Old Sailors' Almanac


Week 14, 2020

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April Fools’ Day exact origins remain a mystery

April Fools’ Day exact origins remain a mystery

April Fools’ Day: Although April Fools’ Day, also called All Fools’ Day, has been celebrated for several centuries by different cultures, its exact origins remain a mystery.

Some historians speculate that April Fools’ Day dates back to 1582, when France switched from the Julian calendar to the Gregorian calendar, as called for by the Council of Trent in 1563.

People who were slow to get the news or failed to recognize that the start of the new year had moved to January 1 and continued to celebrate it during the last week of March through April 1 became the butt of jokes and hoaxes.

These pranks included having paper fish placed on their backs and being referred to as “poisson d’avril” (April fish), said to symbolize a young, easily caught fish and a gullible person.

9 Outrageous Pranks That People Actually Fell For

April Fools’ Day exact origins remain a mystery

Historians have also linked April Fools’ Day to festivals such as Hilaria, which was celebrated in ancient Rome at the end of March and involved people dressing up in disguises.

There’s also speculation that April Fools’ Day was tied to the vernal equinox, or first day of spring in the Northern Hemisphere, when Mother Nature fooled people with changing, unpredictable weather.

April Fools’ Day spread throughout Britain during the 18th century. In Scotland, the tradition became a two-day event, starting with “hunting the gowk,” in which people were sent on phony errands (gowk is a word for cuckoo bird, a symbol for fool) and followed by Tailie Day, which involved pranks played on people’s derrieres, such as pinning fake tails or “kick me” signs on them.

April Fools’ Day exact origins remain a mystery

In modern times, people have gone to great lengths to create elaborate April Fools’ Day hoaxes. Newspapers, radio and TV stations and Web sites have participated in the April 1 tradition of reporting outrageous fictional claims that have fooled their audiences.

In 1957, the BBC reported that Swiss farmers were experiencing a record spaghetti crop and showed footage of people harvesting noodles from trees; numerous viewers were fooled. In 1985, Sports Illustrated tricked many of its readers when it ran a made-up article about a rookie pitcher named Sidd Finch who could throw a fastball over 168 miles per hour.

In 1996, Taco Bell, the fast-food restaurant chain, duped people when it announced it had agreed to purchase Philadelphia’s Liberty Bell and intended to rename it the Taco Liberty Bell. In 1998, after Burger King advertised a “Left-Handed Whopper,” scores of clueless customers requested the fake sandwich.

History Channel / Wikipedia / Encyclopedia Britannica / Reader's Digest / April Fools’ Day exact origins remain a mystery (YouTube) video

Understanding Military Terminology: At the Marine Corps Museum: Norman Rockwell's “The War Hero”

Understanding Military Terminology

Operational Contract Support

(DOD) The process of planning for and obtaining supplies, services, and construction from commercial sources in support of joint operations.

Also called OCS.

Joint Publications (JP 4-10) Operational Contract Support

Operational Contract Support Integration Cell

A cell established to coordinate, and integrate operational contract support actions across all primary and special staffs for an operational area.

Also called OCSIC.

Joint Publications (JP 4-10) Operational Contract Support

“The Rime of the Ancient Mariner”

The Old Salt’s Corner

“The Rime of the Ancient Mariner”


Oh sleep! it is a gentle thing,

Beloved from pole to pole!

To Mary Queen the praise be given!

She sent the gentle sleep from Heaven,

That slid into my soul.

By grace of the holy Mother, the ancient Mariner is refreshed with rain.

The silly buckets on the deck,

That had so long remained,

I dreamt that they were filled with dew;

And when I awoke, it rained.

My lips were wet, my throat was cold,

My garments all were dank;

Sure I had drunken in my dreams,

And still my body drank.

I moved, and could not feel my limbs:

I was so light--almost

I thought that I had died in sleep,

And was a blessÈd ghost.

He heareth sounds and seeth strange sights and commotions in the sky and the element.

continued ...

