Shmanners

Shmanners

By Travis and Teresa McElroy

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!

Episodes

Treasure Hunting/GeoCaching

Hello Internet! This week's episode is all about TREASURE HUNTING/GEOCACHING! Enjoy and be sure to tell a friend!
15/01/2144m 8s

Burlesque

Hello Internet! This week's episode is all about BURLESQUE! Enjoy and be sure to tell a friend!
08/01/2135m 10s

New Year's Eve Traditions

Hello Internet! This week's episode is all about NEW YEAR'S EVE TRADITIONS from around the world! Enjoy and be sure to share!
31/12/2038m 16s

Norman Rockwell

Hello Internet! This week, we're doing a bio episode all about NORMAN ROCKWELL! It's a good one, you're going to love it! Be sure to tell a friend!
18/12/2048m 45s

Idioms: Pt. 5

Hello Internet! We're back with another IDIOMS episode! We'll tell you when to use them,what they mean and where they came from! Enjoy and be sure to share with a friend!
11/12/2035m 36s

Holiday Shopping

Hello Internet! This week's episode is all about HOLIDAY SHOPPING! Enjoy and be sure to share with a friend!
04/12/2046m 19s

Black Friday

Hello Internet! This week's episode is all about BLACK FRIDAY! Enjoy and be sure to share!
26/11/2043m 43s

Smoking

Hello Internet! This week's episode is all about SMOKING! Enjoy and be sure to share with a friend!
20/11/2039m 28s

Beatrix Potter

Hello Internet! This week's episode is a biography all about BEATRIX POTTER! Enjoy and be sure to share with a friend!
13/11/2035m 1s

Zoom Parties

Hello Internet! This week's episode is all about ZOOM PARTIES! Enjoy and be sure to share with a friend!
06/11/2038m 56s

Chocolate

Hello Internet! This week's episode is all about CHOCOLATE! Enjoy and be sure to share with a friend!
30/10/2041m 24s

Costumes

Hello Internet! This week is all about COSTUMES! Specifically, halloween costumes! Enjoy and be sure to share with a friend!
23/10/2044m 24s

Tarot

Hello Internet! This week's episode is all about TAROT! Enjoy and be sure to share!
16/10/2041m 38s

Pumpkins

Hello Internet! This week's episode is all about PUMPKINS! Enjoy and be sure to share!
09/10/2040m 11s

Idioms: Pt. 4

Hello Internet! This week's episode is the fourth part in our series all about the origins and usage of popular English language IDIOMS! Enjoy and be sure to share!
02/10/2045m 24s

The Pirate Mayor

Hello Internet! This week we talk about Frank Ney, THE PIRATE MAYOR! Enjoy and be sure to tell a friend!
25/09/2031m 35s

Noodles/Pasta

Hello Internet! This week's episode is all about NOODLES/PASTA! Enjoy and be sure to share!
18/09/2036m 58s

Absinthe

Hello internet! This week's episode is all about ABSINTHE! Enjoy and be sure to share!
11/09/2036m 51s

Beer: Lagers

Hello Internet! This week's Shmanners is all about LAGERS! Enjoy and be sure to share with a friend!
04/09/2040m 1s

Hiking

Hello Internet! This week's episode is all about HIKING! Enjoy and be sure to share with a friend!
28/08/2045m 35s

Agatha Christie

Hello Internet! This week's episode is a biography all about AGATHA CHRISTIE! Enjoy and be sure to share!
21/08/2055m 59s

Rummage Sales

Hello Internet! This week's episode is all about RUMMAGE SALES! Enjoy and be sure to share with a friend!
14/08/2041m 5s

Ask Shmanners/Idioms Pt. 3

Hello Internet! This week's episode is part ASK SHMANNERS, part IDIOMS, and ALL FUN! Enjoy and be sure to tell a friend!
07/08/2037m 49s

Courtly Love

Hello Internet! This week we're talking about COURTLY LOVE! Enjoy, and be sure to share with a friend!
31/07/2040m 32s

Horses

Hello Internet! This week's episode is all about HORSES! Enjoy, and be sure to share with a friend!
25/07/2046m 17s

Idioms: Pt. 2

Hello Internet! This week's episode is the second part in our series all about the origins and usage of popular English language IDIOMS! Enjoy and be sure to share!
17/07/2045m 39s

Animal Crossing

Hello Internet! This week's Shmanners is all about ANIMAL CROSSING! Enjoy and be sure to tell a friend!
10/07/2058m 3s

Drive Ins

Hello Internet! This week, Shmanners in going to the DRIVE-IN! Learn all about this iconic entertainment destination and listen to Travis talk about his dad inadvertently scarring him with horror movies! Enjoy and be sure to tell a friend!
03/07/2047m 11s

Transgender Historical Figures

Hello Internet! This week we're gonna give you the bios of six TRANSGENDER HISTORICAL FIGURES! Enjoy and be sure to tell a friend!If you would like to donate to the Marsha P Johnson Institute and/or the Sylvia Rivera Law Project you can do so at https://marshap.org/ and https://srlp.org/ respectively! 
26/06/2042m 19s

Idioms Pt. 1

Hello Internet! This week's episode is all about the origin and usage of popular English language IDIOMS! Enjoy and be sure to share!
20/06/2036m 50s

Belts and Suspenders

Hello Internet! This week's episode is all about BELTS AND SUSPENDERS! Enjoy and be sure to share with a friend! Revenue from this week's ads is going to Black Trans Femmes in the Arts. The mission of the BTFA Collective is to connect the community of black trans women and non-binary femmes in the arts. Follow them on Twitter @BTFACollective. They are currently raising money to bail out Black Trans protestors via Cashapp: https://cash.app/$btfacollective
12/06/2045m 41s

Mary Ellen Pleasant

Hello Internet! This week's episode is all about MARY ELLEN PLEASANT! She is an amazing historical figure you might not have ever heard of. She was an entrepreneur, and abolitionist, and multimillionaire! Enjoy and be sure to share with a friend! Also, as mentioned in the episode, be sure to check out https://blacklivesmatters.carrd.co/ for places to donate, ways to help, and resources for protestors! 
05/06/2039m 18s

Lost and Found

Hello Internet! This week's episode is all about LOST AND FOUND! Enjoy and be sure to share with a friend!
29/05/2038m 55s

Prom

Hello Internet! This week's episode is all about PROM! Enjoy, tell a friend, and be sure to tweet us (@ShmannersCast) your prom photos! That includes if your prom got canceled! Get dressed up and take a selfie!
22/05/2037m 16s

Finishing School

Hello Internet! This week's Shmanners is all about FINISHING SCHOOL! Enjoy, and be sure to share with a friend!
15/05/2033m 52s

Victorian Dinner Parties

Hello Internet! This episode is all about VICTORIAN DINNER PARTIES! Enjoy, and be sure to tell a friend!
08/05/2034m 25s

Video Conferencing

Hello Internet! This week's Shmanners is all about VIDEO CONFERENCING! Enjoy and, as always, be sure to share with a friend!
05/05/2039m 48s

Joshua Norton, First Emperor of the United States

Hello Internet! This week's episode is all about JOSHUA NORTON!  Emperor Norton as he came to be known was a beloved public figure in 1800s San Francisco. Trust us, this is a fun one! Please enjoy and be sure to share with a friend!
24/04/2037m 27s

Airports

Hello Internet! This week's episode is all about AIRPORTS! Enjoy and be sure to tell a friend!
17/04/2042m 45s

Steve Irwin

Hello Internet! This week's Shmanners is all about the Crocodile Hunter himself, STEVE IRWIN! Enjoy and be sure to tell a friend!
10/04/2037m 55s

