According to my best information, it’s August 25, 2016, and another cool but drizzly day in Chicago. But we have good news from the University of Chicago, so stay tuned! And it’s a big day for foodies, too: according to Wikipedia, it’s National Banana Split Day, National Whiskey Sour Day, National Cherry Popsicle Day (?), and National Pots de Creme Day—all in the U.S. And pots de creme isn’t even an American dish! Well, I wouldn’t mind eating either that French treat or a banana split, as I haven’t had either in ages. (Whiskey sours, a decent drink, I’ve had more recently).
On this day in 1609, Galileo demonstrated his telescope to the bigwigs of Venice; little did he know the consequences. And, on this day in 2012, the Voyager I became the first spacecraft to enter interstellar space. It’s now 20,000,000,000 km from the Sun, and still sending out data, which will continue until the batteries die about 2025.
Notables born on this day include Nobel Laureate Hans Krebs (1900), Leonard Bernstein (1918; smoked himself to death), Althea Gibson (1927), and Elvis Costello (1954). Those who died on this day include David Hume (1776), Michael Faraday (1867), Henri Becquerel (1908), Truman Capote (1984; read A Christmas Memory), Ted Kennedy (2009), and Neil Armstrong (2012). Meanwhile in Dobrzyn, Hili is kvetching about the number of sofas, even though she already could be the subject of a children’s book: Hili has Two Sofas:
Cyrus: I’m glad we have two sofas.Hili: I envy those who have three.
Cyrus: Cieszę się, że mamy dwie sofy.
Hili: Zazdroszczę tym, którzy mają trzy.
Finally, from Trendingly via reader Michael, here are Iriss and Abyss, 9 month old twin kitties with eyes that don’t match within cats but do match among the cats: