Show Notes for Saturday, April 20 and Sunday, April 21, 2024

Today we visit with award-winning author, Ann E. Burg about her new book “Force of Nature: A Novel of Rachel Carson.” Burg introduces Rachel's story to middle grade readers in brilliant free verse, sure to appeal to young scientists, environmentalists, feminists, and students. It is receiving rave reviews!


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April 20th

Chinese Language Day

Cold Brew Day

International Cli-Fi Day

International Day Of The Hippie

International Raw Milk Cheese Appreciation Day Different Days

National Cheddar Fries Day

National Death Doula Day

National Lima Bean Respect Day

National Look Alike Day

National Pineapple Upside Down Cake Day

Volunteer Recognition Day

April 21st

Advisor Appreciation Day

Big Word Day

Bulldogs Are Beautiful Day

International Hemp Day

Keep Off The Grass Day

National Chickpea Day

National Chocolate Covered Cashews Day

National Kindergarten Day

National Pet CBD Day

National Surprise Drug Test Day

National Yellow Bat Day

San Jacinto Day

Tea Day

Thank You For Libraries Day

World Creativity And Innovation Day

World Curlew Day

Tuna Rights Day

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There’s nothing nicer than drifting off to sleep with a purring cat nestled against your feet, right? Well, yes. But sleeping with the dog? Bad idea. According to research published in Scientific Reports, sleeping with your dog in the same room could negatively affect your sleep quality. Scientists asked more than 1,500 people to complete questionnaires assessing their sleep habits. Overall, about half of the participants reported sleeping in the same room with a pet for at least part of the night. Results showed that those who co-slept with pets had poorer sleep quality and more insomnia symptoms than those who did not. But when they drilled down deeper into the results, they found that “evidence for a negative effect on sleep when co-sleeping with dogs — but NO evidence for a negative effect on sleep when co-sleeping with cats.”

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Researchers have found that a pat on the back statistically improves your chances of a successful basketball free throw – demonstrating the power of human touch. A team at the Universities of Basel, Landau and Perdue studied video from a total of 60 games played by women’s basketball teams and 835 incidents of 2 free throws. The data showed that the chance of scoring rose when teammates showed their support through touch. The effect only happened after a failed first shot, which the study author explained in her conclusion, writing: “Support from teammates is most helpful when your stress level is already high because you’ve missed the first of the two shots.”


She’s not ready to give up the bling. Theresa Nist, who married Gerry Turner after meeting on the “The Golden Bachelor,” was spotted still wearing her diamond-encrusted wedding band on Friday, despite their separation. Pics show the reality star with the platinum eternity band — which features 18 diamonds — still on her left ring finger. However, she was not wearing the engagement ring that Turner gave to her on the show. In their divorce announcement, Nist said she would have to return that.

The Golden Bachelor” star Theresa Nist has addressed the feedback she’s received since she and Gerry Turner announced their divorce after just 3 months of marriage. In a lengthy Instagram post, she thanked everyone who offered “love, support and kindness” to her, and encouraged anyone who is “confused” by the split to “please try to find it in your heart to understand and to try a little kindness”. She called recent events “one of the most incredible experiences” of her life, and said it all proved that “even at the age of 70, you don’t know everything. Sometimes things don’t go the way you planned, and that’s okay.”

The box office is united behind “Civil War.” The dystopian thriller earned an estimated domestic total of $26 million over the weekend. After 2 weeks on top of the charts, “Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire” slid to second place with $15 million, but pushed beyond $150 million domestically to go along with more than $225 million overseas. “Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire” landed in third place.

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The average tax refund for Americans this year is $3,207.

The New York area has experienced multiple small earthquakes this month. If you’ve ever been through an earthquake, the worst thing is not that it is happening. It’s that when it starts, you don’t know how long it will last, or how bad it will be.

Cellphones or GPS? [A Motorola researcher made the first cellphone in 1973. The first GPS satellite launched in 1978]

The piano or the guitar? [The earliest guitar goes back to the 16th century. The piano was invented around 1700]

Sudoku or the Crossword puzzle? [The first crossword puzzle appeared in 1913. The first modern game of Sudoku was published in 1979]

Netflix or Google? [Netflix was founded in 1997. Google started searching in 1998]

Contact lenses or the Escalator? [Contact lenses (made entirely of glass) were invented in 1897. Four years later, the Escalator debuted]

Matches or Lighters? [Surprise! The first lighter was invented in 1823. Matches showed up in 1826]

The Toothbrush or Toothpaste? [Egyptians used paste to clean their teeth in 5000 BC. Toothbrushing tools date back to about 3500 BC]

Barbie or G.I. Joe? [Barbie debuted in 1959, while GI Joe reported for duty in 1964]

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✓ ‘Darth Vader’ is derived from Old Dutch, meaning “Dark Father”.

Your heart beats 100,000 times a day.

At birth, baby pandas are smaller than mice.

Allergy season is getting longer and more intense each year.

In feudal Japan, lords purposely built homes with squeaky floors as a defensive measure against ninjas.


A study found the average person gets 17 of these each year. What is it?

Answer: Bug bites

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I’ve heard of working from home – but working from home – for a restaurant? That’s new to me. A patron of the New York City Japanese restaurant Sansan Chicken, wrote on X that that the person taking his order was located on a different continent. Cashiers at Sansan Chicken and those at 2 sister chains work from their homes in the Philippines, interacting with diners via Zoom. They’re employed by the company Happy Cashier, which enables restaurants benefit their bottom line by outsourcing labor to other countries. When contacted by a reporter, one remote Sansan employee said that they receive tips, splitting them with service staff who actually do work on the premises. And if you think THAT’S weird, listen to THIS: A reply to that X post shows a remote security guard simultaneously working at multiple buildings in Uruguay. LINK:

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There’s more behind the store’s layout than you think: Fresh flowers at the entrance make it seem inviting. Produce and bakery – same thing, providing a sense of freshness. And the sweets and gum at the cash register? Very handy.

End-of-aisle displays aren’t just a way to show off new stuff: Known as “endcaps” in the biz, they aren’t just to help you save money. They are used to highlight new products and get rid of discontinued items, and sometimes stores group together similar items, enticing you to purchase complementary products.

Companies pay big bucks to display their products at eye-level: In addition to paying to show their stuff off in places like the ‘endcaps’, companies buy their way into the spots where your eyeballs are most likely to go—eye-level.

That mist might be as much for you as it is for the produce: Yes, the produce needs to stay hydrated, but it also makes it look fresher and more appetizing. Not only that, waterworks have been shown to add as much as 5% to the weight of the produce you buy. Cha-ching!

The music may make you buy more: We’ve all been there, when you notice that your supermarket is playing your fav jams. But it’s not that simple. One study found that the slower the songs played, the longer you shop. And vice-versa for fast songs.

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We use 10% of our brains. Imagine how much we could accomplish if we used the other 60%.” —Ellen DeGeneres

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