Show Notes for Monday, July 24, 2023

This #MovieStarMonday we visit with Alycia Cooper. Most well known as a hilarious stand up comic, she also appeared in the Netflix hit comedy film, Guest House and a string of independent films and had a significant voice over role in Spiderman: Into the Spider-Verse. In addition to films, she can be seen in many TV shows as well.

Her new Comedy Special is available now:

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July 24

International Self Care Day

National Thermal Engineer Day

National Drive-thru Day

National Cousins Day

National Amelia Earhart Day

National Tequila Day

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Forget sleeping pills and an eye mask — chocolate could be the key to avoiding jet lag. In a study, University of Sydney researchers created simulations of long-haul plane rides as the airline prepares to debut a direct Sydney to New York route in 2025, which will take a treacherous 20 hours. They found that those who devoured chocolate experienced “better sleep quality in-flight, less severe jet lag, and better cognitive performance in the 2 days after the flight.”

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It seems to be open season on ketchup faux pas. Last week, the official Heinz UK Twitter account posted: “FYI: Ketchup. goes. in. the. fridge!!!” And now, the National Hot Dog and Sausage Council in the US has gone on record as saying that for adults, slathering a frank with ketchup is a big no-no. NHDSC president Eric Mittenthal points out that, as far as his organization is concerned, “The sweetness (of ketchup) is just not the ideal match for a hot dog…mustard, onions and sauerkraut are preferable toppings.”


Fox has finally unveiled its fall schedule and, as expected, it’s full of unscripted series and animated shows. And the fact that it is leaning entirely on reality shows and animated series, as well as wrestling, isn’t a surprise given the fact that the writers strike has disrupted production, and actors are set to strike too. The following shows are in limbo, for the time being: “9-1-1: Lone Star”, “The Cleaning Lady”, “Accused”, “Alert: Missing Persons Unit”, and “Animal Control”.

Barry” star Anthony Carrigan, who just scored an Emmy nom, has been cast as good-guy hero ‘Metamorpho’ in DC Studios’ “Superman: Legacy”. The 3-time Emmy nominee joins an ensemble that includes Isabela Merced as ‘Hawkgirl, Edi Gathegi as ‘Mister Terrific’ and Nathan Fillion as ‘Guy Gardner’. James Gunn’s DC reboot stars David Corenswet as the ‘Man of Steel’, and Rachel Brosnahan as ‘Lois Lane’. The movie’s targeted release date is July, 2025.

Laura Linney jumped into action when a projector malfunctioned midway through a screening for her new movie “The Miracle Club.” The “Ozark” actress advised the crowd to get up and stretch their legs or use the bathroom, as employees at the Tribeca Screening Room in New York attempted to get the movie back up and running. She also took the time to chat with pals and her mom, who came along as her plus-one. When it became apparent that the projector wasn’t going to co-operate, Linney stood by the door and personally thanked each guest for coming, as they left.

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A study has concluded that chocolate is good for the heart.

You know how it goes: You and the rest of the gang are at the restaurant, and everyone is ready to order – except YOU. As the waiter takes each person’s order, you can feel the pressure mounting…so much so that when it’s finally your turn, you blurt something out like “French Fries and a hot dog”, just to get it over with. And 2 minutes later, you realize, with regret, what you REALLY wanted. Well, you’re not alone. Three in 10 of us experience “menu anxiety”. A new survey, conducted in the US, found younger generations are far more likely to have anxiety while ordering — 41% of Gen Z and millennials (aged 18–43), compared with only 15% of Gen X and baby boomers (aged 44–77). Younger generations are also more likely to let others order first so they’re able to see what they are getting (47% vs. 30%). One way to reduce menu anxiety might be to have a look at the online menu in advance, and that’s definitely something that the younger crowd does, with 24% of those aged 18–43 “always” doing this, compared to 15% of those aged 44–77.

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Dandelions are loaded with vitamins A, C, and K—not to mention calcium, iron, and potassium.

Mozart wrote the melody of ‘Twinkle Twinkle Little Star’ at the age of 5.

The Sesame Street characters ‘Ernie’ and ‘Bert’ were named after the police officer and the taxi driver in in the classic Christmas movie “It’s a Wonderful Life”.

More energy from the sun hits Earth every hour than the planet uses in a year.

A baby spider is called a spiderling.


Question: 1/3 of drivers agree that THIS feature makes a car feel like a home away from home. What is it?

Answer: Heated seats

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Police responding to a report of a screaming woman were surprised to discover the source of the suspicious sound was actually — a squawking pet parrot. Steve Wood of Essex, England said he was confused when police showed up at his home. But then he opened the door to find 2 laughing police officers, and one said: “Don’t worry mate, I think we’ve got this one sussed.” The officers explained they had received a report of a screaming woman, but when they arrived at Wood’s home, it immediately became clear that the sound was actually the squawking of one of the 22 pet parrots that live there. Wood said he is “just surprised it hasn’t happened previously.”

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LawnStarter ranked 2023’s Best Cities for Ice Cream Lovers.

We compared the 200 biggest U.S. cities based on four categories. We considered access to ice cream, froyo, and gelato, consumer ratings, and ice cream awards, among 10 total metrics.

See the 10 best (and 10 worst) cities for ice cream lovers below, followed by key stats from our report.

Best Cities for Ice Cream Lovers

Rank City

1 Miami, FL

2 San Francisco, CA

3 New York, NY

4 Los Angeles, CA

5 Philadelphia, PA

6 St. Louis, MO

7 Las Vegas, NV

8 Honolulu, HI

9 Washington, DC

10 Orlando, FL

Worst Cities for Ice Cream Lovers

Rank City

1 Montgomery, AL

2 Macon, GA

3 Springfield, MA

4 Columbus, GA

5 Amarillo, TX

6 Thornton, CO

7 Warren, MI

8 Lubbock, TX

9 Laredo, TX

10 Fayetteville, NC

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