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Ep 32: Ugh, It's Just a Fad


Still remember how to do the Macarena? We reminisce and discuss the origins of Pogs, singing raisins, ridiculous trend diets, Sanrio, and Hello Kitty. If you think modern fads are nuts, we also talk about the ridiculous crazes from the old-timey days like collecting limes, portable marionettes, and the first 3D movie mania. 

ALSO: Bizarre headlines, the stellar conclusion to our Carmin San Mateo adventure, Music Round

RUNTIME: 47 minutes 2 seconds


Featured Interlude Music:

 "My Baby's Just Like Money" by Merle Haggard  Amazon | iTunes 

"The Popular Thing" by Jukebox The Ghost  Amazon | iTunes 

"Carmin San Mateo" (Parody) by Chris Koher  MP3 | SoundCloud 


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Reader Comments (10)

Man. That picture really puts the fad in perspective. YES WE DRESSED UP LIKE POOP FOR HALLOWEEN. IT WAS COOL.

October 8, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterChris Kohler

Hey guys! Can you post a direct download link? I'm a dinosaur who knows of no other way to get the podcast on his phone (from work)! Thanks and keep up the good work!

October 8, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterbucktwenty

@bucktwenty: Each post has a direct download link. It's in blue in each post, including this post that says DIRECT DOWNLOAD in blue. Hope that works!

October 8, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKaren

I'm sorry! Something must be wrong with my phone then. I see the direct download link for the older posts but not for this one for some reason. Thank you anyway, Karen!

October 8, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterbucktwenty

@bucktwenty its not just u i cant get either.

October 8, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLisa Hansen

@bucktwenty + @Lisa: Hmm...what an intriguing situation! I'll look into it. But meanwhile, here's the direct download link for this episode:



October 8, 2012 | Registered CommenterGood Job, Brain!

Thank you Karen! That link worked just fine. Still don't see the episode text or any of the links, just the post title and the picture.

October 8, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterbucktwenty

Hi guys, is there any chance you could post a source for the info on the 18th century French portable marionettes you talked about? I'm cobbling together a few rounds of pub trivia for next week and am hoping to have a question about them in there.

October 31, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterReed

Hi Reed! I found the original mention of the "pantin" (marionette) fad in a book named "Paris: The Secret History" by Andrew Hussey (p. 191). Hope this helps!

October 31, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterColin

Hey guys! I just started listening to ya'll so I'm starting all the way from the back catalog of shows. Just finished this one at work today. I do so truly hope that there will be more Mock-a-Pella renditions in the future! I may have tinkled in my chonies!!

September 6, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBen

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