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Monday
Jul022012

Ep 18: Splish Splash I Was Taking A Bath

Get your loofah out because we're going to exfoliate the heck out of some trivia! (Uh...what.)

Squeaky clean fun facts behind the things you use in the bathroom: why does orange juice taste weird after brushing your teeth? Mind-blowing truth behind shampoo and the real reason behind "LATHER, RINSE, REPEAT." Learn about what was Listerine really made for, toilet tidbits, and both low/high tech regarding the Japanese public bathrooms. 

ALSO: Band name origin quiz, trick to identifying the countries in Central America.

RUNTIME: 46 minutes 45 seconds 

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Reader Comments (7)

Re: Traditional Japanese Toilets

Of course, I agree that they are fascinating. However, I must disagree with your opinion on traditional toilets. They may be intimidating for the uninitiated, but they lead to the most satisfying of BM's (bowel movements). If you think about it logically, the human body is not meant to poop sitting down. Squatting leads to more open cheeks and a more natural path to exit your body. In short, you will get it all out, and you will only need to wipe once even if you had a bit too much to drink last night.

A friend of mine who grew up in a rural area of Japan could not even poop on a western toilet the first time he sat on one at age 12.

I have noticed traditional toilets have begun to disappear and it saddens me a little.

July 3, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterNick

Fun show.

Heroin is diacetyl-morphine. You make it directly from poppies.

Methadone is a synthetic opiate.

The syntheses of the two are very different, unrelated processes.

I think you were thinking of the relationship between heroin and morphine.

July 3, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDrsizzl

Thanks for not shouting "OOOOOOOOOOH". It's the worst when you have a hangover.

Love the show!

July 4, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterRandomDude

I want to hug the person who broached the "OHHHHHHH!" topic. I had almost reached my breaking point and, because I would have felt silly complaining about such a thing, was about to get all passive-aggressive by removing GJB from my rotation.

But now I can keep listening, and this makes me happy.

July 4, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterGlendon

The Bayer company actually synthesized heroin from morphine to help the soldiers that were addicted to it after the civil war. They said it was not an addictive compound.(Boy did they get that one wrong) Methadone is a chemical compound that imitates heroin

July 5, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJack Geist

Re: toothpaste . Did you know that at one time, they used radiium in toothpaste as a whitening agent. Radium is, of course, what killed Marie Curie. For a "glow-in-the-dark" smile.

July 9, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterGretchen

I almost cried when you said someone asked you to curb the "OOOOHHHH!" I LOVE the "OOOOHHHH!" In fact, almost every time you would do it, I'd be doing the exact same thing! Out loud by myself in the car, out loud with my earbuds in on the subway, out loud in the kitchen cooking dinner... Here's Kryssi, randomly going, "OOOOHHH!" or "WHOOAAAA!" or "WOOOOWWW!" right along with you, then giggling maniacally because we just did it at the same time! I guess, if you're speaking or performing for the public, it's important to be aware of your habits... but I was totes down with the "OOOOHHHH!", personally.
Love the crap outta you guys. Keep on keepin' on.

July 31, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKryssi Bee

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