Wednesday: Hili dialogue

It’s July 13, Wednesday already, and in Mongolia everyone’s celebrating the last day of Nadaam, an ancient festival that involves games of archery, horsemanship, and wrestling. I’d like to go to that country but doubt I’ll ever make it. On this day in history, the New York City Draft Riots, a protest against conscription, began in 1863. In 1923, the famous “Hollywood” sign was dedicated in Los Angeles; it originally read “Hollywoodland,” but the “land” bit was removed in 1949. In 2011, the infamous Bombay (Mumbai) bombings took place on July 13, and, in 2016—today!—Theresa May succeeds David Cameron as Britain’s Prime Minister, the second woman to hold that office after You Know Who. The good news is that May will keep on Larry, the ineffectual Chief Mouser to the Cabinet Office, at 10 Downing Street.

Notables born on this day include Kenneth Clark (1903), and Harrison Ford (1942). Those who died on this day include Sioux Chief “Young Man Afraid of His Horses” (1893), Alla Nazimova (1945), and Nadine Gordimer (2015). Meanwhile in Dobrzyn, Hili is being splenetic about children. But notice how noble she looks, and how much she’s slimmed down this summer:

Hili: Small children are sheer horror.
A: Why?
Hili: They run around and shout. Human young should sleep more.
In Polish:
Hili: Okropna sprawa z tymi małymi dziećmi.
Ja: Dlaczego?
Hili: Biegają i krzyczą. Ludzkie maluchy powinny więcej spać.

This excellent tw**t came from a reliable source of solace, the “Emergency Kittens” site. It was sent by reader Gethyn, and the staff of this lovely kitten had the temerity to title the short video, “I hate her.” Seriously? Be sure to press the arrow to start.


  1. somer
    Posted July 13, 2016 at 6:41 am | Permalink

    And of course there were also the earlier terrible 26-29 November 2008 Mumbai attacks by members of Laskar e Toiba that killed 164 people and wounded at least 308

  2. barn owl
    Posted July 13, 2016 at 6:42 am | Permalink

    Cyrus, in contrast, is probably happily in the midst of the noise and action with the small children. I know my dogs would be.

    The kitten is adorable, and has such a sweet face and expression. How could anyone even pretend to hate her?

  3. somer
    Posted July 13, 2016 at 6:42 am | Permalink

    The kitten is an absolute charmer typed “000” calls or not

  4. Dominic
    Posted July 13, 2016 at 6:44 am | Permalink

    Mongolia?! – well, you’ve got the boots dude – just git on a hoss!

  5. Aaron Ferguson
    Posted July 13, 2016 at 7:13 am | Permalink

    Larry checks out the media as David Cameron resigns…

  6. Posted July 13, 2016 at 8:18 am | Permalink

    I agree with Hili!

  7. Posted July 13, 2016 at 10:34 am | Permalink

    My cats soon learn not to step (or sit!) on the keyboard. However, one outdid this kitty. He opened a new document and named it “+”. I don’t know now.

    • Posted July 13, 2016 at 10:38 am | Permalink

      “how” I don’t know how.

    • rickflick
      Posted July 13, 2016 at 11:03 am | Permalink

      That a surprising result. I wonder how many kittens it would take to write a Shakespearean sonnet within the time horizon of the Universe?

  8. Brenda Nelson
    Posted July 13, 2016 at 3:07 pm | Permalink

    I would just like to point out another “notable” born on this day: Sir Patrick Stewart.

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