Monday, December 9, 2019

3 Mondays until Christmas!

January 7 - Amazon passes Microsoft as the world's most valuable listed company.

January 14 – For the first time, an American's chance of dying from an accidental opioid overdose is higher than in a car accident.

January 24 - 17 temperature records broken in South Australia including capital Adelaide at 46.6c.

January 29 - US Postal Service suspends deliveries to ten states because of severe polar vortex.

February 12 - US national debt exceeds 22 trillion for the first time.

March 14 - California drought officially ends after more than 7 years.

March 20 – According to the World Happiness Report, Finland is the world's happiest country and South Sudan is world's least happy.

March 24 - Mike Trout [2-time American League MVP] signs the biggest contract in North American sports history - $426.5 million, 12-year extension with the Los Angeles Angels. 
April 1 - US online sales exceed retail sales for the first time.

April 10 - First ever photo of a black hole.

April 15 - Paris cathedral Notre Dame catches fire. 
April 25 - Microsoft joins Apple and Amazon with a market worth of 1 trillion.

October 9 - Pacific Gas and Electric cuts power to 1 million people in northern California to try to avoid wildfires amid high winds.

October 29 - Pacific Gas and Electric cuts power to 1.5 million people in California to try to avoid sparking more wildfires.

October 30 - Washington Nationals beat Houston Astros 6-2 in Game 7 to win first World Series in franchise history.

October 31 - US House of Representatives votes to formalize impeachment proceedings against Present Donald Trump

November 11 - More than 120 bush fires cause Australia to declare state of emergency in two states with a catastrophic threat issued for Sydney region.

November 11 - Transit of Mercury across the sun, closer than any other transit this century.

November 11 – Polar vortex brings record low temperatures for November to the US Midwest.

November 20 - Oxford Dictionaries word of the year is "climate emergency".

November 23 - Sumatran rhino officially declared extinct.

Monday, December 2, 2019

4 Mondays until Christmas!

Let's look at the most popular names from 2019:

Most popular baby boy names, as per the US Social Security Administration

1 Liam
2 Noah
3 William
4 James
5 Oliver
6 Benjamin
7 Elijah
8 Lucas
9 Mason
10 Logan

 Most popular baby girl names, as per the US Social Security Administration
1 Emma
2 Olivia
3 Ava
4 Isabella
5 Sophia
6 Charlotte
7 Mia
8 Amelia
9 Harper
10 Evelyn

Most popular dog names, as per Mental Floss 
1 Luna
2 Bella
3 Charlie
4 Bailey
5 Lucy
6 Cooper

7 Max
8 Daisy
9 Bear
10 Oliver

Most popular cat names, as per Mental Floss 

1 Luna
2 Bella
3 Kitty
4 Oliver
5 Lucy
6 Charlie
7 Shadow
8 Max
9 Leo
10 Milo

Monday, November 25, 2019

5 Mondays until Christmas!

Here are some interesting facts from 2019:

Wealthiest country:

Poorest country:
Wealthiest person:
Jeff Bezos [Amazon]
Wealthiest author:
JK Rowling [Harry Potter]
Wealthiest celebrity:

Oprah Winfrey
Most dangerous job:
Highest paid job:

Highest paid job without a degree:

Nuclear reactor operator
Most trusted job:
Least trusted job:
Member of Congress

Monday, November 18, 2019

6 Mondays until Christmas!

Between now and Christmas, we're looking at some Top 10 lists, personalized by me.

Today - My top 10 14 celebrity deaths in 2019, in alphabetical order.

Grumpy Cat – age 7
Real name – Tardar Sauce
Actual cat behind internet meme

Tim Conway – age 85
Hysterically funny comedian
Loved him on the Carol Burnett Show

Darryl Dragon – age 76
“Captain” from Captain and Tennille

Valerie Harper – age 80
Actress played Rhoda on the
Mary Tyler Moore Show

David Hedison – age 92
Actor – The Fly
Two James Bond movies
Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea

Lee Iacocca – age 94
President of Ford Motor Company
CEO of Chrysler Corporation

Arte Johnson – age 90
Comedian – Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In
Peter Mayhew – age 74
Actor who played Chewbacca
in original Star Wars trilogy

Toni Morrison – age 88
Awesome author
Pulitzer Prize for Beloved
Presidential Medal of Freedom

Denise Nickerson – age 62
Actress – played Violet Beauregarde in
Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory

Ric Ocasek – age 75
Lead singer of The Cars
One of my favorite bands from high school

John Paul Stevens – age 99
Associate Justice of the
United States Supreme Court

Peter Tork – age 77
Played bass and keyboards for
The Monkees
Rip Torn – age 88
I loved him in Men in Black!

Monday, November 11, 2019

7 Mondays until Christmas!

Between now and Christmas, we're looking at some Top 10 lists, personalized by me.

Last week we looked at top 10 12 best places to retire.

Today let's take a poll.  Here are 10 locations.  Where would you rather live, either now or in retirement?  Tell us in the comments!

#1 - Ski Cabin
#2 - Farm
#3 - Scottish Castle
#4 - NYC / Big City Apartment
#5 - Mountain Cabin
#6 - Country Cottage
#7 - Beach House
#8 - Desert House
#9 - Redwood Forest Cabin

#10 - Retirement Home / Assisted Living
I'd pick #9, the redwood forest.  Best place in the world!  Next would be #5 mountain cabin and #6 country cottage.  What about you?

Monday, November 4, 2019

8 Mondays until Christmas!

Between now and Christmas, we're looking at some Top 10 lists, personalized by me.

Today let's look at:  Top 10 12 best places to retire.

I compiled this selection from several lists.


Fort Myers, Sarasota, Port St. Lucie, Jacksonville, Lakeland, Daytona Beach, Naples

Lancaster, Pittsburgh

North Carolina

Asheville, Winston-Salem,




Grand Rapids


Dallas-Forth Worth, Austin, San Antonio, El Paso, McAllen



Costa Rica

If you live in any of these places, please give us your opinion!  Do you like living there?  Why or why not?