Episode 18- The Zuiyo-maru Carcass, Godzilla and Other Living Fossils

In 1977 a Japanese fishing boat caught something unusual.  Some people suggested that it was a plesiosaur, a marine reptile that went extinct with the dinosaurs (it wasn’t).  The photo of a supposed ‘living-dinosaur’ eventually found its way into Godzilla movie history.

In this episode I discuss the history of the incident, the science that solved the mystery, and its place in kaiju lore.


Plus I catch up on whatever it is I missed in the last 6 months

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Required reading:

 Sea-monster or Shark?:An Analysis of a Supposed Plesiosaur Carcass Netted in 1977

Monster Talk:Fins & Fossil Footprints

Talk Origins-Response to the claim that ‘living fossils’ refute evolution

The Plesiosaur Directory


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Episode 17 – Digging Deeper with Jase Short

king_kong_vs_godzilla_ii_by_ldn_rdnt-d7b8xenThis episode I do something a little different, no Kaiju science.  Instead I had writer Jase Short on to talk about some of the deeper meanings and themes of kaiju movies.  We had a fantastic conversation and Jase almost made sound smrt.

Make sure to check out his blog, it includes some of the more thoughtful commentaries on the giant monster genre I’ve ever read.  Jase’s can be found here: The Ansible


Some of Jase’s Monster articles

The Theory and Appeal of Giant Monsters

The New Godzilla Movie: Was It About Anything

King Kong Retrospective

Does Fiction Have To Have A Deeper Meaning?

Further Reading

Fossils, by DG Valdron

Monsters Of The Market: Zombies, Vampires and Global Capitolism

Colonialism and the Emergence of Science Fiction

Daikaiju! Giant Monster Tales

China Mieville Interview


Episode 16 – Hedorah’s Acid (rain) trip, and Keith Foster

imagesGodzilla vs The Smog Monster is definitely… unique.  But as weird as it was it was trying to say something substantive about an important issue.  It’s a weird trippy movie, and one that certainly polarizes fans.  Though it seems to have undergone a renaissance lately, with fans holding in higher regard than they used to (for some just for the camp value).  In this episode I talk about acid mist, acid rain and the worlds response to it.


Also I talk to Keith Foster, author of Kodoja, about his Godzilla, Kung Fu and their respective screen time trends.  And don’t forget to go contribute to the Kodoja kickstarter campaign.


Acid Rain – Wikipedia

Environment Canada – Acid Rain

Kodoja Kickstarter on SciFi Japan

No clearing the air over neighbor’s pollution– Article about cross border pollution between China and Japan.  Not discussed in the episode, but still worth reading.



Kaiju Quality Control!

Here’s the graph Keith and I were referring to in the interview show the slight negative correlation between monster screen time and movie quality. As always the complete data set can be viewed here


Episode 15 – Legendary Godzilla, and Kyle Yount (also Legendary)

10151422_273699459473871_301590333_nLegendary’s Godzilla has come and gone, and it has made a decent amount of money.  Enough to warrant two sequels. It also raised a few scientific questions. Questions about his massive size, sexual selection, EMPs, and the MUTO life cycle.   In this episode I review some of those questions, and I also talk to Kyle Yount of the Kaijucast about his Kickstarter campaign.

Hail To The King: 60 Years of Destruction Documentary

Also… sorry about the quality.  There is some hissing and cracking, I tried my best to clean it up. Perhaps I was hit with my own low level EMP attack.

Reviewing the Science of Godzilla for Plausibility and Imagination

The impossible science of Godzilla’s gait Could Godzilla Exist In Real Life? Here’s The Science Behind That Very Question (VIDEO)

The Ever Increasing Size of Godzilla: Implications for Sexual Selection and Urine Production

Nuke Your City

VSauce3 Youtube Channel

Episode 14 – Do Reptiles Dream Of Winter Sleep?

download (4)In this episode I look at  how Godzilla spends his winters.  In King Kong Vs. Godzilla, Godzilla emerges from his icy tomb and walks straight into a simian smackdown.  But how long was he in there?  And what does it take for a giant reptile, and regular sized reptiles, to survive during hibernation.  Also I’ll tell you how much I loved the new Godzilla (OMG I LOVED IT SO MUCH!!!) and about mushrooms that eat radioactivity for breakfast.  Also I have an animated bee and a robot playing the drums.  Best. Episode. Ever.

King Kong Vs. Godzilla Vs. Science, Part 1

drunkykongHow many hot-air balloons do you need to float a 50 million pound drunk gorilla? Does Godzilla migrate? And why do his fins glow blue? All the answers can be found within 1962’s King Kong Vs. Godzilla! This episode marks the first episode of a new era for the podcast. It’s time to take this show to the next level (whatever that means). More content, more episodes, still in bite size episodes!

Cherenkov Radiation
The Frog in the Stone-Skeptoid
Dinosaur Migration
Electric Eels
Drunk Gorilla

Episode 12-Check Out My Volcano Kickstarter!

1342186379_5769_photoCan people cause volcanoes? Should you spoil the new Godzilla for me?   Tip o’ the hat Erik Klemetti from Wired whose article (linked below) supplied the bulk of the information for this episode.


Stories are not spoiled by spoilers

How to Trigger a Volcanic Eruption on Purpose

Episode 11-Make It Rain!!


I’M BACK!!  In this episode I talk about Son of Godzilla and weather control, specifically cloud seeding,  and whether (get it!?) the experiments used by the scientists in the movie get anything right.

I also explain my absence and give an update on the Kaiju Quality Control.


Does Cloud Seeding Work? 

Cloud Seeding Wiki

Can China Control The Weather?

‘Cloud Seeding’ not effective

Difference Between Climate and Weather

Episode 10 – The one where I talk about paint…


What does the Red Bamboo and a mysterious yellow liquid have to do with boat maintenance!?  Yeah, this one is about paint, luckily I keep it short and sweet. Happy New Year!

Anti-fouling paint – Wikipedia

Focus on IMO (pdf)

Kaijucast Emergency Broadcast

Episode 9 – Flights Of Rodanthe


Rodan! Sonic Booms!  MATH!  This episode has it all!!  I also talk a little about viral marketing, trailers and the warming of the cockles of my heart.



NASA Fact Sheet

Sonic Boom Wiki

Preliminary Airborne Measurements For The SR-71 Sonic Boom Propagation Experiment (PDF)