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Screen Addictions

Screen Addictions

2020-07-1411:48

It is Tuesday July 14th. Let’s start the podcast! IT HAPPENED TODAY • 1881: The outlaw known as Billy the Kid was shot and killed by Sheriff Pat Garrett in Fort Sumner, New Mexico. • 1913: Gerald R. Ford Jr., the 38th president of the United States, was born Leslie Lynch King Jr. in Omaha, Nebraska. His mother’s second husband later adopted and renamed him. • 1969: The United States $500, $1,000, $5,000 and $10,000 bills were officially withdrawn from circulation. • 2003: The United States Government admitted to the existence of Area 51. • 2015: NASA’s New Horizons probe reestablished contact to transmit the first close photos of Pluto and its moons. The probe launched in 2006 and had traveled over 3 billion miles. SPECIAL EVENTS • Cow Appreciation Day • International Nude Day • Shark Awareness Day • Mac & Cheese Day NUMBER FOR THE DAY 12,200: Commercial parking facilities in the U.S., which take in around $9.8 billion a year in fees. NEWS ATTACK! - Doctors in Italy did remote surgery over a 5G network while nine miles away from a patient. - As COVID-19 cases climb, California is closing dine-in restaurants, bars, movie theaters, museums and other indoor businesses. - According to a study, human attention span has supposedly dropped from 12 seconds in 2002 to only eight seconds today, which is a second shorter than a goldfish. - A guy in China posted a note for help on social media after he was locked inside a convenience store overnight. - A review of major studies found that one-third of the things the studies said were good for you turned out to actually be bad for you. - A new streaming service, Peacock, debuts Wednesday. It will include a free version with commercials. - According to a survey (by AVG Technologies), many kids notice their parents’ screen addictions and it can profoundly affect their views on the subject. • 54% of children felt parents checked their devices too often • 32% of kids feel unimportant when parents get distracted by their phones • 52% of parents agreed that they check their devices too frequently • 25% of parents want their child to use their device less - According to a new survey, six in 10 Americans say their sleep routine during quarantine has them feeling more exhausted than they’ve ever felt in their life. The poll finds nearly 70 percent agree their sleeping habits have become inconsistent. Another 63 percent think their sleep schedules might be permanently ruined by the pandemic. - PEOPLE WHO REFUSE TO WEAR A MASK HAVE LOWER COGNITIVE ABILITY. Following a survey of 850 Americans, a team discovered that those with more working memory capacity were more likely to comply with recommendations during the early stage of the outbreak. Those with a low capacity are unable to make effortful decisions. This memory also determines your intelligence and decision-making. - CORONAVIRUS IMMUNITY CAN START TO FADE AWAY WITHIN WEEKS. Researched found that the presence of antibodies peaked three weeks after symptoms appeared, before fading away. In some cases, the antibodies were undetectable three months afterward. - A STUDY SHOWS HUMANS ARE OPTIMISTS FOR MOST OF LIFE. The research found that even people with fairly bad circumstances, who have had tough things happen in their lives, look to their futures and life ahead and felt optimistic.” The optimism decline into older adulthood. WACKY-BUT-TRUE: DUMPSTER DIVING _ A drunk Ukrainian man ended up in the hospital after he tried to prove his bar boasting by climbing to the roof of the bar to do a belly flop into the dumpster. He made it but needed a few stitches. WACKY-BUT-TRUE: MYSTERY SURROUNDS CAR WITH COVID 19 NUMBER PLATE _ A car with the number plate “COVID 19” has perplexed staff at an airport in Australia, who say it has been parked there for months. The grey BMW sedan has been left in the staff parking area at...
Darting Iguana

Darting Iguana

2020-07-1311:07

It is Monday July 13th. Let’s start the podcast! IT HAPPENED TODAY • 1923: The Hollywood sign was dedicated. • 1985: Live Aid, an international rock concert in London, Philadelphia, Moscow and Sydney, Australia, was held to raise money for Africa’s starving people. • 1994: Tonya Harding’s ex-husband, Jeff Gillooly, was sentenced in Portland, Oregon, to two years in prison for his role in the attack on Harding’s skating rival, Nancy Kerrigan. • 2008: Anheuser-Busch accepted a $52 billion cash offer from No. 2 brewer InBev. The new company would be called Anheuser-Busch-InBev. SPECIAL EVENTS • Embrace Your Geekness Day • Gruntled Workers Day • French Fries Day • World Cup Soccer Day • Barbershop Music Appreciation Day NUMBER FOR THE DAY 25,000: Bacteria on the average telephone. NEWS ATTACK! A restaurant in Upstate New York is telling customers to stop hitting on the staff. Saratoga, New York’s Broadway Deli wrote on Facebook: “This is a PSA for you thirsty bros out there: Stop asking out my staff while they’re trying to work. Owner Daniel Chessare said that customers flirting with employees has been an occasional issue since the Jewish-style deli opened two years ago, but says it has intensified in recent weeks — though he’s not sure why. Chessare said, “Staff come and go, so I’m not sure if it’s because my staff now are particularly attractive or if it’s because people aren’t traveling, so these thirsty bros aren’t on vacation somewhere else.” • LINK (https://www.facebook.com/SaratogaBD/photos/a.1790884924326376/3102523416495847/?type=3) The Facebook post includes this advice: “If you are going to ask a girl out at least tip. How’re you gonna look her in the eye, tap ‘no tip’ on the tablet, then follow it up with ‘Hey baby, let’s go out.’ Cuz nothing says attractive like treating service people poorly.” - Researchers in northern Botswana have come up with a unique way to protect farmers’ crops from elephants: disco lights. Lines of flashing multi-colored lights set up around farmers’ fields near Chobe National park have been shown to be highly effective at scaring off elephants. The park is home to 7,500 elephants. It’s the site of a floodplain whose nutrient-rich soils are a draw to farmers. - A Toronto woman spotted a cleaner at a grocery store spitting on a towel and then wiping down grocery baskets with it. She got video of the incident at a FreshCo location. In the video, the employee is seen using a small white towel to wipe down baskets. At one point, he appears to spit into the towel and continues wiping down the baskets. After the customer reached out to the company’s corporate office it said the employee works for a third-party service provider and that he is no longer working at the store. - A hair stylist in Virginia, who went above and beyond, was touched to receive a heartwarming letter from a widower. Sara Verkuilen received a personal note from the widower who said his wife, who had dementia, was delighted with her haircut. The letter writer, who didn’t leave his name, wrote: “This is a little bit awkward. But I’ve waited a really long time to pass this on to you. My wife and I came in for haircuts shortly before Christmas of last year. My wife was suffering from dementia, and you treated her as if you’d been working with dementia patients all your life. You let us sit next to each other, and when it came time for her cut you turned her chair towards me so I could watch her expression as you cut her hair. Sadly, she died in March. And that haircut was one of the last, best moments of her life. She felt so pretty. She visited the mirror in her bathroom several times during the day and would come out beaming. To see her so happy was priceless. … I hope you always realize the power of your profession.” … Sara was moved by the letter and shared it on her Facebook, saying “This is why I love what I do.” - UK-based newspaper The...
Don't worry

