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The Daily Dose/Friday, October 7, 2022

The Daily Dose/October 7, 2022
By Gaylon Kent – America’s Funniest Guy™

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Notes from around the human experience.

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Today At The Site
Writing worth reading. Usually. 

The Diary of a Nobody – Sparrow is having a great week in the sack. Today’s Diary. 

7.0 hours for the nite and 34.0 hours for the day, the highest Thursday total (ThT) since July’s PB 58.0-hour sleep week…God bless all of you. 

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Due to time constraints, today’s On This Date is from two years ago. 

In 1985 – The Italian cruise ship Achille Lauro is hijacked by four members of the Palestine Liberation Front off the coast of Egypt. On Oct 9 the hijackers were allowed to disembark to PLO control and a plane carrying them to Tunis was intercepted by US Air Force jets and forced to land in Italy. The plane was surrounded by Navy SEALS who themselves would later be surrounded by Italian forces. The US would later cede jurisdiction to the Italians and the four were later tried and convicted and sentenced to varying prison terms. All have since been paroled.  

In 1956 – Al Carmichael of the Green Bay Packers establishes a new NFL record for the longest kickoff return in a 37-21 loss to the Chicago Bears. Carmichael returned a first-quarter kickoff 106 yards for a touchdown, breaking the record of 104 yards established by Buddy York of the Baltimore Colts in 1953. The record was broken in 2007 by Ellis Hobbs of New England (108 yards) and is now held by Cordarrelle Patterson of the Minnesota Vikings, who had a 109-yard return in 2013.

In 1967 – Jackie Wilson is at #1 on Billboard’s soul chart – then known as the Hot Rhythm & Blues Singles chart – for the only week with (Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher and Higher. The song also peaked at #6 on the Hot 100 and made the Top 20 of the British pop chart in 1969 and 1987. It was Wilson’s sixth and final #1 song on Billboard’s soul chart and was his sixth Top 10 pop hit. A version by Rita Coolidge peaked at #2 on the Hot 100 in 1977. 

Some Philosophy Crap
The wisdom of the ages. Whatever.

…no society is good, whatever its intentions, whatever its utopian and liberationist claims, if the men and women who live in it are not free to speak their minds.
I. F. Stone
The Trial of Socrates

Answer To The Last Trivia Question
Knowledge is power.

The NFL record for most field goals missed in a game is six, by Jim Bakken of the St Louis Cardinals on December 11, 1966, a 16-10 loss to the Atlanta Falcons. The following year Bakken established the NFL record for most field goals made in a game with seven, a record that was tied several times and stood for 40 years. 

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The Diary of a Nobody/October 6

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The Daily Dose/Thursday, October 6, 2022

The Daily Dose/October 6, 2022
By Gaylon Kent – America’s Funniest Guy™

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Today At The Site
Writing worth reading. Usually. 

The Diary of a Nobody -Sparrow is obliged to buy a shirt. Today’s Diary. 

The problem with the retailer’s house brand clothes is there is always something wrong with them, and so it was with the otherwise green/black flannel shirt we paid $14 for: the sleeves were entirely too long: with the cuff buttoned it hung halfway down our hand, making us look like an orphan…

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In 1995 – The discovery of the first planet orbiting another star is announced. The planet is known as 51 Pegasi b and was discovered by two Swiss astronomers at the University of Geneva. The discovery was confirmed a week later by a team in California and the planet is located about 50 light-years away in the constellation Pegasus, which can be seen between latitudes 60 degrees south and the North Pole. 51 Pegasi b is very close to its star and its year is about four days long. I is thought to be bigger than Jupiter and is tidally locked to its star, meaning the same side always faces it, like the moon does to Earth. 

In 1996 – Nick Lowery of the New York Jets ties the NFL record for most career field goals in a 34-13 loss to the Oakland Raiders. Lowery had two field goals, including one from 24-yards in the third quarter, to tie the record of 373 established by Jan Stenerud from 1967-85. Lowery would break the record the following week and retired at the end of the season with 383 field goals. The record is now 599, done by Adam Vinatieri from 1996-2019. 

In 1979 – Robert John is at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for the only week with Sad Eyes. It was the fourth of ten chart singles for John, his second and final Top 10 hit, and remains his only #1 song. The song also peaked at #3 in Great Britain and was Billboard’s 10th-biggest song of the year. John’s first appearance on the Hot 100 came in 1958 when, under his real name Bobby Pedrick, Jr and then twelve years old, White Bucks and Saddle Shoes peaked at #74. 

Some Philosophy Crap
The wisdom of the ages. Whatever.

Dirt thrown on a Mud-wall may stick…but it will not long adhere to polish’d Marble.
Benjamin Franklin

Answer To The Last Trivia Question
Knowledge is power.

The record for most Formula One World Driver’s Championships won is seven, done twice, by Michael Schumacher of Germany and Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain. 

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Who holds the NFL record for most field goals missed in a game? – Answer next time!

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The Diary of a Nobody/October 5

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The Daily Dose/Wednesday, October 5, 2022

The Daily Dose/October 5, 2022
By Gaylon Kent – America’s Funniest Guy™

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Today At The Site
Writing worth reading. Usually. 

The Diary of a Nobody – Sparrow, not for the first time, whines about the location of the 3-hole punch. Today’s Diary. 

Recall it’s location has been a point of contention for a couple of years, with someone – there are no suspects – sooner or later moving it from a favored Sparrow position (we use the 3-hole punch once a nite now, and we prefer and appreciate not having to get out of the chair to access it) and regular readers of this crap know it’s been resting off to the left as you sit at the back desk, up against the printer…

The Bottom Ten/NFL Week 6 – The race for the most coveted trophy in sports – The Dan Henning Trophy, symbolic of NFL Bottom Ten supremacy – stumbles on. 

