Episode 25 – Survival

Survival? We’ve all got better things to do! That’s the crock of it, according to Michael and Katherine. In this CrockCast they crack the code on survival from homeless tips, Nigerian cloning, and Phineas Gage to evolution.

Katherine kicks off the podcast with hot tips on getting more out of life than survival even in the direst of times. She does it with….

5 Tips to Live the Best Life Homeless

Homelessness is hard but not permanent.

Katherine gives five thoughtful tips for how to make your life better during a phase of homelessness. This may seem like absurd advice on its face… but it’s a requisite fear that lives in the back of all our brains. So, these hints might be helpful to file away and remind us that we can always be OK. Life is an up and down experience – not a straight shot. Katherine wants everybody to have some tools to help stay better off than just “survival” no matter the situation. Listen to the CrockCast for her advice.

Clone Wars, Nigerian Style

It ain’t easy out there for a Prez

It’s tough when you take a tiny vacation from leading your country and the people start wishing death upon you. Michael shares this crocktacular story of a leader’s survival after his Nigerian holiday break. Apparently, the President went away for a brief stint only to return to accusations that he was his own clone. It doesn’t get much more a crock!

Survival of a Brain Science Bad Boy

Do books tell the whole story?

Katherine shares the notorious story of Phineas Gage, a railroad foreman who suffered a dreadful blow. He was in a perilous work accident and ended up with an enormous metal rod through his left frontal lobe. It’s a shocker that he even survived. Of course, this incident had a tremendous impact on his life, especially his temperament. In fact, it continues to spur debate about brain science even today. Listen and learn more on this week’s CrockCast.

Blame Your Sweet Tooth on Evolution

Primates are our real sugar daddies

Michael ties the whole Survival CrockCast together in the end with a rousing discussion of sugary treats, deep-seated fears, and blaming our love of candy on primate ancestors. Sound unlikely? Check out the podcast to see just how true it all is. You can also read all about it either in the book What Every Body is Saying or the Business Insider article on why we love sugar.  However you get the info, keep in mind that no matter our ancestors did… what we eat is entirely up to us!

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Episode 24 – Royals

Royals are Such a Crock! Michael and Katherine prove it with Canada, Camilla Parker Bowles, The Divine Right of Kings, and Versailles. As different as these topics may seem, it all comes together this week in a delightful CrockCast royal casserole.

Canada’s Leader – Not Who You Think

Michael blows the lid off Canada’s royally big secret… namely that the country’s leader isn’t who you might think. You’re thinking of that hotpants McGee, Justin Trudeau. Right? Well, think again. In fact, think royals. We’ll even give you another big hint right here and now. Take a look at the uniform their national police wear. Remind you of anything?

Canadian Mounties

For more surprising Canadian info and all the dirty royal details, listen to Episode 24-Royals. The link’s right at the bottom of this post for your convenience, baby.

Love and Lies – Royal Style

Katherine brings love into the Crockcast discussion of royals. But the story of Camilla Parker Bowles is even more the story of a woman redeemed in public reputation than it is of love. Still, there’s a lot of love between her and Prince Charles… and it’s been there since the day they met in the early 1970s. Too bad they both married the wrong people instead of each other just to earn royal favor. It ends happily, thank goodness. Except for the tragic Princess Diana part, of course.

Camilla and Charles at a polo match in 1975 – Photo care of Harper’s Bazaar

The Divine Right of BS

Michael delves into the Divine Right of Kings which is the old idea that royals are literally divined by God. So, in other words, back in the day Kings believed their power came directly from God and ruled their kingdoms as if this were the case. These royals saw themselves at the ultimate authority and, in many cases, as a sort of God themselves.

Hear all about this and much more including Kanye talk and other major breakdowns in logic and reason. Power dynamics are certainly crazy enough without bringing divinity into it. This Crockcast section also tells us about the only country that’s still ruled by an Emperor. Got a guess? Listen in to find out if you’re right.

Versailles – Not Just a Fancy Castle

Versailles – Check it out on Netflix or Amazon

Katherine cracks out the royal crock of The Man in the Iron Mask as well as the story of Louis XIV. She’s a major fan of the TV show Versailles and the new season (airing now on Amazon if you want to pay a bit) explores this age old mystery. Season one and two are also available free on Netflix if you love historical fiction.

Versailles brings up the royal crock of the Divine Right of Kings once again because Louis XIV believed he was bestowed upon royalty by God. Talk about thinking you’re God’s gift to the world! Some people really know how to rock an entitled persona.

Hear more about all this as well as the Tweet of the week in our latest Crockcast. As always, we’d love you to subscribe at Such a Crock – Apple Podcasts or followed us on Instagram. Thanks for listening!

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