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212: First Daints

June 7, 2018 at 1:00PM • 1 hour 9 minutes • Wiki Entry

This awkward week we're talking about granderpants, the car mystery solution, buying Erica, stranger lending etiquette (part two), and intergenerational first dates with special guest Darren Herczeg!

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This awkward week we're talking about Granderpants, Car Mystery Solution, Buying Erica, Podcast Reviews, Stranger Lending Etiquette, and Intergenerational First Dates with special guest Darren Herczeg!

Special guests: Darren Herczeg 


Primose: "Cheers!

I'm listening to episode 210 and I have a theory regarding the mess
in Adam's car. When I was in high school, sometimes a couple of guys would
pick up one end of a teacher's car a couple of feet from the ground and
drop it. The impact would set off the alarm if it was on, but more
importantly, anything on the inside of the car would fly up into the air
and cause a huge mess.

I don't think your situation was an earthquake because in order for your
car to shake enough in order for quarters to fly up in the air, then the
houses in the entire area would have been affected and everything would be
on the floor. You car tires would have absorbed a lot of the shaking from
an earthquake and change would have just rattled around. If your car was
dropped, the change would fly into the air. It would make sense that if the
glove compartment flew open, the contents would be thrown into the back if
the front of the car was dropped.

Depending on the size of the car, it could only take one or two people to
be strong enough to pick up the car. Why they'd do it? Who knows. But in
high school, these guys merely did it to fuck with the teachers. It would
cause minimal damage and a lot of noise.



Oliver: "Hi Adam, it’s Oliver

I’m not too sure why you can’t see my review on iTunes... When I go through the podcast app it shows two versions of the podcast and when I select the left one it shows my review (see screenshots)."

Mattheyós: "In episode 210 you had a listener that said he found of old underweear in his grandparent’s hoarding stuff.

I think (if they’re clean, which I damn well hope they are!) that they’re being saved for dusting. That’s what my grandmother would do. I think. This was about 20 years ago that I noticed it.


Mike: "Hello awkward humans! I have been listening to the show since the Grandma’s Email days but I’ve never written in. Also, I used to listen to Adam on the Lifehacker podcast and follow his articles because they were always both informative and entertaining. I guess you could say that Adam is a gateway drug to the rest of you ;)

Unfortunately I can’t buy Erica right now because I’m located in the Midwest and have no plans to come to LA anytime soon, but who knows what the future holds? Anyways, for this charity project, is Red Lobster an actual requirement? I’d really love to do Din Tai Fung instead so I can post “DTF with my hero, Erica, tonight” on Facebook and have it not be a lie.

Also, I reviewed the podcast on iTunes. You’re welcome, Richard."

Togba: "Aloha pod people, I got a question about first dates because I got one next week. My name’s Togba and she’s Daniella. I’m 19 and she’s 31. I’m tall and thick and she stops at my chest. I got hooked up with her at this charity fundraiser where we both volunteered. I never got with an older woman so I need some help on what millenials are about. Like we hit it off so I can gab with her all day it’s like I don’t know if the age gap is gonna be a thing or what. Got some advice for me?"

Anonymous: "Hello Adam. I have a question that requires an urgent and positive reply. My question is simple. How do you ask someone you've only met few days ago politely for money? I'm asking a friend - for an hospital bill (Dialysis) - about $18000."