Season 1

Ep.62: You Ate What?

May 24, 2021

We often enjoy epicurean feasts that feature dishes with unique names like Eggs Benedict or Chateaubriand or the ever popular Pizza Margherita. Yet do we ever take time in between mouthfuls to wonder how they got these names…

Ep.61: Crazy Word Origins

May 17, 2021

Ever wonder how certain words came to be? How did we come to define something by this word? In this episode, Jon and Kurt dig into the cool etymology of some common words--like mortgage and whisky--and also give the strange …

Ep.60: More Pet Peeves

May 10, 2021

The boys are at it again...complaining, whining, wringing their hands. All over little things that other people do that drive them crazy. Adding onto Episode #2 over a year ago (Pet Peeves), they share more burrs under their…

Ep.59: Road Trip

May 3, 2021

Sick of quarantining and locking down, Jon and Kurt take the ultimate American road trip. Climb in, grab your sunglasses, favorite bag of chips, an old 8-track classic, and see the country with your Smart Drivel co-hosts and…

Ep.58: Were the Jetsons right?

April 26, 2021

Airing for only one season, in 1962, the Jetsons animated TV show attempted to predict what life would be like in the future. From video calling to doggie treadmills, Jon and Kurt take a look at what the writers of the Jetso…

Ep.57: My Life As A Dog

April 19, 2021

Ever wonder what it would be like to live as a dog? To sleep most of the day, get your tummy rubbed, and give away all your emotions with a simple wag of your tail? Jon and Kurt channel their inner canines and ponder life as…

Ep.56: Sayings That Make No Sense

April 12, 2021

There are a lot of wonderful, poignant sayings that have, rightfully, gained fame over the years and have passed into everyday lore. Then there are others--like “here’s mud in your eye” or “slept like a baby”--that are compl…

Ep.55: Abandoned Products

April 5, 2021

Some amazing products, once thought indispensable and invaluable to our lives, sadly get thrown to the brand rubbish heap by progress and the evolution of modern tastes. From toys to snacks to cars and technology, Jon and Ku…

Ep.54: Forgotten Heroes

March 29, 2021

Throughout history, there have been amazing achievements and actions and innovations all made by people unknown to the masses. Somehow, these incredible men and women have fallen through the cracks of fame and others have go…

Ep.53: Fun Little Known Facts

March 22, 2021

In an effort to arm listeners with cool, interesting, and esoteric facts that will amaze friends at cocktail parties and co-workers at the virtual water cooler, Jon and Kurt share fun little tidbits. These are guaranteed to …

Ep.52: Strange Rituals

March 15, 2021

We, as humans, have some awfully strange customs and rituals. In America, we have a bunch that get foreigners to shake their heads in disbelief at best, and guffaw at us at worst. The idea of a doggie bag at a restaurant? Gr…

Ep.51: How Beer Saved the World

March 8, 2021

You might think the common brew/brewski/suds/etc. is just a proletariat beverage more suited to frat brothers than aristocracy. But you would be wrong. Beer has been revered for over 10,000 years as both a nutritious drink a…

Ep.50: Dinner Party for the Ages

March 1, 2021

For their milestone 50th episode, Jon and Kurt decide to throw another dinner party for the ages. As before, the party is limited to ten guests chosen from anywhere and anytime in history. The nominated diners can be living,…

Ep.49: Foods Gone Wrong

Feb. 22, 2021

With the possibility of offending some listeners’ epicurean tastes, Jon and Kurt opine and whine about how certain people absolutely ruin delicious dishes by insisting on adding something that shouldn’t be. Like ketchup on a…

Ep.48: What if?

Feb. 15, 2021

Ever wonder what it would have been like if you had chosen a different career path? Instead of being a finance juggler, what if you had been a circus juggler? Eschewed accounting for acting, teaching for truck driving, selli…

Ep.47: The Quintessence

Feb. 8, 2021

In every category, there always seems to be one product, one event, one person, one object that defines the list, that comes out on the very top, and is the first listed. This element is the example of the topic of discussio…

Ep.46: Jobs That No Longer Exist

Feb. 1, 2021

Innovations, modernization, and advances in technology have rendered obsolete some old jobs that used to be critical. The “knocker upper”, the “groom of the stool”, the “herb strewer”, the “pin setters”, the “soda jerk” etc…

