The Daily Dose/Monday, September 17, 2018

The Daily Dose/September 17, 2018
By Gaylon Kent
America’s Funniest Guy

In The News
Americans are so pissed at Nike over their new Colin Kapaernick ad campaign Nike stock closed at an all-time high Friday of $83.49. Since announcing the ad campaign earlier this month, it’s stock price is up four percent.

Good for Nike shareholders, of course, but as we’ve noted here before, getting too worked up over this is silly. This is nothing of substance: it is merely an attempt to sell us some shoes. That’s it. Nothing more. Nike is merely doing it by exploiting a rather gutsy young man who had the nerve to protest racial inequality on the National Football League stage. It is on par with the Pepsi Challenge and that old lady wondering where the beef was.

What’s more, the message of the ad completely misses the point of our human experience. It encourages people not merely to be good or their best, but to be the best ever. Well, that is certainly a nice thought, and Lord knows what a human wearing Nike gear can accomplish, but not everyone can be the best there ever was or live down the ages. That takes talent and focus in measures that most people were not burdened with and urging mere mortals to do this does no one any good.

All of us can maximize our talents and be the best we can become, but that is not the message Nike is peddling. Too bad, because maximizing our talents – and the work that goes into that – leads to the life we were meant to live.

Today at the Site
Sparrow is back! All the details from his dental work and the two days of more or less bedrest are included in today’s edition of The Diary of a Nobody. Included is the harvesting of the infamous onions, plus the fact Sparrow’s prescribed pain pills don’t make him loopy.

My smile no longer looks like an archaeological dig…It looks even and straight and white, tho not movie star white for Pete’s sake…It met, frankly, the high expectations I had for it.

Garrison Keillor has The Thought for the Day. At the top of each page of this site is some drivel about us doing this so you will remember it forever and ever. Today’s quote is the inspiration for that.

…if we are not writing so you will remember it forever and ever every time we sit down to ply this trade, then we are not writing, we are merely typing. Your time and my time is being wasted.

On This Date
In 1859 – Joshua Norton of San Francisco, unhappy with the government and dispossessed of his mind, declares himself Norton I, Emperor of the United States. Despite the fact he was not the emperor of the United States, or anywhere for that matter, Norton I was treated with respect in San Francisco. He conducted regular inspections of his adopted hometown in his ornate blue uniform and his currency was honored in certain places he frequented. His funeral was well attended and his obituary made Page 1 in the paper.

In 1983 – Carl Yaztremski of the Boston Red Sox appears in his 3,299th major league (ML) game, breaking the record that had been held by Henry Aaron. He would go 0-for-4 as the Red Sox won in Detroit 2-1. Yaztremski would retire at the end of the season with 3,308 games played, still the American League record, though Pete Rose would break his ML record the following season. Rose retired with 3,562 games played.

In 1966 – The Supremes are at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for the second and final week with You Can’t Hurry Love. It is the seventh #1 song for the Supremes, and their twelve #1 songs are still the most by an American vocal group.

Answer To The Last Trivia Question
There wasn’t a trivia question last time, silly.

Today’s Stumper
What hit by the Supremes spent the most weeks at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100? – Answer next time!

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