Bag of Randomness for Friday, June 5, 2020


This proves the Civil War wasn’t that long ago, and she almost lived to see a second.

She was the last American to collect a Civil War pension —$73.13 a month. She just died.

  • The jaw-dropping fact that someone in the year 2020 was still earning a Civil War pension was the result of two factors: First, Triplett suffered cognitive impairments, qualifying her for the lifelong pension as a helpless adult child of a veteran. Second, her father, Mose Triplett, who’d served as a private in the Confederate Army before defecting to the Union, was on his second marriage when she was born in 1930. He was just a few weeks away from turning 84.
  • Many more widows and children of other long-ago soldiers are still alive. According to VA, there are 33 surviving spouses and 18 children receiving pension benefits related to the 1898 Spanish-American War.

Dyson shelved its Tesla-killer. Why is it showing it off now?What could’ve been a Tesla troubler will now have to settle for being the most expensive car never made.

How to secure your phone before attending a protest

I would just buy one from Jimmy McGill.

I hope the trend continues as long as they embrace leaders like Franklin Graham, Robert Jeffress, and Jerry Falwell Jr.

Southern Baptists see historic drop in membership

The Southern Baptist Convention said it had 14.5 million members in 2019, down about 287,655 from the previous year. Membership dropped 2 percent, the largest single-year drop in more than 100 years, according to a survey from LifeWay Christian Resources, the denomination’s publishing and research arm.

Pastor Rick Warren used to be a hot commodity, I haven’t heard a thing about him in ages. At one time, if The Purpose Driven Life wasn’t displayed prominently in your home you weren’t considered to be a true Christian, and I’m half-joking about this.

Maybe the next one will be flying upside down.

The world’s largest American flag has been ripped into shreds by a thunderstorm

I thought the wall was going up at the border we share with Mexico, not in front of the White House. Yeah, I get it, it’s a fence, but it’s still Trump’s America.

As coronavirus hits Texas, the state’s top health official is spending 30 hours a week on a second job — that pays $600,000

Acting Executive Commissioner Phil Wilson chose not to accept salary and benefits for a temporary position leading one of Texas’ largest and most high-profile agencies. Instead, he continues to earn $636,694 from the Lower Colorado River Authority, more than double what the previous health commissioner made.

Language warning. Here’s part one if you missed it, which is better than this sequel.

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2 Responses to Bag of Randomness for Friday, June 5, 2020

  1. Bizarro Big Tex says:

    I often think some of my SBC Brethren just didn’t watch enough JOT when growing up. The Playground Incident (great in its simplicity & available on the omnipresent YouTube) seems very appropriate to some of the happenings in today’s world. JOT had the answers decades ago.

  2. RPM says:

    The empty styrofoam container was a perfect storm of wind turbulence. You might remember some old station wagons had a spoiler on the luggage rack to deflect fresh air downdraft. The purpose of that was to diffuse exhaust fumes from being sucked into an open rear window, a very real problem in pre-a/c days. A moving vehicle leaves a vacuum behind it. That windflow is in a circular pattern much like an orbit following the vehicle. It’s simple physics just like Professor Julius Sumner Miller would explain.

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