Monday: Hili dialogue (and Leon monologue)

Good morning, and top of the week to you on this Monday, November 6, 2017. It’s National Nachos Day, and Foodimentary gives five fun facts about nachos, though I’m dubious about the first. Did someone take a survey? First, in case you reside in Ulan Bator and don’t know what nachos are, they are these (what I show are “fully loaded” nachos with avocado and meat):

Five Fun Nacho “Facts”:

  1. Nachos are considered the most craved food by pregnant women.
  2. The word “Nacho” is actually used as a surname in Argentina and other Latin American countries.
  3. Invented in 1943 by Ignacio “Nacho” Anaya.
  4. Nachos as we know them aren’t ‘Mexican’ food, they’re Tex-Mex.
  5. The first known appearance of the word “nachos” in English dates to 1949, from the book A Taste of Texa

If you are or have ever been pregnant, please weigh in here. I was curious, of course, about Ignacio “Nacho” Anaya, but according to Wikipedia, this story seems kosher (though the nachos above aren’t):

Nachos originated in the city of Piedras Negras, Coahuila, Mexico, just over the border from Eagle Pass, Texas. In 1943, the wives of U.S. soldiers stationed at Fort Duncan in nearby Eagle Pass were in Piedras Negras on a shopping trip, and arrived at the restaurant after it had already closed for the day. The maître d’hôtel, Ignacio “Nacho” Anaya, invented a new snack for them with what little he had available in the kitchen: tortillas and cheese. Anaya cut the tortillas into triangles, fried them, added shredded cheddar cheese, quickly heated them, added sliced pickled jalapeño peppers, and served them.

When asked what the dish was called, he answered, “Nacho’s especiales“. As word of the dish traveled, the apostrophe was lost, and Nacho’s “specials” became “special nachos”.

Lots of Presidential elections took place on this day, as it’s early November. In 1860 Abraham Lincoln became the 16th President of the U.S., in 1928 Herbert Hoover became the 31st President, in 1956 Dwight Eisenhower was reelected, as were Ronald Reagan in 1984 and Barack Obama in 2012. Oh,  and on this day in 1861, Jefferson Davis was elected president of the Confederate States of America, but we won’t go into that.  On this day in 1869, the first official intercollegiate football game was played in the U.S., with Rutgers defeating Princeton by a score of 6-4 in New Jersey (Princeton was then called “The College of New Jersey”).

Notables born on this day include the Ottoman sultan Suleiman the Magnificent (1494), Adolphe Sax, investor of the Saxophone (1814; can you imagine what the instrument would be called had his name been “Katzenellenbogen” [“cat elbows”; a real name in Europe]), John Philip Sousa (1854), Edsel Ford (1893), Sally Field (1946) and Glenn Frey (1948; died last year).

It was also a sparse day for deaths; those who fell asleep on November 6 include Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1893) and David Brower (2000).

Meanwhile in Dobrzyn, Hili is humblebragging. When I told Malgorzata, “Hili is very arrogant today!”, she replied “Oh no! She is her usual humble Queen of Everything.”

Hili: I’m boundlessly proud.
A: What of?
Hili: Of my immeasurable humility.
In Polish:
Hili: Jestem bezgranicznie dumna.
Ja: Z czego?
Hili: Z mojej niezmierzonej pokory.

Near Dobrzyn, Leon and his staff are delighted to announce that they’ve finally found a contractor who says that, next spring, he will pour the foundations for their wooden home, currently still reposing in Southern Poland. Then they can erect the house on the new site and move from their flat in Wloclawek to a lovely country spot close to Andrzej and Malgorzata:

Leon: And my home will be where the molehill is.

Matthew found this tw**t put up by the BBC archives: a farmer who sang to his pigs:

And a few tweets stolen from Heather Hastie:

And a juvenile Rhinopithecus roxellana; the species occurs in the mountains of southwest China.


  1. dougeast
    Posted November 6, 2017 at 6:44 am | Permalink

    It can be a disaster if your “nachos” are “not chosen” properly…

  2. Ken Kukec
    Posted November 6, 2017 at 6:56 am | Permalink

    Grossly unfair to the people of Ulan Bator; no doubt they make a tasty Mongolian beef-topped nacho dish. 🙂

  3. Randall Schenck
    Posted November 6, 2017 at 7:11 am | Permalink

    Very glad to hear that Leon and company have things under control on the house project. Nice singing to the pigs.

  4. Laurance
    Posted November 6, 2017 at 7:11 am | Permalink

    I was pregnant a long long time ago, 1962 to be exact. I didn’t eat nachos because I’d never heard of them yet. But if I had I would have enjoyed them!

  5. Ken Kukec
    Posted November 6, 2017 at 7:13 am | Permalink

    Technically speaking, Lincoln and Hoover and the others didn’t “become president” until their inaugurations (which at the time didn’t occur until March of the following year). This is the venerable US principle of “one president at a time” — the principle Donald Trump and Gen. Michael Flynn abrogated so blatantly by conducting their own foreign policy regarding Russian sanctions during the transition period last year, in violation of the Logan Act, 18 USC section 953.

