Old Sailors' Almanac


Week 23, 2019

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USS George Washington Launched on June 09, 1959

USS George Washington Launched on June 09, 1959

USS George Washington Launched: On June 9, 1959, the first nuclear-powered, ballistic-missile submarine, the USS George Washington (SSBN 598), was launched at Groton. The George Washington was originally scheduled to become the USS Scorpion, but during her construction she was lengthened by the insertion of a 130-foot missile section and finished as a fleet ballistic-missile submarine.

The George Washington was commissioned into service in December 1959 and the United States became a force to reckon with - a country with enormous nuclear firepower. In the early 1980s the George Washington had her missile removed and was reclassified as an attack submarine before finally being decommissioned several years later.

Connecticut History.org / Wikipedia / Encyclopedia Britannica / NAVY.mil / Nav Source.org / USS Nautilus.org / USS George Washington Launched on June 09, 1959 (YouTube) video

Donald Duck makes his debut in The Wise Little Hen on June 09, 1934

Donald Duck makes his debut in The Wise Little Hen on June 09, 1934

Donald Duck makes his debut in The Wise Little Hen: The Wise Little Hen is a Donald Duck 1934 short released on June 9. It marks the debut of Donald Duck and is based on the fairy tale The Little Red Hen.

DONALD DUCK was created by Walt Disney when he heard Clarence Nash doing his “duck” voice while reciting Mary Had a Little Lamb. Disney wanted a character that was more negative than Mickey Mouse, so the bad-tempered Duck was born. Nash voiced the character from 1934 to 1983, training Tony Anselmo to take over. “Donald, I can't understand a word ya say”, Mickey Mouse says.

The Wise Little Hen is a Walt Disney's Silly Symphonies cartoon, based on the fairy tale The Little Red Hen. This cartoon marked the debut of Donald Duck, dancing to the Sailor's Hornpipe. Donald and his friend Peter Pig try to avoid work by faking stomach aches until Mrs. Hen teaches them the value of labor.

Walt Disney.org / Disney.fandom / Wikipedia / Encyclopedia Britannica / Telegraph UK / Donald Duck makes his debut in The Wise Little Hen on June 09, 1934 (YouTube) video

Understanding Military Terminology: Scout of Many Trails (Sea Scout and Boy Scout look at globe with old sailor) ~ Norman Rockwell

Understanding Military Terminology - Multi-Service publication

(DOD) A publication containing principles, terms, tactics, techniques, and procedures used and approved by the forces of two or more Services to perform a common military function consistent with approved joint doctrine.

Joint Publications (CJCSM 5120.01) Joint Doctrine Development Process

“It was Beautiful Yesterday”

The Old Salt’s Corner

“It was Beautiful Yesterday”

Bha e brèagha an-de (It was Beautiful Yesterday)

There was a sailing vessel

With many a sail proudly lapping in the wind

A flag of the Celtic honor, in ruin an rented

As all the sailors sing

Of my love for you

From long ago

Before death became our friend

Oh would I be sailing from stormy seas to the Scottish glens

To lay some flowers at your side

Your beauty is now far under

My love ill wait for all eternity

For loves resurrection’s stormy thunder

Our bodies may be under stone

Our memories long lost in tales and fable

Let no man ever lay any such claim

Our love was not the gift of briny seaworthy fame

We be only stones, in a meadow blue

When you come upon our fate

Tiss with this verse, I state my case

The life that escaped our sadly date

Love though was true as sky

For long ago, she bid adieu

Her sadness at my drowning departure

As I her lover was told to be

Buried deep and under sea

~ Arthur Vaso

“I’m Just Sayin’”

“I’m Just Sayin”

“A hundred times a day, I remind myself

that my inner and outer lives

are based on the labors of others,

living and dead,

and that I must exert myself

and it may be confidently asserted that

as I have received and am still receiving.”

~ Albert Einstein

“Thought for the Day”

“Thought for the Day”

“The value of an idea lies in the using of it.”

“Today is only one day

in all the days that will ever be.

But what will happen

in all the other days that ever come

can depend on what you do today.”

