World News Center: French Fry Grease Saves Lives

In a special visit from the World News Center (yes, a “very special” episode), Bill McCormick and I discussed how resin made from fast food grease trap renderings is now being used for 3-D printers at a fraction of the normal cost, with practical medical uses already underway.  Could a house be built out of french fry grease bricks?  Possibly.  Could your new car be old chicken nuggets?  Perhaps.  Can something previously known as a Filet-o-Fish be an important element in saving humanity?  You never know.

A Few Good News Stories (ish) from the World News Center

Bill McCormick from the World News Center called in to share some good news-ish stories coming out of the coronavirus outbreak, and then told us about COVID-19 scams, FDA vaccine approval, CRISPR, seed banks, and a “good news flu.”

John Rhys-Davies

John Rhys-Davies called in to talk about his role in “I Am Patrick,” where he plays one of three versions of St. Patrick, in this case elderly St. Pat.  John told a compelling story of the history of the movie and the Saint, gave us an inspirational talk about getting through our current situation, and finding the Word in troubled times.


Matt Fraser

Matt Fraser joined the show for a chat about his new book “When Heaven Calls” and the latest happenings on his E! Network show “Meet The Frasers.”

Ben Cohen

Ben Cohen joined us to discuss his new book “The Hot Hand: The Mystery and Science of Streaks.”  We talked about the lack of Michael Jordan on NBA Jam for Sega Genesis, the difference between “hot hand” and “dumb luck,” how to write songs like John Lennon, and a special “hot hand” Spotify playlist.


Barry Sonnenfeld

Director Barry Sonnenfeld dialed us up for a chat about his new book “Barry Sonnenfeld, Call Your Mother.”  Barry shared stories about the origin of the book’s title, breaking his hand while punching Will Smith, and verifying David Letterman’s claim that “there is some evidence to suggest he is not hooked up right.”

The All-New DIY T2 Kit

In this week’s visit from the World News Center, Bill McCormick shared some exciting news of a medical breakthrough that will make my experimental lung brush invention immediately obsolete.  We also discussed irresponsible coronavirus-related “hacks,” the return of high-tar smokes and asbestos, assembling your very own T2, and why I’ll probably never beat the computer again by the time Madden NFL ’28 comes out.

Vic DiBitetto

Vic DiBitetto, the Donkey of Comedy and the Working Class Zero, called in for a chat about his lengthy comedy tour which will somehow take him all over the country through 2021 but will not return to Chicago.  Vic is invited to do a house concert in my basement at any time, where massive quantities of deep dish pizza will be provided.  We discussed Chicago vs. New York pizza, Gravy vs. Sauce, and his popular “Ticked off Vic” YouTube segments.