Tuesday: Hili dialogue (and Leon monologue)

Good morning! As I type this, it’s the ungodly hour of 4:30 a.m., Tuesday June 27, 2017 (I suppose for atheists it’s always an ungodly hour!) Foodimentary tells me it’s National Orange Blossom Day, without explanation, though they could have mentioned that an Orange Blossom is the name of a cocktail made with gin, orange liqueur, orange juice, grenadine, and lime juice. I’ve never had one. In Germany it’s Seven Sleepers’ Day, which is sort of like Groundhog Day without the groundhog.

On this day in 1844, Joseph Smith, the charlatan and con man who founded the Mormon Church, was killed by an angry mob at Carthage, Illinois. On June 28, 1905, the famous mutiny on the Russian battleship Potemkin occurred—one of the events in the run-up to the Russian Revolution. In 1950, America decided to send troops to fight in the Korean War, a war that never officially ended (there’s a “truce”). Will Trump start Korean War II? Finally, on this day in 2007, Tony Blair resigned as the Britsh Prime Minister, a position he’d held for a decade.

Notables born on this day include Emma Goldman (1869), Helen Keller (1890; it’s Helen Keller Day in the U.S.), and Isabelle Adjani (1955). Those who died on this day include the great mountaineer Hermann Buhl (1957, the first man to summit Nanga Parbat after standing alone and upright all night on a ledge 8000 meters high; he died in an avalanche on Chogolisa four years later), and Jack Lemmon (2001). It was not a banner day for the death of famous people, but here’s a famous photo of Hermann Buhl right after his ascent of Nanga Parbat, showing the first stages of frostbite on his face:

and here is Nanga Parbat in Pakistan (8126 m). You can see a 90-minute German film of that expedition here.

 Meanwhile in Dobrzyn, Hili is referring to my piece on this site about the origin of domestic cats, which Malgorzata translated into Polish at Listy,

Hili: My ancestors lived in Egypt.
A: How do you know?
Hili: New research says so.
In Polish
Hili: Moi przodkowie mieszkali w Egipcie.
Ja: Skąd wiesz?
Hili: Najnowsze badania na to wskazują.

And on the site of his future home near Dobrzyn, tabby Leon is plotting his adventures:

Hmm, where have not I been yet today?

Finally, Matthew found a tw**t purporting to show the world’s first cat video. It’s BOXING CATS, pummeling each other at Thomas Edison’s studio. Why did the harbinger of all cat videos have to involve pugnacious felines?


  1. busterggi
    Posted June 27, 2017 at 7:10 am | Permalink

    Frostbite? Damned lucky Buhl didn’t run into Ras Al-Guhl.

    • Heather Hastie
      Posted June 27, 2017 at 7:23 am | Permalink

      He and Ras Al-Guhl went to the same kindergarten, where both were taught how to stand on mountain ledges all night. 😀

  2. Randy schenck
    Posted June 27, 2017 at 8:48 am | Permalink

    Interesting thing about the Korean Conflict – like most others since, there was no declaration of WAR, so just an action or conflict where thousands died. Many who study these things and many who don’t, believed the Korean conflict was a loss or at best a draw. Actually it was a win as much as any other war before it. Some finally realized this after the conflict in Vietnam.

    • Diane G.
      Posted June 28, 2017 at 12:29 am | Permalink

      Sadly, it seems that each generation needs to relearn this lesson by experience.

  3. JonLynnHarvey
    Posted June 27, 2017 at 10:37 am | Permalink

    An atheist can always say “unseemly” instead of “ungodly” (but we would lose a clever joke in the process).

  4. Bethlenfalvy
    Posted June 27, 2017 at 11:23 am | Permalink

    “In Germany it’s Seven Sleepers’ Day, which is sort of like Groundhog Day without the groundhog.”

    As for rodent substitutes: In lieu of groundhogs Germans (and other Central Europeans) have Siebenschläfer (edible dormice) which folklore relates to the seven martyrs (due to their long period of hibernation). They are more active (at night only) and more cute.

    Btw: The only people who celebrate this day in Germany are weather forecasters (and perhaps American biologists).

  5. Posted June 27, 2017 at 1:51 pm | Permalink

    The bird makes the photo of Nanga Parbat great.

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