Sunday, October 22, 2006

Fun Fact (we are allowed to have a little bit of fun, no?)

Taking a quick break from the mounting excitement and upcoming crush of this year's Breeders' Cup, I came across the following lyrics:

There ain't no time to stash the gumbo
Or rattle around in a cage
The sacrificed child's made bubbles
And spittle is everywhere enraged
In the hot sand I ran on my feet
They're blistered and caked with debris
Chez rolez is guarding the tote board
While Angry piddles with glee

Listening to Jimmy Buffet provide a flawless cover of Phish's "Gumbo", this verse caught my attention for including the industry specific, "tote board".

I was intrigued by its use here and the impending search for its actual meaning began.

Here's what Wikipedia has to say:

A tote board is a large, numeric or alphanumeric display used to convey information, typically at a race track (to display the odds or payoffs for each horse) or at a telethon (to display the total amount donated to the charitable organization sponsoring the event).
The first tote boards were manufactured for the horse racing industry by the American Totalizator Company, and "tote board" is probably a colloquialism for totalizator.

I think that's enough for now.

P.S., it looks like Sir Buffet was in a bit of a predicament recently.....

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