"No Bad Ideas"

Of course there are bad ideas. Like, a lot of them.
But any idea can become a good story.

About

No Bad Ideas is a storytelling gameshow where we take the worst ideas from the Internet and try to turn them into stories that are actually good.

It's the creation of Gabriel Urbina, Sarah Shachat, and Zach Valenti, three writer and artist-types who, in order to stay fresh creatively, have an excuse to hang out with each other once a week, and check in on what they're working on, take a terrible idea they found on the Internet each week and turn it into a compelling narrative. Or as close as they can get in 30 minutes.

If you're someone trying to be creative yourself or even if you just appreciate a good story, you'll enjoy listening to Zach, Sarah, and Gabriel figure out how to make sense of the best (worst?) absurdities the Internet has to offer. We guarantee there have definitely been worse ideas.

Episodes

Zach, Sarah, and Gabriel are once again joined by Alyssa from GoodMorhen, producer and host of Breakfast In Beauclair, a global Witcher podcast! Join us for an in-depth conversation about how to keep creative plates spinning, the joys and challenges of making shows, and the on-going benefits of having a Podcasting Mom.

If you'd like to follow Alyssa and her work, check out the GoodMorhen Instagram, as well as Breakfast in Beauclair's website, Twitter, and subreddit.

We're delighted to be joined this week by Alyssa from GoodMorhen, producer and host of Breakfast In Beauclair, a global Witcher podcast. 

We could certainly use the aid of another sword, as first, Sarah sends us a Hail Mary of website design/a halfhearted blackmail scheme to get a manuscript read. We, of course, turn it into a book heist and a fraught battle of anonymity. Then, Gabriel brings up a wild potential rule change to the Russian Orthodox Church; and we, of course, propose an even wilder claymation comedy of nuclear domination. 

Plus: cybersquatting, authors of too little renown, Pyotr Calpaldi, Underpants Gnome logic at its finest, and a little bit more Zoolander. 

Today's Bad Ideas™: 
Idea #1
Idea #2

If you'd like to follow Alyssa and her work, check out the GoodMorhen Instagram, as well as Breakfast in Beauclair's website, Twitter, and subreddit.

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Gabriel, Zach, and Sarah sit down once more with Jared J. Smith, writer, director, and producer of The Phenomenon podcast! Join us for a fascinating conversation about building a global podcast in New York City, building a recording studio in the middle of your living room, and building an adaptation that leans into the strengths of audio. 

If you’d like to follow more of Jared's work, you can check out his site or his Twitter, and check out The Phenomenon on Twitter and on their site.

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Today on No Bad Ideas: dinosaurs, black market dealings, and special guest star Jared J. Smith, writer, director, and producer of The Phenomenon

In our first bad idea du jour, Gabriel takes the team to a prehistoric race of preposterous proportions that only gets sillier and sillier once they sinks their fangs into it. Then, Zach takes us into the dark corners of the web and to the "Craigslist of Guns." It's a story so sad that the squad just has to go for the nuclear option and descend into full-blown absurdity.

All of that, plus: shadowy headquarters of the criminal underworld, accidental developments of warfare, Radimir Vutin, and some really misleading movie trailers.

Today’s Bad Idea’s™:

Idea #1
Idea #2

If you’d like to follow more of Jared's work, you can check out his site or his Twitter, and check out The Phenomenon on Twitter and on their site.

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Zach, Sarah, and Gabriel are once again joined by Cara Ehlenfeldt, the creator and producer of the Godshead Incidental podcast! Tune in for a sacrilicious conversation about writing, audio fiction, and puns about Canadian restaurants.

If you’d like to follow more of Cara’s work, you can check out her site or her Twitter, and visit The Godshead Incidental on Twitter and their site, as well as support them on Patreon.

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We have a treat for you of epic proportions, because we’re joined this week by the co-creator of The Godshead Incidental and audio producer extraordinaire, Cara Ehlenfeldt!

