The Daily Dose/Monday, July 22, 2019

The Daily Dose/July 22, 2019
By Gaylon Kent
America’s Funniest Guy

Leading Off
Some random numbers from Apollo 11:

Amount of time, in hours, Apollo 11 spent on moon

Age, in billions of years, of the moon rocks returned from lunar surface

Number of alarms the lunar module’s computer set off on descent to the lunar surface. These alarms were eventually disregarded.  

Number of lunar orbits Apollo 11 took before the lunar module (LM) separated from the command module (CM).

Number of days the Apollo 11 crew, and their physician and a technician, were quarantined. The quarantine actually began when they lifted off from the moon 

Cost, in billions of dollars, of the entire Apollo program. That is about $176 billion in today’s money. 

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Length of time, in hours and minutes, the LM spent undocked from the CM.

Total number of times Columbia orbited the moon.

Amount, in dollars and cents, that Buzz Aldrin jokingly filed for on his Apollo 11 travel claim.

Approximate amount of fuel, in seconds, that the LM had remaining at landing. The 60 and 30 seconds mission control referred to in the descent to the lunar surface were the number of seconds of fuel remaining until Commander Neil Armstrong had to decide whether to land or abort. 

Number, in pounds, of moon rocks Armstrong and Aldrin brought back from the moon. 

Approximate number of items Apollo 11 left on the moon. This includes experiments, mementos and trash.

Weight, in pounds, of the Apollo 11 spacesuit. 

Farthest distance, in feet, that either Armstrong or Aldrin, ventured from the LM. 

Length, in words, of the speech President Nixon would have given had Armstrong and Aldrin been stranded on the lunar surface.  The speech was written by William Safire.

Height, in feet, of the Saturn V rocket that propelled Apollo 11 to the moon.

Number of feet above the lunar surface that Neil Armstrong took manual control of Eagle.

Length of time, in days, from the time President Kennedy committed America to putting a man on the moon on May, 25, 1961 to July 20, 1969.

Number of miles between Earth and the moon at the time of Apollo 11.

Approximate number of people who worked in some capacity on the mission.

Today At The Site
The Diary of a NobodySparrow gets his picture taken at the hotel for, he suspects, upcoming Employee of the Month honors. Today’s Diary.

Brandon took my picture, too…Officially, Brandon said it was because all employees must have their picture taken and even going thru the motions of wondering why it hadn’t been done earlier, but it has to be for my Employee of the Month pic that goes on the wall at the front desk…It still hasn’t been announced, but there is no other reason to take my picture. 

The only problem is, despite not completely unattractive, I am the most unphotogenic person on this planet…I take lousy pics, and the one Brandon shot of me up against the wall at the front desk was about as good as you’re going to get, considering what you have to work with, so I cropped it on his phone a little bit, made the sign of the cross, and told him to go with it. 

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

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On This Date
In 1706 – Representatives of the parliaments of Scotland and England conclude negotiations on what would become the Union Acts of 1707, establishing the Kingdom of Great Britain. Ireland would join in 1801 and leave in 1922, replaced in the Union by Northern Ireland. The Union has included Wales from the start.

In 1990 – Greg LeMond of the United States wins his second consecutive, and third and final, Tour de France. LeMond finished 2 minutes and 16 seconds ahead of Claudio Chiappucci of Italy and won despite not winning a stage, only taking the lead on the next-to-last day. LeMond remains the only American to win the Tour and is one of only eight cyclists to win the Tour de France at least three times. In 1986 LeMond had become the first non-European to win the Tour.

In 1967 – Windy by the Association is at #1 on Billboard’s Hot 100 for the fourth and final week. It was the group’s fourth Top 40 hit and their second and final #1 song, following 1966’s Cherish. The song also went to #1 in Canada and was Billboard’s fourth biggest hit of the year.

Personally, I do not think the human mind has any limits but those we impose ourselves.
Louis L’Amour
Education of a Wandering Man

Answer To The Last Trivia Question
The lowest temperature ever recorded in Africa is -11 F, at Ifrane, Morocco on February 11, 1935. It is one of only three sub-zero temperatures ever recorded on the continent.

Today’s Stumper
Who are the two Americans who have had Tour de France titles stripped from them? – Answer next time!


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