Show Notes for Wednesday, August 30, 2023

Today we visit with the super funny Craig Ferguson, a multiple Grammy nominated, Peabody and Emmy Award-winning actor, writer, producer, director and comedian with a diverse career that encompasses film, television and the stage. He is a New York Times bestselling author and has recorded numerous stand-up specials for Netflix, Epix, Comedy Central and Amazon. The wildly popular Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson ran on CBS for ten years and remains a cult favorite on YouTube racking up millions of views every year on fan posted bootleg clips. (like this one – where Craig talks about his sobriety

His new audio program JOY is making people smile

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August 30

International Day Of The Victims Of Enforced Disappearance

International Whale Shark Day

National Beach Day

National Grief Awareness Day

National Toasted Marshmallow Day

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A new study has found that playing a musical instrument as a child could have mental benefits later in life. Researchers at the University of Edinburgh determined that musicians do better on cognitive ability tests as adults aged 70-82 than those who never played an instrument. Why? The scientists aren’t sure, but it’s believed that the abilities it takes to play an instrument, such as reading sheet music and coordinating hand movements, can strengthen neural connections in the brain and overall brain function.

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The average ticket price to see superstar soccer player Lionel Messi’s first regular season Major League Soccer game was US$483. Messi’s appearance against the New York Red Bulls sent ticket prices nearly 1,000% higher than normal for the MLS team, whose tickets usually sell for an average of $46.

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Angelina Jolie is flipping the bird to someone. Her tattoo artist revealed the actress got a mystery tattoo on both of her middle fingers — and fans are having a field day guessing at what it could say. Mr. K, who works at the celebrity-loved Bang Bang shop in New York, shared a snap on Instagram of Jolie’s fingers with the fresh ink blurred out, to keep her new design hidden. He tagged Jolie, writing: “Still can’t believe that I actually grabbed her hand and tattooed her,” and asking followers to “Guess what she got on her palm?” The guesses started coming in hot, with references to her ex-Brad Pitt the most popular option.
Angelina Jolie’s highly-speculated-about mystery tattoo design has been revealed, after tattoo artist Mr. K teased her mysterious middle finger art on Instagram. Mr. K left fans wondering if it was a reference to her ex-husband, Brad Pitt. But paparazzi pics taken earlier this week show that the tat isn’t a direct message to her ex-husband at all, but rather a small dagger designed to look like it’s piercing her skin. And now, Mr. K has clarified that her ink was “NOTHING” related to Pitt. The “Hackers” star has been a longtime lover of sharp symbols and has her own an extensive knife collection.

Kim Kardashian is here to haunt your dreams, dolls. In the first teaser for “American Horror Story: Delicate part one”, the SKIMS mogul portrays one spooky mother. Set to ‘Rock-a-Bye, Baby’, the preview shows Kardashian cradling a baby bump before her stomach turns into a terrifying spider with long legs wrapping around her body. Meanwhile, co-star Emma Roberts is seen lying on her back in an exam room, screaming as she readies to give birth. The creepy video also flashes images of a pregnant belly, a lone cradle in a dark room, and Cara Delevingne holding a syringe. Part one of American Horror Story: Delicate premieres Sept. 20 on FX. LINK:

The upcoming “Frasier” revival series, starring Kelsey Grammer, has an official premiere date. The show will debut on Thursday, Oct. 12, on Paramount+. The revival series “follows Frasier Crane in the next chapter of his life as he returns to Boston with new challenges to face, new relationships to forge and an old dream or two to finally fulfill.” In addition to Grammer , Peri Gilpin returns as Crane’s former radio producer ‘Roz’, as well as Bebe Neuwirth, who played Crane’s ex-wife and colleague ‘Dr. Lilith Sternin’ on “Cheers”. Some first-look pics from the new series have also been released. LINK:

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Starbucks has donated used coffee grounds and old pastries for research, to see whether they could be used in a biofuel.

A study shows drinking a lot of beer doesn’t give you a beer gut.

You’ve seen it play out a million times: You and your significant other spend the evening together – but apart. One is on the phone or tablet. The other is watching TV or playing video games. Or maybe one is reading, while the other finishes up some work on the laptop. Is there wedge in your relationship? Quite the opposite. According to psychologists, enjoying separate things, while physically together – known as “parallel play” – can actually strengthen your relationship with your partner. In an article, psychotherapist Sarah Breen told Well + Good that parallel play “can facilitate both increased independence and closeness between partners”. How? Parallel play isn’t about being independent of one another, it’s about getting to be yourself and enjoying what brings you pleasure, while knowing your partner is right there if you happen to need them — or want to talk about what you are doing.

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Wind doesn’t make a sound until it blows against an object.
Rainbows are actually circular. We don’t typically see a full circle rainbow because the Earth’s horizon blocks the lower part.
✓ There are more Lego minifigures than there are people on Earth.
✓ Tablecloths were originally meant to be used as towels with which dinner guests could wipe their hands and faces after eating.


Question: On average, we end up throwing away a quarter of this product. What is it?

Answer: Bread

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A small town in France has gone viral for marking a busy intersection with overlapping white lines in order to confuse motorists – and force them to slow down. The town of BaunĂ© is home to about 1,700 people, but it deals with heavy traffic on a daily basis, because of its location near 2 major roads. Some of the roughly 2,300 vehicles that pass through every day reach speeds of over 100 km/h (60mph), even though the town has clearly marked speed limit signs of 30 km/h (18mph). So, local authorities came up with the idea of using confusing road markings in the form of overlapping continuous lines. And it worked!

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Here are the 7 practices that lead to sustained happiness and good health, according to an 85-year Harvard study.

1. Not smoking

2. Avoiding alcohol abuse

3. Maintaining a healthy body weight

4. Exercising daily

5. Adopting an adaptive coping style: The Harvard study explained: “This means that you have good conflict-resolution practices.”

6. Fostering a growth mindset: The course added: “Invest in education or the practices of lifelong learning.”

7. Maintaining stable, long-term friendships and loving relationships

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My favorite machine at the gym is the vending machine.” ~ Caroline Rhea

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