Nightside Project

End your commute happy with Ethan Millard and Alex Kirry from The Nightside Project. The Nightside Project covers politics and news of the day with comic flair and even a little satire. Plus each episode ends with a feel-good #ZenHeadlines story submitted by the audience.
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Jun 30, 2017

Someone has stolen the toe used in the Sourtoe Cocktail at the famous Sourdough Saloon in Dawson, Yukon, Canada.

Nightside Host Alex Kirry offers his own toe.  It's almost certainly too large.

Also, we read a limerick composed by our friend at Nightside Haiku.


Jun 30, 2017

Someone has stolen the real, amputated human toe that is the centerpiece of the Sourtoe Cocktail Club at Sourdough Saloon at Downtown Hotel in Dawson City, Yukon, Canada.

We also read a limerick in tribute to the toe.  The limerick was submitted to us on Twitter by Nightside Haiku

Host Alex Kirry then takes off his shoe to show that his toe would not be a good one for the tradition.

The Zen Headline segment features a submission by AJ Party on Twitter.  Simon Smith of London was headed to a pub when he was hit by a bus.  He was totally uninjured and just walked into his pub.


If you have a Zen Headlines submission, use #zenheadlines

Jun 30, 2017

Today's story comes from NBC 5 Chicago, with resident Michael Byrne of Evanston, Illinois, who has a phone number one digit off of the one Jimmy Butler gave outat his introductory press conference for the Minnesota Timberwolves on Thursday and his interview is much more hilarious than the Jimmy Butler interview.

Jun 30, 2017

Today's 'Zen Headline' is the story of Mickey and Minnie's lovely surprise for a boy with impaired hearing saying, "It's nice to meet you" and the Disneyland mascots going above and beyond to say hello to the little boy.

Jun 30, 2017

Japanese shoemaker Kyoto Ohata has created a hilarious pair of pigeon-themed high heels we're actually at a loss of words. There are many things to be said about following what makes you happy but somehow we just can't get on board. 

Jun 29, 2017

Actor and comedian Hannibal Buress is in Spiderman: Homecoming.  Instead of showing up the premier in Los Angeles, he recruited a look alike and no one noticed!  The stand in was Joe Carroll, an actor living in LA.

Hosts Ethan Millard and Alex Kirry talk about why he may have done this.  Alex is familiar with Buress' style and thinks it might be social commentary.

The Zen Headline for this episode features Marshawn Lynch.  After taking the Seattle Seahawks to two Super Bowls, Lynch is now playing for the Raiders in his hometown of Oakland.

Lynch recently paid for 2,000 kids to get into Raging Waters in San Jose.  Very cool.

If you have a Zen Headline to share, please use #zenheadlines

Jun 29, 2017

In Yukon, Canada, the Sourdough Saloon has a special cocktail for anyone who loves dares.  It's the Sourtoe Cocktail.  Drink it and you join the Sourtoe Cocktail Club.

They put a real, severed human toe in your drink.  You don't eat it, you just drink the drink around it and the toe is then used in other people's drinks.

Ethan Millard and Alex Kirry talk about this weird tradition and how it got started.

The Zen Headline for this episode is about Steel City, PA resident Arthur Werner Sr., who loved his Harley Davidson motorcycle so much that he's being buried in the sidecar.  He picked up his 1990 Heritage Softail when he retired from his work as a welder for Bethlehem Steel.

The Heintzelman Funeral Home says they have no problem filling his request as their funeral fleet includes a few motorcycles anyway.

If you have Zen Headlines to share, use the hashtag #zenheadlines 

Jun 29, 2017

The Associated Press reports that the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission has until January of 2019 to adopt rules for permits allowing the harvesting of meat from deer and elk killed on state roadways after Gov. Kate Brown approved a law after passing in the state legislature. 

With that being said, we're bringing you a video on how to prepare your future road kill dish.

Jun 28, 2017

Alex Kirry and Ethan Millard look into a crappy story as officials are blocking a toilet-building charity's effort to rename a north Indian village after President Donald Trump

Residents of the village of Maroda are worried they won't receive free toilets if they abandoned the new name "Trump Sulabh Village". Are the toilets golden?  

For a #zenheadlines story that puts a stripe in the win column for these boys at a Private school in Devon England, Boys dawned the same skirts their female counterparts wear to school in protest of wearing pants in the hottest June in 40 years.  They won the right to wear short

Jun 28, 2017

Alex Kirry and Ethan Millard weigh in on a story out of China where a woman in her 80s was arrested at an airport for throwing coins into an airplane engine on the tarmac at the Pu-Dang Airport.  She was doing it out of a good luck or good fortune gesture but the airline mechanics were not impressed.  

