Second Thoughts

William Shakespeare, RIP

05/27/2021

Just shy of 6 months after he became the second person in the UK to receive a Covid-19 vaccine (he got the Pfizer BioNTech vaccine), William “Bill” Shakespeare passed away on May 26, 2021. Shakespeare became famous on December 8, 2020 when he received his first Covid vaccine jab. It was a momentous occasion for him, as well as everyone…read more

2021 Groundhog Day Roundup

02/02/2021

Another year another Groundhog Day — the day where fancy men in top hats stand outside in the freezing cold and stare at furry a little rodent to determine whether or not the animal “saw his shadow”. Due to crowd restrictions due to the pandemic, the Pennsylvania event was performed virtually with cardboard cutouts of spectators to give the illusion…read more

William Shakespeare — The Second Person to Receive the Covid-19 Vaccine

Shakespeare getting jabbed

12/08/2020

The United Kingdom on December 8, 2020 became the first nation to begin widespread distribution of a working Covid-19 vaccine. At the University Hospital in Coventry, in what hopes to be the beginning of the end for the pandemic that effectively shut down the world for most of 2020, 90-year-old Margaret Keenan became the first person in the world outside…read more

Cleaned-up Venera Photos

03/04/2020

For those of you who’ve never heard of Donald Mitchel, he’s a former computer research scientist and writer who also a space exploration history enthusiast. He is also an expert in the field of image resampling and enhancement. In his latest tweet (down below) Mitchel presents raw images he got from the Soviet Union’s Venera project, which sent back the…read more

2019 — Second-Warmest Year on Record

2019 -- Second-warmest year on record

01/15/2020

Updated on 08/05/2020

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 on 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 on 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

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