Monday: Hili dialogue (and Leon monologue)

It’s Monday again: October 8, 2018, and—God help us) National Fluffernutter Day—which refers to a peanut butter sandwich also containing marshmallow-fluff spread. According to Wikipedia, it’s also these days:

On this day in 1871, two fires broke out: the famous Great Chicago Fire and the much less famous but deadlier Peshtigo Fire in Wisconsin, which killed around 1500 people and remains the deadliest fire in American history.

On this day in 1918, Corporal Alvin C. York earned his Medal of Honor by killing 28 German soldiers and capturing 132—singlehandedly.  Here’s part of his story from Wikipedia (he also was, initially, a conscientious objector):

In October 1918, as a newly-promoted corporal, York was one of a group of seventeen soldiers assigned to infiltrate German lines and silence a machine gun position. After the American patrol had captured a large group of enemy soldiers, German small arms fire killed six Americans and wounded three. York was the highest ranking of those still able to fight, so he took charge. While his men guarded the prisoners, York attacked the machine gun position, dispatching several German soldiers with his rifle before running out of ammunition. Six German soldiers charged him with bayonets, and York drew his pistol and killed them all. The German officer responsible for the machine gun position had emptied his pistol while firing at York but failed to hit him. This officer then offered to surrender and York accepted. York and his men marched back to their unit’s command post with more than 130 prisoners. York was immediately promoted to sergeant and was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross; an investigation resulted in the upgrading of the award to the Medal of Honor. York’s feat made him a national hero and international celebrity among allied nations.

On this day in 1939, after invading Poland on September 1, Germany formally annexed western Poland. And on October 8, 1956, Don Larsen of the New York Yankees pitched the only perfect game ever to occur in a World Series (a “perfect game” is one in which no batter reaches first base). Larsen retired 27 Brooklyn Dodgers in a row. Here’s a short video of the last pitch. You may recognize the leaping catcher as Yogi Berra.

On October 8, 1967, Che Guevara and his men were captured in Bolivia. Guevara was executed with nine bullets the next day. On this day in 1978, Australian Ken Warby set the water speed record, which still stands, going a stupendous 371.60 miles per hour (511 kilometers/hr). Here’s a short clip of that record, which occurs at about 1:44. Sadly, he killed a duck on one attempt!

On this day in 1982, Poland banned Solidarity and all trade unions. But it was too late: Communism was on its way out in Eastern Europe. On October 8, 1982, the play Cats opened on Broadway, running almost 18 years before it closed on September 10, 2000. Finally, on this day in 2001, President G. W. Bush established the Office of Homeland Security.

Notables born on October 8 include Otto Warburg (1883, Nobel Laureate), Zog 1 of Albania (1895), Paul Hogan (1940), Chevy Chase (1943), and Sigourney Weaver (1949). Those who fell asleep on this day include Henry Fielding (1754), Franklin Pierce (1869) Wendell Wilkie (1944), Willy Brandt (1992), and Paul Prudhomme (2015).

Meanwhile in Dobrzyn, Hili is a bit enigmatic, but Malgorzata explains:

Our new gardener was pruning one of the apple trees. You can see branches on the ground. Hili wanted to know why he was doing it. Andrzej explained that if you don’t care for the fruit trees they go wild and the fruits will not be good. This led to Hili’s conclusion about the tree of knowledge of good and evil.

The dialogue:

Hili: Who trimmed the tree of knowledge of good and evil?
A: There isn’t any information about it.
Hili: The fruits of this tree were probably wormy.
In Polish:
Hili: Kto przycinał drzewo wiadomości dobrego i złego?
Ja: Nie ma na ten temat żadnych informacji.
Hili: Pewnie owoce z tego drzewa były robaczywe.

Nearby, Leon and his staff are going mushroom hunting in the woods:

Leon: I don’t see any mushrooms!
Here’s a cat meme from reader Merilee:
A tweet from reader Jiten, showing people loving wild (and domestic) animals. The first clip shows two chimps reuniting with a man who saved them (I don’t know the story).  The kangaroo hug is especially touching. And even fish come for cuddles!

