• 2SAS — The Second Regiment of the UK Special Air Service (SAS)
  • Venus — Planet Second-Closest to the Sun
  • John Rutledge — Second Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court
  • Seconds of WWI
  • Second Episode of Mister Rogers' Neighborhood

Features and Stories

2020 Groundhog Day Roundup

02/02/2020

2/2, a fine date in both U.S. and European styles of date-writing, and a fine day for SilverMedals.net. It’s Groundhog Day! One of the more ridiculous pseudo-historic, pseudo-arcane, and pseudo-holiday events in existence. As I wrote last year, it’s the day where fancy men in top hats stand outside in the freezing cold staring at the furry little rodents and…read more

2019 — Second-Warmest Year on Record

2019 -- Second-warmest year on record

01/15/2020

Although we already bid adieu to 2019 more than two weeks ago, science information for the year was still coming in. Unfortunately it’s not exactly welcome news. According to NASA and the U.S. National Atmospheric and Oceanographic Association (NOAA), 2019 was the second-warmest year on record since 1880 (when modern record-keeping began). The average global temperatures for 2019 were second…read more

Chance the Rapper Pays Tribute to “Seconds”

10/31/2019

There aren’t many people who get the point of this site. Here we celebrate the “seconds” of the world. The second-to-do, second-to-go, second-best, second-biggest, second in a sequence (we don’t give a crap about the Godfather, show us the Godfather Part II). Why? Because if you haven’t taken a look at the other stories on this site, it’s the seconds…read more

R.I.P. Kim Shattuck

10/02/2019

Updated 12/07/2019

Kim Shattuck best known the lead singer and guitarist for The Muffs passed away October 2, 2019, at the age of 56. The pop/punk musician’s life ended after a 2-year struggle with ALS, according to her husband, Kevin Sutherland. ALS also known as “Lou Gehrig’s Disease” is a rare group of neurological diseases where motor neurons that control walking, chewing,…read more

Seconds of Jim Bouton

Jim Bouton -- Baseball Player/Author

07/12/2019

Updated 07/13/2019

“You spend a good piece of your life gripping a baseball and in the end it turns out that it was the other way around all the time.” — Jim Bouton (1939 – 2019)   It was sad news to learn of the passing of Jim Bouton yesterday, one of the most fascinating and notorious sports figures in U.S. baseball…read more

2SAS — The Second Regiment of the UK Special Air Service (SAS)

07/01/2019

Updated 01/16/2020

It didn’t have as compelling a birth as the first Special Air Service regiment. It didn’t have its great founder driving point in a souped-up jeep during attacks on German air bases. It didn’t have the romance of the desert as its initial stomping grounds. About the only thing it seemed to have going for it was the reputation of…read more

Cities with the Second-Worst and Second-Best Air Quality in the U.S.

04/29/2019

Several cities in the U.S. had a dark smoggy cloud come over them last week as the American Lung Association (ALA) released its annual State of the Air report. The sobering and slightly depressing report uses data on particulate matter — otherwise known as “soot” — and ground-level ozone — otherwise known as “smog” — that was collected between 2015…read more

Venus — Planet Second-Closest to the Sun

02/27/2019

Updated 07/13/2019

Venus is the planet second-closest to the the sun in our solar system and Earth’s nearest neighbor. The cloudy rocky planet orbits the sun at an average distance of 67,238,251 mi (108,209,475 km) at a mean orbital velocity of 78,339 mph (126,074 km/h). For us Earthlings, Venus also the second-brightest object in the night sky, with the first being the…read more

The Second U.S. State of the Union Address

01/27/2019

In the never-ending political theater whose current star is U.S. President Donald Trump, even something as mundane as the State of the Union Address had become an issue. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D, CA) had rescinded her invitation to the President to address a joint session of Congress, thus giving pundits everywhere more reason to yell at each other on…read more