It’s May! It’s May! The lusty month of May! (Tuesday, May 1, 2018). And here’s an appropriate song that you’ll know if you’re “of a certain age.” If you’re not, you should know it.
It’s also National Chocolate Parfait Day, as well as International Worker’s Day, celebrating the laboring folk. It was and is a huge holiday in the Soviet Union, but this tweet, from Grania, shows that not everyone was enthused:
May Day celebration, Lvov, Ukrainian SSR, 1968. pic.twitter.com/UakLZaAIST
— Soviet Visuals (@sovietvisuals) May 1, 2018
But in 1886 in the U.S., it began a tradition:
May 1 1886 – 340000 workers in Chicago strike for 8 hour day; known as Emancipation Day. Begins tradition of May Day as workers’ holiday. pic.twitter.com/XCPEFXCzVV
— DailyRadical History (@radicaldaily) May 1, 2018
On May 1, 301, Diocletian and Maximian retired for their office of co-Roman Emperor. On this day in 1169, Norman mercenaries landed in Leinster, which, according to Wikipedia, marks the beginning of the Norman Invasion of Ireland. On May 1, 1328, the Wars of Scottish Independence ended as the Treaty of Edinburgh-Northampton recognized the Kingdom of Scotland as an independent state. But then, on the same day in 1707, the Kingdoms of England and Scotland joined to form the Kingdom of Great Britain.
On this day in 1753, Linnaeus published his catalogue Species Plantarum, marking the start of plant taxonomy as well as the Latin binomials which has become the modern convention of how to denote a species. Exactly 33 years later, Mozart’s opera The Marriage of Figaro had its debut in Vienna. On this day in 1863, the Battle of Chancellorsville began. On May 1, 1930, Pluto was officially named as a planet. It still is one, and shut up if you disagree! In 1948, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (North Korea) was established under the tyrannical rule of Kim Il-Sung, who is still considered “The Eternal President of North Korea”. Exactly 8 years later, after successful field trials, Jonas Salk made his polio vaccine available to the public. What a hero! Today they’d try to patent it. On this day in 1960, in the famous U-2 incident, Francis Gary Powers of the U.S. was shot down in his U-2 spy plane, creating a huge fracas. He spent two years in a Russian prison and then was returned to the U.S. in a prisoner exchange, dying in a helicopter crash in 1977. On May 1, 1999, the body of British Climber George Mallory was found on Mount Everest, 75 years after he and his co-climber Andrew Irvine disappeared on Mount Everest. There’s still debate about whether they reached the summit. On this day 7 years ago, there were two incidents: Osama bin Laden was killed by U.S. Navy Seals, and Pope John Paul II was beatified in a rush job by his successor Benedict XVI.
Notable born on this day include Calamity Jane (1852), Theo van Gogh (1857), Pierre Teilhard de Chardin (1881), eviscerated by Peter Medawar, Glenn Ford (1916), Jack Paar (1918), Joseph Heller (1923), Judy Collins (1939), Rita Coolidge (1945), and photographer Sally Mann (1951). Those who died on May 1 include David Livingston (1873), Antonín Dvořák (1904), Joseph and Magda Goebells (1945, suicide in the Führerbunker), Spike Jones (1965), Eldridge Cleaver (1998) and Steve “Superman” Reeves (2000).
Meanwhile in Dobrzyn, Hili is using woo to prevent a failure of cherry maturation as happened last year. It’s a wonderful picture of Hili, too.
A: What are you doing?Hili: I’m spitting three times over the right shoulder so that neither frost nor hail will damage the cherries.A: My grandmother said that you have to spit over your left shoulder.Hili: She could’ve been mistaken.
Ja: Co robisz?
Hili: Pluję trzy razy przez prawe ramię, żeby żaden mróz czy grad nie zniszczył wiśni.
Ja: Moja babka mówiła, że trzeb pluć przez lewe ramię.
Hili: Mogła być w błędzie.
Leon: well, I’m setting of in search for May adventures.
Reader Dean sent a tweet (enlarge sign by going to the tweet and clicking on the right side) that shows a postmodernist message from a landlord about the absence of a fire extinguisher.
Our landlord came and gifted us with conceptual art. pic.twitter.com/UOJEhFQlp9
— Hannah Rose Woods (@hannahrosewoods) April 28, 2018
And from Ann German via Heather Hastie, an ancient cat is reassured by a modern one:
From Grania, a splendid aerial view of Central Park:
— Simon Kuestenmacher (@simongerman600) April 30, 2018
The hyprocrisy of the rich:
— Oliver Darcy (@oliverdarcy) May 1, 2018
Wonderful high-res photos of Andromeda:
And another inappropriate use of cats in advertising (are the cats being bathed in cocoa?)
Today's Vintage Ad With Bizarrely Out-Of-Place Cats:
It looks like the cocoa is used for bathing, as well. pic.twitter.com/3AGc7qHlnF
— Undine (@HorribleSanity) April 29, 2018
From Matthew; learn from Feynman how trains stay on tracks:
— Kubeia (@kubeia_stats) May 1, 2018
Nature red in tooth and claw—on two levels:
Thriller in PNAS: Symbiotic virus of parasitoid not only blocks immune system of caterpillar in which parasitoid deposits her eggs, but also betrays parasitoid offspring to a hyperparasitoid that parasitizes the parasitoids https://t.co/RpGYhUVlMD pic.twitter.com/mrDk5Q5bce
— MarcelDicke (@DickeMarcel) April 30, 2018