Tuesday: Hili dialogue

It’s Tuesday, September 5, 2017, and another overcast and chilly day in Dobrzyn. It’s National Cheese Pizza Day, though pepperoni is America’s favorite pizza topping. I’ve had pizzas all over the U.S., including the vaunted and grease-soaked New York slice, but there are none better in my country than the deep-dish and stuffed pizzas of Chicago. I have to admit, though, I haven’t had the iteration in Italy, which all food snobs proclaim as the world’s best. It’s also Mother Teresa’s Feast Day in the Catholic Church, marking the day in 1997 when the miniature nun went to Heaven.

There’s a weird Google Doodle today, at least in Poland, featuring a Russian singer known as “Mr. Trololol”. Here it is:

Mashable gives the explanation:

If you like trolling people, you’ll probably think so. Russian singer Eduard Khil has been immortalized today, on what would have been his 83rd birthday, in a brand new Google Doodle.

The Soviet-era singer enjoyed a successful career in his native Russia for most of his life, but in 2009, he became something much greater: an important part of of internet culture history.

For relatively unknown reasons, a 1976 video of Khil surfaced on YouTube in 2009 and quickly became a global phenomenon because of his unique singing style where he repeated the phrase “trololol,” a term used in internet parlance to describe laughter caused by trolling or pranking someone.

Apparently Khil’s song is the Russian equivalent of “rickrolling”; Wikipedia explains:

Khil became known to international audiences in 2010 when a 1976 recording of him singing a non-lexical vocable version of the song “I am very glad, as I’m finally returning back home” (Russian: Я о́чень рад, ведь я, наконе́ц, возвраща́юсь домо́йYa ochen rad, ved ya, nakonets, vozvrashchajus domoy) became an Internet meme, often referred to as “Trololol”, or “Trololo” as an onomatopoeia of the song, or the “Russian Rickroll”. The song was commonly associated with Internet trolling.

Here’s the famous original, which I have heard. It’s scary.

I’ve acquired a cold and a wicked sore throat, undoubtedly from my flight, and will be taking it easy today, so don’t expect Deep Thoughts (which you rarely get anyway).

On this day in 1666, the Great Fire of London burned itself out. Ten thousand buildings had been destroyed, including St. Paul’s Cathedral, but only six lives were lost. September 5, 1793, is one of the several dates given for the formal beginning of France’s “Reign of Terror,” which lasted about a year and resulted in more than 17,000 people who were executed or died in prison. Those included Antoine Lavoisier, “the father of modern chemistry,” who was guillotined in May, 1794. On this day in 1836, Sam Houston was elected President of the Republic of Texas, a sovereign country (some claim it still is) that lasted about a decade.

On September 5, 1882, my favorite British Premier League soccer team, Tottenham Hotspur, was founded as “Hotspur F.C.”  In 1945, Iva Toguri D’Aquino, a Japanese American known as the wartime radio propagandist “Tokyo Rose” (this name was applied by GIs to all the women who broadcast propaganda from Japan) was arrested in Yokohama. Later convicted of treason, she spent 6 years in jail and was later pardoned by Gerald Ford (the case against her was so weak as to be nonexistent). You can find an exculpatory CBS report on D’Aquino here. Below is an American WWII propaganda film, “Voice of Truth,” featuring one of the Tokyo Roses; I’m not sure the broadcast is authentic, but it’s pretty close to what was sent out to the American soldiers from Tokyo:

On this day in 1969, Lt. William Calley was charged with premeditated murder of 109 Vietnamese civilians in the infamous  My Lai massacre. Convicted, he was sentenced to life imprisonment; but under orders of Richard Nixon served only 3½ years of house arrest before he was freed. No other soldier served time for the murder of those civilians, mostly women and children. Exactly three years later, the Palestinian terrorist organization “Black September” took 11 Israeli athletes hostage at the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich. All 11 Israelis died. Finally, on September 5, 1977, the spacecraft Voyager I was launched. Still operating, it’s now 20,000,000,000 km from the Sun and remains the human-made object most distant from Earth. It will transmit data till 2025 when its batteries burn out.

