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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The Coronials Are Coming!

Today’s episode “The Coronials Are Coming!” is on Apple Podcasts, SpotifyOvercast, Libsyn, Pocket CastStitcher, iHeartRadio, or anywhere you listen to podcasts.

Hey here we are…over here. No. Not over there. BACK HERE. **Waving** Oh…wait… (pulls mask down…BOOP!) HERE WE ARE! Hi! WHOA…Stay back! BACK! No hugs. Are you a covidiot? We love you, but from a distance mate. We’ll stay over here, you stay over there, and once we’re done with our essential errands (you got any tp? no? ok…) we’re going back home. Where everyone who isn’t saving people, providing food, gas, or medicinal (and apparently construction) services belong. (Someone coughs in the distance) EVERYBODY DOWN!!!!!! Sorry. Sorry. Everyone ok? Sorry ’bout that. We’re just a little skittish. This is our first time out in…um…what day is it? Sigh.

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Isn’t that how it feels? Welcome to what we thought was just some distant, dystopian future in a sci-fi novel. In less than a week the world flipped upside down and now many people are self-sheltering to “flatten the curve”…many have lost jobs and the V Who Must Not Be Named statistics seem to have grown exponentially overnight. Oh, and you know what else is on the horizon with all this staying at home stuff? A baby boom! Yeah, come December, we’re gonna see the first results of some spectacular self-sheltering, because last we looked condoms were NOT flying off the shelves like Clorox wipes. We officially vote AYE for this next generation to be called Coronials. And come 2033 these Coronials will be Quaranteens, wreaking havoc on their poor parents like the virus they’re named after. Ok. Maybe not THAT bad. But honestly anyone who thinks that’s harsh hasn’t lived with a teenager.

Then there’s the naysayers, the hoaxers, conspiracy theorists, and the just plain stupidiotic who go around licking toilet seats on airplanes (really, it happened, we saw the video and NO WE’RE NOT LINKING TO THAT CRAP). Yep, the world is getting a ginormous 20-something middle finger to the “biggest government overreaction in the history of everything.” Let’s face it, some of our older generation isn’t being that helpful either. What is it with you people?!? If you’re not blaming each other for the world’s problems, you’re legit behaving JUST LIKE EACH OTHER! “PSHT, there’s no virus!” “PSHT it’s a government agenda!” “PSHT! It’s just a cold!” “PSHT! I’m not gonna catch it and if I do who cares!” “PSHT can’t make me stay home I have APPOINTMENTS.” Look. Us GenXers just want you all to f**cking go home and chill out. IT’S! NOT! THAT! HARD! But seriously, if we have to rely on the Kardashians and other social influencers to be the voice of sanity, we’re in trouble. And let’s not forget Florida. Now, we understand all those morons traveled to you, Florida, for spring break from all us other schmucky states, but you let them in. Go to your room – like the rest of us – and think about what you’ve done.

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Really, we’re wondering what this world is coming to. Who knew that our mental and physical health check-ins would include saying things like, “My anxiety level increases when I see the grocery store doesn’t have toilet paper or hand sanitizer…again.”

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Many are adjusting to working from home for the first time ever, many businesses are shuttering temporarily (or permanently), the U.S. government can’t get their collective brain cells in one spot long enough to pass a stimulus package to save their or our lives, and many (like Kris) are finding the transition of saving the world by sitting on the couch binge-watching Netflix and Amazon Prime fairly normal behavior.

And while we wait for the paper goods manufacturers to gather up the next big wave of shipments, we’re praying that the hoarders finally have enough paper goods and water to get through the next two decades apparently, so the rest of us can catch a freaking break.

But enough of that. We all know how ridiculous some people have become in this unprecedented time. Let’s focus on the good. China has reported it’s first no-new-virus days since the first outbreak occurred. We’re hearing reports that our lovely planet is healing because millions of us ARE stay inside, not traveling, and not driving around like the unwoke nutjobs that we’ve been. Apparently the canals in Venice are CLEAR for the first time in about 60 years. People are dropping the political vitriol (sort of) and playing fun games on Facebook – it’s kind of like 2009 again – and families are actually spending more time together. Some more successfully than others (we’re just saying that’s a statistically probable statement.) But mostly we see people combating the crazy and frightening with fun and humor. While eating tons of pasta.

