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April 13, 2013 6:23 AM   Subscribe

Stuff You Should Know: The Animated Series is an animated version of bits from the very popular Stuff You Should Know podcast, with Josh and Chuck. Thus far, topics include:
The Digestive System
How to Start a Country
Lilith and Vampire Myths
How Fear Works

Bonus material:
Dont' Be Dumb: Is Cracking Your Knuckles Bad for You?

Don't be Dumb: Lemmings

Stuff You Should Know Shorts

An interview with Josh Clark

An interview with Chuck Bryant
posted by Toekneesan (10 comments total) 23 users marked this as a favorite

The knuckle-cracking one, at least, could have been better... for one, your knuckle doesn't crack because of increased pressure in the synovial fluid, but because of decreased pressure, which causes cavitation.

Also, one guy cracking his knuckles for 60 years is not proof of anything. There are a few real studies that support the idea that cracking your knuckles is probably harmless.
posted by Huck500 at 6:34 AM on April 13, 2013

I prefer the classics.
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 6:37 AM on April 13, 2013

Stuff you should know: I already had a bowl of cereal in front of me when I came across this post.

It was meant to be!
posted by mannequito at 6:50 AM on April 13, 2013

Grea post. I especially liked the lillth / vampire one.
posted by Faintdreams at 7:32 AM on April 13, 2013

The book I read on vampires didn't have anything about Lamashtu or Lillith. I would need to see a citation on that before I watch any more of these. (I gave my copy away in a book cull but I am pretty sure I would remember that. The whole book is not on google books but CTRL-f on the selected pages for lil & lam came up zippo.)

I am skeptical there is any connection at all between Lillith and vampires.
posted by bukvich at 7:48 AM on April 13, 2013

I watched two of these and they were both meh. I felt like I was stuck in a Starbucks being talked to by two people who kept looking out the window the whole time and checking their watches. Kind of lame, but the animation was funny.
posted by Lipstick Thespian at 7:57 AM on April 13, 2013 [1 favorite]

bukovich, isn't that book about vampires specifically about an event in Serbia and the surrounding folklore there specifically? The connection between Lilith and vampires is claimed to have occurred when Hebrew texts seemed to have borrowed from Babylonian and Syrian myths. When that occurred is apparently still controversial, but the connection does seem there, at least according to Wikipedia.

These are all snippets from longer podcasts so while one on Lilith or vampires might cover a lot, I don't think that particular connection was the focus, though I can see how the cartoon might suggest that.
posted by Toekneesan at 8:35 AM on April 13, 2013

If you listen to all the different podcasts from the How Stuff Works Empire, it's impressive how they've really perfected the genre of Two Mildly Depressed People Reading Wikipedia Articles.
posted by the jam at 9:27 AM on April 13, 2013 [3 favorites]

Somehow, the show reminded me of Dr. Katz
posted by dov3 at 12:17 PM on April 13, 2013

I really enjoy the SYSK audio podcast, but I really don't care for the TV show (boring and partly fictional, which kinda takes away from it, IMO) nor these animated ones.
posted by IndigoRain at 2:35 PM on April 13, 2013 [1 favorite]

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