Uncommon Sense: the This is True Podcast

By Randy Cassingham

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Uncommon Sense is the podcast for This is True, the oldest Entertainment newsletter on the Internet, starting in early 1994 and running weekly since. TRUE features 'weird news' stories with a purpose: it's Thought-Provoking Entertainment. TRUE is news commentary using rewritten summaries of real news stories as its vehicle. The newsletter is text, but the podcast is decidedly not an audio version of the newsletter, so you may want to try a free subscription to the newsletter, too. Subscribe at https://thisistrue.com/podcast
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April 27, 2018
In This Episode: The question is harder to answer than you …think! But really, what IS thinking? Plus, if you use the “Dunning-Kruger Effect” to judge other peoples’ thinking, you’re doing it wrong — says Dr. Dunning. Jump To… * Show Notes * How to Subscribe * How to Comment * Episode Transcript * List of All Episodes Show Notes * Mensa International is the largest and oldest “high I.Q.” society in the world, established in 1946. After speaking at their conferences (regional and national) several times, Kit and I both joined. * My story on the Dunning-Kreuger Effect is here (or you can use the easier-to-remember https://thisistrue.com/dke). You can download the original 14-page journal article here (PDF, 500K). * Wikipedia does a decent job describing the Scientific Method. * Einstein, as part of the general theory of relativity, said that light would be affected by gravity. He was proven correct. * In this episode I read some of Wikipedia’s article on what thought “is”. * Using a bit of ash to make a sugar cube ignite from a match is an example of catalysis. * Pyrex, or borosilicate glass, was introduced in the U.S. by Corning. I missed a step in my off-the-cuff description: it was another later glass product, Corningware (Pyroceram) in the 1950s, that was discovered by accident, and didn’t break when dropped. That discovery, which came when S. Donald Stookey was working on a different project, was when Stookey accidentally heated a sample to a much higher than desired temperature, and it came out of the furnace with a milky white hue. When he dropped it, it bounced, rather than shattered. Now sold under the Corelle brand, the lids — to make them clear — are made from borosilicate — Pyrex. Corning later came up with Gorilla Glass, a hardened (but very thin) and scratch-resistant glass now used in smartphones. How to Subscribe Search for Uncommon Sense in your podcast app or on iTunes, or manually enter this feed URL into your app: https://thisistrue.com/feed/podcast Also available via Google Play, PlayerFM,
April 12, 2018
In This Episode: Another No Longer Weird story for the list, why episodes will be a bit sporadic over the next six weeks, and the role model that is Homer Simpson. Jump To… * Show Notes * How to Subscribe * How to Comment * Episode Transcript * List of All Episodes Show Notes * No Longer Weird: arrestees who jump over into the driver’s seat and steal the police car they’re in. (Example: Tulsa World) * Wikipedia article on the Camino de Santiago, and the Martin Sheen film The Way. * Have questions about about This is True, stories in general, or the Thinking Toolbox series? Let me know via the Contact page, or tweet @ThisIsTrue, so I have something to talk about while Kit is gone! How to Subscribe Search for Uncommon Sense in your podcast app or on iTunes, or manually enter this feed URL into your app: https://thisistrue.com/feed/podcast Also available via Google Play, PlayerFM, TuneIn, Podfanatic, ListenNotes, Overcast, Stitcher, Podbean, Listen Notes — and more to come? Comments and Questions? Your comments on this episode are welcome below. Questions can be added there, sent via this site’s Contact Page, or tweeted to @ThisIsTrue. Transcript Randy: Welcome to Uncommon Sense, the Podcast companion to the ThisIsTrue.com newsletter with the mission to promote more thinking in the world. I’m Randy Cassingham. Kit: I’m Kit Cassingham. Randy: This week we’re discussing a story from issue 1243 of the newsletter, which will be included on the Show Page at thisistrue.com/podcast36. But before we get to that story, we’ve got two things to talk about, the first being another segment of No Longer Weird. In March, I passed on a story submitted by readers from Tulsa, Oklahoma: police there arrested Angie Lynn Frost, 36, after a traffic stop, and the officer handcuffed Frost and put her in the back of his patrol car. Then, the officer said,
April 7, 2018
