Show Notes for Saturday, June 25 & Sunday, June 26, 2022

Lindsey Powers (best books of 2022 so far)

1. Remarkably Bright Creatures - Van Pelt, Shelby

2. What My Bones Know: A Memoir of Healing from Complex Trauma - Foo, Stephanie

3. All My Rage - Tahir, Sabaa

4. The Maid - Prose, Nita

5. River of the Gods: Genius, Courage, and Betrayal in the Search for the Source of the Nile - Millard, Candice

6. Lessons in Chemistry: A Novel - Bonnie Garmus

7. Memphis - Stringfellow, Tara M.

8. Sea of Tranquility - Emily St. John Mandel

9. Half-Blown Rose - Leesa Cross-Smith

10. Hello, Molly!: A Memoir - Shannon, Molly

11. The Kaiju Preservation Society - Scalzi, John

12. Sleepwalk - Dan Chaon

13. The First Kennedys: The Humble Roots of an American Dynasty - Thompson, Neal

14. Such Big Dreams - Reema Patel

15. Young Mungo - Douglas Stuart

16. Unmasked: My Life Solving America's Cold Cases - Holes, Paul

17. Nightcrawling - Leila Mottley

18. Black Cake - Wilkerson, Charmaine

19. The Final Strife - Saara El-Arifi

20. The Unsinkable Greta James - Smith, Jennifer E.

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June 25

National Catfish Day

National Leon Day

National Strawberry Parfait Day


June 26

National Barcode Day

National Beautician’s Day

National Chocolate Pudding Day

National Coconut Day

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Although it’s tempting during those hot, humid summer nights to shut yourself in a dark room with your fan running, you might want to rethink that strategy. Why? According to Sleep Advisor, aside from adding to your electricity bill, it can also have a negative impact on your sleep. The sleep publication says fans blow dry air around the room, which could lead to a number of concerns, such as dry skin and sinus issues. Quote: “If the dryness is particularly extreme, it can result in your body producing excess mucous to compensate. Then, you’re more susceptible to blockage, stuffiness, and sinus headaches.” Another possible complication is waking up with sore muscles, because concentrated cool air can make your body tense up and cramp – although that admittedly is an extreme case. Sleep Advisor suggests not spending the night with the fan cranked up if it’s triggering any allergy or asthma symptoms or if you’re experiencing dry skin, eyes, mouth or sinuses. You could also consider getting a fan with an automatic shut-off timer.

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The world’s largest recorded freshwater fish has been caught in the Mekong River in Cambodia. The stingray, captured on June 13, measured almost 4 meters (13 feet) long and weighed slightly under 300 kg (660 pounds). The previous record for a freshwater fish was a 293 kg (646 pound) Mekong giant catfish, discovered in Thailand in 2005.


Mel B has been announced as a judge for Season 2 of Paramount+’s drag queen singing competition “Queen of the Universe”. She joins returning judges Michelle Visage, Vanessa Williams and Trixie Mattel, along with Graham Norton, who will return as host. Scary Spice takes over for Leona Lewis, who served as judge on the first season. Queen of the Universe follows the world’s most talented drag queens as they battle it out for global domination, and countries go head to head spotlighting their top talent, in hopes of being crowned the “Queen of the Universe.”

The second “Yellowstone” prequel has a new name and will change directions slightly. The show once known as “1932” is now called “1923”. Harrison Ford and Helen Mirren are still attached. The name change, as you may have guessed, is because the show will now be set in 1923 Montana, not 1932. This clears up a plot hole: The new Taylor Sheridan series was to focus on the Great Depression and prohibition, but Montana became the first state to repeal prohibition in 1926. Paramount+ says that the Great Depression will still be in play, as it began in Montana much earlier than other states. 1923 will also be set 5 years after the end of World War I, another event which will influence the storytelling. 1923 will debut in December.

