You Are Being Unreasonable

You Are Being Unreasonable
A podcast about people being unreasonable on the internet. Specifically on’s AIBU forum. Our theme song is ‘I Feel Fantastic’ by Jonathan Coulton from the album ‘Our Bodies, Ourselves, Our Cybernetic Arms’ (2005) which is licensed under a CC BY-NC 3.0 license.

053 - In which we discuss potatoes and the complete annihilation of all human life
Sep 12 • 35 min
“I would buy Potato Frownies… I don’t want to grow up but I’m also not happy.” It’s Carbs Week on You Are Being Unreasonable as we discuss the fine distinctions between chips and various other types of potato products, we invent the Po-Table, a table made…
052 - In which we trade mismatched mugs back and forth until we die
Aug 29 • 38 min
“We don’t care about GDPR: we’re rebels!” We have another fine collection of jumping off points for ‘bits’ in this week’s episode of your favourite B-list podcast. In this week’s jaunt through Mumsnet, we open the cupboard full of mismatched mugs that…
051 - In which our husband needs a vasectomy and we steal nuggs from work
Aug 15 • 36 min
“Is it ever really a victory if at some point you have to eat McDonald’s nuggets in a toilet in secret?” We’re popping round for a quick yoghurt this week with some fresh Mumsnet threads for you. We discover a coven of witches eating McDonald’s at work…
050 - In which we shank people who write us into their fiction
Aug 1 • 32 min
“The second best revenge is lesbian erotica…” We’re celebrating 50 episodes (sort of) with a surprisingly sweary and bawdy episode. We ask if you should ever give the police an alibi for your partner and what crimes you would not accept from them:…
Best of You Are Being Unreasonable - In which we look back at our best bits
Jul 25 • 48 min
We’re celebrating 50 episodes with a bonus clip show! This is 50 minutes of the best bits from 50 episodes of the You Are Being Unreasonable podcast. Featuring clips from: 003 - In which pantsuits are considered and the greatest wizard is discovered 006 -…
049 - In which we advertise our little podcast on Scientology forums
Jul 18 • 40 min
“They think that inviting someone to a wedding is akin to punching them in the face.” We’re in the run-up to Fringe season now and we’re practicing for our live show by… well, doing what we always do: looking at threads of Mumsnet’s AIBU board and…
048 - In which we sing some Creationist hymns
Jul 4 • 39 min
“If only we could utilise your gagging on an eggy struggle.” Coming to you from the UK heatwave, we have some scalding hot takes from Mumsnet’s AIBU board this week we spend this episode listening when people tell us who they are. In this episode, we…
047 - In which a dentist tells us raisins are bad for teeth
Jun 20 • 37 min
“I want the baby to have a monogrammed smoking jacket… I want the baby to look like Hugh Hefner otherwise what’s the point?” Hopefully this week’s episode gives you a good ol’ boost in the fanjo as we continue what is definitely a serialised podcast with…
046 - In which we debate the merits of eating hot meals
Jun 6 • 37 min
“If Generation X was so anti-capitalist then why does capitalism still exist?” Weighty issues abound this week as we accidentally stumble across some actual anti-capitalism on Mumsnet but it turns out to be a web of bad takes. We learn what the Life in…
045 - In which we discuss the ‘popular’ idiom, “Head down, ass up.”
May 23 • 42 min
“The day you were born was the only day you’ll show up to a room full of people naked.” So we really earn the ‘explicit’ tag this week as we discuss lewd song lyrics, blokes on the train effing and blinding, men weighing themselves completely naked, and…
May 9 • 37 min
“Come on, David, leave the bag of syringes here in the playground: we have to go for a drive.” It’s been 44 episodes but we’re finally getting close to understanding the culture of Mumsnet and the site’s snitches’ charter. Join us as we discuss the…
Bonus - In which we prepare for doomsday
May 2 • 19 min
This week, we briefly discuss the Mumsnet Preppers board to prepare for the apocalypse. What gifts do preppers give? Where should they live post-doomsday? What meals can preppers prepare?
