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What if your trip to the mountains could lead to profound reflections on life and identity? Join us as Frank recounts his recent journey to Denver, filled with laughter and delicious discoveries like the uniquely named "chupacabra" burrito. From the heights of the Rockies to the comfort of bread-wrapped delights, we explore the universal love for f…
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Remember the days when you’d head to Best Buy or Circuit City to grab the latest DVD or Blu-ray? Those were the golden days of early 2000s entertainment, and we're taking you on a nostalgic journey back to that era. We'll also share some quirky stories about regional pronunciations from towns like Maryville and Louisville, and even delve into the f…
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Have you ever found yourself at a loss for words when trying to explain how you feel? That's where our latest Unbecoming Platypus podcast episode kicks off, navigating the sometimes murky waters of our emotional states. Amy and I get real about the challenges of identifying our feelings, despite being considered experts on the topic. We delve into …
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Have you ever found yourself sipping on San Pellegrino instead of typical tap water, only to realize the small change was a lifesaver for your mental health? This episode is peppered with such light-hearted revelations, yet it digs into the crucial, and often overlooked, landscape of burnout and the essential practice of self-care. We share our own…
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Ever found yourself chuckling at the absurdities of daily life, or nodding along as someone shares the trials of navigating work stress? Buckle up for an episode that's a rollercoaster of laughter, empathy, and insight. From kicking off with an impromptu fitness challenge and musing on why coffee-flavored treats can't seem to get it right, to the h…
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Picture the hiring process turned on its head, where potential shines brighter than checkboxes and adaptability trumps rigid qualifications. That's the vibrant landscape we traverse as we examine intentional hiring and job design. We're putting traditional recruitment under the microscope, sharing stories from the trenches and unpacking the transfo…
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Have you ever wondered if the nostalgic hiss of analog tape could compete with the crystal-clear sound of today's podcast technology? We kick things off with a playful debate that's not only for audiophiles but anyone curious about the blend of old charm and new tech. Then, we meander through the digital landscape of Reddit, revealing its surprisin…
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Have you ever dared to imagine yourself as morally perfect? Jake leads us down the rabbit hole questioning the very fabric of morality itself. With candid conversations and challenging ideas, we paint a picture of morality as a collective construct that may not hold the absolute truth we once believed. Our dialogue veers into the realm of self-perc…
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Jake's morning began with an unexpected jolt that wasn't his coffee—a rogue coffee filter nearly turned his tech setup into a disaster zone! The incident sparked an animated chat with Frank and Noah about how we often hoist our triumphs high while failures slink away, unnoticed. From there, we saunter into exploring the risky business of baring all…
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Ever caught yourself heatedly arguing about the "cinnamonity" of your favorite tea or the invigorating contrast of mint on a chilly morning? Well, you’re not alone. Gather 'round as we embark on a sensory exploration, from the enigmatic blend of flavors in our mugs to the unexpected delights of 'noble rot' in winemaking. Our chat weaves through the…
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Ever found yourself puzzled by the simple "hello" and where it might lead? Well, Noah's back and we're unraveling the tapestry of return greetings, from cultural nods to the Zettelkasten method's influence on our banter. As we swap stories, you'll get a peek at how the recent chitchat on relationships and active listening has seeped into our daily …
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Have you ever caught yourself nodding along to a conversation only to realize your thoughts were miles away? We’ve all been there, but this episode is about turning those moments around. Join us as we delve into the transformative power of active listening, a skill that goes beyond just hearing words—it's about being fully present and valuing the s…
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Discover the art of balance in the relentless hustle of modern life as Frank and Jake dissect the intricacies of being 'too busy' and the transformative power of prioritizing what truly matters. Our heartfelt conversation navigates the murky waters of relationships, where unconditional love meets the undeniable reality of change, and the act of vul…
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We start with a whimsical escapade into the realm of peculiar words that will tickle your brain and unearth tales of yesteryear's icons, like the ever-honest Abe Lincoln. We'll unveil how linguistic treasures can unearth personal memories and stir musings on the essence of integrity. Sometimes life throws us a caddywampus curveball, and that's when…
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Ever found yourself on a shaky train, trying to type an urgent email, and wondering if there's a deeper lesson in the chaos? Our latest episode is your companion through the tumult of productivity on-the-go, and we don't stop there. We're cracking the code on English linguistics, such as the elusive rationale behind using 'an' before certain 'H' wo…
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Have you ever found humor in the frustration of a 'user busy' signal while making a phone call, or chuckled through the fog of a fever? We've all been there, and it's these shared moments of human absurdity that connect us. This episode meanders through the complexities of modern communication, brushes with illness, and the resilience that sees us …
