What a Weird Week Friday 30 December 2022: Two Special Countdowns in One! Happy New Year!! #HolidaySpecial



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Happy New Year friends and neighbors! This week we've got a couple of countdowns featuring my family, our kitchen, and some delicious baked goods. This originally aired on the Scotty and Tony Radio Show last week. If you're here for the usual weird stuff, we return to regular (Weird Countdown) programming next Friday.
If you're looking for links to the movies and toys that we talk about in this episode, scroll on down!!!
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Now, the show notes blog for Fri 30 Dec 2022, Season 4 Episode 13 ...

 
Today's Show is from the kitchen where my wife is making peanut butter balls and my kids help me count down the Top-Grossing Christmas Movies of All Time, and the Best-Selling Toys of All Time!

First up, the Top-Grossing Christmas Movies of All Time!
this photo contains a Xmas list from (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_highest-grossing_Christmas_films)
 
The Top-Selling Toys of All Time! Read the whole list at (https://www.nowblitz.com/blog/15-best-selling-toys-in-history/). 
this image contains a list of the top-selling toys of all time

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*Update: from the City* Downtown Moncton New Year's Eve Party 2023: Hockey, Tunes, Fireworks, More!

Happy New Year!!

*UPDATE SAT DEC 31st 10am*
We received this update from the City:
"We really encourage people to get to the hockey games early as there will be lots happening around the Avenir Centre all day.  Accessible parking spaces will remain available along Canada St. but motorists must enter through Vaughan Harvey Blvd.
Hockey Canada has also just told us that they would be releasing the final 200 tickets for tonight’s 5pm game at noon today. (https://www.ticketmaster.ca/finland-v-united-states-moncton-new-brunswick-12-31-2022/event/31005D7ECF527CE5)"

*End Update*

The City of Moncton sent out a press release about delays/ detours/ street closures because of New Year’s Eve Family Fun Fest at Downtown Place (150 Canada Street)...
πŸ•– From 7a on Sat Dec 31 until 1a on Sun Jan 1: 
- Main Street closed between Weldon and Bonaccord Street. 
- Canada Street closed from back of Avenir Centre to Main Street. 
* you'll have controlled access to Hyatt Hotel & Carrabba’s Restaurant parking lot.
 

 
Event Information:
From 7:30p to midnight on Dec 31 all are welcome to the free celebration at Downtown Place (150 Canada St).
πŸ’ hockey on the big screen (Canada vs Sweden 7:30p to 10p)
🎸 tunes (The Mellotones on stage from 10p to midnight)
πŸŽ† fireworks (midnight!) to ring in 2023! 
❓ see moncton.ca for more info.


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What a Weird Week December 23rd 2022: Holiday Special featuring "It Seems Like Christmas"



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Thanks for checking out the What a Weird Week podcast. Usually we've got a Top Ten of the week's weird news stories... but we're publishing just before Christmas so instead it's our holiday special featuring Gibb Gibberson and It Seems Like Christmas! Season 4 Episode 12. Happy Holidays!
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First Annual Peanut Butter Ball Christmas Countdown Show!

*UPDATE* if you missed our special broadcast this morning here are a few highlights...


Today's Show is from the Horsman kitchen where Mrs. Horsman is making peanut butter balls and my kids help me count down the Top-Grossing Christmas Movies of All Time, the Top Christmas Specials of All Time, and the Best-Selling Toys of All Time!

The Top-Grossing Christmas Movies of All Time!
this photo contains a Xmas list from (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_highest-grossing_Christmas_films)
 
Top Christmas Specials of All Time! Read the whole list at (https://www.imdb.com/list/ls052441318/).
this photo contains a list of the greatest Christmas specials of all time

The Top-Selling Toys of All Time! Read the whole list at (https://www.nowblitz.com/blog/15-best-selling-toys-in-history/). 
this image contains a list of the top-selling toys of all time
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Fake Hallmark Holiday Movies 2022: More Christmas Movies that Almost Were...

Back with an Advent Calendar full of Fake Hallmark Movies for your Countdown to Christmas!
Check back every day for a new title until Christmas! (See last year's batch HERE)

December 24th: 
The Christmas Blizzard 2: Love Blows.
 
December 23rd: 
I Fell in Love this Christmas! (but first I fell in a vat of nougat) The Holiday Rush at Sholten's Confectionary.
 
December 22nd: 
The Forgotten Toy 3: Lucy gets amnesia (this time from a yo yo accident!)  
 
December 21st: 
Prince Mistletoe and the Royal Holiday of Misunderstandings.