British Royalty

Hello Internet! This week's episode is all about BRITISH ROYALTY! Enjoy and be sure to tell a friend!
03/04/2044m 11s

Buffets

Hello Internet! This week's Shmanners is all about BUFFETS! How many trips can you make? What are the different styles of buffet? How much can you take? All this and more! Enjoy and be sure to tell a friend!
26/03/2035m 33s

Chivalry

Hello Internet! This week's episode is all about CHIVALRY! What is it? When did it start? Is it dead? Enjoy and be sure to tell a friend!
19/03/2033m 7s

Elsa Maxwell

Hello Internet! This week's episode is all about ELSA MAXWELL! Enjoy and be sure to tell a friend!
12/03/2038m 10s

Snowball Fights

Hello Internet! This week is all about SNOWBALL FIGHTS! How do you prepare? How do you start one? All this and more! Enjoy and be sure to tell a friend!
05/03/2038m 14s

Ice Cream

Hello Internet! This week's episode is all about ICE CREAM! How many scoops is too many? What about toppings? Where did this delicious frozen treat come from? All this, and more! Enjoy and be sure to tell a friend!
27/02/2044m 18s

Hugging

Hello Internet! This week's episode is all about HUGGING! Please enjoy, and be sure to tell a friend!
22/02/2039m 4s

Friendship (PART 2)

Hello Internet! This week is PART TWO of our two part special all about FRIENDSHIP! Enjoy and be sure to share!
14/02/2046m 55s

Friendship (PART 1)

Hello Internet! This week is PART ONE of our two part special all about FRIENDSHIP! Enjoy and be sure to share!
08/02/2035m 59s

Mister Rogers LIVE [RE-AIR EPISODE]

Hello Internet! We are on BABY LEAVE! In the mean time, please enjoy this classic Shmanners episode! ----------------------------- Hello Internet! This week, a very special episode all about MISTER ROGERS recorded LIVE in San Jose! Enjoy and be sure to share!
31/01/2036m 26s

Emily Post [RE-AIR EPISODE]

Hello Internet! We are on BABY LEAVE! In the mean time, please enjoy this classic Shmanners episode! ----------------------------- Hello and welcome to a very special episode! Have you found yourself listening to Shmanners and wondering "Hey now! Just who is this 'Emily Post' person they keep mentioning?!" Well, wonder no more! You are about to learn everything you never knew that you didn't know about the amazing Emily Post! Enjoy!
23/01/2041m 53s

Handshakes and Business Cards [RE-AIR EPISODE]

Hello Internet! We are on BABY LEAVE! In the mean time, please enjoy this classic Shmanners episode! ----------------------------- 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!
17/01/2054m 15s

Ask Shmanners

Hello Internet! We've begun our Baby Leave, but wanted to start with a new ASK SHMANNERS! So enjoy and tell a friend!
10/01/2039m 21s

Christmas Trees

Hello Internet! This episode is all about CHRISTMAS TREES! Enjoy and be sure to tell a friend!
21/12/1941m 31s

Gingerbread

Hello Internet! This week is all about GINGERBREAD! Enjoy and be sure to tell a friend!
13/12/1938m 42s

Mistletoe

Hello Internet! This week we discus the mythology, history and etiquette of MISTLETOE! Enjoy and be sure to share!
07/12/1935m 25s

Neckwear

Hello Internet! This week's episode is all about NECKWEAR! Enjoy and be sure to share with a friend!
22/11/1941m 33s

Ask Shmanners

Hello Internet! This week's episode is an ASK SHMANNERS full of your questions! Enjoy and tell a friend!
15/11/1945m 6s

Book Clubs

Hello Internet! This week we are discussing BOOK CLUBS! Enjoy and be sure to share with a friend!
10/11/1948m 54s

Beer: Ales

Hello Internet! This week is all about BEER and specifically ALES! We'll take you through the history and the different types! Enjoy and be sure to share with a friend!
02/11/1948m 46s

House Sitting

Hello Internet! This week's episode is all about HOUSE SITTING! Enjoy and be sure to share with a friend!
25/10/1945m 3s

Charcuterie and Cheese Boards (Part 3)

Hello Internet and welcome to PART THREE of our series on CHARCUTERIE AND CHEESE BOARDS! Please enjoy and be sure to share with a friend!
19/10/1944m 21s

Charcuterie and Cheese Boards (Part 2)

Hello Internet and welcome to PART TWO of our series on CHARCUTERIE AND CHEESE BOARDS! Please enjoy and be sure to share with a friend!
11/10/1943m 8s

Charcuterie and Cheese Boards (Part 1)

Hello Internet and welcome to PART ONE of our series on CHARCUTERIE AND CHEESE BOARDS! Please enjoy and be sure to share with a friend!
04/10/1936m 3s

High Heels (LIVE!)

Hello Internet! This week's episode is all about HIGH HEELS and was recorded LIVE in Pittsburg! Enjoy and be sure to share!
29/09/1935m 1s

Busking/Street Performance

Hello Internet! This week's episode is all about BUSKING/STREET PERFORMANCE! Enjoy and be sure to share with a friend!
20/09/1937m 49s

Watches

Hello Internet! This week's episode is all about WATCHES! Enjoy and be sure to share!
14/09/1949m 15s

Crowds (w/ Alison Rosen!)

Hello Internet! This week's episode is all about CROWDS! We are so thrilled that podcaster/author Alison Rosen was able to join us! Enjoy and be sure to share!
29/08/1950m 40s

Flea Markets

Hello Internet! This week's Shmanners is all about FLEA MARKETS! Enjoy and be sure to share with a friend!
23/08/1934m 44s

Food Delivery

Hello Internet! This week's episode is all about FOOD DELIVERY! Enjoy and be sure to tell a friend!
17/08/1939m 41s

Gloves

Hello Internet! This week's episode is all about GLOVES! Enjoy and be sure to share with a friend!
10/08/1933m 16s

Camping

Hello Internet! This week's episode is all about CAMPING! Enjoy and be sure to share with a friend!
26/07/1939m 1s

Bob Ross (LIVE!)

Hello Internet! This week's episode is all about BOB ROSS and it was recorded LIVE in Nashville, TN! Enjoy and be sure to share with a friend!
19/07/1930m 10s

Family Vacations

Hello Internet! This week's episode is all about FAMILY VACATIONS! Enjoy and be sure to share with a friend!
12/07/1947m 22s

Karaoke

Hello Internet! This week's Shmanners is all about KARAOKE! Enjoy, and be sure to tell a friend!
03/07/1943m 22s

Trivia Nights

Hello Internet! This week's Shmanners is all about TRIVIA NIGHTS! Enjoy and be sure to tell a friend!
28/06/1944m 35s

Rules of the Road

Hello Internet! This week's episode is all about the RULES OF THE ROAD! Enjoy and be sure to tell a friend!
21/06/1940m 21s

Famous Rivalries (LIVE!)

