Good morning on Hump Day: Wednesday, October 9, 2019, and National Moldy Cheese Day (they mean cheese like Stilton and Roquefort, not cheddar that has gone off). It’s also International Beer and Pizza Day, Nautilus Night (celebrating the cephalopod), World Post Day (celebrating the formation of the Universal Postal Union in 1874), and National Pet Obesity Awareness Day. No “plus sized” cats!
Oh, and it’s National Bring your Teddy Bear to Work and School Day. I have no problem with that, as my 69-year-old teddy bear, Toasty, who I got when I was born, always resides in my office. To wit:
It’s Yom Kippur, the Jewish Day of Atonement, which ends this evening.
Posting will be light today as I have to scuttle downtown to the dentist to get my implant screw checked (it seems to be healing nicely). In fact, posting will be lighter than usual until I leave for Chile and Antarctica in 12 days. As always, I will do my best. Since internet on the ship will be spotty, and access limited, posting may be virtually nonexistent from then until the beginning of December.
Stuff that happened on October 9 includes:
- 1446 – The hangul alphabet is published in Korea.
- 1604 – Supernova 1604 is sighted, the most recent supernova to be observed within the Milky Way.
Here’s the modern remnant of that supernova, which apparently was visible in 1604 for three weeks during the day, and was by far the brightest star in the sky back then:
- 1874 – A international postal union is created by the Treaty of Bern.
This could be said to have started the modern era of communications, since it standardized postal services throughout Europe and Russia, facilitating the international exchange of mail.
Many players on the Chicago White Sox conspired to throw the series for cash payments, and they lost in eight games (the World Series was nine games back then). Eight players were then tried for conspiracy to defraud, but were acquitted. But the new Commissioner of Baseball, Judge Kenesaw Mountain Landis, banned all eight from baseball. (Needless to say, the team didn’t recover for years.) Here are the eight:
- 1936 – Boulder Dam (later Hoover Dam) begins to generate electricity and transmit it to Los Angeles.
- 1967 – A day after his capture, Ernesto “Che” Guevara is executed for attempting to incite a revolution in Bolivia.
- 1986 – The Phantom of the Opera, eventually the second longest running musical in London, opens at Her Majesty’s Theatre.
- 2006 – North Korea conducts its first nuclear test.
Notables born on this day include:
- 1852 – Hermann Emil Fischer, German chemist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1919)
- 1873 – Charles Rudolph Walgreen, American pharmacist and businessman, founded Walgreens (d. 1939)
- 1890 – Aimee Semple McPherson, Canadian-American evangelist, founded the International Church of the Foursquare Gospel (d. 1944)
- 1907 – Horst Wessel, German SA officer (d. 1930)
- 1922 – Philip “Fyvush” Finkel, American actor (d. 2016)
- 1934 – Jill Ker Conway, Australian historian and author (d. 2018)
- 1948 – Jackson Browne, American singer-songwriter and guitarist
- 1975 – Sean Lennon, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, producer, and actor
- 1996 – Bella Hadid, American model
The source of this meme of Bella Hadid is here. The model with more sneakers than neurons!
Notables who perished on October 9 were few, and include:
- 1967 – Che Guevara, Argentinian-Cuban physician, politician and guerrilla leader (b. 1928)
- 1967 – Joseph Pilates, German-American fitness trainer, developed Pilates (b. 1883)
- 1987 – Clare Boothe Luce, American author, playwright, and diplomat, United States Ambassador to Italy (b. 1903)
Meanwhile in Dobrzyn, Hili craves human company—but only to supervise her on walkies. .
Hili: And how is the humanity today?A: Busy.Hili: A pity, I feel like going on a long walk.
Hili: Jak się ma dzisiaj ludzkość?
Hili: Szkoda, bo mam ochotę na długi spacer.
From Amazing Things (I still think they should have spelled it “leek”):
From Hippie Peace Freaks via Stash Krod:
From reader gravelinspector, we get yet another reason why cats are better than d*gs. Nobody was ever shot by their cat! (Now I’m sure some reader somewhere will find a cat shooting!)
— Shannon Watts (@shannonrwatts) October 6, 2019
But of course cats can be malefactors, like this black one. A tweet from Heather Hastie:
There can be only one.
📹: Reddit user Pirate_Redbeard pic.twitter.com/ClogvTesaj
— Paul Bronks (@SlenderSherbet) September 27, 2019
Also from Heather, and Tweet of the Week: two pandas making the Bear with Two Backs, and interrupted by a voyeur!
Sex so good you knock Alan out of a tree while he's having his dinner.
📹: Imgur user SlimJones123 pic.twitter.com/j0lDJTBL3D
— Paul Bronks (@SlenderSherbet) September 27, 2019
The rest of the tweets come from Matthew. First, a boiling methane sea in Siberia! Sadly, this may be a sign of the permafrost thawing, i.e., global warming.
— The Ice Age ❄️🌞 (@Jamie_Woodward_) October 8, 2019
From the Auschwitz site. I guess I agree that they should teach about the Holocaust, but even if they didn’t, and you haven’t picked it up from your culture, it’s pretty embarrassing. 2/3 of Millennials don’t know what Auschwitz was? Seriously?
"Two-thirds of American millennials don’t know what #Auschwitz was. Only 12 states mandate Holocaust #education in secondary schools. All 50 should. Massachusetts has the chance to become the 13th. It shouldn’t miss that opportunity." https://t.co/Ta0kVZWHOt
— Auschwitz Memorial (@AuschwitzMuseum) October 8, 2019
This is something that every organismal geneticist knows–or should know–but people still make the mistake that heritability within populations says something meaningful about differences between populations, even when those populations have different environments:
A trait can be 100% heritable in group A, 100% heritable in group B, yet the difference between A and B is 100% environmental. pic.twitter.com/O01RbsAUZc
— Dr. Mansa Keita (@rasmansa) October 8, 2019
Of this Matthew simply says “Amazing!”. And it is—if the researchers are right. Having scanned the evidence, I’m not sure I’m fully convinced of where this neutrino came from.
A single neutrino…detected in the ice at the south pole…traced to a galaxy 3.8 billion light years away…where a black hole shot out two jets..that collided, spewing out neutrinos. That's some astonishing scientific detective work! https://t.co/u4RH389jvG pic.twitter.com/7GoXXAss9f
— Corey S. Powell (@coreyspowell) October 7, 2019