Wednesday: Hili dialogue

We’ve reached Hump Day, so it’s June 6, 2018, and the anniversary of D-Day: the landing of Allied troops on Normandy and the beginning of the end for Hitler and his forces. Foodwise, it’s National Gingerbread Day. Meh.

I’m still feeling grotty, but not as bad as yesterday. I dragged my tired carcass into work to ensure that there are still eight ducklings and that they’ll get fed. For I so loved the ducks that I gave my one and only June 6 so that the ducklings shall not perish. He gives his beloved food.

Speaking of ducks, it was on this day in 1586 that Francis Drake’s forces raided St. Augustine in Spanish Florida.  And on June 6, 1844, the YMCA was founded in London.  In honor of that event, here’s a video; I guarantee that you’re going to get a “YMCA” earworm!

On this day in 1892, the Chicago “L” (elevated train system) began operating. In 1933, the first drive-in theater opened in Camden, New Jersey. Are there any of these things left? I spent many hours as a kid with my family, parked in a car with a movie speaker attached to the window.  And, of course, on June 6, 1944, the Battle of Normandy began as part of the D-day landings. 155,000 Allied troops landed in France and began a rapid push inland.  On this day in 1968—exactly 50 years ago—Robert F. Kennedy died from being shot the day before (Sirhan Sirhan, who’s still in jail, was the killer).  On June 6, 1981, the Bihar train disaster occurred: a train in that state jumped the tracks on a bridge, killing between 800 and 1000 people. But it’s only #4 on the list of the worst rail accidents: a 2004 train wreck in Sri Lanka, caused by a tsunami hitting the cars, killed over 1700 people. Finally, on this day in 1985, the grave of one Wolfgang Gerhard was opened in Embu, Brazil, and as suspected, was found to contain the remains of Josef Mengele, the deadly doctor of Auschwitz, who was thought to have drowned in 1979.

Notables born on this day include one of my favorite painters, Diego Velásquez (1599), Nathan Hale (1755), Thomas Mann (1875), Nobel Laureate Edwin Krebs (1918), singer Levi Stubbs (1936), and physicist Lee Smolin (1955). Those who died on June 6 include Patrick Henry (1799), Jeremy Bentham (1832; you can still see his preserved corpse at University College London), Carl Jung (1961), Robert F. Kennedy (1968; see above), J. Paul Getty (1976), Stan Getz (1991), Anne Bancroft (2005), and Ronnie Gilbert (2015).

Here’s Velásquez’s Las Meninas (1656), one of the most famous paintings in the history of art:

And in honor of Stan Getz, one of my favorite jazz saxophonists, here’s a favorite: his rendition of “Gladys” with Lionel Hampton on the vibes:

Meanwhile in Dobrzyn, Hili is replacing Henri the Existentialist Cat, who’s recently retired from making videos:

A: What are you thinking about?
Hili: About the burden of my duties.
In Polish:
Ja: Nad czym dumasz?
Hili: Nad ciężarem moich obowiązków.

From Matthew, the slow eating the slower. A slowworm is the legless lizard Anguis fragilis, not a snake:

Matthew adds re the tweet below, “That prime thing works only if you treat the number as two sets of digits (193 and 939), and perm them only within each 3-number group (so 139 and 399, but not 133 or 919).”

Now this is amazing:

I’m still stupefied at how wood ducks call their chicks out of the nest the day after they hatch, forcing them to leap dozens of feet to the ground. (The eggs are also laid one per day, but all hatch within 24 hours, even when there are 12 or more. Can you guess how they do that?)

And then they do! Isn’t this cute—and amazing?

Matthew also recommends you read this “wild thread”. It is bizarre!

From the collection of Terrifying Signs. I have no idea what the one at upper right means:

The Big Island is a scary place to be right now, at least if you live on the Hilo side:

Some cat tweets from Grania. I’ve probably put this one up before, but you can’t see it too often.

Cat love:

Sound up for this one:

Cat wants water:

And a Jesus tweet:

YMCA!!!!!

104 Comments

  1. Dominic
    Posted June 6, 2018 at 6:47 am | Permalink

    Matthew just retweeted this

    • Mark Sturtevant
      Posted June 6, 2018 at 9:18 am | Permalink

      That is very soothing and satisfying.

  2. Dominic
    Posted June 6, 2018 at 6:58 am | Permalink

    This may be of interest –
    A research article alleging that HPV vaccines can cause cancer has now been withdrawn. “Extremely serious,” says Karolinska Institutet.
    http://sciencenordic.com/fake-researcher-fabricated-finding-hpv-vaccine-causes-cervical-cancer

    • Torbjörn Larsson
      Posted June 6, 2018 at 4:31 pm | Permalink

      Thank you, good news! Last I heard there were only three articles found and none yet retracted.

