January 25th – National Opposite Day with Scott Johnson

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Today’s National Day is Opposite Day so try not to get confused when you can’t figure out what everyone’s saying. 

Thanks(?) to my friend Scott Johnson, host of the What Was That Like podcast, for challenging me to find a podcast episode related to this day. 

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Thanks for listening,



Hey. This is Paul Kondo. This is the Podcast Gumbo podcast and I’ve got a rhetorical question for ya.

Are you like me and find those things we call National Days, like Cheeseball Day or worse, Moldy Cheese Day, amusing? Yeah, me too. So each week, I’ll have one of my podcast friends challenge me to find an episode related to one of those days and I’ll be releasing it on the actual day it occurs. 

So, let’s get to it. What is today’s National Day?

Hi Paul. This is Scott Johnson. As everyone knows, January 25 is not National Opposite Day. So that’s not today’s podcast topic. Love your show, man. 

Anyone else baffled? Good. Let’s run Scott’s audio back again and try to figure out what the heck he’s saying.

Hi Paul. This is Scott Johnson. As everyone knows, January 25 is not National Opposite Day. So that’s not today’s podcast topic. Love your show, man. 

As Scott just said, January 25th is NOT National Opposite Day which means it IS Opposite Day. I think. 

I have no recollection growing up and knowing about this day. If I did, I would’ve had no interest in playing along like a lot of people seemingly did. It would’ve been completely annoying and no fun at all. Humor to me is a waste of time and vastly over-rated. 

Ok, really, how long can I keep this up? It’s not very easy speaking in opposites. And it’s probably hard for you to follow along so I’m going to be semi-serious for a short minute or two. 

If you want to observe Opposite Day, you simply say the exact opposite of what you mean. For example, 

  • “Everyone should create a podcast because you’ll make millions!” Or, 
  • “I will never again watch The Office episode where Michael Scott talks about double jeopardy.” 

I imagine if you were all to play, you would say something like “the Podcast Gumbo podcast is so much better than the What Was That Like podcast.”

So join in on the fun today and say something about me, my podcast, or my newsletter, tag me on it, and use the National Opposite Day hashtag. Just remember to say something truly awful. And most importantly, make sure you do it today!

Now, enough babbling. I did find a fun episode about Opposite Day from the brain’s on podcast. Although it’s geared towards kids, trust me when I say that it may leave you in the fetal position when they start talking about paradoxes.

This week’s challenge comes from Scott Johnson, the host of the What Was That Like podcast which tells stories of real people in unreal situations. 

I’m very partial to a particular episode of that show because Scott interviewed my friend Kevin, who saved someone’s life. But if doing good seems uninteresting to you, you can listen to an episode where a guy eats his own foot. And FYI – that’s not an Opposite Day comment.

Finally, Scott’s favorite episode is from a relatively new show called Office Ladies. If you were a fan of the American version of The Office, actors Angela Kinsey and Jenna Fischer give us the inside scoop of every episode of The Office, since, well, they were there. Scott’s favorite episode is the one where they talk about everyone’s favorite awards, The Dundies. 

To wrap up this week, I just want to say that I wish I had asked someone other than Scott to be this week’s guest. 

As always, take a look at the show notes for links to all the podcasts mentioned in this episode as well as other life-altering information. To make it easy for you, there’s also a link to a podcast playlist that will contain all the episodes ever mentioned in this show. 

See you next week sometime for another round of recommendations. 

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