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Week 06, 2019

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Japanese sub bombards Midway on February 10, 1942

Japanese sub bombards Midway on February 10, 1942

Japanese sub bombards Midway: On February 10, 1942, a Japanese submarine launches a brutal attack on Midway, a coral atoll used as a U.S. Navy base. It was the fourth bombing of the atoll by Japanese ships since December 7.

Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto, mastermind of the Pearl Harbor attack and commander in chief of the Japanese combined fleet, knew that only the utter destruction of U.S. naval capacity would ensure Japanese free reign in the Pacific.

Japanese bombing of the atoll by ship and submarine failed to break through the extraordinary defense put up by Admiral Chester Nimitz, commander of the U.S. Navy in the Pacific, who used every resource available to protect Midway and, by extension, Hawaii.

Yamamoto persevered with an elaborate warship operation, called Mi, launched in June, but the Battle of Midway was a disaster for Japan, and was the turning point for ultimate American victory in the Pacific.

History Channel / Battle of Midway - Wikipedia / Pacific-War/Guadalcanal and Papua - Battle of Midway - Encyclopedia Britannica / CBS News / The Atlantic / Battle of Midway 1942 (YouTube) video

Battle of Elizabeth City on February 10, 1862

Battle of Elizabeth City on February 10, 1862

Battle of Elizabeth City: This battle took place on February 10, 1862, on the Pasquotank River near Elizabeth City, North Carolina.

This battle part of the American Civil War was fought in the immediate aftermath of the Battle of Roanoke Island.

The participants were vessels of the U.S. Navy's North Atlantic Blockading Squadron, opposed by vessels of the Confederate Navy's Mosquito Fleet; the latter were supported by a shore-based battery of four guns at Cobb's Point (now called Cobb Point), near the southeastern border of the town.

The battle was a part of the campaign in North Carolina that was led by Major General Ambrose E. Burnside and known as the Burnside Expedition. The result was a Union victory, with Elizabeth City and its nearby waters in their possession, and the Confederate fleet captured, sunk, or dispersed.

Wikipedia / Encyclopedia of North Carolina / United States Civil War / U.S. National Park Service / American Civil War Battle of Elizabeth City on February 10, 1862 (YouTube)video

Navy version of the Hot Rod Race song

The Old Salt’s Corner

Navy version of the Hot Rod Race song

Sang to music of Hot Rod Lincoln -

Well me and my buddy, ol' Swabby Joe,

took off in a can from ol' Sasebo.

The chow was poor 'n' the fuel was low,

but the doggone can could really go.

Along about in the middle of the night

we were steamin' along like a tin can might,

when a cruiser behind us blinked her lights,

blew her whistle and pulled to the right.

Well we had twin screws on our old can

which makes you think that we're in a jam.

but f'you swabs who don't get this kinda jive,

we had six boilers with overdrive.

Now we're tin can men, and we likely knew,

The stern was down from the turn of the screws,

but f'you swabs who don't get this kinda jive,

as on through the waves we flew and flew.

Our exec was pale, he said he was sick,

but us tin can men knew he was just a hick.

Why should we worry, what the heck,

that cruiser 'n' us were still neck-and-neck.

Yes on through the ocean we did glide,

a'flyin' low with the throttle wide.

Our skipper screamed and the crew they cried,

but the doggone cruiser was still right beside.

Well we looked over the fantail, where sumpin' was a comin'

we thought it was a jet by the way it was a hummin'.

It was a'comin' along at a terrible pace,

and we knew right then was the end of this race.

As it steamed passed us we looked the other way,

and the cruiser's crew, they had nothin' to say.

For there goin' by was a reserve JG, pushin' a hopped-up LST.

“I’m Just Sayin’”

“I’m Just Sayin”

“If I had my life to live over...

Someone asked me the other day if I had my life to live over would I change anything.

My answer was no, but then I thought about it and changed my mind.

I would have eaten less cottage cheese and more ice cream.

I would have gone to bed when I was sick, instead of pretending the Earth would go into a holding pattern if I weren't there for a day.

I would have taken the time to listen to my grandfather ramble about his youth.

