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Week 03, 2019

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United States Presidential Inauguration Day on January 20

United States Presidential Inauguration Day on January 20

Inauguration Day: In many countries a newly elected leader takes power within a couple weeks or - as in the case of Great Britain - even the day following an election. In the United States, though, more than 11 weeks can pass between Election and Inauguration Days in order to give an incoming president time to choose a cabinet and plan for a new administration. The result is a lengthy lame-duck period, but it used to be even longer.

The Congress of the Confederation set March 4, 1789, as the date “for commencing proceedings” of the new government established by the U.S. Constitution. While a particularly bad winter delayed the inauguration of George Washington by eight weeks, subsequent incoming presidents and vice presidents took their oaths of office on March 4. The four-month gap was needed in part because of the time it took to count and report votes and to travel to the nation’s capital. However, the lengthy lame-duck period caused problems such as in the aftermath of the 1860 election when seven states left the Union during the long “Secession Winter”. President-elect Abraham Lincoln had no power to act, and outgoing President James Buchanan took no action, leaving the issue for his successor.

As technological advances greatly reduced the times to tabulate votes, report the results and travel, such a long lame-duck period was no longer logistically necessary. As a result, the 20th Amendment, which was ratified on January 23, 1933, moved up Inauguration Day to January 20 and the first meeting of the new Congress to January 3. The 20th Amendment didn’t take effect until October 1933, after the long lame-duck period once again proved problematic. With the U.S. in the throes of the Great Depression, incoming President Franklin D. Roosevelt had to wait four months to implement his New Deal while uncertainty further roiled financial markets. January 20 first served as Inauguration Day in 1937 when Roosevelt was sworn in for a second term. (On years when January 20 is a Sunday, a private swearing-in ceremony occurs with the public oath of office taken on January 21.)

History Channel / Wikipedia / Encyclopedia Britannica / Washington.org / Smithsonian / United States presidential inauguration (YouTube search) video


World War II: Germany begins the evacuation from East Prussia on January 20, 1945

World War II: Germany begins evacuation from East Prussia on January 20, 1945

World War II: Germany begins the evacuation from East Prussia: The evacuation of East Prussia was the movement of the German civilian population and military personnel from East Prussia between 20 January 1945 and March 1945, that was initially carried out by state authorities but later evolved into a chaotic flight from the Red Army.

Although organized at the beginning, the East Prussian evacuation quickly turned into a chaotic flight due to Soviet advances. A part of the evacuation of German civilians towards the end of World War II, these events are not to be confused with the expulsion from East Prussia that followed after the war had ended. The area that was evacuated was not the Gau East Prussia, but the inter-war East Prussia where most people already held a German citizenship. German citizens in Memel and other regions with proximity to East Prussia also took part in the evacuation, wishing to escape by sea, even though in their regions there was no official evacuation announced.

The evacuation, which had been delayed for months, was initiated due to fear of the Red Army advances during the East Prussian Offensive. Some parts of the evacuation were planned as a military necessity, Operation Hannibal being the most important military operation involved in the evacuation. However, many refugees took to the roads on their own initiative because of reported Soviet atrocities against Germans in the areas under Soviet control. Both spurious and factual accounts of Soviet atrocities were disseminated through the official news and propaganda outlets of Nazi Germany and by rumors that swept through the military and civilian populations.

Despite having detailed evacuation plans for some areas, the German authorities, including the >Gauleiter of East Prussia, Erich Koch, delayed action until 20 January, when it was too late for an orderly evacuation, and the civil services and Nazi Party were eventually overwhelmed by the numbers of those wishing to evacuate. Coupled with the panic caused by the speed of the Soviet advance, civilians caught in the middle of combat, and the bitter winter weather, many thousands of refugees died during the evacuation period. The Soviet forces took control of East Prussia only in May 1945.

According to a 1974 West German government study an estimated 1% of the civilian population was killed during the Soviet offensive.

Wikipedia / Encyclopedia Britannica / Spiegel.de International / Eaton - UC Berkeley / World War II: Germany begins evacuation from East Prussia on January 20, 1945 (YouTube) video


“Navy Blue” In a watery grave at sea lies the heart that beat so true.

The Old Salt’s Corner

“Navy Blue”


My shipmate sleeps in his coat of Navy blue;

In a watery grave at sea lies the heart that beat so true.

He sank faint and weary among the honored brave,

As we laid him sad and lonely into his watery grave.


