Friday , September 22 2023

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• 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
• Amherst-born author Sheldon Higdon tells us about his new book, a perfect Halloween season read for teens and pre-teens at 7:15
• Win free food on Chick Fil-(Mond)-A, axe throwing from Noble Axes, passes to the Brasee’s Corn Maze for the family in the Noble Fun Company Game-O-Tron 3000® contest at 7:30.
• The newest social media influencers are not at all who you’d think. Find out at 7:50
• A rapper who’s gone into singing, acting and directing on the 80s and 90s At 8
• More outdated technology being brought back by Gen Z at 8:30
• How much you need to earn at your job to survive, and “Maternity Leave” in the EcoTree Services Mix Minute At Work at 9:40

FRIDAY’S 80s AND 90s AT 8 SONG OF THE DAY: JOAN JETT-CRIMSON AND CLOVER. Happy 65th birthday to Joan Larkin, who we know as Joan Jett. She started the all-girl rock band The Runaways in the 70s and went on to a huge solo career in the 80s. After her biggest hit, I Love Rock and Roll, her second-highest charting hit was a remake of Tommy James and The Shondells’ 60s hit, Crimson And Clover.

New Phrases Added to added more than 566 new words, 348 new definitions for existing entries and 2,256 revised definitions. They also updated entries to replace binary-gendered phrases like “he or she” with “they” in a move to use more inclusive language. Here are some of the new words and what they mean:
• Jawn: something or someone for which the speaker does not know or does not need a specific name.
• Nepo baby: a celebrity with a parent who is also famous, especially one whose industry connections are perceived as essential to their success.
• Unsee: to remove (something seen) from one’s memory or conscious awareness; to forget or ignore images or the like.
• Unsend: to delete (a digital message such as an email or text) from the devices of the sender and receiver.
• NIL: name, image, likeness: aspects of a collegiate athlete’s identity for which they may earn money from a third party, as for advertising sponsorship or merchandise sales, although they are prohibited from being paid directly by colleges and universities for their participation in intercollegiate sports.
• Blursday: a day not easily distinguished from other days, or the phenomenon of days running together.
• Godwin’s Law: an adage of internet culture stating that as any discussion or debate grows longer, there is a proportionate increase in the probability that someone will invoke a comparison to Hitler or the Nazi party.
• Information pollution: the introduction of falsehood, irrelevance, bias, and sensationalism into a source of information, resulting in a dilution or outright suppression of essential facts.
• Greenwashing: an instance or practice of promoting or affiliating a brand, campaign, mission, etc., with environmentalism as a ploy to divert attention from policies and activities that are in fact antienvironmentalist.
• Crypto-fascism: secret support for fascism.
• Crony capitalism: an economic system in which success in business is obtained through relationships to people in political power rather than through competition.
• Big Pharma: pharmaceutical companies considered collectively, especially with reference to their political and commercial influence.
• Generative AI: artificial intelligence that is designed to process prompts from users and respond with text, images, audio, or other output that is modeled on a training data set.
• Chatbot: a computer program designed to respond with conversational or informational replies to verbal or written messages from users.
• GPT: generative pre-trained transformer: a type of machine learning algorithm that uses deep learning and a large database of training text in order to generate new text in response to a user’s prompt.
• Coffee nap: a short nap, usually 15–30 minutes, taken immediately after drinking a cup of coffee, the claimed benefit being that the energizing effect of caffeine may be bolstered by a sleeping body’s drop in adenosine levels.
• Sleep debt: the difference between the amount of sleep a person needs and the actual amount of time spent sleeping, when the amount needed exceeds the time slept.
• Stress eating: emotional eating, especially in response to stress, tension, or anxiety.
• Intermittent fasting: a pattern of eating that involves regular short periods of fasting, such as by limiting food intake to a certain period of the day or to fewer meals on certain days of the week.
• Polyromantic: noting or relating to a person who is romantically attracted to people of various genders, but not necessarily to people of all genders.
• Autosexual: noting or relating to a person who primarily feels sexual attraction to and desire for themselves, as opposed to other people.
• Climate criminal: a person, business, country, or other entity whose actions or activities are considered particularly destructive to the environment.
• Eco-hazardous: bad or dangerous for the environment.

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)

A dog in California was just recognized for having the longest eyelashes. Coco, a Newfypoo, which is a Newfoundland and poodle mix, recently had her eyelashes measured at 7 inches long. A veterinarian took the measurement three times and Guinness World Records confirmed it. The previous record-holder was an Australian labradoodle named Ranmura that had eyelashes measuring just under 7 inches.

Every year at the Iowa State Fair, wives of all ages show off their unique methods of relentlessly pestering and nagging their husbands, but it’s all for fun and to win the fair’s annual Husband Calling contest. Recently, a TikToker shared a video taken from the 2017 contest and it’s gone viral with more than 16.5 million views. It shows the five finalists stepping up the mic to demonstrate their unique ways of summoning their husbands — and yes, it’s totally real. The prize is a whopping $5…and the husband walks away with everyone at the fair knowing his name!

