Monday , June 24 2024

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TUESDAY ON THE MORNING MIX
• Our daily Good News at 6:30 and 9:25
• Find out five things people will be talking about on What’s Trending at 7:00 and 9:30
• Streaming is not going away anytime soon. The latest streaming numbers at 7:20
• It’s Toledo Zoo Truth Or Lion Tuesday on the Noble Fun Company Game-O-Tron 3000® contest, with a chance to win zoo tickets, axe throwing from Noble Axes and Mr. Smith’s coffees at 7:30.
• We honor the memory of one of the 80s and 90s biggest hitmakers who left us too soon on the 80s and 90s At 8
• If you have a son or daughter getting married, don’t do another thing until you hear the biggest mistakes parents of the bride and groom make at weddings at 8:10
• “A Pour Excuse For A Legislator” and other strange-but-true stories from the last seven days on Weird News Of The Week at 8:30…and you could win a Brewed Awakening Vermilion gift card!
• How some are using AI to ditch their meetings and “Being Overworked” in the EcoTree Services Mix Minute At Work at 9:40.

MONDAY’S 80s AND 90s AT 8 SONG OF THE DAY: TEARS FOR FEARS-SOWING THE SEEDS OF LOVE. The duo’s Curt Smith is 63 today, and he sings the chorus on this late 80s hit, which draws a lot of comparisons to late 1960s Beatles recordings. The lyrics are political in nature, with references to British politics of the time. The award-winning video was animated with pencil on paper, transferred to punched acetate sheets and painted with Cel Vinyl acrylic paints.

The Best-Selling Car in America the Year You Graduated High School.

If you’ve graduated high school in the past 43 years, do you remember what the bestselling car was that year? Car And Driver took sales data from each year starting from 1978 until now, to show which car sold the most each year. This list does not include sales of trucks or SUVs; the Ford F-series has been the bestselling overall vehicle and truck in the United States for quite some time.

1978: Oldsmobile Cutlass — 520,279 units sold
1979: Oldsmobile Cutlass — 518,160 units sold
1980: Oldsmobile Cutlass — 469,573 units sold
1981: Oldsmobile Cutlass — 454,188 units sold
1982: Ford Escort — 337,667 units sold
1983: Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme — 331,179 units sold
1984: Chevrolet Cavalier — 383,752 units sold
1985: Chevrolet Cavalier — 422,927 units sold
1986: Chevrolet Celebrity — 408,946 units sold
1987: Ford Escort — 392,360 units sold
1988: Ford Escort — 381,330 units sold
1989: Honda Accord — 362,707 units sold
1990: Honda Accord — 417,179 units sold
1991: Honda Accord — 399,297 units sold
1992: Ford Taurus — 409,751 units sold
1993: Ford Taurus — 360,448 units sold
1994: Ford Taurus — 397,037 units sold
1995: Ford Taurus — 366,266 units sold
1996: Ford Taurus — 401,049 units sold
1997: Toyota Camry — 397,156 units sold
1998: Toyota Camry — 429,575 units sold
1999: Toyota Camry — 448,162 units sold
2000: Toyota Camry — 422,961 units sold
2001: Honda Accord — 414,718 units sold
2002: Toyota Camry — 434,135 units sold
2003: Toyota Camry — 413,296 units sold
2004: Toyota Camry — 426,990 units sold
2005: Toyota Camry — 431,703 units sold
2006: Toyota Camry — 448,445 units sold
2007: Toyota Camry — 473,108 units sold
2008: Toyota Camry — 436,617 units sold
2009: Toyota Camry — 356,824 units sold
2010: Toyota Camry — 327,804 units sold
2011: Toyota Camry — 308,510 units sold
2012: Toyota Camry — 404,886 units sold
2013: Toyota Camry — 408,484 units sold
2014: Toyota Camry — 428,606 units sold
2015: Toyota Camry — 429,355 units sold
2016: Toyota Camry — 388,618 units sold
2017: Toyota Camry – 387,081 units sold
2018: Toyota Camry — 343,439 units sold
2019: Toyota Camry — 336,978 units sold
2020: Toyota Camry — 294,348 units sold
2021: Toyota Camry — 313,795 units sold
2022: Toyota Camry — 295,201 units sold
2023: Toyota Camry — 290,649 units sold
(Source: CarAndDriver.com)

Classic Baby Names Are Facing Extinction in the US.

