Wednesday: Hili dialogue

Good morning on the second day of August, 2017: a Wednesday here in the States. It’s also National Ice Cream Sandwich Day, and I have had a few of these recently, as they’re a nice summer treat (surprisingly, the main demographic who consumes them includes people between 30 and 44). Are these (shown below) eaten in other Anglophone lands? (The gourmet versions, with the ice cream slathered between fancy cookies and the like, can get very fancy and pricey.)

On this day in 1776, the Declaration of Independence was signed. “What’s that?”, you say. “It was July 4!” Probably not; that was when the Declaration was adopted, but at least some signing almost certainly occurred later. As Wikipedia notes:

Historians have generally accepted McKean’s version of events, arguing that the famous signed version of the Declaration was created after July 19, and was not signed by Congress until August 2, 1776. In 1986, legal historian Wilfred Ritz argued that historians had misunderstood the primary documents and given too much credence to McKean, who had not been present in Congress on July 4. According to Ritz, about thirty-four delegates signed the Declaration on July 4, and the others signed on or after August 2. Historians who reject a July 4 signing maintain that most delegates signed on August 2, and that those eventual signers who were not present added their names later.

On August 2, 1790, the first U.S. census was conducted. At that time the population was a little less than four million, and that includes everyone, including slaves. Needless to say, it’s a very rough estimate. On this day in 1870, the world’s first underground tube railway, the “Tower Subway”, opened in London. In 1939, the positron—the antiparticle of the electron—was discovered by Carl D. Anderson; this was the first antimatter particle seen, and, as I recall, its existence was predicted by Dirac. On August 2, 1939, Einstein and Leo Szilard wrote to President Franklin Roosevelt, urging him to start developing an atomic bomb, which began the Manhattan Project. Finally, on this day in 1943, John F Kennedy’s torpedo boat, the famous PT-109, was sunk by a Japanese destroyer, and Kennedy saved all but two of his crew.

Notables born on this day include John Tyndall (1820), Myrna Loy (1905), Shimon Peres (1923), James Baldwin (1924), Carroll O’Connor (1924), Peter O’Toole (1932), Garth Hudson (1937), Wes Craven (1939), and Isabel Allende (1942). Those who died on this day include “Wild Bill” Hickok (1876), Enrico Caruso (1921), Alexander Graham Bell (1922), Warren Harding (1923), Wallace Stevens (1955), and William S. Burroughs (1997). Meanwhile in Dobrzyn, little Hania, who used to live upstairs and loves Hili, is inspecting the Princess with a magnifying glass:

Hili: What are you looking at?
Hania: I’m looking at the pattern in your fur.
Hili: It is beautiful, isn’t it?
 In Polish:
Hili: Czemu się tak przyglądasz?
Hania: Oglądam wzory na twoim futrze.
Hili: Prawda, że są piękne?

Ben Goren writes in from Arizona: he’s adopted a female kitten, Vega, who’s finally made friends with the resident cat, the shy and irascible Baihu. Here’s Ben’s report and a photo:

Vega is wonderful. Perfect bill of health at Friday’s follow-up vet exam (including negative FIV and leukemia results). She and Baihu are definitely friends…Vega thinks Baihu is her best cat friend, but Baihu would still say, _just_ friends. She’s sleeping in my lap as I type.

And, of course, we’re spoiling her silly…she (and Baihu) even got quite a few pieces of leftover sashimi after Misa and I ate as much as we could the other day.

Out in Winnipeg,we have a dappled Gus and his friend Fred the Squirrel, who’s looking for peanuts:


  1. Frank Bath
    Posted August 2, 2017 at 6:39 am | Permalink

    Ice cream sandwich not known to me in UK.

    Typo? ‘On August 1, 1979, Einstein and Leo Szilard wrote to President Franklin Roosevelt,’

  2. John Taylor
    Posted August 2, 2017 at 6:40 am | Permalink

    Ice cream sandwiches are popular in Canada.

  3. Pierluigi Ballabeni
    Posted August 2, 2017 at 6:44 am | Permalink

    This kind of ice cream sandwiches used to be very popular in Switzerland a few decades ago. They are still sold but, unfortunaltely, only in 8-piece boxes. I did not know that they exist in the USA too. Now I understand why in the 19th century the USA and Switzerland were called the Sister Republics.

