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Archive for January, 2008

17 January

Identity of Mona Lisa Discovered


According to Discovery News the identity of Mona Lisa has been revealed to be Lisa Gherardini del Giocondo. You can read the entire article here.

16 January

HP109 – Smallpox in Hawaii


This is a request from Brandon Midgett for a topic about the 1800’s outbreak of smallpox on the Hawaiian islands. There is not a lot of information on the Internet about this subject, so I used two great books as my main sources. Below are links to the books and the few websites I did use for information. Thanks for listening!

The Hawaiian word for smallpox is ma’i pu’upu’u li’ili’i (the sickness with many little pimples).*


Gavan Daws’ Shoal of Time: A History of the Hawaiian Islands
John Tayman’s The Colony: The Harrowing True Story of the Exiles of Molokai*

12 January

Updates to William Wallace episode


Well, even the best of us make mistakes.  And even though the script is right I can still mess it up when reading as Russell points out in this email:


Apologies if someone has raised this with you before, but there is a discrepancy near the start of your William Wallace podcast between the script and the narration. The script states that Scotland’s struggle for independence was ultimately successful, whereas the narration claims it was unsuccessful. It is actually the script which is correct and Scotland was successful.

It may sometimes be assumed that because Scotland is currently part of the UK, that it was as a result of English conquest. However, unlike Wales, Scotland achieved independence in the middle ages and remained independent for several centuries. The later unification was less to do with English force and more to do with the weakness of Scottish politicians to resist the temptation of English bribes to vote in favour of the union.

I must also add that I enjoy your podcasts,



Glasgow, Scotland

Thanks for the email Russell, and my apologies to those in Scotland!

It has been a while since I posted an episode, but don’t fret they are in development.