Episode 108: Dollop: Douglas Mawson

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Listen, slumber parties can get weird.




Can you come to lunch without your bitch?



Live in Australia: Guest: FOD Justin Hamilton

Best and most frightening find EVAR: A children’s picture book about the Mawson expedition. Meet Douglas Mawson * Mike Dumbleton

“It’s Mommy’s turn to pick the book for bedtime story tonight. This is the story of a nice man who wanted to learn about snow at the bottom of the world, and he was willing to make boom-booms in his sleeping bag and lose his skin to do it. See, you know how you complain about doing your homework with a headache? Sir Mawson studied the frozen tundra while wearing his own foot skin as sandals, just like Mommy’s Birkenstocks. Lift that pop-up and you’ll see his skinless feet. Stop crying so you can turn the page.”


Actual books for adults with all the gory scrotum details and fingers and husky livers and such:

Mawson’s Will: The Greatest Polar Survival Story Ever Written * Lennard Bickel
Alone on the Ice: The Greatest Survival Story in the History of Exploration * David Roberts
The Home of the Blizzard Being the Story of the Australasian Antarctic Expedition, 1911-1914 * Sir Douglas Mawson
After the Last Dog Died : The True-Life, Hair-Raising Adventure of Douglas Mawson’s 1912 Antarctic Expedition * Carmen Bredeson
Racing With Death: Douglas Mawson – Antarctic Explorer * Beau Riffenburgh


Also, that sexy, sexy headwrap? Let us knit it from a vintage pattern. The Red Cross has a program called Knit Your Bit; the helmet liner pattern is no longer on the official site, but three versions of it can be found on this site. That balaclava is why Mawson didn’t lose his ears, dude. Wool Saves. Wool. Saves.


Bands from this episode (so many bands):

  • The Nimrod
  • The Mertz Hour (they do not play any instrument that require intricate fingering)
  • Oyster Alley
  • Mertz Yodel
  • Astonishing Indifference (The Smiths and Morrissey covers)
  • Head Telegram
  • Snow Blindness
  • Dickwalkers
  • Huskyliver
  • Antarctic Chafing
  • and, my personal favorite, the Hugh Glass Award, which is also now a new tag here


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