Mele Kalikimaka!

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That’s Hawaiian for “Merry Christmas,” people! In this, our final show of 2013, we eat mince pies, discuss everything from aprés ski to Hawaii to ugly sweater parties, ponder why Americans call snack bars “concession stands,” reminisce about sharing confined spaces with smokers, pull christmas crackers, and I give Johnson another gift. Thanks for listening in 2013, and we’ll see you all next year!

Cheese and Rice!

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SwearJarThis week, we chat about the relentless holiday parties that are typical of the the season; then we ponder the tough World Cup draws we both got. We also discuss “minced oaths,” the creative ways both our cultures avoid saying rude words. Later, Sam calls in to take the quiz, and tries to guess what the “freshman fifteen” is, while Johnson tries to figure out what a “tailback” might be.

There Goes The Neighborhood

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Screen Shot 2013-12-06 at 2.33.14 AMThis week, we’re joined by Johnson’s old friend Ed from New York! We discuss the Rosebowl vs the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade, then our listener from Iran explains the whole Persia thing. Then we discuss the new phenomenon of Black Friday in the UK, and later, Adam Young calls in to take the quiz, and tries to guess what “affirmative action” is. Johnson, meanwhile, doesn’t even attempt to keep a “whip-round” above the waist.