  4. Ken Kukec
    Posted August 2, 2017 at 6:48 am | Permalink

    If the Ted Turner being referenced in the birthdays is the media mogul and America’s Cup racer, he was born at least a decade earlier than that.

    • Posted August 2, 2017 at 6:58 am | Permalink

      I’ll check, thanks. It was Ted Turner, the guitarist from Wishbone Ash. I’ve struck him out as I don’t know that group.

      • Mary L
        Posted August 2, 2017 at 9:42 pm | Permalink

        They’ve been around since, at least, the 70’s.

  5. Randy schenck
    Posted August 2, 2017 at 7:07 am | Permalink

    Lots of stuff happened on this day but first, nice photos of cats. And the only thing better than one cat are two cats. Just as the numbers of non religious grows so does the number of guys who have cats for pets. Must be a relationship?

    Some also say July 2 was the day for the Declaration, not the fourth but who cares. The document was something they decided to do after the war was already on and a long time before the end. So it was not the beginning as many might think and it was certainly not the end.

  6. Richard Bond
    Posted August 2, 2017 at 7:30 am | Permalink

    Carl Anderson discovered the positron in 1932, and received the Nobel prize for it in 1936.

  7. kieran
    Posted August 2, 2017 at 10:41 am | Permalink

    Called the iceburger here and available in Ireland

    • Posted August 2, 2017 at 11:12 am | Permalink

      When I was a lad they were just two wafers with ice cream in between. Never seen these – they look like biscuit – sorry, ‘cookie’ – but then I rarely eat or buy ice cream – fortunately the climate does not lend itself to them 😉
      Cats prefer mice cream.

      • Colin McLachlan
        Posted August 2, 2017 at 11:38 am | Permalink

        I remember the wafer ones in Scotland in the 50s, and there was an upmarket version with one side made from a slice of nougat, itself sandwiched between two wafers. Not very easy to eat.

      • Posted August 2, 2017 at 2:21 pm | Permalink

        Yep, pretty much (soft) biscuit on both sides. Yummy! Jerry’s photo shows the old standard ones. As he noted, they’ve gone upscale; but you still get the “classics”!

  8. Posted August 2, 2017 at 11:13 am | Permalink

    Warren G. Harding died this day 1923…

  9. Kevin
    Posted August 2, 2017 at 11:55 am | Permalink

    Vega looks like loads of fun.

  10. rickflick
    Posted August 2, 2017 at 12:39 pm | Permalink

    It’s nice to see Ben looking so happy…but then, who wouldn’t be.
    Baihu and Vega look like they will be rivaling Hili in the spoiled-and-entitled department.

  11. Posted August 2, 2017 at 2:19 pm | Permalink

    Nice photo of the three of you, Ben!

  12. Heather Hastie
    Posted August 2, 2017 at 3:01 pm | Permalink

    In NZ ice cream biscuits (cookies) were popular when I was a kid. The biscuits were usually pink wafers. I don’t know if they’re still around. I don’t remember seeing any for quite a while, but I’m not sure I’d notice.

    Great pic of you three Ben. Vega is gorgeous!

  13. haymanj
    Posted August 2, 2017 at 7:38 pm | Permalink

    The very same ice cream is available in Australia and readily consumed. even by 83 year olds.

  14. Diane G.
    Posted August 3, 2017 at 12:43 am | Permalink

    Awwww, those kitties are so precious, Ben! So glad to hear Baihu is coming around–my older cat has never really accepted the younger one which is more than discouraging.

    Do I recall correctly that Vega was a foundling? How did you chose her name?

    (And your next cats can be Deneb and Altair! 😀 )

    • Posted August 3, 2017 at 6:47 am | Permalink

      “And your next cats can be Deneb and Altair!”

      Indeed! 🙂

    • Posted August 3, 2017 at 1:41 pm | Permalink

      Thanks for the encouragement and kind words, everybody!

      Yes, Diane, she was a feral kitten born to a feral mother.

      As chance had it, she came into our lives on the day of Tanabata about a month ago. And Orihime is represented by the star, Vega….



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