I would never have bought ANYTHING just because it was practical/wouldn't show soil/ guaranteed to last a lifetime.”

~ Erma Bombeck

“Thought for the Day”

“Thought for the Day”

“Worthless people live only to eat and drink;

people of worth eat and drink only to live.”

“He who is not contented

with what he has,

would not be contented

with what he would like to have.”

~ Socrates

“What I Have Learned”

“What I Learned”

“Some people succeed

because they are destined to,

but most people succeed

because they are determined to.”

~ Anonymous

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)

Creepy 'Smiling' Worm Pulled from Bottom of the Sea

Creepy 'Smiling' Worm Pulled from Bottom of the Sea

Russian fisherman Roman Fedortsov has a habit of pulling ghoulish and bizarre creatures from the deep sea. And his recent trawl did not disappoint: Fedortsov recently captured an eerily "smiling" sea worm.

In a video Fedortsov posted on Twitter last week, the creature's clown-smile turns creepy as it seemingly morphs inside out in time with an uncanny, high-pitched noise added by the fisherman. (This is not a noise the creature is making.)

“If the creature could scream, it would scream like this”, Fedortsov wrote in the post.

Mark Siddall, a curator at the American Museum of Natural History's Division of Invertebrate Zoology, said he doesn't see the smiling expression in the video - and what we perceive as a smile is likely to do more with the camera angle than the anatomy of the creature. [In Photos: Spooky Deep-Sea Creatures]

Creepy 'Smiling' Worm Pulled from Bottom of the Sea

Smiling or not, the worm in the video is a polychaete, or marine bristle worm; and more specifically, it's probably in the family of nereids, according to Siddall. It's unclear what specific species this creature belongs to.

Bristle worms are so named because they have small bristles called chaetae all around their bodies, which help them swiftly move around, burrow, tube, crawl and swim, according to the National History Museum of Los Angeles County.

What appears to be the worm's “head” is, in fact, a retractable pharynx that, along with its jaws, extends to grab food, according to a Live Science report. When this pharynx is tucked into the worm's body, its face looks smiley, at least in the recent video.

Polychaetes appear in many different sizes and shapes and live in a broad range of habitats from hydrothermal vents to coral reefs. So, these smiley, wiggly worms are all over the marine habitat, though perhaps sadly, are not actually smiling.

Live Science (11/21/2018) video

Second Hand News

Second Hand News (Links to Articles from Week 6 - February 04, 2019 - February 10, 2019)

Top News Stories - Photos (Washington Examiner) Democrats push to revive Obama-era aid to illegal immigrants in border talksDemocratic Virginia Lt. Governor Justin Fairfax, Northam’s waiting successor, issues 3 a.m. statement denying sexual assault allegationsBorder residents fear retaliation from cartels if they report crimesAlexandria Ocasio-Cortez praises British Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn, who was accused of anti-SemitismWashington Post reporter complains about pension, salary after Jeff Bezos spends $5 million on Super Bowl adHoward Schultz internal polling a bad omen for Democrats worried he could play spoiler Washington Examiner

Top News Stories - Photos (Daily Mail) “A disgraceful breach of trust:” Trump's personal secretary blasts leak of the president's private scheduleTrump says Democrats “cannot win the election” in 2020 unless they launch “artificial” impeachment as he blasts liberal opponents over taxes and abortion Disgraced Demacratic Virginia Governor is pictured at his majority-black, desegregated public high school seven years BEFORE racist blackface and KKK photo appeared in his med school yearbook

In Atlanta Patriots' celebrate 13-3 victory over the LA Rams'Bud Knight takes on a Game of Thrones dragon, Cardi B says it's OK to like Pepsi and Harrison Ford's dog gets an Amazon Alexa: The best (and worst) of ALL 50 ads shown during the Super Bowl No love for Levine: Shirtless Maroon 5 frontman is blasted for 'terrible' Super Bowl halftime show with 'lame' lantern message of 'Love' in nod to Kaepernick, and a tribute to late SpongeBob Squarepants creator NFL scores big with hilarious Super Bowl commercial featuring over 50 current and former greats including Joe Montana, Jerry Rice, and Jim Brown Daily Mail UK

