114 - JONATHAN SHARIAT - WORLD'S WORST DESIGN FLAW

Our guest this week is perfectly designed in every way to give us an insight into the World's Worst Design Flaw. A designer and author of the book Tragic Design, Jonathan Shariat is also a podcaster with a bone to pick with the Florida ballot papers during the 2000 US Presidential Election. Ben turns his fire on badly designed guns (and promptly shoots himself) and Barry has a wander through the history of QWERTY. 

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113 - KYLE ROSS & JOEL SAMUELS - WORLD'S WORST MANAGER

This week we don our sheepskin jacket (with a bribe sown in the lining), enjoy a cheeky post-match half (plus a wee nip from our hip flask) and stand on the sidelines hollering impotently into the wind, as we reveal the worst managers of all time.

Alongside our guests from the Absolute Worldie podcast we discover the very formal early history of Scottish football, a black magic bank job, the astonishing tale of Nicholas Anelka's blagging younger brother and why you should never prank a Belgian goalkeeper during the World Cup.

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112 - ANDREW SOMERVILLE - WORLD'S WORST ALGORITHM

We're in uncharted waters this week, as Ben and Barry are confronted with technology far beyond their understanding, otherwise known as our guest Andrew Somerville. An immersive theatre-maker and tech whizz (we don't really understand IT job titles...), Andrew's experience is brought to bear on the World's Worst Algorithms, with the boys tagging along gamely in his brainy wake. There's plenty to enjoy, from the story of Ada Lovelace, the chilling effects of living in online bubbles, and the man who can definitively tell us where Wally is.

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111 - SARAH JONES - WORLD'S WORST SMELL

Hold your noses and dive into the open sewer of the most olfactorily repulsive episode yet. 

Joined by Sarah Jones, an expert on microbes, minerals and a bunch of really pungent jobs we delve into the eye-watering world of the world's worst smell.  There are tales of the Asian "King of Fruits", canine flatuomancy and The Great Stink, plus our old friends at the World War 2 Special Operations unit turn up again with yet another plan to win the war using maverick means.

We might all come up smelling of roses* by the end...

*Axl Rose's post-show gusset.

 

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THE THIRD FOOT - PSYCHOSURGERY (BONUS EPISODE)

As promised a couple of episodes ago, since we've hit our target on Patreon of 25 supporters, we'll be throwing out an extra show per month for all our listeners in which we focus in more depth on some of our world's worst winners.

For this first extra edition we went all the way back to our first episode and explored the grisly world of trepanning and lobotomies.  We're not gonna lie, it's pretty grim stuff, but even amongst the horrific excuses for medical science we manage to find the entertaining oddities of a man who fired a particle accelerator at his head and somehow survived, JFK's family secret and the reason why you should never trust the Swiss with anything medical.

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110 - CERYS BRADLEY - WORLD'S WORST SCIENTIFIC EXPERIMENT

We're down in the lab tinkering with equipment, mixing dangerous substances and generally causing chaos. We're conducting the World's Worst Scientific Experiment under the watchful eye of the hugely qualified and clever Cerys Bradley. There are a surprising amount of stories involving puppy-torture, probes being stuck in surprising places, elephants on drugs, Jesus get-togethers and much more.

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109 - ANDREW ELLARD - WORLD'S WORST EVIL GENIUS

*swivels around in enormous winged chair*

Ah, Mr.Podcast Listener, we've been expecting you.  The guest in our deadly lair this week is master script editor Andrew Ellard, who joins us on a tour of the most woeful evil geniuses in fact and fiction.

Andrew brings an astonishing movie abomination from the 1960s making an absolute hash of the memory of 007.  Meanwhile Barry tells the tales of the most dangerous Xhosa tribeswoman ever, the man who amplified Hitler and the scariest quiz contestant to make it onto TV.  To finish off Ben has two mighty tales of a Nobel prize winning Japanese novelist whose homoerotic cult went badly wrong and the self-made growth-hormone millionaire who dreamed of a creating a New Utopia at the end of the 1990s.

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108 - DR ROB CROMARTY - WORLD'S WORST MILITARY TACTIC

Quick, march! Into battle we go under the leadership of our general, classicist and quiz-show boffin Dr Rob Cromarty. We're seeking out the world's worst military tactic and you bet we've found a few contenders to skirmish with. There are war elephants galore, French plans that backfire spectacularly and the Pyrrhus behind Pyrrhic victories. Attack!

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107 - DEAN RODGERS - WORLD'S WORST PUZZLE

This is an episode for anyone who has become so frustrated with their Rubik's Cube that they've ended up unpeeling the coloured squares and sticking them back on to help you solve it!

Joined by incredible escape room auteur Dean Rodgers, Ben and Barry travel from Ancient Greece to musty 90s gamer bedrooms, via the court of King Rudolf of Bohemia and Lewis Carroll's very twisted imagination.  By the end of this, you won't look at a black cat, a raven or a fishing rod in the same way again...