      The strawman trick used was – AFAIU – that the fake researcher used an age group that never got the HPV vaccine to claim increased cancer incidence (correct) due to vaccine (incorrect).

      • Torbjörn Larsson
        Posted June 6, 2018 at 4:38 pm | Permalink

        I should add that it was good coincidence to hear today, on Sweden’s National Day.

  3. Ken Kukec
    Posted June 6, 2018 at 7:01 am | Permalink

    For I so loved the ducks that I gave my one and only June 6 so that the ducklings shall not perish.

    Now you’re makin’ like the guy in the endzone seats holdin’ up the sign saying “John 3:16”.

  4. Frank Bath
    Posted June 6, 2018 at 7:07 am | Permalink

    I think the mystery sign shows what can happen when you wheel a rubbish bin from a paternoster lift. Do it in a hurry or go out backwards I guess.

    • infiniteimprobabilit
      Posted June 6, 2018 at 8:32 am | Permalink

      I followed the link to the Twitter thread and a long way down the thread that sign is shown in more detail and, yes, it relates to a rubbish bin in a lift. It seems to mean ‘do not get the lower edge of the bin caught on the landing when the lift descends’.

      cr

    • Michael Fisher
      Posted June 6, 2018 at 8:33 am | Permalink

      Close. It’s saying don’t use that type of lift for that type of goods: “WARNING FOR CLAMPS RISK: Prohibited to transport goods in lifts that lack inner door. NORDISK HISS AB”

    • Jenny Haniver
      Posted June 6, 2018 at 4:44 pm | Permalink

      I had to Google paternoster lift. Had no idea what it was: an open elevator that rises and falls without stopping in a continuous loop. Did the contraption get that name because it’s so dangerous that riders find themselves saying an Our Father? No, I learned after writing that; it’s because the thing is designed so that it resembles rosary beads. I find several videos of its operation on youtube, one, “Paternoster, Eastern Europe’s Elevator of Death” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YgJBD1wf-YQ.

      • Diane G
        Posted June 7, 2018 at 12:38 am | Permalink

        Thanks for the link!

      • Posted June 7, 2018 at 2:34 am | Permalink

        The Finnish Parliament house has a famous one. I believe building them in public structures has been forbidden by law for some decades now.

  5. Posted June 6, 2018 at 7:07 am | Permalink

    To paraphrase the Blues Brothers: Jesus H. Breakdancing Christ.

    The upper right “terrifying” sign warns about “crush hazard” (klämrisk).

    • Posted June 6, 2018 at 9:18 am | Permalink

      The “Prairie Dogs have plague!” was more alarming- what does that mean, exactly?
      They look cute, but don’t try and pet them? They’ll come looking for you? Or… if you can read this sign, it’s already *too late!*

      • Heather Hastie
        Posted June 6, 2018 at 1:25 pm | Permalink

        It’s possible to catch plague from praire dogs, though I don’t know how easy/hard it is. There are still multiple cases of plague in humans in southern US states each year.

        I know rats in the region have plague too, though I guess you’re less likely to want to get close to them! I assume other animals do as well.

        • darrelle
          Posted June 6, 2018 at 2:06 pm | Permalink

          And Armadillos carry leprosy.

        • Posted June 6, 2018 at 6:41 pm | Permalink

          Wait… whut? “THE plague?” What plague? It’s generic??

          • Heather Hastie
            Posted June 6, 2018 at 7:58 pm | Permalink

            THE plague. Black death. Yersinia pestis. The one that wiped out about a third of Europe in the mid-14 century and came back periodically until the mid-17th century.

  6. Randall Schenck
    Posted June 6, 2018 at 7:10 am | Permalink

    Seventy-four years now since D-day. The war had already been going for nearly 5 years since Poland. Do you know the beaches – Juno, Gold, Sword, Omaha & Utah. Some wonder, why did it take so long? Many of our military, chiefs of staff wanted to go in 43. FDR said no, we won’t go until we’re ready. To go earlier would have been disaster.

    • nicky
      Posted June 6, 2018 at 11:07 am | Permalink

      They actually tried earlier at Dieppe in August 1942 (operation Jubilee), the very reason Eisenhower wanted to be so well prepared for operation Overlord.
      I think the beginning of the end for the 3rd Reich was not in Normandy, but earlier in Stalingrad.

      • Randall Schenck
        Posted June 6, 2018 at 11:19 am | Permalink

        Well, I certainly do not think Normandy was the beginning of the end, it was the liberation of western Europe as I mentioned. But I would not hold up Stalingrad by itself as the beginning of the end. It was a serious defeat for the Germans but it also may have been a part of a bad strategy by Hitler. Winning at Stalingrad by the Germans would not have won the war for them so losing was, to me, just a big lose.

