The Daily Dose/Tuesday, June 21, 2022

The Daily Dose/June 21, 2022
By Gaylon Kent – America’s Funniest Guy™

Leading Off
Notes from around our human experience. 

Leading Off is on hiatus.

Today At The Site
Writing worth reading. Usually. 

The Diary of a Nobody – A guest reports there is a bear outside the hotel. Today’s Diary. 

At least her tone wasn’t demanding immediate action on the matter because there is nothing to be done here…At least by ol’ Sparrow…A forest ranger might have something useful to offer…

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On This Date
History’s long march.  

In 1621 – The Austrian House of Habsburg executes 27 Bohemians in the town square of Prague, now the capital of the Czech Republic and then the capital of Bohemia. The 27 were executed for their part in the Bohemian Revolt of 1618 and had started the Thirty Years’ War. Most were beheaded, but some were hanged and some had tongues and other body parts cut off prior to execution. Today the execution site is marked with 27 white crosses inlaid in the gray bricks of the town square. 

In 1938 – Pinky Higgins of the Boston Red Sox ties the major league record for most consecutive hits in 8-3 and 5-4 wins over the Detroit Tigers. Higgins went 4-for-4 in both games giving him twelve consecutive hits to tie the mark established by Johnny Kling of the Chicago Cubs in 1902 and the mark was tied in 1952 by Walt Dropo of the Tigers and still stands. The streak had begun on June 19 and ended the following day when Higgins went 0-for-4 against the Tigers. 

In 1952 – Hank Thompson is at #1 on Billboard’s Best Sellers in Stores country chart – a predecessor to today’s country chart – for the sixth of 15 consecutive weeks with The Wild Side of Life. It was the sixth of 31 country Top 10 hits for Thompson and the first of three #1 songs in a career that spanned from 1948-83. The song also went to #1 on Billboard’s Most Played by Disc Jockeys and Most Played in Jukeboxes charts. 

Some Philosophy Crap
The wisdom of the ages. Whatever.

In any weather, at any hour of the day or night, I have been anxious to improve the nick of time…to stand on the meeting of two eternities, the past and the future, which is precisely the present moment. And to use the lessons of the past to profit the future.
Henry David Thoreau
Walden

Answer To The Last Trivia Question
Knowledge is power.

The last American to hold a 100-meter world record that wasn’t rescinded was Maurice Green, who ran 9.79 seconds in 1999. 

Today’s Stumper
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What was Hank Thompson’s biggest hit on Billboard’s Hot 100? – Answer next time!

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The Diary of a Nobody/June 20

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The Daily Dose/Monday, June 20, 2022

The Daily Dose/June 20, 2022
By Gaylon Kent – America’s Funniest Guy™

Leading Off
Notes from around our human experience. 

Leading Off is on hiatus.

Today At The Site
Writing worth reading. Usually. 

The Diary of a Nobody – Sparrow loses his mind and briefly considers a new career. Today’s Diary. 

Who are we kidding tho???…Something like that is real work, full nites of genuine labor from start to finish with zero time for project work and a complete inability to cut out early…Besides, we’d probably have to give up serving veterans and we are not, of course, willing to do that.  

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On This Date
History’s long march.  

In 1837 – Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom assumes the throne following the death of her uncle William IV. Victoria married her cousin Albert, a prince from what is now Germany, in 1920, and produced nine children. Victoria died in 1801 then the longest-serving British monarch, and her descendants included two British kings, queens of Greece, Norway, and Romania, and assorted princes and princesses. 

In 1936 and 1968 – Jesse Owens, Ben Hines, Ronnie Ray Smith, and Charles Greene, all of the US, establish or tie 100-meter world records at meets in Chicago and Sacramento. Owens ran 10.2 seconds at the NCAA championships to break the mark of 10.3 seconds while Hines and Smith ran 9.9 seconds in the first semifinal at the AAU National Championships while Green equaled it minutes later in the second semifinal, a night History refers to as the Night of Speed. Hines would lower the mark to 9.95 at the Mexico City Olympics in August.  

