We talked about Cyber Monday and keeping scammers and thieves at bay this year as we do our online shipping today on the Andy Griffin Show.

Here are some of the tips we came up with:

  1.  Only use sites that you're familiar with -- Amazon, BestBuy, Fanatics, Lowes, etc. If you're not familiar with the site, do a little research. Type the website's name and then scam in the search bar to see if they have many complaints.
  2. James Mackay from MetaBlog.com says: "Before entering any information into a website, you should always check that the site is safe and secure. The first step is to hover your mouse over the URL and check the validity of the web address. You should look for a padlock symbol in the address bar and check that the URL begins with a ‘https://’ or ‘shttp://’. The ‘S’ indicates the web address has been encrypted and secured with an SSL certificate. Without HTTPS, any data passed on the site is insecure and could be intercepted by criminal third parties.
  3. Don't use a debit card for online shopping. If a criminal steals your debit card details, they can clear out your personal account and it can be more difficult to reclaim the money. But credit card companies monitor for theft all the time.
  4. If it seems too good to be true, it probably is. If someone is offering a deal that is way below what all others are offering it for, well, Mom was right, it's usually too good to be true.
  5. Be wary of gift cards. They are the currency of choice for scammers, who will often sell gift cards with little or no value left on them.
  6. If they want too much information, that's a red flag. From Webroot.com: "Expect to provide some method of payment, shipping address, telephone number, and email address, but if the merchant requests other information, walk away. You never want to give them your bank account information, social security information, or driver’s license number."
  7. Don't reuse passwords. Never use the same password from one of your "regular" websites. Scammers will try to log on as you and you're basically giving them permission.
  8. Make sure to see the transaction all the way through. A lot of shopping sites will add exorbitant shipping fees right at the very end.
  9. Read the fine print. It's a pain, but know what sort of contract you're entering into.
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Food Drive For Those 'Hungry For A Change'

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Many college athletes in our community spend their time practicing their craft or doing homework. When you're on a partial scholarship, that means no time to work and make money to buy food.

Hungry for Change? Let’s turn compassion into action Thursday, Nov. 29 as Utah Tech is launching a food drive to support the Utah Tech Food Pantry and make a difference in the lives of those facing food insecurity.

Why donate? Many students in our community are struggling with hunger, and your contribution can make a world of difference. A small act of kindness, like donating non-perishable food items, can help ensure that no one goes to bed hungry.

How can you help? Donate non-perishable items: Cans, pasta, rice, and other non-perishables are welcome. Drop off anytime between the hours of 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. -- Stop by before work, on your lunch or after.

Come out and meet Utah Tech athletes and other members of the community.

Spread the Word: Share this PSA on your social media platforms and encourage your friends, classmates, and colleagues to join the cause.

Let’s create a movement!

Event Details:

  • Duration: Nov 29th 7 a.m-6 p.m.
  • Drop-off Locations: Utah Tech University. 300 S and University (Holland Plaza)
  • Stay for the Annual Trailblazer Christmas Tree Lighting

Together, We Can Make a Difference! Let’s harness the power of our Trailblazer community to show that we care.

Your support can turn this food drive into a beacon of hope for those in need.

Use the Hashtag #FillThePantry

Share your involvement on social media using #FillThePantry, and let’s inspire others to join us in this collective effort!

Contact Nikki Hope of Findlay Hyundai 435.212.4713 for more information.

Event sponsors include  Findlay Auto, J Dog Junk Removal, Washington Area Chamber of Commerce and Utah Tech University.

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Dangerous 'Super Pigs' Could Be On Their Way To Utah


There's a new breed of pigs in the world -- dubbed "Super Pigs" -- and experts say it's only a matter of time before they find their way to Utah.

If you Google "super pig," dozens of entries come up in the search, plus questions like "How fast can a super pig run?" and "How dangerous is a super pig?"

The new breed, descended from feral razorbacks or boars mating with domesticated pigs, can grow up to 400 pounds and run up to 30 miles per hour (!), about 10 MPH faster than YOU can run.

From the website a-z-animals.com: "Super pigs are hybrid species resulting from mating or breeding between wild and domestic pigs. In Canada, wild pigs from Europe were introduced in the 1980s. Super pigs resulted when farmers began to breed the already existent population of feral Canadian pigs with those from Europe of recent introduction. Farmers decided to breed the two groups in this way because they believed that super pigs would provide more meat and be easier targets to shoot."

They were wrong on both accounts. "Another fact about super pigs is that they are highly intelligent. Super pigs can recognize when they are being hunted or threatened, allowing them to change their course of action to survive. For instance, if a super pig realized it was being hunted, it might become nocturnal or hide in brush, forests, or dense wetlands to evade capture or death."

According to CBS News, "Ryan Brook, a professor at the University of Saskatchewan and one of Canada's leading authorities on the problem, calls feral swine, "the most invasive animal on the planet" and "an ecological train wreck."

While these animals rarely attack humans, what they do attack is ecosystems.