Don't worry

2020-07-0909:39

It is Thursday July 9th. Let’s start the podcast! IT HAPPENED TODAY • 1892: The first concrete road in America was completed in Bellefontaine, Ohio. The first asphalt road was laid down in July 1870 in Newark, New Jersey. • 1910: The first airplane to fly a mile in the air did so this day with W.R. Brookins of Atlantic City, New Jersey, at the controls. • 1985: Football great Joe Namath signed a five-year pact with ABC-TV to provide commentary for Monday Night Football. The former New York Jets quarterback reportedly earned one million dollars a year for the job. • 1997: Boxer Mike Tyson was banned from the ring and fined $3 million for biting opponent Evander Holyfield’s ear. • 2008: Prosecutors cleared JonBenet Ramsey’s parents and brother in the 1996 killing of the 6-year-old beauty queen in Boulder, Colorado. SPECIAL EVENTS • No Bra Day • World Body Painting Day • Sugar Cookie Day NUMBER FOR THE DAY 1804: Year the world’s population is thought to have reached one billion. NEWS ATTACK! PANDEMIC DELIVERS ROADKILL REPRIEVE _ A new report finds the pandemic has apparently spared one form of life — the animal kind, in the form of less roadkill. The report comes from the Road Ecology Center at the University of California at Davis. Data was taken from the departments of transportation in California, Idaho, and Maine dating to 2015 to determine that road traffic sagged by roughly 70 percent in those states from early March to mid-April due to pandemic-related shutdowns. Using roadkill data in those states, researchers reported that in the same period, Maine saw a 44% decrease in roadkill and Idaho saw a 38% drop. California saw a 21% drop, with a much bigger decrease — 58% — for mountain lions specifically.  - A 6-year-old girl fishing in a Maryland river reeled in a cellphone that was dropped into the water nearly a year ago — and it still works. Reagan Votaw’s mother, Emily, said they took the phone home and let it rest for a while in rice to absorb any moisture. They then plugged the phone in and were surprised to see it still functioned perfectly. The phone belonged to Preston Shapiro, an eighth-grader who said he dropped the phone into the water while kayaking nearly a year earlier. Luckily Preston had the phone in a waterproof case. - A Canadian man who won a lottery jackpot of nearly $75,000 said the winning ticket sat forgotten for months in the pocket of a jacket he had loaned to a friend. Jose Lima told Ontario Lottery officials he got his jacket back after loaning it out to a friend and discovered the pocket contained a forgotten ticket for the September 28, 2019, drawing. Lima took the ticket to a store and found he won $74,045.50 - A new survey finds women are spending the equivalent of almost an entire month of the year worrying. The survey found women spend an average of almost two hours a day feeling worried or stressed, with two thirds of this time spent feeling anxious about other people rather than themselves. In comparison, men spend about one-and-half hours worrying each day. Almost two thirds of women have periods where they feel constantly worried, with their biggest concerns being the pandemic, protests, and fears about the economy. The health of loved ones, their family’s safety, and needing to care for older parents is also causing women to feel stressed. WACKY-BUT-TRUE: MAN DRUGS GIRLFRIEND TO KEEP PLAYING VIDEO GAMES _ A court fined a man in Germany after he admitted to giving his girlfriend a sedative so that he could keep playing video games with a friend. After ten hours at work, the girlfriend had been planning on a quiet evening rather than one interrupted by video game noises. After drinking some drugged tea the woman slept until midday the following day. WACKY-BUT-TRUE: LAWYER CENSURED AFTER SHOWING UP DRUNK TO REPRESENT DUI SUSPECT _ Tennessee has taken action against a lawyer accused of showing up to court
Locked in the Bedroom

Locked in the Bedroom

2020-07-0811:29

It is Wednesday July 8th. Let’s start the podcast! IT HAPPENED TODAY • 1680: The first confirmed tornado in America killed one person in Cambridge, Massachusetts. • 1776: The Declaration of Independence was read aloud in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. • 1831: John Stith Pemberton was born in Knoxville, Georgia. Pemberton was a pharmacist addicted to morphine after using it to treat a wound he received as a Confederate officer in the Civil War. His search for a cure for the addiction, which he never found, led him to create a beverage. His syrup debuted in Atlanta on May 8, 1886. Soon called Coca-Cola, it went on to make his partners and investors quite wealthy. But not Pemberton, as the inventor sold his interest in 1888. • 1881: The first ice cream sundae was served for the first time by druggist Edward Berner of Two Rivers, Wisconsin. • 1947: Reports were broadcast that a UFO had crash landed in Roswell, New Mexico. • 2011: Space Shuttle Atlantis was launched in the final mission of the U.S. Space Shuttle program. SPECIAL EVENTS • Coca Cola Day • Freezer Pop Day • Video Game Day • Chocolate with Almonds Day • Body Painting Day • Blueberry Day NUMBER FOR THE DAY 2.8 million: Miles of paved roads (concrete or asphalt) in the U.S. Another 1.3 million miles are unpaved. NEWS ATTACK! -In recent weeks, the Senate Intelligence Committee included language in an authorization bill that if passed, would require US intelligence agencies and the Pentagon to put together a detailed unclassified analysis of all the data they have collected on “unidentified aerial phenomenon.” But Americans aren’t necessarily convinced the government will share any evidence of UFOs with the public. A poll of more than 8,000 US adults finds most (56%) Americans believe that if the government had evidence of UFOs, this information would be hidden from the public. - A cyclist who left from Vancouver, British Columbia, biked across Canada and arrived in Halifax, Nova Scotia, 20 days later. Bianca Hayes said her 3,666-mile ride across Canada set a new record for female cyclists, although her 20-day ride fell short of her original goal of finishing in under 15 days to beat the male record. Hayes’ ride raised more than $22,000 for ovarian cancer research. She said the cause is personal to her, after her sister, Katrina, died after a battle with the disease in 2018. - While calorie information is available for most of the food we eat, that data doesn’t really do the eater any good if you don’t know how many calories you should be consuming each day. Unfortunately, a survey shows that an overwhelming number of Americans are either mistaken or clueless when it comes to that information. According to the survey (funded by the International Food Information Council Foundation) 63 percent of those surveyed couldn’t accurately estimate the number of calories they should consume and 25 percent couldn’t even venture a guess, leaving a slim 12 percent who were properly informed. WACKY-BUT-TRUE: CAR THIEF LOCKS HIMSELF INSIDE VEHICLE _ A car thief in China was found nearly dehydrated after he accidentally became trapped in the BMW he was trying to steal. The car’s owner alerted local police after he received a phone call from the thief pleading to get him out of the sweltering vehicle. The suspect was so weakened by the oven-like interior that police had to take him away in a wheelchair. WACKY-BUT-TRUE: MAN BREAKS INTO RESTAURANT, DRINKS SAUCE _ A guy in Germany stole a bicycle, tossed it through a restaurant window, then went inside the restaurant and drank half a bottle of hot sauce. He told police he did it because he was thirsty. WACKY-BUT-TRUE: BURGLAR GIVES POLICE THE FINGER _ In Spain a burglar was trying to steal carpentry equipment from an industrial complex when he accidentally severed a finger. Unable to stop the bleeding, he went to the city’s hospital. The officials
Waiting Out The Market

Waiting Out The Market

2020-07-0711:44

It is Tuesday July 7th. Let’s start the podcast! IT HAPPENED TODAY • 1863: The United States began its first military draft; exemptions cost $100. • 1865: Four conspirators in the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln were hanged. • 1928: Sliced bread was sold for the first time by the Chillicothe Baking Company of Chillicothe, Missouri. It was described as “the greatest forward step in the baking industry since bread was wrapped”. • 1954: Elvis Presley made his radio debut when Memphis, Tennessee, station WHBQ played That’s All Right. • 2017: Tesla Motors produced its first mass-market car, the Model 3. The first 30 were delivered to customers later in the month. • 2019: The U.S. beat the Netherlands 2-0 to win its fourth Women’s World Cup. SPECIAL EVENTS • Chocolate Day • Father-Daughter Take A Walk Together Day • Global Forgiveness Day • Strawberry Sundae Day • Macaroni Day NUMBER FOR THE DAY 80: Percentage of air in a marshmallow. NEWS ATTACK! - Americans have lost all hope of getting a summer body this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The survey of 2,000 Americans found that 63 percent are giving up on a summer body and are now focusing their efforts on achieving a post-quarantine body. 76 percent of 2,000 respondents shared they’ve gained up to 16 pounds during their time in isolation. - When most nurses finish their long shifts caring for the sick, there is little else on their minds but seeing their families, eating and sleeping. Not so Damaris Silva who twice a week, when she finishes her shift at a Chilean hospital, picks up her violin and returns to the ward. Silva spends several hours walking the corridors of the hospital (in Santiago). She plays a mix of popular Latin songs, bringing a moment of levity for both patients — some of whom have spent weeks in COVID-19 critical care — and exhausted colleagues. Silva’s goal is to “give a little bit of love, of faith, of hope with my violin. Every time I do it, I do it from my heart.” - Firefighters in Britain came to the rescue of small fox with its hind leg stuck in a wooden picnic table. The firefighters extracted the fox’s hind leg from the table, but the animal appeared to be injured so they waited with the animal until rescuers arrived to care for it. - Illinois is one of the few states that’s coming out of COVID-19 pretty well. The state locked down in late March and its governor told residents to wear masks early on. Despite Illinois’ better-than-average situation, some residents aren’t happy and are planning — ready for this? — a Millions Unmasked March on July 25. - Men who dance well are more likely to attract women. Scientists discovered that being able to pull off dance floor moves with the ease indicates strength and ability to produce healthy offspring. Researchers found that the men who women said looked attractive on the dance floor are actually physically stronger than those who are considered to have two left feet. This in turn indicates an ability to have strong children. injuries. WACKY-BUT-TRUE: SEWAGE TRUCK OVERTURNS IN NORTH CAROLINA _ A truck carrying sewage waste overturned in Raleigh, North Carolina, on Monday, blocking traffic. More than a dozen firefighters and EMS workers were at the scene using shovels to clean up the road. WACKY-BUT-TRUE: FOUR TONS OF GARBAGE REMOVED FROM APARTMENT _ More than four tons of garbage were removed from an elderly couple’s home in China. It took 12 hours for 20 workers to remove the piles of what they described as “trash” collected by the couple. Workers were forced to toss the garbage from the apartment’s fourth-story window to be collected below. When asked why he stored the trash instead of selling it, the husband said current recycling prices are too low and he was waiting out the market. Water Cooler Question 75 percent of employers provide this free of charge to employees. (Coffee)...
Bullet in the Brain

