NOTE: I am taking off for Singapore, Hong Kong, and China for several weeks beginning tomorrow, so posting will be light, and probably limited to the Hili dialogues and a Caturday felid. I will do my best to post from these places, but I will be busy and also unsure of internet connection in some areas. Bear with us and stay tuned. With luck, I should have some awesome pictures of noms, as I’ve already conferred with my hosts in both Singapore and HK and jointly decided on an Eating Plan. If you’re interested in my talks in all three places, put a note in the comments and I’ll post information.
So, today is October 25, 2016, and we’re coming up to the election on Tuesday, November 8. On that day Hillary wins the Presidency, and I collect about $400 from all the liberal Chicken Littles who were so afraid of a Trump victory that they’d gladly pay me if Clinton won. And those of you who have bet me, believe me: I’ll collect, for if you don’t pay, you’ll sleep with the fishes.
It is, according to the Foodimentary site, a day you won’t believe:
So, you have a license to have fried chicken (preferably not KFC), a cheese steak, a New York pizza dripping with oil, and so on. After all, it’s only one day a year! Not much happened on this day in history. Here’s a small example from Wikipedia:
- 1861 – The Toronto Stock Exchange is created.
- 1900 – The United Kingdom annexes the Transvaal.
- 1920 – After 74 days on hunger strike in Brixton Prison, England, the Sinn Féin Lord Mayor of Cork, Terence MacSwiney dies.
- 1924 – The Zinoviev letter, which Zinoviev himself denied writing, is published in the Daily Mail. The Labour party would later blame this letter for the Conservatives’ landslide election win.
Oy! Notables born on this day include Pablo Picasso (1881). Minnie Pearl (1912; “How-DEEEEE!), Helen Reddy (1941; she is woman), and James Carville (1944). Those who died on this day include a lot of people killed in the Battle of Agincourt in 1415, including many nobles. It marked the first effective use of the English longbow in battle. Also on this day, Roger Miller died in 1992, and Bobby Riggs (remember his match with Billie Jean King?) in 1995, and Richard Harris in 2002. Harris, of course, sang one of the worst songs in the history of rock, and, looking it up, I found out this fun fact:
Composer Jimmy Webb wrote “MacArthur Park” about his breakup with Susan Ronstadt, a cousin of singer Linda Ronstadt. MacArthur Park was where the two occasionally met for lunch and spent their most enjoyable times together. [See here.]
Meanwhile in Dobrzyn, autumn rains have begun in Poland, to Hili’s endless frustration. She’ll soon be looking for the Door to Summer:
Cyrus: When it stops raining we will go for a walk.Hili: Do you think it will ever stop?
Cyrus: Jak przestanie padać to pójdziemy na spacer.
Hili: Myślisz, że kiedyś przestanie?