Show Notes for Saturday, April 13 and Sunday, April 14, 2024

This weekend we visit with actress, author and life coach Lisa Whelchel. Best known for her starring role as Blair Warner on NBC's The Facts of Life, which first aired from 1979-88, Whelchel began acting as a Mouseketeer for Walt Disney's The New Mickey Mouse Club at age 13. She recently returned to television to host the new original series Collector's Call on America's No. 1 classic television network, MeTV. Collector’s Call airs Sunday nights.

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April 13th

International FND Awareness Day

International Plant Appreciation Day

International Special Librarians Day

National Make Lunch Count Day

National Peach Cobbler Day

National Scrabble Day

National Silly Earring Day

Unfairly Prosecuted Persons Day

April 14th

Air Force Reserve Birthday

Children With Alopecia Day

Dreams Of Reason Feast Day

International Laverbread Day

International Moment Of Laughter Day

Kids Yoga Day

Look Up At The Sky Day

National Dolphin Day

National Donate A Book Day

National Ex Spouse Day

National Gardening Day

National Pan American Day

National Pecan Day

National Perfume Day

National Reach As High As You Can Day

Orthodox Good Friday

Pathologists’ Assistant Day

That Sucks Day

World Chagas Disease Day

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Do you believe in karma? That what goes around, comes around? If so, you’re far from alone. A new survey found that 84% of us agree: What you put out into the world comes back to you. According to the OnePoll survey of 2,000 adults in the US, this belief in good deeds being rewarded seems contagious. Another 84% say they actively try to “pay it forward” with acts of kindness whenever they can. Here’s the thing, though: The survey also found that bad karma may be a thing, too. Respondents attributed bad relationships (34%), losing something (27%), and arguments with others (27%) to these bad vibes. Back to the positives: The most commonly-reported ways of paying it forward” include: treating loved ones to something special, giving generous tips, and helping a neighbor with tasks such as carrying their groceries or helping them shovel snow. People also said that good karma comes from donating money, volunteering time to help out friends and family, and supporting small or locally owned businesses. The average person claimed they engage in 5 generous acts per week.

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Almost everyone wears jeans. But, as it turns out, maybe we shouldn’t – especially that newer “fast-fashion” type. Fast fashion jeans differ from traditional jeans in their quick disposal. Their low quality and emphasis on fleeting trends lead to them being worn only a few times before being tossed. And recent research from Guangdong University of Technology in China found that wearing a pair of fast-fashion jeans just once creates a whopping 2.5kg of carbon emissions. That means environmental wear-and-tear of the pants is equivalent to driving 6.4 miles (10.3km) in an average car. The researchers noted that “Jeans production and transportation contributed 91% of the carbon footprint of fast fashion consumption.” Traditional fashion — typically more expensive clothing made using high-quality materials and with environmental sustainability in mind — emits around one-eleventh the pollution that fast fashion apparel does, when all factors are accounted for.


Disney has confirmed the release dates for its next batch of films, with “Toy Story 5” and Star Wars’ spin-off “The Mandalorian and Grogu” set for summer 2026. The studio has confirmed that The Mandalorian & Grogu will hit cinemas on May 22, 2026, while the 5th instalment of the Toy Story franchise will premiere on June 19, 2026. In addition, the live action remake of 2016’s “Moana” is now expected to hit cinemas on July 10, 2026 instead of 2025, as originally planned.

It’s the end of an era at “Wheel of Fortune”. Pat Sajak recorded his final shows as host of the iconic game show on Friday, on the Sony Studios lot in Culver City, California. The final episode will air on June 7, when Sajak will end his legendary run as host after 41 seasons. But he won’t be totally gone, at least for now. The 77-year-old will serve as a consultant for 3 years, as the show transitions with its new host, Ryan Seacrest.

Worldwide box office is headed for a marginal decline of 3% in 2024, a setback that follows 3 years of recovery from a pandemic era low in 2020. Gower Street Analytics forecasts that worldwide box office this year will total $32.3 billion, down by more than $1 billion from the $33.9 billion earned in 2023. After taking exchange rates into consideration, that’s 18% lower than an average of the last 3 pre-pandemic years (2017-2019). The forecast came on the eve of CinemaCon, the annual National Association of Theater Owners convention, on now in Las Vegas.

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Experts say that most successful marriages have 5 happy experiences for every one unhappy one.

64% of people say a sense of humor is waaay more important than looks or intelligence in a partner.

The world’s oldest man says the secret to his long life is luck, moderation — and fish and chips every Friday. Englishman John Alfred Tinniswood, who is 111, was confirmed as the new holder of the title by Guinness, following the death this month of the previous title holder at 114. Tinniswood, a retired accountant, said he never smokes, rarely drinks and follows no special diet, apart from a fish and chip supper once a week.

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Kentucky Fried Chicken’s Col. Sanders was born in Indiana.

According to a study, most dogs reach peak cuteness between 6 and 8 weeks old.

Kangaroos never stop growing.

The queens in ant colonies live for around 30 years.

Canned baked beans are not actually baked. They are cooked through a steaming process.


When asked, “What superstition do you believe in,” 19% of people said THIS. What is it?

Answer: Bad things happen in threes.

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When a truck carrying over 100,000 salmon crashed in Oregon, it could have spelled disaster for the fish, which were intended to replenish local populations. But in a miraculous twist of fortune, over 70,000 of the fish landed in a nearby creek and are expected to survive. The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife says the truck was carrying spring Chinook smolts, or young salmon, in the life phase in which they transition from freshwater to the open ocean. The accident occurred on a sharp corner, with the truck rolling, then skidding on its side, and going over a rocky embankment. But in a fortunate coincidence, the truck overturned close to Lookingglass Creek, a tributary of the Grande Ronde River. Around 77,000 young salmon made it into the creek — and are expected to make their way to the ocean, and return in future years to spawn. The driver sustained minor injuries.

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I could never be a movie critic because almost every time I see a movie I’m like “yeah that was fun” and it’s usually because I got popcorn and a big soda – Sarah

[Me casually trying to figure out if the hot dude at my gym is old enough for me to hit on:] what war do you most associate with your time in elementary school? — Yael

i can’t believe i have to know the make and model of the planes i get on now. i barely know what kind of cars there are – Audrey bowler

not fight, not flight, but a secret third option (call my mom about it) – trash jones

I get annoyed when it takes longer than 5 seconds for a website to load on my phone, like I didn’t grow up dropping a roll of film off at the store and waiting 5 days to get pictures back. – Abby Heugel

i am addicted to saying “wow its soo nice out” when its so nice out – lauren

Really enjoying this Kate Middleton stuff because this is the kind of investigation work I do in private whenever I think any couple I even vaguely know might have broken up — kate

i’m hearing the pandemic started 4 years ago which is odd because i’m pretty sure that was either 800 years ago or yesterday actually – Caitie Delaney

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