December 20th: 
Stolen Innocence: The Elf War of '42.
 
December 19th: 
The Wind Beneath My Hooves: Randolph and Rudolph's True Story of Brotherly Love.
 
December 18th:
A Hobby Farm Holiday: Clem Hobby and the Christmas Goose that Laid Love.
 
December 17th:
Rick Rolled for Christmas: How One Meme Taught an Entire Town the True Spirit of Giving.
 
December 16th:
Danger in the Manger 12: Tarnished Halos.
 
December 15th:  
The Christmas Switch Glitch 4: Love Overload!
 
December 14th:  
The Christmas Shoes 9: Beatle Boots for Uncle Sebastian.
 
December 13th:
Christmas is for the Birds 4: Ornithologist Dr. Erica Vanderbilt and the Albatross Chick.

December 12:
Snow Business 7: the Christmas Variety Show at the Home for Retired Contortionists.

December 11:
Nine Ladies Dancing! The True Story of the Christmas Cabaret that Saved the Anagance Drop-in Centre.

December 10:
Yule Love my Family! Annette meets the Kringls.
December 9:
Filthy Rich at Christmas: Rich Ryerson falls in another pile of Holiday Hi Jinx at the Swansburg Cranberry Farm.
Another Gnarly Holiday, Bro!!


December 8:
Hello Baby 2: the Nursery Rhyme. A Detective Jackie Trombone Holiday Puzzler.

Goo Goo Ga Ga Whaaaa?!
 
December 7:
Ebenezer Cruikshank: The Executive who Hated Christmas and the Otherworldly Love which Overcame the Situation.

Balance your Love Ledger!

December 6th:
When the Laughter Fades: Gingerhead the Christmas Clown Learns the True Meaning of the Season.
December 5th:
Arson! At the Kecksburg Wrapping Paper Factory!! A Christmas wrapped in Love.
December 4th:
The Christmas Crapshoot 2: Atlantic City Kitty Bets it all on Love.
December 3rd:
A South Pole Christmas: Climatologist Dr. Rudyard Johnson and the unlikely romance.
his world is about to turn upside down!

December 2nd: Christmas at 50,000 feet: A Colonel Jock Martini Holiday FlyBy!
please put your seatbacks in the upright position and buckle in for love!
 
December 1st: Dr Maria Waterside and the shark who hated Christmas!
chum the water with Christmas spirit! 


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Ways to Help this Holiday Season πŸŽ… Christmas 2022 edition

πŸ‘‡Some charities that you can help this ChristmasπŸ‘‡
 
πŸ‘‰ Harvest House (https://www.facebook.com/harvesthouseatl) helps to feed hungry people, gives people dealing with homelessness a safe place to stay, helps addicted people get healthy, and even teaches skills to help folks get jobs and back on their feet.
-- Here is their Christmas Meal Campaign Donation Link: (https://harvesthouseatlantic.org/campaign) Only $3.79 to provide a meal for someone!
-- Other Donations online HERE
-- Volunteer some of your time CLICK HERE
-- Donate items (maybe like Winter clothes and boots?) Harvest House Office is at 108 High St
-- Or you can give over the phone by calling 506-855-0626

 
πŸ‘‰ YMCA Moncton's ReConnect Street Intervention Program helps at-risk people and people dealing with homelessness. You can give money, gift cards, hygiene products, anything is appreciated! For more information, please call Trevor Goodwin at 857-0606 ext 2285. CLICK HERE for more info. One of the big ReConnect fundraisers has been Battle of the Brains, a fun night of team trivia. Watch for it in the Spring!! (https://moncton.ymca.ca/about-us/contact-us/)

πŸ‘‰ Salvus Clinic on Church Street helps people who are: 1) going through homelessness, 2) dealing with poverty, 3) struggling with mental health issues and substance use, and more. You can donate time, money, or products to help people. Click their Facebook link or THIS WEBSITE to donate online.


πŸ‘‰ Food Depot Christmas Boxes help people and families who depend on the Food Bank. If you or someone you know is in need of support this holiday season call 506-800-1174 for information on the Christmas Food Box program or CLICK HERE to find some helping resources. Any time you need help with food you can call 506-383-4281 to make an appointment with the Peter McKee Food Centre (475 Saint George).
-- To donate to the Food Box Program CLICK HERE.
-- To make another type of donation CLICK HERE for more info.
-- In past years, volunteers were needed to deliver food boxes. We assume that's the sitch again... check their Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/FoodDepotAlimentaire/)  

 
πŸ‘‰ Salisbury Helping Hands appreciates your donations! We recommend that you call them. In past years you could donate at:
-- Salisbury Helping Hands (64 Douglas Street) (506-372-9787). (Their website says they are open Tues and Wed from 10a to 4p but it hasn't been updated in a long time.)
-- Salisbury Baptist (3128 Main Street) (506-372-5179)
 
πŸ‘‰ Atlantic Wellness gives free therapy to young people going through mental health issues. Please consider giving a donation to Atlantic Wellness in someone's name this Christmas! CLICK HERE to donate online or stop in to 225 Lutz St Moncton.