    • Randall Schenck
      Posted November 6, 2017 at 7:32 am | Permalink

      In fact, Lincoln would have liked to do something during that long wait from election to actually taking office. It was a long time back then. Many of the states had secceded and it would have been well if someone had done something but he knew it was not yet his time. So absolutely nothing was done until after he took office.

    • David Coxill
      Posted November 6, 2017 at 8:51 am | Permalink

      Talking of the snatch snatcher ,one year down only 3 to go.

  6. Diana MacPherson
    Posted November 6, 2017 at 7:20 am | Permalink

    There is also the character Ignacio “Nacho” Varga from Breaking Bad & Better Call Saul. One of my favourite bad guys.

  7. Rasmo Carenna
    Posted November 6, 2017 at 7:46 am | Permalink

    Actually, the word “Nacho” is widely used in Spain (not only Latin America) as a familiar diminutive for “Ignacio”.

  8. Posted November 6, 2017 at 7:49 am | Permalink

    I suspect that the meat of the former opera-singer’s pigs tasted much better than that of those pigs who hadn’t the privilege of listening to arias.

    Is not it common practice in the japanese kobe area to raise Wagy cattles under the sounds of Mozart?

  9. Posted November 6, 2017 at 8:08 am | Permalink

    “Adolphe Sax … can you imagine what the instrument would be called had his name been „Katzenellenbogen“ [„cat elbows“; a real name in Europe]),

    Yes, I can imagine that; the name of the instrument would be simply the short form, namely: “Katzophon”.

    • Posted November 6, 2017 at 8:48 am | Permalink

      Does anyone remember Gilly Gilly Ossenfeffer?

      • David Coxill
        Posted November 6, 2017 at 9:00 am | Permalink

        Yuk ,Max Bygraves ,i think a new Torture the CIA could use would be to play Deck of Cards on a loop to all those poor sods in Gitmo .

        On seconds thoughts ,far too cruel and definitely unusual .

      • Posted November 6, 2017 at 9:17 am | Permalink

        Not until now. But following your link, I’ve learned that this tapeworm name even appears in the chorus of a children’s song.
        I guess the song will torment me for the rest of the day as a catchy tune.

  10. davidintoronto
    Posted November 6, 2017 at 8:23 am | Permalink

    No disrespect to Hili. But I’m a big fan of the color and flowers in the Leon photography.

  11. Walt Jones
    Posted November 6, 2017 at 8:45 am | Permalink

    Both Sax and Sousa have instruments named for them (though the latter’s is a tuba wound for easier marching).

  12. nicky
    Posted November 6, 2017 at 11:29 am | Permalink

    Loved Nachos when I still ate carbs. I indulge in them about twice a year. In fact it is not so much the nacho’s I enjoy, but the accompanying guacamole, cheese and tomatoes.
    Talking about pregnancy, when my first wife was pregnant she absolutely wanted strawberries. In early winter! But anything but strawberries was nauseating. So I went out to look for strawberries, but it wasn’t easy, them being completely out of season. After half a day, I surprisingly actually got some strawberries (at a horrendous price). When presented to her, my wife decided they were particularly nauseating. Morale: never trust a pregnant woman with food preferences, they can change in the blink of an eye.

  13. Lynn Wilhelm
    Posted November 6, 2017 at 12:14 pm | Permalink

    I don’t eat nachos much and didn’t crave them when I was pregnant.

    That Rottweiler picture was funny to see here. I helped develop an online teaching case* for our students at the NCSU vet school using that picture. We call him “Nibbles” and he’s an ortho case.

    *Our course is about errors in clinical reasoning and the case is meant to see if students experience cognitive tunnel vision while deciding how to treat this fractious Rottie.

    • barn owl
      Posted November 6, 2017 at 1:09 pm | Permalink

      What, you don’t use the Good Dog, Karl books for teaching about fractious Rottweilers? j/k

      • Lynn Wilhelm
        Posted November 6, 2017 at 2:19 pm | Permalink

        I wish the patients could read it!!

  14. natalielaberlinoise
    Posted November 6, 2017 at 7:47 pm | Permalink

    Was offered plain corn chips at some stage in pregnancy and wasn’t partial to them. Melted cheese and/or meat on there would have made me run a mile. Since it stands to reason that cravings in pregnancy would have something to do with what the pregnant woman particularly needs, maybe women who otherwise have difficulty getting the necessary amount of calories together might crave such a cocktail of fat and carbs. On the picture above I would have chosen the fresh tomatoe e basta.

  15. Posted November 6, 2017 at 7:59 pm | Permalink

    Did not crave nachos during pregnancies – just ramen, of all things. I could not stand the smell of garlic or onions cooking. As long as I avoided those, I could control my ‘morning sickness’.

  16. nurnord
    Posted November 7, 2017 at 5:15 am | Permalink

    Jerry, is the Rottie (looks like a Rottie, or maybe a Lab) supposed to be snarling at the monkey, or why did you place that pic there ?

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