Tuesday: Hili dialogue

April 21, 2020 • 6:45 am

Welcome to Tuesday, the cruelest day: April 21, 2020. It’s National Chocolate-Covered Cashews Day, for crying out loud. Will even one of the 70,000+ subscribers eat one today?

It’s also National Tea Day, Tuna Rights Day, Big Word Day (mine is ratiocination), and Keep off the Grass Day. If you’re a Rastafarian, today is Grounation Day, celebrating the visit of Haile Sellasie’s visit to Jamaica in 1966 (see below). When someone met him, the conversation went like this: “I’m Haile Sellasie.”  “I’m highly delighted.”

Finally, it’s Queen Elizabeth’s birthday; she turns 94 today.

News of the Day: What do you think? It’s all bad, and summarized in this cartoon Matthew found in The New Yorker:

Late last night, Trump temporarily suspended all immigration into the U.S., citing the need to protect American workers.  Details aren’t clear yet, but apparently no new green cards or work visas will be issued. Stay tuned.

Oil prices have dropped below zero, which means that oil producers, lacking capacity, are willing to pay people to take oil off their hands. I was going to joke that you could fill up at the gas station and they’d pay you to do so, but of course it doesn’t work that way.

Early reports that DPRK leader Kim Jong Un was “gravely ill” after heart surgery, reports that appeared on CNN and other places, have been retracted. It’s like Roseanne Roseannadanna: “Never mind!” Well, given the secrecy of that country, and the facts that the Dear Leader is also a Leader of Size and that his father and grandfather both died of heart attacks, I’m not ready to completely reject the reports. 


Stuff that happened on April 21 include:

  • 1506 – The three-day Lisbon Massacre comes to an end with the slaughter of over 1,900 suspected Jews by Portuguese Catholics.
  • 1509 – Henry VIII ascends the throne of England on the death of his father, Henry VII.

Henry was 17 when he ascended the throne, and ruled for thirty-eight more years, dying a horrible death at 55. Here how he supposedly looked when he took the throne, before he grew extraordinarily obsese:

Attributed to Meynnart Wewyck
  • 1836 – Texas Revolution: The Battle of San Jacinto: Republic of Texas forces under Sam Houston defeat troops under Mexican General Antonio López de Santa Anna.
  • 1918 – World War IGerman fighter ace Manfred von Richthofen, better known as “The Red Baron”, is shot down and killed over Vaux-sur-Somme in France.

Richthofen made 80 “kills”, finally dying of an in-air bullet wound at only 25 (he managed to land the plane before he croaked). Here’s he famous Fokker Dr1 triplane (in which he made 19 kills):

  • 1934 – The “Surgeon’s Photograph”, the most famous photo allegedly showing the Loch Ness Monster, is published in the Daily Mail (in 1999, it is revealed to be a hoax).

Here’s that famous photo; the model was just a toy submarine with the head and neck made of putty.

  • 1960 – Brasília, Brazil’s capital, is officially inaugurated. At 09:30, the Three Powers of the Republic are simultaneously transferred from the old capital, Rio de Janeiro.
  • 1966 – Rastafari movement: Haile Selassie of Ethiopia visits Jamaica, an event now celebrated as Grounation Day.
  • 1977 – Annie opens on Broadway.
  • 1982 – Baseball: Rollie Fingers of the Milwaukee Brewers becomes the first pitcher to record 300 saves.

Fingers (whom I once saw pitch) wound up with 341 in his lifetime, but he’s only #14 now, with the leader being the Yankee’s Mariano Rivera, with a whopping 652 saves.  He had a splendiferous handlebar moustaches. Here’s a very short documentary:

  • 1989 – Tiananmen Square protests of 1989: In Beijing, around 100,000 students gather in Tiananmen Square to commemorate Chinese reform leader Hu Yaobang.

Notables born on this day include:

  • 1838 – John Muir, Scottish-American environmentalist and author (d. 1914)
  • 1926 – Elizabeth II, Queen of the United Kingdom and her other realms
  • 1947 – Iggy Pop, American singer-songwriter, producer, and actor
  • 1949 – Patti LuPone, American actress and singer
  • 1958 – Andie MacDowell, American model, actress, and producer

Those who “fell asleep” on April 21 include:

If you don’t know the love story of Abelard and Héloïse, read about it.

  • 1699 – Jean Racine, French playwright and poet (b. 1639)
  • 1910 – Mark Twain, American novelist, humorist, and critic (b. 1835)
  • 1918 – Manfred von Richthofen, German captain and pilot (b. 1892)
  • 1948 – Aldo Leopold, American ecologist and author (b. 1887)

Here’s the Red Baron:

Meanwhile in Dobrzyn, Hili knows that her staff doesn’t like weeds but can no longer control them.

A: What are you looking at?
Hili: A weed is growing again.
In Polish:
Ja: Czemu się tak przyglądasz?
Hili: Znowu jakiś chwast rośnie.
Also in Dobrzyn, Szaron has found a resting spot under the fireplace downstairs. Note that the picture below was taken in color, but Szaron and the ashes are both gray.
Caption:  Mr. Szaron discovered the ash container under the fir place (he will have to be shaken out).
In Polish: Pan Szaron odkrył popielnik pod kominkiem (trzeba go będzie wytrzepać).

From Divy:

From Merilee: a cartoon from the New Yorker. How many office plants will die during the pandemic?

