Show #012: The Yogi Bear/Ayn Rand Link

The twelfth episode of our podcast, Paul and Storm Talk About Some Stuff for Five to Ten Minutes (On Average), is now online. (Sorry about the delay!)

In this episode: Beets worthy of tears; the undisputed fact that Storm can totally kick Paul’s ass; elementary school dust-ups; and various battles royale, incorporating the Tasmanian Devil, Wolverine, Gilligan, the Dude, Minneapolis/St. Paul, and flying monkeys (among others). Plus, this time around, technology fails Paul.

Audience participation alert! Please take part in the “battle” polls after the break; or suggest other possibilities in the comments.

Featured post-show song: “Battle Without Honor or Humanity” – Tomoyasu Hotei

Show #012: The Yogi Bear/Ayn Rand Link (Some content NSFW)


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  1. MitchO
    Posted October 21, 2008 at 8:05 am | Permalink

    How could you EVER doubt George Carlin?

    And I would suppose the obvious fight would be Coulton vs Hodgman.

  2. Posted October 21, 2008 at 10:13 am | Permalink

    I always assumed Animal was the way he was BECAUSE of drugs. So I would assume he’d have some sort of resistance.
    Coulton vs. Hodgman…interesting. In a fight or in a straight man contest? Either way I’m saying advantage Hodgman.

  3. Posted October 21, 2008 at 11:24 am | Permalink

    The Zuni doll haunted the nightmares of my youth…

  4. Candace
    Posted October 21, 2008 at 11:42 am | Permalink

    More on the beat story.

    When I was about 7 or 8 I was at my aunt’s house eating dinner. Part of the dinner was beats. The whole time I tried and tried to tell my family I didn’t like them(thanks to bad early(ier)childhood memories) However, my pleas fell upon deaf ears and at the end of dinner and my family made me try at least one beat. I cried whilst eating it. Ever sense my family has made fun of me/given me a hard time.

  5. Anne-Marie
    Posted October 21, 2008 at 11:48 am | Permalink

    How could it NOT be Brian Blessed? I mean, every time he’s on a British TV quiz show, he blast them with “I’m Brian Blessed!” And I don’t know about Yogi Bear, but there is the Tao of Pooh book, which is awesome.

  6. Ryan Rogers
    Posted October 21, 2008 at 12:42 pm | Permalink

    Fantastic show guys, and fantastic polls. Also, I must say, Storm, your tales of 5th grade woe are actually not boring at all.

    In completely different news, I attended a Capitol Steps concert last night and was surprised to find that they, like you, Paul & Storm, wrote a song about Senator Larry Craig’s airport bathroom tryst to the tune of Tap Three Times.

    (Hear their version on

    iTunes here:

    Amazon here: )

    I mean, I suppose its not too far of a stretch for any amount of professional, satiric musicians to make, but I was still surprised.

    (Also, my apologies if this felt like an advertisement. It wasn’t intended that way.)

  7. Ryan Rogers
    Posted October 21, 2008 at 12:44 pm | Permalink

    Whoops. That’ll teach me to use HTML brackets.

    Try here for iTunes:

    And here for Amazon:

  8. Candace
    Posted October 21, 2008 at 1:58 pm | Permalink

    P.S I haven’t had a beat sense.

  9. Posted October 21, 2008 at 7:35 pm | Permalink

    I say Coulton would beat down Hodgman. But that’s just me.

  10. Posted October 22, 2008 at 12:04 pm | Permalink

    I gave the edge to Hodgman because I think, while neither seems the outwardly violent type, Hodgman seems the more violent of the two. My thinking is that Coulton at his worst would politely ask you to leave while Hodgman is more the letter bomb kinda guy.
    and in battle of the straight men, I think Coulton would definately start laughing first.

  11. Ann
    Posted October 22, 2008 at 12:47 pm | Permalink

    My bombast vote goes to Meat Loaf, under the basic assumption that we are speaking of a Jim Steimnam-backed Meat Loaf. Equations show that adding Steinman to anything ups the bombast by at least 62%. It’s true. Look it up.
    Also, advantage: Hodgman.

  12. Rhett
    Posted October 23, 2008 at 6:42 pm | Permalink

    I gots to go with Twain, here. He’s the founder. The Master. Without Twain, would there be a Carlin?

  13. Jade
    Posted October 23, 2008 at 7:21 pm | Permalink

    I’ve got to say. There is NO WAY Einstein could beat those monkeys, even with a flamethrower. They’re swift movers, they have the air advantage and there’s much more of them. Whatever.
    Anyway, I’ve thought of a food thing along the lines of the beat story. Mushrooms. I have never liked mushrooms, there’s a general weirdness about them. But I remember when I was roughly 4, we had this baby sitter who would literally force us to eat mushroom soup. I’m talking like, force fed. And to top it off, she would tell my parents that me and my brother LOVED them! To this day, I can’t understand what sick pleasure she managed to get from doing this. It just makes no sense.
    Can’t say I have a good food memory though… maybe like, Hot chocolate. Alot of good times with hot chocolate. I’m from Canada, we get cold, believe me. And there is no hot non-caffeinated beverage more fantastic than a cup of cocoa.

  14. Posted October 26, 2008 at 4:21 pm | Permalink

    Hey guys,

    I missed the past two episodes when they were originally posted because they weren’t posted to the main Paul & Storm feedburner feed to which I was subscribed (

    So for those people who don’t use iTunes and iPods to download and listen to your cast on their MP3 players, you should list somewhere on your website that the feed they need to subscribe to, to ensure they don’t miss any episodes, is this:

    And when it comes to a comedy straight man competition, it’s gotta be John Hodgman vs. Joel Hodgson.