No more the bugle calls the weary one,

Rest, noble spirit, In thy grave below!

I’ll find you and know you, Among the good and true,

When a robe of white is giv’n for the coat of Navy blue.


He cried, give me water and just a little crumb,

And my mother she will bless you thro’ all the years to come;

Oh! tell my sweet sister, so gentle, good and true,

That I’ll meet her up in heaven, in my coat of Navy blue.


No more the bugle calls the weary one,

Rest, noble spirit, In thy grave below!

I’ll find you and know you, Among the good and true,

When a robe of white is giv’n for the coat of Navy blue.


Long, long years have vanished, and though he comes no more,

Yet my heart will startling beat with each footfall at my door;

I gaze o’er the dock where he waved a last adieu,

But no gallant lad I see, in his coat of Navy blue


No more the bugle calls the weary one,

Rest, noble spirit, In thy grave below!

I’ll find you and know you, Among the good and true,

When a robe of white is giv’n for the coat of Navy blue.


~ Author Unknown


“I’m Just Sayin’”

“I’m Just Sayin”

“What the people want is very simple.

They want an America as good as its promise.”

~ Barbara Jordan


“Thought for the Day”

“Thought for the Day”

“When man learns to respect even the smallest being of Creation,

whether animal or vegetable,

nobody has to teach him to love his fellow man.

Compassion for animals is intimately connected with goodness of

character,

and it may be confidently asserted that

he who is cruel to animals cannot be a good man.”

~ Albert Schweitzer


“What I Have Learned”

“Thought for the Day”

“Mistakes are a great educator

when one is honest enough to admit them

and willing to learn from them.”

~ Anonymous


Second Hand News

Second Hand News (Links to Articles from Week 3 - January 14, 2019 - January 20, 2019)

FEDERAL COURT ORDERS DISCOVERY ON CLINTON EMAIL, BENGHAZI SCANDAL: TOP OBAMA-CLINTON OFFICIALS, SUSAN RICE AND BEN RHODES TO RESPOND TO JUDICIAL WATCH QUESTIONS UNDER OATHOn Watch: Pandemic Influenza & U.S. Public Health Readiness with Dr. Steven Hatfill, M.D.U.S. Doles Out Millions During Shutdown - Vulnerable Costa Rican Youth, AIDS in Mozambique The Murders in Indian Country Judicial Watch

Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen pushes back against House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s assertion that her Department and the Secret Service are ill-prepared to support and secure top Government Officials during the State of the UnionMaxine Waters, D-Calif, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y, and Democrats prepare to push Financial Services Committee into social issuesDan Crenshaw, R-Texas, believes House Speaker Nancy Pelosi a big mistake to postpone or disinvite President Trump from delivering State of the Union addressHouse Majority Leader Steny Hoyer D-Md. walks back 'The State of the Union is off' declarationTrump signs bill guaranteeing back pay for federal workers Washington Examiner

A Very British Thrashing (Parliament stomps on May's Brexit dreams)The Beginning of the End of Britain’s Brexit Fantasy (Maybe the worst part of the Brexit boondoggle is that the “better” trade deals the U.K. wanted were probably never going to happen)The Golan Heights Should Stay Israeli Forever (At least one of Israel’s occupations will be permanent, whether anyone else likes it or not)The Patriarchy Strikes Back in China (Attempts to crush feminists and labor activists linking up show what the Communist Party fears most)The Old Regime and the Yellow Revolution (France’s protest movement has become a crisis of legitimacy for Emmanuel Macron—and the country’s constitutional order) Foreign Policy

'We're NOT going back till it's over! We're going to build this wall!' Trump doubles down on shutdown in private conference call demanding Democrats cave on funding his border barrierANOTHER caravan bound for the U.S. is formed by Salvadoran migrants - as 1,700 Hondurans cross the border into Guatemala after being granted visasDonald Trump signs bill guaranteeing 800,000 federal workers WILL get back pay to cover the government shutdownBiggest EVER collection of breached data including 770 MILLION email addresses and passwords is posted online to a hacking forum Daily Mail UK

China’s first lunar leaf dies after scientists are forced to cut powerChina Premier invites biting comments on the state of the economy China, U.S. to hold trade talks in Washington on January 30-31 Huawei founder on why he joined the Chinese Communist Party South China Morning Post


Why Are Humans Ticklish?

Mr. Answer Man Please Tell Us: Why Are Humans Ticklish?