From the Purrfect Feline Page:

A tweet sent by Simon (be sure to see the linked page with tons of Apollo 11 graffiti):

Tweets from Matthew. He says that this one speaks to him on many levels. Turn the sound up and listen:

A scientific analysis of the “get off my lawn” phenomenon:

Tigger is bigger!

The parrotfish doesn’t look that camouflaged to me, but what do I know?

Lego responds to a photo from the top of the Stonehenge pillars:

And two stories worth reading:


32 thoughts on “Tuesday: Hili dialogue

  1. Not Roseanne Roseannadanna. “Never mind” is the catch phrase of Muss Emily Litella.

    Gilda was my favorite.

  2. How sad for our dear leader, the love of his life over in the north of Korea is having medical problems.

  3. … and Keep off the Grass Day. If you’re a Rastafarian, today is Grounation Day …

    Though if you’re a Rastafarian, it’s probably NOT Keep of the Grass Day (least not if we’re talkin’ by the spliff, mon).

  4. Good idea that stopping all immigration to the country with the highest number of Covid-19 patients by far and by far the most deaths. That will show them.

    1. “In light of the attack from the Invisible Enemy, as well as the need to protect the jobs of our GREAT American Citizens, I will be signing an Executive Order to temporarily suspend immigration into the United States!”

      This “invisible” thing is nonsense. Everyone has seen literally what the virus literally “looks” like. Just because when we walk around we can’t carry an electron microscope doesn’t mean we don’t know what a virus looks like.

      … protecting jobs?

  5. I love chocolate covered cashews! I’m allergic to most nuts (not dangerously so), but cashews I can eat.

    1. Technically cashews are the seeds of drupes rather than the seeds of nuts like most other things called “nuts.” Don’t know if that has anything to do with the difference in your allergic response though.

  6. Fingers (whom I once saw pitch) wound up with 341 in his lifetime, but he’s only #14 now, with the leader being the Yankee’s Mariano Rivera, with a whopping 652 saves.

    Major League Baseball only began keeping track of “saves” as an official stat in 1969. Although it’s unlikely any of the old-timers ever came anywhere near Rivera’s total.

    Time was, a manager would hand the ball to his starting pitcher and expect the latter to throw a complete, nine-inning game. Relievers were brought in only if the starter got in trouble, and the bullpen was a place for guys with sore arms or who couldn’t otherwise hack it as starters. Pitching staffs didn’t have niche roles in those days like “closer” and “middle reliever.”

    1. Yes, those days when pitchers were expected to finish a game probably ended in the late 60s. The same time the leagues had expanded a great deal, the new era of the specialist, the sometimes hitter, bench warmer, mid relief and 9th inning relief. The endless playoffs and huge paychecks to players you never heard of. Lots of improvements to the game nobody watches any more. I wonder why?

    1. It’s easy to see this is the case. He inhabits a toy fantasy world created by his own mind. No surprise here. What is a surprise is that so many are blind the fact of his mental illness, or don’t care.

  7. The pilot credited with shooting down the Red Baron comes from our town, Carleton Place, Ontario (near Ottawa). His name is/was Roy Brown. He was born here but lived most if not all of his adult life elsewhere in Ontario. We have a mural of the event, a park named after Brown, and coming statuary.

    Also, I can attest to the cat dish phenomena. Our cat will tend to worry if her dish is getting low but is not yet empty.

    1. Hey AC, I live in Carleton Place too! Well, out on Mississippi Lake. I see that mural all the time, but not so much these days spent in isolation. We just got a notice yesterday from our road association that no boating is allowed due to the virus.

      Re the cat dish: as soon as there is a “hole” in the middle, my ginger tabby won’t touch it. I shake the bowl to cover the hole, then he thinks it’s full again. Fun times with kitteh!

  8. “Oil prices have dropped below zero, which means that oil producers, lacking capacity, are willing to pay people to take oil off their hands.”

    This is an unrealistic description of the situation. What a negative price for oil really means is that the cost of producing a barrel is greater than the market price for that barrel (and this applies to any commodity, not just oil). The more significant effects of this situation will be the shutting down of oil fields and refineries until the price rises to an acceptable level of profit; meanwhile, jobs will be lost.

  9. Re the parrotfish: at dusk, many species settle into a nook in the reef for the night and secrete (from their mouths) a mucous covering. They aren’t camouflaged from human eyes with a good light, but their colors are somewhat subdued, even with a bright light. From what I’ve read, this may provide protection against predators and/or parasites.

  10. Fortunately I managed to swoop in and collect all of my office plants with almost no advance notice and with only about 1.5 hours to spare before they locked the doors for the duration.

    1. And she died at the young age of 38. Her father, Patrick Bronte, outlived his wife and six children, all who died young. It is a heartbreakingly sad, but riveting, story.

  11. Speaking of office plants dying, I was thinking the other day about crows, pigeons, seagulls and other species that rely on humans for their nourishment. Hopefully they’ll be able to stay healthy.

  12. Here is a word I recently discovered while scanning a list of Cornish words which have made it into the Queen’s English: “Allycumpooster”. It’s what they say in Cornwall when they can’t be bothered saying “Ticketyboo”, which is an antonym for “snafu”.
    Does it qualify for big word day? *smiles*

  13. I’m pretty sure my office plant has died by now. It was a lily, and I couldn’t bring it home, because lilies are poisonous to cats. 🙁

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