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DATEBOOK: MAY 6 _ Baseball legend Willie Mays is 93 (in 2024) • Bob Seger is 79 (in 2024) • Tom Bergeron (formerly on DWTS) is 69 (in 2024) • Roma Downey (Touched by an Angel) is 64 (in 2024) • George Clooney is 63 (in 2024) • Gabourey Sibide (Precious, Empire, American Horror Story: Coven) is 41 (in 2024) • Sasheer Zamata (Woke, Saturday Night Live) is 38 (in 2024) • Naomi Scott (live-action Aladdin) is 31 (in 2024) • Sadie Sandler (Daughter of Adam Sandler, You’re So Not Invited To My Bat Mitzvah) is 18 (in 2024)

SPECIAL EVENTS _ National Nurses Week • Be Kind To Animals Week • Anxiety & Depression Awareness Week • Correctional Officer’s Week • Tick Awareness Week • Pet Week • Update Your References Week • Craft Brewers Week • Food Allergy Awareness Week • National Etiquette Week • National Stuttering Awareness Week • Teacher Appreciation Week • Melanoma Monday • No Diet Day • Beverage Day • International No Diet Day • National Nurses Day • Tourist Appreciation Day • No Homework Day

NEWS ATTACK! _ In case you didn’t know, naked hiking was banned in the Swiss Alps. [Naked yodeling, on the other hand…]

NEWS ATTACK! _ A study found that the risk of the Earth being hit by an asteroid is higher than previously thought. [I guess it’s time to start that bunker renovation I’ve been putting off.]

YOUR BRAIN WASN’T BUILT FOR FRACTIONS _ Can’t complete a calculus problem or add fractions? Blame it on your brain. Our brains aren’t well equipped to grasp those kinds of advanced mathematics. According to a Stanford University mathematician, most people who can do such abstract number twisting don’t even understand what they’re doing at first. Unlike what researchers “natural mathematics,” such as counting, algebra, geometry and simple arithmetic that the brain does naturally, “formal mathematics,” such as adding fractions and calculus, seems counter to common sense to our brains.

CAN YOU GUESS? _ About 400 of these have lived at the White House. (Animals. That’s dogs, cats, and other pets.)

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: POLICE SEIZED LOOKOUT PARROT _ A parrot was taken into custody in Brazil following a police raid targeting drug dealers. Police said the bird had been taught to alert criminals to police operations by shouting: “Mum, the police!”

PHRASES WE NEED TO STOP USING _ Part 1. Part 2 is tomorrow!
• “If it’s meant to be, it’s meant to be.” — This falls under the “you actually just said nothing” category.
• “I mean…” — Why call attention to the fact that you’re saying what you mean? Do you normally not say what you mean?
• “To be frank/to be honest…” — As opposed to the rest of the things you say, which are evasive?
• “Honestly…” — So what you’re saying is, “Typically I’m lying, but in this case I’m being honest.”
• “Just sayin’.” — Just sayin’ what?! And why do you feel the need to alert people that you are, indeed, speaking? “Just sayin'” is often followed by a rude statement, in a feeble attempt to soften the blow.
• “At the end of the day…” — Formerly known as “when it’s all said and done…”
🗣 TOPIC: Launch this on social media, gather the best comments to discuss on-air, then open the phones: What phrase bugs you?

COLOR DOESN’T AFFECT YOUR CAR INSURANCE RATE _ According to a survey (by Progressive), about 26 percent of American drivers incorrectly believe a car’s color affects the rates the owner pays to insure it.

THE CHECK ENGINE LIGHT _ 🗣 TOPIC: What’s the longest you’ve gone with a check engine light on? Someone asked on social media why our cars don’t tell us the reason the light is on. Especially newer cars, since they all have computer screens and it would be easy for car manufacturers to add a “diagnostics” option that brings up a list of car problems. One mechanic answered that “the car doesn’t always know. And neither does the diagnosing computer in the garage. (Most often.) The check engine light is there to tell you to go see a pro because something is wrong. The machine in the garage tells the pro where to start looking.” Hey auto mechanics, is this true? When you connect your computer to a car it’s not telling you why the check engine light is on? Hey auto mechanics, what’s the most number of check engine errors you’ve seen come up on a single vehicle?!