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The Daily Dose/Friday, June 14, 2024

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The Diary of a Nobody/June 13, 2024

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The Daily Dose/Thursday, May 13, 2024

The Daily Dose/June 12, 2024
By Gaylon Kent – America’s Funniest Guy™

Leading Off
Notes from around the human experience. 

Leading Off will return.

Today At The Site
Writing worth reading. Usually. 

The Diary of a Nobody – Sparrow deals with a fussy cat. Today’s Diary. 

Some research showed that cats crap outside the box for any one of 700 different reasons…

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In 2005 – Singer Michael Jackson is acquitted of all charges in his sexual molestation trial. Jackson had been indicted on four counts of molesting a minor, four counts of intoxicating a minor to molest him, one count of attempted child molestation, plus conspiracy charges. A 1993 molestation accusation had resulted in a civil settlement. Jackson died in 2009 at age 50. 

In 2002 – The Detroit Red Wings win the Stanley Cup, defeating the Carolina Hurricanes 3-1 to win the series in five games. It was the tenth of eleven Stanley Cup titles for Detroit and remains the only runner-up finish for Carolina, to go along with winning the title in 2006. Red Wings head coach Scotty Bowman won his ninth Stanley Cup title, breaking a tie Toe Blake for the most by an NHL head coach, a record that still stands. 

In 1987 – Atlantic Starr is at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for the only week with Always. It was the second of three Top 40 songs for the group, their first of two Top 10s, and remains their only #1. The song also went to #1 in Canada, peaked at #3 in Great Britain, at #1 on Billboard’s soul chart, and was their 14th-biggest song of the year. The band last appeared on a Billboard singles chart in 1994 when I’ll Remember You went#55 pop and #58 soul. 

Some Philosophy Crap
The wisdom of the ages. Whatever.

What has gone wrong with the people that they can’t see what’s happening to them?
Gore Vidal
The Golden Age

Answer To The Last Trivia Question
Knowledge is power.

Medgar Evers was a field representative for the NAACP when he was murdered. 

Today’s Stumper
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What active NHL coach has won the most Stanley Cups? – Answer next time!

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The Diary of a Nobody/June 12

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The Daily Dose/Wednesday, June 12, 2024

The Daily Dose/June 12, 2024
By Gaylon Kent – America’s Funniest Guy™

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Notes from around the human experience. 

PLAY BALL: Today is the 144th anniversary of the first perfect game in major league history, by Lee Richmond of Worcester in an 1880 National League game. There have been 23 more thrown since, and it remains a rare accomplishment, rarer even, than a goal being scored in soccer.  

If Dry, Technical Matter Is Inevitable…: Any perfect game is an extraordinary accomplishment, but one in the 19th century might be even more so because the game was played under different rules, rules which both benefited and hindered pitchers. 

Here We Go: For example, eight balls for a walk helped, as did balls being caught on a bounce being an out, something Richmond had four of in his perfect game. 

Fly In The Ointment: Richmond, though, was hindered by the rule that required him to pitch underhand and the fact that gloves were not common. The ones that were used were meant to cover the palm and were not the baskets they have today. 

Dry, Technical Matter: The question we’ve always had is how they pitched underhanded: was it like slow-pitch softball, where there’s a high arc, or was it like fast-pitch softball, where it’s zipped in at a high speed? Few know baseball history like we do, and we’ve never seen it clarified. 

To Boldly Go…: So, it now being the 3rd decade of the 21st century, we googled the matter and found some videos of vintage baseball games, and they pitched like it was slow-pitch softball. Now, this wasn’t definitive, but it does make sense because batters then could request a high or a low pitch. 

The Bottom Line: Richmond’s perfect game – 27 up and 27 down – as well as Monte Ward’s five days later, remain almost unfathomable feats. Taking into consideration the fact they pitched underhanded and had to deliver the batter’s requested pitch and the fact gloves were for protection and not for catching is balanced somewhat by the rules benefiting pitchers, but not too much. They remain incredible accomplishments. 

Today At The Site
Writing worth reading. Usually. 

The Diary of a Nobody – Sparrow reports the hotel is drying out. Today’s Diary. 

The parking lot flooding (PLF) was all but gone tonite…

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In 1963 – American civil rights leader Medgar Evers, 37, is murdered, shot to death in front of his home in Jackson, Mississippi. Byron De La Beckwith, a KKK member, was arrested for the murders, with his first two trials resulting in hung juries. In 1994, De La Beckwith was tried and convicted and sentenced to life in prison. An appeal to the Mississippi Supreme Court upheld the conviction and the US Supreme Court declined to hear the case. De laBeckwith died in prison in 2001, age 80. 

In 1880 – Lee Richmond of the Worcester Ruby Legs throws the first perfect game in major league history in a 1-0 win over the Cleveland Blues at the Worcester Agricultural Fairgrounds. The rules were different back then: the pitchers pitched underhand from a flat area whose front edge was 45 feet from home plate, and in the fifth inning what would’ve been a hit turned out to have the right fielder throwing the batter out at first base. Worcester left the National League in 1882 and the Blues in 1884. 

In 1971 – The Honey Cone is at #1 on Billboard’s Hot 100 for the only week with Want Ads. It was the third of seven chart singles for the group, their first of four Top 40 hits, and remains their only Top 10 song. The song was in its third and final consecutive week at #1 on Billboard’s soul chart and was its 13th-biggest pop song of the year and their 3rd-biggest soul song. The song featured 17-year-old Ray Parker, Jr, on guitar. 

Some Philosophy Crap
The wisdom of the ages. Whatever.

Every living creature on this earth can do something great.
Minnesota Fats

Answer To The Last Trivia Question
Knowledge is power.

