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Jugs, passive aggressive texts and losing streaks
Jugs, passive aggressive texts and losing streaks
06/20/2024
Interesting fact: Algae water is potentially toxic and does NOT grant superpowers, so do not go drinking it. How about, don’t listen to most things I say. This is a good general rule of thumb.
 
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Planting thoughts, family togetherness and getting soaked
Planting thoughts, family togetherness and getting soaked
06/13/2024
Interesting fact: According to BBC Earth, plants have feelings too. Great. A whole new kingdom for me to offend.
 
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Roller rebirth, algorithm-noia and trimming the fat
Roller rebirth, algorithm-noia and trimming the fat
06/06/2024

Interesting fact: Roller skating uses 80% of your body’s muscles. And one wipeout can take off 100% of your knee skin.

 

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Skeezery, raising raisins & thirst for truth
Skeezery, raising raisins & thirst for truth
05/30/2024
Interesting fact: The average dog owner in the U.S. spends about $1,400 annually on their pet. I want to know what discount code they’re using.
 
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Glitching out, home alone and seeing red
Glitching out, home alone and seeing red
05/23/2024
Interesting fact: Remember The Sims? Their language, Simlish, is actually a combination of Ukrainian, French, Latin, Finnish, English, Fijian, Cebuan, and Tagalog. I wonder if they have a term for “existential angst.”
 
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Loan forgiveness, dish duty and mommy issues
Loan forgiveness, dish duty and mommy issues
05/16/2024

Interesting fact: Dinner guest etiquette guides vary, but there is one universal: Do not unload someone else’s dishwasher. Ever.

 
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Unchained, paying it forward and missing link
Unchained, paying it forward and missing link
05/09/2024
Interesting fact: The Selective Service is not, in fact, related to the Secret Service, no matter how many times I google the latter looking for the former to make sure I have my facts straight.
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Greasy men, distracted listening and germaphobia
Greasy men, distracted listening and germaphobia
05/02/2024
Interesting fact: Henry Cavill, yes, actual Superman, was bullied as a kid and called “Fat Cavill,” because he was so darn chubby. So there’s hope for us all. 
 
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Pasty whites, last laughs and doggie delicacies
Pasty whites, last laughs and doggie delicacies
04/25/2024
Interesting fact: Research actually shows that dry brushing (aka without toothpaste) gets people to brush longer and removes more plaque and bacteria. You can follow it up with mint candy before bed for that just-brushed breath.

 

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Parental rights, wind blown and breaking for naps
Parental rights, wind blown and breaking for naps
04/18/2024
Interesting fact: Siestas can improve memory and cognition, reduce stress, and regulate emotions. They are the inverse of our mothers.
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Leftover wood, universal signs and gifts that keep giving
Leftover wood, universal signs and gifts that keep giving
04/11/2024

Interesting fact: The phenomenon where you keep noticing something over and over once you become aware of it is called the “frequency illusion” or the “Baader-Meinhof phenomenon.” Now you’ll start seeing “Baader-Meinhof” wherever you look. 

 

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Enlightenment, avocado love and IRAs
Enlightenment, avocado love and IRAs
04/04/2024
Interesting fact: Pearl Jam had an avocado on the cover of its 2006 album. Why? As guitarist Mike McCready said, “I think we were watching the Super Bowl, and we had some guacamole or something.”
 
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Drugged out, cameo role and Chex mate
Drugged out, cameo role and Chex mate
03/28/2024
Interesting fact: General Mills actually removed bagel chips from Chex Mix in 2009. Feels like it never happened. 
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Feeling the pinch, family matters and conspiracy leery
Feeling the pinch, family matters and conspiracy leery
03/21/2024

Interesting fact: Reportedly, before Chicago started dyeing the river green, the mayor considered dyeing Lake Michigan. That is dye hard.

 
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Getting scammed on, pillow talk and cat calls
Getting scammed on, pillow talk and cat calls
03/14/2024
Interesting fact: We are supposed to replace our pillows every year. As if.
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Dysfunction junction, dysfunctional junk & junk dysfunction
Dysfunction junction, dysfunctional junk & junk dysfunction
03/07/2024
Interesting fact: Self-storage is a $40 billion industry annually. I’m in the wrong business.
 
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Booked up, arm candy and breaking wind
Booked up, arm candy and breaking wind
02/29/2024
Interesting fact: 767 million print books were sold in the U.S. in 2023. That’s enough to build one hell of a fort.
 
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Stuck up, federal holidaze and mind on my money
Stuck up, federal holidaze and mind on my money
02/22/2024

Interesting fact: Financial experts say that no amount is too small to start investing. After all, if you invest just $5 in the stock market today, in 10 years you could have as much as $15!

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Sideline entertainment, colorful cops and toxic males
Sideline entertainment, colorful cops and toxic males
02/15/2024

Interesting fact: In a piece about cop cars as PR vehicles (ha), the WaPo highlighted a 1933 report finding that citizens believed a police force had doubled once they painted the cars white to make them more visible. So just imagine what yellow paint would do. 

 
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V-Day, laundry lists and fire cocks
V-Day, laundry lists and fire cocks
02/08/2024

Interesting fact: Fire hydrants, apparently still called “fire plugs” by some people, are also called “fire cocks.” There’s your Valentine’s Day conversation starter.

 

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