It’s the Ceiling Cat’s day, and on behalf of His Felinity I’ll deliver this morning’s keynote Sermon at the AHA Convention. Wish me luck. Posting will be almost nonexistent, so bear with me.
On this day in 1913, Igor Stravinsky’s The Rites of Spring (with Nijinsky) premiered in Paris, causing a famous riot. Now, of course, now it’s mainstream music. Exactly six years later, during a solar eclipse, Arthur Eddington traveled to the island of Principe, collecting the light-bending data that confirmed Einstein’s general theory of relativity. On this day in 1942, Bing Crosby recorded “White Christmas,” still the best-selling single in record history. And, on May 29, 1953, Tenzing Norgay and Edmund Hillary became the first people to reach the top of Mount Everest.
Notables born on this day include Bob Hope (1903), John F. Kennedy (1917), and biologist Paul Ehrlich (1932), Those who met their maker on this day include W. S. Gilbert (1911), Fanny Brice (1951), Barry Goldwater (1998), and Doc Watson (2012). Meanwhile in Dobrzyn, Hili shows an uncharacteristic concern for creatures other than herself:
A: Where is the world headed?That’s exactly what I’m wondering.
Ja: Ku czemu zmierza świat?
Hili: Też się nad tym właśnie zastanawiam.
Reader Anne-Marie sent a fly cartoon; how many of you have felt like that that male fly? I know I have. . .
More lagniappe: a cat tw**t discovered by Matthew Cobb: