Water Cooler 6/4/2016 - Open Thread - RIP Ali, 1963 and Trump vs. The Asteroid

 

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“He who is not courageous enough to take risks, will accomplish nothing in life.”  – Muhammad Ali

 RIP Muhammad Ali

Personal Note: As a kid, I remember my family gathering around our only television to watch Muhammad Ali box…Someone. We didn’t have cable, so an Ali fight was big entertainment. He was the “float like a butterfly, sting like a bee” guy who always won. Why a little white girly girl from rural America would be enthralled watching a grown man pummel another is quite the conundrum.

In my mind, he had courage to emulate, fierce stick-to-itiveness, as well as possessed relentless fortitude and passionately principled. I didn’t understand his controversies. To me, he was “The Greatest” just like he said he was.

From Twitterdom:

“A part of me slipped away, the greatest piece.” ~ George Foreman

“God came for his champion. So long great one.”  ~ Mike Tyson

“No other fighter has inspired me more than Muhammad Ali.” ~ Gabriel Rosado


On This Day in 1963

On June 4th, 1963, six year old Robert Patch is granted a patent, making him the youngest patent holder in US history.  Obviously unchallenged by plain jane Tonkas, Patch threw together a few household odds and ends (e.g., shoeboxes, bottle caps)  and designed a toy with multiple possibilities. First assembled, it’s a van; reassembled it’s a truck. Unfortunately, little Robert’s patent-attorney dad didn’t see the vision in his child’s invention.

Although no multi-millions for the Patches, the wee little one did attract attention and subsequently garnered free advertising for Keds for Robert’s use of their trademarked shoebox. To repay the boy for their gain, he received via post a brand new pair of Keds. Wow.

P.S. The Census Bureau reports that, of the 326,000 US patents awarded in 2015, 52% went to foreign recipients.  Darn foreigners!


Asteroid Alert!

An Asteroid exploded Thursday over Arizona causing an earth-shaking sonic boom and a sky brighter than 10 full moons (dashcam video here, another video here).

Intrinsically, an asteroid is space rubbish; undigested left-overs from our solar system’s dinner plate; a nuisance rock that threatens earth’s very existence. It is an asteroid many scientists fault for the obliteration of previous earth walkers.

By some cosmic anomaly that disrupts its usual gravitational pull, an asteroid is booted from its rightful situation between Mars and Jupiter propelling it into other space bodies to then invade earth’s atmosphere as a meteor. If it’s not otherwise diverted, the dense minor planet could collide with America.

No time to alert the media! In fact, NASA’s cameras were virtually ineffective skygazers as a result of the meteor’s light intensity; therefore, they’ve had to rely heavily on amateur dash-cams and parking lot security cameras for coverage of the big show.

Speaking of cosmic rubbish and an ineffective media, the Arizona near-miss is not dissimilar from Trump’s fateful meteoric rise. He’s a rogue minor planet that has come-a-calling, but instead of deflecting the orange fireball and defending earth from his intrusion, Republican leaders have embraced it and let it invade America.

While NASA organizes an Asteroid Redirect MissionRepublican leaders continue this week to coalesce around the dense rock. Like all Meteors, they flame out, fall to earth where the innocent gawker and expert alike are in danger of a bonk on the head.

Come on America, Divert! Divert!

 

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