Episode 40 – Assumptions

Assumptions color all aspects of life. Too bad they’re such a crock! This CrockCast explores the confusion of Instagram DMs, how nobody reads, and a munchausen mom’s murder.

Nobody Reads the Whole Thing

It’s a common assumption that people read. Turns out they mostly scan headlines – shocker! Even if they read a bit, it’s rarely an entire piece. Michael kicks off the podcast with a heads up that people aren’t reading. He introduces radical headline tips to help writers get their readers more engaged. Let’s try to get them past the first paragraph fellow writers!

Learn about how accomplished copywriters use everyday words to grip a reader’s attention. All it takes is a listen to Episode 40 of the CrockCast.

Assumptions Hide Abuse

Next Katherine shares a fascinating tale of Munchausen by Proxy and murder. She invokes a vast reservoir of info accumulated in a movie, miniseries, and Buzzfeed clicks. It’s repugnant and gripping all at once.

How could a woman poison her child? She even had her daughter’s salivary glands and teeth removed. Still that was only the beginning of her madness. Hear more about this single mother’s descent toward her own murder. A gripping unbelievable story awaits on your podcast app at Such a Crock. Or just click below to hit the stream immediately.

Keto Assumptions

Then Michael gets feisty because he’s often assumed to “be keto”. This annoys him. He’s a man not a diet! The rant rolls forth with facts galore. Luckily, that includes a clear definition and advice on its validity.

The keto conclusions may surprise you. Turns out Michael eats carbs. Also, keto may serve epileptic children but few others. No matter who or what keto claims to be; on the store shelves, it’s all about marketing.

Instagram DMs Breed Assumptions

The CrockCast winds down with a quick story out of Katherine’s Instagram direct messages. She shares about her own silly assumptions. Turns out they’ve led to lots of @LadyKflo confusion. It’s a healthy reminder to quiet our personal bias and listen. Quick but fruitful, this story will likely make you laugh too.

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Episode 39 – Memory

Errol Morris and Eye Contact

Picture Credit: RottenTomatoes.com

We all need human connection. Eye contact works as a way to get this kind of intimacy. Errol Morris, the legendary filmmaker and documentarian, also believes we need it to find truth in conversation. That’s why he invented the Interrotron. It’s the camera technology that enables him to get to the truth during his documentary interviews.

Thanks to his innovation, Morris cracked a murder case and those interviews ended up freeing an innocent man from a death sentence. Turns out, the witnesses who testified against this death row prisoner misremembered facts. They thus perjured their witness stand testimony. The Interrotron uncovered five cases of this perjury.

Learn more about these fascinating false memories as well as many other tasty Errol Morris morsels on the Memory episode of Such a Crock.

Witness Testimony

Next the CrockCast delves deeper into eyewitness memory issues from the backend. Why do eyewitness accounts hold such power over juries? How can people give false testimony in such high stakes cases?

These questions are asked and answered. First of all, the brain is a malleable organ and memory is no exception. Also, our popular beliefs about memory are largely false. Turns out, memory works more like narrative storytelling than a video or audio recording. It builds in layers that can bend and fold – more with each remembering.

Courtrooms don’t help clarify this mental mishmash with their leading questions and evidentiary tactics. If anything, a jury trial simply makes matters worse. It’s complicated by the power eyewitness accounts hold over juries. For some reason, they are more likely to believe falsehoods on the witness stand than most other evidence offered in a court case.

Black Mirror Deletions

The Black Mirror episode The Entire History of You engages our CrockCast cohorts. Thus they discuss what it means to remember the events of a marriage. What really matters? Many would say Truth. But this episode points to a different reality.

The TV show illustrates a scenario where people have a video/audio recording of their life embedded into a “grain”. That means they can choose to rewatch events that transpire alone or even share them with a buddy any time they choose. It gives a whole new meaning to the word “memory”.