        • dale
          Posted June 6, 2018 at 1:14 pm | Permalink

          Battle of Kursk?

          • Randall Schenck
            Posted June 6, 2018 at 2:27 pm | Permalink

            Massive battle on the eastern front in 1943 around Aug. Most tanks on both sides ever. Lasted for days before Hitler finally called it off.

            • chris moffatt
              Posted June 6, 2018 at 6:05 pm | Permalink

              Kursk.

        • chris moffatt
          Posted June 6, 2018 at 6:11 pm | Permalink

          Some might say that the turning point was Moscow 1941. Certainly Stalingrad if not Moscow. The western allies opted to deny Stalin a second front in Europe and invaded North Africs instead where the war was already just about over. Then on to “the soft underbelly of Europe” – Italy which turned out to be a “tough old gut”. As for Dieppe, not a trial invasion merely a badly planned, badly executed operation with no real objective and no exit strategy which had already been cancelled once..

    • Rob Aron
      Posted June 6, 2018 at 3:18 pm | Permalink

      And now everyone who fought on those beaches are in their late nineties or are dead. When the last memories fade to black, we are still obliged to remember the sacrifices of mu fathers’ generation.

  7. Gregg
    Posted June 6, 2018 at 7:10 am | Permalink

    You asked about extant drive-ins–Tulsa Oklahoma still has one that plays movies regularly, called the Admiral Twin (two screens).

    • John Conoboy
      Posted June 6, 2018 at 10:07 am | Permalink

      The Admiral Twin is one of four drive-in theaters along Route 66. One of the best is the Route 66 Drive-in near Carthage, Missouri. Also one in Springfield, Missouri and Litchfield, Illinois. Can’t think of anyplace better to go to a drive-in theater than Route 66.

  8. Ken Kukec
    Posted June 6, 2018 at 7:10 am | Permalink

    Wait, you’re gonna tell tales about drive-in movies, and the one you wanna go with is being in a station-wagon with the family?

    • Randall Schenck
      Posted June 6, 2018 at 7:16 am | Permalink

      You can’t tell about the others. You don’t even know what the movie was.

    • Diane G
      Posted June 7, 2018 at 12:49 am | Permalink

      In the 70’s a boyfriend & I went to a drive-in in his VW bus. He embarrassed me by backing into the space…

  9. enl
    Posted June 6, 2018 at 7:22 am | Permalink

    I am shocked! Shocked, I say, by your insinuation the the Northern Aggressors didn’t use dinosaurs as weapons of mass destruction during the war.

    We all know that is the only way they were able to win.

  10. George
    Posted June 6, 2018 at 7:24 am | Permalink

    I typed the letters from the upper right sign (without the umlauts or whatever they are called) into Google translate. The detected language was Swedish, This is what came back –
    warning for clam risk
    forbidden to transport goods in lifts that lack inner doors
    Nordic lift ab

  11. Ken Kukec
    Posted June 6, 2018 at 7:25 am | Permalink

    Seeing as how it’s Levi Stubbs’s birthday and Black Music Month, shouldn’t you oughtn’t’ve posted a Four Tops tune, maybe like “Bernadette”?

  12. Historian
    Posted June 6, 2018 at 7:30 am | Permalink

    Did D-Day mark the beginning of the end for Hitler? This is an historical question that will be debated endlessly without resolution. I would give my vote for the beginning of the end to the Battle of Stalingrad, which ran from August 23, 1942 to February 2, 1943. As Wikipedia notes:

    “Marked by fierce close quarters combat and direct assaults on civilians in air raids, it is often regarded as the single largest (nearly 2.2 million personnel) and bloodiest (1.8–2 million killed, wounded or captured) battle in the history of warfare. It was an extremely costly defeat for German forces, and the Army High Command had to withdraw vast military forces from the West to replace their losses.”

    • Randall Schenck
      Posted June 6, 2018 at 8:31 am | Permalink

      You may be right, it was the first huge defeat for the Germans with an entire army captured as well. But another great event took place later that year with the Battle of Kursk, the largest tank battle in history. Hitler eventually called it off due to our invasion of Sicily and was forced to send more division to Italy. Germany was never on the offensive again after these two events.

      The success of D-day started the clock on the liberation of Europe and along with all our supplies going to the Russians allow them to get on that road to Berlin

      • Richard
        Posted June 6, 2018 at 10:11 am | Permalink

        “never on the offensive again”

        Umm, Battle of the Bulge, 16 Dec 1944 – 25 Jan 1945.

        • Randall Schenck
          Posted June 6, 2018 at 11:12 am | Permalink

          I should have said eastern front as all the events we were talking about was the eastern front. The offensive from Germany in the Bulge should have been expected maybe as everything on the western front had gone badly for them. Our military leadership was sleeping at the switch and thought the enemy was finished.

