The Daily Dose/Monday, January 24, 2022

The Daily Dose/January 24, 2022
By Gaylon Kent – America’s Funniest Guy™

Leading Off
Notes from around the human experience.

Leading Off is running intermittently right now. 

Today At The Site
Writing worth reading. Usually. 

The Diary of a Nobody – Sparrow has a relative oddity at the hotel. Today’s Diary. 

…both [cash] drawers were dead solid perfect: no overages, no undropped cash, nothing. 


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On This Date
History’s long march. 

In 41 AD – Claudius becomes emperor of Rome following the death of his nephew Caligula, who had been murdered by the Praetorian Guard, who’s assignment was to protect the emperor. Like all Roman emperors, Claudius was required to continually shore up his support, but had the time to preside over trials and begin the Roman conquest of Britain. He would serve until 54 AD and was succeeded by his grand-nephew and adopted son, Nero. History is unclear as to whether Claudius was murdered or, at age 63, died of old age, but it strongly suspects the former.

In 1981 – Mike Bossy of the New York Islanders becomes the second NHL player to score 50 goals in 50 games in a 7-4 over the Quebec Nordiques. Bossy matched the feat established by Maurice Richard of the Montreal Canadiens in the 1944-45 season. Bossy entered the game with 48 goals and scored both goals in the last five minutes of the game. The feat has been done six times since, including twice by Wayne Gretzky, who had 61 goals in 50 games in both the 1981-82 and 1983-84 seasons. In 1981-82 Gretzky also scored 50 goals in a record 39 games. 

In 1981 – Dolly Parton is at #1 on Billboard’ country chart – then known as the Hot Country Singles chart – for the only week with 9 to 5, her 13th of 14 #1 country hits. The song also peaked at #48 in Great Britain, would later spend two non-consecutive weeks at #1 on the Hot 100 and was Billboard’s 9th-biggest song of the year. It earned Parton an Oscar nomination in 1980 and won Grammy Awards for Best Country Song and Best Female Country Vocal Performance. 

Some Philosophy Crap
The wisdom of the ages. Whatever.

As he had unwittingly done so many times in the past, George III saved America’s neck just as it was about to be chopped off…With all those trump cards to play, George III might well have won the game. But he was rigid, inflexible, proud and obstinate.
David Schoenbrun
Triumph In Paris: The Exploits Against Benjamin Franklin

Answer To The Last Trivia Question
Knowledge is power.

Steffi Graf won one Grand Slam doubles title, at Wimbledon in 1988 with Gabriela Sabatini. 

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

Which song won the 1980 Academy Award for Best Original Song? – Answer next time!  


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