1NT: The Boston Americans Red Sox

Today I learned that the team currently known as the Boston Red Sox was originally known at the Boston Americans. From the 1901-1907 seasons they were the Americans and from 1908 to today they have been the Red Sox. Oh, and some dude named Cy Young was their best player for most of those years. You may have heard of him.

Source: https://www.baseball-reference.com/teams/BOS/index.shtml

1NT: Bonefires

Ever wonder where the name “bonfire” comes from? Me either, but it ends up it is interesting.

Bonfires are typically associated with celebrations, backyard burnings, and toasting marshmallows, and although these are all good things, the bon in bonfire isn’t related to the French for “good.” Instead, bonfire actually stems from the Middle English bonefire, literally referring to a fire of bones.

Source: https://www.merriam-webster.com/words-at-play/the-secret-history-of-bonfire

1NT: Putting Your Money to Work

Want to put your money to work, literally? Try this:

A dollar bill is 6.14 inches long so if you need to measure something and don’t have a ruler or measuring tape handy, just keep in mind that the dollar bill in your wallet/purse/pocket is about 6 inches long so you can use it as a rough measuring tool in a pinch.

1NT: We don’t need no stinking judges…or lawyers

Adding a new category to this ancient blog: One New Thing. It’s based on the “you learn something new every day” theory, which I’ve found to be true and I thought to myself, “Self, you should start writing this crap down.” Here’s today’s one new thing (1NT):

You don’t have to be a judge, or even a lawyer, to be a Supreme Court Justice. From the Supreme Court’s FAQ page:

Are there qualifications to be a Justice? Do you have to be a lawyer or attend law school to be a Supreme Court Justice?

The Constitution does not specify qualifications for Justices such as age, education, profession, or native-born citizenship. A Justice does not have to be a lawyer or a law school graduate, but all Justices have been trained in the law. Many of the 18th and 19th century Justices studied law under a mentor because there were few law schools in the country.

  • The last Justice to be appointed who did not attend any law school was James F. Byrnes (1941-1942). He did not graduate from high school and taught himself law, passing the bar at the age of 23.
  • Robert H. Jackson (1941-1954). While Jackson did not attend an undergraduate college, he did study law at Albany Law School in New York. At the time of his graduation, Jackson was only twenty years old and one of the requirements for a law degree was that students must be twenty-one years old. Thus rather than a law degree, Jackson was awarded with a “diploma of graduation.” Twenty-nine years later, Albany Law School belatedly presented Jackson with a law degree noting his original graduating class of 1912.

Five Fact Friday #19

Five random facts for Friday:

The longest human tooth ever extracted (as of 2019) was 1.46 inches (3.72 centimeters) long. – Guinness Book of World Records via The Mirror

“Belva Lockwood lobbied Congress on three separate occasions to change the U.S. Supreme Court admissions rules to allow a woman to argue before the court. Her efforts succeeded. Lockwood was sworn in as the first woman member of the U.S. Supreme Court bar on March 3, 1879. Late in 1880, she became the first woman lawyer to argue a case before the U.S. Supreme Court.” Wikipedia

The fastest time to eat 60 Krispy Kreme doughnuts: 9 minutes, 17.28 seconds. It happened in Hartford, CT on December 28, 2012 and you can see video if you click the link. – RecordSetter

Canada’s population in 2019: 37.4 million. California’s population in 2019: 37.25 million. Tokyo, Japan’s population in 2019: 37.4 million – Population Pyramid and US Census and WorldAtlas

President Lincoln is in the Wrestling Hall of Fame. He lost only one match of the 300 he participated in. – Insider

Five Fact Friday #18

Five random facts for Friday, published on Saturday this time:

The first United States Open Tennis Championships (U.S. Open) was played in 1881. From 1881-1974 the playing surface was grass; from 1975-1977 it was clay; since 1978 it has been hard-court. – Britannica

President Trump was born on June 14, 1946. Just about five months earlier, on January 10, the United Nations General Assembly met for the first time in London. And about six months after he was born, on December 12, the UN accepted six Manhattan blocks as a gift from John D. Rockefeller Jr., heir to the Standard Oil fortune and one of the largest real estate holders in New York who was known for his philanthropic work that was successfully done without breaking the law. On This Day