Some tweets from Matthew. Guess what pops up in the first one.

This tweet refers to this incident.

Tweets from Grania.  The first shows some Trump supporters reacting to the allegations of sexual assault against Christine Ford. Some of the statement defy belief.

The Bella Hadid Nike video, put up just about a year ago, still cracks me up, too. These tweets became “protected” since yesterday, but can see the whole video here.

“If homeboy’s coming through with these? It’s quiet, yeah, no; it’s quiet for him. But, like, if he comes through in, like, theeeeeese … homeboy’s gonna, like, get iiiit.”

A kitty doesn’t know what to do about its shadow.

I bet you didn’t know that the BBC News had a pidgin service. Here’s one article about injecting fat into the bum-bum:

One small hop for a kitty. . . .




  1. Ken Kukec
    Posted October 8, 2018 at 7:18 am | Permalink

    Medal of Honor winner Sgt. Alvin C. York was a reluctant warrior; he originally claimed conscientious objector status on the basis of religious scruple.

  2. JezGrove
    Posted October 8, 2018 at 7:25 am | Permalink

    BBC Pidgin has only been a thing since August 2017.

    • Jenny Haniver
      Posted October 8, 2018 at 10:34 am | Permalink

      I am going to start learning Pidgin today! What a fun language!

  3. Ken Kukec
    Posted October 8, 2018 at 7:32 am | Permalink

    Hili’s sampling a mash-up of Genesis 2 and Aesop?

  4. Historian
    Posted October 8, 2018 at 7:34 am | Permalink

    Don Larsen’s perfect game was called by Vin Scully. He announced Dodger games (in Brooklyn and L.A) for 67 years (from 1950 through 2016). For one person to call games for one professional team for so long is amazing in itself.

  5. Michael Fisher
    Posted October 8, 2018 at 7:45 am | Permalink

    Comedy Central video – the blond woman in the red outfit:
    1:26 “Women are very inappropriate with their dress, WHAT do you expect to happen!? […] I’m a woman, I know my boundaries, I know what I’m supposed to do, I’m a Christian […], you cain’t take sides, you DO NOT take sides”
    Are you Kavanaugh or Ford?
    “I am Kavanaugh”

    That animal cuddles video struck me down with the leaky eyes

  6. Historian
    Posted October 8, 2018 at 8:00 am | Permalink

    Tom Nichols, a professor at the U.S. Naval War College and often mentioned at this site, recounts in this Atlantic article why he is leaving the Republican Party. He has now left the Republican Party and declared himself an Independent. The Collins speech is what broke him. He states:

    “She helped me finally to accept what I had been denying. Her speech on the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh convinced me that the Republican Party now exists for one reason, and one reason only: for the exercise of raw political power, and not even for ends I would otherwise applaud or even support.”

    He has no love for the Democrats and still considers himself a conservative. But, he says this about Republicans:

    “The Republicans, however, have now eclipsed the Democrats as a threat to the rule of law and to the constitutional norms of American society. They have become all about winning.”

    He goes on:

    “Politics is about the exercise of power. But the new Trumpist GOP is not exercising power in the pursuit of anything resembling principle, and certainly not for conservative or Republican principles.”


    “But whatever my concerns about liberals, the true authoritarian muscle is now being flexed by the GOP, in a kind of buzzy, steroidal McCarthyism that lacks even anti-communism as a central organizing principle. The Republican Party, which controls all three branches of government and yet is addicted to whining about its own victimhood, is now the party of situational ethics and moral relativism in the name of winning at all costs.”

    Tom Nichols is the kind of conservative who would have had a home in the Republican Party of 50 years ago when the concepts of compromise and “reaching across the aisle” were not anathema. He is now in the wilderness. Although I surely disagree with him on many issues, I respect his principles. He recognizes that whining about victimhood is not the sole domain of the regressive left. This article is well worth reading in full.

