Show Notes for Saturday, December 30 and Sunday, December 31, 2023

Today we visit with #1 New York Times Best Selling Author, Jo Nesbo. His new book is called The Night House

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December 30th

National Bacon Day

Festival Of Enormous Changes At The Last Minute

National Resolution Planning Day

Rizal Day

National Bicarbonate Of Soda Day

Falling Needles Family Fest Day

December 31st

National Champagne Day

New Years Eve

Make Up Your Mind Day


Unlucky Day

World Peace Meditation Day

Universal Hour Of Peace

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How much should a good date cost? Somewhere around $200, according to the results of a new survey conducted in the US. The OnePoll survey looking at the cost of dating and relationships found that the average (presumably single) respondent has gone on 8 dates in the past 6 months, costing about $189 each. And that lines up pretty closely with what people estimated a good date should cost: $196. The average person has gone on $3,025.12 worth of dates within the past year. And it comes to picking up the tab, just about the same percentage of respondents said they are likely to pay for a date (33%) as those who have the date paid for them (31%). 27% said they split bills.

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Most cars have 3 colors of lights on the outside: White for headlights and reverse lights, red for brake lights and rear lights and amber for turn signals. But Mercedes-Benz has just received approval to add a 4th color: turquoise blue lights that indicate the vehicle is driving itself. Only California and Nevada have approved the new light color – the 2 states where Mercedes’ “conditionally autonomous” Drive Pilot technology is legal. Drive Pilot can be used in traffic jams on some highways when vehicles are traveling less than 40mph (60pkh). The lights will signify that the driver may have taken their feet off the pedals, let go of the steering wheel and (unlike other driver assistance systems) completely taken their eyes off the road.

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Netflix is looking to expand the universe of its hit series “Wednesday” with a spin-off about ‘Uncle Fester’ now in development. Talks about the potential spin-off come as the show is preparing for production on its highly-anticipated second season to begin this spring. Reportedly, the spinoff is not set in stone, but Netflix is “eager to establish a pipeline” of “Addams Family”-themed programs to build off of the success of Wednesday.

Priscilla” star Jacob Elordi is heading to “Saturday Night Live,” making his hosting debut on the first show of 2024, on Jan. 20. He’ll be joined by musical guest Reneé Rapp. Elordi most recently starred as ‘Elvis Presley’ in “Priscilla”, to critical acclaim. He is also known for his role on HBO’s “Euphoria.” Rapp just wrapped up a US tour in support of her debut album “Snow Angel.” She is also starring in “Mean Girls,” the movie adaptation of the Broadway musical.

George Clooney isn’t exactly rushing to don the Batsuit again. DC fans will recall that Clooney first became ‘Bruce Wayne’ for the 1997 film “Batman & Robin”, then unexpectedly reprised the role for a cameo in this year’s “The Flash”. Was that reappearance the first of many? Not likely. At the L.A. premiere of his latest directorial venture “The Boys in the Boat” Clooney addressed the question of his potential return to the DCEU, saying: “I don’t think there are enough drugs in the world for me to go back again.” He further joked that he only returned for The Flash because he assumed fans were dying to see him again.

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Michael Jackson’s daughter Paris says she was inspired to be an actress because of her father.

What did you accomplish during lockdown? I’m guessing these guys have you beat. Three Australian roommates, who happen to be scientists, spent their time conducting an investigation of the hidden world of biodiversity in their neighborhood – and they found more than 1,000 species in total. And now, what began as a casual challenge among friends has resulted in an academic research paper detailing the incredible variety of species thriving in urban landscapes. Their species census of their house and its surroundings revealed an astonishing 1,150 unique species of animals, plants, and fungi. One of the men, mathematician Dr. Matt Holden, said they asked ecologists and conservation scientists how many species they’d expect to find in this setting — and they predicted only 200. He feels their species survey shows “suburban houses and apartments could have far more biodiversity than ever imagined, especially when it comes to insects.” Most surprisingly, among the 436 moth and butterfly species, 56 distinct spider species, 8 reptiles, and 56 types of birds, were 3 species that had not been previously recorded in Australia’s leading biodiversity database: A type of mosquito, a sandfly, and an invasive flatworm.

