Today we visit with Muffy Marracco and Ryan Chaffee, two of the trivia pros from The Game Show Network’s “Master Minds”. The latest season of the fan favorite all-star trivia show Master Minds premiered Monday, August 7
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Everyone knows the saying “laughter is the best medicine”, but according to a new study, that may only be true if you’re hearing it – from your left side. Swiss researchers have discovered that the direction from which sounds originate can influence our emotional response. They found that sounds approaching from behind may trigger negative emotions, possibly due to our evolutionary instincts to think of them as potential threats. And the neuroscientists found that positive human sounds, like laughter, have a stronger impact when they come from the left. Why? They aren’t really sure yet, but one theory is that it is linked to hand preference – or the asymmetric arrangement of our internal organs.
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Do you sometimes find yourself wistfully remembering your favorite childhood toys? A new survey reveals that 4 in 5 of us may be “kidults” — still reminiscing about their childhood “stuff” for nostalgia. The poll of 2,000 American Gen Zers and millennials found that, given the opportunity, 67% would buy a replica of something from their childhood, and 76% feel a sense of nostalgia in the process. Two in 3 adults also say they happily realize that they can now buy things for themselves that their parents wouldn’t let them have, or couldn’t buy for them when they were children.
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Austin Butler has shared the key piece of advice he received from Tom Hanks, his co-star in the hit biopic “Elvis”. Butler says he sat down for dinner with Hanks, who told him that he needed to dive deep into another role as soon as possible. Hanks, who played ‘Colonel Tom Parker’ in the movie, told him: ‘You have immersed yourself so deeply in Elvis that, for your mental health, it would be wise to go straight into something else. If you just jump off the train, you might have emotional whiplash.” Hanks followed that up by saying: ‘And, you know, I’ve got this thing I’m producing…’ That conversation led to Butler’s forthcoming role as Major Gale Cleven in “Masters of the Air” – produced by Hanks and Steven Spielberg.
Her coat will go on. An overcoat worn by Kate Winslet in “Titanic” is up for auction. New Jersey-based collectibles auctioneer Goldin says the off-pink floor-length coat will definitely go for over $100,000 when all is said and done on Sept. 13. At last check, 5 people had placed bids, the highest for $34,000. Winslett wore the piece of movie memorabilia during the 1997 blockbuster’s sinking scenes — when her character ‘Rose’ rescues’ Jack’, played by Leo DiCaprio, who was handcuffed to a pole on the flooding deck. It still bears water stains from the filming. LINK: https://tinyurl.com/3bwks47r
The martial arts classic “Enter the Dragon”, which propelled Bruce Lee to stardom, is turning 50 this month, and to mark the milestone, Lee’s daughter, Shannon, is unveiling a new anime series “House of Lee”. The first ever Bruce Lee anime project will premiere in 2024. Also in celebration of Enter the Dragon‘s 50th anniversary, special 4K UHD screenings of the movie are being held this week. Audiences will be treated to the House of Lee trailer. LINK: https://youtu.be/u-4mqqr4psE
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I hate to take the wind out of sails of all those “doomsday predictors” who think that Artificial Intelligence might someday lead to the downfall of humanity, but according to a theoretical physicist, anxiety over new AI technology is misguided. Futurist Michio Kaku feels that chatbots like OpenAI’s ChatGPT will benefit society and increase productivity. And as for the fact that fear has driven people to largely focus on the negative implications of the programs, he calls them “glorified tape recorders.” Kaku points out that ChatGPT simply “takes snippets of what’s on the web created by a human, splices them together and passes it off as if it created these things. And people are saying, ‘Oh my God, it’s a human, it’s humanlike.’” To him, humanity is only in the second stage of computer evolution, and the next stage, quantum computing, could being with it huge advances in health care, including possible cures for diseases such as cancer, Parkinson’s Disease, and Alzheimer’s.
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✓ Ferrets can sleep so soundly that they cannot be awakened, even when picked up and jostled.
✓ A typical bird’s feathers weigh more than twice as much as its bones.
✓ Under extreme high pressure, diamonds can be made from peanut butter.
✓ The term ‘bug’ for a software malfunction dates back to 1947, when a fault was traced to a moth stuck in the system.
✓ Pineapples are named after pinecones, mainly due to the similarity of their spiky skin.
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A new “thermal cloak” has been designed to extend the battery life of electric cars, and it doesn’t use additional energy. Chinese researchers say the Janus thermal cloak, which operates across all seasons, can drastically decrease the temperature of an electric vehicle on a hot day, and increase it by 44°F (6.7°C) overnight. Made mainly of silica and aluminum, the “clothing for vehicles” performs its temperature-regulating function autonomously, using an outer layer that effectively reflects sunlight and an inner layer that traps and stores heat.
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