Show Notes for Wednesday, July 19, 2023

Today we visit with comedian and game show host Tom Cavanagh (The Flash, ED) We will talk about his new game show HEY YAHOO, which premiered last month on Game Show Network.

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July 19

Global Hug Your Kids Day

National Daiquiri Day

International Retainer Day

National Words With Friends Day

National Hot Dog Day

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Scientists say that the seafood delicacy mussels are not only delicious, they could contain the secret to creating a smash-proof smartphone screen. According to a new study, the hard and soft materials that create a mussel shell’s sturdy hinge could inspire engineers, thanks to how fatigue-resistant they are. The shells open and shut hundreds of thousands of times during a mussel’s lifetime — without incurring any damage. A prototype has already been developed using the fatigue-resistant material. This substance also holds potential for use in aerospace and tissue engineering technologies.

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Legendary Canadian coffee shop chain Tim Hortons has announced that it is making one of the secret ingredients to the perfect “double-double” available to consumers at home. Tim’s is releasing coffee creamers in grocery stores across Canada, so people can enjoy a cup of Tim Hortons-inspired coffee without leaving home. The three flavours hitting shelves are Vanilla Dip Donut, Chocolate Chip Donut, and – you guessed it — Double Double. LINK:

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Mission: Impossible — Dead Reckoning Part One” is #1 at the box office, though it is flying at a lower altitude than expected, with projected 5-day opening of $78 million for Tom Cruise’s 7th round as ‘Ethan Hunt’. Prior to the weekend, projections for “Dead Reckoning” stood at $85-95 million, but the film is instead opening in the same vicinity as the $77 million 5-day start of “Mission: Impossible — Fallout” in 2018 — and slightly below the $82 million 5-day start of “Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny” 2 weekends ago.

Not even Tom Cruise’s daredevil stunts can silence the rumors about the “Mission: Impossible” star. Cruise prefers to keep the public focused on his projects — leaving plenty of room for gossip about his personal life. But in recent interviews around “Mission Impossible: Dead Reckoning — Part One,” director Christopher McQuarrie revealed that there’s one rumor that Cruise himself is happy to debunk. McQuarrie recalled asking Cruise for the “weirdest” story he’s heard about himself, and the star revealed there was one going around that cast and crew are not allowed to look him in the eye.” That’s not true, according to Cruise, and McQuarrie backs him up on that.

On Tuesday, Tom Cruise surprised fans with an appearance at a matinĂ©e screening of “Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One” at a theater in Toronto. Introducing the film, Cruise told the audience, “We dream of these moments to make these films for you, and for you all to see it on this kind of format. It really is such an honor to entertain you, and I’m just so happy to see everybody here.” One newspaper columnist wrote that Cruise and director Chris McQuarrie had “braved Toronto traffic” to get to the screening. That, after he asked a member of the media last week: “What’s up with the traffic in Toronto?” LINK:

Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One” kicked off to $15.5 million on opening day. Paramount and Skydance’s big-budget tentpole, which is the 7th installment in the Tom Cruise-led action franchise, is projected to collect at least $60 million between Friday and Sunday. In its first 5 days of release, ticket sales for “Dead Reckoning Part One” are expected to reach $85-95 million in North America and $160 million at the international box office, for a strong global start of $250 million.

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A single Kellogg’s Frosted Strawberry Pop-Tart has 200 calories, while an Unfrosted Strawberry Pop-Tart has 210 calories!

It’s one of the most-irritating things about going on vacation, and it happens with frightening regularity: Whether it’s a runny nose, or the flu, it seems that the second you punch out for a week or 2, your body decides to try and cancel your fun. A health expert says the “let-down effect” is more common than we think, and she has an idea on how to avoid it. Dr. Suhail Hussain, a personal physician, says: “When the body is used to functioning on high levels of [stress hormones] and they suddenly decrease, our immune system is exposed, and then we’re prone to minor infections and excessive tiredness.” She says that adrenaline increases our muscle tension, and “imagine a rubber band always pulled tight, what happens when you let go?” The let-go effect will likely hit us after an intense work week – such as when you’re trying to complete everything on your to-do list and prepare things for your co-workers while you’re away. Dr Hussain says you could avoid this by de-stressing slowly with some down-time during that last week of work. And instead of “crashing and burning”, try to maintain some activity or exercise while on holiday, so there isn’t a massive decrease in stress hormone levels. And remember that constantly running on high levels of stress is very bad for you, so you should also perhaps look into ways of managing stress efficiently.

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It is estimated that it takes 2,000 frowns to cause one wrinkle.

Every odd number that exists has the letter “e” in it.

Stop signs used to be yellow.

Approximately 97% of the vegetable varieties grown in 1900 are now extinct.

In Liechtenstein, farmers publish obituaries for their dead cows.


Question: Over half of us will do THIS at some point this weekend. What is it?

Answer: Sweep

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You’ve got to wonder how it is that no one has thought of this before: An e-reader that you wear like a pair of glasses. The Sol e-book reader is an innovative device shaped like a pair of sunglasses. In many ways, it is similar to a VR headset, but it’s a much more simplistic gadget designed solely as a hands-free e-reader. Weighing only 100 grams, the Sol was created for a more comfortable reading experience, like reading a book while lying down. The Sol Reader features a pair of 1.3-inch side-lit E Ink displays, each capable of displaying 65,536 pixels. Its manufacturer claims that it blocks out all outside visual distractions, allowing the reader to focus on the e-book. The pages are projected against a dark background and the reading experience is described as similar to looking at the pages of an actual book. And how does one flip pages, you ask? Users push buttons on a remote-like controller. The Sol wearable e-book reader can be pre-ordered now, for US$350. LINK:

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These days, more and more of us are trying to stretch our grocery dollars, and TikTok is here to help. Here are some popular tips from users of the site, for making the most of your produce…

Carrots: Revive the old, bendy carrots lurking in your fridge by putting them in cold water to rehydrate them. Just 5 minutes and they’re ready to go!

Sweet potato skins: After cooking sweet potatoes, peel and season the skins before frying them in a pan. Top them with dressing and fresh herbs for a nutritious snack. Even better, top with cheese and melt in the oven. Sweet potato nachos!

DIY Vegetable stock: Collect vegetable scraps and peels into a freezer bag. Add to boiling water and season with herbs like bay leaf, peppercorns, and thyme. Boil, then simmer for an hour, and strain for delicious, homemade vegetable stock, which can be frozen. LINK:

Berries: Save those “best before” mushy berries by putting them into an ice bath to give them back their fresh look and taste!

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I want my children to have all the things I couldn’t afford. Then I want to move in with them.” —Phyllis Diller

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