~ Samuel Taylor Coleridge

(originally published in Lyrical Ballads, 1798)

Full Poem

“I’m Just Sayin’”

“I’m Just Sayin”

“Measure not the work until the day's out

and the labor done.”

“And each man stands with his face in the light.

Of his own drawn sword,

ready to do what a hero can.”

“Girls blush, sometimes, because they are alive,

half wishing they were dead to save the shame.

The sudden blush devours them, neck and brow;

They have drawn too near the fire of life, like gnats, and flare up bodily, wings and all.

What then? Who's sorry for a gnat or girl?”

~ Elizabeth Barrett Browning

“Thought for the Day”

“Thought for the Day”

“The most exhausting thing in life is being insincere.”

“Good communication is just as stimulating as black coffee,

and just as hard to sleep after.”

“The sea does not reward those who are too anxious,

too greedy, or too impatient.

One should lie empty, open, choiceless as a beach -

waiting for a gift from the sea.”

~ Anne Morrow Lindbergh

“What I Have Learned”

“What I Learned”

“People who say it cannot be done

should not interrupt those who are doing it.”

“When a father gives to his son, both laugh;

when a son gives to his father, both cry.”

“Turn your face to the sun

and the shadows fall behind you.”

~ Anonymous

Second Hand News

Second Hand News: Articles from Week 14 - March 30, 2020 - April 05, 2020

Top News Stories - Photos (Washington Examiner) U.S. spy agencies: China covering up coronavirus cases and deathsTrump claims Iran planning 'sneak attack' on US troops in IraqWorld Health Organization (WHO)'s China bootlicking and bad science has destroyed its credibility

Wisconsin governor asks National Guard to run primary polling stations as coronavirus causes worker shortageHouse Democrats pitch major infrastructure and climate change proposals in fourth relief package Governor Ron DeSantis reverses course and will issue stay-at-home order for Florida

Ethics watchdog: Freshman Democrat's fundraising email violated House rules Deborah Birx: 'Significant amount' of missing data from China may have led to slow coronavirus responseSurgeon general warns social distancing guidelines are likely to extend past April

MOST READ: DOJ turns over unredacted Mueller report to judge who questioned Attorney General William Barr's 'credibility'Media pundits mock MyPillow CEO after announcement on company's efforts to combat coronavirus Team USA: 50 companies join Trump's war on coronavirus

Unhinged Joy Reid promotes a Trump-monarchy conspiracy theoryGeorgia senator discloses additional stock sales worth millions during coronavirus pandemic - Other senators caught up in the controversy include Oklahoma Republican Jim Inhofe and California Democrat Dianne Feinstein Washington Examiner

Top News Stories - Photos (The Federalist) We’re Following A One-Size-Fits-All Coronavirus Strategy Right Into A Great Depression69 Things Virginians Can Do For Their 69 Days Of LockdownEfforts To ‘Flatten The Curve’ Are Destroying Health Care CapacityAir Force Academy Eases Up On Isolation Measures After Suicides

Unless China Confronts Systemic Errors Causing Its Coronavirus Disaster, It Will Lose World StatusNew York Times Ignores The Evidence To Slander Christians As Coronavirus DeniersWATCH: Joe Scarborough Makes Fraudulent Coronavirus Claim To Attack TrumpCBS Poll: No, Right-Leaning Americans Aren’t Ignoring Social Distancing Demands

MOST READ: Media Freaks Out On ‘MyPillow’ CEO Mike Lindell For Encouraging Americans To Read The BibleIt’s Not The Federal Government’s Fault New York Doesn’t Have More Ventilators, It’s Andrew Cuomo’sMedia Reaction To Yamiche Alcindor Dustup With Trump Shows Why Their Approval Ratings Are Low

Rachel Maddow Calls The Timely Arrival Of Navy Hospital Ships ‘Nonsense’Media And Government Officials Told Americans Not To Wear Masks. They Were WrongThe Real Coronavirus Chronology Shows Trump Was On Top Of It While Biden Was Mocking The Danger10 Insanely Wasteful Spending Items In The Coronabailout The Federalist

