Content for Wednesday, May 26
Dad Invents Spittle-Free Way To Blow Out Birthday Candles
A man in Virginia invented a device that allows birthday candles to be blown out without spit flying all over. The dad said he came up with the idea for the Blowzee birthday cake candle extinguisher while at a child's birthday party before the pandemic after he saw the spit flying in the air. The Blowzee allows children to still use their own lungs to blow-- but the air that travels over the cake doesn't come from their lungs. There's a little electric sensor in there, so when you blow into it, you're activating the sensor, and it switches on the fan, and that creates enough clean air flow to blow out the candle.
(TOPIC STARTER)... "What is Something You Say to Scammers Instead of Hanging Up?"
Reddit user u/ChipForClicks asks: "What is something you say to scammers instead of hanging up?" Replies Included: "I give them a phone number one digit at a time and ask them to repeat it as a whole after each one. Then tell them they got it wrong when I'm done and start over." -- "I do this but with “my name”. "I've put them on hold before. As if I'm working in a call centre. Had a guy on hold for 5 or so minutes it was quite ridiculous that he stayed on the line." "This is what my grandfather used to do. "Hello? Oh, hmm, let me get my wife..." Wouldn't hang up, just set the phone down and went back to watching golf." "Just treat them like a full on sex line. Have actually gotten one to apologize for calling and promise he would never call me again." "Hi there, and thanks for calling Cardiff Aquarium. Please be aware your call may be recorded for training porpoises." "We have a Rick Roll extension. We forward them to it after telling them about the brief hold and then check the recording length the next day to see if they’ve beaten the record." "Just to let you know, by law I'm required to inform you that this is a premium phone line that will be billed directly to your provider. By calling here you agree to accept all charges." "Something like that not only gets them to hang up, but they tend to stop calling me after that.." "I once saw caller ID (land line days) with a number that I figured was a telemarketer. In a “tough” voice, without saying hello I asked, “Is he dead?” And about a beat and a half later I said, “Because if he ain’t dead, don’t you even think about coming back here.” Then what sounded like a young woman on the other end said, “Um, uh, uh Bye!” Hope she had as much fun telling her friends as I had telling mine." "This is 91.7 KSCM The Bridge, you are the seventh caller and YOU WON! Are you excited? ARE YOU EXCITED????"
People Shared The Thing They Can't Get Rid Of From Their Ex
TikTok user @nikhagen asked his followers, "What's that one thing your ex gave you that you can't quite get rid of?" 1. “When I was 18 I got a cat from my high school girlfriend. I’m 32 now. She’s gonna live forever!” 2. "She got me this stick on rolly ball thing. It’s pretty cool you can just stick it on the wall and rub up against it like a bear and work out the kinks in your back.” 3. “She gave me her mom’s ashes and moved to NYC.” 4. “Three stab wounds. One through my left forearm (knife), one the entire length of my thumb (knife), and one through my back (screwdriver)… do I win?” 5. “His wife.” 6. "It would have to be HIV. I was gonna say depression or anxiety, but no, it’s the HIV." 7. “The whole Harry Potter series.” 8. "The one thing I really can’t get rid of is HER. She lives across the road from me.” 9. "Um, kids. They’re 18 and 21. They’re cool, though. I guess I’ll keep them.”
Poll: Little Trust in People to Be Honest about their Vaccination Status
People are de-masking and it comes with significant distrust over the vaccination status of others, and some confusion with the CDC guidelines. The poll asked respondents how much they trusted various groups of people to be honest about their about their COVID-19 status:
Respondents were most likely to say they have a great or fair amount of trust in family and friends (88%) or coworkers (71%).
They were less likely to trust people outside of their close circles (38%) and even less likely to trust people at sporting events or concerts (25%), indoor restaurants and bars (25%) and airports (24%).
Party ID affected trust. Republicans were more likely than Democrats to say they trust others to be honest about their vaccination status.
Other numbers from the poll:
Among those who've been vaccinated, 47% say they're still wearing a mask at all times outside the home, down from 65% two weeks ago.
41% of those 65 and older are wearing a mask at all times, down from 62% two weeks ago; and 41% of those ages 50-64 are wearing a mask at all times, down from 56%.
32% of vaccinated people are maintaining six feet distance at all times, down from 44%.
25% of people 65 and older are social distancing at all times, down from 35%; among those 50-64, 31% are social distancing at all times, down from 46%.
Very Stoned Americans Are Flooding Poison Control With Calls
US poison control centers experienced a significant increase in marijuana-related calls between 2017 and 2019. According to a new research letter, poison centers are increasingly "receiving calls about adverse events associated with exposures to manufactured cannabis products." The researchers are placing the blame on legalization efforts in a growing number of states. “Higher rates in legal states suggest that continued increases may be expected with adult cannabis use legalization in more states." ** Acccording to the National Poison Data System: Of the 28,630 people who called US poison centers between January 2017 and December 2019 to report having consumed too much reefer, the majority had too much flower (65.5%), followed by edibles (19.3%), then concentrates (9.6 percent), vaporized liquids (3.8%) and finally other manufactured products (1.8 percent). More than half of all calls were made from a health-care facility, although calls regarding manufactured products were twice as likely to come from a residence. The majority of calls concerned adults who were too high, but 27% of cases involved children under 10 years old. In most cases involving kids, the marijuana had been consumed as a manufactured product. “Children may be at particular risk for exposure to edible products, such as cookies or candy." The researchers concluded: “Novice cannabis users are often advised to ‘start low, go slow'. This guidance may be equally applicable to regulating new retail cannabis markets and products.”
