I’ve decided to not repost FYI starting December 1, 2021. You will still find new MYK in my blog.
List of the top 20 disasters by cost in billions based on 2021 inflation (source: Wikipedia)
List of top 20 natural disasters by fatalities (source: Wikipedia and Inspirich)
Since Hollywood has ushered in the new best actor and actress to their movies, the older actors and actresses have often found a new home in television shows. This is a good and bad thing. Good in that TV has gotten better. Bad in that there is less variety in movies being made as well as smaller budget made movies. Gone are the days of the indie movie being a big success. Here are the top 10 rates shows and networks according to Nielsen. It’s not surprising American football dominates the screens in living rooms. I’m a little surprised NCIS and Blue Bloods still rakes in the viewers. They are comfort shows like macaroni and cheese is a comfort food. They even brought back CSI but to me it’s not the same. Bring back Warrick from the dead and Nick from Seattle and then I might watch it again.
Top 10 rated series of 2020-2021 with adults aged 18 to 49 (May 2021 Nielsen)
NFL on NBC
NFL on Fox/NFL network
NCIS on CBS
Equalizer on CBS
NFL Monday Night Football on ESPN
FBI on CBS
60 Minutes on CBS
Chicago Fire on NBC
Blue Bloods on CBS
Chicago Med on NBC
Top 10 rated broadcast networks of 2020-2021 with adults aged 18 to 49 (May 2021 Nielsen)
Top 10 rated broadcast networks of 2020-2021 with all adults (May 2021 Nielsen)
11/12/2021: Money Sorta Matters
This is the list of the best paying jobs according to the U.S. News & World Report in 2021. These are the jobs where you need a lot of schooling and pay more than 100,000 dollars a year. The other jobs include dentists, petroleum engineers, IT managers, pilots, marketing managers, financial managers, lawyers, podiatrists, sales managers, pharmacists, business operations manager, optometrists, actuaries, political scientists, and the lowest paid of the highest paid job are the financial advisors.
Here is the list of the highest paid athletes in the world in 2021 from Forbes.
If you think having 100,000 or 200,000 dollars is nothing and a million dollars is last decade, here are the richest billionaires in the world.
Let’s face it, having 1 billion dollars is still rich compared to most of us so here are the poorest billionaires in the world (what a contradiction in terms).
Now if that makes you feel sad, happy, or angry, just know that the chances of you being a billionaire let alone a millionaire is slim to none. At least you’re living your life to the fullest (I hope) or trying to or having others to help you when you need it. I could so say so much but I won’t.
11/05/2021: MORE YOU KNOW: POPULAR COSTUMES FROM 1950 TO 2005
Now that Halloween is over, why not list the most popular costumes from years past according to Reader’s Digest. I’m not sure how they came up with the answers, but here is the list. It starts with the year 1950 and ends with the year 2005. This might be a good thing it stopped in 2005 because as we all know 2021 is about as great as 2020 and from 2006 to 2019, it was much to be desired for many. A lot of these costumes are related to movies.
1952: Don Lockwood from Singin’ in the Rain movie
1953: Mickey Mouse
1955: Davy Crockett
1956: Anna Leonowens from The King and I movie
1957: Frankenstein as in not the doctor in the book by Mary Shelley
1958: Zorro from Zorro movie
1959: Marilyn Monroe
1960: Hula girl from Hawaii
1961: Holly Golightly from Breakfast at Tiffany’s movie
1962: Rocky and Bullwinkle
1964: The Beatles
1965: Sonny and Cher
1967: Morticia Addams
1968: Rosemary Woodhouse from Rosemary’s Baby movie
1970: Elvis Presley
1971: Willy Wonka
1972: Don Corleone
1973: Marcia Brady
1975: Dr. Frank-N-Furter from The Rocky Horror Picture Show movie
1976: Any of the Charlie’s Angels
1977: Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, Han Solo, and Darth Vader
1978: Michael Myers
1979: Rocky Balboa
1980: John Travolta
1981: Indiana Jones
1983: Michael Jackson
1985: Freddy Krueger
1986: California Raisin
1987: Alf as in Alien Life Form
1989: Any Ghostbuster
1990: Marty McFly from Back to the Future
1992: Barney the purple dinosaur
1993: Any Power Ranger
1994: Bart Simpson
1995: Lloyd Christmas and Harry Dunne from Dumb and Dumber
1996: Any Spice Girl
1997: Austin Powers
1998: Ghostface from Scream
1999: Neo from The Matrix
2001: Harry Potter and Hermione Granger
2003: Captain Jack Sparrow
2004: SpongeBob SquarePants
2005: Darth Vader
October 10, 2021: Most Popular Cities Visited in the World and the U.S.
Here are the top countries people visit from around the world in 2019 according to World Atlas. Those on the list isn’t that surprising as they are countries that rake in a lot of money in terms of tourism (obviously pre-covid). Then, I will move onto the most visited cities in the U.S. This shouldn’t be a surprise either.
10. United Kingdom had 36 million tourists in 2019. The most popular cities are London, Edinburgh, Birmingham, and Manchester. The most popular attractions include Big Ben, the Tower of London and Stonehenge.
9. Thailand had 38 million tourists in 2019. The most popular attractions include Railay Beach, Koh Phi Phi and The Grand Palace of Bangkok. The big draw are the 1,430 islands that has many visitors each year.
8. Germany had 39 million tourists in 2019. The most popular city is Berlin. The most popular attractions include castles, beer, and food.
7. Mexico had 41 million tourists in 2019. The most popular cities are Cancun, Mexico City, and Playa del Carmen.
6. Turkey had 46 million tourists in 2019. The most popular cities Ankara and Antalya. The most popular attractions include Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace, and Hagia Sofia Museum.
5. Italy had 62 million tourists in 2019. The most popular cities are Rome, Naples and Florence. The most popular attractions include the Leaning Tower of Pisa, the Colosseum, and the Pantheon.
4. China had 63 million tourists in 2019. The big draw of China is its landscapes, history, and food. The most popular attractions include The Great Wall of China, the Forbidden City, and Tiananmen Square.
3. United States had 80 million tourists in 2019. The most popular cities are New York, Las Vegas, and Los Angeles
2. Spain had 83 million tourists in 2019. The big draw of Spain is its warm weather and pristine beaches. The most popular attractions include La Sagrada Familia, Park Güell, and Alhambra.
1. France had 89 million tourists in 2019. The most popular city is Paris. The most popular attractions include the Louvre, the Notre Dame Cathedral, and Disneyland.
10: Chicago had 1.4 million visitors in 2019. The most popular attractions include the Navy Pier, Millenium Park, and the Art Institute of Chicago.
9. Boston had 1.5 million visitors in 2019. The most popular attractions include Fenway Stadium, the Museum of Fine Art, the Freedom Trail walk, the Boston Public Garden, and the Boston Tea Party museum.
8. Washington D.C. had 1.9 million visitors in 2019. The most popular attractions include the Lincoln Memorial, Capitol Hill, the White House, and the Washington Monument.
7. Honolulu had 2.7 million visitors in 2019. The most popular attractions include the beaches, islands, sea life, volcanoes, wildlife, and Pearl Harbor.
6. Las Vegas had 2.9 million visitors in 2019. The most popular attractions include the Las Vegas sign, shows, lights, and nightclubs.
5. San Francisco had 3.3 million visitors in 2019. The most popular attractions include the Golden Gate Bridge. Fisherman’s Wharf, Alcatraz, and cable cars.
4. Orlando had 4.4 million visitors in 2019. The most popular attractions include Walt Disney World, Universal Studios, Epcot, and the Kennedy Space Center.
3. Los Angeles had 4.6 million visitors in 2019. The most popular attractions include Hollywood, Santa Monica Pier, Disneyland, and art museums.
