit ottawaskeptics.org. While you're there, send us an email, we'd love to hear from you.…

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TRC #28: The Sun's True Colour+Google Atlantis+Great Wall of China Myth

2009-02-25
Length: 35s

This week Darren examines the controversy over the sun's colour, Adam debunks the latest atlantis sighting from Google Maps, and Jon debunks the myth that the Great Wall of China is the only man made object visible from space (or moon). If you would like to see this episode's show notes, with links to websites or articles we discuss, please visit ottawaskeptics.org. While you're there, send us an email, we'd love to hear from you.…

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TRC #27: Scientific Progress+Money as Dept+Lemmings Myth

2009-02-18
Length: 40s

This week Darren explains that scientific progress is not an illusion, Xander discusses an alarming video about the world's financial system, and Jon buries the myth that lemmings commit suicide. If you would like to see this episode's show notes, with links to websites or articles we discuss, please visit ottawaskeptics.org. While you're there, send us an email, we'd love to hear from you.…

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TRC #26: Evolution's History+Carbon Dating+Vestigial Organs

2009-02-11
Length: 42s

In celebration of Darwin's 200th birthday we discuss three evolution related topics: the evolution of evolution, how fossils are dated, and the return of the segment "As if you needed any more evidence for evolution". If you would like to see this episode's show notes, with links to websites or articles we discuss, please visit ottawaskeptics.org. While you're there, send us an email, we'd love to hear from you.…

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TRC #25: Bear Armour+Evolution Book Reviews+Dream Myth

2009-02-05
Length: 43s

This week Xander talks about the real Ironman (a guy who made armour for fighting bears, and can see through walls), Darren impresses everyone by describing all the evolution books he has read, and Adam tears down the pernicious myth that you cannot read in a dream. If you would like to see this episode's show notes, with links to websites or articles we discuss, please visit ottawaskeptics.org. While your there, send us an email, we'd love to hear from you.…

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TRC #24: Social Class/Health+Chemophobia+Black Belt Myth

2009-01-28
Length: 36s

This week we discuss the health effects of poverty, why it is that people fear synthetic chemicals, and debunk the myth that black belts need to register their fists as deadly weapons. If you would like to see this episode's show notes, with links to websites or articles we discuss, please visit ottawaskeptics.org. While your there, send us an email, we'd love to hear from you.…

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TRC #23: Cancer Epidemic Fears + Acupressure + The Myth of Gum Digestion

2009-01-21
Length: 36s

This week we discuss whether or not we should worry about a cancer epidemic, what the deal is with acupressure, and we debunk the myth that it takes 7 years to digest chewing gum. If you would like to see this episode's show notes, with links to websites or articles we discuss, please visit ottawaskeptics.org. While your there, send us an email, we'd love to hear from you.
We apologize for our tardiness in the uploading of this week's episode, as payback, we shall upload next week's episode early!

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TRC #22: Big Pharma Inconcistencies+Alien Faces+Drink 8 Glasses of Water a Day

2009-01-14
Length: 38s

This week we discuss he discrepancies between Pharmaceutical submissions to the FDA and to medical journals, the plausibility of intelligent aliens looking like us, and the myth that people need to drink 8 glasses of water a day. If you would like to see this episode's show notes, with links to websites or articles we discuss, please visit ottawaskeptics.org. While your there, send us an email, we'd love to hear from you.…

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TRC #21: Angels+Celebrities+Spider Eating Myth

2009-01-08
Length: 38s

Back for the new year, the gang discusses a supposed Christmas miracle involving an angel, pseudoscience promoted by celebrities, and the myth that people who sleep with their mouth open ingest 8 spiders a year. If you would like to see this episode's show notes, with links to websites or articles we discuss, please visit ottawaskeptics.org. While your there, send us an email, we'd love to hear from you.…

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TRC #20: Xmas Origins+Is Santa Real?+Holiday Suicide Myth

2008-12-18
Length: 34s

For our inaugural X-mas episode, the gang discusses the true origins of Christmas, discuss with a mom the dilemma of telling kids that Santa Claus is real, and we dispel the myth that suicides rates are higher in the holiday season. If you would like to see this episode's show notes, with links to websites or articles we discuss, please visit ottawaskeptics.org. While your there, send us an email, we'd love to hear from you.…

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TRC #19: Pseudoegyptology+Feng Shui+The Rule of Thumb

2008-12-18
Length: 45s

This week we dig up Graham Hancock's theories about lost continents and their evidence in Egypt, we discuss how Feng Shui controls flow of money (rather than chi), and place a finger on the origin of the term "Rule of Thumb". If you would like to see this episode's show notes, with links to websites or articles we discuss, please visit ottawaskeptics.org. While your there, send us an email, we'd love to hear from you.

