(VIDEO) Ethan Millard touches on the story of parents in Georgia who are currently suing the Public Health Department to allow it to give their baby the last name "Allah," a name not used by either parent.
Also, Alex Kirry is in a situation most parents will find themselves in at one point, what should we name our child? Which led to a deep dive search on baby names and we may have found the most interesting names that you'll ever hear.
Alex Kirry and Ethan Millard discuss a bullshark that made its way mysteriously on to dry land in Queensland in Australia and folks are not exactly sure how this happened. And Wendy's throws shade at McDonald's on twitter talking about freshness of beef and Thats just the beginning of the beef on the show as the guys also discuss First World Problems so that you can feel fine about the hardships you're living with as we speak.
A couple in Atlanta Georgia have landed in court over trying to name their baby "Allah" as its last name. Since Alex Kirry is a month away from a new baby, Ethan Millard and he discuss names that he shouldn't name his kid like "Little SweetMeat" and Elizabreth. Also, A Nightside listener, Lawrence, sports his Nightside T-Shirt while on the KSL 5 TV news defending the plight of the homeless as the rally locally in Draper Utah this week. He was booed off of the stage for defending the homeless and asking for compassion. Salt Lake County ultimately chose South Salt Lake as its location so the uppity folks of Draper can rest easy. Pepperhill Elementary School in North Charleston South Carolina is the scene of our zenheadlines where Katie Blomquist raised $80K to buy all 650 kids a new bike! Pretty dang cool.
How do you relieve stress? Nightside Project hosts Alex Kirry and Ethan Millard discuss a new concept popping up around the country called "break rooms". They are similar to a "Fight Club"
The Break Room. A Room designed to let one get out their angst by breaking a variety of things to get out any feelings of stress and anxiety and anger. You rent the room and they provide various items including crowbars and bats for your to break stuff and exercise your anger. Alex loves the idea because an Atlanta BreakRoom allowed Falcons fans to break New England Patriots stuff after losing the Super Bowl. It would allow people to break things they hate like Tom Brady and Osama Bin Laden. But Ethan thinks it's encouraging uncontrollable rage.
Italian police busted 34 people in a Crime Family who were plotting to steal the corpse of famous race car family patriarch Enzo Ferrari.
And a Paralyzed man regained the control of his body with the help of implanted computers in his brain that allow him to control machines with his mind to help him eat, drink and grab things.
The fans have spoken and when the Utah Indoor Football team the Screamin' Eagles put it to the fans to see if they should sign former NFL Probowl Defensive End Greg Hardy to its roster, it was a very close vote but the fans decided against it. Ethan Millard says that Hardy should have had a second chance at least in a lesser league but Alex Kirry says if he wants a second chance, its more embarrassing to start out at an arena league team than plugging away looking for an NFL try out. Team owner Norm McDonald of SNL fame hasn't commented on the matter but has said in the past that the commitment to fans deciding the outcome is their model. Plus, a zenheadline featuring another 100 year old man, this time Bill Hansen who wanted nothing more on his 100-year birthday than to go back to his old job and do a couple of his old tasks just for fun.
The news story of a women hitting a deer out of Moscow, Idaho, has a caused quite a couple questions for the Nightside guys. Apparently, she was distracted by the sight of Sasquatch (even though there was no apparent evidence in the immediate area) and ran into a deer, which leads Ethan Millard to question Alex Kirry's reasoning that Sasquatch is actually real and that D.B. Cooper is still alive...
In a long line of Presidents before him, since 1910 to be precise, Donald Trump will be the first to not participate in the ceremonial first pitch to start out the major league baseball season at the Washington Nationals opening day. Though Trump played baseball for much of his youth and into young adulthood, Alex Kirry and Ethan Millard will try to understand why the President won't do it. Ethan says he wants the President to reconsider, Alex gets that this is a guy who is all about image and something like a first pitch will be diced up and ridiculed forever if it goes poorly. The Zenheadline is a breaking feelgood news story that Bob Dylan will finally accept the Nobel Prize from its committee in Stockholm Sweden after initially ignoring the institution. Aren't they lucky to get some attention from Mr. Dylan.
