Monday: Hili dialogue

It’s Monday, October 29, 2018, and a week from today I’ll be stuffing my face with cassoulet in Paris, so eat your heart out (heart isn’t as good as cassoulet, anyway). In the U.S. it’s National Oatmeal Day (I love the stuff!), and throughout Christendom it’s the feast day of Saint Colman mac Duagh 9560-632), who lived in a cave and then ran a monastery. Read the Wikipedia entry for a cute animal anecdote about the saint.

Question: Yesterday in the late afternoon, when it was chilly, hundreds of birds roosted in trees around Botany Pond, making noise all the while,. I’d never seen this before, but of course it’s what starlings do: communally roosting after their murmurations.  I saw quite a few robins on the ground, however, but didn’t know that they formed aggregations, though I do know they migrate. I took a picture of these birds up in the trees; can anyone tell whether these are robins or starlings? (The light was too low for me to tell.) If so, are they roosting during migration?

On this day in 1618, Sir Walter Raleigh was beheaded, supposedly for conspiring against King James I of England. In reality, it was a put-up job involving the death of Raleigh’s son in Guyana. Here’s a tale about Raleigh’s execution from Wikipedia:

Raleigh was beheaded in the Old Palace Yard at the Palace of Westminster on 29 October 1618. “Let us dispatch”, he said to his executioner. “At this hour my ague comes upon me. I would not have my enemies think I quaked from fear.” After he was allowed to see the axe that would be used to behead him, he mused: “This is a sharp Medicine, but it is a Physician for all diseases and miseries.” According to biographers, Raleigh’s last words (as he lay ready for the axe to fall) were: “Strike, man, strike!”

Sharp medicine, indeed! On this day in 1675, Gottfried Leibniz first used the “long s” symbol (∫) to represent integration in calculus.  On October 29, 1787, Mozart’s opera Don Giovanni was premiered in Prague. On this day in 1901, the assassin of President William McKinley, Leon Czolgosz, was electrocuted only seven weeks after he shot the President. On this day in 1929, there was a huge drop in the stock market on “Black Tuesday”, the day that panic selling peaked. And so began the Great Depression.

On this day in 1964 (maybe some of you remember this), a big collection of valuable gems was stolen from the American Museum of Natural History by a group of miscreants, including “Murph the surf” (surfer Jack Murphy). It was the biggest jewel heist in American history, and included the 565 carat Star of India, a beautiful star sapphire with stars on both sides. It, and most of the other gems, were recovered shortly thereafter. Murph, who went to jail for the robbery and later for murder, is now free, and a minister to prison inmates.

The Star of India. It’s the size of a golf ball!

On this day in 1971, in Macon, Georgia, guitarist Duane Allman was killed in a motorcycle accident; he was only 24.  On October 29, 1998, South Africa’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission presented its report, indicting both sides for atrocities. That commission is, however, a model of how to proceed in the face of deep divisions that led to violence. Twenty years ago on this day, the Space Shuttle Discovery took off for a nine-day mission, with John Glenn aboard. He was 77, making him the oldest person ever to go into space.  Here’s the indefatigable Glenn speaking from the Shuttle:

Finally, exactly three years ago today, China ended its 35-year-old “one child policy.”

Notables born on this day include James Boswell (1740), Fanny Brice (1891), Joseph Goebbels (1897), A. J. Ayer (1910), Zoot Sims (1925), Frans de Waal (1948), David “Invertebrate” Remnick (1958), and Winona Ryder (1971). Those who died on October 29 include Walter Raleigh (1618; see above), Nathan Bedford Forrest (1877), Leon Czolgosz (1901; see above), Joseph Pulitzer (1911), Louis B. Mayer (1957), Duane Allman (1971, see above), and Terry Southern (1995).

I couldn’t not put up a video of Allman. Here he is with the Allman Brothers at the FIllmore East a year before he died (there isn’t much live footage of Duane):

Meanwhile in Dobrzyn, we have another opaque Hili dialogue. As Malgorzata explained, “Andrzej simply had no idea for a dialogue and asked Hili. She didn’t have any idea either and demanded time to think about it.” Hili is sleeping in her “nest” on the veranda.

Andrzej: What are we going to talk about today?
Hili: Let me think.
In Polish:
Ja: O czym dziś porozmawiamy?
Hili: Daj pomyśleć.

A tweet from reader Blue:

And from Heather Hastie. Now this is fealty to one’s moggie!

