Show Notes for Thursday, June 15, 2023


Dear John,

My wife and I recently celebrated our 15th wedding anniversary. I bought her a dozen roses on the day of our anniversary, but we got into an argument when she saw the price tag on the side of the packaging. She was quite upset that the flowers came from a gas station. We've been together fifteen years. I should get credit for even getting her something, but she told me she was disappointed that I didn't put more effort into a gift and the weekend. Was she right for being upset about this? Does it really matter where the flowers came from? Am I right?


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June 15

National Foam Party Day

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

Global Wind Day

National Megalodon Day

Magna Carta Day

Nature Photography Day

National Smile Power Day

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When your friends post photos of the delicious meal they’re enjoying at a fancy restaurant, they may actually be doing you a favor. New research shows that being bombarded with images promoting food, including on TV commercials, online and billboards, actually satisfies our cravings and diminishes our desire to overeat. Researchers at Aarhus University in Denmark exposed volunteers to a photo of M&M candies either 3 times or 30 times. Participants who saw the image 30 times had less desire to eat M&Ms than those who saw only 3 images of the candies.

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If you’re extroverted, you’re less likely to be replaced by a robot at your job, according to a new study. In an analysis of data from the American Institutes of Research, study authors “found that regardless of social background, people with higher levels of intelligence, higher levels of maturity and extraversion, (and) higher interests in arts and sciences” are less likely to “select (or be selected) into less computerizable jobs…years later.”


Showtime is not moving forward with a documentary on disgraced comedian Louis C.K. The feature-length doc was announced by Paramount Global last summer. Caroline Suh, who previously directed Netflix documentary “Blackpink: Light Up the Sky,” about K-Pop superstars Blackpink, was set to helm the project about C.K., which was billed as examining the comedian and his downfall as well as the wider #MeToo movement. It is unclear whether the documentary will land somewhere else.

Just in time for the original film’s 30-year anniversary, Disney is developing “Hocus Pocus 3”. The beloved franchise stars Bette Midler, Kathy Najimy, and Sarah Jessica Parker as a trio of Salem witches. The announcement follows last year’s “Hocus Pocus 2”, which reunited the central stars 29 years after the release of director Kenny Ortega’s 1993 original, and broke streaming records for Disney+.

Mark Hamill is ready to be done with ‘Luke Skywalker’, the iconic role that made him a household name. In an interview with “CBS Sunday Morning”, the 71-year-old explained that he is grateful for all the happiness the character brought to fans, but he doesn’t “see any reason to” play Skywalker again. He feels the Star Wars team has “so many stories to tell, they don’t need Luke anymore”. He did, however, leave some wiggle room, noting that he is a believer in the saying “never say never”.

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Scientists say people’s heads are getting bigger.

Remember the classic hippie-era Volkswagen bus? Well, because no ones a reboot more than the auto industry, the automaker has revived its groovy 1960s-era VW Volkswagen T1, also known as the Microbus and the Transporter. Except this time, it’s electric. Last year, Volkswagen unveiled the ID Buzz, a retro-styled electric van, and now, the North American version has been revealed, and though it features 3 rows of seats, it’s still shorter than a traditional minivan. The iconic Microbus was introduced in 1949, and in North America, it became associated with the Hippie movement. But the Bus also provided transportation for large families long before the front-wheel-drive minivan was invented by Chrysler in the 1980s. The NEW ID Buzz features an electric motor capable of producing 282 horsepower, more than 10 times the power of an early VW Bus. Prices start at US $40,000 LINK:

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Nail biting has been associated with a better immune system because of the exposure to germs that causes your body to build antibodies.

Queen Victoria survived at least 8 assassination attempts.

You can’t work in Antarctica unless you’ve had your wisdom teeth and appendix removed.

In 2006, CNN listed Mark Zuckerberg and the founder of Netflix (Reed Hastings) among the “10 People Who Don’t Matter.”


Question: Healthy soil can have as many as three million of these per acre. What?

Answer: Earthworms

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A hotel guest blamed his feet for an overpowering stench in his room – but discovered later there was a corpse was under his bed. The man — identified only as Mr. Zhang — checked into the Guzang Shuhua Inn, a popular Tibetan hotel, and promptly took a 3-hour nap in the room, where he detected a foul odor he assumed came from his feet. He then went out and returned to change for dinner, when he was hit by a stronger stench — so he requested another room. That night, he was awakened by hotel staff, and asked him to go to his first room, where police told him a body was discovered under the bed. They took a statement from him, but indicated they had had already arrested someone in the murder. After the hotel denied the whole thing to the media, Zhang decided to post a review of his macabre experience online, where it went viral on social media.

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Gretchen Rubin, author of “Life in Five Senses”, says that she spent 10 years studying what makes us happy in life—but there’s something she overlooked the entire time. And that’s the fact that there are ways our senses can help spark happiness. Here’s how…

1. If you need a burst of energy and cheer, use your sense of smell: Take a deep whiff of clean laundry or fine wood at the hardware store. With smells, you can’t save them, so enjoying a scent is all about the present, yet it can also transport you to the past, and nostalgia is a happy thing.

2. Stressed out? Use your sense of touch: Why do you think someone invented stress balls and fidget spinners? Some elderly care homes keep cuddly throw pillows, because it’s very comforting to touch something soft and warm. (Me? When I’m stressed, I chew pens…or coffee beans!)

3. Feeling distracted and unproductive? Use your sense of sound: You may find that the more you can control your surroundings, the less bothered you are by errant noises. Maybe ask your partner to use earbuds on video calls if you both work at home. Put your phone on silent when you need to concentrate. Just as it’s a relief to clear clutter, it’s good to clear clatter, too.

4. Need a creative spark? Use your sense of sight: Just try to spot the small details. Give yourself an assignment to spot a certain color while out walking, or really look at the trees or peoples’ hats. The more you look, the more beauty you’ll find, and you just might also find inspiration. (Also, money, if you’re lucky!)

5. Want to feel closer to people? Use your sense of taste: Yup, enjoying unique foods and flavors with others is an ancient custom for a reason. Make a date with a friend or relative you haven’t hung out with in a while and go to a new (to you) restaurant. Or get together with your partner and cook up a new recipe. The sharing of a sensory experience can lead to conversations that are unusually warm and intimate.

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