Bullet in the Brain

2020-07-0611:52

It is Monday July 6th. Let’s start the podcast! IT HAPPENED TODAY • 1785: The dollar was unanimously chosen as the monetary unit for the United States. • 1933: Baseball’s first All-Star game was held at Chicago’s Comiskey Park. The American League beat the National League 4-2. • 1955: America’s first seat belt law was signed, in Illinois. • 1957: Teenagers John Lennon and Paul McCartney met for the first time at a church in Liverpool, England, following a performance by Lennon’s band, the Quarrymen. • 2010: Lindsay Lohan was sentenced to 90 days in jail and 90 days in a residential substance-abuse program for violating her probation stemming from two separate 2007 cases of driving under the influence of cocaine and alcohol. (She served 14 days behind bars.) • 2014: The state of Washington legalized recreational marijuana, becoming the second U.S. state to do so after Colorado. SPECIAL EVENTS • International Kissing Day • Fried Chicken Day NUMBER FOR THE DAY 44: Percentage of drivers who’ve forgotten where they parked. NEWS ATTACK! - Falling from 14,000 feet up is hair-raising enough, but doing it at 103? Al Blaschke made a Guinness World Records-breaking leap with two grandsons Thursday in the skies over Texas. Blaschke, who tied the record back in 2017 at age 100, took the leap again to celebrate his 22-year-old twin grandsons’ graduations. - A California special education teacher was fired from her school district after a video went viral of her allegedly intentionally coughing on a 1-year-old at a yogurt shop. School officials in San Jose said they would not tolerate conduct from any employee that may compromise the safety of a child. The suspect was standing in line at Yogurtland in front of a mother and her child, who was in a stroller. Police say the woman was upset that the mother was not maintaining proper social distancing, so she removed her face mask, got close to the baby’s face, and coughed 2 to 3 times. - On June 27 Tracie Stanley-Wills and her partner Craig were meant to getting married with a ceremony in front of 50 friends and family. Sadly, when coronavirus struck back in March, they decided to postpone until next year. But Tracie still wore a wedding dress last Saturday on the day that she’d planned to get married, instead running a 5K to raise money for two charities close to her heart. Having not been much of a runner before as she lives with fibromyalgia, osteoporosis and a false hip, she chose to complete the couch to 5K program. - A former Russian policeman has been living a normal life with a bullet lodged in his brain for past ten years. The policeman, 36-year-old Vladimir Krutov, got the bullet in his head during an encounter with gang ten years ago. At the time, surgeons refused to remove the bullet saying the procedure would almost certainly cause death. The bullet had entered the base of the skull and passed through his entire brain. At the time, doctors gave Krutov a one in a million chance of survival. A year-and-a-half ago he married and is now the proud father of a five-month-old daughter. - A Tennessee (Franklin) dog played a role in alerting her owner Saturday night to the neighbor’s house being on fire — a blaze started by fireworks. Roux, a three-year-old Belgian Malinois, was barking frantically at Jeff LeCates’ front door just before 10:45PM Saturday. When LeCates opened the door to investigate, Roux burst out. LeCates then saw that his neighbor’s house was on fire, prompting him to pound on their door and wake the family of three and their pets. All escaped without injuries. WACKY-BUT-TRUE: DEER ENTERS STORE, GETS FED COOKIES, RETURNS WITH FAMILY _ A deer entered a Colorado store. The store owner gave him some chocolate chip cookies. The deer left the store and returned after half an hour with all his family members. • IMAGES (https://twitter.com/akkitwts/status/1279430901093371905) WACKY-BUT-TRUE:...
Singing Bridge