There will be no singing “Happy Birthday” to little Myrtle any time soon. The once-buzzy baby name — along with Al, Bess, Cathy, Vern, Wally and more — is in the top 23 newborn names on the verge of virtual extinction. The names were popular during the Baby Boomer generation, between 1946 and 1964, but they’ve since lost their luster.
A June 2024 analysis from online parenting hub, BabyCenter found that ultramodern mommies and daddies are crowning their kiddies with names from hit feature films and streaming series such as “Dune: Part Two,” and “Bridgerton.” Classic titles like Liam and Olivia have, too, maintained their high-rank in the baby name realm. In 2023, both topped the list of most popular boy and girl tags in the U.S. for the fifth year in a row, per recent data from the Social Security Administration. However, names like Vinnie, Patsy, Cathy and Rob are all on their way to the baby-name graveyard, per experts. In fact, Namesberry says the names that are almost extinct were only given to between “five to 19 babies” the last year on record.

Here’s the list of baby names on the chopping block, with the boys names on the left and the girls in the right column.
1. Al-Bess
2. Bernie-Cathy
3. Bert-Christi
4. Bob-Deirdre
5. Cary-Gail
6. Chuck-Jeanie
7. Curt-Jodie
8. Dom-Kaye
9. Hal-Kerri
10. Lorne-Meg
11. Mel-Missy
12. Mitch-Mitzi
13. Nicky-Myrtle
14. Rob-Nicki
15. Sal-Patsy
16. Stan-Peggy
17. Tad-Phyllis
18. Timmy-Rhonda
19. Vern-Shelley
20. Vic-Sherri
21. Vinnie-Sue
22. Wally-Terry
23. Woody-Val

What would you do with another thumb on your hand?

Researchers at the University of Cambridge in England have been messing around with a gadget that gives people a “third thumb” to expand their range of motion. And even though humans have had only 5 digits on their hands for millions of years, the researchers found that it was easy for people to get used to having that extra thumb to grip and manipulate objects. A staggering 98% of people were able to use this “third thumb” with only a few unable to figure it out within the first minute.

 

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TikTok Hack Is the Easiest Way to Fall Asleep.

If you can’t fall asleep at night you might resort to desperate measures, like eating melatonin gummies, blasting your rain sound machine, or dousing yourself in lavender spray. Sometimes, though, it’s the simplest sleep tricks that work best. One of the most popular sleep hack options of the moment is the “alpha bridge sleep technique,” which has millions of views on TikTok. There’s four easy steps for “crossing the alpha bridge” into sleep:
Get comfortable in your bed. (If you’re on a plane or train, get as comfy as possible.)
Close your eyes and count to 30.
Next, open your eyes slightly, so only a sliver of them is open like a half-moon shape.
Count to five as you hold them slightly open.
Fully close your eyes again and count to 30.
Open your eyes halfway again and count to five.
Close your eyes one more time and focus on your breath.
Slowly breathe in and out through your nose, and you should drift off to sleep.
This technique might not work perfectly on the first go, especially if you struggle to fall asleep every single night. In fact, the alpha bridge method seems to be more effective for people who experience occasional difficulties falling asleep, rather than those with chronic insomnia, and that’s because true insomnia can be way more complex with psychological or physiological roots, and thus not as responsive to simple sleep hacks. If you don’t waltz across the alpha bridge on your first round, it’s more than OK to try the technique a few more times until you snooze.

@erica.terblanche Here’s a skill to help you fall asleep on an airplane or anywhere else for that matter. . Its called going over the Alpha Bridge. #EricaTerblanche #ThriveGuru #motivation #sleeping ♬ Solas X Interstellar – Gabriel Albuquerqüe

The Most Common 4-Digit PINs.

Just like computer passwords, people aren’t being very careful about their PINs, according to an analysis of leaked databases. It shows 11% are still using 1234, which is used more than all of the 4200 LEAST-common PINs COMBINED. People are making it easy for hackers, with research finding that a hacker could crack a third of all PINs in just 61 guesses. But if they got 426 chances, they could guess half. The least common were 8557, 8438, 9539, 7063 and 6827.
The Most Common PINs:
1234
1111
0000
1212
7777
1004
2000
4444
2222
6969
Source: Daily Mail

Uber’s Lost & Found Index.

