Snacks: The Great Divide

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GooberThis week, after I complain about some over-flexibility in American pronunciations, listener Andrea asks how to blend in while on vacation in the UK. Then, we listen to some Irish people trying American snacks, then some Americans trying Irish snacks. Then we hear about some product names which turned out to be rude when translated into local languages, and also some unfortunate domain-name choices.

Oh: the Conan O’Brien clip referenced is here.

Our Friends to the North

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Rick Moranis and Dave Thomas as Bob and Doug McKenzieThis week, Johnson makes an observation on the British version of the magical negro, after which we discover how much (or little) Americans know about Canada. Then, Johnson fields some searching questions about American life, and later we try and guess the meaning of some Australian slang words.

Some links to things we mention: the Not The Nine o’Clock News shoe heist sketch, and some Paul Hogan Foster’s Lager commercials, here, here and here.

Punctuation and Strippers

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5LdZTThis week, after a quick elucidation of the scandalous non-flipping pancake race, we discuss the proper way to say “data,” then Mollie clarifies coffee, literally. Then I reveal my formula for creating the perfect American name, and Jochen quizzes us about British vs American punctuation. Later, Sam takes the quiz, and tries to guess what an “Oriole” is, while Johnson gets a hat trick by failing to stay above the waist for a single guess. As if all this wasn’t enough, it’s followed by a gripping, tie-breaking game of Rock Paper Scissors.

Kancakes!™

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KancakesThis week, we read some listener letters, which leads to the invention of the official show drink (Beerbon™) and an education on how important pancakes are in a certain Kansas town. Then we tease our trip (triptease, ha) and later, Cocker takes the quiz and tries to figure out who “Rosie The Riveter” is, while Johnson tries “Gurning.” And for those who missed it, the number for Beano’s Kebabs in Westgate-on-Sea is 835532.

Ed Gamble, Ed Gamble, Ed Gamble.

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EdGambleThis week, we phone it in and shamelessly exploit our tenuous association with Ed Gamble, star of BBC America’s new show Almost Royal. A trip down memory lane in which Ed Gamble does rather well on the quiz, and I tell my Bree Walker / Jack Nicholson / Scott Baio story, which Johnson (gasp) makes dirty. A proper show next week (honest) but in the meantime, enjoy the sheer Ed Gambliness of Ed Gamble. Ed Gamble.

We Have Unicorns!

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LionUnicornThis week, we discuss my (possibly irrational) bitterness towards Argentina, and then listen to a German hit song about their rubbish collectors. We get a letter from Ron about how beermaking relates to coffee, and a letter from Chris Morris about (song cue) the correlation between hyphenation and pronunciation. Then, Johnson and Jennifer face off in a quiz testing their knowledge of British trivia and American citizenship questions. The winner gets to sleep with me!

Happy July of the Fourth!

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EuroDateLots to talk about this week: Johnson and Jochen give me heat about England’s lack of World Cup progress; I complain about fireworks; the Kansas Cricks send a letter about British date format; ex-quiz guest Ed Gamble becomes a BBC America star; a 97-year-old lady accuses me of soliciting prostitutes; we marvel at the menu at British McDonald’s restaurants; and Stephen Merchant makes a case against American independence. Happy Birthday, America!

World Cup Special

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sadSomething different this week: to help us cope with England’s early departure from the World Cup, my friend Des Gallagher and I complain at length about the state of English football: the media buildup, pampered stars, the impact of the Premier League, foreign managers, and which team we’ll be supporting for the rest of the tournament. This inevitably gets a little “football-y” so apologies to any of you who have little or no interest in football, but the rest of you can nod knowingly along. Normal service will be resumed next week, when we’ll be back to talking about Ribena.

Teasmade!

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TeasmadeThis week, we discuss my recent trip to Florida, everything from endangered shellfish to something called a “Silver Alert.” Then, listener Mollie writes to discuss the wacky world of coffee, which leads us to game show prizes in the seventies. Later, Scott calls in from PA to take the quiz, and tries to figure out what a “filbert” is, while Johnson goes to “the Nick.”

John Logie Baird (And Boo Boo)

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JLBA vaguely Scottish theme this week: We discuss the “reality” show called “I Wanna Marry Harry,” and then hear from a listener about an unforgivable mispronunciation of a pretty common name. Then we learn the relationship between condoms and comedy Scottish hats, talk about some more zee/zed confusion, and hear about a kids’ handicraft that gave its name to a cartoon character. Later, Sam returns for the quiz and tries to guess what a “Maine Coon” is, while Johnson needs to “spend a penny.”

Some links to things we mention: Scottish Star Trek, Z. Cavericci pants, Scoubidou.