Show Notes for Thursday, December 14, 2023


Dear John,

It's almost Christmas and my parents are being jerks. They've told me four times this year I had to move out and get my own place, but I thought it was a suggestion or encouragement. Apparently, it's not. They just got a court order to evict me from the house I grew up in. They've ordered me to vacate the house by the end of January. They claim that because I don't pay rent or contribute to living expenses, they can legally throw me out because I'm an adult. The judge agrees. They claim I won't help with chores and refuse to go get a job. I am willing to help out, but they never really tell me what they need. So that's on them. And I tried to get a job but can't find anything that interests me. But it will happen. It just hasn't yet. Look, I don't like living with them any more than they like having me there. But I don't have anywhere to go and have no money. Now I don't know what to do, but I only have a few weeks to figure it out. Merry Christmas...and Thanks, Mom and Dad. What should I do? Oh and not that it matters but you may want to know my age. I'm 27.


Sad Son

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Disneyland is not cheap. Just ask Nick Cannon. The TV personality admitted that he drops about $200,000 a year to take his 12 kids to ‘The Happiest Place on Earth’. But it hasn’t always been this way. Cannon says he used to get comped by the theme park when he served as host of Disney’s Christmas morning parade from 2009-19. He claims he visits the place “literally” once a month.

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Because this is the type of information that you NEED TO KNOW, and because it’s the info that you count on us for…a “Sesame Street” staffer has spilled the baked goods on how the cookies are made that the ‘Cookie Monster’ scarfs down on the show. Puppet wrangler Lara McLean told the New York Times that the Cookie Monster’s cookies are, in fact real, although the recipe doesn’t sound all that appetizing. McLean, who started working for the show as an intern in 1992, bakes the cookies for the show at home. Ingredients include: Pancake mix, puffed rice, Grape-Nuts, instant coffee and water, flattened into cookie shape. The chocolate chips are dots of colored hot glue. She says this mixture results in a crispy, crackling, flat ‘cookie’, which is “kind of like a dog treat.” A typical episode requires about 2 dozen cookies. Ideally, the script calls for crumbs to fly all over the place, and when that happens, it’s best to be careful of the “shrapnel” that comes when the Cookie Monster is doing what he does best. After all, if he munched a cookie and it only broke into 2 pieces, that just wouldn’t be funny. McLean reinvented the “crumby” recipe in the 2000s, after the previous cookies just weren’t cutting it. LINK:

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Although it’s always interesting to look at those lists of the most-popular baby names each year, this is a year-end list not for 2023, but from 1923. What’s more, it is not a list of the most-popular names that year, but of some more “intriguing” choices some parents made that year for their children. Here are some less-common (OK, I’ll just say it: WEIRD) names bestowed on kids 100 years ago, according to the US Social Security Administration . . .


1. Clemma                      1. Jolly

2. Peaches                      2. Lieutenant

3. Evergreen                      3. Everest

4. Splendora                     4. Choice

5. Oval                              5. Brutus

6. Curly                              6. Craven

7. Haroldine                         7. Bilbo

8. Canary                             8. Grove

9. Valjean                          9. Lazarus

10. Doll                             10. Rome

11. Hixie                          11. Garden

12. Glenola                      12. Maywood

13. Pebble                          13. York

14. Virgin (Thanks, Mom…)         14. Jock (Thanks, Dad…)

15. Leafy                              15. Stillman

16. Maclovia                      16. Omega

17. Corona                          17. Benford

18. Novice                      18. Lenzy

19. Brunette                     19. Knowlton

20. Argentina                     20. Chesterfield

21. Coma                          21. Wise

22. Berdean                       22. Press

23. Toy                                  23. Smiley

24. Anise                             24. Polo

25. Nanny                             25. Clover

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