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TRC #18: Prayer+Safety Laws+Coke Tabs

2008-12-04
Length: 45s

This week we take a look at whether there is any evidence that prayer can heal, debate whether or not our safety laws are justified, and if there's is any point to collecting tabs from soda cans. Please visit ottawaskeptics.org to see this episode's show notes and to send us your questions or comments, we'd love to hear from you.…

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TRC #17-Zombies+Crime Stats+Moon Illusion

2008-12-03
Length: 33s

This week we discuss the plausibility of a zombie apocalypse, whether or not crime is as bad as 'they' say, and why the moon seems bigger some nights. Please visit ottawaskeptics.org to see this episode's show notes and to send us your questions or comments, we'd love to hear from you.…

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TRC #16-Mortality/Risk+Evidence/Falsifiability+Coriolis Effect/Toilets

2008-11-26
Length: 37s

This week we discuss fear of mortality vs actual risk, the nature of scientific evidence, and the myth that toilets work differently in Australia. Please visit ottawaskeptics.org to see this episode's show notes and to send us your questions or comments, we'd love to hear from you.

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The Reality Check Ep 15 - JFK Assassination, pesticides+cancer, and does the brain prove evolution?

2008-11-20
Length: 44s

This week the crew discuss the 45th anniversary of President Kennedy's assassination (and the lingering conspiracy theories), the science of pesticides and cancer (should you worry?), and the inaugural episode of "as if you need more evidence for evolution". To read the show notes and to get in touch with us please visit ottawaskeptics.org/therealitycheck

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The Reality Check Ep 14 - The Trouble With Astrology, Scientific Medical Preventions Under Attack, and "Yes Captain, I do"

2008-11-13
Length: 30s

This week the regular crew discuss the trouble with astrology, the double standard applied to scientific medicine with respect to prevention, and we reexamine the claim that sea captains can perform marriages. This episode we're trying a shorter format, please let us know what you think. You can reach us via our website at ottawaskeptics.org

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The Reality Check Ep 13 - Calorie Restrictited Diets, Wedding Superstitions, Bisphenol A, and Unlucky Numbers

2008-11-05
Length: 1s

This week Adam, Cat, Darren, Jon, and Xander discuss calorie restriction diets, wedding superstitions, bisphenol A, and the world of unlucky numbers. Due to time constraints no logical fallacy of the week was discussed. For show notes, and to send us feedback or questions, visit: ottawaskeptics.org/therealitycheck

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The Reality Check Ep 12 - Persinger's God Helmet and Halloween Dangers

2008-10-30
Length: 34s

In this 'spooky' halloween episode Darren, Xander, and Jon discuss if maybe Dr. Michael Persingers claims deserve a bit of skepticism, and we discuss the real stats behind the dangers of 'trick or treating'. The logical fallacy of the week is the 'Appeal to FEAR'. The science myth of the week is 'Does the moon affect people's personality?' For all show notes, and a forum to discuss this episode, visit ottawaskeptics.org/therealitycheck/

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The Reality Check Ep 11 - Franken-foods, Acai Berries, and UK UFO Documents Revealed!

2008-10-23
Length: 58s

We discuss genetically modified foods (aka "franken-foods") and find out if there's anything to worry about, the growing in popularity Brazilian fruit called the acai (a-sa-ee), and the latest release of UFO documents from a major government (in this case it's the UK). The logical fallacy of the week is the "false dilemma" (aka false dichotomy). The science myth of the week is that baby carrots are gross. For show notes please visit http://www.ottawaskeptics.org/therealitycheck/

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The Reality Check Ep 10 - Islamic Doll, What Energy Is Essay, and Cognitive Dissonance

2008-10-16
Length: 54s

In this episode Adam discusses a Fisher-Price doll that apparently says some 'shocking' things, darren shares with us an essay he wrote about energy (and it's misuse), and Jonathan discusses the psychological theory of cognitive dissonance. We then finish with the logical fallacy of the week and the science myth of the week.

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The Reality Check Ep 9 - Vitamin C + Chemotherapy, Maggie the Counting Dog, and Out of Body Study

2008-10-09
Length: 1s

On this week's show we discuss a news report that vitamin C may interfere with chemotherapy drugs' ability to fight cancer, a dog that can supposedly do math, and the announcement of a new study that will figure out if out of body experiences are more than just hallucinations.

Show notes (Available at ottawaskeptics.org):

Vitamin C + Chemotherapy
Original news report: link
Analysis by Oncologist David Gorski: link

Maggie the Counting Dog:
Video of the Dog Counting: link

Out of Body Study:
Original Press Release: link
CBC Coverage: link
BBC Coverage: link

Logical Fallacy of the Week:
Appeal to Authority: link

Science Myth of the Week:
Dog Food Myths
Chocolate Toxicity: link
Dietary Myths: link
History of Dog Food: link

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The Reality Check Ep 8 - Ogopogo, Bigfoot vs Politicians, and Pond Scum

2008-10-01
Length: 50s

On this week's show we discuss Ogopogo (Canada's own Loch Ness monster), the recent survey that claimed that Canadians believed that it was more likely that scientists would discover Bigfoot than politicians would keep their promises, and the health benefits of spirulina (a type of algea that is gaining in popularity). We then tackle the logical fallacy and science myth of the week.

