Show Notes for Friday, February 16, 2024

Today we visit with Terry Hayes, author of the #1 global bestseller “I Am Pilgrim"
He returns with a terrifying and eagerly awaited new thriller.

The Year of the Locust: A Thriller

TODAY IS A SPECIAL DAY! (A special thanks to

February 16th

Innovation Day

National Almond Day

National Do A Grouch A Favor Day

Tim Tam Day

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A new survey from Redecor, a real-life design simulation game, has uncovered that dirty towels are a relationship dealbreaker. Literally, 75% of women said they would consider breaking up with their partner if they didn’t have clean towels available in their home. Other red flags included:

Not having window covers/curtains (33%)

No couch (23%)

Yet shockingly, only 17% considered no TV to be a red flag

Women also shared that having no bed frame/mattress on the floor would give them a major ick for a new guy (48%) followed by holes in their comforter (45%) and any sort of “club lighting – e.g. lava lamps, neon, etc.” (30%).

Data also found that women have had to deal with a lot when first moving in with their partner – including having to veto:

Blankets used at curtains

Ex's toiletries they were holding on to

Rococo themes living rooms

And yes, a coffin as a coffee table.

Let me know if this data is a fit for anything you have in the works, or if you’d be interested in speaking with Aino Heinäsuo, Head of Design at Redecor, about the best decor for your date. Look forward to your thoughts!

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One in 3 people believes that aliens live among us, and many suspect their boss. In a new survey of 1,000 Americans, 37% said they think ETs may already be here on earth. On the other hand, 41% disagreed with the idea, and 22% say they’re unsure, in the survey, conducted for . Now the REALLY fun part: When asked who they feel may be an alien, 39% stated their boss is a definite possibility, and a third picked a celebrity. The survey also found that men are slightly more likely than women to feel aliens exist, 56% vs. 49%.

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Get set for “Bridgerton” Season 3. More than a year after the 2nd season of the hit historical fiction-romance series debuted, the show is set to return in May, and Netflix has released the first teaser trailer for the next chapter. The upcoming season will jump ahead to the 4th book in Julia Quinn’s series, “Romancing Mister Bridgerton” focusing on the budding romance between ‘Penelope’ and ‘Colin’. The sneak peek clip teases plenty of chemistry between the pair, with Penelope telling Colin, “Your eyes… a most remarkable shade of blue. And yet somehow they shine even brighter when you are kind.” LINK:

Saltburn” and “Euphoria” star Jacob Elordi is being accused of assaulting a reporter known for his social media stunts. The actor is said to have been involved in an altercation outside a hotel in Sydney, Australia, after he returned to his homeland for the AACTA Awards on Feb. 10. Elordi was reportedly approached by the host who “frustrated” with questions. Police say a 32-year-old man was allegedly assaulted by a 26-year-old man, who “did not sustain any injuries.” The investigation is ongoing.

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Latest Travel Trend: Indulgence

AAA Travel bookings indicate travelers are spending more, staying longer

AAA Travel bookings point to a new trend: indulgence. According to the latest data, travelers spent 35% more per trip in 2023 than in 2022, and increased the length of each stay by more than 20%.

On this National Plan for Vacation Day*, travelers are encouraged to schedule and book their next relaxing getaway or National Plan for Vacation Day 2024 logo adventure. Each year, Americans leave more than 600 million vacation days unused. But when it comes to taking a vacation, it is the planners of the world who get the job done.

Specifically, in 2022, those who booked travel through AAA spent an average of about $3,700 and traveled approximately seven and a half days. Last year, the average booking was more than $5,000 and travel time was extended to more than nine days.

AAA has seen an increase travel requests related to international travel in 2023, compared to 2022:

Passport photo requests increased by 32%.

Requests for international driving permits increased by 38%.

When you pair that with the travel trend of Heritage Tourism, international travel is up again. Heritage Tourism is defined as “traveling to experience the places, artifacts, and activities that authentically represent the stories and people of the past and present.”

AAA’s Six Tips for Travel in 2024:

Book early – Flights, hotels, tours, cruises and car rentals remain at a premium. The earlier you book, the better your chance to lock in favorable rates and take advantage of discounts for pre-paying.

Work with a travel advisor – Air travel disruptions such as flight delays or cancellations are not uncommon. A trusted advisor can help you explore options, book the best deals and advocate on your behalf should any issues arise, ensuring the best possible travel experience from beginning to end. For those who prefer DIY, AAA’s Trip Canvas tool allows you to explore and book travel on your own, but still provides access to AAA advisors should any issues arise before or during your trip.

Protect your investment – AAA strongly recommends travel insurance. A solid policy provides a safety net should something unexpected happen ahead of or during your trip. Policies vary, so talk to your travel advisor about options. They know you, your trip, your budget and your specific needs and can easily walk you through what travel insurance policy makes the most sense.

Protect your ID – In addition to protecting physical documents such as your passport, travelers should take extra steps to avoid identity theft, an inconvenience at any time but especially when traveling. AAA members get FREE ProtectMyID identify theft protection with their membership, and it is one of our most valued offerings.

Track your luggage – Pack peace of mind by including a tracking device in your luggage. That way, if your luggage does not arrive when you do, at least you will be able to see where it is and ensure its safe return. Trackers are available at most AAA Retail locations or online at

Exchange for foreign currency in advance – AAA Retail locations offer most foreign currencies. Exchange in advance to ensure you have some money on hand as soon as you touch down.

To learn more about the top travel trends and destinations in 2024, visit AAA also hosts travel events at retail stores. The travel events are a great way to learn more about travel experiences from a trusted travel advisor who has taken the trip. Learn more about three upcoming travel events in Rapid City, Sioux Falls and Yankton at

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Black bears are not always black. They can be brown, cinnamon, yellow, and sometimes white.

The original name for the butterfly was “flutterby”.

The first telephone answering machine was 3 feet (92cm) high.

Hippos can’t swim – but they can sleep underwater.


Question: Stats show that 13% of us have tried to do THIS ourselves before finally calling a professional. What is it?

Answer: Dental work

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Police in Britain stopped man running with a refrigerator strapped to his back, only to find he wasn’t fleeing from a crime — he was training for a marathon! Daniel Fairbrother said he was practicing running with a fridge in Stevenage, when cops “put their blue lights on, held up the traffic and stopped me to find out what on earth was going on. Understandably they had not seen anything like it before,” Fairbrother told a reporter that one officer said to him: “You understand we’ve got to stop you.” Fairbrother explained the fridge, was helping him train for the London Marathon, where he will attempt to break the Guinness World Record for the fastest marathon carrying a major household appliance. The current record is 2 hours, 4 minutes and 13 seconds.

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According to the AskReddit community…

❑ “The extremely poor audio quality of fast food drive-through speakers. How, in 2024, can it even sound that bad? HOW?”

❑ “Uploading your resume then having to enter everything (that was) on the resume on the next screen.”

❑ “Those stickers on products that leave sticker residue when pulling them off, so now you have sticky goo with paper bits on your cup.” (And on your fruit!)

❑ “When a food package says ‘peel here’ or ‘tear here’ and it never (freaking) works, and you need to get scissors or a knife to open the package.”

❑ “Music volume in movies being much louder than the dialogue.”

❑ “Spam (and) scam calls and emails.”

❑ “The thin metal handles on cans of paint. Is there no better way to carry paint?”

❑ “Cereal bags not having a zipper closure.”

❑ “Plastic wrap that sticks to everything except what you want it to.”

❑ “Hard taco shell packaging. It should read ’12 shells, nine after you open them.'”

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