043 - In which we eat a whole roast dinner in a toastie
Apr 18 • 34 min
“Come is cheap.” This week we invite you to join us both for a delicious roast: pork, roast potatoes, broccoli, carrot, Yoskhire puddings, and cheese all sandwiched between two slices of toasted bread. Yum. We discuss the logistics of fitting the roast…
042 - In which we encourage people to leave their husband for Tom Hiddleston
Apr 4 • 33 min
“What predates the EU and managed to get in? The Vikings.” Should you give your personal details to the Russian government? Who counts as a mother for Mother’s Day? Should you be allowed to eat food that you enjoy? Would you let someone clean your house…
041 - In which we see the apparition of the bins
Mar 21 • 36 min
“This website is the bad take machine.” Welcome to another episode of the only podcast focused on the Am I Being Unreasonable board of Mumsnet. The only podcast that ever has been or ever will be focused on this area of the internet. This week, we discuss…
Bonus - In which Harry Potter is discussed
Mar 14 • 10 min
A bonus episode for the off-week! This week, we briefly discuss Harry Potter and quiz Hels on her knowledge of the boy wizard and his magical friends.
040 - In which we freeze the hamster and nationalise Mumsnet
Mar 7 • 36 min
“Who would you rather go to dinner with? Three unbearable women who are performatively ignoring chips and eating salad or Jerry Seinfeld?” This week, we generate yet more income from this highly lucrative podcast by pitching a shot-for-shot remake of Sex…
039 - In which we start a new centrist podcast
Feb 21 • 37 min
“He calls his wife. But who’s on the other end of the line? It’s Barry Scott.” We’re pleased to announce that one of our hosts is branching out to start The Independent Podcast which accepts hosts from all other podcasts and is definitely a real idea and…
038 - In which we wear very many hats to contain our beautiful hair
Feb 7 • 43 min
“Join us the week after next for another dip into the well of misery.” We’ve emerged from our blanket cocoons to ask the important questions: What do parents do with their kids’ teeth? Why do people keep umbilical cords? Should we advertise that we’re…
037 - In which we hire multiple private investigators to investigate our families
Jan 24 • 40 min
“Imagine if someone sent Jamie Oliver as your birthday treat.” We heed the words of Gillette and help people be the best that they can be. But then we hear that they’re bugging the phones of their family members and sending elaborate birthday presents to…
036 - In which we invent Lego F.R.I.E.N.D.S and Mega Bloks C.H.U.M.S
Jan 10 • 35 min
“Did you vote Brexit because you were worried about a Polish person touching your Creme Eggs?” New year, new unreasonables. Mumsnet has cranked it up for 2019. This week, we discuss what children should spend their Christmas money on and invent hot new…
YABU Live 13th December 2018 - In which we do a festive live podcast recording
Dec 24, 2018 • 50 min
“My measure of success is how many people you can coax into a basement on a Thursday night while you just read stuff that other people have written on the internet.” We’re simply having a reasonable Christmas time! This is the recording of our live show…
035 - In which we pay Coca-Cola to raise children as a job creation scheme
Dec 20, 2018 • 38 min
“You’re either depressed or you’re a snitch: that’s capitalism for you.” Pay attention to this week’s keywords: A is for ‘anti-capitalism’ and S is for ‘snitching’ and ‘spectral penises’. We discuss snitching on people who are sharing prescription drugs…
034 - In which Christmas jumpers are a hate-crime
Dec 6, 2018 • 37 min
“The only thing that stops him drinking is people having their need for firewood sated.” We’ll be honest: this one got away from us. Every podcast has a Lost Scooby-Doo Episode and this is ours. This week, is it unreasonable to buy firewood cash-in-hand…
13th December - YABU Live Show in London
Nov 29, 2018 • 1 min
Thursday, December 13, 2018 from 07:30 pm to 08:30 pm at the Chapel Playhouse at 308 - 312 Grays Inn Road, London, United Kingdom, WC1X 8DP Go to for details or to book…
033 - In which we get possessed by haunted hand-driers
Nov 22, 2018 • 42 min
“This is bullshit, Carrie, and you know it!” It’s an episode of mysteries today as we unravel the Mystery of the Floor Penis, the Riddle of the Fashionistas, the Family, and the Hatbox, the Question of When the McConaissance Started, the Enigma of the…
032 - In which we invent the outbound phonesex line
Nov 8, 2018 • 39 min
“Vote: that’ll do, pig.” In all our time delving into Mumsnet, we’ve never stumbled across that Mumsnet staple, the Poo Troll. Today we narrowly avoid this bad bad troll and instead discuss whether children (and pigs) should be allowed to vote, whether…
031 - In which Subway sandwich artists do their art for the exposure
Oct 25, 2018 • 33 min
“Daddy has no life, does he, Mummy?” It’s a spooktacular Hallowe’en You Are Being Unreasonable in which the scariest thing is bigotry. This week, we spectacularly redecorate our rental property with extravagant murals and gold bathroom fittings, we go…
