The Daily Dose/Saturday, February 12, 2022

The Daily Dose/February 12, 2022
By Gaylon Kent – America’s Funniest Guy™

Leading Off
Notes from around the human experience. 

Leading Off is still running intermittently for the time being. 

Today At The Site
Writing worth reading. Usually. 

The Diary of a Nobody – After more than a year, the cat returns to her bed on Sparrow’s desk. Today’s Diary. 

She didn’t stand in it immediately, tho…After pawing it for a minute or two, she walked around the desk again before going and standing in it and when that didn’t produce immediate catastrophe she laid down and started grooming herself…After an extended session of this, she finally curled up and went to sleep. 

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On This Date
History’s long march. 

In 1914 – Groundbreaking for the Lincoln Memorial is conducted in Washington, DC. Congress first authorized a memorial to Lincoln in 1867, but a bill paying for it wasn’t passed until 1910 and the memorial was completed in 1922. The statue of Lincoln sitting is 19 feet high and if he were standing Lincoln would be 28 feet tall. The memorial has been on the reverse side of the $5 bill since 1929 and was on the back of the penny from 1959-2008. The first monument to Lincoln in Washington, DC was a statue in front of city hall in 1868. 

In 1878 – Frederick Thayer, a third baseman and captain of the Harvard University baseball team, receives a patent for a catcher’s mask, referred to in the patent as “… a new and useful Face-Guard or Safety-Mask for Base-Ball Players”. Thayer had been inspired by both the curveballs Harvard pitchers were starting to throw and the masks fencers carried around campus and his mask had actually debuted the year before, worn by Harvard catcher James Tyng. The patent number is 200,358

In 1983 – Michael Jackson is at #1 on Billboard’s soul chart – then known as the Hot Black Singles Chart – for the first of nine consecutive weeks with Billie Jean, his fourth of 13 #1 soul songs. In the spring, the song would spend seven consecutive weeks at #1 on Billboard’s Hot 100 and was both Billboard’s 2nd-biggest soul song and pop hit of the year. The song returned to both charts for a week in 2014 and was one of six Top 10 hits from the album Thriller.  

Some Philosophy Crap
The wisdom of the ages. Whatever.

…deep in your belly you know what is right as well as any gentleman…{righteousness} involves two things: consideration for others and loyalty to others.
Gore Vidal
Creation

Answer To The Last Trivia Question
Knowledge is power.

Alabama’s biggest hit on Billboard’s Hot 100 was Love in the Third Degree, which spent two weeks at #15 in 1982. 

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

What was Billboard’s biggest soul song for 1983? – Answer next time!  

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