          • Posted June 6, 2018 at 2:38 pm | Permalink

            Yes, and: Christmas, bad weather, bad terrain, etc. They underestimated the Germans for sure.

    • darrelle
      Posted June 6, 2018 at 8:38 am | Permalink

      I think your choice is more accurate. D-Day might more accurately be called the opening scene in the final play. While the Nazis still had the ability to make finishing them off a costly endeavor the writing was already on the wall by D-Day. Though that may not have been evident to the Allies at that time.

      Another contender for the beginning of the end might be when Hitler decided to open a another major front and invade the Soviet Union in the first place. And in winter to boot.

      • Historian
        Posted June 6, 2018 at 8:48 am | Permalink

        Actually, Hitler’s invasion of the Soviet Union (Operation Barbarossa) began on June 22, 1941. After some initial victories, things turned bad for Hitler and he got mired in the Russian winter.

        • darrelle
          Posted June 6, 2018 at 8:55 am | Permalink

          Thanks for the correction. I thought that Hitler had been warned by his staff that if they started the invasion when Hitler wanted to that it would end up being a winter campaign and that Hitler decided to go ahead anyway. But it has been a long time since I studied WWII.

          • Randall Schenck
            Posted June 6, 2018 at 9:09 am | Permalink

            I always thought of Barbarossa as the biggest strategic error made by Hitler. To attack Russia before he had defeated England was premature. Also having basically given the Russians the eastern half of Poland for doing nothing, his surprise attack was begun from 200 miles further west. Another error by Hitler.

            • Mark R.
              Posted June 6, 2018 at 3:56 pm | Permalink

              In the classic World at War I seem to remember a German Luftwaffe top brass saying the bombings of England that were supposedly a precursor to an invasion was a ruse. Hitler wanted to make the Russians think he wasn’t interested in creating another front with them.

              This recollection can be wrong…I need to watch that series again.

        • darrelle
          Posted June 6, 2018 at 11:30 am | Permalink

          I did a little reviewing and see how my memory failed me. Hitler was warned of many things by various staff (primarily economic related warnings), but not specifically about the risks of the campaign turning into a winter campaign. Hitler and much of his staff grossly underestimated the Soviet’s abilities to resist which led to them grossly underestimating the time it would take to achieve their intended objectives, which in turn left them stuck with a winter campaign that they had not planned for and were completely unprepared for.

          • Randall Schenck
            Posted June 6, 2018 at 2:34 pm | Permalink

            The video shown below by George explains in detail the history of war mentality by Germany via the Prussians. Strike fast and hard and plan to win fast. That is the way they went. They did not even have winter clothes.

    • Michael Fisher
      Posted June 6, 2018 at 9:06 am | Permalink

      Burt E. Hull of the Texas Company [Texaco] & the BIG INCH PIPELINES

    • George
      Posted June 6, 2018 at 9:39 am | Permalink

      Military historians now say that Germany could no longer win the war after the Battle of Moscow (Oct 2, 1941 – Jan 7, 1942). This is described as:
      “Strategic Soviet victory, German operational and tactical failure, Eventual failure of Operation Barbarossa.”
      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Moscow

      To understand why, watch this talk by Robert Citino:

      • Randall Schenck
        Posted June 6, 2018 at 10:59 am | Permalink

        I am not sure that most historians would say that at all. Great hindsight thinking maybe but might be good to ask the Russians what they thought at that time. This fellow spends a great deal of time reviewing operation Blue throughout 1942 and during all this time the Germans sill had many victories. Also the German strategy of doing operation blue may have been part of the problem and that certainly was not known at the end of 41. One has to ask the question, what would win the war for Germany in Russia? I don’t think splitting the resources and going for operation blue was the winning strategy. If operation Blue had succeeded would that have won the war. I don’t think so. What if the strategy after the failure of Moscow, the Germans had made a full attempt to go for Moscow again the next summer?

        • George
          Posted June 6, 2018 at 11:31 am | Permalink

          This is the realm of amateurs discuss strategy and professionals discuss logistics. Germany lacked oil. It had synthetic oil (from coal) and Romania. This was not enough, It needed to get to the Caucasus for oil. Germany was blockaded and lacked natural resources. It’s army was still basically horse drawn with a few mechanized units. It needed the resources of the Soviet Union. It did not get them. The losses the German army suffered at Moscow were the beginning of the end. Ultimately it was doomed.

          Military professionals these days listen to people like Citino. This talk was given at the US Army Heritage and Education Center.

          • George
            Posted June 6, 2018 at 11:39 am | Permalink

            I should add that much of the immediate post-war history was written and/or influenced by German generals like Manstein and Halder. Their main goal was to absolve themselves of responsibility and put it all on Hitler. With a bit on those captured and held by the Soviets – like Paulus.

