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BBHQ Newsletter Archive: 03/19/12

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March 19, 2012

Links here are good only for the week of March 19. After that... is anybody's guess.

 
Sweet Sixteen
 
For some reason, "Sweet Sixteen" and college basketball just do not seem to go together. But, maybe that's just us.

Nonetheless, that's where they are.

Meanwhile, March is preparing early to go out like a lamb. If this is global warming... bring it on!

Newsletter Table of Contents

• Old Business
• Monday Upper: Devil Went Down to Ga.
• BBHQ Quick-Links
• Insta-Quote
• This Week's Essay
• Trivia Teaser
• The BBHQ Essay Collection
• BBHQ Joke of the Week
• Brush Up Your Webster

(Yep; each is a clickable link)

Old Business
 
In January, Hershel wrote about "Things to Come." On his list was the coming scarcity of printed books. Last week, the publishers of Encyclopedia Britannica announced that they have ceased the print edition of the famous encyclopedia. Soon, Britannica will exist only on the Internet. When the current stock runs out, they start saving trees.

At 1,400 bucks a set, we are amazed that it has lasted this long. But Hershel pointed the way earlier this year. You can read his stories about "Things to Come" here.

Last week's Trivia Teaser:

1. First, our current events question: Last week the Obama Administration awarded appliance-maker Philips $10 million for devising an affordable alternative to today's 60-watt incandescent bulb. The standard bulb sells today for about $1. The new, Philips alternative sells for how much?
Hint: "The Department of Energy (DOE) created its so-called L-Prize to encourage manufacturers to come up with energy-efficient LED (light-emitting diode) alternatives to incandescent bulbs. To be deemed the winner, a bulb had to be affordable."
So, according to the DOE, just what is "affordable"?

30 cents
50 cents
$1
$5
$50
$200

$50 is affordable.... Ten million bucks says so.

2. We seldom borrow from any source for our trivia. But last week, the "O'Reilly Factor" had a great question on Bill's "Great American News Quiz." We enhanced the question slightly.
Richard Nixon announced his resignation from politics to the press ("You don't have Nixon to kick around any more.") after losing what election?

A. 1948 House seat
B. 1950 Senate seat
C. 1960 presidency
D. 1962 gubernatorial race
E. 1968 presidency
F. 1972 presidency
G. 1974 Miss American pageant

Take heart: both quiz kids got it wrong:

3. In our lead story... "it's not nice to fool mother nature." Where have we heard that before? Oh yeah, a TV commercial... for what product?
      Chiffon

Three more coming up, below.

BBHQ Quick-Links
 
BBHQ Web Site
Quick-Links

BBHQ Home Page
BBHQ Member Services
This Week's Essay
Things to Come
We're on a Mission of Love
Contraception Misdirection

(Yep; each is a clickable link)

BBHQ Shorts:
Quick Takes on Items in the News:
 
        

03/12: Dissing Tebow
02/21: The most glaring double standard in American life
02/09: ObamaCare - Oh, NOW you tell me!

Glance at the BBHQ Shorts here.

A BBHQ Insta-Quote
 
Here is some food for thought:

People everywhere confuse what they read in newspapers with news.

-- A. J. Liebling

Now, more than ever before.

Monday Morning Upper

The BBHQ "Monday Morning Upper" is now a regular feature of our newsletter. But there's a twist. In most cases it will be available ONLY on Monday. (After all, it's a Monday upper, not a mid-week upper.)

You don't have to be a fan of country music to love Charlie Daniel's "Devil Went Down to Georgia." Somebody worked up a very creative and cute, animated video based on the song. We hope it will bring a smile to your face on Monday.

Click the graphic for your Monday Morning Upper:

This Week with the Chicowitz

This week Hershel explains the coming scarcity of another wonderful summer event:

Rather than attempting to swallow the expense, the Barclays have decided to close all of their swimming pools and hot tubs. If their guests are looking to cool off, they'll just have to turn down the thermostat in their room and remember the good old days. The swimming pool goes the way of the washboard, though for an entirely different reason.

You can read the entire essay here.

The BBHQ Trivia Teaser
 
Here are three questions from the BBHQ Trivia Cloud:

1. First, our current events question: Actor George Clooney attended a White House dinner. But the next day, he was arrested. Social activist Clooney was protesting the food crisis in front of what foreign embassy?

Russia
China
Israel
Sudan
Syria
Egypt

2. "Sweet Sixteen".... reminds us of that cute song from 1961, "Happy Birthday, Sweet 16." Who had a hit with that song (first and last name)?

3. From our Lyrics You Know You Know collection, finish the last line:
      "It's a pretty good crowd for a Saturday
      And the manager gives me a smile
      'Cause he knows that it's me, they've been coming to see
      To forget about ."

There are no prizes here... it's all just for fun.

If the submit button does not work for you, you can take the quiz online here.

Members can play all of our trivia games in The BBHQ Trivia Library.

The next BBHQ Trivia Contest cranks up Monday, April 2, at 6 p.m., eastern.

Rebuilding the BBHQ Essay Collection
 
We have hundreds of original essays written by our Boomer-in-Charge, Hershel Chicowitz. We are busy adding multi-media content to these essays and cleaning them up to make use of current Internet capabilities. It's going to take a while to convert them all. As we progress, we'll feature some of ones we have upgraded.

This week we feature another story in our "Teach, Preach, and Nag" series.

Of Values and Legacies

Miss Siley, my wise, old, former high school Spanish teacher lectured me that people's moral values are set by the time they reach age 13. What you have then, you will live with for the rest of your life.

It will take a quarter of a century to cleanse the ugly stain that bled throughout our society in the last decade.

Click here to read this story.

If you are not already a member, please consider joining us. Membership at BBHQ provides you with access to lyrics to 750 boomer-era songs, a BBHQ Time Capsule Report, access to hundreds of boomer stories... and lots more. Come on... it's 9 bucks a year.

 

The BBHQ Joke of the Week
 
We call this one "On Being 63"

After being retired for a couple of years and completing all the jobs my wife had lined up for me, I began to feel somewhat useless and decided to enroll in a couple of courses at the local adult-education school. I noted, upon registration, that there was no tuition fee for a person over 60.

As I handed my tediously-filled-out papers to the clerk, I announced, "I'm 63." Then, pulling out my wallet, I asked if she wanted to see my driver's license.

She replied, "No, that's OK."

A little surprised, I asked, "Oh, do I look honest?"

"No," she answered. "You look 63."

Ouch!

Brush Up Your Webster - featuring Madam Red Dot

Newsletter subscriber Sandy noted that many people pump or comment on a humorous story by saying it is "too funny."

Too funny for what?

That's another phrase that belongs in the vocabulary cemetery.

As I have said before, words are inexpensive. But they are cheap only when you treat them as such.

So... brush up your Webster!


Have a great week. We'll share the fun again next Monday.

- the Boomer Crew at BBHQ

 



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