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For best results, refrigerate after opening.” That’s what’s printed on every bottle of Heinz ketchup. But according to the company’s own stats, a full 1 in 5 consumers prefer their ketchup at room temperature. Meanwhile, more than half say ketchup MUST be eaten cold. So, the people at Heinz Canada came up with an alternative solution: Heinz Cold Ketchup. The new limited-edition glass Heinz bottle features an icy blue label that changes color based on temperature. The company says it was designed as a “nod to fans who love it cold, and a challenge to room temperature fans to chill out and try it.” While it’s the same classic condiment inside, Heinz says it hopes the temperature indicator will ease tensions among those who aren’t sure if the ketchup they are about to eat is set for ‘peak performance’.

Mustard-maker French’s inspired an internet meltdown Monday over its new ketchup popsicle. It calls the “Frenchsicle” a “refreshingly savoury & sweet ketchup popsicle, made from 100% Canadian tomatoes,” which will be available for a limited time this summer in Canada. Reactions ranged from “yuk” emojis to multiple references to the 1995 Chris Farley/David Spade movie “Tommy Boy,” in which Spade tells Farley, “You could sell a ketchup popsicle to a woman in white gloves.” The tomato-based ‘sicles are made in collaboration with Happy Pops, which specializes in all-natural ice pops. LINK:


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Humans cannot walk in a straight line without a visual point. When blindfolded, we will gradually walk in a circle.

Dogs can be allergic to humans

Humans are scientifically proven to be happier in the summer.

The eye makes movements 50 times every second.

Cows give more milk when they listen to music.

55% of corporate “downsizings” take place on Tuesdays.

Al Capone played banjo in the Alcatraz prison band.


Question: 17% of men say they have to get permission from their partner to do THIS. What is it?

Answer: Go grocery shopping

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Brits are being warned by authorities about sunbathing nude in their own backyards…or as they call them, “gardens”. Apparently, police are advising sunbathers to be careful if they plan to sunbathe naked in their garden but are ‘overlooked by neighbors’, and remind people that there are still rules that must be followed: According to the Crown Prosecution Service, “You will have to decide whether your desire to be naked in your garden is more important to you than being on friendly terms with those around you. As long as it’s clear you mean no harm or distress in displaying your naked body and letting your bits hang freely then you should be fine and avoid running the risk of breaking any laws.” While authorities noted that in an ‘ideal world’ hopefully police wouldn’t be called by a neighbor if they spotted you ‘gardening in the buff,’ they added that ‘in the real world’ it’s best to take some ‘simple precautions’. Those could include sunbathing behind a screen, or finding a corner of your garden which is “less overlooked”.

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1. Everything is temporary

2. Life isn’t fair

3. Family matters more than friends

4. Others treat you the way you treat yourself

5. Beneath anger there’s always fear

6. Happiness is a choice and requires hard work

7. A lifetime isn’t as long as you think

8. The biggest risk is not taking any risk

9. Things don’t matter so much

10. You played it too safe

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"Before you marry a person, you should first make them use a computer with slow Internet service to see who they really are." - Will Ferrell

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Show Notes for Friday, June 24, 2022

Today we visit with Robert Baer, bestselling author of The Fourth Man: The Hunt for a KGB Spy at the Top of the CIA and the Rise of Putin's Russia.

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June 24

National Pralines Day

Take Your Dog to Work Day

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A recent survey conducted by, polled a cross-section of 2,537 adults, aged 18 and over.

What are your favorite summer activities? (select all that apply) [top five responses]

Being outside in general (64 percent)

Walking (51 percent)

Traveling (49 percent)

Swimming (46 percent)

Hiking (29 percent)

What’s the perfect indoor temperature during the summer?

71-73 degrees (33 percent)

68-70 degrees (33 percent)

74-76 degrees (14 percent)

65-67 degrees (14 percent)

76-78 degrees (Six percent)

What’s the perfect outdoor temperature during the summer?

74-76 degrees (29 percent)

77-79 degrees (28 percent)

70-73 degrees (20 percent)

80 degrees or higher (16 percent)

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People feel sexiest at age 53! According to the perhaps surprising results of a poll by dating app OurTime, 53 is the age that more than half of people said they felt friskiest in the bedroom, while a whopping 41% said it was the age they felt most comfortable in their skin. Meanwhile, 4 in 10 respondents claimed 53 was a sweet spot because they had let go of worrying about how they came across to a potential partner, while still feeling confident about their looks. And, yes, Jennifer Lopez, who turns 53 on July 24 — appears to be happier than ever, enjoying a red-hot romance with Ben Affleck and flaunting her incredible physique whenever she gets the chance. Other 53-year-old celebs who seem to be similarly thriving include Jennifer Aniston, Renée Zellweger, Mariah Carey, Cate Blanchett and Naomi Watts. Among guys, Hugh Jackman, Paul Rudd, Dave Grohl and Terrence Howard are all 53. Oh, and Will Smith.


