Friday: Hili dialogue

It’s Friday, September 21, 2018, and the last day of summer. Tomorrow the first-year students arrive for orientation at the University of Chicago. My ducks are still around, and it’s National Pecan Cookie Day (ducks don’t like pecan cookies). Even better, it’s International Day of Peace (or “World Peace Day”).

Today’s Google Doodle (click on screenshot to go to video) takes you to a celebration of Mr. Rogers and his show. As C|Net explains:

Google dedicated its Doodle on Friday to Rogers on the 51st anniversary of the first taping of his program for National Educational Television, the predecessor to Public Broadcasting Service.

Like the opening of hundreds of Mister Rogers episodes, the Doodle begins with a group of young children gathered around the TV, watching as a trolley transverses a model of Mister Rogers’ neighborhood. In a claymation presentation reminiscent of another 1960s children’s show, Davey and Goliath, Mister Rogers greets friends along the way with smiles and invitations to educational adventures.

On September 21, 1780, Benedict Arnold committed treason by giving the British the American plans for the fortifications at West Point, New York. Twelve years later, the French National Convention abolished the monarchy.  On September 21, 1937, J. R. R. Tolkien published The Hobbit.  And three Holocaust events occurred on this day in 1942, as it was the holiday of Yom Kippur: the Nazi deportation of over 1,000 Jews of Pidhatsi, Ukraine to the Bełżec extermination camp; another murder of 2,588 Jews in Dunaivtsi, Ukraine; and the Nazi order in Poland for Jews to evacuate the city of Konstantynów, moving the ghetto to the city of Biała Podlaska.

On this day in 1949, just a few months before I was born, the People’s Republic of China was established. On September 21, 1981, Sandra Day O’Connor was unanimously approved by the Senate to be the first female Supreme Court justice. Finally, on this day in 1996, Congress passed the Defense of Marriage Act, defining full-benefit marriage as between a man and a woman. It was ruled unconstitutional in 2013.

Notables born on September 21 include H. G. Wells (1866), Gustav Holst (1874), Leonard Cohen (1934), Bill Kurtis (1940), Stephen King (1947), Bill Murray (1950), and Faith Hill (1967). Those who died on this day include Walter Scott (1832), Chief Joseph (1904) and Walter Brennan (1974). Torture yourself with this Walter Brennan hit, one of the best bad songs of all time:

Meanwhile in Dobrzyn, Hili is enigmatic. I asked Malgorzata if this dialogue was about the Bible, and she said, “No, it’s not about the Bible. It’s about Hili’s vanity. She went up the tree and now she will jump down and she wants Andrzej to admire the grace of her movements.”

A photo from reader Moto (it rhymes). Look at those ducklings!

A tweet from reader Barry; the second one is the one to read. It’s an old fact, but one that creationists can’t refute:

Tweets from Grania, beginning with a mesmerizing GIF:

An old Irish guy fends off burglars. Grania informs us that “Glanmire is a suburb of Cork”.

Sheep crossing!

A lovely insect drawing:

Okay, this cultural appropriation thing has gone too far. British blacks aren’t allowed to play American blacks, for crying out loud!

One of the Pecksniffs:

A mummified wolf cub:

. . . and a pole-dancing cat:

For your delectation, the world’s only known albino humpback whale (I don’t know if it might just be leucistic):

A tweet from Matthew. This is a spoof, of course, but the latest issue of Scientific American is in fact about dogs and cat (see below)

The latest real issue:


  1. Posted September 21, 2018 at 6:26 am | Permalink

    “Benedict Arnold committed treason” – he was the patriot! 🙂

    • Randall Schenck
      Posted September 21, 2018 at 7:06 am | Permalink

      Yes, very similar to Trump…

      • Posted September 21, 2018 at 8:32 am | Permalink

        ha! But poor you 😦

      • Ken Kukec
        Posted September 21, 2018 at 8:43 am | Permalink

        My theory, which is my own, is that by the time our current imbroglio is over, the name “Donald Trump” will have supplanted “Benedict Arnold” among us USians as shorthand for treachery and disloyalty.

        • Randall Schenck
          Posted September 21, 2018 at 10:22 am | Permalink

          I suppose it’s not odd that most people in the U.S. know nothing or nearly nothing about Benedict Arnold. It was John Andre who paid the price and Arnold slipped away as did his wife who was complicit in the whole thing.

