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Tim has a scare while talking with John before the show. A Michigan RV camp only allows men with certain equipment—to foster a like-minded atmosphere. Newsmax hosts label the Biden’s 2 dogs as dirty, disheveled, and unpresidential. Finally, a f
Shop Talk looks at the recent alleged DUI scandal with Bruce Springsteen which had Jeep pulling their recent ad featuring The Boss. Then a story from Inc. Mag about a woman whose business was ruined by internet trolls. Guillermo González Camare
Words have gotten people in trouble this week. The Director of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games had to resign for making disparaging remarks about women, and an employment ad for a museum in Indianapolis seeks a director who would maintain its core
Shop Talk covers Super Bowl 55 and the favorite spots from Tim and John as well as a few that missed the mark. Also, the top 5 LGBTQ TV spots from years past according to Mike Wilkie. James Edward Maceo West, microphone technology inventor, is
President Erdogan of Turkey now declares that LGBTQ people do not exist. Turkey has cracked down on pro-LGBTQ protesters denouncing them as immoral and perverted. Then don't feed the feral chickens in Hawaii or face a $500 fine. How did they ge
Shop Talk shares one-star Amazon Reviews from Fran Lebowitz via an article from, The New Yorker Magazine​. Then, Super Bowl advertising is already sold out. At $5.5 million for a 30-second spot, it is amazing that this event still is the ultima
One of the most comprehensive studies on death finds that when you die, you die. Once your body starts to shut down the chances of coming back to life are unlikely according to the study published this week in the New England Journal of Medicin
Shop Talk looks at The Serendipity Mindset, or luck, in business and career. Then, can you guess the most corrupt state in America? Calvin Schenkel, album cover designer, is our Business Birthday. Caught my eye looks at the new logo that GM unv
Cadbury Eggs is running a campaign in the UK that shows two men getting intimate with the ubiquitous gooey Cadbury Egg. Though the commercial will not air on networks, the LGBTQ hate group, One Million Moms is, all upset about the depiction of
Shop Talk explores 10 British slang terms we should adopt when we travel to the UK or want to use here at home. Julia Morgan, a pioneering architect, is our Business Birthday. Caught my eye wonders how a man in Japan swallowed a toothpick. Hint
Golfer Justin Thomas is caught on live TV calling himself a gay slur when his misses a short putt. He apologized, but Ralph Lauren has dropped their sponsorship. A $20 bank note with a Del Monte sticker on it is poised to go for over 50K at an
Shop Talk explores the roles of makers and managers within an organization and how we can respect one another's time. Alfred Fuller, of Fuller Brush Fame, is our Business Birthday. Caught my eye looks at the confusion of a Capitol rioter photo
The Home of the Whopper is heading back to the archives to create an updated new logo, packaging, uniform, and store design. How about fixing the menu? Amazon takes flight and Patagonia stays true by selecting causes and issues that are clear a
Shop Talk summarizes a recent podcast from Charles Duhigg, author of “The Power of Habit,” that helps us start 2021 off right. Learn why goals don't work without this key element. Anthony Scaramucci is our Business Birthday. Caught my eye looks
Welcome to 2021. Home Depot recalls 80,000 Mara ceiling fans built by Mara due to blades that may take flight. Tim and John found dark humor in the story. Then, GoDaddy pulls a not so nice holiday stunt to its employees and business is booming
Shop Talk looks at eleven 2020 trends we are tired of as the year comes to a close. For example, not every business meeting needs to be a Zoom call. Leonard B. Stern, the co-creator of Mad Libs, is our Business Birthday. Caught my eye covers th
In searching for her birth family, a West Virginia woman discovers she is royalty from Western Africa. Then, an American and her Cayman Island boyfriend are charged and jailed for disobeying pandemic quarantine. Finally, President Obama release
Shop Talk looks at a recent article where Malcolm Gladwell tells us that Hamlet was wrong. We all need to “stop overthinking and start doing because none of us knows the future.” Then, the U.S. states with the most and least age bias when it co
Sesame Street couple Bert and Ernie start a Twitter storm of speculation as Bert says he’s Ernie’s roommate and Bert says they are friends. What do you think? Elon Musk believes too many MBA’s are squelching creativity and value when it comes t
The lamp from ‘A Christmas Story’ and a Mer-man Ken Doll are what Caught Our Eye this week. Shop Talk explores the Zoom meeting, with many captains of industry believing they are becoming less productive as time moves on. Many predict that whil
Whether you read a book, listened to music, or enjoyed the solitude of the car, the daily commute was a certain kind of healthy alone time. Creating a fake commute by starting and ending your day with similar activities might be a smart way to
A couple in New York State finds a stash of booze hidden in their home, and Sherwin Williams fires an employee for thinking outside the box. Shop Talk looks at traits of spenders versus savers. Much of our familial upbringing plays a key role.
The Lesbian and Gay Big Apple Corps (LGBAC), one of the first all-queer band groups ever in the country, became the first LGBTQ marching band to partake in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. They played Abba’s Dancing Queen. PETA asks us to bo
A Roomba robot vacuum versus dog poop caught Tim’s eye. As John said, unintended consequences! A Seattle man is brought back to life after being unconscious for 45 minutes due to hypothermia. Shop Talk looks at the most beautiful words in Engli
The Giant supermarket chain apologizes for an article in their Savory store magazine that helps consumers plan a “Super Spread” event along with nibbles for up to 32! Then, Tower Records is getting a new life online. Much about the Tower Record
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