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Something You Should Know

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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 "intel" you can use to make your life better - today. Right now.

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 "intel" you can use to make your life better - today. Right now.

Location:

Southport, CT

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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 "intel" you can use to make your life better - today. Right now.

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@mike_sysk

Language:

English

Contact:

Strand Media 2651 Catherine Rd. Altadena, CA 91001 (626) 460 - 8261


Episodes

How to Tell What Someone is REALLY Thinking & The Mystery and Lore of Shipwrecks

8/18/2022
There is an old adage that "opposites attract." And you do sometimes see couples that seem to prove the point. Still, just how common is it for very different people to be attracted to each other. This episode begins by explaining some research on the topic. http://www.livescience.com/5351-truth-opposites-attract.html How can you tell what someone else is REALLY thinking or what they REALLY want from you? If you know the clues to look for you can get a better idea of what is going on in...

Duration:00:51:09

The Power of Being Humble in a Narcissistic World & Where Stars Come From

8/15/2022
Ever have a night where your dreams seem really vivid and maybe even disturbing? This episode begins by looking at the typical causes of really weird and vivid dreams. https://www.livestrong.com/article/13773031-vivid-dreams/ It may be a tough sell in our culture but being humble can actually be a powerful and effective way to build confidence, strengthen relationships and achieve success. That’s according to Daryl R. Van Tongeren, an associate professor of psychology at Hope College and...

Duration:00:53:11

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

8/13/2022
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. http://www.menshealth.com/health/5-cookout-mistakes-that-make-you-sick Did you know carrots were not originally orange? Or that expensive weddings are a bad idea? Were you aware that the...

Duration:00:49:10

What Love Does To You & The Oddities of Death

8/11/2022
Have you ever noticed how great ideas and solutions often come to you in the shower? This episode begins with an explanation as to why that often happens to so many people. https://www.headspace.com/articles/shower-epiphanies Is love an emotion? Not according to Anna Machin an evolutionary anthropologist at the Department of Experimental Psychology at Oxford University, and author of the book Why We Love: The New Science Behind Our Closest Relationships (https://amzn.to/3SzC8mp). Anna...

Duration:00:45:45

Is Junk Food Really So Bad? & How Buildings Affect Your Health and Behavior

8/8/2022
What if you could drink without getting drunk? Or at least feel the effects of alcohol less? One professional beer taster has a way to do it and this episode begins with his technique. And it is really simple.. http://www.esquire.com/food-drink/drinks/how-to/a26328/how-not-to-get-drunk/ Processed food has really gotten a bad reputation. But is it fair? Is processed food really that bad? Just because a food has a long list of ingredients or has chemicals you cannot pronounce doesn’t...

SYSK Choice: The Survival of the Friendliest & The Quickest Way to be Debt Free

8/6/2022
Your typical meeting involves people sitting in chairs talking. For many meetings, there may be a better way that yields better results. This episode begins by looking at why conducting meetings in an entirely different way can be more productive and rewarding. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/04/09/walking-meetingsat-linke_n_7035258.html?utm_hp_ref=business I think it's safe to say that people are generally friendly. And that’s for good reason. Being friendly is an excellent strategy most...

What Makes You The Person You Are & Understanding Extreme Weather

8/4/2022
Ever get a song in your head but you can’t remember the title? This episode begins with a simple trick using your smartphone that will help identify almost any song. https://lifehacker.com/how-to-identify-any-song-just-by-singing-it-1849039953 Have you ever wondered what makes you different from everybody else? Exactly what is it that makes you the person you have become? That’s the interesting question that Chantel Prat has investigated. Chantel is professor at the University of Washington...

Toxic Positivity and The Harm It Causes & What’s Your Real Biological Age?

8/1/2022
How many times did your mother tell you not to swim for half an hour after you eat or not to scratch a bug bite or don’t touch someone who has poison ivy because you can catch it? There is a lot of that summertime advice flying around. This episode begins by looking at whether this advice is true or not. https://www.silive.com/healthfit/2012/07/summer_myths_debunked.html There is something called toxic positivity. It is the idea that we should always look on the bright side, be happy,...

Duration:00:49:10

SYSK Choice: The Evolution of Counting & Our Obsession With the Unexplained

7/30/2022
Water is amazing. Drink it and it keeps you alive. But did you know that drinking water can also make you smarter? This episode begins by explaining why that is and you may find the answer quite surprising. https://becausewater.com/7-reasons-staying-hydrated-makes-smarter/ Anyone can count. It is one of the first things children learn to do. Yet figuring out how to count took a long time and involved a lot of differing theories about math and numbers. Marcus du Sautoy is professor of...

Duration:00:45:07

Why Some People Stand Up to Bullies and Others Don’t & Where Idioms Come From

7/28/2022
Seems like there is always new research coming out about the benefits of coffee. This episode begins with another one – and maybe one you haven’t heard before. You just need to drink 3 cups a day – or more. https://rightasrain.uwmedicine.org/body/food/can-your-coffee-habit-help-protect-you-skin-cancer Probably everyone has been witness to a bully or some other inappropriate behavior and didn’t intervene. And later regretted it. It’s called “The Bystander Effect.” Why don’t people step in and...

