The Daily Dose/August 2, 2022
By Gaylon Kent – America’s Funniest Guy™
Notes from around our human experience.
OH, JESUS H: We enjoy writing everything you read here. If we didn’t, we wouldn’t waste your time – or ours – and we’d do something else.
Can We Talk? We must be honest, though, and say that we really enjoy producing the On This Date segment. The longest of longtime reader(s) out there know that there’s been some sort of today in history/on this date segment since the very first Daily Dose 15 years ago at the old Writer’s Shack because we enjoy putting the work into researching items we think you will find interesting.
Dry, Technical Matter: What’s funny is that sometimes finding out the obscure trivia you count on us for takes no work at all. Today’s item (see below) about Katy Perry’s hit I Kissed a Girl being the 1,000th #1 song of the Rock Era is a wonderful example of that: the tidbit literally fell into our laps. There is an article on the song and there it was, the choicest of trivial morsels there for the taking.
Fly In The Ointment: Now, the Rock Era can have a couple of different meanings. Some say it began in 1955 while others – including us here at your Daily Dose – get more specific, tracing the start to July 8, 1955, when Rock Around the Clock by Bill Haley & His Comets went to #1.
Standard Internet Disclaimer: Of course, you can’t just take one source’s word for something like this. And, in fact, we wouldn’t even take a second source saying the same thing because it’s the internet and one source merely coping another is hardly unheard of.
To The Archives With You: So we went and counted to see what the deal was. I Kissed a Girl was the 961st #1 song on the Hot 100, which debuted in 1958, so we took off our shoes and counted the #1 songs on the Best Sellers in Stores chart and that established the song was the 1,000th #1 song since Rock Around the Clock went to #1.
The Bottom Line: Today’s Katy Perry tidbit is a heck of an On This Date item, the type of primo Billboard chart drivel you have come to know and love or, at least, tolerate, from us and we stumbled onto it, proving that sometimes the Great Archivist in the Sky looks out
Today At The Site
Writing worth reading. Usually.
The Diary of a Nobody – At the hotel, there are more creamer issues. Today’s Diary.
The supply chain appears to be clogged again and, hardly for the first time in this god-forsaken virus era, we’re having creamer issues for morning coffee service (MCS)…This time we are out of French vanilla, our most popular offering, and we’re really close to being out of hazelnut, while we just got in a shipment of an off-brand half & half.
On This Date
Extra, extra, read all about it.
In 1610 – Henry Hudson and the crew of Discovery enter what is now known as Hudson Bay. Hoping they had discovered the Northwest Passage to the Pacific Ocean, the crew explored a bit and then went ashore for winter but when Hudson suggested further sailing west most of the crew mutinied setting Hudson, his son, and seven crew members adrift in a boat. Despite attempts to keep with Discovery by rowing, Hudson and the others were never heard from again.
In 1996 – The US men defeat FR Yugoslavia – later Serbia and Montenegro and now separate countries – 95-69 for the gold medal at the 1996 Atlanta Summer Olympics. David Robinson led all scorers with 28 points and John Stockton had seven assists. It was the second of three consecutive gold medals for the US and their eleventh of 16 overall. Lithuania defeated Australia for the bronze medal and three days later the US women defeated Brazil 111-87 for the gold medal.
In 2008 – Katy Perry is at # on the Billboard Hot 100 for the fifth of seven consecutive weeks with I Kissed a Girl. It was the first chart single for Perry and her first of nine #1 songs. The song went to #1 in 17 other countries including the Czech Republic, Norway, and Great Britain, and was Billboard’s 14th biggest song of the year. The song was the 1,000th #1 song of the Rock Era, which began on July 8, 1955, when Bill Haley and the Comets hit #1 with Rock Around the Clock. The Hot 100 debuted in 1958.
Some Philosophy Crap
The wisdom of the ages. Whatever.
Secondly, were we truly men of judgment–with perceptive judgment of the future as well as the past–of our own mistakes as well as the mistakes of others–with enough wisdom to know that we did not know, and enough candor to admit it?
John F. Kennedy
Speech to the General Court of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Answer To The Last Trivia Question
Knowledge is power.
Mike Tyson was the first undisputed heavyweight champion since Leon Spinks held the WBC and WBA titles in 1978.
Match wits with Gaylon. It’s not that hard.
What was the 1,000th #1 song on the Hot 100? – Answer next time!