Episode 16: Ferris Bueller

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I mean… Ferris is a bad friend. And possibly a sociopath? But Cameron’s dad is uptight and spent waaaay too much on a car, sooo… who’s the REAL bad guy here?

Check out this week’s episode as we find out just how much their little truancy trip to Chicago cost Cameron, from Ferris Bueller’s Day Off!

Episode 15: Pokemon, Part 1!

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This week, listen as Damon and Dan slowly horrify Liz as they recount the economic and moral realities of a desolate, post-war apocalypse, where one must trap and ruthlessly train animals in order to survive. Where water is scarce, and there’s no real way to be a pacifist.

Or, you know. Pokemon.

Is this game fun? Liz will have to play it one day to find out.

Episode 13: Aladdin!

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In today’s episode, we give you some very Not Real (TM) advice about what to do when you receive an unexpected windfall, like say, I dunno, a magical lamp with a genie who may be stuck in a weird loop out of time?

But mostly we talk about how much we dislike the song, “The Morning Report.” Yup. From Lion King.

 

Episode 11: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

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Hello children! Welcome to the magical corporation run by an eccentric misanthrope, where all your candy dreams and nightmares can come true! Enjoy the magical tour through the facility, but don’t you DARE touch ANYTHING, or SO HELP ME…

Listen as Dan grimaces his way through this episode, teaching us how the very strange Wonka corporation might work (or NOT work).

Episode 9: Christmas Vacation

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Merry Holidays, y’all! We talk the hubris of Clark Griswold and his Christmas lights that can be seen from space. Would he be able to actually afford to run lights bright enough to cause a crisis at the power plant? How do you read an electric meter? Why does this movie make Liz so dang uncomfortable?

All this and more on this episode!

Notes:

Dan’s spreadsheet!

Episode 8: Die Hard

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Yippee Ki-Yay, We like to PARTY!

Does the Nakitomi corporation and the city of LA lose more money letting John McClane fight bad guys in his bare feet than if they just let Alan Rickman and the other fancy Germans get away with all the money and blow up the building? Is Nakitomi just a front for a very large scale crime ring? Does Damon know how much buildings are worth?

Learn these things and more on this episode!

NOTES:

Dan’s Spreadsheets! (Be nice, he worked hard!) This includes links to all of Dan’s sources, plus an overwhelming amount of money!

 

 

Episode 7: Beauty and the Beast

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Is the little provincial town that Belle’s from living removed from time, in an egg-based economy? Is Gaston their prince? Listen to us discuss the Town That France Forgot!

NOTES

Correction! Liz was wrong, Perrault didn’t write Le Belle et Le Bete, it was actually written by Gabrielle-Suzanne Barbot de Villeneuve. BOO, LIZ.

The Beauty and the Beast Christmas Special, if you dare.

 

Episode 6: The Enigmatic Ron Swanson

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Certainly a man who doesn’t half-ass two things when he could whole-ass one thing knows how to plan for his retirement and the financial security of his kids. But Parks and Rec’s Ron Swanson takes things to another level entirely. Dan digs up the dirt (err… gold?) on Ron Swanson’s secret buried savings!

How much gold could one public servant possibly save, after all?

NOTES

Bureau of Labor Statistics, “Occupational Outlook Handbook”

Parks and Rec Wiki, “Duke Silver”

Elizabeth Warren and Amelia Warren Tyagi, “All Your Worth”

OnlyGold.Com, “Historical Gold Prices”