Good morning, welcome to Friday.
It’s Beer Day in Iceland, which means we are all in the wrong country (unless you live in Iceland, of course).
In history today:
- 1565 – The city of Rio de Janeiro is founded.
- 1628 – Writs issued in February by Charles I of England mandate that every county in England (not just seaport towns) pay ship tax by this date. Yes, he’s the one who was executed some years later.
- 1692 – Sarah Good, Sarah Osborne and Tituba are brought before local magistrates in Salem Village, Massachusetts, beginning what would become known as the Salem witch trials.
- 1869 – Dmitri Mendeleev finishes his design of the first periodic table and sends it for publishing.
- 1901 – The Australian Army is formed.
- 1936 – The Hoover Dam is completed.
- 1904 – Glenn Miller, American trombonist, composer, and bandleader (d. 1944)
- 1922 – Yitzhak Rabin, Israeli general and politician, 5th Prime Minister of Israel, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1995)
- 1951 – Sergei Kourdakov, Russian-American KGB agent (d. 1973)
- 1983 – Lupita Nyong’o, Mexican-Kenyan actress
- 1994 – Justin Bieber, Canadian singer-songwriter (no, I’m not linking to any of his music.)
I suspect that Hili has noticed a correlation between trips to the shops and subsequent food.
Hili: Where have you been?
Hili: In that case I’m going back home.
Hili: Gdzie byłeś?
Ja: Robiłem zakupy.
Hili: W takim razie wracam do domu.
Today on Twitter:
You can’t trust scientists for anything:
Neanderthals had fully upright posture and regularly beat modern humans at snooker pic.twitter.com/rL4kctzxIF
— The Ice Age ❄️🌞 (@Jamie_Woodward_) February 28, 2019
Okay, maybe for this:
Scientists have discovered the second-ever pair of semi-identical twins: twins that inherit identical DNA from the mother but not the father, and are thus 75% genetically identical, rather than 100% (like identical twins) or 50% (like fraternal twins). https://t.co/YMrta0vP4N pic.twitter.com/dhBw5XZ7Bo
— Steve Stewart-Williams (@SteveStuWill) February 28, 2019
Cats are permanently in the Friday mood:
Must-have accessory of the 15th century:
— Lindsey Fitzharris (@DrLindseyFitz) February 28, 2019
Do octopuses dream of electric eels?
Do octopus dream? They do have something similar to REM. And they do change colour while they are asleep. So maybe they really do dream. (Vid via Instagram OctoNation) pic.twitter.com/MHIlkxmWGW
— Jan Freedman (@JanFreedman) February 27, 2019
Well, it’s better than their attempt at cats and the babies:
The best peacock ever commited to manuscript. (Ox, Bod, MS Ashmole 1504, c.1520-30). pic.twitter.com/i9PxAeMuNg
— Eleanor Baker (@EleanorMayBaker) February 26, 2019
And some happy dogs to put you in the mood.
hi. please don’t ask me to do anything for, say, the next 6-8 weeks – because i will only be watching this https://t.co/kPVPMPJp1D
— Hannah Jane Parkinson (@ladyhaja) February 28, 2019
Click through for all the photographs in this thread:
— Nicolas Rakotopare (@le_rako) February 27, 2019
A baby flamingo:
Another smart felid:
Wouldn’t have guessed cats could do this 😺 pic.twitter.com/Cbw6B0rVNt
— Steve Stewart-Williams (@SteveStuWill) March 1, 2019
First they came for my hamburger, and I said nothing. https://t.co/EkFmmJYiQ2
— Bryan Druzin (@BryanDruzin) March 1, 2019