Show Notes for Saturday, June 22 and Sunday, June 23, 2024


This weekend we visit with Betsy Brandt (Breaking Bad, Better Call Saul) about her latest film “The Bad Orphan”. The psychological drama centers on Jessica (Brandt) and Karl (Taylor), loving parents to Rhiannon (Edwards), who after years of trying to add to their family are elated to adopt Gabby (Chapman), an 8-year-old orphan born with personal challenges. Their ideas of a perfect family come into question when they discover that Gabby is a troubled little girl, and the family begins to believe things aren’t what they seem.

As the unsettling behavior of their “child” worsens and lies are uncovered, cracks in the family dynamic form with Jessica increasingly becoming concerned that adopted daughter Gabby is a threat to their family. Is Gabby just an innocent little girl? Or is there more to her story?

https://www.mylifetime.com/movies/the-bad-orphan

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June 22nd

B Kinder Day

National Chocolate Eclair Day

National HVAC Tech Day

National Kissing Day

National Limoncello Day

National Onion Rings Day

Positive Media Day

Stupid Guy Thing Day

World Rainforest Day

Global Smurfs Day

Great American Campout

International Ragweed Day

Summersgiving


June 23rd

International Olympic Day

International Widows’ Day

International Women In Engineering Day

Let It Go Day

National Detroit-Style Pizza Day

National Family Owned & Operated Business Day

National Hydration Day

National Pecan Sandies Day

National Pink Day

National Porridge Day

Pink Flamingo Day

Runner’s Selfie Day

SAT Math Day

Typewriting Day

Un Public Service Day

Luxembourg’s National Day

National Fatherless Children’s Day

National Parent’s Day

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Healthy choices at the grocery store inevitably lead to unhealthy ones, and vice-versa. Research published in The Journal of Retailing details how the relative healthiness of an initial product choice was inversely related to the relative healthiness of the next choice when shopping. In other words, a healthier food choice was typically followed by an unhealthier one, and an unhealthy choice is generally followed by selecting something healthier. While the researchers didn’t assess why we seem to feel the need to go through this “balancing act” at the supermarket, they did say that being aware of it could help shoppers make more consistently healthy choices.

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Deadpool & Wolverine” looks set to be a major box-office superhero when it opens next month. Film tracking site The Quorum has forecast that the third outing for Ryan Reynolds’ anti-hero will have an opening above $200 million. That would be the best opening for an R-rated movie ever, exceeding the record currently held by the first “Deadpool”, which nabbed a $132 million opening in 2016. For recent comparisons, “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness” opened to $187 million, while “Spider-Man: No Way Home” did $260 million.

Gordon Ramsay says he’s lucky to be alive after a scary bicycle accident. The “Kitchen Nightmares” star took to Instagram on Saturday and implored his more than 17 million followers to “wear a helmet!” when cycling. The famed chef shared that he badly bruised his body after “a really bad accident” while riding in Connecticut. He says he’s doing OK now, with no broken bones, but he did lift his white chef’s jacket to reveal the massive bruise covering his torso. He stressed that the incident “really shook” him, and thanked the “surgeons, doctors and nurses” who looked after him. LINK: https://tinyurl.com/bdeyz4a8

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And now, a little good news: White collar workers say they are overwhelmingly happy in their current jobs. A new survey of 1,000 white collar workers in the US conducted by Talker Research found that 9 out of 10 (89%) are somewhat satisfied or very satisfied with their position. White-collar workers in hybrid roles are more satisfied than those who work entirely in-person or fully remotely. It was found that human resources employees are the most satisfied with their current role, and those who work in technology (tech industry, not I.T.) are least-satisfied, among white-collar workers. Survey respondents were found to be overwhelmingly satisfied with the quality of their leadership, work-life balance (both 81%), job security, their time-off police, advancement opportunity, benefits, and their workload.

The Edmonton Oilers’ hopes of winning the Stanley Cup rest on Connor McDavid’s shoulders. But McDonald’s is trying to give him a little extra incentive. The fast-food chain took to X to make a deal with McDavid. McDonald’s Canada tweeted at the hockey superstar: “ok @cmcdavid97 how about this… if you bring the cup back to Canada, we’ll turn an Edmonton McD’s into a McDavid’s. Deal?” That was followed by the “handshake” emoji. McDavid’s Oilers are down 2-0 in the best-of-7 series. ( LINK: https://tinyurl.com/bdmtv8ev)

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During the Cold War, President Ronald Reagan and Soviet Premier Mikhail Gorbachev agreed to set aside their differences if the world was ever invaded by aliens.

