Show Notes for Wednesday, April 17, 2024

Today we visit with author, Adam Gamal - The Unit: My Life Fighting Terrorists as One of America's Most Secret Military Operatives. This is the first and only book to ever be written by a member of America's most secret military unit―an explosive and unlikely story of service and sacrifice.

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April 17th

2A Day

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Ford Mustang Day

Herbalist Day

International Day Of Mastering Conversations That Matter

Kickball Day

Malbec World Day

National Bat Appreciation Day

National Cheeseball Day

National Crawfish Day

National Ellis Island Family History Day

National Haiku Poetry Day

National Nothing Like A Dame Day

No Limits For Deaf Children Day

World Hemophilia Day

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Are you someone who feels music inside of you? Well, it turns out that some songs really can strike a chord in our bodies. Japanese researchers decided to investigate the ways in which musical notes can elicit specific bodily sensations and emotions. They asked 527 volunteers to map where they “felt” music while listening to 8 tunes. Each song had a mix of chord progressions, with varying degrees of uncertainty and surprise. Participants were also asked about how the music made them feel emotionally. Here’s what the researchers found:

Songs that were more surprising were felt in the heart, while predictable music was felt in the stomach.

Sensations in the heart were strongly linked to musical appreciation and feelings of pleasure, which led to a decline in feelings of awkwardness and anxiety.

Sensations in the stomach – brought on by predictable chord progressions – brought on feelings of calm, satisfaction and nostalgia.

The head of the study said the research shows that music is not just something we listen to with our ears, but “an experience felt throughout the entire body, particularly in the brain, heart and abdomen.” He hopes the research can lead to the use of music for stress relief and enhancing mental health.

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Should parents expose their kids to dirt, germs, and bacteria in hopes of developing a strong immune system, like the theory says? Well, no, say Swedish researchers. A team from the Karolinska Institute found that, in experiments with mice, animals with highly infectious exposures from birth showed the same, or worse, allergic immune responses compared to “clean” laboratory mice. Simply put, mice that encounter allergens when young had the same…or worse allergy problems as mice living in a clean environment.


The Clown Prince of Crime and his co-conspirator ‘Harley Quinn’ want you to know that what the world needs now is… love. That’s the message of the first trailer for “Joker: Folie à Deux,” which sees Joaquin Phoenix reprise his role as ‘Arthur Fleck’ (who later becomes Batman’s notorious foe) and Lady Gaga as the equally twisted Harley Quinn. Director Todd Phillips debuted the clip at CinemaCon. Little is known about the sequel, other than it features a lot of music, but in the teaser, we see romance spark between the 2 lead characters while in an asylum, and next they take their act on the road, leaving mayhem in their wake. “Joker 2” hits theaters on Oct. 4. LINK:

Renée Zellweger and Hugh Grant will reprise their roles in a 4th installment of the “Bridget Jones” franchise. Grant is returning as ‘Daniel Cleaver’ while Emma Thompson, who was in the 2016 sequel “Bridget Jones’s Baby” will also return. “Bridget Jones: Mad About the Boy” sees Zellweger’s ‘Jones’ navigating life, work, family and love as a 51-year-old single mom and widow who is in a relationship with a 30-year-old man. While the new film will be released in theaters internationally, in the U.S., it will go straight to the streaming service Peacock, with a release date of Feb. 14, 2025.

Kit Harington announced in a new interview with ScreenRant that his “Games of Thrones” spinoff centered around ‘Jon Show’ is “off the table” and no longer in development at HBO. The actor indicated that the team “couldn’t find the right story to tell,” so the project, which was first announced in 2022, has been suspended indefinitely. The network declined to comment

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A survey says that 71% of kids between the ages of 2-10 hate vegetables.

There’s no rest in the armrest debate, apparently. A United Airlines flight attendant has given her 2 cents’ worth in the ongoing question of “Who is entitled to the 2 armrests in a row of 3 airplane seats?” A passenger posted on Reddit last week that the flight attendant “made an announcement right after boarding to clarify who gets to use which armrest on the flight.” The person wrote: “To my surprise, he was very emphatic that no person gets 2 armrests.” OK. And how, then, are the armrests divided up? “He explained every person is supposed to use the armrest on their right (and the left for the other side of the plane) and keep the armrest on the aisle clear for carts and people walking down the plane.” He also apparently was adamant that “no armrest drama would be tolerated”. Of course, that’s one professional’s opinion. Etiquette experts have suggested that because riding in the middle seat is “torture”, perhaps that person should be give priority when it comes to the use of armrests. And travel expert Chris Elliott feels that once you board that plane, it’s survival of the fittest. Quote: “Anyone who says that the armrest belongs to anyone is blowing smoke.”

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A study found that surgeons who play certain video games for 3 hours a week performed 27% faster, and made 37% fewer errors during surgery.

The entire surface of your skin is replaced every month, which means you’ll have about 1,000 different sets of skin in your life.

Katy Perry’s dad used to sell acid and her mom dated Jimi Hendrix. Both are now Pentecostal pastors.

The original thought behind having bridesmaids was to confuse evil spirits so they couldn’t guess who the actual bride was.

Only two mammals like spicy food: humans and the tree shrew.


20% of at-home workers do THIS during their work day. What is it?

Answer: Play video games

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An art gallery employee in Germany was fired after it was discovered he had hung his own work in an exhibition. The 51-year-old man had drilled holes in a wall to mount his painting in Munich’s Pinakothek der Moderne. A spokesperson for the gallery said the employee worked in gallery’s technical services team and described himself as a freelance artist. His artwork measured 23in by 47in (60 by 120 cm) and was hung in an empty passageway.

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Teaching English as a Foreign Language: Can be as simple as doing a Google search and taking a few classes. It is good for a lifetime, and schools all over the world are looking for teachers with it. Note: Having a college degree is usually a pre-requisite.

NBA Free Agent: It’s not technically a certification, but all you have to do is declare yourself eligible for the draft.

Licensed Alligator Trapping Agent: In Florida, you can do this for $50.

Certified Bartender: If you look around, you can find courses for as little as $20.

Scuba Diving: Even if you don’t live near an ocean, you can get a scuba certification pretty easily.

Bounty Hunter: In some states, you don’t even need a license.

Nutritionist: In the US and UK, this isn’t a protected term. So, you can just sort of…call yourself one.

Wilderness Firefighter: In the US at least, it’s mostly online with a little bit at the local fire department. Then you can go around the country and fight forest fires.

Fireworks Launching: Getting a license to launch professional-grade fireworks only takes one day-long class.

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An optimist is someone who falls off the Empire State Building, and after 50 floors says, ‘So far so good!'” —Anonymous

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