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?


Ready To Be Happy In Hawaii

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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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