Wednesday: Hili dialogue

It’s July 6—yes, that July 6, and it’s National Fried Chicken Day in the U.S., celebrating one of our great contributions to world cuisine. (I don’t want to hear about other nation’s fried chickens, which don’t even come close to the good southern U.S. product—its crispy golden skin damming in the juices that burst forth when pierced with a tooth.)

On this day in 1536, Sir Thomas More was executed for treason against King Henry VIII, and, in 1885, Louis Pasteur first used his rabies vaccine to save the life of a boy who bitten by an infected dog. On July 6, 1917, Lawrence of Arabia and Auda ibu Tayi crossed the desert to take the city of Aqaba from the Ottomans; you may remember that scene from David Lean’s wonderful movie. Finally, on this day in 1957, John Lennon and Paul McCartney first met; the Beatles were formed three years later, giving rise to the best rock music ever written.

Those born on this day include Marc Chagall (1887), Frida Kahlo (1907; died in 1954), and the current Dalai Lama (1935). Notables who died on this day include Thomas More (see above), the painter Odilon Redon (1916), William Faulkner (1962), Louis Armstrong (1971), and Roy Rogers (1998). Meanwhile in Dobrzyn, Hili considers dabbling in alchemy.

Hili: Do you see this stone?
A: Yes, I do.
Hili: Could it be a philosopher’s stone?
In Polish:
Hili: Czy widzisz ten kamień?
Ja: Widzę.
Hili: Czy to może być kamień filozoficzny?
And a lovely painting by Odilon Redon, “The Chariot of Apollo” (1905):


  1. Chuck Morrow
    Posted July 6, 2016 at 8:11 am | Permalink

    Roy Rogers died in 1998, in my life time. He was born in 1911.

    Enjoy your web site, all of it, science, politics and animals.

  2. jwthomas
    Posted July 6, 2016 at 8:21 am | Permalink

    Roy Rogers died in 1911? That means his horse Trigger survived him by 54

  3. Michael Fisher
    Posted July 6, 2016 at 8:41 am | Permalink

    Hili is looking down – trying to find the nightjar in that painting
    I can’t see it either

  4. Posted July 6, 2016 at 11:56 am | Permalink

    National Fried Chicken Day? Wow.

    FC isn’t my thing, but celebrating a famous food, sure …

  5. JonLynnHarvey
    Posted July 6, 2016 at 1:15 pm | Permalink

    Media and encyclopedias never compensate for the shift betweem the Gregorian and Julian calendars. I now question the wisdom of this given that tbis year on the 400th anniversary of Shakespeares death multiple news outlets reported that Shakespeare and Miguel de Cervantes died on the same day, April 23rd 1616. But Spain had gone Gregorian while England was still Julian so they actually died 10 days apart.
    Which raises the question if we all shouldnt be noting Thomas Mores death in 10 days. A year ago before noting the Shakespeare Cervantes flap, i would not have cared..

    • Diana MacPherson
      Posted July 7, 2016 at 6:54 pm | Permalink

      Damn time measurement! Damn earth rotating on its axis!

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