Top News Stories - Photos (Daily Mail) Defense Secretary Mark Esper publicly disagrees with USS Roosevelt captain's call to immediately evacuate warship after more than 100 sailors test positive for coronavirus - and admits he didn't read his letter pleading for helpFlorida governor Ron DeSantis claims coronavirus first started circulating in Miami in early February during the Super Bowl as he finally issues a statewide lockdown after state cases surge to 6,741Cuomo warns other states to prepare for the worst after New York coronavirus deaths soar by 391 to 1,941 - as he urges NYPD to be 'more aggressive' on 'selfish, reckless' crowds

Donald Trump accuses Iran 'or its proxies' of planning 'sneak attack' on U.S forces or assets in Iraq and warns of 'heavy price' if it goes ahead One in four coronavirus patients have NO symptoms, CDC director says as he warns the virus will be 'with us' for the next TWO YEARS Wyoming is the ONLY state in the U.S. without a coronavirus death after Hawaii records its first fatality

Italy sees number of deaths rise by its lowest in almost a week - 727 - but number of new infections sees sharp spike with 4,782 new cases Louisiana records biggest one-day coronavirus spike after infections soar by 1,200 and deaths rise by 54 - as New Orleans emerges as next pandemic hotspotZoom - the video conferencing platform used by businesses to stay afloat during coronavirus pandemic - is sued for sharing millions of users' personal data with Facebook and other third parties Daily Mail UK

Top News Stories - Photos (John Batchelor)

Joe Biden the Mr. Rogers of public access presenting & What is to be done? audio  

First Quarter Bear Market searching for a bottom. audio  

More hard questions for Communist China: unreported virus casualties; disinformation; defective masks and test; trust aftermath. audio  

#NewWorld: Colombia prepares for the virus; Brazil hesitates about the virus. audio   Narco-terrorist Maduro indicted as the virus preys upon the abandoned Venezuela people. audio  

ISIS attacks Kabul while boasting of virus protection. audio   The Taliban propagandizes the virus while launching attacks. audio  

Switzerland plans for swift economic recovery from the virus. audio  

The ICU caregivers and the virus. audio   John Batchelor (04/01/2020)

Top News Stories - Photos (CORRUPTION CHRONICLES - Mainstream Media Scream: (Watch Dog On-Line Publications) CORRUPTION CHRONICLES: Judicial Watch Seeks Pete Buttigieg’s Testimony in Lawsuit for Records on Creation of South Bend ID Card for Illegals

“Investigating the Investigators:” How FISA Court Failed its Duty to Hold Hearings on FBI Request to Spy on Trump

Coronavirus Update: As New York Goes, So Goes the Nation?

#Spygate: FISA Courts Held NO HEARINGS on Spy Warrants Targeting Trump Judicial Watch

Why Don't Vultures Eat Live Prey?

Mr. Answer Man Please Tell Us: Why Don't Vultures Eat Live Prey?

As an animal that is synonymous with death and disease, the vulture understandably has a poor reputation in many cultures across the globe, despite, ironically enough, being a huge boon to humans in terms of being able to reduce instances of death and disease.

While it’s important to note that many animals eat carrion, vultures are fairly unique in that they’re able to eat carrion that has succumbed to the effects of decay and disease, a feat few stomachs in the animal kingdom can match.

As an idea of just how ridiculously hardy vultures are, experiments have shown that they are all but immune to botulism and that they can happily chow down on the flesh of an animal coated in Bacillus anthracis which is better known as the bacteria that causes anthrax! They also have no problem eating an animal infected with rabies, hog cholera and numerous other diseases that would ultimately be lethal to most other scavengers.

So how do they do it? Vultures are able to comfortably eat diseased carrion thanks in large part to their highly acidic gastric juices which are sufficiently strong enough to kill most bacteria before they ever become an issue.

Why Don't Vultures Eat Live Prey?

In the extreme a turkey vulture’s stomach acid could technically be almost 1000 times more acidic than yours at a given instance. In fact, it’s so acidic that it can dissolve many metals. For further reference, battery acid has a pH of about 0.8.