~ Ernest Hemingway

“What I Have Learned”

“What I Learned”

“Preference is vanity.”

“Procrastinate later.”

“Promotion is one's growth at the cost of another. - Unhappy staff.”

~ Anonymous

Second Hand News

Second Hand News (Links to Articles from Week 23 - June 03, 2019 - June 09, 2019)

Top News Stories - Photos (Washington Examiner) Trump allies fear his mission-critical super PAC is not ready for prime timeTrump dismisses attempt by ‘abuser’ Mexico to negotiate tariffsPentagon turns to coal ash to lessen dependence on ChinaA new phase in Turkey's crackdown as Erdoğan tortures diplomatsActivist fringes dominate abortion debate as voters favor the middle

Alan Dershowitz: There should have never been a special counselMan 'doxxed' by Daily Beast over fake drunk Pelosi video planning to sueRoger Stone: John Brennan should be 'hung for treason'Sixteen-foot talking, tweeting, robotic Trump on a toilet arrives in UK for protests

Top Republican on the House Intelligence Committee Devin Nunes calls for public release of 'backup and source documentation' from MuellerRanking member of the Judiciary Committee, Doug Collins suspects Ex-FBI official leaked 'sensitive' info, improperly accepted gift from media is Peter StrzokMark Meadows sends referral to DOJ about mysterious United Kingdom communique about Christopher Steele

Editor's Picks: 'Bare minimum': Britain decides no palace stay or parliamentary speech for Trump in low-key state visit2020 candidate booed as he tells California Democrats: ‘Socialism is not the answer’Sarah Sanders: Attorney General will decide if James Comey gets arrested for treasonDC Circuit Judge Patricia Millett: 'I’m a woman of Christian faith' and prayed for Brett Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford

Commentary - Washington Secrets - Red Alert: Trump can help the UK out of the Brexit madnessLearn from the 100-year-old 'Palmer Raids' for a safer, more secure countryLiberals sue so they can make doctors violate their religious beliefs on transgenderismA socialist and a Tea Partier crash K Street Washington Examiner

Top News Stories - Photos (Daily Mail) The Trumps are welcomed to Clarence House after spectacular reception at Buckingham Palace, lunch with the Queen and a visit to Westminster Abbey When Harry met Ivanka! Prince chats with Trump's daughter at Buckingham PalacePiers Morgan The real big baby in London this week is Mayor Khan - a petty little pipsqueak who'd shamefully rather mock and humiliate the President of Britain's greatest ally than honor the D-Day heroes of both our nations'President Trump arrives in Britain for state visit and takes to Twitter as he touches down to launch scathing attack on 'stone cold loser' London Mayor Sadiq Khan

Trump warns Mexico's negotiators to offer a plan to stop illegal immigration as June 10 deadline for new tariffs approaches and White House chief of staff says president is 'deadly serious' and Obrador hints he might 'reinforce' border securityThe first large group of 116 migrants from AFRICA are caught on video wading across the Rio Grande to illegally enter the U.S.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says the U.S. is open to direct Iran talks 'with no pre-conditions' but wants mullahs to behave like 'a normal nation' - as Tehran demands 'respect' and an end to 'word games'Top North Korean official thought to have been sentenced to hard labor for his role in bungled nuclear summit with Trump makes shock return to politics as he's spotted enjoying a concert with a VERY happy-looking Kim

Adam Schiff sides with Pelosi and says Congress should investigate Trump 'outside the context of impeachment' - but third-in-command Democrat says it'll happen 'at some point' Kamala Harris' spouse is praised for leaping to her defense when a radical animal rights protester stormed the stage and grabbed her mic during a political forum

Virginia Beach shooting survivor reveals how gunman spared him despite crossing paths THREE TIMES during office rampage - and how he thought it was a drill until he realized all his colleagues were dead Did the Virginia Beach shooter's gun 'silencer' make a difference in the devastating massacre that killed 12?

