Bag of Randomness for Tuesday, January 29, 2019
- The story behind the photo –
- Looking at the design of the empty windows, an idea struck me: put a woman wearing colourful clothes in each of the openings. I sent over someone from my staff to talk to the demolition supervisor. He agreed to let us go ahead – provided we used his wife in the photograph. We could shoot the next day during their lunch hour, he said. After that, the building would be gone.
- I also found this note on the interview insightful as I didn’t know the first floor is referenced differently across the pond.
- The references to floors in this article are in US English; in the photograph, Ormond’s wife was on what would usually be known as the first floor in British English, and the supervisor’s wife on the second floor.
- The Equator passes through 13 countries. The Greenwich Prime Meridian goes through 8 countries. Why was Greenwich chosen as the center of the world’s time? A few reasons, but mainly because it would be advantageous to the largest number of people.
- The average tenure for a White House press secretary is about 2.9 years. I expect the current occupant to last longer since she seems to love her job and doesn’t hold daily briefings like most of her predecessors, and they are nowhere as long. Her last time at the podium was 41 days ago, and President Trump has encouraged her not to be bothered having them, at least he tweeted so. My brief research shows she has served as press secretary for 551 days after her promotion from being the deputy press secretary.
- The one-year anniversary of my back surgery was nine days ago. Yesterday, I received a $350 check in the mail from the hospital for an overcharge. I’m not complaining about getting a surprise check, it’s just odd it took so long for them to notice the over-charge. I tried to keep track of the charges myself but it got pretty complicated when you try to track who all was billed separately: the surgeon, endocrinologist, anesthesiologist, hospital, and the lab. It’s all a headache, and my heart goes out to those who have to deal with this sort of thing because of a chronic or drastic condition.
- Texas lawmaker wants pricey cars exempt from front plate rule
- But in requiring two plates, we’re only unique in our neck of the nation. None of our neighboring states requires front license plates. But we’re among 31 states that do.
- I always thought the plates looked out of place on something like a Corvette, but don’t think they should be exempt.
- I loved this ’60 Minutes’ story on how an old man in retirement used “basic arithmetic” to crack the code on certain state lottery games – “$26 million winning various state lottery games dozens of times.” And in case they were ever audited, they kept every losing lottery ticket – $18 million worth and built a shed to store them all in big plastic totes.
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