Bag of Randomness

  • It’s been a crazy web-traffic week for BON.  First a foreign website links to me, then all sorts of people from CNN paid this website a visit because of an article I linked to.
  • I am ready for the swimming portion of the Olympics to be over.
  • I think Michael Phelps’ mother is getting more camera time than Kurt Warner’s mother wife got several years back.
  • You don’t hear anything about his father, so I decided to research that issue, but came up with nada.  However, his Wikipedia page mentions that the swimmer is ADHD.
  • I’m going to hold off crowning Phelps the greatest Olympian of all time.  I think Carl Lewis’ four golds in 1984 and earning a gold medal in four Olympiads is more impressive.  Not to mention, Phelps has the ability to earn more golds in his sport than the atheletes in their respective sports.  But I will say that Phelps is the greatest Olympian with an underage drunk driving record.
  • Speaking of Carl Lewis, his first name is actually Frederick.  heheheheh.
  • My suit actually took a picture with Carl Lewis.  In high school a friend of mine borrowed my suit to got to an FCA function where he was speaking.
  • I know there have been a lot of advancements regarding swimming such as the new swim suit and rubber platforms on the starting block and “waveless” pools, but it would not surprise me that years from now we discover that doping was involved.  It all kind of reminds me of the home run chase between Mark Maguire and Sammy Sosa.  Everyone was so caught up in the excitement that nothing was questioned.  This all entered my mine when I saw the U.S. men’s relay team beat all the other teams in the same pool using the same advanced swim suits in the 4x200m freestyle relay by about two body lengths.
  • A total of 29 swimming world records were broken before the games even began.  Source
  • My Olympian friend at my former work place use to tell some some crazy things that happens in the Olympic Village.  He basically told me to think about it, you have all these beautifully sculpted atheletes from around the world that have been nothing but focused upon this one moment in their life, then when that moment is over, it’s time to unleash all that tension.
  • I think the new Samsung Instinct phone isn’t as intuitive as it should be.
  • There’s a new Baptist hymnal.  I’m not sure I can recall the last time I was in a church that actually used hymnals as opposed to a projector.
  • My Acura theory continues to prove itself true.
  • I wish I had a better understanding of what’s going on with Russia and Georgia, but overall, I think I get the gist of it.
  • I saw that Charles Gibson was broadcasting from Dallas again, and I just don’t understand why they don’t use Victory Park as a backdrop.  But they show some of it before they went to break.
  • It wasn’t until I left college when I first heard of someone having a peanut allergy, now it seems like almost every other person has a peanut allergy.  I blame vaccinations since I can’t think of anything else to blame it on.
  • I wonder why Honda stopped making the Prelude.
  • ESPN Page 2 use to be a really great place to visit for a break during the workday, but I may have only visited that site a dozen or so times since it was redesigned about a year and a half ago.
  • There was an interesting discussion on The Ticket about movie and music sales.  Music sales are tracked by number of albums sold, so you can easily compare the number of albums Elvis has sold compared to Justin Timberlake.  But movies are measured by the amount of total money taken in.  Wouldn’t it be easier to track movies by number of tickets sold?  That way you don’t have to take the price of tickets and inflation into account.
  • Hard Knocks is interesting but not very entertaining.
  • Martellus Bennett does not look coachable.
  • Why doesn’t Tarzan have a beard?
  • Grace
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5 Responses to Bag of Randomness

  1. dan says:

    Thought on thoughts: ) I don’t know that Phelps is the world’s greatest Olympian but rather greatest Olympian swimmer. 2) Thanks to steroids, every athlete who smashes a record; performs out of their head; or achieves greatness late in life will always be suspected of cheating 3) Last night PBS ran a documentary about the East German doping scandal. Most of their women athletes, now in middle age, are physical wrecks and suffering chronic pain. 4) I would like to know what Putin whispered to Dubya during the Olympic Opening Ceremony, “Sorry, I have to get back home tonight to attend to some urgent business. By the way, check the front page of tomorrow’s paper”. 5) Yesterday a Swedish wrestler, upset at getting a bronze medal, took it off during the medal ceremony, threw it on the ground in front of the medal stand, and stormed out. 6) The IOC wouldn’t sponsor Mark Spitz’ travel to the Olympics to witness Phelps breaking his record even though he said he would like to have gone. The Musers on the Ticket described Spitz as one of the worst athlete-guests they’ve ever had on their show. 7) On last night’s ABC Evening News broadcast from Dallas, Charlie Gibson tried to corner ExxonMobile’s CEO about soaring gas prices versus obscene profits. Gibson never laid a glove on him. 8) Yeah, why doesn’t Tarzan have a beard?

  2. Melissa says:

    Peanut allergies can be blamed on the “fast paced” peanut butter and jelly sandwich lifestyle that Americans lead these days.

    Truth be told, peanuts are much like seafood – they should not be given to children under the age of 3, as their body has not built up the required tolerance to them yet – especially if someone in the family is allergic to anything at all, then the kid has more of a pre-disposition to the allergy.

    The worst thing about peanut allergies is that they are not one that can be “outgrown” – there are some reports out there that there are some studies showing that there is a way of building up a tolerance to them again, but not enough to be able to eat peanuts on a regular basis – just enough to make it so that if A peanut were to be accidentally ingested, then it would not be deadly.

    Unfortunately for me, I think I was on a constant diet of peanut butter and jelly and fluffernutter sandwiches as a kid, because I loved them so much…And then I remember my entire 5th grade year my lunch consisting of 8 recees peanut butter cups, 1 hot dog and a welch’s grape soda. I finally became/realized my allergy my senior year of high school!

  3. Rev. Hart says:

    The fact that Russia invaded Georgia on the opening evening of the Olympics is the height of arrogance. Thousands of innocent civilians have died. For what?

    What should offend us even more is that George Bush thinks he has ground to stand on when he criticizes Putin for invading a sovereign nation unprovoked.

  4. Bryan says:

    I went to a FCA banquet in high school where Carl Lewis was a speaker. Since we’re pretty close in age, I bet it was the same one. My mom probably still has a picture of me with Carl Lewis tucked away somewhere.

  5. Abhi says:

    The facts on peanut allergies — it has developed due to the rise of GMO’s — genetically modified organisms (foods). In order to improve crop yields and to improve other factors (shelf life, taste, etc), modern science has modified the dna of various things that we eat and the FDA has signed off on these foods as safe. Prevailing thought is that some of these genetic changes may be creating some of the new allergies we are seeing in our society.

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