It’s July 21, 2016, which means it’s Racial Harmony Day in Singapore. I’m sure it will be peaceful there, as it always is—by decree. On this day in history, in 1865, what’s considered the first Western showdown took place, as Wild Bill Hickok shot down Davis Tutt in Springfield, Missouri. In 1944, Hitler’s minions executed Claus von Stauffenberg and other conspirators for a failed plot to assassinate der Führer on July 20. And on this day in 1983, the Vostok Station in Antarctica recorded the lowest temperature ever in a place where people lived: −89.2 °C (−128.6 °F).
Notables born on this day include Ernest Hemingway (1899), Cat Stevens (aka Yusuf Islam, 1948), Garry Trudeau (also 1948), and Robin Williams (1951, died 2014). Those who died on this day include pilot and astronaut Alan Shepard, American admiral, pilot, and astronaut (1998). Meanwhile in Dobrzyn, it’s the cherry harvest, which I’ll miss, but am still promised pies every day. Hili is supervising the harvest but also fishing for compliments. To be sure, she’s looking very svelte:
Hili: Cats are beautiful.A: I agree, in principle.Hili: Good. I don’t like to argue.
Hili: Koty są piękne.
Ja: W zasadzie się zgadzam.
Hili: To dobrze, bo nie lubię się spierać.
Leon and his staff are still looking for a wooden house to dismantle and move up north; but Leon’s still taking his walks:
Leon: What? Haven’t you ever seen a wild cat?
Even our Canadian neighbors are suffering from the heat. Out in Winnipeg, Gus was prostrate with the extreme temperature, which was at least 34° C (40° C with the humidity index):
Here’s a print: “Cats Nightmare” by Louis Wain, an English artist whose paintings of cats, which varied from normal depictions to horrendous nightmare cats, are often used to illustrate the progression of schizophrenia.But as I discussed a while back, this progression was ordered not temporally, but in increasing degree of bizarreness. This picture does seem a bit bizarre:
Finally, we have a cat conforming to principles of natural beauty. Yes, I know it’s supposed to be a “Furbonacci Spiral,” but I didn’t make this picture.