THIS WEEK'S DEAR JOHN LETTER!
It's been a tough couple of years. I was a non-essential employee in 2020. We got behind on some things and I'm still digging myself out of debt. I have a classic car and a guy approached me at an event asking if I would consider selling the car. His offer would completely wipe out my debt and put me in a good place for a bit. Sadly, I've told my son I wanted him to have that car since he was a little boy. He's in his twenties now. I really wish I was in a position to give him the car, but I don't think I can afford to do that. How do I have this conversation? I'm afraid that he will be upset with me, but I also think he will understand. I was thinking of maybe making an agreement that I would have the first chance to buy the car if the guy ever wants to sell it. Maybe I would be in a better spot again when that day comes along. What do you think?
Signed – Sad Dad
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Scientists in the UK say the trick to cutting back on your alcohol consumption may be as simple as using a smaller glass. Their new study found that people who regularly drink wine at home consumed less each week when they switched to smaller glasses and bought smaller bottles. They determined that households drank 6.5% less wine each week when the participants switched out their usual wine glasses for smaller ones provided by the researchers. Opting to buy half-size bottles of wine (375ml) instead of the standard size of 750ml cut down on people’s drinking by 3.6%.
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woman who rented a car in Toronto was charged $8,000 after the
company claimed she drove nearly the distance of the Earth’s
circumference in 3 days. Giovanna Boniface rented a car from Avis,
traveling a total of about 300km (186 miles) over 3 days. When she
accessed her credit card statement, she found the company had charged
her for driving 36,482 km at a rate of 25 cents per km. Boniface
calculated that she would have had to drive for 72 hours straight at
approximately 500 km/h for this to be possible. It wasn’t until
days later, when media got involved, that she was notified the
mileage charges would be refunded.
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Sean Connery will forever be synonymous with the Aston Martin DB5 featured in his ‘James Bond’ films, but the only one he ever owned himself, a 1964 model he purchased in 2018, has sold at auction for $2.4 million. Connery’s son, Jason, said that his father “used to talk about owning his own DB5, for no other reason than he loved the car, and I think in hindsight it did represent something in his life that was unique and captured a moment in time.” The winning bidder paid almost twice the pre-auction estimate of $1.4-1.8 million, but the sale included a chauffeured drive in the car by Formula One legend Jackie Stewart, a fellow Scot and longtime friend to Connery.
Paramount filed a motion on Friday to dismiss a lawsuit that claims “Top Gun: Maverick” infringes on the copyright of the 1983 magazine article that was the source material for the original film. Shosh and Yuval Yonay, the widow and son of writer Ehud Yonay, filed the suit in June, arguing that the studio made the sequel without renewing the rights to the article. In the motion to dismiss, Paramount argued it did not need to obtain the rights, because “Top Gun: Maverick” is a work of fiction that has almost nothing in common with the non-fiction article and that the facts and ideas conveyed in the article cannot be copyrighted. The studio’s lawyers argue: “Plaintiffs do not have a monopoly over works about Top Gun.” A hearing is set for Sept. 26.
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Is the traditional ‘family meal’ becoming a thing of the past? According to a survey, the average American spends just 3 meals per week with their loved ones. In a poll of 2,000 adults, many said they’ve seen a decline in how often they get to eat with family, leaving them wanting more. In their youth, the average person says the ate, on average, 4 dinners per week with family and another 2 dinners with others outside their family circle. Nearly half of those surveyed (49%) said that having a family dinner together is an “important way to connect”. Shared dinners were also said to be good for making memories (46%), learning more about their family in general (46%), and continuing family traditions (45%).
OK, we haven’t talked about this yet, but it’s quickly becoming one of the big buzzwords of 2022: “Quiet quitting”. The term appeared widely this month, trending on Twitter and inspiring a TikTok hashtag that’s accumulated more than 30 million views. What is it? “Quiet-quitting is the concept of performing your job expectations and not going above and beyond,” according to one HR expert. Basically, if you’ve decided to attend work daily and complete your mandatory tasks, but will not stay additional hours or take on extra projects, you’re a “quiet quitter”. The sudden popularity of the concept is thought to reflect patterns observed in the changing labor market, as employers are seen to squeeze more and more productivity out of workers while paying them the same or less. The resulting resentment among workers, plus the feeling that there’s more to life than rising to the top of the corporate ladder and making the most money possible, has led many to the “work to live, not live to work” concept of quiet quitting.
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There is an island in New York state called “Just Enough Room,” where there’s just enough room for a tree and a house.
A single dairy cow can pass more than 300 pounds (136kg) of gas per year.
Red-eye in photos is a reflection of the blood in the back of your eye.
On average, a 150-pound (68kg) person burns 114 calories per hour while standing and doing nothing.
Before it was destroyed in 79AD by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius, the ancient city of Pompeii had take-out restaurants.
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Question: On average, you do this 4 times each day. What is it?
Answer: Start your car (and turn it off!)
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A TikTok cooking duo earned their third Guinness World Record by visiting 69 fast food restaurants in a 24-hour period in New York. Chefs Nick DiGiovanni and Lynn Davis, chose Manhattan as the location because they could visit all 69 eateries with a single 8-mile walk. The pair, who previously cooked up the world’s largest chicken nugget and world’s largest cake pop, were required to purchase and consume at least one food or drink item at each location — but the rules didn’t stipulate they had to do the consuming themselves, so sometimes other customers waiting in line were treated to free food. They had 24 hours to complete the record, but they managed to visit all of the restaurants in 7 hours and 15 minutes, despite some time lost by getting stuck in an elevator at Macy’s on 34th Street.
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Tired of your typical weather terms, like “scattered showers” or “hot and humid”? Try working one of these into your next weather conversation (or forecast!)…
☞ Frog strangler: This goes back to the 1870s, and refers to a heavy downpour…apparently capable of drowning frogs. Also acceptable: ‘frog choker’, ‘frog drowner’, or substitute the word ‘toad’ for extra oomph.
☞ Gorilla hail: Coined by Extreme Meteorologist Reed Timmer during a Texas storm in 2020. It means just what you think it means – huge hail.
☞ Monkey’s wedding: Also known as a sunshower. Legends vary, but rats, bears, jackals and tigers have also been accused of arranging nuptials in this type of conditions.
☞ Turkey Towers: Storm chaser slang for clouds that rapidly build upwards, exhibiting a turkeylike “neck.”
☞ Microburst: When a surge of rain falls out of a thunderstorm and hits the ground, and pushes outward into a foot shape.
☞ Sting jet: A small area of intense winds that can cause extensive wind damage. The formation looks like a bee’s stinger or scorpion’s tail on weather maps. (What? No bees? No airplanes?)
☞ Bear’s cage: The area of a tornado where the view is literally blocked from view by rotating walls of rain or hail.
zone: The point basically when a twister literally sucks you
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A blind woman who regained her vision says her husband is “even more handsome” than she imagined. 24-year-old Sophia Corah of New Mexico suddenly woke up with poor eyesight in May 2017 was declared legally blind a few months later. She went to Adams State University in Colorado to study psychology, and met Christian Corah. They became close friends – and Christian researched her condition, and discovered a surgery which would mean Sophia could see again. After fundraising $20,000 for the operation, her vision was restored in Aug. 2019, and the pair eventually got married. Sophia says when she saw Christian for the first time, he was definitely handsome, but she fell in love for “him as a person” not his “good looks.”