During WWII, novelty toilet paper was printed with images of Hitler, Hirohito and Mussolini.

Pope Francis used to be a nightclub bouncer.

Squirrels can climb trees faster than they can run on the ground.

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8% of adults do THIS every single morning. What is it?

Answer: Weigh themselves

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A 6-year-old tabby cat has officially received his honorary degree from Vermont State University. Max was given the distinction as part of the institution’s Class of 2024. Max has been visiting the Castleton campus ever since his owner began letting him out of the house, which is nearby. Maurice Ouimet, the dean of admissions and enrollment services, said the “very affectionate” Max is usually the first to greet him in the morning, and comes inside during winter. Max’s daily routine also includes parking himself outside an academic building as students come and go, purring and climbing on their backpacks as they take selfies. Max also greets visitors who come for tours, as if he “has a job to do in welcoming people to the campus”, Ouimet said. An Instagram post says “The Board of Trustees of the Vermont State Cat-leges has bestowed upon Max Dow the prestigious title of Doctor of Litter-ature, complete with all the catnip perks, scratching post privileges, and litter box responsibilities that come with it.” LINK: https://tinyurl.com/cjyj68mw

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TRAITS YOU CAN ONLY INHERIT FROM YOUR FATHER:

You can give your dad credit…or blame…for these:

Your gender: If you paid attention during biology class, this won’t be news to you. But, yes – it is men who are 100% responsible for the gender of a baby.

Crooked teeth: Studies show that if a child is prone to crooked teeth, gum problems, cavities, or even early tooth decay, this can all be traced back to the father.

Height: It is determined by about 700 genetic variations inherited from both parents. But the father’s height genes are the ones charged with stimulating the growth of the baby, which is why they determine our height.

Dimples: As adorable as they are (especially on babies), scientists describe dimples as a defect caused mainly due to shortened facial muscles. And you guessed it: that’s a genetic trait inherited from dear old dad.

Sneezing (!!): If you’re the type of person who sneezes first thing in the morning or when you look at the sun, or the second you step outside, guess what? You got it from your dad! Sneezing is a genetic trait that the father is responsible for.

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Life is tough, darling. Life is hard. And we better laugh at everything, otherwise, we’re going down the tube.” —Joan Rivers

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Show Notes for Friday, June 21, 2024


Today we visit with Gene Pope and Mel Harris about their funny and touching new film Queen of Knives. The film stars Mel Harris – who starred in the acclaimed, Emmy Award-winning series Thirtysomething – and Gene Pope (who also wrote and produced the film). Gene plays Frank Benetto, a former ad man enduring a mid-life crisis, while Mel plays his long-suffering wife, Kathy, who wants out of their marriage. Meanwhile, their adult children are on their own trying to forge their own paths. Eventually the Brooklyn-based family reunites for a fateful dinner at their former home, with surprise visitors and unintended consequences, that leads to a new chapter in their lives.

See the trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uW-_fjLaVio

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June 21st

Atheist Solidarity Day

FĂȘte De La Musique

Go Skateboarding Day

International Yoga Day

Make Music Day

National Aboriginal Day

National Cookie Dough Day

National Day Of The Gong

National Dog Party Day

National Peaches ‘N Cream Day

National Selfie Day

National Smoothie Day

World Giraffe Day

World Humanist Day

World Hydrography Day

World Motorcycle Day

World Peace And Prayer Day

National Day Of Prayer For Law Enforcement Officers

National Flip Flop Day

National Take Back The Lunch Break Day

National Take Your Dog To Work Day

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A new report has concluded that going cashless leads to spending more. With the popularity of credit cards, mobile wallets, and Buy-Now-Pay-Later schemes, more and more consumers are ditching physical money for the convenience of cashless payments. University of Adelaide researchers said they were surprised to find that “cashless payments do not necessarily lead to greater tips or donations, in comparison to cash”, but consumers do indeed spend more when using digital payment methods compared to cash. The researchers said that knowing this can help empower us to make more informed purchasing decisions.

