EPISODE 272 – all of the stinkiness, none of the pleasure

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Hello listeners,

Today’s questioneer Beth has chosen the AMT Holiday album to be the soundtrack to her child’s birth. If you have ever given birth whilst listening to Answer Me This!, we’d be curious to know. Although we refuse to accept responsibility for any psychological problems your child develops as a result.

Anyway, welcome to the world, babies born during Answer Me This! Episode 272:

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Their tiny little damp ears would be caressed by such topics as:

bow tie tattoos
brie vs camembert
H.R. Giger’s Alien vs Greys (vs Morena Baccarin in V (vs the giant space vagina in Starship Troopers))
citizenship
chevrons
opposite strippers
quills
Kevin Costner’s hair
and
dogging.

Plus: Olly expects all aliens to keep it sexy; Helen has a box set ready to get herself through any occasion; and Martin the Sound Man has gender issues, if his predilection for Bounty Bars is any indicator. And if you’re a non-Brit wondering what a Bounty Bar is, we translate for you in this week’s Bit of Crap on the App (available for iDevices or Android): it’s the same thing as Mounds. Great name, guys!

We’re taking next week off, so you have ample time to send us your QUESTIONS: leave voicemails on the Question Line (call 0208 123 5877 or Skype ID answermethis) and send emails to answermethispodcast@googlemail.com.

And don’t forget to check out squarespace.com, who have kindly sponsored today’s episode of AMT, and are even more kindly offering you two weeks’ free play with all their website-building tools and then 10% off their service if you use the code Answer9. There are myriad design templates and hosting options, and 24/7 support if you need a hand. So go forth and build beautiful websites! And do let us know about them when you’re done. As long as they’re not the kind of site that would traumatise your child if they accidentally found them whilst snooping in your browser history.

See you Thursday after next,

Helen & Olly

AMT272 Child-Friendly Rating: 34%. Quite a lot of swearing. Question from a child about a parent’s possible extra-curricular sexual activities, inc explanation of ‘dogging’.

On this week's hot topic of aliens, here's Martin the Sound Man just outside Area 51

On this week’s hot topic of aliens, here’s Martin the Sound Man just outside Area 51

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2 Responses to “EPISODE 272 – all of the stinkiness, none of the pleasure”

  1. McTodd Says:

    Having only recently discovered your series I’m steadily working my way through it and have just reached AMT272, hence this really belated comment…

    Probably one of the earliest antecedents of what is now the stereotypical Grey alien is HG Wells’s ‘Man of the Year Million’ of 1893. A tongue-in-cheek article, Wells imagined humans a million years hence having evolved into beings with giant heads (to accommodate their huge super-intelligent brains) and tiny shrivelled bodies, future technology having replaced most bodily functions. A contemporary illustration is eerily similar to modern Greys:

    H G Wells, The Man of the Year Million, 1893

  2. Heikki Says:

    The gray alien most likely came from The Outer Limits episode The Bellero Shield (10 February 1964) http://www.theironskeptic.com/articles/hill/chronology.htm , Or the Mekon http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Mekon

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