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Finland has more saunas than cars.

No one knows who named Earth.

Worldwide, toilet flushing accounts for only 10% of water usage. Agriculture uses 70%.

The names of Barbie’s 5 sisters are: Skipper, Tutti, Stacie, Kelly and Krissy.

Gatorade was invented at the University of Florida, and named after the mascots of the school, Albert and Alberta Gator.


Question: 25% of people admit they’re still obsessed with THIS Christmas tradition. What is it?

Answer: Ugly Christmas sweaters

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For some reason, a brewery in New Zealand has invented a vending machine that dispenses free beer – to good guitarists. Panhead Custom Ales in Wellington created the “Slay to Pay” machine, which uses AI fingerprinting to rate guitarists’ shedding ability in real time. And if it decides your skill level is appropriate, it’ll dispense the booze. The company calls its invention “Souped-up Guitar Hero for Adults”.

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You lose most of your body heat from your head: Nope. Heat loss is closely related to surface area, and the head has only about 9% of the body’s surface area. On the other hand, if the rest of you is all covered up and your head isn’t, then you DO lose most of your heat from your head…

To warm up, sip coffee or brandy: Caffeine and alcohol hinder the body’s ability to produce heat. They can also cause your core temperature to drop. Instead, drink warm water, or something with sugar.

Cold weather can cause you to catch cold: Can we put this to rest right now? You catch cold from a virus, not from cold temperatures.

Rub your fingers or toes to warm them: Wiggle them instead. If exposed skin (including your face and ears) becomes cold, cover it with a warm hand until it feels better. Rubbing can cause tissue damage.

You should resist shivering: Shivering means that your body is trying to warm up, and that’s good. In fact, shivering can triple your body’s heat production.

If I’m cold, you must be cold too: Age, gender, fitness level and acclimatization all determine when you “feel” cold. And women generally feel cold before men do, possibly because they have less heat-generating ability.

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I like long walks, especially when they are taken by people who annoy me.” ~ Noel Coward

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Show Notes for Friday, December 29, 2023

Today we visit with AMERICAN NINJA WARRIOR champion DANIEL GIL. He is the author of Kingdom Ninja: A Warrior’s Guide to Physical, Mental, and Spiritual Health.

Renowned athlete and American Ninja Warrior sensation Daniel Gil is set to captivate audiences with his new book, Kingdom Ninja, a compelling memoir detailing his remarkable journey from childhood dreams to becoming a world-class competitor.

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December 29th

International Cello Day

Still Need To Do Day

National Pepper Pot Day

Tick Tock Day

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So – at what age did you first begin to “feel” like an adult? Or, are you still waiting? One in 4 of us don’t really feel like adults until their late 20s, says a new study. A poll of 2,000 uh . . . adults . . . found that 6% didn’t really get that feeling until they hit their mid-30s. Some more findings from the OnePoll survey conducted in the US 

Some “adulting” things that people admitted to enjoying included grocery shopping (65%), balancing their budget (62%), doing dishes (60%), laundry (57%) and even vacuuming (56%)

74% said cleaning their home is enjoyable, while 77% claimed cleaning is therapeutic for them – AND 26% actually take joy in shopping for a new vacuum.

Gen Z was the most afraid to admit they like vacuuming (62%), while millennials’ guilty pleasure is doing dishes (40%) and Gen X has a deep appreciation for grocery shopping (44%).

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Reading books stimulates the imagination more effectively than watching TV, says a new study. UK researchers found that unlike reading, where mental visualization is necessary, television and movies present ready-made images, reducing the need for imaginative thinking. They say given its significance, especially in children, toward abilities such as planning, creativity, and empathy, fostering imagination is of paramount importance. And encouraging reading over screen-based entertainment could be a key strategy in nurturing imaginative skills.

