Sunday: Hili dialogue

March 12, 2017 • 7:30 am

Good morning on a chilly Sunday, March 12, 2017. If you’re in the U.S. and forgot to set your clocks forward, it’s an hour later than you think it is. It’s also National Milky Way Day, an estimable comestible and one of my favorite candy bars. (I sometimes like them frozen, and once, in Edinburgh, I had its rough UK equivalent—a Mars Bar—battered and deep-fried in a chippy. It was pretty good, too, though a bit marred by a faint fish flavor absorbed from the fish-frying oil.) Here’s what it looked like—and yes, “Deep-fried Mars Bar” has its own Wikipedia page; don’t knock it until you’ve tried it!

If you go to a Wal-Mart today, be sure to get your free cupcake.  Finally, it’s Aztec New Year, celebrated in some communities in Mexico.

On this day in 1895, Coca-Cola was first sold commercially—in Vicksburg, Mississippi. I think it was M. F. K. Fisher who said that if onions were rare, they’re so good that people would pay huge sums of money to get them. I believe the same is true of Coke, which has a unique and addictive flavor. In 1912, the Girl Scouts were founded in the U.S. (their cookies have gone downhill since my youth), and on March 12, 1918, Moscow became the capital of Russia again, reassuming the status it had before it was usurped by St. Petersburg. In 1930, Gandhi’s Salt March began on March 12. Eight years later, Hitler’s Germany invaded Austria in its Anschluß.

Notables born on this day include Gabriele D’Annunzio (1863), Vaslav Nijinsky (1890), Jack Kerouac (1922), Wally Schirra (1923), Edward Albee (1928), Liza Minnelli (1946), Mitt Romney (1947), James Taylor (1948), and Dave Eggers (1970). Those who died on this day include Sun Yat-sen (1925), William Henry Bragg (1942), the American author (not the British PM) Winston Churchill (1947), Charlie Parker (1955), Yehudi Menuhin, (1999) and Terry Pratchett (2015). Meanwhile in Dobrzyn, Hili is discussing altruism based on kin selection, but I think she wants it dispensed from rather than to Andrzej:

Hili: Am I your relative?
A: A very distant one.
Hili: Astonishing how powerful kin altruism is.
(Photo: Sarah Lawson)
In Polish:
Hili: Czy ja jestem waszą krewną?
Ja: Bardzo odległą.
Hili: Zdumiewające jaką moc ma altruizm krewniaczy.
Foto: Sarah Lawson)

And here’s a nice pun:

11 thoughts on “Sunday: Hili dialogue

  1. Not to nit-pick, but Winston Churchill died Jan. 24, 1965, not 1947.
    That was one of those “I remember where I was when….” moments for me.

    1. Was going to comment on that too. It was 1965 indeed. Intriguing person, with a lot of good and bad sides.

      1. I recall hearing once about a light-hearted exchange of letters between the two Churchills regarding how to ensure that readers didn’t confuse which author wrote which books.

        There is also a wonderful quote from one of Churchill’s fellow Members of Parliament about the great man’s debating style. To paraphrase; “Mr Churchill’s off-the-cuff witty remarks are famous and justifiably so: indeed, he spends hours rehearsing them”.

        1. As a U.S. Navy instructor at Officer Candidate School put it to us officer candidates: “Prior Proper Planning [Practice] Prevents Piss-Poor Performance.”

  2. I had deep-fried candy bars, although I forget which kinds. Milky Way or Snickers, maybe. They were surprisingly good when still warm, but after they cooled they lost some appeal.

  3. Strange that the US Milky Way is basically the same as the UK Mars Bar, whilst the UK Milky Way is a Mars Bar without the caramel layer.
    Is there a US version of the UK Milky Way? If so, does it have an astrnomical name?
    Enquiring minds need to know.

  4. I support your right to Deep Fried Candy Bars, Jerry!

    (It always feels weird to say or write “Candy bar” for a Canadian, as we grew up calling them “Chocolate Bars.”)

    I’ve had a few, usually deep fried Mars Bars, and the one time it was at a fish place it too picked up a bit of fishy flavor.

    Here in Toronto, the Canadian National Exhibition has a very crazy food scene each year, including deep fried everything, so I’ve tried a fair amount of items.

    The best, absolutely, was a battered, deep fried Joe Louis cake (Canadians will know that one), with a side of soft ice cream.
    A match made in heaven.

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