Bag of Randomness for Friday, December 9, 2016

  • In yesterday’s Bag of Randomness, someone asked if our outdoor lights were as big as softballs. They are slightly larger, closer to bunny size. Here are our pets for scale.
  • In case you weren’t aware, but one of John Glenn’s co-pilots in the Korean War was the greatest hitter that ever lived.
    • He followed that up with another 90 combat missions in the Korean War, where his co-pilot on many of them happened to be another American legend in baseball Hall of Fame outfielder Ted Williams.
  • The joy about a Trump presidency is he doesn’t care about precedent – Donald Trump to Remain Executive Producer on ‘Celebrity Apprentice’ 
    • In the credit sequence, Trump’s name will air after that of “Apprentice” creator Mark Burnett and before Schwarzenegger, who is also an exec producer of the new incarnation.
      • I wonder if it will read Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and President Donald Trump?
    • The larger issue for MGM, NBC, and the White House is the payment that Trump will receive for the series. It’s unclear what his per-episode fee is, but it is likely to be in the low five-figures, at minimum.
  • While not a dog, we did name our bunny, Buno, after him, and this is a UK based article – The year’s top dog names revealed
    • Leading the pack is Max, which takes top spot for another year, with Bono, after the U2 frontman, a close second. A more regal sounding Charlie is the third most popular name among the nation’s 8.5 million dogs.
  • This news story is from earlier this week, a ‘Jeopardy!’ contestant died from cancer a week before her episode aired. She wanted any of her winnings to go to cancer charities.
  • Baylor introduced their new head coach at a celebratory press conference on Wednesday. The next day, it was reported Art Briles is going to sue three school regents and a vice president for libel and slander. I wonder if Briles tried to time the announcement of his lawsuit, and if it had anything to do with his son, a current assistant, not coming back because of the new head coach, which had to be a foregone conclusion.
  • Smithsonian – From the Telegram to Twitter, How Presidents Make Contact With Foreign Leaders – Does faster communication cause more problems than it solves
    • Abraham Lincoln only sent about one telegram per month. 
    • President Rutherford B. Hayes was actually one of the new technology’s earliest adopters. He installed a phone in the White House, which could be reached by dialing “1.”
  • In my first job out of college and in Dallas, the person who sat next to me told me to “always sh-t on company time” – In an act of mild corporate rebellion, dudes are using apps like Poop Salary to track how much their jobs pay them to sh-t
  • The death of local attorney Brian Loncar got me to thinking . . . when local attorney R.A. Gabrial dies, he’s going to get a lot of flowers . . . but guess what, he’s already dead . . . he died by falling off a mountain.
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One Response to Bag of Randomness for Friday, December 9, 2016

  1. John Mackovic says:

    – I always thought it was kind of strange that Donnie Nelson stayed with the Mavericks after Mark Cuban fired then sued his dad.

    – Cute picture, I hope Buno didn't fall off The Edge.

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