Singing Bridge

2020-07-0313:49

It is Friday July 3rd. Let’s start the podcast! IT HAPPENED TODAY • 1819: The first savings bank in the United States (The Bank of Savings in New York City) opened. • 1852: Congress established the United States’ second mint, in San Francisco, California. • 1884: Dow Jones published its first stock average. • 1922: Fruit Garden and Home magazine published its first issue. Two years later, the publication became Better Homes and Gardens. • 1970: Some 200,000 heard Jimi Hendrix play “The Star Spangled Banner” as the 3-day Atlanta Pop Festival opened in Byron, Georgia. Two days later Governor Lester Maddox said he would seek legislation to ban rock festivals in Georgia. • 1986: President Ronald Reagan presided over the relighting of the renovated Statue of Liberty. • 2008: Because of a banking error a 16-year-old boy in England went to an ATM and found he had $4 million in his account. He withdrew $600 to spend but after the error was corrected he found he was $600 overdrawn. • 2009: Sarah Palin announced she would resign as Alaska governor with 16 months left in her term. SPECIAL EVENTS • Compliment Your Mirror Day • Plastic Bag Free Day • Stay Out Of The Sun Day • Eat Beans Day • Superman Day • Chocolate Wafer Day • Air Conditioning Appreciation Day • American Redneck Day • Comic Sans Day NUMBER FOR THE DAY 9,412: Members in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which votes in the various Academy Awards categories each year. NEWS ATTACK! - The new research showed a dogs DNA develop more quickly when they’re young and more slowly when they’re old. One dog year does not equal seven human years. Aging in puppies is far more rapid than that.” For example, a 1-year-old dog is the equivalent of a 30-year-old human. A 4-year-old dog is like a 52-year-old human. After age 7, dog aging slows down. - Officials in San Francisco are working to figure out a way to quiet a low hum coming from the famed Golden Gate Bridge that has become annoying to some residents. The noise was first reported on June 5. The culprit is reportedly the northwest winds hitting the bridge’s sidewalk railings that have recently been installed in a retrofitting. Some residents say the noise that is produced sounds like torture and causes them physiological distress. The chief engineer for the Golden Gate Bridge Highway and Transportation District said engineers were unaware that the sound would be produced and consultants have been asked to help solve the issue. - A little more than half of the country keeps an American flag in their home. That’s according to the results of a recent (YouGov) poll. Those 65 and older are the most likely to have the flag in their home (69%). Young adults are the least likely age demographic to have an American flag at home. - From his kitchen window, Ben Ramirez is handing out free coffee and a smile to people in his San Francisco neighborhood. On average, Ramirez makes about 10 to 15 cups a day. His “regulars” are essential workers. In compliance with the six-feet social distancing guideline, he hands out the coffee with a toy gorilla arm, an idea given to him by his five-year-old son, Luca. Ramirez starts his day early — around 6:30AM. After making breakfast for his sons, he’s at his kitchen window from 8AM to noon, serving his community, seven days a week. - A Chinese villager was disappointed to find the bear that had been terrorizing his chickens could also hold its liquor. The poultry farmer had plotted to trap the black bear by baiting it with honey mixed with two liters of strong alcohol. The next morning he found the spiked honey gone and two dead chickens. - A German thief effectively signed his own arrest warrant after photographing himself at the scene of a crime and accidentally leaving the pictures for police to discover. Police said the teen stole a digital camera during a break-in and took the...
It is Thursday June 25th. Let’s start the podcast! IT HAPPENED TODAY • 1947: The Diary of Anne Frank was published. • 1951: The first commercial color telecast took place as CBS transmitted a one-hour special from New York to four other cities. • 1991: Francis Johnson’s world record 8.7-ton ball of twine, which he had been building since 1950, was moved to a prominent place in downtown Darwin, Minnesota, where more people could see it. • 2002: A five-year-old Sicilian boy tore up $1,525 in cash, his father’s monthly salary, the day after his grandfather told him money was trash and couldn’t buy happiness. • 2009: Michael Jackson died at age 50 from an overdose of the powerful anesthetic propofol. The singer’s doctor, Conrad Murray, was convicted of involuntary manslaughter. SPECIAL EVENTS • It’s six months till Christmas!  • Color TV Day • Global Beatles Day • Global Smurfs Day • Bomb Pop Day • Catfish Day • Hand Shake Day • Strawberry Parfait Day • Goat Cheese Day NUMBER FOR THE DAY 66: Players who suited up for just one NBA game. NEWS ATTACK! - A study finds that if processed foods are labeled as healthy, people tend to overindulge in them. - Masks are big sellers on Etsy and the website sold around 12 million in April alone. - Users of Windows 10 will soon see a better Start menu. [You’ll see a list of your apps, a ‘sleep’ switch, and a link for ordering a Macbook.] - The latest poll shows if the election were held today, Joe Biden would win. [And then take a nap.] - The latest poll shows if the election were held today, Donald Trump would lose. [But not on Twitter.] - Baseball fans are happy there will be 60 games and not a canceled season. - Thanks to COVID-19 and drive-in theaters, Jurassic Park is No. 1 at the box office again. - The 2021 summer vacation planning period began earlier than ever, with many people who had planned bigger trips for summer 2020 simply pushing back those reservations to 2021. One travel company says 89 percent of clients with trips cancelled by pandemic shut-downs rebooked the very same itinerary for 2021. - A dog in Tennessee has become the oldest known living golden retriever in history after celebrating her 20th birthday in April. Most golden retrievers live between 10 and 12 years. - Google announced Wednesday it will start to automatically delete users’ location history and web activity after 18 months. Previously, users had to turn this setting on if they didn’t want Google to store their data for an indefinite amount of time. - Men are almost twice as likely to speed on the road as women, according to analysis of more than five billion miles of driving data. On average, men speed 94 per cent more than women, but women in their forties are found to speed 2 percent more than their male counterparts. - A study says delivering bad news is easier — and the information gets delivered more accurately — when done by email rather than face-to-face or by phone. A co-author of the study thinks its because “People don’t sugarcoat” the news — “they just tell it like it is” through email. - Could our favorite morning drink also help fight one of its biggest health issues, obesity? That’s the suggestion from a British study (University of Nottingham) that finds coffee stimulates the human body’s “brown fat,” a heat-generating form of fat that literally burns calories in a process called thermogenesis. - In wacky news - A first date went from locking lips to angry words for a couple in China over a dispute involving dentures damaged during a passionate kiss. Police were called after a 30-year-old man got upset with his significant over the dental disaster. He told officers he had lost four false teeth while making out with his date, which he blamed on her “aggressive kissing style.” After two hours of police mediation, the man was compensated $483. Water Cooler
It is Wednesday June 24th. Let’s start the podcast! IT HAPPENED TODAY • 1497: The first recorded sighting of North America by a European took place when explorer John Cabot, on a voyage for England, spotted land, probably in present-day Canada. He claimed the piece of land for England, which is now Newfoundland. • 1892: Robert Ford was gunned down in a Creede, Colorado, saloon. Ten years earlier, as a new recruit in the Jesse James gang, he had killed Jesse for a $10,000 reward. • 1997: The Air Force released a report on the so-called “Roswell Incident,” suggesting the alien bodies witnesses reported seeing in 1947 were actually life-sized dummies. • 2010: John Isner of the United States defeated Nicolas Mahut of France at Wimbledon, in the longest match in professional tennis history: 11 hours, 5 minutes. • 2014: The original lyrics to Like a Rolling Stone, handwritten by Bob Dylan on hotel stationery, sold for $2 million at auction. SPECIAL EVENTS • Fairy Day • World UFO Day • Pralines Day • Swim a Lap Day NUMBER FOR THE DAY 15,600: Nursing homes in the United States. NEWS ATTACK! - Dr. Anthony Fauci warns that a coronavirus vaccine might take some time. - A source says baseball finally has a plan to play.  - A survey finds that 30% of Americans have zero savings. - JCPenney is closing more stores. - The Segway self-balancing scooter will no longer be built. Since the original Segway’s debut 20 years ago, the market has become saturated with electric-powered two-wheelers of many varieties. Segway said the iconic and oft-ridiculed scooter only accounted for 1½ percent of the company’s revenue. - State and county health directors are getting death threats for trying to keep their people safe from COVID-19. What do you mean by their people? - According to a survey by the National Kidney Foundation, one in four Americans say they would consider donating a kidney to a stranger while still alive. - Police in San Jose, California, are searching for a woman accused of deliberately coughing in a baby’s face after arguing with the 1-year-old’s mother about social distancing. - In a normal year this coming weekend would give us the World’s Ugliest Dog Contest, part of the Sonoma-Marin Fair in Petaluma, California. Thanks to the coronavirus, this year’s WUG Contest has been canceled. - If you’ve been able to work from home during the pandemic, here’s one bit of good news: you saved hundreds of dollars. Putting a price tag on it, Americans spend $2,600 each year — and 200 hours annually — getting to and from work. - It’s expected that the world’s population will hit 8 billion by 2024. If there were just 100 people in the world, 61 would live in Asia, 14 in Africa, 11 in Europe, nine in Latin America, five in North America and less than one in Oceania (a geographic region that includes Australasia, Melanesia, Micronesia and Polynesia). - In Denmark, a guy was rushed to the hospital after eating half a stick of dynamite. His drinking buddy gave him the “food” outside a bar and told him it was a new kind of candy bar. - A tip for would-be thieves: If you’re going to a job interview, don’t swipe someone’s wallet and expect to be hired. Two job seekers learned that lesson the hard way after British police snagged them with a simple sting: getting the applicants’ would-be new boss to tell them, “You’re hired!” Excited, the two alleged thieves rushed back to the office where they found detectives and an unhappy employer waiting for them. Water Cooler Question Two million dads in the U.S. have this in common. (They’re single) https://www.lowtreestudios.com (https://www.lowtreestudios.com) https://www.patreon.com/theweeklydose (https://www.patreon.com/theweeklydose)  
She Settled For Me