Also from Heather, a rare magnanimous cat:

Tweets from Matthew. I would have voted for 10-40 as well:

A longicorn beetle (Hemiptera) mimicking a wasp (Hymenoptera). I think this would fool you as well as potential predators:

Matthew sent another one of those infernal “dot illusions”:

Grania’s contributions, including a voracious amoeba. Do watch the amazing “digestion” at the end:

For the astronomy buffs:

I can’t blame the cat; all cats hate exercise!

Grania says this, “This whole thread is hilarious. Apparently Nigerian princes are on to a new tactic now.”

And can you guess what this one is about? See the whole photo before you try. It’s pretty clever.


  1. Curt Nelson
    Posted October 29, 2018 at 6:40 am | Permalink

    At first I thought the dot illusion was incredible (the ones on the right were so easy to see) but then I realized that the dots on the left occur where the lines intersect making them more difficult to pick out — it’s not an illusion, it’s just a different placement of the dots.

  2. Linda Calhoun
    Posted October 29, 2018 at 6:46 am | Permalink

    What, no mention of National Cat Day?


    • rickflick
      Posted October 29, 2018 at 7:07 am | Permalink

      The cat’s name is oatmeal.

    • GBJames
      Posted October 29, 2018 at 7:10 am | Permalink

      Also… Today is National Oatmeal Day!

      • GBJames
        Posted October 29, 2018 at 7:20 am | Permalink

        (Which, somehow, I totally missed in the OP. Doh.)

  3. Serendipitydawg
    Posted October 29, 2018 at 7:11 am | Permalink

    Sadly, the Luther reference passed right over my head… mind you, we don’t get that bar in the UK, so it doesn’t elicit “Reese’s” when I see one.

    Clever though.

    • Merilee
      Posted October 29, 2018 at 9:53 am | Permalink

      Please explain the Reese’s one for this ignoramus. Yes Luther nailed stuff to a door, but where do Reese’s come in?

      • GBJames
        Posted October 29, 2018 at 9:56 am | Permalink

        Ask yourself “What did Luther nail to the door?”

      • Jenny Haniver
        Posted October 29, 2018 at 10:01 am | Permalink

        I wonder, too. Could it be the forced (lame) pun that becomes apparent when one pronounces “Reese’s” – which aurally rhymes with “theses”? It also rhymes with feces.

        • Jenny Haniver
          Posted October 29, 2018 at 10:03 am | Permalink

          Martin Luther was quite the theological scatologist, so maybe “feces” isn’t so far-fetched.

          • rickflick
            Posted October 29, 2018 at 1:49 pm | Permalink

            Eschatology is my favorite thing next only to birding.

        • Mark R.
          Posted October 29, 2018 at 4:04 pm | Permalink

          Reese’s Peanut “Butt” er cups. Dumb, I know.

      • Posted October 29, 2018 at 10:27 am | Permalink

        His 95 Theses. Here we have 95 Reeses.

        • Posted October 29, 2018 at 10:32 am | Permalink

          Thanks for the explanation which I needed. I would take Reese’s over theses any day!

          • rickflick
            Posted October 29, 2018 at 1:47 pm | Permalink

            Reese’s over feces for sure.

        • Merilee
          Posted October 29, 2018 at 7:45 pm | Permalink

          Thanks for the explanation.

          • rickflick
            Posted October 29, 2018 at 9:45 pm | Permalink

            The Reese’s easier to swallow than the theses.

  4. Ken Kukec
    Posted October 29, 2018 at 7:17 am | Permalink

    I’d heard of “Murph the Surf” as a kid (it was a catchy name) but didn’t know much about him until I started practicing in Miami a couple decades later and ran into some of the lawyers who’d been involved in the Star of India heist case. Jack Murphy himself was still around back then, too, running some kind of prison ministry. Got a call from him at the office one day, out of the blue, asking me to get permission from a judge for a client in a penitentiary upstate to participate in one of his programs. Took me a minute or two to place the name.

  5. Serendipitydawg
    Posted October 29, 2018 at 7:18 am | Permalink

    On a serious note: the lady’s hand is an object lesson in the importance of seeking immediate medical attention to an animal bite to the hand or foot. I went to work after a cat bite to my left indexe knuckle (I did make a GP appointment for the evening) and I fellt quite poorly by around eleven in the morning. I subsequently spent a week in hospital getting two IV antibiotics three times daily and I had to have the joint opened in surgery to have it washed out. What is it about surgeons that makes them ask the patient, “Would you like a look before I close it up?”?

