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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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Sep 23, 2016

Hello and welcome to a very special episode! Have you found yourself listening to Shmanners and wondering "Hey now! Just who is this 'Emily Post' person they keep mentioning?!" Well, wonder no more! You are about to learn everything you never knew that you didn't know about the amazing Emily Post! Enjoy!

Sep 16, 2016

Hey there sports fans and non-fans! It's American FOOTBALL season and you know what that means! Excitement! Action! And lots of people screaming at the TV while you're just trying to hang out with friends! Well, practice your football Shmanners and you won't be the one yelling at least! We've got some football history, answers to your questions and as a special treat, Travis attempts to explain the rules of Football as briefly as he possibly can! Enjoy and remember to pass the episode to a friend!

Sep 9, 2016

Hello Internet! Ahhh, the leaves are changing and the air is turning colder. Walmart shelves are full of TMNT folders and Disney notebooks... must be time to go BACK TO SCHOOL! But how do you get off on the right foot with a new dorm mate? How do you deal with the stress of introducing yourself to the class? How many questions are too many? Is it ok to be a first name teacher? Answer to these and the history of public school awaits you inside! Enjoy our back to school episode, and don't forget to share!

Sep 2, 2016

Would you do us the honor of standing beside us during this episode? In fact, we'd like you to be our Listener of Honor! Take your time, this is a big commitment! On this week's episode, it's another installment on WEDDINGS! Specifically, what is involved with being in the wedding party? Brides maids? Grooms men? Honor? Best? What does it all mean? And who is responsible for paying for what? How did this all start? All this and even more answers to even more questions! Enjoy, and don't forget to share!

Aug 19, 2016

Let the games begin! We have a brand new episode for you and it is a slam dunk/home run/touchdown! Whether it's a weekend softball league or a boardgames on a rainy day, we've all played with someone who just makes the game no fun! Maybe they take it too seriously or they just really hate losing. Whatever the case, they could stand a few lessons in SPORTSMANSHIP! We answer your questions and share a little sports history! Enjoy and don't forget to be a team player and share the episode!

Aug 12, 2016

Listen, this may sound sudden but... we want you to m of in to this episode with us! We should let you know, we have a few ground rules. First, you have to listen and then you have to enjoy. We're talking about ROOMMATE etiquette this week! How do you deal with sharing food? What do you do when dishes don't get done? How do you go about having guests over? What if you want to get a pet?! WHAT'S THE DEAL WITH NOTES?! Also, what's the history of cohabitation? There's a lot to unpack here, please get these boxes out of our shared living space. Enjoy!

Aug 5, 2016

You know, after a hard day of podcasting, I like to relax with an ice cold drink. Maybe a beer? Maybe a whiskey? But then I find myself wondering "Is this good shmanners?" This week's ep is all about ALCOHOL, specifically at parties! What are the rules of BYOB? What's the deal with punch? What if you don't drink? What the deal with BAC? Answers to all these questions and more can be found here! Enjoy, and don't forget to pass it around!

Jul 29, 2016

Hello? Is this Shmanners Listener? Hi! This is Shmanners! We're calling today to offer you a wonderful podcast opportunity! We've got a new episode for you today that I think you'll really enjoy. If you're like most, phone etiquette can be a very confusing arena. What does one say in a voicemail? How do you know if a phone call is acceptable or if you need to talk in person? What about wrong numbers? When should you check your phone? All that plus some history! Enjoy and feel free to call back any time!

Jul 22, 2016

Hello Internet! It's time for a very special episode! It's all questions and they're all your's! When should one cancel an RSVP? What to do when meeting an SO's family? What makes a good Work Thank You? Should you meet your neighbors? How do you discuss raises with your boss? All this, and more! Enjoy!

Jul 15, 2016

Step right up, step right up! There's room enough for all! This week, Shmanners is all about AMUSEMENT PARKS! Roller Coasters? We got'em! Amazing sights? We got'em! History? Origins? Answers to your questions? What to wear? What to do? What to see? How to behave? We have answers to all these and more! Listen, enjoy and don't forget to share!

Jul 8, 2016

Hello there and welcome! Pull up a blanket, an ear of corn and enjoy our new episode! We hope you brought a side dish or a desert to share? We're talking all about PICNICS and POTLUCKS! We know you have a lot of questions! Is home made better than store bought? Do you need to plan around everyone's dietary restrictions? Did people REALLY picnic during the Civil War? Do we ever age out of BYOB? What kind of stuff would one serve at a fancy and/or shmancy picnic? Well, we've got the answers to these questions and more! Enjoy and be sure to share!

Jul 1, 2016

Hello there! Have a seat and pull up a saucer! This week is all about TEA! Tea comes in many forms, but it is also served in so many ways! We'll discuss the differences between Afternoon and High tea, and even the different versions of those different versions! You'll learn a little bit about the origins of "tea time". We discuss what to wear, eat and what type of tea to drink! All this, plus even more answers to your questions! Enjoy and would you be so kind as to share?

Jun 24, 2016

You know, people have been swimming for fun for thousands of years! At least as far back as Ancient Egypt! Even after all that time, we are still trying to figure out how to be polite while at the pool or beach. How close should you sit to someone else's beach blanket? Is it ok to play your radio while soaking in the sun? What constitutes appropriate bathing wear? Those answers and more! Plus, a quick lesson on chlorine and peeing in the pool! Enjoy and don't forget to share with your fellow bathing beauties!

