Show Notes for Thursday, December 21, 2023


Dear John,

My husband asked me what I wanted for Christmas like he does every year. Usually, I have a nice list of easy things for him to get and he chooses something from the list and then gets creative with other gifts around that one thing. It's awesome. He's a good gift-giver when he is pointed in the right direction. This year, I gave him ONE thing. I want matching tattoos. But each would have a different line from the same song that is about how much we love each other. The song is the first dance of our wedding. We both love the song. It's our song. But he said he didn't want a matching tattoo or any tattoos. He says he hates tattoos overall, thinks they're trashy, and matching tattoos are goofy. He said his buddies would make fun of him. I told him he could get his on his ankle or lower back where nobody would see it. He still said no. This is all I want for Christmas. Am I asking for too much?


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The baseball world is still reeling from the news of superstar Shohei Ohtani signing a 10-year, $700M deal with the LA Dodgers. Not only is it the largest contract in baseball history (by a mile), it is the most lucrative deal for any professional athlete, anywhere. Here’s a breakdown of his rate of pay: Per year: $70million. Per month: $5.83million. Per week: $1.35million. Per day: $192 thousand. Per hour (based on 40-hour workweek): $7,990.87. Per minute: $133.18. Per second: $2.22. Per game: $432,098.77.


Here’s a new celeb couple: Kevin Costner and . . . Jewel? The “Yellowstone” star seemingly couldn’t keep his hands off the folksy singer in cozy new pictures of the pair. TMZ obtained photos of Jewel, who is 49, speaking into a microphone as 68-year-old Costner wrapped his arms around her waist with a smile. Sources said their relationship is “rather new.” The duo was in the British Virgin Islands for a week last month as part of a tennis fundraiser for Jewel’s winner’s Inspiring Children Foundation.

Dick Van Dyke channeled his iconic chimney sweep dance from the 1964 film “Mary Poppins” days before his 98th birthday. In a video shared on Instagram Stories, the legendary movie star performed a few dance moves from the scene, with his wooden cane in hand. Van Dyke looked dapper cutting a rug as he filmed his upcoming CBS special “Dick Van Dyke 98 Years of Magic,” wearing a white button-up shirt and a gray suit. LINK:

Nominations for the 81st annual Golden Globe Awards were revealed, kicking awards season into high gear. “Barbie”, the year’s biggest hit, and “Succession”, TV’s most dominant drama, lead all nominees with 9 each. “Oppenheimer” has 8 nods, while “Killers of the Flower Moon” and “Poor Things” both have 7. Hulu’s “Only Murders In the Building” tied “The Bear” with 5 nominations, including a record 33rd nom for Meryl Streep. The 2024 Golden Globe Awards ceremony will take place on January 7.

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Scientists say 2023 was a breakthrough year for artificial intelligence.

A woman dropped her pants and squatted to pee in the aisle of her flight when the flight attendant refused to let her into the lavatory.

Britain’s loneliest reindeer is “glowing like Rudolph” after finding a mate in time for Christmas. Owner Suzie Wright says it was love at first sight for 4-year-old Sven and 3-year-old Daisy. She had launched a desperate bid to find him a friend when his previous stable-mate Klaus died in September, leaving him heartbroken. Suzie thought Sven, a natural herd animal, might die from loneliness, but she managed to raise £4,000 (US$5,000) from donors to ship Daisy 300 miles to Sven’s cozy barn in Hull. And she reports that the love-struck pair have since become inseparable, sharing food and cuddling up together during cold winter nights.

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The Atlantic Ocean grows an inch wider every year. The Pacific shrinks an inch.

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A soap bubble is 10,000 times thinner than a human hair.

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Just like human babies suck their thumbs, baby elephants sometimes suck on their trunks.

A little gross, but also kind of funny: Lobsters pee out of their faces. And even more interesting, they do this as a way of attracting mates.


Question: 36% of us will do THIS at least once this holiday season – maybe this weekend. What is it?

Answer: Drive around to see the Christmas lights.

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A major UK retailer has a solution for those who have no idea what to buy someone on their Christmas list. Online gift shop “Not On The High Street” has recruited a psychic for the season, who claims to be able to accurately reveal the perfect gift for those who seem impossible to buy for. In her newly created role of “head of gifting insights,” renowned clairvoyant Inbaal Honigman is providing personalized readings for shoppers in need of help. To take advantage of the TV astrologer’s services, customers need to answer 4 questions on the retailer’s website about the person they’re struggling to buy for. The service was launched after a study found 45% of adults suffer from ‘holi-dread’ – that’s anxiety over what gifts to buy.

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(Among newsreaders and others on TV, according to The Captioning Group…)

SZA: The stage name of singer Solána Imani Rowe, the 8th-most streamed artist on Spotify. Pronunciation: Siz-uh

Enceladus: Saturn’s 6th moon hit the headlines in May when NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope spotted a massive plume of water spurting from it. Pronunciation: En-seh-luh-duhs

Cillian Murphy: His title role in Christopher Nolan’s “Oppenheimer” put his name back on our radars. Pronunciation: Kil-ee-uhn

Popocatépetl: This volcano in Mexico threatened to erupt in May, prompting authorities to raise alert levels for the millions living nearby. Pronunciation: Poh-poh-kah-teh-peh-til

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