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Judge John Hodgman Episode 228: Feliz Gravitas

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Guests: 
Paul F. Tompkins

Featuring Guest Bailiff Paul F. Tompkins! Siblings Rolland and Nyssa want to reboot the family Christmas. How should they go about it?

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Thanks to Adi Heller for this week's case name!

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Judge John Hodgman Episode 227: No-show Contendere

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Guests: 
Jean Grae

Ted brings the case against his good friend Chris. They will make plans, but Chris will suddenly become unreachable when it comes time to meet up. Ted's calls and texts go unanswered. Ted says Chris needs to step up and let him know when his plans have changed. Chris says the plans weren't firm, so he's not entirely in the wrong. Who's right? Who's wrong? Only one man can decide.

Thanks to Luke Seemann for this week's case name!

Guest Bailiff Jean Grae returns this week! You can find Jean Grae online and in real life! Follow her @JeanGreasy on Twitter. Go see her perform live in NYC. Or check out her Bandcamp page.

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Judge John Hodgman Episode 226: A Nothingburger Sort of Thing To Do

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Guests: 
Jean Grae

Judge Hodgman and Guest Bailiff Jean Grae take on the proper way to do the YMCA dance, marriage proposals, and more.

You can find Jean Grae online and in real life! Follow her @JeanGreasy on Twitter. Go see her perform live in NYC. Or check out her Bandcamp page.

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Judge John Hodgman Episode 225: Go Set a Tip Jar

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Guests: 
Monte Belmonte

Two friends co-host a literary reading series as a labor of love. Should they begin to seek donations?

This week we say au revoir, till next time to our wonderful Summer Bailiff Monte Belmonte! Thank you for everything, Monte!

Charles Louis Richter named this week's case via the Judge John Hodgman Facebook page. Thanks, Charles!

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Judge John Hodgman Episode 224: Justice De-furred

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Guests: 
Monte Belmonte

Is fresh best? How often should pet-soiled sheets be washed?

Rich Davis named this week's case via the Judge John Hodgman Facebook page. Thanks, Rich!

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Judge John Hodgman Episode 223: Waiting For the Drop

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Listen in as Judge John rules on metal meat utensils, the right way to put toilet paper on the roll, how to confront a 40 year old listening to EDM, Vlad the Impaler-based religions, and the proper order to listen to podcast episodes. This week with Bailiff Jesse Thorn! If you've ever wanted to know WWVD, this is the episode for you.

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Judge John Hodgman Episode 222: Eminent Toe-main

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Amy brings the case against her girlfriend Alexa. They made a bet. If Amy won, Alexa had to refrain from wearing a certain pair of shoes in public for three days. Amy believes that Alexa broke the terms of their agreement by wearing the shoes in their yard. Alexa says she stuck to the rules. Who's right? Who's wrong?

Addison Fox named this week's case via the Judge John Hodgman Facebook page. Thanks, Addison!

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EVIDENCE

Submitted by Amy

Exhibit A: "The Offending Footwear"

Exhibit B: "View of the Street From the Picnic Table"

Exhibit C: "View of the Yard From the Sidewalk"

Exhibit D: "View of the Yard From the Street"

Judge John Hodgman Episode 221: I Want My nth TV

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Guests: 
Monte Belmonte

Caroline brings the case against her husband Steve. They cannot agree -- how many TVs is TOO many? Caroline thinks it's best to minimize TV watching, and that a single TV is most appropriate. Steve says it can't hurt to have a few extra screens as long as you don't go overboard. Who's right? Who's wrong? Only one man can decide.

Nick Warren named this week's case via the Judge John Hodgman Facebook page. Thanks, Nick!

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Judge John Hodgman Episode 220: Good Time Summertime Docket Clearin'

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Judge Hodgman is assisted by Summertime Bailiff Monte Belmonte, taking on questions of broccoli-chomping, accidental raccoonslaughter, game night disputes, and the best construction of jokes.

You can find some of the suggestions mentioned for Great Balls of Ire here.

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Text of Lisa's email and response from Hasbro is below.

Subject: Determination needed on Taboo rule re: 'form or part of a word'

Hi Customer Service Team!

During a recent game of Taboo, the game dissolved into chaos due to different interpretations of this rule:

"No form or part of ANY word printed on the card may be given as a clue. Examples: If the Guess Word is PAYMENT, "pay" cannot be given as a clue. If DRINK is a TABOO word, "drunk" cannot be give as a clue. If SPACESHIP is the Guess Word, you can't use "space" or "ship" as a clue."

The quarrel is over what counts as a 'form' or 'part' of a word. In this specific instance, the Guess Word on the card drawn was PEN. The Clue-giver used the word PENCIL, which was not one of the TABOO words on the card.

The opposing team immediately declared it a taboo, arguing that the word 'PEN' is part of the word 'PENCIL'.

The other team argued that the word PEN does not appear in PENCIL, but that the letter sequence P-E-N happens to repeat. The words 'pen' and 'pencil' are not etymologically related, since they derive from two different Latin root words. The opposing team was asked if they would have called taboo if the word OPEN was used by the clue giver, which also contains the letter sequence P-E-N. This team argued that it would not be a taboo if the Clue-Giver said the word AND in a case where the Guess Word was CANDLE or ANDROID.

The opposing team came back and said that PEN and PENCIL are associationally related, so the examples given above don't count.

Who is correct?

I look forward to your response.

Response By Email (Mike) (05/18/2015 02:42 PM)

Hi Lisa,

Thank you for contacting Hasbro regarding Taboo.

I'm pleased to reply. The second team, who were relying on the etymological reasoning, is correct.

Again, I'd like to thank you for taking the time to reach out to us.

I hope you have a fun day!

Kind regards,
Mike

Judge John Hodgman Episode 219: Axed and Answered

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Guests: 
Monte Belmonte

Jen brings the case against her boyfriend Adrian. Adrian has his heart set on buying and displaying an "artisanal axe" in their home. He says it would be a beautiful and practical item to own. Jen says it breaks her rule against having weapons in the home, and opens them up to other beautiful but dangerous items -- what's next, decorative swords??

Who's right? Who's wrong? Only one man can decide.

Danny Lewin named this week's case via the Judge John Hodgman Facebook page. Thanks, Danny!

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EVIDENCE

Submitted by Adrian

Exhibit A: "This is my dream axe."

Exhibit B: A photo of their living space, including the mantel where the axe would likely be placed.