Britney Spears’ new hubby wants to be a movie action hero. Sam Asghari has recently sent recorded auditions to Marvel Studios, and the native of Iran says he’s determined to become a “positive role model for young Persian men, rather than the villains they are usually portrayed as”, according to a source. Reportedly, Asghari has also been recently working on his screen fighting skills and has upped his training in mixed martial arts and undertaken stunt classes. He starred in Spears’ ‘Slumber Party’ music video in 2016.

Johnny Depp is warning his fans not to be fooled by the fake social media accounts that have sprung up recently, claiming to be him. He shared a post on Instagram Story, in which he listed his official social media accounts, explaining that any others are bogus. He wrote: “These are the only pages run by me and my team where we share updates and communicate.” He said that his team is working to “combat” the problem of fake accounts. Meanwhile, on his official Instagram account, Depp shared a photo of iconic movie star Hedy Lamarr, along with the caption, “Soon" LINKS: &

Ezra Miller will be dropped from future DC films following “The Flash”, according to reports. The actor, who has been arrested multiple times and subject to restraining orders in recent months, will play ‘Barry Allen’ aka ‘The Flash’ in the forthcoming DC movie – which wrapped production in October, and is set for release next June. Deadline says Warner Bros Discovery CEO David Zaslav is facing a “crisis” over how to handle the bad press surrounding Miller. According to a source, “the hope is that the scandal will remain at a low level before the movie is released, and hope for the best to turn out.” The publication also says that even if no further allegations surface against Miller, the studio “won’t likely keep Miller in the Flash role in future DC films”.

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You can’t bargain with reservations: If you call the 1-800 number, you’ll be connected to a central office with no ability (or interest in) haggling. Calling the hotel directly will connect you with someone who has the authority to negotiate, believe it or not.

They like it if you don’t use an online booking site: Hotels pay a commission of up to 30% to booking sites. That means if you call someone with the power to negotiate and offer them 20% less instead, there’s a good chance they’ll take it.

Don’t rush housekeeping: If you show up before check-in time and your room isn’t ready, be patient. It takes as long as it takes to clean the rooms properly.

Request clean linens when you check in: The sheets are supposedly washed every day, but blankets and comforters? Maybe once a week.

Ask for an upgrade in private: Don’t ask in front of other customers. In that case, the answer will almost always be “no”.

Avoid the concierge if you want the real deal: They often give suggestions that result in a kickback for them from pricey tourist traps. The front desk clerk may give a more unbiased opinion.

Take the soap: They have the hotel logo on them for a reason — and they’re cheap. They want you to take them.

They might be lying to you: If you tell them the elevator is broken and they say “someone’s coming soon”, chances are that’s not exactly true.


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A “gut feeling” is a chemical signal that your stomach creates to warn the brain of danger.

The first day of summer (in the Northern Hemisphere) is always between June 20th and June 22nd. It varies due to the Earth’s rotation not exactly reflecting our calendar year.

China has only one time zone.

There are more French restaurants in New York City than in Paris.

The original recipe for chocolate contained chili powder instead of sugar.

Dim lights reduce your appetite.


Question: Believe it or not, over half of us say we never do THIS during the summer. What is it?

Answer: Wear sunscreen

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Who want to be billionaire? Not as many people as you might think. According to a new survey by researchers at the University of Bath (in England), it does not take piles upon piles of money to “live your best life” — and that’s something that they believe is good for the planet. They surveyed nearly 8,000 people in 33 countries, asking what people think they need to achieve their “absolutely ideal life.” Surprisingly, in 86% of the countries, the majority said they could live their best life with less than $10 million. In some countries, respondents said they could achieve this with less than $1 million. The team says there is a long-standing economic principle which states that “unlimited wants” are the motivating force for everyone, which keeps us running on a “consumerist treadmill”, thus depleting the world’s resources. The researchers say that their discovery that “most people’s ideal lives are actually quite moderate could make it socially easier” for us to live greener lifestyles and “to support stronger policies to help safeguard the planet.”