            It was Halder who made Moscow the main focus of the broad front of Barbarossa. If the Germans had made their focus the south in 1941 – and ultimately the Caucasus – it may have been a different story.

            • Randall Schenck
              Posted June 6, 2018 at 2:55 pm | Permalink

              I understand what you are saying, maybe the Caucasus was the way to go, however, when looking at war, I tend to pay attention to Clausewitz, who tell us to look at what will defeat the enemy, not what might be nice to have, like oil or food. Not understanding the enemies center of gravity has lost many wars just like underestimating them. Russia is a huge land and capturing land is not going to win anything. To me you either capture the heart (MOSCOW) or destroy the enemies military. Destroy the enemies will to fight – that is winning.

        • chris moffatt
          Posted June 6, 2018 at 6:21 pm | Permalink

          all attempts to identify a turning point are 20/20 hindsight. Only in the light of subsequent events can we determine th eimportant events and turning points. That is what historians are for, among other things.

    • nicky
      Posted June 6, 2018 at 11:14 am | Permalink

      I would agree, the refusal of Hitler to let von Paulus retreat caused a loss the Reich never overcame.
      I also tend to agree that Barbarossa was ‘premature’, a big strategic mistake, since the wars in the West and North Africa were far from over.

    • Craw
      Posted June 6, 2018 at 11:27 am | Permalink

      Stalingrad and Kursk together as a campaign I think. Had Germany won Kursk …

      • George
        Posted June 6, 2018 at 3:27 pm | Permalink

        Kursk was meaningless. By that time, the war in the East had become a war of attrition rather than a war of movement (what the Germans called Bewegungskrieg – often referred to as Blitzkrieg in the West). The Soviet Union could win or lose battles like Kursk but would ultimately win the war of attrition. Once Germany failed to defeat the Soviet Union in 1941, it was doomed. It could drag out a war of attrition but could not win it. Especially with the US supplying the USSR.

        The most important thing we sent to the USSR was trucks. It made it possible to mechanize the entire Red Army. The German army was still horse drawn with a few mechanized units. At the conclusion of the Battle of Normandy (Falaise Pocket), on August 20, 1944, the stench emanating from the pocket was unbearable. Thousands of dead horses were rotting in the summer sun. Eisenhower wrote about it in “Crusade in Europe”. After the battle, he was flown low over the battlefield in a Piper Cub. The stench made it impossible to fly very low.

        The Battle of Normandy was much more than D-Day. And it was Polish soldiers trying to plug the Falaise Pocket at the end of August.
        https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hill_262

        For most Americans, WWII went like this – Pearl Harbor, D-Day, and the Atomic Bombs on Japan. Even those who realize that most of the European war was fought in the East, really do not know the story. As I mentioned in another post, a few German generals guided the initial history (who says the winners write it?). With the onset of the Cold War, we forgot what our erstwhile Ally did. And the USSR was not big on sharing its archives. A lot of that has changed in the past 20-30 years. There are many videos online by Citino and others which give a better picture.

        • Randall Schenck
          Posted June 6, 2018 at 6:52 pm | Permalink

          Some of your hindsight comments are kind of meaningless. To say that after 1941 Germany was done or that Kursk was meaningless is just trash talk. Maybe you could say, as soon as the U.S. came into the war the rest of it was just meaningless, we should all go home. These kind of comments are just useless.

          Kursk was fought at a very important time in the war. The numbers of men and tanks for either side were much more than the Americans ever had before or after the war. And this was one battle. Read about it if you can. The soviets had months advance notice of this German build up and had the luxury of time to build up defenses in depth. And still, the Soviet losses were three times German losses.

          What would the results be if D-day had failed in 1944? What if it had never been tried and we battled in Italy as Churchill wanted to do? You say things as if they were for sure and set in stone. Nothing happens that way.

          • George
            Posted June 6, 2018 at 10:53 pm | Permalink

            My final thoughts unless you want to continue this in another forum. All history is in hindsight. The best history is revisionist history. That is revised as new sources and evidence is discovered. And given the influence German generals had on the early drafts of history, revision was needed. By the end of the Battle of Moscow, Germany was no longer involved in a war of movement but in a war of attrition. It could not win that.

            Kursk was one battle on an enormous front. It was to straighten out a salient. It was not the largest tank battle in history. See Brody-Dunbo Jume 23-30, 1941.
            https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Brody_(1941)

            Read this about Kursk –
            https://web.archive.org/web/20140912164146/http://www.uni.edu/~licari/citadel.htm

            If D-Day had failed, we would have tried again. We would have used the atom bomb against Germany. Germany could not compete with the industrial might of America alone – let alone all the Allies combined. Germany had to win quickly or lose slowly.

