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Episode “We’re Back – It’s a Fluid Situation”

Just when you thought Rod and Hugh had checked out from the podcasting universe… they’re back!  Well, it’s a fluid situation.  High cholesterol. Game shows. Plinko. Tight wheels. Drew Carey heroism. Rat Race.   Just listen… you know you missed us.

Long Running TV Shows – Ep. 72 (Simpsons, SNL, Price is Right)

In a groundbreaking development, Hugh and Rod stray slightly from their usual food talk, and delve into the world of TV. Why, you ask? We’re not sure, but we’ll be back to snacking food type stuff next episode.

For now, enjoy the complex breakdowns of three of the longest-running, most beloved shows on TV: The Simpsons, Saturday Night Live, and The Price is Right. What makes them so successful? Have any of them gone downhill recently, or are they still going strong?   We honestly don’t have answers, but we’ll talk about some important issues such as: is the Price is Right big wheel oiled on a regular basis… like what kind of maintenance are they doing on that thing?

The Price is Right Pizza Christmas – Episode 16

We cover plenty of ground in Episode 16… from pricing games to pizza science to stocking stuffers.  Rod has another installment of the menu nerd, which leads to Hugh achieving game show mortality. Give me pizza… P-I-Z-Z-A!  Plus, an amazing coal find. Listen to the episode and it will all make sense… kind of.

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(00:22) The Menu Nerd Pricing Game – Rod quizzes Hugh on his knowledge of menu prices for their favorite Fast Food spots.  Play the games below (answers at the bottom).

(03:43) Game #1: Name the Higher Price

  1. Big Mac vs. Whopper?
  2. McDonald’s Hamburger circa 1961 vs. McDonald’s Cookie circa 2014?
  3. Pizza Hut Medium Pizza vs. Subway Pastrami Melt?
  4. KFC 16 piece bucket vs. 24 Duracell batteries on Amazon.com?
  5. Cinnabon Classic vs. White Castle Double Bacon Cheese Slider?
  6. Hardees Bacon Thick Burger vs. Starbucks Chicken Santa Fe Panini?
  7. Whole Panera Cinnamon Coffee Cake vs. Two dozen Dunkin Donuts?

(05:50) Game #2: Start High & Go Low. (Listthe below most to least expensive).

  • DQ Small Sundae
  • Taco Bell Double Decker Taco Supreme
  • ChickFil-A 12-Piece Grilled Nuggets
  • Arby’s Classic Roast Beef

(09:25) Game #3: Danger Price – which item matches the “Danger Price?” of $6.19?Little Ceaser’s

  • 10 Piece Pepperoni Cheese Bread
  • Wendy’s BBQ Ranch Chicken Salad
  • Five Guys Bacon Cheese Hot Dog
  • Sonic Large Chili Cheese Tater Tots

(12:15) Pizza Trinity – New York has its pizza identity secure. Chicago owns the deep dish. Is there a third, unclaimed pizza style for the taking? Hugh makes an argument for a northwest city to seize this hole in the pizza landscape.

(15:27) Cut your Pizzas into 12 – Hugh waves the Hungry Dads flag in support of arithmetic and culinary virtuosos, Axis of Awesome, in support of solving the most troublesome mathematical food equation of the millennium! The 1900’s passed and society did not even come close to solving the 10 Hot Dog / 12 Bun problem that plagued grocery aisles coast to coast.  And now, well into the new millennium, there is another problem festering in our pizza parlors; and some smart and brave men, like modern day Galelios, are taking on the establishment and inspiring the world to open up their minds and make a change.  Yes! Citizens of the World – please, cut your pizzas into twelve!  Axis of Awesome, the Hungry Dads stand with you.  Sorry we were two years late.  Maybe we can pick up on in December of 2112?

(19:21) Is it the Urine or the Grit?– Hugh examines why New York Pizza unique? Why has it been difficult to replicate elsewhere?  Well, many say it’s in the NYC water – which is not, as many may assume, mostly urine.  Well, to be clear, most “NYC water” – that is water coming out of NYC – may actually be substantially urine by the time it has run off the mucky city streets.  But the water that comes into NYC – that we drink and cook with, gladly, is piped from upstate. So to be fair NYC’s great pizza is partly it’s the water that comes from north of NYC, which benefits from the trip itself. And let’s not forget tahe importance of dirty old ovens!There are brave men and women out there, doing real experiments on these things.

