Tuesday: Hili dialogue

by Grania

It’s Monkey Trial Day: in 1925 the trial of John T. Scopes, a young high school science teacher accused of teaching evolution in violation of the Butler Act, began. In 1966 the Chicago Freedom Movement, led by Martin Luther King, Jr., held a rally at Soldier Field in Chicago. In 1553 the extremely unfortunate Lady Jane Grey became Queen for nine days. In 1991 Boris Yeltsin became the first elected President of Russia and in 1992 Panamanian drugs lord Manuel Noriega was sentenced to 40 years in prison for his sordid career in drug trafficking, bribery, corruption and racketeering.

It’s the birthday of Nikola Tesla (1856), Ron Glass (1945) and Chiwetel Ejiofor (1977) – both Serenity alumni – and Jessica Simpson (1980).

Philosophy and comestibles are the subject of conversation today in Poland.

Hili: I’m thinking and digesting.
Cyrus: I’m just digesting.

In Polish:

Hili: Myślę i trawię.
Cyrus: Ja tylko trawię

A few miles away Leon is patrolling the shop floor.

Leon: Insects are not working too hard today.


Finally, some bits and pieces from Twitter.

Fair point


Dining in

Dining out

Nothing has ever made rolling in the mud so enticing

And an adorable conversation overheard.

The aftermath of the UK’s Conservative party having two key members resign.

Cat on a mission

A disagreement in the bird kingdom

Just one of those days when you get knocked down by a dolphin.

Vampire cat awaiting supper.

Reader Harry has been doing some investigating about a wall, click through for the conclusion.

Some science-oriented Twitter

When crabs attack,

Eerie and beautiful, turn the sould up for this one

Matthew’s comment on this: “Gorgeous fossils from round 290 myr ago. This thing is part of our lineage, and is neither a lizard nor a dinosaur.”

The mullet

Right, back to work for you!


Hat-tip: Heather, Matthew, Harry S.


  1. Posted July 10, 2018 at 6:39 am | Permalink

    erm – dom not Harry! We spell it the right way – with an ‘i’… Like Nobby –

  2. barn owl
    Posted July 10, 2018 at 7:33 am | Permalink

    What a beautiful photo of Leon, with the flowers and trees!

    • Jenny Haniver
      Posted July 10, 2018 at 9:31 am | Permalink

      I’ve been wondering about Leon’s new yard. The colors of the flowers and greenery are amazingly rich and intense.

      • Kiwi Dave
        Posted July 10, 2018 at 4:05 pm | Permalink

        Yes, a remarkable photo. Casually scrolling down the page, I first thought it was a pre-Raphaelite painting.

  3. DrBrydon
    Posted July 10, 2018 at 8:19 am | Permalink

    Those flight socks remind me of a time when my god-son was little, and his father was driving them across one of the Potomac bridges, and said, “Look, a fire boat!” Apparently, my god-son expected it to be a lot more fiery.

    • Ken Kukec
      Posted July 10, 2018 at 8:26 am | Permalink

      I’m still disappointed every time I open a packet of duck sauce.

      • Frank Bath
        Posted July 10, 2018 at 9:41 am | Permalink

        Ever tried a Bombay Duck?

        • Ken Kukec
          Posted July 10, 2018 at 9:56 am | Permalink

          I’ve had geoduck.

          What’s with all this false duck advertising, anyway? Somebody should look into this — the FCC, the FDA, the ASPCA, somebody.

          • Posted July 11, 2018 at 11:22 am | Permalink

            There’s also mock duck, a vegetarian and supposedly low-fat option. An online friend of mine from years ago used to use it in some dishes.

        • W.T. Effingham
          Posted July 10, 2018 at 10:00 am | Permalink

          The last time I tried that, I almost fell out with the last volley of ordnance.

          • W.T. Effingham
            Posted July 10, 2018 at 10:00 am | Permalink

            Bomb bag duck.

    • Heather Hastie
      Posted July 10, 2018 at 10:43 am | Permalink

      My 4yo nephew was staying with me while his Mum went to our brother’s wedding in Japan. He was thrilled by the idea she was going on the bullet train. He thought it was fired from a really big gun.

      • DrBrydon
        Posted July 10, 2018 at 10:46 am | Permalink

        It probably is in some Jules Verne story.

    • mudskipper
      Posted July 10, 2018 at 12:41 pm | Permalink

      When I was a wee bairn in the 50’s, apparently PF Flyers ran a commercial on TV showing kids being able to jump over trees in their PF Flyers. I begged my parents to buy me a pair. When I got them, I immediately ran outside and started jumping. According to my parents, I was devastated with disappointment.

      I don’t remember any of this. However, I expect it left deep scars on my psyche and explains my suspicion of corporations to this day.

      • Ken Kukec
        Posted July 10, 2018 at 4:16 pm | Permalink

        “The Roadrunner” put me off ACME products for the longest time.

  4. darrelle
    Posted July 10, 2018 at 9:37 am | Permalink

    I would really like to be knocked off my board by a dolphin. An excellent story to have to tell.

    Dracula cat does look very cool and bonus points for sounding just as you might expect a Dracula Cat to sound.

    That crab on the door is obviously not a crab. It’s a facehugger. Don’t. Open. The. Door.

    Doesn’t look like gorillas are all that scared of water to me.

    • BJ
      Posted July 10, 2018 at 9:40 am | Permalink

      Damn it. You beat me to the facehugger reference.

      Crabs are ugly and now I dislike them even more.

  5. BJ
    Posted July 10, 2018 at 9:39 am | Permalink

    That tree crab on the door is terrifying. It looks like a facehugger from Alien, or something from The Mist (2007).

    • darrelle
      Posted July 10, 2018 at 10:35 am | Permalink

      Never read the book, but damn, the movie The Mist was one of the more depressing movies I’ve seen. I don’t like those kinds of endings.

      • BJ
        Posted July 10, 2018 at 11:32 am | Permalink

        No kidding. It was pretty brutal.

  6. John Conoboy
    Posted July 10, 2018 at 12:14 pm | Permalink

    Serenity link is to the wrong film by that name.

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