            • Randall Schenck
              Posted June 7, 2018 at 7:30 am | Permalink

              If that is in fact your final speculations I would be very surprised. Just listening to Donald Trump is enough for me. Telling you that you are wrong would be a great waste of time, right. You can always find some guy with another big idea or corruption of history. There are certainly more conspiracies out there so get to work. On your way out, just google this – What was the largest tank battle of WWII.

      • Posted June 10, 2018 at 7:13 am | Permalink

        Napoleon got lost in Russia, Bismarck advised never to wage war against Russia… Kursk or not, I think Hitler’s Germany was doomed once she invaded the enormous territory of USSR. His own generals were against his conquer-all-the-world strategy.

        Maybe Germany would have a chance if she had gained the support of the local population. Some oppressed Soviet citizens allegedly welcomed the Germans, just to discover that Hitler was even worse than Stalin.

  13. ThyroidPlanet
    Posted June 6, 2018 at 7:41 am | Permalink

    YMCA is now called “The Y”, I think partly to avoid sounding old, and to avoid inclusion of the “C” word.

    If pressed, I will point out that “The Y” or “The YMCA” is “a religious group.”

    Here’s The Minions singing YMCA:

    https://REMOVE_THIS_PARTyoutu.be/AGizmgReKcw

  14. JonLynnHarvey
    Posted June 6, 2018 at 7:56 am | Permalink

    There is a drive-in movie theatre in southern San Jose, CA. It even has digital projectors!!

    https://www.westwinddi.com/locations/capitol

    • Posted June 6, 2018 at 12:01 pm | Permalink

      Yeah, I’d heard about neo-drive-ins.

      There’s a _Facts of Life_ (!) episode about the end of the drive in era, so it has been a slow death.

      (To save people the Wikipedia time, that show was on ~30 years ago.)

  15. Nancy
    Posted June 6, 2018 at 8:01 am | Permalink

    The Cascade Drive-In in West Chicago (about 40 miles west of Chicago on North Ave) is still open and VERY popular although I have not been there since 1997 when my new husband and I took a few of our kids there to see Independence Day, a movie about aliens attempting to destroy our planet. Luckily, Will Smith and Jeff Goldblum saved the day.

    Who will save us now from the destructive present day orange Alien and who will play Robert Mueller in the movie?

    • infiniteimprobabilit
      Posted June 6, 2018 at 8:42 am | Permalink

      I didn’t see the movie but I recall hearing how fortunate it was that the aliens’ computer system was compatible with the MacOS 7.5 in Jeff Goldblum’s Apple. If the aliens had been running Windows or Unix we’d all be dead.

      😉

      cr

      • Liz
        Posted June 6, 2018 at 9:31 am | Permalink

        It went something more like this.

        “Catch a cold.”

      • Richard
        Posted June 6, 2018 at 10:17 am | Permalink

        And that the captured alien ship had a socket that was compatible with the plug on the other end of the lead plugged into the laptop. What was it – USB, RS-232, SCSI?

        • Liz
          Posted June 6, 2018 at 10:58 am | Permalink

          This is all wrong! This is how they do it 🙂

          Independence Day

    • Liz
      Posted June 6, 2018 at 8:47 am | Permalink

      Robert De Niro has been playing him on SNL so that might work. I love Independence Day.

    • Posted June 6, 2018 at 11:27 pm | Permalink

      I was going to mention it too. The owners were trying to sell it at one point for the real estate (and it would have been closed) but it never went through. This was just a few years ago. Solo is playing there as part of a double feature tonight and you can’t bring Scooby’s in (that’s food from the hot dog joint next door). Drive ins are still a tough business to make a go of. (I live not more than three miles from the Cascade).

  16. Ken Kukec
    Posted June 6, 2018 at 8:04 am | Permalink

    Great Getz tune. Stan was given to mercurial mood swings. Someone, I think a club owner, once described him as “a great bunch of guys.”

    • Posted June 6, 2018 at 8:19 am | Permalink

      Journalists were not entirely unfamiliar with those mood swings 🙂

      “Gladys” was Mrs. Hampton’s first name. She was one of the great organizers in the music business.

  17. Posted June 6, 2018 at 8:25 am | Permalink

    You can’t actually fit the Finnish flag in the Norwegian one because the proportions of the cross are the same in both.

    But, if you take out the Finnish flag, you can fit in the flag of Monaco, so the Norwegian flag can contain six others anyway.