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The small indents in the bottom of frozen pizzas are there to prevent air bubbles from forming inside the dough.

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Jon Stewart is doing some overtime. The comedian, who hosts “The Daily Show” on Mondays, will host 2 live episodes following the Presidential debates. He’ll host on Thursday, June 27 and Tuesday, September 10 after the debates between President Biden and former President Trump. Those will be part of The Daily Show’s “Indecision 2024” election coverage, which also includes the show’s visits to both the Republican National Convention in Milwaukee from July 15-18 and the Democratic National Convention in Chicago August 19-22, where full weeks of shows will be taped.

In celebration of today’s release of Disney and Pixar’s “Inside Out 2”, Airbnb is offering fans a cool opportunity to stay at Riley’s Headquarters. The rental service is offering up the chance to stay at a Vegas residence which replicates Riley’s “emotional control center” from the animated movie. The pad boasts unparalleled views of Vegas, and the chance for fans to ponder their emotions with a tour of Joy, Sadness, Anger, Disgust, Fear, Anxiety, Ennui, Envy, and Embarrassment’s headquarters. There’s also a scavenger hunt to unlock new emotions. Booking opens on Tuesday. LINK: https://tinyurl.com/jcxmcxue

Don’t be afraid to catch feelings. Disney and Pixar’s “Inside Out 2” scored the biggest box office opening day of the year so far, earning a spectacular $62 million domestically. It also had no trouble blasting past the $82.5 million debut weekend earned by “Dune: Part Two”, to become the biggest domestic opening of 2024. With a projected weekend take of $155 million, it’ll also be the first release to open above $100 million in North America since “Barbie” last summer.

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Scientists say strawberries and blueberries slow memory decline.

When traveling on an airplane, there are some behaviors that are definitely unacceptable, such as cutting one’s toenails, and others that are up for debate, such as reclining the seat. Perhaps in an effort at settling the debate on some of these, the polling site YouGov recently asked people about what airplane behaviors they consider OK…and which ones are simply rude. The results:

The absolute worst thing you can do while aboard a plane is to let your kids play in the aisle. 86% agreed this is unacceptable.

82% also said it is unacceptable to get drunk.

74% consider it unacceptable to use both armrests when someone is sitting next to you.

65% feel it is unacceptable to exit the plane before those in the row in front of you.

72% said it is perfectly acceptable to wake up a seatmate to use the bathroom.

51% feel it is acceptable to ask to switch seats with another passenger.

• …and if you can believe it, 52% said they think it is OK to put small items like a purse or jacket in the overhead compartment on a full flight!


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Germany’s twist on Father’s Day is called MĂ€nnertag. Instead of breakfast in bed, in some parts of the country, men pile wagons high with beer and set off on long, boozy jaunts through town.

There are more stars in space than there are grains of sand on every beach in the world.

Beeping alarm clocks have been known to cause heart attacks.

Shopping releases endorphins that temporarily reduce stress, boost self-esteem, and moderate pain.

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According to a survey, burgers and sausage are the 2 most popular barbecue dishes. What is third?

Answer: Kabobs

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Despite hiring more than 100 new workers, the Pittsburgh Department of Public Works still has not turned on the public water fountains – and may not get to most of them all summer. The city has more than 200 water fountains, which are normally turned on in late April, but none of those 100 new city workers are capable of activating the waterworks. The Public Works Director told a TV station that currently, just one plumber works for the city. Because the city hasn’t been able to fill the other 2 vacant plumber positions, the fountains remain dry, while that worker works on filling pools and other duties. When those jobs are complete, he’ll start turning on fountains, until the time comes to begin turning them off for fall.

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PHRASES NOT TO SAY AT WORK:

And why bosses don’t like them…

☞ “Think outside the box”: It is so overused that it hardly carries meaning anymore. Try explaining exactly what type of innovative approach you’re suggesting…or just say “be creative”.

☞ “Synergy”: It’s short on specifics regarding what is being “synergized”, and how people are supposed to create synergy. Try using more specific language, like “collaboration,” or “team effort”.

☞ “Leverage”: It originated as a way to describe strategic use of resources to maximize outcomes, but now it has become an unspecific catch-all term. Try “utilize” or “capitalize on”.

☞ “Circle back”: It is so common that now it can sound dismissive, insincere, or unclear. Consider: “follow up,” “revisit,” or “check back in”.