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ABC has announced the full lineup of performers for “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve With Ryan Seacrest 2024”. K-pop group NewJeans will be performing, as well as Post Malone and Ivy Queen. Previously announced performers include Aqua, Ellie Goulding, Green Day, Janelle Monáe, Loud Luxury x Two Friends with Bebe Rexha, Ludacris, Nile Rodgers & CHIC, Paul Russell, and Thirty Seconds to Mars. Ryan Seacrest is returning, of course. He’ll be in New York City’s Times Square with Rita Ora. The show will also be broadcast from Hollywood, with Jeannie Mai, and Dayanara Torres is returning to co-host from Puerto Rico.

Tiffany Haddish is making headlines again, this time by announcing her latest book, a collection of essays and stories titled “I Curse You With Joy”, out May 7. In a press release, she said: “This book is me, highs and lows. The good, the bad, the ugly and of course the funny. The wig is off.” The announcement of comes on the heels of Haddish’s second DUI arrest in 2 years. In November, she was discovered sleeping behind the wheel of her vehicle with the engine running. LINK:

Tom Cruise rented out an entire floor of the swanky London restaurant Novikov Friday night to wow his new flame Elsina Khayrova. UK newspaper The Sun reported that the “Mission Impossible” star “seemed very loved up” and appeared to be “hanging on every word Elsina was saying,” according to an eyewitness. Cruise and the Russian socialite were joined by his security guard, who stepped in when a member of staff asked for a picture. He reportedly dropped over $600 on a lobster, seafood and sushi dish at the Russian-owned restaurant, and tipped the staff over $100 before he and his date “slipped out the side door into a waiting getaway car.”

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Doritos has unveiled a nacho cheese flavored booze.

A 4-month-old baby was found asleep and unharmed in a “cradle” of fallen limbs after being sucked up in a Tennessee tornado. Mom Sydney Moore watched as the bassinet containing her infant son Lord followed the roof of her mobile home into the funnel of a tornado, and she thought she’d never see him again. Surviving the collapse of her home, she searched desperately for the baby with her boyfriend, who had been thrown by the force of the funnel, breaking his arm and shoulder. Then, a miracle. Lord was spotted in what looked like “a little tree cradle”, unscathed, lying asleep in the crook of a fallen tree. Moore’s sister said it looked as though the baby was placed there by “an angel”. A GoFundMe has been started to replace the family’s home.

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By age 50, your eyes will let in 20% less light than they did in your 20s.

Stats show that the less religious you are, the more likely you are to believe in aliens.

Belly buttons grow special hairs to catch lint.

Right-handed men tend to put on their pants ‘right-leg first’ (and vice-versa).

Drunk men smile more often than drunk women.


Question: A survey found THIS is the gift we most often buy in the wrong size. What is it?

Answer: Gloves

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Have you ever felt like enjoying one, single McDonald’s Chicken McNugget? If you were in Switzerland, you could order exactly that. McD’s there are offering a single-McNugget option to celebrate the menu item’s 40th birthday. Fans love to enjoy jokey theorems about the breaded bites – and there is also intense competition over who gets the final McNugget. According to the new campaign, by making singles available at the fast-food restaurant, “Everyone gets the last nugget.” Each special Nug sells for 1.20 Swiss francs. (US$1.36). LINK:

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According to a panel of “expert sources”…

1. “Stranger Things” (2016 – 2025)

2. “Bojack Horseman” (2014 – 2020)

3. “Master of None” (2015 – 2021)

4. “Squid Game” (since 2021)

5. “Orange Is The New Black” (2013 – 2019)

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Outside of a dog, a book is man’s best friend. Inside of a dog, it’s too dark to read.” ~ Groucho Marx

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Two Friends Have Surprised Over 400 Nursing Home Residents With Christmas Gifts

Show Notes for Thursday, December 28, 2023


Dear John,

Our family has been very blessed. We have everything we need, so this year my wife and I decided to take the entire family to Hawaii. This was our Christmas gift this year. It's going to be an awesome trip next month and we've all been looking forward to it. My wife and I let the kids know on Christmas morning, but when all of the Christmas presents were opened, the kids were upset that they didn't get as much, and no big gifts. This is an expensive trip. There are four kids plus me and my wife. I think the trip is the big gift. But my wife says she thinks we ruined Christmas, and we shouldn't have done it this way. She wants to get them each a big gift now as well. I think that's a bad idea. They don't need any more stuff. This trip will be fun when we go next month. What do you think? Can't a family vacation be the gift? Why should they expect more?