@_rhinestonecowboy some good ol’ fashioned “husband calling” at the iowa state fair #iowastatefair #husbandcalling #yoohoo #idkidk #americana #fyp ♬ original sound – rhinestone cowboy

2023 Banished Words.
Want to make a New Year’s resolution that will improve the lives of those around you? Then stop using these words. Lake Superior State University has released it’s annual list of words that need to go away due to “misuse, overuse and uselessness.” For 2023, they say it’s time to banish these words: GOAT, which is an acronym for Greatest of All Time, citing the question of how can anyone declare a single best of all time when another may come along in the future, along with being used too much for just about anything. Joining “GOAT” in banishment are nine other words and phrases that nominators and judges complained were used so often that they had become disconnected from their literal meanings – like “amazing,” which nominators fretted no longer meant “dazzling” or “awe-inspiring,” due to its overuse. Overuse also puts “gaslighting” on this year’s list, as well as the new work trend, “quiet quitting.”

Here’s the full list of the school’s banished words for this year:
Inflection point
Quiet quitting
Moving forward
Does that make sense?
It is what it is
(Source: NPR)

The Pantone Color Institute, which forecasts global color trends for companies across many industries, predicts that Viva Magenta will be 2023’s Color of the Year. It describes the color as “a nuanced crimson tone” and says it was chosen because it is “an unconventional shade for an unconventional time.” Pantone expects it to be very popular is the worlds of fashion, beauty, design and home decor. This year’s trendiest color was “Very Peri,” which was periwinkle blue mixed with a violet-red undertone. (Time Magazine)

A New 13th Zodiac Sign?
NASA has dusted-off one of its earlier investigations — a study that could impact your astrological chart. According to the agency’s research, the ancient Babylonians, who came up with the idea of astrology in the first place, actually had 13 signs, but left one off because the idea conflicted with a 12-month calendar. The missing 13th sign is known as Ophiuchus, and it falls between Scorpio and Sagittarius. People born under the sign are supposed to be very curious, hot-tempered and stubborn — and the sign is represented by a man holding a snake. Wedging in a 13th sign means the others would all change as well, and Your Tango says the “new” zodiac would now look like:
Capricorn: January 20 – February 16
Aquarius: February 17 – March 11
Pisces: March 12 – April 18
Aries: April 19 – May 13
Taurus: May 14 – June 21
Gemini: June 22 – July 20
Cancer: July 21 – August 10
Leo: August 11– September 16
Virgo: September 17 – October 31
Libra: November 1 – November 23
Scorpio: November 24 – November 29
Ophiuchus: November 30 – December 18
Sagittarius: December 19 – January 19

A middle school teacher in California recently asked his students to share something about their parents that makes them cringe. The teacher turned their answers into a video that’s gone viral on TikTok with over 6.7-million views. To keep their responses anonymous, students wrote their responses on Post-It notes and here’s what they had to say: “My mom uses Facebook!” “My dad still wears speedos” “Takes mirror selfies” “Listens to Katy Perry!” “When they say ‘that’s tight!’” “Making me order off the kid’s menu even tho I”m 13” “My mom hangs up positivity signs. ‘Live. Laugh. Love.’” “My mom still dabs.” “My mom does … TikTok dances” Source: Newsweek

@7thgradechronicles What parents do that make middle schoolers cringe. #middleschool #teachersoftiktok #teacherlife #teacher #teachertok #7thgrade ♬ Gettin’ Jiggy Wit It – Will Smith

A Parents’ Guide To Understanding Teen Slang.
If the words your teen says sound like another language to you, you’re definitely not alone. It’s called the generation gap, and we’ve all been through it, either on the ‘young person slang’ end or the ‘adult parent I don’t know what he’s saying’ end…or both. Of course, not know what the kids are saying makes communicating with them even tougher. The folks at “Parents” magazine are here to help you make sense of your teen’s lingo:
“Drip”: Definition – Style, especially cool and fashionable. Example – “That kid has some serious drip!”
“Pog”: Definition – Cool, epic, amazing. Example – “Ooo, that game is pog!”
“No Cap”: Definition – Not lying. Example – “I got an A, no cap!”
“Sheesh”: Definition – This term has been around for a long time, but in modern slang it’s an expression for being excited or amazed by something. Example – “Sheesh! My bestie just made the game-winning shot!”
“Vibe check”: Definition – To assess someone or something’s energy or personality. Example – “The comment section passes the vibe check.”
“Hits different”: Definition – When something is surprising or unique in a good way. Example – “The new season of “Euphoria” hits different.
“Slaps”: Definition – Describes something excellent or amazing, often used with music. Example – “This song slaps!”
“Lives rent-free”: Definition – Refers to something you can’t stop thinking about. Example – “Our fight has lived rent-free in my head for days”
Source: Parents
(But whatever you do, DON’T try to use these words yourself when talking to your teen without being sure you’re using it correctly…unless you do it solely to annoy them, which is fun too)

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