Top 10 Selling Singles of All Time (Physical or Digital)
“Spotlight” by Xiao Zhan (2020), 51.8 million
“White Christmas” by Bing Crosby (1942), 50 million
“Shape of You” by Ed Sheeran (2017), 41.5 million
“Despacito” by Luis Fonsi featuring Daddy Yankee (2017), 36.1 million
“Candle in the Wind 1997″ by Elton John (1997), 33 million
“Work” by Rihanna featuring Drake (2016), 32.5 million
“Rock Around the Clock” by Bill Haley & His Comets (1954), 25 million
“Something Just Like This” by The Chainsmokers and Coldplay (2017), 21.5 million
“Perfect” by Ed Sheeran (2017), 21.4 million
“See You Again” by Wiz Khalifa featuring Charlie Puth (2015), 20.9 million
I listened to all 10 just to get the feel of this. I had never heard Ed Sheeran (turns out he’s plagiarized TLC and Marvin Gaye, among others) before this, and I can guarantee I never will again... and can anyone make a decent beat anymore? We need you, Dr. Dre.
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Common Name Meanings and Origins
Below is the meaning, with place and date of earliest known use, of (some) common names, both given and family names, in alphabetical order:
Aaron: “Mountain of Strength” (Ancient Israel)
Alan: “Deer” (Brittany, France, 11th century AD)
Amanda: “Lovable” (Warwickshire, England, 1212)
Anderson: “Son of Andrew” (See “Andrew”)
Andrew: “Masculine” (Ancient Greece)
Ann/Anna/Anne/Annie: “Grace” (from “Hannah”, Ancient Israel)
Barbara: “Foreign” (Ancient Greece)
Bates: Pet form of “Bartholomew”, which means “rich in lands”, (1279, Cambridgeshire, England)
Bradley: “Broad meadow” (Lincolnshire, England, 1170)
Britney/Brittany: “Brittany (region of France)”, from Brittany, date of origin unknown, but first recorded in the USA in 1906
Charles: “Free man” (Germanic tribes in antiquity)
Christopher: “Christ-bearer” (Ancient Greece)
David: “Beloved” (Ancient Israel)
Elizabeth: “My God is an oath” (Ancient Israel)
Emma: “Universal” (Medieval Germany)
Fraser/Frasier/Frazer/Frazier: “Strawberry”, (Peeblesshire, Scotland, c. 1160)
Jackson: “Son of Jack” (See “John”), (Cambridgeshire, England, 1273)
James: “One who follows” (Ancient Israel)
Jennifer: “Fair one”, Cornish form of “Guinevere”, (18th century Cornwall)
John (often nicknamed “Jack”): “God has been gracious”, (Ancient Israel)
Johnson: ”Son of John”, (See “John”)
Jones: Derived from “John” (See “John), first recorded in Cambridgeshire, England in 1273
Mark: “Warrior” (Ancient Rome)
Mary: “Beloved” (Ancient Egypt)
Matthew: “Gift of God” (Ancient Israel)
Michael: “Who is like God?” (Ancient Israel)
Muhammad: “Thanked” (Ancient Arabia)
Nguyen: “First” (Vietnam, 317 AD)
Nicholas/Nicole: “Victory of the people”, (Ancient Greece)
Paul: “Humble”, (Ancient Rome)
Peter: “Rock” (Ancient Greece)
Robert: “Bright with glory” (Medieval Germany)
Smith: “To smite” (Durham, England, c. 975)
Thomas: “Twin” (Ancient Israel)
William: “Vehement protector” (Early Middle Ages, Germanic tribes)
Dark Celebrity Dreams
Last night I dreamt that an evil old man, who was also a vampire, tied me up and forced me to watch him “do away with” Miley Cyrus in the year 2012... even though she’s alive now (dream logic).
Then it turned out he had also killed a hobo, then stolen the handkerchief of a good elderly man and put it in the hobo’s pocket (to frame the good man).
I broke loose from the ropes and captured the evil man in a sleeper hold, threatening not to let go unless he admitted he had framed the other guy, which he did.
I woke up, then went back to sleep, dreaming that the “final girl” in Friday the 13th Part 2 (1981) was MMA fighter, judoka and pro wrestler Ronda Rousey, and she rendered Jason Voorhees unconscious with a triangle choke.
These were actually better than my usual dreams, because at least these had happy endings!
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Alcohol consumption actually increased during Prohibition, so it was remarkably unsuccessful... except from the standpoint of Italian, Irish and Jewish gangsters (I’m Irish), who made a lot of money by selling alcohol.
Also interesting is how words change meaning. In the 1910′s, the people pushing for prohibition were called “progressives”... back then, a “progressive” was a moral reformer, akin to the social conservatives of the 1980′s. They wanted to get rid of anything conservative Protestant denominations considered a vice.
What doomed their attempt to mandate teetotalism was large-scale Catholic immigration, starting in the 1840′s and 1850′s (Irish escaping famine and German, Austrian and Hungarian “Forty-Eighters”, many Catholic), then Italian immigrants in the 1890′s.
The Catholic faith (and I should know because I’m in it) has many strict rules, but none against alcohol consumption in and of itself. As a result, Catholics, as well as a rising tide of Darwinian secularists, did not consider Prohibition to be morally binding.
Had Prohibition been attempted a century earlier, when the nation was overwhelmingly Protestant (and pre-Darwin and Darrow), it might have succeeded.
Also, Democrats, relying heavily on urban, Catholic voters, were far less keen on Prohibition than Republicans.
1920′s Federal agents breaking open barrels during Prohibition. Culver Pictures, Liveauctioneers.
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