Weekend Open Thread

| April 9, 2021

Fly pollinating flowers. (bing.com)

Flies don’t just annoy people. According to bing.com, they also pollinate flowers, contribute to the cultivation of plants, and aid in plant matter decomposition. Enjoy your weekend.

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  1. KoB says:

    OK, it’s just sitting here. I just happened by. Been playing catch up but just to make it interesting I will holler out…FIRST!

  2. Commissioner Wretched says:

    Wow … the King of Battle reclaims the FIRST throne since nobody else seems to want it. Best to have the best on the throne, eh?

    In recognition, here’s the trivia column for the week. If you played last week’s little “find the three fake items” game, you may now check your scores.

    Has the character of Superman always been able to fly?
    By Commissioner Wretched

    So, how did you do?

    Last week, of course, was the annual April Fool’s column, in which three of the items were faked, and you had to find them. The correct responses are:

    1. Chameleons – they don’t change their colors primarily to camouflage themselves. Their skin color is like a 1970s Mood Ring – it reflects the chameleon’s feelings, the ambient temperature, and the light hitting the chameleon.

    2. The “iron maiden” torture device probably did not even exist during medieval times, much less kill people. The device is now believed to have been a hoax perpetrated by a couple of writers back in the 1700s, only becoming real afterwards.

    3. Napoleon Bonaparte was not short. In fact, he stood 5 feet 7 inches tall – an inch or so taller than the average Frenchman of his day. You can ascribe his conquering personality to anything else you like.

    That’s our annual exercise in trivial nonsense, and if you got all three, give yourself a cookie! You earned it.

    Now let’s move on to this week’s trivia, all verified 100% accurate by yours truly (until one of you finds an error, that is).

    Did you know …

    … Germans eat more chocolate than Americans do? The average German consumes 114 chocolate bars annually, while the average American consumes less than half that number – only 51. (I’ll bet Americans enjoy it more, though.)

    … fortune cookies are not a Chinese invention? The popular vanilla-flavored folded cookie with a “fortune” inside, which tops off every Chinese dinner you can think of, was invented by Makoto Hagiwara (1854-1925), a landscape designer from Japan. He created the cookies while operating a Japanese tea garden restaurant in San Francisco, California, in the late 1890s. (I’m still waiting for the fortune that says, “Help! I’m being held prisoner in a fortune cookie factory!”)

    … the idea for a mega-hit movie series came about in a nightmare? James Cameron (born 1954), a writer and director, was in Rome in 1982 working on a film called “Piranha II: The Spawning.” Cameron became ill with food poisoning and, one night during his illness, he had a vivid nightmare about an invincible hit man from the future sent to kill him. Cameron remembered the dream and turned it into the script for “The Terminator.” (Fans of that movie series are probably glad Cameron didn’t just take an antacid or something.)

    … it’s against the law in Massachusetts to eat peanuts in court? (If you do, the fine isn’t just peanuts, I’m sure.)

    … Superman originally could not fly? Created in 1938 by two Cleveland, Ohio men, Jerry Siegel (1914-1996) and Joe Shuster (1914-1992), the comic book superhero was originally described as having the power to “leap tall buildings in a single bound” – but not flight, as he had to come back down and jump again. It wasn’t until the character was being animated by Paramount Pictures in the 1940s that flying became one of his powers. The animators figured it would be too much trouble to draw him bending his knees over and over again; the editors at DC Comics agreed, and Superman could suddenly defy Earth’s gravity at will. Additional trivia note: In the first edition of Action Comics, the one in which Superman makes his debut, mild-mannered reporter Clark Kent – the superhero’s alter-ego – goes to work for the Cleveland Star, a real newspaper at the time. The fictional Metropolis Daily Planet came later. (Look! Up in the sky! It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s … a broad jump?)