The mystery shaping up in nation’s capital is not so much how Commanders have lost three (3) straight, but how they managed to beat an average Jacksonville team in their opener…

Another team reviewing B-10 onboarding materials, Patriots show mettle that tends to lead straight to B-10 medal stand, blowing two (2) leads in morale-depleting road loss…

Schedule favoring Panthers, as they do not play team ranked in Week 6 survey until Christmas Eve showdown with Lions…

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In 1970 – The Liberation Front of Quebec, a Marxist/Leninist group, kidnaps British diplomat James Cross from his Montreal residence, setting off events History refers to as the October Crisis. The kidnappers posed as delivery men to gain entrance to the house and on Oct 10 members of the group kidnapped Quebec Minister of Labour Pierre Laporte. Cross would be released two months later while Laporte was killed, with his body found on Oct 17. All kidnappers were tried and convicted and served varying sentences. 

In 1975 – Niki Lauda of Austria wins the Formula One World Drivers’ Championship, winning the United States Gran Prix at Watkins Glen, New York. Lauda, driving a Ferrari 312T, defeated Emerson Fittipaldi of Brazil in the 200-mile race by 5 seconds and defeated Fittipaldi for the world title by 19.5 points. It was the first of three world driver championships for Lauda, who had 25 wins in a racing career that lasted from 1971-1985. Lauda died in 2019 at age 70. 

In 1985 – Ronnie Milsap is at #1 on Billboard’s country chart – then known as the Hot Country Singles chart – for the second and final consecutive week with Lost in the Fifties Tonight (In the Still of the Night). It was the 27th of 35 #1 country hits for Milsap and the song also went #1 country in Canada, was Billboard’s #1 country song of the year, and won the Grammy Award for Best Male Country Vocal Performance. Milsap’s first appearance on a Billboard chart came in 1965 when Never Had It So Good peaked at #19 on Billboard’s soul chart. 

Some Philosophy Crap
The wisdom of the ages. Whatever.

I learned that the destination is only as worthwhile as the trip you are willing to take. And that the trip is always a toss-up.
Steve Walsh

Answer To The Last Trivia Question
Knowledge is power.

I’m Sorry by John Denver broke up David Bowie’s two-week run at #1 on the Hot 100 in 1975. 

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The Bottom Ten/NFL Week 6

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The Diary of a Nobody/October 4

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The Daily Dose/Tuesday, October 4, 2022

The Daily Dose/October 4, 2022
By Gaylon Kent – America’s Funniest Guy™

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Today At The Site
Writing worth reading. Usually. 

The Diary of a Nobody – At the hotel, Sparrow scares Amy. Today’s Diary. 

It was beautiful…She yelped and jumped back a bit and grabbed her heart and used the name of the Son of Man in a manner inconsistent with praise, which was fine payback for scaring me over the years. 

The Bottom Ten/NCAA Week 6 – The race for the ESPNCup rolls on. 

B-10 pollsters “pretty sure” Finlandia northernmost school to hold Continental Cup – issued to team with longest all-division losing streak in NATO – since Arctic Tech in 1943…

Navy hampered by pregame Navy secretary ruling requiring team – to better prepare for rigors of sea duty – to travel to game in lifeboats via Intercoastal Waterway rather than on chartered aircraft 

Team announced plans for new stadium this week, with B-10 staffers already inquiring about Bottom Ten Field naming rights.

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In 1582 – The Julian calendar is in use for the final day in Catholic countries, as the Gregorian calendar takes effect the following day, with Oct 4 followed by Oct 15. The calendar  The calendar had been promulgated by Pope Gregory XIII to correct the fact the Julian calendar was too short by about one day per century and the religious calendar was falling out of step with the seasons.  Protestant countries began adopting it in 1652 and Great Britain and her colonies, including what would become the United States, adopted the calendar in 1752. Due to a variety of factors, including the precession of the axis and the slowing rotation of the earth, the Gregorian calendar is still off by about 27 seconds every year. 

In 1873 – The Toronto Argonauts, now in the Canadian Football League (CFL), are formed as a rugby/football team by the Argonaut Rowing Company as a way to keep fit after rowing season. The Argonauts would defeat Hamilton by an unknown score in their first game on Oct 18 and over the decades the Argonauts have won a record 17 Grey Cups, most recently in 2017. They remain the oldest professional sports team in North America still using the same name. 

In 1975 – David Bowie is at #1 on Billboard’s Hot 100 for the first of two non-consecutive weeks with Fame. It was the third of 14 Top 40 hits for Bowie, his first of six Top 10 songs, and was his first of two #1s (Let’s Dance; one week, 1983) The song also went to #1 in Canada, peaked at #17 in Great Britain, at #21 on Billboard’s soul chart, and was Billboard’s 7th-biggest song of the year. Bowie wrote the song with longtime band member Carlos Alomar and John Lennon. 

Some Philosophy Crap
The wisdom of the ages. Whatever.

The difference between success and failure in this life is mostly hard work, so you must constantly work to try and improve yourself.
Lewis “Chesty” Puller
United States Marine
Letter to daughter

Answer To The Last Trivia Question
Knowledge is power.

Jim Reeves’ biggest hit on the Hot 100 was He’ll Have to Go, which spent three weeks at #2 in 1960. It was kept out of the top spot by Percy Faith’s Theme From a Summer Place. 

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