SYSK Choice: Unusual Facts You Never Knew & Your Solution to Too Much Paper


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By Mike Carruthers / OmniCastMedia / Westwood One Podcast Network / and Mike Carruthers / OmniCast Media / Cumulus Podcast Network. Discovered by Player FM and our community — copyright is owned by the publisher, not Player FM, and audio is streamed directly from their servers. Hit the Subscribe button to track updates in Player FM, or paste the feed URL into other podcast apps.

Who doesn’t love a barbecue? Still, there are some dangers with outdoor cooking. For instance, when was the last time you really cleaned your grill? If you think the fire burns off all the gunk, think again. I begin this episode by discussing this and other potential problems with cooking outdoors.

Did you know carrots were not originally orange? Or that expensive weddings are a bad idea? Were you aware that the Mediterranean Sea will disappear one day? This is just some of the fascinating knowledge I discuss with Tom Standage, Deputy Editor of The Economist and editor of the book Uncommon Knowledge ( He joins me to explain why kids’ summer vacations are too long, what Interpol really is and who owns all the material in outer space – as well as a bunch of other interesting facts.

I bet most people probably believe that moderate drinking is actually healthy. However, that may be a big overstatement. There is some research I discuss that questions the validity of that idea and why there is a flaw in the theory that a glass of wine is good for you.

Weren’t we supposed to be headed towards a paperless society? Look in many offices and homes and that doesn’t really seem to be happening. In fact, a lot of us have more documents, forms, certificates, letters and memos than ever. If you have cabinets, drawers and boxes full of papers, you need to listen to Lisa Woodruff. She is founder of Organize365 ( which helps people tame all the paper in their lives and she is author of the book The Paper Solution: What to Shred, What to Save, and How to Stop It From Taking Over Your Life (


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