Listen to Episode 39 of the podcast to hear all about it …and more! Fascinated beyond your wildest? You can read even more about memory with a click of these data-packed links:

National Library of Medicine: Memory 
Neuroscience – Exploring the Brain, Third Edition 
Skill-memory consolidation, Behavioural Brain Research 
Memory reconsolidation, Current Biology 
Digit-span assessments, Journal of Clinical and Experimental Neuropsychology 

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Episode 38 – Endings

Special Edition: Game of Thrones

This Special Edition of our Such a Crock podcast brings you Game of Thrones themes, refreshers, and debates. Because it’s nice and long, we bring you an extra dose of crock too. Just in time for GOT’s 8th season! The most fun CrockCast yet, this episode throws the gauntlet from the very start. Our CrockCasters, Katherine and Michael, explain how Endings are a crock because GOT’s ending soon and what’s a bigger crock than that?

Game of Thrones: Themes

What’s it all about anyway? Let’s get down to it with an overarching theory (or three) and back up these propositions with facts galore. Sure, GOT revolves around ice and fire, love and death, nakedness and armor… We get it. But there are more meaningful themes as well. That’s a given with great stories and this one’s the greatest right now. Think not? Check out next season’s trailer if you need evidence of its mastery.

Endings are certainly a GOT theme. So many crucial characters experience the ultimate ending – death – before their time. In fact, the show is most famous for this . You can point to early Season One when honorable main character, Ned Stark loses his head. Or one just need glance at Episode 9, Season 3 for that notorious hero bloodbath the Red Wedding. Either way, main characters drop like flies on Game Of Thrones. It makes us all appreciate the alive ones that much more.

Katherine thinks it’s essentially about Humanity and offers a Jon Snow quote as evidence. Michael then talks about how Game of Thrones maintains a theme of Chasing Your True Nature. He also puts Jon Snow to work, proving his point. That’s the thing about Jon Snow, sure he knows nothing but he looks so good everybody wants to enlist him anyway.

Endings Answer – Who Will Die?

Let’s just admit that this is what really matters to all of us. Endings finally answer this critical question about our beloved characters. Some are so loved that we may not even accept their seemingly certain death.

This comes up for Katherine during the podcast when she admits she’s still holding out for Tormund to have survived the Ice Dragon’s teardown. Yes, Tormund stood atop the wall when it went down… but perhaps he slid to safety? She’s hoping. That way he can finally woo Brianne so they can make big ass babies together.

But this is just a tiny sampling of the substantial discussion about who will live and who will die in the Game of Thrones. Katherine and Michael get down and dirty to debate nearly every character. From Euron Greyjoy to Arya Stark, Bronn of Blackwater to Daenerys Targaryen and everybody in between. This CrockCast gets detailed and real with as much jocularity as accuracy.

The Proof is in the Endings

Our CrockCasters discuss Game of Thrones characters and events with predictions, refreshers, and hearty opposition. After all, it can be hard to even discern what’s already happened from this show’s gorgeous, rich density. People come back from the dead, people aren’t really even people… and then there’s Cersei Lannister.

Michael and Katherine discuss Cersei more than any other character. Funny part is, they also both think this bitch is sure to die in the end. All men must die. Right? But Cersei most of all.

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Episode 37 – Awards

Your CrockCast is back better than ever! Awards are a crock – from the Academy to the Olympic games. In fact, in this ground-breaking episode, Katherine uses “crapping your pants” to illustrate three distinctly different crocktacular examples.

Economics Briefing

Both crockcasters got into the economics of awards in this week’s podcast. Michael briefly discusses how big budget flicks are often overlooked by the Academy when awards season hits. Maybe on purpose? Perhaps even to spite the ticket-buying public? Could be that or maybe the Academy of Motion Pictures has other considerations in mind. The crockcasters discuss and dispute these possibilities.