2. Miami had 5.2 million visitors in 2019. The most popular attractions include Miami Beach, Vizcaya Museum and Gardens, Little Havana, the Everglades National Park, and the Miami Zoo.
1. New York City had 10.2 million visitors in 2019. The most popular attractions include the Statue of Liberty, the Empire State Building, Brooklyn Bridge, Central Park, and Broadway.
9/19/2021: Wimbledon Single Player Title Winners
Australian, French, and US Open started in 1905, 1891, and 1881 respectively. The longest running competition is Wimbledon that started in 1877 for men only and 1884 for men and women. The top three countries with the most titles for male players is UK with 37, USA with 33, and Australia with 21. The top three male players to win the most titles of all time is Roger Federer (SUI) with 8, William Renshaw (BRI) with 7, and Pete Sampras (USA) with 7. The top three countries with the most titles for female players is USA with 57, UK with 36, and GER with 9. The top three female players to win the most titles of all time is Martina Navratilova (USA) with 9, Helen Wills Moody (USA) with 8, and Dorothea Lambert Chambers (UK), Steffi Graf (GER), and Serena Williams (USA) each with 7. Lastly, here is the list of Wimbledon tennis champions for men from 1877 to 2021 and women from 1884 to 2021.
9/18/21: THE SEVEN CONTINENTS
When I researched how many countries are in each continent, I grew more tired of compiling a list only a handful would read. Therefore, I said screw it and focused on a few things stats from each continent. I understand each of these continents can be broken down like Eastern and Western Europe, Central and South America, South and East Asia, Middle and Northern Africa, etc. I encourage everyone to look at the world map and learn more about it because no one knows where every country resides unless you’re an expert in geography.
Asia has the largest land size and population. Africa is the second largest for land size and population. Europe is the third largest for population but sixth in land size. North and South America are fourth and fifth for population but third and fourth in land size. Australia is the seventh largest for land size but sixth for population. Antarctica is the fifth largest in land size and last for population for obvious reasons. The consensus seems to be 54 countries in Africa, 48 countries in Asia, 44 countries in Europe, 23 countries in North America, and 12 countries in South America. There is less consensus about Australia/Oceania and again nobody lives in Antarctica for very long.
Asia has around 4.6 billion people living there. This isn’t really a surprise since China and India have many cities with millions of people. Besides China being one of the richest countries, the Middle Eastern are rich in minerals and oil reserves. Due to the billions of people living there, Asia has the largest number of languages spoken. Asia makes up about 60% of the total population.
Africa has around 1.3 billion people living there. The largest cities are in Nigeria, Congo, and Egypt. The Nile river, the longest in the world, is in northern Africa and is around 6,650 kilometers or 4,130 miles. All living humans have common ancestry as the first humans originated from this continent and branched out. Africa makes up about 17% of the total population.
Europe has around 750 million people living there. There is a difference between the rich and poor as the western countries are considered richer than the eastern countries. Some of the smallest countries is in Europe such as San Marino, Liechtenstein, Vatican City, Monaco, and Malta. Europe makes up about 10% of the total population.
North America has around 580 million people living there. English is the language most spoken as a first or second language. The largest cities are New York City, Los Angeles, and Chicago. Christianity is the predominant religion practiced due to the large numbers of Catholics and Protestants. North America makes up about 8% of the total population.
South America has around 430 million people living there. The oldest civilization is in Central America with the Mayans. South America has the largest mountain range, highest waterfalls, and driest place in the world with the Andes, Angel Falls, and Atacama Desert. South America makes up about 5.6% of the total population.
Australia/Oceania has around 43 million people living there. The most notable regions/countries are New Zealand, Vanuatu, Australasia, Polynesia, Micronesia, and Melanesia. The largest cities are Melbourne, Perth, Sydney, and Brisbane. It is the smallest in size of all the continents and also has islands. Australia/Oceania make up about .5% of the total population.
Antarctica has zero people living there permanently because no one would want to live there all the time. It is covered with ice and makes up around 60% of the water for humans to drink. This isn’t surprising since most of the ice is located there. Antarctica makes up 0% of the total population.
The world has around 8.7 billion people. The projections are 9.7 billion by 2050 and 10.8 billion by 2100. I will probably still be alive by 2050 and hopefully in retirement. I give myself the latest of 2070 before I die. While this FYI/MYK puts things in perspective, I really hope it’s not during another pandemic. Then again, history often repeats a version of itself. I’ll leave my future possibilities and lives for another day.
08/30/2021: U.S. BUSIEST AIRPORTS
Many of the busiest 20 top airports are located all over the world. Think tourist cities like Beijing, Tokyo, New York City, Dubai, San Francisco and London. Here are the top 20 busiest airports in the U.S.
|1||Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport|
|2||Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport|
|3||Denver International Airport|
|4||O’Hare International Airport|
|5||Los Angeles International Airport|
|6||Charlotte Douglas International Airport|
|7||McCarran International Airport|
|8||Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport|
|9||Orlando International Airport|
|10||Seattle/Tacoma International Airport|
|11||Miami International Airport|
|12||George Bush Intercontinental Airport|
|13||John F. Kennedy International Airport|
|14||Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport|
|15||San Francisco International Airport|
|16||Newark Liberty International Airport|
|17||Minneapolis–Saint Paul International Airport|
|18||Detroit Metropolitan Airport|
|19||Logan International Airport|
|20||Salt Lake City International Airport|
08/07/2021: SWIMMING AND TRACK/FIELD OLYMPIC RECORDS
There were a few Olympic records set at Tokyo. The two most exciting races to watch when it comes to tight races, for me, is track and field and swimming. It is in these sports where tenths of a second can mean the difference between gold or silver or bronze. The same happens in track and field although with athletes like Usain Bolt, it tends to occur less, although there have been some tight races. This is what I found, so in terms of world records. I am focusing less on individual athletes and more on the year the OR was set and how many records have survived in each year. Some are surprising as no one yet has beat Jackie Joyner Kersee from the U.S. since 1988 in certain track and field events and no one has beat Michael Phelps from the U.S. since 2008 in certain swimming events. The longest record is from 1968 in long jump by Bob Beamon who is 74 years old now. Here is the breakdown of the Olympic years where records were set and remain until the next summer Olympics in Paris in 2024.
Swimming Olympic Records
2020 Tokyo has 17 OR
2016 Rio has 6 OR
2012 London has 2 OR
2008 Beijing has 5 OR
Track and Field Olympic Records
2020 Tokyo has 9 OR
2016 Rio has 6 OR
2012 London has 6 OR
2008 Beijing has 8 OR
2004 Athens has 4 OR
1996 Atlanta has 3 OR
1988 Seoul has 4 OR
1980 Moscow has 3 OR
1968 Mexico City has 1 OR
08/07/2021: TOKYO OLYMPIC GAMES (ALMOST DONE, NO REDO)
I was going to do three blogs to the Tokyo Games. It seems since the closing ceremony is tomorrow that I will only be doing one more blog. I haven’t been watching as much Olympic competitions as I should. After Simone Biles dropped out of the team competition, all-around, and most of the individual competitions in gymnastics, it was a big bummer for me. This was officially the Olympic year for the most unusual circumstances and memorable for many reasons. It seems the events I watched, well the U.S. wasn’t doing so well, but it wasn’t for lack of trying. The U.S. will end with the most medals (not that it be the only thing that matters). There were many firsts, upsets, wins, losses as well as records broken and medals won after many years of absence. I should’ve watched more events so I could report on them. China has the most Gold medals (so far) with 38, U.S. is second with 37, and Japan is third with 27. Accounting for all medals, U.S. has the most with 109, China is second with 87, and ROC is third with 70. Here are some of the major highlights although definitely not all of them.
