Welcome to Stuff I Learned Yesterday. My name is Darrell Darnell, I do not like the taste of strawberries, and I believe that if you aren’t learning, you aren’t living. In today’s episode of Stuff I Learned Yesterday I’m pleased to bring you the 250th episode of Stuff I Learned Yesterday, and some great contributions from many of you.

Did you know that today is National Strawberry Day? Here are some fun facts about strawberries.

  • Strawberries are the only fruit that wear their seeds on the outside.
  • Strawberries are members of the rose family.
  • Belgium has a museum dedicated to strawberries.
  • Strawberries are believed to help reduce the risk of heart disease and certain cancers.

 

Today is the Friday Forum!! In today’s episode of Stuff I Learned Yesterday we’re looking back across 250 episodes as you share your favorite Stuff I Learned Yesterday moments. You can participate in Friday Forum by visiting our Feedback Page or calling our voice feedback line at 304-837-2278.

Zachary: Since we’re approaching ep. 250, what was the greatest episode of SILY ever? Mine is 217: Preparing for Impact (because it was the one that made me a superfan)

Geoff: I’m new to SILY, but I love the fact that no matter the day, no matter the host (or the listeners who contribute on Fridays) I get a lot of encouragement and inspiration to help me start my day. I’ve also felt like I’m a part of the community since I started thanks to the FB group.

Mark: I’m not sure if I can chime in or not since I’m a host, but I really liked Darrell’s Halloween Candy/Toilet paper episode. Boys will be boys. (Episode #23)

Mandy: I loved the Halloween candy episode too & also the manager story you did a long time ago about motivating your employees. I don’t remember the episode number but it was a gem! (Episode #54)

John: Don’t think I can record quick enough-heck, this might not be quick enough. Darrell gave me an opportunity to give my newfound mother and father a wonderful gift in telling our story (Episode #45) and I will always be grateful. The other thing that I love about SILY is that is has become a thing with me and my kids as I drive them to school in the morning. They know all of the hosts and look forward to each day’s podcast. The McGrail’s can’t wait for the next 250!

Bonita: I have enjoyed so many, One of my early favorites was the episode with Emilee.  I loved hearing the back and forth of your early mentoring days. (Episode #21)

I had loved her Fringe feedback so much and was delighted to meet her in person at the Fringe Finale 2 years ago.  She was unexpectedly tongue tied at the mike after the finale had aired and I remember you saying she was your special project. ( I think you get an A+ on that one.)

Mandy’s parenting contributions are also so fun and I have used her lessons in humility (Episode #219 the birthday party episode) and the spilled milk episode (Episode #229) to help me guide interactions with my own kids.

I love hearing about how Mark met his wife, the serendipity of it all.  I also enjoyed the episodes about the Treehouse he build for the kids, and how he realized he really build it for himself.

I enjoyed the days of Derek and his sharing the challenges of a new business and a new baby.

And I am so grateful for the many listeners that have contributed to the Friday Forum.  They inspired my resolution for one a month, March’s is ready btw and I’ll be recording it this week sometime.

Linda: I loved the episode where your Dad made you wear a tie to an interview at McDonald’s (So close to the viral youtube about the kid in Target who was told by his mother to wear a tie). 2; the point at which you realized that you had just hit your level of incompetence.===buying? (Episode #212) No one can learn a decent lesson without realizing that there are just some jobs you shouldn’t do and that humility and admission of wrong doesn’t make you weak..it makes you strong. #3 The No Laughing matter. So many lessons. (Episode #237)

Faith: I can’t remember the number, but Mark did an episode about being an expert at what you know. It gave me the extra push I needed to try this new business of mine.  (Episode #183)

There are so many episodes that have just made my day, my week better, it’s hard to choose. Every time a friend says something to me about struggling through something or needing a pick me up, I find myself referencing an episode of SILY.

George: I like episode 172 where you talked about your kids. I pretty much feel the same way about mine.

Linda:  I’ve not found myself ready to call in although I have a story that goes with almost every one I’ve heard. My yesterdays are trying break out, but I’m keeping them in time-out for right now.

Many know that I lost a daughter 5 years ago which profoundly influenced the jaundiced eye with which I viewed Fringe.. On Nov.29 I lost my son who was fighting a dibilitating disease that caused daily pain.

When I shared Leslie’s story I felt the caring and the love from all the Fringies. But when I lost Clay, the most amazing thing happened. I received white tulips from all over the country. I received more comfort from these people, some of which I’d never met, than anything else that was done for me.

So what did I learn? The strongest and most comforting people in my life were not my closest physically or by relationship but those I had met because we shared a passion for a TV Show. I also learned that there are so many more people out there who are doing it right than I often see. The people who are a part of this podcast are the ones who will see to it that good people have an influence on others. The next generation may not be able to write in cursive, but they will save the rest of us from those who are selfish and dishonest, the ones who make our laws. Sanity will prevail.
I’m Darrell Darnell and this has been stuff I learned yesterday.

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