Tuesday: Hili dialogue

Good morning and welcome to National Cream Puff Day AKA profiterole or choux à la crème. They’re really easy to make, so give it a try. Here’s a variation of them without the cream.

Jerry reports that he’s experiencing lovely temperatures in Delhi, with highs of about 72°F (22°C)—although it’s smoggy—and cooler evenings, with lows of about 45°F (7°C). But look at these wind-chill equivalents he’s missing in Chicago; these are New Year’s Day! Brrrr!!!! Those equivalents are in Fahrenheit, though at -40 Fahrenheit and Celsius are the same. “Lakefront” is where he lives.


Here’s a roundup from Twitter.

An otter enjoying a belly-rub (be sure to turn the sound up to hear its adorable chirps):

Not the smartest dog in the world [JAC: Well, I’m not so sure. . . ]

The nice tolerant Pope comes out as pro-het marriage and anti-contraception. Quelle surprise.

If you think I’m interpreting it incorrectly, here’s one from two days before.

Some pig-shaming. Be more like this pig.

Or be less cynical and remember that dreams sometimes do come true

May your grafitti artists always be like this one

Reader Sebastian sent a photo of his Polish cat (she’s named “Frytka”) reading the Polish translation of WEIT. But she seems to be reading the back cover only!


Finally, Hili is engaged in her own mission impossible.

A: What are you looking at?
Hili: I’m looking out for a black horse but in this darkness you can’t even see a black dog.

In Polish:

Ja: Czemu się tak przypatrujesz?
Hili: Wypatruję czarnego konia, ale w tych mrokach nie widać nawet czarnego psa.

Hat-tip: Matthew


  1. Andy Lowry
    Posted January 2, 2018 at 7:14 am | Permalink

    Off topic: PCC(E)’s review of the terrible Darwin biography is on this morning’s Arts and Letters Daily. Good going, sir!

    • nicky
      Posted January 2, 2018 at 2:05 pm | Permalink

      I saw that 2 creationists/IDiots have kind of taken over, or at least bombarded, the ‘comments’ section there. Tried to give some response, but we know how hard it is to stem a ‘Gish Gallop’.

    • Posted January 2, 2018 at 9:33 pm | Permalink

      Thanks for that; cool that they picked it up!

  2. Randall Schenck
    Posted January 2, 2018 at 7:19 am | Permalink

    Baby it’s cold outside. Love that pig.

    • Blue
      Posted January 2, 2018 at 7:48 am | Permalink

      hehhehheh, Randall / All: -16 degrees
      Fahrenheit / -27 degrees Celsius … … within central Iowa.

      “Quelle surprise,” indeed, Mr Papally – Dude.

      Om’golly: otters are darling !

      Thank you, Ms Grania, for our wakey – wakey.
      Always there you are when soooo, so needed.


  3. Posted January 2, 2018 at 7:24 am | Permalink

    Not so sure about the cover of that edition with the old ‘ascent of man’ pictures…

    • Posted January 2, 2018 at 9:34 pm | Permalink

      I am not responsible for choosing covers, either of my own or of foreign editions (though I designed the cover of the American edition of WEIT).

  4. Posted January 2, 2018 at 8:08 am | Permalink

    The d*g is clearly looking for brush strokes to learn something about artistic technique.

  5. Paul S
    Posted January 2, 2018 at 8:09 am | Permalink

    20 miles sw of Midway airport current temp -13f, -25c without the wind chill. At least it’s not snowing.
    I love Chicago.

  6. ThyroidPlanet
    Posted January 2, 2018 at 8:45 am | Permalink

    May I request that, for these Tw1++#9 compilations, the picture punchline (usually beginning with, quelle suprise, pic.twitter.com, be interpreted or translated into plain ASCII text for those of us who can’t be bothered to wait for pics to load yes I know this is a run-on sentence do you like it kthxbai.

  7. Heather Hastie
    Posted January 2, 2018 at 10:51 am | Permalink

    I’ve got a different interpretation of the Pope’s tweets. When he says the best marriages are those “open to … others,” he’s clearly endorsing swinging, especially by including your local priest. As for those babies who are not allowed to be born crying with hunger, holding weapons etc, clearly heaven is not a safe place for children! Give birth to keep those kids out of God’s hands!

  8. DrBrydon
    Posted January 2, 2018 at 10:59 am | Permalink

    That’s pretty cold. Back when I was a junior in High School, there were two weekends in a row when then temperature dropped to -23F, with windchills of -80F. Here in Central Florida it’s supposed to hit 29F Thursday night, which is unusually cold, and will hopefully kill a lot of mosquitos.

  9. Paul Matthews
    Posted January 2, 2018 at 11:43 am | Permalink

    I wish the US would switch to Celsius, so I (a Canadian) could avoid looking like an idiot from time to time, but I know it ain’t gonna happen.

    Some years ago I was talking to some Americans who thought it was always cold up in Canada. No, no I replied it can get up to 30 or even more. They looked at me blankly.

    Right now I’m just back in Canada after a trip down to Delaware, USA, to visit my in-laws. Like a lot of places, Delaware was very cold and at one point it snowed. My brother-in-law said that the next day the forecast high was 8. So it’s all going to melt, I said. He looked at me blankly.

  10. Blue
    Posted January 2, 2018 at 11:57 am | Permalink

    Sorta relatedly, Mr Mawtthews, in re
    temperatures’ various unit markings, one
    o’m’kiddos is this newest year facebooking
    thus: “Just so it’s clear, I still hate time
    zones and long for the day when we’re all

    Some few are ‘liking’ his statement / post.


  11. JonLynnHarvey
    Posted January 2, 2018 at 1:36 pm | Permalink

    The Polish title of WEIT seems to eliminate any equivalent to the pronoun “why”- it simply translates as “Evolution is a Fact”.
    Maybe in Polish you can only use “why” in a question.

    I don’t know the language well, but it seems you would translate as
    “dlaczego ewolucja jest prawdziwa/faktem”

  12. nicky
    Posted January 2, 2018 at 2:08 pm | Permalink

    Our summer here (it is summer here in SA) is kinda cool, mostly not exceeding 25C, but during August (our winter season) we had days of 30+C! Clearly, weather is not just not climate, it is not even season!

  13. nicky
    Posted January 2, 2018 at 2:10 pm | Permalink

    Why were otters never domesticated?

  14. Posted January 2, 2018 at 3:10 pm | Permalink

    The lows here in the Minneapolis area have been between -15°F and -20°F (-26°C to -29°C) since Christmas day.


  15. Taskin
    Posted January 2, 2018 at 3:20 pm | Permalink

    It’s always lovely to see Hili sitting atop her canisters. 🙂

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