EPISODE 242 – pigeons would be excited by pooing on Tom Cruise


…because pigeons do love to poo. And they get extra points for pooing on Jerry Maguire.

Sorry. Chain of thought. Follow it back to its origin in Answer Me This! Episode 242:

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Today we ponder upon:

video podcasts
Americana aesthetics
semantics shifts of slang
filming in central London landmarks
Thomas Minton
baby photos
drawer liners
fairground fish
‘Word Processor of the Gods’
the public consumption of bananas
guerrilla movie-making
willow pattern

Plus: Olly wonders why the Black Eyed Peas are so keen to shut things down; Helen hates children who have far better business sense than she has, or ever will have; and Martin the Sound Man thinks an ornamental fence is no obstacle to ardour.

In this week’s Bit of Crap on the App (available for iDevices and Android) we go more bananas for bananas, except for bananas that are a year old.

We go bananas for your QUESTIONS, so email them to answermethispodcast@googlemail.com or leave voicemails on the Question Line by calling 0208 123 5877 or Skype ID answermethis.

See you next Thursday,

Helen & Olly

PS It looks like Tom Cruise might also be excited by the pigeon poo too…
PPS…if you believe obviously-made-up ‘news’ stories about obviously-made-up ‘beauty’ ‘treatments’.


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5 Responses to “EPISODE 242 – pigeons would be excited by pooing on Tom Cruise”

  1. Peter Andreae Says:

    I’m a bit behind in the podcasts because iTunes unsubscribed me at some point so I just today listened to episode 242. I have a couple of comments.

    When you started the question about the history of word processed literature I immediately thought of Jerry Pornelle. He was a quirky sort of fellow who used to write a column in the early 80’s in Byte magazine where he documented his experiences as a simple “user” of personal computers. (A user who seemed to receive every new gadget direct from the manufacturers.) Making these gadgets work was a non-trivial exercise in those days and he would document his problems and successes. In any case, since he was a writer, word processing software was a recurring topic and he usually included updates on the progress of his which I’m sure included Oath of Fealty.

    One more quick item: eating bananas in the presence of others is always offensive. They are a very smelly fruit. I don’t know how I hold my marriage together through my wife’s banana habit.

  2. Rishan Mohideen Says:

    The phrase “shut it down” means we are having such a good time that we will stay and have fun til the establishment has to close for the night

  3. Brian Says:

    I remember hearing of the oldest goldfish ever was won at a fair. Here is the article: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk/414114.stm

  4. Matthew Kirschenbaum (@mkirschenbaum) Says:

    Hi! Matthew Kirschenbaum here. I’m at 19:50, right between the fish in plastic bags and bananas.

    Couple,of things: Stephen King definitely wasn’t the first writer to use a word processor–lots of high profile authors, including Michael Crichton and Isaac Asimov, had already gotten into the game. King’s story, “Word Processor of the Gods,” does have a pretty good claim to being the first piece of extended fiction *about* a word processor though.

    Track Changes (my book) will be out next year. In the meantime, though, I’ll have a new piece in Slate in a couple of weeks that in fact offers a pretty confident answer to the question of Who Was First. Two hints: it’s not who you think it was, and it’s earlier than you think.

    Thanks for the mention!

  5. Leo Says:

    There are quite a lot of British-style earteries in in West-LA, Santa Monica and the beach cities but I understand that there are about 250k expat Brits living here, so they might be focusing on people who feel the need for horse meat burgers.

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