    • Blue
      Posted October 29, 2018 at 8:32 am | Permalink

      Pasteurella multocida likely.


      • David Coxill
        Posted October 29, 2018 at 10:35 am | Permalink

        When i went to the RSPCA center to see Misha ,the little sod scratched me and drew blood .
        I soon have heeded the warning ,he has bitten and scratched me a number of times ,when he does ,i go and wash the wound and apply some Antiseptic cream .
        Have not had any problems .Been bitten a couple of time by Mice i have been trying to get off the cats .

  6. Joseph O'Sullian
    Posted October 29, 2018 at 7:33 am | Permalink

    “can anyone tell whether these are robins or starlings? (The light was too low for me to tell.) If so, are they roosting during migration?”

    I think they are starlings. The silhouettes have relatively short tails and long beaks, robins would have longer tails and shorter beaks.

    Robins form loose flocks after breeding season is over. I’m not sure if it’s related to migration. Robins are less migratory than other songbirds. If food is plentiful they’ll overwinter in cold climates. I see small numbers in the NYC area during winter, usually around plants that grow berries late in the fall.

    Starlings are more social and form flocks year round. During migration times they form larger flocks.

    • Terry Sheldon
      Posted October 29, 2018 at 9:21 am | Permalink

      Concur on the likely starling ID.

    • Adrian
      Posted October 29, 2018 at 9:25 am | Permalink

      Yes,Starlings. The sloping forehead and bill shape give it away. Called “Jizz” over here.

      Here in the UK we get an influx of migrating Starlings from the Continent and Scandinavia in Autumn. In fact I was watching them fly up the Humber a couple of weeks ago.

      Robins (not the American ones) also migrate and I have seen them landing exhausted on Filey Brig after crossing the North Sea.

      I once travelled on Boxing Day to Golspie (well north of Aberdeen)to see an American Robin that was found there. I wasn’t popular at home!

      • rickflick
        Posted October 29, 2018 at 11:27 am | Permalink

        An American Robin in Scotland? I’ll bet he was one tired bird!

    • Lars
      Posted October 29, 2018 at 2:08 pm | Permalink

      Agreed on the starlings.

      Robins where I live (southern Alberta) form small gangs in the fall, and they seem to migrate in these groups. It’s funny to see, because during the preceding warm weather, they can’t abide one another’s company.
      We don’t get many robins sticking around through the winter here – lows of -30 C put robins off, I think.

      • GBJames
        Posted October 29, 2018 at 2:26 pm | Permalink

        Here in Milwaukee, my wife and I encountered a flock of robins on a hill in the park over the weekend. There were many more birds than I’d ever seen before at once – all robins. What was particularly interesting is that they were evenly distributed with spacing of maybe 25 feet between adjacent birds. They clearly have a spacing rule.

        • Diane G
          Posted October 29, 2018 at 9:29 pm | Permalink

          It’s a mast year here for choke cherries; a few weeks ago I had a flock of more than a hundred.

  7. infiniteimprobabilit
    Posted October 29, 2018 at 7:33 am | Permalink

    Re that blackmail tweet, I had a similar email about half an hour ago, and an almost identical one a couple of days ago. ‘My trojan has taken over your computer and I have pictures of you viewing naughty sites which I will send to all your contacts unless you pay $831 to my Bitcoin address within 24 hours.’

    Both with almost identical wording, though the headers showed that one (apparently) came from Split and the other from Cairo.

    A bit pathetic, really.


    • GBJames
      Posted October 29, 2018 at 8:43 am | Permalink

      I guess it is a measure of my old-fogginess, but my (incorrect) read of “trojan” thought it was a reference to a condom. Somehow.

      Never mind….

      • infiniteimprobabilit
        Posted October 29, 2018 at 9:42 am | Permalink



      • Michael Fisher
        Posted October 29, 2018 at 6:16 pm | Permalink


        “…You seem to be arguing that since there is no complete security, there isn’t any! (Run! Hide in the woods!)”

        NO! I’m not arguing that – what an absurd commentary, especially the part in brackets – that is not a healthy level of paranoia – of which some lower level is definitely required. Just for you I’ll make it clear: Don’t leave your spare house key under the doormat [translate to computer equivalent terms] & is that newspaper/social media announcement of impending wedding or holiday absolutely necessary? Respect your own privacy & don’t assume that other agencies will [no matter how well intentioned they are].

        • GBJames
          Posted October 30, 2018 at 6:56 am | Permalink

          I don’t recall anyone arguing for the equivalent of leaving your spare key under the doormat. I guess I don’t really know who you are arguing with.

