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Judge Hodgman clears out the docket, ruling on teenage liars, snuggling with teddy bears, sopping up messes with toilet paper, and more.
Bailiff Jesse returns to the courtroom next week.
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This week, Cara brings the case against her husband, Colin. Colin began setting an alarm to rise with the sun each day. He says it's not only useful, but that he enjoys feeling synced with the natural world.
Cara says the sunrise alarm is impractical and is just Colin's latest "New Thing".
Should Colin continue rising with the sun? Only one man can decide.
Lisa Harris named this week's case via the Judge John Hodgman Facebook page. Thanks, Lisa!
A chart showing the variances in sunrise between Taipei (where they currently live) and Boston (where the couple will move in the near future).
Jon and Anna are roommates and enjoy hosting parties at their home. Anna often heads to bed early, leaving Jon to host the guests and then shoo them out. Is it OK to duck out of your own party early?
Only one man can decide.
This week's episode title suggested by David Rosenthal! Thank you, David!
Judge Hodgman rules on busted doors, schoolbus naming, and whether or not cereal is a soup. Plus a Hodgman Dubbel update!
Eric brings the case against his friend, brother-in-law, and drinking buddy Jonas. Jonas prefers the finer things, and drinks more expensive liquor. Eric drinks the cheaper stuff, and says he suffers snotty comments from Jonas as a result.
Should Jonas cut the snobbery, or is Eric being oversensitive? Only one man can decide.
This week's episode title suggested by Craig Eliason! Thank you!
Steve brings the case against his best friend Scott. Years ago, Scott introduced Steve to a love of hockey, by inviting him to professional games and teaching him how to play. Steve went on to play in a local rec league, but Scott quit playing entirely. Now Steve wants his friend to get back into the sport and play one last season with him.
Should Scott get back out on the ice, or continue to watch from the stands? Only one man can decide.
This week's episode title suggested by Nick Marritz! Thank you!
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Rachael brings the case against her boyfriend Anton. Rachael believes that psychics with real spiritual gifts do exist, and wants Anton to visit one with her. Anton is "an unshakeable realist" and says all psychics are faking it, and are just in it for the cash.
Should Anton give psychics a chance? Only one man can decide (with the assistance of expert witness Carrie PoppyTfor!)
This week's episode title suggested by Aurora Hannigan! Thank you!
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Dana brings the case against his friend Brendan. Several years ago, Brendan started a Hulk parody twitter account, and he used Dana's real name in the Twitter handle. Brendan says the account is funny; Dana says it's bordering on impersonation. Who's right? Who's wrong?
Judge Hodgman and Bailiff Jesse clear out the docket with gusto, answering questions about pickle relish, Pee-wee, apartment tours, and the difference between Jim Varney and Verne Troyer.
Judge Hodgman and Bailiff Jesse tackle the reuse of ziptop bags, sleeping in jeans, Luddites, and creative work in today's docket clearing. Plus, Judge Hodgman admits to some monstrous behavior.