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May 2, 2023Liked by David Farrier

The casual EPCOT mentions...๐Ÿ‘€

I am a fan of reptiles, so once again, really enjoyed the new episode!

Couple of related Disney tidbits:

- My favorite Disney podcast has signed off with "Stay out of the damn lakes!" for the past six years. It's an unpleasant reminder, but a lot of people start listening for trip planning and it's kinda nice that they do that.

- Cast Members who man the Kilimanjaro Safari ride at Animal Kingdom are instructed to immediately drive away if a guest falls into the Nile croc enclosure. The rationale is that there's no saving that person and hanging around will only result in more casualties...not to mention the trauma of witnessing the carnage.

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THAT LAST ONE WHAAAAATTTTT

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How can a place of magic and fantasy be so overran with the thoughts of being eaten by crocodiles? It's like Captain Hooks worse nightmare is being a part of Disney World in Florida.

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I feel like I will never again ride Peter Pan's Flight without laughing about this comment

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May 2, 2023Liked by David Farrier

Just listened to the alligator episode and my Massachusetts heart fluttered during all the Dunkin Donuts talk. I personally prefer the Chris Evans to Ben Affleck but that's just me ๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ˜‰. I hope hope *hope* we get a donuts episode ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜.

Anyway considering the mention of how smart alligators are here's my also very smart TikTok burb of the moment for you ๐Ÿ˜… :

https://www.tiktok.com/t/ZTRwf1jMN/

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"Massachusetts man" is a very funny phrase. Rolls off the tongue!

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Massachusetts Man is distantly related to Florida Man but wayyyy smarter ๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ˜‰

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Does everyone have a favorite Massachusetts man? Mine is Jason Mantzoukas. I screamed the first time I heard him in a Dunkin ad. And now I want donuts.

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Same. Or Conan. Or Steve Carell? Mass has contributed some funny dudes to the culture!

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That's a great choice!! I definitely think most Mass folks do but most people lean towarss the Wahlbergs for whatever reason ๐Ÿ˜…๐Ÿ˜…. I personally am also fond of Eugene Mirman ๐Ÿ˜

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Not the Wahlbergs!!! Marky Mark is trash lol

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May 2, 2023Liked by David Farrier

Love the podcast! I was also a fan of Armchaired and Dangerous, which is what lead me to flightless bird.

Not to be 'that' guy but kฤkฤpล needs macrons. Coolest bird in the world imo! This was an interesting read about some new info about them - https://www.rnz.co.nz/news/national/487671/what-scientists-just-discovered-about-nz-s-critically-endangered-kakapo for anyone interested

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Thank you - the joy of copy and pasting from an Excel spreadsheet!

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The web address "https://www.rnz.co.nz/news/national/487671/what-scientists-just-discovered-about-nz-s-critically-endangered-kakapo" has no macrons either. That must be frustrating, /me runs for cover.

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Hahaha yeah it annoyed me but maybe itโ€™s because itโ€™s a url? The article itself spells it correctly ๐Ÿคท๐Ÿผโ€โ™€๏ธ

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May 2, 2023Liked by David Farrier

Iโ€™m a kiwi and I pretty much only drink water with the occasional decaf Diet Coke. I get thirsty so I carry a pump water bottle with me. I also like really cold water, so, if Iโ€™m out or travelling I buy water and fill my bottle up. I also stash some bottles in the fridge that I reuse for a while and then throw them out. I have bought heaps of different reusable bottles and none are quite โ€œrightโ€ for me!

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I feel you are kinda doing it right, Wendy. We are pretty similar.

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May 2, 2023ยทedited May 2, 2023Liked by David Farrier

Thanks for the reminder.. these were all SOO good. If I had to pick, I think the Florida episodes have been my favorites so far. The episodes where you travel to some other part of the United States are really great, because we have so many states and I am learning things about places I haven't been yet!

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Florida Man is up there with Skunk Ape, though we have proof Florida Man exist.

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I feel like the skunk ape is also a Florida Man! Maybe the original Florida Man, as well as the original Gladesman!

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With that logic, Skunk Ape would be on bath salts wreaking havoc all around Florida. That would be a great plot to a movie, kind of like a sequel to Cocaine Bear. Bath Salt Skunk Ape. Or Jenkem Ape.

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Flightless Bird is the best! I think you should broaden your "hotel ice buckets" to American's relationship with ice generally. As an American who loves ice and basically won't drink water without it, it's a problem when I travel to other countries. I have family in England and they always are kind enough to buy a bag of ice when I stay with them, but they definitely think it's weird.

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Oh, you rock. I love this. Youโ€™re bang on.

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I'm not big on ice but I certainly know people who are...which makes me wonder, is the ice dispenser in refrigerators mostly an American thing? That would back up this theory. I didn't grow up with one which perhaps is why I'm not a big ice-ee (working name) but they are so common now, my apartment fridge has one!

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Definitely a lot of American fridges have the ice dispenser either on the door or inside the freezer, but it's also that you just get ice everywhere you go. You would never be served a soda in an American restaurant without ice in it.

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I used to work in an industry that required international travel. I had a colleague that never wanted to travel abroad as she would meltdown without โ€˜Americanโ€™ Diet Coke and ice ๐Ÿ˜‚

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As a fellow Diet Coke addict I really understand this struggle. Coca-Cola Light is just not the same

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She did pack Diet Coke when she went to Australia

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May 2, 2023Liked by David Farrier

Cannot wait to listen to the Alligators episode! Thanks!