Katherine also brings up economics from her research into Olympic gold. Ever wondered how much those medals are actually worth on the open market? Well, she found out and shares a bit about it in this Episode 37 CrockCast.

Post-Olympic Depression

It’s an incredible accomplishment to win even one gold medal. Talk about an amazing award! Right? So, imagine what Michael Phelps must feel, having won more than any other human ever. Well, the fact is he felt like crap. That’s because of a phenomenon now known as post-olympic depression. Turns out winning the biggest prize of all many times over can be a real drag.

Katherine shares some tips from healing and preventing Olympic depression. Not so much because the CrockCast audience is mostly elite athletes… but more as a service to help all of us regular people out there seeking our heart’s desire. How can we avoid this subsequent let-down after our own brand of ceremonious glory finally comes? Find out with a listen to this week’s delightful and informative episode.

Are the Oscars a Crock?

Michael shouts a definitive Yes! to this question about our esteemed Academy Awards. He takes us on a fun romp through a decade’s worth of Oscar winners and sends them up for debate. Many of your favorite movies are considered and discussed in depth including Raiders of the Lost Ark and Back to the Future.

The CrockCast thus traverses a multitude of films, nominated and not. This is thanks to a list Michael found in the Washington Post. Turns out it could have been written by Katherine given how much she agrees with their views on the Oscars through the years.

It’s a rollicking good time to chat about which movies are the most deserving and why. Best part is, all of this centers around an article entitled The Oscars Always Get it Wrong. What’s more thrilling than extreme declarations and subsequent deliberation? Not a gosh darn thing!

Silver Might as Well Be Bronze

Katherine wraps up the podcast with a study about why Olympic silver medalists seem so unhappy in the awards ceremony pics. Turns out it’s because of mental state called Counterfactual Thinking. This particular frame of mindset is all about expectations and asking yourself what “could have been?”.

It’s human nature to think this way. So, the crockcasters talk about the different times in life when counterfactual thinking comes into play and craps on one’s coffee cake. How can we avoid, or at least recover quickly, from it? Check out CrockCast Episode 37: Awards to hear all about it!

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No Offense

Episode 36 – “No Offense”

Get Ready to be Offended

The most offensive CrockCast yet! We cover the familiar Crock phrase “No Offense” in all its wretchedness. Topics include a list of forbidden phrases, sexy mothers, women’s colleges, and HBCUs. We also discuss the true purpose of saying the phrase and, as Britney Spears would say, “It’s NOT that innocent!”

“No Offense” but these Definitions are a Crock

Michael begins the podcast with some crocktacular definitions. Ironically, the crockcasters agree that the traditional definition sources, such as the “dictionary of record” give the WORST definitions. These prissy, conventional interpretations certainly won’t offend anyone but they also clearly aren’t what the phrase means.

Listen to this week’s Episode 36 CrockCast to hear the specifics yourself. It’s much more obvious than you might think!

Sexy Mamas are Mamas Too!

Katherine shares a story about a neighborhood mother offended by a fellow mom’s bikini pic on Instagram. “Can you imagine?” the neighbor said, “And she calls herself a mother!” Katherine’s only reply to this was, “She sounds hot…”

Because what’s wrong with being a hot mama? Apparently it’s quite offensive to emanate sexuality – or even sensuality – while still being a mom. Katherine found several examples of this phenomenon online; including Kelly Oxford, pictured above.

Ms. Oxford, a famous writer, started fires on Insta last year when she posted sexy pics of herself on the same profile that portrays her life as a mother. For some reason, this offended many of her instafans because it contradicted their idea of what a mother looks like.

Hear more about this, as well as more on the whole “mother as an identity” concept, on this week’s “No Offense” CrockCast.

What NOT to Say – a List

We could probably all use a guidebook these days for what’s safe to say. So, Michael gets us started with some basics. He runs through a list from INC Magazine that lays eleven offensive remarks out for us clearly. That way we can stop offending everyone!

