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Dog Days of August

Today’s episode “Dog Days of August” is on Apple Podcasts, SpotifyOvercast, Libsyn, Pocket CastStitcher, iHeartRadio, or anywhere you listen to podcasts.

Hai thar! Remember us? We sure hope so. After some health issues and a death in the family hit all at once, we decided it would be a great idea to step back from the podcast to catch our breath, and ended up taking most of June and all of July off to recharge. We’re back now with our latest episode number 99 (soooooo close to 100!) and lots of ideas for upcoming episodes which will include Shark Week, a Disneyland birthday discussion, and a life hack/recipes episode with our good friend Kim from Tennessee.

In today’s episode, we step into the world of unusual and fun days to celebrate in August. For the record, we’re pretty sure it’s fairly simple to start a “national day” since the lists we found for August (here and here) have some highly questionable topics. Want to celebrate your end-of-July hangover? You’ll have to catch that special day on August 1, 2021. Don’t know what to do with all those zucchinis from your garden? Why don’t you Sneak Some Zucchini Onto Your Neighbor’s Porch on August 8th? August is also the month to Admit You’re Happy, celebrate clowns (but why though), and be extra glad or extra sad with the mid-year Romance Awareness celebration just in case Valentine’s Day just wasn’t adorable enough.

Kym researched and discussed two particular days she found interesting: National Mahjong Day and National Mustard Day (both on August 1).

Piles and Piles of Lovely Tiles! Ah, elegant, graceful MAHJONG. We had no idea one of our favorite phone game apps was an illegal gambling game in China! Well, it was illegal from the 1940’s through to 1985. Amy Tan wrote about it in her book which was also made into a movie (The Joy Luck Club). And apparently collecting Mahjong tiles is quite the thing to do, which is unsurprising since they are often so exquisitely crafted. According to this website, the most expensive Mahjong set, made of silver, may set you back up to 35,000 Euros/$50,000 USD. You know, just in case you aren’t sure what to do with all that money currently laying about, being used as coasters, and bookmarks and hand-fans, and…uh…other banal stuff we can’t think of words for right now.

Pass That Humble Mustard. If you want to know about all the different kinds of mustards that are in the world, you can research it to your tummy’s delight with this article, A Guide To All the Different Kinds of Mustard. As for the religious significance of the mustard seed pendant such as the one Kris’s grandmother gave her and Kym’s mom used to have, the tiny mustard seed symbolizes faith, God’s Kingdom, humble beginnings, or change for Christians. This lovely blog post by Oh For the Love of Vintage! not only mentions the religious significance, but also has great photos of the different types of jewelry that has been made with a mustard seed encased in that little clear sphere we remember so fondly.

Pomp and Condiments. For an idea of what William Randolph Hearst’s dining room looks like with its dichotomy of ostentatious decor and humble ketchup and mustard bottles, check out kcet.org’s 2012 article by Ken Alpine called, Ketchup, Mustard, and All Things Egalitarian. Alpine deftly describes just how surreal it is to experience the Hearst Castle dining room in person. Pomp, grandeur, French’s mustard, Heinz ketchup…all together like bestest pals forever – D’AW!!! The dining room can be seen on the Grand Rooms Tour – and just to save you the headache of searching…the dining room is called “the Refectory”. Visit https://hearstcastle.org for allllll the details. It’s an 11 out of 10 on the Kym and Kris recommendation scale. Of course, the castle tours are temporarily suspended at the time of this writing, but we’re hoping that it, like the rest of the world, will open up safely once this Covid crap is finally BEATEN!

As for Kris’ topics, she chose to talk about the Perseids Meteor Shower, Vesuvius Day, and Frankenstein Day.

Pre-Dawn Delights. The Perseids Meteor Shower will be most visible in the post-midnight/pre-moonrise hours of August 11, 12, and 13. This article talks specifically about the meteors in 2020 and has some really good detailed information and tips for best viewing.