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Embark on a quest to unearth the essence of happiness with us, where we explore the unique elements that stitch together the fabric of joy in our lives. From the daily rituals that ground us to the emotional and intellectual pursuits that elevate us, we've laid bare the journey to contentment. Through personal stories, insights, and laughter, we un…
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Ever pulled through a grueling 5K rowing event, feeling the burn with every stroke? That's exactly where our latest journey begins, as we recount the sweat, strain, and sheer satisfaction of testing our limits. We're not just here to talk about physical fitness though; we're peeling back the layers on that elusive state of being known as happiness.…
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We've got cool anecdotes and insights that'll keep you engaged and maybe even make you chuckle. We don't stop there, though; the conversation steers into the sobering intricacies of local governance, highlighting how a church's noble mission to shelter the homeless crashes against the cold wall of city policies. Remember how your grandma always had…
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Ever felt like you're on display for merely indulging in your passions, only to be misunderstood or judged? This episode is a heartfelt journey through the landscape of vulnerability, where we wear our hearts on our sleeves and invite others to do the same. Our discussion orbits the seemingly impenetrable personas of public figures and circles back…
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Every Saturday at 8:16 AM, like clockwork, our podcast recording is graced with a mysterious ding, setting the stage for a whimsical journey through the unexpected and the everyday. We tackle the power of routine and its interruptions, segue into the whimsy of fashion and its personal impact, debating everything from the color analysis of a CrossFi…
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Have you ever peeled back the layers of a Necco wafer, finding its simplicity cloaked in nostalgia? That's how Noah described his personal eureka moment during our Jungian word association exercise, leading us into a discussion that transcends the confectionary. We wove through whimsical debates and metaphors, contemplating how our roles in family,…
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Ever found yourself chuckling over a serendipitous discovery on social media, only to tumble into a rabbit hole of surprising self-discovery? Our latest episode takes you on such a journey, blending humor with the profound as we navigate the complex world of human interaction and personal growth. From the unexpected philosophical depths of low-carb…
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Unearth the transformative power of self-reflection with us, as we embark on a journey of personal growth and mindfulness. Brace yourself for an enlightening dialogue that peels back the layers of the human psyche, revealing the role of introspection in identifying our limiting beliefs and childhood wounds. We promise to guide you through understan…
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Can you remember a time when a negative thought held you back from achieving something great? When it felt like a dark cloud constantly hanging over you? This episode is all about exploring that darkness, examining how negative thinking can immensely impact mental health, and offering strategies to navigate through it. We share a story of overcomin…
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Join us for the usual word games - this time about a city in Rhode Island, or maybe where things came from, or their chain of custody, or maybe the provider of all things - listen to find out. We also delve into Noah's brand recommendations, including Two Good Yogurt. We'll share our thoughts on this unique product, discussing its ingredients and t…
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Prepare to be amazed as we unravel some of the most captivating discussions in our new episode. We embark on an uncanny journey through Google's exploits in artificial intelligence and consumer electronics. Transitioning from the digital world, we dive headfirst into the world of project management. Imagine navigating the treacherous waters of find…
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Ever found yourself yearning for the solitude of a secluded cabin in the wilderness? That's exactly where Jake just returned from, and the experience was more enlightening than you could imagine. From the peace that comes from disconnecting from the world to the surprising insights gained from observing the life of a domesticated cat, the journey w…
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What if we told you luck isn't just about chance but can be cultivated through mindfulness, hard work, and embracing chaos? We guarantee that by the end of this enlightening discussion, you'll have a whole new perspective on this ubiquitous concept. We break down luck into fascinating categories like blind luck, which includes circumstances beyond …
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Ever felt overwhelmed by the constant content flood from your social media feeds? Ever wondered how these platforms decide what content to bombard you with and how this might impact your worldview? We’re pressing pause to question the titans of social media and their overwhelming influence on our attention spans and information consumption. We're g…
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Ever wondered how Costco has managed to maintain their high-quality standards while offering products at the lowest possible prices? Join us as we unravel Costco’s mission statement and delve deep into their unique customer service model and offerings, to uncover just that. We'll also look at the role of "infinite games" in sustaining success in th…
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Does your vision of success feel distant and unattainable? Are you constantly battling with inertia despite knowing what your passions and desires are? We're here to tell you that it's not just about having a goal or a vision, it’s about staying consistent, disciplined, and directionally correct in your journey. We're breaking down the critical lin…
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Did you know that how we react to others' behaviors is more about us and our thoughts, rather than about them? That's right, and on today's episode, we shed light on this intriguing truth. With Jacob missing in action, Frank and Noah navigate through a sea of unanswerable questions, exploring the role our perspectives play in our reactions. We also…
