Good morning. It’s cold in Chicago: a balmy 9°F (-13°C), and predicted to stay that way or even get chillier. It’s December 14, 2016, and only 11 shopping days left for Christmas (Professor Ceiling Cat [Emeritus] will, as usual, get bupkes). In the U.S. it’s both National Biscuits and Gravy Day (an estimable dish when prepared right, and National Bouillabaisse Day.It’s also International Monkey Day, so be good to your primate, treat it well, and don’t spank it.
On this day in 1542, Mary Stuart became Mary, Queen of Scots, and reigned for 24 years, until she abdicated and was apprehended in England, executed at age 44. She was said to be 5 feet eleven inches tall, a remarkable height for a woman of that day. On December 14, 1900, Max Planck presented his derivation of the law of black-body radiation, initiating the era of quantum mechanics in physics. In this day in 1911, Roald Amunsen and his team became the first humans to reach the South Pole. In 1972, Eugene Cernan became the last person to walk on the Moon (the Apollo 17 mission). And only four years ago, the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting took the lives of 26 people, including shooter Adam Lanza.
Notables born on this day include Tycho Brahe (1546), Jimmy Doolittle (1896), Raj Kapoor (1924), and Jane Birkin (1946). Those who died on this day include Louis Agassiz (1873), George Gipp (1920; source of Ronald Reagan’s phrase “Win one for the Gipper”), Walter Lippmann (1974), Roger Maris (1985), Myrna Loy (1993 ♥), Peter O’Toole (2013), and Bess Myerson, the first Jewish Miss America (2014). Meanwhile in Dobrzyn, it’s a Big Anniversary for Hili, and in celebration she establishes that she’s both a gourmet and a gourmand (in my view they should be the same: if you like food, you should like a lot of it):
Hili: As of today it’s been three years since I became editor-in-chief of “Listy”. It’s time for a bonus.A: What do you prefer: a salmon or boar pate?Hili: It doesn’t matter as long as there is plenty of it.
Hili: Dziś mijają trzy lata jak jestem naczelną “Listów”, pora na jakąś premię.
Ja: Wolisz łososia, czy pasztet z dzika?
Hili: Wszystko jedno, byle dużo.
Out in frigid Winnipeg, Gus briefly visited the bird feeder and then walked home in his staff’s footprings. There is a video below as well as a photo; notes are from Taskin, half of Gus’s staff:
I know I’ve sent video of Gus hopping in snow footprints before, I don’t get tired of it. I carried him out to fill the bird feeders and let him run home from there.
Video, with Gus carefully hopping in the footprints: