Tuesday: Hili dialogue (and Leon lagniappe)

It’s now August 23 in Chicago, and another cool day is in store (and a haircut for me!).  It’s Internaut Day (look it up), celebrated annually on the anniversary of the World Wide Web’s foundation (the Web was opened to everyone on August 23, 1991).

Today is also the anniversary of the Norrmalstorg bank robbery in Stockholm, Sweden, which took place beginning on this day in 1973, and lasted five days (it was a hostage situation).  Nobody was killed, though one guard was wounded; but the hostages sympathized with their captors, giving rise to the familiar term “Stockholm Syndrome“. I bet you didn’t know that!

Here’s a photo of one of the two robbers, Clark Olofsson, with the hostages, taken through a hole that police drilled in the wall:

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Notables born on this day include Georges Cuvier (1769) and William Lane Craig (1949; OMG! he was born the same year as I was! OMG!). Those who died on this day include Rudolph Valentino (1926, age 31) and the atheists/anarchists Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti, executed on this day in 1927. Meanwhile in Dobrzyn, the Hili Dialogue requires another explanation, which Malgorzata provided:
“‘Carthago delenda est’, said Cato. Cyrus looks very determined in this picture and Andrzej thought that this is how Cato would have looked. But Hili is too lazy do do such strenuous jobs as wiping a city from the face of the Earth.”
Cyrus: Carthage must be destroyed.
Hili: I don’t know, too much work.
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In Polish:
Cyrus: Kartagina musi być zburzona.
Hili: Nie wiem, za dużo roboty.

Leon and his staff (Elzbieta and Andrzej) are hiking in southern Poland, and of course Leon goes along, sometimes on a leash, sometimes in his special backpack, sometimes draped across Elzbieta’s shoulders. Here are three photos from two days ago, with two Leon monologues

Leon: It’s true that I have nine lives but I have to be careful about vipers and bears.

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Leon: I’m going to eat this catfood; you are not going to lug it.

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And a freebie photo of Leon (he doesn’t seem to be hiking on his own paws much!):

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And here’s Gus. His staff can’t figure out what his expression means. But we have experts on this site who can. Diana MacPherson?

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18 Comments

  1. 4ke7jn
    Posted August 23, 2016 at 6:45 am | Permalink

    Norrmalmstorg was in 1973.

    • Ann German
      Posted August 23, 2016 at 5:42 pm | Permalink

      I wondered about the 1991 date as I recall that Patty “Tania” Hearst was abducted in 1974 and was diagnosed with “Stockholm Syndrome.” I still have the 1974 “wanted” poster of Hearst and the Harrises removed from a post office in Helmville, Montana, on a weekend road spree.

  2. Posted August 23, 2016 at 6:51 am | Permalink

    The bank robbery was 1973 Jerry. The opposite of Stockholm syndrome is Lima syndrome!

    • Posted August 23, 2016 at 6:53 am | Permalink

      Yes, I’ve fixed that typo, thanks!

      I don’t know what Lima Syndrome is.

    • Torbjörn Larsson
      Posted August 23, 2016 at 9:40 am | Permalink

      And it is Norrmalmstorg, from “norr” – north, “malm” – (here) urban part outside the core city, “torg” – square.

      “Mal” := moth would work in that composition too, but looks odd since “Norrmalmstorg” is such a famous name!

  3. David Duncan
    Posted August 23, 2016 at 7:47 am | Permalink

    Hili: Malo amare quam laborare.

  4. Mike
    Posted August 23, 2016 at 7:52 am | Permalink

    I have come to the conclusion that Leon is a pussy.!pun intended.

    • Posted August 23, 2016 at 8:48 am | Permalink

      Just wait till you see tomorrow’s photos; you might want to change your assessment.

  5. Posted August 23, 2016 at 8:12 am | Permalink

    Gus: What do you mean we’re out of cat food!?

  6. Diana MacPherson
    Posted August 23, 2016 at 9:28 am | Permalink

    Gus is a little surprised at one someone has just said to him and he’s trying to figure out how to respond.

    • Diana MacPherson
      Posted August 23, 2016 at 11:57 am | Permalink

      At “what”. Stupid multitasking.

  7. p. puk
    Posted August 23, 2016 at 9:32 am | Permalink

    Why..? I thought that everyone knew why it was called Stockholm Syndrome…

  8. p. puk
    Posted August 23, 2016 at 9:34 am | Permalink

    Why..? I thought it was common knowledge and that everyone knew why it was called Stockholm Syndrome…

    For those people who actually know what Stockholm Syndrome is, that is.

    • Posted August 23, 2016 at 10:31 am | Permalink

      No, I guess I’m one of the stupid ones. I knew what the syndrome was, but didn’t know how it got its name.

      Pro-tip: What point are you trying to make here?

  9. gravelinspector-Aidan
    Posted August 23, 2016 at 9:42 am | Permalink

    Cyrus: Kartagina musi być zburzona.

    One of the first things I found while paddling in the shallows of the Internet was a file of “50 ways to say ‘Two beers, please.”
    Someone, somewhere, probably has a file of 50 ways to say “Cartago delenda est!” Maybe the Tunis Tourist Board?

    • Diana MacPherson
      Posted August 23, 2016 at 2:01 pm | Permalink

      #Carthago

  10. dabertini
    Posted August 23, 2016 at 10:29 am | Permalink

    PCC (e) can we please, please, please have a before and after picture of the haircut?


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