The Daily Dose/Wednesday, May 15, 2019

The Daily Dose/May 15, 2019
By Gaylon Kent
America’s Funniest Guy

Leading Off
Leading Off will return.

Today At The Site
The Diary of a Nobody:
Sparrow buys both a new hose and a new sprinkler. Today’s Diary.

Look, I am not going to spend another spring and summer uncrinkling the hose every five minutes and today the hose was in rare form, crinkling every three feet and after a while I said screw it, rolled up the old hose and put it in the trash (for collection later today) and got in the car.

It’s Sparrow, an average man passing an average life.

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On This Date
In 1718 – James Puckle, a London lawyer, receives a patent for the first machine gun. Known as the Puckle Gun, it had a revolving cylinder that could fire up to nine rounds per minute, about twice as many rounds per minute as the standard musket of the era, and had chambers for both round and square bullets, depending on the enemy. (Square bullets were thought to do more damage and were reserved for Muslims.) A bit ahead of its time, the weapon drew little interest from investors, was never mass produced and was never used in combat.

In 1926 – NHL announces it will expand to ten teams for the upcoming season, adding the New York Rangers, Chicago Black Hawks, and Detroit Cougars – now the Red Wings. The teams join the Boston Bruins, New York Americans, and Pittsburgh Pirates as NHL teams based in the US and marked the first time American teams outnumbered Canadian teams in the league.

In 1982 – Paul McCartney and Stevie Wonder are at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for the first of seven consecutive weeks with Ebony and Ivory. It was the eighth of nine #1 songs for McCartney as a solo act and the seventh of ten #1s for Wonder. The song also went to #1 in Great Britain, Spain, Norway, Japan, Ireland, Germany, and Canada and was Billboard’s fourth biggest song of the year. The song also peaked at #8 on Billboard’s soul chart.

Quotebook
We’s all sufferin’. A man wise, he try to learn from it.
Alex Haley
Roots

Answer To The Last Trivia Question
Walter Johnson broke Jack Coombs record for most consecutive scoreless innings. Coombs pitched 53 consecutive scoreless innings for the Philadelphia A’s in 1910.

Today’s Stumper
How many have the members of the Beatles appeared on Billboard’s soul chart? – Answer next time!

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