Hello all: it’s Thursday, June 28, 2018, and for the next 10 days I will have several rounds of visitors, so posting may become almost nonexistent. I’ll be back after the first week in July. It’s National Tapioca Day, and you have permission to ingest your tapioca in bubble tea. It’s also Tau Day, which Wikipedia describes this way: “Two Pi Day, also known as Tau Day, is lightly observed on June 28 (6/28 in the month/day format).”
As I mentioned, I have visitors coming on and off for about ten days, so posting will be very light. Do bear with me, as I’ll be back.
On June 28, 1838, Queen Victoria was crowned. Exactly eight years later, Adolphe Sax patented the saxophone, making possible a passel of great jazz, from Lester Young to Coleman Hawkins to Ben Webster to Stan Getz to John Coltrane. On July 28, 1880 Australian bushranger (criminal) Ned Kelly was captured at Glenrowan. He was executed in November of that year. On this day in 1914, Archduke Ferdinand of Austria and his wife Sophie were assassinated in Sarajevo; this was the precipitating incident of the First World War. On this day in 1950, there were three incidents in the Korean War; to quote Wikipedia: “Suspected communist sympathizers (between as many as 100,000 to 200,000) are executed in the Bodo League massacre”, “Packed with its own refugees fleeing Seoul and leaving their 5th Division stranded, South Korean forces blow up the Hangang Bridge in an attempt to slow North Korea’s offensive. The city falls later that day’: and, finally “Korean War: North Korean Army conducts the Seoul National University Hospital massacre.”
On this day in 1969, the Stonewall Riots began in New York City; this is considered the beginning of the Gay Rights Movement. Exactly nine years later, in the Case of Regents of University of California v. Bakke, prevented the use of quota systems in college admissions, but did not bar race as a criterion for college admission. Finally—and you may remember this—terrorists launched an attack at Istanbul’s Atatürk Airport, killing 42 people and injuring over 230.
Notables born on this day included Peter Paul Rubens (1577), John Wesley (1703), Jean-Jacques Rousseau (1712), Paul Broca (1824), Richard Rodgers (1902), Mel Brooks (1926), Gilda Radner (1946), Lalla Ward (1951), and Elon Musk (1971). Those who died on this day include James Madison (1836), Rod Serling (1975), and Mortimer J. Adler (2001).
Here’s a lovely video of mallard hens eating watermelon. The Japanese caption says, “I love watermelon!” Indeed they do—they sound like motorboats nomming it up! And, of course, I’m now contemplating giving Honey (or her brood) some watermelon. Check out this site, which gives more information about these two famous ducks.
— 鴨㌠ テケ＆チハ (@Kamo_centime) May 30, 2018
Tweets from Matthew. He explains this first one (like me, he’s fasting to slim down):
I am at University of Lincoln externalling their Masters course. I stayed at the local Holiday Inn last night and tweeted this this morning
I have not taken
that was on
the breakfast bar buffet
I could have
to eat cold on the train
For it would have been delicious
and so cold
— Matthew Cobb (@matthewcobb) June 28, 2018
A lovely moth:
— Wildlife Gadget Man (@WildlifeGadgets) June 25, 2018
Foxes in Texas:
— TexasBirder (@RubeSA47) June 26, 2018
Check out the link here:
Why are #sex determination systems so diverse & labile? Modelling study reveals that new #SexDetermining systems evolve in more scenarios than expected (incl. when sex-linkage is reduced, sex ratio biases increase) @sarperotto & co #PLOSBiology https://t.co/9Egn1EOidj pic.twitter.com/TciGfWogmQ
— PLOS Biology (@PLOSBiology) June 27, 2018
Tweets from Grania. This leopard fell into a well, but it ends well. Do watch this:
— PROTECT ALL WILDLIFE (@Protect_Wldlife) September 4, 2017
Watch the tail!
Amazingly, Germany lost to Korea in the World Cup, and Deutschland is kaput. Here are Mexicans (who are still in the tournament) congratulating Korea:
Re: Korea defeating Germany, thus allowing Mexico to progress to the next round–this video of Mexican fans bumrushing the Korean embassy in Mexico City to thank the ambassador personally, and forcing him to down tequila shots is so beautiful and perfect 😂 #KORGER pic.twitter.com/E1GeZCRrlK
— Four Seasons Total Landscaping Devotee (@Rantaramic) June 27, 2018
A tenacious kitty:
Yes, “cute arcane”:
I recently learned there was a Hello Kitty tarot card set, and "cute arcane" is a very underused aesthetic pic.twitter.com/y5d54UZPT7
— Alexander King (@LiterallyAKing) June 26, 2018