Show Notes for Thursday, February 01, 2024


Dear John,

I'm so angry at my sister right now. I think I hate her. This weekend, her son had a birthday party. He turned 7. He's good friends with my son, who is 8. They're good cousins. My kid has a severe allergy to peanuts and my sister knows that! For the birthday party, she served peanut butter cake. She DID have a small special vanilla cake for my son, but all of the other kids got the peanut butter cake and my son was singled out as being different. I saw the cake, asked about it, and when I found out what it was I told her we were leaving. I said, "If Jeremy touches that cake, he'll die." She laughed and told me to calm down, that she had another cake just for him. I stayed and my son felt so isolated and alone. Then when we were leaving, she said, "I'm so glad you came, and Jeremy, I'm glad we don't have to go to your funeral next week." I'm done with her. This is ridiculous and I think she doesn't have the right to be my son's aunt anymore. What do you think? What that wrong of her, or and I being too sensitive?


Frustrated Sister

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February 1st

Car Insurance Day

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Decorating With Candy Day

G.I. Joe Day

Hula In The Coola Day

International Face And Body Art Day

National Baked Alaska Day

National Dark Chocolate Day

National Freedom Day

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National Serpent Day

National Signing Day

Rainy Day Day

Robinson Crusoe Day

Spunky Old Broads Day

World Aspergillosis Day

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Justin Timberlake was the musical guest on “Saturday Night Live,” and since he’s known for showing up in a ton of sketches, he also showed up during host Dakota Johnson’s opening monologue. “SNL” vet and “Tonight Show” host Jimmy Fallon also appeared, dressed in costume as Barry Gibb of the Bee Gees. Fallon and Timberlake have a longstanding “SNL” impression of The Bee Gees, and they busted it out in a sketch later in the show. Timberlake also debuted the new song ‘Sanctified’.

Jay Leno has filed for a conservatorship over his wife. TMZ says he filed after wife Mavis, who is 77, was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. It is not clear when she was diagnosed. There will be a hearing for the conservatorship on April 9. The pair have been married since 1980.

It would appear that theater traffic is grinding almost to a halt to mark the end of January. “Mean Girls” stayed on top of the box office, with an estimated domestic total of $6.7million over the weekend. That’s the lowest-grossing #1 release since “Top Gun: Maverick” returned to the top with $6 million in its 15th weekend, in Sept. 2022. In second place was conspiracy action film “The Beekeeper” with an estimated $6.4 million in its third weekend, followed by “Wonka” with about $5million. The star-studded action-comedy “Argylle” will attempt to kickstart box office business this weekend.

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A wheel came off a Delta Boeing 757 shortly before taking off from Atlanta.

If you haven’t already had your daily dose of not-so-good news, I’m here for you. The annual update of the Doomsday Clock was announced this week in Washington. The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists announced that the Doomsday Clock this year has been set to 90 seconds to midnight — for the second year in a row, “reflecting the continued state of unprecedented danger the world faces.” Last year, the clock was also set to 90 seconds to midnight — the closest it’s ever been to midnight in its history, dating back to 1947. Why? “Ominous trends continue to point the world toward global catastrophe.” The war in Ukraine was cited, plus the fact that “China, Russia, and the United States are all spending huge sums to expand or modernize their nuclear arsenals”, adding to the danger of nuclear war through mistake or miscalculation. And also, there’s that whole climate-change thing. On the plus side, the scientists said things could get better. Their release states: “the world can be made safer. The Clock can move away from midnight.”

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A city in Kentucky has come up with a far-out campaign to promote tourism. The Lexington Convention and Visitors Bureau used an infrared laser to beam a message into space – inviting extraterrestrial travelers to visit. The agency worked with scientists and scholars to beam the message toward potentially habitable planets in the TRAPPIST-1 solar system. The message begins: “The first thing you’ll notice as you descend through Earth’s atmosphere above Central Kentucky is the lush green countryside that surrounds Lexington’s vibrant city center. That’s our famous bluegrass.” It goes on to describe gentle rolling hills, horse farms and bourbon before suggesting places to stay and eat and shop. It also includes the chemical components for bourbon, a recording of Lexington blues musician Tee Dee Young, and the outlines of two horses and a human. But since TRAPPIST-1 is 40 light-years away, it’ll take at least 80 years for the aliens to RSVP. In the meantime, earthly travelers are welcome to visit. LINK:

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The online child-care site has compiled its annual list of baby names at risk of going extinct, based on the US portal’s analysis of names given to newborns. These trends were noted:

Girls’ names that were popular when Millennials were being born have fallen from grace in the past decade – especially Amanda, Angela, Brooke, Diana, and Michelle.

Names ending with “aiden” are seeing a big drop-off as well, including Aidan, Raiden, and Jaiden.

Last names-turned-first names are on the outs among both boys and girls, including Bradley, Brady, and Clayton for boys — and Oaklee, Mckenzie, Raegan, and Sawyer for girls. Here are the names that saw the steepest declines from 2022 to 2023:


1. Brooke (down 198 spots) 1. Julius (down 189 spots)

2. Blake (down 185 spots) 2. Jaiden (down 151 spots)

3. Mckenzie (down 184 spots) 3. Johnny (down 150 spots)

4. Brooklynn (down 182 spots) 4. Raiden (down 147 spots)

5. Charli (down 179 spots) 5. Reid (down 143 spots)

6. Raegan (down 161 spots) 6. Brady (down 114 spots)

7. Mckenna (down 150 spots) 7. Nasir (down 114 spots)

8. Finley (down 144 spots) 8. Ronan (down 104 spots)

9. Amanda (down 131 spots) 9. Bradley (down 104 spots)

10. Michelle (down 129 spots) 10. Clayton (down 102 spots)

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