Hello Internet! This week's episode was recorded LIVE in Salt Lake City and it's all about FAMOUS RIVALRIES! Enjoy!
13/06/1935m 17s

Handwriting

Hello Internet! This week is all about HANDWRITING! Enjoy and be sure to tell a friend!
08/06/1940m 19s

Advice

Hello Internet! This week's episode is all about the giving and getting of ADVICE! Enjoy and please be sure to share!
29/05/1945m 47s

Ask Shmanners

Hello Internet! This week episode is an ASK SHMANNERS! Enjoy and be sure to tell a friend!
16/05/1944m 44s

Auctions

Hello Internet! This week's episode is all about AUCTIONS! We also talk a lot about raffles, Antiques Roadshow, and for some reason Bingo... Anyway, enjoy and be sure to tell a friend!
10/05/1936m 21s

Lady Bird Johnson

Hello Internet! This week we are doing a biography of LADY BIRD JOHNSON! Enjoy and be sure to tell a friend!
04/05/1932m 56s

Borrowing

Hello Internet! This week is all about BORROWING! Enjoy and be sure to share with a friend!
24/04/1944m 5s

Easter: Egg Hunts and Other Celebrations

Hello Internet! This week, we're talking about EASTER: EGG HUNTS AND OTHER CELEBRATIONS! Enjoy and be sure to tell a friend!
18/04/1937m 37s

Babysitting

Hello Internet! This week we're talking about BABYSITTING! Enjoy and be sure to share!
10/04/1943m 36s

Mister Rogers (LIVE!)

Hello Internet! This week, a very special episode all about MISTER ROGERS recorded LIVE in San Jose! Enjoy and be sure to share!
05/04/1935m 20s

Gum and Candy

Hello Internet and happy MaxFunDrive Week Two! This episode is all about GUM AND CANDY! So, listen, enjoy and don't forget to head over to maximumfun.org/donate and become a member today!
28/03/1946m 55s

Breakups and Heartbreaks

Hello Internet and Happy MaxFunDrive to all! We've got a very special episode this week all about BREAKUPS AND HEARTBREAKS! Plus, our sister show Sawbones is doing a companion episode all about BROKEN HEART DISEASE! Enjoy and please consider visiting maximumfun.org/donate and supporting the shows you love!
21/03/191h 4m

Lavish Parties (LIVE!)

Hello Internet! This week's episode is all about some extremely LAVISH PARTIES! We recorded it LIVE in New Orleans! Enjoy and be sure to share with a friend!
13/03/1936m 49s

Make-Up

Hello Internet! This week's episode is all about MAKE-UP! Enjoy and be sure to tell your friends!
06/03/1953m 44s

Purses and Wallets

Hello Internet! This week's episode is all about PURSES AND WALLETS! Enjoy and be sure to share with a friend!
01/03/1938m 21s

Ancient Egypt

Hello Internet! This week is all about what life was like in ANCIENT EGYPT! Enjoy and be sure to tell a friend!
21/02/1936m 29s

Rainy Day

Hello Internet! This week is all about RAINY DAY manners! Enjoy and be sure to share with a friend!
14/02/1938m 2s

Sir and Ma'am (LIVE!)

Hello Internet! This week, our Birmingham LIVE SHOW all about the origins of SIR AND MA'AM!
09/02/1930m 22s

Leftovers

Hello Internet! This week's episode is all about LEFTOVERS! Enjoy and be sure to tell a friend!
01/02/1944m 13s

Dueling

Hello Internet! This week is all about DUELING! Enjoy and be sure to tell a friend!
24/01/1944m 26s

Massage

Hello Internet! This week is all about MASSAGE! Enjoy and be sure to tell a friend!
17/01/1940m 27s

Bows and Curtsies

Hello Internet! This week is all about BOWS AND CURTSIES! Enjoy and be sure to tell a friend! Also, if you'd like to check out the article "Bowing in Japan" referenced in the episode, you can find it here: https://www.tofugu.com/japan/bowing-in-japan/
11/01/1938m 7s

Holidays Around the World (Live at Candlenights)

Hello Internet! This week it's our Candlenights Live episode all about HOLIDAYS AROUND THE WORLD! Enjoy and be sure to share!
02/01/1928m 19s

Ask Shmanners: Holiday Edition

Hello Internet! This week we answer your questions about holiday etiquette and manners! Enjoy and share with a friend!
20/12/1844m 35s

Christmas: BANNED! (Plus, our Christmas Memories!)

Hello Internet! This week, we tell you about when Christmas was outlawed. Plus, we tell you about our Christmas morning memories! Enjoy!
13/12/1837m 13s

Sidewalks

Hello Internet! This week is all about SIDEWALKS! Enjoy and be sure to tell all your friends!
06/12/1841m 14s

Amy Vanderbilt

Hello internet! This week we discuss Amy Vanderbilt! Enjoy and be sure to tell a friend!
01/12/1832m 58s

Debate

Hello internet! This week's episode is all about DEBATE, both formal and informal! Enjoy and be sure to tell a friend!
21/11/1844m 59s

Matchmaking

Hello Internet! This week we discuss MATCHMAKING! Enjoy and be sure to tell a friend!
15/11/1838m 24s

Juliette Gordon Low

Hello Internet! This week is all about JULIETTE GORDON LOW, creator of the Girl Scouts. Enjoy and be sure to enjoy and tell a friend!
08/11/1834m 59s

Wakes

Hello Internet! Enjoy this episode all about WAKES and be sure to tell a friend!
31/10/1839m 35s

Ask Shmanners (LIVE at London Podcast Festival)

This week it's part two of the live episode we recorded at London Podfest! Enjoy and be sure to tell a friend!
23/10/1845m 31s

Retail: Grocery Store

Hello Internet! This week is all about GROCERY STORE manners! Enjoy and be sure to share with friends!
17/10/1839m 36s

Gin (LIVE at London Podcast Festival)

Hello Internet! This week, it's Part One of our LIVE recording from the London Podcast Festival: GIN! Enjoy and be sure to share!
10/10/1844m 54s

Heirlooms

This week, we discuss HEIRLOOMS! Enjoy and be sure to share with a friend!
25/09/1837m 24s

Confucius

Hello Internet! This week we are discussing CONFUCIUS! Enjoy and be sure to tell a friend!
20/09/1836m 54s

Pirates (LIVE)

This episode was recorded LIVE at our Orlando show and it's all about PIRATES! Enjoy and be sure to share!
04/09/1834m 34s

Ask Shmanners

Hello Internet! This episode of ASK SHMANNERS comes to you recorded live from the closet of our Disney World hotel room! Enjoy and be sure to share!
31/08/1838m 2s

Manicures and Pedicures

Hello Internet! This week is all about MANICURES AND PEDICURES! Enjoy and be sure to share with friends!
22/08/1847m 48s

Drive-Thrus

Hello Internet! This week we are discussing DRIVE-THRU etiquette! Enjoy and be sure to share with your friends!
15/08/1849m 51s

Elevators

Hello Internet! This week we discuss ELEVATOR ETIQUETTE! Enjoy and be sure to share with friends!
08/08/1846m 48s

Lining Up (Queuing)

Hello Internet! This week is all about LINING UP! Or, as some might say, QUEUING! Enjoy and be sure to share with a friend!
30/07/1842m 38s

Mrs. Beeton

This week's episode is all about MRS. BEETON! Don't know anything about her? Don't worry, neither did Travis! Enjoy and tell a friend!
25/07/1837m 49s

Cookouts

Hello Internet! This week is all about COOKOUTS! So grab a plate, choose a dog or a burger, and enjoy! Be sure to tell a friend!
17/07/1844m 12s

Napping

Hey Internet! It's time to wake up and check out this new episode all about NAPPING! Enjoy and be sure to share with friends!
09/07/1841m 18s

Whisk(e)y

Hello Internet! This week is all about WHISK(E)Y! The different types, tastings, history and MORE! Enjoy and be sure to share with a friend!
03/07/1852m 16s

Dating (LGBTQIA+ Edition)

Hello Internet! We are so excited to bring you a very special episode: DATING (LGBTQIA+ EDITION)! We had a whole bunch of amazing guests on this one! We're joined by Riley Silverman, Mikey Neumann, James Arthur and Tybee Diskin! Enjoy and be sure to share with a friend!
27/06/181h 11m