SPOILER ALERT: Leaked video shows James Holzhauer's 32-day winning streak on Jeopardy! come to an end on Monday after professional gambler amassed $2,382,583 in prize money - falling short of Ken Jennings' $2.5M record Daily Mail UK

Top News Stories - Photos (John Batchelor) The U.S. is the super-power of software: Red China's Huawei failed to find a Plan B. Ninety days till the end of Huawei's access to Google's app store. Xi is out of poker chips. audio

Is Xi Jinping isolated from contrary opinions about the China business plan of theft and mercantilism? audio

China threatens the U.S. with the old and failed gambit of rare earth cut-off. audio

The Republican oppo on Joe Biden done by Joe Biden. audio

"Hey, did you hear? Cauliflower is a symbol of colonialism." audio

Tales of the New Cold War: Christopher Steele says he “would not cooperate” with Attorney General William Barr. audio   2 of 2. audio John Batchelor (06/03/2019)

CORRUPTION CHRONICLES - Mainstream Media Scream: (Watch Dog On-Line Publications) CORRUPTION CHRONICLES: JUDICIAL WATCH: FORMER ASST. SECRETARY OF STATE FOR DIPLOMATIC SECURITY TESTIFIES UNDER OATH THAT HE WARNED HILLARY CLINTON TWICE ABOUT UNSECURE BLACKBERRYS AND PERSONAL EMAILSDeep State—Ohr Deleting Emails, Court Orders Antifa Activist to Pay $22K to Judicial Watch, Another Clinton Email CoverupU.S. Considers Honoring Muslims who Led Racist Anti-Semitic Cult, Called Whites “Devils”

‘Investigating the Investigators’ - The FBI is Has a Chart of Hillary Clinton’s Potential Law Breaking LookJudicial Watch Uncovers FBI Knew of Hillary’s AbusesMost Federal Crimes Involve Immigration, Drugs and are Executed by Hispanics Feds Use DUI Arrest Records to Catch Illegal Aliens Released by Sanctuary Cities The Qatar Connection: Judicial Watch Probes Funding of U.S. University Judicial Watch

How Big is the Universe?

Mr. Answer Man Please Tell Us: How Big is the Universe?

As technology has evolved, astronomers are able to look back in time to the moments just after the Big Bang. This might seem to imply that the entire universe lies within our view. But the size of the universe depends on a number of things, including its shape and expansion. Just how big is the universe? The truth is, scientists can't put a number on it.

The observable universe

In 2013, the European Space Agency's Planck space mission released the most accurate and detailed map ever map of the universe's oldest light. The map revealed that the universe is 13.8 billion years old. Planck calculated the age by studying the cosmic microwave background.

How Big is the Universe?

“The cosmic microwave background light is a traveler from far away and long ago”, Charles Lawrence, the U.S. project scientist for the mission at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, stated in a statement. “When it arrives, it tells us about the whole history of our universe.”

Because of the connection between distance and the speed of light, this means scientists can look at a region of space that lies 13.8 billion light-years away. Like a ship in the empty ocean, astronomers on Earth can turn their telescopes to peer 13.8 billion light-years in every direction, which puts Earth inside of an observable sphere with a radius of 13.8 billion light-years. The word “observable” is key; the sphere limits what scientists can see but not what is there.

But though the sphere appears almost 28 billion light-years in diameter, it is far larger. Scientists know that the universe is expanding. Thus, while scientists might see a spot that lay 13.8 billion light-years from Earth at the time of the Big Bang, the universe has continued to expand over its lifetime. If inflation occurred at a constant rate through the life of the universe, that same spot is 46 billion light-years away today, making the diameter of the observable universe a sphere around 92 billion light-years. [VIDEO: Oldest Light in the Universe: How it Traveled to Us]

Centering a sphere on Earth's location in space might seem to put mankind in the center of the universe. However, like that same ship in the ocean, we cannot tell where we lie in the enormous span of the universe. Just because we cannot see land does not mean we are in the center of the ocean; just because we cannot see the edge of the universe does not mean we lie in the center of the universe.

How Big is the Universe?

Even bigger?

Scientists measure the size of the universe in a myriad of different ways. They can measure the waves from the early universe, known as baryonic acoustic oscillations, that fill the cosmic microwave background. They can also use standard candles, such as type 1A supernovae, to measure distances. However, these different methods of measuring distances can provide answers.

