…at the track bumping into his old friend Frank.
“How’s it going?” he asks.
“Going? Want to hear something amazing? Tell me –what’s the date today?”
“Right. The seventh day of the seventh month. I arrived at the track at seven minutes past seven. My daughter is seven years old today, and we live in apartment seven, at number seven, Seventh Street.”
“Let me guess, you put everything you had on the seven horse in the seventh race.”
“And he won?”
Frank shrugged. “He finished seventh.”
8 Shocking Facts about Electric Eels
An old bit of art from Reason magazine’s “The Best of Brickbats during the Obama Administration.” Only this time the nameless, faceless minions are animated. The spot is a few years old, but better late than never. Then again, depending on your politics, you might have rather it had all been never.
In 2008, officials in Tempe, Arizona, said they needed more housing for deaf senior citizens. So with the aid of $2.6 million from the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), Cardinal Capital Management and the Arizona Deaf Senior Citizens Coalition built a 75-room apartment building just for the elderly deaf. The apartments have lights that flash when the doorbell rings and other amenities designed for the hearing-impaired. But then, in 2012, HUD said that because management prefers to rent to deaf tenants, the building violates federal civil rights law. The agency demanded that the owners take steps to make sure that 75 percent of residents of the building are not deaf.
In Ontario, people donated some 40,000 pounds of aid for victims of the 2013 Oklahoma tornadoes. But U.S. Customs and Border Protection said it was a commercial shipment, which meant each food item had to have a certificate from the Food and Drug Administration. After a three-day delay, officials finally allowed the food into the country.
The Secret Service forced hundreds of children with cancer and their parents out of Lafayette Square Park in Washington, D.C., disrupting a planned vigil. The park was barricaded for hours, and families were not allowed to get back in to retrieve their belongings. Parents said agents told them they closed the square because President Obama had left the White House from a nearby exit.
An Obama administration official reportedly got into a fistfight with a Native American college student over a Washington Redskins shirt the student was wearing. Barrett Dahl says William Mendoza, executive director of the White House Initiative of American Indian and Alaska Native Education, approached him, called him stupid and uneducated for wearing the shirt, and attacked him when he turned to walk away.
Officials at Salem High School in Plymouth, Michigan, agreed to take down bleachers paid for and built by parents for the school’s baseball team. After an anonymous complaint, the U.S. Education Department’s Office for Civil Rights found the school was in violation of federal law because the baseball facilities were then superior to the girls’ softball field. The school couldn’t afford to upgrade the softball field, so it had to remove the amenities at the baseball field.
Officials in cities across the nation were caught off guard by a ruling by the Environmental Protection Agency that said fire hydrants must meet new, stricter lead-content rules for plumbing fixtures. Officials said that meant the hydrants and hydrant parts they had already bought couldn’t be installed after January 4, 2014. The new rules were supposed to reduce lead in drinking water. It took an act of Congress to stop them from going into effect.
The National Park Service has removed merchandise with the Confederate battle flag from all of its bookstores and gift shops –including the ones at Gettysburg National Military Park.
Supervisors at Veterans Affairs medical facilities in seven states ordered their employees to falsify records to make it look as if the wait times for veterans seeking help met V.A. standards. And employees in several other states were doing so without explicit commands. In all, employees at V.A. facilities in 19 states and Puerto Rico manipulated data on wait times for up to a decade, according to a USA Today report.
A 4-year-old boy from Alameda County, California, was one of 18 defendants suing to have their names taken off the federal government’s terrorist watch list. The boy, identified in court papers only as Baby Doe, had been on the list since he was 7 months old.
Court TV imagined forty years ago by The Two Ronnies before there was Court TV. Once again, as is often the case, the original was much better. And funnier.
Nobody but terry colon point com brings you Wednesday Words of Wisdom complete and uncut, on Thursday. That’s us, a day late and a dollar short. Remind us later we owe ourselves a buck. Without further ado, those promised wise words.
I felt sorry for myself because I didn’t have a pair of shoes, until I met a man who didn’t have two pairs of shoes.
—Ol’ Remus, woodpilereport.com
Q. What is the biggest lie in the whole wide world?
A. “I have read and agree to the Terms and Conditions.”
How many grumpy old men does it take to screw in a light bulb?
None. The lightbulb can screw itself.
You may have missed the news, but global temperatures have gone down 0.5 degrees in the last 24 months. That’s at a rate of five degrees per decade. As the average temperature of an ice age is ten degrees cooler than today, if the trend continues we will be in a new ice age in twenty years. Now that would be an inconvenient truth.
One last Suck.com spot to close the week. It’s not an old rerun, it’s a restored classic.
They say a picture is worth a thousand words. Need we say more? This bit of old Suck.com pretty much tells the whole story.
A bit of old Suck.com art to start the week. Because the more things change the more they stay the same, everything old is new again, and some things never change. And now that the New York Times has baldly declared Marx was right… well, we know the source of “All the news that’s print to fit.”