And there you have it, the Olympics came and went like the rest of 2021. I would love to say 2022 will be better, but that’s what I said about 2021 about 2020. I hope there won’t be as many issues or problems as the winter Olympics in China. I’m sure some countries and viewers will protest by not participating or watching in 2022. One thing the athletes won’t have to deal with is the humidity and high temperatures. Then again, dealing with chilly temperatures isn’t great either. Either way, Japan was robbed in a big way of their opening ceremony and closing as well. They did the best they could and here’s to the future Olympics where COVID will be behind us (I hope) and the world is back to not wearing masks.
07/25/2021: THINGS THAT DIDN’T EXIST 30 YEARS AGO
Here are some things that have become common place in this technological world that did not exist 30 years ago. I bring this up because I sometimes think of animals, professions, and businesses that no longer exist. Dinosaurs are a thing in the way past. I thought Blockbuster would never go out of business. With scientific advancements, body snatchers have no purpose to the medical field. While some use them all the time, others know about them but won’t ever use them. Here they are in no particular order.
1. Netflix original content
2. Online grocery store delivery
3. Tablets to read books and magazines
4. Streaming music and TV shows
7. Invisible braces
9. Online banking
10. 4K TVs
11. Uber and Lyft
13. Gender reveal parties
15. Video calling
07/24/2021: 2021 Tokyo Olympics
I was looking forward to writing all about the Tokyo Olympics after the 2018 Olympics. Then, COVID appeared and never left. This is going to be known as the freak Olympics of the 21st century. The fact it was postponed for a year and the verdict is still up for debate if the Olympics should’ve been postponed for another year due to the Delta strain spreading all over the U.S. and the world. Let’s just say not enough people are vaccinated and all the progress the U.S. has made seems like yesterday. Different cities and counties and countries are becoming hot spots again including Nevada. The Games went on with or without the COVID virus. I don’t know. It wasn’t my decision. I’m not a part of IOC or the Tokyo government.
On that note, I watched the opening ceremony and probably what a third of it should’ve been. It was plagued with lack of spectators, controversy, and athletes getting sick. I read the beds aren’t that comfortable either. This will be the fourth time Japan has hosted the Olympics. This Summer Olympics started on July 23rd and will end on August 8th. Without going into too much depth because I have other blogs to write, I will recap a few facts and highlights, so far. Looking to the future, the 2022 Olympics will be in Beijing, China from February 4 to 20, the 2024 Olympics will be in Paris, France from July 26 to August 11, the 2026 Olympics will be in Milan-Cortina, Italy from February 6 to 22, and the 2028 Olympics will be in Los Angeles, CA, USA from July 21 to August 6.
Some years have one winner and others have more than one. This year of 2021, Zaila Avant-garde, won the competition. She is the first African-American to win this award. She won by spelling the word murraya correctly, which is a flowering plant. She’s all in the Guinness Book of World Records.
|Year||Scripps Spelling Bee Winner(s)|
|1939||Elizabeth Ann Rice|
|1941||Louis Edward Sissman|
|1947||Mattie Lou Pollard|
|1950||Diana Reynard/Colquitt Dean|
|1952||Doris Ann Hall|
|1957||Dana Bennett/Sandra Owen|
|1962||Nettie Crawford/Michael Day|
|1963||Glen Van Slyke III|
|1965||Michael Kerpan Jr.|
|1966||Robert A. Wake|
|1968||Robert L. Walters|
|1974||Julie Ann Junkin|
|1975||Hugh Tosteson García|
|1990||Amy Marie Dimak|
|1994||Ned G. Andrews|
|1995||Justin Tyler Carroll|
|2014||Sriram J. Hathwar/Ansun Sujoe|
|2015||Vanya Shivashankar/Gokul Venkatachalam|
|2016||Jangam Hathwar/Nihar Saireddy Janga|
|2019||Rishik Gandhasri/Erin Howard/Saketh Sundar/ Shruthika Padhy/Sohum Sukhatankar/Abhijay Kodali/Christopher Serrao/Rohan Raja|
6/17/2021: WRITING INTROS (FOR WRITERS)
I plan on incorporating this in one of my stories. I don’t understand the revolution that has taken place with abbreviations. I seriously need a cheat sheet to tell me what these mean. I don’t use twitter nor do I use these acronyms except in occasional LOL, but really am I laughing out loud? The answer is no. So why use it? I should more use LI as in laughing inside. I find most of these acronyms as pure laziness. Just spell out the damn words. Is it so hard? I grew up in a different time. Some of them were so stupid, I refused to include them such as SFW as in safe for work. Huh? Enjoy the list and learn something new. I did.
ADIH – Another day in hell
AFAIK – As far as I know
AFAICT – As far as I can tell
AFAIR – As far as I remember
AFAIC – As far as I’m concerned
ASL – Age, sex, location
AAMOF – As a matter of fact
AYOR – At your own risk
AFK – Away from keyboard
BSAAW – Big smile and a wink
BAE – Before anyone else
BWL – Bursting with laughter
B4N – Bye for now
B@U – Back at you
BUMP – Bring up my post
BBBG – Bye bye be good
BBIAS – Be back in a sec
CSL – Can’t stop laughing
CWOT – Complete waste of time
CS – Career suicide
DWH – During work hours
DAE – Does anyone else?
DM – Direct message
DBMIB – Don’t bother me I’m busy
E123 – Easy as one, two, three
EMBM – Early morning business meeting
FTW – For the win
FTL – For the loss
FWIW – For what it’s worth
FAWC – For anyone who cares
GMTA – Great minds think alike
GAHOY – Get a hold of yourself
GFN – Gone for now
GRAS – Generally recognized as safe
GOI – Get over it
IMO – In my opinion
IMHO –In my humble opinion
IFYP – I feel your pain
ILY – I love you
IDC – I don’t care
IMU – I miss you
ICYMI – In case you missed it
IDC – I don’t care
IIRC – If I remember correctly
IRL – In real life
J4F – Just for fun
JSYK – Just so you know
JIC – Just in case
KPC –Keeping parents clueless
MFW – My face when
MRW – My reaction when
NFS – Not for sale
NTH – Nice to have
NAGI – Not a good idea
NSFW – Not safe for work
NBD – Not big deal
OMW – On my way
OMDB – Over my dead body
OC – Original content
OP – Original poster
OH – Overheard
POV – Point of View
PPL – People
PAW –Parents are watching
PRT – Please retweet
PITR –Parent in the room
PBB – Parent behind back
POMS – Parent over my shoulder
PTB – Please text back
RUOK – Are you OK?
RBTL – Read between the lines
RLRT – Real life retweet
SSDD – Same stuff, different day
SOML – Story of my life
TMB – Tweet me back
TIA – Thanks in advance
TTYL – Talk to you later
TFW – That feeling when
TIME – Tears in my eyes
TNTL – Trying not to laugh
TL – Too long
TIL – Today I learned
TBH – To be honest
W8 – Wait
WTPA – Where the party at?
WYWH – Wish you were here
YNK – You never know
5/20/2021: CELEBRATIONS FROM AROUND THE WORLD
Most of us have heard of St. Patty’s day and Fourth of July but there are other celebrations, festivals, and traditions not so widespread. Here are some of them from the around the world.
Beltane Fire Festival in Scotland celebrates the coming of summer with bonfires, nudity, and paint.
El Colacho Baby Jumping Festival in Spain celebrates Corpus Christi by men dressed as devils jumping over babies to protect them from evil.
Monkey Buffet Festival in Thailand celebrates the monkey by having a feast for them.
Songkran Festival in Thailand celebrates the beginning of a new year where water washes away negativity, bad luck, and sins of the past year.
