The Daily Dose/August 5, 2018
By Gaylon Kent
America’s Funniest Guy
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Here’s what’s on tap today:
One of the things we’ve often said about President Trump, and candidate Trump, for that matter, is that his only real talent is drawing attention to himself. Which is something he does supremely well.
The latest example of this is his Twitter attack on basketball great LeBron James. Trump issued his diatribe right before making an appearance in James’ home state of Ohio. Now, this was brilliant from a publicity standpoint, but attacking LeBron James in Ohio is akin to attacking God before climbing Mt Sinai. Of course, everyone came to James’ defense, which just eggs people like Trump on. If we had the capacity to ignore him, he would have gone away before the 2016 GOP primaries.
Today At The Site
Sparrow gets peeved at a dumb customer at the retailer he isn’t even serving on today’s edition of The Diary of a Nobody. Sparrow For Congress goes live, too, talking about how he doesn’t steal votes from others, they steal them from him. Also, the weekly total from the Sleep Log is in.
Lots of funny stuff for you on The Sunday Bottom Ten today, which is back after taking last week off. The usual suspects are featured, as are straw laws in California, a mission to the sun and US oil production.
The Thought for the Day will return.
On This Date
In 1981 – President Ronald Reagan fires all 11,359 striking air traffic controllers for ignoring his order to return to work. Initially, the government was able to muster sufficient personnel for about half all scheduled flights to go, and it would take ten years before staffing levels returned to normal.
In 1901 – The first long jump world record is established by Ireland’s Peter O’Connor, who jumps 24 ft 11.5 in at a meet in Dublin. The record would be recognized by the IAAF in 1912 and would stand for 20 years. The long jump record has a history of standing for a long time. Mike Powell set the current record of 29 ft 4.25 inches in 1991, and Powell broke Bob Beamon’s record set in 1968 and Jesse Owns held the record from 1935-60. Beamon’s mark of 29 ft 2.25 inches remains the Olympic record.
In 1971 – Alone Again (Naturally) by Gilbert O’Sullivan is at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for the second of six non-consecutive weeks. It was O’sullivan’s first Top 40 hit in the US and his only #1. He would also have two #1 songs in Great Britain and three in his native Ireland.
Answer To The Last Trivia Question
Waiting For a Girl Like You by Foreigner and Work It by Missy Elliot are the two songs that have spent ten weeks at #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 without hitting #1.
What athlete has broken the men’s long jump world record the most times? – Answer next time!
Backstairs at the Monte Carlo: A Vegas Memoir!: Clock in with the graveyard crew at the Monte Carlo Security Department on the glamorous Las Vegas Strip. You’ll meet drunks, reprobates and scoundrels, and those are just the officers! The funniest Vegas memoir ever! Promise!
The Regular Guys: Meet Lenny and Larry, two comedians who team up more or less out of desperation and become the biggest in show business. As funny as you would expect from Gaylon, and poignant, too.