          Meanwhile Trumps problems continue to grow every day and I see Cohen is busy filling in the blanks which we will soon see. Even if Trump avoids the impeachment game he will be in deep trouble as will his happy little family. The state of New York has a date with all of these people.

          • Posted October 20, 2018 at 4:19 pm | Permalink

            I do not think that all of Trump’s family is complicit.

  2. Laurance
    Posted September 21, 2018 at 7:26 am | Permalink

    Randy the Atheist gave me a chuckle when he wrote, “…identical sets of damaged DNA in identical locations caused by viruses who accidentally integrated themselves into an ancestral primate…”

    “Viruses who” instead of “viruses which”. He makes it sound as if viruses have some sort of personhood.

  3. David Heddle
    Posted September 21, 2018 at 7:30 am | Permalink

    “Mr. Rogers” was produced by WQED Pittsburgh, and Fred Rogers lived in an apartment complex next to my alma mater, Carnegie Mellon. I met and spoke with him many times as he walked the campus or used the gym. I am happy to report that his private persona was indistinguishable from his on-screen presentation.In real life he was exactly… Mr. Rogers.

  4. Neil Wolfe
    Posted September 21, 2018 at 7:39 am | Permalink

    People debate the sexuality of Bert and Ernie for years but a guy named Mr. McFeely can deliver special “movies” to an ordained minister (Mr. Rogers) every single day and no one bats an eye.

  5. Harrison
    Posted September 21, 2018 at 8:20 am | Permalink

    The responses to Pluckrose’s tweet are full of bile and stupidity, including one person who insists that Evil White People have conspired to keep Harriet Tubman out of the history books.

    Apparently they haven’t done a good job of it.

  6. Serendipitydawg
    Posted September 21, 2018 at 8:28 am | Permalink

    Are we not celebrating this day in 1823 when Angel Moroni first visited Honest Jo Smith?

    More accurately, celebrating the skill of the old time shyster.

    Reposted in correct thread after PCCE added Old Music for Friday, and I scrolled too far without noticing 🙂

  7. Ken Kukec
    Posted September 21, 2018 at 8:33 am | Permalink

    I saw a good documentary earlier this year about Fred Rogers, Won’t You Be My Neighbor?. I’d forgotten what a bête noire he was for a certain segment of the rightwing.

    • Harrison
      Posted September 21, 2018 at 8:39 am | Permalink

      Excellent film.

    • Michael Fisher
      Posted September 21, 2018 at 9:58 am | Permalink

      Ken – edumacate me re Mr. Rogers of whom I know nowt. Why was Mr. Rogers disliked by a segment of the right wing? Teaching uncomfortable, non-Christian approved facts or did it extend beyond evangelical loons?

      • Ken Kukec
        Posted September 21, 2018 at 10:33 am | Permalink

        The Right thinks Mr. Rogers contributed to the coddling of America’s youth. Here’s a clip of the three pillocks from Fox & Friends trying to expound on that point:

        • mikeyc
          Posted September 21, 2018 at 10:45 am | Permalink

          We never deserved Fred Rogers. Or Steve Irwin.

          I worked with the daughter of one of the producers of Mr Roger’s neighborhood. She grew up knowing Fred Rogers and said that the show is no act. He really was the nicest human being to have every lived.

          • Ken Kukec
            Posted September 21, 2018 at 11:48 am | Permalink

            You get a chance, see the documentary; it’s really good.

        • Michael Fisher
          Posted September 21, 2018 at 10:45 am | Permalink

          Thank you

          • rickflick
            Posted September 21, 2018 at 4:45 pm | Permalink

            To complete the context, Mr. Rogers program was aimed at preschool children.

    • Posted September 21, 2018 at 4:26 pm | Permalink


  8. busterggi
    Posted September 21, 2018 at 8:35 am | Permalink

    Henrietta Pussycat, Old Rivers – they just don’t make ’em like that any more.

    As to Scientific American – Why Cats Do Silly Things – ignorant humans.

    • Torbjörn Larsson
      Posted September 21, 2018 at 3:13 pm | Permalink

      “Why Cats Do Silly Things”. Preceded by “What Fido Really Thinks”.

      It looks like a pro-dog, anti-cat issue. / dog thinks!?

  9. Posted September 21, 2018 at 4:27 pm | Permalink

    I love Moto’s foto. And the ‘pole-cat’ is hilarious.

  10. Posted October 20, 2018 at 4:21 pm | Permalink

    Great stuff in this post! I especially liked the ducklings (I wonder, is the middle one Moto’s?) and the evolution scheme.

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