Biz and Theresa discover the joys of homework. How does our history of loving or loathing homework play into what we want for our kids? Who is homework for kids under age six *really* for? If my kid pastes the square into the circle, are we out of Harvard? Plus, Biz becomes the Big Ketchup house, Theresa becomes an aunt, and we talk to former NCIS agent Heather Ryan about empowering ourselves and our families to stay safe. Show notes
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The hosts of the comedy podcast Jordan Jesse Go! had an idea. What if they bought an ice cream cone for 1000 strangers? Just to make the world a better place? They launched a Kickstarter, and with the help of over 600 of their listeners, raised the money to do it.
Jordan and Jesse headed to Sweet Action Ice Cream in Denver for the big event. Each person who received a cone also got a card with the name of the Jordan Jesse Go! listener who bought it for them. It took six hours, some running around in the street, and even a (brief) visit to a pot dispensary, but when they were done, one thousand ice cream cones had been bought for folks wandering past the shop. And a better day was had by all.
Royal Baby Watch gets even hotter for Episode 2 as intrepid and extremely well-dressed reporter Dave Hill sits down with the Chairman of the British Monarchist Society to ask the tough questions about Prince William and Kate Middleton and also meets with prospective buyers of his very own line of Royal Baby-inspired merchandise, including but not limited to, the Kate Middleton vajazzling kit and the Prince Harry dildo (Nazi and non-Nazi versions available).
Rob Baedeker of Kasper Hauser spent two weeks renting out all of his possessions - includin his daughter's bike and his dog. The result was this great Newsweek article, which you should read right now. CNN had him on today to chat about it, and you can watch the segment above.
Sometimes, folks go above and beyond what is asked of them. Listener Jamie McCormick, in addition to submitting her theories as to when the first Dracula spoke the first "Bleh!", also generously provided a list of more recent cultural references to that odd vampire parody sound. This was a tremendously kind gesture given that it will (probably) have no impact on whether she wins the coveted prize.
McCormick noted that "Bleh!" was chanted repeatedly by a vampire character in the "Pink Plasma" episode of "The Pink Panther" (episode 78, from 1975); spouted by Count Drakeula in the "Ducky Horror Picture Show" episode of Duck Tales (episode 32 from 1988); and uttered nearly continuously by Count Blah, a friend of Greg the Bunny.
I’ve included all of them here to bring some animated levity to your otherwise-predictably-gory Halloween viewing.
"Blehs!" start around 3:16.
First “bleh!” around 4:17.
Editor's note: Language NSFW, despite featuring a bunny.
On a related cartoon note, Anna Brawley wrote in to say that she thought there was an old Bugs Bunny short with the same plot as “Pink Plasma” that was made in the 1940s; but I think she is referring to “Transylvania 6-5000” which does feature Bugs getting chased by Dracula, but which was actually made in 1963. It isn’t the winner, and it isn’t big on “bleh!”, but you should absolutely watch it anyway. It’s truly a classic.
Fun new video from They Might Be Giants - just in time for Halloween!
TMBG also has a terrific new rarities release available called "Album Raises New and Troubling Questions". It contains loads of unreleased tracks and is therefore required listening for the devoted fan. You can grab it here.