Judge John Hodgman Episode 192: Novus Annus, Novum Judicium

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It's a brand new year with brand new cases. Judge Hodgman and Bailiff Jesse return to chambers to clear out the docket for the first time in 2015.

San Francisco Bay area! See Judge John Hodgman Live! Judge Hodgman will return to mete out justice as part of SF Sketchfest on Friday, February 6th at Marines Memorial Theater.

More information about the show and Sketchfest available here.

The show is sold out, but we're still seeking case submissions! You do not need to have purchased a ticket to submit a case to be heard that evening! If you and another party
- reside in the SF Bay area, or will be able to attend the show on February 6
- have a legitimate beef, large or small

... write us with the details! Send it directly to hodgman@maximumfun.org or submit via our webform here.


If you want to check out the prank calls linked to us by listener Priztats, you can find them below (may include bad language - be warned).



I already made this comment in the Forum, but now realizing that might have been wrong place, so here it is again:

Thank you for continuing to mention Moxie during your judicial proceedings. I like the drink, but I like the original usage of the word even better. When you hike by beautiful Moxie Pond up there on the Maine section of the AT, you experience the heady cocktail of rugged beauty, stubborn grit, and dark bitter forest waters that personifies the people and the landscape of the North Woods. Even though nobody up there seems to enjoy cocktails; mostly light beer. So here's some etymology:

moxie (n.) "courage," 1930, from Moxie, brand name of a bitter, non-alcoholic drink, 1885, perhaps as far back as 1876 as the name of a patent medicine advertised to "build up your nerve;" despite legendary origin stories put out by the company that made it, it is perhaps ultimately from a New England Indian word (it figures in river and lake names in Maine, where it is apparently from Abenaki and means "dark water"). Much-imitated in its day; in 1917 the Moxie Company won an infringement suit against a competitor's beverage marketed as "Proxie."

If I were a fancy judge like you, I wouldn't enslave myself to this deadbeat, albeit delicious, soda any more, when you could be promoting such under-funded brands as "Native Place Names", "Carbonated Gentian Root Nerve Tonic", and obviously, "Proxie". I love me a nice Gin & Proxie on a hot Maine day, mosquitoes be damned.