Silver Lining. Vesuvius Day is 24 August, the anniversary of the deadly eruption that destroyed Pompeii, Herculaneum and Stabiae in 79 AD. While talking about Italy and the site of Pompeii, Kris also mentioned Sicily, Mt. Etna, and “Argento” with all the Parthenon-like structure thingies. Oy. To use a much-hated term, let’s unpack this cringey verbal poo and make some necessary clarifications. Argento is rooted in the latin word “argentum” which means silver. Argento is also an Italian surname. Agrigento, on the other hand, is the to-die-for must-see UNESCO World Heritage site near the coast of southern Sicily, where you can visit the Valley of the Temples (you know, with all that Parthenon-y stuff). These things…Kris knows them, but the words. There are so many, and talking is so stumbly sometimes. Anyhoo, Agrigento AND Pompeii should be on any architecture/archeology/history nut’s bucket list.

NERDNOTE: In the movie Gladiator with Russell Crowe (rowr), his character Maximus explains to a curious boy the names of the horses on his breastplate: Argento and Scatto, which translate to silver and trigger. Which are the names of the horses ridden by fictitious American western folk hero The Lone Ranger (you know, “Hi-HOOOO SILVER AWAY!!! ) and real-life cowboy/actor Roy Rogers (Trigger’s hooman). Fascinate your friends at your next Zoom party with THAT dose of smarts (did we use that joke in a previous blog post? We think we did. Pretty sure quarantine is melting our brains).

Yep, Ok, Back to Mt. Vesuvius. So when that stratovolcano blows again, there is a 72-hour evacuation plan in place. 72 hours. Almost 2 million people to move many, many….we’re talking vurrrrrrry much of the miles away from the blast. Whew. HOW? How will that work? We hope we do not see that in our lifetime.

RANTNOTE: Dear 2020, HANDS OFF VESUVIUS! You’ve had your mitts all over the globe: burning down Australia, plague, murder hornets, mysterious Chinese seeds, gassing protesters, dead whales in the middle of the Amazon rain forest, The Great Mask Debate (wear your effing’ masks please for the love of God and country!), playing golf and shopping at Walmart is ok but kids attending school isn’t, a mysterious mass discovered at the center of the earth, a Saharan dust cloud crossing continents and oceans to reach America, Bernie dropped out of the race again, and we lost John Lewis, the last good man in Washington. YOU HAVE HAD YOUR TIME you big jerky 2020 jerk jerk, LEAVE VESUVIUS ALONE.

But Wait There’s More. By the way, America’s very own Yellowstone Caldera is classified as a supervolcano, which doesn’t sound as horrible as a stratovolcano, but will actually destroy much of our country, for sure way more effectively than the torturous disaster we’ve endured at the hands of those dipshits politicians in Washington, DC.

Hey, 2020. Add Yellowstone to your NOOOOOOPE list. Though we’ll not say no over a little shenaniganery in the capitol. That’s not treasonous. NOT (clap emoji) TREASONOUS (clap emoji).

Moving on to Frankenstein Day. Frankenstein Day is 30 August, which is creator Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley’s birthday (we’re not sure what the other Frankenstein Day is on the last Friday of October…but you won’t hear us argue about celebrating both days). Let’s take a look at some answers to the questions brought up while discussing the August 2018 mentalfloss.com article by Joy Lanzendorfer called, 10 Surprising Facts You Didn’t Know About Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein:

  • The dreary but obviously inspirational summer vacation the Shelley’s took with Lord Byron in Switzerland was during what is known as “The Year Without Summer” and, interestingly enough – Kris had no idea there was such a connection in her stories – that drab weather was due to an explosion of Mt. Tambora in Indonesia. Yes. Again, a volcano eruption is the cause of much monstrous history. First Pompeii, then Frankenstein. Ahem.
  • Mary Shelley’s husband, famed poet Percy Bysshe Shelley died by drowning on 8 July 1822, just shy of his 30th birthday, in a boating accident.
  • And yes, the heart-on-her-desk story was actually true, as detailed in this other mentalfloss.com article. Who knew. It also goes into why experts believe Percy’s heart may have calcified prior to his death.
  • Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley’s other works, including The Last Man (NOT Last Man Standing as stated in the episode), Mathilda, Valperga and others are available for sale at booksellers such as Barnes and Noble and Amazon for various prices. Kris was able to buy a digital version of The Collected Works of Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley for less than $5.00 USD on iBooks (surely Kindle also has a version) which includes Frankenstein, The Last Man, Mathilda, and Mary Shelley’s notes on the complete poetical works of husband Percy Shelley. These stories are also available on Audible. You can download a pdf of Lodore for free here (donations accepted on the website).
  • Here’s some more information on Mary Shelley’s mother (also named Mary). She sounds like she was a kickass woman in her day.