The Nightside Project's hosts Alex Kirry and Ethan Millard were contacted after their episode featuring the UVU (Utah Valley University) toilet paper protest. '2-plys matter', or whatever you want to call their movement got even more crazy when their leader, Justin Bradford came on the show today to defend himself from the social media backlash that accuses him and other millennials of not learning how to wipe properly. He then drops the bombshell on the Nightside Project that he doesn't even go to school there.
The #zenheadline in this episode contains the great story of Britain's Oldest Man at 109 years old who refused a card from Queen Elizabeth because he says that she "looks miserable all the time"
Alex and Ethan break down the recent story of 10-year-old Chelsy-Lee Ordones De Cross of Sydney, Australia who broke into her piggy bank and gave all of her savings to her parents so they could go out on and have their very own special date night. We all would like to think that our kids would do the same thing except Ethan believes he needs to introduce some hardship into his children's lives to get the same result.
Woman in Moscow Idaho hit a deer with her car so of course instead of just copping to hitting the deer and just leaving it at that, she blamed it on the old pacific northwest legend of Sasquatch jumping out into the road. Alex Kirry and Ethan Millard fight about the existence of Sasquatch aka bigfoot, but Ethan doesn't have time for Alex's logic that "science hasn't disproved it yet" theory. Then the zenheadline is an inspiring tale of Jonathan Koch, a Hollywood executive of amazing health who fell ill with a terrible infection after a flight to Washington DC, which turned out to be fortuitous since the infection took his left hand and they were able to perform a full wrist-to-hand transplant. He is now left handed. The medical technology has come a long way and his fully functioning hand where his old one once withered, George Washington University were able to perform the medical miracle.
Students at the Utah Valley University have addressed issues with their current bathroom situation, the toilet paper is too thin. Alex Kirry can see exactly what they're talking about, while Ethan Millard has some pretty hot takes on the messy situation. Most importantly, how do we have such advanced public facilities throughout the country but no standardization of bidets?
Ethan Millard and Alex Kirry talk about the developing story out of Utah Valley University, the largest public University in the state, whose student body, at least some of them, are outraged by the lack of wiping power their tuition payments provide. a change.org petition has gone up and the school officials have heard form the student advocacy group who is heading up this campaign to wipe out this problem. We hate ourselves for that pun. Charmin was unable to be reached for a comment but the guys test the toilet paper at KSL to see if it deserves a protest. Steve Dempster of England is asking people to boycott a restaurant for calling their baby a weird freak for her order of a small omelette. And in a touching move, an Aussie teen head her parents were short on cash for a date and gave them all of her saved up babysitting money so that they could enjoy a night out.
On Twitter, @naletto clued Ethan and Alex in to a major Easter development: New Reeses peanut butter eggs. They are shaped like a real egg and resemble the classic Cadbury Creme Egg.
A listener named Kaleb (@kalebnotksl) also hit us up on Twitter and mentioned that he had listened to an old episode from last year. He said it was "interesting" to see how the podcast has changed.
He didn't elaborate beyond that so Ethan and Alex assumed it was an insult.
Our #zenheadlines segment was teed up to us also from Twitter. Thanks to Jennifer Donohue (@skippy_02) for this great story:
Teddy is a rescue puppy born with stumps for feet. Barbara Bradley of Wake Forest, North Carolina adopted him and went to some local experts for a solution. Out of her own pocket, she spent almost $3,000 for new prosthetic feet. Now the dog can run and play no problem.
Alex Kirry and Ethan Millard are joined by KSL Newsradio News Director, Sheryl Worsley, to review some investigative reporting on the curious "Hong Kong Chinese Restaurant" located in Fillmore, Utah. From the outside, the restaurant almost looks abandoned. Run down, weeds in the parking lot and usually no one parked outside. Ethan actually describes the scene as a potential shooting location for the TV show The Walking Dead. Nightside fans have tried to eat at the restaurant but the buffet is always empty and they are forced to order off the menu. But in an instant, the restaurant fills to capacity and the buffet trays are magically stocked when Chinese tour buses pull up.
Hong Kong Chinese Restaurant: The bathrooms are interesting, the food is mediocre, but the experience is priceless.
Kurt Cochran was killed in the terror attack on Westminster Bridge in London.
His wife, Melissa, was severely injured.
They are both from our area of Salt Lake City, Utah.
