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Welcome to the podcast where we answer the questions that just won’t fly in polite society. Join us as we dig into taboo topics like how much you make, how you lost your v-card, and how you poop. We’re making our grandma’s blush with these rude questions and can’t wait for you to join us.

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Welcome to the podcast where we answer the questions that just won’t fly in polite society. Join us as we dig into taboo topics like how much you make, how you lost your v-card, and how you poop. We’re making our grandma’s blush with these rude questions and can’t wait for you to join us.

    Society Selects: Can I Eat Myself to Death?

    Society Selects: Can I Eat Myself to Death?

    In honor of the most gluttonous holiday of the year, we're throwing back to our episode all about eating so much we die.

    Gluttony might put our immortal soul in danger, but what about our physical bodies? We've all eaten so much we feel like we might explode, but can we eat enough in one sitting to kill us? That's the question we dig into this episode, exploring if we can push our tummies past their breaking points, how our bodies protect us from that grizzly fate and three gruesome stories of when it failed.

    Email us your impolite questions, or any other impolite thoughts at rude@impolitesociety.com and visit our website for info about the show and your hosts Laura and Rachel.

    Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

    Sources:
    Food Cravings- How Stuff Works
    Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal by Mary Roach 

    • 1 hr
    Why Can't I Eat Dog for Dinner?

    Why Can't I Eat Dog for Dinner?

    Nothing says Thanksgiving like gathering around a giant, roasted turkey. But did you ever stop to think why Turkey is on the menu rather than horse dog or cat? Food taboos are complicated and vary greatly by geography. There are no cultural universals when it comes to what animals are and aren't on the menu.

    Today, we're uncovering food taboos around the world. How some unlucky critters ended up as diet staples and what role religion plays in shaping our dinner plates. That's what you're digging into today on impolite society.

    Email us your impolite questions at rude@impolitesociety.com and visit our website for info about the show and your hosts Laura and Rachel.

    SOURCES:
    Some We Love, Some We Hate, Some We Eat: Why It's So Hard to Think Straight About Animals , Hal Herzog

    Food taboos: their origins and purposes

    Why These Animals? - The Gastropod

    The Juicy History of Humans Eating Meat, History

    What the 'meat paradox' reveals about moral decision making, BBC

    Do You Eat Dog?,  Taste

    A recipe for friendship: Similar food consumption promotes trust and cooperation

    Evolutionary models of in-group favoritism

    The Abominable Pig

    New study doubles the estimate of bird species in the world

    Mammals, National Wildlife Federation

    • 1 hr 5 min
    Is Monogamy a Dead End?

    Is Monogamy a Dead End?

    What do you do, when two just won't do? A rude question from Rocky of Wild Nights with Rocky Powell sends our gals into the world of polyamory. But this isn't your grandma's swingers club. Polyamory centers around the idea of engaging in meaningful, romantic and physical relationships with multiple partners, turning the very core of our monogamous world up-side-down.

    Are polyamorist showing us an enlightened, co-dependent free life, or can you really have your cake and eat it too.  Explore what polyamory means, what the lifestyle entails and if it can make you happier, all to get to the bottom of the rude question: is monogamy a dead end?

    Email us your impolite questions at rude@impolitesociety.com and visit our website for info about the show and your hosts Laura and Rachel.

    Check out Rocky's amazing show Wild Nights with Rocky Powell and let her know we sent you! 

    Sources:
    Poly Economics—Capitalism, Class, and Polyamory on JSTOR (slpl.org)
    Willingness of Emerging Adults to Engage in Consensual Non-Monogamy: A Mixed-Methods Analysis | SpringerLink
    Reasons for sex and relational outcomes in consensually nonmonogamous and monogamous relationships: A self-determination theory approach - Jessica Wood, Serge Desmarais, Tyler Burleigh, Robin Milhausen, 2018 (sagepub.com) 
    The association of an open relationship orientation with health and happiness in a sample of older US adults: Sexual and Relationship Therapy: Vol 30, No 1 (tandfonline.com)
    Prevalence of Experiences With Consensual Nonmonogamous Relationships: Findings From Two National Samples of Single Americans - PubMed (nih.gov) 
    (PDF) Consensual Nonmonogamy: Psychological Well-Being and Relationship Quality Correlates (researchgate.net) 

    • 1 hr 7 min
    Halloween Special: Why Do We Still Believe in Ghosts?