πŸ‘‰ How to Help the Salvation Army to help others:
1) See a Salvation Army Kettle somewhere around town? Put money in that kettle! Your donation will help families around here. Many kettles even have tap-to-pay!
2) Donate to Salvation Army Maritimes HERE. 
3) Did you donate a toy to our Stuff-a-Bus Toy Drive the other day? Then you already helped! (all donated toys go to the Salvation Army to help families in our region)
πŸŽ… The Salvation Army Moncton Community & Family Services Facebook: (https://www.facebook.com/SAMoncton?fref=ts)
πŸŽ… If you'd like to register to receive gifts from the Toys for Kids Program call 506-389-9901 or click to register before Dec 13!! (https://salvationarmy.ca/maritime/home/christmas/the-salvation-army-christmas-assistance-2022-moncton/)
πŸŽ… Here's the Facebook for other Maritime locations: (https://salvationarmy.ca/maritime/home/locations/new-brunswick/)
  

πŸ‘‰ Canadian Blood Services hopes that you can donate blood this Christmas season! The need for blood is constant, and donor numbers take a dip during the holidays. Please book an appointment: 1-888-236-6283 or Blood.ca or get the free app (iphone) (android). Click HERE for more info.Canadian Blood Services is at 500 Mapleton Rd.
*UPDATE:
The #BeccaToldMeTo holiday blood drive is on until December 30th, 2022.
- Canadian Blood Services says there are more than 200 open slots between now and the end of the year. (*at time of blogging Christmas week).
Moncton Blood Donation Centre Hours:
December 19th to December 30th
Mondays & Thursdays: 3:00pm to 8:00pm
Tuesdays & Wednesdays: 10:00am to 3:00pm
Fridays: 9:00am to 2:00pm
🩸 The Moncton donor centre is at at 500 Mapleton Road.
🩸 Get an appointment through the GiveBlood app (iphone) (android), call 1 888 2 DONATE (1-888-236-6283) or book at Blood.ca.
 
πŸ‘‰ Fill the Bus is about filling a school bus with non-perishable food donations for the food bank. Any Anglo East School is happy to accept your food donation during Fill the Bus... see this List of Schools. You can also donate by scanning their QR code...

 
πŸ‘‰ St George's Anglican Church in downtown Moncton serves 2000 meals monthly to the hungry. They also offer a shower facility to people in need, a laundry service to unhoused people, and warm clothes to people who spend their days in the cold with no place to go. This all happens because of donations of time, money, or goods.
You can donate warm socks, hats, gloves, boots, jackets, underwear and personal hygiene products, or money. If you're able to help, it's St. George’s Anglican Church, 51 Church St. Moncton, NB. E1C 4Z3 or email them at (office@stgeorgesmoncton.ca). 
-- St. George's on Google Maps (51 Church Street).
The office hours we had on file are Mon to Fri from 9a to 1p...call ahead to double-check (506-855-5209). 
 
πŸ‘‰ The Reverse Advent Calendar is where you add one item to the box every day leading up to Christmas, then you donate that box of food to the Peter McKee Food Centre on December 23rd. This is perfect for the Office, a Class Challenge at School, Church and Community Groups, or for Families who want to help this holiday season! Thanks for you support!!
Here's the list:
Dec 1 Cereal
Dec 2 Peanut Butter
Dec 3 Stuffing
Dec 4 Instant Potatoes
Dec 5 Macaroni
Dec 6 Canned Tomatoes
Dec 7 Canned Meat
Dec 8 Ketchup or Mayo
Dec 9 Applesauce
Dec 10 Canned Fruit
Dec 11 Pudding
Dec 12 Granola Bars
Dec 13 Cookies
Dec 14 Canned Tuna
Dec 15 Rice
Dec 16 Instant Oatmeal
Dec 17 Pasta
Dec 18 Spaghetti Sauce
Dec 19 Soup
Dec 20 Canned Stew
Dec 21 Canned Veggies
Dec 22 Jam
Dec 23 Drop Off at the Centre before noon! (475 Saint George Street)

