Weekend Open Thread

| April 30, 2021 | 49 Comments

Before laughing at that individual… Virologists wear a full body virology suit when studying viruses in the lab. Enjoy your weekend.

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  1. Commissioner Wretched says:


  2. Commissioner Wretched says:

    It’s been a few minutes since I was First on the WOT, so I’m a little rusty on lording it over. I’ll get back into the swing of it as soon as I get my crown and scepter.

    In the meantime, how about some trivia to soothe the egos of those who sought the coveted, always-earned, never-given FIRST?

    How did one of Hollywood’s oldest traditions get started?
    By Commissioner Wretched

    Well, it looks like someone has caught me in another big mea culpa.

    Two weeks ago, I stated the yo-yo was originally a weapon in the Philippines. It turns out that I may have been mistaken.

    The weapon story was, it seems, crafted by the toymakers who first distributed the yo-yo to make it seem like something it was not. As I have learned, yo-yos have always been toys, not weapons, going back to 644 BC.

    Made a good story, though, didn’t it? My thanks to my friend thebesig at valorguardians.com for pointing it out to me!

    Now, on to this week’s trivia!

    Did you know …

    … a serial killer was once a contestant on a game show while his murder spree was going on? Rodney Alcala (born 1943) – currently awaiting execution on California’s Death Row for five murders committed in that state between 1977 and 1979 – appeared on “The Dating Game” in 1978. Alcala was the winning “bachelor” chosen by the contestant, but she later refused to go out on the date they’d won, saying Alcala was “creepy.” (That had to qualify as the understatement of the year!)

    … drivers in Russia use dash cameras more than anywhere else? The reason is that most Russian insurance companies will not pay accident claims without rock-solid proof, such as that provided by a dash cam. The cameras catch a lot of other stuff, too – such as the 2013 fireball over the city of Chelyabinsk that exploded, damaging windows and buildings and injuring almost 1,500 people; or the road rage incident where the driver of a minivan was cut off by another vehicle. The second vehicle’s driver got out and tried to fight the minivan driver, but the minivan was loaded with costumed cartoon characters heading toward a party – and the other driver was caught on video being beaten up by the cartoon characters. (If you get beaten up by Mickey Mouse and it’s caught on video, you find out what true ridicule is.)

    … you may be a sufferer of phobatrivaphobia? Chances are that you aren’t, though, if you’re reading this column; because it is the fear of trivia about phobias.

    … an actual protocol exists regarding how soon to socially call on someone after meeting them? The typically ideal time to wait to call someone after meeting them is two to four days, though that is now being hotly debated. Dating experts say there’s no hard-and-fast rule, but if you call earlier than two days, you appear desperate, and nothing else. (And it suddenly all becomes clear to me why I never get a second date. Wow.)

    … one of Hollywood’s best-known traditions started by accident? Most people know about the famous handprints, footprints and autographs in the cement outside Grauman’s Chinese Theatre in Hollywood. But how did that tradition begin? In 1927, actress Norma Talmadge (1894-1957) accidentally stepped in wet cement on the sidewalk outside the theatre. The first intentional prints were made later that same year by actors Douglas Fairbanks (1883-1939) and Mary Pickford (1892-1979), who were business partners of the theatre owner, Sid Grauman (1879-1950).

    … a war once took place between humans and birds? In 1932, the “Great Emu War” took place in Australia. A wildlife management operation was held to deal with the number of emus, huge flightless birds that were running wild in the state of Western Australia. Because the Australian Army used modern weapons against the birds, it was dubbed the “Great Emu War” by the press – and, in the end, the emus won the war. The emus continued devastating crops in the state despite the number of birds that were killed. (Not one of the Army’s more stellar moments, if you ask me.)

    … a group of two or more foxes is sometimes called a skulk? (Not to their faces, I’d bet.)

    … anteaters prefer termites to ants when given the choice? (Wouldn’t you?)

    … the human body has about 45 miles of nerves? The impulses travel at a speed of 248 miles per hour. (And kids manage to get on every last one of those nerves, don’t they?)

    … pineapples are berries? Technically, a single pineapple is a mass of individual berries fused to a single stalk. (Ah, but do we put berries on pizza?)

    … the most shoplifted item of food globally is cheese? (That’s not a gouda thing to do.)

    … 65% of people tilt their heads to the right when they are kissing? Only 35% tilt left. (Something I can never seem to be able to research.)

    … astronomers have observed strange colored lights at times on the surface of the Moon? It is believed that the lights are made by gases leaking from deep inside the Moon. (Must. Not. Succumb. To. Bad. Joke. Urge.)

    … one ragweed plant can release up to one billion grains of pollen? (That’s nothing to sneeze at.)

    … only one movie has ever had three Academy Award™ acting nominees in the same category? The 1963 film “Tom Jones” earned nominations for Best Supporting Actress for Diane Cilento (1932-2011), Dame Edith Evans (1888-1976), and Joyce Redman (1915-2012). Sadly, none of the three won. The award went to Dame Margaret Rutherford (1892-1972) for “The VIPs.”