Before we can gush about Cara’s work, we enlist her help in taming a couple of disastrous dyi ideas. First, Sarah serves up a cold bottle of commercialization, which leads to a heartfelt tale of rebranding, and also the FBI. Then, Zach whisks us away to a small Vermont town and the most passive aggressive statue art… in Vermont, which we use as an excuse to build a speakeasy for the ages.

Plus: an American villain, Fort F#ck You, middle finger biometrics, limited knowledge of Transformers, and celebratory closure beer.

Today’s Bad Idea’s™:

Idea #1
Idea #2

If you’d like to follow more of Cara’s work, you can check out her site or her Twitter, and visit The Godshead Incidental on Twitter and their site, as well as support them on Patreon.

Today on No Bad Ideas: Sharks... that can walk?!?!?!

The Bad Ideas squad is once again joined by Julian Mundy, creator of StarTripper!!, for a special Revenge Edition of the program! After surviving two bad ideas from the team on Monday, now Julian brings them a bad idea of his own, featuring some very alarming discoveries about what sharks are capable of. Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water...

All of that, plus: Sam Jackson, Deep Green Ocean, strange alien landscapes, and a Creative Corner Chat with Julian! 

Today’s Bad Ideas™:
Idea #1

If you want to find more of Julian’s work, you can check out Startripper!! wherever fine podcasts are sold, on its webpage or on Twitter, and you follow him on Twitter or support him on Patreon.

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We’re in for a real treat this week. Joining us in the NBI hot seat, we have the mastermind of a show that’s nearly as zany as the bad ideas we’re dealing with today: Julian Mundy, creator of Startripper!!

We start with a very 21st century branding problem, and turn it into a weird but heartfelt romance with a TSA-flavored twist. Then, we take a YouTube stunt that’s as big as Australia and transform it into an all-consuming Hatfield and McCoy style feud destined to break the algorithm - and a bunch of other things.

Plus: suitcases in new shapes, yet another remake of Catch Me If You Can, names that will live in infamy, a Sharks and Jets situation, and the post-Tide Pods universe in which we live.

Today’s Bad Ideas™:
Idea #1
Idea #2

If you want to find more of Julian’s work, you can check out Startripper!! wherever fine podcasts are sold, on its webpage or on Twitter, and you follow him on Twitter or support him on Patreon.

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Zach, Sarah, and Gabriel are once again joined by Mark Pagán, producer and host of the Other Men Need Help podcast! Tune in for a conversation about storytelling, men, experimentation with audio, and movies from the past decade! 

If you want to follow Mark and his work, you can check out his site at or follow him on Twitter, as well as Other Men Need Help on their site or on Instagram.

This week we’re lucky to be joined by Mr. Mark Pagán, producer of the podcast Other Men Need Help

We certainly could use a hand, as Gabriel issues us an idea about a very unconventional way to settle disputes, which leads to a mock-umentary of a divorce for the (middle) ages. Then, Sarah shows us a question about one man's quest for a licensing deal that is so strange, we immediately cast Christian Bale.

Plus: 12 Techniques To Win Your Custody Battle In Three Moves Or Less, things that are Game of Thrones' fault, Paul Giamatti’s first Oscar, and the secret ingredient: friendship.

Today’s Bad Ideas:

Idea #1 

Idea #2 

If you want to follow Mark and his work, you can check out his site at or follow him on Twitter, as well as Other Men Need Help on their site or on Instagram.

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Today on No Bad Ideas: demonic possession, bank robberies, money, and Father Christmas! 

In our first bad idea, Gabriel brings us the tale of a nefarious psychic and their plot to swindle a family out of thousands. The team tries their best to turn this into a story of what happens when regular people collide against larger-than-life powers. Then, Zach's story about the most wholesome Christmas-time bank robbery gets spun into a very, very different version of Miracle on 34th Street.

