Bag of Randomness for Tuesday, June 25, 2019

  • WifeGeeding’s East Texas twang always cracks me up. When we first met, she told me she was from the East Texas town of “Lindell”.¬† One day I wrote her an email and mentioned the town and she corrected me by stating, “It’s not ‘Lindell’, it’s “LINDALE’!” I told her anyone would make the same mistake by the way she talks. I thought of that recently when we went to that family reunion in Van, TX. She said it was at “Gary Don’s” house. Hmmm, I wondered if his name was spelled “Don” or “Dawn”, so I asked her how does Gary spell his last name. She replied, “S-M-I-T-H, why do you ask?”
  • Philly police: 10 recruits resigned after trying to cheat on open-book test
  • Crush, Texas was a temporary city established in 1896 just so two locomotives could crash into one another at high speed, about 45 mph. This stunt was put together by a man named William Crush and it happened near West, Texas. The crash killed two spectators¬†and seriously injuring at least six others. A photographer lost one eye to a flying bolt but received damages amounting to $10,000 from a lawsuit and a lifetime railroad pass.
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One Response to Bag of Randomness for Tuesday, June 25, 2019

  1. Bryan B. says:

    I only know where Lindale is because, back around 2004 or so, my mother in law had to go work one day in their school district before she could retire. There was some sort of since-closed loophole in the teacher retirement system that allowed for educators to retire early and collect their deceased spouse’s social security. It had something to do with working at least one day for a school district without contributing to the teacher retirement fund and Lindale was one of the only district’s in the state that allowed for it.

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