Leap For Joy!

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It’s leap year! Are you an hourly wage worker? You might just get paid for this lovely extra day we get this year (sorry salary people). If you’re born on this day, you’re one in 5 million (globally) or one in 200,000 in the United States! Those stats make you even more special than your mom says you are. True story. Depending on what country you live in makes a difference in when you can claim your birthdate in non-leap years. Sorry UK peeps, you’re not allowed to consider yourself a year older until March 1. New Zealand on the other hand…they are totally feelin’ the birthday vibes fronting you a day so you can celebrate on February 28. As we tried to wrap our heads around the math involved it becomes painfully clear neither of us know what the heck we’re talking about, but we have fun discussing it anyway. (Pssst…2100 will NOT have a leap year in it, been confirmed. Calendar people, call us.)

So apparently it was the Ancient Egyptians who first noticed the anomaly of solar years not quite matching up to their calendar, but it was Julius Cesar and his astronomers in 46 BC who actually tacked an extra day onto the already short and very cold (read: no crops growing) month of February. But their math wasn’t totally accurate – it overcorrected and ended up providing too many leap years. So about 1,500 years later, Pope Gregory VIII and HIS buddies tweaked it a bit more, saying yes, in order to have a leap year the year must be divisible by four, BUT! **Finger pointing mightily to the heavens** in order to make it all work out in the end, century years (such as 2000) must be divisible by 400! Soo…. drooling… and this is where we just hand it over to people who know mathy stuff. It’s really well summed up in this article at wtop.com called Math Behind Leap Year and Why 2020 Will Be The Year to Party, by Michelle Murillo. Seriously. Don’t take our word for it, Michelle knows:

The year that we say is 365 days is actually 365.24 days. There’s almost an extra quarter day in there. Give or take .01. So, every four years, all those quarters add up to almost one and we get an extra day. Not a big deal over a handful of years, but in a century, it’s almost a month. If you let it go a couple centuries, all the seasons will be out of whack. Imagine celebrating Fourth of July in the snow! It’s better we make the correction.

-Michelle Murillo, wtop.com

We also encourage you to read 13 Unexpected Leap Year Facts by Mary Jo Dilonardo, from February 21, 2020. Because Mary Jo also explains the reasons behind the whys and hows so much better that Kym and Kris could ever hope to. We are postulating that if your name starts with a K are not mathy, but if your name starts with an M, you are. Apparently M = Michelle, Mary Jo, and Math. And we apologize to all the K-name math wizards out there, we’re just a tiny little blog and podcast, don’t come at us.

For more fun facts about Leap Year, please also check out entitymag.com for the information Kris cited in the show, Reader’s Digest for some bizarre factoids, and chiff.com for a groovy little poem to help you remember when Leap Year hits.

Now. Let’s get down to clearing up that little misconception about the inimitable Dinah Shore. Ms. Shore, née Fannye Rose Shore, was a popular actress and singer with a career that spanned decades starting in the 1940s. Kym stated in the show she heard a rumor Ms. Shore sued her parents for not telling her there was African ancestry in their family. What we found out when we did a little research, is that in all likelihood that rumor is false. Her parents were Orthodox Jews who immigrated from Russia, and unfortunately her mother died when Fannye was only 16 years of age. We found a couple scant suggestions that the a rumor Ms. Shore had black ancestry was started by a vengeful peer, but there is no overt, factual documentation of either African ancestry, that Ms. Shore tried to sue anyone at all, or who may have started the rumor. So we’re going to say, yes the rumor is out there, but its veracity is highly unlikely. Not even gonna link to the sites we tracked down because honestly…not a big enough deal. If you really need to know, Google is your friend.

