Episodes

Bored in the House!

Today’s episode “Bored in the House” is on Apple Podcasts, SpotifyOvercast, Libsyn, Pocket CastStitcher, iHeartRadio, or anywhere you listen to podcasts.

Are you bored in the house? Are you in the house bored? (thank you Tyga X Curtis Roach) Need a new hobby on the cheap? Want a fresh perspective on that old box of Chutes and Ladders? Today Kym drops some clues on inexpensive hobbies and Kris has trivia about board-games, jigsaw and crossword puzzles. Because singing a song about useless game knowledge on your guitar you just learned to play goes a long way with breaking the ice at your next Zoom par-tay! WHOOP WHOOP! BOARD IN THE HOUSE!

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Kym kicks things off with some great ideas for keeping your mind and body busy (Kris has not broken the couch/tv habit yet, but there is always room for hope). There’s always meditation and yoga, yah yah….but what about baking amazing bread? Go ahead and learn. Your jeans will thank you for giving them time off to pay more attention to your sweatpants. (You might want to channel your inner Great British Baking Show contestant Val, who always got her cardio in whilst whisking, so getting back into your jeans won’t take so long).

When was the last time you read a book? You don’t have to have an actual paper book, there’s always Kindle and iBooks, and if you’re broke – like the over 22 million other people in America on unemployment – you can “borrow” a digital book from your local library.

If reading ain’t your thing, how about starting an herb or succulent garden? No room? No problem…even apartment dwellers can have a tiny box garden to help spice up all those amazing meals they’re learning to cook via YouTube and TikTok. Speaking of, so you think you can dance? Go toe to toe with the rest of the world in 60 seconds or less with the latest TikTok dance craze.

Other ideas include candlemaking, writing, poetry, learn to crochet or knit, and learning calligraphy. And there’s always learning how to pick a lock. We’re just saying, use your newfound power for good.

Kris then gets into her portion of the episode, talking about the greatest American pastime: Crossword puzzles!!! YEAH! Baseball what? That’s right. Live life on the edge, do your puzzle with a pen. Boom. Cruciverbalists can thank Liverpool native Arthur Wayne who immigrated to America, and worked for the New York World as the editor for the “Fun” section of the paper. In 1913, for the Christmas edition, he spiced up the page with a new puzzle: a diamond shaped grid with the word FUN across the top to start readers off. The readers loved it and the rest is, as you know, history.

First crossword puzzle that appeared in the New York World paper Christmas, 1913. Created by Arthur Wayne. Photo from Wikipedia, public domain.

Moving on to more insanely fun and interesting history trivia, yeah, it’s all about jigsaw puzzles! We’ll wait while you catch your breath. It’s ok. We know. It’s almost too much to bear. Anyway, these puzzles have a longer history than our dear crosswords, having been around since the 18th century. Apparently cartographer John Spilsbury thought it would be a grand idea to whip out his hatchet, chop a wooden map into bits, and then ask friends to put the pieces back together. That must have been an amazing party.

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Kris rounds off this episode of majestic trivia with a (truly) fun list of facts about popular board games Monopoly, Chutes and Ladders, Clue, and Scrabble. For instance…do you know the name of the crook in Monopoly jail or the cop who put him there? Does Mr. Monopoly (not his first name, btw) actually wear a monocle? Do you know the origins of Chutes and Ladders were actually to teach karmic lessons? Yep, your 5 year old is playing a game meant to teach the difference between virtues like Faith or Kindness apart from evil behavior like Theft and Drunkeness. It’s the ol’ desire and destiny playbook for today’s recess boys and girls. Go ahead and read them the origin story of Cinderella for good measure. While the littles are napping and you nip out to buy more boxed wine, just mutter “MUZJIKS” (thank you Scrabble) in a bad Russian accent at people. Don’t forget to sneer. That should keep everyone 6 feet away at all times.

To read the articles we discuss, as well as other information we bring up in the episode, please check out the following links:

Quarantine 12 (11? 13? We can’t count them all) by Kym:

Kris calls Kym’s list, and raises her 6 more!

