Monday, October 15, 2007

Pssst. Wanna buy a bridge?

Are you old enough to remember when baseball players wore only metal cleats? Why switch to rubber? To short-circuit lightning strikes to the noggin. The metal cleats were good conductors. That could be one reason. No, you say? They still make metal cleats.

Everybody knows 3M makes Scotch Tape. But do you know they make 4 1/2 million miles of the stuff every year? Seems there's a solution to sealing our borders somewhere in there.

Dick Cavett says there's no use worrying about old age since it won't last too long.

The Shorter Oxford Dictionary eliminated 16,000 hyphens from the most recent edition. Don't mess with the dash. It's the story of life. You know: 1938 -- 2007. RIP.

A six-foot statue of Emiliano Zapata, holding a rifle and draped with ammo belts, sits inside a Minneapolis business establishment because the near-by parks are plagued by gangs. Wrong message? Perhaps. But I'll bet there are parks in Texas that would welcome the statue of the revolutionary leader even though he shot up El Paso once. Or twice.

Next fall comes the People's Car with a sticker price around $2,500. People's Car once meant Volkswagen. Not this one. It will be made in India. A billion people wanting cars. Think of it. Cough, cough.

Next time some wiseacre says he has a bridge he wants to sell you, ask if it's the Ambassador Bridge over the Detroit River connecting the U.S. and Canada. If so, he could be telling the truth. That bridge is owned by one man and his privately held company. He charges $3.75 for cars, truck average $12. Billionaire? Yes.


Ken Martin said...

Good trivia, George. You're following in the keyboard strokes of Louis Malcolm Boyd, who if I recall correctly is one of your favorite writers. I particularly liked the one about 3M tape for sealing borders.

By the way, did you know that today (Oct. 15) is the day when the first baby boomer will register for early social security benefits? I heard on NPR this morning that Kathleen Casey-Kirschling was born just after midnight, on January 1, 1946, the very first baby boomer. So, now the expected onslaught of the boomer drain on Social Security benefits can begin.

George Phenix said...

I didn't realize today was the day for Boomer SSI to kick in.

Unless Congress or AARP finds some backbone to fix the impending cash crisis, we are going to see grandparents struggling with their grandchildren for Social Security and Medicare funds.

Age warfare. Doesn't have to happen.

Anonymous said...

I get so tickled by your trivia posts! What is better than obscure knowledge?

Yikes. Baby Boomers retiring. I doubt there will be any social safety net by the time I become of age. I guess I can take solace in that I haven't paid much into it. Heh. Maybe a lucrative career in geriatrics is a good idea, afterall.

s.l.d. cowen

Anonymous said...

Very good stuff Gige. I can see the LMBoyd influence.Keep it up!! I think I'm correct in saying LM was a conservative. There's hope for you yet!!!----Goose

The South Plainsman said...

Now that Boomers are beginning to collect, maybe they will become interested in making sure it lasts.

It would help if the Democrats stopped making reform of SS the "third rail" of American politics, and if AARP would start representing future retirees instead of trying to just maintain the staus quo.

I doubt that either will even make an effort. Too easy to scare people, too hard to lead. And the status quo is going to get past the next election.

My 30 year old daughter understands she cannot to expect SS or Medicare because of that. Too bad.

The South Plainsman said...

Wish I could edit that last to remove the typos.

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