Doctor Visits

Hello Internet! This week we discuss DOCTOR VISITS! Special thank you to Dr. Sydnee McElroy (SAWBONES, STILL BUFFERING) for sending us some information to help answer your questions! Enjoy and be sure to tell a friend!
21/06/1847m 36s

Ride Share/Car Service

Hello Internet! This week is all ride share programs and car services! Enjoy and be sure to tell a friend!
13/06/1846m 24s

Ask Shmanners

Hello Internet! We're back with another ALL QUESTIONS episode! Enjoy and be sure to share!
06/06/1848m 33s

Parking

Hello Internet! This week is all about PARKING! Enjoy and be sure to share with friends!
30/05/1847m 11s

Iolani Palace, Hawaii

Hello Internet! We're back from vacation and we're so excited to share what we learned while we were away! This week is all about IOLANI PALACE on the island of Oahu in Hawaii. It is the only Royal Palace on US soil! To learn even more, you can visit www.iolanipalace.org!
22/05/1845m 56s

The Etiquette of Inebriation (LIVE!)

Hello Internet! This week is all about ALCOHOL! Specifically, THE ETIQUETTE OF INEBRIATION! This episode was recorded live at the Moontower Comedy Festival in Austin. We sure hope you enjoy and share with a friend!
07/05/181h 24m

Graduation

This week, we're discussing GRADUATION! From parties to walking the stage, we answer a whole mess of your questions. We sure hope you enjoy and don't forget to share
01/05/1851m 9s

Dale Carnegie/How To Win Friends and Influence People

Hello Internet! This week's episode is all about DALE CARNEGIE and his incredibly popular book HOW TO WIN FRIENDS AND INFLUENCE PEOPLE! Enjoy and be sure to share with your friends!
24/04/1846m 18s

Cowboy Etiquette (LIVE!)

Hello Internet! This week is all about Cowboy Etiquette! We recorded this one LIVE in Houston! We sure hope you enjoy it! And don't forget to share with a friend!
17/04/1831m 42s

Parades (LIVE!)

Hello Internet and welcome to MaxFunDrive Week Two! If all goes according to plan, we'll have TWO episodes for you to celebrate MFD! First, enjoy this very special LIVE episode all about PARADES!
10/04/1836m 29s

Getting What You Want

Hello Internet! Welcome to Week One of MaxFunDrive! We are so excited about this episode! We're talking about GETTING WHAT YOU WANT! Enjoy, share with a friend and please consider visiting www.maximumfun.org/donate
02/04/181h 3m

Cleaning House

This week is all about CLEANING HOUSE! Enjoy and be sure to share with friends!
26/03/1847m 46s

Being the Boss

Hello Internet! This week is all about BEING THE BOSS! Join us won't you? Please be sure to share with friends!
19/03/1852m 21s

Favors and IOUs

Hello Internet! This week is all about FAVORS AND IOUS! Enjoy and be sure to share with a friend!
13/03/1852m 32s

Tourism Pt. 2 (LIVE! with special guest Alison Rosen!)

This week is all about TOURISM! This is PART TWO of our two part episode recorded LIVE at Sketchfest 2018! We were joined by Alison Rosen and it was just a whole lot of fun! Enjoy, and if you haven't already, be sure to go back and check out Part 1!
05/03/1841m 35s

Tourism Pt. 1 (LIVE! with special guest Alison Rosen!)

This week is all about TOURISM! This is PART ONE of our two part episode recorded LIVE at Sketchfest 2018! We were joined by Alison Rosen and it was just a whole lot of fun! Enjoy, and be sure to join us next week for Part 2!
27/02/1849m 55s

Valentine's: How To

Hello Internet! This week's episode is all about VALENTINE'S: HOW TO! We hope you enjoy and be sure to share with a friend!
12/02/1843m 40s

Saying It With Flowers

Hello Internet! This week we learn all about SAYING IT WITH FLOWERS! Enjoy and be sure to share with a friend!
05/02/1842m 44s

Being Late

Hello Internet! This week's episode is all about what to do when you are LATE! Enjoy and be sure to share with a friend!
30/01/1852m 44s

When You're Sick

Hello Internet! This week is all about what to do WHEN YOU'RE SICK! Enjoy and be sure to share with a friend!
22/01/1848m 19s

Farts

Hello Internet! This episode is all about FARTS! Recorded LIVE at the Yeager Symposium in Huntington, WV with special guest Dr. Sydnee McElroy! Enjoy and be sure to tell a friend!
17/01/1836m 53s

Ask Shmanners

It's another ASK SHMANNERS mailbag episode all about answering your questions! Enjoy and please be sure to tell a friend!
08/01/1842m 44s

Elizabethan Christmas (LIVE)

Please enjoy this LIVE episode recorded at Candlenights 2017 all about ELIZABETHAN CHRISTMAS! And remember, 'tis the season to be sharing!
27/12/1732m 19s

Caroling

Hello and welcome to another holiday edition of Shmanners! This week is all about CAROLING! When did it start? How do you do it and how do you watch others do it? What is a carol anyways? All this and more! Enjoy and be sure to tell a friend!
18/12/1742m 2s

Pizza (LIVE)

This week it's our live episode from Chicago all about PIZZA! We know we said it was going to be caroling, but due to travel and stuff we had to push it to next week. Still, this episode is way good and you are gonna love it!
12/12/1735m 54s

Christmas Pudding

This week is all about CHRISTMAS PUDDING! The history, the etiquette and the recipe! Enjoy and be sure to share with a friend!
05/12/1741m 1s

Wine Tastings

Hello Internet! This week is all about WINE TASTINGS! Enjoy listening to Teresa talk about things she knows. Sort of enjoy Travis talking about things he sort of knows! If you like it, be sure to tell a friend!
28/11/1742m 44s

Turkeys (LIVE!)

This is our Thanksgiving special all about TURKEYS! Recorded live in Chicago!
21/11/1729m 49s

Holiday Decorations

Holiday season is in full swing and you know what that means: HOLIDAY DECORATIONS! How much is too much for the office? How soon is too soon to put them up? What if you don't celebrate Christmas? How did certain decorations become traditions? All that, plus answers to even more of your questions! We also create a brand new beloved holiday character that everyone can enjoy! Enjoy and please be sure to tell a friend!
14/11/1744m 43s

Public Displays of Affection

Hello Internet! This week is all about PUBLIC DISPLAYS OF AFFECTION! When, where and what is appropriate? Is it ok in front of your family? All these answers and more! Plus, hear us rant about platonic male affection! What fun!
06/11/1749m 58s

Fondue (LIVE!)

