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Who Knew Wednesday: Bountiful Idioms!

Today Lilly and I had a ton of laughs with our Who Knew Wednesday topic – Idioms!

What is an idiom you ask? It’s an idiom is a commonly used expression whose meaning does not relate to the literal meaning of its words. Want to know more about Idioms? Here you go!! 

Here is the list of idioms that we shared from today!

Our Who knew Wedsnday trivia question:  The common phrase, which is also considering an idiom,  “If you think that, you have another thing coming” is actually incorrect.  What is the correct way to say this idiom?

Answer: “If you think that, you have another thought coming”

If you want to know more about this, here you go!

Congrats to Bob from Mount Vernon who won that $5 gift card to Troyer’s of Apple Valley and 4 tickets to the AAA Great Vacations Travel Expo!

the who knew food corner

Today was Frozen Yogurt day! We shared with you some fun facts about Yogurt and started a new fad diet?? #froyo30 #froyolio (Disclaimer: We were 100% joking, please don’t do this.)

Thank you so much for listening to the craziness that is the Afternoon Drive – we appreciate YOU!

-Hannah and Lilly

Who Knew Wednesday: Quick Ways to Be Better than Average!

Good Afternoon!

Today Todd and I talk about some ways to be better than Average in less than 5 minutes and the results of the 49th Dove Awards!

First, we shared with you that the average person gets two or three colds a year and the average respiratory infection lasts 7 to 10 days. Be better than average. Don’t try to blow out a cold. Blowing your nose vigorously could make your cold last longer. Using CT scans, researchers at the University of Virginia discovered that nose blowing actually forces some mucus backward, propelling bacteria and viruses directly into your sinuses and triggering reactions that can make your cold worse. Limit your honking and take decongestants as soon as symptoms appear.

Then that the average person has a one-in-three chance of having high blood pressure, which looks like a systolic (the top number of your blood pressure) reading of 140 mmHg or over, and a diastolic (the bottom number) reading of 90 or over – again, be better than average and lower the blood pressure by exercising regularly, eating a healthy diet and reducing the sodium in your diet!

Do you want to know more about clergy appreciation month and how to nominate your pastor for some awesome prizes? Click HERE!

We also shared the results of the 49th Dove awards – click HERE for the list!

Thank you so much for tuning in and checking out our blog!

Hannah Radke



Who Knew… Germs!

Good afternoon! I hope you’re having a great day!
Today on the Drive we talked about the dangers of germs, where you find them, and some of the best ways to prevent them.

What are germs and how do they get us sick?
Some certain germs won’t get you sick, but they can. Germs which usually stay in certain parts of the body where they do not cause disease, will make a person sick if they find their way to another part of the body. For example, Escherichia coli (which is also sometimes known as E. coli) lives in the gut and helps digest food. However, if it gets outside the gut, E. coli can cause sickness such as bladder infection.

Germs can get into the body through the mouth, nose, breaks in the skin and eyes.  Once disease-causing germs are inside the body they can stop it from working properly. They may breed very quickly and in a very short time a small number of germs can become millions.

Germs can cause disease by upsetting the way the body works. They do this when they:

  • produce toxins (poisons)
  • increase their number greatly by breeding and they can stop parts of the body from working properly, or
  • attack and damage a particular part of the body

Kids and germs are like the peas and carrots of family life — they go together perfectly. But something as simple as frequent, effective hand washing can help prevent many germs and diseases in adults and children alike.

Ensuring your children are eating healthy and getting enough sleep may also help their immune systems fight off potentially harmful conditions. Vitamin C from foods (bell pepper), fruits (any citrus) or supplements can help boost immune system function. Eating five varied servings of fruits and vegetables per day provides more than 200 mg of vitamin C. Examples…

3/4’s of a cup of Orange juice contains 93mg of Vitamin C
1 medium Kiwi contains 63mg of Vitamin C
and a 1/2 cup of sliced strawberries contain 49mg of Vitamin C

Other good sources of vitamin C are oranges, red peppers, kale, Brussels Sprouts, broccoli, grapefruit, guava, and green peppers.

How much Vitamin C should I be getting for my age?
0-6 months         40mg
7-12 months      50mg
1-3 years              15mg
4-8 years              25mg
9-13 years           45mg
13+ years        65-90mg per day.

Here are some tips for you to avoid contact with germs…

  1. Not too close
    Avoid having close contact with people who are sick and when you are sick, keep your distance from others.
  2. Stay home when sick
    If possible, stay home from work/school. Use the 24-hour rule: Stay home if you’ve had fever within the last 24 hours.
  3.  Keep it covered
    Use a tissue to cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue away and wash your hands. If a tissue is not available, cover your nose and mouth with your sleeve or arm, not your hands.
  4. Hands off
    Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth when you are ill to help prevent spreading germs.
  5. Wipe it down
    Clean and disinfect surface areas at home, work and school.

    Just for fun… The three dirtiest things in your house?
    Your dish sponge… 775,460,560 bacteria per square inch
    Your sink handle…  228,854 bacteria per square inch
    Your keyboard mouse… 79,000 bacteria per square inch

    Our Word of the day today was…

interdigitate // Verb // [in-ter-dij-i-teyt]
to interlock, as or like the fingers of both hands.

[Interdigitate is a derivative of the Latin noun digitus, most commonly meaning is “finger” and secondarily “toe” and finally, as a measure of length, “the breadth of a finger, inch.” The Latin noun derives from the Proto-Indo-European root (and its variants) which mean “to point, point out, show.” One of the Germanic derivatives, which in Old English develops into tahe and then tā, whence Modern English “toe,” except that human beings cannot interdigitate with their toes. Interdigitate entered English in the 19th century. ]

Thanks for listening!

Who Knew? The Kidneys edition.


March is National Kidney Month, a great time to remind us of the importance of these two, fist-sized organs that are so vital to our health.

Here are some resources from the National Kidney Foundation that can help you keep your kidneys healthy:

Kidneys are important because they:

  • Filter blood
  • Keep the right amount of fluids in the body
  • Help make red blood cells
  • Help keep blood pressure under control

Risk factors for kidney disease include:

  • Diabetes
  • High blood pressure
  • Being 60 years or older
  • Having a family member with kidney disease, diabetes, or high blood pressure
  • Being African American/Black, Hispanic, Asian, Pacific Islander, American Indian, or Alaska Native

Some ways to protect kidneys are:

  • Keep blood sugar, blood pressure, and cholesterol under control
  • Lose weight, if needed
  • Eat healthy meals
  • Take all medicines as prescribed
  • Get regular exercise
  • Don’t smoke
  • Limit alcohol
  • Avoid some over-the-counter medicines (such as aspirin, naxoproxin, or ibuprofen) because they can harm kidneys

Today’s Word of the Day is: gadzookery, a noun that means using archaisms or older phrases in your speech.

Thanks for listening!

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