Episode #582

News Items

Who's That Noisy

  • Answer to last week: Wheel Harp

Interview with Seth Shostak

  • https://www.yahoo.com/news/not-saying-aliens-signal-traced-194522566.html

Science or Fiction

  • Item #1 Science

    For much of the ancient Olympic games, athletes and their coaches were nude. http://www.penn.museum/sites/olympics/olympicorigins.shtml

  • Item #2 Science

    The term “Olympiad” refers to a period of four years, and was used by the Greeks in dating events. http://penelope.uchicago.edu/Thayer/E/Roman/Texts/Dionysius_of_Halicarnassus/1D*.html#75

  • Item #3 Fiction

    The first recorded Olympic games consisted of only a single competition, a Marathon race of 26.219 miles.

  • Item #4 Science

    The ancient Olympic games were held every four years for about 1,200 years, but possibly longer.

Skeptical Quote of the Week

‘There should be no element of slavery in learning. Enforced exercise does no harm to the body, but enforced learning will not stay in the mind. So avoid compulsion, and let your children’s lessons take the form of play.’ – Plato