Tuesday: Hili dialogue

by Grania

Welcome to Tuesday. It’s the birthday of Maria Reiche who is honored today with a Google Doodle. She devoted much of her life to cataloging and preserving the famous Nazca lines  in the Peruvian desert and was the person who debunked Erich von Daniken’s previous claim that the lines were the work of aliens.

On Twitter:

“Now look, your grace,” said Sancho, “what you see over there aren’t giants, but windmills, and what seems to be arms are just their sails, that go around in the wind and turn the millstone.”
“Obviously,” replied Don Quijote, “you don’t know much about adventures.”


Proof that the Beatles invented Furries.

Puss In Boots?

Not sure what the owl thinks of this, but it is handling the bath with dignity.

But the owl and the pussycat is not just a nursery rhyme.

A joke that dates you.

And a correction that is more interesting than the original.

Same, kitty. Same.

PET RESCUE: if you live in  or near Detroit.

Onto the felid friends of this website.

Gus sleeping in the sunlight.


And finally our friend from Poland who is firm in her principles.

Hili: I’m not hungry.
A: Good.
Hili: But I would like to eat something tasty anyhow.

In Polish:

Hili: Nie jestem głodna.
Ja: To dobrze.
Hili: Ale i tak bym zjadła coś dobrego.

Hat-tip: Heather, Matthew, Blue, Barry


  1. Dominic
    Posted May 15, 2018 at 6:38 am | Permalink

    May interest some – a Sci Am book, Evolution vs. Creationism – includes
    Section 4: Faith & Science

    4.1 Should Science Speak to Faith?
    by Lawrence M. Krauss and Richard Dawkins

    4.2 How Darwinism and Faith Can Coexist
    by Sally Lehrman

    4.3 Why People Believe What They Do
    by Steve Mirsky


  2. W.Benson
    Posted May 15, 2018 at 8:32 am | Permalink

    Peru’s Nazca line is interesting because of its seeming lack of any good purpose. I say “line”, because many — if not most or all — of the figures seem to be traced out by a single walking trail. I suspect that the trail was walked by local peoples and used as a teaching tool for animals and legends and to help conceptualize things that could not be directly observed. Visualizing unseen topography would be a useful skill in navigating the desert hill country. Several high hills border the site from which the figures can probably be seen in their entirety.

    • Michael Fisher
      Posted May 15, 2018 at 1:50 pm | Permalink

      Interesting observation you made that I haven’t seen noted before: That the figures [as opposed to the lines] each form a closed loop with no crossovers. As you say, this suggests that the figures were meant to be walked or [my suggestion] the priests believed the shapes lost their ‘power’ if the lines intersected or were broken.

      The region gets around 20 minutes of rain a year so I imagine water is high up in their rituals – perhaps they thought of a closed loop as a form that can’t ‘leak’ in some sense.

  3. Paul S
    Posted May 15, 2018 at 9:58 am | Permalink

    For a second I thought Hili was ill.

    • Jenny Haniver
      Posted May 15, 2018 at 10:36 am | Permalink

      No. It’s that she just got back from Ohio and hasn’t yet cleaned off her nose dye disguise.

  4. Posted May 15, 2018 at 10:32 am | Permalink

    I love Carl Sagan’s comment about Erich von Daniken. “Whenever he sees something that he doesn’t understand he attributes it to aliens, and there is a great deal that von Daniken doesn’t understand….”

  5. Christopher
    Posted May 15, 2018 at 10:44 am | Permalink

    The BBC just reported that Tom Wolfe has died.

  6. Posted May 15, 2018 at 2:08 pm | Permalink

    Great photos and videos today! I’ll copy the first one to illustrate the lecture about arachnids, very accurate!

  7. grasshopper
    Posted May 15, 2018 at 4:41 pm | Permalink

    “Newspapers can stop issuing corrections now.”
    This is one of the funniest.
    From The Queenslander, July 12, 1902.

    The annual dinner of the “Correctors of
    the Press” occurred a few nights ago in
    London, and naturally many anecdotes
    were told to illustrate how printers’
    readers save authors from the consequences
    of their own and the printer’s laches. One
    of the best was of American parentage, and
    told how a certain Texas editor was inter-
    viewed by an irate “Colonel” (with a six-
    shooter) and called upon for an explana-
    tion as to why his (decorative emphasis)
    “rag” had referred to self (the Colonel)
    as a “bottle-scarred veteran.” Of course
    the editor threw all the blame on Mr.
    Printer, who had taken a slight liberty
    with ‘battle-scarred,” and promised an
    explanation in next day’s issue. Judge of
    the Colonel’s wrath when he met with this
    apology :—” We greatly regret that owing
    to an unfortunate printer’s error we yes-
    terday referred to Colonel Blank as a
    ‘bottle-scarred veteran.’ Of course what
    we meant to say was ‘battle-scared vet-
    eran !’ ” —(Exchange.)


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