And lest we forget, we really encourage you to check out these fantastic bits and bobs we talked about today:

  • Locke and Key. Streaming on Netflix! So good. Based on a comic book, it’s replete with magic, mystery and a FANTASTIC Victorian mansion in a picturesque town. How can you not watch? For more details, check out their IMDB page.
  • Hunters. Streaming on Amazon Prime! Again. So good. It will make you uncomfortable (in fact, this BBC article talks about how Holocaust survivors are not happy at all with the show). Keep an open mind, suspend some beliefs that can catch you up (hello…it was 1977…they didn’t have DNA testing back then, but FINGERPRINTS WERE A THING…yet everyone touched all the weapons with their bare freaking hands). Anyway, it’s got a superhero vibe without being superheroes, and it’s presented with some kitschy tongue-in-cheek 4th wall sketches, and it is very much a social commentary about the world we live in today. But the surging truth that underlies the production is 1) we cannot forget the lessons of the Holocaust, 2) look around folks…wake up…we’re forgetting the lessons of the Holocaust, and 3) we CANNOT FORGET THE HOLOCAUST. Because REAL. HEINOUS. EVIL. REAL. We all good? Good. Because behind its hip façade, it’s a show that makes you THINK. A lot. Here’s more deets on IMDB.
  • Strange Indeed. We are ALWAYS ready to shoutout great podcasts and Strange Indeed is definitely awesome. They originally started as a week-by-week fan review of the Netflix show Stranger Things, but in between production of ST, Shawn and Rima Jo talk about other streaming shows. Currently discussing Locke and Key, Rima Jo is partnered up with Jason, as Shawn has taken a temporary break from recording. Shawn and Rima Jo previously covered Netflix’s “YOU“, Hulu’s “Castle Rock” and Amazon Prime’s “Carnival Row.” Please show them some love by checking their show out. Here’s their Libsyn page (you can hear them anywhere you listen to podcasts, such as on Apple Podcasts, Overcast, etc.) and their Facebook page. Go! Follow, subscribe, listen, rate, review….do all the things. They deserve all the things man. Trust.
  • Hydration Made Easy. For more information about Kym’s Cirkul bottle and all it’s benefits, check out their website drinkcirkul.com.
  • Please Forgive Us. Dear Scotland. We did it again, and we’re sorry-not-sorry. We can’t promise to never attempt Scottish accents again, and we’re not sure Seamus is even a Scottish name (apparently Kris is vindicated, slightly), but please, let us visit you someday. We love you. We attempt accents because we love. By the way, Seamus and Fergus are the names of Kym’s Aussie shepherds and they make their way into the show every once in awhile. So there’s DOGS on our side, that has to count for something, yeah?
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But before we go, we have to say, Billy!!! HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Is it the 28th or the 29th? Billy, call Kym.

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Summertime Clues

Today’s episode “Summertime Clues” is on  iTunes/Apple PodcastsSpotifyOvercastLibsynPocket CastStitcher or anywhere you listen to podcasts.

Why did we call today’s episode “Summertime Clues”? Because if you listen you’ll discover we have no clue about anything in today’s show! We start of with such a great topic: The End of Summer. And we quickly derail just by talking about watermelon. Watermelon derailed us. Listen. You’ll get it. How could anyone not be confused by watermelon? We’re still baffled. And slightly unnerved. Even Google left us with more questions than answers. For shame Google. So, yeah, we talk about some interesting summer and August facts but for every new thing we tried to learn it seemed like we left with more stuff we needed to find out. We left the episode clueless. Ergo the title of the show. But redemption is here!! Thank goodness for this blog. Because the summertime clues blues have been cured! We have answers! We love the interwebs.

Does Hobby Lobby Sell Halloween Decorations?

Why yes, HL does sell Halloween decorations! HL definitely does not turn it’s back on guaranteed profit so gladly gives the public plenty of cute Halloween decor to choose from. Who knew? (DUH. Not us. Obviously.) For more details, check out Hobby Lobby’s website. But if you are into the horror, gory, gross stuff, sorry, you won’t find it. But because we are so excited about shopping for Halloween (and it is our pleasure to help you find that perfect witch, skeleton or spooky ghoul over the next month – yes, people, you only have one more month until OCTOBER) here are a bunch more opportunities to find what you want:
Home Depot

Tenant vs. Tenet vs. Tennant

Kris knows these words are not only pronounced differently, they mean different things, and also she knows what they each mean. But occasionally Kris’ mouth and brain do not sync up, therefore when she thought “tenet,” she said “tenant.” It happens to the best of people. But mostly a lot to Kris. Just in case you were wondering:
Ten·et  /ˈtenət/ (noun) : a principle or belief, especially one of the main principles of a religion or philosophy.
Ten.ant /ˈtenənt/ (noun) : a person who occupies land or property rented from a landlord.
Speaking of lords…
Ten.nant /ˈtenənnt/ (noun) : an actor, especially known for portraying the Doctor in Doctor Who, Barty Crouch Jr. in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, and Demon Crowley in Good Omens, also referred to as David Tennant.

