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Game geek, candyfreak, bad runner.  

EXPERTISE: Geography, Hip Hop, Dogs, Patrick Swayze, Scout


COLIN // @colin13

Cannot tolerate lines that are not 100% parallel or 100% perpendicular.

EXPERTISE: Classic Rock, Academy Awards, NBA, Star Wars, Sniper


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Kinda sweet, kinda hilarious. Game designer extraordinaire.  

EXPERTISE: Literature, Indie Rock, Pop Culture, New Zealand, Prince, Medic


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Walking retro videogame almanac. Ravenclaw.  

EXPERTISE: US government, James Taylor, videogames, Spy


Ep 7: Willy Wonka & The Wax Tadpole Factory

Chris is finally back with us- just in time for our big advertising episode! Our favorite unsuccessful marketing campaigns, The Wonka Candy Company, advertisement urban legends, 7-Up baby formula, ridiculous informercials, our own shameless plugs, and the mysterious anatomy of the Starbucks lady creature.

ALSO: pop quiz, company mascot/spokesperson quiz, our pub trivia tactics, the mnemonic for identifying the Rice Krispies Elves

RUNTIME: 49 minutes 42 seconds 



Featured interlude music:

"A Beautiful Mine" by RJD2  Amazon | iTunes  | Spotify

"Sell Out" by Reel Big Fish  Amazon | iTunes  | Spotify


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Reader Comments (11)

Great work on the podcast, folks. I'm enjoying it a lot. Only criticism I have: every time Karen says "NOO-monic" instead of "NUH-monic" it makes me cringe. ;)

April 21, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterGJBFan

Definitely one of my favorite episodes, the talk about advertisements had me laughing a ton. Would love another episode about odd/interesting origins for foods, maybe even words?

April 22, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterC. Kind

I download the podcasts and listen to them when I need a laugh. My favorite part is the trivia! I can't wait for the next one! Go brains!

April 25, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterredhead1

Just found you guys, and I am trying to catch up from the beginning. Because of this, I am not sure if this will be corrected down the road, but one of the mascot names that had in your quiz named Speedy, would also be the mascot for Alka Seltzer. I know that you named Spee-dee the McDonalds mascot, but didn't specify a spelling on this, so I figured that both are quite acceptable answers. Keep up the good work. Love the podcast.

December 7, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterGMiddie

I just started listening from the beginning (So much fun!), but the direct download version of this episode isn't working! For now I will skip it and move on.

August 17, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSvad

I just started listening from the beginning (So much fun!), but the direct download version of this episode isn't working! For now I will skip it and move on.

August 17, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSvad

I just discovered your podcast and have been loving it, but for some reason the "Willy Wonka" episode won't play when using the direct download. I'll skip over it for now and keep coming back in hopes that it's working :)

Keep up the good work. You guys are now my second favorite podcast.

August 27, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSteve Black

Hey guys, I think this episode is corrupted or something. Every time I click 'Direct Download', the media player doesn't load properly. I can't find this episode on iTunes anymore, so could you please fix it?


June 1, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterRana

Oh no! It's become the fabled "Lost Episode" of Good Job Brain!

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