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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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Do you like your signature? What message does it send to the people who see it? This episode begins with some insight into how other people might make assumptions about you based solely on how you sign your name. https://graciousliving.typepad.com/the_write_event/2003/11/what_does_your_.html Do you spend money on things that really make you happy? …
 
We can all do a little bit to improve our driving skills. For example, do you turn your headlights on when you drive during the day? You should – and that is just one of several things I discuss that can instantly make you a better and safer driver. http://www.cracked.com/article_20106_6-little-known-driving-tips-that-couldsave-your-life_p2.html Ha…
 
Wi-Fi is great except when the microwave oven is on. At least that is the case in my house. Whenever we turn on the microwave oven in the kitchen – it screws up the Wi-Fi. Why is that? And is there anything you can do to prevent or fix that? This episode begins by exploring the microwave/Wi-Fi conflict. http://io9.com/why-does-your-microwave-oven-m…
 
A common ingredient listed on perfumes, colognes, soaps and lotions is “fragrance.” That doesn’t tell you much. This episode begins with an explanation of why manufacturers don’t have to list more detail than that and why you should be at least a little concerned. https://www.safecosmetics.org/get-the-facts/chemicals-of-concern/fragrance/ Why do we…
 
Everyone know that texting and driving is dangerous. But why is it so much more dangerous than driving and drinking coffee or driving and talking to a passenger or driving and tuning the radio? This episode starts with what turns out to be a very good answer to that question. http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-05/uoh-ass050916.php Asking q…
 
In the last several years, a lot of different kinds of salt have popped up on store shelves. It used to be just salt and kosher salt. Now there is sea salt, Himalayan salt, pink salt and a million more it seems. So what’s the difference? This episode begins with an explanation. https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/nutrition-and-healthy-eati…
 
You have probably noticed that aluminum foil has a shiny side and a dull side. Why? What’s the difference - and why do some recipes call for it to be either shiny side up or shiny side down? This episode begins with an explanation. https://culinarylore.com/food-science:aluminum-foil-shiny-side-up-or-down/ How did radio technology help create the qu…
 
Anyone who travels knows you often don’t sleep well on the first night at your new destination - especially if you have travelled across time zones. This experience is so common it has a name – it is called the “First Night Effect.” This episode begins with an explanation for why it happens and some advice to counter the effects. http://www.cell.co…
 
When you order something online, do you then track the package to see where it is and when it is coming? This episode begins with the results of a survey about how people track their orders and why and how they hate it when a package is late. https://blog.4over.com/delivery-tracking-consumers-statistics Do you know how soap and moisturizers work? D…
 
You’ve washed your hands a million times. Yet there is a pretty good chance you are probably doing it incorrectly. Over the last year and a half we have all learned that hand washing is important - still people often to spend the time or use the right technique. So we begin this episode with some expert hand washing advice. https://www.readersdiges…
 
Are you neat or messy? You most likely have a preference for either a neat or a cluttered work environment. There is a general assumption that neat is better - but is it? It apparently depends on what type of work you are doing. Those two types of environments have an impact on you that affect the way you think. We begin this episode by exploring t…
 
Moms have been passing down health and beauty advice for generations and some of it is just plain wrong! Listen as we bust some myths about some of the things mom told you that just are not true. https://www.everbeautiful.com/2010/1622/ten-popular-beauty-myths-debunked Could being a sports fan actually be good for you? Actually, yes in several diff…
 
Hard to imagine a hot summer day without a can of soda or beer. Before the mid-60s those cans were absolutely useless unless you had a can opener handy. This episode begins with the story of the pop-top can and how it changed everything. https://ohiohistorycentral.org/w/Ermal_Fraze You have a secret. Everyone has a secret - probably many secrets. E…
 
Do you know what happens to your brain when you are sleeping? In a sense, a cleaning crew gets in there to clean out all the toxins so that your brain works better the next day. I know it sounds weird but it is exactly what happens. Listen as I begin this episode with that explanation. http://ens-newswire.com/2013/10/18/brain-cleans-itself-of-toxin…
 
Have you ever had déjà vu - that feeling that what you are experiencing now, you have experienced before? Most people have. This episode begins with some interesting insight into what it is, why it occurs and when and where it is most likely to occur. Source: Marie Jones author of The Déjà Vu Enigma (https://amzn.to/3xB94j3). We all have the need t…
 
How does music affect your feelings and emotions? This episode begins by looking at some interesting research that shows how just the right music can influence how you feel. https://www.theregister.com/2010/06/21/mood_music/ Do you feel safe? What would happen if your safety was threatened - would you know what to react? Is your home an easy target…
 
It just happens that sometimes you have to ask a stranger for a favor. Perhaps you need to borrow their phone or help you carry something. And there is one proven way that will greatly increase the chances they will grant you that favor. I begin this episode by telling you what it is. http://www.medicaldaily.com/likeability-trustworthy-how-be-popul…
 
Dogs are fascinating. The things they do, the ways they behave are so interesting to watch. Plus, the fact that most dogs give their owners unconditional love - hard to beat that. Did you know that even though dogs will eat almost anything – they actually prefer two distinct flavors? We begin this episode of the podcast with what those two flavors …
 
Ask people what their favorite number is and you will get a lot of different answers. But if you ask thousands of people, one number emerges as the clear winner? This episode begins with what that number is and why so many people like it and consider it lucky. Source: Alex Bellos author of Here’s Looking at Euclid (https://amzn.to/3wgjt3z) What are…
 
If you have brothers or sisters, you probably know that sibling relationships change as we move from childhood to adulthood. Sometimes they change for the better – sometimes not. We begin this episode by unraveling the complications of adult sibling relationships. http://www.rd.com/advice/relationships/adult-sibling-estrangement/ Did you have a sec…
 
Remember when we all started using reusable grocery bags and there was a big concern about germs and bacteria in those bags? You don’t hear so much about this anymore - so is it still a big concern? This episode begins with a discussion on just how clean those bags are and how clean they should be. https://www.tasteofhome.com/article/how-clean-are-…
 
Hold a strand of spaghetti at each end and break it in 2. It cannot be done. And this puzzle has mystified great minds of science including Nobel prize winner Richard Feynman. Now there appears to be an explanation which I’ll tell you at the beginning of this episode. https://www.thenakedscientists.com/get-naked/experiments/snapping-spaghetti You h…
 
Have you heard the advice that couples should have a date night. That’s common advice to help keep the romance alive in long term relationships. But interestingly, “couple time” is not the highest quality time couples can have. In fact it doesn’t even come in second. Listen as I explain another way couples can spend their time that is much more ben…
 
Has it ever happened that your cellphone rang or buzzed but when you checked it had not? It was a phantom ring. This episode begins with an explanation as to why that happens to a lot of us. https://www.bbc.com/future/article/20130701-why-you-feel-phantom-phone-calls Here are three fairly common concerns of people: • They worry too much • They don’…
 
A kiss is so much more than just a kiss. It turns out kissing sends messages to the person you are kissing. This episode begins with some interesting facts about what kissing does, the messages it sends and why men and women tend to prefer different kinds of kisses. https://www.msn.com/en-us/lifestyle/relationships/20-things-you-never-knew-about-ki…
 
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