Show Notes for Thursday, July 27, 2023


Dear John,

My friends think I'm evil because of this. I think it's harmless but we all agreed to contact your show and let you and your listeners decide what I will do. If I'm right, they'll leave me alone about it. If I'm wrong, I'll stop doing it. I've been struggling with money. Inflation has kicked my butt so I'm trying to find ways to save with some life hacks. Going out to the bars is really expensive, but in my area, there are several bars that have Ladies' Night. So I dressed up as a the way, I'm a heterosexual 26-year-old guy...and hit the bars. I get a few free drinks and snacks, hang out with some losers looking to get lucky, then slip away. My friends say it's dangerous and cruel, and I'm going to get in trouble. Look, all I want is a few free drinks. So is what I'm doing so wrong?


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July 27

National Korean War Veterans Armistice Day

National Scotch Day

National Refreshment Day

National Creme Brulee Day

National Intern Day

National New Jersey Day

National Chili Dog Day

National Love Is Kind Day

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Interesting angle. A new survey found that 90% of Gen Zers are anxious – about talking on the phone. And this has given rise to a new dating trend: The breakup text. Follow along: Instead of the dreaded “break-up call” that has been the standard dumping method for generations, today’s 26-and-under crowd is sending – and receiving “breakup texts”. The survey found that 1 in 5 Gen Zers have broken up with a partner via text, and it apparently isn’t just a thing that happens, it has become “a thing”, or normal behavior. One young Aussie who broke up with a partner via text said that younger people “prefer” rejection over text. Why? “It saves an awkward chat”.

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Taco Bell has prevailed in its so-called effort to “liberate” the phrase “Taco Tuesday,” as competing fast-food chain Taco John’s has announced it will abandon its “Taco Tuesday” trademark. Taco Bell had asked the US Patent and Trademark Office to cancel the trademark, calling it a common phrase that Taco John’s had monopolized unfairly. In a statement, Taco John CEO Jim Creel said: “We’ve always prided ourselves on being the home of Taco Tuesday, but paying millions of dollars to lawyers to defend our mark just doesn’t feel like the right thing to do.” Taco John has 400 locations in the US, while Taco Bell has more than 7,200.

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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry had one of the most-viewed series on Netflix last year, but their follow-up definitely wasn’t. The couple kicked off their exclusive deal with Netflix by making “Harry & Meghan”, a docu-series about their own relationship. That was closely followed by the series “Live to Lead”, which, according to a report by The Wall Street Journal, failed to meet Netflix’s standards for success. Netflix only releases viewership data when it feels like it, so it’s hard to tell how well a show did, but the report notes that Live to Lead did not make it onto any of Netflix’s Top 10 lists, even immediately after its release. That has led some insiders to speculate that Netflix will end its deal with Markle and Prince Harry.

Kim Kardashian admitted she rebounded with her now-ex Pete Davidson — to avoid the spiraling drama with ex-husband Kayne West. On Wednesday’s episode of “The Kardashians”, the reality star told sisters Kendall and Kylie Jenner: “I definitely jumped into another relationship so fast. It got my mind away from, like, stuff, and that’s not a way to, like, run from things.” She also told her younger siblings that “it’s better” to “feel, deal, [and] heal.” Despite the controversy that surrounded her ex-husband, Kim confessed that she doesn’t want to look at her experience “negatively”, instead concentrating on the questions: “What am I supposed to be learning from this? How is this going to make me a better person?”

Kim Kardashian’s Skims brand is now worth $4 billion. The New York Times reports that the shapewear company raised $270 million in a new round of funding, putting its latest valuation above the $4 billion mark. That’s close to $1 billion more than the $3.2 billion valuation investors gave Skims last year. Kardashian launched the company in 2019, with the brand pulling in $2 million in sales in just the first few minutes after its site went live.

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Scientists have discovered what they’re calling the “harshest” sound known to man. It’s a sharp knife repetitively scratching an empty glass bottle.

Children do much better at math when music is added to the lessons, according to new research. An analysis of 55 studies from around the world, published in the journal Educational Studies, determined that the use of music—whether in separate lessons or as part of math classes—caused a greater improvement in math over time. And 69% of students who learned how to play instruments improved more than pupils with no musical intervention.

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LEGO has an underground vault containing every set ever made.

Like casinos, shopping malls are intentionally designed to disorient visitors.

The first person convicted of speeding (in 1896) was going 8 mph (13kph).

That wonderful “new car smell” is actually a combination of the scents of 50+ chemicals.

Goldfish can distinguish the music of one composer from another.


Question: 25% of men say they turned into their father when they began doing THIS. What is it?

Answer: Dancing badly at parties and family gatherings

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While opinions on tipping culture certainly vary, surely we can all agree that a line has to be drawn somewhere, and this might be a good place to start: The self-checkout. A woman was flabbergasted when she ran her groceries through a self-service checkout, and, at the end of the transaction, the machine asked her whether she’d like to leave it a tip. The woman, a Reddit user who goes by the name “komkomkommer”, posted a pic of the machine, giving her options of tipping 15, 18 or 20%, or not at all.

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Pool & Billiards: The most obvious difference is the number of balls used. Billiards uses 3: a white, a yellow, and a red ball. A full set of pool balls, on the other hand, consists of 16.

Soap & Detergent: They’re often mistaken as the same thing, but in reality, soap is made from natural ingredients and is limited in its applications, while detergent is synthetic and can be formulated for all types of cleaning purposes. Detergent works well at any water temperature, while soap needs warm water to work properly.

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Zebby The Cat Wins 'Cat Of The Year' At The 2023 National Cat Awards