In 1981 – Stars in 45 us at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for the only week with Medley: Intro Venus/Sugar Sugar/No Reply/I’ll Be Back/Drive My Car/Do You Want to Know a Secret/We Can Work It Out/I Should Have Known Better/Nowhere Man/You’re Going To Lose That Girl/Stars on 45. It was the first of two Top 40 hits for the group and remains their only #1 song, and went to #1 in eleven other countries including Denmark and West Germany, and peaked at #2 in England. With 41 words, it has the longest title of any #1 song on a Billboard pop chart and the song broke up the nine-week run at the top by Bette Davis Eyes by Kim Carnes. 

Some Philosophy Crap
The wisdom of the ages. Whatever.

My purpose in going to Walden Pond was not to live cheaply nor to live dearly there, but to transact some private business with the fewest obstacles…
Henry David Thoreau
Walden

Answer To The Last Trivia Question
Knowledge is power.

Conway Twitty’s first #1 song on a Billboard chart was It’s Only Make Believe, which spent two non-consecutive weeks at #1 on the Hot 100 in 1958. His first #1 country song didn’t come until 1968 and all told Twitty hit the Hot 100 19 times between 1958 and 1976. 

Today’s Stumper
Match wits with Gaylon. It’s not that hard.

Who was the last American to hold a 100-meter world record that wasn’t later rescinded? – Answer next time!

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The Diary of a Nobody/June 19

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The Daily Dose/Sunday, June 19, 2022

The Daily Dose/June 19, 2022
By Gaylon Kent – America’s Funniest Guy™

The Sunday Bottom 5
A ranking of some things.

 1. Juneteenth SB5 pollsters don’t want to rain on anyone’s abolition parade, but Juneteenth does not mark the end of slavery in America, merely the day there were sufficient federal troops in Texas to make state enforce Emancipation Proclamation, passed 18 months earlier…Slavery would still be legal in Kentucky and Delaware until passage of 13th Amendment in December 1865. 

2. Julian AssangeAfter years of trying, US finally gets UK to extradite WikiLeaks founder for having nerve to publish documents on US Army conduct in Iraq and Afghanistan as well as US diplomatic cables…Don’t expect Assange, an Australian, to arrive at an execution chamber near you anytime soon, though, as decision is expected to be appealed 

3. Donald Trump Still the 3-hole staple…Still a liar…Still a sexual predator…Collected $250 million for defense fund that never existed…Still believes moon is part of Mars and that Revolution won by securing of British airports, stunning ignorance for anyone over twelve…Still the instigator of the January 6 insurrection… Still finding far-right of GOP willing customers for his snake oil…Still with blood on his hands for incompetent COVID-19 response…Still heralded by supporters…America deserves better, but we’re not demanding better right now. 

4. US Senate Gun Control Deal – A hundred years from now people will look back at this era of America and wonder why we stood by and let people get slaughtered for decades without doing anything…Though actual bill hasn’t been written yet, SB5 pollsters “strongly suspect”  bill will do nothing to prohibit possessing weapons Americans have no daily use for nor do anything about violent American government that produces violent American citizens. 

5. Lauren BoebertWizard Colorado GOP representative – who is SB5 pollster’s congresswoman – introduces bill to classify drug fentanyl as weapon of mass destruction (WMD)…As long as we’re all losing our minds, can we get mock sports drafts, FOX primetime lineup, classified as WMDs, too??? 

Today At The Site
Writing worth reading. Usually. 

It’s Read Free Sunday (RFS). Today’s Diary is on the house. 

The Diary of a Nobody – Sparrow has the latest on the cat’s new litter box. Today’s Diary.

…we are pleased to report the cat has adjusted seamlessly to her new can: there have been no protest crappings or whizzings around the house…Not that we were expecting any…The new box is the exact same style as the old one – tho the color was changed from blue to tan – and is in the exact same place, and the brand of litter wasn’t changed so trouble wasn’t expected, but you never know when a cat is going to get finicky on you. 

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On This Date
History’s long march.  

In 2012 – Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks, requests asylum at the Ecuadorian Embassy in London to avoid extradition to the US following the release of classified documents concerning civilian killings by the US Army. Ecuador would later rescind Assange’s asylum and he was arrested by British police in April 2019. After some wrangling, Assange’s extradition to the US was approved this past Friday, though this is expected to be appealed. 

In 1914 – Harry Vardon of Jersey becomes the first golfer to win six British Opens with a final round 78 to beat Englishman J.H. Taylor by three strokes at the Prestwick Gold Club in Scotland. It was the final British Open win for Vardon, and his record for British Open victories still stands. Vardon’s other major victory was in the 1900 US Open and he finished his career with 49 professional wins. It was the 23rd of 24 British Opens hosted by Prestwick, including the first twelve. 

