Every Good Guy needs to know at least a little something about real estate. This episode the Good Guys invite realtor Josh Aberson on the show to discuss common mistakes, recommended practices, and other great info on buying your first house. We recap on the year long challenges and go over how much we all enjoyed the yoga challenge. Mitch introduces a new “offal” challenge that’s sure to make you cringe.
Like complaining about your crappy airline experiences? Mitch tackles the history of airline deregulation and tries to convince The Good Guys that things are not as bad as you think, and why everyone should LOVE baggage fees. We crown the king of the nerds as there is a clear winner from last episode’s pi challenge. Chad conjures up painful memories of elementary fitness tests with this episode’s challenge.
Learn the Major Memory System to translate long series of numbers into phonetic sounds
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Mitch’s original mnemonic “story” (NSFW)
Here is the quick analysis Mitch did on the price of the average airline ticket, as it relates to the underlying price of crude oil, one of the largest expenses that ticket prices need to cover:
*The airfare prices are in 1995 dollars, and the crude oil prices are in 2010 dollars. The point of this isn’t to compare dollars to dollars, but to show that over the past 15 years, airline prices have gone down compared to the CPI, while oil prices have sky-rocketed. Remember that fuel prices now comprise 30-40% of airline’s expenses.
This episodes the Good Guys take on a bit of a lighter subject and play a game of Would You Rather. The results of the citizenship tests are in and I think everyone who participated is glad that it was not an official test. Lots of listener feedback and a new challenge from Perek that will challenge your brain and teach you one of the nerdiest party tricks known to man!
Links about Pi
This episode we talk about Money. What is “Money” and where does it come from? How does that translate into what we see with money today? The Guys try out a couple new things and go over some details about their paleo diet challenge. Geo, ever the patriot, provides a fun and enlightening challenge. Email questions and comments to us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Be sure to listen closely to the challenge – there is a reward for our loyal listeners!
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Are you, like Mitch, a little socially awkward? In this episode the Good Guys discuss a number of interesting studies that show how the mind plays tricks on you. You can use these studies to be the most fascinating guy at your next awkward holiday party! Find out who won our $25 gambling challenge and also which Good Guy is the speediest on the Dvorak keyboard. Finally, we each introduce our special 1-year challenges!
– Brochet Wine Study – How wine experts didn’t notice they were served the same glass of white wine. One glass with food coloring!
– And a nice blog entry of the wine studies for those of us who aren’t crazy science geeks
– Blink – By Malcom Gladwell; how we make snap decisions and how these can either be meaningful, or fool us
– Malcom Gladwell outlining how to do the “Triangle Challenge,” and trick your friends into giving you money based on how fragile their judgement is!
– Mindless Eating: Why We Eat More Than We Think – By Brian Wansink – Packed with cool studies about food and why/when/how we eat.
– Priceless – By William Poundstone – Why do prices end in .99? I haven’t read the whole thing yet, but forward was great.