How inflation is changing is also a mystery. While the estimate of 92 billion light-years comes from the idea of a constant rate of inflation, many scientists think that the rate is slowing down. If the universe expanded at the speed of light during inflation, it should be 10^23, or 100 sextillion.

Instead of taking one measurement method, a team of scientists led by Mihran Vardanyan at the University of Oxford did a statistical analysis of all of the results. By using Bayesian model averaging, which focuses on how likely a model is to be correct given the data, rather than asking how well the model itself fits the data. They found that the universe is at least 250 times larger than the observable universe, or at least 7 trillion light-years across.

“That's big, but actually more tightly constrained that many other models”, according to MIT Technology Review, which first reported the 2011 story.

How Big is the Universe?

The shape of the universe

The size of the universe depends a great deal on its shape. Scientists have predicted the possibility that the universe might be closed like a sphere, infinite and negatively curved like a saddle, or flat and infinite.

A finite universe has a finite size that can be measured; this would be the case in a closed spherical universe. But an infinite universe has no size by definition.

According to NASA, scientists know that the universe is flat with only about a 0.4 percent margin of error (as of 2013). And that could change our understanding of just how big the universe is.

“This suggests that the universe is infinite in extent; however, since the universe has a finite age, we can only observe a finite volume of the universe”, NASA says on their website. “All we can truly conclude is that the universe is much larger than the volume we can directly observe.”

Space.comNASA.govEncyclopedia BritannicaForbesQuoraWikipedia / How Big is the Universe? (YouTube) video

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

NAVSPEAK aka U.S. Navy Slang

Dilbert: Fictional and clueless cartoon character used in WWII era training material to demonstrate what NOT to do in naval aviation. Dilbert often paid dearly for his ignorance, lack of attention to detail, or carelessness.

Dilbert Dunker: Device used in water survival training (“swims”) to teach aviators how to get out of the cockpit of a fixed-wing aircraft that has crashed or ditched at sea. Much easier than the dreaded “helo dunker”.

Di-LDO: (Direct input Limited Duty Officer) Term students use for a loathed LDO instructor. Some Instructors at Naval Nuclear Power School are Limited Duty Officers, but are commissioned immediately upon completion of college, as opposed to LDOs that have spent time in the enlisted ranks. These Direct Input LDOs have not spent time “in the fleet”.

D.I.L.L.I.G.A.F: (Do I Look Like I Give A Fuck?), A term indicating supreme indifference; “Gaffer”. Can also have a second F added to the end, when used in this context it means “Do I Look Like I Give A Flying Fuck?”.

Dimed/Diming out/Dropping dimes: Comes from dropping a dime in a pay phone to make a call. To throw someone “under the bus”, or to out someone as being the one who did something wrong or made a bad call. Usually done to avoid getting in trouble at the expense of someone else. Example: Chief Coffeedrinker: “Why did you do this? You know that is unauthorized.” AMAN Nobody: “AM3 Schmuckatelli said to, Chief”.

Dining-in/Dining-out: Social functions, usually for officers and chiefs, where dinner dress is worn and certain “rules of the mess&rd. are followed. Generally presided over by the Executive Officer (XO) and run by a Chief or Junior Officer (JO) called “Mr. Vice”, these events can become quite rowdy and raucous. The difference between the two is that significant others may attend dining-outs. Dining-ins are for the service-members only.

Dinner plate for Marines: The front buttoned flap on enlisted dress blues. See crackerjacks.

DinQ: Delinquent in Qualifications, or some other admin requirement, “on the dinq list for tetanus shot...”.

Dipper: An anti-submarine helocopter with a variable depth dipping SONAR. See “Dome”.

Dipsy Dumpster: What a shitbag sailor crawls out of, before going up to quarters, watch, liberty, etc. “You look like you just climbed out of the dipsy dumpster, Seaman Timmy!”.


Just for MARINES - The Few. The Proud.

Just for you MARINE

DGAF: Doesn't/Don't Give A Fuck. Generally coincides with one who is OFP (Official Military Personnel File, a record of all awards, punishments, training, and other records compiled by Headquarters Marine Corps).

