EPISODE 163 – 80 years of failure

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Dear friends,

Have you ever had selective amnesia? I, for instance, have blocked out every memory of looking into a mirror before my childhood fringe grew out. And in Answer Me This! Episode 163, we discover the event that must have been so traumatic, Olly Mann’s mind banished it…until now:


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Things we have not banished from our minds this episode are:

ordnance survey
mouse mats
Lesley Garrett
The Ring and the Book
Jesus Christ: gap year student
Karl Pilkington vs. Aeschylus
Thunderbirds vs. Sex and the City
gastroenteritis – the pleasant kind
Saint Princess Diana
Marie Carmargo
MI1-19
Alexei Sayle’s Stuff
pick-up sticks
the Pope’s posthumous Parkinson’s panacea
and
natural selection through cock-size.

Plus: Olly retracts what he said about Love Actually in Episode 161; Helen invents the portable carpal tunnel preventative gel wristlet; and Martin the Sound Man reveals his ghost pelvis, although luckily just to Helen rather than the entire world.

This week’s Bit of Crap on the App (available for iPhone or Android; not available for landlines) is a question from Lois, who wants to know the truth about the mythical place whose name everybody knows but whose nature few understand: the Watford Gap.

This January, we’re on a detox diet: nothing but cottage cheese and your QUESTIONS. So feed us! Leave your voicemails on the Question Line (dial 0208 123 5877 or Skype ID answermethis) or send emails to answermethispodcast@googlemail.com. Because we HATE cottage cheese, and we’re hungry.

oxes,

Helen and Olly

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7 Responses to “EPISODE 163 – 80 years of failure”

  1. Seric Says:

    Re: Cock size / Natural selection –

    Martin/Olly, it does seem more possible if you think of it more as selective breeding than natural selection. I imagine that this would be more the case if you were to make this argument (like Olly did) as cock size is less of an evolutionary advantage (such as being taller, stronger, smarter) but more of a preferential selection.

    • Murray in Oz Says:

      These days biologists do refer to “sexual selection” as a form of selection in itself (though really a subset of natural selection). Selective breeding/artificial selection as applied to humans is a fiddly idea (hard to draw lines), but wouldn’t really fit here because artificial selection/selective breeding involves having an aim in mind. If well-endowed men were being chosen purely to breed an army of three-legged soldiers, that would be artificial selection.

      If you want an evolutionary spin, you could consider that the longer penis may be more efficient at depositing semen at the entrance to the cervix or at inducing orgasm which might aid semen take-up and transport; and thus is likely to increase reproductive success as a percentage of sexual encounters.

  2. Caitlin Says:

    I’ve had a truly epic flu-streptococcus combo for about 2 weeks now, and have been amusing myself by listening to various books on tape. Word of advice: DON’T listen to ‘The Hound of the Baskervilles’ and anything by H.P. Lovecraft whist feverish enough to hallucinate. The pair got jumbled up into one work and, let me tell you, weirdest three days of my life.

  3. Beth Says:

    On the very rare occasions I am far too ill to move, I tend to curl up on the sofa with my quilt and watch several episodes of fly-on-wall shows about airports. Enough flicking around the freeview channels during the daytime will guarantee at least three different ones in one afternoon. Watching people being losing their luggage/missing their flights/being searched by customs makes being ill seem not to bad.

  4. Sara Says:

    Re: what to do when you’re sick
    I had a hangover following a Christmas party & could do nothing but lie in bed and be sick every 30 minutes. I started listening to an episode of AMT I had not finished before, and what I heard was a discussion about the most horrible thing you ever ate. So, listening to AMT is NOT recommended when you’re about to throw up. I switched to watching the Golden Girls on YouTube.

  5. QuickTip Says:

    for emma’s question about the talcum powder – it’s quite useful as a alternative to dry shampoo. if you just put a little bit on your hair when its a bit greasy and then brush it in, it stops it from looking greasy, and unless you put loads on you dont get the “white hair look”.
    also, a plus with the talc your mum got you is that it’s scented so your hair will smell great! 🙂

  6. thatguy Says:

    Any chance of a paid RSS feed for the CrapOnTheApp goodies? I’d love to support the show, and get the extras, but my phone is neither fruity nor does it present itself in human form….

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