However, too bad so sad your CrockCasters STILL continue to revel in offending all with their follow up discussion on the topic. This even includes Katherine’s rampant use of the C-word and other such crock calamities.

SnowFlakes Unite! … Here

She then wraps up the CrockCast with a much-warranted journey into acceptance. Switching gears, Katherine makes an argument to just allow our young people their snowflake years. Specifically, she suggests we grant them snowflake “college years” meaning ages 18-22. Let’s just give these kids a break! We can simply wrap them in bubble wrap to ship ’em off. Easy peasy.

Seriously though, this is the time for that kind of safe learning environment. After all, early adulthood years are about finding our purpose. What do we want to make our lives all about? This makes it a perfect time to study in a specialized place.

Did you know that even though overall college applications and enrollment are down nationwide, they are steadily increasing now at women’s and historically black colleges and universities? Having attended a women’s college herself, Katherine thinks there’s a good reason for this.

Namely, people now realize what’s great about these special advanced education institutions. Listen to Episode 36 of Such a Crock to hear the whole story.

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Episode 34 – Childproofing

CrockCast covers Childproofing this week with What’s Eating Gilbert Grape, car seats, vaccination conspiracies, anti-natalism, and baby gates.

BabyProofing Basics

Do they have to be this complex? Two cupholders?

Childproofing is more about parental issues than actual child safety in many instances. In fact, when you look at statistics for car seats and baby gates, as Katherine did in this week’s CrockCast, you find parents sometimes make matters worse. That’s because of factors like improper use. Click the link to see a study about these frightening statistics.

Basically, car seats only work to help save your child is they’re used properly and not enough parents take the necessary precautions to do so. Check out the NY Times article linked here to find out how easy it is to be one of THOSE parents. It happens with baby gates too. Listen to Episode 34 of the CrockCast to hear all about it and learn ways to make a baby gate work better for you. Or maybe you’ll just decide childproofing is a crock… Lucky for you, this podcast already did some preliminary legwork to help you decide.

Anti-Vaxers = Childproof Corollary

Some anti-vaxers call the CDC a “conspiracy”

Next Michael explores yet another case of how overprotecting children can actually harm them. In fact, when it comes to vaccinations, the ignorance of anti-vaxers can actually harm others as well. That’s never been more apparent than now. There are outbreaks of measles in the news with fifty reported cases in Washington state for early 2019.

On the bright side, the relative impact has resulted in more people getting vaccinated. For instance, 2018 started off the month of January with 530 people in the Washington state area getting immunized. But the number for January 2019 exceeds 3,000. In other words, the very impulse that led anti-vaxers to avoid immunizing their children – fear of physical harm – also compelled them to vaccinate. Alanis Morrisette might call this phenomenon ironic but here at CrockCast we’re just glad they’re coming to their senses.

You Can’t Childproof Life

Next the CrockCast harkens back to the 90s and indie movie What’s Eating Gilbert Grape starring Johnny Depp, a little-known actor named Leonardo Dicaprio, and Juliette Lewis in a pixie cut. It’s not a traditional tale in any way and that includes filing it under the theme of “childproofing” but still fits perfectly into this podcast. That’s because essentially this is a movie about how you can’t childproof real life.

Dicaprio’s character is the infinite child. He’s so severely mentally challenged that it’s unlikely he’ll ever actually learn any life lessons. That makes his character an infinite toddler. If you show him his towel and robe then leave him in a bathtub, he’ll stay in that bathtub until you come back to get him out. Even if twelve hours go by, night falls, the bath turns ice cold, and you’ve still not returned.

In this way the movie resonates how crucial learning is to truly living. This is how we grow up. Everyone has experienced that first chill of a bath turned cold and the discomfort teaches us when it’s time to get out. That’s why we don’t get hypothermic – we’ve learned. If someone’s always childproofing our lives for us so that we never learn, are we truly living? Leo’s bath is just one example of how this movie explores the theme.