Notables born on this day include the Sun King, Louis XIV of France (1638), Jesse James (1847), Darryl Zanuck (1902), John Cage (1912), Bob Newhart (1929), Racquel Welch (1940), Werner Herzog (1942), and Freddie Mercury (1946). Those who died on this day include Crazy Horse (1877). Rudolf Virchow (1902), Ludwig Boltzmann (1906), and Phyllis Schlafly (2016).

Meanwhile in Dobrzyn, Hili finds herself up in a tree:

Hili: When you’ve climbed up the tree you have to come down from the tree.
A: This is logical.
Hili: Yes, but sometimes it’s troublesome.
In Polish:
Hili: Jak ktoś się wspiął na drzewo, to musi zejść z drzewa.
Ja: To logiczne.
Hili: Tak, ale czasem kłopotliwe.

Here’s a tw**t found by Grania, featuring the world’s angriest-looking cat fighting the flood in Houston:

And a man trying to rescue a trapped cat, sent in by Matthew Cobb. The cat gets out on its own in an amazing excape; I still don’t know how it did that!


  1. Gemma Jillian
    Posted September 5, 2017 at 6:51 am | Permalink

    in re Ms. Hili’s Dialogue: two Seattle, cats’-loving professional arborist brothers-in-law and their fee-free cat-rescue service. from “super tall” trees: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z2HlZ9rdiHE

  2. Michiel
    Posted September 5, 2017 at 6:57 am | Permalink

    Ah, mr Trololol… I must say as ridiculous as the song is, it always puts a huge grin on my face whenever I hear it and see his performance. He died shortly after he became an internet legend, so at least he did get to experience that for a little while. I will keep humming this song whenever I feel down. Instant cure 🙂

    • infiniteimprobabilit
      Posted September 5, 2017 at 8:11 am | Permalink

      I wouldn’t describe the video as ‘scary’ (as per PCC). He has a fine voice but it is a little weird. He reminds me of Max Headroom.


      • rickflick
        Posted September 5, 2017 at 11:39 am | Permalink

        He reminds me of Charley McCarthy.

  3. Serendipitydawg
    Posted September 5, 2017 at 7:01 am | Permalink

    It’s also Mother Teresa’s Feast Day in the Catholic Church, marking the day in 1997 when the miniature nun went to Heaven.

    ..and joined the choir invisible.

  4. Posted September 5, 2017 at 7:06 am | Permalink

    I have to admit, though, I haven’t had the iteration in Italy, which all food snobs proclaim as the world’s best.

    I have eaten several very good pizzas in Italy but I would say France makes the best pizzas in my experience.

    • Simon Hayward
      Posted September 5, 2017 at 7:55 am | Permalink

      I’ve had good/great pizza in Italy, but also mediocre. But never terrible pizza (ditto in NY and SF). I have had both good and terrible pizza in both Chicago and Nashville – covering the places I’ve lived in the US

      Comparing pizza to the deep-dish pies that are sold in Chicago is tricky – apart from the name and the shape when viewed from above (but not from the side) there is no obvious connection. Deep dish pies do, however, contain sufficient calories to keep you warm on even the coldest winter day (if there is any movement left in your arteries after eating a slice).

    • Pierluigi Ballabeni
      Posted September 5, 2017 at 8:00 am | Permalink

      “I would say France makes the best pizzas in my experience”

      I still prefer the original Neapolitan. The dough is what makes the difference. As I heard in a really good Italian pizzeria in Burlington, Vermont: la verità è nella pasta (the truth is in the dough). And the French can not compete. 🙂

  5. Posted September 5, 2017 at 7:07 am | Permalink

    He is not even trying to lip sync.

