08.17.21 | Billie Jean King and her partner of 42 years, Ilana Kloss, finally tie the knot. (They actually did it privately, 3 years ago.) Billie Jean says that she had “trust issues” as detailed in her new book, All-In. But first, Community Marketing and Insights finds that LGBTQ adults have COV-ID-19 vaccination rates of more than 90%—compared to the general population at 71%. As our listener Patrick in Delaware says, “get the shot, don’t be a spreadneck!” And Rachel Maddow considers taking her popular MSNBC political fab show to another media platform. Will they let her go as the network’s highest rated show?
08.11.21 | A company that fought back legally after a former employee trashed them online through several employment review boards is the topic of Shop Talk. Be careful what you write, and probably not smart to call out the owners by name and make accusations that can be harmful to them and the business. Caught My Eye looks at a recent home buyer that passed on the inspection, then found they were overwhelmed with close to half a million honeybees in the walls. The Titanic Exhibit in Tennessee had an ice wall collapse on visitors, and FedEx founder Fred Smith celebrates his 77th birthday today.
08.10.21 | A growing list of celebrities appear to be shunning soap and only bathing when absolutely necessary. Jake Gyllenhaal is the latest culprit following up on the news that stinky couple Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis only wash crevices when necessary and only wash their kids if they see some dirt on them. Then, Burger King employees hurl homophobic slurs at a gay couple and their son. The story in California is still unfolding. Finally, Russian TV goes all out in mocking and ridiculing LGBTQ Olympic athletes in Tokyo.
08.04.21 | Shop Talk looks at the origins of poppers. Caught My Eye explores becoming an artist’s live model at 60, and a restaurant patron brings in a scale to weigh his meat at the Texas Roadhouse. Lloyd Anderson, born August 4th, co-founder of REI Outdoor Specialty Outfitter with his wife Gertrude is our Business Birthday.
08.03.21 | Infomercial Pitchman Ron Popeil died this past week. From Mr. Microphone to Veg-a-matic, the Pocket Fisherman and aerosol hair, Popeil was the consummate salesperson who made us all believe. RIP. But first, Disney gets dinged for not using the word gay to describe one of its characters in the new Jungle Cruise movie and a Trumper gets prison time for dumping on a neighbor’s lawn.
07.28.21 | Shop Talk looks at the advice you would give your 20-year-old self regarding career. An overwhelming amount of people said this one thing. Caught My Eye looks at a South Korean network’s Olympic Parade of Nations unflattering commentary. A hydrogen balloon will take you to space for 125k—John will pay 10k and Tim is not interested. Earl Tupper, born July 28th, of Tupperware fame is our Business Birthday.
07.27.21 | Tulipán, an intimate gels and sex toy manufacturer from Argentina, is providing items to help athletes pleasure themselves upon request in Tokyo. The Taliban threatens to kill gays brutally and take away rights of women as they reinstitute Sharia Law should they regain control of Afghanistan. Finally, a teenager is arrested for a prank of airdropping the image of an air gun onto the phones of passengers on a United flight.
07.21.21 | Shop Talk takes a look at the business of Masters Degrees—and its big business. Caught My Eye looks at one writer’s top 10 least favorite toys of all time. Also, more people are putting their home office on wheels and once the tech catches up, they expect this to be a 42-billion-dollar industry. Rather than renting or buying. static condo or office you can see the country and chase the good weather while still doing your job. Peter Reuter, born July 21st, of telegraphy and news reporting fame is our Business Birthday.
07.20.21 | A bride and groom offer meals to their wedding reception guests based on the value of the gift you give. Walmart fires a down syndrome employee of 16 years over a schedule change and a court awards her $125 million for wrongful termination. But first, the grocery store salad bar is quickly becoming a relic of the past as consumer shopping habits have evolved since the event.
07.14.21 | Shop Talk looks at a recent study that tells us what we knew all along—it’s time for the open floor plan in corporate America to go away. It’s too noisy and people are less productive. Also, climate change and an increase in global car sales is creating a rubber shortage. Buy stock! Caught My Eye brings us a story about how having a “gay voice” impacts job opportunities. Then, why do hot dogs come in packs of 10 and rolls in packs of 8? Erno Rubik, born July 13th, inventor of the Rubik’s Cube is our Business Birthday. He still lives in Hungary and likes sci-fi and succulents.