In This Episode: Another story based on religion, another complaint from a reader asking “Why should I have to develop a sense of humor?” In this week’s podcast, my response to that question. Jump To… * Show Notes * How to Subscribe * How to Comment * Episode Transcript * List of All Episodes Show Notes * Mike’s tagline on the story discussed (“There is a time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to defend your faith — and a time to have a sense of humor.”) is a twist on Ecclesiastes 3: “There is… a time to weep and a time to laugh….” * Rev. Straw told me the parentheses in “Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)” are important. If you’re unsure what that church is, there’s info here. She also mentioned the podcast Pulpit Fiction. * And since she brought it up, the Get Out of Hell Free card site is here, and the place to order some if you want to chill out about stuff like this is here. * Would I (as the reader challenged) appreciate a cartoon about Mohammed? Sure — “not just because I’m a thinking person,” I said on that page, “but also because I make my living saying what I think needs to be said, even when I know some will be offended by it.” * My figures for the percentages of Christians in Canada are from here, and in the U.S. from here. * Kit was slightly off on the name of the “Peak Flown From Afar” — it’s a rare (for China) limestone structure clearly distinct from the sandstone around it. According to legend, an Indian monk named Huili was there 1,600 years ago and was very surprised to see something so different from everything else in the area. He decided the peak had flown over from India since such formations are common there. * I wasn’t sure about the percentage of atheists in the U.S. and guessed off the top of my head. The Pew Religious Landscape survey reported that as of 2014, 22.8 percent of the U.S. population is religiously unaffiliated, atheists made up 3.1 percent and agnostics made up 4 percent of the U.S. population. The 2014 General Social Survey reported that 21 percent of Americans had no religion with 3 percent being atheist and 5 percent being agnostic (Wikipedia). * Are there any atheists in Congress? According to the Huffington Post, as of 2017, no: not one, and only one “identifies as religiously unaffiliated.” How to Subscribe Search for Uncommon Sense in your podcast app or on iTunes,
March 28, 2018
In This Episode: Scenarios are a great way to do long-term planning and thinking, but here’s a great trick for short-term results. Also: another segment of No Longer Weird. Jump To… * Show Notes * How to Subscribe * How to Comment * Episode Transcript * List of All Episodes Show Notes * No Longer Weird: Car thieves having to go to court, so they drive themselves there in a stolen cart. (Example from WTIC Hartford) * Podcast 28 talked about using scenarios. * The fitness band we use: Garmin’s Vivofit 2 ($60 at Amazon), because it has a super-long battery life (Randy’s is still going after more than two years! Kit had to put in new batteries a few months ago), and it’s waterproof. * We talked a little about Kit’s coaching: she’s a High Performance Coach who specializes in people with ADD. Her web site is here How to Subscribe Search for Uncommon Sense in your podcast app or on iTunes, or manually enter this feed URL into your app: https://thisistrue.com/feed/podcast Also available via Google Play, PlayerFM, TuneIn, Podfanatic, ListenNotes, Overcast, Stitcher, Podbean, Listen Notes — and more to come? Comments and Questions? Your comments on this episode are welcome below. Questions can be added there, sent via this site’s Contact Page, or tweeted to @ThisIsTrue. Transcript Randy: Welcome to Uncommon Sense, the Podcast companion to the ThisIsTrue.com newsletter with the mission to promote more thinking in the world. I’m Randy Cassingham. Kit: I’m Kit Cassingham. Randy: This week we’re not discussing a story from the newsletter, but rather another tool in what I call the Thinking Toolbox — a way to learn how to think better, unlike the people in True’s stories. Or, if you’re already an accomplished thinker, a way to help others learn how to think because trust me: they need the help. Kit: We all do. Randy: Before we get there, though,
March 8, 2018
