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Sunday, November 28

To our valued, though rapidly-depleting readership,

Our vacation continues. Everything will return.

On behalf of Sparrow and the crew, Happy Holidays to everyone,

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The Daily Dose/Friday, November 26, 2021

The Daily Dose/November 26, 2021
By Gaylon Kent – America’s Funniest Guy™

Leading Off
Notes from around the human experience. 

Leading Off is running intermittently for the time being. 

Today At The Site
Writing worth reading. Usually. 

The Diary of a Nobody – Sparrow does some traveling to visit an aunt, uncle and cousins for the holiday. Today’s Diary. 

…[some cousins] had some Harry Potter stuff with them and I think they put a spell or a pox on me, we’ll have to wait and see if I’m a toad or something in the morning.

The Bottom Ten/NFL Week 14 – The NFL Bottom Ten is enjoying a bye week. 

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The long march to today. 

In 1789 – Thanksgiving is celebrated in the US for the first time, the event proclaimed in October by President George Washington, at the request of Congress. The idea had come from New Jersey Congressman Elian Boudinot during debate over the Bill of Rights to acknowledge “the many signal favors of Almighty God”. Previously, the Continental Congress had called for national days of “prayer, humiliation and thanksgiving” at assorted times. 

In 1956 – Egil Danielson of Norway establishes a new world record in the javelin, winning the gold medal at the Melbourne Summer Olympics. Danielson’s throw of 281 feet, 2.41 inches broke the record of 274 feet 5.67 inches established by Janusz Sidlo of Poland the previous June. Danielson’s mark came after Sidlo had given him his steel javelin and another competitor had given him a strong cup of coffee. Due to new javelin specifications over the years, some world records have been rescinded and the current record is 323 feet, 1.17 inches by Jan Zelezny, then of Czechoslovakia, in 1996.

In 1988 – Rattle and Hum by U2 is at #1 on the Billboard 200 album chart for the third of five consecutive weeks. It was the second of eight #1 albums for the group – and the second of five consecutive #1 albums – and produced four chart singles and two Top 40 hits, including the #3 hit Desire. The album also went to #1 in eight other countries, including Norway and Great Britain and due to when it charted was Billboard’s 29th biggest album of 1989. 

Some Philosophy Crap
The wisdom of the ages. Whatever. 

It has to come from the heart to reach the heart.
Unknown Member
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Answer To The Last Trivia Question
Knowledge is power.

Michael Bolton’s first Grammy Award for Best Pop Male Vocal Performance came in 1990 for How Am I Supposed to Live Without You?. 

Today’s Stumper
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What is the oldest track and field world record? – Answer next time!  

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The Bottom Ten/NFL Week 13

The Bottom Ten/NFL Week 13
By Gaylon Kent – America’s Funniest Guy

Friends, The NFL Bottom Ten is enjoying a bye week. The race for the most coveted trophy in sports – The Dan Henning Trophy, symbolic of NFL Bottom Ten supremacy – will resume next week.

 

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The Diary of a Nobody/November 26

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On Vacation

Valued Readers,

We are on vacation and regular readers of this crap know sometimes we produce our drivel on vacation and sometimes we don’t.

The NCAA Bottom Ten will run next week, of course. Nothing gets in the way of that. Everything else – The Diary of a Nobody, The Daily Dose, and The NFL Bottom Ten – may or may not run as our demanding vacation schedule permits.

Sparrow and the staff of The Daily Dose send their very best wishes for a tolerable holiday season.

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The Daily Dose/Tuesday, November 23, 2021

The Daily Dose/November 23, 2021
By Gaylon Kent – America’s Funniest Guy™

Leading Off
Notes from around the human experience. 

Leading Off is running intermittently for the time being. 

Today At The Site
Writing worth reading. Usually. 

The Diary of a Nobody – Sparrow as the latest office supply news from the hotel. Today’s Diary. 

In news from the office supply desk, we are running out of paper clips…

The Bottom Ten/NCAA Week 13 – It’s the ESPNCup or bust, as the race for Bottom Ten glory simply does not stop. 

Commodores still reeling from turn-of-century decision to merge Athletic, Student Affairs departments as pre-med students dressing for game draw NCAA-record 92 delay of game penalties after taking opponent’s vital signs after every play…

Here come the Bleu Devils!!!…The B-10 Team of the Decade for the Double Aughts thrilling B-10 fan(s) everywhere with strong finishing kick, with nation’s second-best seven (7)-game skid…

Nobody offering easier access to end zone in 2021, as UMess ranks Dead Last in Scoring Defense (43.0 ppg)…

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The long march to today. 