you can also donate $ online or volunteer at the Centre! CLICK
 
πŸ‘‰ *UPDATE: GOAL HAS BEEN MET FOR THIS YEAR* The Sue Stulz Turkey Drive is December 7th, 8th, and 9th, 2022. It's a Drive-through Drop-off situation... drop off a turkey donation around back at the Saint George Blvd Fire Station across from Centennial Park (800 St George Blvd). The hours are from 10a to 7p. You can also donate online at https://www.suestultzturkeydrive.com/
Notes:
- Turkeys go to families who have registered for support from the Food Bank.
- This year's Turkey Goal© is ~ 3907.
- The latest Turkey Tally© is on their Twitter feed...

 
 
Did we miss something? Let us know!! Thanks :)

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Reverse Advent Calendar Challenge! #FeedTheHungry #PeterMcKeeFoodCentre

The Reverse Advent Calendar is where you add one item to the box every day leading up to Christmas, then you donate that box of food to the Peter McKee Food Centre on December 23rd. This is perfect for the Office, a Class Challenge at School, Church and Community Groups, or for Families who want to help this holiday season! Thanks for you support!!
Here's the list:
Dec 1 Cereal
Dec 2 Peanut Butter
Dec 3 Stuffing
Dec 4 Instant Potatoes
Dec 5 Macaroni
Dec 6 Canned Tomatoes
Dec 7 Canned Meat
Dec 8 Ketchup or Mayo
Dec 9 Applesauce
Dec 10 Canned Fruit
Dec 11 Pudding
Dec 12 Granola Bars
Dec 13 Cookies
Dec 14 Canned Tuna
Dec 15 Rice
Dec 16 Instant Oatmeal
Dec 17 Pasta
Dec 18 Spaghetti Sauce
Dec 19 Soup
Dec 20 Canned Stew
Dec 21 Canned Veggies
Dec 22 Jam
Dec 23 Drop Off at the Centre before noon! (475 Saint George Street)

you can also donate $ online or volunteer at the Centre! CLICK


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Fill the Bus 2022! Awesome Schools Helping to Feed the Hungry! *UPDATE: EXTRA FOOD DROP-OFF LOCATIONS*



*Final Update for 2022: Arnold H M School announced as top-collector...

*UPDATE! Our friends at Anglo East sent us a list of food drop-off locations... If you're out on the weekend and see the school bus at these locations you can donate to the cause.
πŸŽ… December 17th from 9a to NOON at Sobeys Vaughan Harvey (HTHS volunteers.)
πŸŽ… December 17th from 9a to NOON at Sobeys Elmwood (Arnold H McLeod volunteers.)
 
 
 
Fill the Bus is about filling a school bus with non-perishable food donations for the food bank. Any Anglo East School is happy to accept your food donation during Fill the Bus... see this List of Schools. You can also donate by scanning their QR code...


Note: Schools and Classes may be doing various activities to suppprt Fill the Bus. 
- Note: if your work is near a school why not adopt them and support their Fill the Bus campaign!
- Note: if you want to sing the Fill the Bus Song, here's the music...


 
 
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What a Weird Week Friday 16 December 2022: they just sold the Oldest Jeans in the World (you should try them on), Human Race is Saved Several Times this week



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Hi friends! If you like weird stuff and/or countdowns, it's like this podcast was MADE FOR YOU!! This is the show notes blog for the What a Weird Week Podcast: a countdown of the top 10 weird stories from the news.
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Now, the show notes for Fri Dec 16, 2022, Season 4 Episode 11 ...
 
❿Headline: Squirrel gets Minnesota man Arrested.

Notes:
- 76 year old guy in Minnesota got arrested after neighbors claimed he shot their house by mistake (he was aiming at squirrels.) I think I have to say allegedly until the courts decide.
- He was at war with the squirrels in his bird feeder.
- The rules of engagement in a squirrel war do not allow for shooting your neighbor's house.
- According to the Associated Press, the Authorities say when the man was taken into custody his wife told him, ""Well, I told you.""
- They found a bullet and broken glass inside the neighbor's house... super dangerous.
- Looks like the squirrels won this one.



 
❾Headline: They Just Sold the Oldest Jeans in the World and now there is a Tug-of-Pants.

Notes:
- sold at auction for for $114k.
- recovered from a ship that sank in 1857 off the coast of North Carolina.
- these are white button flys that officials at the auction said were the oldest jeans in the world...
- other people say they are not officially jeans.
- Are they connected to Levi Strauss? Maybe?? But the official Levi's historian says no way.
- People are taking sides. This could lead to a full fledged pants war. 

you'd look great in them
 
❽Headline: Oranges to save Human Race!

