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In a moment of drunken fixation, Mark pitched the idea of a full episode dedicated to his favorite subject: Head trauma! And more specifically, decapitation. It is bad things that can happen to noggins from start to finish, so buckle in and hold on to your heads!
[0:00] CoRri tells Mark the story of Phineas Gage, the man who survived a metal rod exploding through his brain
[17:09] We recap this week’s watch-along and talk about our upcoming side-‘sode with Leprechaun historian Anna Martin
[33:19] We dive into our main topic by talking about our favorite onscreen decapitations and beheadings
[1hr1min] Mark talks about some of the decapitation stories that most interest him, from samurai seppuku to self-decapitation
Stuff we referenced:
- Samurai Suicide: Seppuku (Harakiri) – https://jpninfo.com/41352
- Decapitated wasp grabs its head before flying away – https://youtu.be/_LmdmltW-XU
- The Phineas Gage Story – https://www.uakron.edu/gage/story.dot
- “No longer Gage”: an iron bar through the head – https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1114479/
- Phineas Gage and the effect of an iron bar through the head on personality – https://www.theguardian.com/science/blog/2010/nov/05/phineas-gage-head-personality
- Living With Half a Brain: Phineas Gage – https://www.mcgill.ca/oss/article/history/living-half-brain-phineas-gage
- Phineas Gage: Neuroscience’s Most Famous Patient – https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/phineas-gage-neurosciences-most-famous-patient-11390067/
- Ostrich rips its own head off – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=34du9ew7ppw