Friday: Hili dialogue

July 6, 2018 • 6:30 am

It’s Friday, July 6, 2018, and National Fried Chicken Day, celebrating a great yet inexpensive delight. Even Wikipedia has an article about this day, which indicates that, if you’re not a vegetarian, you really should eat some fried chicken.

On this day in 1189, Richard I (“the Lionheart”) took the English throne; he reigned for a decade. On July 6, 1415, Jan Hus was condemned as a heretic and burned at the stake. Exactly 68 years later, Richard II became the King of England, gaining a kingdom worth but a single horse. On July 6, 1885, Louis Pasteur successfully used his rabies vaccine on a boy named Joseph Meister who had been bitten by a rabid dog. On this day in 1917, Arab troops headed by T. E. Lawrence and Auda ibn Tayi captured Aqaba from the Ottoman Empire, a scene dramatized in “Lawrence of Arabia”:

On this day in 1933, the first All-Star game of Major League Baseball was played in Chicago’s Comisky Park (now defunct). The American League beat the National League 4-2.  On July 6, 1942, Anne Frank and her family went into hiding in the “secret annexe” in her father’s office building. Fifteen years later, Althea Gibson won the Wimbledom championships, becoming the first black person to do so (Arthur Ashe, who won later, was the first man). And on that very same day, July 6, 1957, John Lennon and Paul McCartney met for the first time at Woolton Fete. They formed the Beatles three years later.

Notables born on this day include John Paul Jones (1747), Stamford Raffles (1781), William Hooker (1785; Darwin’s confidante and colleague), Marc Chagall (1887), Frida Kahlo (1907), Heinrich Harrer (1912), Nancy Reagan (1921), Bill Haley (1925), Tenzin Gyatso (the 14th Dalai Llama, 1935), George W. Bush and Peter Singer (both 1946), Sylvester Stallone (1946), and Eva Green (1980).

Two great artists were born on this day, and both painted at least one cat. Here’s Chagall’s “The Cat Transformed into a Woman”

and Frida Kahlo’s “Self Portrait with Thorn Necklace and Hummingbird”. But why didn’t she mention the cat?


Those who died on July 6 include Thomas More (1535), Odilon Redon (1916), George Grosz (1959), William Faulkner (1962), Louis Armstrong (1971) and Roy Rogers (1998).

Meanwhile in Dobrzyn, Hili is eclipsed by the Sun:

A: I’m not sure the picture will be OK because I’m facing the sun.
Hili: It’s not me that is shining.
In Polish:
Ja: Nie wiem, czy to zdjęcie wyjdzie, bo stoję pod światło?
Hili: To nie ja świecę.


From Matthew. The first tweet leads to a series of others dismantling a new creationist book by Adnan Oktar, the charlatan formerly known as Harun Yahya:

God messes up:

More interspecies love (watch the video):

Tiny ants that live in acorns (read more about them here).

An article about the overlooked contributions of women to population genetics:

Some tweets and a video from Heather Hastie; the tweets are via Ann German.

A chameleon giving birth! Oy, what a way to enter the world!

Hedgehogs are Heather’s favorite animal, and here’s a hungry one:

From Grania: a nice pun. Why didn’t I think of this?

More from Grania: Whale rescue!

WE AMERICANS have to foot the bill for this. Thanks, Postal Service!

And a big celebration of Independence Day:

Finally, a nice man from Wildlife Aid rescues 12 stranded ducklings in a pub courtyard. Video sent by Amy Carparelli:

59 thoughts on “Friday: Hili dialogue

  1. They formed the Beatles three years later.

    Wow, I always wondered what became of The Quarrymen. I had assumed they just went off to Hamburg and disappeared. These “Beatles” you speak of, did they ever record any hits?

  2. Exactly 68 years later, Richard II became the King of England, gaining a kingdom worth but a single horse

    Richard III. Also, he became King on 26th June. His coronation was on 6th July.

    1. I don’t like any of the Richards!

      I prefer the Henrys – I, II, III, IV, V, not so much a fan of VI though he wrote one good poem – “Kingdoms are but cares…”, not a fan of VII or VIII or the putative IX!