Notes:
- study from Western University: a molecule in oranges and tangerines might reduce obesity/ prevent diabetes and heart disease.
- it helped obese mice get healthy.
- they don't know exactly how it does it.
- next step: human trials.
- we've had oranges a long time you guys. we knew they were full of vitamin C. Who'da thunk that somebody somewhere was still studying oranges to see if they could be even more healthy?!
WTG, Science!!



❼Headline: Cave People to save Human Race!

Notes:
- they've found antibiotics in the DNA of Neanderthals and now they hope that will make us all healthy... maybe we'll live forever you guys!




❻Headline: Cold Fusion announced on Tuesday. Back to eating Pork Rinds by Wednesday.

Notes:
- US Dept of Energy announced this on Tuesday:  nuclear fusion!  
- Quote: "this is one of the most impressive scientific feats of the 21st century."
- the key to this fusion breakthrough is that we got more energy out than we put in this time.
- more fusion talk: all the articles say something like "fusion is how the sun creates energy"... instead of splitting atoms and creating heat/ radioactive waste through fission, this is where atoms fuse together and generate clean energy.
- that's the hope: clean, cheap fusion will save us all.
- Yay, we're saved you guys!

Link/media: (https://financialpost.com/pmn/business-pmn/us-scientists-set-to-announce-fusion-energy-breakthrough-2)



❺Headline: Gold is the answer! (to your fogged up glasses.) 

Notes:
- Almost as important as the nuclear fusion story is the breakthrough in eyeglasses: they might have figured out how to keep your glasses from fogging up!
- the secret is a thin layer of gold coating on the lenses.
- they say it shouldn't add much to the cost of your glasses because they only need a really thin layer.
- might take awhile for eyeglass manufacturers to adopt this process.





❹Headline: All South Koreans to become 1 or 2 years younger. It's the law.

Notes:
- If you asked someone from South Korea how old they were, a lot of South Koreans would have three answers: an international age, a calendar age, and a Korean Age.
- a new law is locking in the international age for all official documents (that's the way most countries keep track of age... starting at zero when you're born and counting up each year after.)
- takes effect in June 2023. 
- Many Koreans use their Korean Age which starts at ONE when you're born, and counts up by one every January 1st.
- it's fascinating to learn about, click the link! 





❸Headline: Mini Martian Tornado goes after Rover.

Notes:
- did you know they have dust devils on Mars?
- one happened while the NASA rover had it's microphone switched on and they got about ten seconds of what it sounded like.
- if the people at Dirt Devil vacuums don't come out with a limited edition Mars model they have missed out on an incredible opportunity!!



❷Headline: Grinch hands out free onions to lucky speeders. Everyone gets nightmares. 

Notes:
- This is just one of those holiday season stories that a local media outlet will run... not too wild... except...
- the Grinch costume is the scariest thing you'll see today. Really.

merry ... whatever this is



πŸ†Headline: Scientists finally found a snake's naughty bits... turns out there are two *PG13

Notes:
- I don't want to talk about the private area of female snakes... but it's so weird I feel like we have to.
- Trending this week: Researchers are surprised to learn that female snakes have a couple happy happy fun love areas. 
- Quote from the artice: 'There’s a lot known about male snake genitalia, but not so much – really anything – known about females,' says Megan Folwell at the University of Adelaide in Australia."


 
πŸ†Headline: Name the Giant Flamingo Contest a Wild Success!!

Notes: The Tampa Airport has a giant 21-foot flamingo statue with no name so they ran a contest. They have had to delay announcing the winning name because they got so many entries. It got media attention because people just LOVE a good Name the Flamingo story!!
Check out the cold stare you guys...

Link: (https://news.tampaairport.com/name-the-flamingo-contest-announcement-delayed-as-judges-review-more-than-65000-entries/)


❶Headline: Wild Pregnant Lady-on-a-Plane Story!

Notes:
- police in Spain had to spring into action the other day after this weirdness at the airport.
- a lady went into labor and her flight from Cassablanca to Istanbul made an emergency landing in Barcelona, Spain.
- when the plane landed in Spain, a bunch of people got off the flight and made a run for it.
- it turns out the lady was faking going into labor and has since been charged by police.
- some of the people who illegally entered Spain have been rounded up, some are still at large.
- Wild!

Link/media: (https://apnews.com/article/europe-middle-east-africa-barcelona-spain-35ed04914b6d577a2361205279ded6cc)



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