I CAN’T BELIEVE I FORGOT TO POST THE HILI DIALOGUE THIS MORNING! WHY DIDN’T SOMEBODY CONTACT ME?
Well, here it be: better late than never.
Good morning on a dreary Monday, May 18, 2020: National Cheese Soufflé Day. It’s also I Love Reese’s Day (yay for those delicious peanut butter cups), International Museum Day, and National No Dirty Dishes Day (I never leave dirty dishes after a meal, and do it all by hand, even though I have a dishwasher).
News of the Day: It’s so depressing that, for the first time, I can’t watch the evening news all the way through. According to the New York Times, Brazil (once a leader in response to health crises), is coping poorly with the pandemic, with people violating space restrictions and the country becoming a new focus for an outbreak. In the U.S., confirmed deaths from coronavirus have reached 89,932, and the world total now stands at about 315,000.
And today’s the 40th anniversary of the eruption of Mt. St. Helens, which killed 57 people and did $3 billion worth of damage.
Stuff that happened on May 18 includes:
- 1096 – First Crusade: Around 800 Jews are massacred in Worms, Germany.
- 1631 – In Dorchester, Massachusetts, John Winthrop takes the oath of office and becomes the first Governor of Massachusetts.
- 1804 – Napoleon Bonaparte is proclaimed Emperor of the French by the French Senate.
- 1860 – Abraham Lincoln wins the Republican Party presidential nomination over William H. Seward, who later becomes the United States Secretary of State.
- 1896 – The United States Supreme Court rules in Plessy v. Ferguson that the “separate but equal” doctrine is constitutional.
- 1912 – The first Indian film, Shree Pundalik by Dadasaheb Torne, is released in Mumbai.
- 1926 – Evangelist Aimee Semple McPherson disappears in Venice, California.
- 1974 – Nuclear weapons testing: Under project Smiling Buddha, India successfully detonates its first nuclear weapon becoming the sixth nation to do so.
- 1980 – Mount St. Helens erupts in Washington, United States, killing 57 people and causing $3 billion in damage.
Here’s a commemorative tweet found by Matthew, and the thread has a lot of stunning photos:
— Mount St. Helens (@MtStHelensNVM) May 18, 2018
- 1990 – In France, a modified TGV train achieves a new rail world speed record of 515.3 km/h (320.2 mph).
- 1994 – Israeli troops finish withdrawing from the Gaza Strip, ceding the area to the Palestinian National Authority to govern.
- 2006 – The post Loktantra Andolan government passes a landmark bill curtailing the power of the monarchy and making Nepal a secular country.
- 2009 – The LTTE are defeated by the Sri Lankan government, ending almost 26 years of fighting between the two sides.
Notables born on this day include:
- 1048 – Omar Khayyám, Persian mathematician, astronomer, and poet (d. 1131)
- 1822 – Mathew Brady, American photographer and journalist (d. 1896)
- 1850 – Oliver Heaviside, English engineer, mathematician, and physicist (d. 1925)
- 1872 – Bertrand Russell, British mathematician, historian, and philosopher, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1970)
- 1897 – Frank Capra, Italian-American director, producer, and screenwriter (d. 1991)
- 1919 – Margot Fonteyn, British ballerina (d. 1991)
- 1944 – W. G. Sebald, German novelist, essayist, and poet (d. 2001)
- 1970 – Tina Fey, American actress, producer, and screenwriter
Those whose lives were snuffed out on May 18 include:
- 1911 – Gustav Mahler, Austrian composer and conductor (b. 1860)
- 1980 – Victims of Mount St. Helens eruption
- 1995 – Elizabeth Montgomery, American actress (b. 1933)
- 2012 – Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, German opera singer and conductor (b. 1925)
Meanwhile in Dobrzyn, Hili smells meat upstairs (her favorite is beef):
A: Why are you sitting here on the stairs?Hili: Because it smells good at our neighbours’.
Ja: Czemu tu siedzisz na tych schodach?
Hili: Bo u sąsiadów ładnie pachnie.
Here is Szaron frightened by a bunch of lilacs:
A meme from reader Simon: When haircuts resume after the pandemic:
Another pandemic meme from Bruce Thiel:
A tweet from Titania. Genders are now more numerous than letters of the alphabet. What on earth can we do now? LGBTQ + ∞?
For all you boomers who struggle with new gender categories, here’s a list of the ones you should already know.
It really isn’t that difficult. pic.twitter.com/vnR7UeFU2x
— Titania McGrath (@TitaniaMcGrath) November 28, 2019
From Barry: a video of a Thailand cat cafe. Pity these can’t be open in the U.S. during the pandemic, as they’re great stress relievers.
The friendly felines at this cat café in Thailand are helping calm people 🐈 pic.twitter.com/j6ghxIq5b3
— NowThis (@nowthisnews) May 16, 2020
Simon says, “Apostrophes matter.”
Tweets from Matthew.
Newly found video footage of the now-extinct thylacine, or “marsupial wolf”:
— Barry Brook (@BraveNewClimate) May 16, 2020
Hazel the Wombat occupies the washing machine. Sound up, please!
World is a bit crazy right now… ,but it could be worse, you could have a wombat in your washing machine! pic.twitter.com/Abmhrkxa6J
— ☪︎ 𝙋𝙨𝙮𝙘𝙝𝙤𝙡𝙤𝙜𝙞𝙨𝙩 ۩ (@PsychologyDoc) March 17, 2020
Look at this sweet Scottish wildcat and her kitten. (Be sure to play the video.)
— Aigas Field Centre (@Aigas) May 16, 2020
COMMON bronzewing? Seriously? Read more about it here, it actually is one of Australia’s most common pigeons.
"Hey, my eyes are up here!"
— 🌻Nash Turley🐞 (@NashTurley) May 16, 2020