Saturday: Hili dialogue

It’s Saturday, a big three-day weekend in the U.S. that culminates with the Fourth of July holiday on Monday. The weather is predicted to be lovely in Chicago, clear, no rain, and not too hot (about 75°F or 23°C). And now, as it’s the 183rd day of the year, we’re a tad more than halfway through 2016. On this day in 1937, Amelia Earhart’s last communication was received over the Pacific as she and her navigator Fred Noonan tried to fly around the world, and, in 1962, the first Wal-Mart opened in Arkansas.

Notables born on this day include Hermann Hesse (1877), Jerry Hall (1956, one of the few female Jerrys), and Lindsay Lohan (1986, she turns 30 today). Those who died on July 2 include Ernest Hemingway (1961, suicide), Vladimir Nabokov (1977), and Beverly Sills (2007). Meanwhile in Dobrzyn

Hili: I’m not an anteater.
A: Why do you say that?
Hili: Because the existence of anteaters astonishes me.


In Polish:
Hili: Nie jestem mrówkojadem.
A; Dlaczego to mówisz?
Hili: Bo zdumiewa mnie samo istnienie mrówkojadów.
And for your delectation, reader Steve Upson has sent us a wonderful video of two Sumatra tiger cubs being born at the London Zoo on June 27:


  1. Posted July 2, 2016 at 7:28 am | Permalink

    I need something beyond “Like.”

    • rickflick
      Posted July 2, 2016 at 7:34 am | Permalink


  2. Barney
    Posted July 2, 2016 at 7:59 am | Permalink

    Surely, since this is a leap year, it’s the 184th day of the year – but still just over halfway through the year?

  3. E.A. Blair
    Posted July 2, 2016 at 9:01 am | Permalink

    Word maven Willard Espy once pointed out that Beverly Sills’ name aptly anagrammatized to “Silvery Bells”.

    • Dale Franzwa
      Posted July 2, 2016 at 10:32 pm | Permalink

      Does anybody know Beverly Sills nickname? Ok, I’ll tell you “Bubbles.” Anyone who has seen her in action knows the aptness of that name. She had quite a captivating “bubbly” personality.

  4. Mark R.
    Posted July 2, 2016 at 4:29 pm | Permalink

    Lots of great authors died today. Now you can add Elie Wiesel to the list…

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