Show Notes for Friday, May 03, 2024

Today we visit with author Michael Burgan about his latest project with National Geographic Kids. The book “Weird But True! Know-It-All: U.S. Government” is available now!

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May 3rd

International Wild Koala Day

National Bike To School Day

National Chocolate Custard Day

National Garden Meditation Day

National Lumpy Rug Day

National Paranormal Day

National Raspberry Popover Day

National SAN Architect Day

National Specially-Abled Pets Day

National Textiles Day

National Two Different Colored Shoes Day

Sun Day

Wordsmith Day

World Press Freedom Day

Write A Review Day

International Space Day

International Tuba Day

National Space Day

No Pants Day

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You might be aiming to get your recommended 10,000 steps in each day, but according to one expert, there’s another number that you should be paying even closer attention to: The number 30. Exercise physiologist Heather Milton says the key to health and longevity isn’t about how many steps you take; it’s about how long you’re moving at a moderate intensity level. She feels that the thing to aim for is to break up the time you spend NOT moving every 30 minutes. And if you make an effort to do that, not only will you get a significant number of steps in, you’ll be helping your health at the same time, by participating in moderate-intensity exercise.

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The dark region on the north pole of Pluto’s moon, Charon, is called Mordor.

In July 2015, NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft became the first spacecraft to fly past Pluto, the formerly ninth planet in our solar system. NASA called on the general public to aid them in giving names to the many new features of Pluto they expected to find, and the general public certainly didn’t disappoint. Not only did they name a dark spot on Charon’s moon after Sauron’s holdout in J.R.R. Tolkien’s Middle Earth, but they also named a dark spot on Pluto’s south pole Cthulu from H.P. Lovecraft’s Cthulu Mythos!


Jim Parsons is teasing the reprisal of his ‘Sheldon Cooper’ character from “The Big Bang Theory” ahead of the “Young Sheldon” series finale. In a TikTok video, Iain Armitage is seen trying a new filter, explaining that it “shows you what it looks like when you grow up.” That’s when Parsons appears in his place, saying: “Hmm, I’m not sure about this. Oh! It changes your voice, too… I don’t like it!” Parsons will appear alongside Mayim Bialik in the Young Sheldon series finale, set to air May 16th. LINK:

Austin Powers’ may be awakening from a cryogenic deep-freeze once again. Mike Myers teased the possibility of another installment in the spy spoof film series in a recent interview. When asked if there was a 4th Austin Powers film in the works, while on the red carpet at the 49th AFI Lifetime Achievement Award event, he said: “I can neither confirm nor deny the existence or non-existence of such a project”. And when asked whether he thinks the character “has more story to tell,” he simply added: “Absolutely.

After helping transform a soccer team and a town in Wales, Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney have set their sights on Mexico as the next spot to invest in a beloved sports franchise. They have purchased a stake in Club Necaxa, the Mexican soccer club that also counts Eva Longoria among its owners, and plan to enhance its standing and grow its profile at a time of heightened TV and streaming demand for soccer content. The Reynolds-McElhenney connection raises the prospect of Necaxa being a focal point of a docu-series along the lines of “Welcome to Wrexham,” which put that club on the pop culture map.

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Kim Kardashian says she might be willing to get married again some day.

If you’ve ever noticed that you feel more alert and focused after stepping out into bright daylight, now there’s a scientific explanation. New research shows that exposure to higher levels of light can directly impact activity in a key region of the brain – the hypothalamus – in ways that enhance cognitive performance and wakefulness. The study, by a team at University of Liège in Belgium, is said to be a major leap forward in understanding the effects of light on human behavior and brain health. While previous research has shown that light exposure increases alertness, this is one of the first studies to pinpoint how it influences the human brain at the neural level. The researchers say these results could result in advanced light therapy treatments, which could help those dealing with sleep problems and issues with alertness — and even elevate mood and cognitive performance throughout the day.

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Donkey Kong got his name because its creator believed “donkey” meant “stupid” in English and wanted to convey the impression that the character was a “Stupid Ape.”

More than one-fifth of all the calories consumed by humans is provided by rice alone.

Despite the fact that she has her own fragrance line, Beyoncé is allergic to perfume.

Bullfrogs do not sleep.

A static electricity shock that zaps your finger when you touch a doorknob is usually between 10,000 and 30,000 volts.


15% of us would rather do THIS without our significant other. What is it?

Answer: Go grocery shopping

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KFC is dipping into the fragrance business, and its first-ever scent is selling by the bucket-load. The famous chicken restaurant says it has already sold out of its new charcoal and smoked wood-scented perfume. KFC introduced “No 11 Eau de BBQ” with these words: “We’ve all been there – that unmistakable aroma of a BBQ drifting through the air, tantalizing our senses and leaving us craving the taste of smoky goodness. But what if you could capture that irresistible scent in a bottle?” The stuff comes in a 100-milligram black and red striped bottle that sells for less than a 5-piece tenders combo: $13.82. So far, it’s only available in the UK. LINK:

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Napoleon was short: He was measured at 5 feet, 2 inches tall — but he was measured with French inches, which are longer than English inches. He actually stood 5 feet, 7 inches — taller than the average European man at the time.

Alcohol kills brain cells: Heavy drinking absolutely can damage the brain, but that damage isn’t the result of cell death. The amount of alcohol required to kill cells would kill the person first.

You’ll get tetanus from stepping on a rusty nail: Any puncture wound, including one from a rusty nail, can lead to a tetanus infection, but rust has no impact whatsoever.

Cracking your knuckles causes arthritis: There is no connection. The “cracking” is actually bubbles bursting in the fluid that surrounds the knuckles.

Touching toads gives you warts: The bumps that cover some frogs and toads aren’t warts at all, and even if they were, warts can only be caused by a human virus. 

✗ ‘I’ before ‘E’ except after ‘C’: This “rule” is wrong at least 25% of the time. Need some proof? Science. Forfeit. Weird. Glacier. Albeit. Fancier. (

Sugar makes kids hyperactive: Popularized by a flawed study in the 1970s, the connection between hyperactivity and sugar was debunked by a series of studies published in the Journal of the American Medical Association in 1995. 

You’ll never walk around with a calculator: For years, teachers told students that they’d better commit their math lessons to memory, because there would be times they had to work out arithmetic questions with just a pen and paper.

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