    Then do Bret vs. Jermaine, and have the winner of that go up against JoCo.

    – Luke Ski

  15. Tina
    Posted October 26, 2008 at 8:43 pm | Permalink

    A couple things:

    1. Something is messed up with your RSS feed, at least in Google Reader. The last post that shows up there as of now (10:30pm EDT Sunday) is the announcement of podcast #10. Seems like every now and then (like every few weeks), a bunch of posts shows up all at once.

    2. Possible podcast topic to go along with the comfort-food one: do you have any comfort movies or books? I mean, if I’m feeling kind of blah, I will often pick up a favorite book I’ve read many times before, or put in a movie that I love, and it’s comforting, like an old friend. Or am I the only one who does that?

    3. I meant to mention this a while back, but your show at Jammin’ Java last month was awesome! I’ve only missed one of your local shows since you started performing together as Paul and Storm (I was in London at the time), and it never fails to be a good time. (And in an unusual twist, my husband and I actually became fans of Jonathan Coulton because of you guys…we were DVN fans, so we naturally came along for the ride when the two of you split off.)

    There was something else I wanted to say, but I totally forgot what it was. I will undoubtedly remember it as soon as I’ve hit the submit button. Or not.

  16. Paul and Storm
    Posted October 26, 2008 at 11:19 pm | Permalink

    Thank you Luke & Tina* for the heads-up on the RSS feed–we’re on it.


    *totally sounds like an ice skating duo

  17. Tina
    Posted October 27, 2008 at 5:33 am | Permalink

    Oh – I remembered the last thing I meant to say: I’m an East Coaster too (originally from NJ) and my family was far from British or pretentious (they were blue-collar/working class), but everyone I know always pronounced “pajamas” like “pajahmas”. Just another data point. At least we don’t pronounce “aunt” like it rhymes with “haunt”…I always found THAT pretty pretentious. 🙂

  18. Simalot
    Posted October 27, 2008 at 8:07 am | Permalink

    I haven’t heard any bragging about it yet, so I’m not sure if you’ve seen that the podcast is currently listed as one of the staff favorites on iTunes.

  19. Ann
    Posted October 27, 2008 at 8:43 am | Permalink

    Hey Tina, another NJ-to-Va person! Sounds like we share the same accent: you wouldn’t happen to be from the Jersey Shore, would you? Heh, for the most part, nobody outside of NJ can understand me when I pronounce “water” I mostly get blank stares. 🙂 Oh yes, the Jammin’ Java show rocked my socks as well.

  20. Posted October 27, 2008 at 11:38 am | Permalink

    Holy ouch, guys. It’s bad enough you diss Minneapolis, but to diss poor retarded Saint Paul as well? Low blow. Also, your show here rocked earlier this year, but after this? I don’t know. I might have to hang back by the bar and pretend I’m cool while you open for JoCo next time.

    By the way, the Wonder Twins have already (both!) been put into our zoo. But not the really nice Minnesota Zoo, they’re over in Como Zoo, with Paddy the caretaker. So take that!

    So while Rhett, you totally missed on the first part of your comment, you are spot on regarding Carlin v. Twain.

  21. Tina
    Posted October 27, 2008 at 6:15 pm | Permalink

    Ann – nope, not from the shore area (or “down the shore”, as any NJ native knows it’s really called); I’m a North Jersey person — Union County, mostly. I worked hard to get rid of the accent when I was in college — even though I went local (Drew U in Madison), none of my friends there had the NJ accent. My husband is from South Jersey (Cherry Hill area) and got laughed at so much in college (same school as me) for saying “wooder” that he also worked hard to drop that. 🙂

    So, how do you pronounce “pajamas”, then??

  22. Ann
    Posted October 29, 2008 at 5:46 pm | Permalink

    Tina – The Shore accent isn’t as pronounced as North NJ’s, so I never bothered to get rid of it, I find it rather fun, as it pops out at wonderfully inappropriate times. I have been told it mainly comes out when either I raise my voice, get riled up over something, or have a few beers in me. Occasionally, all 3 are happening at the same time. And yes, I also say “pajahmas” and aunt like ‘ant’.

    My friends from NJ were horrified I was going to college below the mason-dixion line and kept asking me if I had a southern accent yet. You know, that thick southern accent you pick up in, uh, south Arlington County…?

    Folks “down here” have described my pronunciation of “water” as “wurder” and apparently I somehow make it one syllable. Can you tell I find accents fascinating?

  23. Posted November 8, 2008 at 3:17 pm | Permalink

    Only those people who watched 70s horror films would understand the fearsome nature of the Zuni Doll.

    And big kudos to the Ayn Rand reference for Yogi Bear. Atlas Shugged is hhher best book.

  24. Robin
    Posted November 10, 2008 at 10:24 am | Permalink

    I think (were he still alive) even George Carlin would pick Mark Twain. I’d imagine that Mr. Clemens was probably one of his heroes, what with the political commentary and pointing out the obvious-but-uncomfortable foibles of humanity.

    @Tina: “At least we don’t pronounce “aunt” like it rhymes with “haunt”…I always found THAT pretty pretentious.”

    But… there’s a U right there in the middle of the word. Just like “haunt”. Why wouldn’t you pronounce them the same? Plus, neither of my aunts want to be thought of as small picnic-ruining insects.

    –Robin, unabashed New Englander

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