Episode 113: Dollop: Reg Spiers

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He is the Hugh Glass of javelin throwing.


…Who does he hurt, and why?


I shall hurl this pointy stick better than anyone else!



Not only is he like Hugh Glass, guess who else he resembles, with his affected French accent (fake in Spiers’ case) and his international crime spree)? Oui, oui, le caméléon.


Out of the Box: The Highs and Lows of a Champion Smuggler * Marcus and Julie McSorley (Reg’s ex-roommate and his wife)–

From the publisher:

Reg Spiers arrived in England in 1964 as a world-class athlete. He returned to Australia in a box, but that was only the start of his adventures.

Crazily impulsive, romantic, and free-spirited, Reg became a national hero for smuggling himself 13,000 miles home as air freight. But as his fame and sporting career faded, Reg decided to smuggle something very different. Soon, he was on the run with his girlfriend, playing a cat-and-mouse game with police on three continents. A wild road trip across India and Africa—idyllic beaches and prison hellholes, shady friends and shadier cops, gun-toting militias and drug-running gangsters —led to a court room in Sri Lanka and the fight of his life. Could Reg beat the death sentence he’d just been given, or was this box too big to climb out of?

And then Brian Robson said one of the most dangerous phrases in the history of humans:

“Me, too!”

Tape out those dimensions on your carpet. Now scunch up within it, and try to stay within it for ten minutes. I dare you.
Tape out those dimensions on your carpet. Now scunch up within it, and try to stay within it for ten minutes. Just ten minutes. I dare you.


And then there’s this guy: David Blaine’s TED talk about holding his breath for 17 minutes


Now, here’s the list I gleefully doodled and brainstormed while listening to this episode:

Stowaway falling from plane wheelwell, Port-a-Potty Steve-O, mechanical rhino, 127, Annie–escape in a laundry basket

And so you shall have…

8 amazing stories of stowaways that survived, and one that didn’t:



Annie attempts to escape from Ms. Hanngigan’s orphanage in Mr. Bundles’ laundry basket:


And, finally, the most claustrophobic depictions of either being trapped or escaping ever:

The Descent, The Descent Part 2 (two of my favorite horror movies, and two of the reasons I do not spelunk), and 127 Hours.

You’re welcome. S

Sleep tight.

Not too tight.


Bands from this episode:

  • Spaghetti Piss (inspired by Primus)
  • Olympic Fail
  • Heavy Turbulence
  • Copycat Craters
  • Underwater Businessmen
  • Indian Crate Sauna
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