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May 2, 2023Liked by David Farrier

Oh this is awesome! Thanks for sharing! I've already spied a couple of episodes that I didn't realise I missed - I will get onto that very soon! ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ™โœจ. Have a lovely week ๐Ÿ˜Ž.

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You too, Alana! It seemed fun to have them all in one place, as it is defo very normal to miss things in the chaos of life!

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This is handy thank you. I missed the valentines episode while I was moving house 2x in 2 months (renter life ๐Ÿ˜ข). Listening now, I'm reminded of when I lived in Colorado in the early 1990s. My daughter entered first grade (she was 5 but had been primer 1 in nz, and we skipped usa kindergarten so i could work longer hours without paying for childcare.)

She came home from school on valentines day in tears because she was the only kid who had turned up without 20 cards/candies/cupcakes to share with all her classmates. Epic fail for me as a mum. But I was genuinely completely bamboozled. It was one of the most baffling cultural differences between nz and USA culture: this expansive, all ages version of valentines. With a significant cost in time and money to deliver as a parent. Imagine having 3 kids and having to deliver 60 or more cards etc. My daughter is 37 now but I still feel so bad for letting her feel humiliated at her new school.

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Oh your poor kid! My heart!

The fact each kid has to come home and make like 30 cards is batshit insane.

It's insane behaviour.

PS: Sorry about the moving. The joy and insecurity of renting! I know it well here!

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I don't know anyone in NZ who puts their eggs in the fridge. Well, I didn't until discussing your egg ep with friends and they do refrigerate eggs because they eat them slowly. We need empirical evidence, IG poll?

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All I can say is that I saw the new Evil Dead horror film, which is set in a New York apartment - and there is a scene (it's in the trailer) where a woman fries a bunch of eggs. She gets the eggs from the kitchen bench, where they have been clearly stored in a large bowl.

This makes no sense in America. She should have gone to get them from the fridge.

Why are they in a bowl on the bench?

The film was shot in New Zealand. And someone forgot to make the switch.

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My friend's dog starred in that film. He wasn't a specially-trained movie dog or anything, but somehow the animal wrangler for the production came across him and liked his look so much he cast him in the role.

This is all apropos of nothing, apart from the inevitable 2 degrees of separation for anything NZ-related

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Every since my fridge came with an egg tray I put my eggs in the fridge. And since I've had to deal with cockroaches I wouldn't go leaving my chicken eggs out. And yes I'm a kiwi living in Australia. In New Zealand it wouldn't phase me to leave my chicken eggs out. Though if my fridge came with the tray, I'd probably still put them in.

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Kiwi here and I never used to put the eggs in the fridge but when my partner (also a Kiwi) moved in he thought it was weird that they werenโ€™t in the fridge.

They now go in the fridge but it still feels weird when I open the fridge and see them there! ๐ŸŽ‰

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Omg so much. I'm a relative webworm newcomer (I know, a crime!) but have been following your work on the megachurches. There are so many episodes I'm interested in, can't wait. Thank you!

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Not a crime at all! But that said, thanks for being here. Literally could not have done that work without paying subs, who covered my life and legal bills while all that shit was going down :)

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Well done on the index.

#9 Bottled water

I love tap water, but I've got psoriasis (skin condition) and tap water varies from place to place. For instance my local council water supply uses chloramines. As I understand it chloramines, is a combination of chlorine and ammonia. Ammonia is used in mustard gas and chlorine is used in bleach, the thought of drinking that is yuck.

I don't believe my old Takapuna water supply used chloramines, only chlorine. People who have impaired thyroid function may need to consider how much fluoride their drinking which can vary from water council to water council.

For me, I'm kind of brassed I know the above, because I love tap water and I now filter tap water before drinking it but I still shower under it unfiltered. My friend tells me I should be adding back in good minerals into my filtered water but why does drinking water need to be so hard? And maybe I should consider fluoride, but I like the idea of water keeping my teeth healthy, to heck with my thyroid.

Maybe, we should all drink more beer and wine?

Disclaimer: I'm no water/health expert, I just have a skin condition and have spent way to much time trying to minimise it.

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Thanks for this list - the last 2 eps hadn't turned up in Armchair Experts so I just unsubscribed & when I went to look for it again found an "Armchair Expert Umbrella with Dax Shepard" which has all the Flightless Bird eps - don't know what that's about! Anyways, the upside is I will have 2 x eps to listen to if I get in my long walk later ...

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Oh reading through this list and blurbs just brought back my joy at listening to each and every one of these! Wednesday is my favourite day down here in Aotearoa! Kids at school / daycare, partner at work, my day off to listen to FB and relax ๐Ÿง˜โ€โ™€๏ธ

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Alone time is the best time!

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This is fabulous! I thought Iโ€™d heard them all but Iโ€™ve missed a few. I guess they get lost because theyโ€™re in-between all of the other armchair episodes ๐Ÿคท๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ

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The feed does get a little insane.

It's great to be under their main feed, as it has a lot of listeners.. but yes.

The OCD in me wanted to have it all catalogued in one place with episode descriptions (which I write in the 3rd person each week, the funniest and most self-involved perspective to write in).

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