Top News Stories - Photos (Deutsche Welle) German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas - Exit from Brexit: EU would continue to reject a renegotiation of the current withdrawal agreementVenezuela: European Union nations set to recognize opposition leader Guaido as Maduro deadline runs outPresident Vladimir Putin: Russia will withdraw from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty, a day after the United States announced a similar moveWhat is the INF nuclear treaty?Iran tests new cruise missile Deutsche Welle

Top News Stories - Photos (South China Morning Post) Next stop Guam? China shows off its next generation ballistic missiles Self-declared leader of Venezuela extends olive branch to China Happy Lunar New Year: how big security data scans the holiday crowd China opposes U.S. withdrawal from nuclear arms treaty with Russia Chinese scientists make progress on nuclear submarine communication Trump on charm offensive calls Liu one of world’s ‘most respected men’

North Korea Nuclear Crisis: U.S. accuses Russia, China of lack of transparency on nukes South China Morning Post

CORRUPTION CHRONICLES - Mainstream Media Scream: (Watch Dog On-Line Publications) NEW LAWSUIT AGAINST DEEP STATE FBI‘Air Pelosi’ Travel Abuse Update, NEW FBI/RussiaGate Collusion Lawsuit & More!Judicial Watch Inside Report: Indictments against Roger Stone are ‘Watered Down’, Don’t Involve Conspiracy with RussiaFood Stamp Fraud on the Rise as Government Allows “Retailer Trafficking” Judicial Watch

What is a Dead Zone & How are they Caused?

Mr. Answer Man Please Tell Us: What is a Dead Zone & How are they Caused?

Dead zones are low-oxygen, or hypoxic, areas in the world’s oceans and lakes. Because most organisms need oxygen to live, few organisms can survive in hypoxic conditions. That is why these areas are called dead zones.

Dead zones occur because of a process called eutrophication, which happens when a body of water gets too many nutrients, such as phosphorus and nitrogen. At normal levels, these nutrients feed the growth of an organism called cyanobacteria, or blue-green algae. With too many nutrients, however, cyanobacteria grows out of control, which can be harmful. Human activities are the main cause of these excess nutrients being washed into the ocean. For this reason, dead zones are often located near inhabited coastlines.

Understanding the eutrophication process provides the clearest picture of how and why dead zones develop.

What is a Dead Zone & How are they Caused?

Causes of Eutrophication

Eutrophic events have increased because of the rapid rise in intensive agricultural practices, industrial activities, and population growth. These three processes emit large amounts of nitrogen and phosphorous. These nutrients enter our air, soil, and water. Human activities have emitted nearly twice as much nitrogen and three times as much phosphorus as natural emissions.

Different regions of the world emit different levels of these nutrients. In developed countries, such as the United States and nations in the European Union, heavy use of animal manure and commercial fertilizers in agriculture are the main contributors to eutrophication. Runoff from large agricultural fields enters creeks and bays because of rain or irrigation practices.

In developing countries of Latin America, Asia, and Africa, untreated wastewater from sewage and industry mainly contribute to eutrophication. Factories and sewage facilities are less regulated than they are in developed countries, and sometimes wastewater is simply dumped into creeks, rivers, lakes, or the ocean.

Atmospheric sources of nitrogen also contribute to eutrophication in some areas of the world. Fossil fuels and fertilizers release nitrogen into the atmosphere. This atmospheric nitrogen is then redeposited on land and water through the water cycle—rain and snow.

The Chesapeake Bay, on the East Coast of the United States, has one of the first dead zones ever identified, in the 1970s. The Chesapeake’s high levels of nitrogen are caused by two factors: urbanization and agriculture. The western part of the bay is full of factories and urban centers that emit nitrogen into the air. Atmospheric nitrogen accounts for about a third of the nitrogen that enters the bay. The eastern part of the bay is a center of poultry farming, which produces large amounts of manure.

Since 1967, the Chesapeake Bay Foundation has led a number of programs that aim to improve the bay’s water quality and curb pollution runoff. The Chesapeake still has a dead zone, whose size varies with the season and weather.

What is a Dead Zone & How are they Caused?