Even when bacteria does survive the gauntlet that is the turkey vulture’s stomach, it then has to compete with its amazing vulture immune system. In regards to the latter, vultures are noted as having one of the “strongest immune systems of all vertebrates” and there are few food-borne diseases that truly pose a threat to it.

There is a point at which even a vulture will say no and flesh will be deemed too putrid or foul to eat. However, this doesn’t necessarily stop the vulture from eventually eating some of the remains. For example, the bearded vulture can live on a diet of 70%-90% bone. In fact, according to studies conducted on bearded vultures, this diet is actually more efficient than a diet of fresh meat because bones have a higher caloric content and the bones will last indefinitely, unlike flesh. So long after the flesh has gone, the remaining bones are still fair game for the bearded vulture.

Why Don't Vultures Eat Live Prey?

Vultures notably urinate and defecate all over themselves while they eat which, thanks to the highly acidic nature of their bodily waste, kills any bacteria that makes its way onto the vulture’s legs. This also has the side effect of sterilising the area around the carcass, also stopping disease from spreading.

To illustrate what can happen without the vultures in some areas, in India, a massive decline in vulture populations led to an explosion in the population of feral dogs and rats with whom the vultures formerly competed for carcasses. These animals, unlike the “dead-end” vultures, are vectors for numerous diseases including rabies.

The remains of the carcasses that were formerly picked clean by the vultures are also now contaminating water supplies causing further disease issues.

It may surprise you to learn the bulky vulture is actually one of the highest flying animals on Earth, with some varieties capable of flying at elevations as high as 40,000 feet! For reference, Mount Everest is about 29,029 feet in elevation.

Audubon.org / Wikipedia / Hawk Mountain.org / Live Science / National Geographic / Mental Floss / Quora / Today I Found Out / Why Don't Vultures Eat Live Prey? (YouTube) video

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

NAVSPEAK aka U.S. Navy Slang

LPOD: Last Plane On Deck: The time when all aircraft should be on the ground.

Love Boat:

(1) A sub tender crewed primarily by female sailors; see also “Tuna Boat”.

(2) Nickname for the CVN-69.

LSO: Landing Safety Officer or Landing Signals Officer. On a carrier, this officer stands just to the port side of the landing area and talks to each pilot as he makes his approach for an arrested landing. On a “small boy”, the LSO sits under a bubble on the flight deck and talks to helo pilots as they attempt to land in the Rapid Securing Device, or “trap”. Both types of LSO are referred to as “Paddles”.

LSD: Dock landing ship, or Large Sitting Duck, so called due to their slow speed and absence of any significant offensive weaponry. “I survived a six-month trip on LSD”, commonly heard slogan from sailors who have made a deployment aboard such a vessel.

LST: Tank landing ship, or Large Slow Target, a now disused type of amphibious warfare ship.

L.T.D.B: “Living the Dream, Baby” - Often used sarcastically in reference to Naval lifestyle.

Lucky Bag: Collected unclaimed personal items, or such things confiscated as gear adrift, which were auctioned to the crew on paydays.

Lucky Charms: Nickname for Tripler Army Medical Center, which due to its coral pink color and location in the Moanalua hills of Honolulu, is used as a navigational aid for ships sailing into Pearl Harbor.


Just for MARINES - The Few. The Proud.

Just for you MARINE

Lost Lieutenant Finder: Hand-held GPS unit, a joke term on the reputation for new lieutenants to be incompetent in land navigation.

LPCs: Abbreviation for Leather Personnel Carriers, aka combat boots.

LPD: Abbreviation for Landing Platform/Dock, aka Amphibious transport dock.

LT: Abbreviation for lieutenant, inappropriate to address as such verbally.

LWH: Light Weight Helmet.

LZ: Landing Zone a clearing designated as the place where a helicopter (or other VTOL aircraft) can land.


Naval Aviation Squadron Nicknames

Naval Aviation Squadron Nicknames

HSC-23 Helicopter Sea Combat (HSC) Squadron Twenty Three (Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron Twenty Three or HSC-23) - nicknamed the “Wild Cards”

United States Navy - Naval Air Station - Naval Air Station, Naval Air Station North Island, San Diego, California: September 29, 2006 - present.