Is the Answer no Kids?

From Raphael Samuel’s Facebook page

Anti-natalist Raphael Samuel would shout a resounding “Yes!” to answer this question. He thinks every problem he has originated with the fact that he was born against his will. Thus, Michael wraps up the CrockCast with a new anti-natalist in the news. This one is suing his lawyer parents for having the gall to bring him into this world. How dare they?!

No really. He believes this and the lawsuit is seemingly legit. Many think he’s just trying to get attention, including his parents. It also seems plausible from the nature of his Facebook page on the topic. Check it out to decide for yourself.

Our CrockCasters were too busy laughing and joking about the whole idea to take Mr. Samuels too seriously. We’ll all have to wait and see what the court systems decide if they are even willing to take the case after all this vapid publicity.

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Episode 33 – The Frontman

The Frontman role isn’t just a Crock – it’s a trap! This CrockCast explores timely topics like: blackface at a Virginia school, Freddie Mercury, and Jeff Bezos.

Virginia is for Lovers – Not Haters

Picture courtesy of wamu.org

This week’s CrockCast is unlike any other. It’s the most of-the-moment for topics as well as the most contemplative. In fact, Katherine delves all the way back to her days of yore – freshman year of college to be precise. She went to school in Virginia and had her very own experience with going to a party with attendees in blackface.

What’s this got to do with The Frontman? Everything. When we’re 18 years old many of us put our peers up on a pedestal. We let them represent us, or at the very least our “group of friends”. But part of growing up is learning to be your own frontman. That’s because letting some seemingly more adept peer represent you is a crock. Represent yourself. Nobody does it better.

Top Ten Frontmen – Rolling Stone

The Beatles’ last live concert in 1969 – Picture thanks to COS – consequenceofsound.net

Unsurprisingly, Michael gets literal about The Frontman and engages a hearty debate about a Top 10 List of Frontmen from RollingStone. Although Michael finds the list a complete crock, Katherine thinks it’s perfect. The only part she doesn’t like is John Lennon on the list. Both Crockcasters agree that The Beatles have two frontmen. Look at these two pics. They stood next to each other for a reason – because they shared the leadership position. In fact, McCartney and Lennon made a point of sharing songwriting credit even though they wrote songs separately.

Sharing Leadership from day one. Photo care of – www.contessagallery.com

Michael goes on to deconstruct the Top 10 list with varying complaints. At the same time, Katherine counterpoints and questions his definitions for “Frontman”. In the end, this turns out to be the silly section of this week’s podcast. Give it a listen and hear the frivolity for yourself.

Freddie Mercury – Lonely Frontman

Photo Credit: bbc.co.uk

The new movie Bohemian Rhapsody may not be historically accurate in all things but it’s a perfect portrait of loneliness. That’s why it’s a wonderful example of how The Frontman is a crock. It’s hard to think of a more iconic frontman than Mercury. He cast a spell upon crowds and whipped them into plumes of ecstasy, pounding feet, clapping, and singing along. Freddie could move them with a throwaway line and flick of the wrist. He held them in awe with his rapturous voice.

But as we learn in the emotionally resonant movie, Freddie was a lonely man and not particularly in touch with himself. While standing strong and representing one of the most powerful and successful bands as a figurehead of many years; he wondered who he was. The CrockCast examines this paradox and, frankly, gets a little deep this week. Can you handle the truth? Cause the crockcasters deliver some real talk. Sound impossible? Give it a listen and see for yourself.

No Icon is an Island

Nobody really knows how Bezos became one of the richest men in the world. But one thing’s for sure, he probably didn’t do it alone. In other words, The Myth of the Lone Genius Founder is correct. No one gets that level of success without some help. It’s a sure bet there’s more to the story than a simpleton would say. Who are the crockcasters calling out as simple? Well, the myth of the Iconic Male Figurehead didn’t write itself… In other words, the whole concept of a Frontman is a crock! Listen to this week’s Episode – 33 and learn more about these modern tech billionaire myths.

