FOTI #63: Too Many Cooks


Fortnight on the Internets knows what you did before track practice.

On this episode, we praise the hit podcast Serial and the cracked-out Adult Swim masterpiece “Too Many Cooks.”

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Report Card

One thing we loved, one thing we hated, and one thing that was just plain weird.

#1. “Too Many Cooks”

Aaaaand now this song will be stuck in your head forever. Here’s an interview with the creator of this madness.

#2. Kim Kardashian’s butt

Thomas Pynchon’s oiled up butt would have been way more interesting. Here are some mildly amusing memes. And here is the distasteful subtext behind the photo shoot.

#3. Alex From Target

An everyman for our times. Thanks for nothing, internet.

Our Musical Guest: THE SUITS

The Suits are an electronic indie band based outta the Bronx composed of four charming young men with fine Jesuit educations from Fordham University. What’s not to love? Their new EP, POLYSUN, just dropped on Frenchkiss Records and contains tasty jams like these:

If you liked what you heard on the show, pick up POLYSUN todayand like ’em on Facebook.

Internet Challenge Surprise!

A fascinating new way to view the activity behind Wikipedia that doubles as a calming spa soundtrack.


Alison and Alpine discuss the biggest hit podcast since ever, and analyze all the angles that have made it so uberpopular.

Some associated links and rabbit holes:

Shoutout to the Likers!

Y’all best be following us on Facebook. That’s where you’ll find all the great posts from Alpine, Alison, and our merry band of Likers, including all the links found below.

Top Liker Countdown Time!

#5. Liker Andrew C. thankfully reminded us that it’s the most wonderful time of the year again…time for Drew Magary’s “Hater’s Guide to Williams Sonoma”!

#4. Liker Neil C. directed us to a blog post dedicated to getting to the bottom of why several mysterious boxes claiming to contain ROBOT BUTLERS were being delivered to homes in NYC, which seem to be part of a larger viral marketing campaign for…something? Complete with a stirring, surprisingly sleek commercial you can find at…that really makes you wish this were a real thing. He also shared a video from a Toronto Creative Advertising Agency about how they celebrated Employee Appreciation Day in the most sadistic way possible, which we think is definitely worth checking out.

#3. Liker Zach W. managed to track down the LinkedIn profile of Scott Benson, the producer of the LEGENDARY USC fraternity Chi Phi rush rap video from 1988 that Alpine posted to our page. And it turns out, Scott’s still producing great works of cinematic art, as an entertainment industry professional with over 20 years of experience!

#2. Liker Nic S. gave us an early heads up on how a Reddit Thread where people were creating new, hilarious movie titles by simply removing one letter from ACTUAL movie titles, revealed the genius talents of an artist who decided to make the posters for these new movies, including Obo Cop instead of Robocop, Rave instead of Brave and – a personal favorite – The Fat and the Furious. Definitely go online to check these out, if this somehow hasn’t found its way into your various feeds.

And the Liker of the Fortnight is Liker Rob B., who was incredibly quick on the draw when it came to “Too Many Cooks” – alerting us to the phenomenon just before it went mega vi. That gave us all an extra day to have that song stuck in our heads. Thanks Liker Rob B!

Thanks for listening — we’ll be back in three weeks!

Thanks to Paul Hanly and Frenchkiss Records for musical assistance.
Theme songs by Snowplows and Motern Media.
Cover art by Vicious Rumors.

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