Uber provides more than seven billion rides a year. That’s a lot of passengers in its rideshare vehicles, so it’s no surprise that people are always leaving their belongings behind in the backseat. Uber has released its eighth annual Lost & Found Index revealing the most common and most unusual items left behind by passengers.
10 most common items left behind:
1. Clothing
2. Luggage
3. Headphones
4. Wallet
5. Jewelry
6. Phone
7. Camera
8. Tablet or book
9. Laptop
10. Vape

10 of the most unusual items left behind:
1. Toupe
2. A jar of oysters
3. Police handcuffs
4. A live turtle
5. A spear and a furry fox tail
6. A WWE championship belt
7. An engine from a Jeep Liberty
8. A fake butt
9. A framed Taylor Swift autograph
10. A fart sensor

Real People Share the Most Annoying Things Others Do in Grocery Stores.

Almost anyone who goes to the grocery store has dealt with at least one annoying shopper. There’s usually that one shopper (or sometimes several) who makes something as simple as buying groceries more difficult than it has to be.
Shoppers annoyed, bothered or downright mad about the lack of “grocery store etiquette” held nothing back when asked about the most frequent annoyances and behaviors of others while at the store.
On Nexstar’s KSN lifestyle show, “Living Well” with Gary Bandy and Shelby Neely, viewers were asked, “What are the most annoying or rude things you see people do at the grocery store?”
The question — also posted on the “Living Well” Facebook page — may have struck a nerve since responses immediately began to flood in.
Nearly 100 Facebook users commented with their own experiences and personal stories of rude and annoying things people do that make the grocery store shopping experience a pain. Here are some of the responses that caught our attention:
Charlie B. — “Block the aisle while texting.”
Carolyn H. — “When I’m checking out and people stand right next to me when I’m paying the cashier. No one needs to be in your face when you are checking out. Keep in your own space.“
Debbie W. — “The employees doing the online shopping — I feel like they could show more respect for us that are doing our own shopping.“
Jonna K. — “Block the aisle by standing in the middle of it talking.“
Pat M. — “People who let their children run wild.“
Delores F. — “Those loudly talking on their phone.“
Adam C. — “People wandering — like they are the only one in the store. Pick a lane, keep moving forward. If you’re gonna visit, find an empty aisle, and one side or the other.“
Lisa F. — “Thieves.“
Terry S. — “Stopping just inside (the store entrance) with their cart, to read their grocery list, thereby blocking the entrance.“
Barbara B. — “People walking in front of cars without even acknowledging there are cars passing through. I know they have the right of way but somebody could get hurt.“
Barb S. — “Running their cart into the back of other people’s feet.“
Tandi D. — “Cutting ahead of elderly people or not helping them/handicapped reach something.“
Sherri L. — “Those who scream at their kids while they are shopping.“
Debbe M. — “Bringing their dogs in.“
Dale C. — “Open food, not pay for it, then leave it on the shelf.“
Velta E. — “Many years ago I saw a store manager pick up a bottle of Pepto-Bismol, take a drink, and put it back on the shelf…“
Serena C. — “Standing in the middle of the aisle looking for things while they can clearly see others trying to get through!“
Lynn Z. — “Taking their baby shopping when it’s clearly nap time.“
Terry P. — “Where do I begin?! Blocking the aisles. Wearing pajamas into the store. And last but not least, kiddos throwing tantrums.“
Robin M. — “Drive the wrong way in the parking lot.“

Glow-in-the-dark flowers are a thing!

Want to have the most unique front yard in the neighborhood? A variety of petunias that actually glow in the dark are now available for sale. These glow-in-the-dark flowers – called the Firefly Petunia – emit a soft glow similar to moonlight. They can be grown in pots, baskets or gardens — and reach about 8 to 10 inches in size. And because the USDA gave them a stamp of approval, the Firefly Petunia is set to become the first commercially raised flower species that glows in the dark. You can put yourself on the waiting list for $29.99 at light.bio, with shipments beginning in the spring.