          • Michael Fisher
            Posted October 30, 2018 at 8:10 am | Permalink

            “Arguing that” [my words] is not equivalent to “arguing with” [your words] – your second nonsensical comment.

            • GBJames
              Posted October 30, 2018 at 8:18 am | Permalink

              Nobody has argued that one should leave one’s spare key under the doormat. You’re simply crashing through an open door.

    • Mark R.
      Posted October 29, 2018 at 4:10 pm | Permalink

      I was told by a computer geek to put tape over my computer camera so hackers couldn’t “take it over”. Don’t know the veracity of his comment, but I’ve had tape over my computer cameras ever since.

      • Posted October 29, 2018 at 4:28 pm | Permalink

        It’s a valid attack. Not only for your computer’s camera but your phone’s camera too. It’s just a small computer after all.

        It can be assumed, to a first level of approximation, that if a computer’s security is breached, the attacker has access to everything on your computer and every device and network attached to it. This is one reason why people are advised to use a different password on each website and system.

        In practice, it is very difficult to make a system secure against a determined hacker. The best we can do is to make it resistant to casual break-ins. It’s like a car alarm. It’s just to make it hard enough to cause the criminal to look for an easier target.

      • Michael Fisher
        Posted October 29, 2018 at 4:30 pm | Permalink

        Your geek mate is right – if you have a laptop or screen with unpluggable integrated cam then nuke the entire site from orbit tape it – it’s the only way to be sure.

        You can’t trust software vendors at all – they are careless, the code is so bloated nobody can be sure what it all does, they don’t tell the whole truth & many of them [& hardware vendors too] play footsie with government security agencies – backdoors & hidden traceable identifiers.

        As an example… even if you turned off the webcam in Windows 10 privacy options, there are “Classic” apps not listed that can still access your cam [this was the case three years ago & I’d be amazed if it’s entirely fixable].

        • Posted October 29, 2018 at 4:35 pm | Permalink

          It’s a minefield for sure but you make it sound like everyone in the software industry is malicious, or at least incompetent. I assure you that’s not the case. It is just very difficult to make systems secure. The only people that doubt that are people that know nothing about the subject.

          • Michael Fisher
            Posted October 29, 2018 at 5:05 pm | Permalink

            Vendors can’t be trusted – even the ones that mean well. None of them can 100% guarantee privacy of user data or security of their product, there’s always a way of adding code, screwing up an update [a Win 10 speciality at the moment], building a malicious app that gets through onto the Chrome, Apple & Microsoft Stores or a 3rd party modifying a chip further upstream in the supply chain.

            As to hidden identifiers, backdoors – these are everywhere in products from benign badly designed factory reset options, routers all with the same factory default password & shipped password, printers that put invisible printer identifiers on each printed document, an unknown level of co-operation between vendors & spooks at NSA etc. Paranoia [defined levels of – not tin hat anxiety] is a rational response!

            ONE EXAMPLE OF MANY:-

            So it comes as little surprise that Avast was targeted by the US National Security Agency, a revelation which came from one of the documents leaked by whistleblower Edward Snowden. In an effort known as “Project Camberdada,” the US intelligence agency, with help from its British counterpart GCHQ, aimed to subvert and reverse engineer antivirus and security software to find vulnerabilities that would allow the agencies “the highest privileges with just one shot,” according to The Intercept, which first reported the story.

            A total of 22 other foreign companies were on the NSA’s target list, but notably absent was British antivirus provider Sophos and US security firms Symantec and McAfee

            • Posted October 29, 2018 at 5:14 pm | Permalink

              I can’t dispute what you’ve said in this last comment, except perhaps to add that virtually all software companies mean well. Exposing functionality is exposing vulnerability. It’s simply the nature of the beast. This is why the only really secure computer is one that is not connected to the internet (a so-called air-gapped computer system). This exposes no functionality and, therefore, has no vulnerabilities, at least none via the internet.

              • Michael Fisher
                Posted October 29, 2018 at 5:33 pm | Permalink

                Thanks Paul, but ‘meaning well’ is worth nowt – if you are producing a worthy volume of a product – baby alarms, talking teddy bears, smart TVs & fridges & cookers, Alexa connected boxes blah blah then some nefarious, nosy agency or crook will be tearing it apart looking for ways in & control of cams, mics, networks etc.