She Settled For Me

2020-06-2313:29

It is Tuesday 23rd. Let’s start the podcast! IT HAPPENED TODAY • 1868: Christopher Latham Sholes received a patent for an invention he called the “Type-Writer”. • 1888: Frederick Douglass becomes the first African-American nominated for US president. • 1993: Lorena Bobbitt of Prince William County, Virginia, sexually mutilated her husband, John, after he allegedly raped her. • 2005: In Suffolk, Virginia, three guys walked into a McDonald’s with the intention of robbing it. The place was rather busy so they ordered several burgers and enjoyed their meals while waiting for the crowd to thin out. They then robbed the place and made their getaway. Unfortunately, they left behind an important piece of evidence: their DNA on the leftover portions of the burgers. • 2012: 76 monks were hospitalized in Thailand following an attack by a swarm of bees. SPECIAL EVENTS • Widows’ Day • Let It Go Day • Eat At A Food Truck Day • Runner’s Selfie Day • Pecan Sandy Day NUMBER FOR THE DAY 5,800: Pounds of raisins eaten each week in the U.S. NEWS ATTACK! - A new study shows that prolonged sitting can lead to anxiety disorders. A study finds that kids who lie well also have superior verbal memories. - Obesity experts from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say children should get an hour of exercise every day. - Coronavirus case trends are on the rise in half of the U.S. - An update to the Apple Watch will remind you if you’ve not washed your hands for a full 20 seconds. - The Hubble space telescope has spotted a galaxy about 50 million light-years from Earth. - The 2021 Golden Globes will be delayed a couple of months due to COVID-19. - A new survey finds the average person has six home repairs or updates on their to-do list — and to complete just the top three would require an average of $680 combined. Those with home improvement experience reveal the average repair has three things go wrong. More than six in ten homeowners turn to search engines, YouTube or helpful apps to get their repairs and updates done - After weathering 20 years together, it is safe to assume you’d feel safe in a relationship with someone. However, one husband harshly learned that his wife might not have been as happy as he thought she had been after he overheard a conversation she was having with a friend. Now the husband and father of two adult children wants a divorce, but people are thinking he’s seriously taking it too far. The man shared on reddit: “I genuinely thought we were in love … until I overheard her on the phone recently remarking to a friend that she feels she settled for me and thinks about her ex every day. Her exact words: ‘I feel like I settled for him… I love him but he doesn’t excite me the way Tom did. Sometimes I wish Tom had been serious with me.’” The husband wrote on reddit: “Tom is her ex who she dated on and off before she met me. I always thought she was done with him because she told me that he ‘meant nothing to her’ because he refused to seriously commit but hearing this all these years later broke my heart.” In that moment, the husband knew in his heart that it was over. The man says, “I told her I overheard her and that it’s over. She broke down in hysterics saying it wasn’t what it looked like.” Reddit users were a little divided over how the husband should handle it. - Two people caught joyriding through Italy in the buff were arrested by police. They say a woman was eating a slice of pizza while driving naked. Her passenger was also naked, holding a bottle of wine between his feet. - In Germany, police are looking for a man who robbed a bank, then left his dufflebag full of money lying on the sidewalk just outside the bank’s doors. Witnesses say the man stopped after the robbery to tie his shoe then, forgetting about the bag, walked away. Water Cooler Question Thirteen percent of people who get this are men....
It is Monday June 22nd. Let’s start the podcast! IT HAPPENED TODAY • 1882: The Air-Conditioned Rocking Chair was patented. It had a propeller fan mounted overhead that was turned by the chair’s motion. The faster you rocked, the faster the fan turned. • 1847: The doughnut was invented. • 1970: President Richard Nixon signed a measure lowering the voting age to 18. • 1981: Mark David Chapman pleaded guilty to killing rock musician John Lennon. • 1984: The movie The Karate Kid opened in American theaters. • 2003: The mayor of Torredonjimeno, Spain, declared Thursdays “Ladies Night” and threatened to fine any man found strolling about town in the evening, in an attempt to encourage them to stay at home and do the chores. Ladies in the town of 14,000 were thrilled, men were not. • 2009: Jon and Kate Gosselin, stars of the reality TV series Jon & Kate Plus 8, announced plans to divorce. SPECIAL EVENTS • Fish Are Friends, Not Food! Week • Lightning Safety Awareness Week • Universal Father’s Week • Old Time Fiddlers Week • HVAC Technicians Day • World Rainforest Day • VW Beetle Day • Chocolate Eclair Day • Onion Ring Day NUMBER FOR THE DAY 50,000: Cargo ships operating around the world. NEWS ATTACK! - A study concludes that fermented foods ease social anxiety. - In Germany a man undergoing a divorce from a cheating wife used a chainsaw to cut all his marital possessions in half. - A tractor-trailer carrying 500 toilets overturned on a highway in Russia. - For Father’s Day my kids served me breakfast in bed. - They found a mountain lion roaming around San Francisco. - People in San Francisco were a bit freaked out by a mountain lion roaming the city. - Hot weather has arrived. - A company is offering text you dad jokes once a day. The service is free. - Donald Trump’s Tulsa rally filled only about a third of the venue where it was held. - A young mountain lion that had been spotted sleeping in a planter box along a normally busy street in downtown San Francisco was safely captured and released into the wild. The disoriented cougar roamed the streets for two days until he was spotted by a police officer near Oracle Park, home of the San Francisco Giants. - A survey found clothing topped the list of least favorable Father’s Day presents, followed by books/CDs, and then greeting cards. - A Siberian town with the world’s widest temperature range has recorded a new high. The temperature in Verkhoyansk hit 100.4 on Saturday. The town is located above the Arctic Circle about 2,900 miles northeast of Moscow. The town of about 1,300 residents is recognized by the Guinness World Records for the most extreme temperature range, with a low of minus-90 F and a previous high of 98.96 F. Much of Siberia this year has had unseasonably high temperatures, leading to sizable wildfires - A recent study has found that the average American spends only 19 minutes a day reading. Those 34 and under are reading less than ten minutes a day. - In Nevada, someone called 911 to report that a woman had thrown all of her food out of her home and was now driving around using a “finger gun” on people. - A tractor-trailer carrying 500 toilets overturned on a highway in Russia. - In Serbia, a groom spent the night in jail after he injured 15 guests while trying to shoot an apple with a shotgun. Shooting the apple is a traditional part of a Serbian wedding and is supposed to bring good luck to the newlyweds. - A groom in Romania found himself a new bride within 24 hours after his fiancé got cold feet and took off. The groom called up his old girlfriends, convinced one to marry him and didn’t tell anyone until she walked down the aisle. Water Cooler Question The average person encounters from 3,500 to 5,000 of these each day. (Marketing messages. That’s up from 500 to 2,000 in the 1970s.)...
A Million Dollars

A Million Dollars

2020-06-1911:30

It is Friday June 19th. Let’s start the podcast! IT HAPPENED TODAY • 1846: The first baseball game under recognizable modern rules was played in Hoboken, New Jersey. • 1910: The first Father’s Day was celebrated in Spokane, Washington. • 1941: General Mills in Minneapolis created a new dry breakfast cereal called Cheerie Oats. The name was later shortened to Cheerios. • 1978: The Garfield comic strip debuted. • 1993: Toronto police reported that a business burglar had left a thumb print in the owner’s Silly Putty. • 2015: Hawaii raised the legal smoking age from 18 to 21, the highest smoking age among all the states. • 2016: Actor Anton Yelchin was killed when he was pinned by his Jeep Grand Cherokee against an entrance post at his home. SPECIAL EVENTS • Juneteenth • Flip Flop Day • Ugliest Dog Day • Martini Day DATEBOOK WEEKEND NUMBER FOR THE DAY 35 million: Americans who have never left the state where they were born. NEWS ATTACK! - After being locked down, consumers are doing some “revenge shopping” — buying things they felt they were denied over 2½ months. - One in three British men say they wear their underwear more than one day in a row. One in 100 say they wear their underwear up to a full week. - According to a poll, more than two-thirds of Americans are concerned about the threat of hackers. - According to a survey, bad breath apparently is the most embarrassing thing that can happen on a first-date. - White House adviser Kellyanne Conway apparently had some work done on her face. - The reason we had a flour shortage during the pandemic is because there aren’t enough manufacturing plants set up to bag flour for grocery stores. - Here’s a new crisis the coronavirus pandemic is responsible for: a nationwide shortage of quarters, dimes, nickels and pennies. - An Alaska father and son fishing on a river found a message in a bottle that apparently traveled about 50 miles in 13 years. he message inside was written by two young girls named Amy and Angela. The note detailed the girls’ current crushes and celebrated their friendship. - A study of smells shows that the scent of grapefruit on women make them seem about six years younger to men. However, grapefruit fragrance on men does nothing for them. - A game warden saw a strange sight walking down a Vermont road. The Tegu “Red Dragon” had apparently wandered off its owner’s property but is now safe. They were able to reunite the lizard with its owner. - After a couple of black bear spottings in Winslow Township, New Jersey, the police posted a warning on Facebook: “Please do not, I repeat, DO NOT attempt to take selfies with the bear.” Water Cooler Question 58% of women say they’d do this for a million dollars. (Sleep with a total stranger) https://www.lowtreestudios.com (https://www.lowtreestudios.com) https://www.patreon.com/theweeklydose (https://www.patreon.com/theweeklydose)  
Better Brand of Beer

