Show Notes for Wednesday, May 17, 2023

Today we visit with the very funny Joe Gatto from Impractical Jokers, Misery Index on TV. He's also the author of The Dogfather -

He has a stand-up comedy tour all over North America this year

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May 17

World Telecommunication And Information Society Day

World Hypertension Day

National Idaho Day

National Graduation Tassel Day

Emergency Medical Services For Children Day

National Walnut Day

National Cherry Cobbler Day

National Pack Rat Day

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Researchers from Colorado State University say bugs are a smart choice for dinner. In a study, they found that both the chitin (kai’tin) and healthy fats gained by eating insects appear to contribute to healthy gut microbiota and provide plenty of essential protein and nutrients. The research focused on how cricket-derived designer chocolate patties may affect the digestion process.

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The cocktail bar-slash-chicken joint “Double Chicken Please” in New York, which took the #1 spot in the 2023 list of North America’s 50 Best Bars, serves up the wonderfully bizarre “Cold Pizza Cocktail” as one of its specialties. Double Chicken Please’s fun approach to libations also includes the meal-inspired “Waldorf Salad” (which has a whiskey base), and the rum-based Mango Sticky Rice. What’s in the Cold Pizza cocktail? Parmigiano Reggiano, tequila, tomato, basil, honey, egg white and burnt toast.

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The stage is set for the release of one of the most anticipated movies of 2023, — Christopher Nolan’s biographical film “Oppenheimer”. Based on the life of physicist J Robert Oppenheimer, credited with inventing the atomic bomb, the 3-minute trailer was released yesterday, and fans can’t believe how many big names are aboard. Set to a dramatic score, the teaser offers a close look at the key players of the Manhattan Project, featuring a star-studded cast including Cillian Murphy, Florence Pugh, Emily Blunt, Robert Downey Jr., Matt Damon, Leslie Groves Jr. and Tom Conti, as a somber looking Albert Einstein. Others confirmed to appear in the film include: Rami Malek, Kenneth Branagh, Jack Quaid, Matthew Modine, Josh Peck, Jason Clarke, Gary Oldman, James D’Arcy, and several others. Oppenheimer opens July 21. LINK:

Michael J. Fox has revealed that he “can’t even remember dating” The Bangles singer Susanna Hoffs back in the 80s. 61-year-old Fox made the revelation while promoting his new Apple TV+ documentary “Still” which focuses on his life and battle with Parkinson’s disease. He said: “When I look at that period in the [documentary] it just seems crazy. Look at all the girls I dated. Some of them I can’t even remember…Stuff like that happened all the time.” The “Teen Wolf” star and Hoffs briefly dated in 1986.

Brad Pitt is getting into the cockpit for an upcoming Formula One film. The movie, about a racer putting his retirement plans on pause for a younger driver, will have “Top Gun: Maverick” director Joseph Kosinski and producer Jerry Bruckheimer at the helm. The team working on the movie has apparently “spent 18 months taking what they learnt on Top Gun Maverick to develop the smallest moveable 6k camera ever designed to take the viewer into the cockpit” in an attempt at making the most accurate racing film ever made.

Robert De Niro is a dad again — at age 79! The legendary actor revealed in an interview for his new movie “About My Dad” that he recently welcomed his 7th child, telling ET Canada: “I just had a baby”. He corrected the interviewer who asked about his 6 kids, saying: “Seven, actually.” He didn’t give any other details, such as who the child’s mother is, though his girlfriend, Tiffany Chen, showed her baby bump on a dinner date last month. The new baby joins De Niro’s other kids, who range in age from 11 to 51.

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We’ve all been told that walking is the best exercise. It’s easy, convenient, requires minimal equipment, and has tremendous health benefits. With that in mind, many people aim to take the magical number of 10,000 steps each day. But here’s something else to keep in mind: According to research from the University of Sydney, pace is just as important as those 10,000 steps a day, as far as your health is concerned. 78,500 adults with wearable fitness trackers were monitored, and scientist found that while achieving 10,000 steps was linked to a lower risk of dementia and heart disease, a faster walking pace showed even more benefits. They concluded: “The take-home message here is that for protective health benefits, people could not only ideally aim for 10,000 steps a day, but also aim to walk faster.”

A 7th grader in Michigan is being called a hero for preventing his school bus from crashing after its driver lost consciousness. Dillon Reeves, a student at Lois E. Carter Middle School in Warren, took immediate action on a bus ride home in “an extraordinary act of courage and maturity,” the school superintendent said. The bus driver experienced dizziness while driving and followed protocol by alerting ‘“home base” that she wasn’t feeling well and was going to pull over. But the driver passed out before stopping, and the bus started to veer into oncoming traffic. Reeves “jumped up from his seat, threw his backpack down, ran to the front of the bus, grabbed the steering wheel and eased the bus to a stop in the middle of the road” in the midst of panic. In a video released by authorities, Reeves is seen taking control of the steering wheel, slowly pushing the brakes, and yelling to the other kids: “Someone call 911! Now!” No one was injured and the bus driver is fine.

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The word “dice” is now accepted as both the singular and plural.

Mice sing like birds, but humans can’t hear them.

Human noses and ears get bigger as we age.

Dogs usually start sniffing with their right nostril, but shift to the left side for something pleasant, like food.

A UK study found that the average adult spends more than twice as much time on the toilet than being physically active.


Question: 4 in 10 travelers think this should be banned on airlines.

Answer: Reclining seats

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A beautician who left her job doing hair and nails is now raking in £7k (US $8,800 USD) a month – working as a full-time witch. 29-year-old Brit Jessica Caldwell, who works only on social media, reads tarot cards for celebrities, friends and family. She quit her previous job after a ”spiritual awakening” while scrolling through Instagram during a shift as a nail technician. After purchasing witchcraft books online, Caldwell discovered her talent for reading tarot cards and ”fell in love with crystals.” She says she now can work from home, choose her own hours, and has over 5,000 clients, making 3 times what she made as a beautician. LINK:

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Words have huge social and reputational power. Here are some to avoid if you want to be seen as a classier person. BTW, you’re not going to agree with all of these…

The “f” word: There. I said it. Without saying it. It betrays a notable lack of self-discipline and self-control.

✗ “Huh?”: It makes you sound like proof that humanity hasn’t evolved much past the days of the cavemen.

✗ “What?”: Slightly higher up on the scale, but still distinctly not classy. Try “Pardon?”

✗“Ghetto”: Yup. It makes you sound ghetto.

✗“Booze”: Try using better words, such as drinks, wine, spirits, beer, beverages, cocktails, or refreshments.

✗ “Legit”: This is another of those “youth culture” words that just sounds…really silly.

✗ “Epic”: Please stop. Unless you’re talking about a period of history or an epic poem, leave it out of your verbal palette.

✗ “Sick”: If someone is legit sick, then fine. But use of the word to describe something as being remarkable or impressive makes you sound like a 12-year-old skateboarder.

✗“Dude”: Apparently you only have the right to use this word if you grew up in certain areas of Australia or California. Otherwise, instead of asking “Dude, where’s my car?”, Try asking “Dude, where’s my classiness?”

✗“Snack”: It has crept into the lexicon as a way of describing a man who is highly attractive. Just remember to avoid all “snacking”.

✗“Extra”: …when used to describe something bizarre or incredible or embarrassing. Using this term is very extra. And by that, we mean embarrassing

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