In 1982 – Conway Twitty is at #1 on Billboard’s country chart – then known as the Hot Country Singles chart – for the first of two consecutive weeks with Slow Hand. It was the 29th of 35 #1 country songs for Twitty and the song also went #6 country in Canada. The year before the Pointer Sisters had peaked at #2 on the Hot 100 and at #7 on Billboard’s soul chart with the song, making Slow Hand one of the few to hit on all three major Billboard singles charts. 

Some Philosophy Crap
The wisdom of the ages. Whatever.

The head monkey at Paris puts on a traveller’s cap, and all the monkeys in America do the same.
Henry David Thoreau
Walden

Answer To The Last Trivia Question
Knowledge is power.

Harry Cooper is the golfer with the most PGA Tour wins without winning a major, winning 30 titles. He finished second in a playoff to Tommy Armour at the 1927 US Open. 

Today’s Stumper
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What was Conway Twitty’s first #1 song on a Billboard singles chart? – Answer next time!

 

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The Diary of a Nobody/June 18

Q: Is it Read Free Sunday at The Diary?
A: Of course it is.

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

Saturday, June 18
Boy, the back of the lobby was packed with guys slamming brewskis when yours truly reported for duty tonite…They were so serious about matters they even had a cooler with them and Assistant Front Desk Manager Q said they had initially set up on the restaurant’s porch, but they were shooed away from there. 

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The Daily Dose/Saturday, June 18, 2022

The Daily Dose/June 18, 2022
By Gaylon Kent – America’s Funniest Guy™

Leading Off
Notes from around our human experience. 

Leading Off remains in timeout. 

Today At The Site
Writing worth reading. Usually. 

The Diary of a Nobody – Sparrow has the latest MPG figure for the new ride. Today’s Diary. 

We filled up in the small town on the way in from the next county and based on the odometer reading, we knew – knew! – it would be over 40 MPG, maybe even near the 42-something record from a couple of years back…

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On This Date
History’s long march.  

In 1815 – Troops from several countries, including Great Britain and the Netherlands, and commanded by the Duke of Wellington defeat the French under Napoleon Bonaparte at the Battle of Waterloo in what is now central Belgium. Napoleon abdicated the French throne four days later and in December Napoleon was exiled to Saint Helena, an island in the South Atlantic Ocean, where he died in 1821. 

In 1960 – Arnold Palmer establishes a new US Open record for the largest deficit overcome in winning the tournament by two strokes over Jack Nicklaus. Palmer began the day seven strokes behind leader Mike Souchak and shot a final round 65 to finish at 4-under par. It would be the only US Open title for Palmer and was his third of eight major championships. His 62 PGA tournament titles are fifth on the all-time list. 

In 1983 – Mtume is at #1 on Billboard’s soul chart – then known as the Hot Black Singles chart – for the third of eight consecutive weeks with Juicy Fruit. It was the fourth soul hit for the group, their first of three Top 10 hits and remains their only appearance at #1 on a Billboard chart. The song also peaked at #45 on Billboard’s Hot 100 and at #34 in Great Britain.  The song was from the Don Juan DeMarco soundtrack and was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Song. 

Some Philosophy Crap
The wisdom of the ages. Whatever.

With consummate skill, he has set his trap with a hair spring to catch comfort and independence, and then, as he turned away, got his own leg into it.
Henry David Thoreau
Walden

Answer To The Last Trivia Question
Knowledge is power.

The major league record for most consecutive plate appearances with a walk is seven, done five times, most recently by Barry Bonds in 2004. 

Today’s Stumper
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What golfer has the most PGA Tour wins without winning a major? – Answer next time!

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The Diary of a Nobody/June 17

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The Daily Dose/Friday, June 17, 2022

The Daily Dose/June 17, 2022
By Gaylon Kent – America’s Funniest Guy™

Friends, your Daily Dose is enjoying a day off. It will return.

Today At The Site
Writing worth reading. Usually. 

The Diary of a Nobody – Sparrow has a busy day off. Today’s Diary. 

The big news on the lawn is we didn’t use the bag, we mulched for the first time this season…

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The Diary of a Nobody/June 16

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