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Brains on the Outside

This is Brains on the Outside, a podcast about celebrating creativity through ridiculous business ideas! Each Monday, Alex and Andrew pitch fun, fantastical and weird businesses to make their ordinary lives more extraordinary. They also take a listen to their listener's problems and imagine incredible new products and services that'll help them out of their pickle!

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Slow Snails. Fast Cars. Good Times.
Lies and misinformation are rampant on Twitter. There are people making ridiculous claims with zero repercussions. It can't go on, but how can we stop this? In today's episode, we pitch a new business that will begin to set things right, by forcing people who bend the truth to prove it. We'll make normal people compete in the Olympics, that sort of stuff.  We also think about our favourite sandwich shop and wonder if we can apply its fun history to other businesses.If you have a business problem, ad or idea you'd like us to discuss you can contact us at brainsontheoutside@gmail.com,  www.twitter.com/brainsoutside or www.instagram.com/brainsontheoutsideRate and review us on Apple Podcasts or Spotify or where ever you get your podcasts and please, please, please tell your friends!Keep your brains on the outside xo
24:53 10/03/2022
A Supermarket Full of Ted Dansons and Claw Machines
This is a commerce heavy episode. If you work in retail you're going to want to listen to this one. Shopping is changing and consumers have higher expectations of their supermarket experiences than ever before. In this episode we dive right into the future of buying so get ahead of the curve and feast upon these incredible ideas for overhauling retail.PS. Ted Danson, if you're reading this we'd really love to have you on the show. We LOVE you.If you have a business problem, ad or idea you'd like us to discuss you can contact us at brainsontheoutside@gmail.com,  www.twitter.com/brainsoutside or www.instagram.com/brainsontheoutsideRate and review us on Apple Podcasts or Spotify or where ever you get your podcasts and please, please, please tell your friends!Keep your brains on the outside xo
26:10 09/26/2022
Poober, AirPnP and a Tinder for holidays.
Andrew is in Bruges (like the film but hopefully with fewer murders) this week so we've got another remote episode and because it's Bruges, which is fancy and full of culture, this is an extremely highbrow episode.We discuss new ways to make money from your bathroom when you're not using it as well as an extremely cutting edge solution to getting caught out when you're desperate. And we also dream up a surprisingly fun app to make sure that you experience a lot of different things when you're on your holidays.If you have a business problem, ad or idea you'd like us to discuss you can contact us at brainsontheoutside@gmail.com,  www.twitter.com/brainsoutside or www.instagram.com/brainsontheoutsideRate and review us on Apple Podcasts or Spotify or where ever you get your podcasts and please, please, please tell your friends!Keep your brains on the outside xo
24:09 09/19/2022
This episode is only for animals
This episode includes ideas that are mostly for animals. Humans can listen too but seriously, these are premium business ideas for the animal kingdom. We discuss a data platform that for A/B testing and training your humans, we have a quiz that will help you to find your Spirit Human and we dive deep into the wacky world of human jobs to help you find employment in the future.If you have a business problem, ad or idea you'd like us to discuss you can contact us at brainsontheoutside@gmail.com,  www.twitter.com/brainsoutside or www.instagram.com/brainsontheoutsideRate and review us on Apple Podcasts or Spotify or where ever you get your podcasts and please, please, please tell your friends!Keep your brains on the outside x
28:42 09/12/2022
The Bird Blockchain (Summer Break Part 3)
Alex dials in from France to pitch two radical new business ideas! Against all odds, we've created the only useful Web 3.0 blockchain app: a way to give animals and trees cute new names! And you know those creepy creeky noises you heard in the middle of the night? Well, we've solved that too!If you have a business problem, ad or idea you'd like us to discuss you can contact us at brainsontheoutside@gmail.com,  www.twitter.com/brainsoutside or www.instagram.com/brainsontheoutsideRate and review us on Apple Podcasts or Spotify or where ever you get your podcasts and please, please, please tell your friends!Keep your brains on the outside x
15:58 09/05/2022
Selling Snake Oil to Dracula (Summer Break Part 2)
Even though they are still on holiday, Andrew and Alex attempt to create innovative, Four-Quadrant content to bring exciting business ideas to the masses. In this short holiday episode we play a quick few rounds of Snake Oil - coming up with ideas to help you escape desert islands, to help vampires stop being attacked by stakes, and to make sure you always have a cape!If you have a business problem, ad or idea you'd like us to discuss you can contact us at brainsontheoutside@gmail.com,  www.twitter.com/brainsoutside or www.instagram.com/brainsontheoutsideRate and review us on Apple Podcasts or Spotify or where ever you get your podcasts and please, please, please tell your friends!Keep your brains on the outside xo
09:50 08/29/2022
The Business Walrus (Summer Break Part 1)
Since Andrew and Alex are heading out on their summer holidays we are here with a shorter (but still just as innovative) episode. This week we play a quick round of the Clickhole game Business Walrus, to come up with some new/exciting/radical/disruptive business ideas! If you have a business problem, ad or idea you'd like us to discuss you can contact us at brainsontheoutside@gmail.com,  www.twitter.com/brainsoutside or www.instagram.com/brainsontheoutsideRate and review us on Apple Podcasts or Spotify or where ever you get your podcasts and please, please, please tell your friends!Keep your brains on the outside xoBusiness Walrus: https://clickhole.com/tag/business-walrus/
10:19 08/22/2022
I scream, you scream, we all make our own ice cream!
