Friday: Hili dialogue

It’s JUNE! June 1, 2018, and the month that summer begins. It’s National Hazelnut Cake Day, a comestible which I’m sure is delicious, though I’ve never had it.  Further, it’s also Neighbour’s Day, though the link gives no instructions on what to do about it. Borrow a cup of sugar?

On June 1, 1495, the monk John Cor of Fife, probably an apothecary on the side, records the first known mention of Scotch whisky. The data from Wikipedia: “To Brother John Cor, by order of the King, to make aqua vitae VIII bolls of malt.” — Exchequer Rolls 1494–95, Vol x, p. 487. 

On this day in 1533, Ann Boleyn was crowned Queen of England; she lasted three years before being beheaded.  On June 1, 1812, U.S. President James Madison asked Congress to declare war on the UK, beginning the War of 1812. On this day in 1916, Louis Brandeis became the first Jew appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court, serving until 1939.  On June 1, 1962, Adolf Eichmann, abducted from Argentina, was hanged in Israel.  And a banner day for me: it was on this day in 1967 that the Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album was released—the album that made me an atheist. On this day in 1974, the Heimlich maneuver was published in the journal Emergency Medicine. You may not know that it’s not now recommended as the first course of action for conscious but choking people. Or so Wikipedia reportsm (my emphasis):

From 1985 to 2005, abdominal thrusts were the only recommended treatment for choking in the published guidelines of the American Heart Association and the American Red Cross. In 2006, both organizations drastically changed course and “downgraded” the use of the technique. For conscious victims, the new guidelines recommend first applying back slaps; if this method failed to remove the airway obstruction, rescuers were to then apply abdominal thrusts. For unconscious victims, the new guidelines recommend chest thrusts.

Finally, on this day in 2004, Terry Nichols was sentenced to 161 consecutive life terms without possibility of parole for his role in the Oklahoma City bombing—a Guinness World Record for the longest prison sentence in recorded history.

Notables born on June 1 include physicist Nicolas Léonard Sadi Carnot (1796), Brigham Young (1801), Andy Griffith and Marilyn Monroe (both 1926), ecologist Richard Levins (1930), Pat Boone (1934; he’s still with us at 84), Morgan Freeman (1937), Frederica von Stade (1945) and Heidi Klum (1973).  Those who died on this day include U.S. President James Buchanan (1868), Lizzie “The Axe” Borden (1927), Hugh Walpole (1960), Paula Hitler (Adolf’s sister, 1960), Adolf Eichmann (1962; see above), Reinhold Niebuhr (1971), David Ruffin (1991) and Yves Saint Laurent (2008).

Most of you probably don’t know that Hitler had a sister, who of course kept a low profile after the war. She gave but one interview (excerpt below), and was said by her American interrogators to have had a remarkable resemblance to Adolf. Well, judge for yourself (it may help to Photoshop in a mustache and the Adolfian hairdo:


A small bit of the one interview she gave, most of which has been lost:

Meanwhile in Dobrzyn, the Hili dialogue needs a bit of explaining. Malgorzata notes, “Andrzej means that the best thing you can do with a good advice is to give it to somebody else and forget it. You can also forget it without giving it to anybody.”

Hili: The weeds under the trees are taken care of but it’s time to mow the grass.
A: I love good advice, I immediately hand it over to others.
In Polish:
Hili: Pod drzewami chwasty wypalone, ale trawę pora skosić.
Ja: Kocham dobre rady, natychmiast przekazuję je innym.
In Winnipeg, Gus ignores the lovely flowers for he sees something else—probably a squirrel, which, he’s heard, tastes like chicken.


From Grania, a protective rhino baby (cub?):

Some history for your delectation:

Please put the sound on; can dogs actually MAKE such a noise?

A historically inaccurate crack about the Roseanne Excuse:

From Matthew, who notes that we all need to learn how to pronounce “Euler”:

This video is said to demonstrate British politeness, but I don’t think it’s polite for a motorcycle to ride between lanes of traffic:

A wingless fly with a funny joke in response:

A video illustrated with a limerick:

Those are some fugly sandals that Einstein bought! But of course he never cared about his appearance.

