It’s Friday, October 7, 2016, and I’m in Pittsburgh, soon to head out to Frank Lloyd Wright’s masterpiece of home architecture: Fallingwater. The Freedom From Religion Foundation has offered that as an excursion, and as speaker I get to go! (The last time I spoke at the FFRF, it was in Hartford and we got to tour Mark Twain’s house.) I believe some of us are meeting at the hotel bar today at 4 p.m.
It’s National Frappe Day, and for non-Americans a “frappe” is a milkshake (milk, ice cream, and syrup), but it’s only called that in New England. In other places it can be an iced coffee drink, sometimes with ice cream, like my grandmother used to make.
On this day in history, Uppsala University was inaugurated in Sweden in 1477; can you name a famous early biologist who taught there? On October 7, 1868, Cornell University also began operations, and as a purely secular school. The GDR (East Germany) was formed on this day in 1949, and one year later Mother Teresa’s order of nuns began in India.
Notables born on this day include Joe Hill (1879), Heinrich Himmler (1900), Desmond Tutu (1931), Harry Kroto (1939), Oliver North (1943), Yo-Yo Ma (1955), and Tim Minchin (1975). Those who died on this day include Edgar Allen Poe (1849), Christy Mathewson (1925), and Irving Penn (2009). Meanwhile in Dobrzyn, Hili decides to imitate Jesus, except that the staff is providing the loaves and fishes:
THE SERMON ON THE LAPHili: We came and you petted us, and now it’s time to feed us.A: I’m afraid I do not have a choice.
KAZANIE NA KOLANACHHili: Przyszliśmy i pogłaskałeś nas, a teraz pora nas nakarmić.
Ja: Obawiam się, że nie mam innego wyboru.
Lagniappe: a cat attack a plush tiger. Look at that wicked right paw!