Eutrophication and the Environment

The eutrophication process has severe environmental impacts. Dead zones result from these impacts, which include algal blooms and hypoxia.

Algal Blooms

Phosphorous, nitrogen, and other nutrients increase the productivity or fertility of marine ecosystems. Organisms such as phytoplankton, algae, and seaweeds will grow quickly and excessively on the water’s surface. This rapid development of algae and phytoplankton is called an algal bloom. Algal blooms can create dead zones beneath them.

Algal blooms prevent light from penetrating the water’s surface. They also prevent oxygen from being absorbed by organisms beneath them. Sunlight is necessary for plants and organisms like phytoplankton and algae, which manufacture their own nutrients from sunlight, water, and carbon dioxide. Oxygen is necessary for almost all aquatic life, from sea grasses to fish.

By depriving organisms of sunlight and oxygen, algal blooms negatively impact a variety of species that live below the water’s surface. The number and diversity of benthic, or bottom-dwelling, species are especially reduced.

Because algae dominates the aquatic ecosystem, algal blooms are sometimes referred to as “red tides” or “brown tides”, depending on the color of the algae. Red tides actually have nothing to do with tides. They also have nothing to do with algae. The organism that causes red tides is a bacteria, called cyanobacteria.

Algal blooms also cause larger-scale problems, such as human illness. Shellfish, such as oysters, are filter feeders. As they filter water, they absorb microbes associated with algal blooms. Many of these microbes are toxic to people. People may become sick or even die from shellfish poisoning.

Algal blooms can also lead to the death of marine mammals and shore birds that rely on the marine ecosystem for food. Wading birds, such as herons, and mammals, such as sea lions, depend on fish for survival. With fewer fish beneath algal blooms, these animals lose an important food source.

Algal blooms can also impact aquaculture, or the farming of marine life. One red tide event wiped out 90 percent of the entire stock of Hong Kong’s fish farms in 1998, resulting in an estimated economic loss of $40 million.

Algal blooms usually die soon after they appear. The ecosystem simply cannot support the huge number of cyanobacteria. The organisms compete with one another for the remaining oxygen and nutrients.

What is a Dead Zone & How are they Caused?


Hypoxia occurs when algae and other organisms die from lack of oxygen and available nutrients. Hypoxia events often follow algal blooms. The cyanobacteria, algae, and phytoplankton sink to the seafloor, and are decomposed by bacteria. Even though oxygen can now flow freely through the aquatic ecosystem, the decomposition process uses up almost all of it. This lack of oxygen creates dead zones in which most aquatic species cannot survive.

The Gulf of Mexico has a seasonal hypoxic zone that forms every year in late summer. Its size varies from fewer than 5,000 square kilometers (1,931 square miles) to approximately 22,000 square kilometers (8,494 square miles, or the size of Massachusetts). Concern over its increasing size led to the formation of the Mississippi River/Gulf of Mexico Watershed Nutrient Task Force in 1997. Its mission is to reduce the five-year running average of the Gulf of Mexico dead zone to less than 5,000 square kilometers.

The Baltic Sea is home to seven of the world’s 10 largest marine dead zones. Increased runoff from agricultural fertilizers and sewage has sped up the eutrophication process. Overfishing of Baltic cod has intensified the problem. Cod eat sprats, a small, herring-like species that eat microscopic zooplankton, which in turn eat algae. Fewer cod and more sprats mean more algae and less oxygen. The spreading dead zones are starting to reach the cod’s deep-water breeding grounds, further endangering the species.

The Baltic Sea has become the first “macro-region” targeted by the European Union to combat pollution, dead zones, overfishing, and regional disputes. The EU is coordinating the Baltic Sea Strategy with eight EU member countries that border the Baltic Sea: Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, and Sweden.

What is a Dead Zone & How are they Caused?

Categorizing Eutrophic Systems

Scientists have identified 415 dead zones worldwide. Hypoxic areas have increased dramatically during the past 50 years, from about 10 documented cases in 1960 to at least 169 in 2007. The majority of the world’s dead zones are located along the eastern coast of the United States, and the coastlines of the Baltic States, Japan, and the Korean Peninsula.

As a result of the dramatic increase in dead zones, scientists have categorized coastal systems experiencing any symptoms of eutrophication.