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15 Tips to Learn How to Learn

The Memory Palace Technique
Become a Note Taker
Ditch the Digital
The Interleaving Effect
Give Your Brain a Break
Test Yourself
Take a Nap
Own Your Environment
Explain Like I’m Five
Learn by Heart
Find Your Optimum Noise
Set Up Learning Stations
Lights, Color, Clutter!
Learn Stacking
Be The Guru

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"As you get older, three things happen. The first is your memory goes, and I can't remember the other two." - Sir Norman Wisdom

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Show Notes for Thursday, June 23, 2022


Dear John,

What do I do? If someone ”started” a service for you… never finished the service... you contacted this persons three months in a row with no response…so you don’t pay the rest of invoice because... A) They didn’t finish the service... and B) They refuse to contact you about services not rendered. They show up 9 months later UNANNOUNCED (I have video evidence) on your property taking pictures and when you message them asking if there was a reason this business is on your property (not thinking they’d respond bc why would they, your 9 months out post original service date once again with three consecutive months of no responses, documented proof) and they say “just coming by to see if services were finished” No they weren’t… obviously, check your phone!!! What would you do? Would you pay the rest of the bill? Oh and how unprofessional to come on my property and take pictures unannounced, with no contact made 9 MONTHS later!!!! What would you do?

Signed - Frustrated

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June 23

National Detroit-Style Pizza Day

National Hydration Day

National Pecan Sandies Day

National Pink Day

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A recent survey conducted by, polled a cross-section of 2,537 adults, aged 18 and over.

Out of the following, what’s your go-to ice cream flavor?

Vanilla (22 percent)

Chocolate (22 percent)

Mint Chocolate Chip (19 percent)

Cookie Dough (14 percent)

Strawberry (11 percent)

Rocky Road (Nine percent)

I don’t eat ice cream. (Three percent)

Do you prefer your ice cream in a cup or cone?

Cone (52 percent)

Cup (48 percent)

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Robert Pattinson is a pretty good-looking guy, but now, science has “proven” that he’s still the most attractive man in the world. Pattinson, known as the broody vampire ‘Edward’ in the “Twilight” franchise, and most recently as “The Batman”, was originally given the title of the most attractive man in the world in 2020 and he been at the top of the list ever since. The title comes after an algorithm that ranks facial features was used to analyze the leading men of Hollywood. Pattinson scored an impressive 92.15%, beating Henry Cavill (91.64%), Bradley Cooper (91.08%), Brad Pitt (90.51%) and George Clooney (89.91%).


Members of a production team for “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” were arrested at the US Capitol while filming a segment. US Capitol Police say that at approximately 8:30 p.m. Thursday, officers “observed 7 individuals, unescorted and without Congressional ID, in a sixth-floor hallway”. They were charged with unlawful entry, and police say the matter is considered “an active criminal investigation”. CBS said in a statement that its crew was onsite at the Capitol to film a segment featuring “Triumph the Insult Comic Dog,” and that the production team’s interviews with members of Congress had been “authorized and pre-arranged.” The network said that once the interviews had concluded, the team “stayed to film…other final comedy elements in the halls when they were detained by Capitol Police.”

Sandra Bullock doesn’t know how long her break from acting will last. The 57-year-old admitted she is “so burnt out and tired” that she needs to take a hiatus from filming but is unsure of when she will return. Bullock told The Hollywood Reporter that at this point, she doesn’t “want to be beholden to anyone’s schedule other than my own” and she’s “so not capable of making healthy, smart decisions and I know it.” She admitted to using work as a “crutch” and had to teach herself to “be OK not having work to validate you.’” Bullock says producing “The Lost City” with Liza Chasin was a great way to “go out with a bang”.

Two actors working on the Netflix series “The Chosen One” in Mexico were killed in a car crash on Thursday, and 6 more of the show’s cast or crew were also injured. Local media reported that a van they were riding in near Mulege on the Baja California Sur peninsula flipped and ran off the road in a desert area. The crew had been working in the nearby Santa Rosalia area. The 2 killed in the crash were identified as Raymundo Garduño Cruz and Juan Francisco González Aguilar. The other names were not released. Production on the show has been suspended.

