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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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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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Wash Your Hands!

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

Yep. We’re throwing our opinions into the manic mix that is Covid-19 hysteria. Amidst illogical shortages of toilet paper, and (slightly less illogical) hand sanitizer everywhere you look, we’re putting our caffeinated heads together to talk (sometimes heatedly…KRIS) about the absolute insanity that has gripped our nation and the globe. Even as of this writing, major sporting events are being cancelled, stocks have nose-dived, and God forbid you try to find paper goods anywhere. So we’re just saying, “stay calm, stay logical and DO. NOT. BEND. TO. THE. MOB. FEAR. MENTALITY!” And just for the record, we’re predicting that hand lotion will be the next big thing to go scarce, because washing our hands 20 times a day while we sing the ABC or Happy Birthday song, PLUS sanitizing, is doing quite the number on our overly germ-free mitts.

Here’s our take on the whole thing, and then we’ll provide links to the sites we mention as well as clear up any of our own missteps in the discussion:

  1. Wash your hands. Duh.
  2. Fill one of your now-empty hand sanitizer bottles you carry in your purse or car with liquid soap. Toss a bottle of water in your car and boom, you’re the king and/or queen of hand cleanliness. While sanitizer is great in a pinch, it does not, CANNOT, take the place of washing your hands!
  3. Don’t shake hands with people. Don’t even fist bump. Alternatives are: elbow bump, wave, jazz hands (dear God, yes please and make sure to upload videos of such interactions to social media). And there’s always the bros “‘Sup?” head-nod or the Spock/Vulcan hand thingy that only a smattering of the population can actually achieve. (Nerdnote: do NOT attempt the Mork version, as this entails the ability to do the Spock hand salute, with the addition of inserting your V into the V of another person who also does the Spock hand thingy, and…you know what…Nanoooo Nanoooo. We’ve jumped the shark). Screw it. Bring back the ol’ bow and curtsy.
  4. Don’t hate people who have Covid-19. Don’t. Why would you. Who are these jerks sending these poor people who have the misfortune of getting sick hateful comments? Oh, yeah, the same a$$holes who buy cases of toilet paper to up-price and sell to people who can’t find any BECAUSE THE A$$HOLES BOUGHT IT ALL TO RESELL… aaaaaaaaaaaand INSANITY LOOP! If you want to be pissed at people, THAT’S a good group to start with, along with Nazis, child abusers, people who use all the washing machines in your apartment complex laundry room, coworkers who take the last cup of coffee and don’t make a fresh pot, and people named Kip and Muffy.
  5. While we’re at it, don’t hate Asian people thinking they automatically carry the virus because of their race. THAT. IS. RACIST. BULLSHIT. Stop. Stop right now.
  6. Cough and sneeze into the crook of your elbow.
  7. Don’t wear face masks unless you have symptoms. This saves the masks for people who truly need them. Better yet, if you really need to, you can wear a bandana which is washable. We also suggest whistling the theme song to “The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly” if you do. Please do this. And again, post it to social media, thank you.
  8. Don’t touch your face. HAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHHAHAHAAHAHAHHAHHAHAAAA. Good luck with that, let us know how that goes BECAUSE WE CAN’T STOP TOUCHING OUR FACES.
  9. Don’t panic-purchase. Please don’t. You’re feeding the frenzy and being part of the problem if you do this. Case in point: the day after mainstream media picked up social media posts of empty store shelves in Washington state, local stores in Southern California began putting PALLETS of unopened shipments of toilet paper out. Great message. To some it may have said, “we’re ready.” To most it shouted, “WE’RE GONNA RUN OUT BUY AS MUCH AS YOU CAN RIGHT NOW BECAUSE WE DIDN’T EVEN HAVE TIME TO UNBOX THIS CRAP IN THE WAREHOUSE!” Ergo, scared consumers caving to panic-purchasing, which led to no toilet paper or hand sanitizer on shelves. All across the country. Within a couple days. See, here’s the thing. Washington state currently has the highest concentration of deaths from Covid-19 with 19 of the total 22 deaths in the United States. So, yeah, we understand the panic Washington residents felt. We do not, however, understand empty shelves in Tustin, California, which is hundreds of miles away. That, dearest friends, is the power of misinformation, mob-fear, and feeding the frenzy. Thankfully at least one Albertson’s in our area has put a limit on purchasing. Logic and cool heads must prevail or we’re going to “oh my” and “dear me” ourselves right over a damned cliff. Just buy what you need and one extra to make you feel better.
  10. Fact check what you post on social media. Also ask yourself, is it helpful or is it frenzy-fodder? If it’s factual and helpful, go ahead and post. If it’s not…you’re part of the problem.
  11. Make your own damned hand sanitizer using specific types of alcohol (at least 70% or higher alcohol content) and gel (such as aloe vera). You can temper the alcohol odor by adding your favorite essential oil. Good luck finding the ingredients though. #rollingeyes. Here’s a link to a diy hand sanitizer recipe, or if you want to go Breaking Bad on it, check out this link at the WHO’s (World Health Organization). We’re wondering if Everclear will work? Asking for a friend.
  12. Stay home if you’re sick. That whole “I’ve never missed a day of work” mentality has to go bye-bye. Sorry. It’s pretty egotistical to bring your drippy noise and raspy cough – masked with OTC meds (if you can find them that is) – to work just to maintain some arcane office record. No one is clapping for you Frank! The office doesn’t think you’re amazing Karen! They all want you to stay the hell away from them. Go to bed. Get better. Now, we get that there are some businesses who don’t give a rat’s behind if you’re sick…if you don’t show you don’t get paid. That sucks. It really does. And we’re sorry you have to work for jerks. Just try to get better, love.