☞ “Low-hanging fruit”: It’s an awkward metaphor that can sound glib. Also, it’s overused. Maybe go with “easy wins”, or “readily attainable goals.” (I cringe every time this phrase is used. Which means I cringe at every meeting!)

☞ “Move the needle”: Another vague and overused term. Try “make an impact,” “drive progress,” or “advance our goals.”

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My therapist told me the way to achieve true inner peace is to finish what I start. So far I’ve finished two bags of M&Ms and a chocolate cake. I feel better already.” —Dave Barry

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Show Notes for Thursday, June 20, 2024


THIS WEEK'S DEAR JOHN LETTER!

Dear John

So I was at the grocery store yesterday and had a few items in my cart. There was a mom and her son...he was around 6 or 7...and the kid was running wild, up and down the aisles. I kind of ignored him at first. But when I turned my back on the cart, he threw three boxes of cereal in my cart and ran off. Okay, I put the cereal back and kept shopping. But the kid followed me and then kept coming up and throwing things in the cart. Cans of beans! A jar of pickles. He crushed a package of chips with a 2-liter bottle of Coke. I kept trying to get to another section of the store but he followed me everywhere. His mom just kept on shopping on her own. Finally, I worked my way to where his mom was, and the next time he threw something in my cart, I yelled at him and told him he was a "rotten kid and needed to be punished." He started crying and that got his mom's attention. She said, "He's just a kid. Lighten up. Maybe someday you'll be a mom and will understand". Then she reported me to the manager for yelling at her kid...and the manager asked me to leave the store so I didn't cause a scene. I don't think I did anything wrong, but I just left the store. Then I got angry and thought I needed to go back and let the manager have it for treating me that way. Or Is there anything wrong with correcting this kid? The mom wouldn't do anything. What should I have done?

Signed

fed up shopper

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June 20th

American Eagle Day

International Tennis Day

National Celluma Light Therapy Day

National Hike With A Geek Day

National Ice Cream Soda Day

National Kouign Amann Day

National Vanilla Milkshake Day

New Identity Day

Nystagmus Awareness Day

Plain Yogurt Day

World Productivity Day

World Refugee Day

Anne And Samantha Day

Cuckoo Warning Day

National Daylight Appreciation Day

National Dump The Pump Day

National Seashell Day

National Yard Games Day

Recess At Work Day

Summer Solstice

The First Day Of Summer

The Longest Day

World Tapas Day

West Virginia State Day

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When faced with an important decision, the logical thing to do is to gather information, weigh the pros and cons, and come to a logical conclusion. But wait. If you want to make better decisions, stop the exhaustive research! A study published in Cognitive Research: Principles and Implications reveals that most people’s decision-making skills actually drop off as more and more facts enter the equation. Researchers at Stevens Institute of Technology found that when they gave study participants the choice of receiving more or less information, those who asked for more information made poorer decisions than those who asked for less. The researchers concluded: “If you give people the opportunity to overthink…things go poorly.”

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The most popular item at Walmart is bananas. They sell more bananas than any other single item they have in stock.

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Netflix phenomenon “Baby Reindeer” has broken into the streamer’s top 10 most-watched TV series ever. The Richard Gadd-led and created limited series, which has made its own real-life headlines, currently ranks as the #10 most-watched English TV series to date, logging 84.5 million views since its release on April 11, booting “The Witcher” Season 1 from the top-10.

You could be forgiven for thinking that “Welcome to Wrexham” may be coming to an end. After Season 1 introduced Wrexham A.F.C. as underdogs that desperately needed a promotion in order to survive, Season 2 ended with the soccer team getting it in a nail-biting match, winning 5 Emmys along the way. Perfect story arc. But the team’s owners, Rob McElhenney and Ryan Reynolds say they’ll continue making the show for as long as they can. In an interview, McElhenney said: “It is just a wellspring of story” and when someone tells him “Eventually, you’re going to run out of stories”, he responds: “Really? Because we haven’t for thousands of years.”

Goldie Hawn has revealed that she and Kurt Russel were victims of 2 home invasions within 4 months. In an interview with Kelly Ripa, she said that she and Russell had gone out to dinner, only to find their belongings ransacked once she went to bed. Months later, she heard a loud “boom” upstairs, and discovered later that someone had tried to enter the bedroom. Now, she says she is “never without a guard.”

