Friday: Hili dialogue

We’ve made it to Friday: it’s September 9, and both Wienerschnitzel Day and National Steak Au Poivre day (I had a steak frites yesterday, but sans poivre). On this day in 1948, Kim Il-sung declared the foundation of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), which is neither democratic nor republic, and doesn’t belong to the people.  And, on September 9, 1956, Elvis Presley appeared on the Ed Sullivan show for the first time. Unless I miss my guess, that’s the famous show when they didn’t allow the camera to show him below the chest, so that his salacious gyrating hips wouldn’t arouse uncontrollable lust in America’s teenagers.

Notables born on this day include Otis Redding (1941) and Hugh Grant (1960). Those who died on this day include Chairman Mao Zedong (1976) and Catfish Hunter (1999). Meanwhile in Dobrzyn, Hili is concerned about the expanding Universe. I suspect she’s worried that it will make it harder for her to find mice. But isn’t that a cute picture?

Hili: The Universe is expanding.
M: Apparently.
Hili: And you are not worried?
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In Polish:
Hili: Wszechświat się rozszerza.
Małgorzata: Podobno.
Hili: I was to nie martwi?

 Out in Winnipeg where the ptarmigan fly, Gus is playing with some tissue paper and a cat toy:

And finally, a revealing cartoon from Rhymes with Orange, sent by reader jsp:

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11 Comments

  1. Dominic
    Posted September 9, 2016 at 6:41 am | Permalink

    Typo – I think Presley aroused! 🙂 Though not me…

  2. Lurker111
    Posted September 9, 2016 at 7:37 am | Permalink

    I remembered one specific comic along this line, and when I googled “cat at pearly gates comic” it came up first:

  3. Randall Schenck
    Posted September 9, 2016 at 7:45 am | Permalink

    That Gus acts just like a cat. And speaking of, one of ours goes to the vet today for annual shots and check up. The fun never ends.

    • gravelinspector-Aidan
      Posted September 9, 2016 at 10:04 am | Permalink

      Does it recognise the clanking of chainmail, or the squeak of unoiled hinges on the thermonuclear containment device?

  4. colnago80
    Posted September 9, 2016 at 7:45 am | Permalink

    And, on September 9, 1956, Elvis Presley appeared on the Ed Sullivan show for the first time. Unless I miss my guess, that’s the famous show when they didn’t allow the camera to show him below the chest, so that his salacious gyrating hips wouldn’t arouse uncontrollable lust in America’s teenagers.

    It should be noted that after Presley’s censored performance, actress Debra Paget performed an uncensored erotic dance wearing very little.

    • Doug
      Posted September 9, 2016 at 8:32 am | Permalink

      Elvis complained about the double standard: “[Debra Paget wore] a tight thing with feathers on the behind where they wiggled the most and bumped and pooshed [sic] out all over the place.”

      You tell ’em Elvis.

  5. gravelinspector-Aidan
    Posted September 9, 2016 at 10:06 am | Permalink

    they didn’t allow the camera to show him below the chest, so that his salacious gyrating hips wouldn’t arouse uncontrollable lust in America’s teenagers.

    Hadn’t they invented the burka by then?

  6. Claudia Baker
    Posted September 9, 2016 at 10:09 am | Permalink

    At the end of Elvis’ performance that night, as my two older sisters swooned, my Dad said: “Bloody idiot”. Eight years later, after the Beatles’ performance on the same show, and I, now a teenager, swooned, my Dad said: “Bloody idiots”. If it wasn’t Chopin or Beethoven, he would have none of it.

  7. Sojourner
    Posted September 9, 2016 at 10:11 am | Permalink

    Yup, you missed your guess. Elvis was only shown from the waist up on his third appearance on Ed Sullivan. Just after Xmas in Jan.’57 I think.

  8. Zosimus the Heathen
    Posted September 9, 2016 at 11:36 am | Permalink

    Fun fact about the DPRK – for the first few decades of its existence, it left its southern neighbour in the dust economically. Then (sometime in the ’70s, I think) it slipped behind for the first time, and never managed to regain the lead. From what I read about the place in a book called “The Impossible State”, it’s a bit like the person who peaked in high school, and is still pathetically trying to relive their glory days – visitors to the country often remark that it appears to be stuck in a bizarre ’60s timewarp. Sort of weird how it’s ended up. Back during the Cold War, I doubt many people paid it much attention at all (back then, I always used to just think of it as an Asian version of East Germany myself); now, it seems to be making headlines nearly every day. I often wonder why it remained one of the handful of countries to still cling to Communism when most other Marxist states abandoned that political doctrine.

  9. Heather Hastie
    Posted September 9, 2016 at 12:35 pm | Permalink

    Lovely pic of Malgorzata and Hili.

    And another cute episode in The Life and Adventures of Gus.

    And I love the comic too.

    Great morning all ’round!


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