It’s Friday, July 8, and the weather in Chicago promises to be hot today (high of 32° C, which would kill people in the UK), but it is prognosticated to cool off for a lovely weekend. Today is the birthday of reader Taskin, who has provided us with all those lovely Gus photos and videos (and also rescued Gus after his ear-freezing interlude in a trap), so let’s congratulate her at completing another orbit around the Sun. We have a special Gus video below in her honor.
On this day in 1497, Vasco da Gama left on the first European voyage to India, and, in 1994, Kim Jong-Il replaced his dead father Kim Il-Sung as leader of North Korea, the most repressed country in the world. Kim Il-Sung is in fact still considered the Eternal Leader of that screwed-up land, which Hitchens termed something like a necroarchy.
Notables born on this day, besides Taskin, include Billy Eckstine (1914), Kevin Bacon (1958), and Beck (1970). Those who died on this day include Percy Bysshe Shelley (1822), Sir John Templeton (2008), whose dosh is still being used to efface the boundary between science and superstition), and Betty Ford (2011). Meanwhile in Dobrzyn, Hili and Cyrus have curtailed their stroll along the Vistula—or the usual reasons. (I first read “bowls” in the dialogue below as “bowels”!
Hili: Let’s go home.
Hili: I have to check what’s in my bowls.
Hili: Wracamy do domu.
Hili: Muszę sprawdzić, co jest w moich miseczkach.
And we have a Gus video on his staff’s birthday:
Gus has another new catnip toy, his favourite kind. It’ll take a few months, but he will eventually rip it open and all the catnip will be strewn about. I like the sounds he makes as he’s digging into it.
Finally, because it’s the weekend, here’s a cat gif. Oh, those pesky laser pointers!