Duration:00:47:36

Is The Shopping Mall Dead? & When Less Is Really More

7/25/2022
You have likely heard people say that having a dog is good for you. Usually, dog lovers say that. So exactly how good is good? Do dogs really improve your health and well-being? This episode begins with an explanation. https://www.akc.org/expert-advice/lifestyle/10-science-based-benefits-dog/ Shopping malls are an American institution. For decades they have been popular places to shop, eat, go to the movies and just hang out. But are their days numbered? Is the shopping mall a dinosaur today...

Duration:00:50:43

SYSK Choice: How to Get the Truth From Anyone & Fascinating Bird Facts

7/23/2022
If you took driver’s education, you probably remember being told to keep your hands at 10:00 o’clock and 2:00 o’clock on the steering wheel. That may have been some really bad advice. We begin this episode with a discussion on the best way to steer your car. http://www.thedrive.com/start-finish/9882/team-oneil-shows-how-to-position-your-hands-on-the-wheel Is it possible to get someone to tell you the truth when they don’t want to? Jack Schafer says it is. As a former FBI agent, he has...

Duration:00:51:47

Why The Negativity Effect Rules Your Life & What You Never Knew About Liquids

7/21/2022
You probably hate when people don’t respond to your emails, right? Well, you may be part of the problem. Listen as I explain how this one little mistake in the subject line makes it easy for others to dismiss your emails and how to fix it. http://www.mediapost.com/publications/article/291896/subject-line-typos-decrease-email-engagementrates.html Why is it that bad things feel bad more than good things feel better? Someone can say 9 wonderful things about you and one negative thing – and you...

Duration:00:51:13

Bonus Episode: Why We Must Defeat Climate Change and How to Do It

7/20/2022
The earth is getting warmer and the consequences of that have already begun to impact us all. Today, 6 out of 10 Americans describe themselves as “alarmed” or “concerned” about climate change, according to one recent study. Climate change is a huge global problem and there is likely not going to be a single solution. Joining me to explain and help us all understand the problem and the solutions to climate change is Christoph Gebald. He is Co-Founder and Co-CEO of Climeworks. Listen as...

Duration:00:30:04

What Happens When You Love Things Instead of People & What Will Likely Kill You

7/18/2022
Dog owners love it when their dog kisses them on the face. But is it really safe? This episode begins by explaining just how clean a dog’s mouth is and whether you should be so intimate with your pet. https://nypost.com/2022/04/06/your-dogs-kisses-could-contain-deadly-superbug-study-says/ People say they love their car or their house or maybe even a pair of shoes. But is it really love? Maybe, according to Aaron Ahuvia, professor of marketing at the University of Michigan who is considered...

Duration:00:48:44

SYSK Choice: Understanding Time and Space & The Steps to a Perfect Apology

7/16/2022
Being healthy takes a lot of work. But maybe it doesn’t always have to. This episode begins with some simple yet effective techniques that will help your overall health – and they only take a minute and hardly any effort. http://www.menshealth.com/health/ways-to-be-healthier Why does time only go in one way? Every moment we move forward into the future, but we cannot go back into the past. How come? And what about intelligent life on other planets – and will we ever be able to travel to...

Duration:00:44:39

Understanding Taste and Flavor & Why It’s Good To Get Angry - Sometimes

7/14/2022
People cry when they are sad – so why do they also cry when they are happy? This episode begins with the explanation for why two opposite emotions can have the same symptom. And what happy occasion actually causes people to cry the most “tears of joy.” (BTW, it’s not weddings). https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/11/141111124047.htm Did you know that flavor and taste are not the same thing? In fact, your sense of taste is much more complicated than you imagined and really involves all...

Duration:00:45:52

How to Avoid The Summer Travel Chaos & Preventing Regrets About Money

7/11/2022
Why is it that as soon as you get your car washed, a bird will find it and leave a nice big poop on your shiny clean car? Whatever force of nature causes that, you need to get that poop off – fast. Listen as I explain why and how to do it so you don’t cause more damage. https://www.mccarthycollisioncenters.com/blog/8-tips-to-clean-bird-poop-off-car-paint Traveling this summer has been challenging at best. For some travelers it has been downright miserable. High airfares, cancelled flights,...

Duration:00:50:25

SYSK Choice: The Psychology of Design & How to Be a Better Conversationalist

7/9/2022
It seems to be human nature that the more money you have in your wallet, the more likely you are to spend it. And it also turns out that what kind of money is in your wallet influences how much you spend as well. Listen as this episode begins with some interesting psychology that will help you spend less so you keep more of your money. http://www.forbes.com/video/4061993829001/ I bet you have had someone design a logo or brochure or website for you and then when they show you what they did,...

Duration:00:49:26

How Toxic Individualism Is Destroying Relationships & The History of Fragrances

7/7/2022
Nothing ruins a trip like getting car sick. But now there are motion sickness glasses. Do they work? Reader’s Digest tested them out and a lot of people who bought them left reviews. Listen and I’ll tell you what they said. https://www.rd.com/article/motion-sickness-glasses/ How can you be in a relationship and still be an individual? It has always been a tricky balance that has gotten even tougher as we have shifted to a more “It’s-all-about-me” culture. Joining me to discuss this is...

Duration:00:47:41