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Spilled Soup

Spilled Soup

By Ed Mauss
Spilled Soup, hosted by Ed Mauss and friends, offers stories that prove any hapless clod can muddle through life. Join us for interviews with notable people who share their humorous foibles of bumbling and bad luck. Read Spilled Soup stories also on .
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Righteous Road Rage
Sir Joseph Vanpool joins us to discuss an extremely awkward moment that followed some visible impatience he demonstrated toward another driver on the road.
July 13, 2021
Living, Learning and Earning
Ed and Diana share some hilarious missteps and foibles from jobs they held during their college years.
May 28, 2021
The Clumsy Foreign Exchange Student
Ed recounts several mishaps that occurred when a Korean foreign exchange student stayed in his home over one summer, while Diana confesses to antagonizing her children at a carwash when they were toddlers.  
April 27, 2021
Making Waves
Diana and Ed exchange stories of when things got wacky or went wrong in water. Ed also recounts an experience in the air when he thought he was heaven-bound.  
March 15, 2021
Proud Parenting Moments
We’ve all had those moments as parents when we were unwittingly derelict in our duties. This episode is a tribute to parents everywhere whose kids survived their childhoods despite the haplessness of mom and dad.
February 14, 2021
Animal Instincts
Diana joins Ed to share some animal mishaps she experienced while growing up on a farm; Ed tells the tale of a restless pooch that ensured a backyard barbecue was a disaster.
January 25, 2021
No Longer in the Running for the Girl
Ed and Diana discuss his ill-fated attempt to impress a young lady at college intramural track meet.
November 24, 2020
Shame on a Plane
Former marketing colleague Amanda Blackburn joins Ed to exchange stories of bumbling and bad judgment at high altitudes.
November 24, 2020
Be Careful What You Drink in France
Ed’s daughter Courtney joins him to reminisce about an ill-fated choice of a beverage in a sidewalk cafe during their trip to France.
September 26, 2020
Tales of Teens with a Judicious Father
Ed and his brother, Byron, recount a couple of misdeeds from their teen years that went south and how their fair-minded father responded.
September 12, 2020
Preacher’s Bladder Runneth Over
Rick Gibson, VP of Public Affairs at Pepperdine University, recounts the time he was an assistant pastor and the head pastor unwittingly delivered a memorable encore to a powerful sermon.
August 29, 2020
A Regrettable Thrill Ride
Ed’s longtime friend Cotton Sears joins Ed to discuss an ill-fated joy ride in a work van on the last day of a summer job. Cotton also shares information on a charitable organization he’s supported for almost 30 years that allows him to sponsor foster children in under-privileged countries.
July 13, 2020
The Clean-Cut Teen Who Smelled Like Booze
Attorney Bryan Eisenbise recalls an event from his teens when some innocent fun nearly got him arrested. (The worthy cause he’s promoting is The Innocence Project.).
June 29, 2020
The Mighty Winds
Everyone has an embarrassing fart story, and we share ours. Ed’s story happened at the workplace, while Diana’s happened while she was entertaining guests in her home. Ed also shares why Pathways to English is an important cause, especially now.
June 16, 2020
The Nosey Guy at a Restaurant
My brother, Mike, joins me and Diana to tell us why he’s glad he didn’t punch out a man he thought was eavesdropping on his conversation with his wife at a restaurant. He also shares why the Alzheimer’s Association ( is a cause close to his heart and mine.
May 31, 2020
Wedding Photographer Takes the Cake
Ed’s longtime friend Mechelle Felsted of Flagstaff, AZ, recounts her clumsy moment as a wedding photographer that created the young couple’s first marital challenge.
May 25, 2020
Turning in the Man Card
Keith Ozawa, a plumbing company owner, discusses an incident in his bedroom one night that made him curl up shamefully in the fetal position when his wife could’ve used some valor.
May 18, 2020
A Case of Mistaken Identity Leads to Shunning at Work
Best-selling author Janette Rallison tells us about her co-workers confusing her with another Janette on staff whose reputation wasn’t quite as wholesome as hers. She also discusses her journey as a successful novelist and what it’s like to have a famous son — YouTube star TheOdd1sOut (James Rallison). The charitable cause that’s meaningful to Janette is Operation Underground Railroad, which rescues trafficked children and helps them transition to a new life. You can find Janette’s books on
May 09, 2020
A Sad Trombone for Taking Some Initiative
Tim Mauss, Ed’s nephew and a fine lad, tells us about the time he went the extra mile at a job, only to discover he should have stopped at the bridge of mediocrity.
May 02, 2020
A Memorable Stage Performance
Actress, writer and acting coach Ria Pavia relives the horror of a high school improv performance that made her stand out for the wrong reasons. Learn more about the worthy cause she recommends at
April 21, 2020
Unwanted Exposure
Ed and Diana each share a story about baring more than their souls.
April 18, 2020
Being Flippant with a Girlfriend’s Parents
Musician Scot Bruce was driving to meet his girlfriend’s parents when a honking car behind him got him worked up. That led to an unexpected turn at the meeting.
April 11, 2020
Letting Loose at the Drive-In
Ed Mauss, a marketing content manager, bravely reveals a secret he’s kept for almost 40 years about a high school mishap that really stunk.
April 04, 2020
The nanny who probably should have been fired.
Diana Ranck, now a school teacher in Mission Viejo, California, was working as a nanny when she got a bit too comfortable in the warm, soothing waters of the family’s jacuzzi as the mom of the three children looked on.
March 28, 2020