Takanakuy Festival in Peru celebrates the resolution of conflicts every Christmas by hitting each other.
Yadnya Kasada in East Java celebrates getting rid of disease by dropping their possessions into a volcano.
La Tomatina in Spain celebrates tomatoes by throwing them at each other.
Busojaras Festival in Hungary celebrates the end of winter by dressing up in traditional masks and woolly cloaks while dancing to folk music.
Frozen Dead Guy Days in USA (Colorado) celebrates the frozen corpse of Bredo Morstol with music and coffin races.
Night of The Radishes in Mexico is where amateurs and professionals celebrate radishes by carving huge radishes to win money.
Up Helly Aa in Shetland Islands celebrates the end of the Yule season where locals marching through the streets dressed in Viking costumes with lit torches.
Nyepi Festival in Bali celebrates New Year with silence, no traffic, work, and little electricity.
La Pourcailhade in France celebrates the pig with eating pork, piglet racing, intimation contests.
Underwater Music Festival in USA (Florida) celebrates music where people dressed in nautical costumes mime to music using specially sculpted underwater musical instruments.
International Hair Freezing Contest in Canada (Yukon) celebrate frozen hair where people freeze their hair in unusual shapes.
5/1/2021: THE NEXT IN LINE
Whatever country and government one might be speaking about, there are usually rules about what happens when a country’s leader dies or can’t do his or her duties. This leaves others to take his or her place and contingency plans are in order long before any one incident occurs. I decided to choose three countries with different forms of governments. The first is the U.S. with a semi-democracy. The second is the U.K. with a monarchy. The third is North Korea with an autocracy.
The order of succession has less to do with familial ties and more to do with title in the U.S. After the President comes the Vice President and Speaker of the House. The third in line is the President pro Tempore of the Senate (whoever is the majority in the Senate). The fourth, fifth, sixth in line is the Secretary of State, Treasury, and Defense. The seventh in line is the Attorney General. It continues through the list of the Cabinet members and only applicable to those who were born in the U.S. There have been nine Vice Presidents who took over the role as President due to death or resignation: John Tyler, Millard Fillmore, Andrew Johnson, Chester Arthur, Theodore Roosevelt, Calvin Coolidge, Harry Truman, Lyndon Johnson, and Gerald Ford. Out of these nine, four of them were re-elected: Roosevelt, Coolidge, Truman, and Johnson.
Merrick Garland (seventh in line)
Kamala Harris (first in line)
The order of succession has more do with family order than anything else in the U.K. After the King or Queen dies or abdicates the throne, the next in line is usually next sibling or child. When King Edward VIII left to marry Simpson Wallis, his brother King George VI became the next king. When he died, Queen Elizabeth II was crowned and therefore her children in order of birth became the rightful heirs: Prince Charles, Andrew, Edward, and Anne. When Prince Charles had children, Prince William and Prince Harry jumped in front of Prince Charles’ siblings. The only difference now is Prince William’s daughter Charlotte doesn’t have to be behind Prince Louis. Despite Prince Harry stepping away from royal duties, he is still in line to become king.
Princess Anne and her children
Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex and his children
Prince Andrew, Duke of York and his children
Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and his children
Prince Louis of Cambridge (fifth in line)
Prince Charlotte of Cambridge
Prince George of Cambridge
Prince William, Duke of Cambridge
Prince of Wales Charles (first in line)
The order of succession for North Korea is not as full proof. There is more jockeying for power and the ruthlessness that dominated England way back when is now a common theme in the Kim dynasty. When Kim Il-sung died, his son Kim Jong-il became the leader, and then when he died, his son Kim Jong-un became the leader. What about when Kim Jong-un dies? I’m not even going to predict because when Kim Jong Nam and Jang Song-thaek were killed by its current leader, it is anyone’s guess. Kim Yo-jong (Kim Jong-un’s sister) and Kim Pyong-il (Kim Il-sung’s son) seem to be two most viable people to replace Kim Jong-un. Basically, it’s anyone in the Kim family that will succeed the current leader.
Kim Yo-jong (maybe first in line)
04/18/2021: Top Billboard Single from Each Decade Starting at 1950
1950 single = “Goodnight, Irene” by Gordon Jenkins and The Weavers
1960 single = Theme from “A Summer Place” by Percy Faith
1970 single = “Bridge over Troubled Water” by Simon & Garfunkel
1980 single = “Call Me” by Blondie
1990 single = “Hold On” by Wilson Phillips
2000 single = “Breathe” by Faith Hill
2010 single = “Tik Tok” by Kesha
2020 single = “Blinding Lights” by The Weeknd
1950 single = “Pink Champagne” by Joe Liggins
1960 single = “Kiddio” by Brook Benton
1970 single = “I’ll Be There” by Jackson 5
1980 single = “Let’s Get Serious” by Jermaine Jackson
1990 single = “Hold On” by En Vogue
2000 single = “Let’s Get Married” by Jagged Edge
2010 single = “Un-Thinkable (I’m Ready)” by Alicia Keys
2020 single = “Blinding Lights” by The Weeknd
1950 single = “I’m Movin’ On” by Hank Snow
1960 single = “Please Help Me I’m Falling” by Hank Locklin
1970 single = “Hello Darlin’” by Conway Twitty
1980 single = “My Heart”/”Silent Night (After the Fight)” by Ronnie Milsap
1990 single = “Nobody’s Home” by Clint Black
2000 single = How Do You Like Me Now?! by Toby Keith
2010 single = “Love Like Crazy” by Lee Brice
2020 single = “I Hope” by Gabby Barrett
Before I moved to Nevada, I read that you don’t want to get housing anywhere near the strip for obvious reasons. People like to gamble and when they lose all their money, they like to break into apartments to find more money to spend. Since every major city that has a population of over 500,000 people usually has a seedy part or underbelly, Las Vegas is no different. Clark County which Las Vegas resides has a population of around 2.3 million people. This pales in comparison to Los Angeles County with 9.9 million people. Mind you since moving, Nevada drivers are ten times worse than California drivers.
When I lived in Los Angeles, I frequented the seedy parts of the city. The ones where tourists usually don’t go because they are labeled dangerous for crime and homelessness. Downtown LA, South LA, K-Town, Fashion District, Hollywood, and Central LA and West Adams are a few areas you should visit with someone and preferably in the daylight. There are some areas where it is advised not to go if you don’t look a certain way (advice given to someone I know) by another person on the subway. I heard enough gun shots on the 405 since I lived close to it before moving. Let’s just say I’m used to it. Sad but true.
Now that I live in Nevada, I learned more about the seedy areas of Las Vegas such as Naked City, East Las Vegas, West Las Vegas, Meadows Village, Rancho Charleston, and of course Downtown LV. I live far enough away that the chances of someone entering my apartment is slim but there are homeless people that show up once in a while. A few weeks ago, I heard what sounded like a gun shot. Again, I’m used to it and helicopters flying around trying to find people. I looked up some statistics about the most dangerous cities in the U.S. and the world because Naked City got me thinking. Amazingly, the LV casinos with the highest number of calls to the LV Metro police were located in the middle and south end of the strip. The Strat wasn’t even on the list which is basically the gateway casino to the actual strip, which starts with Sahara.
Top 10 U.S. cities with the highest rates of violent crime in 2019 by the FBI (posted on CBS News)
10. Milwaukee, Wisconsin
The violent crime rate in Milwaukee is 1,332 incidents per 100,000 residents.
9. Albuquerque, New Mexico
The violent crime rate in Albuquerque is 1,352 per 100,000 residents.
8. Stockton, California
The violent crime rate in Stockton is 1,397 per 100,000 residents.
6 (TIE). Cleveland, Ohio
The violent crime rate in Cleveland is 1,517 per 100,000 residents.