All of that, plus exhausted lawyers, glints in eyes, Rasputin, and things that make you wonder. 

Today’s Bad Ideas™:

Idea #1

Idea #2

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Today on No Bad Ideas: demonic possession, bank robberies, money, and Father Christmas! 

In our first bad idea, Gabriel brings us the tale of a nefarious psychic and their plot to swindle a family out of thousands. The team tries their best to turn this into a story of what happens when regular people collide against larger-than-life powers. Then, Zach's story about the most wholesome Christmas-time bank robbery gets spun into a very, very different version of Miracle on 34th Street.

All of that, plus exhausted lawyers, glints in eyes, Rasputin, and things that make you wonder. 

Today’s Bad Ideas™:

Idea #1
Idea #2

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In this week's first episode, we see some awful ideas take flight in multiple senses of the word. First, Sarah brings us to one of our favorite Internet neighborhoods, BestOfNextDoor, and a litigious situation that escalates into Jurassic Park 7. Next, Zach makes us fear the sky, with a story about roving drones worthy of Alfred Hitchcock himself.

Plus, very relatable situations, zero chill ideas, the old coot that nobody likes, an EMP for bees, and a The Birds joke worth every second.

Today’s Bad Ideas™:
Idea #1
Idea #2

Today’s episode is sponsored by Outliers: Stories from the Edge of History. You can check out their ongoing second season now wherever you get fine podcasts.

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Welcome to the very first Thursday episode of No Bad Ideas, featuring crime dramas, religious upbringings, and cereal!

On today's episode, Gabriel starts us off with a pun-filled tale about two women who got into some bad habits and started robbing banks, leading to a story of religion-fueled criminal shenanigans. Then, Zach unleashes a bad culinary idea from Kiss's Gene Simmons himself, which the fearless trio try to turn into a heartwarming family drama about the pressures of fame and Internet superstardom. 

All of that, plus: nuns with guns on the run, face paint, Whoopi Goldberg, confession, and lessons about drinking! 

Today’s Bad Ideas™:

Idea #1

Idea #2

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Welcome to the very first Thursday episode of No Bad Ideas, featuring crime dramas, religious upbringings, and cereal!

On today's episode, Gabriel starts us off with a pun-filled tale about two women who got into some bad habits and started robbing banks, leading to a story of religion-fueled criminal shenanigans. Then, Zach unleashes a bad culinary idea from Kiss's Gene Simmons himself, which the fearless trio try to turn into a heartwarming family drama about the pressures of fame and Internet superstardom. 

All of that, plus: nuns with guns on the run, face paint, Whoopi Goldberg, confession, and lessons about drinking! 

Today’s Bad Ideas™:

Idea #1
Idea #2

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This week, 2 Ideas, 2 Furious (at idiots who don’t think things through) and some news!

We’re changing up the format of the show so that you get two episodes of NBI every week, on Mondays and on Thursdays; and each episode we’ll have just five (5!) minutes to turn a couple ideas into good stories. We think this will give you more ideas for your metaphorical buck - four instead of three per week - allow episodes to be a more manageable, commute-friendly 20-30 minutes in length, and lead to more hilarity as we scramble to turn the most ill-advised thoughts humanity’s ever had into good stories.

Case in point, we start this episode off with Sarah, who issues us an Israeli court case that spirals into a feel-good short film about misunderstandings and language barriers, about to take the festival circuit by 🌩️. Then, Gabriel brings us an extreme vision of natural law, which leads to an action movie with a Cabin In The Woods-style twist.

Plus: wars of random attrition, the emoji code, the reappearance of Gritty McDark, up to 1,000 crocodiles, and 💃💃🍾?

