Show Notes for Monday, August 14, 2023

This #MovieStarMonday we visit Sophia Lillis - The Adults
(we recorded this interview BEFORE the strike began)


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August 14

National Navajo Code Talkers Day

World Lizard Day

National VJ Day

National Creamsicle Day

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Everyone is guilty of doing it sometimes: Impulse shopping. You spot “that thing” that you just HAVE to have, and price be darned, you plunk down your plastic and take it home. Or, even worse, you come across that collector’s item that you didn’t even know existed 15 minutes ago, and whisk it away, your wallet several hundred dollars lighter. Well, maybe not so much these days. Impulse buying is down in 2023, as more shoppers are looking to make “wiser” purchases, according to a new poll conducted in the US. The survey of 2,000 adults found 38% have intentionally decreased the amount of impulse spending they are doing this year. The average person is spending $151 impulsively per month, down from $314 in 2022. People also reported making fewer impulse purchases per month, dropping to 6, from 12 impulse purchases per month in both 2022 and 2021.

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Two-thirds of people say they could live on sandwiches alone for a full week. OK, what kind of sandwiches would they suggest? According to a survey of 2,000 Americans, the perfect sandwich includes tomato, according to 54% of respondents. 39% said cheddar cheese, and the same percentage also said Black Forest ham. The favorite spreads were found to be barbecue sauce, mayo and honey mustard, all approved by 58% of people. The least favorite was ranch dressing (26%). And the best places to enjoy a sandwich? At the beach (38%), at home (36%), or in a park (36%). The average person craves a sammy 4 times a week.


We now have a release date for the Netflix documentary series about Johnny Depp’s defamation lawsuit against his ex-wife Amber Heard. The streamer has released a trailer for “Depp v. Heard”, and announced it’ll drop on Aug. 16. Netflix says the limited series, directed by Emma Cooper, will present a neutral look at the case and what it says about the “court of public opinion.” It will have 3 episodes, and will clearly delve into the cultural impact of the case as well as the details of the lawsuit itself.

Elizabeth Banks wants to make a “Cocaine Bear” sequel. Speaking with Rolling Stone, the director and actress said she “loved how subversive, crazy, silly and funny” the original movie was, and “loved surprising people with the cast.” Banks said she and the cast “had a lot of fun” making it, and “if I got the opportunity to surprise the audience and delight myself again, I would take it.”

Yellowstone” star Kelly Reilly thinks the show’s conclusion will be bittersweet. Reilly, who portrays ‘Beth Dutton’ in the Western drama, gave her predictions on how the show will end in a recent behind-the-scenes clip. In a featurette that appears on the Blu-ray and DVD release of Yellowstone season 5, she says of the show’s ending: “Though it will probably be beautiful and epic, I’m not sure it will be happy.”

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If you’ve been counting on AI to help with your homework or work assignments, you might find some comfort – or horror – in this. Experts at UCLA say that ChatGPT has evolved to the point that it now “performs about as well as college undergraduates” when it comes to “thinking out” questions that often show up on standardized testing. The language learning model has (ahem) “graduated” to higher education since late 2022, when its writing style was described as that of “a very smart 12th-grader”. ChatGPT-3 was used for the test, and scored around 80% correct on IQ questions, “well within the range of the highest human scores”. The average person scores about 60%. There is now an even more-advanced GPT-4 model available.

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The world is running out of sand. We use 50 billion tons of it each year, enough to build a 9-story wall around the planet.

Blue-eyed people have higher alcohol tolerance.

The first use of “toast” as a metaphorical term for “dead” was in the original “Ghostbusters”.

The first transaction of Bitcoins was to buy pizza for 10,000 Bitcoins, which later increased in value to over US$12 million.


Question: Around 700,000 Americans replace this each year.
Answer: A knee. And there are around 400,000 hip replacements.

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A farmer who had recently relocated from his rural home to an urban apartment building shocked his new neighbors – when they spotted 7 cows on his 5th-floor balcony. When moving from his rural home, he brought the calves, weighing 10-20kg each, to raise as pets. Annoyed by the constant mooing and foul smell of the young bovines, many residents decided to put up a stink of their own, and after calling authorities, the animals were forcefully removed on the first day in their new home.

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Each word of the 2-word answers to the following begin with the letter ‘C’…

An all-time classic breakfast cereal. [Cap’n Crunch]

The actress who starred in “Friends” and Springsteen’s ‘Dancing in the Dark’ video. [Courteney Cox]

What your toddler calls a train. [Choo Choo]

A brand of rye whisky. [Canadian Club]

The first TV show to film people when they weren’t expecting it. [“Candid Camera”]

They come in 120 colors including ‘fuzzy wuzzy brown’ and ‘robin’s egg blue’. [Crayola Crayons]

GM’s trailblazing sports car. [Chevrolet Corvette]

A yummy kind of cookie. [Chocolate Chip]

Movie director of “Almost Famous” and “Jerry Maguire”. [Cameron Crowe]

Silent film star of the 1920s, known as “The Tramp”. [Charlie Chaplin]

A risqué dance that began in Paris nightclubs like the Moulin Rouge. [Can-Can]

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