Social-media scholar danah boyd (left) confers with contestant Helen Beilinson during the Wheel of Maximum Danger round. (Photo: Lucy Sutton)
Did you know that in the 1800s, Army officers tested a certain African mammal as an upgrade to the typical mules and horses they used as pack animals in the American Southwest? So what were they and what happened to them? On this episode of Tell Me Something I Don’t Know, you’ll hear this and other tales from the natural world, including stories about marine animals that will either live forever or kill you, the history of what one might call “literal kangaroo courts,” and the wonders of poop soup.