Weekend Open Thread

| January 6, 2023


Today is Three Kings Day, also known as Epiphany. Yesterday was the 12th day of Christmas, today is the first day of Epiphany. Officially, we have three days of Epiphany this year, the third day also being the last day of the ecclesiastical Christmas season. Informally, Epiphany season runs all the way to Mardi Gras (January 6-February 21, 2023). Depending on location, it’s also called carnival season and Mardi Gras season. Enjoy your weekend.

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First! Two weeks in a row and FIRST of 2023!!!


Point of Order, Good Sir. You may have the 1st FIRST of the Vaunted TAH Friday Weekend Open Thread, but the 1st FIRST of 2023 was EARNED by the King of Battle, THE King of FIRST on the New Year’s Day Open Thread. Guess we’ll still have KongRats issued and watered down unsweetened tea from your larder.


Oh whatever. I was being sober and probably snoozing after blowing up a bunch of stuff after the stroke of 12.
Yes, you may have the First First of the year, but it’s not a WoT First which is the First First of the Firsts to be Firsted.


OK Folks,
Thankyouverymuchly…Based on Skippy’s typo in the other Murder thread, I have laid out the following snacks for the troops.

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to wash it down.


ANNNDDD as is my self imposed duty, here’s the ammo prices for this week.
Of note. 9mm popped on Thursday for a short while, I believe at $0.15 ppr STV 9MM 124 GRAIN SCORPIO….I have plenty so I decided not to abuse my credit card but it’s a nice sign.

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Funny that the two oldest centerfire rifle rounds are the priciest




Rats of the Kong Chip.


Time for you to invest in a lottery ticket(s)!

Hack Stone

Magic 8-Ball, will Hack Stone secure first comment for the first Weekend Open Thread of 2023? And in the unlikely event that the vast right wing conspiracy deprives Hack Stone of his title, he will be gracious in defeat and not dispatch a gang of crackheads with pliers and torches to go medieval on the ass or asses of those who thread blocked and posted before Hack.

Hack Stone

Missed it by five seconds.


I already survived that…Good old Psul.

Now I’m pissing off everyone by not voting for Kevin
McCarthy’s nomination.




1st on 9 January 2023!!


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Commissioner Wretched

First FIRST of 2023!

Commissioner Wretched

Or … maybe not.

Commissioner Wretched

Well, with a tip o’ the cap to ChipNASA for getting the first FIRST of the year, here’s the first trivia column of 2023. Enjoy!

Did a television commercial help create Earth Day and the Environmental Protection Agency?
By Commissioner Wretched
Another page is torn off the calendar and a new year begins.
Happy New Year 2023!

Make your resolutions, and try to keep them … or just dump ‘em like most people do. Either way, the new year is ahead of you waiting for you to make your marks on it.

I hope the new year is one that is great for you. If it’s as good as last year was for me, it’s going to be a great one!

And what better way to start the new year than with a shining new trivia column … just like the one right here!

Commissioner Wretched

Did you know …

… less than one percent of all books published sell more than 50,000 copies? (So you’re all going to do your part and help my book cross that threshold, right? All I need is about 50,000 of you. Jump to amazon.com and buy my book! Prove this fact wrong! I dare you! Pathetic, aren’t I?)

… poinsettias are named after a U.S. diplomat? Dr. Joel Poinsett (1779-1851) was the first U.S. ambassador to Mexico, and he brought the plant to this country in 1828. Called previously the “flower of the blessed night,” it was renamed the poinsettia in his honor. (We all have to be remembered for something, right?)

… a galactic year takes a very long time? One galactic year – the time it takes our Solar System to make one revolution all the way around the Milky Way galaxy – is equal to about 266 million Earth years. (Last galactic year, the dinosaurs were here. Wonder what’ll be here next galactic year?)

Commissioner Wretched

… second-born children have a tendency to go in the opposite direction from the first born? (True. My younger brother is very much an outdoorsy kind of guy, while I … am not.)

… you may have seen a peebeegeebee? You may have seen it, but unless you’re a bird watcher, you wouldn’t have called it that. A peebeegeebee is a bird, specifically a pied-billed grebe. (But it’s more fun to say peebeegeebee.)

Hack Stone

It’s so difficult to see a Peebeegeebee. Back in the mid 1970’s they were all over the radio and television singing their disco hits.


“second-born children have a tendency to go in the opposite direction from the first born?”


I am the First Born. My second born sibling followed me by working at the same Waffle House, went to the same college I did, joined the US Army, got married, had children…additionally, we did alot of things together in elementary school, junior high school and high school.

The only difference was that she became a Nurse Practitioner while I became a School Teacher.
Perhaps it was because we were born in the same month with a year difference?