Finishing your commute happy with some zenheadlines action.  A baby born on a Spirit Airlines flight from Ft. Lauderdale to Dallas/Fort Worth will get free flights for life according to officials from the carrier.  The baby was born a few weeks early much to the surprise of the mother who got a visit from Spirit officials in the hospital.  


Jun 28, 2017

Alex Kirry is back and we talk about some of the best fishing we've ever had as well as some of the worst...

Also, we're bringing you a 'Zen Headline' surrounding a girl falling from a gondola ride in Six Flags. Thankfully, a group of bystanders gathered around the teenage girl and eventually, she was able to drop from the ride and was caught by the other park attendees. 

Jun 27, 2017

A mysterious new island, one mile long and 300 yards wide, has appeared off Cape Hatteras, North Carolina.

Locals and tourists are flocking to the new island to collect sea shells, and Alex Kirry wonders if it's a good place to collect ambergris, a sperm whale excretion that is super, super valuable.  Even small chunks washed up on beaches can be worth tens of thousands of dollars.

Historically, ambergris is used in cosmetics specifically perfume.  It's rumored to have been part of the original formula for Chanel No 5.

This episode's Zen Headline was submitted on Twitter by @TurdsAndTreats.  TSA agents at Boston's Logan International Airport were shocked to find a 20lb LIVE lobster in a passenger's carry on luggage.  

As long as it's in a clear, spill proof plastic container the TSA will let you through security with a live lobster.  Still, you should check with your airline to make sure they'll actually allow it on the plane.

If you have a Zen Headline, share it by using #zenheadlines.  We'll give you proper credit when we use it in an episode.



Jun 27, 2017

Alex Kirry and Ethan Millard chat about a recent interview on NPR that tennis great John McEnroe gave wherein he said Serena Williams was the best women's tennis player of all time but when he said she wouldn't last on the men's circuit, then the world pounced on his political incorrectness.  

Plus, a zenheadlines from the Netherlands, where a company called Nerdalize is turning the heat from computer servers into clean energy to heat water in homes across the country.  



Jun 27, 2017

In today's, 'EXTRAMOSTBESTEST' edition of the podcast we're taking a very close look at the delicious news of Little Caesars special new pizza. Little Caesars, the pizza chain known for the $5 HOT-N-READY® pepperoni pizza, introduces the new $6 ExtraMostBestest pizza with the most pepperoni and cheese of any large round standard menu 1-topping pepperoni pizza sold by the other three major national pizza chains, at the very best price, "supposedly". 

Jun 26, 2017
  Alex Kirry and Ethan Millard chat about Oregon becoming the latest state that is allowing Roadkill to be harvested for food.  
Under a roadkill bill passed overwhelmingly by the Legislature and signed by the governor, motorists who crash into the animals can now harvest the meat to eat.
Zenheadlines features the story of a bird woman who has made the pigeons in her neighborhood feel very comfortable.  She wears shoes that look just like them so the animals feel good approaching her.  
Jun 26, 2017

Ethan Millard and Alex Kirry discuss Little Caesars pizza who is taking the meaning of "extra cheese and pepperoni" to a whole new level with its newest pizza. The ExtraMostBestest Pizza — yes, that really is the name —.  Its newest commercial throws shade at snowflake millennials who want to dream big pizzas but a kid's dreams are smashed when he realizes that little caesars already beat him to the punch.  

Also, a miraculous video from upstate New York where a Six Flags visitor was dangling from a ride 25 feet in the air when she dropped and was saved by on-lookers.  Its quite a zenheadline.  

Jun 23, 2017

We got an email from Patrick Wiggins who operates an observatory in the desert west of Salt Lake City.  He informed us that KFC's plan to send a sandwich to space was total baloney.

We also hit a Zen Headlines courtesy of Tyler Blain.  

Major League Soccer team Real Salt Lake has stepped in to help a young boy who recently survived a shooting that killed his mom and a sibling.

Myles Rackley was able to hang out with the players and they were so kind to him.  His favorite player is the keeper, Nick Rimando.  Nick gave Myles a pair of gloves that he's used in the goal.

Share a Zen Headline with us by tagging it #zenheadlines

Jun 22, 2017

Ethan Millard is joined by Lindsay Aerts who hosts a mom show on KSL News Radio.  So Ethan asked her point blank:  What's the one thing moms should know, but don't.

They also cover a great Zen Headline about a 13 year old boy with Aspergers Syndrome who's community rallied to make sure he had a great birthday.

