Wednesday Hili dialogue

by Jerry & Grania

Good morning all!

In India today we have a Google Doodle (click on photo to see the whole thing) celebrating the life of Mizra Ghalib, an Urdu poet who was born on this day in 1797 (died 1869), and wrote at the tail end of the Mughal Empire, which ended in 1857.  As Wikipedia notes,

During his lifetime the Mughals were eclipsed and displaced by the British and finally deposed following the defeat of the Indian rebellion of 1857, events that he described. Most notably, he wrote several ghazals during his life, which have since been interpreted and sung in many different ways by different people. Ghalib, the last great poet of the Mughal Era, is considered to be one of the most popular and influential poets of the Urdu language. Today Ghalib remains popular not only in India and Pakistan but also among the Hindustani diaspora around the world.

Here’s one of his ghazals, “Aah ko chahiye”, set to beautiful music. The singer is Jagjit Singh and the movie is  “Mirza Ghalib” (a 1988 tv remake of the famous 1954 movie of the  same name.

From the Twitters, we get the Reason of Amazon. (Clearly a shill for Big Box)

And this possibly accidental juxtaposition of adverts (click the white button to play). Of course a world where only vegetarians exist is ironically a world where no turkeys exist either. But them’s the breaks.

Today in The stupid, it burns

This is a real notice posted by a real cinema for the cinema-goers who forgot their brains at home.

News from the fearless and ear-less Gus.
His staff notes:
“I’m not sure what Gus is thinking about but he sure looks fluffed up.”

And in Poland the never-ending cat dilemma which has plagued all cats throughout the ages.

A: Do you want to go out again? You’ve just came back.
Hili: Yes, but I have to check something.

In Polish:

Ja: Znowu chcesz wyjść, dopiero wróciłaś?
Hili: Tak, ale muszę coś sprawdzić.

Hat-tip: Matthew


  1. Linda Calhoun
    Posted December 27, 2017 at 6:48 am | Permalink

    Cat flap doors are a great invention.


    • nicky
      Posted December 27, 2017 at 8:36 am | Permalink

      I heard they were invented by Isaac Newton, but that might be apocryphal.

    • Posted December 27, 2017 at 11:56 am | Permalink

      Seems likely the cat/dog door concept has been invented many times. Probably a classic example of convergent invention.

  2. Randall Schenck
    Posted December 27, 2017 at 7:26 am | Permalink

    In these parts the Google today is Marlene Dietrich’s 116th birthday.

  3. Posted December 27, 2017 at 8:09 am | Permalink

    OT, but Diane Morgan (aka Philomena Cunk) is on the Infinite Monkey Cage Christmas Special. I know she has a few fans who post here.

  4. rickflick
    Posted December 27, 2017 at 8:27 am | Permalink

    I have received large boxes from Amazon with one small item inside and figured Jeff Bezos had simply run out of small boxes. He always seemed to have plenty of bubble wrap to fill the void, and I keep some of it in a basement closet in case I ever need it. I had the thought I should send it all back to him to reduce waste. Live green!

    • Randall Schenck
      Posted December 27, 2017 at 9:47 am | Permalink

      I think that last phrase is just what Bezos does every day. Around $100 Billion green days and climbing each minute.

    • Harrison
      Posted December 27, 2017 at 1:45 pm | Permalink

      They seem to be getting better (after a hiring wave in response to reports of major warehouses being criminally understaffed, go figure), but for the longest time most of my orders from Amazon came in boxes that were too large, too loose, too insufficiently protected. Sometimes just loose books in a box with NO packaging at all.

      I returned a long of dinged up merchandise over the past two years and eventually just decided I’d buy from literally anyone else if the price difference wasn’t too great.

  5. Posted December 27, 2017 at 9:52 am | Permalink

    I recognize the silent sequence in The Last Jedi. It was actually a pretty stunning moment, but I can see how some with short attention spans would be confused by it.

  6. Jenny Haniver
    Posted December 27, 2017 at 10:18 am | Permalink

    I found this image of an ancient Egyptian alabaster cosmetics jar in the shape of a cat. Its ear tips are gone and it has big eyes — looks remarkably like Gus. Don’t know how to embed the image, so give the link.

    • Taskin
      Posted December 27, 2017 at 8:21 pm | Permalink

      That’s great! 🙂

  7. Posted December 27, 2017 at 11:01 am | Permalink

    I have often felt that Gus could be one of those viral internet cats that generate a huge following and revenue for their humanz. Like Grumpy cat, only much more attractive.

    • Taskin
      Posted December 27, 2017 at 8:22 pm | Permalink


  8. JonLynnHarvey
    Posted December 27, 2017 at 12:31 pm | Permalink

    Even the AMC notices are not as weird as the notices that used to be in many video stores explaining that “letter-boxing” did NOT mean that part of the picture was missing- some people just couldn’t get it.

  9. David Evans
    Posted December 27, 2017 at 12:59 pm | Permalink

    “Of course a world where only vegetarians exist is ironically a world where no turkeys exist either.”

    It could be a world where only wild turkeys exist. Which might be more enjoyable for the turkeys.

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