TFG Unbuttoned: The 2022 Word of the Year is revealed
12.06.22 | A recent UK study suggests that we need to be extra diligent in cleaning our hands when using the self-checkout at a store. Apparently, the area is full of bacteria including fecal matter. Then, despite all the press and popularity of electric vehicles, in the last 10 years they have only saved 2.5 days’ worth of gasoline in the USA. Finally, Merriam-Webster revealed the word of the year for 2022: Gaslighting.
Toblerone Chocolate has a coded logo
11.30.22 | Shop Talk shares some tips on how to spend and acquire less. Hint: know the difference between need and want. Caught My Eye announces that department store Macy’s has broken ties with The Salvation Army this holiday season. Also, discover the secret hidden in the Swiss chocolate brand Toblerone’s logo. Angier “Angie” Biddle Duke, America’s youngest ambassador and bon vivant is our Business Birthday.
TFG Unbuttoned: Star Trek Spirits
11.29.22 | Celebrate your fandom with Star Trek Spirits. Purchase vodka or rye whiskey in custom bottles to match the iconic Romulan Ale first featured in “Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan.” But first, learn what states have the highest and lowest consumer credit scores and the importance of checking yours each year for accuracy. Also, The Freemasons are allowing women to join the male only group if they initially joined as men. Women who transitioned to men are also eligible, but women who classify as female are not allowed. Very confusing release from the world’s oldest secret society.
The 4 Day Work Week
11.23.22 | Shop Talk covers a UK study that investigates reducing the work week by a day, reducing hours while keeping pay the same. Anecdotally, everyone who has tried it likes it. Difficult to do with some service jobs of course. Caught My Eye looks at an old fort that just sold off the coast of England and the percentage of Americas that have not experienced snow. Gwynne Shotwell, President, and COO of Space X is our Business Birthday. Happy 59th Gwynne.
TFG Unbuttoned: New York City Loves Dolly Parton
11.22.22 | The NYC Metropolitan Transit Authority is celebrating the release of Dolly Parton’s Greatest Hits Collection—Diamonds and Rhinestones—by issuing a special MetroCard. All you NYC Dolly fans be on the lookout. But first, a Catholic cemetery in Ohio erased the date of when a gay couple legally married from a tombstone. While the cemetery leadership later apologized, they still did not address how such a thing could happen. Finally, British Virgin Atlantic airlines has instituted a relaxed dress code that allows flight crews to dress in clothing that best represents them and allows for their preferred pronouns on name badges.
Remote Work Benefits
11.16.22 | Shop Talk discusses four unexpected perks of a remote workforce. Caught My Eye looks at the $10 monthly membership fee that Planet Fitness says after 30 years they will not change. Also, a new crop of toys including #LiteBrite and a spinning top are inducted into the Toy Hall of Fame. Charles Dawson Butler, voice actor for more than 97 animated characters, is our Business Birthday.
TFG Unbuttoned: No cake for you
11.15.22 | The famed baker in Colorado that went to the Supreme Court over not wanting to make a cake for a same-sex wedding is now embroiled in a lawsuit regarding a gender transition cake. Is there only one bakery in Colorado? Then, climbers from the Pink Summits visibility campaign place a Rainbow and Ukrainian flag on top of Putin Peak in Kyrgyzstan to protest Putin’s anti-LGBTQ legislation and regime. Finally, the USPS suggests you not use the blue mailboxes for sending holiday gifts of value—they can be targeted by thieves.
Apple has 3 secret interview tests
11.09.22 | Shop Talk discusses the three tests Apple uses in hiring for certain roles. Caught My Eye reveals Queen Elizabeth’s friendship with Tom Cruise. Also, a French national posted about a fake country on social media and it has gone viral. Be sure to put Listenbourg on your list when you next head to Europe! Yvon Chouinard, founder of Patagonia, is our Business Birthday.
TFG Unbuttoned: Cher and the McRib Farewell Tours
11.08.22 | The Donut Hole in Tulsa was firebombed for hosting a drag queen art show— the second time this month that the shop has been vandalized. Bible verses and hateful rhetoric were left on neighboring businesses. Then, A Kroger store in Arkansas settles with two employees that claimed their religious rights were violated because they had to wear an apron with a “rainbow heart on it.” Finally, McDonald’s McRib takes a page out of rock and roll stars who kinda say they are on a farewell tour only to show up next year.
Celebrity Endorsement Pitfalls
11.02.22 | Shop Talk uncovers a Michael Jackson Suzuki scooter TV ad from the 80’s. Caught My Eye honors the recent death of Jules Bass of Rankin/Bass and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer fame. Also, a keen art historian discovers that a Mondrian art piece has been hanging upside down for decades. Herman Fisher, co-founder of Fisher-Price Toys, is our Business Birthday.