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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! Tune in every Friday on MaximumFun.org!
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Dec 12, 2017

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!

Dec 5, 2017

This week is all about CHRISTMAS PUDDING! The history, the etiquette and the recipe! Enjoy and be sure to share with a friend!

Nov 28, 2017

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!

Nov 21, 2017

This is our Thanksgiving special all about TURKEYS! Recorded live in Chicago!

Nov 14, 2017

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!

Nov 6, 2017

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!

Oct 30, 2017

Hello Internet! This one is all about FONDUE! An added bonus, it was recorded live in Nashville! We sure hope you enjoy!

Oct 24, 2017

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!

Oct 16, 2017

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!

Oct 9, 2017

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!

Oct 2, 2017

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!

Sep 25, 2017

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!

Sep 18, 2017

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!

Sep 12, 2017

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!

Sep 5, 2017

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!

Aug 21, 2017

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.

Aug 15, 2017

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.

Aug 7, 2017

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.

Jul 31, 2017

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!

Jul 17, 2017

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!

Jul 10, 2017

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!

Jul 3, 2017

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!

Jun 26, 2017

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!

Jun 23, 2017

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!

Jun 19, 2017

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!

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