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So today we brought a little levity to the Covid-catch-up. And we do so whilst being responsible Americans, socially distancing even from each other. Kym called in and Kris recorded it with the mic Kym would have used. Not a perfect set up by any means, we know, so the sound quality will be, ah…interesting. Just pretend Kris is some news lady interviewing some famous person calling in to the show. Ok? Ok. We also talk about some upcoming International Days you can celebrate whilst vacationing in the South of Living Room, or the Coast of Kitchen, or that sleepy little town of Bedroom.

For links about the days we talk about check out the United Nations website here and kalender-365 here. And apparently there are even more days we didn’t know about here.

For the video that simulates the effects of how viruses spread, please go to this Washington Post article with the four phases of quarantining – free-for-all, quarantining sick only, moderate social distancing and extensive social-distancing (self-sheltering) – scroll down to about the middle of the article to see the simulators.

But the true hero of the episode is Kym’s Stay Home Playlist. HIT IT LIL KYM:

  • Kick Out the Epic Motherf**ker by Dada Life
  • I Won’t Back Down by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
  • The Climb by Miley Cyrus
  • Time Bomb by Rancid
  • Wrecking Ball by Miley Cyrus
  • Work From Home by Fifth Harmony feat. Ty Dolla $ign
  • Don’t Stand So Close to Me by The Police
  • It’s the End of the World as We Know It by R.E.M.
  • The Champion by Ludacris
  • Glorious by Skylar Grey
  • Time of Our Lives by Pitbull and Ne-Yo
  • Til I Collapse by Eminem feat. Nate Dogg
  • Fighter by Christina Aguilera
  • Warriors by Imagine Dragons
  • Girl on Fire by Alicia Keyes
  • Let’s Go Crazy by Prince and the Revolution
  • Down With the Sickness by Disturbed
  • Rise by Katy Perry
  • I Don’t Wanna Be an A**hole Anymore by The Menzingers
  • Highway to Hell by AC/DC
  • Welcome to the Jungle by Guns ‘n’ Roses
  • Ghost Town by The Specials
  • The Gambler by Kenny Rogers
  • Only Human by The Jonas Brothers

And Kris added:

  • Don’t Fear the Reaper by Blue Oyster Cult
  • Dead Man’s Party by Oingo Boingo

Because apparently she is a morbid motherf….

So that’s it! We’ll be back next week with an all new show, because we are dedicated to bringing you our opinions and quirky sense of humor to try to help entertain you even if it’s for just a moment.

Oh, and we’re sorry (kind of, but not, but kind of?) for the C word (the OTHER C word…) but – in our defense – we were just quoting Better Things. THEY SAID IT FIRST!!!! IT’S THEIR FAULT. But in all honesty, haven’t we all had this fight to some degree or another with our mom/daughter? No? Just us? Okaaaaaay. (To be clear we have not ever called our kids the C word but not gonna say we haven’t entertained the thought once or twice. Teenagers/20-somethings, amirite?)


Check out The Mugly Truth Podcast’s episode “The Coronials Are Coming!” 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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Do You Feel Lucky?

Today’s episode “Do You Feel Lucky?” is on  iTunes/Apple PodcastsSpotifyOvercastLibsynPocket CastStitcher or anywhere you listen to podcasts.

Well, do you? Insert squinty-eyed cop here. Oh boy! Do you have your seatbelt fastened? Are you ready for the thrills and chills of (drumroll please…..) FRIDAY THE 13th WITH A SIDE OF FULL MOON?? Did you also know that bad luck is (in our opinion) a bunch of claptrap? It’s all in your perspective dear friends, all in your perspective. That said, we’re aware there’s a small group of people worldwide who will never open this article, or hear the episode simply because of Friggatriskaidekaphobia. That makes us sad. Because today’s episode is FUN!

First off, let’s say HELLO AGAIN to “Words With the Mugly Truth” as we stumble over our old friends: Greek Words. So much so, Kris gives up without a fight. Kym, on the other hand, powered through and showed Greek Words who’s boss. Is it any wonder our favorite words to struggle with have to do with phobias? If you don’t know what we’re talking about, you need to download and listen to our episodes Disturbia and Disturbia Short Shot post haste.

