Happy half century to the ‘Great One’

How dominating was National Hockey League legend Wayne Gretzky?

Since he retired in 1999, more than 13,000 NHL games have been played. Yet, only one of his 61 records has been broken.

Gretzky’s 2,857 career points are nearly 1,000 more than runner-up Mark Messier’s total; no one has come close to his 92-goal season in 20 years; and he scored more than 180 points seven different season. The only other player to break 180 was Mario Lemieux, who did it once.

Today, the Great One turns 50 and his influence is still felt throughout not just the NHL, but all of hockey.

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Proof that we’ve all got reason to be ashamed

If negative attention is better than no attention at all, the above map ought to catch the notice of many people.

This map of the United States, from pleated-jeans.com, purports to identify what each state in the union is the worst at. A good bit of it seems like a reach, however.

South Carolina, for instance, is listed as having the highest percentage of mobile homes (18.8 percent). Compared to South Dakota (highest rate in forcible rape, according to pleated-jeans.com), Illinois (highest rate of robbery) and Montana (highest rate of drunk driving deaths), though, this seems hardly worthy of wailing and gnashing of teeth.

And many people would probably rather live in a mobile home they can call their own than be cooped up in a run-down apartment complex, if given the option.

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