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A giraffe snatched a child from a vehicle at a Texas wildlife park.

It only took a few hundred years, but someone claims to have invented a comfortable bicycle seat. Australian engineer Robin Macan came up with the “VabsRider”, the ‘world’s first virtual axis bicycle seat.’ The what-now? It’s an innovative new design where the bicycle saddle features 2 sides that move independently as you pedal, distributing the load more evenly, for a more comfortable ride. That’s right – half the seat moves with your cheeks, as you pedal the bike. Macan says that the flaw of the common bicycle seat is obvious: “no amount of cushioning can compensate for the inherent pain points on the human body.” He claims his new design results in a pain-free ride. After a 2-year process of working with an engineering firm, he says the VabsRider split-seat bicycle saddle is ready to offer users the most comfortable bike ride of their lives. LINK: https://youtu.be/f3UaHAyUI4Q

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Genetically, a fungus is more closely related to animals than to plants.

Taylor Swift’s keyboardist is named Karina DePiano.

More than 80% of Earth’s oceans are unmapped, unobserved, and unexplored.

1.3 million Earths could fit inside the sun. 5 BILLION suns could fit inside the largest star ever observed.

Seats in movie theaters have only had cup holders since the ’80s.

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According to a survey, the average guy starts turning into his father at age 37. Of the top signs that you’re turning into your dad, THIS came in at #4. What is it?

Answer: You tell your kids to “ask your mother.”

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Remember the early days of the pandemic, when most stores were out of toilet paper…and then we found out that some knuckleheads were actually hoarding the stuff? Well, toilet paper hoarders, the chickens have come home to roast (or whatever the saying is…)! Experts are now saying there’s a chance that your now-4-year-old TP could be expired, if you still have it on hand. Huh? Toilet paper can expire? Seems so. According to a new report, most toilet paper brands do list an expiration date, sometimes inside the cardboard tube, sometimes on the outer packaging…but sometimes they print the manufacturing date instead, seemingly just to confuse things. But if you can’t find an expiration date, there’s no need to panic – unless you’ve been improperly storing your stash. A home improvement blog found that rolls of TP last more than their expected shelf life of 3 years when they are stored in a cool, dry place. However, moisture, like that of a damp basement, can cause it to degrade – much like what happens when you toss TP into your toilet bowl, but over a much longer period of time. And that concludes today’s life-lesson, toilet paper hog!

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STARS WHO WERE ALMOST CAST IN HUGE ROLES:

It seems like certain actors were simply destined to play certain roles. But these stars came oh-so-close to signing on for famous films…

Tom Selleck in Indiana Jones: Initially, Selleck was eyed to play the fedora-wearing hero, and had even completed a screen test for the part. Ultimately, he was unable to commit due to his work on “Magnum P.I.”. George Lucas eventually allowed his “Star Wars” colleague Harrison Ford to audition for the part…and the rest is history.

Christina Applegate in Legally Blonde: Reese Witherspoon is renowned for playing socialite ‘Elle Woods’, but Applegate had turned down the role because she felt it was too similar to her role in TV’s “Married … With Children”.

Harry Styles in The Little Mermaid: The One Direction singer decided against playing ‘Prince Eric’ in the 2023 remake because he wanted to work on “darker” projects. Jonah Hauer-King was later cast in the role to star alongside Halle Bailey.

Halle Berry in Speed: She was almost cast in the 1994 action thriller that eventually starred Sandra Bullock alongside Keanu Reeves – about a bus that will explode if it drops below 50mph. But as she later put it: “I stupidly said no. But in my defence, when I read the script, the bus didn’t leave the parking lot.”

Michelle Pfeiffer in The Silence of the Lambs: After working with director Jonathan Demme on 1988’s “Married to the Mob”, Pfeiffer was offered the role of ‘Clarice Starling’, but decided the movie was too “evil” for her. The part went to Jodie Foster…and so did the ‘Best Actress’ Oscar.

John Krasinski in Captain America: The First Avenger: Before Chris Evans landed the part, Krasinski auditioned to play the star-spangled hero. He ultimately decided his physique wouldn’t look very good next to superhero counterpart Chris Hemsworth, who played ‘Thor’.