What's better when it's hot than having a lovely, cold ice cream? Well, let me tell you, it's more complicated than it looks to make that delicious treat! This week, we read a The Manufacturer article about the Kendal-based ice cream producer Lakes Ice Cream, and how they are trying to become more efficient. Over here in the Brains on the Outside offices, we love ice cream, and we are more than happy to offer them some free innovation consultancy to help them make even more of that tasty, frozen, dessert. If you have a business problem, ad or idea you'd like us to discuss you can contact us at brainsontheoutside@gmail.com,  www.twitter.com/brainsoutside or www.instagram.com/brainsontheoutsideRate and review us on Apple Podcasts or Spotify or where ever you get your podcasts and please, please, please tell your friends!Keep your brains on the outside xoThe Manufacturer: https://www.themanufacturer.com/articles/ice-cream-maker-ready-for-summer-rush-after-tech-investment/
22:20 08/15/2022
26. SCIENCE! (feat. Lucy Budge)
Today, we meet Lucy Budge, a particle physics researcher who (in her own words) is 98% of the way to becoming a doctor! Together, we read through a series of New Scientist articles, using them as inspiration for innovative products/ businesses/ services. We find ways to use quantum entanglement to help magicians, and how to recommission the Large Hadron Collider as a very powerful slide.If you have a business problem, ad or idea you'd like us to discuss you can contact us at brainsontheoutside@gmail.com,  www.twitter.com/brainsoutside or www.instagram.com/brainsontheoutsideRate and review us on Apple Podcasts or Spotify or where ever you get your podcasts and please, please, please tell your friends!Keep your brains on the outside xoCan particles really be in two places at the same time?: https://www.newscientist.com/article/2328087-can-particles-really-be-in-two-places-at-the-same-time/Ten years after the Higgs discovery, what now for particle physics?: https://www.newscientist.com/article/mg25533930-500-ten-years-after-the-higgs-discovery-what-now-for-particle-physics/
