The Daily Dose/Monday, January 18, 2021

The Daily Dose/January 18, 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. 

The Diary of a Nobody –  Sparrow settles in for some morning reading. Today’s Diary.

The current book is about the first settlers in the Northwest Territories – what is now Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin and a small part of Minnesota – and like when I read a couple of Lewis and Clark books a few years back, ol’ Sparrow found himself wondering how he would have fared in these situations.

The answer: not good, unless there was a need for a sniveling no-load who likes to get his rest…There generally isn’t on expeditions like this and ol’ Sparrow probably would have been abandoned – or shot – on the journey out, provided he was allowed to come in the first place. 


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On This Date
The long march to today. 

In 1915 – Japan delivers what History refers to as the 21 Demands to China. The demands were designed to greatly increase Japanese influence in China and, essentially, make China a Japanese protectorate. China initially rejected the demands and US and British intervention helped reduce the demands to 13, which China, not in a position to decline, accepted. An agreement on the 13 Demands was signed in April, though ultimately it did not provide any great benefit to Japan. 

In 1888 – The modern sport of field hockey is founded with the establishment of the Hockey Association in England. Field hockey first appeared at the Olympics at the 1908 London Games and has appeared continuously since 1920. Depictions of field hockey – known as hockey in most of the world. – date back to Egyptian tombs as early as 2000 BC and the origin of the word hockey remains unclear. 

In 1975 – Barry Manilow is at #1 on Billboard’s Hot 100 for the only week with Mandy. It was the first chart single for Manilow, his first of eleven Top 10 hits and his first of three #1s. The song also went to #1 in Canada, peaked at #11 in Great Britain and was Billboard’s 35th biggest song of the year. In 1972, a version titled Brandy by Scott English – who co-wrote the song – peaked at #91 on the Hot 100.

Some Philosophy Crap
The wisdom of the ages. Whatever. 

And if I should later be attacked for neglecting my constituents‘ interests, I shall reply that I was informed that their main interest is liberty and that in that cause I am doing the very best I can.
Barry Goldwater

Answer To The Last Trivia Question
Knowledge is power.

Led Zeppelin has had eight #1 albums in Great Britain. 

Today’s Stumper
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What country has won the most men’s and women’s Olympic field hockey gold medals? – Answer next time!

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