DI: Drill Instructor, inappropriate to use the Army term “drill sergeant”.

DI Hut Office for drill instructors in a platoon's squad bay; doubles as sleeping quarters for the drill instructor on duty. See also house mouse (Recruit tasked with cleaning and performing domestic chores in drill instructor-only areas).

Dickskinner or Dickbeater: Human hand.

Diddy Bop: Poor performance in close order drill, or marching in a manner that does not present a crisp military appearance. One who conducts himself/herself in this manner is labelled a diddy bopper.


Naval Aviation Squadron Nicknames

Naval Aviation Squadron Nicknames

Fleet Logistics Support Squadron 40 (VRC-40 Detachment 4) - nicknamed the “Rawhides”

United States Navy - Naval Station Norfolk, Virginia - Established July 1, 1960.

Where Did That Saying Come From

Where Did That Saying Come From?

Where Did That Saying Come From? “No man is an island”

No man is an island:”  Meaning: You can't live completely independently. Everyone needs help from other people.

The phrase 'no man is an island' expresses the idea that human beings do badly when isolated from others and need to be part of a community in order to thrive. Donne was a Christian but this concept is shared by other religions, principally Buddhism.

History: 'No man is an island' is a quotation from the English metaphysical poet John Donne (1572-1631) and it appears in Devotions Upon Emergent Occasions and Seuerall Steps in my Sicknes - Meditation XVII, 1624:

“No man is an island entire of itself; every man

is a piece of the continent, a part of the main;

if a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe

is the less, as well as if a promontory were, as

well as any manner of thy friends or of thine

own were; any man's death diminishes me,

because I am involved in mankind.

And therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee.

Even had Donne written nothing else, his creation of 'no man is an island' and 'ask not for whom the bells tolls' in one brief poem, would have lifted him into the premier league of English writers. As it was he wrote numerous poems on the themes of love, sensuality and religion, many of which are still widely admired and he is considered one of the finest poets to have written in English. Of course, the second of the two proverbial phrases above was the inspiration for Ernest Hemingway's 1940 novel “For Whom The Bell Tolls”, which is regarded as one of his best works.

'No man is an island' sounds like, and is, an old proverbial expression. Oddly, although it was coined in the 17th century, it only began to be used widely in the second half of the 20th century. This usage started around 1940 but was probably accelerated by the release of a film of the same name in 1962.

The film is a fictionalised version of a true story set on the island of Guam. The American seaman George Tweed was the only member of the U.S. military who evaded capture after the surrender of the island to the Japanese in 1941.

Phrases.org UK

Science & Technology

Science & Technology

Science & Technology

When the Sun’s Magnetic Field Squashes the Earth’s Magnetic Field, Beautiful Things Happen (If not for dueling magnetic fields, we'd have no aurora borealis)The Navy Just Ordered the “Orca”, an Extra-Large Unmanned Submarine by BoeingNASA Says Goodnight to Opportunity, Its Most Enduring Mars RoverThe Army’s Next Infantry Guns Will Have Computerized Fire Control for Unreal Accuracy (Next generation infantry weapons will incorporate computer technology previously only available on tanks)The Polaris Ranger 150 UTV Is Like a Truck for Kids (Buckle up, 10-year-olds, for some real-world driver ed)

Popular Mechanics

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)

Why Do Humans Hear So Well? You Can Thank the Tiny 'Jell-O' Violin Inside Your Ear

Why Do Humans Hear So Well? You Can Thank the Tiny 'Jell-O' Violin Inside Your Ear

In order to turn tangled, airborne vibrations into recognizable sounds, your ear relies on a miniature assembly line of bones, fibers, tissues and nerves. Then, there's the "Jell-O".

There's no actual gelatin in your ears, of course (if you're doing hygiene right). But according to Jonathan Sellon, a visiting professor at MIT and lead author of a new study in the journal Physical Review Letters, there is a thin, "Jell-O-like" blob of tissue spiraling through your inner ear and helping sound waves reach the specific nerve receptors they need to in order to make contact with your brain. This helpful blob is known as the tectorial membrane.