27:03 08/08/2022
25. How to beat the queues at Disney World, and the half human/ half walrus centaur.
We are back to offer our free consultancy service to solve a timeless problem: how to make queues suck less. Can we make the queues at Disney World better? We don’t know, but we try anyway.Then, we form a new start-up aimed at centaur-ing you with any animal you want!If you have a business problem, ad or idea you'd like us to discuss you can contact us at brainsontheoutside@gmail.com,  www.twitter.com/brainsoutside or www.instagram.com/brainsontheoutsideRate and review us on Apple Podcasts or Spotify or where ever you get your podcasts and please, please, please tell your friends!Keep your brains on the outside xoDisney FastPass: a complicated history: https://youtu.be/9yjZpBq1XBE
28:41 08/01/2022
24. The future of air travel and Sports Mascots bone flexibility
This week we read from the premier industry publication for manufacturing, The Manufacturer, and try to help them understand how to stop obsolescence in aerospace. To be totally honest, Andrew isn't quite sure what that means, but we try our best to help anyway. Then, we play a few rounds of Snake Oil which (like our show) is all about coming up with ridiculous business ideas!We want to thank our listener Julie for sending in her excellent business idea: Squash and a Squeeze - a service to make everything worse, so in the end we can help make it a bit better. If you have a business problem, ad or idea you'd like us to discuss you can contact us at brainsontheoutside@gmail.com,  www.twitter.com/brainsoutside or www.instagram.com/brainsontheoutsideRate and review us on Apple Podcasts or Spotify or where ever you get your podcasts and please, please, please tell your friends!Keep your brains on the outside xoArticle: https://www.themanufacturer.com/articles/is-additive-manufacturing-the-answer-to-obsolescence-in-aerospace/Snake Oil: https://www.snakeoilgame.com/
29:14 07/25/2022
23. How to upskill a rat (feat. Nigel Watson, and Harry and Chris)
Nigel Watson, a real life CIO, joins us for our first ever episode to feature a guest! This weeks jam-packed episode was recorded from Northumbria Water’s Innovation Festival, where we join forces to try stop rats taking over the UK. Then, the incredible musical comedy duo Harry and Chris have contributed a song they have written and performed about rats and their rodenty ways!We would like to thank Laura and Graham for contributing some of their own rat removal ideas as well! If you have a business problem, ad or idea you'd like us to discuss you can contact us at brainsontheoutside@gmail.com,  www.twitter.com/brainsoutside or www.instagram.com/brainsontheoutsideRate and review us on Apple Podcasts or Spotify or where ever you get your podcasts and please, please, please tell your friends!Keep your brains on the outside xo
26:51 07/15/2022
22. Democracy 2.0
This week we help some brand new listeners with ideas about how to get someone out of the house they are refusing to leave. Our long time listener Helen sends us a fabulous idea of a pen that carries sauces. And finally we wrap up the show by designing Democracy 2. An entirely new and better way to do democracy.If you have a business problem, ad or idea you'd like us to discuss you can contact us at brainsontheoutside@gmail.com,  www.twitter.com/brainsoutside or www.instagram.com/brainsontheoutsideRate and review us on Apple Podcasts or Spotify or where ever you get your podcasts and please, please, please tell your friends!Keep your brains on the outside xo
24:47 07/11/2022
21. Rachel and Joey were better than Rachel and Ross
There are so many streaming services these days but... what if there was one more? A service to beat all other streaming services? Or... maybe there should be loads more? Thousands more? These are the questions at the forefront of our minds in this week's show. We also apply some outside brain thinking to preventing your precious precious staff from getting poached (and not in the cooking way).If you have a business problem, ad or idea you'd like us to discuss you can contact us at brainsontheoutside@gmail.com,  www.twitter.com/brainsoutside or www.instagram.com/brainsontheoutsideRate and review us on Apple Podcasts or Spotify or where ever you get your podcasts and please, please, please tell your friends!Keep your brains on the outside xo
27:13 07/04/2022
20. The Universal Appeal of Mayonnaise
What is the Universal Appeal of Mayonnaise? This week, inspired by an article Hellmann's has written in the food industry magazine The Grocer, we try to find out. Finding innovative, disruptive uses for Mayonnaise, we try to bring Hellmann's a 100% condiments market share. Then, as this is our 20th episode, we decide to go back to our first ever business ideas and discuss how to make every meal as fun as a Muller Corner Yoghurt.The Grocer: https://www.thegrocer.co.uk/whitepapers/masterclass-how-to-capitalise-on-the-universal-appeal-of-mayonnaise/668457.articleIf you have a business problem, ad or idea you'd like us to discuss you can contact us at brainsontheoutside@gmail.com,  www.twitter.com/brainsoutside or www.instagram.com/brainsontheoutsideRate and review us on Apple Podcasts or Spotify or where ever you get your podcasts and please, please, please tell your friends!Keep your brains on the outside xo
