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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.

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

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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.

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.

© The Mugly Truth 2020 and © The Mugly Truth Podcast 2020. All rights reserved.
Intro and outro music, “Clever as a Fox”  by Espresso Music through premiumbeats.com.

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So You Think You Know Thanksgiving

Today’s episode “So You Think You Know Thanksgiving” is on iTunes/Apple Podcasts, SpotifyOvercast, Libsyn, Pocket CastStitcher, iHeartRadio, or anywhere you listen to podcasts.

We think this episode is in need of a rating. It’s definitely “I” for Immature. Or, perhaps even “II” for Immensely Immature. You might even call this one a NSFW but, eh, you decide. Whatever today’s episode is, it definitely is not highbrow. What can we say? Not only are we the height of a fifth grader, we’re also kind of on their level when it comes to our sense of humor. Whatever you think of our silliness be ready to put your thinking cap on because today we don’t just prattle off a bunch of trivia…we invite you to play along! Grab your friends, family members (kids optional, you’ve been warned), maybe a pen and paper, or just play along while you’re driving along. We assign a point system, but hey, you’re the king or queen of your domain, so you just set your point system as you like. If you want to award yourself a pumpkin pie for every correct answer, you do you boo.

And while we don’t encourage cheating (tsk tsk), once you’ve listened to the episode, for sure come back here to click the links of the sites we pulled our questions from since we didn’t cover all the trivia:

Oh. And…

…Um….

*throat clearing*

ahem…

…here’s the information on Mianus:

  • Mianus is in Connecticut.
  • Mianus is actually a small neighborhood that spans three towns. But Mianus is not huge even though like it sounds like it could be ginormous since, you know, three towns.
  • Mianus doesn’t even have a zip code. That’s how not huge Mianus is.
  • But Mianus does actually have an elementary school.
  • We won’t discuss the population of Mianus. You’ll just have to look up more facts about…you know… here.
  • We guess now would be a good time to say Mianus is pronounced, “My-ANN-us”.
  • All hail Jackass.

And before anyone else sends us pictures of Uranus, here you go, we beat you to it. Thanks NASA and public domain laws!

Uranus looks like a big, blue ball. If you get that reference, you win the entire episode.

See? We are definitely NOT highbrow, scholarly, fancy schmancy podcasters. Sometimes we get as low-level potty poopoo mouth as can be. AND WE LIKE IT THAT WAY. NYAH.

Thank you for joining us as we hurtle towards our second childhood. Check out The Mugly Truth Podcast’s episode “So You Think You Know Thanksgiving“ on  iTunes/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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© The Mugly Truth 2019 and © The Mugly Truth Podcast 2019. All rights reserved.
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