Tuesday: Hili dialogue

Good morning! It’s Tuesday, August 8, 2017, and I’m duckless. It’s National Frozen Custard Day; if you’re near a good place to get this treat, like Ted Drewes in St. Louis, you’re lucky.

More important, it’s INTERNATIONAL CAT DAY!!   The first five people who email me good pictures of their moggie will have them featured later today in a post. Send a short paragraph of information, too. Photos are limited to five, there must be information (including of course the cat’s name), and the entries must be received by noon Chicago time. If you’ve had your cat featured here before, please let others have their turn.

UPDATE: We now have five cat photos (that didn’t take long), so hold off sending yours. There will be other opportunities to have your moggie on show.

On this day in 1786, Mont Blanc, the highest mountain in France, was climbed for the first time; the successful summiteers were Jacques Balmat and Dr. Michel-Gabriel Paccard. On August 8, 1942, the Quit India Movement began as a response to Mohandas Gandhi’s call for complete Indian independence from Britain. That quitting took place 4½ years later.  On this day in 1963, the famous Great Train Robbery took place in England, with 15 robbers absconding with £2.6 million in paper currency. Eight were eventually caught and given long prison sentences: 30 years. Finally, it was on August 8, 1969 that photographer Iain Macmillin took the photo below in London. If you don’t recognize it and you’re over 40, you are either blind or lack musical taste.

Here’s the Cassini Imaging team reenacting that photo on Abbey Road in 2001; NASA scientist Carolyn Porco (the team boss), who loves the Beatles even more than I, is playing the role of John Lennon.

On this day in 1974, Richard Nixon went on television to announce that he was resigning as President of the United States. Here’s that glorious moment:

And in 1990, the Gulf War was touched off when, on August 8, Iraq occupied and annexed Kuwait.

Notables born on this day include Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings (1896; read her novel The Yearling), Paul Dirac (1902), Esther Williams (1921), Roger Penrose (1931), Keith Carradine (1949), and The Edge (1961; real name David Howell Evans). Few notables died on this day; they include James Irwin (1991), Fay Wray (2004), and Karen Black (2013; I didn’t know she had died.) Meanwhile in Dobrzyn, Hili is showing that she is a (secular) Jewish cat:

Hili: I see a mountain.
A: It’s a molehill.
Hili: Everything is relative.
In Polish:
Hili: Widzę górę.
Ja: To kretowisko.
Hili: Wszystko jest względne.


  1. BobTerrace
    Posted August 8, 2017 at 6:36 am | Permalink

    Mohandas Gandhi’s call for complete Indian independence from India.


    • Posted August 8, 2017 at 6:45 am | Permalink

      Oy, will fix, thanks.

      • John Frum
        Posted August 8, 2017 at 5:33 pm | Permalink

        I am currently reading book 2 in the Raj Quartet because the series was recommended by PCC some time ago.
        It’s a great read.

  2. Randy schenck
    Posted August 8, 2017 at 6:38 am | Permalink

    In August of 1969 I was in England but sadly was not there for that photo shoot. I’m sure they would have called if needed. Right.

    Our kit cats have been seen before so will hold back this time.

  3. Posted August 8, 2017 at 6:44 am | Permalink

    Wonder what day the Trumpster will announce his resignation.? we can but hope.

    • rickflick
      Posted August 8, 2017 at 7:32 pm | Permalink

      That would be quite a speech!!

    • infiniteimprobabilit
      Posted August 8, 2017 at 8:44 pm | Permalink

      He probably never will.

      He will announce his new plans, which will be yuuge, you’ll see, and leave it to some press secretary to announce that he will not be able to spare time for presidential duties any more. (Which will leave everyone wondering if that was a resignation or not. A bit like his wall and… everything)


  4. Posted August 8, 2017 at 6:49 am | Permalink

    Strictly speaking not my cat – but I adopted this very handsome animal for a few minutes while walking down a street in the old part of Hastings, on the English south coast. It initially appeared rather formidable, but turned to mush once approached and spoken to politely!

    Nick Wickham


  5. Frank Bath
    Posted August 8, 2017 at 6:51 am | Permalink

    The zebra crossing in your shot of the fab four has been tampered with to look something like a bar code. The album cover shows the true design of a zebra
    PS Since that original shot the zebra has been moved to enable traffic to move because of over use by visitors. 🙂

    • Posted August 8, 2017 at 7:16 am | Permalink

      It’s the bar code for “paul is dead”.

      • nicky
        Posted August 8, 2017 at 12:46 pm | Permalink

        Yes I heard that too, John Lennon as the priest, Ringo Starr (Richard Starkey) as the undertaker, Paul McCartney as the corpse and George Harrison as the gravedigger.
        Ironically Paul McCartney might become the last survivor, since both Lennon and Harrison are dead.

    • infiniteimprobabilit
      Posted August 8, 2017 at 8:35 pm | Permalink

      I noticed that too. Never seen a zebra crossing like that.

      It’s been very skilfully done, if it wasn’t obviously wrong you’d never suspect (from the picture itself) that it had been faked.


