Bag of Randomness for Wednesday, April 3, 2024

  • I need to focus more on the journey than the destination.
  • Ah, I love presidential history and trivia. I play on a trivia team with three close friends on Tuesday nights in Grapevine. If you follow the trivia league on social media, they will give hints to two questions. One was about the election of 1876. That was a really fascinating election, and here are my five most interesting tidbits about it that make it one of the more interesting ones in our nation’s history:
    • Grant was going to run for a third term, but the House (233–18 vote), passed a resolution declaring that the two-term tradition .
    • It was the second of five U.S. presidential elections in which the winner did not win a plurality of the national popular vote.
    • Tilden won 184 electoral votes to Hayes’s 165, 185 votes necessary for a majority. To settle things, Congress created a commission to avoid a constitutional crisis.
    • To date, it remains the election that yielded the highest voter turnout of the eligible voting-age population in American history, at 82.6%
    • As of 2024, this marks the only presidential election in which both candidates were sitting governors.
  • Family of woman found dead on highway angered by Trump’s speech
    • The sister of murder victim Ruby Garcia said she and her family were home watching live, in disbelief, as former President Donald Trump told an audience in Grand Rapids that he had spoken with “some of her family.” “He did not speak with any of us, so it was kind of shocking seeing that he had said that he had spoke with us, and misinforming people on live TV,” Ruby Garcia’s sister, Mavi Garcia.
  • I’m surprised that someone who has been in the business as long as he has and held the title of Chief would be this sensitive. Not only did he walk out, but he felt the need to share it publicly. Surely, he’s heard a variation of this joke a thousand times. I held off on posting this, thinking it was a bad April Fool’s joke. But maybe I should cut him some slack. We all have our off days.

  • Even though Holy Week has passed, I thought this would be interesting for people of the Christian faith and something they could add to their children’s programs next year.

  • Now, to transition to something totally different. The comments in this tweet were interesting, but I don’t know why the poster wanted to single out men for their answers. I’d like to know how women would rank these.
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