Small Bites

Published 8:00 am Sunday, June 25, 2023

by John Grimaldi, editorial contributor,

The Association of Mature American Citizens

June 20, 2023

Fist bumps, anyone?

David Rush may not have broken the most Guinness World Records; that honor belongs to 68-year-old Ashrita Furman who, thus far, has won no less than 600 records, including the record for breaking the most Guinness Records. But Rush has broken more than 250 records thus far including the record for the most fist bumps, which he achieved with the help of Howie Mandel, the host of the America’s Got Talent TV show. Together they racked up 380 fist bumps in 30 seconds on a recent episode of the show.




A special anniversary gift

Tim and Melinda O’Brien of Kansas City, MO were married 40 years ago and spent their wedding night at what was then known as the Muehlebach Hotel, which presented them with a gift certificate good for a free room for the night in any year on the month of their wedding anniversary. The certificate was lost some time ago but as their anniversary approached this year, they found it. The hotel was sold to the Marriott Hotel Chain in 1996 but Tim decided to contact the new owners to see if they would still honor the gift certificate. The folks at Marriott agreed and said that, of course, they would for the same rate they paid in 1983 — just $38.




The gold dispenser

You can find a candy bar dispenser anywhere these days but you’ll have to go to South Korea if you want to find a gold bar dispenser.  GS Retail, which operates some 10,000 convenience stores throughout that country, has been fitting them out with gold bar vending machines since last September. To date, just 29 of their stores have been fitted with the machines, but they’ve produced some $19 million dollars in revenues. Guess what? They are wasting no time in providing more and more of their stores with gold dispensers. A company representative told UPI, “The most popular gold bar is the smallest, the 0.13-ounce one, which is currently priced at around $225. People in their 20s and 30s appear to be the main buyers, purchasing physical gold as an investment vehicle, especially in times such as these, when its value is continuing to rise.”



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