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On this special Halloween episode, Anthony and Jeff consider the nature of of the trick or treat tradition and the urban legend of poisoned Halloween candy.  Is asking strangers for food an inherently unsafe activity, or did we manufacture a scare that isn't real?

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Direct download: whc-049-trickedbytreats.mp3
Category:comedy -- posted at: 12:43pm PST

A new Wired article recounts the medieval myth that beavers, when cornered by hunters, would castrate themselves by chewing off their own testicles.  Jeff and Anthony unpack the myth and try to figure out why the Dark Ages were filled with so much dumb.

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Direct download: whc-048-leaveittobeaver.mp3
Category:comedy -- posted at: 12:41pm PST

Previously on We Have Concerns... in the Welcome to the Hoverboard Future episode Anthony mocked Jeff's enthusiasm for a mind-bending new technology that indicated that hoverboards may, in fact be possible.  Now, there is a new article on Engadget that describes a working prototype soon making its way onto Kickstarter.  Does Jeff get the last laugh, hovering his way back into the future he's always wanted, or is Anthony still able to poke penny-sized holes in the dream?

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Direct download: whc-047-backtothehoverboardfuture.mp3
Category:comedy -- posted at: 10:00pm PST

Tell Me How to Feel

A new article describes a study in which doctors told patients they would just be getting a shot of vitamins, but instead gave them something a thousand times more powerful.  Whether these subjects thought something strange was happening or not depended entirely upon what the doctors told them they should expect.  This leads Jeff and Anthony to wonder just how much impact our conscious mind can have on our reality, and whether or not we can use this to our advantage.

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Direct download: whc-046-tellmehowtofeel.mp3
Category:comedy -- posted at: 10:00pm PST

Objects that Click

Anthony found an article that describes the community around the IBM Model M keyboard, a sublimely clicky keyboard that has spawned cult-like devotion and a second hand black market.  It makes him consider our fetishization of things, and the ties to productivity they create.  Jeff just thinks all those objects are yelling at him.

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Direct download: whc-045-objectsthatclick.mp3
Category:comedy -- posted at: 10:00pm PST

Who's the Robo Boss?

Researchers have discovered that employees are actually more content taking orders from a robot than a human being in the workplace.  This prompts Anthony and Jeff to wonder what it might take to promote robots into middle management, what the perfect form factor for a boss-bot might be, and how companies might implement their new robo-supervisors.

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Direct download: whc-044-whostheroboboss.mp3
Category:comedy -- posted at: 10:00pm PST

As a runner himself, Jeff was very impressed to read of James Lawrence, the endurance athlete who is attempting 50 ultra-distance triathlons, in 50 different states, in 50 straight days.  Anthony, on the other hand, thinks it is unhealthy, obsessive, and downright stupid to push your body to that extreme.  Is this just the Brock Life pushing human abilities to new heights, or a crazy person receiving misplaced admiration for a self-destructive act?

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Direct download: whc-043-thatrunnershigh.mp3
Category:comedy -- posted at: 10:07pm PST

Spider House

Anthony has found a story about a Missouri family fleeing their home because between 4500 and 6000 spiders came "bleeding out of the walls".  To which Jeff of course wonders, "What the #%$#?!"  Spider senses tingle, spider stories are shared, and everybody asks how this could possibly happen.

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Direct download: whc-042-spiderhouse.mp3
Category:comedy -- posted at: 10:00pm PST

Photo Synthesis

Google's Auto Awesome will take the best areas of slightly different photographs and combine them into one new, never-quite-was best version.  A new article suggests that this kind of artful interpretation of history may prove problematic when AI determines what parts of photos are important.  Anthony argues that no photograph is a true depiction, while Jeff wonders if we will ever remember something accurately again.

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Direct download: whc-041-photosynthesis.mp3
Category:comedy -- posted at: 10:00pm PST

Saturday Mourning

Saturday morning cartoons are no more! And Jeff has decided that this means something really bad for today's youth - but Anthony is certain that it's a good thing, and that Jeff is just a cranky old man yelling at the winds of change.  Does on-demand mean no more shared cultural experience? And where does this leave Capt Crunch in his battle against the soggies?

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Direct download: whc-040-saturdaymourning.mp3
Category:comedy -- posted at: 10:00pm PST

Pet Smart

Anthony has been reading about Chaser, the wonder dog who has learned over 1,000 different words, which makes him wonder how smart Jeff believes canines to be.  Is obedience less intelligent than independence? Is there a bias in measuring intelligence in non-human creatures?

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Article: http://www.cbsnews.com/news/how-smart-is-your-dog-60-minutes/

Direct download: whc-039-petsmart.mp3
Category:comedy -- posted at: 10:00pm PST

Go Go Gadget Soul!
Shipyard workers in South Korea have been using Exo Suits to assist them in loading and unloading scrap metal, and Jeff and Anthony desperately want to try it out. But why stop there? Why not replace human limbs with robot ones? How far would they go in selling off their humanity to be able to punch down a wall? The answer may surprise you.
 
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Direct download: whc-038-gogogadgetsoul.mp3
Category:comedy -- posted at: 10:00pm PST

An article by Kevin Ashton proposes that saying "no" to things is vital to the creative process.  Anthony and Jeff wonder why they have such a hard time saying "no" and what that might mean about them. 
 
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Category:comedy -- posted at: 9:46pm PST

A new article suggests that the Oculus VR headset may be the first step to allowing people to truly experience what it is like to live a different kind of life. This could allow designers to create "empathy engines" whereby users may come to feel emotion for their fellow man in a virtual space.  Anthony and Jeff think this is a great idea, especially if causes douchey diners to tip their wait staff.
 
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The Machine to Be Another: http://www.themachinetobeanother.org/
Direct download: whc-036-virtualempathy.mp3
Category:comedy -- posted at: 10:00pm PST

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