It’s a fun night with family. This week I am joined by my wife ReAnna, oldest sister MG (Raevyn Lunatic), her husband Derek (Rev. Knuckleface), and her son Glenn (Fabulous the 2nd.) For the occasion we cracked open a bottle of “God’s Pillow” from the “Clockwork Chemists”, and Angry Orchard “Iceman.” By the nature of our family, we just start talking about whatever comes to mind. Just because we have so much fun hanging out we went on for-ev-er… Topics ranged from our grandparents deaths to “Alf” to “Game of Thrones.” Believe it or not the alcohol has nothing to do with our behavior. We are just like this when we get together. Enjoy!!
*Update* It looks like the file glitched somewhere in processing and was full of errors. I have since fixed it. My apologies. Thank you to Andrew on Facebook for pointing it out for me to fix.*
I’m getting a little “Meta” this week. (Is that how you use that?) This week I’m taking on podcasting as a virus/ addiction. I go from initial infection of the podcasting bug, to infecting others, to growing into the podcaster strain and replicating it and spreading to even more people. Whether you’re just consuming or are creating, there is no escaping it. Once you’ve been infected with the podcast, there’s no going back, and I wouldn’t have it any other way.
I’m just gonna say it, I suck at social Media. This week I explain my love/hate… mostly hate relationship with social media. From Myspace to Snapchat and everything in between, I am a general failure. I am also quite aware of the hypocrisy of sharing this podcast about hating social media to ALL my social media platforms. But hey, I have to spread the word somehow.
This week I tell the tale of my love for cooking and where it began. From burning my hands on a cookie sheet to making fresh pizza from scratch every week. Join me as I share one of my truly favorite things. It may not be the funniest story, but it’s most definitely a piece of the puzzle that shaped this odd dad.
In celebration of our 7th anniversary we have launched our new “Parenting” show. Tonight we recall our whirlwind of a relationship while giving you all a taste of what to expect from the “Mom and Dad Cuss” podcast. There’s no sugar coating or fluff on this show.
This week I think back on my childhood TV habits and talk about some of the shows I used to watch. Then I look at some of the shows that we share with our children now. From watching “Rugrats” to singing along with “RuPaul’s Drag Race,” our boys seem to have a pretty well rounded television exposure.
I’m back after a week off to deal with a severe case of “fucking tired” combined with a hint of “don’t know what to talk about” to bring you this week’s rant about cars. Specifically I’m talking about the stupidity of the “tuner” culture and the compulsion to “supe up” your car. No history lesson this week, just a plain old school Odd Dad Out bitching. Enjoy… or don’t, I’m not the boss of you…
What do 90% of nerds have in common? COFFEE!! True nerds love coffee and research. As I am a nerd, what could be more fitting than researching coffee? This week we learn a bit about coffee and make fun of the strange history and haters of the “Wine of the Bean.”
Fun Coffee Facts / History
Coffee beans are actually the pit of a berry.
Legend has it that coffee was discovered by Ethiopian goat herders in the 9th century who found that their goats would “dance” after eating the berries.
Coffee comes from an Arabic phrase that means “wine of the bean”
Caffeine, and by extension coffee, is psychoactive stimulant and in extremely high doses can cause hallucinations and death.
But it would take drinking 100 standard cups of coffee in one sitting to actually die.
1.4 billion cups of coffee are consumed every day
Most expensive Starbucks coffee is a 16 shot espresso which will set you back about $24.
Most expensive coffee in the world comes from the feces of a Sumatran wild cat. While digesting the berries, the pits are fermented. The collected beans cost as much as $600 per lb.
Claiming to be the strongest coffee in the world, Death Wish Coffee boasts 660 mg of caffeine per 12 oz cup.
By comparison a standard cup of coffee contains from 100-150 mg of caffeine
A single shot espresso is between 80-120mg
Tea 40 mg
Average chocolate bar has between 20-60 mg caffeine
Standard 12 oz cola has from 40-60 mg
(For reference the lethal amount is approximately 10,000 mg for the average adult)
Coffee’s Bad Rap
For years coffee has been blamed for everything from hypertension and heart disease to birth defects and cancer.
Coffee houses were actually banned in England in the late 1600’s because the king thought that’s where people were plotting against him.
Italian priests in the 16th century labeled coffee as satanic until Pope Clement VIII declared it delicious and had it baptised. (Hence all the Italian coffee houses)
Fortunately for all of us coffee lovers, they were all wrong…
Modern research has found no concrete proof that drinking coffee has any long term negative effects and has actually disproven almost all previous accusations.
Long term moderate (2-4 cups a day) coffee consumption has been shown to reduce the risk of:
Some forms of Cancer
Cirrhosis of the liver
Regular heavy coffee consumption has actually been shown to reduce blood pressure and help strengthen the heart.
Coffee actually contains 4X the cancer fighting antioxidants as a cup of green tea.
Now that you know it’s not going to kill you, drink up, and make it a double.
I think this is going to go down as the Superbowl of WTF. Ok, it’s established that I don’t “like” sports especially, but that doesn’t stop me from watching “The Big Game” on principle. After all you don’t have to care about the teams to appreciate the event. There is always plenty to enjoy and ridicule besides the football game anyway. (Incidentally I had to actually do research for some of this info.)
There’s always controversy over the Superbowl.
With all of the betting involved it creates controversy by itself.
-Game fixed- Every year they claim that the game is fixed ahead of time. It is usually a very one sided game regardless of the caliber of the competing teams. Often the favorite to win, or the logical choice gets obliterated.
I don’t care if it’s fixed, but IF it is, I think the Vegas odds makers do the fixing. I figure more money was put on the Panthers to win, so they throw the game so the money men don’t lose everything. Somewhere along the way the team is given a slice. I personally don’t believe that or care either way.
It does look like Cam Newton wasn’t completely trying to win though. He did walk away from the ball during that particular play. Even Whataburger burned him in a tweet just after the game.
Cam Newton could probably use a Whataburger right now But he might turn away from it…
-Peyton Drinking Budweiser There was probably a good amount of betting going on about whether or not Peyton Manning would retire after this season. Some are saying he said yes without actually saying yes. Twice in post game interviews Peyton Manning says he’s going to drink a lot of Budweiser and think about whether or not to retire. NFL rules forbid any active player from endorsing any alcoholic product. Conspiracy theorists say this is Peyton secretly telling the world he is retiring, and endorsing Budweiser, since he can’t do that as an active player.
-National Anthem- The strangest bet of them all
Overall it is agreed that Lady Gaga blew everyone away with her national anthem this year. Never mind how she was dressed, that is a subject all on it’s own. She showed that she is honestly an amazing singer.
The controversy again stems from the betting. People actually bet on how long the anthem will go for. Last year some places delayed paying out on bets because it looked like Idina Menzel was shooting for a particular time.
This year the problem comes in the form of when to stop the clock. At the end of the song, Lady Gaga says “brave” twice. The people with bets thus argued over if the time stopped when she started the first brave, ended it, or ended the second one. The official time given for the paying of bets was 2:09.
And Now.. Commercials
To some people the Superbowl Commercials are more important than the game.
This week I’m solo again. For the most part I just get on a revolving door of what I do all this for. I really do love making this show and appreciate everybody who listens. I don’t care if I get famous or popular, just knowing that anyone out there willingly invites my thoughts into their sound space is rewarding enough. Also don’t be an asshole…