EPISODE 360: dirty pants rocket

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Wow. It took more than eleven years and 360 episodes, but it has at last happened:

Our first ever question about the Bowling for Soup.

(Who? (No, that’s not the actual question.))

Try to contain yourselves on this landmark occasion as you listen to Answer Me This! Episode 360, in which we also learn about:

astronauts’ dirty underwear
Sushidoku™
bears
the biggest ever cruise ship
sleeping in your grandpa’s old bed
sploofs
skunks vs skunk
seeing a rocket launch
and
the Blockbusters Hand Jive.

In today’s Bonus Bit of Crap on the App – available for iPadPhones, Android and Windows devices – Helen craves more information from behind the scenes at the Hanoi water puppet show. (Someone please tell us: how do the performers cope with the water and the boredom, HOW?)

We also have Other Projects. Hear Olly’s interview with Britain’s biggest rogue trader at modernmann.co.uk. To celebrate the release of the Black Panther film, Helen’s latest Allusionist is about the evolution of superhero names – hear it at theallusionist.org. And you can see her TED talk about typos HERE (or at the bottom of this post if you are a scroller not a clicker). And Martin the Sound Man’s latest album Ten Things Which Aren’t Love is available for £0 – or more, if you absolutely insist – at palebirdmusic.com.

Thanks to Squarespace for sponsoring the show, and for making it so easy to set up a good-looking website for your projects. Play around during the two-week free trial, then get 10% off Squarespace’s website-hosting and -designing services for a whole year with the discount code ‘answer‘. Is it safe? Of course it’s safe!

You can also get two free Audible audiobooks if you go to answermethispodcast.com/audible. Two free audiobooks are better than one free audiobook which is better than no free audiobooks, so get yourself free audiobooks!

Send us your QUESTIONS: deliver a voice memo or a written question by emailing answermethispodcast@googlemail.com. You can still use the old ways of calling the Question Line on 0208 123 5877 or Skype ID answermethis, but a lot of those messages haven’t been reaching us lately or are coming out sounding like you’ve just been eaten by a robot. So a voice memo is a safer bet.

Be our interfriend at twitter.com/HelenAndOlly and facebook.com/answermethis.

We’ll be back with AMT361 on 5 April 2018, and there’ll be a Retro AMT episode in your feeds on 22 March.

Helen & Olly

••• AMT360 Child-Friendly Rating: 71%. Not very bawdy or sweary, but does include a question about weed-smoking, and also reflections upon one’s parents’ mortality. •••

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5 Responses to “EPISODE 360: dirty pants rocket”

  1. Shamus MacDougall Says:

    This is for the weed smoker: Put on your grown up clothes and talk to your parents. It’s like you were asking “I want something but I don’t want to ASK for it.” If you go to McDonalds do you think “Well I want a Big Mac but I don’t want to ASK for it.”?

    Also, dude, if you’re smoking weed outside the house, your parents already know you smoke weed. (Just as, yes, Linda from work, we all know you have a couple of cigarettes at lunch and covering yourself with cologne on the way back only make it smell like Estee Lauder broke in and had a cigarette.)

  2. Alexander Fisher Says:

    Sorry Olly, Martin is the one who gets discussed on bear forums.
    Kisses

  3. James C. Says:

    If you want weed without the smell, try edibles.

  4. JW Says:

    Helen and Olly: “hiking the Appalachian trail” was the excuse that the former governor of South Carolina used, when he disappeared from office for a week to have an affair. So that might be what your listener was doing.

  5. Sara Says:

    I grew up in Berkeley and I was shocked to learn that my husband, who is not from Berkeley, can’t recognize the smell of dissipated weed smoke wafting out an open window.

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