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Mt. Rushmore of the Post-Apocalypse

9/20/2018
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It’s the end of the world and we...well, we don’t feel fine at all. In fact, it’s pretty depressing! We’ve had nothing to eat but canned pumpkin and Twinkies for the last three months and quite frankly, we’re starting to get a little sick of each other. Also, sick from likely radiation poisoning. On this episode we’re discussing everything that has to do with the Post-Apocalyptic world as it has been portrayed in popular culture throughout the years. So, head down to your bomb shelter,...

Duration:00:46:59

Mt. Rushmore of Wedding Receptions

9/13/2018
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The "I do's" have been "We did-ed". The rings have been rung. And now the guests gear up all the hullabaloo around the Wedding Reception itself. This episode we Mount Rushmore the hell out of all the wonderful, joyous and infuriating aspects of the happy couple's party of their lives. If only they were around to enjoy it.

Duration:00:52:12

Mt. Rushmore of Things We Pretend to Like to be Cool But Secretly Aren't That Into

9/6/2018
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Richard may have come up with a ridiculously long title this week, but I, Michael, can sum it up with one word: Poseur. And HE went to school to be a writer... This week we debate all the things we pretend to like so that someone cool will like us. Look, have you met us? It's really the only way we're gonna get into the cool kids party. From Punk Rock to Politics to Picasso. We put the P in Poseurs.

Duration:00:45:57

Mid/Post-Credit Scenes in Movies

8/30/2018
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There's nothing like sitting through 30 minutes of trailers and two hours of movie only to feel like you need to sit through another 10 minutes of credits. Why? Not because you really want to find out who the Best Boy Grip was on the production - no, you're stuck there because you have to see if there's any extra scenes hidden in the credits. This week we're taking on mid- and post-credit scenes. Amazingly, there once was a time when the movie actually ended before the credits! We remember...

Duration:00:46:00

Mt. Rushmore of Doppelgängers

8/23/2018
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Imagine if you had someone who looked and sounded JUST LIKE YOU. Except they had one difference that made them totally evil - like being the type of person who microwaves broccoli in the work lunchroom and smells the whole place up for the rest of the day. How frightening would THAT be? This week we're exploring lookalikes - both as harbingers of pending doom and as wacky celebrity impersonators. SHOW NOTES

Duration:00:48:35

Mt. Rushmore of Things You Have Lost

8/16/2018
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This week's episode is about the act of losing something, which can go in many directions. It could mean losing something physical, like a toy or tickets to a sporting event. Or, it could mean something a little more ethereal, like a loss of innocence. But mainly, it's about how annoying it is to keep losing your earbuds. Isn't that just the worst? SHOW NOTES Soccer tickets (Richard's Choice) Moss Man action figure (Michael's Choice) Your sense of invulnerability (Richard's Choice) An...

Duration:00:52:06

Mt. Rushmore of Things That Ruin Movies/TV Shows

8/9/2018
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A great movie or TV shows transports you out of your normal, humdrum existence into another world. You become so absorbed in the people, places and things that are happening in front of you that you eventually forget that you're watching a screen and feel like you are actually part of everything happening in front of you. And then some ding-dong actor swings his "full" coffee mug around and makes it clear that it's actually empty. RECORD SCRATCH and all of the illusion is ruined. So this...

Duration:00:41:45

Mt. Rushmore of Board Games

8/2/2018
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We may have a Monopoly on the idea of what belongs on the Mt. Rushmore of Board Games, but that doesn’t mean we have a Clue. This week we’re looking at everyone’s favorite time-waster/family fight starter. Our choices run the gamut from all-time classics to forgotten personal favorites. Want to know if your top pick made the list? I guess you’ll have to listen and Yahtzee. (Sorry, that last one was terrible. Nothing but Trouble if you ask me.) SHOW NOTES

Duration:00:37:28

Mt. Rushmore of Something You Were Too Young to Appreciate Yet

7/26/2018
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This week we turn the magnifying glass on our younger selves to analyze those things we were just too young to appreciate. A good glass of brandy. A fine pair of sneakers. Hell, even the crushing, yet liberating, weight of being absolutely alone. But not in that Lydia Deetz sort of Beetlejuicey/goth way.

Duration:00:43:20

Mt. Rushmore of Actors Playing Real Presidents

7/19/2018
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Can you imagine someone having to pretend to be the President of the United States? No, seriously, we’ll wait for you to stop laughing. We mean REAL ACTORS. After all, our presidents are among some of the most recognizable figures in American history. Whether they are heroes or scoundrels, they cast a large shadow. Put it this way: everyone can do a bad JFK impression, but how many people can do it well enough to be credible in a movie or TV show? (Answer: Not Greg Kinnear in “The...

