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Sometimes all it takes is one little fact or one little piece of wisdom to change your life forever. That's the purpose and the hope of "Something You Should Know." In each episode, host Mike Carruthers interviews top experts in their field to bring you fascinating information and advice to help you save time and money, advance in your career, become wealthy, improve your relationships and help you simply get more out of life. In addition, Mike uncovers and shares short, engaging pieces of " ...
 
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Jet lag can cause a trip to get off to a tough start. This episode begins with some simple and effective ways to minimize the effects of jet lag so your trip can get good, right from the start. https://www.webmd.com/sleep-disorders/features/jet-lag-remedies Despite all the advances in health and medicine, one thing that has gotten substantially wor…
 
I bet everyone has flushed the toilet with their foot to avoid the germs on the handle. I know I have and it turns out to be one of many well-intentioned but flawed techniques to steer clear of germs lurking in nasty places. This episode begins with some ways people try to avoid germs that fail and better ways instead. http://www.menshealth.com/hea…
 
“You’re call is very important to us…” Don’t you just hate hearing that? Having to call customer service can be a long and frustrating experience. So, this episode begins by discussing how to make that experience a little bit smoother. https://www.realsimple.com/work-life/life-strategies/customer-service-tips If you didn’t experience pain, would yo…
 
What is the purpose of that ball of cotton in your bottle of pills? You probably think you know but I bet you don’t. This episode begins with an explanation of why that cotton is in there and what you should do with it. https://www.businessinsider.com/why-huge-cotton-ball-comes-pill-bottles-medicine-health-pharmacy-prescription-2017-5 I am sure you…
 
How could using reusable grocery bags affect your body? f you take your own bags to the grocery store, there may be an unintended health consequence – and it’s not good. Listen as this episode begins by revealing what happens to some people who use reusable grocery bags. https://grist.org/food/are-your-reusable-grocery-bags-making-you-fat/ Every dr…
 
You make a countless number of decisions every single day, from what to have for breakfast to what toothpaste to buy. This episode begins with a discussion on how humans make decisions and choices and how to recognize which ones you are probably spending too much time worrying about. https://fs.blog/2014/09/the-history-of-cognitive-overload We all …
 
Have you ever felt that urge to snoop or eavesdrop on someone? Actually, everyone does it. This episode begins with a brief discussion on why humans and most other creatures eavesdrop and the purpose it serves. Source: John Locke author of the book Eavesdropping (https://amzn.to/3l7rIud) When you think about all the tasks you do throughout the day,…
 
What could be cuter than a young child and a dog together? Yet, it could be a very dangerous situation. This episode begins with a warning about leaving young children alone with a dog even if the child and dog are familiar with each other. https://drsophiayin.com/blog/entry/kids-and-dogs-how-kids-should-and-should-not-interact-with-dogs/ Do you ev…
 
Putting nitrogen in your car’s tires (instead of just plain air) is kind of a trendy thing. If you ever see those green caps on the tire’s valve stems - that is supposed to indicate a tire with nitrogen in it. Since it costs money (up to $10 or more per tire) to fill it with nitrogen, this episode begins with a discussion on what the supposed benef…
 
Want to be really happy? If so, it makes sense to ask happy people what makes them happy. So we begin this episode by revealing what happy people say are the things that makes them so happy so you can be happy too! Source: John Izzo, author of The 5 Secrets You Must Know Before You Die (https://amzn.to/2DdJDLA) The one word you likely hear more tha…
 
Here’s a question for you if you wear a watch. Have you washed it recently? I bet not. So, this episode begins with just how gross and disgusting the surface of your watch and watchband are and why they need a bath right now – today! http://www.ladbible.com/news/uk-watches-three-times-dirtier-than-toilet-seats-study-finds-20190623 There are some pe…
 
