Wedneday: Hili dialogue

Good morning on the last day of May—the 31st (2017). It’s National Macaroon Day, but it’s also World No Tobacco Day, which I am not 100% down with because it demonizes the Habanos I love to smoke (2 or fewer per week). I wouldn’t want to sacrifice my occasional cigar.

It must have been a long day for the President, as Trump tweeted out this garbled thought at six minutes after midnight (yes, the tweet says 11:06, but papers report 12:06):

As the Washington Post noted, this mistake (the Donald surely meant “coverage,” but then what?) started a #covfefe site, including this tw**t:

And the New Yorker‘s television critic Emily Nussbaum waited for the Donald to finish his tweet. Waiting . . . waiting. . .  and then nothing:

and this:

On this day in history, Samuel Pepys recorded the very last event in his famous diary. You may not know that that diary was written in a kind of shorthand, with special phrases for passages of infidelity, masturbation, and so on. On May 21, 1859, Big Ben started keeping time in London. Exactly 30 years later we had The Great Johnston Flood in Pennsylvania, in which the failure of a dam killed 2209 people in the eponymous town. Finally, it was on this day in 2005 that the magazine Vanity Fair revealed that “Deep Throat” of Woodward Bernstein fame, a man who helped bring down Nixon, was Mark Felt, an FBI agent. Felt died three years later at 95.

Notables born on May 31 include Walt Whitman (1819), Clint Eastwood (1930), Joe Namath (1943), Brooke Shields (1965), and Colin Farrell (1976). Those who died on this day include the painter Tintoretto (1594), Billy Strayhorn (1967), Nobel-winning geneticist Jacques Monod (1976), Jack Dempsey (1983), Timothy Leary (1996), and Jean Stapleton (2013). Meanwhile in Dobrzyn, Hili is directing the walkies (there’s a fork in the path at the end of the orchard):

Hili: We are turning to the right!
Cyrus: If you say so.
In Polish:
Hili: Idziemy w prawo!
Cyrus: Jak tak mówisz.
Lagniappe: Matthew sends us a tw**t showing a sneezing kestrel, almost certainly the first time you’ve seen this bird sneeze. It’s from the BBC’s “Springwatch” cams, which Matthew watches religiously (that’s a metaphor). The link to the live KestrelCam is here.


  1. Posted May 31, 2017 at 6:37 am | Permalink

    We quarrelled about Havanas—we fought o’er a good cheroot,
    And I know she is exacting, and she says I am a brute.

  2. bric
    Posted May 31, 2017 at 6:42 am | Permalink

    I know I will sound like a grumpy old pedant but Big Ben is the bell. The tower was just called The Clock Tower (although it was sometimes referred to as St Stephen’s Tower) but was renamed for the 2012 Jubilee The Elizabeth Tower.

    • Posted May 31, 2017 at 7:28 am | Permalink

      Ah! You might enjoy this article!
      Why do pedants pedant?


      • Colin McLachlan
        Posted May 31, 2017 at 1:09 pm | Permalink

        As a card-carrying pedant, that article nearly drove me nuts. I assume the grammatical errors were deliberate.

        • bric
          Posted May 31, 2017 at 2:38 pm | Permalink

          Thank you! I was so horribly tempted to pedant again . . . actually I’m not at all sure ‘pedant’ can properly be used as a verb.

    • Posted May 31, 2017 at 12:06 pm | Permalink

      “oranges and lemons, …”

      • bric
        Posted May 31, 2017 at 2:36 pm | Permalink

        I don’t suppose children sing that any more; or at least not without counselling

        . . .Here comes a candle to light you to bed,
        And here comes a chopper to chop off your head!
        Chip chop chip chop the last man is dead!

        • Posted June 1, 2017 at 11:40 am | Permalink

          I don’t remember that very last line … hm! I remember meeting children my own age from other parts of Canada (often children of friends of my parents) as I grew up and it was always curious to hear the same-but-different childhood-rhymes and school yard rumours.

  3. ThyroidPlanet
    Posted May 31, 2017 at 6:50 am | Permalink

    Oh, THATS what Samuel Pepys is all about.

  4. Randy schenck
    Posted May 31, 2017 at 7:20 am | Permalink

    We wait for those words of wisdom from our great leader. Makes one think of that Charlie Rich tune – Who will the next fool be.

    • Randy schenck
      Posted May 31, 2017 at 8:05 am | Permalink

      News flash — just heard on the news, Trump says we will withdraw from the Paris Climate Change that we had already joined. Such a moron we have never seen.

  5. Posted May 31, 2017 at 7:35 am | Permalink

    What’s irking me is the odious President Shit-Gibbon (not my coining) appears to have figured out that this meme works in his favor. Infuriating.

  6. mordacious1
    Posted May 31, 2017 at 10:17 am | Permalink

    The Great Johnston Flood? Was that when Lake Covfefe flooded?

  7. Posted May 31, 2017 at 10:31 am | Permalink

    Covfefe may be the best thing that ever happened on Twitter. It completely took over my feed and I was laughing out loud on my morning commute. There were so many good ones.

  8. Posted May 31, 2017 at 11:25 am | Permalink

    World without tobacco should come not by harassing those who are already smoking but gradually, by bringing up new generations that do not smoke and do not feel any need to. The same way, a world without religion could come… (My two-minutes of dreaming.)

  9. Larry Smith
    Posted May 31, 2017 at 3:32 pm | Permalink

    You can follow Samuel Pepys on Tw*tter, where excerpts from his diary are tw**ted several times a day. Provides interesting insights into life way back then.

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