An area of concern is a coastal system that exhibits effects of eutrophication, such as elevated nutrient levels, harmful algal blooms, and negative changes in the benthic community. Areas of concern are at the most risk of developing hypoxia. Major concentrations of areas of concern are located along the western coast of Central and South America, and the coastlines of Great Britain and Australia. There are 233 areas of concern around the world.

A system in recovery is one that once exhibited low oxygen levels and hypoxia, but is now improving. For example, the Black Sea once experienced annual hypoxic events, but is now in a state of recovery. Others, like Boston Harbor in the United States and the Mersey Estuary in the United Kingdom, also have improved water quality. These are the results of better industrial and wastewater controls. There are only 13 coastal systems in recovery around the world.

What is a Dead Zone & How are they Caused?

Natural Dead Zones

Not all dead zones are caused by pollution. The largest dead zone in the world, the lower portion of the Black Sea, occurs naturally. Oxygenated water is only found in the upper portion of the sea, where the Black Sea's waters mix with the Mediterranean Sea that flows through the shallow Bosporus strait.

Modest FishNational Geographic.orgNature.orgNational Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).govQuaraScientific AmericanWikipediaWhat is a Dead Zone & How are they Caused? (YouTube Search) video

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

NAVSPEAK aka U.S. Navy Slang

Boopdiddley: All-purpose, virtually meaningless expression, used as an exclamation i.e. “Boopdiddley!” or “Aw, Boop!” (1974).

Boot Camp: Term used to refer to the eight week basic training course held at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Illinois. Can also refer to a green or inexperienced sailor, officer or enlisted person, e.g. “Boot ensign”.

Boot Chief: Nickname given to a Chief during their first year as a Chief. Only used Chief to Chief.

Booter (usually derisive): Any sailor who has very little time in, or a lot less time than the speaker.

Boot Topping: Black paint used to paint the water line on ships.

Booty Cigar: A bowel movement, particularly a very long one.

B.O.S.N.I.A.: Big Ol' Standard Navy-Issue Ass (from the apparent widening of the hips due in part to the cut of the working uniforms).

Bosun's Punch: New sailors on ship are sometimes assigned to find this mythical tool in the office of one of the ship's Bosuns (Boatswain). The sailor is then typically punched very hard in the shoulder by the Bosun in question.

Bottom blow:

1. To open valves in the mud drum to allow boiler pressure to force accumulated sludge out of the boiler.

2. To take a shit.

Bounce Pattern: When several aircraft are practicing touch and go landings at the same airfield.

Boxing your coffee: Using two paper cups and pouring back and forth to mix creamer and/or sugar.

Box kicker: Supply clerk.

Box of Rocks: Derogatory term for more than one sailor that has performed their work in an unsatisfactory manner.

Just for MARINES - The Few. The Proud.

Just for you MARINE

BOQ: Bachelor Officer Quarters: housing for single Marine officers.

Box-kicker: Pejorative for a Marine who works in supply (either the MOS 3043 (Supply Administration) or usually a 3051 – (Basic Warehouseman)). warehouse clerk.

Naval Aviation Squadron Nicknames

Naval Aviation Squadron Nicknames

Patrol Squadron Sixty Two (VP-62) - nicknamed the “Broadarrows”

United States Navy - United States Navy Reserve - Naval Air Station Jacksonville, Florida. - Established November 1, 1970.

Where Did That Saying Come From

Where Did That Saying Come From?

Where Did That Saying Come From? “Green-eyed monster”

Green-eyed monster:”  Meaning: Jealousy.

History: Green is a colour associated with sickness, possibly because people's skin sometimes takes on a slightly yellow/green tinge when they are seriously ill. Green is also the colour of many unripe foods that cause stomach pains.

The phrase 'green-eyed jealousy' was used by, and possibly coined by, Shakespeare to denote jealousy, in The Merchant of Venice, 1596:


“How all the other passions fleet to air,

As doubtful thoughts, and rash-embraced despair,

And shuddering fear, and green-eyed jealousy! O love,

Be moderate; allay thy ecstasy,

In measure rein thy joy; scant this excess.