Today’s Bad Ideas™:

Idea #1
Idea #2

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Welcome to 2020! We start the new year with some BIG decisions. First, Gabriel sends us to customer support hell with the story of a woman’s inspired prank to shrug off unwanted texts. Then, Zach takes us down to Texas, where everything is bigger, including fires started by magnifying glasses. Finally, Sarah us offers a peek into the wacky world of nuclear warfare, and some essential bomb parts the United States may or may not still remember how to manufacture. We did say welcome to 2020…

Plus: Bubbles the Chimp, a half-hearted Santa, a Vegas scene, a grumpy old men list, and a Destroy Your Life button for dating.

Today’s Bad Ideas™:
Idea #1
Idea #2
Idea #3

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This is our last show of the year - and indeed the decade - so we've pulled out all the stops. We recruited one of the most brilliant voice actors and storytellers we know, the international man of mystery, Noah Masur, to join us in the bad ideas hot seat!

First, Sarah slides us details about how a closely guarded Star Wars script ended up on eBay, which leads to a frenetic, cross-country thriller Disney would never, ever allow to be made. Then, Noah turns the tables on us and brings us the story of the man who survived a Samurai sword attack by his girlfriend - which, in our version, was maybe just the spark they both needed. 

Finally, we were lucky enough to trick Noah into sharing some of his thoughts on comedy: why it can be timeless but is always ephemeral, the Internet's effect on comedy and culture, and the challenges of translating humor. 

Plus: going to the paradox place, tracking the Internet, training to be e-thletes, rejecting objective truth, and partying with John Boyega's boys. 

Today's Bad Ideas™: 

Idea #1

Idea #2

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This week on No Bad Ideas: beer, pizza, and divine sausage! 

On our first story, Gabriel brings us the story of a woman who has taken drastic measures to keep her husband from sneaking off to the pub, which leads to a comedy all about petty, competitive divorce revenge. Then, Zach's tale about the lewd details of a stained glass window lead to a story of a scandalous face-off between a small congregation and their mega church neighbors. Finally, Sarah's news story about a bizarre fast food feud leads to a Machiavellian journey into the heart of corporate darkness. 

All of that, plus, sexy sermons, the most Millennial Mood in the whole wide world, cunning references to previous episodes, and Sweaty Eats.

Today's Bad Ideas™:

Idea #1

Idea #2

Idea #3

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This week, coming just after Thanksgiving in the US, we’re grateful we get to play with, but not actually been involved in, any of the following ideas. First, Zach takes us to Japan, and specifically to a hotel room that’s a heck of a bargain, but comes with an Internet audience of thousands of voyeurs. Next, Gabriel drives us to Utah, where ten very special billboard near Salt Lake City are getting a response from thousands of women. Finally, Sarah launches into the deep end of celebrity fakes, with a roundtable of Hollywood bigwigs that’s way overproduced.

Plus: the divorce force, trapeze bears and other millionaire things, eyeing Paul Rudd suspiciously, and going through the motions of being Sting.

Today’s Bad Ideas™:

Idea #1

Idea #2

Idea #3

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Avast! This week on No Bad Ideas, giant clocks, South American dictators, and pirates!

First, Gabriel takes us to the British town of Penzance, where a piratical rivalry has spiraled completely out of control. Then, Sarah takes us to Bolivia, where Apple's Siri is taking an unexpected political stance. Finally, Zach takes us to the depths of a hollowed-out mountain in Texas, where we embark on a truly ambitious journey through time with a clock built to last. 

Plus, the high seas, peacekeeping troops, future generations of humans, and babies with eyepatches.

Today’s Bad Ideas™:
Idea #1

Idea #2

Idea #3

This week, the NBI crew talks through three very different walks on the wild side. First, Sarah takes us into Northern Colombia, where a new invasive species has taken to the rainforest has great brand tie-in potential. Then, Zach sends us into the seedy underworld of animal shelters, and a cat able to open doors and break all his buddies out. Finally, Gabriel offers us a special kind of free funeral: a funeral for the living.

Plus, cocaine hippos, connecting with your inner tiger, snap judgements set to high, and a slow-burning pot-boiler.