Britney Spears in The Notebook: After being chosen ahead of Scarlett Johansson, Claire Danes and Jessica Biel, Spears and Rachel McAdams were the final 2 in contention for the ‘Allie Hamilton’ role. Despite a “phenomenal” audition, Britney didn’t land it, but she was OK with that, because it gave her more time to work on her “In the Zone” album.

Leonardo DiCaprio in Boogie Nights: Before Mark Wahlberg landed his break-out role as ‘Dirk Diggler’, the part was offered to Leo. But he turned it down because a “Titanic” opportunity presented itself, courtesy of James Cameron. Still, he later reflected: “Boogie Nights is a movie I loved and I wish I would’ve done.” (This one actually might have worked!)

Madonna in The Matrix: She was offered the chance appear in the sci-fi classic alongside Keanu Reeves, but rejected the role, presumably the part of ‘Trinity’ taken by Carrie-Anne Moss. Madonna quote: “Can you believe that? That’s, like, one of the best movies ever made.”

Jake Gyllenhaal in Spider-Man 2: He nearly replaced Tobey Maguire as the web-slinger, after the latter suffered a back injury and was advised not to do the project. However, Maguire made a quick recovery and was able to do it. But Gyllenhaal isn’t disappointed. Quote: “The truth of the matter is, in the end, [Tobey Maguire is] Spider-Man.”

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I believe that if life gives you lemons, you should make lemonade, and try to find somebody whose life has given them vodka, and have a party.” —Ron White

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Today we visit with comedian/actress/writer Ilana Glazer.
She co-created and co-starred, with Abbi Jacobson, in the Comedy Central series Broad City, which is based on the web series of the same name. She was twice nominated for the Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Actress in a Comedy Series for the series. Her new film BABES is about her character being pregnant from a one-night-stand, Eden leans on her best friend and mother of two, Dawn, to guide her through gestation and beyond.

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June 19th

Fresh Veggies Day

International Box Day

Juneteenth

National Eat An Oreo Day

National FreeBSd Day

National Martini Day

National Pets In Film Day

National Watch Day

Sauntering Day

International Day For The Elimination Of Sexual Violence In Conflict

World Albatross Day

World Sickle Cell Awareness Day

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A University of Toronto study of the medical records of more than 700,000 patients found that hospitals with a higher proportion of female anesthesiologists and surgeons had slightly better surgery outcomes. Patients treated at hospitals with more than 35% women in those roles had a 3% lower chance of experiencing a major complication. Three percent might not sound like a lot, but when the sheer volume of surgeries performed each year is considered, that adds up to a significant number of patients who could potentially be spared from complications if health facilities had more gender-diverse operating staff.

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Rowan Atkinson – also known as Mr. Bean – is the voice of Zazu in The Lion King.

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The 8G Band has been a staple at “Late Night” since Seth Meyers took the show over from Jimmy Fallon in 2014 — but budget cuts at NBC mean that when the show comes back for its 12th season in September, the band will be out. The group is led by former “SNL” star Fred Armisen. Keyboardist Eli Janney who’s also the show’s associate musical director, said in an interview that “Late Night With Seth Meyers” is set to undergo a “revamp”, that will include saying farewell to the 8G Band, named for the studio the show films in New York.

Survivor” is counting down to its 50th season. CBS just finished airing Season 46, but the network is already planning a celebration for Season 50, which will start shooting next spring. CBS Entertainment President Amy Reisenbach said: “I would consider it kind of a year-long celebration…it’d be the first time in the new era that will have returning players.” She also said that she feels the show can go on “for a really long time.”

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The Electronic Entertainment Expo, known as E3, is now on at the Convention Center in Los Angeles.

Nothing ruins a nice meal out more than having to YELL to talk to the person sitting across from you. And now, there is scientific evidence that loud noises at restaurants don’t just ruin conversations – they also influence what you order. SoundPrint, a smartphone app that tracks decibel levels in public places, used its data collected in 2023 to determine that 63% of restaurants were too loud for conversation. And not only can loud restaurants (and other public places) cause long-term hearing loss for customers and staff, it has an effect on how you eat. Research says that people tend to drink more in louder environments – and in a shorter period of time. This can speed up table turnover, and increase profits overall. Also, one researcher noted: “If it’s very loud, it’s almost the opposite of mindful eating.” That means louder music may distract diners from how full they are feeling — and cause them to consume more than they intended. In addition, overeating may be a way of dealing with the awkwardness of not being able to talk to your companion.