    … a nation once issued a plastic postage stamp that played sound? In 1973, the Himalayan nation of Bhutan issued a stamp that looked like a record. Placed on a record player, the stamp actually played the Bhutanese national anthem. (Made #1 on the charts, too!)

    … in the state of Queensland, Australia, it is illegal to keep a rabbit as a pet … unless you are magician? (Abracadabra!)

    Now … you know!

  3. Lurker Curt says:

    Just happy to be here.

    Props, Commish!

  4. 26Limabeans says:

    “in the state of Queensland, Australia, it is illegal to keep a rabbit as a pet … unless you are magician”


  5. Roh-Dog says:

    Wow. CW ftw! Congrats!
    I demand a recount. (Tehehehe)
    Have a GREAT weekend y’all!
    Plans for this weekend: turkey murdering (hopefully), fishing, first hair cut in a year, booze and picking up a kilo bar of silver…
    Sleep is always optional.

  6. Sapper3307 says:

    So god made a liberal.
    key bored warning,https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EUzMPlQb2G4

  7. Hack Stone says:

    Sum Bitch. Hack just bailed out of a sales call to sell Red Hat Software to The Oath Keepers, hoping to nab the first entry for this weekend’s Open Thread, but the vast right-wing conspiracy made up of rustlers, cutthroats, murderers, bounty hunters, desperados, mugs, pugs, thugs, nitwits, halfwits, dimwits, vipers, snipers, con men, Indian agents, Mexican bandits, muggers, buggerers, bushwhackers, hornswogglers, horse thieves, bull dykes, train robbers, bank robbers, ass-kickers, shit-kickers and Methodists prevented Hack from claiming the highly coveted and rarely awarded First Post Of The This Ain’t Hell Weekend Open Thread. Hack Stone will have to take in solace knowing that his mind is a raging torrent, flooded with rivulets of thought cascading into a waterfall of creative alternatives, which he has resulted in him being told that his tongue prettier than a twenty-dollar whore.

  8. Devtun says:

    Lucky 13. Have a pleasant air force weekend.

    • The Stranger says:

      Haven’t had one of those since December of 2010. It’s been all Army since January of 2011. But I will say this for my former branch…at least they know how to mount the engines on a C-130!

  9. Skyjumper says:

    Congrats, Commissioner Wretched!
    Now back to my weekly lawn mowing……..(does driving around the 2 1/2 acres that needs to be cut, while sitting on my butt, with a cold beverage in the built-in holder and smokes handy, really count as work?) (smile)

  10. Skyjumper says:

    Congrats, Commissioner Wretched!
    Now back to my weekly lawn mowing……..(does driving around the 2 1/2 acres that needs to be cut, while sitting on my butt, with a cold beverage in the built-in holder and smokes handy, really count as work?) (smile)

    Have a great weekend all.

  11. Graybeard says:

    Top 20-ish.
    Still FIRST in the hearts and minds of the grandchildren.

    4.35″ rain in the GB Compound last night, a friend reports 8″ on the other side of the county. Still wet from the 4.75″ last Friday. Some neighborhoods evacuated, several swiftwater rescues by our local EMS heroes.

    Otherwise, all quiet at the GB Compound. Picked first 2 squash of the season today. Corn, green beans, pumpkin, watermelon, and butternut squash growing well.

    Maintain all deploribleness my fellow Delta Whiskey/Whiskeyettes.


  12. A Proud Infidel®™️ says:

    Present and unaccountable, I lay claim to Honorary First once again.


  13. Quartermaster says:

    Minions are so desperate for employment they’re now shopping for people?

  14. Green Thumb says:

    I wonder what tribal affiliation the False Commander “Phony” Phil Monkress (CEO of All-Points Logistics) is claiming today?

    Cherokee? Seminole, maybe? Or is he going to go with something new?

    Only time will tell.

  15. Hate_me says:

    Raise a glass, if you’re able. Today is the 10-year anniversary of DEVGRU turning Osama Bin Laden’s forehead into a canoe!

    (~0100hr PKT 2MAY, 2011 = ~1500hr EST 1MAY)

  16. MarineDad61 says:

    AFTER ACTION REPORT – The April 30 Annapolis Trip
    is now up on the recent
    Private “Chipp” Reid – Bassackwards Phony Marine

  17. The Stranger says:

    Mine eyes have seen the Glory of the coming of the Lord…


    I know our Southern brethren may take offense, but sorry guys, you did lose. Besides, all of my families were busy kicking French and Austrian ass at the time. You Union types can thank my Mexican ancestors for that.

    • The Stranger says:

      I do have to say this…
      The ONLY cadet who graduated from West Point with zero demerits was a young man who branched ENGINEER, probably the greatest Soldier who ever lived, Major General Robert E. Lee. Total respect.

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