Show Notes for Wednesday, November 29, 2023

Today we'll visit with writer and director Iain Softley about The Shephard, based on the novella by the acclaimed author Frederick Forsyth, The Shepherd follows the story of a young RAF pilot flying home across the North Sea on Christmas Eve. He finds himself in peril when his radio and electric power cut out, leaving him stranded and running on limited fuel. Just when it appears his luck is about to run out, a mysterious good Samaritan appears above the fog below him and the story takes an unexpected turn. “The Shepherd” begins streaming on Disney+ on December 1st. executive producer John Travolta.

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November 29th

National Electronic Greetings Day

National Lemon Creme Pie Day

National Tuxedo Cat Day

Customer Is Wrong Day

International Day Of Solidarity With The Palestinian People

Isdal Woman Day

Throw Out Your Leftovers Day

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Yes, technology can definitely make life easier. Robots, for example, can make daily chores much simpler than cleaning the house by hand. BUT, a new study has found they can also make things much simpler for hackers. A team of researchers from the University of Maryland says that robot vacuum cleaners can actually be remotely reprogrammed to record sound waves, even though they don’t have a microphone. The team discovered that the robot’s laser navigation signals can be converted into sound waves. With the help of signal processing software and machine learning systems, computers can accurately pick out speech and musical patterns from TV shows that the vacuum is eavesdropping on. A spokesperson said: “Even though these devices don’t have microphones, we can repurpose the systems they use for navigation to spy on conversations and potentially reveal private information.”

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Can an overly-full stomach actually explode? Yes, but it is unlikely, say the experts. The phenomenon of a stomach bursting is extremely rare, gastroenterologist Dr. Balzora wrote in the Washington Post, thanks to the stomach’s “thick muscle walls and a rich blood supply”. The medical term for a person’s stomach exploding is a “gastrointestinal perforation”. And a third helping of pumpkin pie isn’t likely to make it happen. More likely causes include ingesting harmful substances like corrosive chemicals or sharp objects, a clogged colon, a gunshot wound, or a complication during a medical procedure.

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Jimmy Kimmel is back as host for the 96th Oscars ceremony, his 4th go-round at the lecturn. The “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” host also handled the 2017, 2018 and 2023 telecasts. The 2017 ceremony produced the now infamous “La La Land” and “Moonlight” best picture screw-up. Kimmel will join other 4-peaters Whoopi Goldberg and Jack Lemmon. The only people to host more times are Johnny Carson (5), Billy Crystal (9) and Bob Hope (11). The 96th Oscars will be held at the Dolby Theatre on March 10, 2024.

Rare movie posters worth around $1.9million are under the hammer in London. The huge memorabilia sale hosted by Propstore and ending Dec. 8 features a poster for the 1980’s “Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back” which is considered “one of the most scarce and desirable of all posters in the Star Wars trilogy”. It’s expected to fetch $15-20,000. Also available is a poster for the original Star Wars film, worth $6-12,000. A subway poster for the James Bond “Thunderball” movie has an estimated price tag of $10-20,000, and a similar poster for “Goldfinger” is expected to bring $5-10,000.

Disney is heading back to Arendelle. Disney CEO Bob Iger has revealed the studio is working on a fourth “Frozen” movie, in addition to the previously announced “Frozen 3,” which hasn’t been released yet. On “Good Morning America”, Iger said: “‘Frozen 3’ is in the works, and there might be a ‘Frozen 4’ in the works too.” He backed that up by saying director Jenn Lee is working on “two stories”. He made the announcement from Disney’s theme park in Hong Kong, where he’s in town for the opening ceremony of the attraction “World of Frozen.”

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A study says that the most dangerous part of your home when you’re drunk is the stairs.

Kendall Jenner says she will get cosmetic work done on her face — eventually.

The flying car that you can park in your garage has lifted off on its maiden flight. The Samson Switchblade, a street-legal car that has been approved by the FAA, was taken by a pilot on a 6-minute flight. The Switchblade requires an airport runway to take off. It uses unleaded gasoline rather than airplane fuel and needs 3 minutes to switch from driving to flying mode. Then it can be flown to the airport nearest your destination at up to 200mph. Once landed, it folds in its wings and tail and is small enough to be parked in a normal garage. The 2-seater already has 2,300 reservations from 57 countries and all 50 states in the US, and the news of the successful maiden flight will likely see that grow.

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There are 3,000 English words or phrases which mean ‘drunk’.

There’s a village in Norway called Hell, and it freezes over every winter.

Fishing is the sport with the most participants worldwide.

Football (soccer) is the most popular spectator sport.

Japan has over 200 flavors of Kit Kat, including baked potato, melon and cheese, wasabi, and vegetable juice.


Question: According to a survey, in the 1970s, 87% of us did THIS as soon as we got home from work. Now, only about 45% do. What is it?

Answer: Check the mail

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Can you imagine a world where everyone is NOT walking around with a smartphone attached to their hand…or ear…or pocket? That’s exactly what the future might hold, if the startup Humane has anything to do with it. Its “Ai Pin” (released last week) is a futuristic – but in some ways prehistoric “phone” that sells for $699 and requires a monthly $24 subscription. Humane is one of a number of companies trying to replace the smartphone with screenless devices that rely on providing voice prompts to ultra-intelligent chatbots. What it does have is a camera and microphone that ingest information, like a glorified search engine. It clips to your shirt, and is run by an AI-powered operating system. But what about that “no screen” thing? While Ai Pin lacks a screen and keypad, it uses lasers to project information onto your hand. While the AI Pin attaches to your shirt, other companies are experimenting with similar devices in the form of a pendant and Ray-Ban smart glasses. LINK:

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(Just because they usually aren’t what we were expecting…)

Timothée Hal Chalamet: It’s always handy when your middle name also appears in your last name…

Ryan Rodney Reynolds: He once tweeted that his middle name “sucks”. LINK:

Kate Garry Hudson: Named after her uncle, who died shortly before her birth.

Elton Hercules John: Yes, he chose this as his stage name. But ‘Hercules’ came from the name of a horse in a British sitcom – not the Roman god.

Tina Stamatina Fey: Her first name is actually Elizabeth, and her middle name inspired her to go by “Tina”.

Billie Eilish Pirate Baird O’Connell: Her 4-year-old brother Finneas kept calling the unborn Billie “Pirate” – so much so that her mom almost gave her that as her first name!

Richard Tiffany Gere: Tiffany was his mother’s maiden name.

James Kimberly Corden: Apparently, giving males the middle name Kimberly is a tradition in his family.

Ralph Nathaniel Twisleton Wykeham Fiennes: We have no explanation. Nor do we for the fact that you don’t pronounce the second half of his first name…

Adele Laurie Blue Adkins: Blue almost became her first name.

Hugh John Mungo Grant: Don’t know why he was named Mungo, but it sounds awesome!

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It’s a recession when your neighbor loses his job; it’s a depression when you lose yours.”~ Harry S. Truman

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