  • Ya’ll are drinking to that! Apparently American alcohol consumption is WAY up during these heady self-quarantine days.
  • You Say SATOR I Say RASTOR: Details on that cool little 5 word/25 letter palindrome can be found right here.
  • Game on! For all things Hasbro, including the games we mention above, go here.
  • X’s and O’s. For the December 2019 Smithsonian Magazine article by Deb Amien, please read How the Crossword Became an American Pastime. And now you know forever more pastime is not spelled with two t’s. The things you learn on the internet. My word. (See what we did there. That’s slap-your-knee HIIIIIIII-larious that is).
  • Pick Up the Pieces. To piece together the intricate history of the jigsaw puzzle (we’re beside ourselves with amazement at our ability to pun. We are also exceptionally tired), please read this June 2015 article at thegamewhiz.com: Interesting Facts About the Jigsaw Puzzle
  • Board in da House! Definitely check out this buzzfeed.com list of board-game trivia by Adam Ellis, 60 Facts About Board Games That Will Change The Way You Think About Family Game Night

Check out The Mugly Truth Podcast’s episode “Bored in the House!” on Apple Podcasts, SpotifyOvercast, Libsyn, Pocket CastStitcher, iHeartRadio, or anywhere you listen to podcasts. Then all you need to do is 1) subscribe 2) download and 3) listen! AND!!! 4) If you enjoy what you hear, please leave a rating and a review (pretty please?). The more subscribers and reviews we get, the more opportunities we get to grow this podcast and bring you richer content.

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Food Smarts

Today’s episode “Food Smarts” is on Apple Podcasts, SpotifyOvercast, Libsyn, Pocket CastStitcher, iHeartRadio, or anywhere you listen to podcasts.

Today’s episode is a beginner’s class on food storage. These days you grab what you can during grocery excursions, and maybe you pick up a little extra (without hoarding, right?) for the freezer or pantry. So we decided to educate ourselves (and our listeners) with tips and tricks for storing food so those Little Debbies can be safely relocated to ones stomach when the time comes. First lesson: never be so panicked about the lack of canned goods at your grocery store that you fail to recognize dust atop the cans of kidney beans you delightedly purchased at the convenience/liquor mart up the street. You live and learn. Never use (or buy) food in a can that has rust, bulges, or dust bunnies, KRIS.

Other than THAT Captain Obvious moment there are a lot of other things we learned, things that anyone who isn’t a foodie, chef, baker or cook (soooo, us) might be surprised to hear. Such as you can freeze potato chips.

At this time, we’d just like to make an official statement: if you have the need to freeze potato chips you’re not snacking right.

And did you know there are best practices when it comes to freezing things? If you just throw packages in the freezer willy-nilly, you might discover your chicken breasts are not so ah – perky? – when you cook them. Or that your bananas are just a big, frozen brick. So lessons 2 and 3 are: write the month and year the food will expire on the container, and some food needs to be prepared before freezing. Did you know flash freezing bits of food (like sliced potatoes, bananas or bell peppers) on a cookie sheet and then transferring them all into a single container keeps them from freezing in one big clump? We know. It sounds like a lot of work. Sometimes it is. But prepping your food properly before storing in your cupboard or freezer will save your tastebuds and tummy in the future.

And best of all, technology comes in hot with a really amazing app called FoodKeeper. The original USDA guidelines were published as a brochure back in 1994. The online version was updated in partnership with the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service, the Food Marketing Institute, and Cornell University. The online database can be found here. The free app can be downloaded for iOS and Android devices.

Here are the links we discussed in the episode:

Check out The Mugly Truth Podcast’s episode “Food Smarts” on Apple Podcasts, SpotifyOvercast, Libsyn, Pocket CastStitcher, iHeartRadio, or anywhere you listen to podcasts. Then all you need to do is 1) subscribe 2) download and 3) listen! AND!!! 4) If you enjoy what you hear, please leave a rating and a review (pretty please?). The more subscribers and reviews we get, the more opportunities we get to grow this podcast and bring you richer content.

