Saturday: Hili dialogue

by Grania

*portions written by monkeys*

Good morning, happy Saturday!

In history today:

  • 1937 – The Irish Free State is replaced by a new state called Ireland with the adoption of a new constitution. A lot of people in the UK don’t seem to have realised this yet. Apparently the same can be said of the American President. It makes Irish people quite angry.
  • 1940 – World War II: In the Second Great Fire of London, the Luftwaffe fire-bombs London, England, killing almost 200 civilians.
  • 1997 – Hong Kong begins to kill all the city’s 1.25 million chickens to stop the spread of a potentially deadly influenza strain.
  • 2003 – The last known speaker of Akkala Sami dies, rendering the language extinct. Actually Wikipedia seems at odds with itself over whether there are still two speakers alive, however it notes that the language is poorly documented and its demise is imminent. This is where it was spoken in Russia. It always makes me sad when languages die.

  • 2011 – Samoa and Tokelau skip straight to December 31 when moving from one side of the International Date Line to another, losing two days.

Notable birthdays:



In Dobrzyn today, Hili has an important question. I’ve always been grateful that humans have hands and washcloths. And soap.

Hili: Do you groom yourselves as I do?
A: But we spend a bit less time on it.
In Polish:
Hili: Czy wy dbacie o siebie tak jak ja?
Ja: Na pewno poświęcamy temu trochę mniej czasu.


The best of Twitter:

This is a bad teacher, guilty of playing the Guess What I’m Thinking game.


From Hardcore nerd Twitter

Plain daft Twitter

Both of these are equally effective anyway. Don’t @ me.


Physics Twitter


Biology Twitter

Random Twitter

Good dog Twitter

Parkour puppy

Felid Twitter


Idiots Anonymous Twitter

And finally, the more things change, the more things stay the same Twitter




Hat-tip: Blue, Matthew



  1. gravelinspector-Aidan
    Posted December 29, 2018 at 7:22 am | Permalink

    Idiots Anonymous Twitter

    Awww, I was expecting the passenger to meet her (?) friends (??) on the tow-quad as they reversed back to the starting point.

    • Christopher
      Posted December 29, 2018 at 8:43 am | Permalink

      I was terribly disappointed. There seems to be an issue with the projectile getting stuck in the pocket and not getting a clean release. Must have bought it from Acme.

    • Saul Sorrell-Till
      Posted December 29, 2018 at 8:50 am | Permalink

      Looks very fun though. If they could maybe make it a bit more professional and not so much like an entrant to the Darwin Awards I’d consider having a go.

      • Mark Sturtevant
        Posted December 29, 2018 at 9:55 am | Permalink

        A very small deviation in the angle of release would drive the cargo into the ground.

        • Saul Sorrell-Till
          Posted December 29, 2018 at 2:45 pm | Permalink

          ‘Extreme FuneralsTM’

        • infiniteimprobabilit
          Posted December 29, 2018 at 5:49 pm | Permalink

          I think the anchor points are high enough and the angle of the bungee on launch sufficiently high that she’s safe.

          In fact I think that if the vertical components of force in the bungee cord are sufficient to hold her off the ground in the initial position (which they obviously are) then those will still apply when she’s been pulled out to one side. (In fact they’ll be slightly greater since she’s been pulled downwards a bit by the angle of the tow).

          What I’m not sure of is whether she might get pulled too high at some point in her trajectory so she strikes the ground on the rebound, so to speak.

          I’d be more worried about the condition of the bungee cord, though. Or the supports.


          • rickflick
            Posted December 29, 2018 at 6:52 pm | Permalink

            There’s quite enough acceleration there for her to lose her head. Right at the end of the clip I thought I could see something fall. 😎

  2. Roger
    Posted December 29, 2018 at 8:13 am | Permalink

    Is it me or is that math question confusing. I think I would get it wrong too lol.

    • Saul Sorrell-Till
      Posted December 29, 2018 at 8:44 am | Permalink

      I didn’t understand it either. What does ‘the remaining quarter’ mean?

      • rickflick
        Posted December 29, 2018 at 10:13 am | Permalink

        Sloppy wording on tests. It always led to feuds with my mentors.

    • Mark Sturtevant
      Posted December 29, 2018 at 9:58 am | Permalink

      There are 8 left. So when she asks for the remaining quarter I guess she is asking for 2 more out of 8?

      • Steve Gerrard
        Posted December 29, 2018 at 1:22 pm | Permalink

        There are 12 left – it started with 16. So 3 more.

        • infiniteimprobabilit
          Posted December 29, 2018 at 5:22 pm | Permalink

          I took it as a quarter of 16, so 4.

          But it’s extremely badly worded, no one ‘solution’ seems any more likely than any other.

          I think ‘a slap’ is actually the answer that makes most sense.


          • infiniteimprobabilit
            Posted December 29, 2018 at 5:52 pm | Permalink

            ‘What would she end up with?’

            Who, Rachel or Tracey?

            It’s even worse (more ambiguous) than I thought.


      • busterggi
        Posted December 30, 2018 at 12:44 pm | Permalink

        Five apples and a dead neighbor.

    • Sixtus
      Posted December 29, 2018 at 11:51 am | Permalink

      I’d slap the writer of the math question. It confusingly uses “the” instead of “a”. The phrase should have been “a quarter of what remained.” This also removes the possibly ambiguous term “remainder.” But these days I suppose it is too much to ask for a math test writer with accurate-writing skills.

  3. Linda Calhoun
    Posted December 29, 2018 at 8:25 am | Permalink

    That math question reminds me of a couple of the more memorable answers I got from little kids when doing testing assessments.

    Me: Please put the block under your chair.
    Kid: No.

    Me: If your father is a man, your mother is a…?
    Kid: (son of a med student) She’s going to be a doctor, but right now she’s not anything.


    • Saul Sorrell-Till
      Posted December 29, 2018 at 8:45 am | Permalink

      A friend of mine when she was a kid was asked what she wanted to be when she grew up and, wide-eyed and wistful, said she wanted to be “a duck”.

  4. DrBrydon
    Posted December 29, 2018 at 9:09 am | Permalink

    Did some nerd take over North Korea’s twitter account?

    • Posted December 29, 2018 at 2:38 pm | Permalink

      It’s always been in the possession of nerds 🙂

      It’s a parody account that has managed to take in several news agencies over the years.


  5. Mark Sturtevant
    Posted December 29, 2018 at 10:00 am | Permalink

    Ultima Thule turns out to be a close binary system. So there are two objects that we will see soon.

  6. Posted December 29, 2018 at 10:15 am | Permalink

    I am also saddened when languages die.

  7. CAS
    Posted December 29, 2018 at 1:00 pm | Permalink

    Finally! Condoms that meet papal quality standards!

    • Posted December 29, 2018 at 1:17 pm | Permalink


    • Ken Kukec
      Posted December 29, 2018 at 9:03 pm | Permalink

      In the Catholic community of my youth, there were just two Church-approved methods of contraception: the rhythm method and coitus interruptus — or, as they were known among Catholic wags, Rhythm & Blues.

  8. Gilbert Klapper
    Posted December 29, 2018 at 8:51 pm | Permalink

    December 29 is the birthday of the great
    musician, cellist Pablo Casals, born on
    this day in Catalonia in 1876. He died in 1973.

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