“The tectorial membrane is a gelatinous tissue that's made up of 97 percent water”, Sellon told. ”And it sits on top of the tiny sensory receptors in the inner ear (or cochlea) that translate sound waves into an electrical signal that your brain can interpret.” [10 Amazing Things We Learned About Humans in 2018]

Why Do Humans Hear So Well? You Can Thank the Tiny 'Jell-O' Violin Inside Your Ear

So, why cover your ears' hypersensitive sound-pickup equipment with a layer of Jell-O? Sellon wanted to know when he began researching the tectorial membrane eight years ago. Now, in their new study (published Jan. 16), he and his colleagues think they may be on to an answer.

With their tips poking into the membrane's gooey innards, the inner ear's sensory receptor cells (also known as “hair cells”) run in bundles across the length of your cochlea, each one built to respond best to a different range of frequencies; high frequencies are best translated by cells at the base of the cochlea, while low frequencies amplify best at the top of the cochlea. Together, these hairy receptors allow you to hear thousands of different frequencies of sound.

“The tectorial membrane actually helps the cochlea separate out low-frequency sounds from high-frequency sounds”, Sellon said. “The way it does that is by 'tuning' its own stiffness, sort of like the strings on an instrument.”

Sellon and his colleagues extracted several tectorial membranes from lab mice. Using tiny probes, the researchers jiggled the membranes at various speeds to simulate how the gel might push against hair cells in response to different frequencies of sound. The team tested a range of frequencies between 1 hertz and 3,000 hertz, then wrote some mathematical models to extrapolate results for even higher frequencies (humans can typically hear between 20 hertz and 20,000 hertz, Sellon noted).

In general, the gel appeared stiffer near the base of the cochlea, where high frequencies are picked up, and less stiff in the apex of the cochlea, where low frequencies register. It's almost as if the membrane itself was “dynamically tuning itself” like a musical instrument, Sellon said.

“It's kind of like a guitar or violin”, Sellon said, “where you can tune the strings to be more or less stiff depending on the frequency you're trying to play.”

Why Do Humans Hear So Well? You Can Thank the Tiny 'Jell-O' Violin Inside Your Ear

How exactly does this Jell-O tune itself?

It turns out that water flows through microscopic pores inside the membrane. The pore arrangement changes how fluid moves through the membrane - thereby changing its stiffness and viscosity at different locations in response to vibrations.

This tiny Jell-O guitar might be critical for amplifying certain frequency vibrations at different positions along the cochlea, Sellon said, helping your ears optimize the conversion of sound waves from mechanical vibrations to neural impulses.

The pore arrangement allows hair cells to respond more efficiently to the middle range of frequencies - for example, those used for human speech - compared to sounds at the low and high ends of the spectrum. So, sound waves in those middle ranges are more likely to be converted into distinct neural signals, Sellon said.

The membrane's sensitivity might even serve as a natural filter that helps amplify faint sounds while dampening distracting noise - however, Sellon said, further research in living subjects is needed to better understand all the membrane's mysteries.

Still, the gel's tuning ability might help explain why mammals can face significant hearing impairment when born with genetic defects that alter the way water flows through their tectorial membranes. According to the authors, further research could help scientists develop hearing aids or pharmaceuticals that help correct such defects. When that day comes, we'll be all ears.

Live Science (02/15/2019) video

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“You Give Love a Bad Name” - Bon Jovi 1986

“You Give Love a Bad Name” - Bon Jovi
Album: Bon Jovi
Released 1986 video

In 1984, Bon Jovi reached charted in the U.S. with “Runawayvideo, from their debut, self-titled album. The band was big in the New Jersey area, but got little attention elsewhere. The group was signed by a Polygram Records executive named Derek Shulman, who told, “I saw the drive and the ambition of Jon Bon Jovi, despite the fact that he could only sing five notes and most of them out of tune.”

For the band to break through, Shulman thought the key was big choruses, and the man to deliver that was Desmond Child, who worked with Kiss on “I Was Made For Lovin' Youvideo. Child got together with Jon Bon Jovi and Richie Sambora, and the trio got to work. In our interview with Desmond Child, he said: “The very first day we got together we wrote 'You Give Love a Bad Name.' Then a few weeks later we wrote 'Livin' On A Prayer.' It was a magical collaboration and there was instant chemistry between us.”

