Show Notes for Thursday, April 7, 2022


Dear John,

I think I may have done something to upset a co-worker. Each day at the end of my shift, I walk from office to office to say goodbye to everyone. I had this guy ask me “Why do you do that? Are you trying to aggravate me every day?” I apologized and explained that I was just saying goodbye. Now when I leave I don't say goodbye to him, but I still say goodbye to everyone else. He glared at me when I was waling by and I think he is angry with me. I don't know if it's something I did or what happened, but it's uncomfortable now. I was gonna skip saying goodbye to everyone, but that doesn't feel right either. What do you think? Did I do something wrong do you think? Should I quit saying goodbye to everyone else too? I feel like I'm pushing some sort of wedge in between me and this co-worker. What do you suggest?

Signed – Friendly Fella

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April 7th

National Beer Day

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National No Housework Day

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National Alcohol Screening Day

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Everyone likes to hear a nice compliment, but who wants honest criticism? Surprisingly, a lot of us. Research by the American Psychological Association found that most people underestimate just how much others appreciate and desire constructive criticism that could improve their performance. Earlier studies have concluded that we tend to hold our tongue over fear of confrontation, rudeness, and “negative outcomes.” But in a series of experiments, the researchers found that not only did participants underestimate how much the other person wanted constructive feedback, but the more important or consequential the feedback, the more likely people were to believe the other person didn’t want to hear what they had to say. The scientists concluded: “Even if you feel hesitant to give feedback, we recommend that you give it…imagine you’re in the other person’s shoes and ask yourself if you would want feedback…most likely you would”.

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It turns out, in space, people actually CAN hear you scream (or even sing). New data collected by NASA’s Perseverance rover has allowed the space agency to come up with an online tool to replicate how people would sound on Mars compared to Earth. To find out what their voice would sound like on the red planet, “Earthlings” asks users to upload a 10 second clip. Go to the “Sounds of Mars” section on NASA’s website, navigate to “You on Mars,” then click to record your greeting. Next, you’ll be invited to download or play the “Mars version” of the audio file. According to NASA, on Mars, you would sound “quieter” and “more muffled”, and you’d wait slightly longer to hear it. LINK:


After 100 days in movie theaters, Sony/Marvel’s “Spider-Man: No Way Home” has crossed another box office milestone, becoming just the third film ever to gross $800 million in North America. It joins “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” and “Avengers: Endgame” as the only movies to hit that rare benchmark in the U.S. and Canada.

American Idol” Season 20 auditions came to a close Sunday, and since it was ABC’s post-Academy Awards bonus episode, there obviously had to be a Hollywood connection. Enter second-generation musician Ava Maybee, daughter of drummer Chad Smith, whose band Red Hot Chili Peppers is receiving a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame this week. Maybee didn’t namecheck her famous father during her audition, possibly because the Peppers have never been huge fans of Idol. Regardless, Ava’s dad is clearly supportive of her career, as he has proudly promoted her music to his hundreds of thousands of followers. Lionel Richie gave her an enthusiastic “yes!” after her smoky audition of Stevie Wonder’s ‘Lately’.

HBO Max’s animated superhero slate is expanding with a “Harley Quinn” spinoff. Series co-creator Patrick Shumacker has announced that the character ‘Kite Man’ is getting his own series. It will reportedly be a laid-back, sitcom-style show, but with supervillains instead of regular characters. So far, Kite Man has been a comic relief figure in Harley Quinn. No word yet on a release date.

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One of the most important – and convenient – hotel amenities is disappearing these days, according to a NerdWallet report. Whether out of necessity due to staff shortages, or simply to save money, it seems that daily housekeeping in many hotels is becoming more and more rare. During the pandemic’s early days, when transmission was more of a mystery, many hotels cut housekeeping services to reduce contact between strangers. But more than 2 years later, it still hasn’t completely returned. Some hotels only offer housekeeping by request, with all rooms cleaned at least every 6th night. Others offer light housekeeping every second day, which might include towel replacement and garbage removal, but not bedmaking. And with the cutbacks now more about money than safety, experts don’t see the trend reversing any time soon. How to ensure that you’ll have housekeeping at your destination? Research your hotel ahead of time, or book at a higher-end place, most of which still provide traditional daily housekeeping services. And at budget hotels, you may still be able to have a daily room freshening if you just ask nicely.

After beekeepers in France once noticed their bees were producing honey in unusual shades of green and blue, they discovered the bees had been eating remnants of M&M candy shells from a nearby factory.

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The chess term “checkmate” is from the 14th-century Arabic phrase, “shah mat,” meaning “the king is helpless.”

Before airplanes existed, jet lag was called boat lag.

The opposite of paranoia is pronoia. A person suffering from pronia feels that people or entities around them are plotting to do them good.

Sonic the Hedgehog’s full name is Ogilvie Maurice Hedgehog.

Cattle are the only mammals that pee backwards.

Studies show a “50% off” sign increases sales, even if shoppers don’t know the original price or what a reasonable price for the product would be.

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Question: 73% of people agree that THIS is a really bad habit, especially around the office. What is it?

Answer: Chewing on pens or pencils

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A New Zealand couple thought they had found the world’s largest potato, but DNA testing has proven otherwise. After Colin and Donna Craig-Brown submitted a giant spud they discovered and named “Doug” to Guinness, they were informed their root vegetable isn’t a potato, after all. Colin, who found it on his farm, says tests determined that Doug is a gourd. The current Guinness World Record for heaviest potato is 10 lb, 14 oz. Doug came in a just over 17 pounds. Despite the disappointing news, the couple still keep Doug in their freezer. Colin quote: “I say ‘gidday’ to him every time I pull out some sausages. He’s a cool character.”

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No matter what your job is, it likely requires some form of expertise. Here are some things you should know from the people who do know. Or maybe you shouldn’t . . .

Bridges aren’t attached on both sides: They’re traditionally pinned on one side (using 2 super-pins), and rest unfixed at the other end. This helps avoid additional stress as the bridge flexes, or expands/contracts with temperature change.

Airplanes are fixed with duct tape: They develop cracks. It happens. If in a non-critical area, standard procedure is to put some fancy duct tape over it until a repair can be done.

People get hacked, not the device: Most hacking is done by tricking the user, not the computer. This includes credit card hacks.

No website or app really stores your password: That’s why they can’t show or email your password to you. They do a 1-way scrambling of your password, and store that.

Don’t get married near Valentine’s Day: The flowers will be twice the cost, and half the quality. When buying roses, if the head feels squishy, it’s no good.

Your home lock is easy to pick: Most people could be taught to pick it in 15 minutes.

Don’t rinse after brushing: Don’t use mouthwash, either. Just spit, and leave the rest of the fluoride on your teeth for more protection.

Collision coverage isn’t always worth it: If your car is 10+ years old, collision is generally a lose-lose proposition. It can double your cost, and in an accident, your car will probably be totaled anyway.

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“The key to faking out the parents is the clammy hands. It’s a good non-specific symptom; I’m a big believer in it. A lot of people will tell you that a good phony fever is a dead lock, but you get a nervous mother, you could wind up in a doctor’s office. That’s worse than school. You fake a stomach cramp, and when you’re bent over, moaning and wailing, you lick your palms. It’s a little childish and stupid, but then, so is high school.”

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