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December 28th

Pledge Of Allegiance Day

National Card Playing Day

National Chocolate Candy Day

National Call A Friend Day

National Download Day

National Short Film Day

Holy Innocents Day

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We’re often told we should “look on the bright side” of things. But it turns out that if there is one situation in life where you should NOT be optimistic, it’s when making money decisions. Researchers from the University of Bath conducted a study that found being too optimistic may lead to poor financial decisions. And while there is definitely no shortage of self-help books available which preach about the power of positive thinking and looking at the link between optimism and overall happiness, the researchers determined that unrealistically optimistic financial expectations can lead to excessive levels of consumption and debt, as well as insufficient savings. It can also lead to the founding of businesses that are doomed to fail.

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We’re all snacking too much these days. And in my case, I don’t mean just because it’s the holiday season. And as you know, it’s hard to cut out the between-meal noshing. But Christopher Taylor, a professor of medical dietetics at Ohio State University’s School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, says that his research found that snacks contribute to about one full meal’s worth of calories per day. So what do we do about it? Rather than trying to stop snacking entirely, he recommends employing “healthier snacking patterns”. This means instead of reaching for hi-calorie junk like potato chips, candy, or other pantry junk, you should be looking for foods that are high in one thing: fiber. Why? It not only helps you feel full, it regulates blood sugar, and promotes regularity, among other benefits. So, skip the pretzels and Cheetos, and consider grabbing artichokes, chia seeds, blueberries, nuts, whole wheat crackers, chickpeas, popcorn or snacks made from avocado, like guacamole or truffles.

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Guy Fieri is borrowing a page from Shaquille O’Neal when it comes to their children inheriting any money — if they wanna see cheese, they gotta bring home 2 degrees. The Food Network appeared on Fox News, and shared what he told his sons, Hunter, who is 27, and 17-year-old Ryder — about what they should expect when his time comes to an end. Quote: “I told them the same thing my dad told me: ‘When I die, you can expect that I’m gonna die broke, and you’re gonna be paying for the funeral. Fieri, who is 55, also told his boys: “None of this that I’ve been building are you gonna get unless you come and take it from me.” That includes getting college degrees — and he said “they’re on their way”.

Kelly Osbourne is ready for a little nip and tuck. On the latest episode of her family’s podcast “The Osbournes”, the 39-year-old shared the gift she wants to give herself this holiday season, which is something she hasn’t gotten before – plastic surgery. The new mom—who welcomed her baby boy in 2022—motioned to her neck and face, indicating the areas she’s hoping to improve. But not everyone was on board. Dad Ozzy responded, saying: “Oh f(ooey), Kelly, don’t. Stop.” And mom Sharon agreed. The plastic surgery veteran told her daughter that it’s “too early” to start dabbling with cosmetic procedures.

Cameron Diaz has finally addressed the long-standing rumors that Jamie Foxx’s behavior on the set of “Back in Action” caused her to quit acting for the second time. In a podcast interview, she said: “I really hate all of the things that were being said about our set.” The “Bad Teacher” star specifically mentioned the rumors that Foxx was “making everything miserable” behind the scenes, maintaining those reports couldn’t have been farther from the truth. Diaz also said: “Jamie is the best. I love that guy so much.”

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Taylor Swift says she wants to be a role model for teen girls.

Nick Nolte says he spends a lot of time thinking about death.