Today’s Bad Ideas™:
Idea #1

Idea #2

Idea #3

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This week on No Bad Ideas: photo manipulation, funerary pranks, and utter inability to stop loved ones from making questionable choices.

On the first idea this episode, Gabriel brings us the story of how a photoshopped sailor hat brought together a police department and the fugitive they'd been looking for. Then, Sarah brings us a delightfully dark tale about a man taking the reigns at his own funeral through a carefully engineered "buried alive" joke. And, finally, Zach tries to out-do his last bad idea involving lions, this time with the story of a woman taunting a one of the big cats at the Bronx Zoo from within its own enclosure.

All of that, plus rawrtongue, murder mystery parties, artistic perfectionism, and increasingly ridiculous costumes. 

Today’s Bad Ideas™:

Idea #1

Idea #2

Idea #3

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This week on No Bad Ideas: snakes, mysterious objects from space, and the world's creepiest dolls!

On our first idea this week, Zach brings us the story of a petty theft that slithers in all the wrong directions. Then, Sarah shares the tale of a space selfie gone terribly, terribly wrong, which leads to a series of kids' adventures with a portal-creating phone. Finally, Gabriel subjects everyone to a museum that is hosting a competition to find the world's creepiest dolls, which spawns a mockumentary unlike anything the world has ever seen.

Plus: Cara Delevingne, Contestant 953, photos that will keep you up at night, and amazing things happening on Samsung screens. 

Today’s Bad Ideas™:

Idea #1

Idea #2

Idea #3

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We’re back this week to our regularly scheduled, awful no-good terrible ideas! First, courtesy of Sarah, we plumb the depths to which some thieves will go to steal pieces of modern art: in this case, a solid gold toilet. Next, thanks to Zach, we engage with the horrifying potential of crowd-sourcing all the information that can be hidden in a selfie. Then, the three of us sit down and talk about how Zero Hours, our new anthology fiction podcast, came together.

Plus: a bad day at Monte Carlo, Lord Whoever Whoever’s Wallet, social media sleuthing, an online mob in action, and the difference between a sketchy plumber... and a plumber.

Today’s Bad Ideas™:

Idea #1
Idea #2

Check out Zero Hours wherever fine podcasts are found!

Note: The second idea we discuss contains a fairly intense case of stalking and cyber-bullying. If you want to skip it, pause the episode at 21:30 and start it back up again at 36:00.

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This week, we’re lucky to be joined by the luminous Emma Sherr-Ziarko - voice actor, writer, podcast creator, wine expert, and cat mom extraordinaire. There’s nothing Emma can’t do, so naturally we decided to throw some truly questionable ideas at her!

First Gabriel takes us to A Short Time Ago and A Galaxy Very Close, with a very unorthodox candidate for high public office who claims to be able to slice through the red tape and get things done - with a lightsaber. Then Sarah sails us down to the Indian Ocean, and a very special rock concert designed for an audience that really has teeth - five to six layers of them.

And finally we talk to Emma about her love of storytelling, how learning about wine has taught her more about the world, and what it takes to start a podcast.

Plus: literal satire, delusional doors, Emperors of America, many, many, jumping the shark jokes, and one last really stupid thing. 

Today’s Bad Ideas™:
Idea #1
Idea #2

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Another week, another series of the limits of three humans’ endurance to spin stories from bad ideas they saw on the Internet!

This week, things get weird. First, Gabriel brings us a story of emotional support taken to its most comical extreme in the most unlikely of circumstances. Then, Zach brings us a tale of the malfunction of both elevators and empathy on the Upper East Side. Finally, Sarah flies us to the (most intentionally) strange hotel in Japan, with a staff that proves automation isn’t quite here yet.

Plus: Joaquin Phoenix’s next role, the Most Dangerous Game terrarium, cancelling the cancelling, and things we're not going to do to children.

