EPISODE 316: God’s packaging

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In Answer Me This! Episode 316, we have two very different questions concerning overpreparation for death. We also have:

cobbler problems
quinoa
wedding +1s
retirement climates
free salad vs free prawn crackers
cat shit vs cat sick
Mike Oldfield
Metallica Monopoly
soiled lost property
and
popular onions.

Plus: Olly will go on a cruise, as long as it’s free; Helen’s first musical memory is of a cool saboteur; and Martin the Sound Man wants you to slice your own apples and peel your own bananas, you big babies.

In today’s Bonus Bit of Crap on the App (available for iStuff, Android and Windows devices), we continue AMT315‘s discussion of facial hair, and at long last hit on the format that’ll make Olly and Martin into YouTube stars. Or might have, ten years ago.

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Get on with sending us questions, too: leave voicemails on the Question Line – call 0208 123 5877 or Skype ID answermethis – and send emails to answermethispodcast@googlemail.com. And commune with us between episodes at facebook.com/answermethis and twitter.com/HelenAndOlly.

AMT317 will appear on 25th June 2015. Mark your calendars.

Helen & Olly

••• AMT316 Child-Friendly Rating: 87%. Minimal bawdy talk; just some sweaty undergarments, nothing alarming. A sprinkle of B-grade swears. •••

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4 Responses to “EPISODE 316: God’s packaging”

  1. Toby Says:

    A bit late I know, but can I pick Olly (mainly) up on the status of Mike Oldfield. I was around back then and although Tubular Bells did have a certain amount of fame for a while, Oldfield himself was never cool. In fact Richard Branson was never cool either, although Virgin as a brand was a bit of a game-changer. How you manage to mention Mike Oldfield and Brian Eno in the same breath…leads me speechless.
    I realise you guys talking about the early 70s is like giving my opinion on whether Miles Davis was cooler than Elvis – sometimes you did have to be there to know, because the internet is full of lies.
    IMHO Virgin’s second release: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flying_Teapot_(album)
    had more of an influence on late 70s UK culture than Tubular Bells.

  2. Alan Johnson Says:

    – I did find a fiver in my trainer several weeks after a trip to the shore. Didn’t launder it before it passed over the bar for a pint.
    – Sorry Ollie, quinoa chips abound on the Google market place.
    – Another of God’s packaging that is stripped at the supermarket is corn. I suppose you need to shuck corn to see the condition of the kernels on your ear and they are priced by each, not by weight.
    – Intermission Flash back: New Englanders do get away with old England words like `wicked’ and `pissed’ (drunk and/or angry) and others.

  3. Rob Says:

    Bogota, Colombia is the perfect location for Pat from Canada. The average temperature is 14.5 °C (58 °F), and it varies from 6 to 19 °C (43 to 66 °F) in fair skies days, to 10 to 18 °C (50 to 64 °F) in heavy rain days. Other similar locations that are equitorial but at altitude would also suit her temperature needs.

  4. Beresford Quimby Says:

    Dear Ms. Zaltzman and Mr. Mann,

    I listened with great interest to your recent episode of “Answer Me This”, during which you mentioned the game of “Monopoly”, and Ms. Zaltzman stated that she’d not been previously aware of the auction rule (where an unowned property is auctioned if the player who landed on it does not wish to buy it). In my experience, it is indeed not unusual for people who have played Monopoly many times to be unaware of this rule, and this is unfortunate, since it is the only thing that makes playing this awful, tedious, poorly-designed, luck-dominated, so-called “game” a marginally more pleasant experience than, say, having to endure a rectal prolapse whilst Mike Read repeatedly sings the “UKIP Calypso” at you, live, with Nigel Farage doing backing vocals.

    In effect, the auction *is* the game, since it’s the only element that adds any form of meaningful decision or strategy into proceedings at all, and it was considered a crucial and indispensible element by those who developed Monopoly. Without it, the gameplay is even more broken by the catastrophically-dominant luck element, and the game devolves into a simplistic exercise in roll-and-move pointlessness – you might as well play Snakes and Ladders, or flip a coin a hundred times.

    As to the number of Monopoly “re-skins”, since they are merely the same game, might I urge any AMT listener who is looking considering spending money on such as a “new board game experience” to please think again? As a fan of board games – you might have guessed this already 🙂 – it pains me greatly that when people think of these games, they first think of Monopoly, since in the last ten years or so, there has been a remarkable renaissance in board gaming – more new and innovative designs are being produced now than have been in the last fifty years combined – and I would urge people to look to one of the many far superior modern board games (such as “Settlers of Catan”, “Carcassonne”, “Ticket To Ride” – and there are literally thousands more) which are easily acquired from major booksellers or online. These games are in many cases less complex to play than Monopoly, but provide vastly deeper, more engaging and entertaining experiences.

    I am,

    Yours Sincerely,

    Beresford Quimby

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