Show Notes for Monday, February 26, 2024

This #MovieStarMonday we visit with Howie Mandel. Between movies, game shows and other TV shows, Howie Mandel has become a household name all over the world, but he's still absolutely still fond of his first love, stand up comedy. Howie will be out for a few more shows this year! Tickets available at

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February 26th

Carpe Diem Day

For Pete’s Sake Day

Levi Strauss Day

National Letter To An Elder Day

National Pistachio Day

National Set A Good Example Day

National Tell A Fairy Tale Day

Thermos Bottle Day

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OK, you’ve come down with the flu. Who do you want to look after you: your partner – or your mom? Well, according to a new survey, about 2 in 5 of us would prefer to be under the care of Dr. Mommy. The survey of 2,000 adults in the US found that men are likelier to agree that their mom takes better care of them than their partner does when they’re sick (43% vs. 35%). Other results:

When they’re sick, women are likelier to want to be left alone (53%) than men (47%)

58% of men said they still wish their moms could take care of them while sick.

68% said they prefer to keep it to themselves when they’re sick, but 28% said they prefer to let others know.

29% of men have posted a pic online to show they were sick at home, vs. 20% of women.

And almost 80% of women feel they handle being sick better than men. Only 30% of men think the same.

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Eating grapefruit with your coffee might prolong the effects of caffeine — and ward off that afternoon slump. Michelle Francl, a chemistry professor at Bryn Mawr College, says her studies have found that: “If you eat a lot of grapefruit, you can increase the time the caffeine remains in the system.” She made the comment during a Chemistry World webinar last week. She’s the same chemist who enraged tea purists last month by suggesting that adding a pinch of salt to a cup of tea makes it “better.” Oh, and just so you know, Francl also says that cabbage, broccoli and brussels sprouts could help caffeine clear from your system quicker.


BAFTA bosses have explained Matthew Perry’s exclusion from the “In Memoriam” segment during the British Academy Film Awards. The ceremony on Sunday featured a moving tribute to film industry figures who have died over the last year, including Jane Birkin, Carl Weathers, and Tina Turner, but the “Friends” star was left out. A statement from BAFTA says: “We confirm he will be honored in our forthcoming BAFTA television awards in May, and on the in memoriam section on our website.” Though best known for Friends, Perry had a film career that included more than a dozen credits, including “Fools Rush In”, “The Whole Nine Yards”, and “17 Again”.

Wonka” has notched another sweet box office benchmark. The fantasy musical, starring Timothée Chalamet as the eccentric chocolatier, has crossed $600 million globally. After 10 weeks on the big screen, “Wonka” has generated $210 million in North America and $395 million internationally for a worldwide tally of $605 million. It’s a notable milestone because only 7 films that were released in 2023 managed to surpass the $600 million mark.

ABC has debuted the first promo for the Oscars, and it features host Jimmy Kimmel in a recreation of “Barbie” that also reunites cast members Ryan Gosling, America Ferrera and Kate McKinnon. It shows Kimmel seeking the advice of ‘Weird Barbie’ to figure out how to get to the Oscars. Their journey takes them through a re-creation of the “Oppenheimer” set, where Kimmel gets to poke fun at friend Matt Damon. The two end up in the Oscars lobby, where nominee Ferrera points out the reasons why hosting the Oscars is the worst gig in Hollywood, then she informs Ryan Gosling that filmmaker Greta Gerwig is not a best director nominee – prompting Gosling to let out his best ‘Ken’ scream in horror. LINK:

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The ampersand (&) used to be the 27th letter of the alphabet. To avoid confusion with the word “and”, people added “per se” before its name when reciting the alphabet, so that it ended: X, Y, Z, and per se. This all ran together, and the term “ampersand” was born.

A Chinese trucking company paid $30,000 to transport thousands of pounds of snow from the frozen northern city of Harbin to a special needs school in the tropical southern metropolis of Guangzhou. Officially, it was Beijing Truck Home Information Technology’s demonstration run of their refrigerated trucks, but for the drivers and staff, it was all about bringing joy to the children. The convoy drove 1,960 miles (3,300km) over 5 days, arriving at Xingzhi Children’s Growth Center on Feb. The trucks then dumped out the snow and gave almost 2,000 children with autism and other special needs the chance to experience snow for the first time ever. One observer said: “The snow may be cold, but everyone’s heart has completely melted.”

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Another term for nieces or nephews is “niblings.”

Blue whale tongues can weigh as much as an elephant.

A pill bug can drink through its rear end.

On average, a 150-pound person burns 114 calories per hour while standing and doing nothing.

To dig a hole to China, you’d need to start shoveling in Chile or Argentina.

Males sweat 40% more than females.


Question: A poll found the top 2 foods that even the pickiest eaters will eat. What are they?

Answer: French fries and mac and cheese

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It’s not exactly a “job opportunity”, but it’s definitely an opportunity to do something unique. NASA has put out the call for volunteers to participate in its second yearlong simulated Mars mission. The space agency is looking for 4 people for its “Crew Health and Performance Exploration Analog”, starting next spring. The selected crew members will be housed in a 1,700-square-foot 3D-printed habitat. The Mars Dune Alpha habitat at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston is designed to simulate what life might be like for future explorers on the red planet. During their stay, volunteers will perform habitat maintenance and grow crops, among other tasks. The habitat also has a 1,200-square-foot sandbox attached to it for simulated spacewalks. It’s a paid gig, but no word on how much. NASA is accepting applications on the CHAPEA website from now through April 2. LINK:

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This week, announced it is adding 327 new entries. Here are some of them – which ones do you already know?

Bed rotting: The practice of spending many hours in bed during the day, often with snacks or an electronic device, as a voluntary retreat from activity or stress.

Bussin’: Great; wonderful; amazing.

Barbiecore: An aesthetic or style featuring playful pink outfits, accessories, decor, etc., celebrating and modeled on the wardrobe of the Barbie doll.

Cheat code: A ploy or technique that bypasses traditional methods or rules in order to improve oneself or one’s success.

Girl dinner: An attractively presented collection of snacks that involve little preparation, such as small helpings of cold cuts, cheese, fruit, cherry tomatoes, etc., sufficient to constitute a meal for one.

Greedflation: A rise in prices that is not due to market pressure or other factor organic to the economy, but caused by corporate executives, property owners, etc., solely to increase profits that are already healthy or excessive.

Keto flu: A temporary feeling of illness or physical unease often experienced by those starting a keto diet.

Pretty privilege: An unearned and mostly unacknowledged societal advantage that a person has by fitting into the beauty standards of their culture.

Slow fashion: A movement that emphasizes eco-friendly, well-made clothing, maintenance and repair of garments to extend their lifespan, and a reduction of one’s consumption of new clothing items.

Range anxiety: The apprehension or fear that an electric vehicle’s battery will run out of power before reaching one’s destination or a charging station.

Skiplagging: The practice of purchasing a ticket for a flight with a layover at one’s true destination, getting off at the layover point, and skipping the last leg, in order to avoid paying a higher fare for a direct flight to one’s supposed destination.

The ick: A sudden feeling of disgust or dislike, often in response to the actions of another person.

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