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Google has suspended an engineer who claims that the company’s artificial intelligence software has gained consciousness. Blake Lemoine says that while messaging a chatbot contained in a software called Language Model for Dialogue Applications, he determined that it had become sentient. He told the Washington Post: “If I didn’t know exactly what it was, which is this computer program we built recently, I’d think it was a 7-year-old, 8-year-old kid that happens to know physics.” Lemoine says he spoke with the robot about death, and philosophical questions, and at one point, it even said the words: “I am aware of my existence.” When he took his claims to higher-ups at Google, he was dismissed and put on administrative leave.

Well, if we can’t solve the climate crisis, create world peace, or end the pandemic, at least there’s THIS: Two companies have banded together to end the numerical mismatch between hot dog buns and wieners. Brokered as part of the “Heinz Hot Dog Pact,” the deal will see bread maker Wonder sell packs of 10 buns at some grocers in Ontario, which will match up nicely with the 10-packs of Heinz wieners normally sold in stores. The buns will be available starting Thursday, following a year-long online petition that garnered more than 34,000 signatures. Kraft Heinz said it felt it was “our duty as the world’s most iconic ketchup to rally our passionate fans and champion change for the age-old issue of unequal buns and wieners packs.” Wonderbrands said it’s a chance to “finally give hot dog fans what they’ve longed for.”

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The brand “Northern Tissue’s” toilet paper slogan in 1935 was “Splinter-free”.

When kids were asked what phrase they hate to hear their parents say the most they said “Money doesn’t grow on trees!”

NASA accidentally taped over the moon landing. There are no known original recordings of the event.

The average cloud weighs 1.1 million pounds.

On average, football (soccer) players run as far as 9.5 miles in a single match.

Seals sleep only one and a half minutes at a time.


Question: A new survey says 35% of adults look forward to THIS every day?

Answer: Checking the mail!

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What would you do if you threw away a piece of garbage and the trash can let out a deep, carnal moan? Well, the town of Malmö, Sweden is hoping you’d . . . do it again. Civic-minded pedestrians who drop trash into one of 2 bins on the city’s Davidshallsbron bridge are rewarded with sexy feedback like “Oh, right there, yes!”, “Come back soon and do that again!” and “Mmm, a bit more to the left next time.” City council started the campaign to encourage people to be less dirty — with their litter, that is.

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10 Tips for Saving Money
While you may not have control over the economy, you do have control over the actions that you take. Compliments of BALANCE, here are 10 ways to manage your finances.

1. Keep track of your spending. If you know where your money is going it will be easier to make changes if you need to. Try using BALANCE's Fritter Finder form for a week or two to find out where your money is going.

2. Separate wants from needs. Do you really need that 42-inch flat screen television? When money is tight it should not be spent unless absolutely necessary.

3. Avoid using credit to pay your bills. While it may make things easier now, using credit only increases your monthly payments in the future.

4. Save regularly. Have some of your paycheck directly deposited into your savings account or set up an automatic transfer each month from your checking to your savings account.

5. Check your insurance policies. Review the coverage for all your plans. You may have too much and be wasting money or too little and not be adequately covered. Virginia CU Insurance Services can help you find the best coverage at the best price.

6. Be careful about spending a significant amount of money on periodic purchases, like gifts and vacation. While you may feel good while you are spending the money, you may wish you had the money later.

7. Cut or downgrade your services. Can you get a cheaper cable package or have no cable at all? If you have a cell phone consider cutting your land line.

8. Try lowering your energy bill. Turn off appliances and lights when they are not needed. Purchase energy-efficient light-bulbs. When you can, use a fan instead of air conditioning or put on a sweater instead of turning on the heat.

9. Consider signing up for online bill payment. Not only will you save on stamps, but you can make sure your payments are received on time. VACU's online Bill Pay is free for members.

10. Cut down on take-out ordering. Even if the meal is not expensive, doing it frequently can really add up. A $10 pizza once a week will cost you over $500 a year!

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