                And as you know air-gapped devices can be accessed remotely [I noted your “none via the internet”, which is theoretically mostly true until an employee makes a mistake with a USB port or some other human stupidity issue] via thermal, acoustic, electromagnetic & visual/optical methods.

              • Posted October 29, 2018 at 5:42 pm | Permalink

                When I said “via the internet”, I meant any kind of connection. There are plenty of other vulnerabilities, including someone taking the computer out of the building.

              • GBJames
                Posted October 29, 2018 at 5:39 pm | Permalink

                Well… meaning well is worth something. Companies like those we’re discussing are taking actions to enhance security.

                You seem to be arguing that since there is no complete security, there isn’t any! (Run! Hide in the woods!)

              • Posted October 29, 2018 at 5:48 pm | Permalink

                Yes, meaning well IS worth something. Which is why I am NOT arguing that security is so bad to be worthless. There is no complete security in practice but we still do the best we can with what we have. To bring this full circle, if you are concerned with someone seeing you sitting at your computer, then tape over the camera when you aren’t using it.

              • GBJames
                Posted October 29, 2018 at 5:51 pm | Permalink

                Sorry for the confusion, Paul. I was directing my comment at Michael.

              • Posted October 29, 2018 at 5:54 pm | Permalink

                Ah, that explains a lot. No problem.

        • Mark R.
          Posted October 29, 2018 at 8:00 pm | Permalink

          Good to know. Thanks for your input, as well as Mr. Topping’s.

      • infiniteimprobabilit
        Posted October 30, 2018 at 12:31 am | Permalink

        Yep. I think it unlikely that a hacker could take over my laptop without my knowing, but I *know* they can’t circumvent the post-it note over the camera 🙂

        And in further news, I just got a phone call from someone with an Indian accent telling me that they were getting messages from my computer with many details in them. They couldn’t tell me what operating system I was running, though, and when I kept asking questions they hung up abruptly.



        • GBJames
          Posted October 30, 2018 at 7:02 am | Permalink

          I’ve had that scam, too. One time I played along for fun, playing an ignorant victim. I had the scamster going nuts after a while getting him (it always seems to be a “him” from the subcontinent) to explain how to navigate to the details he wanted me to provide. Of course he was describing Windows. I was on a Mac. It made it easy to “dumbly” fail to find the things he wanted. Finally I got tired of it and told him what I thought of him. At least I made him spin his wheels for a while. But it wasted my time, too, of course.

  8. Ken Kukec
    Posted October 29, 2018 at 8:19 am | Permalink

    Some of my favorite playin’ by Duane is on Wilson Picket’s cover of “Hey Jude.” Duane was a session man at the Muscle Shoals studio in those days. Heard an interview with Clapton where he said that tune was what caught his ear and made him seek Duane out for the Derek and the Dominos sessions.

  9. Posted October 29, 2018 at 9:40 am | Permalink

    I’ve never had a cassoulet in Paris and its one of my favorite dishes. I look forward to a full report.

  10. Posted October 29, 2018 at 9:48 am | Permalink

    The bit about the introduction of the integral sign reminds me of a wonderful book. Anyone interested in the history of mathematical symbols and notations, should get a copy of the aptly named, “A History of Mathematical Notations” by Florian Cajori. It was written in 1928 when he was a UCLA professor. It seems amazing that it is still in print as a cheap paperback but it is a tour de force. It covers everything at such a level of detail that I doubt anyone will try to top it for centuries.

    • Merilee
      Posted October 29, 2018 at 9:57 am | Permalink

      Thanks, Paul. Gonna order it. Speaking of math, at my Stanford reunion this weekend I snapped a pic of a guy wearing a t shirt that said “My password is the last 8 digits of pi.”🤓

      • Posted October 29, 2018 at 10:11 am | Permalink

        Ha! That’s a good tee-shirt slogan! Reminds me of my friend’s old personalized license plate: “ABELIAN”. I was riding in his car when someone in the next lane leaned out of his window and said, “I get it! I get it!”

        For those that forget their algebra, an Abelian group is one in which the operation commutes. Get it?

        • gscott
          Posted October 29, 2018 at 11:05 am | Permalink

          Back in the days of elephant jokes and grape jokes (sometime in the ’60s??), I heard this one:
          Q: What’s purple and commutes?
          A: An Abelian grape

          • Posted October 29, 2018 at 11:11 am | Permalink

            I remember that one fondly.

            • gscott
              Posted October 29, 2018 at 3:15 pm | Permalink

              How about this one?
              Q: What’s yellow and equivalent to the Axiom of Choice?

