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38: The Man Show




Grrah! Get ready to punch trivia in the face with your MANLINESS because we are celebrating MAN stuff: important moments in beard history, etymology behind BBQ, snacks designed for men only, innovations in urinals, and the classic(?) American folktale of Paul Bunyan. 

ALSO: Pepsi's new fat-blocking soda, collective nouns, and what exactly does "begging the question" mean?, E.L.V.I.S. Round

RUNTIME: 48 minutes 2 seconds


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"Whatta Man" by Salt-n-Pepa ft. En Vogue  Amazon | iTunes 


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I occassional drag everyone to soccer matches. My dad was very excited to tell me during one visit that the urnials at the FC Dallas Soccer Matches have soccer goals in them.

November 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterWendi

Hi. Great Show! I just had a couple of quick comments on this episode. You mentioned that MPEG stands for "Motion Photography Experts Group". That's incorrect. It actually stands for "Moving Picture Experts Group".

As to the pronunciation of GIF, that depends on which bad pun you prefer:
1. Choosy perverts choose GIF.
2. Beware of geeks bearing GIFs.

November 22, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterFerruccio

Guys! For someone who seems to purport to be pretty familiar with Japan, there was a pretty egregious pronunciation faux pas involved! I am of course referring to the pronunciation of "Pocky" as though it rhymes with "hockey," which is basically the opposite of an angel getting its wings whenever a bell rings. It's even fairly prominently written ポッキー (basically "poke-key") on the side of the box. It's named for the sound made by a thin thing snapping (ポキ/poki).

I'd apologize for getting all on your case about this, but this is a show both for and by nerds and it just wouldn't be complete without another "you're saying it wrong" every so often from, in this case, a dude who lives in Japan and speaks Japanese. ; )

November 22, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterGreg

Hi Ferruccio, thanks for pointing that out!

I did actually mention the correct acronym for MPEG during recording, but I accidentally "corrected" myself, and unfortunately that's what made it into the final cut.

And personally, I prefer the hard "G" in GIF.... "jif" just always sounded weird to me. But OED apparently prefers perverts. :-)

November 25, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterColin

Was it just a coincidence that this episode was released on International Men's Day?

February 10, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterEmily

Just listened to your show (yes, I'm a bit behind) and I want to add a bit of trivia concerning beards.

The fact that airline pilots are required to be clean shaven to facilitate the oxygen masks reminded me of a factoid I heard about Hitler's mustache. It is said that, during his time in the German army, he was required to shave off his mustache to accommodate the standard issue gas masks. Being the art school hipster that he was, he refused to get rid of the whole 'stache, but compromised and trimmed off the ends so the gas mask would, as you put it, "make a seal" on his face.

This is unconfirmed, but thought I would share.

July 3, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterConnie Deane

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