Duration:00:34:57

Mt. Rushmore of Songs Featuring Spelling

7/12/2018
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Do we have to spell out what this week's episode is about? Well, we probably should. It's all about S to the Izzo, P to the Pizzo, E to the...uh, E-izzo...look, this is getting complicated. Just...we're talking about songs featuring spelling, OK? And no, we don't mean Tori Spelling. We mean words being spelled out during the course of the song. So get out of here, "Alphabet Song" - you're not spelling anything out. Here's a hint for one of this week's choices: if you don't R-E-S-P-E-C-T our...

Duration:00:36:55

Mt. Rushmore of Jock Jams

7/5/2018
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Let's PUMP UP THE JAMS! This week we're discussing the songs that get you READY TO ROCK at the stadium when you go to see your favorite sports team. Expect more RADICAL ALL-CAPS WORDS in this episode than ever before. Seriously, if this episode doesn't get you FULLY READY TO BLOW SOME SHIT UP then you don't have a sports bone in your body.

Duration:00:36:02

Mt. Rushmore of Old Man Shit

6/28/2018
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You kids today, with your iPhones and your podcasts. We didn't have anything like that in our day. If we wanted to hear something interesting, we'd listen to our ears ringing after our Dads boxed our ears in for showing up five minutes late for dinner. That's the way that it was AND WE LIKED IT! This week we explore all of the things that we're dealing with as we get older. We strongly encourage you to get off of our lawns and want to let you know that your "boy bands" today can't hold a...

Duration:00:41:08

Mt. Rushmore of Summer as a Kid

6/21/2018
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"In the summertime, when the weather is hot You ca-... GET OUT OF HERE MUNGO JERRY!!! NO ONE LIKES YOUR AWFUL SONG! AND TAKE YOUR CREEPY SIDE BURNS WITH YOU!! OK, now that we've cleared out the riff-raff . This week we're unpacking stories from our childhood to offer up our Mount Rushmore of Summer as a Kid. You know: those halcyon days when the days, weeks and months stretched on forever and responsibility was nothing more than a spelling bee word you just couldn't get right.

Duration:00:50:10

Mt. Rushmore of Fast Food Monstrosities

6/14/2018
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If the road to Hell is paved with good intentions, then the road to Fast Food Hell is paved with bacon, cheese and more bacon. This week we take a look at the most artery-clogging, gut-busting creations ever to ooze their way from the laboratories of Big Fast Food Inc. You'll be amazed at some of the things that they thought we would eat! And probably ashamed because you've had several of these. USA! USA! SHOW NOTES

Duration:00:49:11

Mt. Rushmore of Technology Headaches

6/7/2018
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Like, TWO SECONDS after mankind created fire you know that he burnt himself with it. Mankind goes on to create the wheel and FOR SURE it rolls over his toes. Yadda yadda yadda. George Jetson is crying for help on his space treadmill. Rounding out our three weeks of TED Talk episodes we gripe the light fantastic about how lights aren't that fantastic and complain about all these technological terrors that ruin our ordinary lives.

Duration:00:44:55

Mt. Rushmore of Old Electronics You Had

5/31/2018
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Mankind creates fire. Mankind creates wheel. Mankind decides this remote control isn’t working for me, what if it was also a watch?! This week our Mount Rushmore of Old Electronic gadgets draws from our formative years. From the VCR to the BOOM BOX to Nintendo’s Power Glove, we crank the !!!TURBO BASE!!! on nostalgia All. The. Way.

Duration:00:51:54

Mt. Rushmore of Kickstarter Fiascos

5/24/2018
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I find it hard to believe that there’s a sucker born every minute. After all, people are putting their hard-earned money into Kickstarter campaigns a lot more often than that! This isn’t to say that every crowdfunded invention is a grift. It’s just that for every Oculus Rift, there are 100 products that don’t work as advertised or just plain never see the light of day, leaving “investors” holding the bag – and a worthless receipt. This week we’re looking at the crowdsourced concepts that...

Duration:01:01:10

Mt. Rushmore of "We Didn't Start the Fire"

5/17/2018
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This week’s episode answers a critical question: if we didn’t start the fire, who did? Probably those damned Ruskies, that’s who! A companion piece to last week’s episode on REM’s “It’s the End of the World as We Know It (And I Feel Fine),” this week we delve deep into another list song: “We Didn’t Start the Fire” by one William Joel. The whole song is basically just as many political and pop culture references as you can pack into a 3:30 pop song, including some really obscure pulls. We...

Duration:00:40:59

Mt. Rushmore of "It's the End of the World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)"

5/10/2018
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Is “It’s the End of the World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)” REM’s greatest song? Probably not. But it might be their most catchy and it’s definitely the one you are most likely to know about 1/10th of the words to. It’s such a cultural touchstone that Michael, Richard and Jeff have devoted an entire episode to every aspect of this song, from specific people mentioned to its appropriateness as a karaoke song. And yes, we definitely get into LEONARD BERNSTEIN! So, it’s time to brush up on...

Duration:00:50:56