Saturday: Hili dialogue

As of 7 p.m. this evening, summer is ended, finito, gone. It sleeps with the fishes and sings in the choir invisible. For today is the beginning of autumn in the Northern Hemisphere: September 22, 2018. The temperature has dropped rapidly in Chicago: on Thursday we reached a high of 93° F (34° C), a record for that date, but today the high will reach only 63° F (17° C). That’s a huge drop, and it will remain cool for the week. Perhaps that will get Honey and James thinking about migrating.

As for food, it’s National White Chocolate Day, celebrating something that isn’t really chocolate.  It’s also World Car-Free Day, which is a good idea but, in fact, today is the one day in the week that I always use my car: to go grocery shopping.

On September 22, 1598, playwright Ben Jonson killed actor Gabriel Spencer in a duel. Jonson was indicted for manslaughter but received no punishment. On this day in 1692, the last people convicted of witchcraft in the Salem Witch Trials were hanged; the remainder of the convicted were eventually released. On this day in 1776, Nathan Hale was hanged by the British for spying. He was only 21, and the words he was reputed to have said on the gallows—”I only regret that I have but one life to lose for my country” (note the misplacement of “only”)—may have been apocryphal. He is, however the Official State Hero of Connecticut.

On this day in 1823, Joseph Smith said that, directed by God through the angel Moroni, he found the Golden Plates that yielded the Book of Mormon. I am amazed at so many people were duped, and continue to be duped, by this cockamamie story.  On this day in 1888, the first issue of National Geographic magazine was issued. Exactly eight years later, Queen Victoria surpassed King George III, her grandfather, as the longest reigning monarch in British history. She went on to reign for 13 more years. On September 22, 1975, Sara Jane Moore tried to assassinate President Gerald Ford of the U.S. but was thwarted. Sentenced to life in prison, Moore was released in 2007 at age 77, having served 32 years.  Finally, on this day in 1991, the Dead Sea Scrolls were made available to the public for the first time. Here is a photo of one of them and the caves where they were found in Israel in 1946:

Not many notable people were born on this day; the few I have include White Rose member Hans Scholl (1918), Debby Boone (1956), and Joan Jett (1958). Those who died on this day include Guru Nanak, the founder of Sikhism (1539), Nathan Hale (1776; see above), botanist John Bartram (1777), Shaka Zulu (1828), Irving Berling (1989), George C. Scott (1999), Marcel Marceau (2007), Eddie Fisher (2010), and Yogi Berra (2015). How did Berra get his first name? According to Wikipedia, “he received the nickname “Yogi” from his friend Jack Maguire, who, after seeing a newsreel about India, said that he resembled a Hindu yogi whenever he sat around with arms and legs crossed waiting to bat or while looking sad after a losing game. Judge for yourself:

Yogi Berra, a great catcher

Meanwhile in Dobrzyn, Hili is dreaming as fall approaches:

Hili: The cloudy sky above me and a law of the jungle within me.
A: Are you going hunting?
Hili: No, I’m going to sleep. We’ll see what I dream about.
In Polish:
Hili: Niebo pochmurne nade mną i prawo dżungli we mnie.
Ja: Idziesz polować?
Hili: Nie, idę spać, zobaczę co mi się przyśni.

A cartoon:

 

Tweets from Grania, the first showing Saturday Night Live‘s characterization of Chicago’s Billy Goat Tavern, which still resides on (or rather beneath) Michigan Avenue. No Coke—Pepsi!

From the First Amendment lawyer Popehat. I, too, would prefer not to have to read about The Donald’s equipment. It’s unseemly that mainstream media are glomming onto this with such glee. Yes, the man is a lecher and a groper, but I doubt the press would have given such graphic details about Clinton’s nether parts (if they’d had it).

A nice Doodle (video). What’s your misheard song lyric? Mine is in “Proud Mary,” which I always hear as “Primary keep on turnin’.”

