Episode 49 Show Notes




A well known german philosopher Karl Marx born 1818, was an economist, historian, sociologist, and political theorist. He had a sister named Onya Marx who was an olympic runner.

She was credited with inventing the starter pistol that was used to infamously start all races.

This story has been told in so many ways we are not sure of all the details. The main part of the story is her name that is used in every start. It usually sounded like ON YOUR MARK, yet it was her name that was used ONYA MARX for her inventing the starter pistol that would start every race. 



One of the oldest urban legends is that of the black dog. The black dog appears as a warning to sleepy truck drivers to get off the road as soon as possible because danger is coming. Supposedly, when a trucker has been driving too long, the black dog will run in front of the truck before disappearing, with the sudden shock causing the truck driver to become more alert. The legend goes that the black dog belonged to a trucker who met an untimely end after falling asleep at the wheel and his dog now appears to warn others of danger. 


Drug-fueled trucker drove 3,000 miles nonstop, including through Upstate NY map shows Gary Robbins’ drug-fueled, non-stop trip from Seattle to Massachusetts, taking nearly two days and traveling through Upstate New York.

Strange things were afoot at a Circle K this week.

Police say a trucker was arrested Tuesday at a gas station in Deerfield, Massachusetts, after a Circle K manager said he was “acting erratically” and trying to put his credit card in the fuel tank. He had also apparently locked himself out of the tractor-trailer.

Gary Robbins, 49, a truck driver from Homer, Alaska, reportedly admitted he had been driving nonstop from Seattle, Washington, while “whacked out” on crystal methamphetamine, LSD and cocaine. That’s a trip of roughly 3,000 miles and 44 hours long, according to Google Maps.

Deerfield police officer Adam Sokoloski told the Boston Herald that they first suspected a medical emergency, but then observed signs consistent with drug use.

“He was argumentative and he had dilated pupils… It was clear he was under the influence of something,” Sokoloski said. “He was endangering the lives of other people and endangering his own life.”Amazingly, Robbins did not injure anyone on the trip, despite not resting on the lengthy trip that went through Upstate New York.A study last year found going 17 to 19 hours without sleep led to the performance equivalent of a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) level of 0.05 percent; longer periods without sleep were equal to a BAC of 0.1 percent or more, well over the legal limit. The National Sleep Foundation says an average of 100,000 crashes per year are caused by fatigued drivers.

Sokoloski said Robbins had just delivered a shipment of raspberry roots to a farm in nearby Whately before the incident. He was fueling up the truck when police stopped him at the gas station.”Officers had quite the struggle to get this truck driver to the Baystate Franklin Medical Center,” police wrote on Facebook.

According to the Greenfield Recorder, police and the Registry of Motor Vehicles immediately revoked Robbins’ license, and the trailer truck was impounded. A cache of drugs was also found on Robbins.

Boston Magazine reports Robbins will face a number of charges, including operating under the influence. He’s scheduled to appear in Greenfield District Court.

Sokoloski told the Herald that the Circle K employee deserves “a big credit… for recognizing the driver was acting weird and giving police a call.” He encouraged anyone else who sees “someone acting strangely” to contact the authorities.

Fatal 43 vehicle pileup on I-40 in New Mexico blamed on bad weather, ‘driver inattention’

Published:  January 11, 2024  ByAshley

New Mexico State Police (NMSP) have provided new details on a fatal 43 vehicle pileup on I-40 that occurred during winter weather conditions earlier this week.

According to an NMSP report released on Thursday, the pileup occurred on I-40 around mile marker 291, east of Santa Rosa, just before 10 a.m. on January 8, 2024.

“The initial investigation indicated that a semi-tractor trailer driven by a 21-year-old from Indianapolis, IN, was traveling west on Interstate 40 when, for reasons still under investigation, it rear-ended a passenger van driven by David James McGarrah, 71, of Neosho, MO, and occupied by his 70-year-old passenger,” NMSP said.

Following this initial crash, a chain-reaction pileup occurred ultimately involving a total of 43 vehicles. Video and images captured at the scene show that many of the vehicles involved were CMVs.      McGarrah and a passenger were transported to a hospital for treatment, but McGarrah did not survive.    Troopers say that the severity of the injuries to the passenger is unclear.   The 21 year old truck driver involved in the initial crash was not injured.   Multiple other injuries were reported.   “Inclement weather and driver inattention are believed to have contributed to the crash,” NMSP said.  This crash remains under investigation.

Multiple charges recommended for driver in fiery Toole crash in wake of report that found the 80% of the trailer brakes nonfunctional

  Published: January 11, 2024 ByWimberly Patto  

   Reckless endangerment charges recommended for driver in fiery Toole crash that injured 11 people and caused a massive fire at a car dealership.   The November 3rd crash in Toole, Utah has been blamed on both brake failure and poor driver training, but the recent completion of the police report confirms that, at the very least, the trailer brakes were “not functioning correctly,” reported KSL News.  According to Fox 13, police announced the completion of the report on Thursday, January 11th. The report findings state that “the initial inspection … (found) approximately 80% of the trailer braking system was not functioning correctly” and that “many of the brake systems were likely in a deteriorated state before the accident… The truck itself was completely destroyed. Nothing was deemed able to be inspected as far as determining the cause of the crash.”  When shown photos of the trailer brakes, the owner of the trucking company “did agree that if those conditions had been seen in a pre-trip inspection, the trailer should not have been taken or used.” The owner also “did attribute inexperience on the driver’s part to the accident.”  Based on the report, police recommend reckless endangerment charges for the driver. Charges against the trucking company have also been recommended.  The 26-year-old truck driver was described as “very distraught,” and “crying periodically” but not hurt in the moments following the wreck.  “I’m not gonna lie, these brakes have been working fine all day and … I was coming down … and they went right to the floor and there was no air leaks or anything,” he said to officers following the incident. “I’m so sorry, I was on the horn and trying to get it to stop.” “(He stated) he started going down the hill into Tooele and started gearing down and realized he had no trailer brakes,” the report reads. “He believed he lost brakes and couldn’t get the truck to stop. (He) stated he believed the truck was too heavy and there was   malfunction in the trailer.”  The driver told investigators that  “he did everything, stating he pulled all the emergency buttons.”