On August 28, 1830 the first American built locomotive, “Tom Thumb” raced a horse-drawn carriage from Baltimore to Ellicott Mills. Due to mechanical problems the horse won. – On This Day

Besides the Bible and Mao’s Little Red Book, the best selling book of all time is Don Quixote, followed by A Tale of Two Cities and then The Lord of the Rings. – WorldAtlas

The world’s longest road bridge is the 34-mile long Bang Na expressway in Thailand. It’s a six-lane elevated highway that only crosses a little water – the Bang Pakong River, and required 1,800,000 cubic meters of concrete to construct. – LiveScience

Five Fact Friday #17

Five random facts for Friday:

Of the ten least populated counties in the United States, four are in Nebraska and three are in Texas. The least populated county is Kalawao County, Hawaii with a population of 88 people. – World Atlas

In 2020, North Carolina had an inventory of 9,200,000 hogs and pigs, third most in the United states and just behind second place Minnesota’s 9,300,000. Iowa has the most with 24,600,000 Statista

The National Hot Dog & Sausage Council estimates that Americans consume 20 billion hot dogs a year, which works out to about 70 per person. – NHDSC

At 248 minutes Cleopatra (1963) is the longest wide release Hollywood movie ever made. – World of Reel

The heaviest current production car is the Rolls Royce Phantom – 6,052 pounds. The slowest, in the United States, is the Nissan Versa Note which can get from 0 to 60 MPH in a leisurely 10.3 seconds. – Autowise


For the day job, I get to see lots of reports and data, particularly as it relates to housing. It was one of those reports that had a link to the US Census Household Pulse Survey pageand let me tell you that you’ll find some sobering statistics there about the impact of COVID-19. The survey has been conducted weekly since March 13, 2020, and below are select numbers from week 12, the most recent week available:

Employment Income – Percentage of households that had experienced a loss of employment income:
United States: 51.1%
North Carolina: 45.7%

Expected Loss in Employment Income – Percentage of adults who expect someone in their household to have a loss in employment income in the next 4 weeks:
United States: 35.2%
North Carolina: 29.0%

Food Scarcity- Percentage of adults in households where there was either sometimes or often not enough to eat in the last 7 days:
United States: 12.1%
North Carolina: 11.8%

Delayed Medical Care  Percentage of adults who delayed getting medical care because of the COVID-19 pandemic in the last 4 weeks.
United States: 40.1%
North Carolina: 33.9%

Housing Insecurity – Percentage of adults who missed last month’s rent or mortgage payment, or who have slight or no confidence that their household can pay next month’s rent or mortgage on time.
United States: 26.5%
North Carolina: 23.0%

K-12 Educational Changes – Percentage of adults in households with children in public or private school, where classes were taught in a distance learning format, or changed in some other way.
United States: 99.4%
North Carolina: 99.7%


Five Fact Friday #16

Five random facts for Friday on Saturday this week:

Zythology. The study of beer, from the Ancient Greek zûthos. (Hat tip to my Mom for sharing that one). – Wiktionary

More than 6 million people enrolled in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, commonly referred to as food stamps, in the first three months of the pandemic, from February to May. It was the fastest-ever expansion of the program. The Week

A 1-year-old dog is the equivalent of a 31-year-old human, a 5-year-old is like a 57-year-old, and a 10-year-old like a 68-year-old. – The Week

The total number of hours of video watched on YouTube each month – 3.25 billion. – MerchDope

Nationwide, in December 2017, the golf courses and country clubs industry employed 307,000 in 11,100 establishments.  – Bureau of Labor Statistics

Five Fact Friday #15

Five random facts for Friday:

As many as 1 billion wild animals are killed by vehicles each year, about 200 million creatures’ lives would be spared annually. – Washington Post

Compared with teetotalers, those with “moderate” drinking habits – classified as up to eight drinks a week for women and fewer than 15 for men – had higher cognition scores in all three areas. They also had significantly lower rates of mental decline. The Week

63% of small business owners say less than 75% of their revenue before the pandemic started has returned. – Axios

Some rats that miss feasting on the scraps are becoming increasingly brazen to find new food sources. Since the start of the pandemic, there have been increased reports of rat cannibalism and infanticide in New York, as well as more rat complaints in residential areas — including in Chicago — as humans produce more food waste at home. – Washington Post

Annual healthcare spending in the US (2018) is $8,949 per capita; military spending is $1,985 per capita- Visual Capitalist