EPISODE 236 – like Jurassic Park, but with Romans


Rub-a-dub-dub, two nuns in a tub – but what the blazes are they getting up to in there? Find out in Answer Me This! Episode 236:

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Today we consider:

Roman wine
Roman semen
flamenco dancing
Roger vs. Wilco
wet bars vs. dry bars vs. swim-up bars
the Moorish influence on Span vs. Frank Muir’s influence on Spain
polluted peanuts
Sarah Palin’s password
laundry fragranczzzzzzz
Pfalz Historical Museum drink options
the oldest continuously producing Cabernet Sauvignon vine
airport shopping
double disk drives.

Plus: Olly is a bit disappointed by his holiday hotel’s drink facilities, in that they did provide kettles but didn’t serve drinks through boobs; Helen doesn’t think you should trust Password Wallet any more than post-it notes; and Martin the Sound Man is never going to make it as a wedding singer if his set is just ‘Heartbeat‘ four times followed by ‘Magic Dance‘ as encore.

In this week’s Bit of Crap on the App (available for iDevices and Android) Olly reminisces about the time he had a wet bar in his student bedroom. People always think wet bars are so ritzy, but the Olly Mann twist on MTV Cribs fanciness can be yours for only £20 from Millets.

We are, as always, agog to receive your QUESTIONS, so please email them to answermethispodcast@googlemail.com or leave voicemails on the Question Line by calling 0208 123 5877 or Skype ID answermethis.

By the way, if you’re curious about spiders after today’s episode, our pal Jim Bell of Geekpop podcast is your spider man. NB Jim is not Spider-man, he is a normal man who doesn’t wear spandex and seems fairly unwracked by angst. He is just very keen on spiders, as his website demonstrates – in an entirely safe-for-work way, we assure you.

Less safe for work is our photo of Olly demonstrating that, like today’s questioneer Brad’s wife’s student, he is the bollocks. Click here to see. Don’t be scared – it’s much gentler than all that nasty Staplenuts business last year.

Anyway, rest assured, dear listeners, that we think you are all the bollocks. So please bring your beautiful bollocky selves back here next Thursday for AMT237.


Helen & Olly


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6 Responses to “EPISODE 236 – like Jurassic Park, but with Romans”

  1. Robert Says:

    A:\ drives were for 5 1/2″ floppy disks
    B:\ drives were for 3 1/4″ floppy disks

    As to “Roger” meaning “R,” it depends on which spelling alphabet you’re talking about. Roger was used by the British military for “R” as of WWII. Maybe they’re still using it, I don’t know.

    • Leo Says:

      B:\ drives were for whichever size disk you were using. I worked on machines using 5½” disks and 8″ disks for several years before 3¼” FDDs were introduced. Having two floppy drives made it possible to load software from one disk and data from another in a time when disks were hardly capacious. They also made copying data from one disk to another faster as it did not need to be saved into RAM and then copied into the new disk inserted into the drive.

      • Chris Says:

        Indeed. Because if you only had one floppy drive it could be A: or B:.
        I remember having to upgrade about twenty twin floppy drive Amstrad PC1520’s with new 20MB hard drives. What would we do with all that space??

  2. Lady Eleanor of Kingswear Says:

    Before I write this, I have to tell you – I snorted milk up my nose and nearly choked when I heard Olly pretending to be Shirley Bassey! Hilarious stuff.
    In response to your question about how to end the letter of recommendation for the star student, I would put any of the following: she is…
    The mutts nuts
    The badgers nadgers
    Top banana

    Just a few to whet your whistle!

  3. Helen Zaltzman Says:

    It is now, but R was originally Roger when the alphabet was invented. They probably changed it to save confusion when the communication ‘Roger’ had become accepted to mean ‘received’ rather than just ‘R’.

  4. Chris Says:

    erm…R in the phonetic alphabet is Romeo, not Roger.

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