Thursday: Hili dialogue

Good morning on January 5, 2017: National Whipped Cream Day. It’s also National Bird Day in the U.S., with lots of birders fanning out throughout the US to watch our feathered friends. It’s also National Sausage Day in the UK, where I guarantee thousands of Briths, Welsh, Scots, and inhabitants of Norn Iron will be tucking into that delicacy, regardless of the holiday.

On this day in 1895, French artillery officer Alfred Dreyfus was convicted of treason and sentenced to life on Devil’s Island; he was then publicly stripped of his rank. He was later exonerated and served his country honorably. On this day in 1933, construction began on one of America’s glories, the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco. And in 1974, there occurred the highest temperature ever reliable measured below the Antarctic Circle—a tropical +59 °F (+15 °C) recorded at Vanda Station.

Notables born on this day include George “Superman” Reeves (1914), Jane Wyman (1917), Walter Mondale (1928), Robert Duvall (1931), Umberto Eco (1932), Phil Ramone (1934), Diane Keaton (1946) and Marilyn Manson (1969). Those who died on this day include Ernest Shackleton (1922), Calvin Coolidge (1933), Tina Modotti (1942), George Washington Carver (1943), Rabbit Maranville (1954), Tip O’Neill  (1994) and Norman Heatley (2004). Meanwhile in Dobrzyn, Hil is affronted!

Hili: This stick has been provoking me since yesterday.
A: It probably drank too much.
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In Polish:
Hili: Ten patyczek od wczoraj mnie zaczepia.
Ja: Chyba za dużo wypił

Out in Winnipeg, Gus, housebound and bored, was given one of his favorite treats: dried shrimp that, I’m told, smell dreadful to humans. But he loves to crunch them.

Finally, on Tuesday here in Chicago, a two week old baby Bornean orangutan (Pongo pygmaeus; remember that there are two species of Pongo) was put on public display at the Brookfield Zoo

h/t: Michael

13 Comments

  1. BobTerrace
    Posted January 5, 2017 at 6:38 am | Permalink

    Typo: Tip O’Neill died 1994 not 1944.

  2. GBJames
    Posted January 5, 2017 at 7:25 am | Permalink

    There’s something terribly sad about the final sentence of this post.

  3. jardino
    Posted January 5, 2017 at 7:36 am | Permalink

    >>National Sausage Day in the UK, where I guarantee thousands of Briths, Welsh, Scots, and inhabitants of Norn Iron will be tucking into that delicacy<<

    As a Scot who has lived in Britain all of his life, I have never, ever, heard of National Sausage Day.

    Most Scots, at this time of year, will be unwinding from Hogmanay / New Year's Day and gearing up for Burn's night on 25th, when large quantities of haggis will be eaten (and some golden liquid consumed).

    I think that "no true Scotsman will disagree with me.

    Happy 2017!
    Alan.

    • Mike
      Posted January 5, 2017 at 8:27 am | Permalink

      Same here, never heard of it, but had a couple on toast yesterday with a smearing of Colemans Mustard, lovely. Who names all these Days? is it some Bozo who likes sausage or whatever and declares it to be that Day

      • jardino
        Posted January 5, 2017 at 2:50 pm | Permalink

        Perhaps January 25th should be called “National Haggis Day”.

        Mine will be from the MacSween’s establishment, accompanied with some libations from the house of Lagavulin.

        Alan.

    • gravelinspector-Aidan
      Posted January 6, 2017 at 11:48 am | Permalink

      As a Scot who has lived in Britain all of his life, I have never, ever, heard of National Sausage Day.

      This raises the question to me of “link” or “Lorne”? (For those not in the know, “Lorne” sausage is a “sausage meat” concoction served in squarish slabs.I leave aside the perennial question of whether British “sausage meat” mix is actually “meat”, or indeed “food”. Or, indeed, edible.

      large quantities of haggis will be eaten

      Along with smaller quantities of neeps and tatties. For which, you need the amber liquid to purge the palette.

  4. rickflick
    Posted January 5, 2017 at 7:40 am | Permalink

    The orangutan has such heavy looking eye lids and a relaxed pace, I can’t help attributing them with complete nonchalance. Even the infant who seems to risk falling seems to be saying, “It’s nothing really. Yawn.”

  5. Randall Schenck
    Posted January 5, 2017 at 7:54 am | Permalink

    Shackleton, one of the really great exploration stories. I missed seeing anything on line yesterday and attempted to catch up a little. Must continue the education when I can. I feel I missed an important post and while reading the comments it made me think of something strange. It was as if I had learned how to play chess and later confronted Gary Kasparov and began explaining the game to him.

  6. Dominic
    Posted January 5, 2017 at 8:11 am | Permalink

    Happy birthday to the great Naturalist, Thomas Nuttall https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas_Nuttall

  7. colnago80
    Posted January 5, 2017 at 9:03 am | Permalink

    Also, Nobel Prize laureate Max Born died 1/5/1970.

  8. Heather Hastie
    Posted January 5, 2017 at 9:07 am | Permalink

    The Dreyfus Affair had ramifications that went on for decades, even into the 1960s. Very interesting.

    I love all the animal pics today. Hili looks so cute, Gus is demanding in a way only a cat can be, and Rick has already described the Orangs perfectly above.

  9. HaggisForBrains
    Posted January 5, 2017 at 10:22 am | Permalink

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  10. RossR
    Posted January 5, 2017 at 4:43 pm | Permalink

    Not only Gus! We once had a sizeable colony of guineapigs, who occasionally had to be given medicine (each dose was one seventh of a pill intended for a cat or dog). They did not take this willingly, the only subterfuge that worked was to hide them inside dried shrimps, which they couldn’t get enough of.


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