    • Posted June 6, 2018 at 8:27 am | Permalink

      Nope, Monaco wouldn’t fit unless you placed it on top of the identical Indonesian flag 🙂

      • infiniteimprobabilit
        Posted June 6, 2018 at 8:58 am | Permalink

        Since it seems to be permissible to alter the scale of the other flags, you just need to reduce the size of Indonesia a little bit and Monaco would fit right alongside it. Or, rotate Monaco through 90 degrees and it would fit in the vertical above Finland; or it would fit upside down below Netherlands.

        Or, you could fit Luxembourg (inverted) below Netherlands if you’re not too fussy about the exact shade of blue.

        cr

  18. infiniteimprobabilit
    Posted June 6, 2018 at 8:28 am | Permalink

    IMO the Sri Lanka train disaster doesn’t count as a ‘rail accident’, since the deaths were among the 30,000 caused by drowning in the tsunami. The train was stationary when the tsunami hit it. Any more than those drowned in cars by the tsunami were ‘traffic accidents’.

    cr

  19. barn owl
    Posted June 6, 2018 at 8:44 am | Permalink

    Horrified (eleventy!11!), along with my students, after learning about amoebic meningoencephalitis from a neuropathology lecture. Rare, but in the realm of possibility, if you swim in lakes or other fresh water. A scary sign indeed.

  20. John Ottaway
    Posted June 6, 2018 at 9:14 am | Permalink

    “Speaking of ducks, it was on this day in 1586 that Francis Drake’s forces raided St. Augustine in Spanish Florida”

    I have never seen a more seamless segue…

    • Jenny Haniver
      Posted June 6, 2018 at 11:15 am | Permalink

      And apropos. The Sir Francis Drake of Chicago and his pal(s) are raiders for sure, sailing up and snatching the food put out for Honey and her brood when they can.

  21. Mark Sturtevant
    Posted June 6, 2018 at 9:20 am | Permalink

    I just played the Stan Getz jazz number while also watching a slow worm eat a slug.
    I am all weirded out now.

    • Jenny Haniver
      Posted June 6, 2018 at 11:17 am | Permalink

      Think I’ll try that.

  22. Michael Fisher
    Posted June 6, 2018 at 9:23 am | Permalink

    Matthew adds […]

    “That prime thing works only if you treat the number as two sets of digits (193 and 939), and perm them only within each 3-number group (so 139 and 399, but not 133 or 919)”

    That’s wrong as can be seen from two of the six primes on the list: 939,919 & 919,393.

    These are called circular primes The first digit is removed and re-added at the right side of the remaining string of digits. This process is repeated until the starting number is reached again. If all the numbers produced by this process are prime, then you have a circular prime.

    EXAMPLE:
    1193
    1931
    9311
    3119
    And back to 1193 on the next step.

    Note that circular primes must obviously only use the digits 1, 3, 7 & 9

    SOURCE

  23. Posted June 6, 2018 at 9:39 am | Permalink

    Love the dinosaurs fighting for the Union side. Perhaps they could place the unwanted Confederacy statues in the same park and stage a battle!

  24. Jonathan Wallace
    Posted June 6, 2018 at 11:08 am | Permalink

    Synchronised hatching of wood ducks (and other birds with synchronous hatching) is achieved by delaying the start of incubation until the full clutch is laid.

    • Christopher
      Posted June 6, 2018 at 9:08 pm | Permalink

      My assumption as well. Beat me to it by several hours…

  25. Hempenstein
    Posted June 6, 2018 at 11:12 am | Permalink

    Where in VA is the dinosaur place?

    • Jenny Haniver
      Posted June 6, 2018 at 11:20 am | Permalink

      Yes, where is it? I’ve got to go to drink me some Stegosaurus milk. I’m sure it’d be a lot better than this cockroach milk that’s all the craze.

    • Michael Fisher
      Posted June 6, 2018 at 11:22 am | Permalink

      DINOSAUR KINGDOM II
      5781 S. Lee Highway
      Natural Bridge
      Virginia

      A project by MARK CLINE
      Cheap & fun for all the family
      Don’t consume acid while visiting!

      • Jenny Haniver
        Posted June 6, 2018 at 2:15 pm | Permalink

        Au contraire. Acid sounds perfect; that and a Barney the Dinosaur suit is the way to go. I once went to Disneyland in Anaheim stoned on edibles and dressed as a nun (albeit, a rather Surreligious nun with a crown of thorns adorning my head). I got a religious discount and preference when there were lines for rides. What demented fun that was.

        Re a previous post, your take on Maureen Langan is spot on. But by way of explanation, she’s been performing this “Daughter of a Garbageman” autobiographical play or monologue (repertory theatre?) for quite a while all over the world, so to speak, I suppose. I think that’s why she’s constantly touting it; but she needs to move on. She’s not as good as she thinks she is, but she’s generally enjoyable when I listen to the radio. I do learn interesting things on her show, such as that there’s a week-long annual Irish Writers’ Festival in a nearby city, and it attracts very interesting people.