Imagine Utah's mountain populated not with deer, elk or rabbits, but feral pigs that eat everything they can as fast as they can.

From CBS News again: "Pigs are not native to North America. While they've roamed parts of the continent for centuries, Canada's problem dates back only to the 1980s when it encouraged farmers to raise wild boar, Brook said. It turned out that the pigs were very good at surviving Canadian winters. Smart, adaptable and furry, they eat anything, including crops and wildlife. They tear up land when they root for bugs and crops. They can spread devastating diseases to hog farms like African swine fever. And they reproduce quickly. A sow can have six piglets in a litter and raise two litters in a year."

So what are the odds they'll be in Utah anytime soon?

Well, witnesses have already spotted the super pigs within a few miles of the US-Canadian border, while others say they're already in some northern states, like Montana.

Utah and Montana are only about 400 miles apart in some places.

As they reproduce and continue to search for compatible climate and land, these super pigs will keep migrating south. It's only a matter of time, really, before super pigs are here.

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Hey Southern Utah, Do You Know These Text Abbreviations?


Just for fun, I passed out a test at the radio station the other day.

On the "test" were 20 text abbreviations and about a dozen or so people filled out their best guesses as to what the abbreviations meant.

The youngest person taking the test was in his early 20s, while a few of us are in our 50s. Most of the test-takers were under the age of 40.

Amazingly, no one got all the text abbreviations right.

I got 16 of the 20 and a couple of our younger staffers got 18, but were stumped by a couple of the harder ones. Now it's your turn. How well do you know your text abbreviations? (correct answers at the bottom)

  1. OMG -- Wrong answer: Old Man's Gas (turbo expulsion helps him stand up?)
  2. GOAT -- Wrong answer: Get Out And Try (good sentiment, but no)
  3. TYSM -- Wrong answer: To You, Sir, Monkeybread (Sounds delicious, but huh-uh)
  4. NVM -- Wrong answer: No Value Mail (is that like junk mail or spam?)
  5. FTW -- Wrong answer: Flippin' Timex Watch (Issues with your timepiece?)
  6. IMHO -- Wrong answer: A couple of test-takers related it to IHOP pancakes (Melo said "I'm a ho?")
  7. FWIW -- Wrong answer: For What I Want (Soooo close)
  8. TLDR -- Wrong answer: Toddler? (I actually got this one right, but only because I encountered it the day before and asked my teenage daughter what it meant)
  9. YOLO -- Wrong answer: You loser! (That's not very nice)
  10. LMK -- Wrong answer: Something to do with Martin Luther King (yeah, no)
  11. TFW -- Wrong answer: Too few words (nice try, but not close Melo)
  12. IRL -- Wrong answer: Something to do with internet address? (Melo said I rarely lie, but she also called herself a ho earlier soooo ...)
  13. ILY -- Wrong answer: I'll Let You Know (Where'd the 'K' go?)
  14. BTW -- Wrong answer: Actually, everyone got this one right (even "old guy" Dan)
  15. NBD -- Wrong answer: Melo (who rarely lies) said NoBody Died
  16. FOMO -- Wrong answer: Everyone got this one, although sadly it's a real psychological disorder
  17. LOL -- Wrong answer: No, grandma, it's not Lots Of Love
  18. HMU -- Wrong answer: This stumped everyone, although Melo ventured a guess, "Hold My Umbrella" (I didn't say it was a good guess)
  19. SMH -- Wrong answer: So Much Hate (Maybe another psychological disorder?)
  20. ICYMI -- Wrong answer: I'll see You in a MInute (Not even close)

Correct answers

  1. OMG -- Oh My Gosh (surprise!)
  2. GOAT -- Greatest Of All Time (MJ or LeBron?)
  3. TYSM -- Thank You So Much (I'm really grateful, but also lazy)
  4. NVM -- Nevermind (fuggetaboutit!)
  5. FTW -- For The Win (Usually uttered alongside a really good burn)
  6. IMHO -- In My Humble Opinion (Also, IMNSHO or In My Not So Humble Opinion)
  7. FWIW -- For What It's Worth (usually a lowkey way of correcting someone)
  8. TLDR -- Too Long, Didn't Read (ever gotten one of those reallllly long texts?)
  9. YOLO -- You Only Live Once (often texted right before making a really bad decision)
  10. LMK -- Let Me Know (supposed to mean we expect an answer, usually gets ignored)
  11. TFW -- That Feeling When ... (usually accompanying a cool picture, i.e. -- TFW I made brisket and everyone loved it)
  12. IRL -- In real Life (not in the cyber world that many of us live in)
  13. ILY -- I Love You (awwwwww)
  14. BTW -- By The Way (Usually a reminder, i.e. -- BTW tomorrow's our anniversary)
  15. NBD -- No Big Deal (although often it really was a big deal)
  16. FOMO -- Fear Of Missing Out (why we do stupid stuff sometimes
  17. LOL -- Laugh Out Loud (now that's funny)
  18. HMU -- Hit Me Up (or contact me later)
  19. SMH -- Shaking My Head (usually at an incredible display of stupidity)
  20. ICYMI -- In Case You Missed It (often sent as a reminder)
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SGPD Wants Southern Utahns To Feel A Part Of The Team


The St. George Police Department has its hands full with the explosive growth here in Southern Utah.

