Well, we made it to August, as today is Wednesday, August 1, 2018. It’s also National Raspberry Cream Pie Day, celebrating a dessert I’ve never tasted. In England it’s Yorkshire Day, so I’m compelled by the laws of physics to show this classic Python clip:
News tweet from Grania re Trump and his most recent outrageous pronouncement. I am still amazed that this man is the leader of our nation. History will not, to put it mildly, judge him kindly.
Collusion is not a crime, but that doesn’t matter because there was No Collusion (except by Crooked Hillary and the Democrats)!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 31, 2018
And the response from a professor of political science at Pusan National University in Korea:
This strikes me as a pretty serious moving of the goal posts, especially given that Trump’s instinct when cornered is to double-down. He’s almost certainly in real trouble if he’s saying this himself now, rather than just Giuliani or Carlson. https://t.co/SDyL0Wkr6X
— Robert E Kelly (@Robert_E_Kelly) July 31, 2018
Today’s Google Doodle celebrates the 108th birthday of Gerda Taro (1 August 1910 – 26 July 1937), a German photographer famous for covering the Spanish Civil War. Her photo is below the Doodle. She died at only 26, killed in a tank/car collision in that war.
A photograrph Taro took in 1937 of two Republican soldiers next to a wall covered with Nationalist slogans. Read more about her at the BBC article about her life.
On this day in 527, Justinian I became the sole ruler of the Byzantine Empire. On August 1, 1774, the chemist Joseph Priestly (re)discovered oxygen gas, which had already been discovered by the German-Swedish chemist Carl Wilhelm Scheele. On this day in 1800, the “Acts of Union 1800” were passed, merging the Kingdom of Great Britain and the Kingdom of Ireland into the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland. Big trouble ensued. But 34 years later to the day, slavery was abolished in the British Empire, three decades before it happened in the United States. On August 1, 1893, Henry Perky patented shredded wheat. Here’s a Nestlé ad featuring the inventor. (By the way, try frying shredded wheat according to this video. Has anybody had that?)
On August 1, 1936, “Hitler’s Olympics” opened in Berlin. Eight years later, the Warsaw Uprising against the German occupation broke out in Poland. It failed miserably and thousands of Poles were killed, though the uprising—the biggest civilian rebellion against the Nazis—might have succeeded had the approaching Russians helped the resisters. Some historians think that Stalin held back the Red Army so that that Polish Resistance would be destroyed. On August 1, 1966, Charles Whitman, firing a rifle from a tower at the University of Texas, killed 16 people before he was killed by police On this day in 1971, the Concert for Bangladesh, organized by George Harrison, took place at Madison Square Garden in New York City. There were actually two concerts on that day, both featuring Harrison, Ringo Starr, Eric Clapton, and Bob Dylan, as well as other rock luminaries. Exactly ten years later, MTV broadcast its first program in the U.S. Its first video? “Video Killed the Radio Star” by The Buggles. Finally, this was the day in 2008 that 11 mountaineers died on K2 (the world’s second highest mountain)
Notables born on this day include biologist Jean-Baptiste de Larmarck (1744), now famous for his discredited theory of heredity but who had many other accomplishments. This tweet (h/t Matthew) celebrates his birthday.
1. August 1744, birthday of French naturalist Jean-Baptiste de #Lamarck, famous as he proposed an early version of evolutionary theory, he also proposed an early version of continental drift https://t.co/xD55a0fshH pic.twitter.com/pO2L1iAiNL
— David Bressan (@David_Bressan) August 1, 2018
Others born on this day include William Clark (1770; of Lewis and Clark fame), Francis Scott Key (1779), Herman Melville (1819, call him “Hermie”), mountaineer Eric Shipton (1907), Ramblin’ Jack Elliott (1931; still with us), zoologist W. D. Hamilton (1936, no longer with us), Yves Saint Laurent (1936), and Jerry Garcia (1942). Those who died on August 1 include Calamity Jane (1903), Theodore Roethke (1963), Tommy Makem (2007) and Cilla Black (2015).
Meanwhile in Dobrzyn, Hili is making sport of Cyrus as they return from walkies, for Cyrus can’t get through the gate unless it’s opened by Andrzej:
Hili: We don’t have to wait for him. Let’s go home.Cyrus: Don’t be such a smarty pants.
Hili: Nie musimy na niego czekać, chodź, idziemy do domu.
Cyrus: Nie bądź taka mądra.
Tweets from Matthew, the first showing beetles opening their elytra (wing cases) to fly:
— FUMIHIKO HIRAI🐝昆虫スローの人 (@uta_31) July 28, 2018
This fact might surprise you. I am cutting back on my consumption of all meat, but I’m still a bit of a hypocrite. I do my best.
What covers the most land in America?
Urban sprawl? Forests? Lawns?
Meat. Lots and lots of meat — as grazing land, or land used to grow animal feed.
Over 40% of the entire country.
— Dr. Jonathan Foley (@GlobalEcoGuy) July 31, 2018
Read the heartwarming thread about the rescue of these two baby birds:
Kitty makes purring text:
This is not helpful pic.twitter.com/REYcAF6iRq
— Nick Caruso, PhD (@PlethodoNick) July 30, 2018
If you want to see what this is a photograph of, click on the original tweet and then read the thread:
— Carol Probets (@carolprobets) May 8, 2018
A lovely picture with a cryptic moth. I’m sure you can spot it, but it’s not bloody obvious:
— Whitmuir Estate (@whitmuir1) July 30, 2018
A brave and tenacious beetle (read the thread after the tweet).
— E (@exit_donder) July 28, 2018
Tweets from Heather Hastie showing the New Zealand Department of Conservation’s new uniforms. Her cousin Lucy Ferguson, who works for the organization, is the first woman in the video.
We work in tough and diverse conditions from the mountains to the sea. From today, we’re rolling out a new ranger uniform fit for NZ’s conditions. #WorldRangerDay https://t.co/AfHMPDBHVU pic.twitter.com/eooiWDU1xa
— Department of Conservation (@docgovtnz) July 30, 2018
I love orchid bees, which are obligatory pollinators of many orchid species. Look at the tongue on this bee, and at its colors!
Orchid bees are known for their long tongues, which are perfect for sipping pollen from the narrow necks of orchids in the S. American neotropics. Orchids & bees have evolved close relations over time—flowers even have a specialized way of transferring their pollen via bee! pic.twitter.com/IEqczDiGbb
— American Museum of Natural History (@AMNH) July 30, 2018
An animated view of migration in four North American bird species.
— Massimo (@Rainmaker1973) July 30, 2018
A new method of firefighting. Maybe it can be used to somehow rescue those trapped in high-rises:
— Massimo (@Rainmaker1973) July 29, 2018
Have a butchers at this playful tiger!