Fireworks Shortage Has Stores Warning Customers to ‘Buy Early’
If you’re planning a home fireworks show for the Fourth of July, distributors say you should start shopping now. There are supply and demand concerns. Production delays in China from shutdowns are one of the main culprits. One distributor said, “There’s gonna be an increase in prices just because shipping has doubled since last year.” He said it’s the assortment and novelty packs, the fountains and artillery shells that are in short supply. Several vendors say to expect a 10% to 20% price increase on some fireworks this year.
MLB: The 'Most Hated' Teams By State
The St. Louis Cardinals are one of the “most hated” teams in Major League Baseball, according to betonline.ag. The website created the map showing which teams are hated across the country using geotagged Twitter data over the last month. The data included tracking tweets, hashtags and direct keyword phrases about the most disliked team in each state. Over 90,000 tweets were tracked. While the Yankees, Dodgers and Astros topped the list with being hated in the most states, the Cardinals were hated in six states. The map showed the Cubs are the most hated team in Missouri and the Cardinals are the most hated in Illinois.
You Can Live to be 150 Years Old, at the Most
Researchers believe they have identified the upper limit of human mortality and it’s 150 years old. The current record for oldest human is Jeanne Calment, who passed away in 1997 at 122 years old. Using an iPhone app and a huge amount of medical data from volunteers in the UK and US, artificial intelligence analyzed the numbers. Researchers determined that the human lifespan is most significantly based on two data points: biological age — associated with stress, lifestyle and chronic diseases — and resilience — how quickly the person returns to normal after responding to a stressor. Using these findings, at around 120 to 150 years old, the human body shows “a complete loss” of resilience, resulting in an inability to recover. A professor from the Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center the study is “Explains why even most effective prevention and treatment of age-related diseases could only improve the average, but not the maximal, lifespan, unless true anti-aging therapies have been developed.”
Mild COVID-19 Cases Can Lead to Antibody Protection for Life
There is likely a silver lining to contracting the virus. Researchers say patients with mild cases of coronavirus still have antibodies protecting them from reinfection nearly a year later. In fact, a team at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis believes this protection from COVID will likely last for the rest of their lives. Researchers said initial reports claiming COVID antibodies fade away quickly after an infection did not have all the facts. Their findings reveal that although the number of immune cells making antibodies drops once the patient is healthy, they never totally go away. An associate professor of pathology and immunology said, “It’s normal for antibody levels to go down after acute infection, but they don’t go down to zero; they plateau. Here, we found antibody-producing cells in people 11 months after first symptoms. These cells will live and produce antibodies for the rest of people’s lives. That’s strong evidence for long-lasting immunity.” The team is now looking into whether people receiving the COVID-19 vaccine will enjoy the same long-lasting immunity.
(TOTALLY UNCONFIRMED RUMOR)... Kanye West and Supermodel Irina Shayk Might Be/Could Be Dating
Kanye West is allegedly dating Russian supermodel Irina Shayk, ex-girlfriend of Bradley Cooper. Although the rapper is in the midst of a divorce from his wife of six years Kim Kardashian, a tipster tells Instagram-based celebrity gossip site DeuxMoi, 'Kanye West is now secretly dating Irina Shayk aka Bradley Cooper's baby mama.' The anonymous person later replied to the tip with: 'After further looking into this, I don't know if "dating" is the right word, but there is perhaps some interest there.' Seeming to double down on earlier 'dating claims,' another tipster wrote that Irina and Kanye ''Def dating.' Though the pairing may appear random to some, Irina and Kanye have been connected for more than a decade. Back in 2010, she was a featured player in West's Heaven-inspired "Power" music video, where she portrayed an angel. Just two years later, the Russian-born model graced the runway for West's Fall/Winter fashion collection at Paris Fashion Week. Famously, Irina was romantically involved with actor Bradley Cooper, whom she shares four-year-old daughter Lea De Seine with. Their relationship came to an end in 2019.
Topic Starters: What are things we can ALL agree on?
Johnny Knoxville Describes Injuries Filming 'Jackass 4'
Seth Rogan On Comics Complaining About Cancel Culture
Seth Rogen says he doesn't tweet shocking things, and wonders why some people do.
John Cena Apologizes To China
John Cena released a video apology to China for calling Taiwan a country in a promotional video for 'Fast & Furious 9'. The backlash against him came on Chinese social media for not identifying Taiwan as part of China.
The 'Friends' Cast Talks About The Reunion
Matthew Perry, Matt LeBlanc and David Schwimmer talk about how the cast huddled before every episode.
Matthew Perry and Matt LeBlanc on what they would tell themselves in season 1.
The cast talks about an unwritten rule they had about not hooking up with each other.