There are a few ideas about why humans experience ticklishness and there are also two kinds of tickling. One of them is a defense mechanism or warning sign that something moving is on you. Think parasites on your skin or ... no, don’t think about that. The fancy name for that is knismesis. This is the kind of tickling you feel when something soft brushes up against you. Usually, this type of tickling doesn’t make you laugh; It tends to give you goosebumps, and feel a bit uncomfortable.

Another aspect of tickling has to do with the specific spots that are ticklish. The fancy name for this one is gargalesis. This kind of tickling is more intense and leads to uncontrolled laughter. Gargalesis isn’t as straightforward as knismesis, and most likely serves some kind of social aspect and helps us bond.

Why Are Humans Ticklish?

There are specific spots that are ticklish in this latter way, and those are important for parents and children to form bonds. When we grow up those same spots are also erogenous zones, which help with mating, another social activity we engage in.

That these spots are also vulnerable areas on our bodies is probably no coincidence. Some experts think there is an aspect of tickling behavior meant to teach youngsters to protect their most vulnerable areas.

But other animals tickle, too. Our close cousin the chimpanzee tickles during play, though they make more of a panting, out-of-breath sound when they are laughing. They enjoy it, which they show by not leaving you alone afterward because they want you to keep going.

Elephants can be tickled as well, but a rat?

There was a study where it was someone’s job to tickle rats (that must look amazing on your resume). The researchers in question were like, “Come tickle rats with me.” Fun aside, this was serious research. It was known that rats make specific high-frequency noises when they play or have sex, noises of enjoyment (kind of like laughing). When they tickled the rats they made the same noises, indicating that the rats were enjoying being tickled, similar to the way humans do. It activates brain areas and pathways that also light up when humans experience joy (at least, the areas analogous to ours).

Why Are Humans Ticklish?

But a note must be made here: We are often quick to ascribe human emotions to animals, which can be dangerous. Animals like chimps and rats seem to enjoy tickling, so there’s reason to think they experience it in a positive way. But not all animals are like that—so experts aren't 100 percent sure they really like being tickled all that much. (Unfortunately, we can’t ask them.)

A tragic example of misinterpretation is the slow loris. These critters can be tickled, but they don’t like it. What humans interpret as enjoyment is actually fear, making the playful behavior in humans or primates literal torture for this cute-looking animal

Tickling likely serves as a warning signal and training to protect ourselves. It has a secondary feature in humans, other primates, and rats it seems: to facilitate social bonding. But be careful who you tickle—not all animals experience the same enjoyment (some humans don’t like it either).

Health LineMedical News TodayQuaraWikipediaWhy Are Humans Ticklish? (YouTube Search) video


NAVSPEAK aka U.S. Navy Slang - U.S. Navy

NAVSPEAK aka U.S. Navy Slang

Blue Falcon: (Also known as a “Bravo Foxtrot”) Slang term for "Buddy Fucker", also, "Noble Order of the Blue Falcon" for those who are true masters of Blue Falconry.

Bluejacket: An enlisted sailor below the rank of E-7 (Chief Petty Officer).

Bluejacket's Manual: The handbook of seamanship issued to recruits.

Bluenose: An individual who has crossed the Arctic Circle.

Blue Dick: The Navy, AKA (I've been f-ed by the Blue Dick again).

Blue on Blue:.

(1) Fratricide, friendly fire, so called because blue is the color associated with friendly forces during “workups” and exercises, while the fictional enemy country is usually orange.

(2) (in port) A girl-on-girl stripper scene, porn scene, etc.

Blue Roper (also: Blue Rope): A sailor that is in training to be a Recruit Division Commander, so called because of the blue rope they wear on the right sleeve.

Blue Shirt: Aviation Boatswain's mate, usually seen chocking and chaining birds to the deck. Precursor to Yellow Shirt. Same as Bluejacket, referring to the blue utility shirt worn by those personnel.

Blue Side: The figurative side one is stationed at if one is stationed at a Naval Command; contrasted with the “Green Side” (Marine Corps Command)..

Blue Tile: An area of the aircraft carrier on the starboard main passageway, O-3 level, where the Battle Group (now called Carrier Strike Group) admiral and his staff live and work. As the name implies, the deck is indeed blue tile there. Passing through, especially by junior enlisted sailors, is highly discouraged. During wartime, armed guards may be posted on both sides of the blue tile. Pictures of bare-assed drunken aviators standing on the blue tile during port calls are highly prized keepsakes.

