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Episode 51:
Giants in Those Days

Mar 07, 2013

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Music, Footnotes & Ephemera

Music for this one comes largely from various Marcelo Zarvos. From The Beaver (yes, the one where Mel Gibson is friends with a Beaver puppet), Beastly (yes, the one where Vanessa Hudgins is in love with an incredibly handsome man who is a beast because he has tattoos or something, not to be confused with the one on the CW where the guy is incredibly handsome but has a moderate-sized scar on his face AAAAARGH BEAST!), and Please Give (which is a great movie).

Also something from Jon Brion’s Paranorman score. A song called “L.S.D. Partie” from Roland Vincent. And a song called “Free Man” from the Ethiopians.

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7 Comments on Giants in Those Days

  1. JJT says:

    As usual, great story!

    I remember taking a trip to Cooperstown as a young lad in the 1970s, where we also stopped at the Farmer’s Museum to poke around.

    Wandering aimlessly through the farming implements and other detritus I stumbled on a small pen behind a barn where there was what appeared to be a man lying amid some straw.

    I had never heard the story of the Cardiff Giant and my brain immediately wondered why a statue was placed just there?

    After reading the story on a small placard my 8 year old mind marveled at how someone would think it was ever a real man. But then as I stared at the face I could almost imagine an imperceptible movement.

    I suppose we’re all suckers at heart. Which may or may not be our saving grace as a species.

    Finally, I don’t want to be the storyline quibbling guy (but I guess I am): I believe he was made of gypsum, not marble. Although some marble cutters were the ones hired to create him.

    Finally, I am amazed that it cost $30,000 in 1860s money to create him. Wow.

  2. Adam says:

    A kids’ nonfiction book about this came out in 2012. It is pretty good. The Giant and How He Humbugged America, by Jim Murphy.

  3. Hollis says:

    I have liked this project for a while, but this episode made me like you, Nate DiMeo.

    A long-overdue thank you.

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  7. Keri Kilgo says:


    It was great hearing this story especially since I got to see the P.T. Barnum replica last year was I was visiting my family back home in Michigan.

    The picture I took:

    Thanks for another great story! I very love the podcast!