The Daily Dose/Wednesday, October 24, 2018

The Daily Dose/October 24, 2018
By Gaylon Kent
America’s Funniest Guy

In The News
What’s funny in the disappearance and presumed death of Saudi writer Jamal Khashoggi is now inept the plot was. Did the Saudis really think that Khashoggi’s entering a public building under video surveillance and not coming out would produce anything other than international condemnation? Good gravy, a kid with a couple of Hardy Boys mysteries under his belt could have come up with something better than that.

Worse, did they really think they could do this with impunity? Did they really think the world would believe he picked a fight with 18 people and was beaten to death? Sure, politicians can plod their way through assorted affairs and scandals, but did the Saudis really believe murdering a writer in cold blood would go unnoticed?

Certainly, they could have come up with something where Khashoggi simply disappears. If they needed guidance, the Mafia could have sent them some literature on Jimmy Hoffa’s disappearance, which remains a masterwork of the genre because Hoffa has never been found. When killing him after he enters a public building under video surveillance came up, everyone should have held up a hand and said “wait, this is silly, it won’t work”.

It’s unlikely this will pass without significant sanction by the world, but the Saudis have money and oil and will continue to brazen their way through this until it is plain it is no longer feasible, so perhaps the world just slaps them on the wrist.

Today At The Site
Sparrow starts checking in guests at Hotel C on today’s edition of The Diary of a Nobody, plus he has to fight Ed to do closing pages at the retailer.

[Patty] started yapping about how everyone has to get out of the store right now or get taken out back for beatings…Good gravy, she was worse than Ed and I told her page had all the warmth of a warden reading a death warrant…

It’s San Francisco, the New York Giants and Arizona on the medal stand as The Bottom Ten/NFL Week 9 moves today. See if your favorite team is in the hunt for The Dan Henning Trophy, symbolic of NFL Bottom Ten supremacy.

4. Oakland Raiders (1-5; DNP) – Given week off after playing in London, Raiders held up at London airport as league tries to get Raiders to play remaining home games in Syria until new home in Las Vegas opens in 2020…Queen Elizabeth takes NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell out behind palace for beating for continuing to send lousy teams over…Next Loss: Indianapolis

The Thought for the Day will return.

On This Date
In 1901 – Anne Edson Taylor, looking to make a few bucks, becomes the first person to go over Niagra Falls in a barrel. A widow, Taylor, then 63, had bounced from job to job when she decided, like you probably would, to go over the falls in a barrel. Her barrel was specially constructed for the evolution and was padded with a mattress and Taylor carried her lucky pillow with her.  The entire trip took about 20 minutes and Taylor survived with only a gash to her head. She never did make much money off the venture.

In 1943 – The Green Bay Packers establish an NFL record intercepting nine passes in a 27-6 win over the Detroit Lions. The record still stands and was matched by the Philadelphia Eagles in 1965. The Packers would intercept and NFL-record 42 passes that season, a record that stood until San Diego intercepted 49 passes in 1961.

In 1981 – Christopher Cross is at #1 for the second of three weeks on Billboard’s Hot 100 with Arthur’s Theme (Best That You Can Do). The song also went to #1 in Norway and Canada and would win the Oscar for Best Original Song the following year. It was the second and final #1 for Cross, following Sailing in 1980.

Answer To The Last Trivia Question
The first #1 song on Billboard’s country chart – then known as the Most Played Juke Box Folk Records chart – was Pistol Packin’ Mama by assorted acts, including Bing Crosby and the Andrews Sisters, on January 8, 1944.

Today’s Stumper
In 1981 the Billboard Hot 100 had two #1 songs that had the numbers nine and five in the title. Who were they by?  – Answer next time!

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