From the conservative Alexander Meleagrou-Hitchens, who also happens to be the son of Our Hero. How did this happen?

Proof that humans have souls . . . .

Translation: “Mom, it’s ME!”

Your fact of the day:

A cartoon like this was inevitable:

A tweet from Matthew revealing the identity of the Mystery Body Part:

And a long-tongued moth, the pollinator of flowers with long nectar tubes like Darwin’s orchid.

40 Comments

  1. sgo
    Posted September 22, 2018 at 6:40 am | Permalink

    Actually, the translation of the comment on the panda clip should read: Mama! That’s mine!

  2. Serendipitydawg
    Posted September 22, 2018 at 6:43 am | Permalink

    As I posted in yesterday’s comments (eventually!), Wiki gives 21st September as the start of the Smith con in cahoots with Angel Moroni.

  3. Ken Kukec
    Posted September 22, 2018 at 6:48 am | Permalink

    ”I only regret that I have but one life to lose for my country” (note the misplacement of “only”) …

    I dunno. It’s misplaced if having but one life to give was the only thing Hale regretted. But it’s right where it should be if regret was the only emotion he was capable of experiencing under the circumstances.

    • Posted September 22, 2018 at 8:35 am | Permalink

      I think he was delineating what he regretted, in which case the placement is wrong.

      • Posted October 21, 2018 at 3:45 pm | Permalink

        As you wrote elsewhere, this particular case could be excused, given the circumstances!

  4. Randall Schenck
    Posted September 22, 2018 at 6:49 am | Permalink

    Probably correct about Clinton not getting the same comparisons but then they did attempt impeachment for lying about sex. How that compares to what this guy has done and is doing – there is no comparison. Perhaps if he and his buddies in the Trump party were not still living in the stone ages.

    • Merilee
      Posted September 22, 2018 at 9:28 am | Permalink

      I seem to remember that there were comments on which way Bill’s willy bent, were there not?

      • Jenny Haniver
        Posted September 22, 2018 at 1:19 pm | Permalink

        Clinton is reported to be afflicted with Peyronie’s disease, aka crooked dick.

      • Christopher
        Posted September 22, 2018 at 2:02 pm | Permalink

        And there was much discussion about his semen, sales of a certain cigar skyrocketed, and I recall George Carlin jokingly comparing his White House to JFK, something about Camelot vs Cumalot, or more precisely Cumalittle. So, no, I’m afraid the media and the Americans who consume it are very much interested in the vulgar and profane, regardless of the politics of the person being ridiculed.

  5. Serendipitydawg
    Posted September 22, 2018 at 6:53 am | Permalink

    With refernce to misheard lyrics: I still wonder if there was someone with a sense of humour working for teddy bear makers who gave them wonky eyes just so they would be called “Gladly”.

    • Posted September 22, 2018 at 7:30 am | Permalink

      Reminds me, as a child, I used to wonder what a holly bear looked like. From “The Holly and the Ivy”: “…the holly bears the crown”.

      • Serendipitydawg
        Posted September 22, 2018 at 8:11 am | Permalink

        Nice! I stayed with my aunt when I was little and that side of the family is deeply religious, ours most definitely isn’t. She ‘introduced’ me to her bear (cross-eyed) and said he was called “Gladly”, evidently expecting huge mirth. After a blank look she said what I heard as “Gladly, the cross-eyed bear” and I still didn’t have a damn clue why she thought it was so amusing.

        Mine was called Isiah… yep, wonky eyes again. I can take no credit for the pun, there was a bear in a TV show of the same name and I just nicked it while knowing nothing about the prophet.

        • Serendipitydawg
          Posted September 22, 2018 at 8:17 am | Permalink

          I realise that is badly phrased. I can’t remember the name of the show, just the “This is Isiah. We call him that because one eye’s…”.