Hello Internet! This one is all about FONDUE! An added bonus, it was recorded live in Nashville! We sure hope you enjoy!
30/10/1730m 36s

Trick or Treat

Hello Internet! Welcome to our Halloween special! This time is all about TRICK OR TREAT! Can one give out non-candy? (P.S. Check out "teal pumpkin project") How much candy should you give out? What if you don't want to give out candy? How did the tradition get started? All these questions are answered AND MORE! Enjoy and be sure to share with a friend!
24/10/1742m 16s

Socks, Stockings and Tights

This week is all about SOCKS, STOCKINGS AND TIGHTS (also Leggings, Hose, etc.) and you may be wondering, "what's the difference"? Well, listen and find out! Plus, find out why we started wearing them! We also talk a lot about "fun socks"! Join us! Enjoy us and tell a friend!
16/10/1743m 12s

Wedding Anniversaries

It's time for another very special episode! Not only is this episode about WEDDING ANNIVERSARIES, it actually IS Travis and Teresa's wedding anniversary! At least, it was on Friday! So join as we discuss the historical and modern ideas for anniversary presents and why they are what they are. Plus, answers to your questions! Enjoy and be sure to share!
09/10/1742m 36s

Dolley Madison

Hello Internet! You've joined us once again for another very special biography! This time, the first(maybe?) First Lady DOLLEY MADISON! Did she save a bunch of important documents and portraits? Probably! Did she help shape the office of First Lady? Definitely! Find our more and if you enjoy it, please tell a friend!
02/10/1742m 13s

Housewarming

Hello Internet and welcome to our home! Well, our podcast really, but we try to make it very home-y! This episode is all about HOUSEWARMING! How did the tradition get started? Are presents expected? What kind of presents are appropriate? Do you throw them for yourselves? Answers to all these and even more of your questions! Enjoy and be sure to share!
25/09/1740m 9s

Weddings: Eloping

Hello Internet! So, what is ELOPING? If you're like us, you think you know! In reality it's kind of hard to define and we try really hard to! We also discuss why someone might elope and how families might react. Plus, find out about popular elopement destinations and some famous elopement stories. All that and answers to your questions! Enjoy and please remember to share!
18/09/1745m 39s

Princess Di

This week is all about PRINCESS DI! First, a little about the Sloane Rangers. Then, how Diana Spencer became Princess Diana, her impact on the image of the Royal Family, how she captured the world's attention, and her legacy!
12/09/1755m 17s

Swear Words

Hello Internet! Good bleeping afternoon you beautiful bleepers! Are you ready for a bleeping good episode? This one is all about SWEAR WORDS! Where do these words come from? Why are they taboo? What do you do if you say one in front of kids? Are they ever ok to say? Answers to all these questions and more! Enjoy and be sure to share!
05/09/1746m 21s

Barber Shops and Salons

Hello Internet! Before we start our description... there's something different about you, isn't there? Is that a new shirt? New shoes? OH! You got your hair cut! This episode is all about BARBER SHOPS AND SALONS! How much do you tip? Do you have to talk? Is it ok to say no to a shampoo? How do you find a new stylist? What's the historical significance of the barber? All these questions and MORE! Enjoy and be sure to share.
21/08/1751m 20s

Baths and Showers

Hello Internet! Let's scrub up, rinse off and get right down to it! This week is all about SHOWERS AND BATHS! Is it ok to use your hosts shampoo? As a guest, how long is too long for a bath or shower? When did people start showering? How often do we really need to bathe? Answers to all these questions and more! Enjoy and be sure to share.
15/08/1740m 20s

Laundromat

Hello! Welcome friends to another bubbly episode of Shmanners! This week is all about LAUNDROMATS! How many machines can you use? Can you use the change machine even if you aren't doing laundry? Do you have to wait with your clothes? When did we start using dryers? Is it ok to touch someone else's clothes? Answers to all these questions and a whole lot more! Enjoy and be sure to share.
07/08/1743m 45s

Jane Austen

Hello Internet! We're back and we sure did miss you last week! This time, we have a very special biography episode. You may have recognized the name? Plus, some bonus Regency period etiquette. Enjoy and be sure to share!
31/07/1741m 17s

Party Games

Hello! It's time for another round of Shmanners! Are you ready to play? Because this week is all about PARTY GAMES! You know, Charades? 20 Questions? That kind of thing! Learn all about the history of party games including one that involves a flaming surprise! Travis also shares some of his favorite modern day party games! All that, plus answers to your questions! Enjoy and be sure to tell a friend!
17/07/1754m 38s

Libraries

Shhhhh!!! Hello Internet! Anything in particular you're looking for today? Anything we can help you find? Maybe a book on manners? Maybe LIBRARY MANNERS in particular? Well, you've come to the right place because that is what this episode is all about! Do you really need to be quiet? Should you reshelf your own books? How did libraries get started? Answers to all these and more! Enjoy and be sure to tell a friend!
10/07/1747m 20s

Coffee Houses

Good Morning! How about a nice cup of joe? Cup of mud? You know, coffee! This week is all about COFFEE HOUSES! How many additions to your drink is too many? What's in that fancy drink you love? Can you ask to change the music? How did coffee houses get started any way? What's the difference between a coffee house and a cafe? Most importantly, how long can you hang out before it's a problem?! Answers to all these questions and more! Enjoy and be sure to tell a friend!
03/07/1750m 49s

Miss Manners

Oh goodness, do we have a great biography episode for you! This week, we tell you all about Judith Martin, better known as MISS MANNERS! When it comes to etiquette, she truly is an inspiration. Eloquent writing, witty aphorisms, and tough love, Miss Manners has it all! Enjoy and be sure to tell a friend!
26/06/1735m 9s

Parks

Hello Internet! We're so excited to bring you the last in our Summer Fun Series: PARKS! How did parks come about? What is their history? How do we keep them in good shape for future generations? How do we deal with other park goers? All these questions and MORE! Enjoy and be sure to share!
23/06/1740m 46s

History of Bathing Suits

Hello Internet! Sorry we're so late but we're ready to make a splash with THE HISTORY OF BATHING SUITS! From nude to wool dresses to Speedos, the bathing suit has seen a lot of different forms through out the centuries! Join us as we float along through their timeline. Enjoy and be sure to tell a friend!
19/06/1732m 34s

Zoos

Hello Internet! Welcome to another in our impromptu "Summer Fun!" series! This week, ZOOS! What do you do when you see a kid tapping the glass? Can you go to a zoo as a childish adult? Should you correct a parent spreading misinformation? What do you say to your kid when the animals start doing "what comes natural"? How did zoos start anyway? Questions to these and more! Enjoy and be sure to tell a friend!
09/06/1736m 9s

Museums

Hello Internet! Look but don't touch at this new episode we made for you all about MUSEUMS! Not only do we tell you their fascinating history, but we answer your questions too! How close can you stand? What does "pay what you can" really mean? Can you ask someone to move if you can't see? Is it cool to bring a baby? All those answers and more! Enjoy and be sure to tell a friend!
03/06/1754m 15s

Ask Shmanners

Hello Internet! Thanks for baring with us as we travel and recover being sick! In this episode, we answer a whole bunch of your questions! What do you do when your friend is a bad tipper? What's the best practices for asking someone to write a letter of recommendation? What do you do when passing someone in the hallway? Answers to these and more! Enjoy and be sure to tell a friend!
27/05/1747m 37s

Tattoos

Hello Internet! This week, we're talking tattoos! A little bit about the history, but mostly we focus on the modern dos and donts! How to work with your artist on the design. Do you tip? How do you stop people from touching your tattoos? Do you have to explain WHY you got your tattoo to everyone who asks? Answers to these and even more of your questions! Enjoy and please share!
12/05/171h 2m

Weddings: Who Pays For What?

