Show Notes for Wednesday, July 26, 2023

Today we visit with Jessica Manfre, one of three military wives, each affiliated with a different branches of service, have started the Inspire Up™ Foundation and made it their mission to serve military, first responders, veterans and their families through community outreach, educational events, volunteer services, and empowerment programs. Many military families feel isolated, disconnected from civilians due to regular relocating and feeling like others can't relate to their struggles. They make the sacrifice of their own pleasures and happiness to train and serve others and our country. They deal with PTSD, depression and high divorce and suicide rates. These women, Maria Reed, Samantha Gomolka and Jessica Manfre, share the belief that we are all one community and united by one mission: To bring joy to others through kindness and gratefulness.They hope their example will inspire others to do the same in their own communities and teach the next generation.

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July 26

National Bagelfest Day

National Coffee Milkshake Day

National All Or Nothing Day

National Disability Independence Day

National Aunt And Uncle’s Day

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Everyone gets bored sometimes, but do you ever kind of ENJOY it when you have “nothing to do”? If so, you might be considered creative. Researchers from the University of Arizona found that ‘especially creative’ people tend to keep themselves entertained — even during idle moments and downtime — and they don’t need a smartphone or streaming service to do it. The study authors went into a little more detail, saying creative people are more likely to make the most of their downtime in a typical day, by “exploring their mind”. Study participants who were considered ‘more creative’ reported feeling less bored while sitting alone in a room. And during COVID-19 pandemic lockdowns, it was found that creative people were less bored and more engaged with their thoughts.

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Board games like Monopoly and Othello can enhance young children’s mathematical abilities, according to a new study. Other research has established that playing games can contribute to learning and development, including reading and literacy skills. But this study discovered that, among 3-9-year-olds, number-based games can significantly bolster their math skills. They aid in improving counting, addition, and the ability to distinguish whether a number is greater or lesser than another. The study is based on an analysis of 19 studies published since 2000.

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The Golden Bachelor” has officially been announced. Gerry Turner, a 71-year-old grandpa from Indiana, will star as ABC’s first-ever senior citizen leading man, when he searches for love on television this fall. “The Golden Bachelor” is the latest spinoff in the “The Bachelor” franchise. It will showcase a “whole new kind of love story — one for the golden years,” according to ABC, in which a “hopeless romantic is given a second chance at love…to share the sunset years of life.” Turner, a retired restauranter, is described as a “charming 71-year-old patriarch,” who will show that love stories “only get better with age.”

Not even ‘Ken’ can please everyone. Recently, “Barbie” stars Ryan Gosling and Margot Robbie discussed the criticism Gosling has received for perhaps being “too old” to play ‘Ken’. Her answer: “Barbie and Ken are technically in their 60s. So, whatever.” Robbie went on to cite the fact that the characters of the film “Grease” “are supposed to be high schoolers, and not once in the 150 times that I’ve watched ‘Grease‘ over the years did I ever not enjoy ‘Grease’ because I was like, ‘I need to go check what age they were. They found the most charismatic, talented people to dazzle me. And that’s why I love that movie.”

Well, THIS is weird: When thinking of the most important movie in Robert Downey Jr.’s filmography over the last 25 years, you might assume the answer is “Iron Man,” which launched the Marvel Cinematic Universe and changed the blockbuster landscape. But that’s not the movie Downey Jr. would pick. In a new interview with New York Times Magazine, the Oscar nominee cited 2006’s “The Shaggy Dog” and 2020’s infamous “Dolittle” flop as his most important titles. It’s a long explanation, but Downey Jr. said, in part: “The Shaggy Dog, because that was the film that got Disney saying they would insure me. Then the second most important film was Dolittle, because (it) was a 2½ year wound of squandered opportunity.”

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So the story goes, Bruce Wayne’s parents were shot and killed in an alley this week in 1939, so one could argue that July 26th, 1939 was the true birth of Batman, making him 84.

As you’re likely aware, there’s a little movie called “Barbie” in theaters. And as you’ve also probably noticed from the trailers and stuff, Barbie is absolutely dripping in pink. Pink, it turns out, is not only an often-misunderstood color, it’s also a divisive one. While it is usually considered a frilly and feminine color, pink has gone through a reappraisal in recent years. And that’s probably why director Greta Gerwig chose to go overboard with it in the movie. Pink has been reclaimed as a symbol of power for breast cancer awareness and feminist campaigns, but it still belongs to everyone. The color authority Pantone says pink is “slightly aloof, it won’t be pinned down. Being both feminine and masculine, modern and playful, refined and expressive, it’s this enigmatic quality that keeps the conversation going.” Plus, pink looks stunning on almost anyone, in shades from subtle “millennial pink” to vivid magenta.

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The eye of an ostrich is bigger than its brain.

Putting sugar on a cut will make it heal faster.

X-rays can’t detect real diamonds.

Ketchup used to be considered a medicine.

A study found that dunking an Oreo in milk for 3 seconds gives the optimal balance of sogginess and structural integrity.


Question: A survey says that 1 in 9 people prefer this “on the toilet” activity over scrolling their phone. What is it?

Answer: Crossword puzzles

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A Long Island NY plastic surgeon is offering a “dream surgery” that promises to transform patients into the legendary pink-loving doll — for the completely reasonable price of just $120,000 – private parts included. As fans of the toy first introduced in 1959 continue to celebrate “Barbie-mania” with this Friday’s release of the movie starring Margot Robbie and Ryan Gosling, Dr. Scott Blyer of Cameo Surgery Center is offering prospective clients a choice of 3 body surgeries. Those may include liposuction, a butt-lift, implants, facial surgery and the opportunity to get “classic barbie hair”, in addition to pink nails and teeth whitening. There is also a male — or “Ken” — variation, which includes body liposuction, 6-pack etching, fat transfer to chest, and jawline and cheek filler. Patients are chauffeured to and from the surgery in a pink Corvette. And while we aren’t going to go into much detail on the “private parts” area of the transformation, let’s just say that it strays from the “Barbie” motif, because, as Robbie has pointed out herself, the iconic doll “doesn’t have reproductive organs.

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Llama & Alpaca: They’re completely different animals. Llamas are bigger, have a longer face with a larger muzzle, and have longer ears than alpacas. Both animals are native to the Andes Mountains of South America.

Highway & Freeway: All freeways are highways, but not all highways are freeways. Highways are main, direct roads. Freeways have controlled access, meaning a ramp is required to access them. Highways that have pedestrian crossings or traffic lights are not considered freeways.

Iced Coffee & Cold Brew: Iced coffee is simply coffee that is brewed hot, then served over ice. Cold brew is made chilled and never heated. This results in a naturally sweeter and smoother beverage.

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A dog teaches a boy fidelity, perseverance, and to turn around three times before lying down.” —Robert Benchley

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