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Rum Doings Episode 105: It’s A Wonder How Stodden Managed Traipse Large The Shop

by on May.04, 2012, under Rum Doings, The Rest

It’s the onehundredandfifth episode of Rum Doings, which is far too many of anything. Our beginnings are found in Nick’s having illegally recorded John’s ugly road rage, which is reproduced for our listening pleasure (with some subtle editing). Then after a foray into burns and tattoos, proving that all lesbians are robots, and noting the arrogance of Newton, we take to the homepage of the Daily Mail, to explore the reasons behind their success.

The extremely right-wing paper betrays itself with a peculiarly grungy tabloid bottomless column of celebrities with their boobies out. But have John and Nick ever heard of either of them? We focus more especially on one story, because it’s about buying a rolling pin, before we realise quite how foul it is. This would be Courtney Stodden. You can read the story here (although they appear to have finally edited some of it.)

We then get a bit distracted by our thieving ways, and grumble about how rubbish DVDs are.

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10 Comments for this entry

  • Tacitus

    The Daily Mail is full of troglodyte scum.

  • Toby Collins

    Listening to Jonh was actually terrifying, i always thought he was such a nice boy. Also is Nick going to make Show Me Show Me renditions a regular feature of the podcast.

  • Jambe

    Is there something like absolute zero in the field of journalism? I’m not bothered by exposed mammaries (all for them, actually, and I find nipple-fascination creepy) but the irony of unabashed lasciviousness in the Daily Mail is fantastic. I wouldn’t be at all surprised if the current state of the publication was predicted in fiction — I can readily imagine this reality as a skit on some crap 90s TV comedy, for example. One wonders if they’ll feature hardcore sex in the next decade (surely as a sort of teaching aid for parents to educate their kiddies about how not to go about sexytimes).

    This is the most listenable podcast I’ve found, and I listen to quite a few! Your rapport makes for a really fun experience (even if you’re being serious) and I always look forward to listening.

  • Xercies

    One note if your going to put something on the podcasr like that rant try to put it in it makes horrible feedback when you just play it. :-)

    The daily mail is horrible but unfortunatly i know to many people who read it. Its hypocrisy is delightful though.

    Also the DVD argument was a bit deja vu as ive been recently relistining to episode 34 i think and it had those arguments in there as well. But i agree companies really need to pull their socks up and follow the standard set by music selling. Which is convieniant and useful.

  • Alex

    You don’t even need a proxy to view content from NBC’s or NBC’s sites. You just need to throw an X-Forwarded-For request header to make the site think it’s dealing with a proxy.

  • devlocke

    Maybe it’s just because I live in the according-to-USA-Today-third-most-tattooed-city-in-the-US but I know lots of people who are still happy with their tattoos. I don’t actually know anyone with a tattoo who regrets any of their tattoos. I also don’t know anyone with just one, which I just now realized. I have friends with no tattoos and friends with multiple tattoos but no friends with just one. I suppose that makes a certain sort of sense.

  • Nick Mailer

    Devlocke: I wonder what your friends will think in a decade or two’s time. The halflife of tattoo regret varies.

  • mister k

    I have to agree with Nick and John, why not just get a henna tatoo? I mean, sure you’ll have to reapply it occasionally, but we’re happy to do our hair every day, why not redo our body art?

    That nasty purient journalism is something thats been with us for a long time. It reminds me of heat, which my sister used to get. I remember picking up her copy to learn about two celebrities in a relationship (I forget who, if I knew at the time) chose to go for lunch at a restaurant, and kissed. This was the story, which took nearly two pages with big photos. The sexual element is just there to sell more copy.

    Its icky. I’m not sure one can really do anything about this kind of prying into people’s personal lives without making things much worse, but I do wish we could.

  • devlocke

    My tattooed friends range in age from early 20s to late 50s. Virtually all of them remain proud and enamored of their tattoos. Maybe it’s an American or regional thing. I have always wanted tattoos of the band-logos of the bands I’ve been in, but never had the cash to actually throw at the idea. Despite never acting on it due to lack of funds, the idea is still as attractive to me at 31 as it was at 20.

    As an aside/on a related note: Working as I now do in a semi-rural liquor store, I am stunned by the customers over 30 who come in rocking tattoos on their heads/necks/faces/fingers/back-of-hands. That is oddly more common ‘mongst the redneck-set than it was/is amongst the punk rock kids I was interacting with in college, which strikes me as really weird. Tattoos are all fine, well, and dandy, but I can’t imagine getting them in a place you can’t cover up if you want to get a job or run for office or something. ESPECIALLY when you’re a conservative gun-toting jesus-loving fellah. I associate that level of in-your-face tattooing with people who have life sentences and no shot at ever getting a regular job. I guess I respect their commitment to their area codes and credos, and their ability to function in regular society.

  • devlocke

    Random update: I was listening to the TED-talks program on my local NPR affiliate, and they were talking to some lady who had done a TED Talk about regret, with a tattoo that she got being the centerpiece her discussion revolved around. At some point during the interview, she gave a statistic that I am remembering as “17% of tottooed Americans regret their tattoos.” It was something along those lines. That would imply that 83% don’t, or at least don’t report it when surveyed. :)