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#93: Forty Gronks

December 13th, 2018 · 108 minutes

John interrogates Merlin about his heartbeat, and Merlin reveals he’s conducting a personal longitudinal study.

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Links and Show Notes

This week kicks off with a dive into the sad world of middle-aged injuries and afflictions. John missed a step, and Merlin experiences a grave sweatpant malfunction. Does it always take this long to heal, and why do people keep putting things in other people’s areas?

John still has concerns, and the problem of unreliable podcast statistics comes up. John tracks the nutrition stats for his fad diet in his head.

Self-knowledge and mindfulness are explored. Merlin has the receipts on Mr. Davison’s butts, and pretty much everybody used to smoke.

At 1:24:28, the spoiler horn fires off for a discussion of the Amazon Prime Video series, Homecoming.

(Recorded on Tuesday, December 4th, 2018.)


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