Show Notes for Friday, June 09, 2023

Today we visit with best-selling author Brian Selznick about his newest book “BIG TREE” -

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June 09

National Movie Night

Coral Triangle Day

World Antiphospholipid Antibody Syndrome Day

National Earl Day

National Strawberry Rhubarb Pie Day

National Donald Duck Day

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A new study has found that eating a junk food diet filled with sugar, saturated fat and processed foods results in poor sleep quality. And when study participants switched to a healthier diet, their sleep quality improved. Jonathan Cedernaes, study co-author and associate professor at Uppsala University in Sweden, said: “Both poor diet and poor sleep increase the risk of several public health conditions.” Sleep problems have been linked to an increased risk of high blood pressure, diabetes, obesity, depression, heart attack and stroke.

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It’s best not to try using ChatGPT to do your homework for you. A student named Arjun was allegedly busted for using the artificial-intelligence technology on his schoolwork. Roshan Patel tweeted about the incident, along with a photo of the assignment, writing: “My little cousin Arjun got caught using ChatGPT on his 7th grade English homework.” In the pic of the student’s supposed work, the line, “As an AI language model, I don’t have personal expectations or opinions,” is highlighted in yellow. It appears that Arjun had copied what the chatbot said, verbatim. The word “poignant” was also highlighted — a word that is probably not in every preteen’s vocabulary. The viral tweet has since racked up more than 1.2 million views and 4,755 likes. LINK:


Benedict Cumberbatch and his family were left fearing for their lives when a man wielding a knife began destroying property and shouting at the actor. Reports say a 35-year-old chef at a luxury hotel kicked his way through the front gate of Cumberbatch’s $3.5 million London property — shouting “I know you’ve moved here, I hope it burns down” while the actor, his wife, and their 3 kids could hear him just outside their doors. The man then pulled out one of the family’s plants and threw it at the garden wall, spat at the intercom and pried it loose with a fish knife. Bissell fled, but was arrested after police found his DNA on the intercom. He’s since been fined and given a restraining order.

John Cleese says a scene in the stage show of “Life of Brian” won’t be cut due to modern-day sensitivities. The scene in the 1979 film shows the character of ‘Stan’ – portrayed by Eric Idle – telling his fellow revolutionaries that he now wants to be a woman and demands to be called ‘Loretta’ as he wants to have children. While it has been reported that the scene would be cut from the stage version, Cleese has rejected this, writing on Twitter that at “a table reading of the latest draft…all the actors – several of them Tony winners – had advised me strongly to cut the Loretta scene. I have, of course, no intention of doing so.”

Ryan Gosling is firing back at criticism suggesting he’s too old to play ‘Ken’ in the upcoming “Barbie” movie. He spoke to GQ about the eagerly anticipated flick, in which he stars alongside Margot Robbie’s ‘Barbie’. Asked about the criticism lobbed his way after a trailer was released, an amused Gosling replied: “Like you ever thought about Ken before this? Gosling went on: “But suddenly, it’s like, ‘No, we’ve cared about Ken this whole time.’ No, you didn’t…If you ever really cared about Ken, you would know that nobody cared about Ken. So your hypocrisy is exposed. This is why his story must be told.” Laughing, he said: “I care about this dude now. I’m like his representative.”

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Research shows that we regularly forget daily tasks that we fully intend to complete.

By now, we’re all familiar with the new job trend “Bare Minimum Mondays”, where workers do exactly that on the first day of the workweek. The trend promotes a ”gentle start” to the working week by easing the usual pressures and expectations that arise after the weekend. And now, an Australian boss is making sure her employees fall in line. Marketing manager Caitlin Winter, says it’s been ”one of the best decisions she’s ever made” as a boss. She started using Bare Minimum Mondays as a way for staff to take the day at their own pace and to treat themselves with ”space and kindness”, thus setting themselves for a productive week. In spite of the stereotype, she says it doesn’t mean they sit in their “PJs all day in front of the TV”. In reality, “it’s simply a day where we work from home, don’t schedule any meetings, and generally just treat ourselves with a little more space and kindness.” She has noticed that her team’s work has been impressive, with overall happiness and productivity improving.

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Only a quarter of the Sahara Desert is sandy.

Turkeys can blush.

Cats make about 100 different sounds. Dogs make about 10.

Frozen vegetables can have more nutritional value than week-old “fresh” veggies.


Question: The average family throws away 70 of these perfectly edible items every year. What are they?

Answer: Bread loaf end crusts (heels)

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Kevin Maginnis is McLovin’ it! The 56-year-old Nashville man went on an all-Mcdonald’s diet for 100 days, and lost 58.5 pounds (26.5kg) when it ended last week. He started at 238 pounds, losing 30 pounds in the first 30 days, by eating half-portions for each meal. Quote: “I’ve eaten everything from Big Macs to quarter pounders — with fries. Don’t get bitter while I’m eating my apple fritter and losing weight!” Maginnis didn’t exercise while on his “program”, and he avoided snacking. He also replaced soda with water, and didn’t eat any fruit or vegetables, aside from those in burgers, apple fritters and blueberry muffins. After eating only McDonalds food for 100 days, he says he feels “amazing”.

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(listed alphabetically…)

Aerosmith – “Aerosmith”: Highlights include ‘Dream On’, ‘Mama Kin’, ‘Somebody’

David Bowie – “Aladdin Sane”: ‘The Jean Genie’, ‘Drive-In Saturday’, ‘Let’s Spend the Night Together’

Eagles – “Desperado”: ‘Desperado’, ‘Tequila Sunrise’, ‘Doolin’ Dalton’

Billy Joel – “Piano Man”: ‘Piano Man’, ‘Captain Jack’, ‘The Ballad of Billy the Kid’

Elton John – “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road”: ‘Candle in the Wind’, ‘Bennie and the Jets’, ‘Saturday Night’s Alright for Fighting’

Pink Floyd – “The Dark Side of the Moon”: ‘Money’, ‘Time’, ‘The Great Gig in the Sky’

Queen – “Queen”: ‘Keep Yourself Alive’, ‘Liar’, ‘Seven Seas of Rhye’

Bruce Springsteen – “Greetings from Asbury Park, N.J.”: ‘Blinded by the Light’, ‘Spirit in the Night’, ‘It’s Hard to Be a Saint in the City

The Who – “Quadrophenia – ‘Love Reign O’er Me’, ‘The Real Me’, ‘5.15’

Wings – “Band on the Run”: ‘Band on the Run’, ‘Jet’, ‘Nineteen Hundred and Eighty Five’

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