Friday: Hili dialogue

Good morning on Friday, November 24, 2017, when most Americans are still on their Thanksgiving holiday.  Sadly, it’s National Sardines Day, a comestible only slightly more palatable than the malodorous and despiséd anchovy. Much more exciting, it’s Evolution Day, for it was on November 24, 1859, that John Murray published Charles Darwin’s Origin of Species. Let’s see the full title (remember the kerfuffle when gleeful haters of Dawkins celebrated his inability to remember the full title?):

On the Origin of Species By Means of Natural Selection or the Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life

There will be a quiz. Here’s the title page of the first edition. Only 1250 copies were printed, and if you want one it will run you over $125,000. (And why isn’t there a Darwin Google Doodle today?)

Other November 24 events are scanty. It was on that day in 1642 that Abel Tasman became the first European to find the island Van Diemen’s Land, later named Tasmania. On this day in 1963, two days after Lee Harvey Oswald assassinated John F. Kennedy, Oswald was himself murdered by Jack Ruby.  And on November 24, 1971, the famous hijacker “Dan Cooper” parachuted from a Northwest Orient plane over the state of Washington, carrying $200,000 in ransom money. Neither he nor the money was ever found, and it’s not clear if he survived the jump. Finally, and this is appropriate for Darwin Day, it was on November 24, 1974—115 years after The Origin was published—that Donald Johanson and Tom Gray, digging in Ethiopia, found a largely (40%) complete skeleton of Australopithecus afarensis, nicknamed “Lucy” after the Beatles song playing in camp.

Here she is in her museum drawer. Read more about her on Wikipedia, or in WEIT:

Notables born on Evolution Day include Junipero Serra and Laurence Sterne (both 1713), Zachary Taylor (1784), Scott Joplin (1867), Teddy Wilson (1912), William F. Buckley, Jr. (1925), Pete Best (1941), and Billy Connolly (1942). Those whose metabolic processes became history on November 24 include John Knox (1572), Diego Rivera (1957), Freddie Mercury (1991), John Rawls (2002), and Florence Henderson (last year). Here’s Rivera and a kitty:

Meanwhile in Dobrzyn, Hili, being solipsistic, compares herself to a beautiful orchid but is found wanting

Hili: Do these flowers close for the night?
A: No.
Hili: I wouldn’t be able to be in bloom like that all the time.

In Polish:
Hili: Czy te kwiaty zamykają się na noc?
Ja: Nie.
Hili: Ja bym nie dała rady tak kwitnąć bez przerwy.

Here are a few well chosen tw**ts from Matthew Cobb. (This week Trump decides whether the U.S. can again allow importation of trophy animals like elephants). Watch the video:

Be sure to watch the video on this one, too:

A tweet sent by reader Blue (cool video):

And a ninja kitten from Grania. I love it when then do the sideways crab thingie:


  1. BobTerrace
    Posted November 24, 2017 at 6:56 am | Permalink

    I eat sardines all the time. I also like anchovies, it brightens up a Caesar salad and is good on pizza.

    • Don Quijote
      Posted November 24, 2017 at 7:12 am | Permalink

      I too like sardines and salted anchovies with cheese are delicious. Must be the Spanish in me.

    • Posted November 24, 2017 at 7:29 am | Permalink

      Fully agree with that.

    • Pierluigi Ballabeni
      Posted November 24, 2017 at 7:48 am | Permalink

      I love sardines. Cooked in an oven with just a little aromatic herbs, salt and olive oil, it is one of tastiest fish dishes. The same for anchovies. Thinking of it makes me salivating.

    • rickflick
      Posted November 24, 2017 at 8:22 am | Permalink

      The sardine sandwich is great. Just a few canned sardines between slices of your favorite bread. Maybe some pepper and mustard. Mmmmmmm…

      • Heather Hastie
        Posted November 24, 2017 at 7:02 pm | Permalink

        I like sardine sandwiches too, though I haven’t had one for years.

    • rickflick
      Posted November 24, 2017 at 10:49 am | Permalink

      Sicilian friends who emigrated from Messina introduced us to a fine sardine-based dish. It consist of sardines, fennel, raisins, in a pasta mix. Quite delicious.

      • Dale Franzwa
        Posted November 24, 2017 at 11:55 pm | Permalink

        In Southern Calif, anchovies and sardines are the preferred bait fish for catching some really delicious ocean sport fish (calico and sand bass, yellowtail, tunas to name but a few). But eat the bait fish? Never. I’m with Jerry on that.

        • Gregory Kusnick
          Posted November 25, 2017 at 12:44 am | Permalink

          So prey fish are unfit for human consumption because predator fish find them delicious? Not sure I follow the logic of that.

