Show Notes

Dad jokes

A fun guy lol ?

New sorts of zombies

Fungus zombies! Similarities to The Last of Us. Surprise that we’re not completely tired of zombies. Pandemic vs epidemic.


Mycelium, hyphae, fruiting bodies. Spores! “All mushrooms are edible. Some only once.”

Fungus Marionettes

Fungi playing Surgeon Simulator with human bodies.

Sense of smell

Hunting by smell. Covering scents. Smelling slow and fast. The power of Axe Body spray. The power of chemical warfare. How “smells” work.


Ophiocordyceps unilateralis! The real fungus on which the zombie fungus is based. The rundown of its lifecycle. Biting the leaf. Chemical instructions controlling behaviour.

Cordyceps moving to humans

The difference in arthtropod and human circulatory and nervous systems. How to best spread fungal infections between humans.

The end of homo sapiens

Parasites forcing their hosts to act in their interests. Mushroom towers. The rise of homo boletus. Coming around on anthropocentrism.


Do you want a cat?


  • The Girl With All the Gifts: iTunes | Amazon
  • The Girl With All the Gifts by M.R. Carey: iTunes | Amazon
  • Why Do We Have Two Nostrils? by VSauce: YouTube
  • The Last of Us: Amazon
  • Zombie Parasites from Nat Geo Live: YouTube
  • cordyceps, 
  • evolution, 
  • fungus, 
  • mushroom, 
  • parasites, 
  • science, 
  • science fiction, 
  • smell, 
  • zombies