The Daily Dose/Saturday, August 20, 2022

The Daily Dose/August 20, 2022
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 makes his hotel reservations for annual VSO training, and it’s in the same city that has his favorite steakhouse. 

…already ol’ Sparrow has put the over/under on the number times we’ll dine there at 2.5 and the smart money is on the over, frankly.


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On This Date
Extra, extra, read all about it.  

In 1986 – Patrick Sherrill, a postal worker in Edmund, Oklahoma, shoots and kills 14 co-workers in the first of several post office shootings in the US. Six others were injured and after his rampage, Sherrill shot himself. Sherrill, a former Marine, was a relief mail carrier who often worked different routes and the day before had been reprimanded by supervisors. It remains the deadliest workplace shooting in US history.

In 1888 – Palmer Presby and TS Tailer establish the record for the longest match at the US Open in a 19-21, 8-6, 6-1, 6-4 Presby opening round win. Research into whose record they broke was inconclusive and the 80 games established a mark that stood until 1966 when a doubles match went 105 games, a mark that was tied in 1967. The longest US Open singles match is 100 games between Franklin Robbins and Donald Dell in 1969 and the longest ever match is 183 games between John Isner and Nicolas Mahut, at Wimbledon in 2010. 

In 1966 – The Lovin’ Spoonful is at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for the second of three consecutive weeks with Summer in the City. The song also went to #1 in Canada, peaked at #6 in Great Britain, and was Billboard’s 35th biggest song of the year. It was the fifth of seven Top 10 hits for the group and remains their only #1 song. In 1973 a version by Quincy Jones peaked at #30 on the Adult Contemporary chart and won the Grammy Award for Best Instrumental Arrangement.  

Some Philosophy Crap
The wisdom of the ages. Whatever.

Science is composed of errors, but errors it is right to make, for they lead step by step to the truth.
Jules Verne
Journey to the Center of the Earth

Answer To The Last Trivia Question
Knowledge is power.

Eddie Gaedel wore number ⅛ when he made his only major league appearance for the St Louis Brown. 

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

How many Grammy Awards has Quincy Jones won? – Answer next time!

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