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Relative to their bodies, Chihuahuas have the biggest brains in the dog world.

China owns all of the pandas in the world.

From the Middle Ages until the 18th century, a barber’s duties also included dentistry, blood letting, minor operations and bone-setting.

Avocados never ripen on the tree.

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I hate to say I told you so, but… An experiment to see if palm trees could survive the fickle and often-wintery weather of Halifax, Nova Scotia has come to an end – just the way you’re probably thinking it did. In 2018, the city planted 9 palm trees near Halifax Harbour, choosing varieties grown in more northerly areas of Japan and China, or in high-altitude areas such as northern India. But alas, the Maritime winters proved to be too much for the trees. Five died by 2022, despite efforts to protect them, including insulating the trunks, and repotting leaves inside during the cold months. Two trees died early on in the experiment, and the last 2 trees failed to bloom this spring. And before you wonder what kind of plants the powers-that-be must have been smoking when they decided to grow palm trees in Canada, note that Halifax has had success in the past with cultivating coffee, pineapple and agave plants.

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STARS WHO WERE ALMOST CAST IN HUGE ROLES:

It seems like certain actors were simply destined to play certain roles. But these stars came oh-so-close to signing on for famous films…

Tom Selleck in Indiana Jones: Initially, Selleck was eyed to play the fedora-wearing hero, and had even completed a screen test for the part. Ultimately, he was unable to commit due to his work on “Magnum P.I.”. George Lucas eventually allowed his “Star Wars” colleague Harrison Ford to audition for the part…and the rest is history.

Christina Applegate in Legally Blonde: Reese Witherspoon is renowned for playing socialite ‘Elle Woods’, but Applegate had turned down the role because she felt it was too similar to her role in TV’s “Married … With Children”.

Harry Styles in The Little Mermaid: The One Direction singer decided against playing ‘Prince Eric’ in the 2023 remake because he wanted to work on “darker” projects. Jonah Hauer-King was later cast in the role to star alongside Halle Bailey.

Halle Berry in Speed: She was almost cast in the 1994 action thriller that eventually starred Sandra Bullock alongside Keanu Reeves – about a bus that will explode if it drops below 50mph. But as she later put it: “I stupidly said no. But in my defence, when I read the script, the bus didn’t leave the parking lot.”

Michelle Pfeiffer in The Silence of the Lambs: After working with director Jonathan Demme on 1988’s “Married to the Mob”, Pfeiffer was offered the role of ‘Clarice Starling’, but decided the movie was too “evil” for her. The part went to Jodie Foster…and so did the ‘Best Actress’ Oscar.

John Krasinski in Captain America: The First Avenger: Before Chris Evans landed the part, Krasinski auditioned to play the star-spangled hero. He ultimately decided his physique wouldn’t look very good next to superhero counterpart Chris Hemsworth, who played ‘Thor’.

Britney Spears in The Notebook: After being chosen ahead of Scarlett Johansson, Claire Danes and Jessica Biel, Spears and Rachel McAdams were the final 2 in contention for the ‘Allie Hamilton’ role. Despite a “phenomenal” audition, Britney didn’t land it, but she was OK with that, because it gave her more time to work on her “In the Zone” album.

Leonardo DiCaprio in Boogie Nights: Before Mark Wahlberg landed his break-out role as ‘Dirk Diggler’, the part was offered to Leo. But he turned it down because a “Titanic” opportunity presented itself, courtesy of James Cameron. Still, he later reflected: “Boogie Nights is a movie I loved and I wish I would’ve done.” (This one actually might have worked!)

Madonna in The Matrix: She was offered the chance appear in the sci-fi classic alongside Keanu Reeves, but rejected the role, presumably the part of ‘Trinity’ taken by Carrie-Anne Moss. Madonna quote: “Can you believe that? That’s, like, one of the best movies ever made.”

Jake Gyllenhaal in Spider-Man 2: He nearly replaced Tobey Maguire as the web-slinger, after the latter suffered a back injury and was advised not to do the project. However, Maguire made a quick recovery and was able to do it. But Gyllenhaal isn’t disappointed. Quote: “The truth of the matter is, in the end, [Tobey Maguire is] Spider-Man.”

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