We’ll Take What is an Inflatable Snowman for $200

Kris was talking about putting a snowman decoration on her balcony for Christmas, but worried the neighbor would be pissed off. Just in case you were wondering – because, again, the thoughts in the head don’t seem to want to come to the mouth part of communication – that whole part of what kind of snowman would piss off the neighbor sort of disappeared into the ether. That would be an INFLATABLE snowman. Inflatable lawn decorations = motors = annoying noise = angry neighbor = no inflatable decorations on Kris’ balcony ever. Please note that very important keyword “lawn”…this is a big clue as to who should actually invest in those things.

Are We Heading for a Warm Winter?

We ponder if having a mild summer means we’ll have a hotter autumn and winter or will it be colder? According to this website, it’s pretty much impossible to tell, so, yeah, if you’re hoping for your autumn/winter seasons to be predicted by the kind of summer we’ve had, you’re going to have to wait til it gets here like the rest of us. Seriously read the article. The folklore behind some of the methods of predicting weather are hilarious and the author has fun describing them.

What Are the Days Between End of Summer and Beginning of Fall Called?

We still don’t know! But the British tabloid The Sun just might shed some…ah…sunlight on the whole reason why it seems there are a couple days between the end of summer and beginning of fall. See what we did there? We couldn’t help it. It was right there. WAITING to be said. The British like a good pun. Hey if you’re British and you liked that pun leave us a comment. Oh, here’s the article.

Is Watermelon a Fruit or a Vegetable?

Yep. Here we go. Well, it’s both, but if you’re from Oklahoma, you know watermelon is the OFFICIAL VEGETABLE of OKLAHOMA (if we could also underline that bold italic we would). Oklahoma. Ok.LA.Ho.MA! We don’t understand. Well, we do, it’s just…why? Couldn’t you have picked something less enigmatic? Why not something like…(thinking)…you know what, we don’t even know what’s real anymore, so fine. FINE. Watermelon’s a vegetable. Pluto isn’t a planet. Have your vegetable fruit melon. Have it. The upside to all of this malarkey is that if mom says “EAT YOUR VEGETABLES!” you can go slice a hunk of watermelon, eat it, and throw some gnarly trivia back at her that you DID eat your vegetable and you LIKED it even. Wipe your dripping mouth covered in watermelon lies on your shirtsleeve and then spit those seeds that aren’t fruit on the ground for emphasis. Watermelon is a vegetable. We just…we can’t…we…completely…no words…. But here’s a link to find out wayyyy more than you ever thought was possible to know about watermelon.

First Women’s Bathing Suits Were Made From…

…Wool or flannel. Because nothing says refreshing seaside shenanigans like 20 pounds of wet, stinky wool clinging to your body. We’re wondering how many women drowned from being dragged beneath the waves in such heavy neck-to-knee (or in the 1800’s, neck-to-ankle) swimwear. Thank goodness for the Olympics in the early 1900s, which made intercollegiate swimming an official sport and shone a spotlight on the unwieldy dysfunction of the woolen suits (for men and women). For more information on women’s bathing suit history, this is a nifty article.

Can Metal Fillings in Your Mouth Attract Lightning?

Well, if you’re old enough to have amalgam fillings still, your bigger concern should be the amount of mercury toxins that have been leaking into your body all these years. Seriousy, get those removed and replaced, stat. But as for lightning striking you because of those nasty metal fillings? It’s pretty much a no-go. We’re 99.9% sure of that because we couldn’t find an answer on the first page of the Google search, but we did find this entertaining thread in response to a question asking if lightning striking you would weld your teeth together because of those fillings. Again, we’re thinking if you’re hit by lightning, there are so many other things you’ll be worrying about. Like, breathing, living, etc. Oh, here’s the CNN video of the guy almost getting hit by lightning, and a link about the guy who got hit twice (spoiler alert: fake video. Sorry Kym).

