Good morning from a Europe that seems to be depressingly pro-fascist this week in the aftermath of the EU elections, although it is a bit more complicated than that. In several EU countries voting has tended towards the extreme in both directions, and away from the center.
Voters are disillusioned with politics and politicians.
Fab line in @guardian about spoilt ballots in Leicester:
“Williams…found one ballot which had ‘wank’ written in every single box apart from that of the Green party. The voter left a note saying ‘not wank’ for the environmentalist party which was deemed acceptable as a vote.”
— Kiran Moodley (@kirancmoodley) May 26, 2019
In history today:
- 585 BC – A solar eclipse occurs, as predicted by the Greek philosopher and scientist Thales, while Alyattes is battling Cyaxares in the Battle of Halys, leading to a truce.
- 1533 – The Archbishop of Canterbury, Thomas Cranmer, declares the marriage of King Henry VIII of England to Anne Boleyn valid.
- 1936 – Alan Turing submits On Computable Numbers for publication.
- 1987 – A West German pilot, Mathias Rust, who was 18 years old, evades Soviet Union air defenses and lands a private plane in the Red Square in Moscow, Russia.
- 2011 – Malta votes on the introduction of divorce; the proposal was approved by 53% of voters
- 1858 – Carl Richard Nyberg, Swedish inventor and businessman, developed the blow torch (d. 1939)
- 1908 – Ian Fleming, English journalist and author, created James Bond (d. 1964)
- 1911 – Thora Hird, English actress (d. 2003)
- 1939 – Maeve Binchy, Irish novelist (d. 2012)
- 1944 – Rudy Giuliani, American lawyer and politician, 107th mayor of New York City
- 1944 – Gladys Knight, American singer-songwriter and actress
- 1968 – Kylie Minogue, Australian singer-songwriter, producer, and actress
In honor of the birthdays, here’s Gladys Knight singing Midnight Train To Georgia.
And Kylie with a song that may not be good, but it certainly made people look.
Hili has established an Advance Warning System of sorts today. It may or may not be useful.
Hili: Be careful!
A: What of?
Hili: Me, I will attack you in a moment.
Ja: Na co?
Hili: Bo zaraz na ciebie napadnę.
Finally, from Twitter for your delectation.
Factoid of the day:
Perhaps the creepiest satellite was Suitsat 1. Russian cosmonauts outfitted an empty spacesuit with a radio, and released it from the International Space Station – a lonely figure drifting through space until it eventually fell back to earth. (Image: NASA.) pic.twitter.com/GV20wyQbVQ
— Quite Interesting (@qikipedia) May 27, 2019
This is something you don’t see every day. Cahir Castle is in County Tipperary in Ireland.
Yep, that's a cannonball embedded in the walls of Cahir castle pic.twitter.com/hpGGlGneqO
— Irish Archaeology (@irarchaeology) May 27, 2019
How to annoy your friends who have opinions about Game Of Thrones and still won’t shut up about it.
— Tom Gauld (@tomgauld) May 26, 2019
What to do when there’s nothing to do.
2019: scroll endlessly through Twitter. https://t.co/EW5RAyvCTd
— Matthew Cobb (@matthewcobb) May 27, 2019
Why dogs are awesome. (And also expensive).
— northern monkey (@stephaniemain2) May 25, 2019
The largest moth in the world
And while we’re on the subject of Lepidoptera:
And finally, a thought for the day.
What this tells me is I can have a Coke Zero and six donuts. https://t.co/RzUcPoLYnQ
— John Scalzi (@scalzi) May 27, 2019