Sunday, February 4, 2018

Some of you may actually be watching the Super Bowl later today

According to the Hass Avocado Board, during the two week period leading up to the Super Bowl weekend, approximately $62 million will be spent on avocados. To shovel that guac into gaping maws, approximately 8.2 million pounds of chips are used to scoop it up.

This year, the National Chicken Council predicts that folks will wolf down on 1.35 billion chicken wings (20 million wings – that's a little less than a 1.5% increase in the number of wings consumed last year.)

Americans will be washing down those snacks with over 325 million gallons of beer.

Super Bowl LI, played on February 5, 2017 and broadcast by FOX in the U.S., was watched by more than 111.3 million viewers in the United States (117.5 million viewers tuned in to watch Lady Gaga during the halftime show.)  Approximately 1.5 million people called in 'sick' to work the day after the Super Bowl.

This year, it might actual be the flu and not hangovers.

Enjoy the game

February 4, 1977 -
Fleetwood Mac's Rumours album was released 41 years ago on this date - it's hard to believe.

The album shot to the top of Billboard's chart staying there for 31 weeks. More than 17 million copies have been sold in the U.S.

This was another album my sister and I wore the needle on the record player out on.

February 4, 1984
British group Culture Club second song released off their second album, Colour by Numbers, Karma Chameleon reach No. #1 on the Billboard charts on this date.

Culture Club were sued for plagiarism in this song by the writers of Handy Man, a 1960 hit for Jimmy Jones. Boy George admitted, "I might have heard it once, but it was certainly not something I sat down and copied. We gave them ten pence and an apple."

Words of Wisdom

Today in History:
February 4, 1861
State delegates met in Montgomery, Alabama, to form a Confederate government on this date.

They elected Jefferson Davis as president of Confederacy.

Do you think Hallmark has a card commemorating this event?

February 4, 1889 -
Harry Longabaugh was released from Sundance Prison in Wyoming, thereby acquiring the famous nickname, The Sundance Kid on this date.

Kids, this was the original version of  Brokeback Mountain during the 60's

February 4, 1902 -
Isolationist, racist, neo-nazi and early environmentalist Charles Lindbergh, first man to fly solo across the Atlantic, was born on this date.

Kind of complicated guy, don't you think.

February 4, 1912 -
Franz Reichelt
(alias the flying tailor) designed an overcoat to fly or float its wearer gently to the ground like the modern parachute. To demonstrate his invention he made a jump of 60 meters from the first deck of the Eiffel Tower, at that time the tallest man-made structure in the world.

The parachute failed and Reichelt fell to his death.

The jump was recorded by the cameras of the gathered press. Winner of the 1912 Darwin Award.

February 4, 1913 -
Each person must live their life as a model for others.

Rosa Lee Parks, civil rights activist whose refusal to give up her seat on a segregated bus in Alabama started the Civil Rights Movement, was born on this date.

February 4, 1918 -
Nobody fucks with Ida Lupino

Ida Lupino, actress, director, and a pioneer among women filmmakers was born on this date.

February 4, 1948 -
Vincent Furnier (Alice Cooper), rocker and avid golfer, was born on this date.

Yes, we're all not worthy.

On February 4, 1972, Senator Strom Thurmond sent a secret memo to William Timmons (in his capacity as an aide to Richard Nixon) and United States Attorney General John N. Mitchell, with an attached file from the Senate Internal Security Subcommittee, urging that British musician John Lennon (then living in New York City) be deported from the United States as an undesirable alien, due to Lennon's political views and activism.

The document claimed that Lennon's influence on young people could affect Nixon's chances of re-election, and suggested that terminating Lennon's visa might be "a strategy counter-measure"

February 4, 1974 -
Patty Hearst heard the burst of Roland's Thompson gun, and bought it.

Newspaper heiress Patricia Hearst, 19 years old, was kidnapped in Berkeley, California, by the Symbionese Liberation Army on this date.

February 4, 1983
Karen Carpenter died of anorexia nervosa on this date. She frequently took laxatives and induced vomiting to prevent weight gain.

At the time of her death she was pencil thin. Lead graphite thin.

February 4, 1987
Pianist/jewelry wearer Wladziu Valentino died in Palm Springs, California due to complications from AIDS on this date.

Nobody ever suspected the man was gay.

February 4, 1998 -
Microsoft billionaire Bill Gates was assaulted with a direct hit by a fluffy cream pie during a three-pronged attack in Brussels. He was in Belgium attending meetings with industry and government leaders.

Rumor is that the attack was engineered by Noel Godin, infamous for his other pie throwings at government officials.

February 4, 1999
In NYC, plainclothes police officers fired 41 shots at Amadou Diallo, a Bronx street peddler and immigrant from Guinea, who was unarmed in front of his Bronx home. Police were searching for a rapist and Daillo was killed with 19 gunshot wounds.

Officers Kenneth Boss, Sean Carroll, Edward McMellon and Richard Murphy were later indicted (but ultimately cleared) for 2nd degree murder.

February 4, 2004 -
Mark Zuckerberg, a Harvard University student, launched "The facebook", as it was originally known, on this date; the name taken from the sheets of paper distributed to freshmen, profiling students and staff.

Within five years of its founding, Facebook had more than 500 million users.

On February 4, 2008, at 00:00 GMT, NASA transmitted the Beatles song Across The Universe in the direction of the star Polaris, 431 light years from Earth. The transmission was made using a 70m antenna in the DSN's Madrid Deep Space Communication Complex, located outside of Madrid, Spain. It was done with an "X band" transmitter, radiating into the antenna at 18 kW. (This may be on the test.)

In case our overlords on Nibiru are The Byrds fans, here's a tune for them

Now that David Bowie has resettled back to his home, Planet X, he will hopefully plead our case to our overlords, should they come from there.

Before you go - Puddles mashup this week is a strange but good one - Come Sail Away / Let It Go

Make sure you stick around for the end of the video to see Spaceman Puddles.

And so it goes.


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