Show Notes for Friday, June 30, 2023

Today we visit with the power couple of competitive eating... Miki Sudo and Nick Wehry are pro eaters and engaged to one another! They will be at the upcoming Nathan's Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog Eating Contest.

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June 30

Wildland Firefighter Week Of Remembrance

International Day Of Parliamentarism

International Asteroid Day

National OOTD Day

Social Media Day

National Meteor Watch Day

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Do 8-year-olds pay attention to the price of their favorite candy at the store? Researchers from the University of Bonn have found that some elementary school students actually do. But it also turns out that if their favorite treat costs a bit more, they’re willing to pay the extra cash to get what they want. Of course, there are also some that don’t have the cognitive skills to factor in pricing at all. The researchers wrote: “The results allow conclusions to be drawn about how well children can evaluate numbers. Those who have lower skills in this regard are probably less able to assess prices.”

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Researchers say they are close to being able to grow decaffeinated coffee beans. A Brazilian coffee research institute has started a decisive stage in a 2-decade project to develop arabica coffee varieties that are naturally decaffeinated, something they feel could have significant commercial potential. They believe there’s a market niche among consumers who would prefer caffeine-free beans to current decaffeinated brands that are the result of chemical or industrial processes. Companies selling decaffeinated coffee could benefit with reduced costs, since they could skip the processes to remove caffeine from regular coffee varieties.


Ethan Hunt’ is back. Tom Cruise graced the red carpet in Rome for the star-studded “Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One” premiere. Flanked by the movie’s ensemble cast, Cruise expressed his gratitude to the crowd for their support, stating: “It’s extraordinary to be in this stunning city of cinema.” Cruise showered his co-stars with praise, and pointed out the yellow Fiat 500 prominently displayed at the foot of the red-carpeted steps, teasing its pivotal role in a car chase sequence. He also joked that the next “Mission: Impossible” film will be a musical. “Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One” bursts into theaters July 12.

Tom Cruise has shared the screen with many famous names during his illustrious career, but there’s one actor he’s still desperate to work with. The “Mission Impossible” star has revealed he would love to make a movie with…Scarlett Johansson. Speaking with “Entertainment Tonight” at the premiere of the 7th Mission Impossible film, Cruise said: “I’d love to make a movie with her!…She is enormously talented. So charismatic, versatile. She has great physical ability obviously.” He said he has “watched her career her whole life”, and told another reporter that a shared project is “absolutely” going to happen.

John Goodman has stuck to the goals he set for himself 16 years ago. The “Conners” star flaunted his 200-pound weight loss at the Monte-Carlo Television Festival in Monaco. The 70-year-old looked dapper in a fitted navy blue suit jacket. Goodman, who served as the jury president at the festival, began his physical transformation in 2007 when his weight hit 400 pounds.

One man, two streaming successes. Arnold Schwarzenegger single-handedly comprised 20% of the most-watched movies and TV series (in the US) from the past week across both streaming and linear television. Not only is the “Terminator” star behind Netflix’s hit series “Fubar,” which scored the #2 spot, The Arnold is also the subject of a new revealing 3-part docuseries on the streaming platform, which came in at #4 after debuting June 7. At the top of the charts this week is “Avatar: The Way of Water”.

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A study shows that some commonly-used baby soaps and shampoos can trigger positive tests for marijuana.

With the rise in A.I., you might be concerned about the security of your job. And really, who isn’t, these days? Well, good news for you, if you work with your hands. A leading expert in the field of artificial intelligence claims that those who do manual labor — including plumbers, construction workers, and carpenters — are likely safe from the expansion of AI. He also says that call center staffers could be unemployed soon, as bots take over those jobs. Professor Michael Wooldridge from the University of Oxford says anyone whose job requires “dexterity” likely won’t be replaced by A.I. In a video he released on the subject, Wooldridge points out that there are also “an awful lot of jobs which really require human understanding and having a human there is really quite important.” For that reason, he’s not as pessimistic as some about the future. He uses the example of the university’s staff which analyzes fetal scans, which use A.I. to spot abnormalities. He calls that one example of the huge range of technologies which are going to make people’s lives better.”

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The first use of “Google” as a verb in pop culture was on “Buffy the Vampire Slayer”.

Sleeping on your stomach can induce weird, scarier and sexier dreams.

Al Capone played banjo in the Alcatraz prison band.

Cows give more milk when they listen to music.

Geckos can turn the stickiness of their feet on and off at will.


Question: In a survey, 15% of restaurant servers said they wish their customers would stop doing THIS. What is it?

Answer: Sitting together on the same side of the table or booth

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The secret to eternal youth might be…death. Someone else’s death, that is. Some dermatologists are offering a product called Renuva, made from human cadaver tissue, instead of synthetic fillers or using a customer’s own fat to add volume in their face. Renuva is said to last longer, and “it keeps getting better” with each treatment, according to one proponent. Yes, it is made from cadaver tissue, but those using it don’t seem to mind. One said: “I see it as equivalent to a medical transplant.” Cosmetic dermatologist Dr. Paul Jarrod Frank says Renuva is an “off-the-shelf injectable, like any other filler, that does not require surgery.” It can also be used to fill in dimples or unevenness on the body, such as after surgery.

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According to a new ranking of 173 cities by the Economist Intelligence Unit, taking into account factors such as stability, health care, culture and environment, education, and infrastructure.

1. Vienna, Austria

2. Copenhagen, Denmark

3. Melbourne, Australia

4. Sydney, Australia

5. Vancouver, Canada

6. Zurich, Switzerland

7. Calgary, Canada

7. Geneva, Switzerland

9. Toronto, Canada

10. (tie) Osaka, Japan

10. (tie) Auckland, New Zealand

12. Adelaide, Australia

13. Perth, Australia

14. Helsinki, Finland

15. Tokyo, Japan

16. Brisbane, Australia

17. Frankfurt, Germany

18. Berlin, Germany|

19. Luxembourg

20. Amsterdam, Netherlands

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