Show Notes for Thursday, February 16, 2023


Dear John,

I spent another Valentines Day single... so I just signed up for my first ever online dating site. It seems weird to me. I'm in my late 30s. Most people on here have probably done this before. I was on there just now and I noticed that I matched up with a guy from high school. He used to make fun of me in high school and caused a me quite a bit of anxiety and pain back then. I've always thought of him as a bully, but he seems different now. He reached out. Based on his message, he seems kind of sweet now and we really do have a lot in common. High School was 20 years ago. My mom thinks I should give him a chance. What do you think? How should I reply to him? Do you think he even knows we went to high school together? Should I mention that?

Thank you,

So Very Single

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February 16

National Almond Day

National Do A Grouch a Favor Day

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Having a limp handshake might be a sign of early death, according to a new study from researchers at the University of Michigan. Their study links grip strength to a higher risk of age-related chronic diseases, including cancer. The researchers found that having a weak grip could be a sign of overall muscle weakness — a known factor of many degenerative diseases.

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A 2017 study found that the key to feeling younger is acting younger – and occasionally sillier. Researchers in the UK polled adults on the effects of nostalgia and youthful behavior on mental and physical health, and nearly ¾ of respondents indicated that occasionally forgetting you’re an adult and tapping into a more immature mindset — be it watching old cartoons, pulling pranks on friends, or playing classic board games — was important for their health. Also effective: the simple act of being silly – by imitating others, making goofy faces, or blowing bubbles through a straw.


Celebrities once again ran up the score for Super Bowl advertisers. The most-watched Super Bowl ad on YouTube on Sunday was Melissa McCarthy’s spot, in which she is whisked away on a whirlwind musical tour of gorgeous vacation getaways. John Travolta’s T-Mobile ad, crooning a riff on ‘Summer Nights’ alongside Zach Braff and Donald Faison, was #2. Other celeb-driven ads in YouTube’s Top 10 came from Skechers (Snoop Dogg), Pepsi (Steve Martin), Paramount+ (Sylvester Stallone), Rakuten (with Alicia Silverstone reprising Cher from “Clueless”), Google Pixel (Amy Schumer, NBA star Giannis Antetokounmpo and Doja Cat) and Avocados From Mexico (featuring a naked Anna Faris as Eve in a reimagined Garden of Eden).

Could one more Batman be returning to the DC multiverse? During Sunday’s Super Bowl, the first trailer for “The Flash” dropped, featuring 2 different Batmans, but fans think they may have spotted a third: Christian Bale. Because their appearances in multiverse-spanning superhero epic were previously announced by DC, Ben Affleck and Michael Keaton both popping up in the trailer playing the Caped Crusader was expected. But the appearance of a Batman riding a Batpod had many raising an eyebrow. Fans were quick to note the similarity in appearance of both the Batpod and the cape-and-cowl costume design to Bale’s take on the character from Christopher Nolan’s “Dark Knight” trilogy.

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Do you still toss in a dryer sheet every time you do your laundry? It might be time to leave that old habit behind. Some experts say that those sheets are doing more harm than good to your clothes, your dryer and, most importantly, to the environment. Patric Richardson (‘The Laundry Guy’ on Discovery+) says dryer sheets don’t actually make your clothes any softer, although it might feel that way, due to the fact that the sheets are coated with a chemical solution that transfers to your garments when heated up. That residue builds up over time and can contribute to clothing and towels smelling ‘musty’ or ‘stale’ even after they’ve been laundered. That film also builds up in your dryer, which will can affect the appliance’s effectiveness over time, and increase your utility bill. What’s more, the sheets themselves become litter that can’t be reused and don’t decompose easily. Try wool dryer balls instead, which are a more sustainable option, that can be reused for years.

Scientists have found that men with beer bellies are statistically more likely to have weaker bones.

A report says the typical symptoms of stress are eating too much, impulse buying, and driving too fast.

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Apple seeds are poisonous.

Your hair grows faster in the morning than at any other time of day.

One in 20 people have an extra rib.

Black bears are not always black. They can be brown, cinnamon, yellow, and sometimes white.
✓ The original name for the butterfly was “flutterby”.


Question: Employers say this happens more in the first week of a new year than at any other time of the year.

Answer: People get fired

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Would you agree to suffer a bit during surgery — if it’s good for the planet? Experts are recommending that doctors reduce their use of certain kinds of anesthesia — to combat the effects of climate change. Dr. Mohamed Fayed, a senior anesthetist at Detroit’s Henry Ford Health, made the suggestion during the American Society of Anesthesiologists’ annual conference last week. He admits that doing so would only have a small benefit to the environment, but “it will add up”, and anesthesiologists should consider “lowering the flow of anesthetic gas — without affecting patient care.” Studies show that inhaled anesthesia accounts for up to 0.1% of the world’s carbon emissions, and an hour of surgery using an inhaled anesthetic is equivalent to driving 470 miles.

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An AskReddit thread posed the question: What careers would you advise young people to AVOID? Here are some of the answers…

Warehouse work: “Your fellow co-workers are tired and overworked. The pay is just enough to live…but you will often be tired due to long hours…no room for growth within the company, and management is concerned more with production numbers than your health and safety.”

Oil industry: “That’s a rollercoaster of a career where you will be job hopping forever, moving, or looking for a job often. Whenever the oil prices tank…you may lose your job.”

Film industry: “…there is no job security. Oh, you got a job on a season of a TV show? Enjoy it while it lasts because 7 months from now, you’re going to be looking for a new job again once the season ends!”

Lawyer: (unless your family owns a law firm) “I have” 4+ years in business and still trying to find my right connects and industry links. My employer treats me like (crap), no paid extra hours, tons of paperwork and even small mistakes could throw away everything you have worked so hard for.”

Physical therapist: “It’s a doctoral degree now, with all the costs associated with that. Jobs are always available but the pay will vary from $45k to $120k. Raises are non existent. “


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