As for links, here you go:

  • Kym’s snowflake underwear actually did resemble this photo of a coronavirus. Whoda thunk?
  • What’s in a name? Coronavirus aka Covid-19 aka SARS-2. What exactly is everyone talking about? This link to World Health Organization’s article on naming the virus helps clear this little conundrum up.
  • Influenza is deadlier? Looks like it, according to this CDC chart. And be sure to read this paragraph a couple times to really let it sink in: “CDC estimates that influenza has resulted in between 9 million – 45 million illnesses, between 140,000 – 810,000 hospitalizations and between 12,000 – 61,000 deaths annually since 2010.”
  • Covid-19 asymptomatic issues explained here, by the University of Minnesota Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy.
  • Interactive map. This is a great interactive map by Johns Hopkins CSSE updating the numbers of cases, recoveries and deaths worldwide. Do the math. The numbers show recovery rate is much higher than the death rate globally. EDIT 19 March 2020: We have updated the link for the map to go directly to the Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center in order to provide a safe, direct link to the source. Please be wary of sites claiming to have a link to the map as they may have possible malware attached. You can find more information about this by going to Snopes.com.
  • Mythbusters! Read this WHO article which debunks many myths currently being put out there.
  • Hotter countries spared? While President Trump recently claimed we could be seeing a drop in cases by April as weather warms up, scientists are conflicted about the apparent reality that countries with warmer climates, such as India, aren’t being hit with these types of viruses as much as regions with colder weather. Read more about this theory in this article.
  • Hoaxes! Here is the Al Jazeera article talking about the misinformation spread by mainstream news media based on social media posts.
  • Baby, It’s Not Me, It’s You. For the Washington Post article about conspiracy theories that the US is being blamed by some other countries (ahem, Chiiiiiiiiiiina??), go here.
  • Bill and Melinda’s Excellent Adventure. To found out just how much Bill and Melinda Gates actually spend to help others, check this link out.
  • Hip Cool Conspiracies. For the Rolling Stone article listing their favorite conspiracy theories and hoaxes, go here.
  • Oh, Rush. Here’s a link to the Washington Post article to back up Kris’ statement that Rush Limbaugh is trying to blow this all off as a weaponized threat to destroy Trump. Don’t come at us.
  • More fact-checking. And here’s a bonus fact-check article from The Guardian for your edification.
  • Last but not least. We couldn’t find the article Kris mentioned reading (she thought it was from the CDC) about what the Coronavirus does once you’ve got it, but here’s a National Geographic article that is very similar (and may even be the same article, now we’ve read through it). It’s to educate you. If you’re prone to overreaction, panic, or hypochondria, maybe you should skip this one. But if you’re interested in how Covid-19 affects the body, it’s an interesting read.

Check out The Mugly Truth Podcast’s episode “Wash Your Hands!” 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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