Frailmales

Frailmales

Update: 2022-05-1317
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This week, we bring you two stories about little guys trying to do big big things.


First, self-proclaimed animal grinch producer Becca Bressler introduces us to perhaps the one creature that has warmed her heart: a cricket. And more specifically, a male cricket. This is a tale about a tiny Romeo insect trying to find a mate, and the ingenious lengths he’ll go to have his beckoning heard.




The hero of our story



 


And second, producer Annie McEwen journeys through perhaps the zaniest game of football that has ever been played. When a ragtag group of players take on the top team, will it be an underdog tale for the ages or an absolute disaster?


Special thanks to Stephen Spann and Joshua Baxter at the Doris and Harry Vice University Library at Cumberland University as well as Alison Reynolds at Georgia Tech Library. Thanks also to Rick Bell, and to Scott Larson who wrote a book all about this game called Cumberland: The True Story of the Highest Scoring Football Game in History. And finally, thanks so much to our tape syncer Ambriehl Crutchfield for her help with this episode. 


If you’re still interested in learning more about this epic football game, be sure to check out this brilliant and hilarious video by sportswriter Jon Bois.


Lastly, don't forget to check out Death Sex and Money. We recommend episode titled Hard, which is deep dive into our relationship with erectile dysfunction, and the drugs developed to treat it.  


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Comments (6)

Ryan Persaud

Acting like human women using make up isn't the exact same thing as the little cricket guy using the leaf to amplify his sound...it's only bad if a guy does it, even if he isn't human 🙄

Jun 20th
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Ryles

I can't help but laugh through this cricket segment where they're all struggling with the ethics of a little cricket "fooling" other crickets into mating with them as if humans don't wear make-up or toupees or lie on social media to "fool" others into mating 😂

May 14th
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Tosha Kilpatrick

is it possible that the loud grasshoppers are the frauds, and the ones "using tools" to be loud are they ones actually sought after by females?...seems like a smart guy if he's using tools lol

May 14th
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steve

Crickets and football!

May 13th
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steve

19:15

May 13th
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