30:12 06/27/2022
19. Office Slides and Escaping the Metaverse
This week we tackle some big business and tech problems, inspired by actual things from our real non-podcasting jobs! How do we get people to get back to the office? And how can you cure an addiction to VR and the Metaverse?This weeks ad comes from an architect who wants to get you on a future episode of Ancient AliensIf you have a business problem, ad or idea you'd like us to discuss you can contact us at brainsontheoutside@gmail.com,  www.twitter.com/brainsoutside or www.instagram.com/brainsontheoutsideRate and review us on Apple Podcasts or Spotify or where ever you get your podcasts and please, please, please tell your friends!Keep your brains on the outside xo
25:16 06/20/2022
18. Jobs for ghosts (one for Casper and another for the ghost from Ghost)
This week we answer two extremely important questions:What if instead of all those stupid qualifications you seem to need these days you just had a bunch of brownie badges?And how do you protect your precious bird videos from enemy twitchers?This week's ad is for a brand new gig service from TicketMaster!If you have a business problem, ad or idea you'd like us to discuss you can contact us at brainsontheoutside@gmail.com,  www.twitter.com/brainsoutside or www.instagram.com/brainsontheoutsideRate and review us on Apple Podcasts or Spotify or where ever you get your podcasts and please, please, please tell your friends!Keep your brains on the outside xo
25:56 06/13/2022
17. Cataloguing for Dummies
Alex imagines a new form of social media: partly the encyclopedia and partly a Scratch and Sniff. We also have two separate listeners contact us about their anxieties around packing, and we really try our best to make them something to help them out.If you have a business problem, ad or idea you'd like us to discuss you can contact us at brainsontheoutside@gmail.com,  www.twitter.com/brainsoutside or www.instagram.com/brainsontheoutsideRate and review us on Apple Podcasts or Spotify or where ever you get your podcasts and please, please, please tell your friends!Keep your brains on the outside xo
30:01 06/06/2022
16. Invention Dice (Part Two): A Spreadsheet Made of Trees
So it seems we really like inventing by dice? We are back this week once again using Atomic Shrimps' Invention Dice! We invent up a way to use trees as a spreadsheet, a novel way of vandalising art, and a portable aquarium!Invention Dice: https://atomicshrimp.com/post/2014/01/20/Invention-DiceIf you have a business problem, ad or idea you'd like us to discuss you can contact us at brainsontheoutside@gmail.com,  www.twitter.com/brainsoutside or www.instagram.com/brainsontheoutsideRate and review us on Apple Podcasts or Spotify or where ever you get your podcasts and please, please, please tell your friends!Keep your brains on the outside xo
29:10 05/30/2022
15. Invention Dice (Part One): Origami Office Space
Relentlessly coming up with new business ideas can be hard! Luckily, this week we have some help! In this episode, we use Atomic Shrimps' Invention Dice to create a whole set of products, businesses and services. Each dice in the set has a theme (eg, material, or scale) which decides an element of your product. There are 46,656 different unique combinations the dice can give you - have a listen and see which ones we got!Invention Dice: https://atomicshrimp.com/post/2014/01/20/Invention-DiceIf you have a business problem, ad or idea you'd like us to discuss you can contact us at brainsontheoutside@gmail.com,  www.twitter.com/brainsoutside or www.instagram.com/brainsontheoutsideRate and review us on Apple Podcasts or Spotify or where ever you get your podcasts and please, please, please tell your friends!Keep your brains on the outside xo
25:28 05/23/2022
BotO 014: Twitter's Broken. So what's next in Social Media?
Twitter is done for. Or is it. No it probably is. Or is it. Who knows really but the only sure fire way to really survive this social media apocalypse (or not) is to start a whole new better social network. BotO this week is all about social and we really take things to the next level with THREE entirely new social networks. Zuckerberg eat your heart out.If you have an business problem, ad or idea you'd like us to discuss you can contact us at brainsontheoutside@gmail.com,  www.twitter.com/brainsoutside or www.instagram.com/brainsontheoutsideRate and review us on Apple Podcasts or Spotify or where ever you get your podcasts and please, please, please tell your friends!Keep your brains on the outside xo
21:02 05/16/2022
BotO 013: Lift going down. Weeeeeeeeeeee
This week we're taking individually useful things and combining them into even better things.  We talk about generating power in new and fancy ways and then we save space in office buildings and homes across the world.Our sponsor this week is UBAG - Uber for shopping bags.If you have an business problem, ad or idea you'd like us to discuss you can contact us at brainsontheoutside@gmail.com,  www.twitter.com/brainsoutside or www.instagram.com/brainsontheoutsideRate and review us on Apple Podcasts or Spotify or where ever you get your podcasts and please, please, please tell your friends!Keep your brains on the outside xo
