Tuesday: Hili dialogue

Good morning on Tuesday (the cruelest day), September 27, 2016. Don’t forget that if you’re in that demographic bracket, you should be getting your flu shot soon, at least if you live in the Northern Hemisphere. Professor Ceiling Cat will be absent much of the morning, as he’s gong downtown to turn in his Chinese visa application (I’m going to the mainland for a few days while in Hong Kong) and to get his camera cleaned; ergo posting will be light till a bit later.

It’s National Chocolate Milk Day: the only way I’d drink milk as a kid. I wonder if any readers still partake of this delicious beverage. And, on this day in 1066 (surely the calendar is not accurate here), William the Conqueror set sail for England; the rest is history. On this day in 1777, Lancaster, Pennsylvania became the capital of the U.S. for one day as the Continental Congress fled Philadelphia before the oncoming British. On this day in Einstein’s “miracle year” of 1905, the journal Annalen der Physik received the paper in which Einstein introduced the equation E = mc².

Notables born on this day include Sam Ervin (1896), pianist Budd Powell (1924), Meat Loaf (1947), and the odious Gwyneth Paltrow (1972). Those who died on this day include Edgar Degas (1917), Aimee Semple McPherson (1944), Clara Bow (1965), and Donald O’Connor (2003). Meanwhile in Dobrzyn, Hili’s table has been decorated, but she doesn’t like it a bit:

Hili: You devastated my table.
A: I have a dissenting opinion in this matter.
p1040885 In Polish:
Hili: Zdewastowałeś mój stół.
Ja: Mam odrębne zdanie w tej kwestii.
Lagniappe: I discovered this by accident this morning at the Guinness Book of World Records site:

The world’s largest litter of domestic cats were born on the 7 August 1970 when a Burmese/Siamese cat [JAC: a Tonkinese] belonging to V. Gane of Kingham, Oxfordshire, UK, gave birth to 19 kittens, four of which were stillborn.

Average for this cat type is 4-6.

15 kittens and six nipples! What did they do?


  1. Dominic
    Posted September 27, 2016 at 7:09 am | Permalink

    The sailing date is correct – they were held up by contrary winds – alas for England, & Wales Scotland & Ireland come to that, for had they come before the Norwegians & English opposition (Tostig) stabbed us in the back (Harald’s invasion & defeat at Stamford Bridge), then Harold II’s fleet would have met the bloody Normans & with any luck opposed their landing. As it is, Harold was busy defeating the northern invasion when they landed.
    Sadly, the rest is history…

  2. David Duncan
    Posted September 27, 2016 at 7:20 am | Permalink

    “…the odious Gwyneth Paltrow (1972).”

    Odious? What did she do?

  3. Randall Schenck
    Posted September 27, 2016 at 7:41 am | Permalink

    That is way too many kittens. Just saw an article in the local news, a Labrador had a litter of 16 pups. Apparently they separated them in two groups for feeding. Also supplemented with hand feeding.

    No mention of the debate so assume, did not watch or more likely, nothing worth commenting about.

    • Heather Hastie
      Posted September 27, 2016 at 7:53 am | Permalink

      We all knew beforehand Hillary prepared and Donald didn’t. It showed big time. Even most Republicans admit that. There’s not much more to say really.

      • Randall Schenck
        Posted September 27, 2016 at 8:22 am | Permalink

        Cannot argue with that. The whole show illustrated just how limited the guy is…essentially an empty suit. He is the star of his own wake.

  4. DrBrydon
    Posted September 27, 2016 at 8:18 am | Permalink

    I love chocolate milk, and used to have it every so often as a treat. Alas, about five years ago I developed lactose intolerance, and chocolate milk in particular seems to trigger a reaction in even small amounts. Every time I go to the grocery store, though, I look longingly at the little bottles of chocolate milk.

    • Randall Schenck
      Posted September 27, 2016 at 8:27 am | Permalink

      I think about bosco. I suppose they still make that stuff.

    • Grania Spingies
      Posted September 27, 2016 at 8:52 am | Permalink

      Try the vegan alternative Chocolate Almond milk. It’s equally delicious and won’t hurt you. (Unless you are allergic to nuts, in which case may god have mercy on your soul)

      • DrBrydon
        Posted September 27, 2016 at 9:41 am | Permalink

        I will do that. Thanks. And I may add some coconut, because chocolate almond coconut sounds awesome!

    • David Harper
      Posted September 27, 2016 at 11:04 am | Permalink

      Does your grocery store not have lactose-free milk? My wife loves chocolate milk too, but she has problems with lactose. Fortunately, lactose-free milk and chocolate Nesquik are both available over here.

  5. Posted September 27, 2016 at 11:31 am | Permalink

    I still drink chocolate milk from time to time.

  6. Fiona Clifton
    Posted September 27, 2016 at 11:48 am | Permalink

    Chocolate milk is a bona fide sports recovery drink: it apparently has just the right ratio of protein to carbs. And it tastes great after a long run.

  7. Dale Franzwa
    Posted September 27, 2016 at 10:40 pm | Permalink

    I too am a chocolate milk guy. I have it on my granola cereal for bkfst. Can’t stand regular milk.

    I watched the debate last night. Thought Hillary did well. Trump is an egotistical know-nothing.

  8. Posted September 28, 2016 at 10:59 am | Permalink

    …..15 kittens and six nipples! What did they do?…..

    With a group of people observing a similar scene on a farm, one of the visitors dryly commented:
    “That’s why man invented trade unions”. .-

    • Posted September 28, 2016 at 11:23 am | Permalink

      Not to mention contraception. (Which works well for our species since we normally give birth 1 at a time.)

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