It’s Friday, July 27, 2018: National Scotch Day. Have a wee dram of a single malt, and make mine Springbank! In Finland it’s a curious holiday: National Sleepy Head Day, when, according to Wikipedia, stuff like this takes place:
In the city of Naantali, a Finnish celebrity is chosen every year to be thrown in the sea from the city’s port at 7 a.m. The identity of the sleeper is kept secret until the event. People who are chosen have usually done something to the benefit of the city. Every city mayor has thus far been thrown to the sea at least once, but other sleepers have included the president Tarja Halonen’s husband, Dr Pentti Arajärvi, the CEO of Neste Oil Risto Rinne, along with many writers, artists and politicians. The celebrations continue into the evening in Naantali and include activities for people of every age.
I have arrived at work with no idea what I’ll write about today, so don’t be surprised if you get either persiflage or nothing.
Today’s Google Doodle celebrates the life of humanitarian and chess champion Lyudmila Rudenko, born on this day in 1904 (died in 1986). As Newsweek notes, she was not only the Women’s World Chess Champion between 1950 and 1953, but organized the rescue of children during the German siege of Leningrad during World War II:
Dog bites man news: the Trumpism of the day:
Trump, complaining about the trade deficit (which he exaggerates for the 23rd time), says, "In other words, if we didn't trade, we'd save a hell of a lot of money." (Cue economists' heads imploding.)
— Daniel Dale (@ddale8) July 26, 2018
On this day in 1299 (according to Edward Gibbon via Wikipedia), “Osman I invades the territory of Nicomedia for the first time, usually considered to be the founding day of the Ottoman state.” On July 27, 1794, Robespierre was arrested after himself decreeing the execution of over 17,000 “enemies” of the French Revolution. He lost his head like many of his victims. On this day in 1866, the first transatlantic cable, between Valentia Island, Ireland, and Heart’s Content, Newfoundland, finished being installed. On July 27, 1890, Vincent Van Gogh shot himself in the chest, dying thirty hours later of an infection that could have been cured had there been antibiotics. On this day in 1921, researcher Frederick Banting and his team at the University of Toronto showed that insulin regulated blood sugar. This was, of course, to lead to insulin-injection treatment of diabetes and his Nobel Prize (shared with John Macleod) in 1923. On July 27, 1953, the hostilities ended in the Korean War when the U.S., China, and North Korea (but not South Korea) signed an armistice. But technically the war still isn’t over. Finally, on this day in 1974, the U.S. House Judiciary Committee voted 27 to 11 to recommend that President Richard Nixon be impeached for obstruction of justice.
Notables born on July 27 include Charlotte Corday (1768), Hilaire Belloc (1870), Hans Fischer (1881; Nobel Laureate), Leo Durocher (1905), Norman Lear (1922, still alive at 96), Peggy Fleming (1948), and Alex Rodriguez (1975). Those who crossed the Rainbow Bridge on this day include Mikhail Lermontov (1841), John Dalton (1844), Gertrude Stein (1946), Mohammad Reza Pahlavi (1980; last Shah of Iran), James Mason (1984), Bob Hope (2003) and Sam Shepard (last year).
Meanwhile in Dobrzyn, Hili evinces some stoic sentiment, but Malgorzata says, “Hili is pretending.”
Cyrus: Am I pressing on your paw?Hili: A bit but suffering ennobles.
Cyrus: Nie uciskam ci łapki?
Hili: Trochę, ale cierpienie uszlachetnia.
Tweets from Grania, who says she spots “several Hollywood knuckleheads in the audience”: people paying good money to see the silent charlatan Braco. Can you spot any stars? (I couldn’t.)
— 60 Second Docs (@60SecDocs) July 25, 2018
This is a good one!
The main causes of death in Country & Western songs pic.twitter.com/REi9ZB0A7H
— Eoin Kelleher (@eoinyk) July 26, 2018
A wobbly baby elephant takes a bath:
I think this tweet is jocular, because what Shermer said certainly does NOT refute determinism! All it shows it that some people don’t accept it.
Celebrated compatibilists like @danieldennett and @microphilosophy have failed to convince me, but from my hard-determinist perspective, I had no answer at all to the thought experiment proposed by @michaelshermer! 🙂
This clip comes with extra Intellectual Dark Web teaser … pic.twitter.com/hwaiBcJ70v
— John Hamill (@JohnHamill151) July 26, 2018
Tweets from Matthew:
Re the water discovered under the Martian polar ice cap, which I mentioned the other day (that water is salty!)
I have drunk
that was on Mars
you were probably
it was so cold
and filled with tiny alien spiders
— Gareth L Powell (@garethlpowell) July 25, 2018
How did this man get to be our President? Never mind, I’ve heard the theories. . . .
I know no one cares but this is illegal. https://t.co/djQIpN5fpW
— Panny Ainge (@BostonJerry) July 25, 2018
— The Hill (@thehill) July 25, 2018
A rare (and hopefully left-alone) whale:
Good, now leave it alone and never record it again, don’t touch it, don’t go near it, don’t talk about it, don’t even think about it. https://t.co/FDIupzDou8
— [HB] RAINEY™ (@RaineyOvalle) July 23, 2018
I haven’t been to this bookstore; has anyone?
— Invest in Bradford (@InvestBradford) July 25, 2018
Tweets from Heather Hastie; first, serval vs Spider Man:
And a cat who’s particular about which part of the body is used to pet it: