Show Notes for Thursday, August 31, 2023


Dear John,

Last Christmas, my boyfriend and I broke up. We had been together for quite a while and we work together. He bought me a ring and everything, but it wasn't working out so I ended the relationship. It was awkward to break up, but it was the right thing to do. I've kind of moved on, but now I just found out from a friend that works in his department that he's dating a younger girl... a much younger girl. He's 31... his new girlfriend is 19. She also works in the same department where he works. I don't know what to do with this information. I don't think it's right that he's literally dating a teenager. When we dated, it was OK because we were at the same company, but not even in the same department. Now he's dating someone who actually works for him. I'm not sure that the company would be OK with this. Do I just stay out of this? I'm afraid he might lose his job!


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August 31

National Eat Outside Day

International Overdose Awareness Day

National South Carolina Day

National Trail Mix Day

National Diatomaceous Earth Day

National Matchmaker Day

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New research shows a connection between consumption of highly processed food, and “elevated” mental duress later in life, says the Melbourne Collaborative Cohort Study. Researchers looked at how the fatty foods later impacted adolescents aged 13-17 as a baseline, and then checked in with the subjects years later. They found that “Participants with the highest intake of ultra-processed food had increased odds of elevated psychological distress”. Those who ate the most ultra-processed food were fund to be most-likely to experience distress at the 15-year follow-up. This distress was described by the study as “a marker for depression.”

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Paper straws might not be the “eco-friendly” revolution they’ve been promoted to be: Belgian researchers found that these so-called “green” utensils are toxic, and therefore potentially worse for the environment than their now-hated plastic counterparts, according to a new study published in the journal Food Additives & Contaminants. Researchers analyzed the concentrations of PFAs, or “forever chemicals” of 39 brands of drinking straws, comprised of 5 materials: paper, bamboo, glass, stainless steel, and plastic. They found that paper straws were the most PFA-filled, with a 90% of paper straws containing the chemicals. Bamboo straws — another highly-touted green alternative — came in second with 80%, followed by 75% of plastic straws, 40% of glass straws, and none in steel straws.

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I never thought I’d see the day, but Adam Sandler’s new Netflix movie “You Are So Not Invited to My Bat Mitzvah”, has debuted with a 100% score on Rotten Tomatoes. Part of the actor/producer’s deal with the streaming giant, the coming-of-age comedy stars Sandler’s real-life daughter Sunny as ‘Stacy Friedman’, who dreams of having an epic bat mitzvah with her best friend Lydia. Things get sour when Stacy sees Lydia kissing her school crush, with middle-school drama ensuing. Critics are hailing the film as a fresh tale of friendship that has the potential to become iconic for younger audiences. Though the Rotten Tomatoes score may change as more reviews come in, at last check, it was at 100%.

Barbie” is officially the highest-grossing movie of the year in North America — and an animated show is coming. Greta Gerwig’s fantasy-comedy, starring Margot Robbie and Ryan Gosling, has generated $575.4 million at the domestic box office, overtaking previous champion, “The Super Mario Bros. Movie,” by about $1.4 million. “Barbie” has grossed $1.3 billion globally and will soon surpass “Mario” ($1.35 billion) as the biggest worldwide release of 2023 as well. It has also been announced that Mattel and Netflix are teaming up on the new animated series “Barbie: A Touch of Magic”, debuting Sept. 14 on the streamer.

Kevin Hart has revealed he’s forced to use a wheelchair these days, after trying to race former NFL running back Stevan Ridley. In an Instagram video, he says he: “Tore my lower abdomen, my abductors are torn — I don’t even know what that is, but I tore ’em. … I can’t walk!” The 44-year-old rolled himself in the wheelchair for the camera, explaining that he “tried to jump out there and do some young stuff” Hart said his injuries stemmed from a “debate” with the retired New England Patriots player over “who is faster.” LINK:

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A report says that scientists have found a way to successfully hack the human brain to obtain personal data.

Research shows that couples who use marijuana are less likely to engage in domestic violence.

It’s full sail ahead for the cargo ship Pyxis Ocean. The vessel, now on its maiden voyage from China to Brazil, is outfitted with WindWings sails, which are 123-feet tall and made of the same material as wind turbines. It is the first real-world test of the sails, which are designed to cut fuel consumption. Because the ship does not rely solely on an engine, the sails could reduce save 3.3 tons of fuel per day, and reduce its lifetime emissions by 30%. The shipping industry generates about 837 million ton of carbon dioxide per year, and wind power “can make a difference” as the world awaits new clean energy sources, says Dr. Simon Bullock, shipping researcher at the University of Manchester’s Tyndall Center.

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The average can of cat food has the nutritional equivalent of 5 mice.

When glass breaks, the cracks move faster than 3,000 miles per hour.

To lose one pound of fat, you need to walk at least 35 miles [56km] (briskly).

The opposite of “cross-eyed” is “wall-eyed”.

Doctors in the 1700s prescribed ladybugs, taken internally, to cure measles.

It is impossible to imagine a new color.


Question: 33% of wedding DJ’s say that they have seen THIS at a wedding. What is it?

Answer: A fist fight

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A Georgia man has been arrested for stealing his neighbor’s . . . front porch. Robin Swanger is facing a felony charge after allegedly somehow moving and taking ownership of an 8X10-foot porch from a property near his, which he says he thought was abandoned. Investigators claim “no trespassing” signs were posted in the yard where the wooden porch was stolen.

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My 5YO woke me up this morning to tell me she’s upset because her 1YO sibling woke her up. Is this the circle of life I keep hearing about? – My Life As Dad

Took my 8yo to the museum and she asked if every picture was the Mona Lisa then when we left she made sure to tell the people in line “don’t bother, this museum doesn’t even have the Mona Lisa”. – I Hide From My Kids

I don’t normally like to brag about expensive trips but I just got back from the grocery store, getting gas, and signing my kids up for fall sports. – One Awkward Mom

PTA room mom: We need some volunteers for the class par— Me: PLATES AND NAPKINS! – Julie Burton

I put the principal’s name down as the emergency contact on my kid’s back to school forms, since he can respond fastest without missing work – Real Life Mommy

The day my toddler started asking “what’s that?” was the day I realized how little I know about everything. – MumofTwo

My kid came home, poured some skittles into a wine glass, and flung himself onto the couch, so I guess he had a rough day. – meghan

Parenthood is so crazy. We’re really out here getting bullied by the people we made. – Marcy G

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