Sunday: Hili dialogue (and Leon monologue)

by Grania

It’s the birthday of actresses Emma Thompson (1959), Maisie Williams (1997) and Emma Watson (1990). Artist Leonardo da Vinci also claims today as his birthday (1452).

Today was a day of disasters as well, most notably the sinking of the Titanic in 1912, with only 710 people surviving and over 1500 dying. The horrendous loss of life led to investigations into safety issues, and new guidelines regarding lifeboats were brought about as a result.

In 1989, a tragic human crush at the Hillsborough Stadium came to be known as the Hillsborough Disaster. 96 people were killed and 766 people injured when police allowed overcrowding to occur in the standing terraces.

In the felid section this morning we have both Leon and Hili pronouncing on profound life issues.

Leon: I have a feeling that in my next incarnation I’ll be a forester.

Cyrus: What to do after such a beautiful start to the day?
Hili: Catch a mouse.

In Polish:

Cyrus: Co począć z tak pięknie rozpoczętym dniem?
Hili: Złapać mysz.

On Twitter this morning:

An old Soviet propaganda poster.

How to get diabetes in one easy step

Two foxes playing

And a reminder that humans never really change.

Early Skype:

And something to give to friends and family on Facebook when they rabbit on about their new health diet.


  1. glen1davidson
    Posted April 15, 2018 at 8:49 am | Permalink

    Titanic–an unfortunate name to have when the next word is disaster. If they’d named the ship Small, it could have been called a “Small disaster.”

    Glen Davidson

  2. nicky
    Posted April 15, 2018 at 8:58 am | Permalink

    The cartoon about the low life expectancy is mistaken. That low life expectancy is mainly due to a horrendous child mortality (and violence, tribal warfare, infections and infectious disease), but it is pertinently misleading to state that when a life expectancy is in the thirties or forties ‘nobody’ lives past thirty (or forty). In fact, if as a hunter-gatherer you reach your thirties, your life expectancy is well into the seventies.
    We know that with the advent of agriculture, life expectancy as well as stature and some other parameters dropped (but it allowed for higher numbers). It is only in the last Century or so that we’ve overtaken the hunter-gatherers again, mainly due to reduced child mortality, and things like sanitation, vaccination, etc.

    • Daniaq
      Posted April 15, 2018 at 6:58 pm | Permalink

      Yes. I agree. The cartoon is not considering medicine.

  3. Randall Schenck
    Posted April 15, 2018 at 9:05 am | Permalink

    The drawing of Vitruvian Man is on page 154 of Walter Isaacson’s book on Da Vinci and is described on 7 or 8 pages of the book. A very well done book if you are interested in knowing more.

    In the introduction is mentioned that at age 30 Leonardo was writing a resume to the ruler of Milan touting all of his assets and only in the 10th paragraph does he add that he is also an artist.

  4. Posted April 15, 2018 at 10:39 am | Permalink

    Re: early Skype.

    That reminds me of one of my favorite Dilbert cartoons. Dilbert buys a video phone and tells Dogbert, “Now we wait for someone to buy a compatible video phone and call us.” Dogbert comments, “The amazing thing is that society couldn’t advance without people like you.” 😀

  5. Vaal
    Posted April 15, 2018 at 11:27 am | Permalink

    “How to get diabetes in one easy step”

    I know it was a joke….but this joke trades on what is (I understand) to be a common misconception about diabetes – that eating sugar causes diabetes. That link (again, from what I’ve read) has not been made.

    (Sort of similar to the urban myth that sugar causes kids to go nuts, e.g. where parents think the wild behavior of kids at birthday parties is due to ingesting lots of junk food especially sugar. Where it’s more likely the social environment and situation is responsible for the excitement of the kids).

    • Heather Hastie
      Posted April 15, 2018 at 1:25 pm | Permalink

      I saw a British experiment a few years ago designed to get parents out of the myth that sugar made kids go nuts.

      The kids were taken to supervised birthday parties a week apart. At the first the food was all healthy stuff – sandwiches, fruit, veges, water etc. The kids played games where they ran around, got excited, and generally were hyped up.

      The following week, the kids ate sweets, cakes, fizzy drinks etc. However, they were kept calm by doing things like listening to stories, guessing games, board games etc.

      Almost without exception, the parents, judging by behaviour, thought it was the first week that kids got all the refined sugar.

      • nicky
        Posted April 15, 2018 at 11:18 pm | Permalink

        bBut it does cause their teeth to decay…

        • Heather Hastie
          Posted April 16, 2018 at 6:07 pm | Permalink

          Yep!!! Sugar is still evil, and I have far too much.

      • Vaal
        Posted April 16, 2018 at 11:06 am | Permalink

        Interesting Heather, thanks!

    • Posted April 16, 2018 at 3:50 pm | Permalink

      I was about to say the same. Diabetes in children and young people is an autoimmune disease.

  6. harrync
    Posted April 15, 2018 at 1:44 pm | Permalink

    Unfortunately, the “Diplomacy, the American way” poster is all too true. Of course, it would be just as true if it was “Diplomacy, the Soviet way” and the diplomat transfigured into a Russian soldier.

  7. Posted April 15, 2018 at 10:00 pm | Permalink

    Check out the kerning in that phone ad!

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