Ethan and Alex were shocked to read the Cochran family state that they harbor no ill will over the attack. That Kurt always focused on the positive and that's what they'll do.
Do you have the strength to do that?
A telemarketer hawking student loan debt options also tried calling Alex during the program. An attempt was made to get the call on the air but it failed. Too bad.
Alex also tells the story of an elderly woman in his neighborhood who listens to The Nightside Project podcast on her Kindle. Apparently she loves to hate to listen.
Our #zenheadlines moment was about a father named Ben Ryan. His son Sol was born with a condition that led to the amputation of his left arm just below the elbow.
He started on a mission to build a prosthetic for his son that will grasp and be useful even as a toddler. With the help of Bangor University and Pontio Innovation and using equipment from Stratasys, he's made a prototype that totally works. What an amazing dad!
We have a Zen Headline coming your way about the recent story of Maykool Coroseo Acuña being lost in the Bolivian rainforest for 9 days and was only kept alive by a group of monkeys bringing him fruits and bugs to survive on. This may be our best Zen Headline yet because it is basically The Jungle Book.
The Nightside guys talk about the recent story of city jails in the Los Angeles area being upgraded for a price, ranging from $25-$250 per night. Amenities include are: 24/7 gym, business center, flat-screen televisions, spa, personal masseuse and many others. Somehow going to jail has become a personal vacation in LA county.
Ethan Millard and Alex Kirry are a little concerned about the recent story regarding Elon Musk attempting to solve southern Australia's energy crisis by spending 25 million on battery storage and if it doesn't work, it's completely free. But most importantly, why isn't Elon Musk making America these type of offers?
First Alex Kirry and Ethan Millard deliver their judgement on California luxury jails that prisoners can upgrade their jail time by paying a lot of money to escape the regular jail cell experience as well as to lift the population problems off of the county jail systems of Los Angeles County. Even Sexual assault felons can upgrade their jail time. terrible. Also, First World problems from listeners' facebook comments! they are amazing. And a Zenheadline from a man who was rescued from the Amazon after 9 days claiming that Monkeys gave him food and led him to a place where he could be found. Chilean Man thanks the moneys and praises God.
Alex Kirry and Ethan Millard sit down with Sheryl Worsley, KSL Newsradio News Director, who recently visited Fillmore Utah's most popular attraction, the Hong Kong Chinese Buffet. She loved the food and learned that you aren't supposed to stand on the toilet so bring your own squatty potty. The food was very good according to her world-class palate. #zenheadline featuring Elon Musk of Tesla who is offering Australia a solution to their power problems but Alex wants him to solve those problems here first, in America. Ethan juust loves Elon Musk so he just loves to bring it up.
Alex Kirry and Ethan Millard discuss the dangers of being a millennial at a crosswalk as an older coworker complains about "the young people these days" and since Alex is a baseball coach this year, Ethan wanted to remind him not to be that over-the-top coach and Dad this season and to let the kids play. Also, an old special appearance from the Mailman himself to honor the 1997 Western Conference Champion Utah Jazz who were remembered at the Jazz game last night versus the New York Knicks and are for sure going to make the NBA playoffs...hopefully.
Alex Kirry and Ethan Millard talk about the curious case of Pedro J. Rodriguez, a 74-year-old resident of a Taunton, MA, old folks’ apartment complex who was busted with more than $300K in Drugs including 3 pounds of cocaine and a pound of marijuana. Alex rules on what should happen to the elderly drug pusher. Buttergate has also been uncovered in Wisconsin that has just ruled that Irish Butter and other butters made in European cannot be sold in its state. Mostly because Wisconsin will have no other dairy before it so when locals said they wanted Kerrygold Irish Butter, legislators call out locals for dairy treason but the #zenheadline of the day is another great reuniting between "Katrina Girl" the 3 year old saved by an Air Force Para Rescuer Mike Maroney back in 2005. Meeting up with the girl he rescued to create an amazing picture and story you don't want to miss.
Ethan Millard brings up the story of Target premiering a plus size model but most importantly, the campaign contains untouched photos. The point is brought up of gender differences in America and in the modeling world. Alex Kirry is hurt by the thought that women are able to flaunt a realistic body and recieve praise for it whereas men would mostly be frowned upon because realistically stretch marks are fairly common as far as real life is concerned.