        • mfdempsey1946
          Posted September 22, 2018 at 8:52 am | Permalink

          There is a memorable scene in the movie “Carnal Knowledge” that is based on “Gladly the cross I’d bear”/”Gladly the cross-eyed bear”.

        • mfdempsey1946
          Posted September 22, 2018 at 8:56 am | Permalink

          The movie “Carnal Knowledge” has a memorable scene that is based on kids mishearing a church hymn featuring the lyric “Gladly the cross I’d bear” as “Gladly the cross-eyed bear.”

          • Serendipitydawg
            Posted September 22, 2018 at 9:34 am | Permalink

            Not a film I have seen…

            The mishearing must have originated as what we would describe these days as a meme several years earlier – I suspect it was an old joke that my aunt had heard somewhere. I think the only time I stayed there was 1962/63, or thereabouts.

            Not being from a religious family, the only hymns I ever heard were at school assembly, and that was generally the “all things bright and beautiful” genre. It was actually only many years later that I encountered “Gladly the cross I’d bear” when I was learning to play the organ (just about the only place you got the real thing was in churches, luckily they only required cash to use them 🙂 ).

            • Ken Kukec
              Posted September 22, 2018 at 7:13 pm | Permalink

              It’s a movie you should see if you get a chance — directed by Mike Nichols, starring Jack Nicholson, Art Garfunkel, Candice Bergen, and Ann-Margaret. It even made it to the US Supreme Court, after the state of Georgia deemed is obscene, despite its quite mild sexual content by today’s standards.

  6. Ken Kukec
    Posted September 22, 2018 at 7:15 am | Permalink

    As a batter, Yogi Berra was notorious for swinging at bad pitches. My favorite Yogi story is that, after striking out on three straight pitches, all of them way outside the strike zone, the last a ball that bounced in the dirt, Yogi went back to the dugout and said, “I don’t know how a pitcher that wild stays in the major leagues.” 🙂

  7. Mike
    Posted September 22, 2018 at 7:20 am | Permalink

    Re misheard lyrics, this Guy Peter Kay, one of our local comics, has a whole routine on them.enjoy.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UMYorpYNMKc

  8. Posted September 22, 2018 at 7:27 am | Permalink

    “Olive, the other reindeer…”

    • Serendipitydawg
      Posted September 22, 2018 at 8:15 am | Permalink

      I’m having that one for the next pub quiz that asks for the names of Santa’s reindeer 🙂 To this day I know them all and it is purely festive pub quizzes to blame.

  9. JezGrove
    Posted September 22, 2018 at 7:29 am | Permalink

    Gerald Ford assassination attempt in 1875?

  10. infiniteimprobabilit
    Posted September 22, 2018 at 8:16 am | Permalink

    “On September 22, 1875, Sara Jane Moore tried to assassinate President Gerald Ford of the U.S. but was thwarted.”

    A pre-emptive assassination, presumably?

    cr

    • infiniteimprobabilit
      Posted September 22, 2018 at 8:18 am | Permalink

      Damn, I must remember to hit ‘reload page’ before I comment 😦

      cr

  11. E.A. Blair
    Posted September 22, 2018 at 9:01 am | Permalink

    I had read, many years ago (pre-internet), that Hale’s last words were not the famously quoted (or misquoted) phrase, but a statement that his duty as an officer was to obey his commander-in-chief. A British officer who witnessed the execution recorded this:

    “He behaved with great composure and resolution, saying he thought it the duty of every good Officer, to obey any orders given him by his Commander-in-Chief; and desired the Spectators to be at all times prepared to meet death in whatever shape it might appear.”

    I have observed that many otherwise famous statements are usually misquoted at best and, more often, total fabrications. The pithier the supposed quote, the more likely it is fabricated. As a group, the US founding fathers may be the most misquoted people in history; as an individual, the most misquoted individual is probably Mark Twain.

  12. Posted September 22, 2018 at 9:14 am | Permalink

    Perhaps the description of Trump’s organ has a purpose: if true, it sends an unequivocal confirmation of her story to Melania and his other lovers.

