Show Notes for Monday, December 18, 2023

This #MovieStarMonday we visit with Sung Kang. Known for the Fast And Furious franchise, he's now done some work behind the camera with his directorial debut on the film “Shaky Shivers”

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December 18th

National Bake Cookies Day

Flake Appreciation Day

International Migrants Day

National Ham Salad Day

National Twin Day

National Wear A Plunger On Your Head Day

World Arabic Language Day

Answer The Telephone Like Buddy The Elf Day

National Roast Suckling Pig Day

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Do you sometimes struggle to stay awake and alert at work on Mondays? Or any day? Or have you ever found your head starting to fall forward in another, unusual place? The good news is you’re not alone. A poll of 2,000 adults found that 22% have actually drifted off while at work. Others admitted to dozing off in nightclubs or bars (12%), or even at a wedding (5%). Why are these people so tired? The top answers to why they didn’t get enough sleep were: overthinking (57%), followed by being too hot or cold, and working too hard. Other excuses included noisy neighbors, an uncomfortable bed, nightmares and money worries.

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Marijuana is sometimes linked to poor mental health, but a recent study found that it may improve users’ empathy, or the ability to understand or share the feelings of another person. Brain imaging showed that the marijuana users’ brains were more connected and functional in the region linked to empathy, compared to non-users. The findings, from researchers in Mexico, were published in the Journal of Neuroscience Research, and builds upon research that shows marijuana use activates certain areas of the brain.

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The Super Bowl is going under the sea. Nickelodeon will offer a “slime-filled” simulcast of Super Bowl LVIII on Feb. 11, in which CBS Sports’ Nate Burleson and Noah Eagle are joined in the booth by ‘SpongeBob SquarePants’, ‘Patrick Star’, ‘Sandy Cheeks’ and ‘Larry the Lobster’. The special presentation comes following Nickelodeon and CBS Sports’ previous team-up for the 2021 NFL Wild Card Game. They will also partner for the Nickelodeon NFL Nickmas Game, between the Las Vegas Raiders and Kansas City Chiefs, on Christmas Day, featuring Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle ‘Raphael’ and ‘Donatello’.

It’s a wonderful… robot? An AI-generated voice of Jimmy Stewart, the legendary Hollywood actor who died in 1997, reads a new bedtime story on the Calm sleep and meditation app. The voice of Stewart, who starred in films like “It’s a Wonderful Life,” and “Vertigo, was recreated for the Calm story using AI voice-cloning technology. The project has the consent of Stewart’s family and his estate. The AI-generated “It’s a Wonderful Sleep Story,” which Calm says is “a heartwarming new holiday tale,” premiered exclusively on the app this week.

Ryan Seacrest will usher in 2024 on “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve” from New York City’s Times Square, alongside Rita Ora. There will once again be satellite locations in LA — hosted by Jeannie Mai — and a Spanish language countdown with Dayanara Torres live from San Juan’s Puerto Rico Convention Center. The Los Angeles party will boast R&B up-and-comer Coco Jones, Ellie Goulding, Green Day and 2024 Grammy album of the year nominee Janelle Monáe. Loud Luxury x Two Friends Feat. Bebe Rexha, Ludacris, Nile Rodgers & CHIC, Paul Russell, Reneé Rapp and Thirty Seconds to Mars will also take the stage to usher in 2024. And in a year where “Barbie” ruled everything, the Danish-Norwegian Europop band Aqua will revisit their best-known hit, 1997’s ‘Barbie Girl’.

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According to Consumer Reports, the top things that people are dreading this holiday season are crowds and lines.

It’s scientifically proven: being in love makes you a less productive person.

Oxford University Press has done what Merriam-Webster almost did a week ago: named “rizz” its word of the year. The term is widely used by Generation Z to describe someone’s ability to attract or seduce another person. Oxford said rizz topped “Swiftie” (an enthusiastic fan of Taylor Swift), “situationship” (an informal romantic or sexual relationship) and “prompt” (an instruction given to an AI program) in the annual decision by experts at the publisher of the Oxford English Dictionary. Rizz comes from the middle of the word charisma, and can be used as a verb, as in to “rizz up,” or chat someone up.

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More energy from the sun hits Earth every hour than the planet uses in a year.

If they are unable to find food, some worms will eat themselves.

Frowning burns more calories than smiling.

Police are sometimes called “the fuzz” because London cops once wore fuzzy helmets.

It takes 345 squirts from a cow’s udder to get a gallon (4.5 liters) of milk.

One-third of Taiwanese funeral processions include a stripper.


Question: What is the most used word that moms say to their kids?

Answer: No

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Is anyone in your house or office playing “Whamageddon”? Or, perhaps more accurately, WAS anyone playing it? Apparently Whamageddon is a game that takes place each holiday season in which players try to avoid hearing ‘Last Christmas’ by Wham! from Dec. 1 through Christmas Eve. And what if you DO accidentally hear the festive harmonies of Mssrs. Michael and Ridgeley? The game’s official Wikipedia entry says that if a player hears the song between Dec. 1 and 24 at midnight, they are out of the game and have to post “#Whamageddon” on social media to indicate that they have lost. The exceptions are that players are allowed to listen to remixes and cover versions of the song. LINK:

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My 4-year-old said she’s scared to become a grown up because she “doesn’t know how to do the gas station.” She has no idea how real she’s being right now — Kristen Mulrooney

6yo: was I born naked? Me: yeah. 6yo: sorry about that — Emily Adrian

I love that my son is the same annoying as me so we can annoy his dad together. It’s how we bond. – Marcy G

13-year-old: I need cool clothes. Me: I think your clothes now are pretty cool. 13: That’s the problem – James Breakwell, Exploding Unicorn

My kid hasn’t finished her homework but she did call a family meeting to show us the 20-slide presentation she created on why we should get a cat. – krista pacion

My kids no longer believe in Santa. Tell me, what am I supposed to threaten them with now? Who am I supposed to imaginary call in a crisis?? – That Mom Tho

There’s only one type of person that buys a child’s drum set, and that person is revenge gifting – Katie D

We just got a report that our kid has spent 34,721 minutes listening to one song, in case you were thinking of having kids. – mom mom mom mom mom

my son asked for a new hoodie for Christmas, so for convenience and to save time I’m having it shipped directly to his girlfriend’s house – Dad Moon Rising

Putting one kid to bed: Bedtime is at 7 PM, no later. Putting two kids to bed: You can stay up and read for 20 minutes. Putting three kids to bed: You can watch Cocaine Bear with me as long as you’re quiet. – Jessie

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There is no sunrise so beautiful that it is worth waking me up to see it.” ~ Mindy Kaling

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9-Year-Old Organizes Pet Drive To Honor Her Dog That Passed