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Intro and outro music, “Clever as a Fox”  by Espresso Music through premiumbeats.com.

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Oh, Owl POOP!

Today’s episode “Oh, Owl Poop!!” is on Apple Podcasts, SpotifyOvercast, Libsyn, Pocket CastStitcher, iHeartRadio, or anywhere you listen to podcasts.

We bring you some good news from the goodnewsnetwork.org because this entire world needs some lifting up right now. We also talk a little more about some fun days to celebrate this fine, lovely second week of April. And Kym talks about sifting through owl poop and finding rat teeth. Read all those sentences again. Vurrrrry slowly. One is not like the others. It’s what we do.

Yep, Kym is BACK! Still by phone only, which is the new norm of course. We do a little catch-up, talking about the latest state of the union – NAY, the world – because we’re not sure there’s anyone actually on the planet having a conversation that has 100% nothing to do with coronavirus self-sheltering life. Well, come to think of it, we’ve heard of some people… thems that got no t.v.., radio, internet, phone, – living so far removed from technology and “civilization” and literally not even knowing we’re out here flailing around with bandana masks and hair-coloring kit gloves, losing our collective minds. Not gonna lie…we’re a hint of jealous. Anyway, the rest of us, we’re just over here talking about life on lockdown these last hmmmphsssaaahhy days (we don’t know anymore….21? 53? 1,203,290,932?).

So, to set the scene: We’re talking, catching up before getting into the topic – just chatting about working from home (or occasionally having to go into the office), Kym’s ongoing ordeal with tying up the loose ends from her dad’s passing, rainy April weather, the million+ mark in CV19 cases, Chris Cuomo’s tooth-breaking covid chills, nature-watching, recovery meeting hackers, celebrities entertaining us, a**holes billionaires quarantined on their yachts, ginger sun-basking, binge-watching Time Team, teen-agers in quarantine, Dog TV on DirecTV, Micheal Rapaport cussing out the parents of the world, and…Kym’s “collection of owl poop.”

Yes, in episode 90 you will hear Kym launch the most stellar detour in the history of The Mugly Truth Podcast detours. Deeeeeerailed. We said bye to the road. Hurtled down that brushy path. Flew into the woods. Straight over the cliff. She slid that comment in slicker than…owl s**t.

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And just as easily we got back on track and down to business. Because it’s what we do. It’s why our listeners love us. All five of you. Thank you from the bottom of our owl-crap-sifting hearts.

For links we mention in the episode, check out this list below:

Check out The Mugly Truth Podcast’s episode “Oh, Owl Poop!” on Apple Podcasts, SpotifyOvercast, Libsyn, Pocket CastStitcher, iHeartRadio, or anywhere you listen to podcasts. Then all you need to do is 1) subscribe 2) download and 3) listen! AND!!! 4) If you enjoy what you hear, please leave a rating and a review (pretty please?). The more subscribers and reviews we get, the more opportunities we get to grow this podcast and bring you richer content.

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Quaranteen Talk

Today’s episode “Quaranteen Talk” is on Apple Podcasts, SpotifyOvercast, Libsyn, Pocket CastStitcher, iHeartRadio, or anywhere you listen to podcasts.

We are – like the entire world – trying to adjust to this temporary “new normal.” On top of that, Kym is still coping with taking care of business in the aftermath of her father’s passing. So, today’s episode is a bit different…Kym was unable to record this weekend, but we both felt it was important to maintain our episode schedule so today’s show is co-hosted by Kris’ 15 year old daughter Hayley. Kris and Hayley have a candid discussion about what it has been like as a family under quarantine. Oh, and we’re very aware there are a LOT of “likes” throughout the entire show. And the teenager isn’t the only one to blame. We’re, like, sorry you know?

So if you’re in quarantine, especially with kids (especially teenagers!) today’s episode might be helpful, we definitely hope it entertains. We are also hoping Kym will be back on next week. If not, we’ll see who will co-host next!