Blue Water: Deep water far from land. Only larger, self-sufficient ships can operate on these waters. Also called the “high seas”. See “Brown Water”.


Just for MARINES - The Few. The Proud.

Just for you MARINE

Blue Falcon: A buddy-fucker (see below).

Blues or Dress Blues: Blue Dress uniform.

BLUF: Bottom Line Up Front.


Naval Aviation Squadron Nicknames

Naval Aviation Squadron Nicknames

Patrol Squadron Forty Five (VP-45) - nicknamed the “Pelicans”

United States Navy - Naval Air Station Jacksonville, Florida - Established November 1, 1942.


Where Did That Saying Come From

Where Did That Saying Come From?

Where Did That Saying Come From? “Go down like a lead balloon”

Go down like a lead balloon:”  Meaning: Fail completely and be considered a flop by the public.

History: 'Go over like a lead balloon' is the U.S. version of this phrase. In the UK a complete failures 'go down like a lead balloon'.

The phrase is American in origin and the first mention of a lead balloon with the meaning of something that fails comes from a Mom-N Pop cartoon that was syndicated in several US newspapers in June 1924. Actually, that coinage went over like a lead balloon itself and the phrase didn't appear again until after WWII; for example, this piece from The Atchison Daily Globe, May 1947:

“But occasionally a column or comic strip will 'go over' like a V-1 rocket in one community and, for inexplicable reasons, a lead balloon in another.”

That's when the phrase can be said to have entered the language and there are many examples in print from U.S. sources of ventures which went down like a lead balloon from that date onward.

The most celebrated use of the term is the part played in the naming of the English heavy-metal band Led Zeppelin. The story goes that Jimmy Page had completed a Scandinavian tour with the New Yardbirds - an impromptu band that was formed from the popular rapidly disintegrating Yardbirds. Keith Moon is reputed to have said the new band would go down like a lead balloon - some reports say go over like a lead balloon (or zeppelin). Moon is said to have borrowed the term from John Entwistle, who had previously used it to describe bad gigs. Moon and Entwistle, both being English, would have been more likely to have used the English 'go down' version. The details of this are difficult to verify as the anecdotal comment wasn't recorded or put into print at the time and, as Moon and Entwistle are deceased, we can't ask them. Jimmy Page has confirmed the essence of the story in several subsequent interviews (although, as we all know, 'If you can remember the 1960s, you weren't really there.').

The irony and the association with the heavy metal lead was too good to miss for an aspiring heavy metal band. They even made sure that people got the point that they were referring to the metal by changing the spelling to Led and avoiding any possible mispronunciation as lead - as in leader (reputedly at the suggestion of their manager, Peter Grant).

The choice of Zeppelin in the band's name was surely influenced by the Hindenberg disaster of 1937. The newsreel of the event, complete with Herbert Morrison's famous "Oh, the humanity" line, was commonly seen footage in English cinemas during the 1950s and 60s and Page would certainly have been familiar with it. The band used an image of the crash for the cover of their first album. Moon's prediction could hardly have been more wrong. Led Zeppelin became one of the most popular, arguably the most popular, musical act of the first half of the 1970s and reputedly have sold more than 300 million albums.

Phrases.org UK


Science & Technology

Science & Technology

Science & Technology

Paleontologists discover new sauropod species in ArgentinaResearchers find new pathway to regulate immune response, control diseasesNew flexible, transparent, wearable biopatch, improves cellular observation, drug deliveryTying the knot: New DNA nanostructuresCheesy music: Swiss experiment with sound to make cheese tastierAlzheimer's and cardiovascular disease share common genetics in some patientsMolecular virologist fights influenza at the molecular levelNew insights on comet tails are blowing in the solar wind

Phys.org / MedicalXpress / TechXplore


Bizarre News (we couldn’t make up stuff this good – real news story)

Bizarre News (we couldn’t make up stuff this good – real news story)

Stephen Hawking's PhD Thesis, Wheelchair Sell in Multi Million-Dollar Auction

Stephen Hawking's PhD Thesis, Wheelchair Sell in Multi Million-Dollar Auction

Stephen Hawking's wheelchair has sold for more than $387,000 (£296,750) at auction in the U.K., according to Christie's.

The motorized, red leather chair - which Hawking used between the late 1980s and mid 1990s, several decades after he was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) but before he lost use of his hands - was part of a large collection of Hawking and other scientific memorabilia sold via an online auction running between October 31 and November 8.

