Episode 64: Basementcast 2011

The Red Cross says nurse uniforms violate the Geneva Convention.  A memorial building in Indianapolis might be named after popular mayor Harry Baals.  Scientists plan on being able to clone woolly mammoths within five years.  A new game of billiards using bowling balls… named Knockers.  Stem cells are being used in a new device to treat burns.  Duane Reade infiltrates the Hipster Vatican with the promise of beer.  Four Loko launches its new product – it’s just like the old product sans caffeine.  Robots replace teachers at 21 schools in South Korea.  All this plus more in this week’s episode.

Show notes available at http://wiki.whatstherumpuspodcast.com/64

Episode 58: Oh Japan, You So Crazy!

A Chinese woman was sent to a labor camp for retweeting.  We discuss a new concept stoplight.  A little grils hand is cut off and grafted to her foot to save it.  The Stuxnet virus targeted ‘high-value Iranian assets.’  Wikipedia has raised the same amount of donations in a week that it took a month to raise in 2009.  Google is preparing to launch G-Town.  All this plus the Study of the Week and the debut of “Oh Asia, You So Crazy!” and the Fail of the Week.

Show notes available at http://wiki.whatstherumpuspodcast.com/58

Episode 54: The Shit Show Re-Emergence

Babies think a robot is human as long as it acts friendly.  Japan’s latest rockstar is a 3D hologram.  Marvel comics get Tron Legact varian covers.  Spain holds the first National Siesta Championship.  Hong Kong McDonald’s begins offering wedding packages.  We discuss the myth of the 12 year old McDonald’s hamburger.  Google Street View cars collected emails and passwords.  A japanese engineer built a kick ass robot to kill wasps in his lab.  China now has crab vending machines that vend LIVE crabs.  Warner Brothers wants an Inception sequel.

Show notes available at http://wiki.whatstherumpuspodcast.com/54

Episode 36: Ge pah sah peepa ke pah sah HIT ME!

This week, how to beat the Westboro Baptist Church.  Chinese root server is shut down after DNS problem.  April Fool’s Day hijinks ensues with the voice command copier prank.  A French dude “fingerhacked” Obama’s Twitter account.  GoDaddy ceases regitering domains in China.  Introducing, the vortex junction – the next generation of roundabouts.  The ISS is set to get a “Man Cave” module.  A mafia boss in Italy was betrayed to the police by his Facebook account.  A new trend in Carbon-14 dating in the wine world reveals that 5% of vintage wines may be frauds.  Plus, the Fark Headline of the Week and a new Off-Air discussion topic.

Show notes available at http://wiki.whatstherumpuspodcast.com/36

Episode 19: We’re on the Torture Soundtrack!

Arnold Schwarzenegger sends a secret message to the California Congress.  A sad day for geeks: Jolt Cola is ceasing production.  We talk about the “Yo Dawg” meme.  China accuses Google of unfair censorship (ironic much?).  Blackberry phones get eavesdropping software.  Musicians call for a release of the torture soundtrack details.  DARPA is researching putting the Internet into orbit.  Walmart is competing with Best Buy’s Geek Squad in terms of in-home installation.  All this plus Fark Headline of the Week and Question of the Week.

Show notes available at http://wiki.whatstherumpuspodcast.com/19