Check out The Mugly Truth Podcast’s episode “Quaranteen Talk!” on Apple Podcasts, SpotifyOvercast, Libsyn, Pocket CastStitcher, iHeartRadio, or anywhere you listen to podcasts. Then all you need to do is 1) subscribe 2) download and 3) listen! AND!!! 4) If you enjoy what you hear, please leave a rating and a review (pretty please?). The more subscribers and reviews we get, the more opportunities we get to grow this podcast and bring you richer content.

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TMT’s Quarantune 2020 Playlist!

Need a few hours of just fun, unusual, music from ALL genres and generations? Here you go! We don’t even know how many are in the list LOL!

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…And Justice For All  – Metallica

(Everything I Do) I Do It For You – Bryan Adams

After the Storm – Mumford and Sons

Ain’t No Rest for the Wicked  – Cage the Elephant

Alone Again (Naturally) – Gilbert O’Sullivan

Always Look on the Bright Side of Life – Monty Python

Anyone Out There – Duran Duran

Baby Did a Bad, Bad Thing – Chris Isaak

Baby Hold On  – Eddie Money

Be Good To Yourself  – Journey

Bedroom Toys – Duran Duran

Black Coffee in Bed – The Squeeze

Breathless – Jerry Lee Lewis

Burnin’ For You – Blue Oyster Cult

Burnin’ Up – Jonas Brothers

Call Me – Blondie

Can’t Touch This – MC Hammer

Carry On – Fun.

Clampdown – The Clash

Controversy – Prince

Cough Syrup – Young the Giant

Crazy – Gnarls Barkley

Damn Right, I’ve Got the Blues – Buddy Guy

Days Go By – Keith Urban

Dead Man’s Party – Oingo Boingo

Dirty Old Town – The Dubliners or The Pogues

Disconnected – Beat Union

Distance – Christina Perri

Do It Clean – Echo and the Bunnymen

Doctor! Doctor! – Thompson Twins

Don’t – Ed Sheehan

Don’t Fear the Reaper – Blue Oyster Cult

Don’t Stand So Close to Me – The Police

Don’t You (Forget About Me) – Simple Minds

Don’t You Kiss My Cheek – Jools Holland

Down With the Sickness  – Disturbed

Drop It Like It’s Hot – Snoop Dogg

Eat It – Weird Al Yankovic

Evacuate the Dancefloor – Cascada

Every Breath You Take – The Police

F**k You, That’s Why– Smut Peddlers

Fabulously Lazy – Franz Ferdinand

Fear (of the Unknown) – Siouxie and the Banshees

Fever – Peggy Lee

Fighter  – Christina Aguilera

Ghost Town – The Specials

Girl on Fire  – Alicia Keyes

Glorious  – Skylar Grey

Gonna Buy Me a Dog – The Monkees

Goodbye To You – Scandal

Got The Time – Anthrax

Hell of a Season – The Black Keys

Highway to Hell  – AC/DC

Hit the Road Jack – Ray Charles or Melanie Martinez

Hush/I’m Alive – Blue Swede

I Ain’t Got Nobody – Bessie Smith

I Don’t Wanna Be an A**hole Anymore  – The Menzingers

I Feel Fine – Beatles

I Think We’re Alone Now – Tiffany

I Walk Alone – Marty Robbins

I Wanna be Free – The Monkees

I Want Candy – Bow Wow Wow or Cody Simpson

I Won’t Back Down – Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers

I Won’t Stand In Your Way – Stay Cats

I’m Stuck In A Condo (With Marlon Brando) – The Dickies

If I Ever Leave This World Alive – Flogging Molly

In My Head – T.S.O.L.

In Summer – Josh Gad

Institutionalized – Suicidal Tendencies

It’s Everything but Partytime – The Go-Go’s

It’s the End of the World as We Know It  – R.E.M.