What’s a Cross-Quarter Day?

There is SO much to answer this seemingly simple question. In a nutshell, cross-quarter days have pagan origins, are associated with fire, and are usually celebrated with festivals. Imbolc, Beltane, Lammas, and Samhain (halloooo Halloween!) are cross-quarter days. For details, read this great article on Cross-Quarter Days (and Quarter-days too. Don’t ask. We are linked-out).

What is an Indian Summer?

Is Kris right or is Kym right? Drumroll please: Well, we were both on the right track. An Indian Summer is a period of unusually dry, warm weather occurring in late autumn. It also means a period of happiness or success occurring late in life. We like that version and are rooting for our own personal Indian Summers happening sooner than later.

What Does .ws Mean in a URL?

It is the internet country code for Samoa. Sleep well dear friends.

Crepuscular (and Kris May be Psychic)

This is weird. In the episode as Kris tries desperately to pronounce the word crepuscular, she states (we are paraphrasing), “this is blog entry number 12” and IT IS! Go ahead. You know you’re going to count them. We’ll wait.

See? Anyway, welcome back. Kris is PSYCHIC! Or, maybe her brain does math subconsciously and she really is a numbers genius but doesn’t know it. Either way, CREPUSCULAR is pronounced kreh-pUSk-yooler and it means “of, resembling, or relating to twilight”. Please, use in a sentence. Ok. “Team Edward and Team Jacob fans are crepuscular” No? Drat.

Aside: the girl who says the word in the Google Dictionary sounds kind of creepy. Sorry crepuscular girl. We know you’re just trying to earn a living. But your voice is actually perfect for the word, so, clap clap clap clap clap.

Abolition of Slavery

Yes, Kris, “abolition” is the word you were looking for. And let’s all just take a moment to say HELL YEAH 13th AMENDMENT!

Ah Ah Ah Ah Stayin’ Alive Goat Swagger

For the record, we’re sorry if you Googled Goats Stayin’ Alive and found this video. Although we’re not really that sorry because screaming goats are hilarious.

Chewbacca Mom

And our last but totally favorite shoutout goes to Candace Payne, aka Chewbacca Mom! Here’s her website if you’re as much a fan of her pure joy and love of Chewie as we are.
Added bonus! Here’s the video that started it all:

Here’s another video of an interview a year later in which she discusses making the viral video and how it changed her life for the better.

Finally…here’s some photos of the decorations Kris bought for bringing on the Autumnness:

Here’s Mooch the Pooch’s tush which shows either a Batman or a Motorola insignia. You be the judge. Let us know in the comments below.

Duh nuh nuh nuh nuh nuh nuh BATASS! Mooch is either a spokesdog for Batman or Motorola…you decide.

And the candid moment Kris caught Rocky the Podcat contemplating life whilst sitting on a scale staring at the wall. Raise your hand if you relate. Also, we wish more than anything in the world she captured Rocky actually staring AT the wall. Hey, does anyone notice a pattern with Kris and Kym’s animals looking at walls? Just wondering if you’re seeing it too.

Sorry Rocky. I posted this on Instagram. No way I’m not posting this here too. Love you!

Check out our “Summertime Clues” episode on  iTunes/Apple Podcasts, SpotifyOvercast, Libsyn, Pocket CastStitcher or anywhere you listen to podcasts. Then all you need to do is 1) subscribe 2) download and 3) listen! AND!!! 4) If you enjoy what you hear, please leave a rating and a review (pretty please?). The more subscribers and reviews we get, the more opportunities we get to grow this podcast and bring you richer content.

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Mooch the Pooch photo by Kym Wagner, © Kym Wagner 2019. All rights reserved.
Rocky the Podcat photo by Kris Core, © Kris Core 2019. All rights reserved