Show Notes for Friday, May 17, 2024

Today we have a #ComedyCall with a very funny comedian Modi. We talk about his 30th year in comedy and his new comedy special.

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May 17th

International Child Helpline Day

International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia And Transphobia

International Minecraft Day

National Cherry Cobbler Day

National Graduation Tassel Day

National Mushroom Hunting Day

National Pack Rat Day

National Pinkfix Day

National Walnut Day

Pack Rat Day

Pinot Grigio Day

Turn Beauty Inside Out Day

World Hypertension Day

World Information Society Day

World Neurofibromatosis Awareness Day

Norway’s National Day

Endangered Species Day

International Virtual Assistants Day

Malcom X Day


National Bike To Work Day

National Defense Transportation Day

National Endangered Species Day

National Pizza Party Day

Shades Day

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Researchers from Hamilton, Ontario’s McMaster University say that expiration dates on your groceries don’t paint an accurate picture of when it’s time to throw out food, and there are several new packaging products could soon check for bacteria and signal when it’s time to dispose of it. But the problem is that despite estimates that it would only cost pennies to add this smart technology to each bag or box of food, manufacturers are reluctant to tack on more costs to already rising grocery prices. The researchers, however, argue that smart packaging would end up SAVING consumers money by cutting down on food waste.

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A research project found that, in order to avoid an argument with someone they care about, 80% of us remain quiet — even when we really want to say something.


MTV will not be celebrating the best of pop culture this year. The network’s famous “Movie & TV Awards” show has been nixed — but it isn’t gone for good. TMZ reports that the annual event has been put on pause for this year, but is expected to return in 2025 with an updated format. It’s unclear why MTV is passing on presenting the MTV Movie & TV Awards this year, but possible reasons include this year’s SAG-AFTRA and writers’ strikes, which severely delayed shoots for movies and TV shows, resulting in insufficient content to celebrate. Another factor may be the the war in Israel-Gaza, which continues to dominate the news cycle, including the multiple protests throughout the US among young people.

Oprah Winfrey is taking responsibility for her contributions to diet culture — and says she needs to “do better.” At an event she hosted with WeightWatchers, she declared that she is “done” letting diet culture and the “shame” that comes with it rule her life. Oprah acknowledged that she has “been a steadfast participant in this diet culture through my platforms, through the magazine, through the talk show for 25 years”, and that “weight loss shows and makeovers…have been a staple since I’ve been working in television.” Winfrey also admitted that one of her biggest regrets is when, in her own weight-loss reveal, she wheeled out a wagon loaded with fat, as a physical representation of the pounds she had lost, during an episode of her TV show.

Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes” helped to wake the box office from its late spring slumber, earning an estimated domestic total of $55 million over the weekend. That’s on the top end of pre-release box office projections and just a step behind the unadjusted $56.2 million opening of “War for the Planet of the Apes” in 2017. Meanwhile, “The Fall Guy” came second in its second weekend, with a projected $14.4 million haul.

A special to commemorate the 50th anniversary of “Saturday Night Live” is planned for February on NBC. The network is planning a celebratory weekend that culminates with a live primetime 3-hour special on Sunday, Feb. 16, 2025. Another new special planned is “Defying Gravity: The Curtain Rises on Wicked”, a behind-the-scenes celebration of the upcoming movie “Wicked”, starring led by Cynthia Erivo and Ariana Grande, airing Nov. 25.

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Barbra Streisand just released her first new song in almost 6 years.

Beyoncé revealed she recently cut her own hair.

It’s the hottest new trend – aside from asking women if they’d rather be stuck in a forest with a man or a bear, that is. This one is the hottest new trend among foodies: Eating lemons. And if you think THAT sounds like the kind of ordeal that no one should put themselves through, just to make it worse, these people are also eating the peel! The trend started when a TikTok user discovered a type of “snackable lemons” made by an Italian company called Lemon Snack. It grows small, low-acidic lemons with an edible peel (said to be rich in antioxidants), and these lemons are made to take a bite out of – no peeling necessary. So, TikTok user @lalaleluu posted a video (with over 9 million views) where she says she found the snack at her grocery store in Germany. The influencer put some salt and chili powder onto the lemon for taste, and pronounced it “so awesome”. Another user cut it into slices and added honey and Tajin, calling it good, but “very sour”. Oddly, her friend said that the concoction “tasted like pepperoni”, and is the type of meal you make when your parents forget to buy groceries”. LINK:

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The word “friends” is said in every episode of “Friends”.

27,000 trees are sacrificed every day for the world’s toilet paper.
✓ The US Pentagon has a plan for combating a zombie apocalypse.

In the script, Arnold Schwarzenegger’s classic “Terminator” line was “I’ll come back.”

The fuller your fridge is, the more energy-efficient it is.


One in 5 people use the cup holder in their car for THIS. What is it?

Answer: Trash

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Footage of a stand-up waterslide at a German waterpark has surfaced on social media — and some people have concerns. Video of the “Sauerland Surfer” at AquaMagis shared on TikTok shows a person standing upright as water flows around them, pushing them down the slide. The slide features high walls, which apparently assist the user in remaining upright. However, some commenters shared concerns over how safe the ride actually is, with one writing: “I’ve been on one of those and I fell and it hurt so bad.” Another observed: “Sometimes there’s a reason why nobody has done it before.” LINK:

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Basset Hound: The name, which goes back to the 1600s, is a direct reference to the breed’s low-slung appearance: ‘bas’ means “low” in French, and the ‘et’ part is a diminutive, so basset hound basically means “low little dog”. (Why don’t you wake yours up and let it know?)

Rottweiler: In the Middle Ages, butchers in the German city of Rotweil used them as guard dogs. They became known as ‘Rottweiler Metzgerhunds’ – or ‘Rottweil butcher dogs’…later shortened to ‘rottweiler’. (…because no one would adopt a dog with “butcher” in its name!)

Husky: The term originated in the 1800s as a derivation of ‘hoskey dog’ or ‘esky dog’ – both variations of “Eskimo dog” (This was during the time when Inuit people were referred to as ‘Eskimos’.)

Chow Chow: The name ‘chow chow’ is a nonsense word, a pidgin English word that once was used to refer to all knick-knacks and goods from China. The Chinese call this large and fuzzy dog ‘songshi quan’, which means “puffy lion dog”.

Beagle: Comes from the Old French word ‘beeguele’, which means “wide open throat”. (If you know, you know.)

Whippet: They are descended from greyhounds, and in the 1600s, they were given their name from the verb ‘whip’, a reference to the breed’s great speed.

Shih Tzu: Comes from the Chinese name for these dogs, which translates to “little lion”. Though they don’t look like lions, they were depicted as lions in Chinese painting and sculpture.

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