030 - In which we investigate the ancient art of tyromancy
Oct 11, 2018 • 33 min
“I’d watch Ann Widdecombe: Cheese Investigators.” Should you read out the slides in your presentation? How do we approach our ‘creative’ colleagues? How do you accuse your mother-in-law of stealing your shoes? In answering these questions, we use stolen…
029 - In which we undertake daring fork heists from Pret
Sep 27, 2018 • 35 min
“Who’d have thought the robot uprising would begin on Gransnet?” It’s a special cosy edition of You Are Being Unreasonable this week as we welcome autumn by checking in with the grans of Gransnet again. Once again, we are tasked to only watch and to never…
028 - In which we fall in love with a TED-talking Gollum
Sep 13, 2018 • 33 min
“Smushies, sossies, rashers, dippers.” This week, your favourite 8/10s look at Mumsnet once again and discover how to decorate a Marmite sofa, how to create Brunchables, how to “get things started” with someone, how to obliquely tell kids to pick stuff up…
027 - In which we ask Adidas for help with potato problems
Aug 30, 2018 • 35 min
“Am I being unreasonable… sex towel?” It’s our 27th episode and we join the 27 Club. But instead of dying, we talk about going to Jeff Bridge’s house to admire his single DVD, we storm off ineffectively, we get matched up with strangers to see the opening…
026 - In which we attend the worst dinner party in history
Aug 16, 2018 • 30 min
“Someone said ‘I have no idea what is normal anymore after reading Mumsnet’.” Should you order a takeaway in the middle of a dinner party? What should you serve as appetisers at said dinner party? Should you post on Mumsnet about your guests while the…
025 - In which Jesus opens a distillery
Aug 2, 2018 • 33 min
“You can’t spell ‘manslaughter’ without ‘laughter’.” Back at it again on Mumsnet. We encounter cheeky coffee drinkers, greeting cards for people who have left work following ‘incidents’, glockenspiel murderers, dogs who have eaten earphone cables ‘Lady…
024 - In which we volunteer to direct a children’s production of Woke Grease
Jul 19, 2018 • 32 min
“Children aren’t good at playing along with crimes…” Bonjour! Ça va? Oui, ça va bien, et tu? In this week’s episode, we rush to A&E rather than pay £4 for two small bottles of water to take away, we vow - VOW! - that our children won’t go through the…
023 - In which we dye our hair pink before a wedding
Jul 5, 2018 • 33 min
“Worry about global warming before you worry about your children being on an iPad.” How best to beat the heat? Reading Mumsnet threads, of course! This week, teachers look forward to their holidays, we discover the sound of the Internet, we leave children…
022 - In which we change our names to ?!
Jun 28, 2018 • 32 min
“Would I be unreasonable to take a doll to the barbers?” This week on You Are Being Unreasonable, we’re replaced by 18-21 year-olds home from university who we pay minimum-wage to work for us. They discuss using spaghetti carbonara as a murder weapon,…
021 - In which we send fraudulent babies to baby jail
Jun 21, 2018 • 32 min
“I never thought I was profligate in my sausage-eating habits.” We’re back from honeymoon to delve into Mumsnet’s AIBU board once again. This week, we eat sausage-quarters like kings, we fill our house with thousands of Mr Men books, and we fart to…
020 - In which we take party advice from Tommy Wiseau
Jun 7, 2018 • 33 min
“Am I being unreasonable? Should I go to the Dog Carnival or clean?” A full slate of unreasonableness this week as we hide around the corner waiting to interrupt engagements, we unveil our three-point packed lunch manifesto, we mix veggie and non-veggie…
019 - In which we fancy people from the olden days
May 31, 2018 • 39 min
“Adam Ant: not as bad as Stalin.” This week, it’s the most ambitious crossover event in podcast history as we’re joined by Stuart Moses of the Improv London Podcast ( to dive with us into Mumsnet’s AIBU forum. Together,…
018 - In which we turn our street up to 11
May 17, 2018 • 34 min
“If anyone has any YouTube videos of a puppy successfully eating Manchego cheese but leaving the waxy rind perfectly intact and then placing it back in the fridge, I would like to watch those videos.” Another deep dive into Mumsnet’s AIBU forum. This…
017 - In which Les Misérables is sponsored by Specsavers
May 10, 2018 • 32 min
“If you don’t want to see that thong, don’t play the song.” Thanks to everyone who sent us Mumsnet AIBU threads this week for us to discuss. We really appreciate you wading into the forums on our behalf. Glasses upon glasses in this episode as we invoice…
016 - In which we read ‘Harry Potter and the Zodiac Killer’
May 3, 2018 • 32 min
“Nom nom, pizza pizza.” This week, we wade once more into the hellscape of Mumsnet. We discover a house set on fire in a celebratory fashion, drive-by pizza accidents, six year-olds drinking Pornstar Martinis, and Paul Hollywood’s sex-gut.