      1. I don’t suppose any of them were particularly nice. You had to be fairly ruthless and brutal to be a successful king back then. Henry VI was water than a flounder taking a shower and it was his uselessness that led to Richard III usurping the throne and eventually losing his life defending it.

  3. So the price of a stamp which regularly ticks up by a penny every couple years or so might do so a couple months earlier. Big whoop.

      1. Skunks, at least around here, make their displeasure known, at least until their reservoirs are depleted.

        (Pennsylvania apparently legalized fireworks this year, and all the yahoos have been setting them off incessantly. Will it grow old?)

    1. Not so great for people with PTSD either. It’s a pretty nasty holiday all the way around. If I had the money, I’d leave the country around July 1-5 and retire to some peaceful villa somewhere far, far away to avoid it and all the mindless patriotic nonsense. Of course pets and wildlife can’t go on vacation…

  4. So, who owns the Statue of Liberty? Presumably, the US Government. Can’t they countersue the artist for copyright infringement in the sum of, $3.5M ?

    It’s still bloody stupid, that statue is on public display. If anyone owns the copyright of the image, it’s the photographer who took the photo.

    Some ripoff artist will try to copyright the Grand Canyon next.


    1. The original Statue of Liberty is probably out of copyright. And if anybody did own it, it would be the estate of Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi – a Frenchman.

      1. Seriously though, it’s on public display. How can an image of it be ‘copyright’ to anyone but the person who took the picture? If I take a holiday snap of it and put it on my blog post, can the greedy bastard demand royalties? It’s absurd. And obscene. And a perversion of the original concept of ‘copyright’.

        (Not to mention that it’s ripped off the original anyway…)


        1. A photo of a copyrighted object probably counts as a derivative work. I’ve heard of people being issued with take down notices for photos of works of art and buildings etc.

  5. David Lean had Aqaba built from scratch in Almeria, Spain where an astonishingly LONG LIST of westerns were filmed too [Many of the spaghettis we know & love]

    The real Battle of Aqaba happened 40 miles from the town of Aqaba with many more cavalry than shown in the film – around 5,000 – hardly any casualties to our side. Lawrence was thrown from his camel when he accidentally shot it in the head with his revolver. Aqaba itself – I think we trotted in at a leisurely pace.

    Aqaba is now in Israel & has a Hilton a short walk from the beach.

    1. Yes that film-track can’t possibly have been a realistic reconstruction. It shows a closed cavalry charge and the Turks having heavy machine guns. The charge shown would have been obliterated in minutes.

      1. What you say is all true, plus the mounts would not have been fit enough to even trot after 200 miles of desert.

      1. Thank you. I’m out by 2km. I was confused because I know there’s a Hilton in Aqaba, but the only Hilton properties listed for Jordan is the two at the Dead Sea. Turns out the franchise “DoubleTree by Hilton” isn’t listed at the Hilton site.

  6. I bet Donne got ribbed for that when he was alive. Maybe it was a printer’s error: “No. Man is an island. . .”?

  7. That Chagall painting looks a bit like something Adnan Oktar might have dreamed up and put in his book to illustrate the “fraud” of evolution.

    Have a look at some of the pages Adam Hart tweeted, from that book.

    Oktar is so truly off the planet, he almost manages to make Ken Ham look like a model of reason and sanity.

  8. Lawrence of Arabia and Bridge on the River Kwai. Oh boy. Two of my favorite films, both by David Lean, and both with brilliant central performances by legendary British actors.

  9. Following the thread on the Adan Oktar book, I find that it’s a book that I absolutely must have. It’s soooo wacky that it’s a delight, and I’m not even stoned. The illustrations of the imagined missing links that aren’t in the fossil record because their absence proves evolution is false are wild and crazy.

    The little sleeping hedgehog waking to the aroma of what looks to be a tasty little worm was the best way to start the morning.

    1. Oktar the holocaust denier. Oktar the rabid anti-Semite. Oktar the creationist… It’s all one package & I can’t get in the mood to find him a subject of fun because his misrepresentations of evolution ring true to so many people. He is a vile creep in other ways too [I can’t employ more precise expression on the WEIT family show] LOOK AT THE PICS IN THIS LINK to get an idea what I mean.

