Judge John Hodgman

Judge John Hodgman Episode 400: Live From Vancouver 2019

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Guests: 
Louise Burns
Guests: 
Dave Shumka

This week's episode was recorded LIVE IN VANCOUVER! We hear the dispute "LOVE DRACTUALLY" and Swift Justice, with guests Louise Burns and href="https://twitter.com/daveshumka">Dave Shumka!

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Judge John Hodgman Episode 399: Contempt of Carport

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Gilly brings the case against her husband Steve. Gilly believes that the neighborhood they live in is in the suburbs, but Steve disagrees! Who's right? Who's wrong?

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Judge John Hodgman Episode 398: Spider Buddies

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Judge John Hodgman and Bailiff Jesse Thorn are in chambers this week to clear the docket! They talk about spiders, fortune cookies stashes, naming children, coffee intake, toothbrushes and MORE! Plus we hear from Kevin of Episode 376: Nein Tense of the Law!

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Judge John Hodgman Episode 397: Quid Pro Ho Ho Ho

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Ash-Lei files suit against her brother Josh. Their family does a gift exchange for their Ukrainian Christmas celebration every January. Josh has already opted out of participating in Western Christmas gift giving. He would also like to opt out of the Ukrainian Christmas gift exchange. But Ash-Lei says he should participate. Who's right? Who's wrong?

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For more photos of Linda Holmes' wonderful dog, Brian, make sure to follow her on Twitter @LindaHolmes. And make sure to check her out on NPR's Pop Culture Happy Hour.

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Judge John Hodgman Episode 396: Small Names Court

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Mara brings the case against her brother Adam. They disagree on the proper way to pronounce their Italian surname. Mara uses a pronunciation that the rest of their family uses. But Adam uses the proper Italian pronunciation. Who's right? Who's wrong?

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Judge John Hodgman Episode 395: Wreathing Havoc

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It’s our last episode of 2018! We’ll be off next week for the holidays. Paul files suit against his wife, Lizzie. Paul loves to decorate for Christmas but Lizzie doesn't. He wants to add more to their home in order to create some Christmas magic for their kid. But Lizzie thinks their tree is enough. Who's right? Who's wrong?

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Excerpt from the article Lizzie submitted about the Caganer:

"Moreover, in certain regions of Spain, for example in Catalonia, a Caganer is included in the scene – the figurine of a defecating man. The reason for this is unknown, but it’s purpose might simply be to have a laugh or to bring good luck, as the Caganer is fertilizing the earth.

The Catalonian culture features another lovely tradition that has to do with faeces. A fortnight before Christmas, a caga tió, or ‘defecating log’ is created... For this, a small log is hollowed out and given a face.

In the fourteen days that precede Christmas, the log is ‘fed’ with sweets, fruits and nuts. At Christmas eve, the whole family gathers to sings traditional songs during which the log is hit with a stick. When beaten hard enough, the log will ‘defecate’ and spill its contents.”

The full article on Christmas Decorations and Cultural Differences can be found here.

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Judge John Hodgman Episode 394: Juris-diction

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Melissa brings the case against her father, Mark. She complains that in classic weird-dad fashion, Mark intentionally mispronounces words and brand names. Mark says his pronunciations are how he's always said them! Who's right? Who's wrong?

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SUBMITTED BY MELISSA

Statement from her mother:

"I have been married for 37 years to a wonderful man who drives me crazy with his incorrect pronunciation! Don’t get me wrong, I’m not talking about his charming New Orleans accent, which I love, and which gets much stronger when we visit that fair city.

What gets me nuts is his purposeful changing of either pronunciation or word placement (Zero Coke instead of Coke Zero). And I think it’s a power and control thing. He does it because he likes to see people’s reactions. If no one responded, or corrected him, I don’t think he’d do it. When we’re on a plane and he orders Zero Coke, most flight attendants don’t bat an eye, and hand him his drink. But occasionally they’ll say, 'ok, Coke Zero,' and dad will get that twinkle in his eye. And there was one time when the flight attendant 'argued' with him, which, I think you’ll remember, gave you, me and your sister great satisfaction! But he does it to engage with people, and slightly irritate your mother. It works."

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Judge John Hodgman Episode 393: What An Age We Live In

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This week, Judge John Hodgman clears the docket in his chambers with Bailiff Jesse Thorn! They talk about the "good spot" on the couch, the phrase "cash money," cleaning cast iron pans, responsible air conditioning usage, art repurposing, and a follow up letter about kilts!

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Judge John Hodgman Episode 392: Torch Reform

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Spike brings the case against his wife, Ellie. Spike would like a kitchen blow torch but Ellie thinks it’s too dangerous! Who's right? Who's wrong?

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Click here to watch the video of Spike and Ellie's dog, The Loch Ness Monster.

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News stories on blowtorch injuries:

Crème brûlée torch explodes in Swiss restaurant, injuring 15 | Fox News

Chef sent to burns unit after 'gas explosion' at London restaurant | Metro UK

Woman Sues Disneyland After Chef Mistakenly Brûlées Her Face | Grub Street

Cooking torch explosion 'literally the blew doors and roof tiles' off family home | Get Surrey

Mary Berry says you CAN'T use a blowtorch to get that crunchy top | Daily Mail

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Judge John Hodgman Episode 391: Pizza is a Gift

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Judge John Hodgman and Bailiff Jesse Thorn are in chambers this week so they can clear the docket! They talk about door knocking vs handle jiggling, food storage, family dinner time, eating on public transit, sock folding, and ideal sleeping arrangements!

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