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What happens when you mix one bustling city, a handful of enjoyable events, and a dash of personal anecdotes? You get a riveting chat that takes you on a journey through the art fair, farmers market, a lively putt crawl, and events like Jessica's live art demonstration. We even discuss Alejandro's birthday and Jake embarks on a work trip to Nashvil…
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Have you ever wondered how to balance your personal values with the pragmatic needs of business, and still feel comfortable with the sales process? Perhaps, you've mulled over the notion of bringing an idea to life and stepping into material reality? Strap in, and buckle up, for we are about to embark on a fascinating journey through these intrigui…
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Do you ever feel that your authentic emotions are buried beneath the weight of societal expectations and politeness? That's the question we grapple with in our latest episode. We offer a deep-dive into the challenging art of expressing our genuine feelings, particularly when confronted with the simple yet complex question of how we are. We don't ju…
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Do you ever wonder why we're drawn to processed food? From the top-selling Justin's Nut Butter to the iconic Hamburger Helper glove, Lefty, join us as we unpack the fascinating evolution of these products originating from the 1930s. We also dig into the captivating story of Daddy's Sauce, a popular brown sauce that debuted in the same era. Paired w…
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Ready to redefine the essence of work? Join us on a thrilling ride as we question the paradigms of work and learning, with a deep dive into SEO's enigmas. Picture a world where you wake up every day with the liberty to follow your curiosity, to explore realms previously unknown to you. The adrenaline rush of unearthing the unknown- that's what we l…
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What if you could unlock an incredible sense of clarity and wellbeing, all from a simple workout? Join us as we share the invigorating effects of pre-podcast exercise and the natural high fueled by endorphins. We dive into our personal routines and how beginning with a single rep can lead to growth and progress. We also wade through the common misc…
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Fasten your seatbelts and get ready to take a trip down memory lane! We're bringing you tales of when infomercials were king, where ShamWow, Flex Seal, and Ginsu knives ruled the TV screens. Relive those late-night moments with us, as we dive into our past experiences with these enticing ads. But it doesn't stop there, we also bring you tales from …
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Ever considered how a simple act like holding a plank can spark profound insights? Join us as we share our fascinating journey, beginning with a cosmic transition, the Big Bang, and ending with a contemplation on love and acceptance. We promise you'll leave with a fresh perspective on life and a deeper understanding of yourself. Through our discuss…
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Curious about octopus’ plural form? So was Jake! Slip into this discussion as we delve into the most puzzling plurals and segue into our bouts with acne. Replace your workout routine with our Crossfit enthusiasm-induced chuckles, and Jake's entertaining birthday escapades. Navigate through our intricate randomness labyrinth as we explore the rather…
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Want to unlock your team's potential and cultivate an environment of innovative solutions? This episode could be your golden key. We share our journey down the brainstorming rabbit hole, illuminating how this powerful tool has elevated our problem-solving skills, brought a fresh perspective to our projects, and ultimately led to the inception of gr…
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Navigating life's transitions can be a lot like walking 15 miles: daunting, exhausting, and seemingly impossible. But what if we told you that persistently putting one foot in front of the other could get you where you need to go? Yes, this episode is all about managing life's various phases, be it juggling a new job, personal projects, or maintain…
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Ever thought about how the words we use shape our perception of reality? Join us as we navigate the mesmerizing world of language and linguistic observations - exploring the unsuspected complexities of coffee flavors, wading into the delightful conundrum of 'cookies and cream' versus 'cookies with cream', and even figuring out the oddly fascinating…
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Reflections on fireworks, surprising gray hair moments, and the intricacies of the digital space - just a few of the topics we ventured into during our latest chat. Jake had us in stitches as he cleverly used business jargon to describe his childhood fireworks experiences - a testament to the saying that you can take the businessman out of the offi…
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Can you remember a time when every family gathering wasn't punctuated by the click of cameras and the glimmer of screens? Our conversation brims with the nostalgia of heavy photo albums and the excitement of today's social media platforms. We dip into the world of recording technology, the evolution of online persona, and its profound impact on cre…
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What if your personality traits are the secret to unlocking your full potential at work? It's time to dig deep and discover how different levels of industriousness and intelligence can determine success in various roles. Join us as we chat about the nuances of repression, suppression, politeness, compassion, and their impact on our lives. We even s…
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What happens when our reliance on personal systems and automations begins to overshadow our own internal memories and capabilities? In this thought-provoking episode, we dive deep into the balance between using external systems and our inner resources, while discussing the concept of exporting consciousness and its impact on our mental freedom. As …
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