Friday September 28, 2018

Show Notes for Friday September 28, 2018

Today we talk with Ben Orlin about his new book Math with Bad Drawings: Illuminating the Ideas That Shape Our Reality

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September 28th
National North Carolina Day
National Drink Beer Day
National Good Neighbor Day
National Strawberry Cream Pie Day

National Gay Men’s HIV/AIDS Awareness Day 

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When firefighters in Niceville, Florida arrived at a home last week they could see smoke coming from inside. A naked man opened the front door, said “I’m sorry,” and closed the door. Police officers arrived shortly after to assist. The man came to the door again, left it open and went back into the house. The man reportedly showed no signs of understanding the danger he was in. There were several things on fire inside the home, including some towels. Based on the fire department’s investigation, the man allegedly tried baking cookies on a George Foreman grill which he left unattended. The grill and cookies caught fire, so he put dry towels on top of the grill. Those caught fire, too, causing the fire to spread. The man admitted to drinking two liters of vodka and smoking marijuana starting around 9:00 a.m. that morning. He was examined at the scene and had no life-threatening injuries, the report said. (
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The internet continues to react in shock to Kylie Jenner’s claim that she’s never had cereal with milk before. (
Chevy Chase told the Washington Post that the current cast of Saturday Night Live is producing the “worst effing humor in the world.” (
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A Gallup Poll has the Republican Party’s approval rating at its highest level in seven years. 45% of registered voters approve of Republicans, Democrats are hovering around 40%.  (

A survey by the University of Maryland found that the divorce rate fell by 18% between 2008 and 2016. The survey found that millennials are the most likely group to stay married.

A Wisconsin robbery suspect led police on a high speed chase only to surrender after he was swarmed by a group of mosquitos. (

An Arizona mother was arrested after she left her four-year-old daughter home alone so she could go out and party. I

Two female competitors have quit the Vietnamese edition of “The Bachelor” so they can date each other.
A study by the University of Oregon found that octopuses become extra cuddly when they take the mood drug ecstasy.

A survey by the University of Missouri found that married men earn more money than any other group. (

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The Grandiloquent Word of the Day

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Oniomania  (OH-nee-oh-MAY-nee-ya)
-An obsessive or uncontrollable urge to buy things.
-An abnormal impulse for buying things.

From Greek ┼Źnios 'for sale', from ┼Źnos 'price, purchase’ + Late Latin mania "insanity, madness," from Greek mania "madness, frenzy; enthusiasm.

Used in a sentence:
“When it comes to the buying of books, there is nothing wrong with a bit of oniomania.”

A food services worker at Detroit’s Comerica Park stadium was recorded Friday spitting into a pizza he was preparing for a customer, a crime for which he is expected to soon be charged. As seen in a brief video posted to a co-worker’s Instagram page, 21-year-old Jaylon Kerley spits into a tin containing pizza dough and then covers up his saliva with a ladle full of tomato sauce. Kerley was recorded as he prepared a pizza during the September 21st Detroit Tigers game against the Kansas City Royals. Kerley was fired when Detroit Sportservice, which operates food concessions at the ballpark, learned of the video. Kerley has been arrested by police and the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office is reviewing a warrant and preparing criminal charges in connection with the food tampering. A spokesperson for the prosecutor said that a charging decision will be made soon at a Detroit criminal courthouse.

A Shelbyville, Indiana man said he was pistol-whipped Friday over an argument about a Bruno Mars song. The victim told police he and another friend went to visit their friend of 50 years in Greenwood, Indiana at about 5:00 p.m. The victim said the three of them were talking and started arguing over whether a certain song was sung by Bruno Mars. The victim said it was, but the accused said it wasn't sung by Bruno Mars. The fight continued to escalate until the victim showed his friend that the song was by Bruno Mars. At that point, the victim said his friend pulled a gun out and pointed it at him. The victim said he called the accused a “chicken****,” then the accused swung the gun at him, striking him in the face. The victim told police the gun went off when it hit him. He said he then took a swing at the other man, then the gun went off again. The accused was arrested on suspicion of battery with injury and criminal recklessness with a deadly weapon. (
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A Martin County man was turned in by his neighbors for gardening in the nude on his front lawn. FLORIDA - (

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