Tuesday: Hili dialogue

It’s Tuesday, November 27, 2018, and National Bavarian Cream Pie Day, but when was the last time any of us had that treat? In the UK,  it’s Lancashire Day. Stand tall, Yonners!

As my driver’s license expires on my birthday this year—in about a month—I’m heading downtown today to renew it, which means taking only the eye test. I have spiffy new glasses. so it shouldn’t be a problem. But posting may be light today because, once downtown, I may have a bit of culinary fun.

Today’s Google Doodle (click on the screenshot below) celebrates the life of Fe del Mundo, a Filipino born on this day in 1911 (she died in 2011). The first woman to graduate from Harvard Medical School, she was admitted because they didn’t know she was a woman! As Wikipedia notes:

[Del Mundo] humorously relates that when she arrived in Boston and went to the dormitory assigned her in a letter from the director of the hospital housing, much to her surprise she found herself in a men’s dorm. Unknowingly the Harvard officials had admitted a female to their all-male student body. But because her record was so strong the head of the pediatrics department saw no reason not to accept her. Thus, upsetting Harvard tradition, she became the first Philippine woman and the only female at the time to be enrolled at Harvard Medical School.

She returned to practice in the Philippines, established a pediatric hospital, and went on to a distinguished career as a doctor and as a scientist studying infectious diseases, garnering copious honors along the way.

It was not a particularly notable day in history. According to Wikipedia, and you should read the following link, it was on November 27, 1810 that “the Berners Street hoax was perpetrated by Theodore Hook in the City of Westminster, London. On this day 25 years later, the last two men executed for sodomy in England, James Pratt and John Smith, were hanged in London. On this day in 1895, Alfred Nobel, signing his will at the Swedish-Norwedgian Club in Paris, gave his estate to create the Nobel Prizes.  Exactly one year later, the tone poem Also sprach Zarathustra  by Richard Strauss was first performed in Frankfurt. On this day in 1924, the first Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade (first billed as a “Christmas Parade”) was held in New York City.  Here’s a short documentary about the Parade’s origins:

On November 27, 1971, the first man-made object to reach Mars reached Mars. Sadly, it was a Soviet module whose descent system malfunctioned, and the module crashed on the surface. Finally, it was on this day in 1978 that Dan White assassinated San Francisco mayor George Moscone and Harvey Milk, the first openly gay city supervisor.  White served five years of his 7-year-sentence (his sentence was reduced because of his mental problems), and then killed himself two years after release.

Notables born on this day include Anders Celsius (1701), Chaim Weizmann (1874), Lars Onsager (1903), Buffalo Bob Smith (1917), Gail Sheehy (1937), Bruce Lee (1940), Jimi Hendri (1942), Kathryn Bigelow (1951), Steve Bannon (1953), Bill Nye (1955), and Caroline Kennedy (1957).

Those who died on November 27 include Ada Lovelace (1852), Baby Face Nelson (1934), Eugene O’Neill (1953), and Harvey Milk and George Moscone (1978; see above).

Meanwhile in Dobrzyn, Hili overdid it by roaming about in the cold on frosty grass:

Hili: And we got what was coming!
A: What was that?
Hili: The fact that my paws are freezing again.
In Polish:
Hili: No i doczekaliśmy się!
Ja: Czego?
Hili: Tego, że mi znowu łapki marzną.

Tweets from Grania. First, Matthew Inman of The Oatmeal, who produced a lovely cartoon about the Mars Lander, tweeted out three possible cartoons he had ready about the mission’s outcome. Fortunately, the first one was appropriate:

A failed attempt at science education:

With friends like this, who needs enemies?

This is so plaintive and sad. Poor kitty!

A tweet from the Irish police, whose sense of humor here was evident to Grania, but escaped me until it was explained to me. And then I didn’t find it all that funny:

Tweets from Matthew. First is a wonderful duck + duckling rescue by a nice man. Put the sound up to hear the quacks and peeps.

A contemporary Japanese artist makes some nice cat drawings:

Aspiration. “A cat’s reach must exceed its grasp, or what’s a heaven for?”