      • Michael Fisher
        Posted August 8, 2017 at 8:50 pm | Permalink

        I looked the picture up earlier today & the earliest match I can find is around 2012. I thought maybe it was to get around DRM restrictions, but I dunno – there were already ‘barcode’ versions of the zebra crossing at that date so what’s the point? Perhaps the artist was trying to evoke the skin of a zebra.

        over at DeviantArt there are many parodies of the scene including blanks [no Beatles] so that you can insert star wars, star trek, simpsons etc.

    • frednotfaith2
      Posted August 8, 2017 at 10:25 pm | Permalink

      I’ve read that the VW Beetle was sold for a few thousand dollars and is now in a museum in Germany. Just pure coincidence that a Beetle, owned by a local resident of Abbey Road, would appear on one of the most iconic album covers by the Beatles. I’d say most iconic, but then there are also the covers to Meet the Beatles (or With the Beatles); Rubber Soul, Revolver, Sgt. Pepper and The Beatles (“White Album”).

      • rickflick
        Posted August 9, 2017 at 7:30 am | Permalink

        It seems, based on the rest of the shots, the VW was originally white, but the final album color is a pale yellow. This is evidence of some quality editing. Yellow works to harmonize what would otherwise be a visual distraction.

  6. Posted August 8, 2017 at 6:57 am | Permalink

    View this post on Instagram

    Tiuhti ja Viuhti

    A post shared by Jari-Pekka Vuorela (@jpvuorela) on

    Tiuhti and Viuhti (named after the Moomin characters called Thingumy and Bob in English)

  7. Posted August 8, 2017 at 7:07 am | Permalink

    We already have five, so the contest is closed for now (see note in post). Please don’t post photos in this thread, as I asked to be emailed them.



  8. Serendipitydawg
    Posted August 8, 2017 at 7:14 am | Permalink

    Shame they moved the crossing on Abbey Road; I am sure it was to improve pedestrian safety but it ruined historical re-enactment.

  9. Pierluigi Ballabeni
    Posted August 8, 2017 at 7:43 am | Permalink

    I wonder how would Balmart and Paccard react if they knew that today there can be as many as 500 persons reaching the top of Mont-Blanc in a single day. And that a Spanish guy ran up to the top in four and a half hours, wearing shorts, t-shirt and running shoes.

  10. Ken Kukec
    Posted August 8, 2017 at 7:53 am | Permalink

    One look at that pic and I hear Ringo hitting the ride cymbal at the start of “Come Together,” the first track on side one of the vinyl.

    • dabertini
      Posted August 8, 2017 at 8:31 am | Permalink

      Great song, along with i want you and my personal favourite here comes the sun.

  11. E.A. Blair
    Posted August 8, 2017 at 8:25 am | Permalink

    This is also the anniversary of the day actress Patricia Neal, onetime wife of Roald Dahl, died in 2010. She and I shared a birth date, though she was born thirty-one years before I was.

  12. dabertini
    Posted August 8, 2017 at 8:38 am | Permalink

    The cassini team are a class act! They dressed up like the fab4 and the paul scientists even walked across bare foot.

    • Michael Fisher
      Posted August 8, 2017 at 12:03 pm | Permalink

      The Paul scientists forgot to hold a ciggie in right hand 🙂

  13. Marijke Hertogs
    Posted August 8, 2017 at 9:11 am | Permalink

    Meet Midas en Oberon: Midas ( the one with the naughty face, half red, half white) and Oberon ( almost completely red, the most beautiful cat I’ve ever had).

    They are brothers, found with their mother and one other sibling along the road and brought to the asylum, where I picked them up in july 2015 (photo 2).

    As you can see (photo 1 january 2017), they are still very friendly with each other ( apart from the daily fight…though Oberon is a very scary cat and weighs 1,5 kilo less then his brother, he stands his ground!)

    Greetings from Holland,


  14. busterggi
    Posted August 8, 2017 at 10:18 am | Permalink

    The only way to get all 10 of my cats into one photo is to use Google-Earth.

  15. Gregory Kusnick
    Posted August 8, 2017 at 11:40 am | Permalink

    On the evening of August 8, 1974, when Nixon made that speech, I was walking with friends from Inman Square in Somerville to Harvard Square in Cambridge, and heard every word of the speech from the open windows of homes we passed. There was no TV tuned to any other channel.

    When we got to Harvard Square, people were dancing in the streets, shouting “Jail to the Chief!”

    The only other time I’ve seen anything like it was when Obama was elected in 2008.

  16. JonLynnHarvey
    Posted August 8, 2017 at 11:51 am | Permalink

    I suspect more actors have played Nixon than almost any other President (I will double-check this later).

    One of the best was Rip Torn in the TV mini-series “Blind Ambition” (with a then little-known Martin Sheen as John Dean).

    Torn as Nixon appears 1:30 into this clip. The link is set to start there.

  17. JonLynnHarvey
    Posted August 8, 2017 at 12:03 pm | Permalink

    There were several different “takes” of the Abbey Road photo before they decided on which version they like best. You can see all three of the unused ones (and many other rock-related photos) at the San Francisco Art Exchange on Geary Street.
    They are even autographed by the photographer.

    One cannot link directly to the online photo, but the page of SFAE’s website on which one of the rejected versions is shown is here.


    Direct image link to rejected outtake from daily mail here.

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