Friday: Hili dialogue

Well, we’ve nearly made it through another work week, and this was a tough one. It’s now Friday, May 5, 2017:  Cinco de Mayo, a day celebrated in Mexico from the day in 1862 when Mexican Army’s beat the French at the Battle of Puebla, a lovely town that I’ll revisit in November. Because of that, it’s also National Enchilada Day. Please eat one of these:


On this day in 1821, Napoleon died on the remote island of St. Helena. Fourteen years later, the first railway in continental Europe commenced service between Brussels and Mechelen in Belgium. In 1891, Carnegie Hall (then known as The Music Hall) opened in New York City, with, of all people, Tchaikovsky as the guest conductor. In 1904, Cy Young, playing for Boston, pitched the first “perfect game” of baseball in the modern era (nobody reaching first base), defeating the Philadelphia Athletics. On May 5, 1920, Sacco and Vanzetti were arrested for robbery and murder, and were electrocuted seven years later. Both were anarchists, and at least one was actually guilty. Five years later, John Scopes was arrested in Dayton, Tennessee for teaching human evolution,  a violation of the Butler Act that led to the famous “Monkey Trial” in which Scopes was convicted. (The conviction was later set aside because the judge decided the $100 fine rather than the jury.) On may 5, 1961, Alan Shepherd became the first astronaut to reach outer space, though he didn’t orbit the Earth. And in 1981, IRA member Bobby Sands, 27, died in prison after 66 days of a hunger strike.

Notables born on this day include Søren Kierkegaard (1813), Karl Marx (1818), James Beard (1903), Tammy Wynette (1942), and Michael Palin (1943). Those who died on this day include Napoleon (see above) and Bret Harte (1902). Meanwhile in Dobrzyn, Hili isn’t quite yet ready for her closeup:

Hili: Don’t take the picture yet!
A: Why not?
Hili: Think of the public. I like it when Cyrus is looking up with envy.
In Polish:
Hili: Zaczekaj z tym zdjęciem!
Ja: Na co?
Hili: Na publiczność, lubię jak Cyrus patrzy w górę z zazdrością.

And here’s Gus in “Cause and Effect:

Lagniappe: From reader Diane G., a tw**t related to one of our favorite Gary Larson cartoons:


  1. Posted May 5, 2017 at 6:36 am | Permalink

    Fud in Scotland means the part of the female anatomy that Donald Trump likes to grab.

    • Colin McLachlan
      Posted May 6, 2017 at 3:26 am | Permalink

      That was my first thought when I first saw this lovely cartoon way back.

  2. Posted May 5, 2017 at 6:50 am | Permalink

    Was Alan Shepherd not the first American in space? After Gagarin, a few weeks earlier…? I thought the US sending him up was a bit ‘we have to do something!’…?

    • Posted May 5, 2017 at 6:51 am | Permalink

      Ah – ‘astronaut’ as opposed to ‘cosmonaut’!

  3. David Duncan
    Posted May 5, 2017 at 6:55 am | Permalink

    Time for your bath, Gus… 🙂

  4. Posted May 5, 2017 at 6:56 am | Permalink

    I would hesitate to state categorically that “at least one [Sacco and Vanzetti] was actually guilty”, unless some new evidence has appeared very recently. The consensus seems to be that they were tried mainly for their anarchist views and that Fascist informers were involved. I would strongly recommend the Sacco and Vanzetti film ( with a beautiful theme song by Joan Baez.

    • Ken Kukec
      Posted May 5, 2017 at 7:47 am | Permalink

      Yeah, the way I would’ve put it is that “at least one of them [Vanzetti] was very probably innocent.”

      Sacco and Vanzetti were executed because they were anarchists and because they were Italian immigrants during one of this nation’s recurrent bouts of anti-immigrant hysteria — the way the Rosenbergs were executed because they were communists and Jews, the way the Ricky Ray Rectors of the world are executed because they are black and poor and feeble-minded. Our nation has an ugly history of imposing capital punishment upon despised outcasts for political reasons.

  5. Randy schenck
    Posted May 5, 2017 at 7:23 am | Permalink

    Nothing like a good dirt bath, eh Gus. Hili must be thinking of running for president.

    I remember in the 6th grade I took a radio to school so we could listen to Alan Shepherd go into space.

  6. somer
    Posted May 5, 2017 at 8:05 am | Permalink

    The immaculate Gus is tired of shining and is getting down and dirty now.

  7. athiest in a foxhole
    Posted May 5, 2017 at 1:12 pm | Permalink

    You had me at National Enchilada Day!

  8. busterggi
    Posted May 5, 2017 at 1:22 pm | Permalink

    Fud lunch meat???

    Is it rabbit or duck?

  9. JonLynnHarvey
    Posted May 5, 2017 at 1:38 pm | Permalink

    The local paper has an article on how May 5 celebrations are rather muted across the country in the wake of the new Drumpf administration.

  10. JonLynnHarvey
    Posted May 5, 2017 at 1:50 pm | Permalink

    Re the Scopes trial. Wikipedia reports that $100 back then is about $1366 today.

  11. Gregory Kusnick
    Posted May 5, 2017 at 7:44 pm | Permalink

    When I was in New York last year, I stayed in a hotel literally across the street from Carnegie Hall. But it took practice to cross that street.

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