Where Did That Saying Come From

Where Did That Saying Come From?

Where Did That Saying Come From? “A place for everything and everything in its place”

A place for everything and everything in its place:

Meaning: The proverbial notion that there should be 'a place for everything and everything in its place' is the idea that everything should have somewhere to be stored and that it should be tidily returned there when not in use.

History: This proverb is variously associated with Samuel Smiles, Mrs Isabella Beeton and Benjamin Franklin. The Oxford Book of Quotations dates it from the 17th century. Such a reference is usually accurate, although the authors supply no evidence for their assertion. If correct, it would pre-date all of the above notables.

If it is indeed that old, it has made heroic efforts to keep itself out of print. It may be that the Oxford book is making a reference to a line in A Century of Sermons, John Hacket, Bishop of Lichfield, 1675:

“The Lord hath set every thing in its place and order.”

That isnt the full proverb as we now use it though, which I can't find any printed citations of from before the late 18th century. It appears in a story published by the Religious Tract Society in 1799 - The Naughty Girl Won:

“Before, however, Lucy had been an hour in the house she had contrived a place for everything and put everything in its place.”

Several other early citations are from nautical contexts, which isn't surprising considering the need to conserve space and promote tidiness aboard ship. Here's an example from Frederick Marryat's Masterman Ready; or the Wreck of the Pacific, 1842:

“In a well-conducted man-of-war every thing is in its place, and there is a place for every thing.”

Slightly earlier, a modified version of the phrase was in use in the USA. This is from an item headed 'Brother Jonathan's Wife's Advice to her Daughter on her Marriage', in the Hagerstown Mail, Maryland, January 1841:

“A place for everything and everything in time are good family mottos.”

The phrase is typical of the uplifting homilies that were promoted during the Victorian era (beginning 1837), e.g. 'cleanliness is next to godliness' (circa 1880s).

Phrases.org UK

Science & Technology

Science & Technology

Science & Technology

A new theory to explain how the dunes on Titan formedDeNeRD: an AI-based method to process whole images of the brainSUPERB survey detects new slowly-spinning radio pulsarStormy cluster weather could unleash black hole power and explain lack of cosmic cooling Phys.org / MedicalXpress / TechXplore

‘Outlandish’ competition seeks the brain’s source of consciousnessHere’s how skimping on sleep can change your appetiteWant to put your dog on a raw meat diet? It could be dangerous for both of you‘Bingo!’ In a remarkable first, humpback whales spotted using their fins to scoop up fish Science AAAS

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)

Dead Elephant Found Lying on Top of a Squashed Crocodile

Dead Elephant Found Lying on Top of a Squashed Crocodile

There was no winner in the deadly showdown between these two titans.

A recent confrontation between an elephant and a crocodile ended in a surprising twist that left both combatants dead, with the crocodile flattened underneath the fallen pachyderm.

A photo that was captured in Zambia's South Luangwa National Park by a guide with Kafunta Safaris showed the grim and surprising scene: A dead elephant lay on top of an equally dead crocodile, the reptile's long tail extending beyond the elephant's splayed hind legs. Other photos of the gruesome scene show dozens of vultures and other scavengers crowding around the carcasses.

The safari company shared images of the remains on Facebook, calling the death poses “extremely strange”. But what may have led to this highly unusual tableau?

Beastly Feasts: Amazing Photos of Animals and Their Prey

Safari guide Andrew Mwanza discovered the carcasses on a bank of the Luangwa River near one of Kafunta Safaris' campsites. Accompanying Mwanza at the time were several safari guests and an armed scout from Zambia's Department of National Park and Wildlife (DNPW).

Dead Elephant Found Lying on Top of a Squashed Crocodile

The dead elephant and crocodile both appeared to be young individuals, based on their body sizes; a later inspection by the DNPW and officials with Conservation South Luangwa ruled out poaching as the elephant's cause of death, as there were no bullets found in the body, according to the email.