6 (TIE). Little Rock, Arkansas
The violent crime rate in Little Rock is 1,517 per 100,000 residents.
5. Springfield, Missouri
The violent crime rate in Springfield is 1,519 per 100,000 residents.
4. Baltimore, Maryland
The violent crime rate in Baltimore is 1,859 per 100,000 people.
3. Memphis, Tennessee
The violent crime rate in Memphis is 1,901 per 100,000 residents.
2. St. Louis, Missouri
St. Louis has a violent crime rate of 1,927 per 100,000 people.
1. Detroit, Michigan
Detroit’s violent crime rate is 1,965 incidents per 100,000 residents.
Top 10 world cities with the highest rates of violent crime in 2019 by World Atlas
10. Ciudad Bolivar, Venezuela
9. Fortaleza, Brazil
8. Natal, Brazil
7. Ciudad Guayana, Venezuela
6. Irapuato, Mexico
5. Ciudad Juárez, Mexico
4. Ciudad Victoria, Mexico
3. Caracas, Venezuela
2. Acapulco, Mexico
1. Tijuana, Mexico
Top 10 Casinos on the Las Vegas strip with the highest number of police calls in 2018 to LV Metro PD (posted on KTNV news)
10. Wynn with 1064 calls
9. Mandalay Bay with 1120 calls
8. Fashion Show Mall with 1125 calls
7. Aria with 1133 calls
6. Venetian with 1309 calls
5. Planet Hollywood with 1312 calls
4. Cosmopolitan with 1567 calls
3. Bellagio with 1646 calls
2. Caesars Palace with 2094 calls
1. MGM Grand with 2492 calls
April 6, 2021: PONZI SCHEMES, PYRAMIDS, MULTI-LEVEL MARKETING, AND FRANCHISES
The one thing I noticed when looking for jobs were the various pyramid schemes and multi-level marketing opportunities. As much as I would love to be my own boss and sell my own products, I’m not the type of person who gets thrilled to sell products based solely on commission. There’s a saying: ” if it looks too good to be true, it probably isn’t.” I’m sure you’ve all heard of the Ponzi scheme. The Ponzi focuses on recruiting new members and involves no products but a return on investments. When all is said and done, hardly anyone profits except the top dog. Pyramid schemes is where people bring in their own people into the network and the profit comes from recruitments. Multi-level marketing is when there is a product to sell to the public. Franchises are those businesses where the franchisee sells the contents of the business and does not own it outright.
Famous Ponzi scheme – Bernie Madoff
Famous Pyramid scheme – Mary Kay Consulting
Famous MLM scheme – Equinox
Famous Franchise scheme – McDonald’s
There are many ways to earn money, legitimately and illegitimately, in this world. With the Internet and social media, pan handling is a thing of the past unless it’s your only option. Anybody and anyone can ask for money online. Pull at the heartstrings of countless people you will never meet. Based on my own life, I could never do that and luckily I don’t have to (knock on wood I will never have to). There is a great need for selfless monetary contributions to the others less fortunate than yourself, but sometimes I see grifters. I guess this is the new standard when it comes to trying to make ends meet. I continue to do it the normal way of having a 40 hour a week job with benefits and not much time off. This is the great capital dream, right? I end this with the mindset that the hardest thing for me is dealing with the unknown and trusting there is a plan for me, that life isn’t all bad, and it will be okay.
March 31, 2021: Largest Lawsuits and Settlements
LARGEST CLASS ACTION LAWSUITS AND SETTLEMENTS SINCE 2020 (SOURCE:ANDY GILLIN)
1. TOBACCO SETTLEMENTS FOR $206 BILLION IN 1998
2. BP GULF OF MEXICO OIL SPILL $20 BILLION IN 2016
3. VOLKSWAGEN EMISSIONS SCANDAL $14.7 BILLION IN 2016
4. ENRON SECURITIES FRAUD $7.2 BILLION IN 2008
5. WORLDCOM ACCOUNTING SCANDAL $6.1 BILLION IN 2005
6. FEN-PHEN DIET DRUGS $3.8 BILLION IN 2000
7. AMERICAN INDIAN TRUST $3.4 BILLION IN 2011
8. SILICONE BREAST IMPLANTS $3.4 BILLION IN 1990S
9. CENDANT ACCOUNTING FRAUD $3.2 BILLION IN 2000
10. TYCO ACCOUNTING SCANDAL $3.2 BILLION IN 2007
LARGEST MEDICAL MALPRACTICE LAWSUITS AND SETTLEMENTS SINCE 2019 (SOURCE: HM TEAM)
1. NEGLIGENCE AND FALSIFIED MEDICAL RECORDS DURING A DELIVERY OF BABY IN
CALIFORNIA $74.5 MILLION
2. INFANT SUFFERED BRAIN DAMAGE DURING DELIVERY OF BABY IN CONNECTICUT
3. ETHICS VIOLATION OF UNNECESSARY PROCEDURES IN FLORIDA $38.5 MILLION
4. OXYGEN DEPRIVATION DURING DELIVERY OF BABY IN FLORIDA $31 MILLION
5. MISDIAGNOSIS OF HEART CONDITION IN VIRGINIA $25 MILLION
6. OXYGEN DEPRIVATION DURING DELIVERY OF BABY IN MINNESOTA $23.2 MILLION
7. BIRTH INJURY DURING DELIVERY OF BABY IN PENNSYLVANIA $20.5 MILLION
8. BREAST CANCER MISDIAGNOSIS IN NEW YORK $15 MILLION
9. BIRTH INJURY DURING DELIVERY OF BABY IN WISCONSIN $11.4 MILLION
10. OBJECTS IN STOMACH DURING AUTOPOSY IN ARIZONA $11 MILLION
LARGEST LEGAL SETTLEMENTS AGAINST POLICE AND PRISON MISCONDUCT SINCE 2016 (SOURCE: HUFFPOST)
1. CENTRAL PARK FIVE IN NEW YORK $41 MILLION (WRONGFULLY ACCUSED)
2. JUSTINE RUSZCYK FAMILY IN MINNESOTA $20 MILLION (FIRED UPON AND DIED
AFTER CALLING 911 FOR HELP)
3. CHRISTINA EILMAN RELEASED WITHOUT ASSISTANCE IN ILLINOIS $10.2 MILLION
(SEXUALLY ASSAULTED AND THROWN OUT WINDOW)
4. ALTON LOGAN IN ILLINOIS $10.2 MILLION (FALSE IMPRISONMENT)
5. ABNER LOUIMA IN NEW YORK $8.75 MILLION (MISTREATMENT IN JAIL)
6. DAVID RANTA IN NEW YORK $6.4 MILLION (FALSE IMPRISONMENT)
7. ERIC GARNER FAMILY IN NEW YORK $5.9 MILLION (DIED DURING ARREST)
8. REKIA BOYD FAMILY IN MASSACHUSETTS $4.5 MILLION (INNOCENT BYSTANDER
FIRED UPON AND DIED)
9. TWO WOMEN WHO WERE FIRED UPON DURING MANHUNT IN
CALIFORNIA $4.2 MILLION (TRUCK HAD 100 BULLETS IN IT)
10. DAVID WOODMAN FAMILY IN MASSACHUSETTS $3 MILLION (DIED IN CUSTODY)
AND GEORGE FLOYD IN MINNESOTA $27 MILLION (DIED DURING ARREST)
March 27, 2021: 10 Random Facts
James K. Polk and Warren G. Harding were both born on the same day of November 2, 1795. (Source: National Constitution Center)
The wombat forms their cube-shaped feces in the lower intestine. (Source: CNN World)
A mash-up of two words to make a new word is called a portmanteau. (Source: Merriam-Webster)
The Flintstones became the first-ever animated show to air during primetime in 1960. (Source: Wikipedia)
Strawberry, grape, and raspberry are the three most popular jams in the U.S. (Source: Statistica)
It takes 570 gallons of white paint to cover the exterior of the residence portion of the White House and occurs every 4-6 years. (Source: White House History)
Dexter Holland of Offspring has a doctorate in Molecular Biology, hot sauce entrepreneur, and licensed aircraft pilot. (Source: vh1)
Witwatersrand Basin in Johannesburg, South Africa and Carlin Trend in Nevada, USA are the two locations with the best gold mining. (Source: CMI)
The youngest popes were Pope Benedict IX at age 11-20 starting in 1032, Pope John XII at age 18 in 937, and Pope John XI at age 20 in 931. The oldest pope was Clement X at age 79 in 16709, and the longest Pope served was Leo XIII for 25 years and elected at age 67. (Source: World Atlas)
The human hand is controlled by muscles of the forearm and hand. The skeleton is the carpus, metacarpus, and phalanges or wrist, palm, and phalanges. (Source: Healthline)
March 24, 2021: What is the Best Book Genre?
