Tuesday: Hili dialogue (and Leon monologue)

Hello on a lovely (so far) Tuesday, May 16, 2017.  It’s National Barbecue Day, celebrating one of America’s great contributions to world cuisine (yes, I know other lands have simulacra of BBQ, but I’ve never had better examples of the genre than a good BBQ Texas brisket or Chicago-style rib tips).  In Iraq, it’s Mass Graves Day, a sad occasion.

On this day in 1770, Marie Antoinette, only 14, married Louis-Auguste, just a year older, and who later became King Louis XVI. In 1868, President Andrew Johnson’s impeachment trial ended, with Johnson narrowly escaping conviction (by one vote) in the Senate. On this day in 1929, the first Academy Awards ceremony took place, with Wings (featuring Gary Cooper and Clara Bow) winning best picture. Here’s the trailer:

On May 16, 1943, the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising ended, with nearly ever Jew captured or killed (13,000 of the latter); most of the survivors died in concentration camps. Here are some of the doomed survivors:

Notables born on this day include Henry Fonda (1905), Studs Terkel (1912), Liberace (1919), and Adrienne Rich (1929). Those who died on this day include Django Reinhardt (1953), James Agee (1955), Andy Kaufman (1984), and both Sammy Davis, Jr, and Jim Henson (1990). Meanwhile in Dobrzyn, Hili shows her obsessive interests in birds as she goes for walkies with Cyrus and Malgorzata:

Hili: Do you hear birds singing?
Malgorzata: Yes, I do.
Hili: Interesting.
In Polish:
Hili: Słyszysz ten śpiew ptaków?
Małgorzata: Słyszę.
Hili: Interesujący.


In Wloclawek, Leon and staff have gone for a hike; apparently there are beavers near!

Leon: Let’s go and see how our beavers are.
And in Winnipeg, here’s Gus in the Garden with Flowers:


    • darrelle
      Posted May 16, 2017 at 12:22 pm | Permalink

      Definitely interesting. I think it might add to the mystery of why narwhal have tusks rather than solve it.

      Since it’s mostly males that have tusks sexual selection seems likely. But 15% of females also have tusks, which seems like a lot. Perhaps suggesting that there was some other significant selection pressure at play either in addition to sexual selection, or perhaps instead of.

      But if the selection pressure was fish catching ability, why are the tusks so big? They seem too large to be even close to optimal for catching fish. And 85% percent of females don’t have them. Seems more likely that the tusks evolved for some other reason, like sexual selection, and that the narwhal have learned that they can be of some use in catching fish. Maybe the behavior is merely play.

  1. pmarston
    Posted May 16, 2017 at 7:09 am | Permalink

    Did you know that the word ‘barbecue’ comes from French, deriving from the ancient practice of feeding a family by cooking a goat over an open fire and eating it from ‘beard to tail’ (‘barbe à queue) 😉

  2. Ken Kukec
    Posted May 16, 2017 at 7:13 am | Permalink

    Since it’s the day on which Mlle. Antoinette wed the penultimate dauphin of France, shouldn’t today also be let’s-eat-some-brioche day?

  3. Randy schenck
    Posted May 16, 2017 at 7:15 am | Permalink

    Wings – the movie was a masterpiece in Hollywood movie making for sure. Apparently they did have a couple of crashes and one killed during the making of the movie. No surprising as flying in those days was dangerous due to the nature of the aircraft. 1927 was the same year Lindberg crossed the ocean and the same year my grandfather started flying.

    • revelator60
      Posted May 16, 2017 at 10:34 am | Permalink

      Agreed, Wings is still a terrific film. It’s on Blu-Ray for anyone interested in seeing one of the best big-budget Hollywood movies of the late silent era. The flight scenes will never be excelled by a modern film, since there was no CGI and the actors actually had to fly those planes. So 90 years on the dogfights remain stunning. And I don’t want to spoil the picture, but the end features something you’ll never see the male leads do in a modern blockbuster…

      • Randall Schenck
        Posted May 16, 2017 at 10:56 am | Permalink

        Flying in airplanes was still a very exciting and rare experience for millions of people as well, so the film had a big impact in that way. Today we say, what’s the big deal but not then. Throughout the 30s, in the depression, my grandfather made good money just flying people, giving them rides in an airplane. They would fork over $5 dollars for a ride, a lot of money back then.

    • Larry
      Posted May 16, 2017 at 9:41 pm | Permalink

      Clara Bow (1905-1965)was quite an actress. A silent film movie star who then made it in talkies.

    • Michael Waterhouse
      Posted May 17, 2017 at 6:00 am | Permalink

      I haven’t seen that movie.

      The trailer immediately reminded me of Star Wars, with the music and all.

      I love flying.

  4. David Coxill
    Posted May 16, 2017 at 8:24 am | Permalink

    I think i read somewhere that the German nearest to the camera was arrested years after the war ended because of this photo ?.

  5. Heather Hastie
    Posted May 16, 2017 at 2:40 pm | Permalink

    When Marie Antoinette and Louis went to bed on their wedding night, Louis played with his toy soldiers on the covers as usual. He apparently had no idea there was something else he was now allowed to do. Marie Antoinette, on the other hand, was expecting to have to do her duty and work on providing an heir. The situation was the joke of the court for a while. Louis eventually worked it out, though I don’t remember how that is said to have occurred.

    • Posted May 16, 2017 at 3:55 pm | Permalink

      I’ve read claims that he was operated for phimosis.

      • Heather Hastie
        Posted May 16, 2017 at 8:04 pm | Permalink

        That sounds familiar to me too.

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