The Daily Dose/January 19, 2022
By Gaylon Kent – America’s Funniest Guy™
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 – At the hotel, Sparrow runs into someone who will not ring the bell. Today’s Diary.
“HEY, GOOD MORNING!”
The second time it sounded like an order and you gotta do something here…It’s not reasonable to presume he’ll ring the bell – the Liberty Bell could be out front and he’d ignore it – and if you don’t go out the next thing you know he’s probably yelling and while yours truly prefers the bell be rung, I’m not here to piss guests off…
The Bottom Ten/The Best Of 2021 – It’s all over: The 2021 Best Of column – the traditional end to the Bottom Ten year – runs today. It’s on the house, too, so cheapskates can see the fun they missed out on. Thank you for reading and mark your calendars, it’s only 216 days until the 2022 Preseason Q&A runs on August 23.
We say this every year because it’s true: if you enjoyed reading The Bottom Ten half as much as we enjoyed producing it, you enjoyed it an awful lot.
On This Date
History’s long march.
In 1946 – US Army General Douglas McArthur establishes the International Military Tribunal for the Far East, a court to try Japanese leaders on assorted war crimes charges. The trials would begin in April in Tokyo with judges, prosecutors and other staff provided by the eleven countries that had declared war on Japan with American and Japanese lawyers providing defense counsel. 28 high-ranking Japanese were tried by the court with seven receiving death sentences and 16 receiving life imprisonment.
In 1974 – The Notre Dame Fighting Irish end the UCLA Bruins NCAA record 88-game winning streak with a 71-70 victory at South Bend. The streak had begun on January 30, 1971 with a win over UC-Santa Barbara and Notre Dame had been the last team to beat the Bruins, 89-82, seven days before that. The Bruin’s mark is still the men’s all-time NCAA record and the overall mark is held by the Connecticut women’s team, who won 111 straight games from 2014-17.
In 1974 – Jim Croce is at #1 on the Billboard 200 album chart for the second of five consecutive weeks with You Don’t Mess Around With Jim. First released in 1972, it was Croce’s first of six chart albums and remains his only #1. The album produced three chart singles including the #1 Time in a Bottle (two weeks, 1973-74). Croce was only 30-years-old when he had died the previous September in a plane crash in Louisiana.
Some Philosophy Crap
The wisdom of the ages. Whatever.
…the State Department was one of the most tranquil, even somnolent, of government ministries…where, barring the rare excitement of the odd Indian war, a man could sleep his way through the life of an administration, or get a book written.
Answer To The Last Trivia Question
Knowledge is power.
The NHL record for most shutouts in a season is 22, by George Hainsworth of the Montreal Canadiens in 1928-29. Hainsworth gave up 43 goals in 44 games – every game he won that season was a shutout – and his 0.92 goals-against average remains the NHL single-season record.
Match wits with Gaylon. It’s not that hard.
Jim Croce had two #1 singles on Billboard’s Hot 100. What was the other one? – Answer next time!