Good morning! It’s November 28, 2016, and it’s National French Toast Day. Now there’s something I can get behind: when I was a lad, even into college age, my mom would sometimes make me French Toast (probably unknown in France) as a special treat. I remember pouring Mrs. Butterworth’s syrup over it from the lady-shaped bottle. It’s also the Feast Day of St. Herman of Alaska (!), a Russian Orthodox monk who ministered in what was then Russian territory. I know of no other saint from Alaska, but I’m probably wrong.
On this day in 1520, Ferdinand Magellan’s fleet sailed through the passage at South America’s tip now known as the Strait of Magellan. In 1582, William Shakespeare and Anne Hathaway paid a a £40 bond for their marriage license. The Royal Society of London was founded i 1660 was founded on this day, and, in 1967, astronomers Jocelyn Bell Burnell and Antony Hewish.discovered the first pulsar. Burnell, though she later accrued many honors, failed to receive the 1974 Nobel Prize along with Hewish, widely seen as an injustice (I agree).
Notables born on this day include Alberto Moravia (1907), Motown Founder Berry Gordy, Jr. (1929, and still with us at 87), Ed Harris (1950), and Jon Stewart (1962). Those who died on this day include Richard Wright (1960), Rosalind Russell (1976 ♥), and Leslie Nielsen (2010). Meanwhile in Dobrzyn, Hili and Cyrus are feeling neglected:
Hili: It’s very symptomatic.Cyrus: What’s symptomatic?Hili: That nobody pays any attention to us.
Hili: To jest bardzo symptomatyczne.
Cyrus: Co jest symptomatyczne?
Hili: To, że nikt na nas nie zwraca uwagi.
Leon: Which one here is my fan? I will give him nice results on the mock exam.
I asked Malgorzata what this was about, and she answered this way:
Oh, at the end of junior high in Poland, kids get a very difficult exam which is important for their further education. Teachers show the kids what’s waiting them and at the same time can check who needs more work in which field by giving them a mock exam structured exactly like the final exam, but just for the teacher and pupils— it has no bearing on their access to other schools (like the final, real exam does).
Leon is at Elzbieta’s laptop and fully intends to give his fans better results than the real ones they achieved on the test. Leon likes to have fans.