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106a - BEST OF THE WORST OF THE BEST 4

With the first inklings of spring in the air, Ben and Barry are feeling positively positive about things and so once again are delving back into the archives in search of some of the World's Best. In this instance, we look at the topics from Episodes 16 to 20: Conspiracy Theory, Haircut, Teen Movie, Parasite and Wine. There are missing landmasses, Polish plaits, classical literature, sniffer-wasps and Buzz Aldrin's sherry, all in this potpourri of pleasantness. Normal negativity will resume next week.

Tickets to Barry's play VESPERTILIO, which opens this week, can be purchased here: https://vaultfestival.com/whats-on/vespertilio/

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106 - DAN SIMPSON - WORLD'S WORST LULLABY

Sleep well, dear listeners, and sweet nightmares to you all as Ben and Barry, in the company of poet Dan Simpson, hasten you to slumber with the World's Worst Lullaby. We truly travel the globe in this one, with contributions from Iceland, Haiti, Brazil and Indonesia, essays from Lorca and compositions from Brahms, and Dan introduces us to a particularly horrifying cover of an already horrifying song.

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105 - SETH THEVOZ - WORLD'S WORST VOICEOVER

In a world where two trivia nerds are able to trap the honorary librarian of the Liberal Club in a posh shed out the back of a nice flat in Hampstead, anything is possible.  And this week, in that world, we chat to the marvelous journalist, academic and storyhouse of anecdote Dr Seth Thevoz about the worst voiceovers in history.  Ben has trouble with Republican sausage rolls, Barry finds out about fomenting revolution and Seth bring us a very drunk Orson Welles behaving very badly indeed.

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104 - MYQ KAPLAN - WORLD'S WORST GUEST

Be our guests, be our guests - in fact, the man doing just that (via Skype) is American stand-up Myq Kaplan, who is getting very meta as he chose the topic World's Worst Guest, and strives to live up to the title. Meanwhile, Barry tells us about the man who broke into Buckingham Palace and served himself a cheeseboard, while Ben looks at chat show meltdowns and Japanese retirement parties gone horribly wrong.

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103 - TOM HALL AND ANDREW GRUEN - WORLD'S WORST ESCAPE

Over the past five years the phenomenon of escape rooms has exploded all over the globe and this week our two guests are creators of several remarkable ones in London.  Tom and Andrew join us to talk about what goes wrong when people try to escape.  There are tales of hidden papal tunnels, ice skating queens and the most Australian disguise in history.

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102 - OLLIE POWELL - WORLD'S WORST ADVERT

We’re indulging our consumerist instincts this week in the company of actor, host of the Average at Best Podcast and star of countless commercials, Oliver Powell. Ollie helps us glaze over in the face of the World’s Worst Adverts, with insights into life on the set of his recent Durex ad. Barry examines the product placement habits of 007, and Ben describes the public service advert of your nightmares.

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101 - SOOZ KEMPNER - WORLD'S WORST DIVA

Pop on your diamante slippers, swish your feather boa around your neck and strut your way in 2019 with tales of the world's worst divas.  Accompanied by magnificent musical comic Sooz Kempner we tell the tales of Handel's warring divas, Freddie Mercury's run-ins with Sid Vicious (and a lot of dwarves) and why the heir to the British throne doesn't understand how sandwiches work.

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100b - THE WORLD'S WORST 'BEST OF 2018' EPISODE

New Year’s Eve, the clocks tick towards midnight with the prospect of turning the page on 2018. BUT NO! We keep you firmly rooted in the past as we look back at our so-called “best bits” from episodes released over the past year. There are returns for several old friends, not least the French president who died in flagrante delicto, an unwitting newsreader with a numerical disadvantage, and an English toff brandishing a wasp gun. Thanks for listening in 2018 and here’s to a 2019 full of more of the world’s worst stuff. Love, Barry & Ben.

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100a - THE BEST OF THE WORST OF THE BEST 3

This week we head to the appendix of our encyclopaedia of heroic failure and talk about some stone cold heroes.

Way back in early 2017 we talked about the worst board games, fairy tales, professional wrestlers, TV comedies and first dates - now Ben and Barry return to the scene of the crimes to laud some champions.  On our way we uncover the real story behind Beauty and the Beast, why Calvin Coolidge was a hit with the ladies and laud a big, battle-scarred bear with a scabby heart of gold.

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100 - BARRY & BEN - WORLD'S WORST CENTURY

Sweet holy mother of everything that's heroically awful: we made it to 100 episodes!  To celebrate Ben and Barry drill down into everything terrible about the number 100: from dodgy bank notes to terrible cricketers and golfers, suspiciously young super-centenarians, premature wartime celebrations and bang average cars.  

As ever, we take you on a journey including all human life from Ancient Etruscans to disappearing Carolingians, via the Venerable Bede and Edward VII.  

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099 - ANUVAB PAL - WORLD'S WORST EMPIRE

We are boldly setting out to civilise you this week, as we talk about the World’s Worst Empire. Our guest this week is regular contributor to satirical podcast The Bugle, comedian and writer Anuvab Pal. As a native of India, and with Barry’s as his sidekick, Anuvab gives the British Empire a bemused and loving revision. Barry takes us all the way from Haiti to a galaxy far, far away, and Ben has a nosey around the micronations of the world, in all their tax-evading glory. 

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