Show Notes for Friday, January 27, 2023

Today we visit with journalist and author Rick Leventhal about his new book “Chasing Catastrophe: My 35 Years Covering Wars, Hurricanes, Terror Attacks, and Other Breaking News” AVAILABLE NOW

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January 27

National Chocolate Cake Day

National Big Wig Day

Holocaust Remembrance Day

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Scientists at University of Maryland have developed a type of paper towel that absorbs 3 times more water-based liquids, using hydrogel, a gelatin-like material. Hydrogels have always been able to absorb more liquid than cloth or paper, but they become crumbly and brittle when they dry out. To fix this, the team created a way to include the desirable properties of both products into one

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In the years following the sinking of the Titanic, many people claimed that the Titanic had been marketed as being an unsinkable ship. Turns out, White Star Line had actually used phrasing like "as far as it is possible to do" and "designed to be unsinkable" when talking about their ships. Other headlines from the time period included words like "nearly" and "practically" when discussing the unsinkable claim. It was only after the ship had actually sunk that people latched onto the idea that the Titanic was supposed to be unsinkable, and they failed to use the company's actual phrasing when discussing the tragedy.


Troubled Amanda Bynes reuniting with her fellow “All That” cast members in her first public gig in years. Bynes is heading to ’90s Con this spring to be a part of the All That panel alongside Kel Mitchell, Danny Tamberelli and Lori Beth Denberg. The nostalgia-rich convention, which is reuniting the casts from several iconic ’90s productions, will be held at the Connecticut Convention Center March 17-19. Bynes told People that she’s “really excited to reunite with my cast mates and meet the fans.”

Boy Meets World” star Ben Savage is turning his attention from Hollywood to Washington. The 42-year-old is making a run for a seat in the U.S House of Representatives — specifically, he’s vying for California’s 30th District seat, currently occupied by Rep. Adam Schiff, a Democrat. Savage — also a registered Democrat — filed paperwork on Wednesday, declaring his intention to run. The actor previously interned with late Rep. Arlen Specter in 2003, as part of his his studies in political science at Stanford University.

The 2-episode premiere of “Night Court” ushered in some impressive ratings for NBC. The workplace comedy, a reboot of the original that ran for 9 seasons in the ‘80s, debuted with back-to-back episodes on Tuesday. The first episode delivered the highest-rated and most-watched program of the night with a whopping 1.0 rating in the advertiser-targeted 18-49 demo, according to Nielsen. That’s a feat that no network show has managed this season without an assist from an NFL lead-in. The episode also managed 7.4M total viewers. The second episode averaged 6.7M viewers, still very high even for an established series.

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We all have our “comfort foods”. And most of us have our “comfort shows”. Those sitcoms, like “Friends”, Seinfeld” or “The Office” that we’re happy to watch over and over…and over. Or maybe it’s a more recent hit like “The White Lotus” or “Wednesday”, or some kind of true crime show. And you know what? That’s OK. No need to feel guilty. In fact, rewatching a movie, series or single episode that you love has been found to enhance our wellbeing. Robert N Kraft, a professor of cognitive psychology at Otterbein University in Ohio, says that repeated viewing of familiar material helps fulfil our emotional needs, provides comfort, gives us a sense of control over our lives, and connects us with our past. In Psychology Today, he wrote: “When rewatching familiar shows, we receive the stories and emotions we expect. We know how the episodes end and, more importantly, how we’ll feel when they end.” Kraft says that’s one reason we’re more likely to choose comedies for repeated viewing instead of dramas or tragedies, and much like watching familiar holiday movies every December, we look forward to the positive emotional payoff at the end.

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Camels store water their bloodstream, not their hump, which is fatty tissue.

NASA accidentally erased the original tape of the first steps on the moon.

Your inner monologue operates at about 6,000 words per minute.

There was no punctuation until the 15th century.

According to astronauts, space smells like a combination of diesel fuel and barbecue.


Question: When reading a restaurant menu, 60% of people get angry or upset when they spot this. What is it?

Answer: Spelling error.

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A McDonald’s customer in Indiana didn’t want to complain when his order for a Sausage McMuffin came packed with a bag full of thousands of dollars in cash. A video shared by TikTok user @dookiedoeboy shows him holding the McDonald’s bag filled with what appear to be smaller baggies of cash. While recording, the man asks, “What is this? Why would they do this? You know how bad I want this money?” But he said he would return the money because he’s a “good person, I guess.” When the man returned to the restaurant, he jokingly asked, “Are you guys laundering money in here?” He then explains that the money turned out to be a cash deposit that was mistakenly given to him. Grateful employees rewarded his good deed with $200 and free McDonald’s for a month. LINK:

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An AskReddit user asked: “What expensive purchase have you made that has paid for itself many times over because you saved money in the long run?” Here are some of the answers…

Quality cold weather gear: Not only does it work better and look better, I’ve had a couple jackets for over 5 years, that see heavy use…I have a couple friends that basically buy and throwaway cheap gear every season. Works like (heck), looks like (heck), ends up in a landfill, costs more in the long run.

New windows: “Replaced the old single pane metal framed windows. It was like a waterfall of cold air coming off of them, and the noise from the street was obnoxious. Heating bill was cut in half.”

A nice bicycle: “I bought a $500.00 bicycle as my main transportation…doesn’t sound like a lot but when you’re only making 8 an hour, it took some time to save up for it. With public transportation at 2.50 a ride, the bike paid for itself in about 3 months…I still have it.”

Rechargeable batteries: “Xbox players save millions.”


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