19:03 05/09/2022
BotO 012: Magnetic Jelly Trucks to the Tower of Babel
This week's episode is entirely dedicated to a reader's incredibly detailed email. We solve four real world problems for a real business. We discuss better ways to find places, we solve the travelling salesman problem and we remove the need for succession planning completely. That's right, never worry about losing a valued employee every again!If you have an business problem, ad or idea you'd like us to discuss you can contact us at brainsontheoutside@gmail.com,  www.twitter.com/brainsoutside or www.instagram.com/brainsontheoutsideRate and review us on Apple Podcasts or Spotify or where ever you get your podcasts and please, please, please tell your friends!Keep your brains on the outside xo
23:59 05/02/2022
BotO 011: Extremely Complicated Dress Codes
This week we've got even more practical business advice and viable start-up ideas. We discuss a business to ensure you never have to lie to a child, and ponder why grown-up beds are always such boring designs. A listener has also sent in a huge business-related problem, and as always we are happy to helpIf you have an business problem, ad or idea you'd like us to discuss you can contact us at brainsontheoutside@gmail.com,  www.twitter.com/brainsoutside or www.instagram.com/brainsontheoutsideRate and review us on Apple Podcasts or Spotify or where ever you get your podcasts and please, please, please tell your friends!Keep your brains on the outside xo
25:21 04/25/2022
BotO 010: The Outside Brain of Shania Twain
What do Poirot and Shania Twain have in common? They're both massive Outside Brains and they both feature in this week's episode. The first episode of our tricky transition into being a teenaged podcast.Come on an amazing journey with us as we solve mysteries, save lives and launch a whole new food delivery system that brings the best, longest food directly into your homes.You'll also learn why it's always a bad idea to be mean to restaurant staff.If you have a PSA, ad or idea you'd like us to discuss you can contact us at brainsontheoutside@gmail.com or www.twitter.com/brainsoutside or www.instagram.com/brainsontheoutsideRate and review us on Apple Podcasts or Spotify or where ever you get your podcasts and please, please, please tell your friends!We love you all. Keep your brains on the outside folks.
22:30 04/18/2022
BotO 009: Baseless accusations of corporate sabotage
Petty corporate sabotage, Super First Class train tickets, and a way to review all the desks in your office. This Monday's episode has business ideas that have got you covered for all these concepts! Get in touch in the usual ways - email: brainsontheoutside@gmail.com - twitter: https://twitter.com/BrainsOutside  - instagram: https://www.instagram.com/brainsontheoutside/ We would love to hear any ideas, or business problems you’re having! Keep your brains on the outside folks!
20:13 04/11/2022
BotO 008: Ever had an adventure on the way to Tesco?
Despite both of us catching covid we've managed to record! That's how dedicated we are.In this episode we discuss two very different services - one that will improve every journey you ever take and one for prospective parents. We also have an ad for a listener's totally incredible product!Get in touch in the usual ways - email: brainsontheoutside@gmail.com, twitter: @BrainsOutside and instagram: @brainsontheoutside.Keep your brains on the outside folks!
25:33 04/04/2022
BotO 007: Can you backup the feeling of your gran's sofa?
It's Monday Brains Day!This week in business:Backing up all the stuff you can't currently back up.A farm for wishes. Yep. You read that right.And if you're the sort of person who will sit and eat bad food in restaurant rather than complain then boy oh boy do we have a service for you!If you have a problem that you wish there was a solution to or if you have a business idea then you can get in touch with us at our email: brainsontheoutside@gmail.com or via twitter: @brainsoutside. Go on. We'd love to hear from you.
18:17 03/28/2022
BotO 006: In which Andrew learns what a milliner is...
Welcome back folks! It's Monday Brainsday. Wednesday is legs day. Friday is arms day. Sunday is eyelids day. And Monday... well Monday is brains day. Join us again as we discuss some of the most innovative ideas the world has ever heard.This week we're talking about a miraculous new advertising idea and about the hot topic of cyber security (yes! I know!)
18:12 03/21/2022
BotO 005: The Marie Kondo of F*** You
This episode of Brains on the Outside is CEO themed! Whether you're a CEO who wants to really start getting the upper hand in all those big business deals you're doing or you're an employ frustrated by your own bad CEO BotO is here to help.Please contact the show on twitter @brainsoutside or by email brainsontheoutside@gmail.com. We really, truly want to hear from you!
17:55 03/14/2022