The Daily Dose/Friday, March 24, 2023

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

Leading Off
Notes from around our human experience. 

HERE WE GO AGAIN: It’s not a bulletin to read in the On This Date segment that research into a particular matter was “inconclusive”. This means either we weren’t able to do all the required research or that we could and the desired knowledge couldn’t be found.

Dry, Technical Matter: Inconclusive research reared its ugly head yesterday when we noted that yesterday in 1946 Frank Carle and his Orchestra, with his daughter Marjorie Hughes singing, was at #1 on Billboard’s Best Sellers in Stores chart with Oh! What It Seemed To Be. 

Fly In The Ointment: That same research showed that Frank Sinatra had a version of the song at #1 on the Most Played by Disc Jockeys chart. This source, however, wasn’t able to tell us where Frank’s version was on the Best Sellers chart, but we have a source that could and a check showed that Sinatra’s version was at #2 and you do not have to be Casey Kasem to know that two versions of the same song at #1 and #2 is a rarity. 

Uh, Can We Pick This Up A Little Bit?: How rare, though? It might well have happened before because different charted versions of the same song were fairly common back then, so we dove in. Unfortunately, our research was stopped about two-thirds of the way through due to technical constraints. 

The Bottom Line: But even if our research hadn’t been stopped, it would still have been inconclusive because this was an era when Billboard published more than one chart each week. For this week in 1946, for example, there was not only the Best Sellers and the Most Played by Jockeys charts, but also the Most Played in Jukeboxes chart. For any research to have any authority, these charts would have to be consulted as well, research that probably would have challenged even our glee at research of this sort. 

Today At The Site
Writing worth reading. Usually. 

The Diary of a Nobody – Sparrow makes a meatloaf. Today’s Diary. 

The result was something that was neither too good nor too bad, which is a pretty good working definition of bachelor cooking. 


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

In 1199 – King Richard I of England is wounded by a crossbow projectile during battle in France, which leads to his death on April 6. Richard had ascended the throne in 1789, after the death of his father, Henry II, and Richard was succeeded by his brother, John. Some accounts give the date as March 26, History sometimes refers to Richard as Richard the Lionheart, and portions of his body were buried in three different places. 

In 1936 – The Detroit Red Wings and the Montreal Maroons establish a new NHL record for the longest game in a 1-0, 6-overtime game in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup semifinals. The winning goal was scored 16 minutes and 30 seconds into the sixth overtime, breaking the record of 4 minutes, 46 seconds of the sixth overtime established when Toronto defeated Boston 1-0 in April 1933 and the record still stands. Detroit won the series 3 games to zero and would later defeat Toronto for the Stanley Cup. 

In 2018 – Bebe Rexha and Florida Georgia Line are at #1 on Billboard’s country chart – then and now known as the Hot Country Songs chart – for the 16th of a record 50 consecutive weeks with Meant To Be. The song also peaked at #2 on the Hot 100, was Billboard’s biggest country song of 2018, its 10th-biggest of 2019, and was its #1 country song of the decade. The song was the first #1 country hit for Rexha and the sixth for Florida Georgia Line and the 50 weeks at #1 remains a record for a major Billboard singles chart. 

Some Philosophy Crap
The wisdom of the ages. Whatever.

…the only real liberation is education, the only real freedom is intelligence.
Will and Ariel Durant
The Story of Civilization, Vol X: Rousseau and Revolution

Answer To The Last Trivia Question
Knowledge is power.

One member of the Lewis and Clark Expedition died during the trip to the Pacific Ocean and back, Army Agt. Charles Floyd, on Aug 20, 1804, apparently from appendicitis.

Today’s Stumper
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