Tuesday: Hili dialogue

It’s July the 5th, and I woke this morning delighted to hear that Juno has achieved orbit around Jupiter. That was a tough mission, covering several BILLION miles. More later. Oh, and it’s Arbor Day in New Zealand.

On this day in 1687, Isaac Newton published the Philosophiæ Naturalis Principia Mathematica. In 1937, the Hormel Foods corporation introduced Spam, the famous luncheon meat. Have you ever tried it? It’s the state food of Hawaii (sort of). On this day in 1948, the UK created the national public health system by instituting the National Health Service Acts. On July 5, 1954, Elvis Presley recorded his first single at Sun Records in Memphis, Tennessee. Do you know what the song was? Finally, on this day in 1996, Dolly the sheep became the first mammal cloned from a cell taken from an adult.

Notables born on this day include P. T. Barnum (1810), Jean Cocteau (1889), the famous evolutionary biologist Ernst Mayr (1904), and musician Robbie Robertson (1943). Those who died on this day include Ted Williams (2002). Meanwhile in Dobrzyn, Hili is having a “reverie”; perhaps she’s thinking of mice in the orchard!

Hili: Sometimes all this is leading to reverie.
A: What’s leading to reverie?
Hili: This and that.
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In Polish:
Hili: Czasem to wszystko skłania do zadumy.
Ja: To znaczy, co skłania do zadumy?
HilI: To i tamto.

And reader Taskin sent me a photo of three kittens that she received from one of her friends who took it while visiting Malaysia. Aren’t they cute? The tabbylet is dead to the world.

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19 Comments

  1. Ken Kukec
    Posted July 5, 2016 at 6:42 am | Permalink

    … Juno has achieved orbit around Jupiter.

    If only Wasilla would go and do the same …

  2. Chris G
    Posted July 5, 2016 at 6:45 am | Permalink

    Newton published 1687?

  3. serendipitydawg
    Posted July 5, 2016 at 7:09 am | Permalink

    Mmmmm… spam fritters.

  4. Art
    Posted July 5, 2016 at 7:14 am | Permalink

    I love Spam. But then, I loved C-rat ham and eggs, too. My wife says my tastes are odd.

  5. DrBrydon
    Posted July 5, 2016 at 7:24 am | Permalink

    Spam is great, but it appears to be a generational thing. I can’t get my daughter to touch it. I tell her to take it easy, it’s not like I am suggesting she eat scrapple or slum.

    • serendipitydawg
      Posted July 5, 2016 at 7:47 am | Permalink

      Scrapple? Slum?

      This is most likely a geographical thing! Spam certainly made it to the (dis)United Kingdom during WW2, if memory serves, but these two ring not the faintest bell 😉

      • gravelinspector-Aidan
        Posted July 5, 2016 at 3:35 pm | Permalink

        Rings no bells with me.
        Well, a very faint bell for “slum” – though I might be misremembering something from Terry Pratchett, or some report on horrible Victorian urban squalor (there is non-trivial overlap between the two). Is it a “spiced lamb or mutton” mix? Which, considering the relative price of lamb and mutton, would mean that it’s mostly mutton.

      • ploubere
        Posted July 5, 2016 at 11:21 pm | Permalink

        Scrapple is a Southern dish, a mix of pork scraps with cornmeal and buckwheat flour. It’s a little like Spam. Often served at breakfast.

  6. Steve
    Posted July 5, 2016 at 7:44 am | Permalink

    Elvis’s first recording – “That’s Alright Mama”

  7. Posted July 5, 2016 at 7:55 am | Permalink

    Hili is “lost in the cold snows of a dream,” as W. B. Yeats wld have said.

  8. Randall Schenck
    Posted July 5, 2016 at 8:51 am | Permalink

    In Hawaii – that would be fried Spam and sticky rice. Breakfast of champions,

  9. Filippo
    Posted July 5, 2016 at 8:58 am | Permalink

    “On July 5, 1954, Elvis Presley recorded his first single at Sun Records in Memphis, Tennessee. Do you know what the song was?

    “Misty shadows make_____ me blue_____
    When each wear-y day__ is through____. . . .”

    “My Happiness,” for his mother.

    • Filippo
      Posted July 5, 2016 at 9:00 am | Permalink

      Not sure that it was his first recording at Sun, but am reasonably sure that it was his first studio recording.

  10. Posted July 5, 2016 at 11:38 am | Permalink

    Spam, as I recall, was just sort of non-descript, except for the salt …

  11. Posted July 5, 2016 at 12:22 pm | Permalink

    Kittens? Or loll cats? 😁

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  12. Posted July 5, 2016 at 2:11 pm | Permalink

    I admit to liking Lite Spam, which totally distresses most of my friends. I like to brown a couple of slices in a nonstick frying pan (no oil needed, even with this lower-fat version) and have it as a side with eggs for breakfast. But then, I have other odd tastes, too.

    • gravelinspector-Aidan
      Posted July 5, 2016 at 3:39 pm | Permalink

      Rock-botherers for Spam!
      I’m perfectly happy with a Spam(&tm;) sandwich (non-&tm;) for scoff. Though if I’m fixing my lunchbox for the hill in our own kitchen, then I’ll tend to make X+cheese toasties in the magic machine. They survive being mugged by the hammer in the depths of the rucksack better than normal sandwichs.


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