In This Episode: Whether you “need” a monkey (wait… what?!) or “want” something for nothing, scammers are eager to take your money from you. And what’s No Longer Weird this week. Jump To… * Show Notes * How to Subscribe * How to Comment * Episode Transcript * List of All Episodes Show Notes * No Longer Weird: when a drunk driver is ordered by the judge to go to some sort of class, but they’re turned away because they arrived drunk. (Example) * The full No Longer Weird list (more coming). * The Just How Stupid Are You? story Randy talked about, and the raid (with photos) in Nigeria he talked about. * The “bricks” of currency that come out of the U.S. Bureau of Engraving and Printing, as illustrated here, have 1,000 bills in them. So, in the case of $100 bills, each such bundle would be worth $100,000. * There probably won’t be an episode next week since I have to pop to a meeting of the TEH Podcast hosts. How to Subscribe Search for Uncommon Sense in your podcast app or on iTunes, or manually enter this feed URL into your app: https://thisistrue.com/feed/podcast Also available via Google Play, PlayerFM, TuneIn, Podfanatic, ListenNotes, Overcast, Stitcher, Podbean, Listen Notes — and more to come? Comments and Questions? Your comments on this episode are welcome below. Questions can be added there, sent via this site’s Contact Page, or tweeted to @ThisIsTrue. Transcript Randy: Welcome to Uncommon Sense, the Podcast companion to the ThisIsTrue.com newsletter, with the mission to promote more thinking in the world. I’m Randy Cassingham. Kit: I’m Kit Cassingham. Randy: This week we’re discussing a story from issue 1238 of the newsletter, which will be included on the Show Page at thisistrue.com/podcast33. Before the main topic, though,
March 3, 2018
In This Episode: A really interesting cautionary tale for anyone who posts anything online — on social media, on a review site, even a comment on a blog. Can you be sued …and LOSE? You bet! Even if you “don’t listen to podcasts” you might want to try this one — or at least read the transcript. Jump To… * Show Notes * How to Subscribe * How to Comment * Episode Transcript * List of All Episodes Show Notes * This is definitely not a True Stella Awards (crazy lawsuit) case. I should know: I wrote the book! * Example coverage of this case from a U.S. newspaper (Bridezilla ordered to pay $115K for ruining photographer’s business in the New York Post) and in a local paper (Bride who defamed B.C. wedding company ordered to pay $115,000 in damages in the Vancouver Sun.) * But most of my facts for my discussion comes direct from the judge’s decision: Hee Creations Group Ltd. v Chow, 2018 BCSC 260 * The company’s Yelp page still exists, and that’s where I happened to find today’s review, posted by an American obliviot. How to Subscribe Search for Uncommon Sense in your podcast app or on iTunes, or manually enter this feed URL into your app: https://thisistrue.com/feed/podcast Also available via Google Play, PlayerFM, TuneIn, Podfanatic, ListenNotes, Overcast, Stitcher, Podbean, Listen Notes — and more to come? Comments and Questions? Your comments on this episode are welcome below. Questions can be added there, sent via this site’s Contact Page, or tweeted to @ThisIsTrue. Transcript Welcome to Uncommon Sense, the Podcast companion to the ThisIsTrue.com newsletter with the mission to promote more thinking in the world.
Feb. 22, 2018
In This Episode: Following on the previous episode, a lot of child abuse could be stopped if we encouraged our kids to set boundaries — and then we honored them. The story from the middle school in Utah where girls were not allowed to say no to boys asking them to dance really drives this all home: the rule actually sets girls up for abuse. Plus another segment of No Longer Weird. Jump To… * Show Notes * How to Subscribe * How to Comment * Episode Transcript * List of All Episodes Show Notes * Be sure you heard the last episode, Podcast 030: What ‘Mandatory’ Means. * The blog post with the Utah middle school “girls must not say no” story is When Good People Do Nothing. * No Longer Weird: People who accidentally shoot themselves while demonstrating the supposedly safe handling of firearms. * Sample James Bond posters are below, as discussed: absolutely stupid disregard for basic gun safety. Not How It’s Done How to Subscribe Search for Uncommon Sense in your podcast app or on iTunes, or manually enter this feed URL into your app: https://thisistrue.com/feed/podcast Also available via Google Play, PlayerFM, TuneIn, Podfanatic, ListenNotes, Overcast, Stitcher, Podbean, Listen Notes — and more to come? Comments and Questions? Your comments on this episode are welcome below. Questions can be added there, sent via this site’s Contact Page, or tweeted to @ThisIsTrue. Transcript Randy: Welcome to Uncommon Sense, the Podcast companion to the ThisIsTrue.com newsletter with the mission to promote more thinking in the world. I’m Randy Cassingham. Kit: I’m Kit Cassingham. Randy: We’re catching up a little this week, and you can find links and a transcript on the Show Page, at thisistrue.com/podcast31 First up, let’s add another category to stories that are No Longer Weird. You can see the list of these categories at thisistr...
