Show Notes for Thursday, January 04, 2024


Dear John,

I think my wife's parents owe me $250. They're really picky, and they love snacks. But only snacks they really love. So we have this agreement. Every time they come to see us, they send a list of things they'd like us to have. It takes a lot of stress out of planning the visit and it works for us. They usually send Venmo or PayPal for a couple of hundred dollars before they get here. They came to visit over the holidays, and they sent a huge list. Great. No problem. Along with the list, they immediately sent a PayPal payment for over $500. I'm thinking this is more than fair and they probably wanted to give us a little extra because it's Christmas AND they're staying so long. Also great. But I made a huge mistake. When I got the PayPal notification, I somehow accidentally clicked the "Refund Payment" button. And I sent the money back. I didn't realize it until they told my wife how great it was that I got their stuff for them and didn't accept the payment this time. Now I don't know what to do. I want the money. I need it. But if I ask for it back, I'd feel like a jerk, and maybe even worse, what if they think this is what we want from now on? Maybe they take this as a sign and they won't even offer the money next time? I may have accidentally set a new standard. How do I walk this back without causing some kind of problem?


Not Smart Son-In-Law

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So . . . how are those resolutions going? Or is making New Year’s resolutions even still a thing? Not really, according to a survey. 55% of adults say it’s time to ditch the idea – and it’s millennials, in particular (66%), who feel especially done with the classic resolution. On the other hand, while respondents said they tend to find resolutions unrealistic, the OnePoll survey also found that 52% of people are still interested in setting goals for themselves in 2024. And what ones are hardest to keep? Gen Zers (46%) and millennials (52%) have the most difficulty with money-related resolutions, while Gen Xers (47%) and baby boomers (46%) struggle most with sticking to food-related resolutions.

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Sometime this week, “Wonka” will pass $150 million domestic and $400 million worldwide. “Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom” came second over the weekend with a $26.3 million 4-day total.

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So, how did New Year’s Day morning go? Aside from a pounding headache and maybe a topsy-turvey stomach, were you also suffering from the effects of “hangxiety”? That’s the newish term being applied to the experience of feeling embarrassed after a night of intoxicated celebration – but not for any reason in particular. Yes, it’s a mash-up of the words ‘hangover’ and ‘anxiety’, and it’s the current pop-cultural buzzword for feeling extremely anxious while hungover. On TikTok, #hangxiety has over 180 million views. Most of the videos show younger adults cringing or making fun of what they said or did the night before — from drunk texting an ex to forgetting how they got home. The common thread is that they are worried (or ‘hanxious’) about how they might have embarrassed themselves. But fear not, hanxiety sufferers: Experts say that even though you might have the feeling that everyone is talking about how embarrassing and weird you were, they’re probably not. And one of the effects of alcohol is an increase in anxiety the next day.

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No two cornflakes are identical.

Reincarnation is forbidden in China without government permission.

There are about 20 obscene words in English. Latin had about 800.


Question: Stats show that 15% of us will do THIS during the month of January. What is it?

Answer: Suffer an exercise-related injury

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Some people are trying to lose weight the old-fashioned way – through diet and exercise, and these scientists are living in…2024. They say a much more effective way to drop pounds is through . . . vibrating pills. MIT researchers say they wanted to come up with a non-invasive method for treating obesity, thereby reducing associated risks and costs. Lead author Shriya Srinivasan explains that as the stomach expands, receptors there send a signal to the brain to tell it to stop eating, due to a sense of fullness. So, his team came up with a small, ingestible capsule that would vibrate receptors in the stomach, giving the perception that the entire stomach has been expanded. The pill was given to a group of pigs 20 minutes before mealtime. Vibrations lasted for 30 minutes, and after 108 meals, it was determined that the pigs had reduced their food intake by 40%, leading to weight loss without any side effects. The scientists say they are working to “take this technology” forward for possible use on humans.

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Kids who live with cats or dogs tend to have fewer food allergies.

Seagulls decide what to eat by watching people.

Humans can correctly understand the meaning of chimp and bonobo gestures.

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Roosters can recognize their own reflection in a mirror – meaning they are probably self-aware.

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