I decided to look up what is the most profitable book genres. More women probably gravitate toward romance than men. More men probably gravitate toward cars and motorcycles. I don’t know who in their right mind would want to read a book about bowling or fishing. I consider both boring in most cases although between the two I’d rather bowl than fish even though I’ve done both in the past. So, what is the consensus floating around the Internet? The top five were as follows.
With this information, you are probably asking yourself so why am I writing a book about dogs? That is if you are a writer and you love dogs! The more important question is are you offering more than just facts and details of great breeding like I’m doing with my blog. Add some humor into it. You know that one time your chug (chihuahua and pug) pooped on the carpet that you stepped and walked all over your living room for a minute before realizing what you did. Maybe not the best example but you get my drift.
Here are the most competitive genres to write and sell on Kindle. There’s a pattern here where people like to read a combination of sorts. Few people want to read Moby Dick. I can attest to it. I’m still trying to finish it since 1994.
There’s also different genres regarding hard cover books and e-books. The top genres that sell the most in both are memoirs and biographies, self help, religion and spirituality, health/fitness/dieting, politics and social science, business and money, and cookbooks/food/wine.
The bottom line is write what you know or do adequate research so you know what you’re writing about. There’s nothing more frustrating for the writer and reader if someone comes across as not believable. You can make an unbelievable world believable but it’s hard to make an established world unestablished, if you know what I mean. Sometimes, creativity gets a hold of you and doesn’t let go. This is fine but besides being a blog about random facts and information, it’s also a blog about being true to yourself. I have my own reasons for wanting to writing all of my book ideas. Some are challenges, some are needs, some are wants, and some are creative. Whatever anyone is writing, it should come from somewhere inside and not outside. I revamped my writing goals, yet again, and look forward to what is next because there’s always a next time and one after that.
So what is the best book genre? For me it’s become less of what genre it is and more does it keep me engaged? Yet, I gravitate toward historical fiction, social science, politics, horror, crime, self help, and autobiography.
March 22, 2021: Richest Countries in the World
It’s interesting to look at the richest countries in the world in terms of GDP Nominal (unadjusted for the effects of inflation) and GDP Per Capita (in thousands) in 2020. The countries in the top ten list have little change within the last year. Information for top ten richest countries is from Investopedia.
It will be interesting to see the status of the world 25 years from now, but as of today the breakdown of the global economy is as follows. Information for the breakdown is from The World Bank. It says 168 countries outside the top 25 richest make up less than one fifth of the total global economy. As you can see below, the percentage are staggering.
The countries change radically when you measure GDP at PPP (purchasing power parity) value of goods and services divided by the average population of any country. The numbers are 2020 estimates by International Monetary Fund.
March 17, 2021: Richest Writers in the World Still Alive
France - Elisabeth Badinter
United Kingdom - J.K. Rowling
United States - James Patterson
United States - Stephen King
United States - Nora Roberts
United States - Danielle Steel
United Kingdom - Barbara Taylor Bradford
United Kingdom - Nigel Blackwell
United States - R.L. Stine
United States - John Grisham
United Kingdom - Jeffrey Archer
United States - Dan Brown
Nigeria - David Oyedepo
United States - Dean Koontz
United States - Stephanie Meyer
United Kingdom - Paul McKenna
United Kingdom - Christopher Little
United Kingdom - Jack Higgins
United States - Deepak Chopra
United States - Janet Evanovich
United States - Suzanne Collins
United States - Clive Cussler
United States - Meg Cabot
United Kingdom - E.L. James
United Kingdom - Ken Follett
March 6, 2021: Populations of Sub-Continents and Continents
According to the world population review, Asia accounts for the most of the population at basically 60%. It’s not surprising since China has over a billion plus people living in their country. For its land mass, Africa and Europe coming second and third is not surprising either. North America and South America are fourth and fifth. Australia/Oceania is sixth and Antarctica is seventh with zero. I mean who wants to live in Antarctica besides scientists? The further breakdown of populations is equally interesting. As of today, according to the world population clock, there was a change in population since January 1st of 14,231,100 with 382, 865 births per day and 163,925 deaths per day. This is my More You Know for today.
|Name/Continent||2021 Population||World’s Population|
|Name/Subcontinent and Region||2021 Population||World’s Population|
|South Central Asia||1,933,675,316||24.55%|
|The Middle East||456,104,310||5.79%|
February 28, 2021: Time Magazine Person(s) of the Year
Every year Time magazine puts a person or group of people on the cover. Here is the list so far from when it began in 1927 up to 2020. Most of them are politicians and people who have contributed or influenced the world in positive and negative ways. My guess the cover of 2021 will be the U.S. Capitol insurrectionists but who knows.
