_MG_8678There are some places in life that are more dangerous than others. For example, you don’t want to get between a rock and a hard place or between a man and his remote control or a woman and her chocolate!  Why? Because it’s just flat out dangerous! It would be like being at the front of the line on the morning after Thanksgiving at 1 a.m. when everyone bursts into the electronics store in order to get the latest iPhone. You could get killed in the stampede!

There are things here in Georgia that you’d be well advised to avoid, too. Don’t get between a Georgia red-neck and his brew, or his fishing pole or his hunting rifle. And, don’t get between a Georgia person (man or woman) and their Georgia State Bulldogs.

It almost doesn’t matter what store you go into, you can find something about a Georgia sports team virtually everywhere. College, pro, even high school…it’s everywhere. People are rabid about their sports teams here!!!

I found this little fellow in, of all places, the wine tasting/gift shop in Dahlonega recently. I think he makes a fine looking beast, don’t you?

ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY: on this day in 1996, after three hours, world chess champion Gary Kasparov lost the first game of a six-game match against Deep Blue, an IBM computer capable of evaluating 200 million moves per second.  Man was ultimately victorious over machine, however, as Kasparov bested Deep Blue in the match with three wins and two ties and took home the $400,000 prize. An estimated 6 million people worldwide followed the action on the Internet.

The February 1996 contest was significant in that it represented the first time a human and a computer had duked it out in a regulation, six-game match, in which each player had two hours to make 40 moves, two hours to finish the next 20 moves and then another 60 minutes to wrap up the game.

Kasparov, born in 1963 in Azerbaijan, became the Soviet Union’s junior chess champion at age 13 and in 1985, at age 22, the youngest world champ ever when he beat legendary Soviet player Anatoly Karpov. Considered by many to be the greatest chess player in the history of the game, Kasparov was known for his swashbuckling style of play and his ability to switch tactics mid-game.

In 1997, a rematch took place between Kasparov and an enhanced Deep Blue. Kasparov won the first game, the computer the second, with the next three games a draw. On May 11, 1997, Deep Blue came out on top with a surprising sixth game win–and the $700,000 match prize. (Don’t you wonder how the computer spent its money?!)

In 2003, Kasparov battled another computer program, “Deep Junior.” The match ended in a tie. Kasparov retired from professional chess in 2005.

TRIVIA FOR TODAY: in an effort to keep cool, Babe Ruth played baseball with a cabbage leaf tucked under his hat.


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