Blow Your Mind: Godzilla, Kong, Barbie and Real World Monsters


The horror of Godzilla. (Embassy Pictures/Courtesy of Getty Images)

Giant monsters tear it up this week on Stuff to Blow Your Mind, as Julie and I examine the psychology and science behind the idea of fire-breathing, skyscraper-climbing monsters.

Godzilla vs. Kong vs. Barbie: Are you terrified of giant monster attacks on your city? Well then this is the podcast episode for you. Join us as we calm your fears with a healthy dose of science. Would monsters like Godzilla and King Kong even be able to stand, much less topple a skyscraper? Stuff To Blow Your Mind examines the morphological limitations of gigantic creatures as well as the cultural significance of Japan's Gojira. Plus, what about Barbie? How monstrous would she be at human scale? Tune in to find out.

Organisms: Heavyweight Division: Just how big can an Earth organism get? In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Julie and I look at some of the heavyweight contenders for the largest life form on the planet - and the answer isn't "blue whale." What is it? Tune in to find out.

Plus, I made mention of both the original "Gojira" film and the awesome Thai "Hanuman vs. Seven Ultraman" flick, so here are some trailers.

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If you need more animated Hanuman goodness, be sure to check out the film "Sita Sings the Blues."

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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.