Bag of Randomness for Friday, May 3, 2019

  • Typically, I prefer not to buy clothing online because I’m so particular about how it fits I like to try them on first. However, I saw an Amazon Basics shirt on Amazon at the right price point I decided to give it a try. The shirt (a package of two shirts, actually) was too large and I attempted to return the item. Amazon provided the full refund but told me not to return the product. They make so much money it’s probably cost-effective for them not to process a return.
  • I was just writing about duels last week, but this one was performed with swords and no one died – The Last Duel Took Place in France in 1967, and It’s Caught on Film
  • I rarely pay with cash anymore so I don’t get to root through coins often. It’s fun looking at dates and it’s especially fun when a foreign coin makes an unexpected appearance. I thought I had a normal U.S. penny but to my surprise, it was a once cent Greek Euro. The ship is an Athenian trireme:
    • A trireme (/ˈtraɪriːm/; derived from Latin: trirēmis “with three banks of oars”; Ancient Greek: τριήρης triērēs, literally “three-rower”) was an ancient vessel and a type of galley that was used by the ancient maritime civilizations of the Mediterranean, especially the Phoenicians, ancient Greeks and Romans.
  • EngadgetFrom today, you can use Google’s AI to create a unique “poem portrait,” an ethereal image of your self-portrait overlaid with an exclusive poem generated from a word of your choice
  • LiberallyLean posted a very old picture of the Cotton Bowl yesterday when inspired me to dig into the stadium’s past and look up stuff about the Alamo.
    • I ran into this circa 1936 aerial view of Fair Park with several buildings labeled.
      • One of the items on that map was a replica of the Alamo (left, center). I had no idea North Texas had any Alamo replicas, which inspired me to dig a bit deeper.
        • Here are several pictures of Dallas area Alamo replicas with a few photos. Both were in Fair Park. As far as I know, neither had a basement.
          •  The first one was a gift to the city by G. B. Dealey and the Dallas Morning News — it stood stoically at the entrance to the fairgrounds from 1909 until 1935 — and the second one was a rebuilding of the first which was torn down to make way for the splendor of the Art Deco Centennial extravaganza and lasted from 1936 until 1951.
        • To my surprise, Plano has one which used to be something akin to a Dave and Busters but now part of an auto dealership. Apparently, it’s behind Target. I have no idea if it has a basement.
        • While in the Alamo internet wormhole, I found out a Ford dealership used to be immediately next to the actual Alamo in San Antonio. It’s crazy how they use to park cars in front of it.

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One Response to Bag of Randomness for Friday, May 3, 2019

  1. Bryan B. says:

    Not an Amazon purchase, but I’ve purchased items from a vendor in the past where they shipped far more than what I actually ordered. With one, I ordered 4 park benches that had to be assembled and they sent me enough of some of the materials to build 40 of them. Another time, I ordered 2 recycled plastic parking lot speed bumps and they sent me an entire pallet of them. With both orders, the vendor offered to sell them to me at cost with no mark up rather than pay for the return. It probably worked in my favor that they came via a freight carrier rather than UPS or FedEx.

    There was a highly scaled down replica of the Alamo façade made of Styrofoam at Six Flags back in the early 00s when they were celebrating their 50th anniversary. I think it stuck around for 10 years or more. I just had a memory pop up on Facebook in the last week of our family in front of the Alamo 4 years ago. My wife and I were discussing how the Alamo is a great photo opp, but not much of a visit unless you are huge Texas history buff. It doesn’t help that it’s stuck in the middle of a downtown area and across the street from a row of crappy tacky tourist traps.

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