It’s Wednesday, June 5, 2019, and National Ketchup Day. Remember, Ceiling Cat’s Fourth Commandment: “Thou shalt not upon pain of death put ketchup on a hot dog.”
News of the Day: Larry, the Official Mouser to the Cabinet Office, walked down the red carpet meant for Trump. He also stopped Trump’s limousine (see tweet below).
On this day in 1851, Harriet Beecher Stowe’s powerful anti-slavery novel, Uncle Tom’s Cabin, began running as a serial in an abolitionist newspaper. On June 5, 1883, the first regularly scheduled train of the Orient Express left Paris for Istanbul. Sadly, the train stopped running in 2009, although you can still buy a Paris to Istanbul trip on the original carriages from a private company. Here’s a poster for the original route; isn’t it romantic?
On June 5, 1915, Denmark amended its constitution to given women the right to vote. Exactly one year later, Louis Brandeis was sworn in as a Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, the first American Jew to hold that position. Although he faced opposition because of his religion (as far as I can see, he was a secular Jew like me), he was a fantastic justice, especially on issues of freedom of speech and the right to privacy.
Remember that tomorrow is the anniversary of D-Day, but the day before, June 5, 1944, British bombers dropped 5,000 tons of bombs on the Normandy coast to “soften up” the gun battery defenses.
On this day in 1956, Elvis Presley introduced his new single, “Hound Dog,” on the Milton Berle show, and it was there (not Ed Sullivan) that he “scandalized the audience with his suggestive hip movements.” Of course you’ll want to see that, so here it is:
On this day in 1967, the Six-Day war began as Israel launched strikes against Egypt in response to Egypt’s massing forces on the Israeli border. Israel won by June 10, losing 1,000 troops in response to the loss of 20,000 of Egypt, Syria, and Jordan.
On this day in 1975, the UK held its first national referendum on membership of the EEC. This was the first ever national referendum in the UK, and the vote to be a member was 67% “yes.” How things have changed! On this day in 1981, according to Wikipedia, “the ‘Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report’ of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report[ed] that five people in Los Angeles, California, [had] a rare form of pneumonia seen only in patients with weakened immune systems, in what [turned] out to be the first recognized cases of AIDS.”
On June 5, 1984, in “Operation Blue Star,” Indira Gandhi, India’s Prime Minister, ordered the Indian Army to invade the Golden Temple in Amritsar, the holiest site for Sikhs. The cause: the Temple was sheltering militants. After a five-day siege, it was all over, with the militants routed and hundreds of deaths, as well as the Golden Temple being severely damaged. In one of the consequences, Gandhi was murdered by two of her Sikh bodyguards on October 31 of that same year. I can’t believe that they didn’t foresee that and remove the bodyguards. Finally, on this day in 1995, the Bose–Einstein condensate was first created, a low-temperature state of gas predicted by Satyendra Bose and Albert Einstein in 1924-1925.
Notables born on this day include Pat Garrett (1850), Pancho Villa (1878), John Maynard Keynes (1883), Federico Garcia Lorca (1898), Christy Brown (1932), Bill Moyers (1934), Margaret Drabble (1939), Spalding Gray (1941), and Laurie Anderson (1947).
Christy Brown, who died in 1981, was an Irish writer and painter afflicted with cerebral palsy, but was able to paint and type with the toes of his left foot. His autobiography, My Left Foot, was made into an Oscar-winning movie of the same name, starring Daniel Day-Lewis as Brown. He also wrote poems and an acclaimed novel, Down All the Days, as well as several other books. Here’s an interview with Brown in 1962.
Those who fell asleep on June 5 include Stephen Crane (1900), O. Henry (1910), Ronald Reagan (2004), Ray Bradbury (2012), and Kate Spade (2018).
Meanwhile in Dobrzyn, Hili makes a funny:
Hili: Nature is like an open book.A: And that means?Hili: One can walk on it.
Hili: Natura jest jak otwarta książka.
Ja: To znaczy?
Hili: Można po niej chodzić.
Larry, the Official Mouser of the Cabinet Office, managed to stop Trump’s limousine when thousands of demonstrators couldn’t. See here for more information (h/t: Ginger K.)
— Jon Sopel (@BBCJonSopel) June 4, 2019
Larry also got into a fracas with Palmerston, the Resident Chief Mouser of the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) at Whitehall in London. Larry and Palmerston hate each other and scrap frequently.
ANGRY STANDOFF AT NUMBER 10 pic.twitter.com/EeKQ2qul9G
— Mikey Smith (@mikeysmith) June 4, 2019
Three cat tweets from Heather Hastie. This is adorable!
This isn’t so adorable but it’s funny. Heather says that “cats hate music”, and I wonder if that’s true. Sound up!
This cat attacks her mom every time she sings 😂 pic.twitter.com/6XKmZ08NeU
— The Dodo (@dodo) June 2, 2019
What the deuce happened here?
Tweets from Matthew, who loves illusions. Be sure to watch this one to the end:
This hurt my tiny little brain. pic.twitter.com/77quJnAidC
— Daniel Holland (@DannyDutch) June 2, 2019
If you can get this, you’re a fricking genius. The answer resides in the thread, as do more teasers.
One of my favourite westerns pic.twitter.com/MEE7vGlxoD
— Moose Allain Ꙭ (@MooseAllain) June 4, 2019
Matthew and I were both stunned by this behavioral camouflage. Be sure to watch the original video:
This is a fantastic video. Eurybrachyid planthoppers walk backwards because they have an eyespot on the tip of their wings and they try to mimic a larger animal moving forward. The insect's head is pointing down here! https://t.co/YZmTkr6Nme
— Gil Wizen (@wizentrop) June 4, 2019
Tweets from Grania. The first shows Matthew Inman, creator of The Oatmeal, visiting a cat sanctuary with the wrong clothing:
that time I visited a cat sanctuary and held a box of treats
Wearing shorts was a mistake. I am not smiling I am screaming. pic.twitter.com/0lLvjos25R
— The Oatmeal (@Oatmeal) June 4, 2019
Found by Matthew. Grania says, “This priest seems obsessed with other people’s sex lives. His whole feed is a dumpster fire of anti gay and anti trans proclamations.” Have a look if you can stand it.
Ladies, a priest I know was forced on Sunday to ask a woman at Mass to cover her shoulders. Please help the priest to protect the purity of the men at holy Mass by choosing to dress modestly. The alternative is awkward for all involved. Thank you.
— Fr. Kevin M. Cusick, LCDR (Ret.)🇻🇦 (@IntroiboAdAltar) June 3, 2019
Trump’s state visit to England is not going well . . .