And while they are growing and expanding themselves, the SGPD has made no secret that it would love the community to become a part of keeping the peace in Utah's Dixie.

"We love our community and we strive daily to connect with you! Now you can wear your support for #SGPD with our newest t-shirt design and "Stanley" type tumblers. All items are SOLD AT COST, no profit is made on any item we sell. We simply want our citizens to feel part of #IamSGPD."

The pricing is pretty amazing as the police department would love to have everyone in town wearing their swag. You can get a #iamsgpd t-shirt for just $7 up to size XL and $11 for XXL.

The Stanley mugs/tumblers are just $11.65.

The shirts come in three different colors -- black, grey and navy -- and have the #imasgpd logo on front.

"You can purchase these at our front counter, Monday - Friday, 8:00 - 5:00. We are located at 265 N 200 E. If you have questions, feel free to call us at 435-627-4301."

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Southern Utah Theaters Celebrating Christmas (But Sadly No 'Elf')


I was pretty pumped when I read this news story this morning on the wire:

"In the spirit of the holidays, the Empire State Building is marking 20 years since the movie 'Elf' hit the big screen. Festivities celebrating the film starring Will Ferrell kick off today. For tonight only, the building will be lit in green and yellow to commemorate the anniversary. As part of the celebration, “Elf” is coming back to the big screen. Starting Nov. 17, the Will Ferrell Christmas classic will return to participating theaters in celebration of its 20th anniversary."

But the excitement was short-lived as a quick search of our local theaters (I looked at the websites for Pineview, Sunset and Coral Cliffs) revealed that none of the three will be showing the incredibly funny Christmas movie.

The funny tale about the human elf and his journey to New York City to find his biological father would have been a perfect flick to show on the big screen while munching on some popcorn and sipping a soda.

But alas, no go. However, our local theaters are bringing back some old favorites just in time for the holiday season.

At Pineview and Sunset, both owned and operated by the Larry H. Miller Megaplex brand, WonkaSaving Private Ryan (a favorite of mine) and Monty Python and the Holy Grail are back on the big screen, while we can also expect to see Christmas movies like  The GrinchA Christmas Story and Because of Bethlehem.

Also, I will admit that a new animated movie, Wish, comes out next week and it has me looking forward to witnessing what it means by the tagline, :"Be careful what you wish for."

As for Coral Cliffs in Hurricane, I didn't see any hint of Christmas movies on their way, although Wish will be there next week and a show is playing right now called The Great Turkey Town Miracle.

Maybe if enough of us request it, we can get them to bring Elf back on the big screen. It's the least they could do for the 20th anniversary.

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Bella? Luna? Max? Utah Lacks Imagination When It Comes To Dog Names

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Photo by Edgar Daniel Hernández Cervantes: https://www.pexels.com/photo/black-and-white-short-coated-dogs-3628100/

Utah is an incredible place, with creative, funny and unique humans inhabiting the Beehive State.

But you wouldn't know it from our dogs' names.

While Utah parents are great at thinking outside of the box in naming our kids -- think Zephyr, Jaxson, Steele, Lakynn, etc. -- we are miserable when it comes to naming our dogs.

It's not necessarily that the names are bad, they're just, well, common.

The top four dog names in the United States are Bella, Luna, Max and Daisy. The top four dog names in Utah are Bella, Luna, Daisy and Max.

Exactly the same top four.

Utah produces such unique kids names like Taylee, Mahonri, Boztin, and Bracken for our kids. So why are we so bland when it comes to our pets?

On the list of top dog names, compiled by USNews.com, Utah's list reads like, well, pretty much everyone else's list.

In fact, Bella is the top dog name in 38 of the 51 states (we're counting Washington, D.C. here too). Luna, Utah's No. 2 name, was the top name in eight of the remaining 13 states. Only Charlie (Nebraska and North Dakota), Copper (Alaska), Boo (Hawaii) and Lucy (Iowa) had top names that weren't Bella or Luna (Bella was actually second in Alaska and Iowa and third in Hawaii).

Utah's No. 5 name, Bear, was a bit creative and is just the 17th most popular dog name in America, but I like Hawaii's list.

In the Aloha State, Boo (or Bu) is No. 1 and means buddy or good friend. Buddy was No. 2 in Hawaii, followed by BellaKoa (Hawaiian for "warrior") and Coco (actually Koko, which means "blood" in Hawaiian).

But bonus points definitely go to the Klondike State. Alaska's Copper was not on any other state's top five list and didn't make the list of the top 100 names in the country.

Now that's unique.

By the way Wyoming, what's up with dogs named Chloe and Murphy? Sounds like characters from a 1980s sitcom.

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