118 New Emojis are Coming to iPhones.

A phoenix, a shaking head, and four gender-neutral families will be available as part of a beta version of the new IOS 17.4, slated to drop sometime this Spring. There will also be a head shaking horizontally, a head shaking vertically, a lime, brown mushroom and broken chain. The existing family emojis are somewhat controversially devoid of color, with different combinations of white silhouettes overlayed on a grey square icon. You will also find six new people emojis with direction-specifying variations, ranging from a person walking while facing right to a wheelchair-bound person facing right, each with five skin tone modifier options. It should be noted that emoji’s appearance will vary slightly depending on whether the user is using an iPhone or Android. (New York Post)

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11 RULES FOR A GOOD NIGHT’S SLEEP

Wellbeing expert Nicola Elliot claims we can all get better sleep by following these 11 golden rules:
• Go to bed at the same time every night and wake up at the same time every day, even on weekends
• Sleep in 90-minute cycles, so try to get seven-and-a-half hours, nine hours or ten-and-a-half hours of sleep
• Don’t hit snooze on your alarm
• Give yourself 30 minutes to wake up every morning
• Get at least one hours of direct sunlight before midday, ideally 15 minutes of it within the first hour you’re awake
• Do at least 30 minutes of movement a day
• Create an evening routine using the 3-2-1 rule (not eating food or drinking alcohol THREE hours before bed, then TWO hours before bed stop doing work or strenuous exercise, and ONE hour before bed, stop using screens)
• Set aside 15 minutes to relax at any point during your day
• Make your bedroom a tech-free zone that’s as dark as possible
• Eat three regular meals evenly spread throughout the day
• Have your last caffeinated drink by midday
Source: Metro

A Parents’ Guide To 2024 Teen Slang.

Is your slang bussin’? A survey by Preply polled 682 parents of teenagers about the slang words their kids use and compiled a list of the ones most commonly used in 2023. And by the way, only 2% of parents said they know what each of them mean.

• Sus – “Giving the impression that something is questionable or dishonest; suspicious.”
• Bet – “An expression that means ‘I agree’, ‘good news.'”
• Yeet – “To violently throw an object that you deem to be worthless, inferior or just plain garbage.”
• Salty – “When you are upset over something little.”
• Cap – “Another word for lying. It can be used like no cap or you can say stop capping.”
• Extra – “Being over the top, excessive, dramatic behavior.”
• Bussin’ – “What you would say if something was really good.”
• Bougie – “Used to describe someone as high class, literally or figuratively.”
• Sheesh – “An expression when you’re impressed or amazed by something.”
• Drip – “When something is very cool. Can be used to describe an outfit/accessory, person, song, etc.”
• Oof – “Can be used to express discomfort, stress, or sadness.”
• Finna – “Abbreviation of ‘fixing to.’ Normally means ‘going to.'”
• Shook – “Being shocked or surprised. When you can’t believe what you’re seeing.”
• Simp – “When someone does way too much for a person they like.”
• Mid – “Used to insult or degrade something or an opposing opinion, labeling it as average or poor quality.”
• Hold This L/You Took an L – “What someone says to another person when they lose at something.”
• IYKYK – “If You Know You Know.”
• NPC – “Someone, regardless of their views, who doesn’t think for themselves.”

THE PANTONE 2024 COLOR OF THE YEAR.

Pantone has announced its 2024 color of the year: Peach Fuzz. According to Pantone, the color is “a heartfelt peach hue bringing a feeling of tenderness and communicating a message of caring and sharing, community and collaboration.”
Viva Magenta was the color for 2023.

 

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Don’t answer calls from these area codes.
Many people rarely answer unsolicited phone calls from unfamiliar numbers.  But for those of us who DO answer calls from unknown numbers, experts remind us that scammers often use “spoofing” techniques to make it look like they’re calling from a different location, sometimes in our own hometown, mainly because a local call is likely to seem more legitimate. Many phone systems can block calls from area codes that are known to be popular with scam operations. The scammers will “spoof” their number to avoid the automated caller ID blocking. However, calls from overseas locations will sometimes get through. Five area codes you should never answer a call from:
268, associated with Antigua and Barbuda and is often used by crooks in scam operations
876, in Jamaica, is often used in lottery scams and work-from-home fraud schemes
473 in Grenada
649 in the Turks and Caicos Islands
284 in the British Virgin Islands, all of which are also known to be used by scammers for various kinds of fraud. Calls coming from any of these area codes should generally be ignored, according to cyber security experts.
(Source: Fox8)

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