  2. Saul Sorrell-Till
    Posted November 24, 2017 at 7:06 am | Permalink

    I’m not usually that into cat(and wildlife) vids and gifs, but the ones posted here are so brilliant I can’t help myself. Jerry has a good filter.

    • Posted November 24, 2017 at 8:04 am | Permalink

      My highlight today is the video of the jumping ibexes, to watch them how they one after the other, first hesitate, pause for a moment and then all jump and safely arrive on the other side, wonderful.

  3. ThyroidPlanet
    Posted November 24, 2017 at 7:13 am | Permalink

    A juicy evolution HD, I dig it.

    I think the writing style in the 19th century was generally like that, to write a title like that.

  4. Randall Schenck
    Posted November 24, 2017 at 7:27 am | Permalink

    Trump may have bigger things closing in as it appears Mueller and company have Flynn cooperating if stories are correct.

  5. Ross Foley
    Posted November 24, 2017 at 8:25 am | Permalink

    First-timer; excellent site. Happy Evolution Day everyone.
    Agree with Saul S-T re the vids and gifs.
    Re Dan Cooper, I’d say it was “ransom” money; and Gary Larson’s take on his fate has always tickled me:

  6. Hempenstein
    Posted November 24, 2017 at 9:44 am | Permalink

    Sardines: I like them, too. They’re even on the menu @ Primanti’s (at the bottom of the list) and I ordered one once, curious to see how it would be. The waitress said, “Huh, someone ordered one of those last month.”

    Orchids: Here’s a song for Hili (Carl Smith was June Carter Cash’s first husband).

    • Blue
      Posted November 24, 2017 at 10:41 am | Permalink

      O m’golly, Mr Hempenstein, darling old song !
      I had not ever before known of it.

      Thank you for posting it !
      Likely, too: Ms Hili ‘ll find it charming !


      • Hempenstein
        Posted November 24, 2017 at 4:24 pm | Permalink

        Yep, isn’t it great! Glad you like it too.

        Hardly anyone’s heard of Carl Smith anymore, either – I hadn’t at the time, but then I didn’t listen to any country at that time.

      • Hempenstein
        Posted November 24, 2017 at 4:27 pm | Permalink

        And I just noticed the ibex video came from you, too. Cool – some of the small ones don’t seem to have fathomed the concept of a running start/momentum, but they succeeded anyway.

        • Blue
          Posted November 24, 2017 at 6:17 pm | Permalink

          As I wrote another, the penultimate one,
          Mr Hempenstein ! of the ibices turns herself
          around and exclaims, ” W h o a ! I did it !
          I actually made it over ! I did it,
          Mr Hempenstein ! ”

          You are correct in re the weer ones:
          Darest Thou, indeed, Littler One !


  7. Jenny Haniver
    Posted November 24, 2017 at 10:24 am | Permalink

    Sardines — I hate’em. I’ve tried and tried to develop a taste for them, but cant, so have given up.

  8. JonLynnHarvey
    Posted November 24, 2017 at 11:46 am | Permalink

    William F. Buckley born on evolution day??

    In the 1990s, he either became or admitted to being skeptical of evolution. There’s a 2 hour Firing Line debate about it somewhere online with 8 panelists, including Ken Miller and Michael Ruse on the evolution side.

  9. Michael Fisher
    Posted November 24, 2017 at 11:57 am | Permalink

    Semolina pilchards are the bee’s knees

    • Saul Sorrell-Till
      Posted November 25, 2017 at 7:16 am | Permalink

      I prefer a good egg, man.

  10. Gregory Kusnick
    Posted November 24, 2017 at 2:01 pm | Permalink

    Those whose metabolic processes became history on November 24

    Maybe not; apparently skin cells live for days after blood stops circulating.

  11. John Frum
    Posted November 24, 2017 at 5:00 pm | Permalink

    I bought a tin of anchovies today and I’m proud of it.
    Anchovies Matter!

  12. ThyroidPlanet
    Posted November 24, 2017 at 6:42 pm | Permalink

    Brian Greene tweeted a pic of the Darwin page that has splatter marks on it.

  13. Posted November 25, 2017 at 3:53 am | Permalink

    Disappointing how there’s no Darwin Google Doodle. One would think that the most important theory in modern biology would qualify for one.

    • Gregory Kusnick
      Posted November 25, 2017 at 10:48 am | Permalink

      There was a Darwin Doodle on Darwin Day 2009.

      As for why they didn’t do one today, see Rool 6.

      • Posted November 25, 2017 at 8:52 pm | Permalink

        Google Doodle. Which is not this site.

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