You already know how important a good night’s sleep is. But how much is enough? This episode begins with some startling information about how just 15 minutes more sleep per night can make a big difference. https://conservancy.umn.edu/handle/11299/162769 We all want pleasure in life. In fact, most of us have a lot of pleasure. Maybe too much pleasur…
 
We all want to save energy and money - but does doing things like turning off lights or unplugging appliances really do much or are there other things you could do that have more impact? This episode begins with a look at what does and doesn’t do much to conserve energy and reduce your utility bill. https://www.pnas.org/content/107/37/16054 Some pe…
 
When you think about preventing skin cancer, you most likely think about sunscreen and limiting sun exposure. But what about diet? Could the right diet help prevent you from getting skin cancer? This episode begins with a brief discussion on some interesting research about diet and skin cancer. https://www.skincancer.org/blog/can-your-diet-help-pre…
 
Not all that long ago, just about everyone had a landline home telephone. It had one phone number and everyone in the house used that number. Things sure have changed. How have they changed? This episode begins by discussing how many U.S. homes still have landlines, how many don’t and (surprisingly) how many U.S. homes have no telephone of any kind…
 
Interruptions can be infuriating - especially at work. They can ruin your concentration and your productivity. However, there may be an upside to getting interruptions that balance out those negatives. I begin this episode with information about a new study that shows that interruptions have a silver lining. https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/20…
 
Even though you know money is filthy dirty, it can still make you feel good. This episode begins by explaining how the simple act of handling money can make you feel a lot better if you are feeling a bit down. And the weird thing is, it doesn’t even have to be your money. https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/science/science-news/6199932/Counting-money-…
 
Do you hold hands with your mate? If you don’t, you probably should. This episode begins with a brief discussion on the benefits of holding hands - and I bet you haven’t heard them before. https://www.nytimes.com/2006/10/05/fashion/05hands.html Who doesn’t like a bit of juicy gossip? The fact is everyone gossips and it turns out to be a good thing.…
 
If you are not a celebrity, how do you get a table at a busy restaurant that is all booked up? This episode begins with some advice that can often work wonders in getting you that table - if you do it right. Source: Frank Luntz author of Words That Work (https://amzn.to/37Ay5A8) Every family wants to be happy. Still, many are not and are quite dysf…
 
Selling items on eBay can be fun and profitable. And there are a few little tricks than can make it even more profitable. I begin this episode by revealing some strategies above and beyond good photos and descriptions that can bring you more money. that. http://www.goodhousekeeping.com/life/money/a38347/how-to-make-money-on-ebay/ We have all heard …
 
Ever watch a TV chef put seasoning on food? Often, they sprinkle the herbs and spices from high up? This episode begins with an explanation of why they do that and why you should to. https://www.cooksillustrated.com/how_tos/5791-sprinkling-seasonings-from-high-up Do you believe in luck? Sure, everyone gets lucky occasionally but are there things yo…
 
“Sometimes you need a good cry.” How many times have you heard that advice? So what does the science say? This episode begins by looking at whether crying is really good for you - or if that is just something people say. https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1111/j.1467-8721.2008.00614.x The food you eat affects you in some interesting and unusua…
 
When it comes to easing traffic congestion, sometimes the solution is worse than the original problem. This episode begins with a tale of how trying to ease traffic tends to cause more of it. It’s all about “build it and they will come.” (Source: Edward Humes author of the book Door to Door https://amzn.to/2EQKFNs). To be successful, it’s important…
 
Everyone likes to laugh, and it turns out there are some real health benefits to laughter. This episode begins with how laughing may just be the best medicine. https://www.womenshealthmag.com/life/a19968254/live-laugh-love/ Drinking alcohol is something people have been doing for centuries. Why? Is the appeal of drinking just to get that buzz or is…
 
Some people always seem to look great in photographs. How do they do it? This episode begins with some simple tricks that will make anyone look better in any photo - every time. https://www.diyphotography.net/seven-tricks-help-smile-naturally-look-great-photos/ How do you get people to give you what you want? You usually have to ask - but it’s all …
 
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