Better Brand of Beer

2020-06-1814:47

It is Thursday June 18th. Let’s start the podcast! T HAPPENED TODAY • 1873: Susan B. Anthony was fined $100 for attempting to vote in the 1872 presidential election. • 1928: Aviator Amelia Earhart became the first woman to fly in an aircraft across the Atlantic Ocean. She was a passenger; Wilmer Stutz was pilot and Lou Gordon was mechanic. • 1948: Columbia Records publicly unveiled its new long-playing phonograph record in New York. It played at 33 and 1/3 revolutions per minute. • 1983: Astronaut Sally Ride became the first American woman in space. • 1992: Italian police arrested a man for stealing 17-thousand little bars of hotel soap. • 2018: Donald Trump announced he would set up a sixth branch of the military: a “space force.” SPECIAL EVENTS • Autistic Pride Day • Bartender Day • Sushi Day • Recess At Work Day • Picnic Day • Cheesemakers Day NUMBER FOR THE DAY 215: Most pairs of underwear worn at the same time. The record was set by a then-10-year-old in Alabama. NEWS ATTACK! - According to a survey the most dreaded day for adults is the day we go to the dentist. - Head injuries from riding motorized scooters are on the rise. - A study says domesticated dogs developed the ability to make that sad-eye look as a way to evoke human sympathy. Their ancestors, wolves, don’t make that face at humans. - Target is raising its minimum wage to $15 starting July 5. Walmart’s minimum wage is still $11. The United States’ minimum wage is just $7.25 an hour. I made $7.50 20 years ago as my starting pay at Lowe’s.  - Researchers are studying the lint in our belly buttons. - The United Nations estimates that by 2050 the world will have almost 10 billion people. - Researchers (North Carolina State University) dug into the microbial contents of 60 volunteers’ belly buttons. From 60 belly buttons, the team found 2,368 bacterial species, 1,458 of which may be new to science. - It’s estimated that the average casual user (58 minutes per day on Facebook) who has been active on the site for 10 years has wasted upwards of 140 entire days of their life scrolling and liking and commenting on pictures and posts. - If you skip your lunch break out of guilt, you are not alone — 82 percent of workers are also opting out of the downtime. A survey (Staffordshire University) reveals that people are choosing to complete their work over the time they give themselves for breaks. - A South Carolina man said his wife’s urgent need for a bathroom break led to his winning big money from a scratch-off lottery ticket. The man and his wife made a stop at the Aynor Food Mart in Aynor, South Carolina, because she urgently needed to use the restroom. The man decided to fill up the gas tank while he was waiting, and he spotted another person at the pumps scratching off a lottery ticket. The man told his wife he was going inside to buy the same type ticket. She says she told him no at first, but her husband insisted and he won the ticket’s stop prize of $500,000. - A man in the Ukraine told police he thinks his ex-girlfriend used a key he had given her to enter his apartment, steal his TV remote, and slash his clothes with a knife. - In the UK a guy broke into an empty apartment. The owners were away for a few days. The guy stayed one night, replaced the beer he drank with a better brand of beer, and cleaned the place — even the rooms he never entered. Police have no leads and the apartment owners, while grateful for the cleaning, have changed their locks and installed security cameras. Water Cooler Question The longest one of these ever found was 19 feet, 2 inches. (Alligator) https://www.lowtreestudios.com (https://www.lowtreestudios.com) https://www.patreon.com/theweeklydose (https://www.patreon.com/theweeklydose)  
Bitten in the Face

Bitten in the Face

2020-06-1713:25

It is Wednesday June 17th. Let’s start the podcast! IT HAPPENED TODAY • 1870: George Cormack was born in Scotland. In 1924, working in the U.S., he invented Wheaties. • 1885: The Statue of Liberty arrived in New York Harbor. • 1976: What remained of the American Basketball Association, the Nets, Pacers, Nuggets, and Spurs, merged into the NBA. • 1994: Following a televised low-speed highway chase and a failed attempt at suicide, O.J. Simpson was arrested for the murders of his wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend Ronald Goldman. • 2004: An Alabama hen named Matilda was certified by Guinness World Records as the world’s oldest living chicken. She was 14 at the time, almost double the normal lifespan of a chicken. Matilda worked in a magic act. She died February 11, 2006. • 2008: An Orlando, Florida, man was taken into custody after the pickup he was driving was found to have a hidden 800-gallon tank custom-welded into the back to steal fuel. Investigators said a gas station attendant called police and said the driver of a white Ford pickup looked suspicious and lingered too long at the pump. When officers checked the man’s vehicle, they found a fuel tank professionally welded and hidden inside. The man also had a key that disabled pump meters. SPECIAL EVENTS • Garbage Man Day • Apple Strudel Day • Cherry Tart Day NUMBER FOR THE DAY 110: Most bridesmaids at a wedding. The record was set in 2015 by a bride from Ohio. NEWS ATTACK! - Another study has concluded that chocolate is good for the heart. - Airlines are planning to restrict alcohol sales during flights. - Summer begins Saturday. - An investigation by USA Today found Americans were never at risk of a severe meat shortage. - A super-wealthy family in China was kidnapped in their home, but the kidnappers were arrested after a member of the family escaped, ran away, and swam across a river to get help. - A new study finds the discounting of cigarettes by the tobacco industry is linked to higher cigarette consumption. - A New Zealand (Auckland) couple are happy to be reunited with their pet six months after she was stolen. On social media, police said officers found the dog when they arrested a man for dishonesty offenses and breaching his release conditions. - A study that says flushing a toilet can generate a cloud of aerosol droplets that rises nearly three feet. Those droplets may linger in the air long enough to be inhaled by a shared toilet’s next user, or land on surfaces in the bathroom. - Swiss police are looking for a forgetful individual who left something rather important on a train — a package full of gold bars, worth more than $190,000. The parcel containing the gold bars was found in October last year. - A man was attacked by an alligator early Monday morning in Largo, Florida. Police said the man was waist-deep in water at a disc golf course when he was bitten in the face. The 40-year-old man used his left hand to pry the gator off, but he received severe lacerations to his hand and face. He is expected to survive the bite. - A Brazilian bank was ordered to pay a former secretary $9,000 after her boss told her to keep a plastic turtle on her desk. The manager told his secretary to keep the toy turtle on her desk to remind her of how slow she worked. - In Germany, a sleepwalking man climbed out of a first-floor window, shimmied up a drainpipe and walked across the roof before falling 20 feet to the ground. The man suffered only a few bruises from the fall and says he lost his balance when he woke up. Water Cooler Question The average man will wait 12 months before replacing one of these. (A dead pet. Women don’t wait quite as long.) https://www.lowtreestudios.com (https://www.lowtreestudios.com) https://www.patreon.com/theweeklydose (https://www.patreon.com/theweeklydose)
Exploding Whale

