Monday: Hili dialogue (and Leon lagniappe)

It’s Monday, June 6, and if you’re of a certain age you’ll remember that this day in 1944 was D-Day: the invasion of Allied troops on the beaches of Normandy. If ever there was a just war in our age, it would be World War II. Reader Ken Phelps took this picture in Normandy two weeks ago, and it’s appropriate to post today:
Notables born on this day include Robert Falcon Scott (1868), Nobel Laureata Edwin G. Krebs (1918), and Levi Stubbs (1936; the great soul singer is 80 today). Those who died on this day include Patrick Henry (1799), Carl Jung (1961), Stan Getz (1991) and Esther Williams (2013). Meanwhile in Dobrzyn, Hili’s suffering from her usual affliction:
Hili: I’m going back home.
A: That’s nice.
Hili: Not so much nice as hungry.
In Polish:
Hili: Wracam do domu.
Ja: To miło.
Hili: Nie tyle miło, ile jestem głodna.

We also have a special dialogue from Wroclawek, where Leon has a black visitor:

Leon: What are you looking at? Haven’t you ever seen an European cat?

[Malgorzata’s explanation: “Tabby cats are called ‘European cats’ in Poland. Don’t ask me why. There are Persian cats, Russian cats, and all possible cats. I’m not an expert.”]
Finally, reader Anthony V. submitted a photo of his cats as part of the “Cats Sleeping in Uncomfortable Positions” series (check out the moggie at left):
From Volkach, Bavaria, sisters Kosmos (the kitler) and Tifa (the tabby). Midnight to 5 a.m. is party time for these two 1 year olds, so they need to rest up during the day.


  1. Jonathan Smith
    Posted June 6, 2016 at 6:38 am | Permalink

    You mean “It’s Monday June 6th”

  2. Howard Neufeld
    Posted June 6, 2016 at 6:50 am | Permalink

    No, Hans Krebs was the discoverer of the Krebs Cycle, not Edwin Krebs.

    • Posted June 6, 2016 at 7:13 am | Permalink

      PCC(E) is clearly not himself this Monday morning. Too much celebrating? I knew he should not have been knocking himself on the head like that.

      • gravelinspector-Aidan
        Posted June 6, 2016 at 9:46 am | Permalink

        A stunning example of academic behaviour.

    • Posted June 6, 2016 at 7:33 am | Permalink

      Fixed again; I am clearly NOT myself this morning.

    • Posted June 6, 2016 at 7:49 am | Permalink

      On the positive side, the mistake prompted me to read the interesting Wiki biography of Sir Hans Adolph Krebs, a refugee from Nazi persecution. How much British and American science gained from the Nazi persecution of jewish scientists is stunning. It is a wonder that German science ever revived.

      • David Duncan
        Posted June 6, 2016 at 10:55 am | Permalink

        Arguably it lost the Axis the war. So many Jewish scientists fled to the UK and US and got the Tube Alloys and Manhattan Projects off the ground.

  3. Posted June 6, 2016 at 6:56 am | Permalink

    Hans Krebs of Krebs Cycle fame was 1900-81

  4. somer
    Posted June 6, 2016 at 6:59 am | Permalink

    Aren’t these cats doing yoga?

    • Torbjörn Larsson
      Posted June 6, 2016 at 10:14 am | Permalink

      The other way around, I think. Yoga is a practice which I read somewhere has 5 kyrs old root. [Yes, I wouldn’t trust it either.] But when you read position manuals, their names and the descriptions of inspiration are sometimes taken from large cats.

      The name must be derived: “Yo’ cat! [Look at me, the copy cat.]”

      • somer
        Posted June 7, 2016 at 5:55 am | Permalink

        I love that … arch and stretch position No. 3, cat neck and thigh position no 102.

  5. ThyroidPlanet
    Posted June 6, 2016 at 8:26 am | Permalink

    Next time, you could say “Today is not”, just to shake things up a bit.

  6. Torbjörn Larsson
    Posted June 6, 2016 at 10:24 am | Permalink

    June 6th is the National Day of Sweden.

    The weather agrees.

    • barn owl
      Posted June 6, 2016 at 12:47 pm | Permalink

      About 10 years ago, I visited a friend in Stockholm for a week, during this time of year, and the weather there was absolutely gorgeous. Perfect, by just about anyone’s definition. I wanted to go swimming, like many of the natives were doing, but friend said the water was still too cold for a wimpy tropical Texan.

  7. bric
    Posted June 6, 2016 at 11:09 am | Permalink

    And hello to Jason Isaacs, born this day in 1963

  8. Heather Hastie
    Posted June 6, 2016 at 3:28 pm | Permalink

    Jerry will be thrilled to know that 6th June (not June 6th as you USians insist on saying), which finished 8 1/2 hours ago if you’re a NZer, meant a public holiday for us because we have a queen. Her official birthday is on the first Monday in June. And we didn’t have to walk backwards for any of it.

  9. Larry Smith
    Posted June 7, 2016 at 12:19 am | Permalink

    Sorry to say that Levi Stubbs (great singer!) passed away in 2008…

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