According to Phil and Jason, fear of clowns (aka coulrophobia) is fake. Jake remains undecided.
We mention John Wayne Gacy (the inspiration for Jason’s clown name) in passing, but don’t get into the details.
Dan White-- murderer of San Francisco Supervisor Harvey Milk & Mayor George Moscone-- also intended to kill future mayor Willie Brown and Carol Ruth Silver (who were both on the SF Board of Supervisors).
Jim Jones was very involved in San Francisco politics, including Moscone’s mayoral campaign. The site of his People’s Temple is now a post office, not a fancy bakery like Jake says. The fancy bakery is next door, where the KFC / Taco Bell used to be.
Rickey Henderson a fantastic leadoff hitter for the Oakland A’s and many other teams. We did an unsuccessful (and frankly unthorough) internet search for evidence of the to-scale hologram Rickey Henderson poster that Jake once saw in Amsterdam. Amsterdam is a trippy place, man.
Scott Glenn plays a firefighter who is also secretly a fire-starter in both Backdraft and Firestorm.
It occurred to us after recording that if you’re interviewing to be a firefighter and they ask you your favorite Def Leppard album, don’t say Pyromania. It’s a trick question.
Toxic masculinity is a real tough concept to get across in an image, but maybe this does it.
We couldn’t find the children’s book about fireboats that Phil mentioned, but rest assured it anthropomorphizes the fireboat that saves San Francisco during the earthquake.
While looking for a depiction of the commonly-searched phrase “shirtless men wearing elaborate angel wings, gold lame shorts and furry cha-cha heels” we found out we’re the top result! That’s called results!
Gideon Sundback is the guy most commonly associated with development of the zipper, which he patented in 1909. Today, the YKK Fastening Products Group has 45% of the zipper market locked up!
In the episode, Jake tells a story about his ding-dong. It’s believed that “dong” first became associated with the penis because of Edward Lear's poem “The Dong with a Luminous Nose” which tells the story of a one-eyed creature attempting to find a lady.