The Daily Dose/Monday, January 11, 2021

The Daily Dose/January 11, 2021
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. 

Of course it’s Read Free Fortnight. 

The Diary of a Nobody – Sparrow has a pro tip for you. Today’s Diary. 

Here’s a Sparrow ProTip for you: if you need a room because you get off work at 2300 and have to be back at 0700 and you don’t want to drive home, for Pete’s sake, don’t book online, call us directly…Tell us you’re predicament, say you’d like to stay in town and ask what kind of rate we might have…As noted here before, you don’t have to be a supplicant with your hat in your hand, but be nice because we might just have a deal for you. 


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On This Date
The long march to today. 

In 1569 – The first lottery is held in England, sanctioned by Queen Elizabeth I to raise money for new ships and ports. Tickets cost 10 shillings and the first prize was £5,000, about $250 and $2.5 million in today’s money and citizens were allowed to buy shares of a ticket. Later, the Crown would outsource the selling of lottery tickets to others who, familiar with selling shares of things, eventually became the first stockbrokers. The first European lotteries date from the Low Countries in the 15th-century and the first evidence of government-sanctioned gambling are keno tickets dating back to the second and third centuries BC in China. 

In 1983 – Pat Hughes of the Edmonton Oilers establishes a new NHL record for the fastest consecutive shorthanded goals in a 7-5 win over the St Louis Blues. Hughes scored the goals within 25 seconds of the second period, breaking the record of 27 seconds established by Wayne Gretzky during the 1981-82 season which made Hughes the first person to break a record held by Gretzky. The record is now 12 seconds, done by Esa Tikkanen in November 1988. 

In 1969 – The Beatles are at #1 on the Billboard 200 album chart for the third of nine non-consecutive weeks with The Beatles, commonly known as The White Album because of tis plain white cover. The album went to #1 in many other countries, including France, Norway and Great Britain and was Billboard’s eighth biggest album of the year. Despite the bickering and disharmony that attended the imminent breakup of the Beatles, the album is often regarded as one of the best in popular music history. The album yielded no chart singles in either the US or Great Britain. 

Some Philosophy Crap
The wisdom of the ages. Whatever. 

I have a song to sing and will sing it, although I am alone in an empty house and must sing to my own ears. 
Louis L’Amour
The Education of a Wandering Man

Answer To The Last Trivia Question
Knowledge is power.

Chris Ford of the Boston Celtics made the first 3-point shot in NBA history, on October 12, 1979. 

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

How many #1 albums did the Beatles have on the Billboard 200? – Answer next time!

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