And finally, yes Virginia, Kym and Kris). There is a National Pizza Day. Merry Christmas in February.

Have you ever been to Hearst Castle? Want to go? Do you love or hate mustard? What’s your favorite game? Have you ever seen the Perseids Meteor Shower, visited Pompeii, Yellowstone, or read anything by Mary Shelley? Is there a day in August you’re looking forward to celebrating/observing? Let us know in the comments below! We’d love to hear from you!

Check out The Mugly Truth Podcast’s episode “Dog Days of August” on Apple Podcasts, SpotifyOvercast, Libsyn, Pocket CastStitcher, iHeartRadio, or (almost) 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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Still Talking

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

Today we continue to talk about the effects of protests, the things we have learned in the past week, and more importantly what we are continuing to learn about ourselves, this country and our future. We are overwhelmed, but hopeful. We feel like we are in the chrysalis of massive change. Change that is painful, but very necessary. We have much more to learn and reflect on. There are things we look back on in order to learn from our mistakes, and new things we look forward to learning. We support those who protest for change and basic human decency, and we support those who put on their uniform every day to honestly and earnestly serve and protect their community. Much change is needed, we hope to be part of positive change.

Check out The Mugly Truth Podcast’s episode “Still Talking” 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. Please also follow each of us on Tiktok: Kym at kymtok and Kris at eirekitten.

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We Need To Talk

Today we talk candidly in an unedited, uncut episode of The Mugly Truth. We met up Sunday morning with a planned episode and neither of us felt we could move past the need to speak to each other, to our listeners and to the world about how we feel about the murder of George Floyd, the putrid epidemic of racism, and why we feel it is important to lend our voices to the chorus of those who have suffered for generations. We stand with our brothers and sisters of color. We see the injustices and hatred. We hear your cries. We feel your rage, your exhaustion and sorrow. We have cried watching you. We mourn with you, with George Floyd’s family and the black community. We aren’t a big podcast. We may lose listeners – fine by us. We aren’t talking about this for likes. We’re talking about this so the need for change is not ignored yet again.

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

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Would You Rather…

Today’s episode “Would You Rather…” is on Apple Podcasts, SpotifyOvercast, Libsyn, Pocket CastStitcher, iHeartRadio, or anywhere you listen to podcasts.

We’re back! And this week we follow up our Never Have We Ever episode with a healthy dose of this or that using a mega Would You Rather list of questions. Would you rather have a giraffe neck or an elephant nose? Explore deep space or deep ocean? Burp before every sentence or smile after every sentence? Believe us, the answers are harder than you think in most cases. We had a lot of fun with these questions, and not surprisingly, both of us pretty much had the same responses! So grab a pen and paper to play along and see how well you align with your favorite podcast gurls!

The links for the lists we used are from Mantelligence website and Sign Up Genius website.

As for the other questions that arose during our course of conversation… You know, the “what are those female pee devices called,” “are there such things as Mexican boots with super long toes”, “how creepy was Rodney Alcala on The Dating Game,” and “wasn’t there an Indiana Jones/Crusader Pepsi commercial back in the day?” here are the answers (and one teeny tiny correction):

SheWHAT? The, ah, shenis we were talking about…SheWee? SheGo? Go Girl? Welp, the FUD (feminine urination device) is available by a few different names on Amazon. There is a She Wee (this link is for the military style just in case pink is too cute for you), but the Go Girl is what Kris purchased for camping. Just to clarify, She Go is a song. Sorry we lumped your music in with our pee funnels Hirie.