1927 Charles Lindbergh
1928 Walter Chrysler
1929 Owen D. Young
1930 Mahatma Gandhi
1931 Pierre Laval
1932 Franklin D. Roosevelt
1933 Hugh S. Johnson
1934 Franklin D. Roosevelt’s
1935 Hailie Selassie
1936 Wallis Simpson
1937 Chiang Kai-shek and Soong Mei-ling
1938 Adolf Hitler
1939 Joseph Stalin
1940 Winston Churchill
1941 Franklin D. Roosevelt
1942 Joseph Stalin
1943 George Marshall
1944 Dwight D. Eisenhower
1945 Harry S. Truman
1946 James F. Byrnes
1947 George Marshall
1948 Harry S. Truman
1949 Winston Churchill
1950 The American fighting-man/U.S. troops in the Korean War
1951 Mohammad Mossadegh
1952 Queen Elizabeth II
1953 Konrad Adenauer
1954 John Foster Dulles
1955 Harlow Curtice
1956 The Hungarian freedom fighter/revoluntionaries
1957 Nikita Khrushchev
1958 Charles de Gaulle
1959 Dwight D. Eisenhower
1960 The U.S. Scientists
1961 John F. Kennedy
1962 Pope John XXIII
1963 Martin Luther King Jr.
1964 Lyndon B. Johnson
1965 William Westmoreland
1966 The Inheritor of Americans aged 25 and under
1967 Lyndon B. Johnson
1968 The Apollo 8 of William Anders, Frank Borman, and Jim Lovell
1969 The Middle Americans/silent majority
1970 Willy Brandt
1971 Richard Nixon
1972 Henry Kissinger
1973 John Sirica
1974 King Faisal
1975 American Women including Billie Jean King, Betty Ford, and others
1976 Jimmy Carter
1977 Amwar Sadat
1978 Deng Xiaoping
1979 Ruhollah Khomeini
1980 Ronald Reagan
1981 Lech Walesa
1982 The Computer/Machine of the Year
1983 Ronald Reagan and Yuri Andropov
1984 Peter Ueberroth
1985 Deng Xiaoping
1986 Corazon Aquino
1987 Mikhail Gorbachev
1988 The Endangered Earth/Planet of the Year
1989 Mikhail Gorbachev
1990 George H.W. Bush
1991 Ted Turner
1992 Bill Clinton
1993 The Peacemakers of Nelson Mandela and others
1994 Pope John Paul II
1995 Newt Gingrich
1996 David Ho
1997 Andrew Grove
1998 Bill Clinton and Ken Starr
1999 Jeff Bezos
2000 George W. Bush
2001 Rudy Giuliani
2002 The Whistleblowers
2003 The American soldier especially during the Iraq War
2004 George W. Bush
2005 The Good Samaritans of Bono, Bill Gates, and Melinda Gates
2006 You/individual content creators of the web
2007 Vladimir Putin
2008 Barack Obama
2009 Ben Bernanke
2010 Mark Zuckerberg
2011 The Protester/global protests
2012 Barack Obama
2013 Pope Francis
2014 Ebola fighters/health care workers
2015 Angela Merkel
2016 Donald Trump
2017 The Silence Breakers
2018 Guardians/journalists including Jamal Khashoggi and others
2019 Greta Thunberg
2020 Joe Biden and Kamala Harris
February 10, 2021: List of Superbowl Winners
I’ve never watched a football game in my life. The same goes for any Super Bowl or commercials. Despite this, I made a list of the Super Bowl winners from 1967 to 2021. The teams that have won the most Super Bowls are the Pittsburgh Steelers and New England Patriots with six each. The Dallas Cowboys, San Francisco 49ers won five each and Green Pay Packers and New York Giants won four each. The next Super Bowl will be at the Los Angeles Stadium in California on February 6, 2022. The sources are ESPN and World Atlas.
|I||Jan. 15, 1967||Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum||Green Bay 35, Kansas City 10|
|II||Jan. 14, 1968||Orange Bowl (Miami)||Green Bay 33, Oakland 14|
|III||Jan. 12, 1969||Orange Bowl (Miami)||New York Jets 16, Baltimore 7|
|IV||Jan. 11, 1970||Tulane Stadium (New Orleans)||Kansas City 23, Minnesota 7|
|V||Jan. 17, 1971||Orange Bowl (Miami)||Baltimore 16, Dallas 13|
|VI||Jan. 16, 1972||Tulane Stadium (New Orleans)||Dallas 24, Miami 3|
|VII||Jan. 14, 1973||Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum||Miami 14, Washington 7|
|VIII||Jan. 13, 1974||Rice Stadium (Houston)||Miami 24, Minnesota 7|
|IX||Jan. 12, 1975||Tulane Stadium (New Orleans)||Pittsburgh 16, Minnesota 6|
|X||Jan. 18, 1976||Orange Bowl (Miami)||Pittsburgh 21, Dallas 17|
|XI||Jan. 9, 1977||Rose Bowl (Pasadena, Calif.)||Oakland 32, Minnesota 14|
|XII||Jan. 15, 1978||Superdome (New Orleans)||Dallas 27, Denver 10|
|XIII||Jan. 21, 1979||Orange Bowl (Miami)||Pittsburgh 35, Dallas 31|
|XIV||Jan. 20, 1980||Rose Bowl (Pasadena, Calif.)||Pittsburgh 31, Los Angeles Rams 19|
|XV||Jan. 25, 1981||Superdome (New Orleans)||Oakland 27, Philadelphia 10|
|XVI||Jan. 24, 1982||Silverdome (Pontiac, Mich.)||San Francisco 26, Cincinnati 21|
|XVII||Jan. 30, 1983||Rose Bowl (Pasadena, Calif.)||Washington 27, Miami 17|
|XVIII||Jan. 22, 1984||Tampa (Fla.) Stadium||Los Angeles Raiders 38, Washington 9|
|XIX||Jan. 20, 1985||Stanford (Calif.) Stadium||San Francisco 38, Miami 16|
|XX||Jan. 26, 1986||Superdome (New Orleans)||Chicago 46, New England 10|
|XXI||Jan. 25, 1987||Rose Bowl (Pasadena, Calif.)||New York Giants 39, Denver 20|
|XXII||Jan. 31, 1988||Jack Murphy Stadium (San Diego)||Washington 42, Denver 10|
|XXIII||Jan. 22, 1989||Joe Robbie Stadium (Miami)||San Francisco 20, Cincinnati 16|
|XXIV||Jan. 28, 1990||Superdome (New Orleans)||San Francisco 55, Denver 10|
|XXV||Jan. 27, 1991||Tampa (Fla.) Stadium||New York Giants 20, Buffalo 19|
|XXVI||Jan. 26, 1992||Metrodome (Minneapolis)||Washington 37, Buffalo 24|
|XXVII||Jan. 31, 1993||Rose Bowl (Pasadena, Calif.)||Dallas 52, Buffalo 17|
|XXVIII||Jan. 30, 1994||Georgia Dome (Atlanta)||Dallas 30, Buffalo 13|
|XXIX||Jan. 29, 1995||Joe Robbie Stadium (Miami)||San Francisco 49, San Diego 26|
|XXX||Jan. 28, 1996||Sun Devil Stadium (Tempe, Ariz.)||Dallas 27, Pittsburgh 17|
|XXXI||Jan. 26, 1997||Superdome (New Orleans)||Green Bay 35, New England 21|
|XXXII||Jan. 25, 1998||Qualcomm Stadium (San Diego)||Denver 31, Green Bay 24|
|XXXIII||Jan. 31, 1999||Pro Player Stadium (Miami)||Denver 34, Atlanta 19|
|XXXIV||Jan. 30, 2000||Georgia Dome (Atlanta)||St. Louis 23, Tennessee 16|
|XXXV||Jan. 28, 2001||Raymond James Stadium (Tampa, Fla.)||Baltimore 34, New York Giants 7|
|XXXVI||Feb. 3, 2002||Superdome (New Orleans)||New England 20, St. Louis 17|
|XXXVII||Jan. 26, 2003||Qualcomm Stadium (San Diego)||Tampa Bay 48, Oakland 21|
|XXXVIII||Feb. 1, 2004||Reliant Stadium (Houston)||New England 32, Carolina 29|
|XXXIX||Feb. 6, 2005||Alltel Stadium (Jacksonville, Fla.)||New England 24, Philadelphia 21|
|XL||Feb. 5, 2006||Ford Field (Detroit)||Pittsburgh 21, Seattle 10|
|XLI||Feb. 4, 2007||Dolphin Stadium (Miami)||Indianapolis 29, Chicago 17|
|XLII||Feb. 3, 2008||University of Phoenix Stadium (Glendale, Ariz.)||New York Giants 17, New England 14|
|XLIII||Feb. 1, 2009||Raymond James Stadium (Tampa, Fla.)||Pittsburgh 27, Arizona 23|
|XLIV||Feb. 7, 2010||Sun Life Stadium (Miami)||New Orleans 31, Indianapolis 17|
|XLV||Feb. 6, 2011||Cowboys Stadium (Arlington, Texas)||Green Bay 31, Pittsburgh 25|
|XLVI||Feb. 5, 2012||Lucas Oil Stadium (Indianapolis)||New York Giants 21, New England 17|
|XLVII||Feb. 3, 2013||Mercedes-Benz Superdome (New Orleans)||Baltimore 34, San Francisco 31|
|XLVIII||Feb. 2, 2014||MetLife Stadium (East Rutherford, N.J.)||Seattle 43, Denver 8|
|XLIX||Feb. 1, 2015||University of Phoenix Stadium (Glendale, Ariz.)||New England 28, Seattle 24|
|50||Feb. 7, 2016||Levi’s Stadium (Santa Clara, Calif.)||Denver 24, Carolina 10|
|LI||Feb. 5, 2017||NRG Stadium (Houston)||New England 34, Atlanta 28|
|LII||Feb. 4, 2018||U.S. Bank Stadium (Minneapolis)||Philadelphia 41, New England 33|
|LIII||Feb. 3, 2019||Mercedes-Benz Stadium (Atlanta)||New England 13, Los Angeles Rams 3|
|LIV||Feb. 2, 2020||Hard Rock Stadium (Miami)||Kansas City 31, San Francisco 20|
|LV||Feb. 7, 2021||Raymond James Stadium (Tampa, Fla.)||Tampa Bay 31, Kansas City 9|
January 26, 2021: List of Presidential Pets
U.S. Presidents came with various pets when they occupied the White House. The most common were various dog and cat breeds. There were other animals roaming the grounds from ponies and horses, different birds such as parrots, parakeets, mockingbirds, macaws, and canaries. There were also grizzly and black bears, goats, rabbits, racoons, and opossums, silkworms, tigers, cows, eagles, turkeys, white mice, alligators, roosters, rams, owls, hyenas, squirrels, donkeys, ducks, hamsters, guinea pigs, hens, garter snakes, sheep, lizards, badger, and rats. Some of the more exotic animals were gifts and often donated to Zoos.