      1. He’s a revolting creep/crook, which tends to be the case with famous creationists as a whole.

        There is one thing about him that made laugh, and I’ve been trying to find a reason to mention it at some point on WEIT:

        If you go to Yahya’s website and read the(relentlessly complimentary) online blurb for his book ‘Atlas Of Creation’, there’s a long laudatory passage which points out (just in case the reader was on the fence as to whether or not to hot-tail it to Amazon and order a copy) that the book “weighs almost 7 kilograms”.

        And if that doesn’t convince people that it’s worth reading nothing will right?

      2. Unfortunately, there’s a paywall at Haaretz now, though I would like to read the article, even though I’m aware of Oktar’s revolting baggage — including the anti-Semitism. However, though I do not laugh at anti-Semitism, I can laugh at his supposed refutation of Darwin’s theory of evolution, and at his kittens. There are many kinds of laughter, not all laughter is trivializing, some is knowing laughter, some sardonic… If I were proscribed from laughing at his ideas about evolution “because his misrepresentations of evolution ring true to so many people” then I couldn’t laugh at any anti-evolutionary nuttiness. Couldn’t laugh at Ken Ham, Jim Bakker, Falwell, none of ’em, even the fundamentalist preachers such as Kenneth Hagan (mentioned several times on WEIT, so you must remember him), who preaches the gospel of holy laughter. It gives me much delight when I watch his literally risible antics and those of his congregation. I bet none of them believe in evolution. I’m not going to go so far as to become a puritan because Darwin was right. (PS Mel Brooks and crew made “The Producers” — can’t I laugh along with them? That doesn’t diminish the monstrosity of Nazism and Hitler, though I’m sure it does to some.
        Here in the West, I’m more worried about the pernicious David Icke, who’s noxious shit is still around. He’s an anti-Semite of the first water, though of course he denies it; but I can still laugh at his “theory” of how the moon as spaceship came to be, though it’s all tied up with the Rothschild reptilians, which is no laughing matter, except sardonically.

      3. Oktar also has a history of working with the past top USA creationists (Gish and Morris):
        More videos here, including examples of his use of plastic surgery run wild:

        Also note that his Atlas of Creation features fishing fly photos for some of the insects, mislabels a sea snake as an eel, and has a stuffed animal that is being displayed as an live animal. He is not a bright person, which is often considered a feature in politics and religion.

  10. “Exactly 68 years later, Richard II became the King of England, gaining a kingdom worth but a single horse.”

    Is that a reference to, “A horse, a horse, my kingdom for a horse!”? If so, then you mean Richard III, not Richard II.

      1. Should be time ,not tine .
        Never mind about a “Muse of fire “,hows about an edit button ?

  11. Oktar has an amazing number of titles for sale on Amazon UK, some even free on Kindle. I’ve nabbed a paperback of the new one for £2.36.

    1. One of his books, Atlas Of Creation, is described in the online blurb as “weighing almost seven kilograms”. 🙂

      1. Presumably the shipping costs more than the book…

        Never mind delivery by drone, they’d have to use a helicopter for this one


        1. I just find it funny that Oktar/Yahya considers one of the book’s USPs to be its heft. After all, Finnegan’s Wake weighs a pathetic 800 grams, and Catcher In The Rye slightly less. That makes Atlas Of Creation almost ten times better.

  12. I’ve spent almost every July 4th for the last 50 years in Los Angeles, and I’ve never seen the sky look like that. I strongly suspect it’s fake.

    1. You wouldn’t see that many fireworks [legal & illegal] from the ground in LA – you’re fighting being in the smog & looking around with a close visual horizon. That sped up video [looks to me around 4x speed] is from the camera of NBC LA’s Newschopper4 Bravo a few thousand feet in the air – above the smog & zooming in on everything for AT LEAST** 25 miles around

      ** at 3,000 ft your horizon is 67 miles away. At only 1,000 ft it’s 39 miles away

    2. There’s a whole bunch of LA 2018 firework vids you can check out with a google search – both time lapse & sped up video. Worth a look.

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