Posts Tagged ‘doppelgangers’

EPISODE 366: cornea flap

October 4, 2018

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Landlord trouble! We’ve all had it, right? But have you ever had it as bad as the questioneer in Answer Me This! Episode 366? We also chat about:

hand models
leg models
the shins closing The Bill
Land of the Rising Sun
House of the Rising Sun
being square
passion fruit nailed to the cross
young Dames and Lords
seeing your pop song become a politician’s anthem
a dead body in your living room.

In this month’s Bonus Bit of Crap on the App – available for iPadPhones, Android and Windows devices – Olly’s dad gets burnt by his celeb lookalike.

Check in with our other work: Olly hosts The Modern Mann; and Helen and Martin are performing the Allusionist live show on stages in the US and Canada this month – check where and when at

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We’ll be back with AMT367 on 1 November 2018, and there’ll be a Retro AMT episode in your feeds on 18 October.

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••• AMT366 Child-Friendly Rating: 75%. A handful of swears; no bawdy talk. •••


of a pair with the au pair

July 31, 2012


Here’s another eerie case of mistaken identity, from Jen in Wisconsin:

One day I was out hiking while a football (American football) game was happening in the stadium downtown. When I got home, my answering machine was full of worried messages from far and wide inquiring after my health and safety, sympathies, and telling me not to worry about coming in to work the next day.

Baffled, I returned one of the calls to discover that there had been a stampede of fans at the stadium earlier in the day, and the media had gotten many shots of a young woman who must have looked terribly similar to me trapped against a chain fence and crying. It had been picked up by CNN and run nation-wide, hence the phone calls.

Several years later, I was in a bar, when a somewhat older man asked me out on a date. He remarked that he and his wife were splitting up, and how much I resembled his kids’ former au pair. (Won’t go into the creepiness factor of that here.) I responded that that was the second time I’d heard I had a twin in town, and I repeated the story I just told you. Small world – his French au pair was the girl who had been at that football game and had gotten caught in the crush. I’m happy to say that she was, in the end, all right. I’m sure her family got her the hell out of America after that.

And did you get the hell out of that bar, Jen, or do chat-up lines about au pairs’ near death experiences actually work?