In 534 BC – Greek poet Thespis becomes History’s first actor – the first to recite lines as someone other than himself for the purpose of entertaining others – when legend has it he took to a stage wearing a mask and portraying the god Dionysus. Thespis’ influence is still felt in the English speaking world, with the term thespians coming to represent actors. Thespis was also the first actor to carry costumes and such from town to town. 

In 1974 – Alexis Arguello of Nicaragua wins the WBA featherweight title with a 13th-round knockout of champion Ruben Olivares of Mexico at the Forum in Inglewood, California. Arguello would defend the title four times and would later win super featherweight and lightweight titles before retiring in 1995. Arguello remains one of the few fighters to never lose a title in the ring, having relinquished them to fight at heavier weights. 

In 1991 – Michael Bolton is at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for the only week with When a Man Loves a Woman. The song also went to #1 in Canada, peaked at #8 in Great Britain and was Bolton’s second and final #1 song. A version by Percy Sledge had gone to #1 on the Hot 100 in 1966, making it the seventh of nine songs to go #1 by different acts. A version by Bette Midler peaked at #35 in 1980 and the song earned Bolton the Grammy Award for Best Pop Male Vocal Performance. 

Some Philosophy Crap
The wisdom of the ages. Whatever. 

Philosophy  does not mean reading books about wisdom, it means training oneself in the practice of wisdom. The essence of the matter is that a man should so mold his life and conduct that his happiness shall depend as little as possible upon external things.
Will Durant
The Story of Civilization, Vol. III: Caesar to Christ

Answer To The Last Trivia Question
Knowledge is power.

Gerald Ford was the future president of the United States on the Warren Commission. 

Today’s Stumper
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Michael Bolton has won two Grammy Awards for Best Pop Male Vocal Performance. Which song earned him his other one? – Answer next time!  

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The Bottom Ten/NCAA Week 13

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The Diary of a Nobody/November 22

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The Daily Dose/Monday, November 22, 2021

The Daily Dose/November 22, 2021
By Gaylon Kent – America’s Funniest Guy™

Leading Off
Notes from around the human experience. 

Leading Off is running intermittently for the time being. 

Today At The Site
Writing worth reading. Usually. 

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

About 0600 this guy comes down, takes in the sundry stand, and then starts to whine about its modest offerings: 

– Boy, there isn’t too much here…

Look, dorfman, this isn’t fucking Food World…It’s a sundry stand at a small hotel, forgive us if we don’t have a walk-in cooler full of soda or the cigarettes you plainly smoke because you can smell them from five feet away…

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On This Date
The long march to today. 

In 1963 – President of the United States John F Kennedy is assassinated while riding in a motorcade in Dallas. Texas Governor John Connally was also wounded and a bit more than an hour later Lee Harvey Oswald was arrested for Kennedy’s murder and the murder of a Dallas police officer. The Warren Commission – named after Earl Warren, the chief justice of the United States – formed by President Johnson, would find that Oswald acted alone, though nobody really believes that. Oswald himself would be shot to death two days later. 

In 1961 – Bob Petit of the St Louis Hawks establishes a new NBA record for most free throws made in a game without a miss in a 141-121 loss to the Boston Celtics. Petit made all 19 of his free throws, research into whose record he broke was inconclusive and his mark was broken in December 1992 by Dominique Wilkins of the Atlanta Hawks (23). The record is now held by James Harden, then of the Houston Rockets, who had 24 in a December 2019 game. 

In 1969- The 5th Dimension is at #1 on Billboard’s Hot 100 for the third and final consecutive week with Wedding Bell Blues. The song also went to #1 in New Zealand, peaked at #16 in Great Britain and at #23 on Billboard’s soul chart. It was the second and final #1 song for the group and their fourth of six Top 10 hits. The song was written by Laura Nyro, whose own version peaked at #3 on Billboard’s Bubbling Under the Hot 100 chart in 1966. 

Some Philosophy Crap
The wisdom of the ages. Whatever. 

…those who make [pleasure] their end in life are like the dog that snaps at every piece of meat thrown to it, swallows it whole, and then, instead of enjoying it, stands with jaws agape anxiously awaiting more.
Will Durant
The Story of Civilization, Vol. III: Caesar to Christ

Answer To The Last Trivia Question
Knowledge is power.

Hank Williams’s biggest hit on the Billboard Hot 100 was Long Gone Lonesome Blues which peaked at #67 in 1964. 

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Which future president of the United States was on the Warren Commission? – Answer next time!  

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The Diary of a Nobody/November 21

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