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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!

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!

Hotels and B&Bs

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Welcome! Checking in? May I carry your podcast luggage to your room? This episode is all about Hotels and B&Bs! Listen as we unfold the intricacies of tipping! How to behave at Continental Breakfasts! Learn about American versus European style hotels. Speaking of, whats makes a motel a motel? Do you have to get dressed to go to the pool? Can you bring in outside food? When should you complain about noisy neighbors? Well, this is your room. **clears throat, holds out hand** Oh thank you! Enjoy and share with your friends!

Baseball

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Batter up! It's time to learn a little about America's national past time! Baseball is a fascinating and nuanced sport with some very specific fan etiquette! Learn a little about the history! What does one wear to a baseball game? What do you do if it rains? When is it appropriate to cheer and jeer? How drunk is OK at a baseball game? What are the basic rules of baseball anyway? And what's the difference between a No-Hitter and a Perfect Game? Also, learn how to not go to a baseball game! Enjoy!

Accessories: Handkerchief, Napkin and Fan

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Hello Internet! Sorry for the delay, but Teresa was very under the weather! She spend a lot of time coughing in to a handkerchief! While I fanned the germs away with a fan! Also, there were some napkins laying around. Would you like to learn about said accessories? You do? Great! They each have their own interesting history and traditions! Learn how to flirt with a fan and what to do when someone loans you a hankie! Plus, we answer a whole bunch of your questions about them! Enjoy!

Office Etiquette

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It's MaxFunDrive Week 2! So, we have some paperwork we need you to file. Also, can you fax these to Deborah? Sorry, I meant "Can you fax these to Deborah, PLEASE"! You see, this week's episode is all about Office Etiquette! Learn about the history of offices! Learn what to do when you have problems with a coworker! Let's all talk about microwave manners! And Travis has the solution for at work nail clipping! Now, let's begin your quarterly review! And don't forget to support the shows you love by going to maximumfun.org/donate!