Exploding Whale

2020-06-1612:55

It is Tuesday June 16th, Let’s start the podcast! IT HAPPENED TODAY • 1891: The George A. Hormel & Company was founded in Austin, Minnesota. In 1937 it introduced Spam, now the world’s biggest selling canned meat product. • 1903: A U.S. patent was issued for a soft drink formula called Pepsi-Cola. On the same day a U.S. patent was issued for Chicken Goggles, designed to protect chickens from being pecked in the eyes. • 1967: The three-day Monterey International Pop Music Festival — which catapulted Jimi Hendrix, the Who and Janis Joplin to stardom — opened in northern California. • 1987: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar signed a two-year contract with the Los Angeles Lakers for $5 million, making him the highest paid player in any sport. • 1998: A 40-year-old Florida woman gave birth to a son in the first-ever live birth on the Internet before an audience estimated by a cable health network at two million people. • 2013: Pope Francis blessed thousands of Harley-Davidsons and their riders in Vatican Square; the riders were celebrating the company’s 110th anniversary with a parade. SPECIAL EVENTS • Fudge Day • Fresh Veggies Day • World Sea Turtle Day NUMBER FOR THE DAY 6 billion: Number of ATM transactions each year in the U.S. NEWS ATTACK! - If you have laryngitis, whispering doesn’t help. A study revealed that whispering strains your vocal cords as much as yelling. - According to a study, a dog knows if someone is mistreating his owner, and will react by refusing food offered by that person. - Airlines will soon make passengers wears masks during flight. - The FDA has revoked its emergency use authorization for hydroxychloroquine to treat COVID-19, the drug the president likes and even took himself. - The coast of Oregon has a new park: Exploding Whale Memorial Park. The new park is named after the state’s decision to blow up a 45-foot, 8-ton whale that washed ashore near Florence, Oregon, in November of 1970. - A group of scientists at the University of Nottingham think they’ve come up with a new calculation that says that there are likely to be at least 36 ongoing intelligent civilizations in our Milky Way galaxy. - As the world begins to open, more people are getting on planes. The TSA would like to remind you that you can’t bring these on a plane in your carry-on: Axes and hatchets; bowling pins; canoe/kayak paddles; fireworks; gasoline; liquid bleach; rocket launcher; slingshot; strike-anywhere matches; throwing stars; walking stick. - A man arrested on suspicion of burglary took two items from a Nebraska home. Police said the man was found passed out on the front lawn of the home with a package of bacon in his pocket. - At a hair salon in the United Arab Emirates, a woman was attacked by a python while she was getting her hair done. She was rescued by another woman who unwrapped the snake from around her leg. Water Cooler Question This animal kills about 88 people each year. (Horses. Most are deaths from being thrown.) https://www.lowtreestudios.com (https://www.lowtreestudios.com) https://www.patreon.com/theweeklydose (https://www.patreon.com/theweeklydose)  
A Giant Sausage

A Giant Sausage

2020-06-1512:23

It is Monday June 15th, Let’s start the podcast! IT HAPPENED TODAY • 1884: The world’s first roller coaster opened at Coney Island, Brooklyn, New York. It was called the Gravity Pleasure Switchback Railway. The cars traveled at 6 miles per hour. • 1920: The United States Postal Service ruled that children may not be sent via parcel post. • 1966: The United States Supreme Court ruled in Miranda v. Arizona that the police must inform suspects of their rights before questioning them. • 1996: Bomb disposal experts swung into action when a bomb was reported bobbing around in Hong Kong harbor. The “bomb” turned out to be a giant sausage. • 1997: Michael Jordan scored 39 points as the Chicago Bulls beat the Utah Jazz 90-86 to win their fifth NBA championship in seven years. • 2005: In Olathe, Kansas, a 17-year-old student was charged with battery after he threw up on his Spanish teacher. Witnesses told police the boy did it on purpose. A month later the juvenile was convicted and sentenced to four months cleaning up vomit from police cars. • 2014: A water-embedded rock layer was found deep inside the earth; the layer stores three times the water found in all the earth’s oceans. SPECIAL EVENTS • Nature Photography Day • National Day of Prayer for Law Enforcement Officers • Lobster Day NUMBER FOR THE DAY 4 billion: Trees planted in Ethiopia in 2019. The country is planning to plant a total of 20 billion seedlings by 2024, in an attempt to build climate resilience in the nation. NEWS ATTACK! - After recovering from COVID-19 a guy in Seattle got a hospital bill for $1.1 million. - A woman in Spain who just turned 105 gives credit for her longevity to drinking a can of beer every day. - Medical research finds that the majority of American kids are dehydrated. - A Florida woman called 911 because she was cheated in a marijuana deal. [ - One out of every four drivers say they’ve fallen asleep at the wheel. - Sunday is Father’s Day. - A woman has hatched three ducklings from eggs she bought in a British supermarket (Waitrose). Charli Lello put the eggs in an incubator as an experiment to pass the time after being furloughed. - You start becoming your father at age 37, according to a new survey. Not only that, but 68 percent of those studied say they feel more like their father with every passing year. - In New Mexico, someone called police to report her house may have been burglarized because someone stepped in her dog’s poop in the yard. - A bus on a day-long route across Germany had to pull over when the driver smelled smoke. The passengers quickly evacuated. Firefighters traced the problem to the luggage compartment under the bus: a stowaway had climbed in, and apparently got bored and lit a tobacco pipe. Water Cooler Question The restaurant Sobrino de Botín in Spain holds what world record? (First and oldest restaurant in the world. When it first opened in 1725 it was called Casa Botin. It’s still open today under the name Sobrino de Botín.) https://www.lowtreestudios.com (https://www.lowtreestudios.com) https://www.patreon.com/theweeklydose (https://www.patreon.com/theweeklydose)  
Blowing Bubbles

Blowing Bubbles

2020-06-1214:07

IT HAPPENED TODAY • 1952: A 17-year-old Bonham, Texas, housecat named Dusty set a Guinness record by giving birth to her 420th kitten. • 1965: Queen Elizabeth honored the Beatles by making them members of the Order of the British Empire. Several British Army officers were so outraged, they returned their medals. • 1981: Little-known comedian David Letterman hosted “Looking for Fun” on HBO. • 1987: President Ronald Reagan publicly challenged Mikhail Gorbachev to tear down the Berlin Wall at Brandenburg Gate. • 1994: Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman were murdered outside her home in Los Angeles, California. O.J. Simpson was later acquitted of the killings, but was held liable in a civil suit. SPECIAL EVENTS • Jerky Day • Peanut Butter Cookie Day • Superman Day • Red Rose Day NUMBER FOR THE DAY 6,709: Spontaneous decisions made every year. NEWS ATTACK! - Speaking of spontaneous, A new survey finds the average person will act spontaneously about 18 times per day. And the study (by OnePoll) found those who considered themselves a “spontaneous person” were 40 percent more likely to consider themselves a happy person. - Twitter may be adding emoji reactions - In Romania, judges shut down a court room because three-quarters of the people in it were chewing gum and blowing bubbles. - 82% of men rate their health as good to excellent.  - The stock market plunged 7% Thursday. - We’ll see new movies in theaters beginning July 1. - Kelly Clarkson is getting a divorce. Kelly and Brandon had been having problems for several months (https://www.etonline.com/kelly-clarkson-and-brandon-blackstocks-marriage-hasnt-been-working-for-a-while-source-says-147964) and were making a conscious effort to work things out. They both hoped quarantining away from L.A. in Montana would help them work things out in their marriage, but instead the change in environment was actually detrimental. - A guy on Twitter is catching heck for feeding his cat ice cream. The 11-second clip has received nearly 400,000 views since Monday when it was posted - A couple of restaurant owners in Thailand have been given 723 years in prison for a seafood scam. The pair sold vouchers to customers that entitled them to use their seafood buffet at an extremely low price. But they later reneged on the promotions… And they get 723 years for it? - 52% of single men and 39% of single women say they’ll have the traditional phrase “to honor and obey” in their wedding ceremony. - A South Carolina couple made a surprising discovery while exploring the Stono River outside of Charleston: they found a prehistoric megalodon shark tooth larger than a human hand. The couple said the tooth is 5.75 inches from the tip to the root, weighs just under a pound and is three to five millions years old. - Two British brothers were nabbed for burglary when one of the robbers got stuck trying to break into a department store. UK police arrested the men after the older brother got himself stuck trying to fit his 238-pound frame through a 2-foot hole in the side of the department store. - A guy in England was sent to hospital with serious injuries after his second-floor balcony collapsed, sending him and a portable swimming pool plummeting about 12 feet to the ground. The man was on his townhouse balcony with the pool when the structure crashed to the ground. The man landed on the ground and was soaked by water from the swimming pool. Water Cooler Question Twenty percent of you will not go on vacation for this reason. (You have no place to leave your pets) https://www.lowtreestudios.com (https://www.lowtreestudios.com) https://www.patreon.com/theweeklydose (https://www.patreon.com/theweeklydose)
30 Calls a Day

