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What If There Were No Nachos?

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Jun 25, 2018

This week's episode of The Sporkful podcast is up! Listen through the player, Stitcher, or Apple Podcasts. (And please subscribe!)

Mike Pesca has opinions about everything.

Take the phrase "the meat falls off the bone":

"It seems like when you have a meat-bone combo, you want meat on the bone," Mike argues. "It doesn't strike you immediately as a virtue, it seems more like a flaw."

Part of what we love about hanging out with the host of The Gist podcast (below) is that he always gets us thinking about something we'd never considered.

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This week on The Sporkful, Mike and Dan discuss the history of nachos, what would’ve happened if the U.S. had boycotted Hitler’s Olympics in 1936 ... and gum.

Mike has a lot to say about gum:

"I like a nice bendy stick of gum," he says, "because you get the double-fold action. As the stick hits your tongue you can fold it up once and then the other half of the stick hits your tongue."

Listen in to the episode to hear how Hitler's 1936 Olympics set the tone for autocrats using sporting events to seek legitimacy.

Plus, Dan and Mike ponder the connections between football and the invention of nachos.

(And be sure to check out Mike's new book about the greatest "what ifs" in sports history!)

Today's sponsors:

Interstitial music in this episode from Black Label Music:

- "Summer Of Our Lives" by Stephen Clinton Sullivan

- "Living Rox" by Nicholas Rod and Jack Ventimiglia

- "Cuttlefish Shooter" by Steve Pierson

- "New Old" by JT Bates

Photos: Courtesy of Mike Pesca and FlickrCC/Jennifer Feuchter

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