Ep.45: This or That? #2

Jan. 25, 2021

The Beatles or the Rolling Stones? Being too short or too tall? Stuck at age 18 or 50? Text or call? You get the idea...Jon and Kurt return to a favorite topic and throw hypotheticals at each other to debate, debase, and deb…

Ep.44: Two Truths and a Lie

Jan. 18, 2021

Jon and Kurt try their hand at challenging each other to spot the lie within three purportedly factual statements. Join in the fun: attempt to guess the right answers, audibly laugh at where Jon and Kurt mess up, and keep sc…

Ep.43: Leaving on a Jet Plane

Jan. 11, 2021

Human nature is such that we crave what we can’t have, even if the object of our desire is flawed. No wonder we are all missing the joys of getting on a plane and flying off somewhere...anywhere. Jon and Kurt reminisce and d…

Ep.42: What’s the Difference?

Dec. 21, 2020

Ever wanted to know what the difference is between alligators and crocodiles? Dolphins and porpoises? Further and farther? Whiskey and whisky? Plantains and bananas? You get the gist...this episode has Jon and Kurt exploring…

Ep. 41: God’s Mistakes

Dec. 14, 2020

The earth, it’s inhabitants, and it’s natural resources are pretty amazing. Beautiful. Practical. Functional. And then there are the mistakes; things that are just not right...limburger cheese, oceans filled with water you c…

Ep.40: Big Little Pains

Dec. 7, 2020

Stubbing your toe, ice cream headache, hangnail, nose pimple, biting your tongue...well, you get the picture. There are certain small injuries--if they can even be called that--that render outsized pain. Jon and Kurt put on …

Ep.39: Surprising Acronyms

Nov. 30, 2020

Did you know Time magazine was actually an acronym? In this episode, Jon and Kurt have fun with explaining, finding, and debating fun acronyms that are used in every day conversation. Please RSVP...if you want to be redundan…

Ep. 38: Accidental Product Successes

Nov. 23, 2020

Most folks know by now that Viagra was not originally intended to solve a sexual issue, but they’d be amazed how Lysol was first marketed. In this episode, Jon and Kurt investigate products that became accidental commercial …

Ep.37: If You Could

Nov. 16, 2020

In this episode, Jon and Kurt ponder “what ifs” that will undoubtedly spark good discussions among listeners wondering about the same questions. If you could...be a sports hero, reverse anthropomorphize into a car, time trav…

Ep. 36: Superlatives

Nov. 9, 2020

Join Jon and Kurt in the greatest, funniest, smartest, drivelest episode ever. Yes, indeed, they reveal the biggest, oldest, smelliest, highest, “ests” of all time. Oldest piece of art? Highest IQ? Strongest animal on earth?…

Ep.35: Fun Phrases 3

Nov. 2, 2020

The boys are back at it with a third episode dedicated to fun phrases and their origins. This time, we learn where “pull out all the stops” and “put a sock in it” and “rule of thumb” come from, among others. We also learn t…

Ep.33: Great Nicknames

Oct. 19, 2020

Who was “The Minister of Defense”? Which President was called “His Accidency”? Can you guess what Tolstoy’s nickname was? Jon and Kurt jump into the world of nicknames and unearth some absolute gems...like Grover Cleveland’s.

Ep. 32: What's the Motto With You?

Oct. 12, 2020

Jon and Kurt have fun guessing famous slogans that were funny, had double meanings, or were just blatantly bad. From the disaster of the Chevy Nova in foreign markets to the hilarity of a Sega print ad to explaining the beau…

Ep.31: Stop Saying That

Oct. 5, 2020

Are you sick of hearing people tell you “to be honest, we should circle back to the parking lot so we can think outside the box and undergo a paradigm shift.” Well, Jon and Kurt sure are and, in this episode, they submit the…

Ep.30: British vs. American

Sept. 28, 2020

While both countries share a common language, the words don’t always mean the same thing in England as they do in America. Jon and Kurt dig into this and expose some of the potentially embarrassing situations that can arise.…

Ep29: The Ideal Main Street

Sept. 21, 2020

Jon and Kurt fantasize about the type of stores and establishments they would love to have lining their ideal main street. From a dive bar to an old time movie theatre to a newly created James Bond Experience to a Cajan food…

Ep28: Who’s the Oxymoron?

