Show Notes for Thursday, September 21, 2023


Dear John,

My neighbor got a new dog a few weeks ago. When they let the dog out, it often runs over to our backyard to go to the bathroom. I noticed they pick up the mess in their yard, but they leave it when the dog comes over to our side of the property line. I have always had a pretty good relationship with the neighbor, so I don't want to be too rude, but I kind of think they're being rude by letting this happen over and over. My husband said we should put up a fence. I really don't want to spend a bunch of money on that right now, but maybe that's our best answer. What are your thoughts? What should I even say to them if I bring it up?


New Dog Neighbor

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September 21

National Pawpaw Day

National Chai Day

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National Pecan Cookie Day

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According to a new study, some football players (especially wide receivers) wear lower jersey numbers . . . in order to appear thinner and quicker. The study helps confirm this long-standing belief about how athletes choose their uniform numbers. In 2019, ESPN looked into why many NFL wide receivers opted for jersey numbers between 10 and 19. Their investigation found that many players felt that lower numbers made them appear to run faster than higher numbers typically given to players in their position — starting in the 80s. In the new study, by UCLA researchers, participants consistently felt that players wearing jerseys numbered 10-19 appeared slimmer than those wearing 80-89, even when the body sizes were identical. The senior author explained: “In our daily lives, numbers written on objects — on a bag of sugar in the supermarket or weights in the gym — usually represent the magnitude of the objects. The higher the number, the bigger or more massive the object generally is.”

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Yogurt maker Chobani is looking for someone to write dairy puns for its CEO’s tweets and LinkedIn posts – and is willing to pay an annual salary of $187,000-$278,000 to some lucky creative writer. Chobani posted on its website and on LinkedIn that it is looking for an executive writer to work directly with the CEO. For those who are still listening – and haven’t already started crafting their very best cover letter (filled with puns about “milking it for all it’s worth…), the job has a few stringent requirements: Applicants must have at least 15 years of experience working in food, the packaged goods industry or politics, and anyone who applies must have strong writing skills – and an extensive portfolio of published work. Duties include — among other things — writing and editing speeches for CEO Hamdi Ulukaya when he attends high-profile events, and crafting a messaging strategy for Chobani. [***UPDATE: The position, like a container of yogurt, has now been filled***]

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Ethan Hawke wasn’t missing his “Wildcat” premiere at the Toronto International Film Fest for anything. He walked the TIFF red carpet on Monday with his daughter, “Stranger Things” star Maya Hawke. When asked if it was true that he had to jump on a Greyhound bus to make it to the premiere, Maya said: “He did! Everyone’s talking about it!” Ethan gave a few more details, explaining that after 3 flights were canceled, he said to himself: “‘I’m not gonna miss this because of some airport.’ So, I went to port authority and hopped the bus.” And was he bothered by fans? Hawke said he “just disappeared in the back” of the bus and read a book.

Jamie Lynn Spears is about to sashay her way into the ballroom. The “Zoey 101” star has officially joined the celeb cast “Dancing With the Stars”. The show is also moving from its traditional Monday timeslot to air on Tuesdays, ABC has announced. It is set to air its Season 32 premiere on Tuesday, Sept. 26 at 8 p.m., with a special 2½ hour episode. After the Season 32 launch, the “Dancing with the Stars” cast will be featured on a special episode of “Celebrity Family Feud”. Following that, Dancing With the Stars will continue to air on Tuesdays from 8-10 p.m.

Drew Barrymore was “completely unaware” that 2 fans were removed from a taping of her show for wearing WGA pins, according to a report. Their removal was blamed on “heightened security concerns.” A spokesperson for the show said: “We regret that 2 audience members were not permitted to attend or were not allowed access. Drew was completely unaware of the incident and we are in the process of reaching out to the affected audience members to offer them new tickets.” As The Drew Barrymore Show resumed filming on Monday, production was met with 3 pickets around CBS Broadcast Center. The crew member who removed the audience members was described as “aggressive,” and “yelling”.

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Scientists say they’ve been able to successfully manipulate the dreams of rats.

The world’s first piloted flight of an electric aircraft powered by liquid hydrogen has taken place. The Germany-based developer H2FLY announced it successfully carried out 4 flights from Slovenia, powered by liquid hydrogen, as part of its flight test campaign, including one that lasted for over 3 hours. The company says the flights lay the foundation for long-range, emissions-free flying. It is now working on scaling up its technology for regional aircraft and other applications, “beginning the critical mission of decarbonizing commercial aviation.”


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It sounds weird – but with the way things are going, should we really be surprised? Researchers from K├╝hne Logistics University in Germany say that some day, an AI bot could be your boss. They say that digital technologies have proven an essential part of effective leadership, and the idea isn’t about replacing human leadership entirely (at least for now…), but using the advantages of AI to assist in leadership roles, from strategic decision-making to analyzing employee behavior. But there’s an even more advanced phase further down the road: One where AI doesn’t just aid human bosses – it substitutes for human leadership. The researchers feel it’s unlikely that the AI leader of the future will be a simple chatbot. They envision an advanced system equipped with natural speech, akin to Siri or Alexa. It would possibly appear as a human-like avatar through VR technology.

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