08.30.23 | Shop Talk this week looks at three things you can do to seize opportunities and bring yourself some luck. Caught My Eye looks at the rise of the single feature phone with Gen Z. Also, Will Levis of the Titans gets a lifetime contract with Hellman’s Mayo. Why mayonnaise? He likes it in his coffee instead of cream. Our Business Birthday is Rowland H. Macy, founder of Macy’s Department Stores. But first, Tim and John reminisce about Bob Barker who died this past week at 99 years old.
08.29.23 | Eco-friendly paper and bamboo straws may have a chemical compound that is dangerous for humans. Scientists think the best replacement for single use plastic straws is stainless steel. Then, listeria invades the milkshake machine at a fast-food restaurant in Washington State killing three people. Finally, former Brazilian President Bolsonaro takes a page from Trump’s playbook and has trouble deciphering right from wrong.
08.23.23 | Shop Talk this week looks at how we can all benefit from employing a “back to school” mindset. Caught My Eye covers a ‘just the facts’ death in NYC and the sale of Bazooka bubblegum. Our Business Birthday is Harry F. Guggenheim and reveals his contributions to air travel in the USA and the world.
08.22.23 | The owner of a Cedar Glen store in California—Laura Ann Carleton, an ally to the LGBTQ community—was shot and killed for displaying the PRIDE flag at her business. When police tracked the suspect down there was a violent confrontation and he was killed as well. Then, the holding company for adult brands like Pornhub has changed its name from Mind Geek to Aylo. Finally, a Dunkin Donuts franchisee lets us in on a secret about making the donuts.
08.16.23 | Shop Talk this week looks at a right wing, anti-LGBTQ group led by Stephen Miller, that is suing Target over what they claim is loss of shareholder value due to selling PRIDE merch this June. Caught My Eye explores the latest in autonomous driving cars and people having sex in them. Also, a UK man bought a storage container for $100 and sold it to Elon Musk for $1 million. The container happened to have a famous Lotus Esprit of James Bond fame stored undercover. Our Business Birthday is Madonna, who is 65 today.
08.15.23 | The owner of an empty building lot in Connecticut is surprised to find a developer has built a $1.5 million home on it. The issue is now in the courts. Then, the Republican legislature in Indiana now requires schools to alert parents of children who want to be called by a name other than what is on their birth certificate—clearly directed at trans kids, simple nicknames also require a form. Finally, a woman leaves her 7-year-old French bulldog in a stroller at the Pittsburgh airport near the parking lot so she could catch her flight to a resort vacation.
08.09.23 | Shop Talk explores advice from Ariana Huffington who suggests one thing we can all do to fall asleep easier. Caught My Eye reveals that megastar, Taylor Swift, has gifted $55 million in bonuses to her entire tour staff last week. Also, John notices a group of girls carrying their American Dolls in what looked like pink coffins on their backs! Clarence Saunders is our Business Birthday this week. Saunders is the father of the self-serve grocery Piggly Wiggly and a couple of other automated shopping models.
08.08.23 | Exposure to extreme heat impacts EV batteries when it comes to their overall life and performance, something drivers should be aware of. Then, the Biden Administration has reinstated the ban on manufacturing incandescent bulbs originally enacted under the Bush Administration. (Trump famously accused LED bulbs of making him look orange!) Finally, a Chinese Zoo is accused of using a person dressed as a Malayan sun bear in its exhibit. The zoo denies the charge.
08.02.23 | Shop Talk this week looks at four myths of retirement that this retiree/writer thinks we need to talk about. Caught My Eye covers what Gen Z thinks about tipping, and a man who is in love with his car…sexually. Our Business Birthday is Broadcast.com co-founder, Todd Wagner.
08.01.23 | A San Diego Library gets help from the community when two anti-LGBTQ parents checked-out every book featured on the Pride display, intending to never return them. They demanded the library also remove all LGBTQ titles on the shelves. Their effort backfired beautifully. Then, a movie theater in NJ called the police on a mother who brought her autistic son into the bathroom, yelling at her that the bathroom was not trans. The mother is suing. Finally, Transportation Secretary Pete Buttieg has announced a new rule that requires airlines to make bathrooms more accessible for people with disabilities.