Show Notes for Friday, July 21, 2023

Today we visit with author Dan Schreiber. His new book “The Theory of Everything Else: A Voyage Into the World of the Weird” is a collection of the world’s most mind-boggling, thought-provoking, and downright hilarious theories


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July 21

National Be Someone Day

National Junk Food Day

National Lamington Day

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Children who start reading for pleasure early in life tend to end up with better school marks and better mental health outcomes as teenagers. A study published in the journal Psychological Medicine found a strong link between reading 12 hours a week and improved performance on cognitive tests later in adolescence. The researchers said: “Reading isn’t just a pleasurable experience — it’s widely accepted that it inspires thinking and creativity, increases empathy and reduces stress.”

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Choose wisely. That hot dog you’re looking forward to grilling up this weekend could shorten your “healthy life” by up to 36 minutes. On the other hand, eating a serving of cashews instead may extend it by 26 minutes! In a study, University of Michigan researchers found that substituting just 10% of your usual daily caloric intake from beef and processed meats with a mixture of fruits, vegetables, nuts, legumes, and some seafoods may extend your “healthy life” significantly…and help preserve the environment.


Johnny Depp was THIS close to losing 2 of his homes in West Hollywood — but was able to take out a $10 million loan to save them. Records show that his smaller house, Which faced foreclosure in 2016 in the amount of $4.28 million, was in full reconveyance after the actor paid what he owed. Depp took out a massive loan in March on the other home — known for its resemblance to a gothic replica of a Bavarian castle. That home went into a $5 million default in 2018. The Daily Mail reports that Depp was forced to take out the 8-figure home loan after blowing his $650 million fortune on litigation with Amber Heard and other reckless spending.

Angelina Jolie’s former investment company is accusing Brad Pitt and “co-conspirators” of “stripping” and “looting” their formerly owned Ch√Ęteau Miraval, in a bid at gaining control. Nouvel claims Pitt “wasted” the company’s assets by “spending millions on vanity projects…rebuilding a staircase 4 times and spending millions to restore a recording studio,” documents say. Attorneys claim that Pitt’s “misconduct” escalated after Jolie sold Nouvel in 2021 to a company controlled by a Russian oligarch. The filing states that Pitt was incensed that Jolie didn’t sell it to him, and acted like a petulant child, refusing to treat Nouvel as an equal partner in the business.”

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According to a survey, July is the month in which people are most likely to cheat.

At Washington DC’s fabled National Museum of Natural History, which houses some of the world’s oldest artifacts, the latest “relic” on display is: the cellphone. The first-of-its-kind exhibit, called “Cellphone: Unseen Connections,” offers visitors a chance to explore the way cellular phones have brought people closer together. It features dazzling displays, including supersized emoji screens and a comic mural spawning multiple walls. One eye-catching piece is a 10-foot-tall cellphone-shaped case containing a multitude of minerals from around the world. Inside are precious staples like gold and platinum, plus lesser-known varieties. Why? Collectively, the mineral specimens display contains the 65 different elements that power the average cellphone. One of the show-stoppers of the exhibit is the “Tower of Technology”, where cell phones of all types and sizes are mounted inside a glass case, so visitors can hopefully spot the devices they used to own.

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Of the 12 people who have walked on the moon, 11 were Boy Scouts.

Alexander Graham Bell refused to have a phone in his study because the ringing drove him nuts.

The stomach of an adult can hold 1.5 liters of material (Approximately one Bug-Gulp).

About 700 grapes go into one bottle of wine (approx. 2.6lbs – 1.18kg)

The speed of a computer mouse is measured in “Mickeys.”


Question: A study showed that people do THIS 20% more on the weekend. What is it?

Answer: Smile

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It’s not the type of development you’d expect to come from a mathematical scientist, but one of them claims to have come up with the world’s ultimate swear word, using…science! MSc student Sophie Maclean, who has a BA in Mathematics, has written a code which can read an existing list of swearwords and analyze their qualities, to create a new one. So, what curse did the code come up with? According to maths, the ultimate swearword is “banger” – or ‘ber’ for short. I know. That’s a little disappointing after such a build-up. MacLean herself agrees – to a point. Quote: “I think neither is as satisfying as (the classic swear words you might use) when you’ve stubbed your toe, or…when you realize you’ve forgotten your parent’s birthday. But both feel like they could be quite good insults for people.”

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QUESTIONABLE LIFE HACKS: (Continued from yesterday)

We’re not saying they’re ethical, but you have to admit they’re genius…

When meeting someone, text and tell them you are twice as far away from them as you actually are, and are willing to meet halfway…like, about a block away from where you actually are.

Trespass while wearing an orange safety jacket. Nobody questions an orange safety jacket (Carry a clipboard, too – just in case…)

To dominate someone in a conversation, stare at the other person’s forehead questioningly. (Tried it on my mother-in-law. Still lost…)

Keep a McDonald’s cup in your car at all times. When thirsty, just walk in to a McD’s and get a refill.

Want to eavesdrop on someone? Airpods have a “Live Listen” feature that turns your phone into a mic. Leave your phone charging in the room where you want to snoop – and listen remotely.

If you’re stuck on an annoying call, put your phone on ‘airplane mode’ instead of hanging up. The other person will see “call failed” instead of “call ended”.

Don’t call into work “sick”. Call and say you have “family problems”. End of discussion. (“Female problems” works, too!)

If you’re sick of people letting their dogs relieve themselves on your lawn, instead of a “Please pick after your dog” sign, put one up that says: “Lawn treated with pesticides”. THAT oughta do it!

❑ …and if you don’t mind being toxic…If your significant other has an annoying friend that you don’t like, just casually mention how pretty/handsome he/she is. Voila!

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