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.
Hili: Okropna sprawa z tymi małymi dziećmi.
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.