It’s Sunday, June 3, 2018: National Egg Day (but whose eggs?) It’s also both World Clubfoot Day and the first official World Bicycle Day. The ducklings are still eight, and look healthy, but now when they see me walk by, they come peeping up to the bank with Honey. I think they now recognize me.
Despite this, I am depressed this morning after finding out that so many readers not only think it’s fine to call Ivanka Trump a “feckless cunt” just for posting a Twitter picture of her and her baby, but that it’s great to do that. These are the same people who would be upset if Nancy Pelosi (or their own mother or sister) were called the same name. Apparently it’s okay to call anyone as vile a name as you want so long as you disagree with their politics. I am disappointed that so many people defend the use of name-calling on a site where I don’t allow one reader to do that to another. Do not bother to reply in the comments here; I am just saying that I am disappointed at some people. (It’s even worse on Facebook.) /rant
On this day in 1539, Hernando de Soto claimed Florida as a Spanish possession. Nearly 400 years later, in 1937, the Duke of Windsor married Wallis Simpson, having abdicated the throne of England after reigning for only 11 months as Edward VIII. For mountaineering fans like me, this is the day in 1950 on which Lionel Herzog and Louis Lachenal, members of a French expedition, reached the summit of Annapurna, the first 8,000 m peak (8091 to be exact) to be scaled. Herzog’s book on the expedition, Annapurna, which details the climb and its gruesome aftermath (many fingers and toes lost to frostbite) is one of the classics of mountaineering literature. Here’s the cover of Paris Match showing Herzog on top:
On June 3, 1989, the Chinese government sent troops to Tiananmen Square to remove the protestors after seven weeks of occupation. I remember that well; it was a sad time. On this day 6 years ago, the pageant celebrating the Diamond Jubilee of Elizabeth II took place in London. Finally, exactly five years ago today, U.S. Army private Chelsea Manning went on trial for leaking classified documents to WikiLeaks. At that time the name was Bradley Manning, but he transitioned to a woman. Manning served seven years in jail and is now free.
Notables born on this day include the geologist James Hutton (1726), Jefferson Davis (1808), Raoul Dufy (1877), Alla Nazimova and biologist Raymond Pearl (both 1879), Josephine Baker (1906), Jimmy Rogers and Torsten Wiesel (both 1924), Allen Ginsberg (1926), Larry McMurtry (1936) and Anderson Cooper (1967). Those who died on June 3 include William Harvey (1657), Johann Strauss II (1899), Franz Kafka (1924), Ozzie Nelson (1975), Anthony Quinn (2001), David Carradine (2009), and Muhammad Ali (two years ago today).
Meanwhile in Dobrzyn, Hili is plotting for beef:
Hili: We have to persuade them that they can eat any old thing and that the tenderloin in the fridge is for us.Cyrus: Good idea.
Hili: Musimy ich przekonać, że mogą zjeść cokolwiek, a ta polędwica w lodówce jest dla nas.
Cyrus: Dobry pomysł.
Leon and his staff’s house, a few km from Hili and her staff, is being built at last!. For the nonce the family is staying in their flat in Wloclawek, where it’s been rainy:
Leon: Oh, these storms!
(Note the lovely blotches on his forelegs.)
Out in Winnipeg, here’s a video of Gus getting his very first taste of salmon: grilled Pacific salmon. He’s a bit wary of new foods, but winds up scarfing it:
From Matthew we have this is an amazing but sweet tale:
Crayfish amputates own claw to escape boiling hotpot in China, taken home as pet by diner https://t.co/eQcHuVZ7dW
— Herman Wong (@hermanywong) June 2, 2018
A not so amusing tale: Only in America:
— Cursed Boomer Images (@CursedBoomers) June 2, 2018
Some nice science:
A sliver of Antarctic ice revealing the myriad enclosed tiny bubbles of air. Trapped in ice hundreds or even thousands of years ago, these air bubbles provide information about past levels of greenhouse gases in the Earth's atmosphere https://t.co/dwTAeAgvug pic.twitter.com/i8HDgn1NSh
— The Ice Age ❄️🌞 (@Jamie_Woodward_) June 2, 2018
Some puzzling data:
— The Ice Age ❄️🌞 (@Jamie_Woodward_) June 3, 2018
A fluffy leaping cat:
Cat majestically leaping over a forest stream of the day. pic.twitter.com/Q4sHQmvoYh
— Dick King-Smith HQ (@DickKingSmith) June 2, 2018
A peregrine in Chicago! I must see it!
— JayBone (@JayBeee713) June 2, 2018
Here’s an angle I didn’t know existed:
Men with beards looking upwards for your viewing pleasure. Don't say I don't give you anything pic.twitter.com/ft2M7kQ5h4
— Dan (@ehdannyboy) June 2, 2018
From Grania, samurai cats!
. . . and pet sweat.