        • Michael Fisher
          Posted June 6, 2018 at 4:53 pm | Permalink

          As a radio presenter I will give her a 7/10 or 7.5 – I’ve listened to two of her pods now & she leaves plenty of room for her guests to speak, but she must not have an assistant or researcher to supply her with the necessary background [she certainly hasn’t read it herself!]. A couple of times she went off the rails to break the 4th wall asking viewers if she should have used a certain word [a very mild expletive] rather than flowing onwards with the subject at hand. “Bloody hell” I was thinking “you’re the MC, don’t make the show about you!”

          And there were instances where she didn’t ask guests obvious follow on questions – this happens mostly when a show is pre-scripted & the timing goes awry. I sensed she was reading ahead rather than listening to her guest.

          On comedy material. This is a precious commodity & it’s got a sell-by. Someone like Ricky Gervais will be ‘doing’ mostly the same show at the end of a tour as at the beginning – the only modifications being for regional adjustments. Differently gurning at the audience perhaps 🙂

          [leave out ‘overly clever’ when you get State side. Just get your easy audiences to do an American Woot! Woot! on cue & sit back].

          There is another Brit comedian called Stewart Lee who is for left-leaning snobs like me – he has a rolling show where the material develops throughout the tour. The latest tour might be 18 months & I’ve caught it thrice when he’s been near me – different each time & yet the same show. I’m a devoted fan. He only works Britain.
          Here he is on video:

  26. Teresa Carson
    Posted June 6, 2018 at 11:22 am | Permalink

    I got a YMCA earworm just from looking at the photo.

    • George
      Posted June 6, 2018 at 3:34 pm | Permalink

      I am SHOCKED, SHOCKED that you so quietly accept all the cultural appropriation by the Village People. Bad enough that someone dressed like a native American, but most of the members (depends on the iteration of the group) were not gay. Victor Willis, the cop, wrote most of the songs. He was straight – the son of a Baptist preacher. He insists that YMCA was about a Y in the neighborhood he grew up in. He was married to Phylicia Rashad, the mother in The Cosby Show. Straight people acting gay!!! How terrible.

  27. Craw
    Posted June 6, 2018 at 11:24 am | Permalink

    Matthew is wrong about the Fermat. The pattern is, each cyclic shift of the 6 digits as a whole.

    abcdef
    bcdefa
    cdefab

    Etc

  28. Posted June 6, 2018 at 12:04 pm | Permalink

    About the flags: I remember playing an XConq WWII-esque game where two of the opposing sides were Indonesia and Poland.

    Man, was that confusing!

  29. dale
    Posted June 6, 2018 at 1:20 pm | Permalink

    sister Wendy on Velasquez

  30. Posted June 6, 2018 at 2:41 pm | Permalink

    With you on Velasquez! One of my favorites too.

    If I had to pick a favorite museum, it might be a toss-up between: The Prado, The van Gogh, and the Orsay.

    Just the Goyas, Titians (I really discovered him there), and Velasquezs are worth the visit to the Prado (not to mention all the rest).

    • Glenda
      Posted June 6, 2018 at 11:33 pm | Permalink

      The Prado!

  31. JohnnieCanuck
    Posted June 6, 2018 at 5:17 pm | Permalink

    I just followed the Jesus tweet over to Daniel’s Twitter page and spent a half hour there. Quite an intriguing collection he has there.

    One of the highlights was a BBC Archive film clip traveling the route that would be taken a day later by Queen Elizabeth II on her coronation day. Famous buildings and monuments on display, plus vintage vehicles.

    Another was about Cynthia Tisdale and her husband, William. He was diagnosed with IPF, a terminal lung cancer. Because they are American, they do not have health insurance and she was forced to take two jobs to pay for his medical expenses. One of the jobs was as a teacher at Santa Fe H.S. She died in the shooting there. A GoFundMe has been created for him.

    • JohnnieCanuck
      Posted June 6, 2018 at 5:23 pm | Permalink

      p.s. The GoFundMe is closed and reached $153k. It is possible he may now get a lung transplant.

  32. Posted June 6, 2018 at 9:30 pm | Permalink

    To your question of why the wood duck eggs all hatch at the same time, here’s an excerpt from the article at
    http://www.ct.gov/deep/cwp/view.asp?a=2723&q=326106

    “In Connecticut, nesting usually begins in March. The hen lays 1 egg per day until her clutch is complete; the average clutch size is between 10-14 eggs. Once a hen has laid all of her eggs, she begins incubating them. Development of the chicks doesn’t start until incubation. Due to this evolutionary adaptation, all of the eggs hatch at the same time. The incubation period typically lasts 30 days. Broods hatch as early as the first week in May and as late as the fourth week in July. “


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