Michael wraps up the podcast with a journey to Amazon island, where the news is yapping about Bezos every minute but nobody knows what they’re talking about. It’s funny how people think they know anything about a marriage or even how a couple can become one of the richest in the world. We don’t really know. Only the Bezos marriage knows what truly happened there. But one thing you can find out for certain, how this podcast ends and the Tweets of the week. Just listen on your podcast app or click below.

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Episode 32 – Diets

Diets are a crock! The CrockCast explores dieting; from crazy stuff (like eating cotton balls) to the practical ways Michael currently keeps the pounds off.

Food Pyramid – a Diet?

The Food Pyramid of our Youth

Michael raises the question of a common practice in the United States government. On a regular basis they release a “Food Pyramid” and present it as a healthy guide for eating well. He deconstructs the pyramid of his youth, focusing especially on recommendations in the dairy and grains categories.

Current US Food Pyramid (mypyramid.gov)

According to Michael, this pyramid of our youth (circa 1980s) changed the diet of our country and rendered a wholly negative impact. On the other hand, he thinks diets have helped some careers. Whose? Why Gwen Stefani, of course.

Gwen Stefani roller skating live (video below) astonishes Michael and (he thinks) proves his point about her diet’s crucial relevance to her success.

Did dieting pave the way to all this wonder?

Crazy Funny Stupid Diets

Cotton balls fill you up without calories… also, that’s insane

The CrockCast continues at a silly clip with Katherine’s funny list of Crazy, Unsexy, Uncool diets. She raids a list from a Cosmo Article about the craziest diets out there.

Cosmo brought on consultant Dr. Seltzer to rate and rationalize (in some cases) these nutso diets. The fun part is, some are clearly crazier than others. Listen to the podcast to hear the insane examples. These include one that seems ultra-ludicrous AND gets a thumbs up from our dear Dr. Seltzer. Here’s a tantalizing hint about the diet in question: it involves cupcakes and breakfast.

The Biggest Loser = Diets

Michael explores cultural Crocks related to diets. This includes the TV show The Biggest Loser with sad news about how the winners are doing now. Of course, we all cheer for the contestants but the practices on the show just aren’t practical for real life. So what is?

Turns out, Michael knows something about this. In fact, he has lost a significant amount of weight (20+ lbs) and kept it off for more the past few years. He proceeds to discuss the article 10 Reasons You can’t Keep the Weight Off and breaks down how it’s also a crock. Sure some of it rings true. But like most diet-related media, it’s mostly crocktacular content.

Epic Diet Fails

The CrockCast winds down with Katherine’s examples of how terrible she is at dieting. She gave up years ago! Her recommendation? Don’t diet. The diet industry makes $66 Billion from desperate dieters on a yearly basis. Problem is, those profits aren’t helping consumers lose weight. The only thing they do is make those corporations richer while the country gets fatter.

Want to lose weight? Just get real with yourself. Burn more calories. Eat fewer. Find a way to do this that works for your tastes, your body, and your lifestyle long term. We know two things for sure:

#1 You can do it!

#2 Diets are a CROCK!

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Episode 31: Scams

It comes as no surprise that scams are a crock. Still many scams are full of shockers. So, Michael and Katherine are psyched to share some especially stunning examples.

Heart healthy?

Heart Healthy or Scam Stealthy

Michael kicks off the Crockcast with a scam close to the heart – heart health, to be specific. It’s all about oatmeal. On many oatmeal packages and ads of all kinds, there’s a claim about heart health. But it turns out this claim is really just a scam. Many packaged oatmeals include added sugar and process out much of the fiber present in raw oats.

Funny how simply putting oats into packaging adds levels of BS to a formerly innocent product. Sure, packaging adds value to a product. But only in that it enhances the company sales pitch. It can actually decrease the value to the consumer. That’s because packaging often scams consumers with misleading claims.

