Favorite Food Origins You Never Knew & Why The Internet Creates So Much Outrage In People
Something You Should Know
Mon, August 14, 2023
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Episode Description: Storing Batteries Safely and Exploring the History of Favorite Foods

In this episode, we delve into two fascinating topics. First, we discuss the importance of storing batteries safely to avoid potential dangers. Did you know that keeping loose batteries in a junk drawer can lead to a short circuit and even start a fire? We provide valuable tips on how to store batteries properly, such as keeping them in their original packaging or covering the ends with electrical tape.

Next, we take a culinary journey through the history and stories behind some of our favorite foods. Join us as we explore the origins of hamburgers, hot dogs, root beer, and chicken fingers. Discover how hamburgers were brought to the United States by German immigrants and how the name "hamburger" may have originated from the resemblance of the ground beef patty to a Dachshund dog. Learn about the French origins of fries and how they became popular in the US thanks to Thomas Jefferson. Uncover the surprising history of cream soda and its transformation from a milk-based recipe to a creamy vanilla-flavored beverage. Lastly, we delve into the rise of chicken fingers and the challenges of deboning chicken and perfecting the batter.

But that's not all! We also tackle the issue of online outrage and its impact on society. We explore how specific words, such as shame, disgust, and outrage, have the power to go viral and capture attention, leading to increased engagement with online content. We discuss how social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter prioritize emotionally charged content in their algorithms, contributing to the spread of outrage and polarization.

However, we don't just highlight the problem; we also explore potential solutions. We emphasize the importance of being aware of the lack of context and emotional manipulation in fast-flowing information online. We stress the need for thoughtful and meaningful debate in a democratic society and the recognition of the harm caused by online outrage, including the distortion of reality, the polarization of society, and the erosion of trust in information. Additionally, we shed light on the role of bots and fake accounts in amplifying and spreading outrage-inducing content.

Join us for an episode filled with practical advice on battery safety, fascinating food history, and thought-provoking insights into the world of online outrage. Tune in now!

Original Show Notes
Everyone has loose batteries somewhere in the house. And if you keep those batteries in your junk drawer, that could be dangerous. Listen as I explain why and a better way to store batteries. https://www.mentalfloss.com/article/612670/never-store-batteries-your-junk-drawer Did French fries really originate in France? Why do we call them hot dogs? Why is there no cream in cream soda? And what’s the deal with chicken fingers? Joining me with the fun origins of some of your favorite foods is Kim Zachman author of  There's No Cream in Cream Soda: Facts and Folklore About Our Favorite Drinks (https://amzn.to/3QA1bay) and There's No Ham in Hamburgers (https://amzn.to/47pasrQ). Listen and you will discover things about the foods you eat that you probably never knew.  Have you ever seen something on social media and felt outraged? It happens a lot. Is that by design? What is it about social media posts that often trigger very emotional reactions? That turns out to be a fascinating topic and one that affects us all in some surprising ways. Tobias Rose Stockwell is a writer and researcher who looked into this important topic and joins me to reveal what he discovered. His work has been featured in The Atlantic, WIRED, NPR, the BBC and he is author of the book Outrage Machine: How Tech Amplifies Discontent, Disrupts Democracy―And What We Can Do About It (https://amzn.to/3QxXLVs). Getting your groceries from the store to your kitchen on a hot summer day is a race against time. Listen as I reveal how much time you have and a way to buy yourself more time to keep your food from spoiling.  https://www.consumerreports.org/food-safety/keep-groceries-food-safe-in-hot-car/ PLEASE SUPPORT OUR SPONSORS! Sometimes in life we’re faced with tough choices, and the path forward isn’t always clear. If you’re thinking of starting therapy, give BetterHelp a try. It’s entirely online, so it’s convenient, flexible, and suited to your schedule. Just fill out a brief questionnaire to get matched with a licensed therapist. Let therapy be your map, with BetterHelp Visit https://BetterHelp.com/SOMETHING today to get 10% off your first month! With HelloFresh, you get farm-fresh, pre-portioned ingredients and seasonal recipes delivered right to your doorstep. Go to https://HelloFresh.com/50something and use code 50something for 50% off plus free shipping! Shopify gives you everything you need to take control and take your business to the next level. Sign up for a $1 per month trial period at https://Shopify.com/sysk today! Zocdoc is the only FREE app that lets you find AND book doctors who are patient-reviewed, take your insurance, are available when you need them and treat almost every condition under the sun! Go to https://Zocdoc.com/SYSK and download the Zocdoc app for FREE. Your business was humming, but now you're falling behind. Teams buried in manual work. NetSuite gives you the POWER of having all of your information in one place to make better decisions and now has an UNPRECEDENTED offer to make that possible! Right now, download NetSuite’s popular KPI Checklist, designed to give you consistently excellent performance - absolutely free, at https://NetSuite.com/SYSK ! Discover Credit Cards do something pretty awesome. At the end of your first year, they automatically double all the cash back you’ve earned! See terms and check it out for yourself at https://Discover.com/match U.S. Cellular knows how important your kid’s relationship with technology is. That’s why they’ve partnered with Screen Sanity, a non-profit dedicated to helping kids navigate the digital landscape. For a smarter start to the school year, U.S. Cellular is offering a free basic phone on new eligible lines, providing an alternative to a smartphone for children. Visit https://USCellular.com/BuiltForUS ! We really like the Masters of Scale podcast! Check it out at https://mastersofscale.com OR search for it on Apple Podcasts, Spotify or wherever you listen!  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
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