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Join husband Travis McElroy and wife Teresa McElroy every Friday and they'll improve your etiquette week by week! Perplexed by thank you notes? Baffled by black tie? Dismayed by dinner parties? Worry no more, Shmanners has your answers! Tune in every Friday on MaximumFun.org!

Pools and Beaches

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You know, people have been swimming for fun for thousands of years! At least as far back as Ancient Egypt! Even after all that time, we are still trying to figure out how to be polite while at the pool or beach. How close should you sit to someone else's beach blanket? Is it ok to play your radio while soaking in the sun? What constitutes appropriate bathing wear? Those answers and more! Plus, a quick lesson on chlorine and peeing in the pool! Enjoy and don't forget to share with your fellow bathing beauties!

Hand Gestures

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Hello Internet! Whoa whoa whoa! You can't wave like that! Don't you know what that means in Uruguay? You see, the same hand gesture can mean different things in different cultures. Where did these gestures come from? What are some of their meanings? Has mooning someone ever saved lives? All these answers plus the story of the hardest Travis has ever been flipped off. Thanks to Amy W. for the topic suggestion! Enjoy and don't forget to share with your friends!

Pregnancy LIVE

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Hello Internet! We are so excited to bring you our first ever live episode all about PREGNANCY! As you know, Teresa is pregnant so we have a lot to talk about! From ancient birthing methods to mid-wives to dad jokes to maternity clothes to Lucille Ball, we have a lot to cover! We'll even tell you the nice way to ask some very rude questions! Enjoy and don't forget to tell a friend!

The King of Dudes

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Hello Internet! Gather around and hear the ballad of Evander Berry Wall, The King of Dudes! First, let's talk a little about the evolution of the word "dude" and a little bit about the gender-fication of certain colors of clothes. Also, learn about the theory as to why men's clothes tend to be bland compared to what they used to be. Then we get into the story of Evander Berry Wall! Hear of his early life and how he achieved (and defended!) the title of The King of Dudes! Hear about his love of dogs and how WW1 changed his life. Bonus, we'll share some of Wall's own life and style advice! Enjoy!

Funerals

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Hello Internet! Listen,we know that funerals can be rough. Not only are you dealing with a loss, often times you may be unaware of what is the proper and respectful way to behave. Funeral customs vary from country to country, religion to religion and even family to family. Let's go over some of the origin of funeral etiquette. Then we'll cover some basic appropriate behavior for a funeral. We'll answer some of your questions regarding appropriate condolences, what to wear, are pictures ok and should you bring children. Join us and let's all get through this together!

Apologies

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Hello Internet! We are sorry this episode is so good that your brain will hurt from its goodness! This week we are talking about APOLOGIES! From cave walls to current day, what makes a great apology? We'll give you from examples from some very recognizable names (including a pretty sick burn from Eliza Hamilton) if you need help! We'll even teach you how to apologize when you aren't sorry! Also, what to do if someone doesn't forgive you! Learn what to do about that friend who NEVER apologizes! All that and even more answers to more of your questions! If you doubted this was a great episode, we forgive you!

Birthdays

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It's a very special episode celebrating Teresa's birthday this week! Happy birthday Internet! Well, maybe not today but definitely at some point in the year! What is the proper way to celebrate your birthday? What about celebrating someone else's birthday> How old is too old for a party? What if you find yourself in a different country with different birthday customs? What about about going out to dinner for someone's birthday? All these answers, birthday history and even more of your birthday related questions! Enjoy and don't forget to share!

Weddings: Engagement

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Might I pop you a question? Would you do me the honor of listening to this episode about engagements? Learn about engagement rings, parties, gifts and asking for the father's permission! You'll also get to hear a lot about Travis and Teresa's engagement! Enjoy and don't forget to tell a friend!

Gambling: Casinos

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Step up to the table and lay down your bet! You can't win if you don't play! This week we're talking gambling, specifically casinos! Learn a little history of Monte Carlo, Las Vegas and Atlantic City! Learn about casino loyalty programs! You also will learn how to play BlackJack! You'll learn how to play Baccarat! You'll learn how to play Craps! By the time this episode ends, you'll be an honorary member of the Rat Pack! So load up the episode and let 'er ride! Enjoy and tell a friend!

Handshakes and Business Cards

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Oh hello! Put 'er there friend! What's that? You need to learn about manners? Here, take our card! We're in the etiquette teaching business! This week is all about handshakes and business cards. How hard do you need to shake a hand? What's the deal with weird shaped business cards? When is it ok to hand out cards? What do you do when you're supposed to shake hands with someone who is ill? What if you've got sweaty palms? What about if you're visiting another country? All this and more! Enjoy and don't forget to tell a friend!