EPISODE 147 – Old Possum’s Book of Practical Pigs


Woo-hoo, it’s time for our special guest episode! Sorry campers, Ian Collins forgot to turn up this week (although with any luck he will be on the show in a couple of weeks. (If he remembers.)), so you’ll just have to make do with the three of us in Answer Me This! Episode 147, as per. Here we are:

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We speak this week of:

speed of sound vs. speed of light
Cats vs. pigs vs. puppets
Keanu Reeves vs. Martin’s dad
steak and kidney pudding
newspapers for Christmas
blue-screening Neighbours
The Sheep-pig by Dick King-Smith
artichoke liqueurs
builders’ tea
Countdown for foreigners
St John

Olly depends upon Twitter to make even the most banal decisions for him; Helen explains Deal or No Deal in a nutshell; and Martin the Sound Man calms everyone down with some maths before they crap themselves in a scary thunderstorm.

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Helen and Olly

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22 Responses to “EPISODE 147 – Old Possum’s Book of Practical Pigs”

  1. Jeffrey Braunwarth Says:

    Cats are one of the most loved pets in the world, no question about it. More than 50% of all households in the United States own dogs and cats. Although cats are loved animals, cat allergies are one of the common forms of allergies. Statistics in the past have shown that over 10 million people in the U.S. alone have allergic reactions to cats – especially their fur. ^

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  2. Franklin Coughlan Says:

    I have cat allergy and at the same time i love cats. I always take antihistamines to manage my cat allergy. “.***

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  3. Bobbie Says:

    Everyone always looks at me like I just drop kicked a puppy when I say this but I’ve never tried steak.

  4. Chris Says:

    Re: Countdown

    In Australia we have a show like this which, similar to the French program, is called “Letters and Numbers”.

    Ironically, we used to have a program called “countdown” back in the 60s, 70s, and 80s, called Countdown. The major difference, of course, was that ours was a music show like Top of the Pops.

    haha great show, keep up the good work

  5. Alan Pope Says:

    On the subject of cat allergy.. When I met my wife she was allergic to cats and still is to some degree. But big long after moving in together we bought two kittens. We heard about something called Allerpet/C which you rub into the cats fur periodically and it reduces the allergens in their saliva somehow. We only used if for a few months and wifey became desensitised to it (unless she rubs a cat on her lap then rubs her eyes). We still have the cats 10 years later. 🙂

    Well technically one was hit by a car and was replaced by another, but you get the idea.

    There’s also Allerpet/D for dogs too.

    Oh and this really honestly isn’t some kind of marketing ploy for them, please don’t hurt me, I’m not a spammer. Love popey.

  6. Emma Says:

    I’ve never eaten baked beans. The look and smell are so unpleasant, I couldn’t ever bring myself to actually try them.

  7. Abs Says:

    I am 35 and I have never eaten a prawn – and since I’ve been veggie since I was a teenager and now can’t even stomach the idea of meat and fish as a food group, I now never will. My ex used to call them “sea maggots”, which served to make them even less appealing.

    I’m sure there are other similar things I’ve never had (scallops, for example, and tongue), but prawns stand out as people bang on and on about how delicious they are, and are astounded that I’ve never partaken.

  8. torchedEARTH Says:

    That was the first of your podcasts I ever heard. So…I have never listened to your podcast before, which must be pretty shocking.

    I loved it btw and it shattered my entire belief system.

    …except the bit about gravity, that’s still the same.

  9. David Wiley Says:

    As my upbringing was only slightly less ascetic than Helen’s I have never tasted most of the delicacies available at state fairs such as cotton candy, funnel cakes, or deep-fried candy bars. As they appear universally disgusting I haven’t had the motivation to try them as an adult either.

    I am troubled by Ollie’s assertion though that he has good reason for trying all the foods he has not tried. It is conceivable that there are foods he has never heard of that he would find most delicious. Some possibilities:

    bananito: a banana relative, much smaller and more flavorful than the cavendish
    gooseberries: similar to grapes, but much more sour
    limpet: a saltwater snail relative
    bison: tougher, but tastier than cow
    puffball: a wild mushroom with a delicate and unique flavor
    ramps: a variety of wild leek eastern US which tastes of onions and garlic
    chocolate earl grey tea: I thought it was going to be disgusting, but has become my favorite

  10. Fiona Says:

    Helen and Olly…and Martin!

    Um I know you like to get down with the kids and Olly has definately mentioned in a mannecdote that he was listening to 50 Cent at one time but I was pretty shocked you didn’t mention the hiphop cocktail “sizzurp” or “krunk juice” as a medicinal cocktail…


    ok ok I don’t think it really is medicinal and actually is more of a recreational narcotic in the hip hop community but still…does it count?


  11. Katie Says:

    Mine is quite contraversial…

    I have never eaten a bourbon. I once smelt one and even the memory of the smell makes me feel sick.

    I have also never had a custard cream but this is purely by chance and not because they invoke any vomit based reactions x

  12. Beth Says:

    Up until recently I’d never eaten beef, out of some childhood fear of catching mad cow disease or something. This all changed when I accidently ordered a big plate of cold roast beef with a slight sprinkling of salad when I was in Italy about a month ago, because I couldn’t translate the menu and picked at random. But I was hungry and had gone on an involuntary hike earlier in the day so just thought ‘Sod it.’ and ate the lot.

    I was underwhelmed, I have to say. Haven’t eaten it since.

  13. Colleen Furnell Says:

    I am 37 and have never tried coffee. I really like the way it smells but, can’t imagine that it tastes very good.

  14. Rhys D'Arcy Says:

    Much like your jingle about the very conservative man I have never tasted a grape, they don’t aesthetically please me.

  15. Tim Smith Says:

    I have never tried Pineapples or anything Remotely Pineapple flavoured, The shape of the original pineapple suggests it tastes like shit to me.

  16. Olly Newport Says:

    I’m not sure if never eating a Bounty bar is shocking, but… I’ve never eaten a Bounty bar.

    It’s not the flavour of the coconut, it’s the consistency.

  17. rachele Says:

    There is an artichoke liqueur in Italy, it’s called Cynar. I’ve never had it, but can maybe we can serve a special cocktail at your wedding? 🙂


  18. Eeva Says:

    In Sims 1 and 2 you could actually drown people by removing the pool ladder. Why? The programmers simply didn’t make the animation that would’ve let the sims climb up the side. So it’s really their fault. They even celebrated it by creating a family whose father had died in a “mysterious swimmin pool accident”.

    This is what we Sims fans live with. Sadistic creators make sadistic players.

  19. Paul Easton Says:

    Helen and Olly,

    Re. ‘Countdown’.

    It’s actually a French programme format – ‘Des chiffres et des lettres’ (literally “numbers and letters”) which C4 imported. The original has been running on French TV for more than 40 years.


    Best wishes


  20. Jimcredible Says:

    Thanks for making me feel like a dirty thief! Two Neil Gaiman books for free 😀

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