Nile crocodiles (Crocodylus niloticus) are plentiful in the Luangwa River, and they often prey on elephants that come to cross the river or to drink from the water's edge, the representative said. Adult crocodiles can grow to be 20 feet (6 meters) long and can weigh as much as 1,650 lbs. (748 kilograms), according to National Geographic. By comparison, an adult African elephant (Loxodonta africana) weighs between 5,000 and 14,000 lbs. (2,268 and 6,350 kg), so crocodiles typically avoid attacking healthy adult elephants, said Marisa Tellez, co-founder of the Crocodile Research Coalition with the Marine Science Institute at the University of California in Santa Barbara.

“From the pictures I've seen, the croc was a small subadult or small adult, and I highly doubt it was trying to take an injured adult elephant down. That seems like a lot of work for a smaller predator, and not in its favor”, Tellez told Live Science in an email. “Of course, you will always have more bold individuals that will take more than they bargained for”, Tellez added. “I am also wondering if this may have been a young female defending her nest from an elephant possibly trampling all over it.”

Dead Elephant Found Lying on Top of a Squashed Crocodile

In general, crocodiles are more likely to target elephants that are young, ill or injured. The dead elephant in the photo was probably sick or hurt - “maybe previously attacked by lions” - when it encountered the crocodile, said the representative.

Crocodiles are ambush predators, and when they lunge at an elephant they usually grab its vulnerable trunk, said Agata Staniewicz, a crocodile researcher and doctoral candidate with the Behavioural, Acoustic and Sensory Ecology Lab at the University of Bristol in the United Kingdom.

“A healthy adult (sometimes with the assistance of the herd) can usually fight off the crocodile, though it may sustain severe injuries to the trunk”, Staniewicz told Live Science in an email. “However, an injured or sick elephant might not have been strong enough to fight.”

After struggling with the river predator, the elephant may have simply collapsed from its injuries or from exhaustion, and as it fell it landed on the reptile and crushed it to death, the Kafunta Safaris representative said.

Although this story had an unhappy ending for the elephant and crocodile, plenty of nearby scavengers were clearly thrilled with the outcome, Kafunta Safaris representatives wrote on Facebook.

“All this made for a huge and happy meal for dozens of vultures”, the representatives said.

Alligators vs. Crocodiles: Photos Reveal Who's Who

Exquisite Corpses: Biologists Share #BestCarcass Photos

Top 10 Deadliest Animals (Photos)

Live Science (10/10/2019) video

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“Anyway You Want It” - The Dave Clark Five 1964

Anyway You Want Itvideo
Everybody Knows (I Still Love You)video - The Dave Clark Five
Album: The Dave Clark Five Coast To Coast
Released 1964 video

Any album that opens with “Any Way You Want Itvideo already has a leg up over most of the competition around it.

Arguably the jewel of the Dave Clark Five's singles output, it's a song that has aged every bit as gracefully as, say, “I Saw Her Standing Therevideo or “A Hard Day's Nightvideo.

“'Coast To Coast' opens strong and it gets better, blooming into an amazingly diverse yet consistently powerful record made up entirely of group originals.”

“These mostly take us into the Dave Clark Five (DC5)'s own, uniquely energetic renditions of Merseybeat-style harmonies, on 'To Me' video (a song that might be as fine as anything that Lennon and McCartney wrote on The Beatles' first three albums, with its exquisitely lyrical saxophone break by Dennis Payton), 'I'm Left With You' video (which calls to mind 'This Boy' video in the most favorable way), the soaring 'Everybody Knows (I Still Love You)' video (which offers some of Lenny Davidson's most flamboyant rhythm guitar work), and the haunting 'When' video, with its larger-than-life piano and rhythm section.”

Surrounding all of this surprisingly elegant songwriting, singing, and playing is some first-rate rock 'n' roll in the form of “Say You Want Mevideo (a close cousin of “Anyway You Want Itvideo in sound and timbre), “Don't You Knowvideo, and “It's Not Truevideo.