Also, wasn’t Jeb Bush the Second Son? Same with JFK? Susan B. Anthony? 😉 


I’m the firstborn, and the next brother did, indeed, choose different areas of interest.
So did the third and fourth born boys.
Part of the tendency, I suspect, is the tendency for competition between siblings in all things. The elder children have the advantage of experience and size over the younger – so they quit trying in those areas the elder children have staked out and seek new areas to master.

Commissioner Wretched

… a professional wrestler insisted on paying for every meal he ate, whether he was the host or the guest? André the Giant (born André Roussimoff, 1946-1993) insisted that he take care of his own meal bills, since he was a very large man and ate a great deal of food. At one meal with actor and politician Arnold Schwarzenegger (born 1947), the actor was getting up to pay the bill for the meal when he found himself being lifted off the floor, carried back to his table, and deposited in his chair by the wrestler. André then said emphatically, “I pay.” (If you’re seven feet five inches tall, you can get away with that.)

… the number 37 will divide wholly into 111, 222, 333, 444, 555, 666, 777, 888 and 999? No decimals are left over when you divide 37 into any of those numbers. Additional trivia note: Before you do the ciphering, the answers are: 3, 6, 9, 12, 15, 18, 21, 24, and 27. (I don’t speak math.)

A Proud Infidel®™

It was also said that Andre the Giant could out-drink anyone. His hands were so big that a 12 ounce can of beer would disappear in them and once drank 140 beers in one setting.

Commissioner Wretched

… a television commercial helped bring Earth Day to reality? In 1970, the Ad Council aired a commercial showing a Native American warrior walking along and being saddened by all the pollution he saw, and when a passing car tossed a bag of trash against his leg, the camera caught a tear coming from his eye. The ad helped usher in Earth Day, and it also helped bring about the creation of the Environmental Protection Agency. The ad motivated more than 100,000 people in the first four months after its release to write in and ask for the booklet about reducing pollution. The ad is listed as one of the 50 greatest of all time. Additional trivia note: the Native American seen in the ad, Iron Eyes Cody (1904-1999), was not a Native American at all. Cody, who was born Espera Oscar de Corti in Louisiana, was of Italian descent. But his rugged looks made him a natural to be cast as a Native American throughout his movie and television career.

Hack Stone

Speaking of people making themselves to be an indigenous person, we have another one. She should reach out to Elizabeth Warren on how to parlay her non native genealogy into big bucks.



“Edward Norton is direct descendant of Pocahontas, records confirm”
“TV show Finding Your Roots finds Oscar-nominated actor is 12th great-grandson of famed 17th-century Native American”


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President Elect Toxic Deplorable Racist SAH Neande

Ok. Congrats. Good info for YOUR personal genealogical records. But there’s no need to inflict that knowledge on the rest of us.


So a Fake Indian helped bring about a Fake Holiday to solve a manufactured crisis?



Boy, were we brainwashed…

Commissioner Wretched

Noted that it’s William Conrad doing the narration, too.

Hack Stone

To you he may always be remembered as Cannon, but to Hack Stone his best role was narrating The Rocky & Bullwinkle Show.

And, as has must have been mentioned in the trivia dozens of times already, he portrayed Marshal Matt Dillon on the radio version of Gunsmoke.


No, Dillon was his best voice role.

Hack Stone

Back when Hack Stone was on Recruiting Duty in the Midwest, he would frequently go on the reservation to interview prospects. Their tribe did not follow Iron Eyes Cody’s philosophy of respecting the land. And most of the young men and women in the age bracket for enlisting did not meet the minimum mental, moral and physical requirements.

Commissioner Wretched

… an attempt to get into the Guinness Book of World Records failed before it started? Yeah, that happens to a lot of them, but this one caught my eye. In 2008, event organizers in Iran tried to make the world’s largest sandwich to get into the record book. But before it could be officially measured, onlookers rushed forward to begin eating it – and the record was never certified. Guinness officials say the Iranians used 700 kilograms of ostrich meat and 700 kilograms of chicken in the 1,500-meter-long sandwich, which was never officially measured and confirmed. (There are any number of good lines I can throw out here …)

Commissioner Wretched

… Adolf Hitler may have had a trick up his sleeve when it came to holding his Nazi salute? The German Führer (1889-1945) bragged numerous times to his generals that he could hold the stiff-armed salute longer than any of his subordinates. It is generally believed that he had a collapsible spring support under the right sleeve of his jacket, which helped him keep his arm aloft. (“Trick up his sleeve.” Get it?)

… stress is actually good for you? Well, not always. But some scientists tell us that stress is a part of the evolutionary process. It has, over the eons, enabled humans to survive by temporarily increasing awareness and improving physical performance. (To say nothing of what it does to you when that project at work was due yesterday and you still haven’t finished it.)

Commissioner Wretched

… ignoring bullies does not usually make them go away? In fact, research shows that just the opposite is true – ignoring a bully gives that person the feeling that they can do what they want without consequences. (A solid punch in the nose, on the other hand …)

… paintballs are made from food-grade quality ingredients? The paint inside the capsule is made from water, corn starch, food coloring, and polyethylene glycol. You could eat them if you really wanted to. (Why you would want to is, of course, a different matter entirely.)

