Show Notes for Friday, October 13 2023

Today we visit with Mo Rocca - Season FOUR of his fun (but interesting) program -

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October 13th

Navy Birthday

National No Bra Day

National Headband Day

Disaster Day

International Civility For The Girl Child Day

International Day For Disaster Reduction

International Day For Failure

International Plain Language Day

International Suit Up Day

Metastatic Breast Cancer Awareness Day

National Herpes Awareness Day

National M&M Day

National Transfer Money To Your Son Day

Silly Sayings Day

Treat Yo’ Self Day

World Thrombosis Day

National Train Your Brain Day

International Skeptics Day

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So, the light is out after a long day, and you’re finally ready to drift off. What are you thinking about? It’s important. Scientists say that what goes through your mind before you doze off can impact the quality of your sleep. In studies, those who report good quality sleep experience mostly visual sensory images as they fall to sleep: seeing people and objects, and having dream-like experiences. Those with insomnia or poorer-quality sleep report that their pre-sleep thoughts tend to be less visual and more focused on planning and problem-solving. These people are also more likely to stress about sleep as they’re trying to sleep, leading to a vicious cycle; putting effort into sleep actually wakes you up more. The good news is that you can use certain techniques, called “cognitive refocusing” to change the content of your pre-sleep thoughts. These include deciding before you go to bed what you’ll focus on as you wait for sleep to come.

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The background you choose for your Zoom call can significantly impact first impressions. That’s probably not news to you. But here’s the surprising thing: It turns out that the busier your background is, the better! Researchers from Durham University found that those involved in a video conference show a preference for settings featuring bookcases and houseplants. Those items were determined to convey an aura of trustworthiness and competence. The team said that we should not only consider displaying books or plants in the background of our video calls – we should also remember to smile.

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Idris Elba has revealed that he has turned to therapy after realizing he had developed an “unhealthy habit”. The actor said he sought help last year when he realized that being an “absolute workaholic” was taking a massive toll on his well-being. On the “Changes with Annie Macmanus” podcast, Elba said: “It’s not because I don’t like myself or anything like that, it’s just because I have some unhealthy habits that have really formed. And I work in an industry that I’m rewarded for those unhealthy habits.” The “Luther” star said that in the process of seeking help, he realized that “everything needs balance.”

After a cross-country move from LA to New York and surviving the writers strike, “The Kelly Clarkson Show” has set its return for a 5th season on Oct. 16. Clarkson’s talk show will film in Studio 6A in 30 Rock, which has previously been home to “Late Night” with David Letterman, Conan O’Brien and Jimmy Fallon. Ahead of its Oct. 16 premiere, The Kelly Clarkson Show will begin filming on Oct. 10 in its new, state-of-the-art studio, which is said to have a relaxed and intimate vibe, a prominent platform for her house band, and 200 seats to welcome fans.

The Drew Barrymore Show” is returning, but it will be without its 3 head writers. The daytime talk show revealed yesterday it’ll be back on October 16. This comes after Barrymore originally planned to return on September 18 when writers were still striking — then reversed her decision after picketing and outcry from WGA members. However, the show will now be without 3 WGA members of its own – Chelsea White, Cristina Kinon and Liz Koe – who have decided not to return. Deadline reports that the show extended offers to the trio as soon as allowed, but they were declined. It is now interviewing new potential writers.

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There are now more marijuana dispensaries in Colorado than McDonald’s Restaurants.

Makers of the world’s first “AI-powered grill” say it can cook the ‘perfect’ steak in 3 minutes. British company Seergrills’ cool new culinary toy — called “Perfecta” – is powered by proprietary NeuralFire technology, which uses dual infrared burners — and machine-learned knowhow — to determine how to cook the food to “perfection” at a blistering 1652°F, according to the company. Would-be chefs insert the steak into the machine vertically, then tap the touch screen to select the cut of steak they are using, as well as the desired wellness level. Propane burners emit infrared rays, cooking steak evenly…and it doesn’t even need to be flipped. How much for the AI-powered grill? $3,500.

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Dragonflies have 6 legs — but can’t walk.

A soap bubble is 10,000 times thinner than the average human hair.

4.5% of applicants to Harvard are accepted. 2.3% of Walmart job applicants are.

In 2005, Connecticut accidentally issued an emergency alert to evacuate the entire state. Only about 1% of people actually tried to leave.


Question: Just 2% of women think THIS looks good on a man. What is it?

Answer: A man bun

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Residents of Leighton, Pennsylvania are being asked to keep a lookout for a tortoise who escaped his home at a veterinary clinic – for the third time! The Mahoning Valley Animal Hospital said in a Facebook post that Tank, a tortoise belonging to veterinarian Mike Nelson, escaped from his outdoor pen at the clinic. A vet tech said Tank is known for his escapes, and is nicknamed Houdini. According to her, the previous 2 times Tank hightailed it out of his cage, he was missing for about 2 weeks.

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Tired of your typical weather terms, like “scattered showers” or “hot and humid”? Try working one of these into your next weather conversation (or forecast!)…

Frog strangler: This goes back to the 1870s, and refers to a heavy downpour…apparently capable of drowning frogs. Also acceptable: ‘frog choker’, ‘frog drowner’, or substitute the word ‘toad’ for extra oomph.

Gorilla hail: Coined by Extreme Meteorologist Reed Timmer during a Texas storm in 2020. It means just what you think it means – huge hail.

Monkey’s wedding: Also known as a sunshower. Legends vary, but rats, bears, jackals and tigers have also been accused of arranging nuptials in this type of conditions.

Turkey Towers: Storm chaser slang for clouds that rapidly build upwards, exhibiting a turkey-like “neck.”

Microburst: When a surge of rain falls out of a thunderstorm and hits the ground, and pushes outward into a foot shape.

Sting jet: A small area of intense winds that can cause extensive damage. The formation looks like a bee’s stinger or scorpion’s tail on weather maps.

Bear’s cage: The area of a tornado where the view is literally blocked by rotating walls of rain or hail.

Suck zone: The point basically when a twister literally sucks you up.

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