Episode #740

News Items

Who's That Noisy

  • Answer to last week: electric train

Science or Fiction

  • Item #1 Science

    Electric eels are not true eels, but knifefish, a group closely related to catfish, that contains 220 species that all have electricity producing organs. https://nationalzoo.si.edu/animals/electric-eel

  • Item #2 Science

    Electric eels are obligate air-breathers, coming to the surface for air, and can drown if they get stuck underwater.

  • Item #3 Fiction

    The electric organ of an electric eel is entirely located under its chin, which it places on animals it wishes to deliver a maximal shock.

Skeptical Quote of the Week

‘When any prevailing prejudice is attacked, the wise will consider, and leave the narrow-minded to rail with thoughtless vehemence at innovation.’ Mary Wollstonecraft, Shelley, A Vindication of the Rights of Women