Have you ever had to work on a holiday? Of course you have; we all have. You may have even worked on Thanksgiving of this year. How did we, as a society, decide which holidays we were going to have off work and which holidays just didn’t matter enough to warrant a day off work? That’s the topic of discussion on this episode of Flash Past.
For episode 86 of Flash Past, Dan and Lyle visit the world of college football rivalries. Being a high-school football coach, this is a topic of great interest to Lyle. Did you know football as we enjoy it today is vastly different from the sport it was when these rivalries began? It is. Dan compares it to the childhood game red rover, but with knives. Initially, passing wasn’t even part of the game. Weird, huh?
The Internet has changed a lot over the years, and so has our use of it. In Young Guns 2, Billy the Kid said “I’ll make you famous” but now, that’s the Internet meme’s job. “An Internet meme (/ˈmiːm/ MEEM) is an activity, concept, catchphrase or piece of media which spreads, often as mimicry, from person to person via the Internet.”
Language is an interesting topic. We have discussed it on Flash Past more than once. One aspect of common parlance that we haven’t discussed is racist terms. Now, don’t worry, we’re not going into a racist tirade on this podcast. In this episode of Flash Past, Lyle and Dan discuss common terms that seem innocuous enough, but have racist origins.
The night sky, when not obstructed by city lights, is a beautiful thing. For thousands of years, people have studied the stars and their place in the sky. In fact, it’s believed that the cavemen at Lascaux in Southern France charted some of the stars they saw in the sky on the walls of their caves some 15,000 years B.C.
Have you ever wondered, “How did someone figure out that injecting people with a virus would keep them from getting a virus?” Well, Dan had, and that’s how he came up for the topic for this episode of Flash Past. Lyle was under the weather, so he wasn’t able to record this week. Maybe he should have had a vaccination.