The latest breakthrough in AI just might change medical systems worldwide. A company says it is set to roll out “the world’s first AI doctor’s office” in some US cities next year. “CarePod” is a self-service cube where patients can be screened for issues relevant to diabetes, hypertension, and depression and anxiety, according to its maker, Forward. The high-tech health stops will be installed in malls, gyms and offices. Scan results will be integrated into a program called Health Apps. Memberships are priced at $99 per month. The CarePod can also draw blood using “no needle, no knife”, and future plans include scanning for advanced cancers and prenatal care – plus testing for risks of certain illnesses. The first 3 CarePods will be installed in Sacramento, California, Chandler, Arizona, and Chicago. LINK:

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In the average film, male actors utter 10 times as many profanities as female actors.

The Statue of Liberty’s waist size is 35 – feet.

In virtually every language, the word for “mother” begins with the letter ‘m’.

Cows get hairballs.

On average, one square inch of your skin has 60 hairs, 90 oil glands, and 19 feet of blood vessels.

If they were laid end to end, all of the blood vessels in your body would circle the Earth 4 times.


Question: In a survey, 11% of adults said THIS is the worst Christmas gift they ever received. What is it?

Answer: Decorations

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A restaurant in Japan is leaving customers a bit slap-happy. Patrons at Shachihoko-ya in Nagoya are offered the opportunity to pay waitresses to slap them in the face. For the reasonable price of 300 Japanese Yen (about $2 USD), Kimono-wearing, stone-faced women slap the eager customer’s cheeks with a palm over and over again — and some even administer backhanded slaps – which sometimes even knock diners out of their seat. Both men and women — locals and tourists alike — enjoy the slaps so much that they thank their assailants for the violent service. Shachihoko-ya opened in 2012 but was in danger of closing when the wacky custom was introduced. From then on, business began to thrive — eventually becoming so popular that more waitresses were needed to meet demand. LINK:

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According to industry publication “Variety” critics Owen Gleiberman and Peter Debruge…

Carmen: Never sure where to put the camera, (director Benjamin) Millepied stages a clumsy dance movie without nearly enough dance … and even less in the way of chemistry.

The Flash: A tiresome infinite-loop plot and terrible visual effects, trapping the immature character in a space-time bubble so that DC can get in on the already-stale multiverse craze.

Paint: Like a how-to class in what paint-by-number indie comedies should studiously avoid, this thin sketch of a movie can’t even milk a laugh from its easy-target subject: a Bob Ross-like public television personality.

Caligula: The Ultimate Cut: This tedious new cut somehow manages to be both bloated and neutered — an interminable who-needs-it workprint in which the transgressive novelty has been removed to make room for…insufferable scenery chewing.

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The worst part of online shopping is having to get up and get your credit card from your purse.” ~ Anonymous

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MIT Researchers Discover New Antibiotics Using Artificial Intelligence

Show Notes for Wednesday, December 27, 2023

Today we visit with Lydia McLaughlin (Real Housewives of Orange County) She has a new book “Beyond Orange County: A Housewives Guide to Faith and Happiness” AVAILABLE NOW:

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December 27th

National Fruitcake Day

International Day Of Epidemic Preparedness

Make Cut Out Snowflakes Day

Visit The Zoo Day

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A statistical look at who we are and the things we do …

86% of adults eat ice cream all year round.

48% of us sing in the shower.

40% of us never give or receive flowers.

18% of adults brush their teeth 3 or more times a day.

75% of women make their bed every day. Only 40% of men do.

29% of us will consume eggnog over the holidays.

8% of workers have stolen a stapler from work.

30% of adults say their most embarrassing moment happened at their wedding.

10% of people bring their own bed sheets when they check into a hotel.

29% of us don’t like our neighbors.

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Stress eating”, such as the act of scarfing down a donut as you rush to meet a work deadline will only make your stress worse, according to a new study. Researchers at the University of Birmingham found that eating fatty food before or during a stressful event reduces the functioning of your heart AND your brain, and it slows your body’s recovery from stress, too. Not only that, fat consumption negatively affected test participants’ mood both during and after the stress episode.

