Show #111: Nethercandies

The hunnerdleventyth episode of our podcast, Paul and Storm Talk About Some Stuff for Five to Ten Minutes (On Average), is now online.

This week’s episode: Storm is on braincation; we’re excited about our pending trip to the UK and The Netherlands; Orangina and odd European candies; a war of words over licorice; a million dollar idea of a couch monorail system; some quick battles involving technology and Muppets; soap operas old and new; our personal “first favorite songs;” free burritos and Peking duck; and bad advice. Also: Paul F. Tompkins‘ and David Rees‘ recapping goodness.

AUDIENCE PARTICIPATION ALERT: what (if any) soap operas do/did you watch?

Post-show song: “The Rain, The Park and Other Things”, The Cowsills

Show #111: Nethercandies



  1. Posted April 15, 2011 at 6:42 pm | Permalink

    FOR THE RECORD: I, Storm, do not endorse this poll, the formation of which is not only skewed but downright inaccurate. If anything is an “abomination”, it is “licorice” which is not actually made with licorice (also spelled liquorice). REAL licorice is derived from the extract of a plant that goes by the same name.

    You can call red, gummy, fake-tasting (fruit?) sticks whatever you like, and I will not begrudge your enjoyment of them. HOWEVER, to call them “licorice” is grossly inaccurate or, in other words, an ABOMINATION of the word’s meaning.

  2. Brett Glass
    Posted April 15, 2011 at 7:28 pm | Permalink

    “I’ve Been Forgetting Years Lately” is on the set list of my Raging Grannies tribute band.

  3. Posted April 15, 2011 at 8:59 pm | Permalink

    You know that if any Muppet could beat Sam the Eagle in a political race, it would be Miss Piggy.


  4. Samantha
    Posted April 16, 2011 at 8:44 am | Permalink

    Does Twin Peaks count as a soap opera?

  5. Hand Held Food
    Posted April 16, 2011 at 9:13 pm | Permalink

    Hey, guys: That’s pronounced “chi-po-tul,” not “chi-po-tuh-lay.”

  6. Posted April 21, 2011 at 12:16 am | Permalink

    1, I’ve never watched any soaps. Having said that, when my wife watches her soaps (OLTL, AMC, and GH), with me in the room, there’s one character, Spinelli who sounds a bit geeky/nerdy, who I pay some attention to when he’s on screen.

    2, As for the best hand-held food, when I heard the question, I knew I had an answer (even though you weren’t asking the audience, I’ll answer anyway). Now I should point out that I haven’t seen one of these since I was in Denmark in 1990. It was called a “hapsdog” (or maybe haps-dog).

    I’ll describe it by saying how to make it.

    A: Take a 1″ diameter heated metal spike and impale an unsliced hotdog bun on it.
    B: Let it heat up (not necessarily toast, but warm).
    C: Remove bun, put it in a paper envelope wrap, and fill it with remoulade.
    D: Insert a boiled hotdog in hole.

    What you get is a food that can be eaten 100% with only one hand. So if you’re out shopping and only have one hand free, you can eat a haps-dog. It’s very tasty and convenient. Even better than liver paté and pickled beets.

  7. Posted April 21, 2011 at 12:19 am | Permalink

    A little more Google-foo about hapsdogs, and they’re apparently available in Holland. Make sure you try one while you’re there.

  8. Kim
    Posted April 21, 2011 at 10:25 am | Permalink

    I second Blue’s comment. Miss Piggy could definitely take Sam, but in a Sarah Palin way… she’d beat him in the primaries!

  9. Robin (the Mini-Minion)
    Posted April 21, 2011 at 2:18 pm | Permalink

    …and that’s how Paul and Storm invented Nethercandies. Noodle stories! #hardwick

    Very subtle about the cruise, guys. 🙂

  10. Paul Maki
    Posted April 22, 2011 at 1:40 am | Permalink

    Back in Jr High/early HS my younger sister got me into Santa Barbara. I thought it was very intelligent, and rarely missed the opportunity to openly point out cliche soap tropes when it used them.

    Then Twin Peaks was a going obsession my last 2 years of HS.

    When I was working at the Lincoln, NE CBS affiliate, when we all finished annotating our news scripts for the noon news, we’d watch The Young and the Restless. We were pretty much forced, as the network feed was running the whole while and we had to get our show rolling ontime…

  11. Paul Maki
    Posted April 22, 2011 at 1:42 am | Permalink

    Oh and very much looking forward to the Guthrie show on Monday and hopefully saying hi after the show!

  12. Lito
    Posted April 22, 2011 at 11:02 am | Permalink

    Stay away from the evil corporate burrito! You can get a much better one at a local track shop.

  13. Lito
    Posted April 22, 2011 at 11:02 am | Permalink

    Make that a “local taco shop”…

  14. Posted April 28, 2011 at 9:32 am | Permalink

    Is it weird to me that whenever I hear about “Ms. Storm” I immediately think of Storm in drag? And not good drag either. Sort of the “Big Mama” type giant dress and maybe some large ear rings. Perhaps a bit of badly applied makeup.

    I have never met the real Ms. Storm and I hope this is not offensive to her, but I have yet to shake the image from my head.

    Has Storm ever done drag? Maybe some sort of tribute to Monty Python?

  15. Posted April 28, 2011 at 10:01 am | Permalink

    I think Storm would make a very elegant lady.

  16. Posted April 28, 2011 at 10:02 am | Permalink

    Not that I think about it all the time or anything.

  17. Posted April 28, 2011 at 10:38 am | Permalink

    I appreciate the vote of confidence re: my potential attractiveness in drag, but can assure you that the real Mrs. Storm looks nothing like me, and is by any reasonable measure far more attractive.

    No, I haven’t attempted drag since the 4th grade, but I’m pretty sure the results would be much more like Terry Jones’ than Bugs Bunny’s (hubba-hubba!)


  18. Posted April 28, 2011 at 11:21 am | Permalink

    Bugs Bunny was only attractive as a female because you could tell he really put his heart into it, but in truth he just didn’t have the goods. In terms of effortless beauty, I think Fry from Futurama would make the smokin’est cartoon drag queen.

    Okay, thanks for letting me get that off my chest, Paul & Storm.

  19. Terri
    Posted April 28, 2011 at 3:04 pm | Permalink

    Growing up it was always the CBS soaps that were watched and that just carried over into adulthood for me. Young and the Restless, As the World Turns, and Bold and the Beautiful are ones that I was hooked on. Now I try to avoid those channels during the day because I know if I don’t I will get sucked back into watching day after day and have to catch up all over again.

  20. Posted May 4, 2011 at 2:33 pm | Permalink

    I think that “H. Ross Parrot” would come out of retirement and give Sam the Eagle a run for his money.

  21. Posted June 12, 2011 at 5:50 pm | Permalink

    I love salty liquorice, such as you can get from IKEA in Europe, or basically anywhere in Scandinavia. So when I went to Rotterdam I was excited to see that the liquorice had ‘salmiak’ on the label, because I figured it would be salty. It was nowhere near as strong as the IKEA stuff, but still good.

    Anyway, I’ll definitely get some tomorrow when I go to Amsterdam to see you guys play (I haven’t seen you at all since yesterday.)

    I’m not sure why I’m posting here now. I listened to this podcast some time ago.

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