  6. Randy schenck
    Posted September 5, 2017 at 7:23 am | Permalink

    The My Lai massacre followed the death of a popular sergeant killed by a booby trap set near the village. Interesting that only a Lieutenant took the rap for the murder. The Johnson and Nixon Administrations saw 58,209 Americans killed and 211,454 wounded. Vietnamese deaths were in the millions.

    • David Coxill
      Posted September 5, 2017 at 1:32 pm | Permalink

      In his Book Kill Anything That Moves ,Nick Turse says that killing Vietnamese civilians was the norm .

  7. darrelle
    Posted September 5, 2017 at 7:35 am | Permalink

    If I had to pick a best pizza it would have to be the pizza I got regularly from a wonderful little Italian restaurant in downtown Landstuhl, Germany, in the mid and later ’70s. The whole family loved the place. The proprietor was named Giovanni Daniel. He was one of those people that just naturally made everyone around him smile. He took a liking to us and always took extra special care of us. I always got pizza. It was a thin crust pizza a little larger than dinner plate diameter, intended as a single person meal. It wasn’t cut for you and the norm was to eat it with a knife and fork, which I always did. It was crisp and light, and just plain delicious. Really loved that place.

    • Randy schenck
      Posted September 5, 2017 at 7:50 am | Permalink

      I have this crazy idea that maybe the best of any food we like is the first place we experienced it in any quantity. I have always preferred Mexican food from Arizona and Chinese from England. This is the only proof I have on the theory.

      • darrelle
        Posted September 5, 2017 at 8:16 am | Permalink

        I’ve little doubt that there is something to your hypothesis. I’d wager that youth can also be a big factor. Food that is associated with feelings of good times and new and exciting things. For example in my case here, being immersed in an alien culture at a young age during a time when life was pretty good.

  8. Torbjörn Larsson
    Posted September 5, 2017 at 7:42 am | Permalink

    I am sorry about your recent acquisition, which I can sympathize with due to a – for me – rare cold.

    The cat escape artist – who should go under the name Harry- reminds me of the wall climbing routine of many Kung Fu movies. No doubt the claws make it more like a combo with a ninja routine?

    It will transmit data till 2025 when its batteries burn out.

    Technically the radioactive isotopes deliver scant heat and so some electromotive force a while more. But the Deep Space Network would be long occupied for meager data bits I think, which likely went into making NASA putting an administrative/scientific deadline.

  9. Nicholas K.
    Posted September 5, 2017 at 8:13 am | Permalink

    Here in Chicago, most people weren’t aware that the nice woman who worked at her family’s Japanese gift shop on Belmont Avenue was the infamous Tokyo Rose. Thankfully, she was able to live her life in private, having been pardoned for her wartime activities, which were done under coercion. She died a few years back.

  10. Mark
    Posted September 5, 2017 at 8:27 am | Permalink

    Trololo was on Family Guy:

  11. infiniteimprobabilit
    Posted September 5, 2017 at 8:38 am | Permalink

    That cat makes climbing a vertical wall look easy. Incredible.

    The wall looks like it’s excavated in clay (except for the top two feet in brick), I suppose kitteh managed to sink its claws into it. But still the most extraordinary bit of climbing I’ve seen.


  12. somer
    Posted September 5, 2017 at 9:02 am | Permalink

    cat says hope you rest up and feel better soon

    • David Coxill
      Posted September 5, 2017 at 1:34 pm | Permalink

      CATS ,love them to bits.

  13. JonLynnHarvey
    Posted September 5, 2017 at 11:06 am | Permalink

    Lavoisier was in particular the inventor of the “single blind” test (with Ben Franklin) about 150 years before the double blind test.

    The 1-blind was to test hypnotism. The 2-blind was to test caffeine.

    As JAC says he is not giving deep thoughts today, I offer the following “Deep Thoughts” from SNL’s Jack Handey on the Bible.

  14. Posted September 6, 2017 at 3:02 am | Permalink

    Cartoon Eduard Khil’s eyebrows certainly give Cartoon Richard Dawkin’s eyebrows a run for their money.

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