Les Américains Sont Bizarres


8289556-475This week, we finally learn why there is so little blackcurrant in the US, and listener Jochen enlightens us about the real name of the German national anthem. Then, we hear some tips for French people traveling in the USA, everything from firmness of handshake (firm) to when to cut in line (never.) Zut alors!

Oh: the Colbert bit mentioned in the show is here. Seriously, that guy is WHITE.

My Huckleberry Friend


HuckleberryHoundWe open this week’s show talking about our recent (small) earthquake, then hear about a huge example of the French national anthem used in popular culture. Then Johnson tells us what he learned at the Queen Victoria exhibit at the Getty, and we talk about the mystery that is the huckleberry, via 80s television. Later, Johnson takes on Sam (and the entire United Kingdom) in the quiz.

We Are Not Amused


QueenVicIn this week’s show, our listeners come through for us and explain Tony Hancock’s use of the phrase “salt cellars” hanging over from last week. Then we chat about national anthems, specifically which ones we can sing; then I warm up Johnson for the quiz by asking him to identify the meanings of various Victorian expressions. Later, Cocker calls in for the real quiz, and tries to guess what an “odometer” is, while Johnson guesses at “throwing a wobbly.”

Tony Hancock: A Primer


hancock_3Something new this week: we talk about our relative gaps in cultural knowledge, then I attempt to bridge one of them by playing “The Blood Donor,” the most popular episode of “Hancock’s Half Hour.” Through this, we discover that Edina’s mother in AbFab used to be hot, what cricket stumps are, why Cliff Richard hates coming to the United States, and what we used to call greasers in 1961. If you want to watch the full episode without us chiming in, it’s here. Enjoy!

Wacky Tobacky


BigLeagueChewIt’s almost St. Patrick’s Day, so naturally we chat about St. George’s and St. David’s Days, along with Marie Curie and wheelie bins. Then we get to the previously overlooked Fat (Shrove) Tues (Pancake) Day, and people who smear dirt on themselves on Ash Wednesday. Listener Beth clears up chaw and dip, and we discuss synesthesia and Big League Chew – both, amazingly, real things. Later, Lil & Ryan take the quiz and try to figure out what an “October Surprise” is, while Johnson inserts a “Rawlplug” where the sun doesn’t shine. Sigh.

Mercury Retrograde Special!


funny-stop-sign-queen-Freddie-MercuryThis week, we chat about Black History Month (or the lack of it), and how I can’t understand anyone in The Wire – sometimes even the people from England. We also talk about rain, and how it affects the Oscars, London’s streets, and spiders the size of Mini Metros. Rob then takes the quiz, at least until the planet Mercury (or possibly the ghost of Harold Ramis) causes us to lose him forever, forcing Sam to step into the red tights. Johnson sort of keeps “wide boy” above the waist, Sam has a guess at “chaw”, and we go to yet another gripping tiebreaker!

Bill Sez


BillShakeThis week, after briefly discussing the terrible weather Britain is having, we chat about the exchange rate between Scottish and American tooth fairies. Then, we list some surprising phrases in common use that were written by William Shakespeare. Later, my big bro Jon takes the quiz, and tries to guess what a “tagalong” might be, while Johnson sets a new record for going below the waist with his guess for “wetting the baby’s head” (2.3 seconds.)

Couple of links for things mentioned: Billy Bragg’s “Milkman of Human Kindness”, and Homer saying “trampoline” wrong.

And We’re Back


groundhogScott’s sitting in for Johnson this week who’s up a mountain; and following last week’s hiatus, we catch up on the Superbowl final (!) and Groundhog Day, then discuss British people’s aversion to ice. Then we chat about CVS expediting its cigarette disposal, and read some listener mail, most of it disturbing. Then Jordan takes the quiz, and tries to guess what a “menorah” might be, while Scott tries to imagine what a “cricket box” might be for.

Service Interruption

off-air+barsSadly, no show this week. A bunch of reasons which I won’t bore you with, and after much fretting I tried something new which didn’t work out. I can only offer my grovelling apologies and an assurance that we’ll be here next week with more amusing transatlantic minutiae!