Pigeon in the airport; one of the comments was: “Surely that’s carrion luggage”:

Reader Gethyn, part of Theo’s staff, sent a video telling us how to keep our cats cool this summer:

And reader Bryan sent me this:

The 2018 Scripps Spelling Bee final word was :


“The Greek word “koinonia” — most commonly pronounced “koy-nuh-NEE-uh” — is defined as “intimate spiritual communion and participative sharing in a common religious commitment and spiritual community.””


  1. Geoff Toscano
    Posted June 1, 2018 at 6:48 am | Permalink

    Riding a motorcycle through stationary or very slow moving traffic is an acceptable manoeuvre in the UK, where it’s referred to as filtering, and most US states, where it is called lane splitting. It’s one of the privileges of riding a motorcycle, and offsets some of its disadvantages, such as the weather! Considerable care is, of course, needed, as the video shows.

    • infiniteimprobabilit
      Posted June 1, 2018 at 7:20 am | Permalink

      I thoroughly commend the caution shown by the motorbike rider.

      But yes, as a car driver, I find that perfectly acceptable. I know they’re not going to hold the traffic up when the lights turn green.


    • David Coxill
      Posted June 1, 2018 at 10:04 am | Permalink

      Oh ,that clip takes me back the the late 80s to the late 90s when i was a motorcycle courier in London .
      A guy did step out in front of me ,i wasn’t going very fast ,his Filofax flew up into the air and all his business cards scattered .

      After he did the Peter Griffin bit -rubbing his leg – he said he was sorry .

      PS ,if any of you suffered a broken wing mirror,it wasn’t me .

  2. W.T. Effingham
    Posted June 1, 2018 at 7:24 am | Permalink

    A potential antonym – homophone for koinonia could be coyneonia.

  3. Ken Kukec
    Posted June 1, 2018 at 7:29 am | Permalink

    … it’s also Neighbour’s Day …

    Reminds me, when I went to the theater last weekend to see RBG, there was a trailer for the new documentary on Fred Rogers. Looked pretty good.

    Sure wish I could unsee that pic of Albert E.

    • Mark R.
      Posted June 1, 2018 at 1:48 pm | Permalink

      Was RBG good? I don’t have a legal background of any sort and wondered if I’d be lost in the weeds. It’s gotten rave reviews.

      • Ken Kukec
        Posted June 1, 2018 at 2:46 pm | Permalink

        It’s great. Funny, touching, extremely well edited. Even made it look good (something you don’t always get with a doc). No legal background necessary. Go see it!

        • Mark R.
          Posted June 2, 2018 at 9:38 pm | Permalink

          I replied to this already, but I guess I didn’t post it. Thanks (again) Ken for the review and encouragement. Gonna see it, yeah!

  4. infiniteimprobabilit
    Posted June 1, 2018 at 7:36 am | Permalink

    I can see nothing wrong with Einstein’s attire. What he’s wearing seems to me to be entirely sensible and the most comfortable gear for a warm summer day (assuming footwear is necessary – which, from the look of the beach, it probably is in that location).

    Compared with Rothman, who is probably getting all hot and sweaty in his suit, long trousers, shoes and socks.

    Einstein’s hair seems to be weathering the breeze better than Rothman’s, too.


    • barn owl
      Posted June 1, 2018 at 7:57 am | Permalink

      If Einstein was wearing the white sandals before Labor Day, it was perfectly stylish.

      • Ken Kukec
        Posted June 1, 2018 at 2:50 pm | Permalink

        Comme il faut, as our French cousins say.

  5. ChrisS
    Posted June 1, 2018 at 7:44 am | Permalink

    Philip Glass was right:

    Einstein on the Beach.

    • Bric
      Posted June 1, 2018 at 7:49 am | Permalink

      Look out for the train!

  6. Ken Kukec
    Posted June 1, 2018 at 7:51 am | Permalink

    On this day in 1916, Louis Brandeis became the first Jew appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court, serving until 1939.

    The “People’s Lawyer”; the person who did more than anyone else to promote our current, broad interpretation of the Free Speech clause; the first great modern liberal, to my thinking; and a legal hero of mine.

