If you’re not reading this on Sunday morning, September 25, 2016, then you’re in church and don’t belong here. If you’re here, remember that it’s National Food Service Workers Day, so give your waiter an extra large tip. On this day in history (1789), Congress passed first ten amendment to the U.S. Constitution, otherwise known as the Bill of Rights (including the First Amendment, which guarantees freedom of speech and religion). And, on September 25, 1942, the Swiss, to their eternal shame, issued a police order denying political asylum to those persecuted on the grounds of “race alone,” which they construed as including Jews. And so refugees from the Holocaust had nowhere to go.
Notables born on this day include Thomas Hunt Morgan (1866), my academic great-grandfather (mentor of Theosodius Dobzhansky, who mentored Richard Lewontin, who mentored me). Morgan was the first Nobel Laureate to win for research in genetics. Below is my genetics family tree (note the paucity of students I’ve had but the surfeit of grand-students, giving me high academic fitness). Click to enlarge:
William Faulkner was born on this day in 1897, as was Glenn Gould in 1932, Ian Tyson in 1933, Felicity Kendal in 1946, and Catherine Zeta-Jones in 1969. Those who died on this day include Ring Lardner (1933), Emily Post (1960), George Plimpton (2003), and Andy Williams (2012). Meanwhile in Dobrzyn, Hili is getting ready to grease the new day:
A: Are you sharpening your claws?Hili: Yes, you can’t do anything properly without doing it first.
Ja: Ostrzysz pazurki?
Hili: Tak, bez tego nic się nie da porządnie zrobić.
Reader Randy Schenck from Iowa sent in a photo of his cat with an explanation:
Some will say this is simply a photo of a cat sitting on the dryer—nothing special here. However, a closer look and explanation reveals that this is Emma the Heat-Seeking Cat, and the dryer is operating. Therefore, Emma stations herself so her paw is in the seam between the dryer and door to catch the most heat. On the floor in front of the refrigerator is another heat generator. In the dryer after cool-down is also a good location.
Linux-Bernie esq. is really cute, and a quick learner. He wants to know what to do, when to do it and how to do it. Ariel is as peaceful as usual and has welcomed Bernie gracefully into the family. He even brought him his favorite ball. Bernie watches Ariel carefully and imitates him. He will be a strong dog, and we hope that he will learn to be a peaceful warrior like Ariel.