Monday, July 24, 2023

Messi makes his mark; an otter on the run; finding out about phubbing; and 100 days of kindy.



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What did you get up to on the weekend? If you spent some time with your family or friends, did you talk to each other, or was someone scrolling on their phone the whole time? 


Scientists at a university in Turkey have shown that when you phub the people closest to you, which is a portmanteau of the words phone and snub, it’s really bad for your relationships. 


Say you’re having a conversation with someone, and they get a text, so they stop talking to you and become glued to their phone, reading and responding to the text – that’s a phub or phone snub, and it’s becoming really common. And when two people do it, it’s known as a double-phub. Try saying that five times quickly!


Research shows that people check their phones on average 58 times a day, so that’s a lot of disrupted conversations, and it seems that most people don’t like being ignored. I think I could have told them that!


So next time you feel like picking up your device to watch some epic fails or those cute cat videos, why not do it as a family instead of phubbing each other?





Each day we give the world globe a spin and find a news story from wherever it stops, and today we’ve landed in Florida where the Argentinian footballing GOAT (that stands for Greatest of All Time), Lionel Messi, has played his first game for his new American club, Inter Miami. 


Faces that we’re more accustomed to seeing on the court, like basketball legend LeBron James, and tennis superstar Serena Williams, were in the crowd to cheer Messi on. Even Kim Kardashian made an appearance with her “soccer-obsessed son, Saint!


And in his very first appearance for Inter Miami, Messi made his mark, taking a free-kick in the 94th minute and landing the ball in the top corner to take out the game by 2-1 against Mexico’s Cruz Azul club to cheers and tears from fans, including Inter Miami club co-owner, David Beckham.


Is there anything Messi can’t do?




Were you listening last week when we told you about California’s surfboard-stealing sea otter? Well, the saga continues! The now famous otter, known as Otter 841, has evaded capture by wildlife officials and remains on the run!


Last week, Otter 841- so named because of a radio transmitter that’s attached to her – captured the world’s attention, climbing atop a surfboard and chowing down on it, leaving the surprised surfer paddling around in the water.


 Wildlife officers are concerned that as she doesn’t seem to fear humans, she may get injured or injure someone else. They’re hoping to catch her and move her to a zoo, where she can be an “ambassador for her species”. 


Meanwhile, locals say that she should just be left alone. But that might not be possible as people flock to the coast to catch a glimpse of this sun-loving, crab-crunching mammal . She even has her own line of merch, and my Otter 841 T-Shirt is in the mail.


And another quick update …  after a late start to salmon season, the brown bears at Katmai National Park in Alaska have taken up their positions at Brooks Falls and are eagerly awaiting the salmon making their way upstream. The waterfall act as a natural barrier, and the salmon have to leap out of the water to pass it. The hungry bears, preparing to hibernate later in the year, can pick their tasty snacks straight out of the air. I’ve stuck a link to the live stream in your episode notes. I’ve spotted 8 bears a-waiting already.




Have you noticed any small, grey-haired people with wrinkles, canes, and cardigans around your school’s prep or kindy classes recently? No, it’s not grandparents day, it’s kindy kids marking their first 100 days of school by dressing up as 100-year-olds.

This celebration, which was rarely heard of in Australia a few years ago, is becoming a major milestone event thanks to schools sharing images of their kindy classes on Facebook and Instagram. Teachers might also ask their students to bring 100 of something from home, like grains of rice or cereal, and have other activities based on the number 100.

Retail stores are also jumping on board with pint-sized grey grandma wigs flying off the shelves…no not literally!

So keep an eye out. And if you’re a grandparent who’s glasses or teeth suddenly go missing, you’ll know where to look! 


This is the part of the podcast where you get to test how well you’ve been listening …

1.What is the portmanteau word that describes being on your phone while ignoring people who are with you?


  1. What is the name of the sea otter who is evading capture by wildlife officers in California?
  2. What are kindy kids doing to celebrate their first 100 days of school?





It’s July 24 –  I’m very excited because it’s ‘Tell an Old Joke Day’. So with that it mind, What did the ocean say to the shore? Nothing, it just waved. [Mum Joke Buzzer] 

I thought that might set off the mum joke buzzer.


It’s also a special day for these Squiz Kids celebrating a birthday today and tomorrow…  Owen from Montmorency, Tyler from Burpengary, Renee from Croydon Hills, Bosco from Oatlands, David from Albany Hills, Kiara from Grovedale, Alyssa from Bundaberg, Ruth from Brisbane, Oliver from Moss Vale, Oli H from Exeter, Molly from Mount Gravatt, Zion from Clairvaux, Alfie from Capalaba, Otto from Newcastle, Florence from Middle Harbour, Rose from Echuca, Ciaran from Canberra a r nd Spencer travelling around Australia. 


Belated birthday shout outs go to …. Abbi from Orange, Matthew from Cranebrook, Macey from Forbes, Gordon from Baulkham Hills, Andi from Yeppoon, Luca from Sydney, Jada from Oyster Bay, Harris from Yagoona, Rosemary and Emma from Cronulla, Molly from Newcastle and Olivia-Blue listening over in Minas Gerais, Brazil.    


Welcome back to our South Australian schools who are returning to the classroom this week…. Cla r ssroom shoutouts today go to … 

Class 5/6SM with Ms Samson at Saint John the Apostle School in Adelaide,  class P23 with Miss Russell at St Columba College in Andrews Farm, Miss Fahy’s class at Oran Park Public School, year 5/6 in room 9 with Mr Staker and Miss Kaak at Northfield Primary School, class 7S and Ms B at Cardijn College in Adelaide and lastly to class 5S with Ms Storr and Ms Stevens at Hurstville Public School. 


The S’Quiz Answers:

  1. Phubbing
  2. Otter 841
  3. Dressing up as 100-year-olds