Hello Internet! It's time for another in our WEDDINGS series! This time: WHO PAYS FOR WHAT? From the reception, to the officiant, to the flowers, there sure are a lot of costs associated with a wedding. Traditionally, certain parties were expected to pay for certain things. What are said traditions? Where did those traditions come from? Do they still apply to the modern day? And who pays for the fog machine? All this, plus answers to your questions! Enjoy and be sure to tell a friend!
05/05/171h 4m

The Art of Critique

Hello there Internet! Thank you so much for tuning to another Shmanners! Hopefully, once you're done listening, you'll have nothing but positive things to say about the episode! If not, that's ok! You can learn a lot from constructive criticism! In fact, this episode is all about THE ART OF CRITIQUE! What do you do when a friend asks for your feedback? How do make a convincing compliment sandwich? What do you do with criticism you don't agree with? Plus, some history on the beginnings of the restaurant critic! Enjoy and be sure to share!
28/04/1751m 17s

Cons

Hello Internet! Welcome to another great episode! Be sure to sign in in Hall B and pick up your badge! And be sure to grab a swag bag! This week, we're talking CONS! Primarily conventions, but there is some conference stuff in there as well! Want some tips on networking and business card exchanging? How do you ask someone for a picture? Want some very important tips on being respectful to cosplayers? What's the deal with getting things signed? All this and more! Enjoy and be sure to share!
21/04/1746m 32s

Names and Honorifics

Hello Internet! Welcome Friend to another episode of Shmanners made for you by Travis and Teresa! Sit right down Comrade and enjoy an hour all about NAMES AND HONORIFICS! We discuss the origins of Mr. & Mrs. and how we see them changing in the future and how non-gendered honorifics are gaining popularity in the present! We talk about changing one's name after marriage! We talk about trying to give yourself a college nickname! We also answer your questions! How to correct someone who mispronounces your name! How to ask someone for their name when they've already told you once! And a whole lot more! Exclamation point! Enjoy and be sure to share!
14/04/171h 2m

Social Media (Twitter and Facebook) Part Two

Hello Internet! Last week, we did a whole episode all about Twitter and Facebook! When it came right down to it, we just had WAY too many questions for just one episode! So we decided to follow it up with an episode jam packed with YOUR questions! When to unfriend? How to end a Facebook fight? What's the deal with spoilers? Is it ok to post political opinions? When to add someone you just met on Facebook? All these questions and MORE! Enjoy and be sure to share!
07/04/1747m 19s

Social Media (Twitter and Facebook) Part One

Hello Internet! Welcome to MaxFunDrive Week Two! We hope all is well with you! We have been dancing around this subject for awhile! It's a big one folks! We're talking SOCIAL MEDIA! Specifically, Twitter and Facebook. First, we take a look at the history of social media (including our personal history!) Then, we give you some of our best tips and hints for navigating the choppy e-waters! Finally, we answer some of your questions! However, we just had so many questions that we're turning this one in to a TWO-PARTER! So enjoy and don't forget to support the art and artists you love over at maximumfun.org/donate!
31/03/171h 11m

Queen Victoria and Prince Albert

Hello Internet! Happy MaxFunDrive to ALL! We are so excited to bring you an episode that's been in the works for a while! In fact, we're bringing you two- TWO!- episodes in one! You get a double dose of royalty! One half QUEEN VICTORIA and one half PRINCE ALBERT! Hear about their birth and how they are connected! Hear about them falling in love! Hear about assassination attempts! Hear about A LOT OF THINGS! Enjoy a love story as amazing as it is true! Enjoy and don't forget to support the art and artists you love! maximumfun.org/donate!
24/03/1757m 19s

Ask Shmanners

Hello Internet! It's Max Fun Drive so we thought we'd give you a little extra bonus episode! So, we put together an all advice episode! Can you put your feet on the coffee table? Who gets an invite to a Grad Party? What are the different dress codes for weddings? All these answers and MORE! Enjoy and don't forget to share!
22/03/1738m 15s

The Guinness Family

Hello Internet! Happy St. Patrick's Day to one and all! This week's episode is all about THE GUINNESS FAMILY! From their humble beginnings to their amazing successes, the Guinness family is fascinating! They have strange habits, strange friends and they made a strange book! But, their beer is delicious and their story is interesting, so gather round, pull yourself a pint of the black stuff and enjoy!
17/03/1743m 5s

Hats

Hello Internet! A tip of the hat to you! On this episode, we throw our hats over the fence and commit to do a great episode for you! It was a challenge, but we weren't afraid to throw our hats in the ring! We're talking about HATS, did we mention that? When is it appropriate to wear one and when do you take it off? How long have we been wearing them? What's the difference between a Bowler, a Fedora, and a Homburg? All this plus answers to even more of your questions! Enjoy and don't forget to share!
10/03/1751m 1s

Facial Hair

Hello Internet! We sure do hope you're having a great day! We have a really good episode just for YOU! This week is all about FACIAL HAIR! Should you wear a beard to an interview? What's a "beard tax"? Are there different facial hair styles? Answers to those questions and MORE! Plus, a whole lot of facial history! Enjoy and don't forget to share with a friend!
03/03/1750m 55s

Weddings: Receptions (pt 2)

Hello Internet! As promised, here's PART 2 of our WEDDING RECEPTION episode! If you haven't, be sure to check out PART ONE! Enjoy our answers to your questions! And special guest appearance by a VERY chatty Bebe Lee!
01/03/1727m 12s

Weddings: Receptions (pt 1)

Hello Internet! We are very excited for you to hear this episode! Well, the first half of it anyway... something went wrong and we couldn't use the 2nd half! But don't worry, we're gonna re-record it! In the mean time, enjoy PART 1! In this half, you're gonna get a lot of cool history! Including the history of OUR reception! Enjoy and be sure to share! Look for PART 2 early next week!
25/02/1728m 9s

First Dates

Hello Internet! Listen, I know we haven't known each other all that long, but would you do us the honor of joining us in this episode? It's all about FIRST DATES! Who pays? What do you talk about? What do you do if it's a disaster? How do you ask for a second date?! Answers to these questions and MORE! Plus, you are going to learn all about the history of dating! Don't worry, this one is on us! We insist! Enjoy and remember to share!
10/02/1756m 56s

George Washington

Well hello there! You know, we here at Shmanners HQ know that there has been a lot of political talk lately, so we thought it was time to do an episode about the President. Yep, that's right! We're doing it! We're talking about GEORGE WASHINGTON! What was his early life ACTUALLY like? How did he become President? More importantly, what is his connection to etiquette? All this and more! We can not tell a lie, we sure would appreciate if you'd share the episode with a friend!
03/02/1740m 47s

Insults

Hey there you knave! What would a scoundrel like you know about manners? Nothing! So, listen up you rogue and learn all about INSULTS! We share with you some classical insults and a few insulting names you've probably never heard! Plus, answers to your questions. Is it ok for friends to insult each other? What do you do if you are accidentally insulted? How do you give constructive criticism? All this, and more! Enjoy and share, you scallywag!
27/01/1744m 17s

Compliments

Well hello there Internet! Might I say, those are some amazing shoes! No, I really mean it! They're great! Of course I'm serious! Ok, now you are just fishing! This week's episode is all about COMPLIMENTS! How do you give them? How do you receive them? Can you do it from a car? We also share some historical compliments! Be sure to tune in next week for an episode all about insults! Enjoy and be sure to share!
20/01/1753m 36s

Bar Etiquette

Hello friends! Pull up a stool and let's have a chat! What are you drinking? First round is on us! This week is all about BAR ETIQUETTE! What's the difference between bars, pubs, and taverns? curious about the historical importance of pubs? Plus, what do you do if you break a glass? How do you become a regular? Tipping: how does it work?! All this plus even more answers to even more questions! Special thanks to our friends Stuart Wellington and his wife Sharlene for their expert input! Enjoy and please remember to listen responsibly!
13/01/1752m 55s

Resolutions and Gyms

Hello Internet! After a brief holiday break, we're back! We hope your holidays were good and that your 2017 is going well! If you're anything like us, you probably have some goals for the new year! Some might even call them RESOLUTIONS? We'll talk a little about the history of them, but mostly we want to talk about the most common resolution: going to the GYM! How does one behave well at the gym? How did the idea of gyms come about? Plus, answers to your gym etiquette questions! Enjoy and please be sure to share!
07/01/1746m 43s

Victorian Christmas LIVE!