              • Posted October 29, 2018 at 3:43 pm | Permalink

                That one I don’t know. Do tell.

              • gscott
                Posted October 29, 2018 at 6:21 pm | Permalink

                Zorn’s Lemon
                Now that’s a joke that will really put a mathematician in stitches (and make everyone else question his sanity.)

              • rickflick
                Posted October 29, 2018 at 9:39 pm | Permalink

                Everyone else might rather question the mathematician’s sanity. Not their own.

        • Merilee
          Posted October 29, 2018 at 7:43 pm | Permalink

          This former math teacher did not know/remember Abelian groups (but I do know the commutative property…)

          • Michael Fisher
            Posted October 29, 2018 at 7:49 pm | Permalink

            milk + tea ≠ tea + milk
            It is said

            • Merilee
              Posted October 30, 2018 at 8:49 am | Permalink

              But both =😝

    • Posted October 29, 2018 at 12:37 pm | Permalink

      I’ve wanted to get this for quite a long time.

      Dover reprints are awesome, especially for math and physics.

  11. Merilee
    Posted October 29, 2018 at 9:54 am | Permalink


  12. Jenny Haniver
    Posted October 29, 2018 at 9:56 am | Permalink

    Leon Czolgosz’s electrocution was filmed and is on youtube.

    • Les Faby
      Posted October 29, 2018 at 10:55 am | Permalink

      The execution film was a fictional reenactment by Thomas Edison in 1901. It starts with real footage of the outside prison. Here it is from the Library of Congress collection.
      From the Edison Catalog:
      “A detailed reproduction of the execution of the assassin of President McKinley faithfully carried out from the description of an eye witness.” In other words, fake.

      • Jenny Haniver
        Posted October 29, 2018 at 12:32 pm | Permalink

        Yep. I was fooled.

  13. Posted October 29, 2018 at 10:03 am | Permalink

    For another take on “Whipping Post”, here’s Frank Zappa’s version. Zappa doesn’t usually play songs written by others but he loves to surprise his audience.

    • Michael Fisher
      Posted October 29, 2018 at 2:40 pm | Permalink

      Robert Martin vocals – bloody good. He toured with Etta James for years & I think he’s picked up her phrasing style – very gospel.

    • Mark R.
      Posted October 29, 2018 at 4:22 pm | Permalink

      My favorite version of this cover is on the live cd Does Humor Belong in Music?. The Dweez comes out in the middle and he and his dad have a rippin’ guitar duel. Incredible stuff. It also has memorable versions of Trouble Every Day and What’s New in Baltimore?. “How ‘bout that chord that Ray played?” I answer the late maestro, YES, humor belongs in music.

      • Posted October 29, 2018 at 4:32 pm | Permalink

        Yes, I’ve heard that one too. I love Zappa’s humor most of the time. I always remember the cover art on “One Size Fits All”, my favorite Zappa album. One of the constellations depicted is “Jim and I” instead of Gemini. It’s stupid but it had me laughing my head off.

        • Mark R.
          Posted October 29, 2018 at 7:44 pm | Permalink

          Yeah, terrific album and cover art. (I don’t know if I could name a favorite studio album…I’m also very fond of “Hot Rats” and “Zoot Allures”.) “Po-Jama People”, “Inca Roads” and “Florentine Pogen” are brilliant and “Po-Jama People” simply hilarious. Are Trump supporters Po-Jama people? Methinks they are.

          • Posted October 29, 2018 at 9:06 pm | Permalink

            Yes! I agree. Complete with their “tiny little footies”.

            • Mark R.
              Posted October 29, 2018 at 10:32 pm | Permalink


    • Diane G
      Posted October 29, 2018 at 9:58 pm | Permalink

      Far out, Paul. Thanks for posting that!

  14. Posted October 29, 2018 at 12:38 pm | Permalink

    On the squirrel attack – sounds like something out of a weird RPG scenario.

  15. Joe Bussen
    Posted October 29, 2018 at 5:32 pm | Permalink

    If you visit the Reece’s Pieces link, you will find a “theological” discussion of why one of the pieces, no. 22, is reversed.
    Or you might just go rearrange your sock drawer.

  16. Sarah
    Posted October 29, 2018 at 6:12 pm | Permalink

    Ho ho, Martin Luther nails 95 Reeses to the door.

    • Sarah
      Posted October 29, 2018 at 6:23 pm | Permalink

      Oops, sorry, I was looking at an earlier version of this thread and there were only two items on it!

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