30 Calls a Day

2020-06-1111:47

It is Thursday June 11th, Let’s start the podcast! IT HAPPENED TODAY • 1962: Frank Morris, John Anglin and Clarence Anglin became the only prisoners to successfully escape from the prison on Alcatraz Island. • 1982: Director Steven Spielberg introduced his classic science-fiction film, E.T., The Extra-Terrestrial. • 1993: Steven Spielberg’s Jurassic Park premiered. • 1998: Amazon.com expanded its product line from books only to add compact discs. • 2002: American Idol premiered on the Fox Network. The talent show was based on a similar British program. • 2004: Former U.S. President Ronald Reagan’s funeral was held at Washington National Cathedral. SPECIAL EVENTS • Corn on the Cob Day • Nursing Assistants Day • Cotton Candy Day • German Chocolate Cake Day NUMBER FOR THE DAY 6,000: Hours the average person will spend reading over a lifetime. NEWS ATTACK! - 35 million people are still waiting on stimulus checks. - The US intercepted Russian bombers and fighter jets off the coast of Alaska. - Scientists found a pair of leather shoes over 5,500 years old. - Scientists say that being short raises heart risks. - Starbucks will close 400 locations. - Coachella and Stagecoach won’t take place this year. - People know about food waste, and say they care about the problem, but they underestimate their role in the accumulating waste. The reality is around 40 percent of the U.S. food supply is thrown out. - Don’t put soda in that sippy cup. A study (Penn State University) found that girls who drank soda by age 5 weren’t as well nourished over the next decade as girls who hadn’t touched the stuff by 5. - According to a survey, many dogs and cats are now living well into their teens, But the study, which covered 2,500 pet owners and 100 vets, found this new longevity comes at a price. Conditions such as arthritis are likely to cost owners about $900 dollars a year to treat on average, while dealing with heart problems could cost almost double that. - In a survey, 90 percent of women say they’re happy with how they look. Specifically, 36 percent thought their looks were above average and 54 percent thought their looks were “exactly average.” The study found that 75 percent of those surveyed agreed that “beauty comes from a woman’s spirit and love of life, not from her looks.” - An elderly guy in Italy got a talking to by police after his landlady, age 58, complained he kept writing love letters to her even though she had rejected him. - In Japan, a nursing care worker who was arrested for making about 4,000 calls to a bank said he did it because he wanted to hear women’s voices to relieve stress. The man says he made up to 30 calls a day to the bank during the past year. Water Cooler Question When packing for a trip, men forget this more than any other item. (A belt) https://www.lowtreestudios.com (https://www.lowtreestudios.com) https://www.patreon.com/theweeklydose (https://www.patreon.com/theweeklydose)
It is Wednesday June 10th, Let’s start the podcast! IT HAPPENED TODAY • 1682: The first tornado recorded by settlers in North America was sighted near New Haven, Connecticut. • 1793: Philadelphia ceased to be the capital of the United States when all federal government offices moved to Washington DC. • 1943: The Ball Point Pen was patented by Lasalo Biro of Budapest, Hungary. • 1965: Subway owner Fred DeLuca opened his first sandwich shop. • 2007: The final episode of The Sopranos aired on HBO. SPECIAL EVENTS • Alcoholics Anonymous (Founders) Day • Egg Roll Day • Iced Tea Day NUMBER FOR THE DAY 19,375: People who report being injured by a golf cart each year in the U.S. NEWS ATTACK! - According to a study, fish can actually recognize you. - The latest statistics say that here in the U.S, the obesity rate for women and teens continues to rise. - In Germany a man who stole a bike from beside a police station was arrested while trying to sell it to two plainclothes officers. The cops got suspicious when hey noticed the man had bolt cutters sticking out of his jacket. - A new study shows drivers are significantly more likely to die in a small car than a large one. - There’s a trailer for the next Bill & Ted movie. - The TV show Cops has been canceled for good. - Turns out robbing a bank may not be worth it. In addition to the likelihood that you’ll get caught, you’ll only make around $4,000 for the federal crime. - The average person will consume nearly 70,000 snacks in their lifetime. The average person will enjoy 21 nibbles between meals every week — a total of 1,095 a year. - Food industry experts say consumers should be prepared for restaurant prices to go up and menus to change as businesses grapple with higher prices from suppliers and other expenses due to the coronavirus - Police in Poland responding to a call for a slumper in a car came across a man who turned out to be very much alive. He was, however, very drunk. When police woke him up the man didn’t beat around the bush when asked if he had been drinking. The man said, “Yes. A lot.” - Police in the UK said a crook stole over $200,000 from a bank’s ATM and then broke in again seven days later and returned most of the money. They think the robber had a front door key because there was no sign of a forced entry. Water Cooler Question When packing for a trip, men forget this more than any other item. (A belt) https://www.lowtreestudios.com (https://www.lowtreestudios.com) https://www.patreon.com/theweeklydose (https://www.patreon.com/theweeklydose)  
Fashion on the Brain

Fashion on the Brain

2020-06-0909:22

IT HAPPENED TODAY • 1909: Alice Huyler Ramsey, a 22-year-old housewife and mother from Hackensack, New Jersey, became the first woman to drive across the United States. With three female companions, none of whom could drive a car, for fifty-nine days she drove a Maxwell automobile the 3,800 miles from Manhattan, New York, to San Francisco, California. • 1915: Les Paul was born in Waukesha, Wisconsin. In the 1940s and ’50s he transformed popular music by inventing the modern solid-body electric guitar. • 1980: Comedian Richard Pryor suffered near-fatal burns at his home when a mixture of “free-base” cocaine exploded. • 1986: The Rogers Commission released its report on the Challenger disaster, criticizing NASA and rocket-builder Morton Thiokol for management problems leading to the explosion that claimed the lives of seven astronauts. • 1994: In North Yorkshire, England, car thieves stole British Home Secretary Michael Howard’s bulletproof car while he was a attending a meeting of police chiefs. The car was found later minus all four wheels. • 2011: In Riyadh, Saudia Arabia, six women were arrested for practicing driving in an empty car lot. SPECIAL EVENTS • Call Your Doctor Day • Donald Duck Day • Pet Memorial Day • Strawberry-Rhubarb Pie Day NUMBER FOR THE DAY 6.8: Miles down to the lowest point on Earth, Challenger Deep at the bottom of the western Pacific Ocean. NEWS ATTACK! - Health researchers say an average cinnamon pastry can have as much fat as two pork chops with mashed potatoes. - A woman in California stole an ambulance and then totaled it. - A treasure chest full of gold, jewelry and other valuables worth $1 million was found in the Rocky Mountains, according to the man who hid it there more than a decade ago. Art dealer and author Forrest Fenn confirmed that “the search is over” in an announcement on his website. - A monkey in Kenya fell onto a transformer at the main electrical plant and knocked out power for nearly four hours. Fortunately, the monkey survived. - Father’s Day is a couple of weeks away.] - Hotels are trying to lure back customers by emphasizing how clean they are, offering gift cards and other freebies. - A worker at an Amazon warehouse in Wales is asking customers to check their packages for the engagement ring that fell off her finger at work. - While the whole world is following the social distancing norms New Zealand has lifted all restrictions. Border controls will still remain and people coming from other countries will be tested. - Dunkin’ locations are still serving their loyal customers and are now getting ready for re-opening in certain areas. In response, Dunkin’ franchises are looking to hire 25,000 new employees to fulfill entry-level positions as well as managerial spots. - According to an online study, women have fashion on the brain 91 times in a given day — that’s more than four times the amount that men think about sex. - Police in Holland confiscated the car and driver’s license of a man caught speeding who said he was just trying to dry his car after he had washed it. Water Cooler Question The average American eats 50 of these a year. (Bananas) https://www.lowtreestudios.com (https://www.lowtreestudios.com) https://www.patreon.com/theweeklydose (https://www.patreon.com/theweeklydose)  
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