Tuesday: Hili dialogue

It’s Tuesday, August 22, 2017 and the first Post Eclipseolyptic Day. It’s National Pecan Torte Day, which shows how picayune the Foodimentary site is getting. Nota bene: I have arm therapy this morning and a tooth cleaning Wednesday, and then hand therapy on Thursday, and other miscellaneous things like repair of my new iMac, which came with a bum microphone, so I’ll be busy for a few days and posting may be a bit light. As Maru says, “I do my best.” The good news is that although my body has failed me, I should be right as rain in a few weeks.

On this day in 1654, the first known Jewish immigrant to America, Jacob Barsimson, arrived in New Amsterdam, now New York.  And in 1780, James Cook’s ship, HMS Resolution, returned to England without Cook, who had been killed in Hawaii. It had been gone from England over four years. It’s hard to imagine setting out knowing that you’d be gone so long—if you didn’t die during the voyage. August 22, 1849 saw history’s first air raid, when Austria launched pilotless balloons containing bombs against Venice (Venice was at that time under Austrian rule, but had revolted.) The balloons didn’t do much damage, but Venice surrendered anyway.  On this day in 1922,  Michael Collins, Commander-in-chief of the Irish Free State Army, was killed in an ambush during the Irish Civil War (the circumstances remain unclear). He was 31. The 1996 eponymous movie about Collins, starring Liam Neeson in the title role, is pretty good. Here’s the real Collins giving am impassioned speech at Cork (home of Grania) on St. Patrick’s day on the year he was shot:

Finally, on this day in 2007, the most runs scored by any team (or in any game) in modern major league baseball occurred in a match between the Texas Rangers (who scored an astounding 30 runs) and the Baltimore Orioles (only 3 runs). Here’s a video of the game’s highlights:

Notables born on this day include Claude Debussy (1862), George Herriman (1882; creator of Krazy Kat), Dorothy Parker (1893), Leni Riefenstahl (1902), Norman Schwarzkopf, Jr. (1934), Carl Yastrzemski (1939), Diana Nyad (1949) and Tori Amos (1963).

Krazy Kat and Ignatz the mouse, in a recurring motif

Those who died on August 22 include Richard III of England (1485), Jean-Honoré Fragonard (1806), Michael Collins (1922; see above), Jacob Brownowski (1974), Huey Newton (1989) and Grace Paley (2007).

Meanwhile in Dobrzyn, Hili and Cyrus, strolling by the beautiful Vistula River, discuss evolutionary psychology, presumably after experiencing biophilia.

Hili: It’s said that our esthetic feelings are rooted in our genes.
Cyrus: I too have read about that.
In Polish:
Hili: Apparently certain aesthetic sensations are anchored in our genes.
Cyrus: I read that too.

And out in Winnipeg, Gus is watching “Mouse Corner”, a part of the yard where mice live but he cannot reach on his leash. He gets lots of entertainment and nobody gets hurt!


  1. Posted August 22, 2017 at 6:38 am | Permalink

    “Venice is revolting!” they cried!

  2. Frank Bath
    Posted August 22, 2017 at 6:39 am | Permalink

    Hili dialogue not translated into Polish.

    • Simon Hayward
      Posted August 22, 2017 at 7:07 am | Permalink

      Darn, I thought I was suddenly fluent 🙂

    • George
      Posted August 22, 2017 at 8:35 am | Permalink

      Hili is translated from Polish, not into Polish. We are missing the original Polish.

  3. ThyroidPlanet
    Posted August 22, 2017 at 6:50 am | Permalink

    Apocalypse- from the apokaluptein, meaning “uncover”

    Link works?:


    • ThyroidPlanet
      Posted August 22, 2017 at 6:52 am | Permalink

      Link dies something

      Apo : un- (as I suspected!)

      Kaluptein : -cover

  4. David Duncan
    Posted August 22, 2017 at 7:06 am | Permalink

    The beasts need to re-learn Polish.

  5. Posted August 22, 2017 at 7:12 am | Permalink

    Oops, a little typo in your 1sr paragraph! I think you meant August not April! Interesting facts none the less! Have a great day! 😎

  6. Posted August 22, 2017 at 7:37 am | Permalink

    Cycling from Macroom in County Cork to Clonakilty on the coast and gliding by Béal na Bláth village through narrow little roads, barely more than drovers’ tracks, you turn a pretty but no-more-so-than-the-next-place corner out in the pastures.

    A small hummock either side of the road makes the place a tiny dale, like a little rough Irish secret garden. Here is a small memorial to the assassination of Michael Collins for here is where it took place: a quiet and pleasant nowhere in the country.

    And the green and bouldered fields stretch far beyond.

  7. George
    Posted August 22, 2017 at 8:34 am | Permalink

    An extra w in Jacob Bronowski. No w between the o and n.

  8. Becky
    Posted August 22, 2017 at 5:53 pm | Permalink

    Cyrus can read? I know Hili can but Cyrus?

  9. starskeptic
    Posted August 23, 2017 at 2:58 am | Permalink

    30 runs on 29 hits!

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