The boy's name is Tyler, and his mom Claire Newman- Minns told all about what happened when she went online with her concern for her son.  Instead of a quiet, lonely birthday, Tyler has dozens of well wishers and gifts.  It's really great.  

Thanks to Ellen Scott for writing the great article

Thanks to Unky Ben who submitted the story for our #zenheadlines

Jun 21, 2017

Lindsay Aerts is guest hosting this episode and since she's a woman, Ethan decided she should weigh in on a recent subject that was hotly debated by a group of women online.  Is it okay to cry at work?

Plus, we have a great Zen Headlines segment.

Jon Accarrino set it up for us on Twitter.

Big Star Sandwich Co is a restaurant in Vancouver, Canada.  The manager, Matt Pruim, discovered Liam Neeson was in town filming the move "Hard Powder".  Matt put out a sign that says "Liam Neeson eats here for free".

Lo and behold, Liam Neeson walks into the place and says "where's my free sandwich?"

So Zen.

Share your Zen Headlines using #zenheadlines

Jun 20, 2017

It's Brian Wilson's birthday this week and Ethan Millard and Alex Kirry are huge fans of The Beach Boys.

Ethan recommended the John Cusack film Love and Mercy but Alex was non- committal.

They also read part of a letter that was featured in the Dear Prudence column at Slate Magazine.  Mallory Ortberg was asked to weigh in about what to do about a beloved basil plant that will be apart from its owners for a week.

The Zen Headline was about a California desert tortoise named Otis.  Otis lives in Ohio with Kathie Heisinger.  He escaped the house and the whole town mounted an effort to find him.  He was eventually found, but Kathy's sister fell ill with a blood clot while she was helping.  She normally doesn't get out much and the family is convinced that had she not been with a group, the clot would have killed her at home.

Jun 20, 2017

A recent episode featured the story of a pop up restaurant staffed by waiters with dementia.  It was submitted by Jake Packer on Twitter as a #zenheadlines.  But Ethan and Alex wondered if the restaurant was at least accidentally making fun of people with dementia.

Jake sent in a great email about his experience with alzheimers and set Ethan and Alex straight on the topic.

As a complementing topic, Ethan rolled out a zen headline about a cafe in Nicaragua that is staffed entirely by deaf people.  

It's called Cafe de las Sonrisas and the owner wants to show other businesses they can have success with deaf employees and he wants to show deaf people they can have success in the work force.

Jun 20, 2017

Ethan Millard and Alex Kirry chat about an amazing treasure found inside an unexpected source...

A tank collector in the United Kingdom was in for a surprise when he and his mechanic opened one of his tank's diesel fuel tanks. Inside were gold bars totaling approximately $2.4 million dollars.

The tank came into possession of Nick Mead, a tank collector and owner of Tanks Alot, a company that offers tanks and other armored vehicles for driving classes, private events, and television and film appearances. Mead found the tank, an ex-Iraqi Army Type 69, on sale on eBay and traded it for an Abbot self-propelled howitzer and a British Army truck.


Jun 20, 2017

Alex Kirry and Ethan Millard start off the episode innocently enough, talking about a Huffington Post article written by Rachel Selvin, who confesses to the occasional cry at work.  Ethan then divulges the time he cried in a most unexpected time at KSL Broadcast house.  Alex then starts crying just so Ethan doesn't feel so bad.  No but seriously it was an interesting dive into emotions in the work place and when and when not to cry.  

Plus, a story that ended up being less #zenheadlines than anticipated...

At one recently-opened pop-up restaurant in Japan, diners are warned that they very well might not get what they ordered — but surprisingly, it seems few patrons are complaining.

That's because waiters at the eatery, which is called 'The Restaurant of Order Mistakes', all have dementia and Alzheimer's.  The guys think this sounds a bit mean and insensitive.  

Jun 20, 2017

Ethan Millard and Alex Kirry chat about the newest plan put forth by KFC...that a private high-altitude balloon company, World View Enterprises, had partnered with Kentucky Fried Chicken to send one of the fast-food company’s chicken sandwiches to space — or rather, just the edge of space, as the company’s balloons don’t quite hit the 62-mile altitude that marks the border with space.

Plus, a zenheadline that involves a man finding millions of dollars worth of Iraqui Saddam Hussein Gold Bars in the tank he bought for scrap to restore and give tours in England.  

Jun 19, 2017

According to the official KFC Instagram, the fast food chain will be sending it's Zinger chicken sandwich into space, whether we like it or not. The launch will be featured on their website and is this really what we need right now?

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