Show Notes for Wednesday, January 03, 2024

Today we visit with author Matthew Abrahams, best selling author of “Speaking Up without Freaking Out: 50 Techniques for Confident and Compelling Presenting”... We'll talk about his new book “Think Faster, Talk Smarter: How to Speak Successfully When You're Put on the Spot”

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January 3rd

Festival Of Sleep Day

Humiliation Day

International Mind-Body Wellness Day

J.R.R. Tolkien Day

Memento Mori

National Chocolate Covered Cherry Day

National Drinking Straw Day

National Fruitcake Toss Day

National Write To Congress Day

Women Rock! Day

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A new study in the journal Nature Communications reports that male songbirds need to sing daily to exercise their vocal muscles and produce pretty songs. And the females of the species notice if they don’t. In their study, the international team of researchers found that if songbirds skip singing for 7 days, the vocal muscles lose 50% of their strength. And singing is crucial for songbirds. They sing to impress future partners, to defend their territories and to maintain social bonds. The study’s lead author said: “These results provide an alternative reason why birds sing so much, and every day.”

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Seeing a co-worker sniffle triggers your body to start preparing to fight illness. Chapman University researchers found that just seeing someone who is sick can trigger a protective response in our bodies. Similar to how our body’s immune system kicks into high gear to fight an infection, this response to another’s illness is our body’s way of preparing to fight off potential threats. The researchers say this shows how interconnected we all are — and how our health can be influenced by those around us.

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Four decades after Eddie Murphy initially threw on a Detroit Lions jacket to play the wise-cracking ‘Det. Foley’, the Oscar-nominated actor is back in his iconic role in the first trailer for Netflix’s “Beverly Hills Cop: Axel F”. In the new teaser, Murphy smiles his way through some shoot-outs, reunites with old chums, makes some new ones (including Joseph Gordon-Levitt) — all soundtracked to a new hip-hop style version of the original Harold Faltermeyer synthesizer theme ‘Axel F’. Beverly Hills Cop: Axel F premieres next summer on Netflix. LINK:

Deadpool 3” is the most anticipated film in 2024,according to a survey of 8,000 movie-goers conducted by Fandango. The superhero sequel stars Ryan Reynolds and Hugh Jackman and will bring both “X-Men” characters firmly into the Marvel Cinematic Universe when it hits theaters in July. The next-most anticipated movies of 2024 are “Beetlejuice 2,” “Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire,” “Dune: Part Two” and “Venom 3.” Ticket-buyers also voted Lady Gaga (“Joker: Folie À Deux”), Jenna Ortega (“Beetlejuice 2”) and Ariana Grande (“Wicked: Part One”) as the Most Anticipated Big-Screen Performers in the new year.

Anthony Anderson has been tapped to host the 2024 Emmy Awards. Originally set to air in September, the ceremony was delayed to January 15 because of the SAG-AFTRA strike. Anthony quote: “When Fox asked me to host this historic telecast, I was over the moon that Taylor Swift was unavailable, and now I can’t wait to be part of the biggest night in television.” Anderson, best known for his roles in “Black-ish” and “Law & Order”, is also set to host Fox’s upcoming game show “We Are Family”.

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“Weird Al” Yankovic wrote “Albuquerque” to be as a joke specifically to “annoy people for 12 minutes.” It ended up becoming one of his most popular songs.

A new mind-reading AI is able to translate brainwaves into written text. A team at the University of Technology Sydney, Australia conducted tests using only a sensor-filled helmet combined with artificial intelligence. In the study, participants read passages of text while wearing the cap that recorded electrical brain activity through their scalp. These EEG recordings were then converted into text using an AI model called DeWave. While the system is far from perfect, with an accuracy of approximately 40%, the researchers say that more recent data shows an accuracy above 60%. The technology is non-invasive, relatively inexpensive and easily transportable.

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The stage before frostbite is called “frostnip.”

The two tiny holes in every BIC pen ensure that the air pressure is the same both inside and outside the pen, which helps the ink flow to the tip.

In South Korea, there is an emergency number (113) to report spies.

Japan is facing a ninja shortage. There is a high demand for “ninja shows,” but it is a dying tradition, and companies have trouble finding properly trained ninjas.

The process by which bread toasts is called the “Maillard Reaction.”


Question: In a survey, parents said THIS tradition is their favorite to share with their kids. What is it?

Answer: Wrapping presents together

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A Scottish mother’s rare find in a bargain bin made her a 5-figure profit more than 25 years later. The 58-year-old purchased a first-edition hardback copy of “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone” — the first in the ‘Harry Potter’ book series — from a bargain bin in Scotland, for £10 ($12.55) – minus a £2 ($2.51) discount. As a nod to Harry Potter’s room under the stairs, the woman placed the book in a cupboard under the stairs at her home, and “forgot about it for a long time”. This week, Hansons Auctioneers sold it for £55,104 ($69,138.99).

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1. The Lazy Girl Job: The content creator who popularized the term ― defined “lazy girl jobs” as positions where you can have “pretty comfortable salaries, and not do that much work and be remote.”

2. Bare Minimum Mondays: Because when you give yourself permission to do the absolute bare minimum for work that day, and everything feels different.

3. Voluntelling: If you’ve been quote-unquote “volunteered” for an assignment you didn’t ask for, you’ve actually been “voluntold.”

4. ‘Hey’ Hanging: On some instant messenger platforms, simple greetings can take on magnified importance without the reassuring context of tone and body language. So, a brief “Hey” can send you into a worried spiral, making you think the sender is upset.

5. Quiet Cutting: An answer to “quiet quitting”, this is what happens when you get a “reassignment of duties” and lose the role or job title you were hired for, though you remain employed.

6. Body Doubling: Commonly used by professionals with ADHD, this is when you do a task and have another person on Zoom or in person doing a task too. This way, the person with ADHD can stay anchored to the present and focused.

7. Post-Work Restraint Collapse: It’s a concept that therapists are using to describe the deep exhaustion caused by draining work days. The “collapse” after work is what happens when you finally feel safe to release pent-up emotions.

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