02.28.24 | Shop Talk explores finding more meaning at work with a few tips on creating a more positive approach to your job. Caught My Eye shares some owner disappointment with rust spots appearing on Tesla’s new Cybertruck that has only been on sale for three months. Also, head to Sandusky, Ohio to visit the newest Federation Headquarters. Yes, it is a Star Trek themed do good non-profit and the Sandusky location also sells themed merchandise. Leonard Riggio, Executive Chair of Barnes & Noble, is our Business Birthday.
02.27.24 | An industrious remote worker signed up for clinical trials related to the flu and dysentery. In four weeks, he made $9,400 and thinks if you have the time, it may be worth the effort. But first, a rainbow crosswalk in Florida to honor those gunned down at the Pulse Nightclub is damaged by a “patriot.” Finally, Krispy Kreme pulls off a brilliant marketing idea around the recent AT&T service outage.
02.21.24 | Shop Talk discusses a woman, Lauren Bauer, who wrote an article about her recent frustrating interviewing experience. She posted her experience on LinkedIn and ultimately withdrew from the hiring process. Caught My Eye shares an interesting story about voice talent Mel Blanc and lets you know that you can buy bagged ice from McDonalds. Domingo Ghirardelli, founder of America’s second oldest chocolatier, Ghirardelli, is our Business Birthday.
02.20.24 | A popular and respected school principal in Oklahoma City is forced to resign for safety reasons when the far-right exposed his side gig as a weekend drag performer. Shane Murnan says to work in education again he would probably have to leave Oklahoma. Then, the gay CEO at Neiman Marcus is accused of only hiring women, gay men, and discriminating against straight white males. Finally, the inventor of Pop-Tarts dies at 96.
02.14.24 | The haters are starting early this year. Caught My Eye this week deals with Oreo brand cookies coming under fire for their support of PFLAG. A far-right group is threatening to ruin Oreo like they did Bud Light and Target in 2023. Also, in Italy, a statue has been recreated of the emperor Constantine based on unearthed fragments. The statue is large and magnificent. Tim and John also talk about Super Bowl advertising and where some of the ads scored on the USA Today Ad meter. Charles Latham Sholes, inventor of the typewriter and QWERTY keyboard, is our Business Birthday.
02.13.24 | For fans of the movie Saltburn, the estate used for most of the plot is in Northhamptonshire, England. The local tourism board has experienced a huge interest in people wanting to visit to get a look at Drayton House in the English countryside. But first, queer icon, Josephine Baker, is revealed to have been a spy for the allies and flew a supply plane in WW2. Then, a book ban fails in Florida.
02.07.24 | Shop Talk follows a chef, Alana Al-Hatlani as she tries to find the best box brownie mix. Caught My Eye looks at renovating one of the great pyramids of Egypt. Also, tennis greats, Martina Navratilova and Chris Evert do not support the WTA holding their final event in Saudi Arabia due to the kingdom’s record on women and LGBTQ rights. John Deere, founder of Deere & Company and the steel-plow for farming, is our Business Birthday.
02.06.24 | Gay bars in Seattle are “raided,” or visited, by the Washington Liquor and Cannabis Control Board last week. Tickets were given to patrons in lewd outfits for showing too much skin. Be careful at the next jockstrap night you plan to attend. Then a Philly restaurant is in trouble for an employment ad looking for a “biological male.” Finally, a passenger on an Aero Mexico flight got tired of waiting on the tarmac so he opened the emergency door and took a wing walk. Passengers were glad he did.
01.31.24 | Shop Talk looks at a potential shift in LGBTQ+ acceptance, especially with Gen Z. Now if we can just get Gen Z to vote! Caught My Eye looks at a Reese’s Valentine’s Day candy that resembles a piece of the male anatomy. Also, Japan struggles with identifying what makes you Japanese after a white European woman wins the Miss Nippon contest. Stanley Marsh 3, creator of the Cadillac Ranch along Route 66, is our Business Birthday.
01.30.24 | A CEO for Vistex tragically falls to his death upon entrance to a global conference in India. But first, the NFL is criticized by some as being “woke” for having a GLAAD supported Pride Night during Super Bowl week in Vegas. Then, coffee badging is the latest work trend.