05.04.21 | A Tennessee CEO is fired after harassing a young man for wearing a dress to his prom. Sam Johnson, former CEO of VisuWell, said the young man looked like an idiot and things escalated from there. Another CEO, Justin Zhu of Iterable, finds himself out of a job as he was dismissed for micro dosing LSD. He said he was experimenting in order to boost his focus. A demonic Chihuahua, Prancer, finds his forever home and both dog and human seem to be adjusting well.
04.28.21 | Shop Talk looks at 19 things rich people rarely do—thanks Readers Digest. But first, our Business Birthday celebrates Italian Industrialist Ferruccio Lamborghini. Caught My Eye from John looks at a transparent plexiglass swimming pool suspended 10 stories above ground in London. Caitlyn Jenner announced plans to run for Governor of California but has yet to announce any policy positions. Manscaped is a new sponsor, just in time for you gentlemen to take care of business down below. Listen up for a special Focus Group offer.
04.27.21 | Mark Cuban continues to employ one lesson he learned from his mentor decades ago. The first thing he does after he sits down for a meeting is write the word “listen,” on the top of the page. It has done him well all these years later. But first, a Southwest Airlines pilot exposes his genitals in the cockpit, and Kellogg’s launches a gay cereal.
04.21.21 | Shop Talk shares a riff from Ellen about gay cartoon characters that is spot on. We also look at the cost and waiting lists for backyard pools. But first, our Business Birthday is Ivan Combe of Clearasil and Odor Eaters fame. Caught My Eye looks at how a cell phone repairman handles an odd request and straight women who like gay porn. Tim shares a story with John about a yard sale item that found a good home.
04.20.21 | A New Jersey high school principal and wrestling coach is listed as the head of a company whose stock is trading at levels that give it a valuation of more than $100 million—and all it owns is a single deli in NJ. Something is not adding up. Also, a Bethel, CT coffee shop has its Pride flag stolen, burned, and returned and the town is rallying around the shop owners. Finally, Michael Dubin of Dollar Shave Club fame offers some sage business advice.
04.14.21 | Shop Talk asks 12 questions regarding social security benefits and only 3% of people quizzed were able to get all 12 correct. But first, our Business Birthday wishes Volvo Cars a happy 94th today. Caught My Eye from John looks at a woman in Texas with unimaginably long nails. How does she eat, wash, walk, and just function? Tim shares some letters he found while cleaning.
04.13.21 | Russian President Putin bans same-sex marriage and assures himself power until 2035. Poland’s “free of LGBT” towns have second thoughts as other member states of the EU pull financial support and cultural exchanges. Finally, a new scientific study looks at the aging process in three distinct steps rather than a continuous process, giving some future promise to treatments for cardiovascular and Alzheimer’s disease.
04.07.21 | Shop Talk looks at corporations that believe we will be back in the office sooner than we think. Also, a new book of lessons learned from Mom and NASA. Hint: It’s all about respect. But first, LEGO inventor Ole Kirk Kristiansen is our Business Birthday. A heartwarming story about a gay couple that adopts a baby found on a subway platform in NYC and a man pranks his fiancé with repeat wedding proposals throughout Disney World.
04.06.21 | VW tried to play along with an early April Fool’s Joke that revealed that the brand would now be known as Voltswagen. The Wall Street Journal, CNBC, and Auto News did not find the joke funny. Fire Island and other resort areas are already pushing the season and opening early. If you have not rented for this summer, it may be too late to get the dates or property you desire. Finally, KFC is borrowing other brand slogans until “finger-lickin’ good” can be used again. KFC—Just Do It!
03.31.21 | Shop Talk covers 11 common grammar mistakes we all should avoid, and we reveal what Apple says is their product of most value. But first, Designer and first woman to lead a Fortune 500 company, Liz Claiborne, is our Business Birthday. Pepsi and “Traditional family Peeps” create a too sweet marshmallow soda. A woman makes a fortune ghost writing for dogs on Fiverr and the ship that got stuck in the Suez drew a penis in the ocean before getting stuck.