Friday: Hili dialogue

It’s Friday, June 23, 2017, and didn’t this week go by fast? Now the days are beginning to shorten in the Northern Hemisphere, but you can console yourself by celebrating National Pecan Sandy Day. Not my favorite cookie (or “biscuit” to Brits), but I’d rather have them than, say, oatmeal raisin cookies, the health nut’s chocolate chip cookie. Here’s a pecan sandy; doesn’t it look appetizing? (NOT!):

It’s also a United Nations Day: International Widows Day.

On June 23, 1868, the typewriter was patented in the U.S. by Christopher Latham Sholes: he called it the “Type-Writer.” On this day in 1926, the first SAT exam was administered to students. I can still remember my scores, and I took it in 1966! (That’s 51 years ago; OY!) In 1942, a train full of Parisian Jews arrived at Auschwitz, and the “passengers” were subject to the very first selection for the gas chamber. And this day in 1951, the ocean liner SS United States was christened and launched. It was the fastest liner of the time (or any time), and my family and I crossed the Atlantic on it from England to the U.S. in 1957; at that time the U.S. Army allowed its officers to change duty stations on a luxury liner!  The ship still holds the “Blue Riband” for the fastest crossing of the Atlantic in either direction by a passenger liner: in 1952, for instance, she crossed from England to New Jersey in 3 days, 10 hours, and, 40 minutes! The ship went out of service in 1969 and is still moored in Philadelphia, subject to various schemes about being scrapped or turned into some other venue. Here she be: isn’t she a beaut?

On this day in 1972, Title IX of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 was changed to prohibit sex discrimination in any school program receiving federal funds; it was a big boost to women’s athletics, and to women’s rights in general. Finally, it was exactly a year ago today (can you believe it?) that the UK voted to leave the European Union in a general referendum (51.9% vs 48.1%); it was a bleak day for many of us.

Those born on this day include Alan Turing (1912), Bob Fosse (1927), Wilma Rudolph and Stu Sutcliffe (both 1940), and James Levine (1943). Those who died on this day include Jonas Salk (1995), Ed McMahon (2009) and Peter Falk (2011). Meanwhile in Dobrzyn, the beasts are helping Andrzej read a crime story (looks like it’s on a Kindle):

Hili: He will tell us all about it later.
Cyrus: I can’t wait.
In Polish:
Hili: Potem on nam to wszystko opowie.
Cyrus: Nie mogę się już doczekać.

Out in Winnipeg, reader Taskin snapped her Gus just as he was waking from his beauty sleep. He seems to have a “sleep crease” in his fur:

And from Grania we have two tweets. First, a squirrel, tired of nuts, goes full throttle for a baguette. The French word for squirrel is “écureuil”. Can you pronounce that? It isn’t easy, but I can do it!

And a dancing gorilla. Is this really the best thing on the Internet this year?


  1. rickflick
    Posted June 23, 2017 at 6:56 am | Permalink

    I’d like to see that beautiful ship, the SS United States, refitted with sails and solar panels and converted into a research vessel to study the effects of global warming on the oceans. To get Trump to fund the project, rename the ship – “The Donald”.

    • Colin McLachlan
      Posted June 23, 2017 at 10:31 am | Permalink

      I love the “go faster” fins on the funnels!

  2. Serendipitydawg
    Posted June 23, 2017 at 7:46 am | Permalink

    I suspect a fair percentage voted to leave to give the Tories a kicking, I know I did. Who knew we would win…

    No regrets though.

  3. somer
    Posted June 23, 2017 at 8:21 am | Permalink

    I know its not popular with some but yay to Title X.

    • Diane G.
      Posted June 25, 2017 at 1:40 am | Permalink

      + 1

  4. dorcheat
    Posted June 23, 2017 at 8:54 am | Permalink

    Dancing gorilla performed 14 counterclockwise revolutions in about 14 seconds for one revolution per second. Now the big question: can gorillas become dizzy?

  5. Heather Hastie
    Posted June 23, 2017 at 10:16 am | Permalink

    One of my pet peeves, and I wouldn’t have RT’d the squirrel video because of it – look at the grammar of that tw**t.

    Also Jerry, in my self-appointed role of educating you in your self-appointed role as an honorary NZer, we say “biscuit” in NZ too.

  6. David Coxill
    Posted June 23, 2017 at 10:33 am | Permalink

    Hi ,bit off topic ,but could anyone tell me how the raising of the min wage in California is working out Corbyn has proposed a £10 min wage and the rightit wingnuts on the Independent are leaving a lot of nasty comments .
    Thanks .
    They could turn the boat into a Hotel like the Queen Mary ,visited it in 2012 ,they even have a red telephone box with a atm in it .

  7. Colin McLachlan
    Posted June 23, 2017 at 10:47 am | Permalink

    Needs some suitable music: Splish splash, I was takin’ a bath…

  8. Colin McLachlan
    Posted June 23, 2017 at 10:51 am | Permalink

    Needs some music: Splish Splash…

    • Colin McLachlan
      Posted June 23, 2017 at 10:52 am | Permalink

      Sorry, I was having a fight with WordPress (guess who won).

  9. Posted June 23, 2017 at 11:24 am | Permalink

    I crossed the Atlantic on the United States on my way to Edinburgh for my postdoc fifty years ago. Many memories, including seasickness.

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