    It is also pretty good insurance against a libel suit by Trump against Stormy D. I can imagine the court scene. “Donald, please approach the bench…”

    • Serendipitydawg
      Posted September 22, 2018 at 9:38 am | Permalink

      There are parents who won’t to play Mario Kart(?) with their kids if they pick the character that Stormy cited, Ed Byrne for one!

  13. Barney
    Posted September 22, 2018 at 9:28 am | Permalink

    A modification to the ‘fact for the day’: suicide rates for the under 60 British male are now no better than at the start of the 80s (very slightly higher for those under 45, and very slightly lower for those from 45 to 60). The reason that “suicide is at its lowest level since the 1970s” is big drops in the suicide rates of men over 60, and women over 30. So bringing that ‘fact’ into a discussion of young men is a bit of a red herring. See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Suicide_in_the_United_Kingdom#Statistics

    • Posted October 21, 2018 at 4:04 pm | Permalink

      I frowned immediately after I read it. I do not like when statistics is used to convince people to take a disastrous phenomenon easy (e.g. when the number of terror victims is compared to that of car crash or cancer fatalities).
      My friend’s ex, a male under 45, ended his life by suicide. It happened because he listened to his stupid parents and did not seek help for his mental illness.

  14. John
    Posted September 22, 2018 at 9:46 am | Permalink

    Queen Victoria died in January 1901, exceeding her grandfather’s reign by 4 years and 4 months.

    • David Harper
      Posted September 22, 2018 at 10:10 am | Permalink

      And Queen Victoria was herself surpassed as longest-reigning British monarch by her great-great-granddaughter three years ago.

  15. tomh
    Posted September 22, 2018 at 10:26 am | Permalink

    My favorite misheard lyric (also known as mondegreens) is from Dylan’s Blowin’ in the Wind.
    “The ants are my friends.”

  16. David Harper
    Posted September 22, 2018 at 10:30 am | Permalink

    Point of scientific accuracy: the equinox occurs at 01:54 UT on 23 September, which is 20:54 on the 22nd, Central Daylight Time.

    Rejoice, for you get two hours of summer more than you thought you did.

  17. mikeyc
    Posted September 22, 2018 at 11:23 am | Permalink

    “Picture yourself in a boat on a river
    With tangerine trees and marmalade skies
    Somebody calls you, you answer quite slowly
    A girl with colitis goes by”

  18. Graham Martin-Royle
    Posted September 22, 2018 at 4:18 pm | Permalink

    Misheard lyric, The Beegees, how deep is your love.

    “And she came to me in a submarine”

  19. Ken Kukec
    Posted September 22, 2018 at 6:34 pm | Permalink

    From the conservative Alexander Meleagrou-Hitchens, who also happens to be the son of Our Hero.

    Guess he takes after his uncle.

    • Posted October 21, 2018 at 3:57 pm | Permalink

      Autosomal recessive? Autosomal dominant with incomplete penetrance?

  20. E.A. Blair
    Posted September 22, 2018 at 8:33 pm | Permalink

    From the Curved Air song Phantasmagoria

    So when the next time comes
    You feel you’re being followed by a
    Ghoul with a highly intelligent flair for a bet
    Just turn and lead it by the hand
    And take it home and tell it
    “Take it from me that you need all the friends you can get”

    However, several internet sites that post lyrics have this version:

    So when next time comes
    You feel you’re being followed by a
    Fool with a highly intelligent bear for a pet
    Just turn and lead it by the hand
    And lead it home and tell it
    “Take it from me that you need all the friends you can get”

  21. drew
    Posted September 24, 2018 at 11:18 am | Permalink

    Misheard lyrics, Pearl Jam “Yellow Ledbetter”

    Also, I had a friend in High School who, for some reason, was convinced that the lyric in the some “Get Together” was “Come on, people now, smile on your boogers.”


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