Now … you know!


Someone had to research how to make bullies go away?

Any Jr.Hi. school kid knows that – or should.


Bullies are very insecure individuals with very low self esteem.

While teaching school, I read to my class this classic by Mary Stolz

“The Bully of Barkham Street”


Another fine job CW. I wasn’t able to finish my southbound journey this week so my copies of your works are still wrapped in Christmas Paper. Did hear that the Soccer Moms that placed orders were pleased with all the selections.

I had to fight at least one bully every year at the start of the school year. Word finally got around that the little scrawny guy will hurt your family jewels with the FIRST (ht2 Chippy) punch thrown. Used my knee. Worked every.damn.time. My oldest brother got his comeuppance after I got leave from Basic. Growth spurt and double rations along with all of that ARRRRRMY TRAINING took me from 5’4″ 119 lbs to 5’7″ 162 lbs. 18 years of torment was satisfied in less than 3 minutes. Took 2 uncles to drag me off of him. He and I got along just fine after that.

Commissioner Wretched

I’m very happy to hear they liked the books! Just waiting for your verdict, my friend.

Hack Stone

Hack Stone may not be first to comment on this weekend’s Open Thread, but in the hearts and minds of the Adorable Deplorables, he will always be First in Tech.


Present & unaccountable.
Recovering very well from hernia repair – more blessed than I deserve.

Sunny & mild in the GB AO, the denizens of the compound all happy & healthy. Two grandchild birthdays this month – they are getting so big!

God bless all y’all this Epiphany weekend.

jeff LPH 3 63-66

Feel better Graybeard. over the years since moving to the gunshine state of Florida, I went through 4 hernia repairs, two rotator cuff surgeries,Last was june 2021, kidney stone removal, 4 tooth implants, Epistatix embolization procedure, deviated septum procedure, lens implants in my eyes.

President Elect Toxic Deplorable Racist SAH Neande



Thanks, jeff.
I had no pain, and only minor discomfort.
The hard part is not being able to pick up the grandchildren. 😀



Is it alright we address you as Young JeffenStein?


Speedy recovery to you, Graybeard!

Hernia Repairs are not fun!

As always, thank you for being an inspiration to all of us.

Hope your Brother is doing well these days!

Happy Blessed 2023 to you and your love ones!


The words says it all.


Parents, teach your children to be like this one in blue:



GOTDAMN Miniature, invisible, onion cutting, ninja terrorists…SOMEONE OPEN A WINDOW up in this place. The MAID hasn’t dusted in YEARS!!

President Elect Toxic Deplorable Racist SAH Neande

I’ve seen this before. But it never fails to bring tears to my eyes. (damned allergies. pass the kleenex)
The best in humanity and sportsmanship.


I’mma teach mine to be like the one in red. WIN! 😉


Congrats to our favorite Chipster for being the King of TAH for two weeks straight in a row!

Now…Can he pass the USAF Honor Guard Rubber Chicken Bearing Test?

1 minute video.




I’m not clicking on that yet and I already know what it is and a hearty NO FUCKING WAY.
I wasn’t Honor Guard in the USAF but AL Drill Team of the year 1999 and 2000 for the U.S.
Still no.
LMFAO, these are awesome. There are a couple of them out there.
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Ahhh…Be a good Sport…

After all, YOU ARE THE KING….

Please humor us minions…your humble slaves… 😎 


OK then…THIS is why I was smarter on the ASVAB that to volunteer to be in with the SECFO folks.


Seen that one before.
She shared the pain – royally.



Guess what RINOs and DOUCHBAGCRATS?!?!?!?

A Proud Infidel®™

The propaganda stirred up by the January 6th DNC parrots would make Goebbels, Lenin and Stalin “cream their jeans”!

Only Army Mom

Present for the New Year


And we are thankful for the present of your presence, OAM


YAY!!!!! Hi OAM!!!

Hugs to you and (these people are going to shoot me for this) ….
“To all who shall see these presents, greetings…”


What Graybeard said, OAM. You have been missed here. Good thing I can still see you in my dreams.


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3 more days (9 January 2023)!!!



TCU ain’t got a prayer. Grilled Frog Legs go real well with roasted Buckeyes!


jeff LPH 3 63-66

Got involved in trying to renew my personal checks and what I ask for, I’m shown checks that I’m not looking for even though I click on old FD trucks I get baseball checks on the site. I finally googled the definition of a pod cast to find out what they are. Flu/chicom virus are now zipity doo da.


Lars than woke in a wet bed yelling for his mom’s.


Only in my best of Dreams…..Oh LAWDY, Puhleeze!!!

A Proud Infidel®™

PRESENT and I award myself Honorary First once again.



Round 14!!!


Goodby until we meet again.


The end of an era…

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