015 - In which babies catch tans
Apr 26, 2018 • 35 min
“Love juice.” It’s a baby-filled episode this week as we discuss Royal babies, recruiting babies as firefighters, trusting infants to deal with in-flight emergencies, and taking children to job interviews, and whether babies should have tans. We also…
014 - In which the Stink Judge decides when we can eat
Apr 19, 2018 • 38 min
“Am I being unreasonable to sing an adapted version of Blurred Lines to my cat?” We’re back! After our break, MumsNet overfloweth with baffling threads. This week, we replace /everything/ with Peppa Pig, we eat a Tudor buffet at our desks in the office,…
013 - In which Easter is hijacked by the Postcode Lottery
Apr 5, 2018 • 31 min
“Let’s hear it for the grans!” It’s a GransNet special! This week, we delve into GransNet and discover the annoyingly reasonable grans of this forum: we dress like dowdy sacks of pasta, children are brainwashed by Postcode Lottery to forget the true…
012 - In which we hide vouchers from Poirot
Mar 29, 2018 • 32 min
“I just wanted a Dine-In-For-Two and now I’m in jail.” This week, we burn our trousers, we speculate about the family of [Family relation]Net sites, and we get unreasonably het up about seat reservations on trains.
011 - In which Boomers slowly invade Millennials’ houses
Mar 22, 2018 • 31 min
“Muttering incantations in the long-forgotten eldritch language of the Elder Gods is a bit much.” This week, we endlessly move their fruit bowl to keep up with the neighbours, we ponder the inscrutable and impossible geometry of the mysterious box room,…
010 - In which we escape Scar’s fascist regime to eat bugs
Mar 15, 2018 • 37 min
“Get your own baby fashion, motherfucker.” This week we’re joined by very special guest star, Fiona Ashley, who joins us as we escape a first date by having a wee in a cab, we finally throw away that portrait of Mussolini that brings us now joy, we get…
009 - In which we scream in the Sistine Chapel
Mar 8, 2018 • 31 min
“And also don’t let your five year-old walk around a museum saying “Fuck you” to all the paintings. That’s not OK.” This week, we do yoga on a plane in 1977, we cry about everything from Rothkos to breakfast gravy, and Simon launches his London mayoral…
008 - In which we write the prequel to Bugsy Malone
Mar 1, 2018 • 31 min
“What’s the Little Red Hen got to do with it? It should be the Little Red State.” This week on You Are Being Unreasonable, we consider ourselves very lucky to have found such great topics to discuss: library Oompa-Loompas segregating adults and children,…
007 - In which tiny robots spy on us and we fail to spread butter
Feb 21, 2018 • 28 min
“Jam, not ham!” In this episode of You Are Being Unreasonable, we “let” Alexa “come” to “live” with us, we don’t answer the door, we dip bananas in margarine, and we get surprisingly serious about workers’ rights and small business ownership.
006 - In which fresh milk is opened and Hugh Jackman puffs himself up
Feb 14, 2018 • 30 min
“Am I being unreasonable re. shitting man?” In this sixth episode of You Are Being Unreasonable, we ask about toilet etiquette, we drink ONLY the freshest of milks, and we meet BBC One’s newest detectives, Driver and Pedestrian. (We had some trouble with…
005 - In which children eat calamari and girlfriends steal buttons from ashtrays
Feb 7, 2018 • 28 min
“Water, pour with me.” This week, we mash food for children, we listen to the sounds of water, and we build a bin-fort!
004 - In which we split the bill and then the New New World Order is unmasked
Jan 31, 2018 • 30 min
“Next thing you know you’re drinking a flaming glass of milk.” In this episode, we explore clichéd mother-in-law drama, the social anxieties of going to a pub, and we uncover the secrets of the New New World Order.
003 - In which pantsuits are considered and the greatest wizard is discovered
Jan 24, 2018 • 36 min
This week, we cower as postmen try to deliver post to us, we get our bedsheets all sweaty with fever, and we discover the identity of the Greatest Wizard.
002 - In which the chickens are released
Jan 17, 2018 • 22 min
In our second episode of You Are Being Unreasonable, people are furious about early Christmas shoppers, book etiquette is discussed, wedding speeches are made, and chickens are released. (The audio for this episode got a bit heavily clipped so some…