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a return to greatness

Updated: 2017-01-17T18:50:36.106-08:00


Trivia of the moment


Lawrence Welk was awarded four US design patents:

 * A musically themed restaurant menu
 * An accordion-themed tray for serving food at a restaurant
  * An accordion-themed tray for serving food at a restaurant
  * An accordion-themed ashtray

Quote of the moment


"sometimes nobody's wrong."

-- Joe Walsh

Trivia of the moment


Only three mammals are known to experience menopause - orcas, short-finned pilot whales and humans.

-- BBC

Headline of the moment


Dog Mauls Owners After They Tried To Dress Him In Sweater

-- Huffington Post

Intense British situation of the moment as told by Timothy Laurence


Princess Anne's husband, Vice Admiral Sir Timothy Laurence, who accompanied her to the New Year's Day service, added that the Queen was feeling "not too bad".


Chilling headline of the moment


China's 1st aircraft carrier sails into South China Sea


Quote of the moment


Santa's Workshop in North Pole, in Wilmington, N.Y., is among the last of the theme parks in the region, outlasting the Land of Makebelieve, Frontier Town, Time Town, Gaslight Village and other Adirondack roadside attractions.

-- Annie Stoltie, NYT

Incorrect prediction of the moment


"As a person who has always played fast and loose with the law, Trump will likely be impeached within the first year of his Presidency by responsible Republicans in Congress."

-- John Kasich

Headline I do not understand the significance of of the moment


A nuke waste train to Yucca could pass near Trump's L.V. hotel

-- LV sun

Quote of the moment


"I was trying not to sound like a desperate maniac, but I was a desperate maniac."

-- cancer patient in the NYT

Quote of the moment


(On the Guardian web site from a reader about Public Enemy.)

I was never hip enough to get them, I read the lyrics to Bring The Noise and thought it was about a man going on an unsuccessful fishing trip with his foolish sibling and the Grim Reaper - "Bass, how low can you go, Death Row, what a brother know?"

Quote of the moment


"fox news.  100℅ correct, 10℅ of the time!"

-- patron of arby's at lost hills, CA, screaming at a TV set

CA theatre



San Jose, CA

(My first panoramic on my new phone... Don't know how it will offer.)

Quote of the moment


For me, the end of What is a final reiteration of the ultimate lesson of 2016: Take nothing for granted. No set of values, no repository of human knowledge, no political system, no passionate community, is guaranteed safety from outside forces and from the passage of time. Nothing is too great to fail.

-- Nikhil Sonnad, on the death of

headline of the moment


Soylent recalls another product amid gastrointestinal mayhem

-- boing boing

the importance of bon Jovi


according to NBC

Hillary Clinton campaigns with First Lady Michelle Obama in Winston-Salem, NC at 2:00 pm ET… Donald Trump makes three stops in Ohio, hitting Springfield at 1:00 pm ET, Toledo at 4:00 pm ET, and Geneva at 7:00 pm ET… Mike Pence makes stops in Iowa and Nebraska… Tim Kaine is in Ohio…And Bon Jovi holds a concert for Clinton in Pittsburgh

headline of the moment


Giuliani on rigged election: 'Dead people generally vote for Democrats'


quote of the moment


Best troll ever: Assange asking why I'm up at 4am, while I'm wondering why I'm up at 4am, after he told me to be up at 4am.

-- Matt Dougan

the closest thing I'll ever have to a selfie...



... my spinal fluid.  (don't be misled by the back of the test tube label -- it's clear, colorless.)


headline of the moment


Man sues Samsung, saying Note 7 exploded in his pants


quote of the moment


"Excessive use of the internet is an understudied phenomenon that may disguise mild or severe psychopathology; excessive use of the internet may be strongly linked to compulsive behavior and addiction."

-- Jan Buitelaar

headline of the moment


Wild radioactive Fukushima boars breed like rabbits, ravage local countryside


headline of the moment


What did the 'real' Loch Ness monster look like?

-- Christian Science Monitor

quote of the moment


Perhaps Lady Gaga and other artists need to remind the Internet that pop music is supposed to be fun, not a death match.

-- Daryl Deino