The auction, titled “On the Shoulders of Giants”, also included handwritten documents penned by Isaac Newton, Charles Darwin and Albert Einstein. In total, the auction raised more than £1.8 million (more than $2.35 million) - however, it was Hawking's artifacts that drove the highest bids.

Stephen Hawking's PhD Thesis, Wheelchair Sell in Multi Million-Dollar Auction

The big winner of the day was Hawking's hand-signed PhD thesis, “Properties of Expanding Universes”, which sold for £584,750 ($763,819). Hawking submitted this thesis to the University of Cambridge in October 1965, following a period of depression when he was first diagnosed with ALS (known as motor neurone disease in the U.K.). In 1962, doctors predicted Hawking would live for only another two years (in fact, he lived for another five decades, dying at the age of 76 March 2018).

Other Hawking memorabilia sold at the auction included the script from an episode of “The Simpsons” in which Hawking appeared as a guest star (sale price: £6,250 / $8,164), a copy of Hawking's “A Brief History of Time” signed with the author's thumbprint (£68,750 / $89,803), a collection of awards and medals (£296,750 / $387,624), the black bomber jacket he wore in a 2016 documentary (£40,000 / $52,249) and an artist's proof of an invitation to Hawking's famous 2009 party where only time travelers were invited (£11,250 / $14,695).

Proceeds from the auction will be donated to the Stephen Hawking Foundation and the Motor Neurone Disease Association.

Live Science (11/08/2018) video


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SONG FACTS

“Surfin' U.S.A.” - Beach Boys 1963 “Sweet Little Sixteen” - Chuck Berry 1958

“Surfin' U.S.A.” - The Beach Boys
Album: Surfin' U.S.A.
Released 1963 video

Famous Cases of Alleged Music Plagiarism

The Beach Boys vs. Chuck Berry (1963)

The Beach BoysSurfin' U.S.A.video

Written by Chuck BerrySweet Little Sixteen”) video - (sung by Chuck Berry (1958)

Nothing really comes from scratch anymore, and music is no exception. The first thing bands talk about when they form are their influences, and they typically start off by (and never really stop) playing other people’s music.

Entire genres, like folk, blues, and hip-hop, are based upon liberal borrowing out of either tradition or necessity. Simply put, every artist you love, no matter how unique, innovative, and game changing they may be, stands on the proverbial shoulders of giants.

With that in mind, famous instances of alleged music plagiarism. Some cases went to court. Others got shrugged off. Sometimes we think we’re listening to the same song twice. Other times we just don’t hear it that way.

The Case: The California boys often incorporated rock & roll pioneer Chuck Berry's songs into their early concerts. But 1958's “Sweet Little Sixteen” set The Beach Boys' composer Brian Wilson into overdrive. Inspired by Berry's rapid-fire references to various American cities, he recast the song as a paean to a fun-in-the-sun sport. Wilson penned a new set of lyrics listing off the hot surfing locales across the Pacific coast. Wilson said he intended the song as a tribute to the rock guitarist, but Berry's lawyers used another term: plagiarism.

The Verdict: With the threat of lawsuits looming, Beach Boys manager - and Brian Wilson's father - Murry Wilson agreed to give the publishing rights to Arc Music, Berry's publisher. However, Berry's name wouldn't appear on the songwriting credits until 1966.

Why It Matters: Although the genre was built on a handful of standard three-chord progressions and blues licks, the “Surfin' U.S.A.” incident was one of the first major plagiarism scuffles in rock history.


The lyrics are basically a guide to good surf locations, but the “Surfin' U.S.A.” music was based on Chuck Berry's 1958 hit "Sweet Little Sixteen." The Beach Boys did it as a tribute to Berry, but didn't get his permission first - maybe because Berry was in jail for transporting a minor across state lines. When Berry threatened to sue, The Beach Boys agreed to give him most of the royalties and list him as the song's composer. The song also helped build Berry's legend while he served his time.

David Marks, who was a guitarist in The Beach Boys from 1961-1963, explains on the DVD Brian Wilson Songwriter 1962 - 1969, that he and Carl Wilson would play guitars every day after school, and one day Carl brought home the album Chuck Berry Is On Top. They loved the album and introduced Berry's sound to Brian Wilson, who loved the rhythm parts and put together "Surfin' U.S.A." based on that sound. Brian changed the lyrics and added a hook, but it is basically a rewrite of Berry's “Sweet Little Sixteen”.