Though we don’t think of it much, names have meanings. For instance, what you do for a living: Carpenter, Cooper, Smith, Weaver. People don’t much name themselves after their occupation these days. Though there are thousands of new, modern jobs to be named after. Instead of Smith, the most common name now might be Bookkeeper, Pencilpusher, or Drudge. Still, it’d get confusing if you changed your last name every time you switched jobs.
First names have meanings, too. These are more obscure than surnames, people don’t know or care about their meanings anymore. It’s just a personal label our parents dubbed us because they liked the sound of it or whatever. That’s why a lot of people now have novel, totally made up, meaningless names. Check out an NBA team roster to see what we mean.
Ten Olde Names and Their Erstwhile Meanings
As you can see, names weren’t always very complimentary. Some are just plain weird. Name your kid Birthday? Guess goofy hippie names predate goofy hippies. Did Alfred the Great really have a council of wee folk? What kind of parents name their daughter Pig? Makes you wonder what the heck your parents named you, eh?
*Ræd or rede go back to an old oral usage of read, as used in “Read him his rights.”
Another Wednesday, another multiple choice word definition quiz. Need we say more? Hope not, because we don’t have any more. On to the quiz.
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Minatory (mĭn′ ə-tôr ē)
Venal (vē′ nəl)
Afflatus (ə-flā′ təs)
Pecuniary (pĭ kyōō′ nē-ĕr ē)
Dilemma (dĭ-lĕm′ ə)
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Minatory (e) Menacing; threatening
Venal (c) Open to bribery; mercenary
Afflatus (b) Divine creative impulse or inspiration
Pecuniary (d) Of or relating to money
Dilemma (c) Predicament with two equally bad options (While c is perhaps closest, any of the choices could be seen as essentially correct. Making this entry something of an antonym of itself, a choice between equally good options.)
5 – Aced it
4 – Solid B
3 – Wobbly C
2 – Generous D
1 – Inglorious E
0 – Suspicious F, you couldn’t have gotten the last one wrong
Just ask anyone; Pelé was the greatest soccer player ever, hands down, no argument, period! Then they’ll trot out these two bullet points of evidence:
Let’s look at those from the bottom up. Single players do not win World Cups, teams do. Team championships are a feeble measure of one players ability. Was Yogi Berra the greatest baseball player ever because “he won the World Series” more than anyone else, ten times? Were Ted Williams, Ty Cobb, and Hank Aaron lesser players because their teams didn’t win any?
Pelé did little to help Brazil win the cup in 1962, he was injured and scored all of one goal. Basically Brazil won the World Cup without him. Thing is, Pelé was never the top goal scorer in any World Cup he played in. In 1958 he scored six, while Just Fontaine netted 13. In 1966 (also injured) he scored one, while Eusébio had nine. In 1970 he scored four to Gerd Müller’s ten and teammate Jairzinho’s seven.
Now then, what about those 1,283 goals? Pelé officially scored 757 goals in 812 games. The other 526 goals came in unofficial friendlies and tour games, including when he played for the Sixth Coast Guard in the military competition. That’s like including Babe Ruth’s spring training, off-season touring and barnstorming homers in his career total. We’d guess that to be about 1,283 home runs.
Even so, many of Pelé’s 757 official goals came against third-rate teams in Brazil’s state leagues. These leagues comprise all the pro teams within a state, regardless of level. Imagine a California Baseball League with the five major league teams, five triple-A teams, five double-A teams, and five A teams. Bobby Bonds probably wouldn’t have needed steroids to knock out 80 dingers a year against that competition.
Who might be better than Pelé? As of this writing Cristiano Ronaldo has notched 652 official goals and Lionel Messi has racked up 611. Ronaldo is 33 years old and Messi is 30, both have a pretty fair chance to surpass Pelé’s career goal mark. And against better competition.
Then there’s the “Galloping Major,” Ferenc Puskás, who scored 84 goals in 85 international games for Hungary. In the Hungarian and Spanish leagues he notched 514 goals in 529 matches. You might also consider Sporting Lisbon’s Fernando Peyroteo who in the 1930s and 40s amassed 539 goals in 334 official games. That’s an amazing 1.61 goals per game. In 1946-47 he tallied 43 goals in 19 games, 2.26 goals per game.
Pelé the greatest soccer player ever? You may want to rethink that. By our reckoning he ranks maybe number five.
“The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog,” is undoubtedly the most famous pangram in English. A pangram is a sentence containing all twenty-six letters of the alphabet. Still, it isn’t the only one, and at thirty-five letters is not the shortest, either.
Top Ten Other Shortest Pangrams
So, what’s the point of a pangram, one might wonder. It’s simply a sample of every letterform of a typeface as text. More imaginative than simply listing them, abc…xyz. Even though it ain’t much of a story.