Sunday: Hili dialogue

It’s Ceiling Cat’s Day: render under Him what is His (cream, mice, etc.) on this Day of August 27, 2017. It’s National Burger Day, celebrating the most iconic indigenous food in America. As Foodimentary notes, “The oldest fast food restaurant in the world is the White Castle franchise, which opened in 1921.” (Their tiny hamburgers are called “sliders.”) In Texas, it’s a legal state holiday (though people don’t work on Sunday anyway): Lyndon Baines Johnson Day , celebrating his birthday (be sure to read Robert Caro’s multivolume biography of LBJ: the best modern biography of anyone).

On this day in 410, the three day sacking of Rome by the Visigoths came to an end. On August 27, 1859, petroleum was discovered in Titusville, Pennsylvania, leading to the construction of the world’s first commercially successful oil well. Here it is, the famous Drake Well:

On this day in 1883, the volcano Krakatoa finally exploded for good, destroying the island. Wikipedia notes this as well for August 27, 1927: “Five Canadian women file a petition to the Supreme Court of Canada, asking, “Does the word ‘Persons’ in Section 24 of the British North America Act, 1867, include female persons?” Surprisingly the judgment against the “Famous Five” was “no”, though it was overturned two years later by the British Privy Council. On August 27, 1979, a bomb set by the IRA killed retired British Admiral Louis Mountbatten (also former Viceroy of India during Partition), as well as three others, while they were boating in Sligo, Ireland.  And on this day in 2003, Mars made its closest approach to Earth in 60,000 years: 34,646,418 miles (55,758,005 km). It almost hit us!

Notables born on this day include Charles G. Dawes (1865), Theodore Dreiser (1871), Man Ray (1890), C. S. Forester (1899), Don Bradman (1908; greatest cricket batsman of all time), Lyndon B. Johnson (also 1908), William Least-Heat Moon (1939), Daryl Dragon (1942) and Barbara Bach (1947). Those who died on this day include Titian (1576), Frank Harris (1931), Ernest Lawrence (1958), W. E. B. DuBois (1963), Gracie Allen (1964), Le Corbusier (1965), Haile Selassie (1975), Louis Mountbatten (1979; see above) and Stevie Ray Vaughan (1990). Meanwhile in Dobrzyn, Hili is affronted at Cyrus’s dilatory behavior:

Hili: Cyrus stayed on the other end of the path.
A: He will come soon.
Hili: Yes, but we have to wait for him.
In Polish:
Hili: Cyrus został na drugim końcu ścieżki.
Ja: Zaraz przyjdzie.
Hili: Tak, ale my musimy na niego czekać.

Meanwhile in Winnipeg, a cut Gus is sitting in “his spot”, one of the round stones on the garden path:

From reader Barry: a tweet from David Attenborough—on cats! Make sure the sound is on:

And two catches by Matthew Cobb. The coloration in this katydid mimics damage by a herbivore: isn’t natural selection amazing?

And a colored butterfly egg; I had no idea these existed:


  1. George
    Posted August 27, 2017 at 6:45 am | Permalink

    Simon Winchester’s book “Krakatoa” is very good.

    The movie “Krakatoa, East of Java” is NOT. Ignores the fact that Krakatoa is west of Java.,_East_of_Java

    • Heather Hastie
      Posted August 27, 2017 at 4:01 pm | Permalink

      It depends which way you go to get there. 😀

  2. John Dentinger
    Posted August 27, 2017 at 6:54 am | Permalink

    Not a complaint–just surprise that there’s no video in honor of Stevie Ray, who could play a guitar a little.

  3. Andy Lowry
    Posted August 27, 2017 at 6:57 am | Permalink

    Burger day! I grew up in the town where White Castle started (Columbus, Ohio). The history of hamburgers is interesting– they were considered low-class and were the sort of thing that bars would offer as an inducement to drink more. White Castle changed that with their focus on cleanliness, hence the “white” in the name. The unique flavor of White Castle burgers comes from the fact that they contain a small amount of liver, and that they’re steamed over a bed of onions rather than being grilled.

    • rickflick
      Posted August 27, 2017 at 7:33 am | Permalink

      I’ve never had one. Sounds like I might be missing something big.

      • Andy Lowry
        Posted August 27, 2017 at 9:05 am | Permalink

        Well, they’re pretty small. 😉

        You might be able to find some in the freezer section of your grocery. Where I live now, that’s the only way to get them.

        • Randy schenck
          Posted August 27, 2017 at 9:16 am | Permalink

          Last I remember, long time ago it was 5 for a $1.00

        • rickflick
          Posted August 27, 2017 at 3:46 pm | Permalink

          OK, now I’m imagining eating a mini-hamburger from a grocery store frozen since White Castle was founded in 1921. Epic adventure.