    … a criminal got his nickname from the FBI? Theodore Kaczynski (born 1942), who pled guilty in 1998 to a string of bombings that left 27 people dead between 1978 and 1995, was given the nickname “Unabomber” by the FBI. The nickname came from his earliest victims – universities (Un) and airlines (A). Additional trivia note: Kaczynski is housed in Florence, Colorado, at the ADX Florence, a “supermax” prison. He is serving eight consecutive life prison sentences, without the possibility of parole. (Good.)

    … a noted author was gifted a year’s salary just so she could write? Harper Lee (1926-2016) found it difficult to balance her work and her writing in 1956, and she confided her concerns to some dear friends. The friends gave Lee a full year’s salary so she could quit her job and concentrate on her writing, and it turned out to be a great idea – Lee used the time to write the classic “To Kill A Mockingbird.” (Can you imagine the trivia I’d turn out if somebody did that for me?)

    … books like the “Farmers Almanac” are made with a hole punched through them for a reason? The books were made that way so they could be hung on hooks or nails inside outhouses. (I’ll let you take it from there.)

    … the only continent on Earth that does not have a McDonald’s restaurant is Antarctica? (Granted, the requirements for a freezer would be easy to meet, but…)

    … a famous martial arts actor was very, very fast? In a speed demonstration, Bruce Lee (1940-1973) once snatched a dime out of a person’s open palm before the person could close his hand – and left a penny in the dime’s place. (Uh, keep the change, Mr. Lee.)

    … Earth is home to more than 100,000 different species of butterflies? (Talk about a beautification project!

    … wine can be fortified? Not necessarily with vitamins and minerals, though, as fortified wine means that spirits, usually brandy, were added to the wine during its fermentation, raising the alcohol content of the wine. (Drink enough wine and you’re fortified, too.)

    Now … you know!

    • KoB says:

      My Man CW…I’ll take my cookie now. Strange what a stroked out brain can and cannot remember. Unless last week was deja vu all over again, that’s the same questions you had last year on the FIRST of April’s trivia column.

      I want ice cream to go with my cookies (a cookie in each hand is a balanced diet) And you can rest assured that if there was a Mickey ‘Ds in Antarctica, the Ice Cream Machine would be broken. Shorely can’t remember the last time I was in a Mickey ‘Ds. Another fine job and our Thanks for the Trivia Post.

      Oh…and about that FIRST on the TAH Friday Weekend Open Thread that was EARNED (never given), it sat there orphaned for a bit bit before I even started typing. And then I gave a 30 count before I hit Post Comment. I even reminded folks this morning that it was Friday. Chip must still be sulking in the corner, Curt must not be lurking, and TXNorsky has to be checking on the brisket he’s smoking for us. Only things for certain is our Brother API will show up, awarding himself Honorary First, and a certain BeNasty wanna be cpo/pile it is still maintaining his social distancing of minus 6 feet AGL.

      King of Battle, King of FIRST(in the dreams of Adorable Deplorables) and the (can be) ONLY ONE (1) Holder of the One (1) millionth comment, announces the Grilled porked beast chops, tater salad, and black eyed peas are available…along with refreshing beverages and seegars on the verandah.

  3. MarineDad61 says:

    Oh Oh.
    Phony problem here.

    Sergeant Major General Fred Newman.
    URL says Micheal Kelvin.
    Name tag says Pennington.

    It tried to join a VFW FakeBook group.

  4. Roh-Dog says:

    Lords of the Flies behind a fence in Swamplandia. Know justice, know peace. And if that fails, drop a rock on a faux working-class bartender’s head.
    That was cathartic!
    Have a great weekend y’all!

  5. QMC says:

    RIP DMX.

  6. 14
    When I opened up WOT I see 13 comments and today is Friday.

  7. MarineDad61 says:

    Hunter Gatherer, on Kimmler.
    There it is, the telltale “To tell you the truth…”

  8. Commissar Pooper's Narcissism says:

    Well, I was looking for my brains today when I noticed something strange. There was poop on the floor. I told my niece about the poop. She freaked out at me. I plopped down on the couch. She screeched at me. This did not make sense. Then she told me that I did not lose my brain. She said that I lost my shit. By now, I should still be looking for my brain while my niece got to the bottom of who caused the mysterious poop on the floor. Telling me that she is going to get me committed to an institution is not helping me find my brains or her find the mysterious pooper.