  7. infiniteimprobabilit
    Posted June 1, 2018 at 7:58 am | Permalink

    Love the Euler limerick.

    That equation never ceases to amaze me. I won’t reveal the spoiler, that would be a very negative thing for one to do. 😉


    • Liz
      Posted June 1, 2018 at 10:45 am | Permalink

      Does the “cis” in the cis function in math have the same root (no pun at all) as the “cis” in cisgender? I think it might.

      • Posted June 1, 2018 at 10:56 am | Permalink

        I don’t think so. In cis-function, the letters cis stand for cos, i, and sin. In cisgender the cis is a Latin prefix meaning “on this side of.”

        • Liz
          Posted June 1, 2018 at 11:10 am | Permalink

          I think that is correct. I just found for sine:
          “The modern word ‘sine’ is derived from the Latin word sinus, which means ‘bay’, ‘bosom’ or ‘fold’ is indirectly, via Indian, Persian and Arabic transmission, derived from the Greek term khordḗ ‘bow-string, chord’.”

          and for cosine:
          “cosine (n.)
          in trigonometry, 1630s, contraction of co. sinus, abbreviation of Medieval Latin complementi sinus (see complement + sine).”

          I found the same for the Latin “cis” as you. Initially it seemed like it could be.

          • Posted June 1, 2018 at 11:28 am | Permalink

            Interesting. When my sinuses are swollen from hay fever this summer, I’ll remember it.

            Besides CIS, another math mnemonic I still remember is SOHCAHTOA (sine = opposite/hypotenuse, cosine = adjacent/hypotenuse, tangent = opposite/adjacent). That got me through my college trig exam.

      • Barbara Radcliffe
        Posted June 1, 2018 at 5:09 pm | Permalink

        Could it not come from ‘cis’ and ‘trans’ as used in long chain fatty acids? This refers to the arrangement of hydrogen atoms on either side of a double bond between the carbon atoms. A trans fatty acid is bent at the double bond while the cis fatty acid is straight.

        • Liz
          Posted June 4, 2018 at 9:43 am | Permalink

          Oh, wow. Maybe.

    • Posted June 1, 2018 at 9:49 pm | Permalink

      Sqrt(-1) see what you did there.

  8. Ken Kukec
    Posted June 1, 2018 at 8:01 am | Permalink

    Ja, I see the Schicklgruber resemblance.

  9. Posted June 1, 2018 at 10:11 am | Permalink

    Has anyone else ever noticed how much Angela Merkel resembles Hitler? Facially, of course.

    • Dominic
      Posted June 4, 2018 at 4:51 am | Permalink

      … like all babies resemble Churchill!

  10. BJ
    Posted June 1, 2018 at 10:14 am | Permalink

    How do you lose the one interview with Hitler’s sister? I mean, I know that it wasn’t as easy to store video footage back then, but you take something that important and you properly store it. It’s not that hard. You kind of have a duty to humanity to not misplace it or accidentally destroy it.

  11. BJ
    Posted June 1, 2018 at 10:22 am | Permalink

    Cats Protection is a great charity! Unlike the other big organizations, they are devoted solely to helping cats. So, if you want to ensure you donated dollars go toward rescuing and bettering cat lives, they’re a great option, and have organizations in many different countries. Much of the money donated to non-specific charities often goes to dogs, and people give far more money to dogs than cats, so it’s important for cat lovers to ensure donations go to cat-specific charities.

  12. Posted June 1, 2018 at 11:34 am | Permalink

    Now, are they saying “Lagrange” correctly? There of course matters might be confusing, since he was French by choice, rather than by birth …

    • Posted June 1, 2018 at 12:17 pm | Permalink

      Other mathematician names commonly mispronounced are Lebesgue and Lie. My math teacher started his class with “I will not lie to you, it is lee.”

  13. JonLynnHarvey
    Posted June 1, 2018 at 12:14 pm | Permalink

    Andy Griffith was in a terrific political thriller called “A Face in the Crowd” about a drifter who due to clever marketing becomes a popular radio personality who is actually kind of clueless and disconnected from reality.

    It was directed by Elia Kazan who had an affair with Marilyn Monroe which is the only connection I can find between Griffith and Monroe both born June 1, 1926.

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