Had there been an actual rock press in 1964, or if The Dave Clark Five been taken more seriously sooner, “Coast To Coast” would probably be regarded today as something close to an essential British Invasion record, if, perhaps, not as seminal as, say, The Beatles For Sale LP, but definitely more solid and important than all but one other album: “It's The Searchersvideo by “The Searchers”.

AllMusic Review by Bruce Eder

Dave Clark Five official site / Rock & Roll Hall of Fame / Billboard / All Music / Song Facts / The Dave Clark Five

Image: “The Dave Clark Five Coast To Coast (album)” by The Dave Clark Five



● This new-wave/punk musician was a former beautician and Playboy bunny. In the late 1970’s she was lead singer of a successful rock act with a colorful group name. Name the group and lead singer?

Answer to Trivia

● These plants, native to hot, dry regions of the U.S. and Mexico, are grown for ornament, fiber, and food, but more famously, as the main ingredient of tequila. What are they?

Answer to Trivia

● Osso Buco is an Italian dish consisting primarily of what ingredient?

Answer to Trivia

● Actor Anthony Quinn was born on April 21, 1915, in which country: Ireland, United States, Greece, or Mexico?

Answer to Trivia

● Since 1962 this musical group from New Jersey amassed 48 entries on the Billboard Hot 100. It has been said that they were to the East Coast what the Beach Boys were to the West. What group is this?

Answer to Trivia


A Test for People Who Know Everything

From the Jeopardy Archives Category - “BETTING AT THE TRACK” ($200)

“You should know this alliterative wager in which you select the winners in 2 consecutive races.”

Answer for People Who Do Not Know Everything, or Want to Verify Their Answer Daily Racing Form

From the Jeopardy Archives Category - “BETTING AT THE TRACK” ($400)

“If you make this bet, as opposed to win or place, you win if your horse comes in first, second or third.”

Answer for People Who Do Not Know Everything, or Want to Verify Their Answer Daily Racing Form

From the Jeopardy Archives Category - “BETTING AT THE TRACK” ($600)

“This 2-word term denotes a horse with little chance to win; its posted odds can run as high as 99-1.”

Answer for People Who Do Not Know Everything, or Want to Verify Their Answer Daily Racing Form

From the Jeopardy Archives Category - “BETTING AT THE TRACK” ($800)

“Your bet may move to the favorite if you've bet on a horse that's pulled out of a race before it starts, this action.”

Answer for People Who Do Not Know Everything, or Want to Verify Their Answer Daily Racing Form

From the Jeopardy Archives Category - “BETTING AT THE TRACK” ($1,000)

“In horse racing you don't bet against the house; bets are pooled & split among winners in this hyphenated betting system.”

Answer for People Who Do Not Know Everything, or Want to Verify Their Answer Daily Racing Form

Answer to Last Week's Test

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

“Of $7 million, $70 million or $700 million, the approximate amount the U.S. paid Russia for Alaska.”

● Answer: “$7 million ($7.2 million Alex)”. Office of the Historian.gov

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

“The purchase was derisively called this man's 'Folly', after the Secretary of State who led the effort to buy Alaska.”

● Answer: (William) Seward. History Channel

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

“One reason Russia sold was fear of not being able to access Alaska after this 1850s war reduced its sea power.”

● Answer: The Crimean War. History Channel

From the Jeopardy Archives Category - “BUYING ALASKA” ($800)

“U.S. canneries established after the sale led to the world's largest industry for this fish.”

● Answer: Salmon. Alaska Department of Fish and Game.gov

From the Jeopardy Archives Category - “BUYING ALASKA” ($1,000)

“Until 1867, the Russians had controlled the region since this great guy sent Vitus Bering to explore the coast.”

● Answer: Peter the Great. Biography

Joke of the Day

Joke of the Day

Joke of the Day


First golfer: “I have the greatest golf ball in the world. You can’t lose it.”

Second golfer: “How so?”

First golfer: “If you hit it into the sand, it beeps. You hit it into the water, it floats. If you want to play golf at night it glows.”

Second golfer: “Hey, sounds good. Where did you get it?”

First golfer: “I found it in the woods.”