Bag of Randomness for Thursday, September 15, 2022

  • The American crocodile (Crocodylus acutus) lives in several places within the Americas, including Mexico, Central and South America, the Caribbean, and south Florida. The American alligator (Alligator mississippiensis) is also found in south Florida, among other places. South Florida is the only place you can find both animals in the wild. Crocodiles can not mate with alligators. The quick answer is no. Despite having a similar appearance, they are genetically too different, and although related, they long ago diverged into different genera. Alligators and crocodiles belong to different subspecies (Alligatoridae and Crocodylidae).
  • I feel like we all have that sixth sense of when you look at a person completely unaware of you; they have the impulse to turn and look at you, too.
  • The other day when I posted a photo of Queen Elizabeth II at the University of Texas with Gov. Ann Richards and former first lady Lady Bird Johnson, I think some of you thought I mistook Prince Phillip for Lyndon Baines Johnson. I knew everyone in that photo and was well aware that the former president was long buried (literally) when that photo was taken. What I guess happened was a failed attempt at humor on my part. Since Lady Bird and Lyndon share the same initials (as their two daughters), I was playfully trying to question who was the real LBJ.
  • I got a flu shot yesterday. Before the injection, the nurse said, “Here’s a little coupon for you,” as she handed me a $5 coupon on a rather large sheet of paper. When I replied, “Actually, it looks like a rather large coupon,” she exploded in laughter.
  • Christianity in the U.S. is quickly shrinking and may no longer be the majority religion within just a few decades, research finds
  • In Peter King’s latest column, he broke down how well a handful of offspring of NFL players are doing in college:
    • E.J. Smith, son of the NFL’s all-time leading rusher, took the first snap of the Stanford season and ran 87 yards for a touchdown against Colgate nine days ago. On Saturday night against USC, with his dad in the stands, E.J. Smith caught a touchdown pass and ran for another one, accumulating 114 scrimmage yards. Other interesting college football progeny of great NFLers:a. Marvin Harrison Jr., the Ohio State wide receiver, caught seven passes for 184 yards and three touchdowns Saturday against Arkansas State.b. Joey Porter Jr., the Penn State cornerback, had six pass breakups in the Lions’ 2-0 start.

      c. Frank Gore Jr., the Southern Miss running back, had 178 yards in 32 carries in the season-opener against Liberty — before being held to 10 rushing yards Saturday at his dad’s alma mater, Miami.

      d. With dad Jerry Rice and Ronnie Lott on the sideline at Stanford Stadium, USC wide receiver Brenden Rice caught one pass for 20 yards in the Trojans’ 41-28 win at Stanford.

  • This dog like to blow bubbles with his nose.
  • We should have kept Cooper.

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