Show Notes for Thursday, January 05, 2023


Dear John,

Here's a question for you. I mailed out a Christmas card to a childhood friend. This year my card was returned with the yellow sticker that said "Return to Sender -Refused -Unable to Forward". Is this saying that he refused it? It caught me off guard. Thoughts? Should I try to call to make sure everything is OK? Not sure if this means they moved and I just need a new address, or if they saw my card and rejected it. I have always gotten along with him, but earlier this year he and my wife got in a little argument on facebook. I don't think it was that big of a deal, but who knows these days!? What do you think I should do on this?

Thank you,

Confused Friend

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January 5

National Bird Day

National Keto Day

National Screenwriters Day

National Whipped Cream Day

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You know that old cliché about not being able to eat just one potato chip? Well, it turns out that’s an actual thing – and it may be imbedded in your DNA. Researchers at Japan’s Osaka Metropolitan University say they’ve uncovered a gene that has a strong correlation to obesity prevention. It helps you to stop yourself before you overeat, especially greasy junk foods. The “put-the-fork-down gene” is called CREB-regulated transcription coactivator 1, or CRTC1. That gene was studied in mice to observe how it affects eating habits. Mice bred to have that gene deleted — and put on a high-fat diet — tended to develop diabetes and gain more weight than the control mice. So, if you find you can’t stop eating junk food, just blame it on your genes. The scientists say they hope their discovery will lead to a better understanding of what causes people to overeat.

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Single men are stinkier than guys in relationships, according to the results of a sniff test. But while pungent body odor and being single might seem like they go hand-in-hand, researchers at Macquarie University in Australia say that a strong whiff may actually help unattached men signal their availability to women. 91 men were supplied with a plain white T-shirt and instructed to exercise enough that “a significant amount of sweat was absorbed onto the underarm of the T-shirt.” The shirts were then passed beneath the nostrils of 82 women. The lucky girls determined that single men’s BO smells stronger than the BO of partnered men. The study authors concluded: “From an evolutionary perspective, it may be advantageous for women to be able to detect the chemosignals that connote coupledom and ultimately avoid courting partnered males (especially with offspring) due to the relatively reduced resources they can offer.”


The first round of presenters for the 80th Golden Globe Awards has been announced, with Ana De Armas, Ana Gasteyer, Billy Porter, Colman Domingo, Jamie Lee Curtis, Michaela Jaé Rodriguez, Natasha Lyonne, Nicole Byer, Niecy Nash, Quentin Tarantino and Tracy Morgan set to hand out trophies. The January 10th (Tuesday) ceremony marks a return of the Golden Globes after several years of scandal and controversy over corruption and a lack of diverse voter membership, which led to the suspension of the 2022 telecast. As previously announced, Eddie Murphy will be on hand to receive the 2023 Cecil B. DeMille award, while Ryan Murphy will receive the Carol Burnett Award.

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You’re familiar with “Dry January”, right. That’s when thousands of people around the world lie and say they won’t be drinking any alcohol for the entire month of January. What they usually end up doing is not drinking for a week or so – and then drinking “lightly” through the rest of the month. But many make it all the way through the month, with the plan of returning to their old, hedonistic drinking habits in February. But perhaps surprisingly, that’s often not what happens. Studies show that people who participate in Dry January and other sobriety challenges frequently experience lasting benefits. Often, they drink less in the long run and make other sustained changes to their drinking habits that lead to striking improvements in their health and well-being. So why does Dry January seem to have a lasting effect? A month of sobriety, however daunting it may sound, is not so long that it seems impossible. But it is long enough that it helps to form new habits — like turning down alcohol in social settings, which can be empowering. And taking a break from alcohol can trigger immediate health benefits, like weight loss, better sleep, and a boost to your mood and energy levels, which can reinforce the new habit. British and American researchers found that those who gave up alcohol for one month lost, on average, 4½ pounds (2kg), their blood pressure dropped, and they had a dramatic reduction in their levels of insulin resistance, a marker for Type 2 diabetes risk.

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Millionaires who earned their wealth are happier than those who inherited it, according to a study.

Latin had about 800 obscene words; English has only about 20.

Adult cats only meow at humans, not other cats.

In their lifetime, most people spend an average of one entire year sitting on the toilet.


Question: On average, we do THIS several hundred times a day as a kid but only 15 times a day as an adult.

Answer: Laugh.

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Today’s story comes from Traverse City, Michigan, where the cops were called to a disturbance at a Christmas party at the Hotel Indigo. Apparently a man in a Grinch costume got into a fight with another partygoer in a reindeer outfit. When the fight spilled out of the bar and into the lobby area, a hotel employee tried to intervene. And that’s when things took a nasty turn. Instead of fighting each other, Mr. Reindeer and Mr. Grinch turned on the poor employee, with Mr. Reindeer shoving him to the ground. The Grinch then pummeled the poor guy, giving him a black eye and breaking his watch. The cops arrived and, after getting things under control, arrested the Grinch and charged him with assault and battery. Mr. Reindeer got a warning to be nice and was not charged.

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(According to Variety…)

1. Psycho (1960)

2. The Wizard of Oz (1939)

3. The Godfather (1972)

4. Citizen Kane (1941)

5. Pulp Fiction (1994)

6. Seven Samurai (1954)

7. 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)

8. It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)

9. All About Eve (1950)

10. Saving Private Ryan (1998)

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