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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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Apr 7, 2017

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!

Mar 31, 2017

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!

Mar 24, 2017

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!

Mar 22, 2017

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!

Mar 17, 2017

Hello Internet! Happy St. Patrick's Day to one and all! This week's episode is all about THE GUINNESS FAMILY! From there 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!

Mar 10, 2017

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!

Mar 3, 2017

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!

Mar 1, 2017

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! 

Feb 25, 2017

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!

Feb 10, 2017

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!

Feb 3, 2017

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!

Jan 27, 2017

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!

Jan 20, 2017

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!

Jan 13, 2017

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!

Jan 7, 2017

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!

Dec 23, 2016

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!

Dec 16, 2016

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!

Dec 10, 2016

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!

Dec 2, 2016

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!

Nov 26, 2016

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!

Nov 18, 2016

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!

Nov 13, 2016

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!

Oct 21, 2016

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!

Oct 7, 2016

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.

Sep 30, 2016

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!

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