The Daily Dose/March 9, 2019
By Gaylon Kent
America’s Funniest Guy
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Today At The Site
The Diary of a Nobody: Sparrow attempts to iron his hotel uniform shirts, and the retailer is selling soy sauce again. Today’s Diary.
The problem is I don’t know which direction the ironing board should face…Does the pointy end go on my right or left…I experimented and both ways resulted in an almost ruined shirt…
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On This Date
In 1959 – The Barbie doll debuts, designed by Ruth Handler, wife of Elliot, a co-founder of Mattel. Ms. Handler was inspired by her daughter Barbara playing with paper dolls and initially her husband, and others at Mattel were uninterested. 60 years to the day later, over a billion Barbies have been sold worldwide. The first Barbie doll wore a black and white striped swimsuit and came as both a blonde and brunette.
In 1859 – The National Association of Base Ball Players, not to be confused with the National Association that fielded teams from 1871-75, issues the first restrictions on the bat, specifying a maximum diameter of 2-1/2 inches. This would be increased to the current 2-3/4 inches in 1895 when the maximum length was set at 42 inches, specifications still in use today.
In 1974 – Terry Jacks is at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for the second of three consecutive weeks with Seasons in the Sun. The song went to #1 in twelve other countries, including Great Britain and Jacks’ native Canada and was Billboard’s second biggest song of 1974. Jacks had originally produced a version of the song by the Beach Boys and only recorded it after the Beach Boys declined to release their version. Though Jacks had other Top 40 hits in Canada and Great Britain, he remains a true one-hit wonder in the US, one of the few acts whose only Top 40 hit went to #1.
…there was the powerful impulse of vanity, a motivation which has never had its due recognition in historical works.
William E. Woodward
The Way Our People Lived
Answer To The Last Trivia Question
The Milwaukee Hawks later moved to St Louis and are now the Atlanta Hawks. The Baltimore Bullets disbanded in November 1954.
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