I feel too much thy blessing: make it less,

For fear I surfeit.”

We also use the expression 'green with envy' although this 19th phrase is just a variant of 'green-eyed monstar'.

In Othello, 1604, Shakespeare refers explicitly to the 'green-eyed monster' as jealousy:


O, beware, my lord, of jealousy;

It is the green-eyed monster which doth mock

The meat it feeds on; that cuckold lives in bliss

Who, certain of his fate, loves not his wronger;

But, O, what damned minutes tells he o'er

Who dotes, yet doubts, suspects, yet strongly loves!”

Phrases.org UK

Science & Technology

Science & Technology

Science & Technology

Geneticists solve long-standing finch beak mysteryWhat magnetic fields can tell us about life on other planetsFish genes hold key to repairing damaged heartsDNA with a twist: Discovery could further antibiotic drug developmentQuantum sound waves to open doors for more powerful sensorsResearchers measure carbon footprint of Canada hydroelectric damsHow ancient viruses got cannabis highUsing photoplethysmography signal for mathematical modeling of arterial blood pressure

Phys.org / MedicalXpress / TechXplore

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“The Old Man Down the Road” - John Fogerty 1985 “Run Through the Jungle” - Creedence Clearwater Revival 1970

“The Old Man Down the Road” - John Fogerty
Album: Centerfield
Released 1985 video

Famous Cases of Alleged Music Plagiarism

John Fogerty vs. Creedence Clearwater Revival (1985)

John FogertyThe Old Man Down the Roadvideo

Written by John FogertyRun Through the Jungle”) video - (sung by Creedence Clearwater Revival (1970)

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: John Fogerty's 1972 split with his Creedence Clearwater Revival bandmates and their label, Fantasy Records, was so acrimonious that Fogerty refused to perform songs from his former group for 15 years. When he released his chart-topping solo disc Centerfield in 1985, Fantasy filed a lawsuit claiming that the lead single, “The Old Man Down the Road” stole from “Run Through the Jungle”, a song he wrote and recorded with Creedence Clearwater Revival in 1970.

The Verdict: Bringing his guitar to the courtroom witness stand, John Fogerty ably demonstrated that the two songs were in fact different compositions. The judge ruled in his favor in 1994, and he countersued Fantasy Records president Saul Zaentz to recoup his legal costs. The case went all the way to the Supreme Court before Fogerty won and was awarded coverage for his fees in both cases.

Why It Matters: In addition to the sheer novelty of being sued for sounding too much like oneself, Fogerty's countersuit became a precedent-setting Supreme Court case that regulates how attorney fees are paid out to artists in copyright cases.

This song deals with John Fogerty's extensive legal troubles, which weighed on him for over a decade. An early contract he signed forced him to relinquish the rights to his Creedence Clearwater Revival songs but at the same time obligated him to keep recording. After the band broke up, he was so disillusioned with the industry that he refused to play the Creedence songs, in part because so many of them were joyful tunes, and he was feeling anything but.

“The Old Man Down The Road” is a depiction of the Devil using imagery found in many blues songs where a Faustian deal is struck. This is how Fogerty felt about his contract: he gave up his songs (and to some extent, his soul) so he could make music, and now he was paying the price.

“It tells the story about a man standing in your way with a suitcase covered in rattlesnake hide, eyes as black as coal”, Fogerty said. In his case, this demon is the record company.

The first single from John Fogerty's Centerfield album, this was his first big hit as a solo artist. Fogerty was the driving force of Creedence Clearwater Revival, which broke up in 1972. He released solo albums in 1973 and 1975, then took 10 years away from recording because of legal battles and also because he was enjoying life on his farm.

Saul Zaentz, who owned the publishing rights to the Creedence Clearwater Revival songs, sued Fogerty, claiming “The Old Man Down The Road” sounded too much like the 1970 Creedence song “Run Through The Jungle”. This bizarre lawsuit may have been the first time an artist was sued for plagiarizing himself. The case went to a jury and was eventually dismissed in Fogerty's favor, although appeals kept the case alive until 1993. A frustrated Fogerty even refused to play any Creedence songs on his 1986 tour.