Just Keep Walking – INXS

Keeping the Faith – Billy Joel

Kick Out the Epic Motherf**ker – Dada Life

Kick Out the Jams – MC5

Killing Time – Joss Stone

Kissing a Fool  – Michael Buble

Lean On Me – Bill Withers

Let’s Go Crazy  – Prince and the Revolution

Lifeline – Spandau Ballet

Listen to the Man – George Ezra

Lonesome Town – The Cramps or Ricky Nelson

Lovesick – Lonesome Spurs

Madness – Muse

Minute by Minute – The Doobie Brothers

Misery – The Beatles 

Move Along – The All American Rejects

Move It On Over – George Thorogood

Out of Touch – Daryl Hall and John Oates

Outside – Foo Fighters

Over the Hills and Far Away – Led Zeppelin

Paranoid – Jonas Brothers

Party Out Of Bounds – B52s

People Are Strange – Echo and the Bunnymen or The Doors

People That Are Going To Hell – The Vandals

Put Your Records On  – Corrine Bailey Rae

Radioactive – Imagine Dragons

Rise  – Katy Perry

Rise Up – Andra Day

Rise Up – Imagine Dragons

Roamin’ House Boogie – Cab Calloway

Roaring 20s – Panic! At the Disco

Run Devil Run – Jenny Lewis

Save Myself – Ed Sheeran

Separate Ways (Worlds Apart) – Journey

Shake It Off – Taylor Swift

Shelter – Duran Duran

Shiver –  Maroon 5

Should I Stay or Should I Go – The Clash

Solitary Confinement – The Dickies

Stand and Deliver – Adam and the Ants

Stay – Maurice Williams and The Zodiacs

Stayin’ Alive – BeeGees

Stop the World – Demi Lovato

Straighten Up and Fly Right – The Andrew Sisters

Strength – The Alarm

Stronger – Jennette McCurdy

Surrender – Elvis Presley

Swift Silent Deadly – Tiger Army

Take My Breath Away – Berlin

Taken Care of Business – George Thorogood

Temperature – Sean Paul

Tempted – The Squeeze

That’s the Way of the World – Earth, Wind and Fire

The Best of Times – Styx

The Champion  – Ludacris

The Climb  – Miley Cyrus

The Gambler  – Kenny Rogers

The Kids Aren’t Alright – Fall Out Boy

The Odd Couple – The Adicts

Things Can Only Get Better – Howard Johnson

Til I Collapse – Eminem feat. Nate Dogg

Time Bomb  – Rancid

Time of Our Lives – Pitbull and Ne-Yo

Times Like These – Foo Fighters

Too Close – Alex Clare

Tribal Connection – Gogol Bordello

TV Party – Black Flag

Unbelievers – Vampire Weekend

Under Pressure – David Bowie and Queen

Uptight (Everything’s Alright) – Steve Wonder

Wake Me Up – Avicii

Wake Me Up When September Comes – Green Day

Wake Up Alone – Amy Winehouse

Walk – Foo Fighters

Walk Away – Kelly Clarkson

Walkin’ After Midnight – Patsy Cline

Warriors  – Imagine Dragons

Wash My Hands – The Young Dubliners

We Are Not Alone – Karla DeVito

We Gonna Make Everything Alright – John Lee Hooker

We’ll Meet Again – Vera Lynn

Welcome to the Jungle  – Guns ‘n’ Roses

What’s Behind the Mask – The Cramps

Why Can’t You Behave – Ella Fitzgerald

Wicked World – Osaka Popstar

Wishy Washy – INXS

Work From Home  – Fifth Harmony feat. Ty Dolla $ign

Wrecking Ball  – Miley Cyrus

You Ain’t Alone – Alabama Shakes

You Be Illin’ – Run DMC

You Oughta Know – Alanis Morisette

Check out The Mugly Truth Podcast’s episodes on Apple Podcasts, SpotifyOvercast, Libsyn, Pocket CastStitcher, iHeartRadio, or anywhere you listen to podcasts. Then all you need to do is 1) subscribe 2) download and 3) listen! AND!!! 4) If you enjoy what you hear, please leave a rating and a review (pretty please?). The more subscribers and reviews we get, the more opportunities we get to grow this podcast and bring you richer content.

And don’t forget to follow us here at themuglytruth.com (click that blue WordPress Follow button on the right side of your screen) so you get notifications every time we post an episode blog! You can also follow The Mugly Truth on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.

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