The View From The Golden Dome

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Les Berman Weekly 4-13 Olympics. Doping. Spelling Bee. Easy Math. And Factoids.

SO… there’s a lot that has happened in the last week. Did you know that the Summer Olympics are coming up in a couple of years – 2016? If you care. But for the record, they are being held in Brazil, and if it’s anything like Carnaval, it’s going to be quite the event. However, the Olympic Committee, in their great wisdom, eliminates sports from time to time, and substitutes them with others.

The sports headed for the scrap heap, in the 2020 Games, currently are baseball and softball, and wrestling. Baseball is likely being eliminated because too few countries play the game and the US always wins (I think). Wrestling is being eliminated, I think, because the eastern bloc countries frequently won the golds, and were caught up in a huge doping situation in the last two Olympics. My question, especially as it relates to wrestling, is why eliminate a sport that was around in the original Olympics and definitely since the beginning of the modern games in 1896.


It is easy to keep wrestling in the games – just penalize the countries that were doping in the last two Olympics, and restrict their participation in that sport for the next Games. But wrestling is now considered a fringe sport. And it must compete with other contenders for space in the 28 sports. And here they  are – the contendas (pronounce it with a Brooklyn accent) – it must compete with seven other contenders — baseball and softball, squash, karate, wakeboarding, sport climbing, roller sports and the martial art of wushu.


Now I don’t know much about wakeboarding. I wonder if it’s a relative of waterboarding? If so, it will be very popular (but is the winner also the loser?). Then there is sport climbing – give me a break. Roller sports – that could be fun. A sophisticated roller derby perhaps. And then there is wushu. Is that served with broccoli and ginger sauce? I don’t know – never heard of it.


I would like to propose a couple of other options. Some of these might be unique to North America, but perhaps not. How about remote control channel changing? The first set would be with batteries. The second set would be without batteries and without assistance from the family. And the contestants would all be positioned in a well worn sagging Archie Bunker type chair.


I think two other games to consider would be tiddlywinks, and pickup sticks. The cheating scandalwould be with secretly weighted tokens in each game. And extra couple of grams could make the difference ! Bottom line is that the Olympic Committee, in my opinion, will do whatever is more beneficial for their own, how should I say this, hmmm.. bank accounts !


In other stunning news, the Scripps National Spelling Bee contest has brought in a change to their format. I looked up some of the winning words from the past, and decided that a couple of the easiest words since the contest began were knack (1932), therapy (1940), and initials (1941). Of course, at the other end of the spectrum are words like eudaemonic (1960), esquamulose (1962), staphylococci (1987), chiaroscurist (1998), autochthonous (2004), appoggiatura (2005), cymotrichous (2011) and guetapens (2012). ( I hope I typed those correctly.)


I can’t even pronounce the post 1960 words and for sure, I don’t know what they mean. Now, the kids are being tested on vocabulary too. C’mon, did we ever care what words meant when we used them. If it turned out that the word we used was a “bad” word, our parents definitely made sure we knew about it. Shock ! Awe! Warnings and then spankings.  Of course, then we would say it quietly on the school ground. Our friends would ask what the word meant, and we would say that we didn’t know, but we got whupped for using it. And it became a stealth word ! So how are these kids supposed to put these words in their vocabulary. They are eighth graders  – or younger. Hmmm.. they are going to walk around and say something like – yesterday, the esquamulose crept up behind the autochthonus and beat it on the head with a guetapens. And they will win the contest. Please Scripps, eliminate the vocabulary section and do your part to keep the country dumb !

Here’s something I just read about – and you likely didn’t know this either. Aren’t I a wonderful font of information today?


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Have a better week !



Berman’s Factoids of the Week:

The only difference between a rut and a grave is the depth.

Have you noticed since everyone has a cell phone these days. No one talks about seeing UFOs like they used to?

Whenever I feel blue, I start breathing again.

Health nuts are going to feel stupid someday, lying in hospitals dying of nothing.



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April 14, 2013 - Posted by | fun, general interest, real estate, sports | , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

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