Take Two for June 20, 2013

Dinner Party Download: Captain Crunch, squirrels and first female umpire

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A squirrel stands among fallen blossom leaves in Royal Victoria Park on April 30, 2013.

Every week we get your weekend conversation starters with Rico Gagliano and Brendan Newnam, the hosts of the Dinner Party Download podcast and radio show.

On tap this week:

Captain Crunch Is A Fraud

"Captain Crunch is actually… only a commander. On his sleeve on the back, there's three gold stripes with a star on top of it. That is the symbol for commander, not the symbol for captain, which is actually four stripes. I don't know how this has been flying under the radar for so long. We know of politicians that lie about their military service, but I don't think we've ever encountered a cartoon character which has lied like this."

Canadians Illegally Sending Squirrels Into Quebec

"A resident of Ottawa told a newspaper that his neighbor has been secretly been trapping squirrels and driving them across a one-kilometer bridge over the Ottawa River to Quebec. Ontario law prohibits moving wildlife over one kilometer. Usually, squirrels apparently return to where they're from, but when there's water blocking them, they do not. And so they're kind of disrupting the squirrels' lives." 

This Week In History: The First Female Umpire

"She goes to umpire school, they don't have any dorms for ladies, she spends the entire six-week course in a motel, then she signed a minor league and they revoked it six days later because the league found players' language "too salty" for a lady. She sued for discrimination and she won. She finally gets to play a game in 1972, she umps her first minor league game. And then she quit, because she said the other umpires wouldn't cooperate with her on the field."


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