Many of the early Beach Boys' songs were about surfing. Dennis Wilson was the only Beach Boy who actually surfed, but surfing was a very popular at the time, especially with teenagers who bought records. For The Beach Boys, the surfing subculture gave them an opportunity to write songs about adventure and fun while exploring vocal harmonies and new production techniques. And while the majority of Americans didn't surf, the songs represented California, which was considered new and modern and a great place to be. Surfing, and California by extension, became more about a state of mind.

This is a very early Beach Boys song, following up their first hit “Surfin' Safari”. Brian Wilson was gaining confidence as a producer, and this song marks the emergence of what would become the Beach Boys signature sound over the next few years. Wilson got the most of 1963 studio technology, and managed to create a sound with bright guitars and sophisticated background vocals - something he accomplished with double-tracking. Brian also used his falsetto vocals in the chorus to offset Mike Love's lead.

Carl Wilson came up with the guitar intro, which is reminiscent of Duane Eddy's “Moving and Grooving”. Wilson explained:

”On 'Surfin' U.S.A.,' Brian wanted an opening lick and I just did this Duane Eddy riff. I was worried that it had been on another record, but what the hell. That was the first time we were aware we could make a really powerful record. For the first time, we thought the group sounded good enough to be played with anything on the radio.”

Guitarist David Marks played guitar on The Beach Boys first five albums. He recalled to I Like Music laying down this track: “The energy on the Surfin' USA session was very upbeat and happy. That's where that chemistry thing kicks in again… there was a certain energy on that track that was a one-of-a-kind happening. It wasn't perfect in a technical sense, but the vibe was something special that had a lasting effect.”

The Beach Boys, official website / Rolling Stone / COS / Billboard / All Music / Song Facts / Ultimate Classic Rock / The Beach Boys

Image: “Surfin' U.S.A. (album)” by The Beach Boys

Trivia

Trivia

● What resort city of Germany, lying in the foothills of the Bavarian Alps near Oberammergau, hosted the 1936 Winter Olympics?

Answer to Trivia

● What 1844 Alexandre Dumas novel describes the adventures of a band of merry men?

Answer to Trivia

● Which four stringed instruments make up a string quartet?

Answer to Trivia

● The Winter Olympic Games have been held in Japan two times; in what two cities?

Answer to Trivia


Jeopardy

A Test for People Who Know Everything

From the Jeopardy Archives Category - “A MOVIE TO DIE FOR” ($200):

“With the help of a shotgun blast, Tony Montana takes a dive in this 1983 film.”

Answer for People Who Do Not Know Everything, or Want to Verify Their Answer IMDB

From the Jeopardy Archives Category - “A MOVIE TO DIE FOR” ($400):

“In a 2015 film his estranged son unmasks, then impales him & says 'Thank you' before Chewie gets off a few shots.”

Answer for People Who Do Not Know Everything, or Want to Verify Their Answer IMDB

From the Jeopardy Archives Category - “A MOVIE TO DIE FOR” ($800):

“Sean Connery won an Oscar for this film, in which his character doesn't survive.”/p>

Answer for People Who Do Not Know Everything, or Want to Verify Their Answer IMDB


Answer to Last Week's Test

From the Jeopardy Archives Category - “DUMB DOWN THE SAYING” ($200):

“Arising in the morning from an incorrect mattress section.”

● Answer: Waking up on the wrong side of the bed. Business Insider

From the Jeopardy Archives Category - “DUMB DOWN THE SAYING” ($400):

“Anchoring position at the bottom of a wooden sculpture carved by Native Americans of the Northwest.”

● Answer: The low man on the totem pole. English Stack Exchange

From the Jeopardy Archives Category - “DUMB DOWN THE SAYING” ($1,000):

“Flying mammals occupy that fellow's church bell tower.”/p>

● Answer: He's got bats in the belfry. Phrases.org UK


Joke of the Day

Joke of the Day

“Old Man Tells Joke About IRS and Gambleling!”

“Old Man Tells Joke About IRS and Gambleling!”

“A man went to the Police Station”

Joke of the Day

“A man went to the Police Station”

A man went to the Police Station wishing to speak with the burglar who had broken into his house the night before.

“You'll get your chance in court”, said the Desk Sergeant.

“No, no, no!” said the man. “I want to know how he got into the house without waking my wife. I've been trying to do that for years!”