Jun 17, 2016

Hello Internet! Whoa whoa whoa! You can't wave like that! Don't you know what that means in Uruguay? You see, the same hand gesture can mean different things in different cultures. Where did these gestures come from? What are some of their meanings? Has mooning someone ever saved lives? All these answers plus the story of the hardest Travis has ever been flipped off. Thanks to Amy W. for the topic suggestion! Enjoy and don't forget to share with your friends!

Jun 10, 2016

Hello Internet! We are so excited to bring you our first ever live episode all about PREGNANCY! As you know, Teresa is pregnant so we have a lot to talk about! From ancient birthing methods to mid-wives to dad jokes to maternity clothes to Lucille Ball, we have a lot to cover! We'll even tell you the nice way to ask some very rude questions! Enjoy and don't forget to tell a friend!

Jun 3, 2016

Hello Internet! Gather around and hear the ballad of Evander Berry Wall, The King of Dudes! First, let's talk a little about the evolution of the word "dude" and a little bit about the gender-fication of certain colors of clothes. Also, learn about the theory as to why men's clothes tend to be bland compared to what they used to be. Then we get into the story of Evander Berry Wall! Hear of his early life and how he achieved (and defended!) the title of The King of Dudes! Hear about his love of dogs and how WW1 changed his life. Bonus, we'll share some of Wall's own life and style advice! Enjoy!

May 27, 2016

Hello Internet! Listen,we know that funerals can be rough. Not only are you dealing with a loss, often times you may be unaware of what is the proper and respectful way to behave. Funeral customs vary from country to country, religion to religion and even family to family. Let's go over some of the origin of funeral etiquette. Then we'll cover some basic appropriate behavior for a funeral. We'll answer some of your questions regarding appropriate condolences, what to wear, are pictures ok and should you bring children. Join us and let's all get through this together!

May 20, 2016

Hello Internet! We are sorry this episode is so good that your brain will hurt from its goodness! This week we are talking about APOLOGIES! From cave walls to current day, what makes a great apology? We'll give you from examples from some very recognizable names (including a pretty sick burn from Eliza Hamilton) if you need help! We'll even teach you how to apologize when you aren't sorry! Also, what to do if someone doesn't forgive you! Learn what to do about that friend who NEVER apologizes! All that and even more answers to more of your questions! If you doubted this was a great episode, we forgive you!

May 13, 2016

It's a very special episode celebrating Teresa's birthday this week! Happy birthday Internet! Well, maybe not today but definitely at some point in the year! What is the proper way to celebrate your birthday? What about celebrating someone else's birthday> How old is too old for a party? What if you find yourself in a different country with different birthday customs? What about about going out to dinner for someone's birthday? All these answers, birthday history and even more of your birthday related questions! Enjoy and don't forget to share!

May 6, 2016

Might I pop you a question? Would you do me the honor of listening to this episode about engagements? Learn about engagement rings, parties, gifts and asking for the father's permission! You'll also get to hear a lot about Travis and Teresa's engagement! Enjoy and don't forget to tell a friend!

Apr 29, 2016

Step up to the table and lay down your bet! You can't win if you don't play! This week we're talking gambling, specifically casinos! Learn a little history of Monte Carlo, Las Vegas and Atlantic City! Learn about casino loyalty programs! You also will learn how to play BlackJack! You'll learn how to play Baccarat! You'll learn how to play Craps! By the time this episode ends, you'll be an honorary member of the Rat Pack! So load up the episode and let 'er ride! Enjoy and tell a friend!

Apr 22, 2016

Oh hello! Put 'er there friend! What's that? You need to learn about manners? Here, take our card! We're in the etiquette teaching business! This week is all about handshakes and business cards. How hard do you need to shake a hand? What's the deal with weird shaped business cards? When is it ok to hand out cards? What do you do when you're supposed to shake hands with someone who is ill? What if you've got sweaty palms? What about if you're visiting another country? All this and more! Enjoy and don't forget to tell a friend!

Apr 15, 2016

Welcome! Checking in? May I carry your podcast luggage to your room? This episode is all about Hotels and B&Bs! Listen as we unfold the intricacies of tipping! How to behave at Continental Breakfasts! Learn about American versus European style hotels. Speaking of, whats makes a motel a motel? Do you have to get dressed to go to the pool? Can you bring in outside food? When should you complain about noisy neighbors? Well, this is your room. **clears throat, holds out hand** Oh thank you! Enjoy and share with your friends!

Apr 8, 2016

Batter up! It's time to learn a little about America's national past time! Baseball is a fascinating and nuanced sport with some very specific fan etiquette! Learn a little about the history! What  does one wear to a baseball game? What do you do if it rains? When is it appropriate to cheer and jeer? How drunk is OK at a baseball game? What are the basic rules of baseball anyway? And what's the difference between a No-Hitter and a Perfect Game? Also, learn how to not go to a baseball game! Enjoy!

Apr 4, 2016

Hello Internet! Sorry for the delay, but Teresa was very under the weather! She spend a lot of time coughing in to a handkerchief! While I fanned the germs away with a fan! Also, there were some napkins laying around. Would you like to learn about said accessories? You do? Great! They each have their own interesting history and traditions! Learn how to flirt with a fan and what to do when someone loans you a hankie! Plus, we answer a whole bunch of your questions about them! Enjoy!

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