  9. The Other Whitey says:

    Got the U-Haul in the driveway, loading to start momentarily.

    I have mixed feelings about moving. On the one hand, this place has been my home for all of my 37 years. I love the town. I love the view. I love my neighbors (98% of whom still have Trump signs and/or flags up). I love my mountains and pine trees.

    On the other, California is being run into the ground by leftists and elitists who hold us all in utter contempt. They are not the majority they are often made out to be, but it doesn’t matter. They are in control, via some means sneaky and others outright criminal, and will stay that way. As if their unconstitutional state laws weren’t bad enough, their policies have, by accident or design, made California utterly unaffordable to live in. I gross over $100K per year and we are careful with our expenses, but we just bounce off the bottom of the barrel every month due to the retarded cost of living in this state. Sorry, but that is not a sign of a healthy economy, no matter how big it may be. The schools are being compelled to push leftist propaganda—God bless ‘em, the teachers & staff at our local elementary have been resisting that every step of the way (they’re all local-area natives), but the teachers’ union and the dems will have their way sooner or later.

    My salary will go vastly farther in Arizona. I won’t need to work near as much overtime. I can actually be there for my children. And most importantly, my children will have the chance to grow up as Americans.

    As soon as I get my AZ ID, that PedoJoe “stimulus” check is being spent on some Scary Black Rifles and standard-capacity magazines.

    • KoB says:

      TOW, tho parting can be such sweet sorrow, you are doing the right thing…and doing it none too soon. IMO, you and your family will be way yonder better off and happier to boot. The good folks where you are will welcome another patriotic American into their midst, tho their wimmin folks may be pea green with envy over the charm and beauty of that hot wife…and them smart kids. As you said, the place you are leaving is just gonna get worse and there is nothing you can do to change that.

      My former father-in-law, a retired wing wiping CMSGT that I had much respect and admiration for (3 war Vet), held out for too long in his ‘hood. I advised him 40 years ago to sell the place he had and build on the land he had not too far away. He could have gotten 5 X what he paid for the place then. It kept getting worse and worse until he finally got out in early 2000. He just barely got what he had paid for the place when he sold it. And now you can’t go into that area with less than Rifle Platoon Strength. Best of Luck on the move, drive safely, and in the words of BG Lewis Armistead, “Trust on God and fear nothing.”

      • The Other Whitey says:

        Thanks, KoB. My wife has been telling me the same thing. She is nothing if not a pious woman, and never makes a plan without extensive prayer. Her sisters are the same way. She also shares that trait with my Mom, with the only difference being denomination: Mom is Catholic and Mrs. Whitey is Protestant.

        On a side note, anybody who didn’t cry watching Richard Jordan as General Armistead in “Gettysburg” has no soul.

    • Graybeard says:

      Hang in there TOW.

      Even making a right move can be tough.

      • The Other Whitey says:

        It doesn’t help that the seller is being a fucking prick for no particular reason and holding up the sale, when we’ve done everything in good faith. We’re all packed up and have to be out of the old place by Monday, the new place is vacant and move-in ready, the title company has our money, and now the fucker is making up excuses not to sign. He’s also been treating his own realtor like shit.

    • NHSparky says:

      15 years since I left, haven’t regretted it for one second.

  10. Green Thumb says:

    The False Commander “Phony” Phil Monkress (CEO of All-Points Logistics) is very sad today because he may to terminate the employment of one Jeremy Dewitte.

    Even Phildo knows that being in the can does not help business.