    • John Conoboy
      Posted August 27, 2017 at 2:23 pm | Permalink

      I remember eating at White Castle in the 50s and 60s in Cleveland. I don’t recall ever hearing the term slider used for these burgers back then.

      There is a similar company called Krystal that is based in Chattanooga and found around the south. They sell their burgers in groups of 3.

  4. Randy schenck
    Posted August 27, 2017 at 6:57 am | Permalink

    The cats are looking very sharp today. Had no idea White Castle was that far back.

    The Belgium GP will be starting in a few minutes.

    • Randy schenck
      Posted August 27, 2017 at 8:54 am | Permalink

      Winner Hamilton, vettel second.

      • Posted August 27, 2017 at 12:26 pm | Permalink

        You’ve just ruined my recorded TV! Think about a spoiler alert next time.

        • Randy schenck
          Posted August 27, 2017 at 12:42 pm | Permalink

          Very sorry about that. Did not think about anyone recording these things. I will not do it again.

          • Posted August 28, 2017 at 4:14 am | Permalink

            OK thanks. I was out competing myself all day, hence the recording. Next time I’ll watch the recording before catching up on WEIT 🙂

  5. eric
    Posted August 27, 2017 at 7:35 am | Permalink

    It’s Ceiling Cat’s Day: render under Him what is His (cream, mice, etc.) on this Day of August 27, 2017.

    Our new cat celebrated a day early…yesterday, she jumped up on the table, scooped by son’s bullfrog out of its tank and ran off with it. The bullfrog did not survive the encounter 😦 Sometime this week we intend to go buy (a) another frog, and (b) a super soaker water pistol

    • Diane G.
      Posted August 28, 2017 at 2:30 am | Permalink

      And perhaps (c) a tank cover?

  6. Richard Jones
    Posted August 27, 2017 at 9:12 am | Permalink

    Bradman’s Test average was 99 point something if memory serves., An amazing record, never matched.

    • Alan Clark
      Posted August 27, 2017 at 9:43 am | Permalink

      99.94. Nearest rival: low 60’s.

      Statistically he must be the greatest sportsman of any kind.

      • Richard Jones
        Posted August 27, 2017 at 9:46 am | Permalink

        I seem to remember that he was out for a duck in his last appearance. Lords I think.

        • Alan Clark
          Posted August 27, 2017 at 10:07 am | Permalink

          The Oval. If he had scored another four his average would have been 100. It was the first innings, England collapsed to an innings defeat, so he didn’t get a chance to rectify his average in the second innings.

          • Richard Jones
            Posted August 27, 2017 at 10:27 am | Permalink

            That would have rounded out his average neatly. I agree, no other sports person that I am aware of has been so far ahead of the rivals.

  7. nicky
    Posted August 27, 2017 at 11:44 am | Permalink

    Mountbatten = Battenberg.
    German dynasty. Wasn’t Kaiser Wilhelm II a grandchild of queen Victoria? Or am I mistaken?

    • Alan Clark
      Posted August 27, 2017 at 12:34 pm | Permalink

      Yes, he was the son of Victoria’s first child, also called Victoria.

    • Gregory Kusnick
      Posted August 27, 2017 at 2:56 pm | Permalink

      I’ve probably told this story here before, but I’ll repeat it anyway.

      A few years back, the King and Queen of Spain were dedicating an exhibit at the Seattle Art Museum, where they crossed paths with class of schoolchildren on a field trip. In the ensuing Q&A, one the kids asked the monarchs if they ever get together socially with other European royalty.

      “We have to,” said the King. “They’re our relatives.”

      • Diane G.
        Posted August 28, 2017 at 2:32 am | Permalink

        Oh, great story! 🙂

  8. revelator60
    Posted August 27, 2017 at 3:24 pm | Permalink

    “a tweet from David Attenborough”

    That is actually a tweet from a parody account–if you click on the twitter name you’ll find the following description: “During My 6 Decades Of Traveling The Planet I’ve Put Together A List Of Animals That Could Have A Man’s Cock Off…I Am NOT David Attenborough. This is a PARODY.”
    There are some very funny photos and videos of animals acting very silly.

  9. Mary L
    Posted August 27, 2017 at 10:59 pm | Permalink

    “…though people don;’t work on Sunday anyway.” Please don’t tell that to the police, fire fighters, hospital and nursing home staffers, utility companies, toll takers, sports teams, stadium staff, television and radio employees, entertainers, well, it’s a long list.

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