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There’s Money in Those Bricks

07.17.24 | Shop Talk looks at an article from the HuffPost about a traditional loving family, except their dad was gay. But first, Caught My Eye features a bust on a LEGO reseller in Oregon and the rules of ownership for the Tesla Cybertruck. Nils Bohlin, inventor of the 3-point safety belt, is our Business Birthday.

TFG Unbuttoned: Barcelona Residents Tired of Tourists

07.16.24 | Saying she was kicked out of Hollywood and TV for being mean, Ellen DeGeneres has announced her retirement from all things entertainment. Her farewell is a Netflix special entitled “Ellen’s Last Stand…Up.” Then, the residents of the city of Barcelona are fed up with tourists and want them to leave. Aside from the crowds, the yearly swell has made the cost of living a challenge for many locals. Finally, a South Carolina patriot dressed like Uncle Sam dies instantly after lighting a huge firework on his head.

A Smile Worth Millions Pays its Creator Peanuts

07.10.24 | Shop Talk looks at a new documentary that features gay comedians who showed the way even though they were not out. But first, Caught My Eye features a Disney World visitor that uses an old $8 day ticket to enter the park. Also, in more of a Public Service Announcement, penis cancer is on the rise. Harvey Ball, creator of the Smiley Face graphic, is our Business Birthday.

TFG Unbuttoned: Vodka Soda, No Fruit

07.09.24 | The world finally knows what many gay men have for years—there is such a thing as “gay water.” Cheers. But first, Delta Airlines has resorted to only serving pasta meals inflight until it can figure out how so many got sick on a Detroit to Amsterdam flight recently from spoiled food. Also, you may soon hear your favorite deceased celebrity voice an audio book or endorse a product as the estates of Judy Garland, James Dean, and Burt Reynolds have agreed to be featured on Reader app from AI company Eleven Labs.

Keep the Two Alive

07.03.24 | Shop Talk welcomes Mark Pipkin to discuss the $2 bill. Mark is retired from the Federal Reserve and answers questions about the $2 and other currency facts. But first, Caught My Eye looks at a recent study that says almost half of US EV owner’s will go back to gas powered autos for their next vehicle. Lack of charging infrastructure and battery range are the biggest complaints. Also, Bored Panda looks at some hilarious “fake” toys from artist Rosemberg. Edward Walker, inventor of the lava lamp, is our Business Birthday.

TFG Unbuttoned: The Trolley song PRIDE Anthem

07.02.24 | The famous Judy Garland song from “Meet Me in St. Louis,” “The Trolley Song,” has found new life 80 years later as an unlikely PRIDE anthem. But first, Tractor Supply Co. bowed to pressure from the right and will stop all diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts, (DEI), saying they “disappointed their consumers and have taken feedback to heart.” Corporate America continues to go back into the closet and it is their own doing for not hiring experts in the LGBTQ+ space to craft programs and messaging. Finally, a Tennessee bakery sends care packages to people having gender affirming surgery.

Anti-LGBTQ Rainbow Flag Waving Corporations

06.26.24 | Shop Talk looks at corporations that tout their inclusive LGBTQ efforts and perfect HRC score yet have given thousands of dollars to ant-LGBTQ politicians. But first, Caught My Eye reveals the struggle to save the SS United States and Trader Joes has another non-food product hit. William Lear, of Learjet, is our Business Birthday. Lear was granted over 140 patents during his career related to radio, audio, and creating the 8-track tape!

TFG Unbuttoned: The Number One Regret on Your Deathbed

06.25.24 | People on their deathbed share their single most-common regret: “I wish I’d had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me.” That’s according to Bronnie Ware, author of the book “The Top Five Regrets of the Dying.” But first, Amazon works to eliminate the plastic pillow material for shipments and America has their first openly gay Track and Field Olympic qualifying athlete in Nico Young.

KitKat’Chup

06.19.24 | Shop Talk looks at three simple changes that IKEA enacted to help with employee retention. But first, Caught My Eye asks if you would cancel a family gathering based on a set of circumstances. Also, Heinz and KitKat hop on a viral trend with their KitKat’Chup candy bar. It’s not real, but it did the job on social media for garnering engagement. Shirley Cha Cha Muldowney, the first lady of auto drag racing, is our Business Birthday.

TFG Unbuttoned: Check Your Beneficiaries

06.18.24 | Back in the 80’s a new employee with P&G listed his then girlfriend as a beneficiary on his retirement account. After only two years together, they both moved on, but he never updated his beneficiary for the account and as a result, she has been awarded over a million dollars. Then, Wells Fargo has terminated several employees for using devices to make it look like they are on their computers when they are not. Finally, a crazy “Christian” neighbor wants the family next door to change the name of their cat Lucifer.

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