Hello Internet! We have a very special episode for you! This episode all about VICTORIAN CHRISTMAS was recorded live at this year's Candlenights live show! We sure hope you enjoy it! Have a happy (AND SAFE!) holiday and we'll see you in 2017!
23/12/1629m 12s

Holiday Gifts: Giving and Receiving

Hello there Internet! What's that behind your back? A present? FOR US?! Well, we got you something too! It's a brand new episode all about HOLIDAY GIFTS: GIVING AND RECEIVING! First, hear us discuss our own gift philosophies! Then, we discuss some famous gifts from history! We answer a whole mess of your gift questions too! What's the policy on re-gifting? Do you need to match monetary values? Who do you have to give presents to? All these and more! Enjoy the episode and feel free to share this gift with your friends!
16/12/161h 1m

Holiday Parties

Happy holidays internet! We got you a brand new episode! What's that? You didn't get us anything? That's totally ok! As discussed in this episode, gift giving isn't about getting something in return! But mostly, we're talking about HOLIDAY PARTIES! Should you drink to excess? Do you have to go? What's the point? And what's the deal with a White Elephant gift exchange? Answers to all these and even more of your questions in this episode! Enjoy and remember to share!
10/12/1650m 46s

Conversations

Hello Internet! How are you? How's it going? What's up? What's shakin'? This week, we are discussing the art of CONVERSATION! Understandably, for many this is the hardest manners challenge there is! How do you start a conversation? How do you END a conversation?! How do you deal with being interrupted/interrupting others? How does one schmooze? All this plus answers to even more of your question! Enjoy and please remember to share!
02/12/1652m 18s

Benjamin Franklin

Hello Internet and happy Thanksgiving weekend! Sure, we all think we know about Benjamin Franklin! He loved kites, witty sayings, and turkeys! ...right? Well, maybe we don't know as much about the almanac author as we thought, but we're sure gonna find out a little bit more! Enjoy and remember to share!
26/11/1642m 49s

Thanksgiving

Hello Internet! American THANKSGIVING is almost upon us and we imagine you have quite a few concerns and questions! What do you talk about? What should you bring? Should you help clean up? How did this whole thing get started? Bonus question, what's the deal with those Macy's parade balloons? We have answers to these questions and more! Enjoy and be sure to share!
18/11/1655m 23s

Retail Etiquette

Hello Internet! After a brief baby leave, we are back! This time, we're talking RETAIL ETIQUETTE! How do you talk to a retail employee? Where did department stores and supermarkets come from? How do you speed up the whole shopping process? What's the history behind shopping stuff anyway? All that, plus even more answers to your questions! Enjoy and don't forget to share!
13/11/1645m 47s

Debutante Balls and Cotillions

Hello Internet! Well, you've finally reached that age and it is time for you to debut! How do you debut you ask? Well, have you taken you dance classes? What about your etiquette classes? Have you reached "maturity"? You see, DEBUTANTE BALLS and COTILLIONS are all about entering society. Lord Byron referred to them as "marriage marts" and he wasn't far off! We'll give you the history of balls and cotillions and we'll even give you a play by play of a modern day ball! Enjoy and don't forget to share!
21/10/1634m 49s

Baby Shower

Hello Internet! We've got a little bundle of joy for you... a new episode all about BABY SHOWERS! People have been celebrating impending babies for a real long time, but how has it changed? Where did our modern day traditions start? Why do so many people think men should be excluded? What's the deal with presents? When do you throw a shower? Can you throw one for yourself? We have answers to all these questions and more! Enjoy and please share.
07/10/161h 0m

Beau Brummell

Hello there Internet! We have another special bio episode for you! Learn all about the original Dandy: BEAU BRUMMELL! We'll tell you about how good he was with collars and how bad he was with money! From his school days to his brief military career! It was a roller coast life for Beau! Enjoy and remember to share with friends!
30/09/1633m 12s

Emily Post

Hello and welcome to a very special episode! Have you found yourself listening to Shmanners and wondering "Hey now! Just who is this 'Emily Post' person they keep mentioning?!" Well, wonder no more! You are about to learn everything you never knew that you didn't know about the amazing Emily Post! Enjoy!
23/09/1641m 51s

American Football

Hey there sports fans and non-fans! It's American FOOTBALL season and you know what that means! Excitement! Action! And lots of people screaming at the TV while you're just trying to hang out with friends! Well, practice your football Shmanners and you won't be the one yelling at least! We've got some football history, answers to your questions and as a special treat, Travis attempts to explain the rules of Football as briefly as he possibly can! Enjoy and remember to pass the episode to a friend!
16/09/1653m 15s

Back To School

Hello Internet! Ahhh, the leaves are changing and the air is turning colder. Walmart shelves are full of TMNT folders and Disney notebooks... must be time to go BACK TO SCHOOL! But how do you get off on the right foot with a new dorm mate? How do you deal with the stress of introducing yourself to the class? How many questions are too many? Is it ok to be a first name teacher? Answer to these and the history of public school awaits you inside! Enjoy our back to school episode, and don't forget to share!
09/09/1649m 42s

Weddings: Wedding Party

Would you do us the honor of standing beside us during this episode? In fact, we'd like you to be our Listener of Honor! Take your time, this is a big commitment! On this week's episode, it's another installment on WEDDINGS! Specifically, what is involved with being in the wedding party? Brides maids? Grooms men? Honor? Best? What does it all mean? And who is responsible for paying for what? How did this all start? All this and even more answers to even more questions! Enjoy, and don't forget to share!
02/09/1650m 27s

Sportsmanship

Let the games begin! We have a brand new episode for you and it is a slam dunk/home run/touchdown! Whether it's a weekend softball league or a boardgames on a rainy day, we've all played with someone who just makes the game no fun! Maybe they take it too seriously or they just really hate losing. Whatever the case, they could stand a few lessons in SPORTSMANSHIP! We answer your questions and share a little sports history! Enjoy and don't forget to be a team player and share the episode!
19/08/1651m 3s

Roommates

Listen, this may sound sudden but... we want you to m of in to this episode with us! We should let you know, we have a few ground rules. First, you have to listen and then you have to enjoy. We're talking about ROOMMATE etiquette this week! How do you deal with sharing food? What do you do when dishes don't get done? How do you go about having guests over? What if you want to get a pet?! WHAT'S THE DEAL WITH NOTES?! Also, what's the history of cohabitation? There's a lot to unpack here, please get these boxes out of our shared living space. Enjoy!
12/08/1649m 3s

Parties: Alcohol

You know, after a hard day of podcasting, I like to relax with an ice cold drink. Maybe a beer? Maybe a whiskey? But then I find myself wondering "Is this good shmanners?" This week's ep is all about ALCOHOL, specifically at parties! What are the rules of BYOB? What's the deal with punch? What if you don't drink? What the deal with BAC? Answers to all these questions and more can be found here! Enjoy, and don't forget to pass it around!
05/08/1650m 29s

Telephone Manners

Hello? Is this Shmanners Listener? Hi! This is Shmanners! We're calling today to offer you a wonderful podcast opportunity! We've got a new episode for you today that I think you'll really enjoy. If you're like most, phone etiquette can be a very confusing arena. What does one say in a voicemail? How do you know if a phone call is acceptable or if you need to talk in person? What about wrong numbers? When should you check your phone? All that plus some history! Enjoy and feel free to call back any time!
29/07/1652m 48s