Child later teamed up with Jon and Richie for many more Bon Jovi songs, including “Born To Be My Babyvideo and “Keep The Faithvideo. He went on to write hits for many other artists, including Cher, Aerosmith, and Ricky Martin.

Jon Bon Jovi, Desmond Child and Richie Sambora wrote this in the basement of Sambora's mother's house in New Jersey. Child came up with the title, and Jon immediately thought up the first line (“Shot through the heart...”). From there, they put the rest of the song together, with “Shot Through The Heartvideo as the working title. The song ended up being about a guy whose girlfriend is really bad for him - common material, but a very interesting way to say it. Jon Bon Jovi dated actress Diane Lane in the mid-'80s, and there were rumors that she was the inspiration for this song, but the lyrical inspiration was more of a universal feeling.

At one point, this was intended for the group Loverboy. Bon Jovi and Sambora started out writing it for them, but liked it so much they kept it for themselves.

The Slippery When Wet album was recorded in Vancouver. The band got the idea for the album title at a strip club they went to after recording sessions. “Slippery When Wet” is also a common road sign in America, but they were probably more inspired by the girls who danced in a shower at the club.

Bon Jovi's follow-up single, “Livin' On A Prayervideo, was also a #1 hit, spending four weeks at the top spot while “Bad Name” spent just one. Desmond Child also helped write and produce that one.

Bon Jovi, official website / Billboard / All Music / Song Facts / Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame / Bon Jovi

Image: “Slippery When Wet (album)” by Bon Jovi



● According to legend, around 900 years ago Lady Godiva rode nude through which town and for what reason?

Answer to Trivia

● On what two days or dates of the year are the day and night of approximately equal length, everywhere on earth?

Answer to Trivia

● Long, long, long before Harry Potter was conceived, what book written in 1865 was the most widely read English-language work for children?

Answer to Trivia

● He was a cult hero, although his movie career spanned less than two years. Can you name the three films in which James Dean starred? And what kind of car was James Dean driving when he was killed near Salinas, California?

Answer to Trivia


A Test for People Who Know Everything

From the Jeopardy Archives Category - “THE I.T. DEPARTMENT” ($200)

“What can we do with users who can't even plug into their computers this “drive” named for a part of the hand.”

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

From the Jeopardy Archives Category - “THE I.T. DEPARTMENT” ($400)

“I had to explain to one worker that this term had nothing to do with catching carp, but was an attempt to scam info from him.”

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

From the Jeopardy Archives Category - “THE I.T. DEPARTMENT” ($800)

“A Packers fan insisted on a laptop with memory in GBs instead of TBs, this measurement.”

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

Answer to Last Week's Test

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

“God chose this most righteous man & his family to survive the events of Genesis 7.”

● Answer: Massachusetts. Samuel Adams

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

“This woman “out of whom went seven devils” became a follower of Jesus & was present at his crucifixion & resurrection.”

● Answer: Pennsylvania. Yuengling

From the Jeopardy Archives Category - “BIBLE STUDY” ($800)

“The last book attributed to Moses, this fifth book is written in the form of a farewell address by him.”

● Answer: Texas. Shiner Bock

Joke of the Day

Joke of the Day

“A Mother, Her Young Son and a Flight Attendant”

Joke of the Day

“A Mother, Her Young Son and a Flight Attendant”

A mother and her young son were flying Southwest Airlines from Kansas City to Chicago.

The son turned from the window to his mother and asked, “If big dogs have baby dogs and big cats have baby cats, why don't big planes have baby planes?”

The mother said, “Well, maybe that's something you could ask the flight attendant.”

So the boy asked the flight attendant, “If big dogs have baby dogs and big cats have baby cats, why don't big planes have baby planes?”

The flight attendant responded, “Did your mother tell you to ask me?”

The boy admitted that this was the case.

“Well, then, tell your mother that there are no baby planes because Southwest always pulls out on time. You can ask your mother to explain it to you.”