Today’s Bad Ideas™:
Idea #1
Idea #2
Idea #3

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We’re so delighted to be joined this week by Erin Jones, author of the fabulous YA novel Tinfoil Crowns, and now author of a couple adaptations of very bad ideas, alongside Gabriel, Sarah, and Zach!

The first idea comes to us courtesy of Gabriel, in which a man is mistaken for someone else with his name… a someone else who’s been court-ordered to move out of his parents’ home.

The second is something we never asked for but Sarah delivered: what happens when a waste management train breaks down outside of a small Alabama town… and just sits there. For months.

Finally, we talk to Erin about the process of writing a novel, the terror of staring down a blank page, and the power of deadlines.

Plus, Macaroni Grumpy Cats, Twitch-streaming tea parties, literal sh*tstorms, and the sweet smell of death.

You can check out more of Erin’s work through her website, or follow her on Twitter. And, Tinfoil Crowns is available to purchase wherever fine books are sold.

Today’s Bad Ideas™:
Bad Idea #1

Bad Idea #2

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This week on no bad ideas: cops, donuts, IKEA, hide-and-seek, and special guest star Rebecca Seidel! 

While Zach's away, Gabriel and Sarah get to play with Rebecca, audio producer extraordinaire at Marvel. Together, they turn the story of an ill-advised wager with the police into a twisted tale of a small town terrorized by an all-powerful performance artist troll. Then, IKEA's firm stance on people not playing hide-and-seek in their stores gets reworked into a harrowing graphic novel of psychological terror and survival in the face of truly unsettling odds. 

Plus, creepy Stephen King books, ice cream truck jingles, police pranks, and other misdemeanors. 

Today's Bad Ideas™:

Idea #1

Idea #2

To check out more of Rebecca's work, say hi to her on Twitter, @BeccaHope24, or visit her website!

This week on No Bad Ideas: breakups, questionable GPS routes, and all kinds of dough!

First off, Gabriel's story about a museum for all those objects that remind you of failed relationships (but which you can't quite let go of) gives birth to a twisty tale of mystery that involves a much more literal stroll down memory lane. Then, Zach's story of a GPS route gone horribly awry and the dozens that blindly followed it gets reshaped into the Rat Race reboot that we all need right now. Finally, Sarah's story of a daring inside job at a trendy boutique bakery leads to yet another story designed to poke fun at our favorite punching bag: toxic masculinity.

Plus, all the things that Gabriel loves: sadness, memory shenanigans, mystery, and making fun of LA. 

Today’s Bad Ideas™:

Idea #1

Idea #2

Idea #3

This week, a series of extreme challenges for the No Bad Ideas crew! First, Sarah lets us know about a government initiative to find a new giant secret lair - for completely legitimate research purposes, of course. Then Gabriel clues us into the one (horrifying) way you can find affordable housing on the Lower East Side of Manhattan. And finally, Zach takes us on a trip to the Granite State, where New Hampshire’s “Live Free Or Die” motto may or may not apply to personalized license plates.

Plus, crowdsourcing taken to its logical extreme, running away from an Instagram shame campaign, why you never cross the picket fence, and Project Daedalus getting off to a great start.

Today’s Bad Ideas™:

Idea #1

Idea #2

Idea#3

This week on no bad ideas: postal office shenanigans, reptilian interlopers, and Space Crimes! 

First off, Gabriel brings us the story of a man’s surprisingly simple, yet devastatingly effective defrauding of UPS. Then, Zach's outrageously bad idea, featuring oversized snakes and over-engineered doorbells, leads to a terrifying "I Know What You Did Last Summer"-style thriller. Finally, Sarah's story of the first crime being committed in space inspires our first sitcom idea, featuring an acrimoniously divorced couple that’s forced back together in an ever-lengthening assignment at the International Space Station.

Plus, unassuming postal workers, a detailed map of America, headlines that deliver, and people growing weary of snakes.