    Halloween Special: Why Do We Still Believe in Ghosts?

    Even in the age of science and reason, we’re all still fascinated by stories of specters from the beyond. Ghosts may be easily dismissed as folklore or superstition in the light of day, But our tune changes in the middle of the night. It’s dark, you’re all alone, and the things that seem impossible in the sunlight are suddenly very, very real. 
    In our Halloween episode, we’re recording at one of the most haunted places in America to ask ourselves: Why do we still believe in ghosts? We’re digging into the history of visitors from beyond the grave, the potential explanations science has for our favorite scary stories, and why we just can’t seem to give up our ghosts. That’s what you’re in for today on Impolite Society.  
    Email us your impolite questions at rude@impolitesociety.com and visit our website for info about the show and your hosts Laura and Rachel.

    SOURCES:

    Why Do People Believe in Ghosts?
    The Science of Ghosts 
    Magic and memory: using conjuring to explore the effects of suggestion, social influence, and paranormal belief on eyewitness testimony for an ostensibly paranormal event 
    Five Scientific Explanations for Spooky Sensations | Smart News 
    The Perceived Paranormal and Source Credibility: The Effects of Narrative Suggestions on Paranormal Belief

    Embers of society: Firelight talk among the Ju/’hoansi Bushmen

    Why do we like to be scared? The science behind the scream

    THE EIGHT TYPES OF GHOSTS

    There's an Evolutionary Reason Why We're Afraid of The Dark

    British people more likely to believe in ghosts than a Creator

    • 1 hr 35 min
    Does Being Rich Make You a Jerk?

    Does Being Rich Make You a Jerk?

    Scrooge. Montgomery Burns. Lex Luther. These and many other great antagonists have something in common… they’re filthy stinking rich. Throughout literature, pop culture and Hollywood, wealth is often linked to villainy, but are the rich really as cold and heartless as they're portrayed?
    Join us as we dig into the series of studies that examine the behavior of the elite and explore why they act so different than we do. All to get to the bottom of whether we’re just jealous or if being rich really does make you into a big mean jerk. Are rich people mean? That’s the question we explore today on Impolite Society.

    Email us your impolite questions at rude@impolitesociety.com and visit our website for info about the show and your hosts Laura and Rachel.

    SOURCES:
    Higher social class predicts increased unethical behavior | PNAS
    Paul Piff: Does money make you mean? | TED Talk
    Higher in status, (Even) better-than-average (nih.gov)
    Signs of Socioeconomic Status: A Thin-Slicing Approach - Michael W. Kraus, Dacher Keltner, 2009 (sagepub.com)

    • 53 min
    How Does My Butt Tell the Difference Between a Fart and Poo?

    How Does My Butt Tell the Difference Between a Fart and Poo?

    Each day, your body makes the high-stakes decision that holds together the very fabric of our society… “is that just a fart, or am I about to shit myself?” And with the average person releasing nearly a half gallon of gas a day, your body is making this decision all the time.
    Turns out, this impressive ability all comes down to how we developed as an embryo. 
    We explore biology behind farts to uncover how society as we know it is held together by a few centimeters of tissue in our anus, all while answering even more fart questions along the way. That’s what you’re in for today, on Impolite Society.  
    Email us your impolite questions at rude@impolitesociety.com and visit our website for info about the show and your hosts Laura and Rachel.

    Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

    Sources:
    Fart vs Poop in under 2 mins!
    This Is How Your Butt Can Tell a Poop From a Fart, According to Science
    Insights into human colonic physiology obtained from the study of flatus composition
    Explainer: The chemistry of farts
    What happens when you hold in a fart?
    Everybody farts. But here are 9 surprising facts about flatulence you may not know.
    What's a Fart?

    • 53 min

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