Is That Your Boot Or Are You Just Happy To See Us Señor? The boots are real, as discussed in this Wikipedia article. They are called Mexican Pointy Boots. Yes. Yes they are. The name in Spanish sounds so much better: Botas Picudas Mexicanas. This unique footwear – which can be up to 5 feet long (that’s one Kris or Kym, btw), became popular around 2009 in the town of Monterrey in the Mexican state of Nuevo León.

That’s a mighty big Bota Picudas Mexicanas, sir. This image was uploaded to Wikipedia Commons using Flickr upload bot on 5 August 2011, 15:05 by Nesnad. On that date, it was confirmed to be licensed under the terms of the license indicated. There. Don’t sue us. Please. If you listen to the podcast you’ll know we be broke.

And You Thought Online Dating Is Scary! (It is.) In case you absolutely need to cringe today, watch the infamous The Dating Game clip from 1978 where contestant Cheryl Bradshaw flirted with and later chose as her date Bachelor Number One: Rodney Alcala, a then-unknown vicious serial killer. He somehow got on the show even though he was already registered as a sex offender prior to taping. That’s the 70’s for ya. For Cheryl’s story about that experience, read this article. She got the epic nope-out vibes backstage while talking to him and decided to back out. Thank. Goodness. Unfortunately, despite being sentenced to death, this guy is still breathing as of this writing. We aren’t linking to the YouTube video on this website, because honestly, we don’t want to add to his infamy any more than we already have. We do encourage you to say a prayer for the women who survived this monster, and the families of those women who did not. You can find their names on this Wikipedia page (scroll to the bottom).

Pepsi or Coke? Alas, Kris misspoke. Well, sort of. She got the movie (Indiana Jones & the Last Crusade) correct, and she got the Crusader’s tagline right, but made the gravest of soda rivalry errors when she said it was for Pepsi. If you were yelling “DIET COKE!” during this part of the episode, you, our friend, did indeed choose wisely. And you also have a very good memory. Here’s the 1989 commercial for DIET COKE (all the emphasis tools used here, because we KNOW people. We know. Pepsi fanatics and Coca-Cola fanatics, everybody just calllllllm down):

Some People Call Me Confused. Midnight cowboy, Kris? No. No, Maurice the parrot was actually named after Maurice from the 1973 song The Joker by Steve Miller Band, in which the midnight reference belongs to a toker, not a cowboy. Now, in Kris’ defense, Midnight Cowboy was a critically acclaimed movie from 1969 starring Jon Voight and Dustin Hoffman. So, again, mash-up mistakes occur on the regular here in the Mugly Truth coffee shop booth.

Oh, and one last thing. Yes, we realize there’s a huge chunk of a promised blog item missing. Yes. But you see, that ambitious idea about making a list of all our answers and trying to make a story out of it? Believe us when we tell you it’s better not to subject you to that boredom. The list got axed about 1/8 of the way through. You’re so vurrry welcome friends.

Check out The Mugly Truth Podcast’s episode “Would You Rather…” 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. Please also follow each of us on Tiktok: Kym at kymtok and Kris at eirekitten.

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Never Have We Ever!

Today’s episode “Never Have We Ever!” is on Apple Podcasts, SpotifyOvercast, Libsyn, Pocket CastStitcher, iHeartRadio, or anywhere you listen to podcasts.

No big post today, we’re just stopping by to say, “HEY! Listen to today’s episode!” We had fun recording our “have you ever?” segment while sitting on a boat in a marina. Even better though, after we recorded we took a quick ride out to the Long Beach Harbor for a water-side view of Queen Mary, our favorite haunted ship. It was truly a wonderful day out in the sun (we have the burns to keep the memory fresh) and fresh air, seeing our local destinations from a new perspective, literally. It was a much needed afternoon after being cooped up for almost 2 months. And yes, we practiced social distancing all day long.

Oh yeah! Links time. Funny how we forget, but gotta give credit to our sources:

Have fun using this next time you Zoom, or meet up with small groups of family or friends, wherever you live. Just stay smart, stay safe, and still try to stay home as much as possible. Most importantly, stay healthy.

Check out The Mugly Truth Podcast’s episode “Never Have We Ever!” 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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