Saturday: Hili dialogue

Good morning: in the U.S. it’s Saturday, September 23, 2017, and it’s going to be hot again in Chicago, with a high of 88° F (31° C). And we’re predicted to be sweltering until Tuesday. It’s the hottest early fall I remember, and every day we’re setting records. I hate to think about global warming. . . .

It’s National Pancake Day, but I’ve already had my breakfast: a buttered baguette and a large latte: a French-style petit déjuner.  Today is the day the world is supposed to end as the “hidden planet” Nibiru crashes into Earth and then the trumpets blown and weird beasts occur.  I’m betting a thousand dollars it won’t happen (any takers?), but you’d be foolish to bet against me because you couldn’t collect if you won. It’s also the Feast Day of Padre Pio, the man with the fake stigmata. I doubt seriously whether you can have Stigmata by Munchausen’s, and strongly suspect he made the wounds himself.  Anyway, here’s a picture of the Padre with his “stigmata”:

Today’s Google Doodle (click on link to see) celebrates the 100th birthday of Asima Chatterjee, an Indian organic chemist. Working most of her life out of the University of Calcutta (she died in 2006), her major work was on the organic chemistry of alkaloids and the isolation of useful compounds from plants.


On this day in 1642, Harvard University had its first commencement—a weird time of the year for graduation (the University was founded in 1636). On September 23, 1806, Lewis and Clark returned to St. Louis after their famous expedition to the American Northwest. In 1962, the Lincoln Center for the performing arts opened in New York City, and in 1980 Bob Marley played his last concert, in Pittsburgh. Already ill from metastasized melanoma (he had collapsed two days before), he lived for another few months before dying on May 11, 1981. His life might have been saved had he let the doctors amputate his toe, where the lesion occurred, but he feared it would hamper his movement. Instead, it ended his life. Finally, exactly 15 years ago, the first public version of the web browser Mozilla Firefox (“Phoenix 0.1”) was released.

Notables born on this day include the Roman Emperor Augustis (63 BC), Kublai Khan (1215), Walter Lippmann (1889), Louise Nevelson (1899), Mickey Rooney (1920), Ray Charles (1930), George Jackson (1941), Bruce Springsteen (1949; same year as me!), Jim Morrison (1952), and Sean Spicer (1971). Those who died on this day include Wilkie Collins (1889), Sigmund Fraud Freud (1939), Padre Pio (1968), Pablo Neruda (1973), Bob Fosse (1987), and Irv DeVore (2014).

Meanwhile in Dobrzyn, Hili and Cyrus have a sleepy debate about free will. In fact, Hili’s being crushed was determined in advance; there was no alternative:

Hili: I’m crushed.
Cyrus: But you have freedom of movement and choice.
Butt to butt!
In Polish:
Hili: Jestem przygnieciona.
Cyrus: Ale masz nadal swobodę ruchu i wolność wyboru.

And once again I’ve stolen two cat tw**ts from Heather Hastie:


  1. Posted September 23, 2017 at 6:49 am | Permalink


    you mean a petit dejeuner that in Paris consists of a café and a croissant.

  2. somer
    Posted September 23, 2017 at 6:57 am | Permalink

    In Oz we’re setting records today for the hottest September day in New South Wales recorded history …

    • John Frum
      Posted September 23, 2017 at 7:45 pm | Permalink

      Yep, here in northern NSW we have 33C today and forecast is 37C on Thursday.
      I can’t remember it ever getting above 32 before two years ago.

  3. Stephen Barnard
    Posted September 23, 2017 at 7:59 am | Permalink

    Not a correction, but perhaps a clarification: The first web browser was Mosaic, released in January 23, 1993, 24 years ago. Netscape, Firefox, Internet Explorer, and Safari all owe a huge debt to the ideas behind Mosaic. I recall that the first time I saw it when I worked at NASA I realized it was revolutionary.

    • Diane G.
      Posted September 24, 2017 at 1:44 am | Permalink

      Very interesting!

      (I don’t think Jerry was talking about the first ever browser, just the first edition of Mozilla…)

  4. Posted September 23, 2017 at 9:20 am | Permalink

    It’s also the 91st birthday of the one and only John Coltrane.

  5. John Frum
    Posted September 23, 2017 at 7:48 pm | Permalink

    The name Chaterjee reminds me of the Raj Quartet series which I have just finished reading along with the fifth related book, Staying On.
    A truly wonderful series and many thanks to PCC for the recommendation some time ago.

  6. Black_Rose
    Posted September 23, 2017 at 10:08 pm | Permalink

    Now that’s some good carbolic acid (phenol). It was most likely used to create those wounds.

  7. Dale Franzwa
    Posted September 24, 2017 at 12:10 am | Permalink

    I don’t know if it’s been noted on this site before but I’ve seen it elsewhere: if Jesus had been nailed to the cross where those “fake” stigmata show, the skin on his hands would have ripped through, tumbling his body (head first) to the ground. If his feet were also nailed (up between the toe bones), the same scenario would have left his body on the ground. Some have speculated that the Roman soldiers used ropes to tie his arms and legs to the cross which would have made more sense.

    But, since the entire story is pure fiction, neither of the above alternatives matter.

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