Good morning on Thursday, February 6, 2020. There’s snow on the ground in Chicago, but in my area it was scant: less than an inch. Other parts of Chicago, however, got as much as three inches. And Matthew found a tweet of some loons SURFING in Lake Michigan several days ago:
This is Chicago! EPIC! High winds cause 5’ – 10’ waves on Lake Michigan and surfers got after it! #surfsup @ABC7Chicago #chicago #lakefront #waves #surf (also… don’t try this at home) pic.twitter.com/NpykZ8815v
— Cheryl Scott (@CherylScottWX) February 5, 2020
In Canada it’s National Sweater Day, with over a million Canadians set to celebrate by donning their sweaters and turning down their thermostats. In the U.S., it’s “Lame Duck Day,” celebrating not crippled waterfowl but the passage of the Twentieth Amendment. Wikipedia enlightens us:
The Twentieth Amendment (Amendment XX) to the United States Constitution moved the beginning and ending of the terms of the president and vice president from March 4 to January 20, and of members of Congress from March 4 to January 3. It also has provisions that determine what is to be done when there is no president-elect. The Twentieth Amendment was adopted on January 23, 1933.
The amendment was designed largely to limit the “lame duck” period, the period served by Congress and the president after an election but before the end of the terms of those who were not re-elected. Because under the amendment Congressional terms begin before presidential terms, it is now the incoming Congress, rather than the outgoing one, that would hold a contingent election in the event that no candidate wins a majority of the electoral vote in a presidential election. The amendment also establishes procedures in the case that a president-elect dies, is not chosen, or otherwise fails to qualify prior to the start of a new presidential term.
Finally, a serious day designated by the United Nations: International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation. Here’s a figure showing “the Percentage of the 0–14 group who have undergone FGM in 21 countries for which figures were available in 2016.” It’s sad and disheartening:
Notables born on this day include:
- 1756 – Aaron Burr, American colonel and politician, 3rd Vice President of the United States (d. 1836)
- 1833 – J. E. B. Stuart, American general (d. 1864)
- 1895 – Babe Ruth, American baseball player and coach (d. 1948)
- 1911 – Ronald Reagan, American actor and politician, 40th President of the United States (d. 2004)
- 1912 – Eva Braun, German wife of Adolf Hitler (d. 1945)
- 1913 – Mary Leakey, English-Kenyan archaeologist and anthropologist (d. 1996)
- 1917 – Zsa Zsa Gabor, Hungarian-American actress and socialite (d. 2016)
- 1932 – François Truffaut, French actor, director, producer, and screenwriter (d. 1984)
- 1945 – Bob Marley, Jamaican singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 1981)
- 1946 – Kate McGarrigle, Canadian musician and singer-songwriter (d. 2010)
I was a fan of the McGarrigle sisters, French-Canadians from Quebec. Kate died of cancer at age 63. Here’s a 23-minute documentary of the pair:
Those who began their Dirt Nap on February 6 include:
- 1804 – Joseph Priestley, English chemist and theologian (b. 1733)
- 1865 – Isabella Beeton, English author of Mrs Beeton’s Book of Household Management (b. 1836)
- 1918 – Gustav Klimt, Austrian painter and illustrator (b. 1862)
- 1989 – Barbara W. Tuchman, American historian and author (b. 1912)
- 1991 – Salvador Luria, Italian biologist and physician, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1912)
- 1991 – Danny Thomas, American actor, producer, and humanitarian (b. 1914)
Meanwhile in Dobrzyn, The Princess has a rare moment of humility:
Hili: The more I think the more unsure I feel.Andrzej: I know the feeling.
Hili: Im dłużej myślę, tym bardziej jestem niepewna.
Ja: Znam to uczucie.
A gorgeous Maine Coon cat from the Emporium of Unique & Wondrous Things. At first I thought this was a lynx!
From Wild and Wonderful. NOTE: The readers have pointed out, and they’re right, that these cockatoos are sculpted fakes, not real birds. I’m leaving them up because the comments below wouldn’t make sense if I removed the tweet.
Another brave Iranian woman removes her hijab—in front of a cleric.
An Iranian cleric in Tehran tells a woman: "Fix your hijab or I will have you arrested!"
Take a minute, and see this woman's brave response.
This is courage. pic.twitter.com/Q81FF1PfhU
— Yoni Michanie (@YoniMichanie) January 13, 2020
From reader Barry, who adds, “Said one person on Twitter: ‘That’s basically a metaphor for what Western style fast food is doing to entire cultures.'” What will it demand next? Chicken McNuggets?
This is one picky monkey. pic.twitter.com/c1Vx3bLJE3
— ༺❆ᗙ Martin 🏳️🌈 ᗛ❆༻ #ByeDon ¸.•*´¯*⊱• ⁛҉ (@KlatuBaradaNiko) February 4, 2020
From Dom: an albatross cam with adorable chicks. You can see the live 24/7 stream here.
2/5 — Mother and chick. pic.twitter.com/C4EbeuejPA
— RoyalAlbatrossCam (@RoyAlbatrossCam) February 5, 2020
A tweet from Luana: the Night of the Zombie Raccoons:
The Night of the Raccoon Invasion. https://t.co/2FC3UNAhYO
— Jerry Coyne (@Evolutionistrue) February 5, 2020
Tweets from Matthew: Make sure the sound is up for this bobcat mating (and note the head bobbing):
The sultry sounds of bobcats down to mate are not soon forgotten. Check out the head-bobbing yowls, rapid tail twitching & awkward pauses. The female is the gray cat initiating vocalization. The male is the stockier rufus.
📽️Robyn Sloan (see his other videos on Vimeo!) pic.twitter.com/PCntqjnNPE
— Russ McSpadden (@PeccaryNotPig) February 5, 2020
Look at the size of this annelid!
Yes, this report is true. Only in America: “You didn’t tell me there were gonna be crotch shots.”
Christian activist plans to sue NFL because Shakira and J-Lo performances endangered his eternal soul https://t.co/tZvzmrvDso
— Raw Story (@RawStory) February 5, 2020
A supernova remnant that looks like God’s Condom:
— Kevin M. Gill (@kevinmgill) February 3, 2020