    • Posted October 8, 2018 at 8:57 am | Permalink

      He sounds like an interesting person, marked by the now remarkable ability to see ones’ cohorts with objectivity. So I wonder what he sees wrong with the democrats/liberals. I should read the article, given time.

    • Randall Schenck
      Posted October 8, 2018 at 9:19 am | Permalink

      Interesting article. I believe this fellow is very conflicted and still seems to have attachment to the party he now wants to leave. I would ask, is he finally leaving out of pure embarrassment or does he actually have other reasons. He says the idea of becoming a democrat is out of the question so he will sit on the fence and take shots at both sides now. I can never understand folks such as this – it’s like they know just enough to be confused.

      Says he is still a conservative, likes big defense (military) and small government otherwise. That is about as pure republican as you can get. Like most people who don’t have a clue what government actually does for people and also have no idea how big and over-sized they want their military.

    • Posted October 8, 2018 at 9:25 am | Permalink

      I read that article and might post about it today.

  7. infiniteimprobabilit
    Posted October 8, 2018 at 8:02 am | Permalink

    Slight misprint, Warby’s world water speed record was 317.6mph. Still fast enough!

    The challenge with any boat at that speed is aerodynamic – that if it gets the slightest bit of ‘air’ it’s going to fly, with deadly consequences. Very similar to the challenges faced by land speed record cars – they have a slightly firmer surface, and one guaranteed to be flatter, but the potential for lift is much greater due to the higher speed.

    Apparently Warby built the boat in his backyard. One can only conclude that he was not only skilled but fantastically lucky with the aerodynamics.


  8. Ken Kukec
    Posted October 8, 2018 at 8:25 am | Permalink

    Tweets from Grania. The first shows some Trump supporters reacting to the allegations of sexual assault against Christine Ford.

    If you’ve ever wondered where the 20-25% of the US population that, according to polls, “strongly approves” of Donald Trump comes from, that Vox Trumpuli should clue you in.

  9. Mark
    Posted October 8, 2018 at 8:49 am | Permalink

    Why does the hugs video make me and others tear-up?

    • Giancarlo
      Posted October 8, 2018 at 10:41 am | Permalink

      Mark, same here. Regarding why, I’m not sure emotions can be analytically hacked, as I suspect they may be as hard wired as basic instincts. Technically, however, I think the soaring string music has a lot to do with it.

      • Mark
        Posted October 8, 2018 at 10:51 am | Permalink

        “I think the soaring string music has a lot to do with it.”

        Possibly, but I react similarly when I watch the “dog greeting a soldier” videos that don’t have music.

  10. Posted October 8, 2018 at 9:02 am | Permalink

    I had not seen the Bella Hadid Nike video before. Very funny, but I don’t understand why the out of place affectation irritates me so. It shouldn’t. But it does.

    • Michael Fisher
      Posted October 8, 2018 at 9:29 am | Permalink

      Feeling irritation is the least you can do 🙂

      Her daddy is the L.A. property developer Mohamed Hadid whose wealth is in the low nine $ digits. She was brought up on a ranch with a string of horses at her beck & call ~ she was destined for a career as an Olympic equestrian. To hear such a refined creature speak the word “dope” [awesome] with a straight face & with a languid, crystal clear pronunciation is worthy of some reaction – I expect I’d laugh loud & walk away from her reverse snobbery – perhaps she ‘talks down’ to infuriate the dad.

  11. Jenny Haniver
    Posted October 8, 2018 at 10:40 am | Permalink

    I think that Hili is in exceptionally fine form today. Have you thought of compiling “The Sayings of Chaircat Hili” or “Tractatus Cattus Philosophicus”? (though that’s surely not the correct grammatical Latin form of “cat”).

  12. Posted October 8, 2018 at 5:34 pm | Permalink

    Feel sorry for the kitten with deformed legs.

    • Posted October 28, 2018 at 6:55 am | Permalink

      I suppose its breed is valued for this mutation.

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