It’s the day after Xmas, and all through the site, it’s crawling with kitties, but none of them bite. Yes, it’s December 26, 2016, and it’s the second day of Koynezaa. It’s also National Candy Cane Day, when you have to figure out what to do with all those crook-shaped sweets, designed, as you may know, to represent the staffs of the shepherds who visited Baby Jesus. (I’ve also heard that the red symbolizes Jesus’s blood, but I can’t be arsed to look that up). It’s also St. Stephens’s Day and Boxing Day in many places, and Hunt the Wren Day in Ireland and the Isle of Man.
On this day in 1799, George Washington was buried and, in 1825, the Decembrist Revolt was suppressed in Russia. In 1919, Babe Ruth was sold to the New York Yankees by the Boston Red Sox (not a good sale!), and on this day in 1963, according to Wikipedia, “The Beatles’ “I Want to Hold Your Hand” and “I Saw Her Standing There” were released in the United States, marking the beginning of Beatlemania on an international level.” I remember that well, but since I lived in Germany before then, I was already acquainted with the rise of that best of all rock groups. The evolution of the Beatles in only a few short years from songs like that to “Rubber Soul”, “Revolver,” and “Abbey Road” is one of the great stories of music.
Another rock star has been taken from us: George Michael of Wham! died yesterday of heart failure at only 53. Grania has listed for us his most famous songs, adding a few comments:
Wake me up before you go-goFaithOutside (his screw-you to the media for trying to shame him for being gay and being arrested at a public toilet)Don’t Let the Sun Go Down On Me (the one that’s a duet with Elton John)Somebody to Love (the Freddie Mercury Memorial Concert)
It was a bad year for rock and roll; but actor Carrie Fisher still seems to be hanging in there. Notables born on December 26 include Charles Babbage (1791), Henry Miller (1891), Phil Spector (1939), David Sedaris (1956) and Jared Leto (1971). Those who died on this day include Weegee (1968), President Harry Truman (1972), Jack Benny (1974), JonBenét Ramsey (1996, murdered at age 6) and President Gerald Ford (2006). Weegee (real name: Arthur Fellig) specialized in street and crime photography in New York City, and here’s perhaps his most famous 1943 photo, “The Critic“. It ostensibly shows a homeless woman glaring at two bejeweled socialites entering the opera, but in reality Weegee got his assistant to get a Bowery woman drunk, brought her to the gala, and then propped her up, hoping to capture a photo like this:
Meanwhile in Dobrzyn, Hili patiently explains human nature to Cyrus:
Cyrus: What is hypocrisy?Hili: When somebody is making monkey out of you while pretending he is not a swine.
Cyrus: Co to jest hipokryzja?
Hili: Jak ktoś cię robi w konia i udaje, że nie jest świnią.