Thanks to www.seriouseats.com (The Food Lab) for their insight into water, minerals, and pizza dough. You may remember the Food Lab as my Turducken inspiration and muse from Episode 4 – their site is awesome!

AND

Joe Brown’s article “Why New York City’s Iconic Pizza Is So Tough to Replicate” from Wired.com for their insight on “gestalt”

(23:09) Christmas Chocolate Experiment/Review – Rod performs an experiment and a review with two Christmas chocolage candies he’d never had before.  Rod’s theory is that his expectation based on sight alone will affect his enjoyment of the candy – specfifically if his expectations are low, he will enjoy it more, whearas if his expectations are high, he will enjoy it less.  The candies up for review:

  • Candy #1 (low expectations) – Palmer Double Crisp Coal: a pretend bag of coal that looks pretty neat and cute. It is essentially Nestle Crunch in nugget form, individually wrapped.
  • Candy #2 (high expectations) – Russell Stover Coconut Wreath: A cookie sized candy with specs of coconut mixed into chocolate.

Listen to the podcast to hear Rod’s reviews and the result of the experiment!

 

Related Essays and Articles (links):

This Man’s Pizza Idea Could Rock the Entire U.S. To Its Core – Hyperbolically speaking! OMG!!! – The Pizza Trinity? 

Hungry Dads Join Arithmetic and Culinary Virtuosos, Axis of Awesome, in Support of Solving the Most Troublesome Mathematical Food Equation of The Millennium! What a Long and Complicated Hyperbole! OMG!

What do Dirty Ovens and Stale Urine have to do with New York Pizza?  You will be Shocked to Read the Answer in the Article Underneath this Misleading Headline! OMG!!

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Answers to the The Menu Nerd Pricing Game

Game #1: Name the Higher Price 

  1. Big Mac value meal vs. Whopper value meal?
    • Big Mac value meal($5.69)
    • Whopper value meal ($6.19)
  2. McDonald’s Hamburger circa 1961 vs. McD’s Cookie circa 2014?
    1. McDonald’s Hamburger circa 1961 ($0.20)
    2. McD’s Cookie circa 2014($0.33)
  3. Pizza Hut Medium Pizza vs. Subway Pastrami Melt?
    • Pizza Hut Medium Pizza ($8.49)
    • Subway Pastrami Melt ($8.50)
  4. KFC 16 Piece Bucket vs. 24 Duracell batteries on Amazon.com?
    • KFC 16 Piece Bucket ($24.99)
    • 24 Duracell batteries on Amazon.com ($15.67)
  5. Cinnabon Classic vs.White Castle Double Bacon Cheese Slider?
    • Cinnabon Classic ($3.76)
    • White Castle Double Bacon Cheese Slider ($2.40)
  6. Hardees Bacon Thick Burger vs. Starbucks ChickenSanta Fe Panini?
    • Hardees Bacon Thick Burger ($6.99)
    • Starbucks Chicken Santa Fe Panini ($5.65)
  7. Whole Panera Cinnamon Coffee Cake vs. Two dozen Dunkin Donuts?
    • Whole Panera Cinnamon Coffee Cake ($14.99)
    • Two dozen Dunkin Donuts ($17.98)

Game #2: Start High & Go Low. List, most to least expensive.

  1. Highest = ChickFil-A 12-Piece Grilled Nuggets ($5.75)
  2. Second Highest = Arby’s Classic Roast Beef ($3.29)
  3. Second Lowest = DQ Small Sundae ($2.59)
  4. Lowest = Taco Bell Double Decker Taco Supreme($2.29)

Game #3: Danger Price – which item matches the “Danger Price?” of $6.19?

  • Little Ceaser’s 10 Piece Pepperoni Cheese Bread ($4.89)
  • DANGER PRICE!!!! Wendy’s BBQ Ranch Chicken Salad ($6.19)
  • Five Guys Bacon Cheese Hot Dog ($5.79)
  • Sonic Large Chili Cheese Tater Tots ($3.39)