Show Notes for Saturday, October 07 and Sunday, October 08, 2023

Today we visit with AJ Jacobs. He is the host of a daily program called “The Puzzler” and a New York Times bestselling author of The Year of Living Biblically. In his book “The Puzzler” goes on a rollicking journey to understand the enduring power of puzzles: why we love them, what they do to our brains, and how they can improve our world.


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October 7th

National Led Light Day

International Day Of Peaceful Communication

National Bathtub Day

National Chocolate Covered Pretzel Day

National Flower Day

National Forgiveness And Happiness Day

National Inner Beauty Day

National Trigeminal Neuralgia Awareness Day

Team Margot Stem Cell And Bone Marrow Awareness Day

World Cotton Day

You Matter To Me Day

National Frappe Day

October 8th

National Touch Tag Day

Alvin C. York Day

International Birth Registration Day

International Lesbian Day

International Off-Road Day

International Podiatry Day

National Harbormaster Appreciation Day

National Salmon Day

World Octopus Day

National Fluffernutter Day

National Pierogi Day

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Dads: It’s not exactly a huge sacrifice, but if you want your kids to do well school, one of the best things you can do is…play with them. A study from the University of Leeds found that children do better in school if their dads engage in activities with them like reading, drawing, singing and telling stories. The researchers studied 5,000 households in England, observing the test scores of 5 to 7-year-olds. The study found that a dad’s involvement with their kids improved their grades in school – no matter the child’s age, gender, ethnicity or the family’s household income. Moms? Moms who similarly spent quality time with their kids had more of an impact on their social development than on grades.

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The Blockbuster “Barbie” movie has inspired a cultural phenomenon, contributing to a pink paint shortage and inspiring a fabulously feminine fashion trend, dubbed “Barbiecore.” But it has also sparked conversations around mental health and the power of nostalgia. Since the film’s release, Barbie doll sales have spiked — which could be thanks to adult viewers on a search for their “emotional support Barbies,” CNN has reported. Recently, many adults have shared on social media their newly purchased dolls. The hashtag #emotionalsupportbarbie has more than 2 million views on TikTok, featuring videos of girls and women — and even men — buying Barbies that look like them, represent their careers, or inspire them to be their authentic selves.

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Three months after offering a stay at Barbie’s Malibu DreamHouse, Airbnb’s latest stunt is a long weekend at Shrek’s Swamp. The listing for the property based on the 2001 hit movie reads: “Ogre enthusiasts can find peace and quiet watching the leaves fall in this mud-laden, moss-covered, murky-watered oasis that is Shrek’s Swamp”. The property in the Scottish Highlands is a faithful recreation of Shrek’s animated abode, complete with oversized furniture and roots growing down through the ceiling. Guests will be able to light “earwax candles,” and will be treated to Donkey’s freshly made waffles for breakfast. And just like in the film, the bathroom is an outhouse, which features a toilet, sink and shower facilities. LINK:

Despite the fact that he’s a beloved movie star known all over the world, Robert Pattinson has the same self-doubts and anxieties that many of us share. “The Batman” star revealed that side of himself in a recent interview with comedian Jordan Firstman. Pattinson said: “I’m constantly thinking that you’re just going to spend the vast majority of your life unemployed and desperate and kind of feeling like you’re a total failure.” When Firstman responded: “If Robert Pattinson is saying that, there is no hope for anyone to ever be satisfied”, Pattinson elaborated, explaining he feels that way due to the sporadic nature of being a working actor, where a job lasts, at most, 3 months, which he called “the most stressful thing in the world.”

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year: Pumpkin Spice season. And if you’re one of those people who want pumpkin spice in everything from your Oreos to your…pumpkin spice…here’s some good news: The spices that are mixed together to create pumpkin spice each have their own health benefits. That’s right: Pumpkin spice is actually pretty good for you. The flavor is generally made up of cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, cloves, and allspice. Cinnamon is thought to help control blood sugar levels, nutmeg has been used to treat many afflictions, including cancer and kidney disease, but more research is needed. Ginger seems to be an effective treatment for nausea and morning sickness. Cloves are used to treat toothaches, and allspice is good for things like intestinal gas, diarrhea, flu and colds. And let’s not forget pumpkin. While it isn’t actually an ingredient in ALL pumpkin spice products, if it is used, you’re in luck. Pumpkin is high in vitamin A, which is good for your eyes, skin, and fighting infections.

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UK’s Royal Mail estimated in 2015 that it would cost £11,602 (US $15,215) to send a letter to Mars.

Female dragonflies will fake their own deaths to avoid mating with unwanted males.

Extra charges at Starbucks, such as for extra pumps of…everything, bring in over $1 billion in revenue every year.

Cows ‘moo’ with regional accents.

Worms reportedly taste like bacon.


Question: When asked what they are most excited about with the arrival of Fall, 23% of people said THIS. What is it?

Answer: Going apple-picking

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A scientist says he can understand what chickens are saying — thanks to AI. The University of Tokyo professor claims that by using technology to analyze chicken’s vocalizations, he can decipher 6 distinct emotional states: hunger, fear, anger, contentment, excitement, and distress — with 80% accuracy. The study was spearheaded by Professor Adrian David Cheok, who is also quite well-known for his sex robot research. He plans to adapt the AI techniques to other animals, in order to “design a much better world for them”.

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The annual ‘weird science’ awards have been announced, recognizing the 10 most unusual or trivial achievements in scientific research around the world. This year’s honorees . . .

Chemistry/Geology: To a researcher “for explaining why many scientists like to lick rocks.” (Apparently, it allows fossil and mineral textures to stand out sharply)

Literature: To a group who studied the sensations people feel when they repeat a single word many, many, many, many, many, many, many times.” (Moms will be familiar with this one…)

Mechanical Engineering: “for re-animating dead spiders to use as mechanical gripping tools.”

Medicine: “for using cadavers to explore whether there is an equal number of hairs in each of a person’s two nostrils.” (It’s quite obvious how important this research is…)

Communication: “for studying the mental activities of people who are expert at speaking backward.” (Wait – rewind that?)

Nutrition: “for experiments to determine how electrified chopsticks and drinking straws can change the taste of food.” (I wonder how many volunteers they “lost” during testing?)

Education: “for methodically studying the boredom of teachers and students.”

Psychology: “for experiments on a city street to see how many passersby stop to look upward when they see strangers looking upward.”

Physics: “for measuring the extent to which ocean-water mixing is affected by the sexual activity of anchovies.”

Public Health: “for inventing the Stanford Toilet, a device that uses a variety of technologies—including a urinalysis dipstick test strip, a computer vision system for defecation analysis, an anal-print sensor paired with an identification camera, and a telecommunications link—to monitor and quickly analyze the substances that humans excrete.”

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