The Daily Dose/Friday, February 18, 2022

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

Leading Off
Notes from around our human experience. 

Leading Off is still running intermittently. 

Today At The Site
Writing worth reading. Usually. 

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

Key, in part, was getting a Level II cleaning in – words not heard around here recently unless accompanied by the words “blown off” – before heading to the gym…


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On This Date
History’s long march. 

Editor’s Note: though we try to avoid re-running items in this segment, time constraints oblige us to run the same items from last year. Apologies are issued. 

In 2001 – FBI agent Robert Hanssen is arrested for spying as he was taping classified information for the Russians to the bottom of a bridge at a county park in Virginia. Hanssen was discovered after the FBI paid $7 million to the KGB for the file on an anonymous spy, later identified as Hanssen. Hanssen pled guilty the following year and, now 76, is serving 15 consecutive life sentences at the federal supermax prison in Colorado. 

In 1970 – Bobby Orr establishes a new NHL record for goals in a season by a defenseman in a 5-5 tie with the Los Angeles Kings. Orr’s first-period goal was his 22nd of the season, eclipsing the mark he had set the season before. Orr finished the season with 33 goals and would break or tie the mark three more times before it was broken by Doug Wilson of the Chicago Blackhawks with 39 in 1981-82. The mark is now held by Paul Coffee of the Edmonton Oilers, who had 48 in 1985-86. 

In 1984 – Michael Jackson is at #1 on the Billboard 200 album chart for the 29th of 37 non-consecutive weeks with Thriller. The album had first gone to #1 on February 26, 1983, and was Billboard’s biggest album of both 1984 and 1983, becoming only the third album to be the #1 album for consecutive years. The album went to #1 in many other countries, including France, Australia, and Great Britain and with over 47 million certified copies sold, remains the biggest-selling album in history. 

Some Philosophy Crap
The wisdom of the ages. Whatever.

There is nothing that so much seduces reason from vigilance as the thought of passing life with an amiable woman.
Samuel Johnson

Answer To The Last Trivia Question
Knowledge is power.

Twelve drivers have won multiple Daytona 500s: Richard Petty (7), Cale Yarborough (4), Bobby Allison, Dale Jarrett, Jeff Gordon and Denny Hamlin (3), Bill Elliot, Sterling Marlin, Michael Waltrip, Matt Kenseth, Jimmie Johnson, and Dale Earnhardt, Jr. (2). 

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

The 37 weeks spent at #1 by Michael Jackson’s Thriller is the second-most ever on the Billboard 200 album chart. What album has spent the most weeks at #1 on this chart? – Answer next time!  

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