During the trial, John Fogerty at one point was trying to explain that there are only so many ways to play Swamp Rock. After a demonstration on his guitar, he said, “Yeah, it’s the same interval. What am I supposed to do, get an inoculation?” In a 1997 interview with Goldmine, Fogerty said: “I proved that, no, I didn’t copy myself, I invented something new that really sounds a lot like me. Do you find fault with Elvis for sounding like Elvis? When McCartney sounds like McCartney or Dylan sounds like Dylan? No one else ever had to go through that.”

Fogerty had quite a catharsis the first time he heard this song on the radio. He was driving in Northern California from El Cerrito to Berkeley on the Bayshore Freeway when he heard it come on. To him, it represented vindication from his oppressors in the industry. Fogerty told the radio show Soundcheck: “I was overjoyed, and I said, 'Take that you old man!'”

This song not only revived Fogerty's career, but it also gave him a presence on MTV where he gained a whole new following. The video was directed by Mick Haggerty, who did many of the Hall & Oates clips.

The video has a very clever concept, following an electrical cord that starts at an amp and traces a path though a swamp, a limousine, and various roads before ending at Fogerty's guitar.

When Fogerty first heard the song on a Top 40 radio station, he felt ecstatic. “After being chained to the rack in Saul's dungeon for so many years, I was so happy, like a little kid. The song ended and I said, 'Ha! Take that, old man!” Fogerty later said it was “more than a comeback. This was a triumph over evil!”

Fogerty wrote “The Old Man Down the Road” in Albany, New York. He was messing around on his Washburn Falcon guitar when he stumbled upon riff and instantly knew it was a song ready to be born. He went into a notebook full of song titles and sketches and found the title “Somewhere Down the Road”. From there, the rest of the song was born. Strangely, he was never able to find “Somewhere Down the Road” in his notebook again, though he clearly remembers finding it on that day in Albany when “Old Man” was created.

John Fogerty, official website / Rolling Stone / COS / Billboard / All Music / Song Facts / John Fogerty

Image: “Centerfield (album)” by John Fogerty



● Which 1978 film starring Peter Frampton and the Bee Gees is named after a Beatles album?

Answer to Trivia

● What unit of measure is equal to 3 miles?

Answer to Trivia

● Which African country was settled from 1822 to the 1860's mostly by freed American slaves?

Answer to Trivia

● What large water reservoir, which serves much of California, is located in Yosemite National Park?

Answer to Trivia


A Test for People Who Know Everything

From the Jeopardy Archives Category - “CAPTAINS” ($200)

“This pirate of the Caribbean says, 'My vessel is magnificent and fierce and huge-ish'”

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

From the Jeopardy Archives Category - “CAPTAINS” ($600)

“This rum calls itself 'the original party spirit'.”

Answer for People Who Do Not Know Everything, or Want to Verify Their Answer CaptainMorgan.com/rum-drinks

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“In some versions of the maritime legend, Vanderdecken is the captain of this spectral ship.”

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

Answer to Last Week's Test

From the Jeopardy Archives Category - “CONES” ($200)

“The Glory of the Sea cone shell is from a marine one of these gastropods.”

● Answer: A Sea Snail. Molluscs

From the Jeopardy Archives Category - “CONES” ($400)

“This lab device named for chemist Robert produces a cone-shaped blue flame.”

● Answer: A Bunsen Burner. Chemistry World

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“A Mach cone is the shape of a shock wave that produces this loud noise.”

● Answer: A Sonic Boom How Stuff Works

Joke of the Day

Joke of the Day

“Mabel the hairdresser”

Mabel the hairdresser

“First Day at the Corporate Office”

Joke of the Day

“First Day at the Corporate Office”

A man joins a big corporate empire as a trainee. On his very first day of work, he dials the pantry and shouts into the phone, “Get me a coffee, quickly!”

The voice from the other side responded, “You fool you've dialed the wrong extension! Do you know who you're talking to, dumbo?”

“No”, replied the trainee.

“It's the CEO of the company, you fool!”

The trainee shouts back, “And do you know who YOU are talking to, you fool?!”

“No”, replied the CEO indignantly.

“Good!” replied the trainee, and puts down the phone.