Today's Bad Ideas™: 

Idea #1

Idea #2

Idea #3

Don’t worry. We’re not here to share the greatest story ever told, just to turn some bad ideas into better stories!

First, Zach has us Hoots-ing and hollering over a famous case of fast food litigation that still haunts both an Illinois town and law school classrooms across the country. Next, Gabriel regales us with stories of the most extreme (and yet somehow also the most unsurprising) things that a French performance artist has done in the past decade. Finally, Sarah lets us know all about a cunning new Chrome extension designed to help you waste even more time at work… and chill. 

Plus: the dumb Arnold Schwarzenegger movie, a farewell to sympathy, the most French thing we’ve ever heard, and no step at all for mankind!




Today’s Bad Ideas™:

Idea #1

Idea #2

Idea #3

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Today on No Bad Ideas, the team goes to prison, gets mixed up in a housing dispute, and explores the untapped potential of using avocados as thermal detonators.

First, a Brazilian drug lord's unusual attempt to escape from prison makes way for the strangest reboot of Some Like It Hot that anyone's ever come up with. Then, a story of truly stunning passive-aggression between neighbors gets turned into a war of gauche escalation. Finally, an inventive bank robber's fruity adventures inspire a story of accidental crime and inevitable punishment. 

All of that, plus, the many weaknesses of hyper-masculine culture, extreme ways to send a message, and many a forced avocado pun. 

Today's Bad Ideas™: 

Idea #1

Idea #2

Idea #3

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This week, the team brings you some bad ideas of monumental proportions, a culinary tale like none you've dug up before, and definitive proof that real criminals have curves.

First, an article about how human diets are affecting Toronto's raccoon population inspires the story of a wide-eyed, small-town raccoon chef struggling to make his dreams of culinary superstardom in the big city come true. Then, the story of a truly bizarre heist leads to a twisted tale of crime, fashion, and modern art. Finally, one sculpture's massively strange designs for his massive sculpture give way to a very familiar story with a very cold-blooded twist ending!

All of that, plus, body positivity among small furry mammals, a fajas ATM, (not) another Indiana Jones ripoff, and a tentacle-filled "A-Ha!" moment. 

Today’s Bad Ideas™:

Idea #1

Idea #2

Idea #3

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We're honored to be joined this week by our friend, actor extraordinaire and the official Bad Ideas Bat, Mr. Zach Libresco! Zach brings his incredible intelligence and humor to a pair of truly awful notions from the Internet, and then shares his perspective on craft and inspiration, and what it means to be really present.

But before all the philosophy, Zach Valenti introduces us to an ancient Athenian who lives (and dies!) for the applause; and Gabriel invites us to the quite diabolical rock-and-roll scene in Springfield, Illinois. Plus, #commentary, new death goals, it always being about the goats, and a Satan played by Judi Dench.

Today's Bad Ideas™:

Idea #1

Idea #2

To check out more of Zach Libresco's work, say hi to him on his twitter, @ZachLibresco, or explore his website!

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About Us

Gabriel Urbina - Gabriel Urbina is a Costa Rican-American writer, filmmaker, and science fiction lover. When he’s not too busy taking dictation from the voices in his head, Gabriel juggles, has strong opinions about movies, and sleepwalks an alarming amount. He lives in Brooklyn. Learn more about him on his website and follow him on Twitter.

Sarah Shachat - Sarah Shachat is a writer and editor from New Orleans, even though she doesn't sound like it. She writes audio fiction, creative nonfiction, picks apart old films and tv shows, and drinks a lot of black tea. She knows, she knows, she doesn't have a website, but you can say hi to her on Twitter.

Zach Valenti - Zach Valenti is an artist and entrepreneur based in New York City. He is currently working as a filmmaker, author, voiceover artist, and full-time nerd. Learn more about Zach on his website and follow him on Twitter.

Music in No Bad Ideas comes from State Shirt and Jahzzar via Free Music Archive.