Etiquette Catch-All

Hello Internet! It's time for a very special episode! It's all questions and they're all your's! When should one cancel an RSVP? What to do when meeting an SO's family? What makes a good Work Thank You? Should you meet your neighbors? How do you discuss raises with your boss? All this, and more! Enjoy!
22/07/1646m 55s

Amusement Parks

Step right up, step right up! There's room enough for all! This week, Shmanners is all about AMUSEMENT PARKS! Roller Coasters? We got'em! Amazing sights? We got'em! History? Origins? Answers to your questions? What to wear? What to do? What to see? How to behave? We have answers to all these and more! Listen, enjoy and don't forget to share!
15/07/1653m 32s

Picnics and Potlucks

Hello there and welcome! Pull up a blanket, an ear of corn and enjoy our new episode! We hope you brought a side dish or a desert to share? We're talking all about PICNICS and POTLUCKS! We know you have a lot of questions! Is home made better than store bought? Do you need to plan around everyone's dietary restrictions? Did people REALLY picnic during the Civil War? Do we ever age out of BYOB? What kind of stuff would one serve at a fancy and/or shmancy picnic? Well, we've got the answers to these questions and more! Enjoy and be sure to share!
08/07/1650m 28s

Afternoon Tea and High Tea

Hello there! Have a seat and pull up a saucer! This week is all about TEA! Tea comes in many forms, but it is also served in so many ways! We'll discuss the differences between Afternoon and High tea, and even the different versions of those different versions! You'll learn a little bit about the origins of "tea time". We discuss what to wear, eat and what type of tea to drink! All this, plus even more answers to your questions! Enjoy and would you be so kind as to share?
01/07/1644m 42s

Pools and Beaches

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!
24/06/1650m 30s

Hand Gestures

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!
17/06/1638m 25s

Pregnancy LIVE

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!
10/06/1631m 57s

The King of Dudes

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!
03/06/1634m 53s

Funerals

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!
27/05/1652m 11s

Apologies

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!
20/05/1646m 15s

Birthdays

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!
13/05/1652m 43s

Weddings: Engagement

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!
06/05/1638m 39s

Gambling: Casinos

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!
29/04/161h 12m

Handshakes and Business Cards

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!
22/04/1652m 10s

Hotels and B&Bs

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!
15/04/1642m 29s

Baseball

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!
08/04/1649m 3s

Accessories: Handkerchief, Napkin and Fan

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!
04/04/1651m 10s

Office Etiquette

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!
25/03/1649m 44s

MaxFunDrive Special: Dogs

Hello Internet! It's Week Two of the MaxFunDrive and we teamed up with Allegra Ringo from Can I Pet your Dog (another hit MaxFun podcast!) to bring you a very special episode! Learn a little dog history! Learn some dog park etiquette! Learn about leash/walking manners! Maybe even pick up a few training tips! And don't forget to support Shmanners and CIPYD in the MaxFunDrive! www.maximumfun.org/donate!
22/03/1646m 37s

Tipping

Happy MaxFun Drive to all! Can we give you a TIP? Tipping can be confusing! There are so many different instances that do (or don't!) require tipping! Add in to the regional specificity and it can get mind boggling! Do you tip hotel room cleaners everyday or once a trip? How much for fancy shmancy bar drinks? Do you tip people who tough your bags? Why do we have to tip any way? How did it all get started? Find out all that and MORE! Don't forget to support the shows you love by going to maximumfun.org/donate!
18/03/1653m 39s

Holiday Special: Saint Patrick's Day

Hello Internet! Top of the morning to you! We are so excited to celebrate both Saint Patrick's Day AND Max Fun Drive! Listen and learn about St. Patrick's tradition and origins! Learn how to properly (and politely!) celebrate!
15/03/1633m 47s

Weddings: Attendance

Hello friends! We are so glad you got our invitation and were able to attend! Please, be sure to treat yourself to the buffet and open bar! You see, this week we're talking about proper wedding attendance etiquette. How does one properly RSVP? What about giving gifts when you already have to pay for a destination wedding? How much do you have to spend on a gift any way? Dress code at a wedding can definitely be tricky too! We'll also help you out with what to do during the ceremony and reception! Be sure to take a favor home with you!
11/03/1652m 55s

Travel: Trains and Automobiles

All aboard! We've got a full tank of gas and a long way to go before sundown! Do you have any music preferences for the radio? Windows up or down? First, let's talk a little about the history of trains and cars. Then let's talk specifics when it come to train and subway travel! You all had a ton of automobile etiquette question and we answer as many as we can! We also talk about good driving manners! If you want to ride in the front of the podcast, you better call SHOTGUN!
04/03/1646m 59s

Travel: Boats and Planes

Attention travelers, we will now begin the boarding process. Please be sure to bring all questions regarding travel etiquette with you when boarding. Need to know what to do when boarding? Worried about getting seasick? Want to know some historical facts about luxury air travel? Do you know your responsibilities as the window seater? What about what to wear? Listen and learn fellow wanderer! And just remember, we're all in this together!
26/02/1648m 46s

Theatre Attendance

Come in, come in! Take your seat, the show is about to start! What's that? You're not sure when you're allowed to talk? You don't know what to do with your phone? You're unsure whether you should have bought flowers? Maybe this is your first time to the theatre! Maybe you aren't sure what behavior is appropriate at the movies! Don't worry, we'll cover all that and more! Don't worry, you don't have to give a standing ovation... unless you want to!
19/02/1648m 21s

House Guests

Come in, come in! We're so glad you could come visit the podcast! Here's a towel and feel free to eat anything in the fridge! Are you unsure how to behave as a house guest? Do you know how to properly host a house guest? Can you use the stuff in their shower? Do you have to stay in bed til everyone is awake? What do you do if you have to go to work while some one is visiting? What if you get sick of each other? What if they won't leave?! What's the deal with pineapples?!?! Well, don't worry friend, we've got you covered!
12/02/1642m 0s

Holiday Special: Valentine's Day

Hello Internet! Welcome to the first (hopefully first of many) of our holiday specials! Learn all about the history and traditions surrounding Valentine's Day!
11/02/1630m 15s

Conversation

Sorry to interrupt, but we thought you might like to find out a little bit about conversational etiquette! The world of small talk can be a terrifying and dangerous place! How do you even begin to talk to someone at a business conference? What about all those swear words I keep hearing about?! Yes, with body language, eye contact and word choice to worry about, why does anyone ever talk to anyone at all?! Because you have to to get by in the world, that's why! So come with us and let's walk through the ins and out of conversation together!
05/02/1642m 1s

Table Manners

Ah, table manners! What a mystery! Sure, we're all taught not to chew with our mouths full and stuff like that, but what is with all the forks? Who is supposed to talk to whom? How do we pass the dishes? When do we start eating? As host, what are my responsibilities? Is there a right way to get a waiter's attention? Perhaps most important: ELBOWS ON THE TABLE?! All this along with the history of table manners, place setting basics and how table manners might just make you healthier! If you enjoy the episode, be sure to pass it on!
29/01/1653m 19s

Thank You Notes

Thank you so much for joining us for our first episode! This one is all about Thank You Notes! Are they out dated? When should you write one? What do they need to say? Teresa is going to answer all your questions (and more!) while Travis finds ways to make gratitude beneficial for YOU! We'll also share the history of thank you notes as well as some historical examples! Consider this episode our present to you! Want to say "Thank You"? Just share us with a friend!
26/01/1638m 37s

Shmanners 00: Coming Soon!

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! Coming soon every Friday on MaximumFun.org!
14/01/161m 15s
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