Disclosure – audio is not great for first 20 mins. Jake has exams, so this episode is wholly unedited, but still totally awesome. Godonomics; Saudiarabia deports “irresistible men”; Faith in god positively influences psyciatric treatment; antibiotics gone mad! Enjoy.
Teacher under investigation for reading “Vagina” from a text book; memories from NDE’s more real than real memories; the fountain of youth has telomerase in it; the common ancestor of everything; and so much more! Enjoy.
The Pope sends Jake a letter to explain his resignation; we talk charity; answer listener questions; nuclear reactors in every home; harvesting power from the environment; this school presentation is brought to you by Scientology, and; Lord Monkton joins Danny Nalliah to launch an extremist climate change denial bigotry brigade political party.
Just a quick post to say g’day! I’ve organised with Jake to start posting my personal mind-ejaculates here on the IFS blog, and hopefully in the process start up some interesting discussions, arguments and maybe even mud-fights on all things science, politics, philosophy and religion.
If you don’t know me yet, maybe you should stop reading whilst you have the chance, haha, but in all seriousness I’m a PhD student from Melbourne, Australia, who’s project is focusing on the molecular systematics of the native Australian rodents.
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Why the Jelly Bean Drive?
Several weeks ago, Gregg Savage from the Imaginary Friends Show won a ‘Guess the Number of Jelly Beans in the Jar’ competition. Why would you purchase a guess in such an impossible to win competition? I hear you ask. The lady selling the guesses had a sign displayed at the front of her stall (I say stall… folding table with other knick-knacks spread out) which read: RAISING MONEY FOR MY DAUGHTER TO GET A WHEELCHAIR. How could he say no to a $2 guess?
Having won the jelly beans, Gregg drove around to the family’s house to pick up the immense colour-filled jar, and had the pleasure of re-meeting the mother and was introduced to a four-year-old girl named Talia. Talia was wearing a sort of giant boot to hide what was obviously a very painful condition. The mother, clearly wanting to show Gregg where his $4 went, showed him what was under the boot which has left a sight forever engrained in Gregg’s head. The condition, Congenital Pseudarthrosis of the Tibia, has left Talia unable to walk more than a few metres without wincing in pain and, further, with 3 failed surgeries already, should a fourth surgery attempt fail, Talia’s family may be left with the impossible decision to amputate the young girl’s leg from the knee down.
More than slightly aware that he cannot present the same image to you, yet unable to dismiss the urge to do something… (anything) to further assist this family, Gregg has enlisted the help of Jake Farr-Wharton and the listeners of The Imaginary Friends Show to assist this lovely girl and her very loving family in purchasing a wheelchair. This will ease the pressure on Talia’s legs and provide as yet unavailable mobility to herself and the family. Through a joint consultation between Talia’s family, Gregg, and Jake, The Imaginary Friend’s show has settled on a figure of $3,500 to raise over the next 30 days – with the Jelly Bean Drive ending on May 20, 2012. This amount is only achievable with your help. We are encouraging all individuals to donate what they can. Every dollar counts. And by every dollar, we mean EVERY SINGLE dollar. This is a chance for non-believers to band together and do something great for a complete stranger. We’re not asking you to dig into your life savings, but we are asking you to dig just a little to do something life-changing. Head to www.imaginaryfriendsshow.com to donate anything you can spare and we will keep you all very well updated with our progress both before and after The Jelly Bean Drive.