01.19.22 | Shop Talk reveals highlights of some legislation that various states are exploring to protect Marriage Equality should The Supreme Court lose its mind. Heinz Prechter, born January 19, 1942, is our Business Birthday. As an innovator in the automotive industry, we have Heinz to thank for the sunroof/moonroof. He developed and perfected the idea and started the American Sunroof Company in 1963 with less than $800. Caught My Eye looks at how the porn industry has had to adapt to please the likes of Visa and Mastercard. That result as told by porn star Cherie DeVille is to create a new porn genre: “women stuck in things.” Also, the Postal Service is holding an auction for lost or undelivered items in Atlanta. When asked what would be auctioned, the Postal Serve said, “they were not sure.” News from the North Korea desk reveals that The Great Successor, Kim Jon-un, does not poop or pee.
01.18.22 | The retail discount chain, Dollar Tree, is getting plenty of push-back from their customers for increasing prices to $1.25. It appears the “event” and supply chain shortages are affecting every aspect of our economy. Squirrels spoiled holiday lights this past season in St. Paul, MN. Apparently, the coating for the twinkle lights in Mears Park had a corn sugar coating that the critters loved to eat. Finally, researchers have found a compound in the growing cycle of cannabis that may curtail or protect us against the Covid virus. Stay tuned and don’t start smoking-up yet as research is in the very early stages.
01.12.22 | Shop Talk reveals nine words that have been removed from some dictionaries in 202. Also, we explore North Korea’s fascination with triplets. The Amazing Kreskin is our Business Birthday as he celebrates his 87th today. Caught My Eye solves the rat and rodent problem in NYC—yum…Oreos. Finally, Elvira loses 11K “horny old men” and then shortly gains 60K new followers after coming out in September 2021. Thanks to our Fort Worth listener for the Oreo cookies and Key Lime Kit Kat! Taste test coming soon.
01.11.21 | The State of Ohio takes 15 months to get the design of their new aviation inspired license plate just right but produced over 35,000 of the new plates before someone realized that the Wright Brothers plane was backwards. Pabst Blue Ribbon beer has a rogue employee who sent out crude tweets regarding Dry January. John thinks this was a stunt and not an accident. Our final story involves a runaway barge in Vancouver, BC. Tim thinks his friend Kate may have found the secret to orange ice cream. John will try it on his trip to Rehoboth Beach and give his review later this month.
01.05.22 | Shop Talk looks at a respected MIT Professor’s rules of engagement for the classroom. See if you agree with his 4 simple words. King Camp Gillette, born January 5, 1855, is our Business Birthday. As an innovator in the field of grooming, Gillette is credited with bringing the disposable safety razor to the masses. Caught My Eye looks at how CNN was duped on New Year’s Eve with fake names across the onscreen scroll. They never picked up on tweets from Ben Dover or Dixie Normus among others. Also, a man lifts his sleeping ex-girlfriend’s eyelids to unlock her phone, stealing $24,000. The Dear Leader Kim Jong Un is losing weight for his country and state media asks the people not to despair at his appearance.
01.04.22 | European Bank Santander accidentally deposits $176 million into people’s accounts on Christmas Day—are now in the process of trying to retrieve it. Peloton took a huge stock hit in the last quarter of 2021. Remember the #BowFlex and #NordicTrack? If you own this stock, it is smart to get in and out before the fad wears off. Finally, Alexa may have aged faster with consumers than Amazon expected. Despite people unplugging the device they are finding people who do engage, use it for nothing more than turning on lights, setting a timer, playing music, and checking the weather on occasion. Get a Clapper!
12.22.21 | Shop Talk looks at a McDonald’s exec who is losing $105 million in severance due to an overactive libido. Also, the worker shortage is not because of what many may think. Austin Norman Palmer, born December 22, in 1857 is our Business Birthday. As an innovator in the field of penmanship whose development and widespread distribution of the Palmer Method of handwriting had a great influence on the handwriting of the American education systems. Caught My Eye looks at a teacher who sent out a syllabus that had it been read would have yielded one student some cash. Also, Google released the most popular Christmas Cookie searches in each State.
12.21.21 | Colorado Crazy Congressperson, Lauren Boebert, is all exercised over a bakery selling Gingerbread Person cookies. The Million Mom’s Org—which is really a couple of middle-aged white lady Christian whiners down South looking for alleged sin—is furious with retailer Sephora for their Holiday commercial that shows two men exchanging a gift and a kiss. We suppose it helps raise money as the boycott specialists find yet another thing to be outraged about. Finally, New Zealand plans to ban all tobacco products by 2025.
12.15.21 | Shop Talk highlights a smart customer service rep at LEGO who executed a “surprise and delight” tactic that did not cost the company anything, but garnered loyalty for life. Alan Freed, born December 15, in 1921 is our Business Birthday. He became internationally known for promoting African-American rhythm and blues music on the radio in the United States and Europe under the name of rock and roll. Caught My Eye looks at a man who slipped and ended up with a mortar shell in his rectum due to the fall and a Swiss assisted suicide pod.
12.14.21 | Texas and its conservative lawmakers continue to be the decider when it comes to what books should and should not be read in schools and libraries. But first, Tokyo plans to enact same-sex partnership benefits and other LGBTQ rights as Japan tries to catch-up with the rest of the G7 regarding Human Rights. Poland, however, takes a step backwards as a recent poll shows that recent government actions have left many LGBTQ people depressed and unsure about their place in Polish society as the country continues to be controlled by a conservative anti-gay leader.