The Daily Dose/Wednesday, December 29, 2021

The Daily Dose/December 29, 2021
By Gaylon Kent – America’s Funniest Guy™

Leading Off
Notes from around the human experience.

Leading Off is running intermittently for now.  

Today At The Site
Writing worth reading. Usually. 

The Diary of a Nobody – A guest has a funny line at the hotel. Today’s Diary. 

Later he asked for a key to the hot tub and yours truly was obliged to turn down this request, too, which led to another funny line: 

“What are you, the warden here???”

The Bottom Ten/NFL Week 18 – With only two (2) weeks left the race for The Dan Henning Trophy – symbolic of NFL Bottom Ten supremacy – will go down to the wire.

Owner Genghis Khan still holding coaches’ kids hostage as insurance against further wins as another B-10 title will ensure Khan’s enshrinement in owner’s wing of B-10 Hall of Fame…

Panthers give clinic in how blowout, late-season loss to defending Super Bowl champions can enhance B-10 chances with blowout, late-season loss to defending Super Bowl champions …

Whatevers in no danger of striking B-10 gold in 2021, but earn #10 Week 18 ranking due to nine (9) losses being the most amongst teams still in NFL playoff hunt…


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On This Date
History’s long march. 

In 1812 – The USS Constitution defeats, captures and sinks the British HMS Java off the coast of Brazil in the War of 1812.  The ships traded broadsides with Constitution gaining an advantage when a Java sail fell on its starboard side, preventing their guns from firing. The British suffered 22 sailors killed while the Americans lost nine initially, with four or five later dying of their wounds. After the battle, the Americans set Java ablaze and it later exploded. The British had captured Java from the French in 1811. 

In 2007 – Tom Brady of the New England Patriots establishes a new NFL record for most touchdown passes in a season in a 38-35 win over the New York Giants. Brady passed for two touchdowns, giving him 50 for the season, breaking the record of 49 established by Peyton Manning in 2004. The Patriots also became the first team to finish an NFL season 16-0 and would lose to the Giants in the Super Bowl. Manning would reclaim the record in 2013 with 55 touchdown passes, a record that still stands. 

In 1973 – Merle Haggard and the Strangers are at #1 on Billboard’s country chart – then known as the Hot Country Singles chart – for the second and final consecutive week with If We Make It Through December. The song also went #1 country in Canada and peaked at #28 on the Hot 100.  It was the 16th of 37 country songs for Haggard and his second of nine consecutive #1s. 

Some Philosophy Crap
The wisdom of the ages. Whatever. 

I wish to make it so broad, and so clear, that no honest man can misunderstand me, and no dishonest one, successfully misrepresent me.
Abraham Lincoln

Answer To The Last Trivia Question
Knowledge is power.

Illinois won the first NCAA track and field championship in 1921 at Stagg Field in Chicago, with Notre Dame and Iowa finishing second and third. 

Today’s Stumper
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The USS Constitution remains a commissioned vessel in the US Navy. What was the last ship it captured? – Answer next time!

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