Blow the Mind: The Kingsized World of Gigantism


Andre!
Andre!
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Finally, a podcast about Andre the Giant, dinosaurs and Nuralagus rex the bunny king.

Yes, in this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Julie and I discuss the science of gigantism.

What causes some humans to reach such gigantic size?

Why are island ecosystems like Wonderland, where one evolutionary pill makes you smaller and another makes you larger?

All this and more shall be revealed. Plus we'll run through some pretty amazing examples of both man and beast that really tip the scales.

Plus some listener mail! Another listener chimes in on the "Ghoulies" VHS cover art.

STREAM THE EPISODE RIGHT HERE: [audio http://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/podcasts.howstuffworks.com/hsw/podcasts/sciencelab/2012-09-06-stbym-gigantism.mp3]

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About the Author: Robert Lamb spent his childhood reading books and staring into the woods — first in Newfoundland, Canada and then in rural Tennessee. There was also a long stretch in which he was terrified of alien abduction. He earned a degree in creative writing. He taught high school and then attended journalism school. He wrote for the smallest of small-town newspapers before finally becoming a full-time science writer and podcaster. He’s currently a senior writer at HowStuffWorks and has co-hosted the science podcast Stuff to Blow Your Mind since its inception in 2010. In his spare time, he enjoys traveling with his wife Bonnie, discussing dinosaurs with his son Bastian and crafting the occasional work of fiction.