Feb. 9, 2018
In This Episode: A home-town story has a notable parallel to a national story, and they both hinge on men in power taking advantage of the young — while other supposedly responsible adults failed to do their legal, and “mandatory”, duty. It was a tough one to record, and it’ll be tough to listen to, but it’s an important, and thought-provoking, issue: what would YOU do? Jump To… * Show Notes * How to Subscribe * How to Comment * Episode Transcript * List of All Episodes Show Notes * Who is specifically called out as a “Mandatory Reporter” of child abuse or neglect in Colorado. * Who is specifically called out as a “Mandatory Reporter” of child abuse or neglect in Michigan. * A large portion of the recounting of the times Larry Nassar could have been stopped was from this report by NBC News (in case you want to read through the rest of the times). * Another report that details how Michigan State officials similarly failed the girls, by the Detroit News. * Related, from my blog: a story of other school officials very close to where I live ignoring the “Mandatory Reporting” law. Another Week, Another Pack of Clueless School Officials is also a sobering read, yet it seems not even other Colorado school officials learned the lesson …because the penalties are pretty much nil. How to Subscribe Search for Uncommon Sense in your podcast app or on iTunes, or manually enter this feed URL into your app: https://thisistrue.com/feed/podcast Also available via Google Play, PlayerFM, TuneIn, Podfanatic, ListenNotes, Overcast, Stitcher, Podbean, Listen Notes — and more to come?
Feb. 2, 2018
In This Episode: Two segments of No Longer Weird to catch up a little, and one of the most ridiculous reader complaints about a story EVER (and my response). There’s a twist at the end: even in this kind of hilarity, there’s a real lesson to be learned about The Human Condition, supplied by an amazing reader letter. Jump To… * Show Notes * How to Subscribe * How to Comment * Episode Transcript * List of All Episodes Show Notes * No Longer Weird: An obliviot hires a hitman …who turns out to be an undercover cop. Recently rejected example: A Contractor Hired a Hit Man to Kill a Homeowner. The Hit Man Was a Cop. * No Longer Weird: Criminal jumps into a taxi …but it’s actually a police car. Recently rejected example: Denmark Man Carrying 1,000 Joints Gets into Police Car, Mistaking It for a Taxi * Complete list of such items: No Longer Weird. * The original page reporting Jeff’s letter — and many amazing responses from readers (including pastors) who actually have a clue: The Missionary’s Position. * The (in)famous Get Out of Hell Free cards and associated items can be ordered here. How to Subscribe Search for Uncommon Sense in your podcast app or on iTunes, or manually enter this feed URL into your app: https://thisistrue.com/feed/podcast Also available via Google Play, PlayerFM, TuneIn, Podfanatic, ListenNotes, Overcast, Stitcher, Podbean, Listen Notes — and more to come? Comments and Questions? Your comments on this episode are welcome below. Questions can be added there, sent via this site’s Contact Page, or tweeted to @ThisIsTrue. Transcript Welcome to Uncommon Sense, the Podcast companion to the ThisIsTrue.com newsletter with the mission to promote more thinking in the world.
Jan. 26, 2018
In This Episode: A remarkable letter from a reader who was inspired by This is True to do …what?! And another powerful tool in the This is True Thinking Toolbox: Scenarios aren’t just for critical situations, but everyday life. Jump To… * Show Notes * How to Subscribe * How to Comment * Episode Transcript * Subscribe to Podcast Notification Emails * List of All Episodes Show Notes * One of the “amazing stories” of working in the emergency room during my recertification training: War on Drugs  (then scroll down to the section, “Drugs: a Real-Life Story”). * The story of the deer that jumped in front of me on an ambulance call: The Risks of Emergency Responses. * Menu of all EMS Stories in this blog. * What’s a Kubotan. How to Subscribe Search for Uncommon Sense in your podcast app or on iTunes, or manually enter this feed URL into your app: https://thisistrue.com/feed/podcast Also available via Google Play, PlayerFM, TuneIn, Podfanatic, ListenNotes, Overcast, Stitcher, Podbean, Listen Notes — and more to come? Comments and Questions? Your comments on this episode are welcome below. Questions can be added there, sent via this site’s Contact Page, or tweeted to @ThisIsTrue. Transcript Randy: Welcome to Uncommon Sense, the podcast companion to the thisistrue.com newsletter with the mission to promote more thinking in the world. I’m Randy Cassingham. Kit: And I think I’m Kit Cassingham. Randy: When will you know for sure? Kit: Next time I check my I.D. Randy: Another two parter this week: a new tool in the thinking toolbox, and first, a letter from a reader that I really think is fantastic. Kit hasn’t heard this one yet. Kit: I’m kind of looking forward to tonight. I don’t know anything about what’s happening tonight.

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