Sept. 14, 2020

Jon and Kurt dive deep into the shallows of many different types of oxymorons. Trying not to be buttheads, they hope this episode doesn’t meet with deafening silence. It’s even odds that after listening, you might make Smart…

Ep.27: Cocktails

Sept. 7, 2020

Ever wonder where the Bloody Mary was first concocted? How the martini gots its name? The story behind the Tom Collins? Why we call it a Negroni? What the difference is between a Boilermaker and an Irish Car Bomb? Well, Jon …

Ep.26: This? Or That?

Aug. 31, 2020

Hamburgers or hot dogs? Rap or Disco? Mountains or Beach? Manual or Automatic transmission? Jon and Kurt give impassioned pleas for their choices in a rollicking debate of all things important in life.

Ep25: Who is She?

Aug. 24, 2020

Brandy. Mandy. Roxanne. Rosalita. Chantilly Lace. Eleanor Rigby. Yes, there have been so many songs with women’s names as the title. So, Jon and Kurt decided to dig in and share the backstories, the motivations, the urban le…

Ep.24: Vacations in History

Aug. 17, 2020

Jon and Kurt wax poetic about places they would love to visit for vacation. However, the twist is that they can go anywhere in any time in history. They discuss being in ancient Greece for the invention of the shower, ancien…

Ep.23: Shipwrecked

Aug. 10, 2020

Having washed ashore a deserted island, Jon and Kurt have the good fortune to be granted things to help them to survive: one book, one music album, one food selection, one household item, and a 3rd person to join them. Now t…

Ep.22: Homophones

Aug. 3, 2020

Jon and Kurt invite you to peek in on their conversation about Homophones which will hopefully pique your interest and make you think they have reached the peak of podcasting. You guessed it, you are the guest of the episode…

Ep:21 Borrowed Foreign Words

July 27, 2020

Trying not to be schmucks or to make it too kitschy, Jon and Kurt have carte blanche in this episode to act like prima donnas and take their figurative mopeds for a spin as they point out some great words we use everyday tha…

Ep. 20: More Fun Phrases

July 20, 2020

The first go round with fun phrases was such a hit, Jon and Kurt decided to give it another whirl. Not wanting to "Let the Cat Out of the Bag," but proving to not be a "Flash in the Pan," they wanted to see if they could do …

Ep. 19: Little Known Facts

July 13, 2020

Jon and Kurt dig deep to bring you little nuggets you can use to dazzle your friends at your next dinner party. What words in the English language don’t have a rhyme? Who is the model for the NBA logo? Where did the word sue…

Ep.18: Favorite Movies

July 6, 2020

From Animal House to Shawshank Redemption and everything in between, Jon and Kurt put forth and debate the attributes of their favorite movies: the ones that scare them the most, make them laugh out loud, or truly have an i…

Ep.17: Fun Phrases

June 29, 2020

Jon and Kurt spend a full episode discussing fun phrases and how they came to be. “Mind your Bees Wax,” “One for the road”, and “Freezing the balls off a brass monkey” are just a few sayings they take on, masticate over, and…

Ep. 16: The Most Underrated Inventions (Part 2)

June 22, 2020

From toilet paper to Neil Diamond, Jon and Kurt discuss the advances in civilization we can’t live without that, while popular, are not seen as being worthy of the Mt. Olympus of inventions.

Ep.15: Underrated Inventions, Part 1

June 15, 2020

From toilet paper to Neil Diamond, Jon and Kurt discuss the advances in civilization we can’t live without that, while popular, are not seen as being worthy of the Mt. Olympus of inventions. This is the first part of a two …

Ep. 14: The Aliens’ Perspective

June 8, 2020

In this episode, Jon and Kurt opine on which human rituals and customs will get laughed at the most by aliens. Plus they take a shot at projecting which human traditions are most likely to be assimilated by our extra-terre…

Ep.13: Moon Men

June 1, 2020

Jon and Kurt are faced with answering a beguiling hypothetical question: would they rather spend 10 minutes on the moon or a year in Europe traveling in high class all-expenses-paid luxury.

Ep.12: Fads Gone By

May 25, 2020

The fanny pack. Spray on hair. Corsets. Beanie Babies. Eating placentas. Polyester leisure suits. Yes, in this episode, Jon and Kurt explore fads and trends of the past that have, thankfully, passed us by.