We peruse the well written October 2017 article “Friday the 13th” from the fine editors at history.com, and 13 Facts About Friday the 13th at timeanddate.com for some very cool facts about the superstitions surrounding our upcoming fateful Friday of ten+three. From the Last Supper with its 13 guests, to the Code of Hammurabi accidentally omitting numbering its 13th law, coincidences throughout history have spawned all sorts of dodgy mind-games designed make us feel better about life (like going from floor 12 to 14 in a hotel or hospital elevator, or airports not having a 13th gate), and inspired illustrious groups such as the Thirteen Club, books (Thomas William Lawson’s 1907 novel “Friday the Thirteenth) and, yes, allllll those Jason Voorhees movies.

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Fear not friends. If you want to knock the wind out of ol’ FTT’s sails, just do what the Italians do. Believe 13 is actually a lucky number and then stay in bed on Tuesday the 17th because that’s their bemoaned day of woe. We believe it may be due to a certain lack of tacos on Tuesdays and if they would just give that a shot, things might look up. But that’s our humble opinion and we’re not here to change the world, or global superstitions. So…goodonya Italia (and Greece), you keep doing you.

For other articles cited in the episode:

  • Definitely check out the cool chart at Wikipedia that shows all the Friday the 13ths in the past and future!
  • 13 Superstitions for Friday the 13th with Tad and Polly at Big Frog 104 which list some of the more well-known superstitions that might not have to do with Friday the 13th specifically, but are important to know about, especially if you want to Thirteen Club this thing and put all the bad things in one big art installation and make a statement about the fallacy of human thinking. All you need is a black cat, a ladder, a broken mirror, and a wobbly salt cellar under one big opened umbrella indoors somewhere. Cut your hair for good…bad?…measure and then drop us a line to let us know how your day went. We’re genuinely curious. Also, to undo all that don’t forget to spin around 7 times but you might want to clarify counterclockwise or clockwise…we don’t know the answer to that part. Sorry.
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As for other points of interest that piqued our curiosity:

For more information about the Code of Hammurabi and the stele that appears in the Louvre, check out this article from (again!) history.com;

Yeah, we asked, who was Kitty Genovese?!? And man, do we need to turn in our true-crime-fan cards and hang our heads in utter shame. We know this incredibly sad story, as many great podcasts that we listen to have covered it. The grisly and brutal murder of Catherine “Kitty” Genovese in New York City in 1964 led to what’s now known as The Bystander Effect, and the implementation of the emergency phone call system of 911 in the United States. There is lots of information out there about this murder (including history.com and biography.com), but this is a pretty good article about this “milestone” murder;

And, finally, oh you, 666. You silly, pesky, not-evil number you. Interested in what all the numbers hubbub is? Do you see 11:11 or other repeating numbers or a certain combination of numbers often? Oh, there’s LOTS of scientific reasons about why we focus on specific numbers that seemingly cross our paths more often than others, but if you think there might be a deeper meaning for you and you’re curious about the spiritual background of what those repeating numbers might mean to you personally, check this article out as a starting point. Beware the rabbit hole though. You’ve been warned and have fun.

And while we might deeply inwardly shudder at the number 666, or jump over cracks in the sidewalk, or believe in ghosts, we also want to be big girls and encourage everyone – along with us – to get over this friggin’ friggatriskaidekaphobia and show Friday, September 13th, 2019 WHO (clap) IS (clap) IN (clap) CHARGE (CLAP)! Let’s combat fear with courage! Fight negative thinking with positive affirmations! Whenever we think something bad is gonna happen because “it’s a bad luck day”, we’re gonna put all our energy into thinking the OPPOSITE and focus on the good things that are happening. Do a little extra…you know, that whole Random Acts of Kindness thing, and put out into the world what we would like to have in return! If we want lots of good luck, good feelz, and good times, let’s put that stuff out there in droves. And, IF something does happen that’s not great, we’re not going to give “bad luck” the power of our thoughts and energy. Instead, we’ll chalk it up to “shite just sometimes happens because LIFE” and move forward. That’s OUR prescription for Friday the 13th. We need to remember that reality is really just our perspective of what’s going on around us. And perspective is a mighty powerful tool for change.

Full disclosure: we DO believe the full moon causes all kinds of weirdness, so…you know…maybe we’ll tuck in early that night??? Does that completely negate our feel good power of positive thinking perspective speech? DANG IT.

So go on and check out our “Do You Feel Lucky?” episode on  iTunes/Apple Podcasts, SpotifyOvercast, Libsyn, Pocket CastStitcher 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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