  11. LC says:

    Maybe this has been posted before, but I hadn’t seen it:

    George Welch was one of the five pilots who got in the air during the attack on Pearl Harbor, and the whole story is in the link below. Interestingly, he was recommended for the Medal of Honor, but denied because his CO said he’d taken off without orders:


    • The Other Whitey says:

      Ever have one of those days where you’re so pissed off at being woke up early on a weekend that you hop into a P-40 and smoke two japs while still wearing your bathrobe and slippers? George Welch could tell you what that’s like…

      • Mason says:

        Shit, he was still up from the night before, TOW! Came right from the all-night poker game after the evening’s party at the O Club.

    • Mason says:

      You ask me, he and Kenneth Taylor were robbed of the MoH. I don’t think I’ve done a VF post on them. I’ll have to rectify that sooner than later.

  12. Graybeard says:

    PRESENT and unaccountable.

    Finished a plumbing job today (water-filter install) with no trips to town for parts.
    I was beginning to worry, but remembered that:
    1) I had to take the filter back because of missing parts, and order a replacement online
    2) A new 1″ brass cut-off valve I had in stock wouldn’t work – turns out it had been hit hard some time back and one side was out of round, so I had to get that.
    That totals the obligatory 3-trips to the supply house for any plumbing job – 2 to get/return the filter, and 1 for a cutoff valve.

    So – we’re good. I was afraid that if I did the job in just one trip I’d have to register as licensed plumber, or a meteor would strike, or….

    Warming up in the GB Compound AO. Corn, green beans, squash and tomatoes coming up and doing good so far.

    Hope you all have a great weekend.

  13. David says:

    Was taking the radiator to the shop 30 miles away. Cheap US made crap, only lasted 43 years before needing a repair (sarc). Finished cutting wood for the chicken roost, but the screws to assemble it are trapped behind the deadlined truck. Guess I wait to assemble the roost till I fix the truck. Gotta love a ‘retired schedule,’.

  14. David says:


    Sad news for all you Navy types just itching for some more Tom Cruise homoeroticism… “Top Gun: Maverick” film release is delayed yet again.

  15. A Proud Infidel®™ says:

    Another smashed-up delivery from what I call “Fuck-it-up Express”, I wonder if they don’ use a platoon of Mountain Gorillas on Meth for handling packages or their warehouse apes don’t play football with anything that looks like it can be broken?
    Oh, and the fly? Most of us that went there think that it’s the National Bird of Afghanistan.

    AND Honorary First once again.


  16. Hack Stone says:

    Sounds about right.

  17. Hack Stone says:

    If you love CCR, and have twenty some minutes to spare, watch this video.

    • OWB says:

      Not sure that I “love” Credence, but do own a significant amount of their vinyl. Somehow it got left when the owner moved on. Might be worth firing up the old turntable to listen one more time…

    • 26Limabeans says:

      I now know more about Proud Mary than I thought possible.
      It will be a few days before I lose that brain worm.

      • KoB says:

        Hey, ‘beans, no matter how much we lubs us some CCR (and don’t we all), NOBODY does Proud Mary like Tina. Her rendition is worth a million comments on its own. Here’s a visual to go along with the ear worm…and to help get the visual of Running thru that Jungle, or a hill…over yonder! Welcome Home, Brother!

  18. LC says:

    For those who haven’t seen the articles about Trump supporters unintentionally giving recurring (vs one-off) donations, here’s an article:


    Now, sure, yeah, their bad for not reading the fine print. But the ‘fine print’ is pretty damn funny and desperate in this case:

    We need to know we haven’t lost you to the Radical Left. If you UNCHECK this box, we will have to tell Trump you’re a DEFECTOR & sided with the Dems. CHECK this box and we can win back the House and get Trump to run in 2024.

    Yep, only give once? You’re a defector, and side with those evil Dems! And the NRCC is gonna go tell on you. Good grief. Note that it starts checked, too.

    In case you don’t believe me:

  19. Txnorsky says:

    Today I had the privilege and honor to attend CPL Requenez service as part of the San Antonio Patriot Guard Riders.
    It was a nice service attended by several of his team mates including several in his command.

    He was mentioned here

    RIP CPL Requenez