Fyre Festival Fracas


Katherine packs the middle for the podcast this week with a topic that’s twice-the-size. She does double duty with the fascinating story of the ultimate millennial scam, the 2017 Fyre Festival. Creators, Billy McFarland and JaRule took about 10,000 millennials for a scam-soaked ride.

This video along with instagram posts and tweets from the models inviting fans to join them “at the Fyre Festival” was all it took to sell out the entire event in 48 hours. Impressive salesmanship on the part of Billy McFarland. He was, in fact, a brilliant salesman. Unfortunately, he’s also a bit too fond of booze, delusional lies, and blinding oneself to harsh realities with “positivity”.

This video portrays the potential Fyre Festival as a gorgeous, luxurious experience. But the festival reality manifested all these promises on the flip side – the dark side. We’re talking cheese sandwiches instead of sushi and hurricane survival tents rather than the promised villas. Listen to the CrockCast – Scams to hear the rest of this scintillating scam story.

Scam New Parents = Child’s Play!

New parents are notorious for neurotic tendencies. Blame it on lack of sleep, desperation, or even just the chaos of infancy, but new parents are suckers. They especially fall for products that claim to solve problems. Case in point, the wedge. Click here for a NY Times article all about it.

Turns out this piece of foam, often sold to new parents in the hospital when their baby is born and are most vulnerable, is a scam. Hospitals charge up to $150 for these useless wastes of money. Check out the CrockCast this week to hear all about it.

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Episode 30 – Originality

May seem like a light saber …but it’s actually the sound of vaginal juices evaporating you hear in this CrockCast about Originality.

Originality Sure Ruined Star Wars

Luke Skywalker’s blue lightsaber sold for $450K to Ripley’s Believe it or Not in 2017

What? Them’s fighting words! But Michael’s got a point. He’s as much a Star Wars fan as any nerd – and proud of it. Thing is, he also thinks deeply about these matters. When MichaelJ saw the prequel movies, they left him pondering what many simply shrugged off with their popcorn crumbs, What the heck happened?

Michael delves the Star Wars canon in this Crockcast edition. In doing so, he makes many controversial declarations. George Lucas was really just trying to make another Flash Gordon movie. Along with many others that may astonish those of us less attuned to the Star Wars legacy.

Listen to the podcast to hear why Michael thinks accommodations made to the original Star Wars trilogy may be responsible for the lack of magic in the subsequent iterations. He also shares intriguing details about the rereleases and challenges therein.

The First Rule of Originality Is…

Actual book jacket of Katherine’s Fight Club

Turns out Michael’s not the only nerd in town. Katherine jumps into the CrockCast with her reading glasses perched at the ready. It’s all about books for her this week, specifically Fight Club, one of her favorites. However, as exceptional as Palahniuk’s work is among contemporaries, the popular claim that it’s “utterly original” doesn’t ring true to Katherine.

She references the well-worn and beloved classics The Stranger by Albert Camus and the novella The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde to show obvious parallels to Fight Club. This is how Katherine reveals that Palahniuk’s work, though excellent and fun, is not particularly original in theme, content, or even characterizations.

“Apple’s a Dead Company,” Michael in ’08

user % for these cellphones may surprise you

Michael then introduces some tantalizing tidbits of data to show how Apple’s glorified originality can only take it so far in the business world. It’s the ultimate paradox, a failing winner in the money game. He shocks and amazes Katherine with the numbers. Check it out to see if you feel the same awe as the war between Android and Apple gets real.

Basic Bitches Kick Originality Curbside


Natasha Rothwell’s hilarious video shows BASIC can be beautiful

The CrockCast winds down with a feisty swirl. Katherine suggests that we all need to back off basic bitches. Give ’em a break! Life’s chaotic enough without judging people for their simple pleasures. Live and let live, bitches.

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