Episode 18: Live from the Grill-O-Mat

For the low, low cost of your entire savings, Ben and Nathan will remove this broadcast containing “sponsored” content by the University of Edinburgh Press, musings on the academic definition of satire, and pointed trivia about Royal societies, all of which could add up to divorce, premature retirement, and criminal proceedings for a company director in Bromsgrove…

Sources and References:

The Far Side cartoon about a man with one cymbal — aka “Roger Screws Up” — was part of Larsen’s new “Daily Dose” feed of classic strips on the official The Far Side website back on April 1, 2020. However, it looks like that archive clears itself and resets at the beginning of every month, so it is no longer available officially. This color version of the strip is from a greeting card version of the famous comic (which he weirdly seems to have signed twice somewhere in the re-reproduction process).

Correct information in the quiz came from the Guinness Book of World records pages about stacking, an episode of the YouTube video spin-off of No Such Thing as a Fish, and these pages about strange societies: the Roundabout Appreciation Society and the Prince Phillip Movement.

NB: Prince Phillip died between the recording of this episode and its release, and I dithered over whether to put a note — a classic “This is Ben from the Future” creaky door comment — in contextualizing the cavalier way in which we spoke about the late Duke. Instead, I merely edited the original reference to “the current Duke of Edinburgh” to remove the word “current” and let the commentary stand, as I didn’t feel qualified to memorialize the man or place his passing in the proper context.

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