The other artists besides Santana to have had multiple songs spend at least ten weeks at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 are: Adele, Drake, the Black Eyed Peas, Boys II Men, Marian Carey, and Pharrell. The Black Eyed Peas are the only act to have one such song replace the other at #1, and Drake and Carey are the only ones to do it three times. 

Today’s Stumper
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What was Medgar Evers’ position at the time of his assassination? – Answer next time

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The Diary of a Nobody/June 11

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The Daily Dose/Tuesday, June 11, 2024

The Daily Dose/June 11, 2024
By Gaylon Kent – America’s Funniest Guy™

 Leading Off
Notes from around the human experience. 

Leading Off will return.

Today At The Site
Writing worth reading. Usually. 

The Diary of a Nobody – Sparrow deals with a ghost. Today’s Diary. 

…giving us time to note the call came from the “Out Pool” extension…Well, you don’t have to be Aquaman to deduce this is the phone at the outdoor pool, so we head out.

Nothing…GOA (gone on arrival) as we used to say in the private security racket…In fact, not only did we not catch the perp, we showed off our investigatory skills by not even finding the phone.

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In 1770 – The Great Barrier Reef off the northeast coast of Australia is discovered by white people for the first time when British Royal Navy Captain James Cook runs his ship – the HMS Endeavor – aground on it. The reef, well-known to Aboriginal Australians, is roughly 1,400 miles long and consists of almost 1,400 reefs and islands. Endeavor was so badly damaged it required seven weeks of repairs. 

In 1982 – Larry Holmes retains the WBC world heavyweight title, defeating Gerry Cooney of South Africa with a 13th-round TKO at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. It was the 12th defense of the title for Holmes and remains the only title fight for Cooney. Holmes later vacated the WBC title and in 1983 was issued the first IBF heavyweight title, a title he would defend three times before losing to Michael Spinks in 1985. 

In 2000 – Santana featuring The Product G&B is at #1 on Billboard’s Hot 100 for the tenth and final consecutive week with Maria Maria. The song went to #1 in six other countries, including Hungary and Switzerland, peaked at #6 in Great Britain, at #1 on Billboard’s soul chart, and was Billboard’s 3rd-biggest song of the year and their 14th-biggest of the decade. Earlier, Santana had spent twelve weeks at #1 with Smooth and he remains one of seven artists to have at least two hits spend at least ten weeks at #1. It was the second and most recent #1 for Santana and remains the only Top 40 hit for The Product G&B. 

Some Philosophy Crap
The wisdom of the ages. Whatever.

Writers don’t make good husbands. They reserve their Eros for their art.
Saul Bellow
Ravelstein

Answer To The Last Trivia Question
Knowledge is power.

In 1805, the US flag had 15 stripes and 15 stars, the last US flag to feature 15 stripes.

Today’s Stumper
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What other artists have had multiple #1 songs on the Hot 100 spend at least ten weeks at the top? – Answer next time!

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The Diary of a Nobody/June 10

It’s Sparrow, an average man passing an average life…

Monday, June 10
Longtime readers of this crap may – or they may not – recall that we’ve discussed ghosts at the hotel before…Ex-Maintenance Guy Luke was a strong believer in them and we dismissed that until a couple of years ago when we were working a missing persons case with the local fuzz and the constable noticed the light in the fitness center was on. 

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The Daily Dose/Monday, June 10, 2024

The Daily Dose/June 10, 2024
By Gaylon Kent – America’s Funniest Guy™

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Notes from around the human experience. 

Leading Off will return.

Today At The Site
Writing worth reading. Usually. 

The Diary of a Nobody – Sparrow gets the sleep week off to a good start. Today’s Diary. 

It was a good rest, too…We’re mostly over our sickies, so we’re not waking up with plugged noses and mouths that feel yucky because we were breathing thru them…

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On This Date
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In 1805 – The First Barbary War comes to and with the signing of a treaty between the US and the Ottoman Tripolitania state. The war had started in 1801, mainly because of Ottoman piracy and the impressment of US sailors. The war included fighting in Derna, now in eastern Libya, marking the first time a US flag was raised after a victory on foreign soil. The Second Barbary War was fought over three days in June 1815 and resulted in another American victory. 

In 1933 – Johnny Goodman of the US wins the US Open, shooting a final round 76 to beat Ralph Guldahl by one stroke north of Chicago. It was the first and only US Open and major title for Goodman and remains the only US Open runner-up finish for Guldahl, to go with championships in 1937 and 1938. Goodman, an Omaha insurance salesman, remains the last amateur to win a US major. 

In 1972 – The Chi-Lites are at #1 on Billboard’s soul chart – then known as the Best Selling Soul Singles chart – for the second and final consecutive week with Oh Girl. The song also peaked at #14 and #5 in Great Britain in separate chart runs, had earlier spent a week at #1 on Billboard’s Hot 100, and was Billboard’s 13th-biggest song of the year. It was the second and final soul #1 for the group and remains their only pop #1. In 1980 a version by Paul Young peaked at #8 on the Hot 100. 

Some Philosophy Crap
The wisdom of the ages. Whatever.

While only a few enjoyed the kind of luck many had taken for granted on leaving home, the rest sorted themselves according to their ambition and energy.
H. W. Brands
The Age of Gold

Answer To The Last Trivia Question
Knowledge is power.

Kenny Chesney’s biggest hit on the Hot 100 was Out Last Night, which peaked at #16 in 2009.

Today’s Stumper
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How many stars and stripes did the US flag have in 1805? – Answer next time!

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The Diary of a Nobody/June 9

It’s Sparrow, an average man passing an average life…

Sunday, June 9
Boy, the flooding at the hotel was worse than last night, and last nite’s was the worst we’ve seen here.      

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