  1. Randall Schenck
    Posted November 27, 2018 at 6:53 am | Permalink

    A good duck story to start the day. Hili needs some shoes.

    The driver’s license – maybe the cheapest part of auto ownership.

  2. infiniteimprobabilit
    Posted November 27, 2018 at 6:58 am | Permalink

    That 4WD that rolls off down the hill – that happens quite often when righting vehicles, if the Fail videos on Youtube are anything to go by. Either it carries on and goes right over, or it lands on its wheels and then sets off merrily down the slope because no-one checked that the parking brake was on.


    • Posted November 27, 2018 at 11:09 am | Permalink

      These people have a deficit in their “intuitive physics” module.

      • David Coxill
        Posted November 27, 2018 at 1:29 pm | Permalink

        Either that ,or they are just plain stupid

  3. Ken Kukec
    Posted November 27, 2018 at 7:26 am | Permalink

    [Dan] White served five years of his 7-year-sentence (his sentence was reduced because of his mental problems) …

    At trial, White claimed “diminished capacity” due to depression, exacerbated by his poor diet — which became known, ever after, as “the Twinkie Defense.”

  4. Don Quijote
    Posted November 27, 2018 at 8:09 am | Permalink

    My Google Doodle here in Galicia today is for the Día Internacional del Profesor, especially mentioning José de Calasanz. I know that this day is celebrated on a different date in the USA and other countries

  5. Dragon
    Posted November 27, 2018 at 8:43 am | Permalink

    I think you missed the ‘x’ on the end of Jimi Hendrix. Slightly unusual for you not to have a link to one of his songs as well. I will go listen to one.

    Thank you for maintaining this site.

  6. Blue
    Posted November 27, 2018 at 9:43 am | Permalink

    For those o’Us wanting to both honor secularity and
    freethought as well as Our Own generosity
    upon this Giving Tuesday, One may want to give here to
    the Freedom From Religion Foundation thus:


  7. Posted November 27, 2018 at 11:35 am | Permalink

    Does this latest Mars robot actually use HTTP? 🙂

  8. Otternaut
    Posted November 27, 2018 at 11:47 am | Permalink

    I don’t get the rope post.

    • Mark Sturtevant
      Posted November 27, 2018 at 11:55 am | Permalink

      Tweet pix are often cropped. You have to click on it to see the whole picture.
      You can guess…

  9. Mark R.
    Posted November 27, 2018 at 1:33 pm | Permalink

    So is this your 18,000 post? Congrats!

    • Paul S
      Posted November 27, 2018 at 2:46 pm | Permalink


    • Michael Fisher
      Posted November 28, 2018 at 1:08 am | Permalink

      Those mice [or some of them at least] look stuffed & posed 🙂

  10. Posted November 27, 2018 at 8:13 pm | Permalink

    That duck rescuer is wonderful.

  11. Posted November 27, 2018 at 8:26 pm | Permalink

    Happy 19000th post!

  12. Nicolaas Stempels
    Posted November 27, 2018 at 10:03 pm | Permalink

    Without wanting to sound pessimistic, but spiffy new glasses themselves will not guarantee good results in a driving test. Glaucoma (the thief in the night) may affect one’s visual field, early cataracts can change your refraction in a very short time, optic neuritis can -already in early stages-severely affect colour vision.
    There is a lot of other common pathology that will not be helped by glasses. The widespread belief, well not belief, but rather assumption, that glasses cure eye conditions’ may cause quite some disappointment.
    (Sorry if sounding stuffy, but about the most frequently heard question in an ophthalmologist’s practice is: “but dr, can you not just prescribe some specs?”).

    • Posted November 27, 2018 at 11:22 pm | Permalink

      Good thing he’s probably reading this AFTER he’s passed his eye test.

  13. Torbjörn Larsson
    Posted November 28, 2018 at 2:58 am | Permalink

    the Swedish-Norwedgian Club in Paris

    While we like to mock our Western neighbors – and they like to return the favor – I suspect that would be “the Swedish-Norwegian Club in Paris”.

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