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Jennifer Lopez admits not everyone in her camp initially supported the idea to document her romance with Ben Affleck in her upcoming “This Is Me…Now” album and companion film, but says she “had to do it”. She told Variety: “As artists, we have to follow our heart and this is me following my heart.” She also copped to the fact that she has some worries about putting her and Affleck’s life in the spotlight, because they “both have PTSD” from the media scrutiny they endured back when they first dated, but said “we’re older now. We’re wiser. Lopez will drop This Is Me…Now, marking the 20th anniversary of “This Is Me…Then,” on Feb. 16.

A brand new “South Park” special has dropped on Paramount+. “South Park: Not Suitable for Children” spoofs OnlyFans. In the trailer, ‘Mr. Skinner’ bursts into his classroom and exclaims they have a problem. The parents of South Park then assemble for a meeting. They shout out, “We’re talking about someone who influences our children!” The official logline reads, “After it’s discovered that a teacher at South Park Elementary has an OnlyFans page, Randy is compelled to take a closer look at the seedy underbelly of the world of on-line influencers.” LINK:

Ryan Gosling hasn’t had (K)enough of showing off his musical chops as ‘Ken’ from “Barbie” just yet. He teamed up with the film’s composers, Mark Ronson and Andrew Wyatt, to release an EP with 3 new versions of the Grammy-nominated song ‘I’m Just Ken’. The re-worked songs include ‘I’m Just Ken (Merry Kristmas Barbie)’, ‘I’m Just Ken (In My Feelings Acoustic)’, and ‘I’m Just Ken (Purple Disco Machine Remix).’ The original mix is up for a Grammy Award in February for best song written for visual media. LINK:

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Nichelle Nichols — who played the ‘Lt. Uhura’ in “Star Trek”, said that creators originally wanted Spock to be female.

A report says that running marathons can cause permanent heart damage.

It seems like they come up with a new style of Doritos every other week, but this one definitely wasn’t expected – or was it? Frito Lay announced last week that it has teamed up with Empirical to create a liquor that tastes like its Nacho Cheese-flavored chips. It will be available for a limited time starting in January. The companies are inviting adventurous people to try the “Doritos Nacho Cheese Spirit” over ice, neat, or in a variety of cocktails, including the “double triangle margarita,” the “mary mary” and the “red bag old-fashioned.” The liquor is made using real Doritos chips and alcohol. LINK:

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The sun is white, not yellow.

Contrary to popular belief, lightning travels from the ground upward, not from the sky downward.

An elephant’s tooth can weigh as much as 12 pounds.

Lying children tend to grow up to be more successful.

If you take a plant with you on a long airplane flight, it, too, will suffer from jet lag.

For ideal moisture content, a snowman is best attempted when snow is around 30°F (-1.1°C).


Question: Only 1 in 8 people will NOT do this between now and the end of the year. What is it?

Answer: Gain weight

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Two men convicted of theft from a Kohl’s in Colorado tried to get a lesser punishment — because they stole stuff that was on sale. Lawyers for Michael Green and Byron Bolden, nicknamed the “KitchenAid Mixer Crew” by the DA in reference to the kitchen appliances they stole, cited discounts on the sticker prices, and Kohl’s coupons they had, hoping to bring the items down below the threshold for felony theft in Colorado, which is $2,000. The value of the items stolen was $2,094.98 before the sale prices. The argument failed to sway the judge, as both men received felony convictions after prosecutors argued that sales and discounts only count if you actually pay.

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According to industry publication “Variety” critics Owen Gleiberman and Peter Debruge…

Magic Mike’s Last Dance: It’s a let’s-put-on-a-show movie that feels like Chippendales by way of Disney.

Heart of Stone: Gal Gadot plays a rogue agent out to save the world in a joyless, sludgy-looking diversion that’s as convoluted as it strives to be, in no small part because it’s built on MacGuffins no one can pretend to care about.

Winnie the Pooh: Blood and Honey: This gimmicky cash-grab unleashed a horrifying precedent…popular creations fall into the public domain 95 years after they were first copyrighted…(this shows) what irreverent bottom feeders eventually have in store for Mickey Mouse, Bugs Bunny, Superman (when theirs) expire in 2024.

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Anyone who lives within their means suffers from a lack of imagination.” ~ Oscar Wilde

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