Show Notes for Wednesday, July 12, 2023

This week we celebrate Shark Week with shark expert GREG SKOMAL. We will talk about his new book “CHASING SHADOWS: My Life Tracking the Great White Shark”

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July 12

Malala Day

Eat Your Jello Day

Paper Bag Day

National Pecan Pie Day

National Different Colored Eyes Day

National Simplicity Day

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Be honest: Do you spend too much time on your phone – sometimes at the expense of paying attention to the people around you? Well, there’s a new term for that – “phubbing”. Research shows that the average person spends 3 hours 23 minutes every day on their phone, equivalent to around 50 days a year. But all this screen time is not just bad for the eyes, it can harm relationships. And admit it, at some point we’ve all been guilty of ‘phubbing’. Also known as ‘phone snubbing’, research shows that we’re most likely to phub the people closest to us. Partners are phubbed the most, followed close friends, siblings, children and parents. Younger people phub more than older people, but there was no noticeable difference between how often males and females phubbed.

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The world is having more good times, according to a new report. The Gallup Global Emotions 2023 Report is a collection of data from more than 100 countries that asks how people are feeling. The number of positive experiences recovered somewhat in 2022. Positive experiences had remained relatively stable in previous years, but dropped in 2021. In that year, negative experiences also skyrocketed to the highest rate researchers had measured in the 17 years they had been conducting the research. A little more good news: The rate of negative experiences didn’t go up in 2022 — although it is still at a historically high level. The researchers speculate that the rate of positive experiences was high last year because people began to “emerge from the grips of pandemic”, to participate in more social activities and plan travel.


Daniel Radcliffe has responded to inquiries about whether he would reprise as ‘Harry Potter’ for Max’s in-development episodic adaptation of J.K. Rowling’s novels. He shot down the notion, while wishing good luck to whomever takes his place. Radcliffe said he understands that “they’re trying to very much start fresh and I’m sure whoever is making them will want to make their own mark on it”, which would be best done by getting “old Harry to cameo”. He said he’s not “seeking it out in any way”, but indicated while he’s “very excited to have that torch passed”, he doesn’t “think it needs me to physically pass it.”

Rob McElhenney and Kaitlin Olson are doing just fine. After an online rumor that the 2 “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” stars were going their separate ways, Olson debunked the claim that she and husband McElhenney had separated — and that he had had an affair. In a tweet, she shared the Perez Hilton article, and wrote: “It was me who had the affair. But it was not with someone from Wales. It was with a whale.” She didn’t stop there, writing: “I’ve always loved whales. They’re the bosses of the ocean and I’m attracted to power.” She ended the tweet with the typical celeb breakup line: “We ask for privacy as we navigate this difficult time.”

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Did you know that phobophobia is the fear of having a phobia?

The diabetes drug turned weight-loss drug Ozempic has become the hottest prescription on the market, loved first by Hollywood stars, and now being used, probably, by someone in your circle of friends and family as a quick fix for shedding unwanted pounds. But the so-called “miracle drug” can have serious side effects, with doctors now reportedly witnessing a spike in ER admissions among users. Injected once per week into the stomach, thigh, or arm, Ozempic and sister drug Wegovy help the pancreas release the right amount of insulin when blood sugar levels are high. Here some of the reported side effects that you might want to be aware of, before getting your prescription…according to recent social media posts from doctors…

– “Diarrhea. Nausea. Bloating.”

– “Blurred vision, kidney failure and gallstones.”

Pancreatitis and stomach and digestion issues


Changes to the face (looking old) , fingers and wrists (shrinking)

And by the way, the official prescribing guide for Ozempic states that side effects could include “possible thyroid tumors, including cancer.”

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Surgeon scrubs are green to counteract eye stress from all the red blood (opposite colors).

The IRS employees tax manual has instructions for collecting taxes after a nuclear war.

The ideal height for you to drop your buttered toast from, if you want it to land butter side up, is 8 feet.

Lime Jell-O produces the same brain waves as adult humans when hooked up to an EEG machine.


Question: Surprisingly, a survey found that 60% of kids have never experienced this summertime delicacy. What is it?

Answer: Marshmallows toasted on a fire

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There’s a new trend in China where people make and eat spiceless meals, known as “white people lunch”, as a form of self torture. Cruel? Seems that way for some, apparently. Some influencers say it has become a trend because of its “minimalist” design, (super simple lunches for busy work days). But others describe it as “torture” or even a “lunch of suffering.” A user of the microblogging site Weibo wrote: “The point of the white people’s meal is to learn what it feels like to be dead, but I’ve taken 2 bites and it was so bad it made me realize how alive I am.” LINK:

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As the world becomes more digitized and terms are added to the social lexicon by the day, parents are left bewildered by their teens verbiage. To find out what parents thought of 2023’s slang, Preply surveyed 682 parents of teens (ages 13-18).

Key Findings:

1 in 2 parents say they try to keep up with modern slang to keep their teen safe.

Salty (70%), bougie (67%), and sus (62%) are the slang terms a majority of parents know the meaning of, while DTB (4%), pushin’ P (8%) and cheugy (9%) are the least understood.

Nearly 3 in 5 parents say they have Googled a slang term after seeing or hearing their teen use it.

A majority of parents think their teen's friends (32%), social media (31%) and school (30%) are the main sources of new slang their kid picks up.

Take a look at the full report and let me know if you wanna write a story about text slang in 2023?

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Adults are always asking children what they want to be when they grow up because they’re looking for ideas.” —Paula Poundstone

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This Man Is On A Mission To Complete 143 Acts Of Kindness In 40 Days