If you have any questions, please email us at therealitycheck@ottawaskeptics.org

For every episode's show notes please visit ottawaskeptics.org

Show Notes:

Ogopogo:
General Overview: link
Believer Claims: link 1 link 2
Skeptical View: link

Bigfoot Survey:
Press release from Canadian Taxpayers Federation: link
Press coverage: link

Spirulina:
J Agric Food Chem. 2008 Jun 25;56(12):4352-8. Epub 2008 Jun 4.
MICROBIOLOGICAL REVIEWS, Dec. 1983, p. 551-578
 Ann Nutr Metab 2008;52:322–328
Eur J Nutr (2008)
Acta Vitaminol Enzymol. 1984;6(4):295-304
Toxicology in Vitro 22 (2008) 1496–1502
Bioscience, Biotechnology, and BiochemistryVol. 70 (2006) , No. 2 pp.363-368 (Ya, I know. Blame Catherine -Jon)

Logical Fallacy:
Argument From Ignorance (Shifting the Burden of Proof): link

Science Myth of the Week:
Science states that bees cannot fly: link

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The Reality Check Ep 7 - Cancerous Cell Phones, Conspiracy Videos, and Ghosts with Rich Taste

2008-09-24
Length: 55s

In this episode we discuss the latest report that cell phones may cause cancer, some online conspiracy videos, and a rich guy in the UK getting scared out of his home by a poltergeist.

Show notes:
If you like the show, please leave us a review on itunes.

Cell phone controversy:
Global TV's coverage of the study discussed: link
Scientific/skeptical view of cell phones and cancer: link 1 link 2
Studies about cell phones and driving: link 1 (pdf) link 2

Online conspiracy Videos:
Loose Change (9/11 conspiracy video): link
Zeitgeist: link
Ex-truther confession: link

UK Ghost:
Original BBC Story: link
The 'shocking' revelation: link

Logical fallacy of the week:
Affirming the Consequent: link

Science Myth of the Week:
Moon hoax accusations: link
Moon hoax debunking: link
Buzz Aldrin vs. Moon Hoaxer: link

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The Reality Check Ep 6 - The Placebo Effect, Science on TV, and the art of persuasion in Po

2008-09-18
Length: 1s

This week we discuss the placebo effect, science in entertainment and the art of persuasion in politics.

Show notes:

Placebo Effect:
-Steven Novella discusses the placebo effect: link
-Review of Snake Oil Science: link
-Wikipedia entry on the placebo effect: link

Science on TV:
-Fringe's scientific accuracy: link
-House MD's scientific accuracy: link

Science+Politics:
-Science Debate 2008, 14 Questions: link
-Mccain on the Economy: link
-Haper on Budget Officer: link

Science Myth of the Week:
-Video of Xander balancing eggs: link
-Phil Plait explores the myth: link

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The Reality Check Ep 5 - Alt Med Primer, Aspartame, and Creatine

2008-09-11
Length: 49s

Alternative Medicine Primer
Recommended books:
"Trick or Treatment?" by Simon Singh and Edzard Ernst. Review
"Snake Oil Science" by R. Barker Bausell. Review

Recommended Sites:
http://www.sciencebasedmedicine.com/
http://www.quackwatch.com/

Aspartame: link (it's multiple pages)

Creatine: link

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The Reality Check Ep 4 - Nutmeg overdosing, psychic fair, and new age ads

2008-09-04
Length: 1s

Nutmeg recipe story:
Blog posting about the Swedish magazine with the typo
A look into the hallucinogenic effects of nutmeg

New Acropolis

Psychic Fair

If you have any questions, comments, or suggestions for the show, email us at therealitycheck@ottawaskeptics.org

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The Reality Check Ep 3

2008-08-29
Length: 1s

Winged cats
Magnetic Cows
Measles/Mumps outbreak
FDA approves food irradiation
Myth of the Week: We only use 10% of our brain

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The Reality Check Ep 2

2008-08-21
Length: 48s


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The Reality Check Ep 1 - Pilot

2008-08-14
Length: 28s


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The Reality Check

A weekly show that explores the world of science, pseudoscience, and the paranormal. Canada's podcast dedicated to scientific controversies and curiosities. If you're a fan of other podcasts like the Skeptics Guide to the Universe, Skeptoid, Skepticality, or Stuff You Should Know, you should definitely give The Reality Check a shot!

The Reality Check


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