The last president not to have any pets in the WH: Donald Trump
The last president with hypoallergenic dogs in the WH: Barack Obama
The last president to have a cow at the WH: William Taft
The last president to have a horse at the WH: John F. Kennedy
The last president to have a bobcat in the WH: Calvin Coolidge
The last president to have a cat in the WH: George W. Bush until Joe Biden officially
adopts a cat.
Last of all, the list of Presidents and their dogs although not all had dogs.
President Joe Biden
Champ, German Shepard
Major, German Shepard
President Donald Trump
President Barack Obama
Bo, Portuguese water dog
Sunny, also a Portuguese water dog
President George W. Bush,
Miss Beazley, Scottish terrier
Spot, English springer spaniel,
Barney, Scottish terrier
Buddy, Labrador retriever
President George H.W. Bush
Millie, English springer spaniel
Ranger, one of Millie’s puppies
President Ronald Reagan
Lucky, Bouvier des Flandres
Rex, Cavalier King Charles spaniel
Victory, golden retriever
Peggy, Irish setter
Taca, Siberian husky
Fuzzy, Belgian sheepdog
President Jimmy Carter
Grits, border collie
Lewis Brown, Afghan hound
President Gerald Ford
Liberty, golden retriever
Misty, one of Liberty’s puppies
President Richard Nixon
Checkers, Nixon’s dog while vice president
King Timahoe, Irish setter
President Lyndon B. Johnson
Him and Her, beagles
Edgar and Freckles, beagles
President John F. Kennedy
Pushinka, mixed-breed dog (gift from Soviet Premier Nikita Khruschev)
Shannon, cocker spaniel
Wolf, Irish wolfhound
Clipper, German shepherd
Butterfly, White Tips, Blackie, Streaker (Pushinka and Charlie’s puppies)
President Dwight D. Eisenhower
President Harry S. Truman
Feller, the unwanted dog, cocker spaniel
Mike, Margaret Truman’s Irish setter
President Franklin Delano Roosevelt
Major, German shepherd
Meggie, Scottish terrier
Winks, Llewellyn setter
Tiny, Old English sheepdog
President, Great Dane
President Herbert Hoover
Big Ben, fox terrier
Sonny, fox terrier
Glen, Scottish collie
Yukon, Siberian husky
Eaglehurst Gillette, setter
President Calvin Coolidge
Prudence Prim, female white collie
Rob Roy, male white collie
Peter Pan, terrier
Paul Pry, an Airedale terrier
Calamity Jane, Shetland sheepdog
Tiny Tim, chow
Blackberry, also a chow
Ruby Rouch, brown collie
Boston Beans, bulldog
King Cole, Belgian shepherd
Palo Alto, bird dog
President Warren Harding
Laddie Boy, Airedale terrier
Old Boy, English bulldog
President Woodrow Wilson
Davie, Airedale terrier
Mountain Boy, greyhound
Bruce, bull terrier
President William Taft
Rollo, Saint Bernard
Sailor Boy, Chesapeake Bay retriever
Manchu, Alice Roosevelt’s Pekingese
President William McKinley
He had pets but no dogs.
President Benjamin Harrison
Dogs including Dash, a collie
President Grover Cleveland
French poodle, Hector
President Chester A. Arthur
He had pets but no dogs.
President James Garfield
A Newfoundland dog named Veto
President Rutherford B. Hayes
Hector, Newfoundland dog
Duke, possibly an English mastiff
Otis, miniature schnauzer
Dot, cocker spaniel
Juno and Shep, two hunting dogs
President Ulysses S. Grant
Faithful, Jesse Grant’s Newfoundland dog
President Andrew Johnson
President Abraham Lincoln
Family’s beloved dog, Fido (who stayed home in Springfield, Ill.)
Jip, Lincoln’s dog
President James Buchanan
Lara, a Newfoundland
President Franklin Pierce
Seven small dogs
President Millard Fillmore
He had pets but no dogs.
President Zachary Taylor
He had pets but no dogs.
President James K. Polk
President John Tyler
A pair of wolfhounds that President Tyler imported for his wife, Julia
Le Beau, an Italian greyhound
President William Henry Harrison
He had pets but no dogs.
President Martin Van Buren
He was given cubs as a gift but gave to a zoo.
President Andrew Jackson
He had pets but no dogs.
President John Quincy Adams
He had pets but no dogs.
President James Monroe
Spaniel belonging to Maria Monroe
President James Madison
He had pets but no dogs.
President Thomas Jefferson
He had pets but no dogs.
President John Adams
Juno and Satan, Abigail Adams’ two mixed-breed dogs
President George Washington
Drunkard, Mopsey, Taster, Cloe, Tipsy, Tipler, Forester, Captain, Lady Rover, Vulcan,
Sweet Lips, and Searcher, all hounds
Five French hounds
(Source: Presidential Pet Museum)
January 12, 2021: Presidential Inauguration Facts
In tradition, I tend to post information that is relevant to what is occurring in the world. The Presidential inauguration will occur next week in the U.S. What are some of the past inauguration facts? Here they are and sources are from Politifact, Wikipedia, and Britannia.
January 5, 2021: Top 100 U.S. Cities Keeping NY Resolutions
|2||Salt Lake City, UT|
|5||San Diego, CA|
|6||Overland Park, KS|
|7||San Francisco, CA|
|10||San Jose, CA|
|13||Huntington Beach, CA|
|16||Virginia Beach, VA|
|29||Colorado Springs, CO|
|36||Sioux Falls, SD|
|37||St. Petersburg, FL|
|38||South Burlington, VT|
|39||Fort Lauderdale, FL|
|43||Grand Rapids, MI|
|46||Las Vegas, NV|
|52||Los Angeles, CA|
|54||Pembroke Pines, FL|
|56||West Valley City, UT|
|57||Cape Coral, FL|
|61||Fort Worth, TX|
|62||Rancho Cucamonga, CA|
|63||Pearl City, HI|
|64||Cedar Rapids, IA|
|71||San Antonio, TX|
|73||Chula Vista, CA|
|76||Santa Rosa, CA|
|77||Rapid City, SD|
|78||Kansas City, MO|
|79||Des Moines, IA|
|81||Santa Clarita, CA|
|83||St. Paul, MN|
|84||Oklahoma City, OK|
|89||El Paso, TX|
|94||St. Louis, MO|
|96||New York, NY|
|98||Garden Grove, CA|